News and Reviews: September 21, 2018

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2017 LIST.
I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
See upcoming news page link above for my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
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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.
www.timeout.com/london/newsSearch for it here..or google Time Out Ray Morrissey.
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Fri 21 Sept---Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock releases his new solo album 'Good to Go'.
I have an advance copy of the album which is full of great catchy tunes.
The Amazon link above have the cd for £10.99 and the vinyl version for £14.99.
1 Won't Put the Brakes on Me
2 Wanderlust
3 Sexy Beast
4 Speak Too Soon
5 Piece of Work
6 Hook in You
7 Montague Terrace (In Blue)
8 Cloud Cuckoo Land
9 Strange Kinda Taste
10 Chill
11 Couldn't Give a Damn
12 Keep on Pushing
Sat 22 Sept---Reading play Hull City at 3pm.
Sat 22 Sept--Mega fight at Wembley Stadium - ANTHONY JOSHUA vs Alexander Povetkin.
Looks like an impressive 80,000 tickets sold out of 90,000 capacity.
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Sat 22 Sept---Wall Of Sound showcase @ Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading.
Mark Jones, pioneer behind Wall Of Sound Records, invites you to experience some of his favourite new discoveries in Love Love Live, the first in a series of new music happenings.
HOT SAUCE PONY head up tonight, as they unleash their sound of explosive and brutal beauty. Described as a “a collision of the crushing and the delicate” by Soundblab, the sound is their own self-styled genre of ‘avant hard’ with echoes of hardcore, grunge and punk and topped off with the exquisite, sultry vocals of Caroline Gilchrist. Imagine Deerhunter and Mudhoney facing off while Marianne Faithful grabs the mic.
Their debut album is due for release early next year, recorded and engineered with Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago with his trademark sound very much apparent. It follows the success of their controversial debut HSP single Fenced In, a raucous and heartfelt protest against gentrification and social apartheid. With their recent track ' Burnt Ends ' debuting at BBC 6Music, they’ve been described by Marc Riley as “Pretty Special”.
CHINA BEARS return to Reading with their self-styled soirée of alt.indie rock, as they combine ambient guitars, choral vocals and raw lyrical talent. Picking up attention across the board from Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and BBC Introducing, they have been called upon to support bands from Declan McKenna to The Big Moon and have been booked for a whole host of festivals this summer, with their recent track Night Calls and their live sound commented on as “A bunch of strong sounding melodies” by Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music
Kicking off this evening are THE PURPLE LIGHTS as they deliver a sound clash of rock and reggae topped off with loopstation magic within a sound that reflects the upbeat buoyancy of Vampire Weekend, Reginald Omas Mamode IV's distinctive take on Afrobreat to the free-flowing wig outs of Fuck Buttons. Watch as an “atmosphere of studied cool turns into glorious carnage” (GIITTV)
Tickets £5 in advance from Eventim, £7 on the door.
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Sun 23 Sept---Europe + King King play The Royal Albert Hall.
Europe are touring to promote their 11th studio album Walk the Earth!
Since forming in 1979, Europe have sold over 25 million albums and the band’s all-conquering ' The Final Countdown '
album has alone sold over 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was No 1 in 25 countries.
I have seen Europe around a dozen times since 1987.
Support band , King King are a British blues rock group, formed in 2008.
On their last UK tour , they headlined Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mon 24 Sept---Biffy Clyro play The Royal Albert Hall....Biffy are on a UK acoustic tour...
A smallish gig for them as they have headlined Wembley Arena and The 02 Arena in the past.
Mon 24 Sept---Nick Mason plays The Roundhouse.
Nick Mason back at this venue where Pink Floyd played gigs in the late 1960s.
Pink Floyd co-founder Nick Mason is touring a complete set of early Pink Floyd songs covering 1967 to 1972 and the albums pre-The Dark Side Of The Moon.
1973’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ was Pink Floyd’s eighth album. The seven albums prior to that making up Mason’s set.
Tues 25 Sept---Rothwell + Bang Bang Romeo + others live at The Monarch, Camden...FREE ENTRY.
Best to get your name down on their advance guest list via FaceBook.
