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News and Reviews: October 23, 2014
Buy your books,cds,dvds etc from HMV and Amazon.
www.hmv.comVisit the HMV website here.
www.amazon.co.ukVisit the Amazon website here.
For early OCTOBER reviews and previous months reviews please click on the earlier reviews link above left.
Some good gigs and events coming up worth checking out.
Thurs 23 Oct---Johnny Marr plays Brixton Academy.
Thurs 23 Oct---Neil Sedaka plays The Royal Albert Hall.
American songwriting legend is now aged 75.
Neil Sedaka is an American pop/rock singer, pianist, and composer. His career has spanned nearly 55 years, during which time he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and other artists, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.
Fri 24 Oct---Extended version of Later With Jools on BBC2 tv featuring U2.
Sat 25 Oct---Lady Gaga plays the second of three shows at The 02 Arena.
Sat 25 Oct---10th anniversary of John Peels death.
Sun 26 Oct---The Mentulls + David Sinclair Four play The Fiddlers Elbow,Camden.Tix £5 adv.
A nice pair of melodic blues rock bands.
Tues 28 Oct---Holly Johnson plays Koko.
Blues Fest 2014 is at The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 26 Oct---Level 42
Mon 27 Oct---Gregory Porter
Tues 28 Oct---Van Morrison
Wed 29 Oct---Elvis Costello(solo) + Georgie Fame And The Blue Flame
Thurs 30 Oct---Beth Hart Band + Robert Cray Band
Fri 31 Oct---Sheryl Crow
Sat 01 Nov---Black Stone Cherry + Airbourne play Wembley Arena.
BSC are promoting their fourth album 'Magic Mountain' that hit number 5 in the UK album charts.
The musical 'Memphis' opens at The Shaftesbury Theatre in October.
Beverley Knight stars in this Tony Award winning 1950s musical telling the story of a white radio disc jockey who falls in love with a black singer. Christopher Ashley directs. Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music and lyrics by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.
A friend of mine---Gene Serene needs funding for her new album before 02 Nov 2014.
www.kickstarter.comClick here and search for Gene Serene and get involved with the album.
Billy Idol is to play three UK shows as part of a European Tour.
05 Nov 2014---Birmingham Academy.
09 Nov 2014---Hammersmith Apollo.
10 Nov 2014---Manchester Apollo.
Billy Idol releases his new album 'Kings and Queens of the Underground' on 20 Oct 2014.
This is his first new album for nearly a decade.
Billy Idol talks about the albumWatch the video clip here.
Billy Idol has also released his autobiography this month called 'Dancing With Myself'.
Miel de Botton releases her debut single 'Bad Men' on Mon 22 Sept 2014.
watch the video hereAlso Miel has a one off gig coming up.
Thurs 13 Nov---Join singer-songwriter Miel de Botton for an evening of live music at Pizza Express, The Pheasantry,152 Kings Road,Chelsea,London SW3 4QT.
Miel breathes new life into beloved French chansons (Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf et al) with innovative arrangements and also performs her own sensitive and stunning material in both English and French.
www.pizzaexpresslive.co.ukTickets are £20 and available from this website link.
Sat 29 Nov---Morrissey plays a one off UK show at The 02 Arena as part of his European Tour.
Thursday 23 October 2014...Yet another sad death to report...
Alvin Stardust, the quiffed, leather-clad pop singer best known for 1970s hits such as My Coo Ca Choo, has died aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.
The singer, who later enjoyed success in musicals, had been due to release his first album in 30 years next month. He was recently diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home in West Sussex with his wife and family around him, it was announced.
I saw him play live three or four times.
Wednesday 22 October 2014...I went to two events tonight...
12.45pm to 5pm.
The Xperia Access Q Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
Around 500 folks here with 450 seated for a three course lunch and 50 media folks standing at the back.
We had a complimentary cocktails reception then mains and desserts on an overflow table.
The host tonight is Absolute Radio breakfast dj Christian O'Connell as Absolute Radio are
one of the new sponsors.
This music awards show always gets a great mix of big names.
Awards started around 1.30pm.
Q Best New Act---Foxes presented to Sam Smith.
Q Maverick---Interpol presented to St Vincent.
Q Best Track---Sandie Shaw presented to Paulo Nutini(Paulo did not attend).
Q Best Video---Lady Starlight presented to Jamie xx.
Q Hero---???? presented to The Charlatans.
Q Best Album---???? presented to Elbow
Q Best Live Act---Carl Barat and Gary Powell presented to Kasabian.
Q Best Solo Artist---Wretch 32 presented to Ed Sheeran.
Q Innovation In Sound---Basement Jaxx presented to Jean Michel Jarre.
