News and Reviews: July 16, 2019

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2018 LIST.
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.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 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.
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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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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.
The film has recieved loads of great five star and four star reviews in the press.
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Tues 16 July---KISS play SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow...final show of their five date UK tour...
Tues 16 July and Wed 17 July---Burt Bacharach plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 17 July---The Good, The Bad & The Queen play Somerset House.
Thurs 18 July and Fri 19 July---George Benson plays Hammersmith Apollo.
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Ramblin' Man Festival is held at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent.
Fri 19 July - Darkness + Wildhearts and others.
Sat 20 July--Black Stone Cherry + Cheap Trick and others.
Sun 21 July---Foreigner + Airbourne and others.
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Sat 20 July---FREE EVENT - noon to 6pm - Frith Street, Soho, London W1.
Ronnie Scott's 60th Anniversary Street Party: Pee Wee Ellis, Funk Assembly, Nubya Garcia,
Eliane & La Evolucion, Kinetica Bloco.
Sat 20 July---Marc Almond plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 21 July---Slade + Sweet plus many more play Garon Park, Southend.
Sun 21 July---Nick Lowe plays The Ealing Blues Festival.
Nick Lowe plays songs from his 40 year career.
With support from The Who tribute band - Who's Next.
Tickets on the day only £7 before 3pm and just £10 after 3pm.
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Fri 26 July---free gig in Chelsea.
The Sessions moves to a Friday night for a show that’ll be “LIVE & UNLEASHED”, at My Chelsea at 8pm.
DJ Oliver Night (Boiler Room, El Camion & Aqua) will be presenting a worldly mix of funky house and broken beat, accompanied by Jay Phelps (Amy Winehouse and Wynton Marsalis) on trumpet and Jonathan Fashole Luke (Basement Jaxx to Jurassic 5) on keys. Joined by special guests who’ll jam together on one super-hot night in Chelsea.
Arrivals: from 7.30pm.
Show starts: 8pm for two sets of 45 mins.
RSVP: jazz@myhotels.com or simply hit reply to confirm your attendance ASAP.
Address: My Chelsea Hotel, 35 Ixworth Place, Chelsea, London, SW3 3QX.
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ICONS FESTIVAL - SATURDAY 27TH JULY 2019 @ APPS COURT
WALTON-ON-THAMES
SURREY
Situated on the Thames close to the M25 and M3, Apps Court is an 80 acre grassland venue with a history of hosting large scale music events. It has ample parking for cars and hard standing for coaches. It is also an established camping and caravanning site.
Hosts for the day will be radio dj legends Tony Blackburn and Mick Brown.
There are six top notch tribute bands playing.
Killer Queen, Limehouse Lizzy, Absolute Bowie, Illegal Eagles, Live/Wire, Ben as Michael Jackson......all our bands play to packed venues throughout the UK and Europe. Individually.
What they have never done is to appear on one line-up. This unique festival brings them all together- for one ticket price, at one venue. This has to be the ultimate festival of the premier tribute bands- offering both the cream of the genre and superb value for money. Six top bands on one day- a feast of back to back hits, six spectacular stage shows from 12 noon through to 10:30pm!
www.iconsfestival.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sun 28 July---KD Lang plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Celebrating her 1992 album "Ingenue" which sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
"Ingénue " is the second solo album by Canadian singer k.d. lang, released in 1992. It is Lang's most successful album on the pop charts, both in her native Canada and internationally, and has more of a cabaret flavor than her earlier more country influenced work.
Fri 02 Aug----Descendents + C.J. Ramone play Shepherds Bush Empire.
C. J. Ramone, is an American musician best known for working as the bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the punk rock group the Ramones from 1989 to 1996.
His set will mix solo material with Ramones classics.
I was lucky enough to see The Ramones 15 times including their debut London show in 1976.
Sat 03 Aug---Allman Betts Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
This is the final show on their European Tour.
The Allman Betts Band will release their debut album " Down To The River "on digital on Friday 28th June via BMG.
The first single – “All Night” was released on Friday 17th May.
"Down To The River" was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals.
The Allman Betts Band Line-Up
Devon Allman - guitar, vocals | Duane Betts - guitar, vocals | Berry Duane Oakley - bass, vocals | Johnny Stachela - guitar, vocals | John Ginty - keyboards | R Scott Bryan - percussion, vocals | John Lum - drums
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There are always special offers on for West End theatre shows so keep an eye out for them...
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 Feb 2020.
It has taken over £8 million at the box office and sold over 150,000 tickets so far.
April 2019 update - the pure quality of Michael Jackson songs will always live on.
The Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live is extending its West End run for another year despite the controversy over child sex abuse claims in the Leaving Neverland documentary.
The film, which featured interviews with two men who allege they were molested by Jackson as children, sparked a debate over the future treatment of the late singer’s music and this musical.
Now in its 11th year and one of the longest-running in West End history. The show is based on Jackson’s solo hits and songs recorded as part of the Jackson Five.
I have seen it three times, it is excellent.
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Fri 09 Aug---The Dead Boys play The 100 Club.
American punk band who I saw twice in 1977 supporting The Damned.
They had a great debut album "Young , Loud & Snotty " which included the classic single "Sonic Reducer".
In mid-1990, singer Stiv Bators died in Paris after being hit by a car.
Sat 10 Aug---Glen Matlock & The Tough Cookies play 229 Great Portland Street, London W1.
Glens new band gets a new name...featuring Earl Slick, Chris Musto & Jim Lowe.
Sat 10 Aug---Walter Lure Band play The 100 Club.
Sat 10 Aug---Killing Joke play Subterania.
Mon 12 Aug---Prophets Of Rage play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The band, which features members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, are currently working on their second album, due for release in 2020.
They release a new single "Made With Hate" for their European Tour.
I have seen their very lively show a couple of times.
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Sat 17 Aug---Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Sussex (venue is owned by Kenney Jones)
This Rock ‘n’ Horsepower event in aid of two very worthy charities will offer all the excitement and spectacle of polo, plus the chance to eyeball a jaw dropping array of high performance super cars. All topped off by an evening concert featuring a tribute to the late Brian Jones ‘The Golden Stone’ to commemorate 50 years since his untimely passing.
Confirmed acts:
Donovan
Kenney Jones
Steve Harley
The Waterboys
Glen Matlock
Gates open at 12pm. Polo to start at 2pm followed by the concert at 4pm. Finish time for the event is 10.30pm.
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Sat 17 Aug and Sun 18 Aug---Henley 80s Rewind Festival.
A dozen name acts will play short sets each day in this stunning location by the water.
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Gig date---Sun 09 June 2019---My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums played our most recent gig.
A video from our gig in Acton is now up on YouTube.com ---"Do I Need You?"
Search - Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You
Our next show has been pencilled in for November 2019.
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Released June 2019.
Madonna's 14th studio album, "Madame X," is her latest full-length album since 2015's "Rebel Heart."
Madonna plays FIFTEEN shows at The London Palladium - Sun 26 January 2020 to Sat 15 February 2020.