Wed 26 Sept---Franz Ferdinand play The Roundhouse.
Wed 26 Sept and Thurs 27 Sept---Rodriguez plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Cult singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2018.
I saw him a few years ago at Hammersmith Apollo where he mumbled the vocals a lot
and appeared a bit frail/drunk and under rehearsed...expect plenty of South Africans in the crowd...
Wed 26 Sept , Thurs 27 Sept , Fri 28 Sept---Kylie Minogue plays The 02 Arena.
Kylie on a UK arena tour to promote her country tinged album 'Golden'.
The CASSETTE version of her album is the best selling cassette this year selling over 2800 copies.
Kylie is still looking amazing for age 50 as she celebrates 30 years of hit singles and albums.
I have seen her a dozen times since 1998 when she played at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Thurs 27 Sept---Pale Waves play Shepherds Bush Empire.
A great new band who have broken through this year.
Goth on the surface but glittering pop underneath, the Manchester quartet have taken the airwaves by storm, with "Kiss", "The Tide" , ‘Television Romance’ and ‘There’s A Honey’ getting frequent exposure.
They are on a UK to promote their debut album, 'My Mind Makes Noises', released on Friday 14 September.
Fri 28 Sept---Rod Stewart's brand new album ‘Blood Red Roses’ is out today.
Good timing as he is on The Graham Norton show tonight along with Lady Gaga.
Fri 28 Sept---Peter Hook & The Light play Koko.
Fri 28 Sept---Sex Pistols Experience + The Vulz play The 100 Club.
Fri 28 Sept---Zico plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Zico, is a South Korean rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter and leader of the boy group Block B, signed under the label KQ Entertainment. He has released two solo albums, ' Gallery ' and ' Television '.
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Fri 28 Sept---FREE ENTRY gig in Paddington.
Upstairs we'll have producer and DJ Femi Fem, formerly of Young Disciples and DJ for everyone from Janet Jackson to Prince - he’ll be play a mix of disco, hip hop, soul and perfect funk. Complemented by live performances from singer Heidi and her guitarist. Her voice offers both range and texture, she’s played everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel in the US to the Royal Albert Hall here in London. She’s also performed at the Blue Note Jazz Festival and Coachella.
Arrivals: from 6.30pm
Starts: 7pm...two sets of 45 mins each.
RSVP: rsvp@thepilgrm.com to confirm your attendance ASAP, as spaces are extremely limited.
Address: The Pilgrm Hotel, 25 London Street, Paddington, London, W2 1HH
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Sat 29 Sept---Sex Pistols Experience play The London Stone, Staines.
Sat 29 Sept---Ocean Colour Scene + Black Grape + Echobelly plus others play Brixton Academy.
Sun 30 Sept---Soft Cell play The 02 Arena.
Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time ,in their first UK show for 15 years.
Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003.
The show will be beamed live to selected cinemas around the UK.
Soft Cell had ten Top 40 hits in the UK.
Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years to coincide with the show.
Mon 01 Oct---Rod Stewart is on BBC One show at 7pm.
Tues 02 Oct--- 8pm - Reading play QPR...bottom of the table clash...
Tues 02 Oct and Wed 03 Oct---Shania Twain + The Shires play The 02 Arena.
Wed 03 Oct---Sophie Ellis Bextor plays The Royal Festival Hall...with orchestra...
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Thurs 04 Oct to Sun 07 Oct --- FRIEZE ART LONDON is on at Regents Park.
Frieze London features more than 160 of the world's leading galleries. View and buy art from over 1,000 of today's leading artists, and experience the fair's critically acclaimed curated sections and Talks programmes.
www.frieze.comVisit the FRIEZE website here for more info.
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Thurs 04 Oct---Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited - at The Royal Festival Hall...- Band with Orchestra -
His UK tour also includes another date at The Palladium on Thurs 11 Oct.
Fri 05 Oct----Sir-Vere release their wide ranging and energy-packed ‘PsychoBallisticFunk’ album on
Wall of Sound....Think Prodigy mixed with AC/DC.
Mon 08 Oct---Level 42 play The Hexagon, Reading...also Royal Albert Hall on 25 Oct...