Q Inspiration---James Dean Bradfield presented to Simple Minds.
Q Idol---John Grant presented to Culture Club
Q Classic Album---Billy Corgan presented to Nick Mason for Dark Side Of The Moon.
Q Songwriter---Kaiser Chiefs presented to Andy Partridge(XTC).
Q Outstanding Contribution To Music---Dizzee Rascal presented to Richard Russell(XL Recordings).
Q Icon---Suggs presented to Wilko Johnson.
Gibson Les Paul Award---Sir Bradley Wiggins presented to Johnny Marr.
Q Best Act In The World Today---Jimmy Carr presented to Kasabian.
Other folks here included Norman Watt Roy (Blockheads/Wilko Johnson Band),
John Giddings (Isle Of Wight Festival promoter and top booking agent) and Ross Halfin(rock photographer).
Wilko Johnson got the most applause tonight and was the only one to get a full standing ovation.
Johnson, who was speaking after he was given the Icon Award, said: "It was an 11-hour operation. This tumour weighed 3kg – that's the size of a baby. Anyway, they got it all. They cured me."
The last hour was drinks by the tables or the bar.
A great event.
7pm to 9.45pm.
Ralph Lauren - VIP party at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London, W1.
My first time at this very impressive and massive new 'statement' gallery in Berkeley Square.
A huge crowd of over 500 well dressed folks here.
Guests included Claudia Winkleman, Martha Ward and Bryan Ferry's ex Amanda Shepard.
Also here were Jodie Kidd,Mary Charteris,Jade Parfitt and Noelle Reno.
There are only a dozen pieces of art on each floor but there is security everywhere.
We have a jazz/swing band playing downstairs.
We have a Ralph Lauren fashion show where a dozen models walk through the crowd
wearing the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.
Complimentary Billecart-Salmon champers,cocktails,wines and canapés.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
About the gallery...
Opening its doors at the start of Frieze art fair in October, the 31,000 square foot space occupies the ground, first and lower ground floors of the seven-storey building and will comprise exhibition areas, auction rooms and offices in a move to mirror the auctioneer’s Park Avenue counterpart in New York.
As one might expect, the execution and aestheticism of the new flagship is no small affair. Architect Aukett Swanke – who restored London’s Royal Exchange and the city’s Lanesborough Hotel – has overseen the design of the building, with bespoke lighting from creative lighting firm Studio ZNA, and a sweeping, artisan-crafted solid oak staircase adding drama to the foyer.
With airy showrooms boasting double-height ceilings and movable interior walls, the modern new space reflects a growing trend among international auction houses to refresh for the digital age. Last October Bonhams unveiled its new £30m headquarters just a stone’s throw away from Berkeley Square on New Bond Street, with plans for a fine-dining restaurant to open within it. It’s a far cry from the fusty auction rooms of old.
“We are thrilled to relocate our European Headquarters to the heart of Mayfair,” said Ed Dolman, Phillips’ chairman and chief executive officer. “This spectacular new auction and exhibition space in Berkeley Square represents another important step in the evolution and growth of the business. We look forward to contributing to the infusion of art, design and culture in this unique and exclusive enclave.”
www.phillips.comVisit the Phillips website here for more information.
www.ralphlaurencollection.comView the runway show and behind the scenes here.
Tuesday 21 October 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 10pm.
Tom Parker Bowles: Let's Eat Meat - book launch party at Fortnum & Mason,181 Piccadilly,London W1.
Over 200 upmarket folks in this famous store.
As royalty is expected there are extra security checks on the door.
Tom Parker Bowles is here and his wife Sara and his sister Laura are here for support.
Also here is his mother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall(wife of Prince Charles).
Also here is his father Andrew Parker Bowles.
Others here include Mario Testino,James Nesbitt,Nick Ferrari ,Sir David Tang,Jay Rayner,Mark Hix and Nicky Haslam.
There were speeches at 7.30pm and Tom Parker Bowles spent over an hour signing books
that folks were paying £25 for.
Guy Chambers who has wrote songs for Robbie Williams played some tunes on the piano.
We have complimentary cocktails,wines,bowl food and canapés.
A very nice event.
10.15pm to 11.45pm.
Neville's Island - press night afterparty at Villandry, 12 Waterloo Pl, St James's, London SW1.
Over 200 folks here for the afterparty including
Neil Morrissey, Adrian Edmondson and Robert Webb who all star in the play.
Also here was Jennifer Saunders and others.
Complimentary wines,beers and lots of slices of pizza.
The play is on at Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2.
It's a comedy about four middle-management types from a Salford mineral water company who find
themselves cluelessly stranded in the Lake District during a team-building exercise.
Monday 20 October 2014...7pm to 11pm...