Monday 15 July 2019...6.30pm to 10pm...
EVENT MARKETING ASSOCIATION SUMMER SOIRÉE 2019 at
Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London EC4.
Middle Temple Hall is probably the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in London. 101 feet long and 41 feet wide, it is spanned by a magnificent double hammer-beam roof. Begun in 1562 when Edmund Plowden, the famous law reporter, was Treasurer of the Inn, it has remained little altered to the present day.





Around 150 guests at this stunning historic venue.
Check back soon for full review.



Monday 15 July 2019.
Surely the greatest cricket game of all time that had everything and went down to the wire.
All this and it was a World Cup Final too as England beat New Zealand on the last ball.
Check the 8 mins video highlights on YouTube.
It has had over 14 million views in less than 24 hours.





Sunday 14 July 2019
QUADROPHENIA REUNITED 40th anniversary event at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of one of Britain’s greatest cult movies, this one-off night brings the stars of Quadrophenia together on stage for a unique table read. Hosted by Lauren Laverne it will also feature a series of interviews with the cast, some special surprises and an audience Q&A.
The event will be filmed for a special TV broadcast to be shown in the future on SKY Arts.
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Several pimped up scooters are parked up outside the venue.
Lots of older ,smartly dressed mods here.
First time i have seen cabaret style tables on the floor stalls standing area at this venue.
Around 20 tables of six seats that are for guests of the artists and the production.
This i presume was for the film cameras that are dotted around.
Maybe 700 folks are here in the building altogether.
The show was on for two hours over two sets.
The last 10 mins was an audience Q & A section.
There is a semi -circular table where Lauren Laverne sits between the eight guests.
Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Leslie Ash, Garry Cooper, Philip Davis, Trevor Laird, Gary Shail, Mark Wingett read famous scenes from the original film script in front of a live audience.
John Altman also came on for a few minutes to discuss his part.
John became singer of rock band Heavy Metal Kids for a couple of years from 2010.
The live recording, which will air on Sky Arts in September around the film’s anniversary date, was hosted by Lauren Laverne – and also saw the cast share anecdotes from their time on the film set.
Inspired by The Who’s 1973 rock opera of the same name, Quadrophenia – which also starred Sting and Ray Winstone (who both could not make it but sent video wishes) – was released in 1979 to critical acclaim.
The actors talked about how they got the parts and how the audition process went.
Phil Daniels and Ray Winstone had both just finished making another great film "Scum".
Toyah confirmed that John Lydon was up for a part but that fell through.
We had some great readings from the film including the fight scene between the mods and rockers
on Brighton beach in 1964 and the alleyway sex scene.
There were film clips on the big screen along with outtakes along with photos.
The script is sooooo non-PC but it was a different time back then.
Guests in the table seating area included Pauline Black from Selector, ex footballer Lee Chapman who is the
husband of Leslie Ash and Paul Weller's sister who organised The Jam Exhibition a couple of years ago and
is well known in the Mod community.
An enjoyable evening , and a good reminder to watch this superb film again.