Thurs 11 Oct and Fri 12 Oct---Paul Weller plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Paul's new solo album 'True Meanings' is released on 14 Sept 2018.
These shows will be the only UK shows for the new album in 2018. He will be accompanied by his usual band members and an orchestra to present and celebrate the release of the album.
Fri 12 Oct and Sat 13 Oct---Suede play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Suede around a dozen times since 1993.
Sat 13 Oct---Menace + Satellites + Blue Carpet Band + Nuffin' play The 100 Club.
Four band punk night...tickets £10 advance or £15 on the door.
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The very first National Album Day has been announced.
A week of celebrations culminating on the 70th anniversary of the album on Saturday October 13 will take place, with all corners of the British music industry coming together to honour the format.
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Mon 02 April onwards---Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to
London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!
I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock ,Dream Girls, Young Frankenstein and others.
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.
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TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opens at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until Feb 2019.
The hotly anticipated musical based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sun 14 Oct and Mon 15 Oct---Cliff Richard plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Cliff is playing a UK tour to celebrate his 60 years in the music biz.
The show on 14th Oct will be celebrating his 78th birthday.
It will beamed live into many cinemas across the UK.
Sir Cliff has sold over 250 million records ( albums/singles ) in his career.
He is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Cliff Richard's debut single "Move It" was released 60 years ago in August 1958 and reached number 2.
This tour is his first since winning his privacy court case against the BBC.
The 77-year-old is now looking to resume his music career, with the singer announcing the release of his next studio album ‘Rise Up’, which is due on November 23.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, ‘Rise Up’ will see Richards tackling “the bad period I went through in my life” during the aforementioned investigation and subsequent legal battle. It’ll also see the singer express his “renewed feeling of freedom”.
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Tues 16 Oct---Smashing Pumpkins play Wembley Arena.
Tues 16 Oct---Tony Hadley plays The Palladium.
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Wed 17 Oct---The Q Awards are held at The Roundhouse.
The 1975, IDLES, Janelle Monae, Christine And The Queens, Arctic Monkeys and Goat Girl lead nominations
with two nods each!
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Wed 17 Oct---Anglo French singer Anne Pigalle releases her new album 'Ecstase' with a drinks launch.
'Ecstase' : the odyssey of a woman through the underground of Paris, London and Los Angeles.
Venue = 01zero-one, Hopkins Street, Soho, London W1....6pm to 9pm...
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Wed 17 Oct, Thurs 18 Oct, Sat 20 Oct , Sun 21 Oct---Jeff Lynne's ELO play The 02 Arena.
Jeff & ELO back for another massive UK tour.
Jeff & ELO have had 27 Top 40 hits in the UK including one number one.
Support comes from Billy Lockett.
The Northampton-born singer-songwriter burst onto the scene in 2016 with his debut EP Burn It Down, which was championed by BBC Introducing and went on to amass an impressive 1.6million streams on Spotify.
Fri 19 Oct---Saxon + FM play The Roundhouse.
Fri 19 Oct---Enrique Iglesias and Beverley Knight play The 02 Arena.
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I bought all four albums when they came out 40 years ago.
The four solo albums released by Kiss members in 1978 are to be reissued in a limited edition box set.
There will be only 300 bundles made available worldwide, with each set containing the albums recorded by original Kiss members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss on 180g coloured vinyl – and it’s being launched to mark the 40th anniversary of their original release.
The Solo Album Collection will arrive on October 15, with pre-orders now being taken exclusively through the band’s website.
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U2 return in Sept/Oct/Nov for a European Arena Tour.
Fri 19 Oct and Sat 20 Oct---Manchester Arena
Tues 23 Oct and Wed 24 Oct---02 Arena, London
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BluesFest is at the 02 Arena.
Thurs 25 Oct---John Fogerty + Steve Miller Band
At the age of 73, John Fogerty plays his biggest ever London headline show.
I first saw him in 2000 when he supported Tina Turner at Wembley Stadium.
That was his first London show since 1972.
On June 29, 2006 I was at his first headlining British concert since 1972, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.