Bar and restaurant relaunch at Crocker's Folly,23-24 Aberdeen Place,off St Johns Wood Road,London NW8.
Tonight was an invite only event for members of the media.
Set in a location that has expensive houses on one side with the likes of Noel Gallagher and
Paul Weller living a couple of minutes away by Little Venice and lots of council housing on the other side.
Paul Weller used the pub for his 'Wake Up The Nation' video.
This much loved local pub has been closed for a decade after it started to attract a rough crowd.
When you walk in the door now it certainly has the wow factor as there is marble and solid wood everywhere
and you can see the new owners have spent a good few quid on it.
From 7pm to 8.30pm is a drinks reception with complimentary Duval Leroy champers and gin cocktails.
We then had a three course dinner with wines.
I had Sea Bass as mains.Very tasty although the portion was a bit smaller than expected.
The staff are still learning as it is a soft opening so there were a couple of hiccups.
On the comments card I put...
The staff were all fantastic and friendly.
The portions could have been larger.
The service could have been quicker.
Overall though we really enjoyed it here and it's great this historic pub is up and open again.
They have 50% off all food Tuesday to Friday of this week.
About the venue...
If you like a bit of history with your pint, then the reopening of Crocker's Folly in St John's Wood will be of interest.
Built in 1898 as the palatial Crown Hotel by entrepreneur Frank Crocker the pub was intended to serve travellers on the Great Central Railway. But when the railway terminus was sited at Marylebone rather than St John's Wood, the money sunk into the site suddenly didn't seem quite such an amazing investment. Nevertheless it served locals for over a century until closing in 2004. Three years later the Victorian Society put it on their top 10 endangered buildings list by the Victorian Society.
This year it was bought by The Maroush Group of restaurants and they're determined to do the building proud. They've brought in head chef, Arek Bober who's just been at Pollen Street Social, before which he headed up the kitchen at Portobello Gold and before that Fresh & Wild’s central kitchen.
Bober's menu will combine ontemporary Lebanese dishes with more seasonal ones including:
crab gnocchi, courgettes and chilli
beef tartare with charred, pickled onions and chanterelles
sea bass with cauliflower couscous, cauliflower purée and truffle
miso marinated lamb shoulder, kale and potato mousseline
pork belly with butternut squash and Sichuan coleslaw
Sunday 19 October 2014.
Tony Hadley with The Southbank Sinfonia live at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,London WC2.
Spaudau Ballet singer plays the last night of his UK tour.
Spandau have been all over the media the past month promoting their documentary film
and their upcoming UK arena tour for next year.
Spandau were massive in the 1980s.
I saw them in 1980 at Heaven and in 1985 at Live Aid.
Their reunion shows a few years ago were great.
Tony Hadley plays with his own band when Spandau are not on tour.
My kind of crowd as most folks are in their 40s and 50s.
Tony is one of those working class kids who has made good.
A lovely plush old theatre venue with three levels upstairs that holds around 2000.
I am in the Royal Circle.
On stage for two hours 15 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 85 mins.
With a full band and a full orchestra there are around 50 people on stage.
The first set was five cover versions and five tracks from his new solo album.
The covers were...
New York Minute---Don Henley
Life On Mars---David Bowie
Somebody Told Me---Killers
Time In A Bottle---Jim Croce
Bridge Over Troubled Water---Simon and Garfunkel
The second set was pretty much a Spandau Ballet greatest hits set.
Tony has a big strong voice and backed by a great orchestra the Spandau hits with
lush strings,full brass and percussion sounded fantastic.
Folks were up and dancing for the last five songs.
I was expecting a good show but got a great show.
Full second half setlist was...
To Cut A Long Story Short---Spandau hit in 1980.
Highly Strung---Spandau hit in 1984.
Only When You Leave---Spandau hit in 1983.
Musclebound---Spandau hit in 1981.
Soul Boys---Spandau new track.
Round And Round---Spandau hit in 1984.
I'll Fly For You---Spandau hit in 1984.
True---Spandau number one hit in 1983.
Through The Barricades---Spandau hit in 1986.
Toys---Spandau album track from 1981.
Chant Number 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)---Spandau hit in 1983.
Lifeline---Spandau hit in 1982.
Instinction---Spandau hit from 1982.
Fight For Ourselves---Spandau hit from 1986.
Gold---Spandau number two hit from 1983.
Check aftershow page for this gig.
Saturday 18 October 2014.
Buzzcocks live at Sub 89,Reading.
Mancunian punk legends play the last show on their UK tour.
One of those great live bands that I have seen over 30 times since 1977.
Sub 89 is a great venue with some 600 or 700 folks all standing.
Buzzcocks whizz red through a 75 mins set full of great pop punk tunes.