Saturday 13 July 2019.
LIVE AID at Wembley Stadium....It was 34 years today
On Saturday, 13 July 1985, rock and pop music's top table came together to raise money and awareness.
From noon to 11pm...It was the greatest day of live music ever.
It is my number one gig of the 6500 plus i have been to since 1973.



Saturday 13 July 2019...I went to two gigs today...
The Somerstown Festival , Chalton Street, London NW1....3.30pm to 7pm...
The Somerstown area is hidden away behind Euston train station.
Around 1000 folks at this street party that was free entry to all.
There is two stages, a rock n roll jumble market, a funfair, comedians and lots of homemade food stalls etc.
First i casually come across one of the best new bands i have seen this year.
OH! GUNQUIT have got a odd band name but they put on a great show for 30 mins from 3.45pm.
They formed the band around the idea of creating a vibrant blend of new-wave vicious Psych-Surf, Garage-Punk, Exotica & RocknRoll. Oh! Gunquit are named in part to a town in Maine US which was an artists colony in the 1800's originally coined by the Abenaki Indians.
Think a potent mix of The Cramps / The Rezillos / garage rock n roll with lots of sax.
Great uptempo tunes including "Bad Bad Milk", "Nomads of The Lost" and my fave "Sinkhole".
With a very lively American female singer who looks like one of Charlie's Angels in a tight go-go girl outfit
as she sang on a street bollard, high kicked during many songs and rolled around on the street tarmac.
Did i mention her playing the trumpet while hula hooping?
They are signed to Dirty Water Records and they have some videos up on YouTube.
They would have been an ideal support act on the recent Stray Cats tour.
PETER PERRETT was the headliner and although he was down for a 60 mins set he actually
was on stage for 90 mins from 5.15pm.
Peter was the singer in a very underrated British legendary group called The Only Ones.
He has made two comeback albums in 2017 and 2019 but i did not see his London shows on
the tours to promote the albums - The Electric Ballroom in 2017 and The Scala in 2019 -
as they clashed with other gigs/events.
Peter looks healthier these days and thankfully he did not go the way of his good chum
Johnny Thunders who he hung around with a lot in the late 1970s/ early 1980s.
Long hiatuses in Peter's music career have been ascribed to his enduring struggles with heroin and
crack cocaine addictions.
His band included his two sons and he dedicated the show to his wife as they celebrate 50 years together.
Most of the songs played featured the best tracks from his two recent albums.
His lyrics are amazing, he really was like a British Bob Dylan.
Halfway through the rumours on what was promised arrived as the two remaining living members of
THE ONLY ONES joined Peter on stage to play four of their classic tunes which was superb.
John Perry on guitar and Alan Mair on bass guitar.
From Here to Eternity (The Only Ones song)
The Whole of the Law (The Only Ones song)
Another Girl, Another Planet (The Only Ones song)
Inbetweens (The Only Ones song)
A great show.
Fact of the day - In 1971 Alan Mair employed FREDDIE MERCURY of the rock band Queen at his Kensington Market shop as his shop manager from 1971 until 1974.
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I saw THE ONLY ONES seven times during the period when they released three great albums on CBS.
Television,Only Ones Hammersmith Odeon, London 17.04.1978
Only Ones,Business City Poly, London 30.09.1978
Only Ones Queen Mary College, London 11.05.1979
Only Ones,Toyah,Psychedelic Furs Lyceum Theatre, London 02.09.1979
Only Ones,Simple Minds,Martha And The Muffins Lyceum Theatre, London 24.02.1980
Only Ones,Athletico Spizz 80,Wasted Youth Electric Ballroom, London 10.05.1980
Only Ones Hope And Anchor Pub, London 03.11.1980 a week of special shows here
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then
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE live at Hyde Park, London.
Florence arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
The last time i saw Florence was in May 2018 when she supported The Rolling Stones.
At that show she duetted with Mick Jagger on one song.
Florence arrived on stage wearing her trademark flowing dress as she was a bundle of energy
as she danced, hopped , skipped and twirled around the stage.
Like the Bob Dylan/Neil Young show the previous night , the overall sound was excellent.
Florence used the wraparound screen superbly as she mixed live footage with pre-recorded images.
An early highlight was last years hit single "Hunger" which was brilliant.
Florence has got a fantastic voice and is full of confidence as she totally owns this big show and crowd.
A great show.
Full Florence setlist played tonight...
June
Hunger
Ship to Wreck
Only If for a Night
Queen of Peace
Patricia (Dedicated to Patti Smith)
Dog Days Are Over
Jenny of Oldstones (Dedicated to Arya Stark)
100 Years
Moderation
You Got the Love (Candi Staton cover)
The End of Love
Cosmic Love
Delilah
What Kind of Man
Kiss With a Fist (Florence crowd surfed during this song)
Encore:
No Choir
Big God
Shake It Out