I have seen him a couple of more times since then.
He will play solo material as well as Creedence Clearwater Revival classic tracks.
Fri 26 Oct---Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters + Van Morrison
Robert Plants first London show since he turned 70 on 20 August 2018.
In August , Robert Plant spoke highly of Van Morrison "I used to open the show for Van
in Stourbridge Town Hall in the 1960s.He was tremendous.He still is".
Sat 27 Oct---Zac Brown Band + Beth Hart
Sun 28 Oct---Counting Crows + Alison Krauss
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Sat 27 Oct---Tom Robinson Band play Shepherds Bush Empire.
TRB play a UK tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album.
'Power In The Darkness' - the Tom Robinson Band's debut album - was released in 1978. It was followed by their 28-date Out Of The Darkness tour of the UK and Ireland, with Stiff Little Fingers as special guests.
I was at both the London shows at Hammersmith Odeon on that tour in Oct 1978.
I have seen Tom Robinson Band around 20 times since 1977.
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Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds is playing a UK tour in October to promote his new album
which is released on Mercury KX / Universal.
‘re:member’ comes out on 24th August, and the Icelander is set to take the record on a world tour, which runs for the rest of the year, finishing in his hometown of Reykjavik just before Christmas.
In May 2018 he sold out The Royal Albert Hall and returns for a full UK tour that includes
two nights at The London Palladium on 30/31 Oct 2018.
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Sat 27 Oct and Sun 28 Oct---Black Eyed Peas play Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 29 Oct---David Byrne plays The 02 Arena.
Earlier shows this year received more than fifteen 5 star reviews from the UK's press.
Mon 29 Oct---Andrea Bocelli biopic 'The Music of Silence' arrives on DVD 29 October.
Internationally renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli has been entertaining and thrilling audiences all over the world with his astounding voice for some 25 years, selling more than 20 million records, filling stadiums galore, and bringing joy to the masses.
Starring Game of Thrones’ Toby Sebastian, Hollywood favourite Antonio Banderas, and an appearance from Bocelli himself, who also provides his angelic singing, The Music of Silence arrives on DVD and digital from 4Digital Media on 29 October 2018, ahead of Bocelli’s arena tour dates, including London’s O2 Arena and Dublin’s 3Arena.
Before he was Andrea Bocelli, he was Amos Bardi. Born nearly blind, Amos (Sebastian – Barely Legal) is separated from his family to attend an institute for the visually impaired, but a terrible accident occurs while he’s there, resulting in complete loss of sight. Despite being told that he will never be a serious opera singer, Amos is driven by great ambition and with the help of his maestro (Banderas – The Mask of Zorro, Puss in Boots), overcomes every obstacle and becomes one of the most renowned opera singers in the world.
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Mon 29 Oct---Spandau Ballet play Hammersmith Apollo.
After a debut club show, this is the first major UK show with their new singer.
New singer Ross William Wild replaces Tony Hadley who is focusing on his solo career.
First time ever that Spandau Ballet have played this venue in their 35 year plus career.
Before this London show they will play warm up gigs in Italy and Holland.
Fri 02 Nov---Richard Ashcroft plays The Forum.
Fri 02 Nov---Sham 69 play Sub 89, Reading...featuring three original members...
Sat 03 Nov---Slayer play Wembley Arena....Slayer are on a 2018/2019 Farewell Tour...
Sun 04 Nov---Michael Bolton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 04 Nov and Mon 05 Nov---Hawkwind play The Palladium.
Thurs 08 Nov and Fri 09 Nov---Rick Astley plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 09 Nov, Sun 11 Nov, Mon 12 Nov ---Greta Van Fleet play The Forum.
Rising stars play three London shows on their European Tour.
Their highly-anticipated debut album, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, which will be released on October 19.
Mon 12 Nov---MC5 + Michael Monroe play Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Hotly tipped Hot Sauce Pony are playing gigs to promote their second single.
'What You Don't Know' follows hot on the heels of 'Burnt Ends', the tiny, one minute ten album taster that gained multiple plays from BBC 6Music and praise from a wide array of blogs and online taste makers. The album 'Hot Sauce Pony', engineered and recorded by Steve Albini (Pixies/Nirvana/PJ Harvey) at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago.