I am four rows from the front of stage right and it gets very lively with folks dancing.
They still have two original members with Pete Shelley on vocals and Steve Diggle on guitar.
Steve Diggle plays every gig like it is his last and is far more animated than Pete Shelley.
They started off with three older gems on the bounce before the middle section that had some good tracks
fom their ninth studio album 'THE WAY' then the last half a dozen tracks were more older classics.
It was good to hear some new tracks and the crowd remained lively when they were played.
You can never tire of those classic older tracks that are just brilliant.
A great show.
Full Buzzcocks setlist played...
I Don't Mind
Keep On Believing
People Are Strange Machines
Whatever Happened to...?
Why She's the Girl From the Chainstore
Sick City Sometimes
You Say You Don't Love Me
It's Not You
Chasing Rainbows / Modern Times
Love You More
What Do I Get?
Harmony In My Head
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
www.buzzcocks.comVisit the Buzzcocks website here for future live dates and other info.
Saturday 18 October 2014.
Happy Birthday to rock n roll legend Chuck Berry who is 88 today.
Friday 17 October 2014.
Today was John Lydon day as I went to two of his events today and then an eatery launch.
For those of you who do not know The Sex Pistols are my fave group as I saw them live as a teenager in
their 1976/1977 heyday and i help with the main Sex Pistols fan website www.sex-pistols.net
Also their album 'Never Mind The Bollocks' is my fave album of all time.
Iconic singer John Lydon is doing signings and talks about his new book which is his second autobiography.
It was released on 09 Oct 2014 and is called 'Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored'.
This weeks NME has a glowing 8/10 review of John Lydon's autobiography.
This is the last day of his ten day promo stint for the book in the UK.
John Lydon book signing at HMV Oxford Street,London W1 at 1pm.
I get to HMV a bit late as 1.15pm and am one of the last ones there.
For those of you that do not know the layout of the new store here.
It is held in a space on the second floor accessed by a door on the first floor.
In the old store you could witness the live band or signing without a wristband
but now it is hidden away so you don't see anything without a wristband.
Half a dozen fans that turned up without wristbands were not let in.
There are around 200 here I would say.
One of the main guys from Live Nation is in the queue behind and other friends are here.
It is all very civil as folks of all ages queue up patiently.
John is sitting behind the signing table in white shirt and black tie wearing glasses.
His manager/security/friend Rambo is near as always.
John is super friendly and chatty to all and signing away and posing happily with fans in photos.
HMV have a staff member taking photos of John with folks with their own cameras which was great so
everyone that brought a camera got a photo of themselves with John including me.
Very nice that Rambo and John recognised me from my help with www.sex-pistols.net
John in a friendly way said "like a bad penny he returns" and then covers my book in
his signature and other words and scribbles which was more than twice anyone else got.
Some fans brought non books to sign and today he did sign them.
It pretty much lasted dead on one hour in total.
Afterwards we chatted to an 18 year old student girl rom Newport,Wales who travelled on her own
to see her hero John Lydon and get her book signed.
While other students fritter their money on cheap booze Lucy saves her money up for trips to London
and Cardiff to see her fave bands which have included Iron Maiden,Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.
Her knowledge of bands that came out before she was born was pretty amazing and heartwarming.
Her next trip to London is to see another of her heroes....Morrissey at The 02 Arena.
I asked her if she liked The Clash and she did so I walked her to the top of Edgware Road to
take a picture of Joe Strummer Subway before she got on her train back to Paddington.
then later that evening...
John Lydon QnA session at Rough Trade East,London E1 at 8pm.
This was a different type of event to the signing earlier.
First of all it is not John signing in front of you even though it was a wristband event for 200.
The books were pre signed by John so folks just showed their email receipt and were given the book.
At 8pm John and Rambo arrive on stage and it ended up being a 45 mins QnA session.
John is on top form as usual as he is intelligent,funny,sarcastic and playful.
Subjects covered included...
The type of music system he has at home...a Canadian company whose name escaped me.
Not that happy with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and their expensive ticket prices to see their games.
He loves The Fall,Status Quo,Kate Bush,Ray Davies and Ginger Baker.
He did not go and see Kate in her comeback shows as he was at home in Los Angeles.
His least fave Prime Minister...Maggie Thatcher.
He still hates the nuns that were his teachers at Catholic School in the 1970s.
Warm words for Rambo who corrects John when needed.
Not that keen on doing anything in the future with The Sex Pistols despite rumours of a 2016 tour.
It is well known the band are not best of mates due to different personalities and different musical outlook
but tonight he called them "talentless fucks" which was a bit below the belt.
He still feels very Left Wing.
He said everyone should vote even though the options are crap.