Friday 12 July 2019.
Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners at British Summer Time Hyde Park, London.
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.
A month before this show Neil Young's long-time manager Elliot Roberts passed away.
Elliot Roberts, one of the most respected and liked managers of the rock era, has died at age 76.
Elliot Roberts had managed Neil Young since 1976. He was also Joni Mitchell’s manager until 1985.
Which Bob Dylan will turn up and what will the setlist be?
Bob Dylan current touring show & setlist does not really suit a big outdoor gig like this.
While the hardcore fans will know this, how will the casual fan feel when he does not play a hits set?
As it is a co-headline show, both acts are down to play for 1 hour 45 mins.
Bob Dylan is now aged 78 and Neil Young is now aged 73.
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It was a lovely day of sunshine for this outdoor gig in the park.
I am more excited about seeing Neil Young rather than Bob Dylan today.
After the visual treat of the KISS shows this week, tonight we will get the very opposite and
the two artists will focus on the music rather than any kind of visual show.
NEIL YOUNG & PROMISE OF THE REAL arrived on stage at 6.15pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
Neil's staging was simple, with Native American touches including a totem pole and a fringed, winged, swinging keyboard in the shape of a bird.
His trademark distinctive vocals and guitar sound were fully intact and sounded fantastic.
Highlights included mega versions of "Heart of Gold" , "Old Man" , "Rockin' In The Free World"
and the first encore song which was "Like a Hurricane".
A great set.
Full Neil Young setlist played tonight....
Mansion on the Hill (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)
Over and Over (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)
Country Home (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)
Alabama
Walk On
Winterlong
Words (Between the Lines of Age)
Heart of Gold
From Hank to Hendrix
Old Man
Throw Your Hatred Down
Love and Only Love (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)
Rockin' in the Free World
Encore:
Like a Hurricane
I've Been Waiting for You
Roll Another Number (For the Road) (stopped after first line as "not dark enough")
Piece of Crap (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)
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BOB DYLAN arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
It was pretty much business as usual for Bob as his show was pretty much like recent
indoor theatre shows i have seen including The Royal Albert Hall and The Roundhouse.
Bob reinvented a few of his classic tracks as with those shows.
His backing band are top notch and included brilliant pedal steel guitar.
Bob is not saying much as usual and his vocal style these days is hard to grasp as he semi-mumbles
away and you cannot make out the words, even when it is a well known song.
However it is Bob Dylan , the music legend so he can do whatever he likes.
Most songs got polite applause rather than big raptures.
A good show by Bob but Neil nicked it for me tonight.
Full Bob Dylan setlist played tonight...
Ballad of a Thin Man
It Ain't Me, Babe
Highway 61 Revisited
Simple Twist of Fate
Can't Wait
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Honest With Me
Tryin' to Get to Heaven
Make You Feel My Love (Adele does a great cover of this Bob Dylan song)
Pay in Blood
Like a Rolling Stone
Early Roman Kings
Girl From the North Country
Love Sick
Thunder on the Mountain
Soon After Midnight
Gotta Serve Somebody
Encore:
Blowin' in the Wind
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
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Sadly neither act joined the other on stage for a song or two which many were hoping for.