September 22 – Wall of Sound presents Love Love Live at Reading Rising Sun (with Purple Lights and China Bears)
November 14 – Mark Beaumont presents... The Monarch, Camden, North London.
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Sat 17 Nov--Killing Joke play The Roundhouse.
Sun 18 Nov---Gary Numan plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mon 19 Nov---Gary Numan plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 23 Nov---The Damned play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 24 Nov---From The Jam play Shepherds Bush Empire.
From The Jam feature original bass player from The Jam - Bruce Foxton.
'All Mod Cons' album 40th anniversary UK tour...with support from Nine Below Zero.
Tues 27 Nov---Billy Ocean plays The Royal Albert Hall.
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U2 finish off their European tour with four hometown shows in Dublin.
Mon 05 Nov, Tues 06 Nov, Fri 09 Nov, Sat 10 Nov.
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Thursday 20 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - party - The Conran Shop ,Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3.
With a heritage spanning over 50 years, the Conran name has established itself as a brand synonymous with all areas of design. As a collection of design led entities founded by Terence Conran, the principal activities of the Conran Group are architecture, interior, product and graphic design, brand licensing and the operation of shops. Improving the lives of their customers is the aim and lifeblood of the Conran Group – whether it be creating a range of cookware or running and furnishing shops in major cities around the world, or large scale urban master planning.
A big crowd of around 500 guests here at this massive store that is over two levels.
A dj is playing some tunes.
Complimentary prosecco and Peroni beers for all guests.
www.conranshop.co.ukVisit the Conran Shop website here for more info.
then
7.30pm to 11pm
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - opening launch party - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.
This was the big opening party for London Design Festival which started at Olympia earlier.
LDF brings together more than 400 international design brands as well as a range of innovative projects from the likes of Tesla and Riko by Starck. The highly coveted Talks with 100% Design will return for 2018, featuring keynote sessions by industry heavyweights, panel discussions, trend forecasts and more.
LDF is the destination for architects and designers to source the latest products, discover new interior design trends and emerging brands.
It is open to the public this weekend.
Another massive crowd as there must be 600 or 700 guests here as they are using the outdoor garden space
out the back as well as the normal front reception area.
There are different djs every hour playing tunes.
Complimentary drinks and food here including two different gin cocktails, white wines, beers,
tasty canapés and big tubs of ice-cream.
www.londondesignfestival.comVisit their website here for more info.




Wednesday 19 September 2018...7pm to 10pm...
TIMOTHY OULTON - flagship gallery launch party - 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.
During London Design Festival 2018, daring furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton will launch its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, Chelsea. The 7,200 square foot space will feature the brand’s most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs including a custom-designed spaceship to look like a very comfy seated bar space.
Timothy Oulton have over 30 stores/galleries worldwide.
A full red carpet was here along with flowers all over the entrance area.
Over 200 guests here in their massive space next to Bluebird restaurant & bar , Chelsea.
Timothy Oulton was here as was interior designer Kelly Hoppen.
Inside is a treasure trove of great furniture that includes part of one of the world’s largest collections of customised Louis Vuitton trunks. A giant fish tank housing a Yellow Submarine.There’s Apollo, a custom designed ‘spaceship’, showcased at this year’s Milan Design Week, along with 200 vintage cricket bats behind the bar,20 vintage typewriters on another wall and many other visually spectacular one off items.
A dj playing tunes in the background.
All the staff are dressed in white outfits with black bowler hats as they top up your drinks.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, red wines, beers, canapés , cheese table buffet
and mini ice-creams for all guests.
A great party , and much better than expected.
www.timothyoulton.comVisit the Timothy Oulton website here for more info.




Tuesday 18 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
JIM MOIR (VIC REEVES) - private view - Grosvenor Gallery, 35 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.
Jim Moir is better known by the stage name Vic Reeves, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer as Vic and Bob. He is known for his surreal sense of humour.
Jim is showcasing 200 small drawings/sketches which are for sale at £250 each.