He was asked what the future holds and said "we are now heading to The Cotswold to record another album
at the same studio(Steve Winwoods) that they used on their previous album".
Also there is the Indigo show in December and probably a couple of warm up shows for that.
A few folks waited for him afterwards for signing stuff but I had to shoot off to a nearby event.
9pm to 11.15pm.
Gino D'Acampo : My Pasta Bar : launch party at My Pasta Bar, Broadgate Plaza, Broadgate,London EC2.
Very handy that this eatery launch party was on just a few mins walk from Rough Trade East.
This is the new My Pasta Bar branch of Italian tv chef Gino D'Acampo who is here tonight.
Also here tonight is his ITV chum Phillip Schofield.
Around 100 people here with lots of complimentary food and booze.
All the staff are Italian and are doing a great job.
There are three types of fresh pasta bowls going as well as three different desserts so we have one of each.
We went in very hungry and came out pretty stuffed to be honest.
Also complimentary presecco,wines and beers for all guests.
Designed specifically for the diner on the move, pasta will be prepared by talented chefs in under two minutes.
The venue is more suited for breakfast and lunch I reckon more than an evening.
It was nice here and being Italian it went on quite late.
www.mypastabar.co.ukVisit My Pasta Bar website for more info.
Thursday 16 October 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.45pm
Boujis showcase at Boujis, 43 Thurloe Street,South Kensington,London SW7.
Boujis is a stylish and well known club by South Kensington tube that attracts the rich and famous
to hang out after hours as the venue opens for members at 10.30pm.
However you can hire out Boujis early evening with reduced priced drinks.
The venue can cater for up to 195 guests so ideal for a Christmas party.
They bring in canapés from Bumpkin restaurant which is nearby.
There is a dj playing some decent dance tunes.
Tonight we had complimentary presecco,different Belvedere vodka cocktails,wines,beers and canapés.
www.boujis.comVisit the Boujis website here for more info.
8pm to 8.30pm
Lord Tim Bell: Right or Wrong - book launch party at Mark's Club, 46 Charles Street, Mayfair,London, W1.
Back at the very cosy private members club that hosted Vivienne Westwoods book launch last week.
Lord Tim Bell held his book launch last night.
Baron Bell is a British advertising and public relations executive, best known for his advisory role in
Margaret Thatcher's three successful general election campaigns.
Politicos, including Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Portillo, popped in to get books signed, as did Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, old rival Lord Chadlington and fellow author Lord Browne.Also here was Lord Jeffrey Archer.
A very posh older suited crowd that was a bit too posh for my liking so only stayed for 30 minutes.
Complimentary wines and canapés here for all guests.
8.45pm.I bumped into a friend outside Claridges who was with a dozen other U2 fans waiting
for the band to return to the hotel after recording The Graham Norton tv show.
9pm to 11.30pm
Love Perfume Awards at Vanilla, 131 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1.
This is one of the lesser known awards events for fragrances.
Nick Ede was the host tonight and Lizzie Cundy here looking very glam as always.
Thankfully a far more working class crowd here after the last event.
The last hour was very lively with folks all dancing to 80s tunes as their free booze kicked in a bit.
Complimentary presecco Bellinis,vodka cocktails,wines,beers,fish n chips and canapés.
Media guests got a goodie bag...mine had Calvin Klein 50ml Reveal perfume in it.
Now in its fourth year, the awards are voted for by The Perfume Shop customers with over 7,000 votes received. This was also the first year for the The Perfume Experts’ Choice Award, which was voted for by The Perfume Shop staff on their top perfume launch of the year.
Best Women’s Launch: Marc Jacobs Honey
Best Men’s Launch: Boss Bottled Unlimited
Best Celebrity Launch: Nicki Minaj Minajesty
Best Bottle Design: Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
Nose of the year (Men): David Beckham
Nose of the year (Women): Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
The Perfume Experts’ Choice Award: Dolce & Gabbana Dolce
Needless to say David Beckham,Cheryl and Nicky Minaj were not here to pick up their awards.
www.theperfumeshop.comVisit the website of the sponsors The Perfume Shop.
Wednesday 15 October 2014.
San Diego sax player Karl Denson has been added to The Rolling Stones touring line-up for the upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour, replacing the legendary Bobby Keys who is unwell.
Wednesday 15 October 2014...7pm to 8.35pm...
Guardian Live: A Life in Music : Jimmy Page - talk at Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London SW3.
Guitar legend Jimmy Page has a new photographic biography out.
Weighing in at just shy of 3 kg (more than six and a half pounds) and containing some 650 photographs, "Jimmy Page" is appropriately heavy for the man who popularized the hard-rock guitar riff.
One of those low key secret events that nearly went under my radar.