Friday 12 July 2019.
Type these two into Google for your viewing pleasure on YouTube.
KISS - London 02 arena 11/7/19 Highlights (25 mins)
KISS - Beth / Crazy, Crazy Nights / Rock and Roll All Nite - live @ in Zurich 04.07.2019




Thursday 11 July 2019.
KISS + DAVID GARIBALDI live at The 02 Arena, London.
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".
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.
KISS have always been my fave American rock band.
I have seen KISS over 40 times since their two debut London shows in May 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon.
I have seen them on every UK tour at least once, including America, Belgum, Italy, Spain and France.
See my photos section where there is a picture of me with the band from a meet & greet in Madrid.
KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer was in a band called Black n Blue who i saw twice at Hammersmith Odeon
in 1984 when they supported Whitesnake.
KISS have an odd choice of support act???
Professional painter David Garibaldi serves as Kiss's opening act for the North American and European legs of the tour.
David Garibaldi (age 36) is an American performance painter. His specialty is his "Rhythm and Hue" stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians.
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Back to see KISS again after that stunning show in Birmingham on Tuesday.
That show got a great five star review in The Metro national newspaper.
Even The Guardian gave it four stars.
Big queues for KISS fans buying merch even though it is steep prices of £35 a t shirt and £25 a programme.
It is pretty full tonight...security said around 15,000 fans are here , with many in KISS make-up and costumes.
DAVID GARIBALDI arrived on stage at 7.45pm for his 30 mins set.
Definitely not the type of support act you normally see at a rock concert.
David is a bit like a showbiz version of Rolf Harris as he expertly did three paintings of musicians
and getting the crowd to cheer him along to a backing tape of rock music.
He did John Lennon, then Freddie Mercury and finished off with a KISS painting set within a UK flag.
That would later be signed by the band and auctioned off for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
KISS again arrived on stage at 8.55pm for the same brilliant 2 hours 5 mins set.
I have a perfect view in the guest list block 112 , right of looking at the stage.
Paul Stanley is a great frontman with perfect stage banter.
Tonight he mentioned KISS playing Hammersmith Odeon in 1976 ( I was at both those shows).
For the final song i will have Tommy Thayer hovering above me on a Cherry Picker crane.
In Birmingham i was on the other side where Gene Simmons hovered over me.
The setlist was exactly the same as the Birmingham show.
Another mega show.
Encore:
Beth (Eric Singer on piano)
Crazy Crazy Nights (with KISS balloons falling from the ceiling)
Rock and Roll All Nite ( world war 3 kicks off as the stage props are all thrown in together as
Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer hover over the crowd in Cherry Picker cranes).
Outro song on pa - KISS God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II




Wednesday 10 July 2019...I went to four events today...
5pm to 6pm
FORTNUM & MASON - Christmas in July showcase - 181 Piccadilly, London W1.
We are on the fourth floor of this famous historic store.
Their main display is their incredible Christmas hampers.
I think they have 15 different types...with prices to match if it includes champers and caviar.
They also have vegan hampers and gluten free hampers.
They are showcasing bottles of sparkling tea...quite nice.
Also presents for Christmas included fragrances exclusive to Fortnum's.
Complimentary Fortnum's champers , canapés and pastries for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag of Fortnum's items - tin of loose tea, tin of biscuits, jar of cranberry sauce.
www.fortnumandmason.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.30pm to 7.30pm
CLYM EVERNDEN - private view - Sketch, Conduit Street, London W1.
Clym Evernden is an award winning artist and art director with a unique, creative eye. His signature ink-based style has evolved to encompass mixed media, animation, and set design. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Clym studied BA Fashion Design Womenswear prior to working solely as an artist.
His natty illustrations have caught the eye of brands from Michael Kors to Aqua di Parma.
On Instagram, Clym has amassed a large following for his creative illustrations and popular story paintings that unfold before your eyes on a series of progressive artworks that evolve as he unfolds a simple piece of paper, transforming part of one image and reinterpreting it into something else entirely.
A dj was playing the background and i recognised a couple of faces from the fashion world here.
I always make a point of visiting their stylish "pod" toilets here.
Complimentary gin cocktails, wines and Peroni beers.
www.clymdraws.comVisit his website here for more info.
then
8pm to 9pm
LENNY KRAVITZ x DOM PERIGNON - photo exhibition private view -
I Park Village East, Regents Park, London NW1.
This venue is a couple of minutes walk from the famous Dublin Castle punk pub.
Around 150 guests here so not as big an event as expected.
LENNY KRAVITZ is here and looking totally cool as ever.
Also here were Neneh Cherry, Princess Beatrice and Eva Hertzigova.
The space has some sort of canvas covering extension which made it unbearably hot & stuffy.
No sign of KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons who had a rest day before their London show.
A female dj was playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary Dom Perignon champers and canapés for all guests.
You can visit the exhibition at the weekend on July 12 and July 13 - free entry.
then
9.30pm to 12pm
MAGNUM x SINK THE PINK - summer store pop up party - 52 Regent Street, London W1..
Lenny Kravitz event was very tame compared to this full on party from this popular ice cream brand.
Around 200 guests here over the two floors and it is a very lively with many dancing to dj sounds.
A dozen fully dressed up trans (from Sink The Pink) folks are parading around the venue.
A few celebrity names here too including...
Millie Mackintosh, Nick Grimshaw and Maya Jama were among guests enjoying ice creams at the launch party of the Magnum Pleasure Store on Regent Street. BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo took to the decks as guests, including Anais Gallagher, Jamie Winstone, Mabel, Ashley James, Amber Le Bon, Joshua Kane, Oliver Proudlock and Nicola Roberts, celebrated the opening of the summer store.
Complimentary prosecco , three different cocktails including a very yummy Baileys based one along with
canapés and boats of Magnums where you added your own choice from the 20 sprinkles available.
A goodie bag with half a dozen girlie items in.
www.magnumicecream.comVisit the Magnum website here for more info.