Various themes including pop stars, footballers and wrestlers from the 1970's.
Jim (Vic) is here with his wife Nancy.
There are three or four lesser known comedy faces here as well that I can't put names too.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.grosvenorgallery.comVisit the gallery here for more info and photos.
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DIONNE WARWICK with orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
'The Queen of Easy Listening Pop Soul' returns to London.
Dionne's hits have included Walk On By, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Do You Know The Way to San José, and Heartbreaker.
Dionne, now aged 77 first appeared at the Hall in 1970 and this special orchestra evening
will mark her 10th date at the venue.
In America , Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 56 of Warwick's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998 and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.
Many of them were with legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach.
Dionne also performed some easy listening covers in the set.
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JON ALLEN took to the stage at 7.30pm for a brief 20 mins.
Jon is a folk rock guitarist who has brought out four albums.
He is best known for the songs "In Your Light" and "Going Home", the latter of which featured
in a worldwide advert for the Land Rover Freelander.
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An older crowd as expected to see Dionne whose career spans over 50 years.
DIONNE WARWICK took the stage at 8.15pm and was on stage for 2 hours 5 mins.
For Dionne there are around 30 musicians on stage including band & orchestra.
It was her own band and the string section sounded great when at full tilt.
A pretty long set for someone of her grand old age of 77.
For some songs she stood up and for some songs she sat on a stool.
Dionne comes from the era of great songs that had great melody.
The crowd hang on her every word and Dionne got a full standing ovation at the end.
The crowd sing along to each song as everyone knows the words to these classic songs.
An enjoyable show.
This setlist has most of the songs performed tonight...
Don't Make Me Over
Walk On By
Anyone Who Had A Heart
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Always Something There To Remind Me
Message to Michael
Close to You
This Girl's in Love With You
I Say a Little Prayer (with David Elliott her son on vocals, he is also on drums tonight)
Aquarela do Brasil
Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Heartbreaker
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Love's (Still) the Answer
99 Miles From L.A.
I'll Never Love This Way Again
The Look of Love
Alfie
Love Will Find a Way (with Cheyenne Elliott)
Let There Be Love (with Cheyenne Elliott)
What the World Needs Now is Love
That's What Friends Are For





Tuesday 18 September 2018.
Guitar legend JIMI HENDRIX died 48 years ago today aged just 27 in London.
Jimi Hendrix died at the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 early on 18 September 1970. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party, was picked up by his girlfriend Monika Dannemann, and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel.This average looking hotel is still there with the same name.
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STEVE PERRY ex original singer of Journey (1977 to 1987) is in London to promote his new solo album.




Monday 17 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
5.15pm to 6.25pm
BLOWN AWAY - private view - Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1.
This event was part of London Design Week opening day.
Always nice to be in this stunning venue with its iconic 'pod loos'.
Design research gallery Matter of Stuff returns to iconic London venue sketch in September with a new site-specific exhibit for London Design Festival 2018 - Blown Away. Six international designers will showcase a series of innovative hand-blown glass works and movement, including a new chandelier by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass. For the first time in London, WonderGlass will present Echoes chandelier – a never seen before illuminated speaker sculpture by studiopluz. The show will also feature a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted exclusively for sketch.
The six stunning glass works and movement are in the entrance area before you get to the main rooms.
It is on until 14 November 2018.
They also have a bigger exhibition on at their sister gallery in Kings Cross at 5 Lewis Cubitt Walk.
Complimentary Venetian rum cocktails, wines and Peroni beers for all guests.
www.matterofstuff.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.30pm to 9.15pm
The Frank & Lorna Dunphy Yellow Ball Collection : private view -
Sotheby's , 34 New Bond Street, London W1.
This September, Sotheby’s is delighted to celebrate one of the most extraordinary art world collaborations of our times: that of Damien Hirst and his unstoppable business manager, mentor and ‘partner in crime’, Frank Dunphy. Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection - a two-part sale and exhibition of over 200 artworks that charts the iconoclastic 1990s art scene of which Frank and Lorna Dunphy were at the very heart.
Over 300 guests here at this major art event.