The event was only mentioned in The Guardian newspaper to its readers.
There was no mention of it on The Cadagon Hall website and when I phoned up the venue on the day
for the event running times I was told "we have no information apart from the hall has been hired out".
Thankfully a couple of Led Zeppelin fan websites have some info on the event.
It is a full house so around 900 tickets have been sold at £20 each.
Hard to believe Jimmy Page is now aged 70 and Led Zeppelin split up proper 34 years ago.
Jimmy still looking cool in his usual black jacket,black trousers,black shoes and a scarf and trademark pony tail.
Hosting the interview is Guardian music critic Michael Hann.
I do not think Jimmy Page has ever done something like this before so it is a unique event.
So basically Jimmy sitting on the right and Michael on the left and a big screen showing photographs
from the book.
Thankfully i am on the left with a good view of Jimmy which is a better view than on the right.
The first 75 minutes was the main talk with Michael Hann then there was 20 minutes of questions
from the audience of mainly men.
Jimmy is great as he talks well and describes events well....what he can remember of them.
We start at the beginning with subjects covered with photos including...
Jimmy as a young boy and early musical influences.
Early bands he was in.
As a session musician.
The Yardbirds in 1966 with Jeff Beck.
How quickly Led Zeppelin became a stadium band in America.
The Led Zeppelin album covers.
The pros and cons of Jimmy being a producer.
The Earls Court shows of 1975(I went to one of those shows).
Their 1978 film 'The Song Remains The Same' ...Jimmy said " it was rushed out and could have been better".
(I went to the London premiere of the film in 1978).
The Knebworth shows.
The Firm with Paul Rodgers in the 1980s with some dodgy stage wear.
( I saw The Firm play two shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1984).
Led Zeppelin reunion for Live Aid in America in 1885...Jimmy said "it was appalling".
The Coverdale/Page album...Jimmy said "he really enjoyed working with David Coverdale".
His solo album "Outrider" from 1988(I saw him play twice on this tour at Hammersmith Odeon in 1988).
The Page and Plant tour of the 1990s.
I saw Page and Plant play live at...
1995---The Forum in Los Angeles.
Playing with The Black Crowes...Jimmy said "he really loves Chris Robinsons voice".
The success of that 02 Arena show in 2007( I was at that mega show).
Jimmy says thanks and waves goodbye at the end but there are no handshakes or photos with the audience
and certainly not any autographs being done.
It was a very enjoyable event.
You could buy the book at a reduced price of £30 as a bundle when you bought the £20 ticket in advance
but on the day the book costs the full price of £40.
Each book had a 2 inch handstamp of the ZOJO Jimmy Page logo and the date of the event.
Amazon are selling the book for around £26.
www.jimmypagebook.comCheck out the Jimmy Page Book on the Genesis Books website.
Tuesday 14 October 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
PAD London - private view at Berkeley Square,London W1.
Another big event as part of FRIEZE ART FAIR week with over 500 upmarket folks here.
Over 100 stands here with lots of nice looking items.
A few faces here including Nancy Dell'Olio,Zandra Rhodes,Henry Conway,Alistair Guy and Ozwald Boateng.
Complimentary Ruinart champers......if you could find it.
7.40pm to 9.20pm
Moncler & Sotheby's present Monuments by Fabien Baron - private view at
Sotheby's ,New Bond Street,London W1.
Another big art event with over 500 upmarket folks attending.
A dozen photographers are outside the venue as you go in.
The exhibition was conceived after Moncler partnered with Leica to design a special edition camera, which was given to Baron to shoot a series of photographs on an expedition in Greenland.
English designer Sarah Burton is here.She is creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, and designed the bridal gown worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (née Middleton), at her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on 29 April 2011.
A few faces here including Princess Eugenie,Stella Tennant,Amber Atherton,Chloe Green and others.
Complimentary champers,cocktails,wines and canapés.
9.30pm to 10.30pm
David Haye PT Club - launch party at Frost Of London,108 New Bond Street,London W1.
This designer watch shop hosts parties every couple of months.
David Haye launches his Personal Trainer website and his new gym in Dubai.
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is now aged 34 years old. Haye is one of Britain’s most successful fighters in recent years and one of the sport’s few remaining box office stars.
David Haye is here for the entire evening and friendly and chatty to all guests.
A few other faces here including Jeremy 'Mr Selfridge' Piven,Tinie Tempah, Lauren Goodger and others.
A dj is playing some dance tunes.
Various complimentary Ciroc vodka cocktails for all guests.
www.hayemakergym.comVisit the website here.
Monday 13 Oct 2014...I went to four events tonight...
6.15pm to 7pm.