Tuesday 09 July 2019.
KISS live at Birmingham Arena.
A trip up North to see KISS on the opening night of their UK tour.
I missed the support act as I was chatting to KISS fans in a pub near the venue.
This is the arena by Birmingham's newish library rather than the one out by the N.E.C.
I have a great view front left of stage seating.
The floor standing is rammed solid so it looks a full house of around 15,000.
KISS were on stage from 8.55pm and played a mega 2 hours 5 mins set.
The band have three big screens mixing live footage with classic KISS footage from the 1970s.
Tons of flames and pyros and lasers and non-stop incredibly loud explosions on stage.
An amazing opening with "Detroit Rock City" and "Shout It Out Loud".
The band in full costumes and make up means they never age and look how they were in the 70s.
We have the full visual treat that is a KISS show so we get rocket firing guitars from Tommy Thayer,
Paul Stanley flies through the air on a wire, a drum kit and two podiums that rise 20 ft in the air,
Gene Simmons breathes fire and spits blood and sings a song up in the stage rafters.
So many great songs played from their career including a stunning encore section that was gig perfection.
Paul said "it looks like tonight is the last time we are playing Birmingham and he
talked about playing Birmingham in 1976 on their debut UK tour".
An amazing show that was best gig of the year for me so far.
DO NOT MISS KISS ON THIS FINAL TOUR...as they were mega tonight.
Full KISS setlist played tonight...
Intro song on pa - Led Zeppelin Rock & Roll
Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
Deuce
Say Yeah
I Love It Loud
Heaven's on Fire
War Machine (Gene breathes fire)
Lick It Up (with “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who snippet)
Calling Dr. Love
100,000 Years (with drum solo)
Cold Gin (with Tommy Thayer rocket firing guitar solo)
God of Thunder (with bass solo)
Psycho Circus
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll (with guitar and bass solo, Paul and Gene together with Tommy)
Love Gun (Paul flies through the air to B stage in middle of the crowd)
I Was Made for Lovin' You (Paul remains on B stage in the crowd)
Black Diamond
Encore:
Beth (Eric Singer on piano)
Crazy Crazy Nights (with KISS balloons falling from the ceiling)
Rock and Roll All Nite ( world war 3 kicks off as the stage props are all thrown in together as
Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer hover over the crowd in Cherry Picker cranes).
Outro song on pa - KISS God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II





Monday 08 July 2019...5.30pm to 8pm...
TAITTINGER UK Sommelier of the Year 2019 at The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.
Romain Bourger has been named the Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year 2019.
Having excelled in the live tasks in front of an audience of wine industry leaders, the Vineyard head sommelier won having beaten Gareth Ferreira and Alan Bednarski in a close fought final at the Savoy hotel in London today.
Ferreira, head sommelier at Core by Clare Smyth placed second, while Texture’s head sommelier Bednarski was third in the competition, organised by The Caterer in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service and sponsored by Taittinger.
Speaking after his win Bourger said: “I’ve competed six times so patience is a virtue. I had a great time on stage today.
I stressed quite a bit but just kept it inside. I thought I was consistent throughout the day and am delighted to have come out on top.”
Having come through regional heats in April, 15 sommeliers began the finals day at the Savoy. They took on a series of tasks before being whittled down to three, who completed the final tasks in front of a live audience.
As part of the live element of the competition the finalists were required to identify errors on a wine list, undergo blind taste tests of wines and spirits, serve at a bar and in a restaurant scenario, and finally to pour a magnum of Taittinger into 19 glasses.
Around 150 guests at this famous five star hotel.
Guests enjoyed complimentary Taittinger champers (Brut and Rose) and hot and cold canapés.