Many of the items are on display here are by Damien Hirst.
The sale is this week and will certainly reach many millions in overall sales.
Frank and Lorna Dunphy were here but there was no sign of Damien Hirst.
Other guests here included Sir Peter Blake and Mark-Francis Vandelli.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.
www.sothebys.comVisit the Sotheby's website here for more info.





Sunday 16 September 2018.
2pm to 5pm
I bashed the drums for a bit with my band GUN CONTROL.
This was our sixth rehearsal.
We are trying to arrange a free admission gig in Acton in November.
We will play ten songs...eight originals and two covers.
then
8pm to 10pm
AADNEVIK - Spring / Summer 2019 Show - Royal Horseguards,
One Whitehall Place, London SW1.
Day 3 of London Fashion Week.
AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom. The brand is currently at a steady growing position with a strong customer base amongst the celebrity and elite society, stocking in key cities worldwide. Celebrities include: Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and many more.
The company’s essence is driven by values such as tradition, passion, nature, vision and hard work, but above all by family ideals. Hence, the designers incorporated their workplace into their home when their baby Silver was born, keeping their production line very close. The pair works at hand with their couture team at their London Atelier to create the luxury handcrafted garments.
A very nice choice of venue for this catwalk show with it's swirling staircase up to the show area.
Complimentary De Watere champers at the reception for an hour then at your seats as well.
It is a proper catwalk show area with 200 seated and 200 standing...and 20 photographers...
200 seated with four rows of 50...two rows of seats either side of the catwalk show.
We have a seat in the second row.
Only those seated get the goodie bags of a few items including Moroccan Oil and 250ml champers.
One end of the catwalk is nicely dressed as the theme for their collection...'Alice in Wonderland'.
The show was on from 9.10pm for 20 mins and featured stunningly sexy dresses in vibrant colours.
A nice soundtrack that included a couple of songs by The Cure.
www.aadnevik.comVisit the Aadnevik website for more info and photos.




Sunday 16 September 2018.
MARC BOLAN sadly died 41 years ago today.
Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at the age of 29 in a car accident a fortnight before his 30th birthday.
Amazingly another T.Rex album 'Gold' has entered the charts this week at number eight.
It is a budget priced three cd box set that is only £5.99 on Amazon.
I saw Marc with T.Rex last ever London show at The Rainbow in March 1977 with The Damned as support.
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KENNEY JONES ex drummer with The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who is 70 today.
Kenney Jones is the sole surviving member of the Small Faces.
Kenney recently brought out his biography.




Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm...
NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show -
Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasing her latest creations.
Nina recently featured in the Channel 4 tv documentary 'Too Posh to Parent'.
Nina got plenty of press attention when she mentioned she hired a 'LEGO THERAPIST' for her three kids.
And there’s always a nanny on hand, if you can afford to employ one per child (and put them on pooper-scooper duty to pick up after the seven Chihuahuas) , not to mention two tutors, a personal assistant, chef, butler and chauffeur-cum-bodyguard.
Staff wages are £200,000 a year but that's peanuts when your husband is a big hedge fund manager and
they own big houses in Chelsea and Monaco.
We arrive on time and it gets very busy....lots of great looking women all dressed up here...
Mark-Francis Vandelli from tv series Made in Chelsea was here.
Before the catwalk show we had a ballet dancer perform for 10 minutes.
We are part of the 150 guests seated and there are maybe another 100 standing.
Our host was LIZZIE CUNDY who looked stunning in one of Nina's elegant gowns.
At 9.05pm we get a full 30 minute catwalk show featuring Nina's incredible creations.
The music soundtrack was a singer and an acoustic guitarist.
The dozen models walk between the seats.
What got plenty of cheers was Nina's three young kids who were modelling the Children's couture
while carrying small dogs who were wearing the Dog couture.
Womenswear Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Womenswear Fur and Leather Collection AW19/20
Children Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Dog Couture and Black Collection AW18/19
Complimentary prosecco and vodka cocktails for all guests.
A nice goodie bag with a dozen items in each one.
www.nina-naustdal.comVisit the website here for more info and photos.




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