Carlos de Souza: #Carlos's Places - book launch party at Assouline, Claridge's, 49 Brook Street, London, W1.
Carlos de Souza is fashion legend Valentino Garavani’s right-hand-man, friend and PR mastermind.
Carlos de Souza is the worldwide brand ambassador for Valentino.
Brazilian-born Carlos de Souza unveils his very own book, a personal journal which will highlight his favourite destinations, restuarants, hotels, artists and travel and fashion tips.
This was quite an exclusive event as just 50 folks are here including Carlos himself.
Amazingly Valentino turns up to support his friend which was great to see.
Complimentary wines for all guests.
7.10pm to 8.30pm.
BMI London Awards at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
BMI honours British songwriters and co-writers of the most-performed songs on U.S. radio and televison.
Went along for the arrivals reception.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for all guests.
This year Sir Tim Rice gets the main BMI Icon award.
Last year i was here for the whole evening when John Lydon received the main award which was mega.
Other guests here included
Nile Rodgers ( won Song Of The Year for 'Get Lucky')
Nile Rodgers was friendly and chatty to all just like he is on tv.
I told him I saw Chic live in 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon and he said he had been looking at photos
from that gig over the weekend.
Van Morrison ( picked up awards for 11 million plays of 'Brown Eyed Girl' and 7 million plays of
'Have I Told You Lately' in America).
I took a photo of my friend with Van Morrison.
Also here were Ray Davies,songwriter Don Black,dj Paul Gambaccini and Chris Wright who
owned Chrysalis Records in its heyday.
8.45pm to 10.30pm.
Jonas Burgert: STÜCK HIRN BLIND - private view & afterparty
Blain Southern Gallery, 4 Hanover Square, London, W1.
This massive gallery always has interesting artists displaying.
A big week for art in London this week as FRIEZE is on.
The London EDITION Hotel, 10 Berners Street, London, W1.
Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran were here.
Complimentary drinks for all and a dj is playing some tunes.
Before we went down to the party we had a couple of games of pool in the hotel foyer.
11pm to 1am
Attitude Magazine Awards afterparty at Banqueting House,Whitehall,London SW1.
Gay magazine holds its annual awards which is always a big glamourous black tie event.
Jodie Harsh was the dj tonight.
Complimentary champers,cocktails and canapés for all guests.
Faces still here included Jonathan Ross,Nigella Lawson,Louie Spence,
Myleene Klass,Tulisa,Ana Matronic(Scissor Sisters co vocals who hosted the event).
Liz McClarnon,members of Blue and some of the winners below are still here.
Tom Daley(won Man Of The Year)
Boy George(won Icon Award for outstanding achievement)
Graham Norton(won Icon Award for outstanding achievement)
Julien McDonald(won Style hero)
Steve Jones(won Stylish man of the year)
Celebs that had left before we got there included Noami Campbell,Paloma Faith,McBusted,Marc Almond,
Kelly Hoppen,Christopher Biggins and no doubt a few more.
Goodie bags for all guests which included boxes of Blu Cigs electronic cigs.
www.attitude.co.ukCheck out the Attitude Magazine website for full list of the winners.
www.blucigs.co.ukCheck out the Blu Electronic Cigs website here.
Monday 13 October 2014.
The Times newspaper today gave a glowing five star review to the Hans Zimmer gig below.
Friday 10 October 2014.
Hans Zimmer Revealed And Friends live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
First of two shows here at this venue that both sold out with minimum publicity.
These were his first ever proper ticketed live shows.
Hans Zimmer is a multi Grammy award winning composer who has scored over 100 films.
Not really sure what I expected from this show but here is part of the pre show advertising.
Zimmer will be accompanied by a band of brilliant players mixing traditional orchestral instruments with rock and electronica, and will be joined by a few surprise special guests.
‘Hans Zimmer Revealed’ will serve as a non-traditional experience for concertgoers, with each piece presented with Zimmer’s personal presentation style and include music from many of his film scores
The concert will be in two parts: the first being some of Zimmer’s classic movie scores including GLADIATOR, THE LION KING and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and the second featuring re-imagined versions of some classic scores such as THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY and INCEPTION with special guests from the rock and pop world.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to present Hans’s concert series,” stated promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
Things get off to a great start as our review tickets are second row of the circle in the centre with a perfect
view and the nice pr folks give us a complimentary event programme and a wristband for the aftershow party.
The show was 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 70 mins.
Hans Zimmer wanted to play The Royal Albert Hall but promoter Harvey Goldsmith convinced him
that Hammersmith Apollo was a more suitable venue and he was right.
The ' reveal' at the start is very impressive as first the main band of around 20 musicians play then
a couple of minutes later an orchestra of around 30 musicians was revealed on a higher tier and then a
couple of mins later a choir of around 20 appear on another level so there is over 70 people on stage.