Saturday 06 July 2019
THE WHO live at Wembley Stadium with special guests.
The Who will be joined by a symphonic orchestra for most of their show.
This is their only show in Europe between their two North American tour legs.
Roger Daltrey was 75 on 01 March 2019.
Another older legendary band charging steep prices - £195, £155, £130, £95 , £70 plus booking fees.
This show will be celebrating 40 years since The Who played Wembley Stadium.
I was at that show in 1979---The Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren Wembley Stadium, London.
I have seen The Who around 25 times since 1975 including three times with Keith Moon.
This sad news comes just days before the veteran group are due to play Wembley....
The Who have paid tribute to the long-term guitar technician of Pete Townshend who passed away just days before their upcoming gig at Wembley.
Announcing the news on their website yesterday (July 4), The Who paid tribute to Alan Rogan. Rogan had been Townshend’s guitar technician for over forty years.
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A few empty unsold blocks tonight but it is still an impressive 50,000 tickets sold out of a possible
65,000 floor seating capacity.
All the support acts have full use of the two side screens.
CONNOR SELBY BAND arrived on stage at 3.40pm for their 30 mins set.
Connor is the only act today who I have not seen play before.
Connor is a young Blues guitarist from Essex who played some neat songs from his debut album.
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IMELDA MAY arrived on stage at 4.30pm for her 35 mins set.
Imelda arrives on stage in a very fetching red military jacket and black thigh high boots.
Imelda has a great voice and played good versions of "Mayhem" and a cover of "Teenage Kicks".
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KAISER CHIEFS arrived on stage at 5.25pm for their 40 mins set.
The band play a great set featuring many of their catchy uptempo gems.
Singer Ricky Wilson is a bundle of energy and the crowd love them.
Full Kaiser Chiefs setlist played today...
People Know How to Love One Another
Never Miss a Beat
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
The Factory Gates
Golden Oldies
Ruby
I Predict a Riot
The Angry Mob
Oh My God
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EDDIE VEDDER arrived on stage at 6.30pm and played for 60 mins.
Pearl Jam's frontman is playing a solo set with the help of a musician or two on some tracks.
Eddie Vedder is pleased to be here as The Who are pretty much his fave band
as I have seen him come on with them a couple of times in the past.
He just had the one big screen for a few songs then he had all three big screens in use.
His laid back style didn't have the energy of The Kaiser Chiefs but was still really good.
He felt compelled to cover a Queen song at this venue and dedicate if to Freddie Mercury.
Wishlist (Pearl Jam song)
I Am Mine (Pearl Jam song)
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (Pearl Jam song)
Corduroy (Pearl Jam song)
I'm the Answer (Simon Townshend cover) (with Simon Townshend)
Just Breathe (Pearl Jam song)
Better Man (Pearl Jam song)
Society (Jerry Hannan cover) (with Glen Hansard)
Black (Pearl Jam song) (with Glen Hansard)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover) (with Glen Hansard)
Porch (Pearl Jam song)
Hard Sun (Indio cover)
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THE WHO arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for around 2 hours 25 mins.
A fairly average stage production with the three big screens and loads of lights.
The show was in three parts - with orchestra , then band only , then with orchestra.
The band only section was only four songs and 25 mins.
The orchestra were more rockestra as they were nice and loud and the overall sound was great.
Loads of classics played along with a few lesser known songs.
Pete got very emotional when he talked about losing his guitar tech to cancer a couple of days ago.
Roger was on top form even though his vocals seemed to dip for the last 30 mins.
Zak Starkey was superb on drums.
Eddie Vedder joined them for one song.
Finale of "Baba O'Riley" in the darkness was mega.
An excellent day of live music.
Full setlist played by The Who tonight...
WITH ORCHESTRA
Overture
It's a Boy
1921
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Pinball Wizard
We're Not Gonna Take It
Who Are You
Eminence Front
Imagine a Man
Hero Ground Zero (live debut)
Join Together
BAND ONLY
Substitute
The Seeker
Won't Get Fooled Again (acoustic; Roger & Pete only)
Behind Blue Eyes (with strings)
WITH ORCHESTRA
Guantanamo (Pete Townshend song)
The Real Me
I'm One
The Punk and the Godfather (with Eddie Vedder)
5:15
Drowned (acoustic; Pete only)
The Rock
Love, Reign O'er Me
Baba O'Riley