Every inch of the stage is covered and it looks great.
The musicians on stage are of the highest calibre.
They include Guthrie Govan who was the 1993 winner of Guitarist magazine's "Guitarist of the Year" competition.
Despite his achievements with Asia and other bands, it was his exposure on YouTube through clips of his playing which has led him to being considered one of the world's best contemporary electric guitar players,and one of the most flexible players in musical scope, although he is primarily considered a jazz fusion player and rock guitarist. As a result, Govan now regularly travels internationally, teaching at various clinics around the world.
Canadian born and raised, Satnam Ramgotra is a superb drummer/percussionist blending traditional drum set with Indian, African, and World Percussion elements into modern musical environments.
I was expecting a few film clips in the background but surprisingly there were none but we did have a
light show that blended perfectly with the music and the overall sound quality was excellent.
Overhead white lights picked out the musicians individually whenever they were featured.
When you had 70 folks on stage playing and singing at full tilt for the more dramatic bits it became totally stunning.
Between songs Hans was pretty good with some light hearted stage banter and stories about the tracks.
The only 'friend' that joins him on stage is ex Smiths guitar legend Johnny Marr who is on stage
for a few songs and the last 30 mins of the show.
A full standing ovation at the end for a quite different kind of show that oozed quality.
Full setlist played...
Intro---Driving Miss Daisy/Sherlock/Madagascar
Angels And Demons
The Da Vinci Code
The Lion King
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Rain Man / Green Card
Man Of Steel
The Thin Red Line
Electro (Spiderman 2)
Check aftershow show page for this event.
Thursday 09 October 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm.
Angela Bulloch for Rolls Royce - private view at Rolls Royce, 15 Berkeley Square, London, W1.
You turn up at their showroom and there are four different colour Rolls Royce cars parked outside.
Inside we view their new Rolls Royce Ghost Phantom that sells for a cool £310,000.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce that a new installation by Turner Prize nominee and renowned artist Angela Bulloch entitled Cipher of L. will be presented at the marque’s London showroom in Berkeley Square.
It will be shown for three weeks to coincide with Frieze Art Fair, a key event in the global contemporary art calendar.
We had a speech by the artist.
A mainly suited crowd here with some very nice complimentary Ruinart champers and canapés.
7.45pm to 9.15pm.
Ippudo London---launch party at Central St Giles,London WC2.
Central St Giles is the area behind Tottenham Court Road tube station just 50 yards from Denmark Street.
New to the new-build ‘piazza’ at Central St Giles (where Jamie Oliver's failed Union Jacks pioneer once sat) is the first London branch of global ramen chain Ippudo. Expect dishes such as the Shiromaru Classic (a traditional ramen-in-broth dish, topped with slices of white pork) and the Akamuru Modern (with a more gutsy broth, laced with garlic oil and the ‘secret’ in-house miso paste).
It is over two floors with the main restaurant area upstairs.
They operate a no reservations policy on the 80 capacity restaurant.
Ippudo operates over 120 restaurants in 13 different countries serving more than 50,000 bowls of Ramen a day.
Lots of staff here fussing over us.
We had some complimentary Japanese cocktails and Sake and beers.
Also we sat down for a yummy complimentary huge bowl of steaming hot Ramen.
All guests got a nice goodie bag with a colourful Ramen bowl and related cutlery.
www.ippudo.co.ukCheck the Ippudo website here.
9.45pm to 1.30am.
Mondrian London - hotel launch party at Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1.
Arrive at the venue and there are over 20 photographers outside.
A massive lavish party for 600 or 700 folks at this luxury new hotel on the river just up the road from
The Oxo Tower and The Royal Festival Hall.
Although initially intended to be a luxury hotel when it was designed by the acclaimed 20th-century US architect Warren Platner in 1978, Sea Containers House actually became offices. When transforming the interiors, British designer Tom Dixon and his Design Research Studio took their cues from the golden age of transatlantic travel.
We are on the 12th floor bar area with some great views of the buildings along the river.
Very lively as folks are dancing everywhere so we had a good boogie.
The djs included Henry Holland.
At 11pm we had a full fireworks display.
Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was here.
Other guests here included Noel Gallagher,Gary Kemp,Graham Norton,Nick Grimshaw,Matthew Williamson,
Laura Whitmore,Natt Weller,Professor Green,Millie MacKintosh,Sadie Frost,Tamara Ecclestone and Union J.
There is a complimentary full bar all night with staff topping up your Perrier Jouet champers non stop.
Also canapés for all.
A great party.
The Mondrian---Morgans Hotel GroupVisit their website for pictures and more info.
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