Friday 05 July 2019
THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Joy Division’s legendary bassist Peter Hook is set to revisit the band’s post punk repertoire with Manchester Camerata.
Week commencing 22 June 2019 gives Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures a Top 40 placing for for the very first time – the album's previous peak was Number 71 in 1980 following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, but today it goes straight in at Number 5.
I was lucky enough to have seen Joy Division five times during 1979/1980 before Ian Curtis suicide.
Joy Division,Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark,Certain Ratio Nashville Pub, London 13.08.1979
Joy Division,Distractions,Certain Ratio Electric Ballroom, London 26.10.1979
Buzzcocks,Joy Division Rainbow Theatre, London 10.11.1979
Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980
Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Lyceum Theatre, London 29.02.1980
Joy Division have gone down in history as one of the most iconic bands ever.
Only two full-length albums released (Unknown Pleasures and Closer) along with the 1978 EP and a handful of singles and posthumous releases along with many bootleg albums.
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Not sold out tonight but at least 95% full....and we have floor standing for a dance atmosphere.
I spotted one of my fave tv presenters here - Jeremy Vine.
Dj Dave Booth played some good tunes from 7.30pm to 8.15pm including Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks.
Magazine, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Only Ones, Kraftwerk etc.
THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED were on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of
55 mins and 75 mins.
There are around 25 musicians on stage in the orchestra.
Peter Hook is on bass guitar & vocals and he shares vocals with one male and two females.
The male vocalist looks and sings and dances a bit uncannily like Ian Curtis.
Peter Hook has the words "Guitar Hero" on his amps as a tribute to Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones.
His fantastic bass sound where he treats it like a lead guitar with awesome riffs is still there.
The lush strings and arrangements are fantastic and the drummer was nifty with those JD drum fills.
Really good to hear and see so many Joy Division classics played tonight.
A great show.
Setlist highlights included...
Atmosphere
Transmission
Dead Souls
Atrocity Exhibition
She's Lost Control
Shadowplay
Disorder
New Dawn Fades
A version of "Higher, Higher, Higher Love" which is by Peter Hooks old band Monaco.
A mega three song encore of...
Digital
Ceremony
Love Will Tear Us Apart




Thursday 04 July 2019...3.30pm to 11pm...
HOUSE FESTIVAL - Kenwood House. Hampstead Heath, London NW3.
Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems. The House, its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection are free for everyone to visit.
IF ONLY ALL FESTIVALS WERE LIKE THIS ONE.
Soho House members club host their annual party.
Most of 7000 guests have paid £250 each to be here and that includes loads of different free food & drinks
all day , along with 11 bands (5 name bands and 6 up & coming bands) over two stages.
Around 20 corporate names entertaining guests here including ITV, Sky, Talk Talk,Google, Facebook etc.
It always sells out pronto before the bands have even been confirmed.
Complimentary Collet champers, different cocktails and spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks and
food trucks including Dirty Burger, Hot Dogs, Pizza East, Hog Roast, Lobster Salad, Meat Balls,
Roast Chicken ,Crosstown Doughnuts ,ice-creams, desserts, churros, coffees etc.
Very hot today so we stay in the circus tent watching the acts as we got stuck into the food & drinks.
There are plenty of long tables here for guests to sit down in the shade while eating.
There is a full fun fair here but we don't have time to get on the dodgem cars.
FRANZ FERDINAND arrived on stage at 6.55pm for their 50 mins set.
They are introduced by a very enthusiastic Alex Zane.
We are front row right as they are easily the highlight of the day for me.
Great jerky uptempo indie guitar gems including "The Dark Of The Matinee" , "Do You Want To",
"Take Me Out", "Ulysses" and "This Fire"....a short but sweet excellent set...
GROOVE ARMADA headline the second stage from 8.50pm for a 55 mins set.
Their rave sound goes down well with the dance crowd here.
Lots of lights and a great version of their Top 20 hit from 2001 "Superstylin'".
BLACK EYED PEAS arrive on stage at 9.50pm for their 60 mins set.
It's dark when they hit the stage so the lights and big screen are used well.
Not a good headliner for me as some of the previous years i have been here.
2018 - Nile Rodgers & Chic + Manic Street Preachers
2017 - Erasure + Craig David
2016 - Kylie Minogue + Tinie Tempah
2015 - Pet Shop Boys + The Vaccines
2014 - Dizzie Rascal + Paloma Faith
Black Eyed Peas have had an impressive five number ones in the UK.
Their setlist included...
Let's Get It Started
Pump It
Where Is The Love (with Jessie J)
and a great version of their anthem "I Gotta Feeling" that got everyone jumping.
An excellent day out.



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