News and Reviews: September 25, 2017

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Visit my upcoming news page for my interview on Roundhouse punk gigs of the 1970s.
Visit my upcoming news page for my Top 20 gigs of 2016...No 1 was Bruce Springsteen.
It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
An American In Paris,School of Rock ,Dream Girls, 42nd Street and others.
Fri 08 Sept---THE VENUS REACTION release their rockin' track today called 'Crashing Up'.
Just 500 copies on clear vinyl with a neat picture sleeve.
The band playing on the single feature...
David Donley - guitars (Glen Matlock & The Philistines / Holy Holy)
Amie Conradine - vocals
Glen Matlock - bass (The Rich Kids / The Sex Pistols / The Faces)
Ed Graham (The Darkness) - drums
Mixed by Jim Lowe (The Stereophonics and others)
I have been given a name check on the back of the cover.
www.merchdesk.combuy it online from here and...
John Lydon arrives in London this week to do promo for the new PIL documentary.
Tues 26 Sept---Wilko Johnson Band + Dr John Cooper Clarke play The Royal Albert Hall.
2017 is certainly a special year for Wilko Johnson: not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the
Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday...(12 July 2017)...
Given the events of recent years, when Wilko was diagnosed with, and overcame, terminal pancreatic cancer,
this celebration at the Royal Albert Hall is all the more meaningful.
I saw Wilko playing with Dr Feelgood three times at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975/1976 before he left them.
I have seen him a few times as a solo artist.
I first also saw punk poet support Dr John John Cooper Clarke in the late 1970s.
Wed 27 Sept and Thurs 28 Sept---Sparks play Shepherds Bush Empire.
I have seen Sparks around 15 times with the first time being in 1974 at Hammersmith Odeon.
'Hippopotamus' is the 25th album by American rock group Sparks, set to be released on September 8, 2017.
Record Collector gave it a five star review and 'Album Of The Month'.
Thurs 28 Sept---Hollie Cook plays The Borderline Club,London W1.
Thurs 28 Sept---Suzanne Vega plays The Palladium.
I have seen Suzanne Vega several times since i first saw her at Hammersmith Odeon in 1987
when 'Luka' was a big hit single in the UK.
Thurs 28 Sept--- Black Sabbath's The End Of The End for one night only in cinemas across the world.
The film chronicles the final tour from the godfathers of heavy metal – Black Sabbath.
After nearly 50 years together, the Birmingham band took their final bow in Feb 2017.
I saw one of their London shows on that final tour.
I have seen Black Sabbath over 30 times since 1974 with various line-ups.
Fri 29 Sept---999 + Morgellons play The Dublin Castle, Camden.....£14 on the door...
Fri 29 Sept---Chas & Dave + Jackie Lynton Band play The Beck Theatre,Hayes, Middlesex.
Cockney chaps Chas & Dave were one of the support acts to Led Zeppelin at Knebworth in 1979.
Support comes from Jackie Lynton who is still rockin' at age 77.
Jackie provided the great spoken intro to Status Quo live album in the 1970s.
Fri 29 Sept---The Zombies play The Palladium.
Fri 29 Sept---Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds play The 02 Arena.
Fri 29 Sept--- The Rolling Stones "From The Vault" series - Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015 on DVD.
Sat 30 Sept---50 years ago today BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 started broadcasting.
Special shows all day on both stations in celebration.
Sat 30 Sept---Marc Bolan would have been 70 today.
Sat 30 Sept---The Rolling Stones play Amsterdam Arena.
I have seen The Stones play at this venue on a previous tour.
Sat 30 Sept---Cockney comedian Micky Flanagan plays Wembley Arena.
As part of a massive UK arena tour including multi dates at Wembley Arena and 02 Arena.
Sun 01 Oct---Chas & Dave + Jackie Lynton Band play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Cockney chaps Chas & Dave were one of the support acts to Led Zeppelin at Knebworth in 1979.
Support comes from Jackie Lynton who is still rockin' at age 77.
Jackie provided the great spoken intro to Status Quo live album in the 1970s.
You can listen to these special shows live on BBC 6 Music.
Monday 2 October Morrissey
Tuesday 3 October Mogwai
Wednesday 4 October Alt J
Thursday 5 October Loyle Carner
Friday 6 October Robert Plant
Mon 02 Oct and Tues 03 Oct---Alter Bridge play The Royal Albert Hall.
On 08 Sept Alter Bridge release 'Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities' ,a thirty-track collection album that captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played The 02 Arena in Nov 2016.
For the shows at The Royal Albert Hall they will be backed by The Parallax Orchestra - a fifty-two piece
ensemble conducted by Simon Dobson. Both shows sold out in under seven minutes.
Wed 04 Oct---Tori Amos plays The Royal Albert Hall.
This performance will be Tori’s eighth at the Hall, a venue she first performed at in 1996.
Support with come from Bell X1.
Wed 04 Oct---Ricky Gervais starts his stand up comedy stint at Hammersmith Apollo.
October 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th & 19th.
As part of his massive UK tour.
Thurs 05 Oct to Sat 07 Oct--- RAIN: 50 Years of Sgt. Peppers live at The Palladium.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album!
Fri 06 Oct---The Selecter + The Beat play The Roundhouse...sold out...
Fri 06 Oct---Liam Gallagher will release his debut solo album ‘As You Were’.
Liam has been in the papers pretty much every day in recent months desperately trying to drum up
publicity so will be very interesting how well it sells.
Sun 08 Oct---Pretenders play Hammersmith Apollo.
Tues 10 Oct---Mike & The Mechanics play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 13 Oct---Marillion play The Royal Albert Hall..sold out...
Extra London show added at The Palladium - Tuesday 7th November.
Fri 13 Oct---Nazareth play 229 Great Portland Street,London W1.
Fri 13 Oct---Placebo play The Rivermead Centre,Reading..with support from Husky Loops.
The Who have announced that they’ll release Tommy - Live At The Royal Albert Hall later this year.
The live package will arrive on October 13 on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD, 3LP and on digital formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
A statement on the album reads: “In April 2017, The Who took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform their rock opera Tommy live in its entirety for the first time in their long and illustrious career.
I was at both those mega shows which were for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
Sat 14 Oct---The Wedding Present play Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.
Sat 14 Oct---Gary Numan plays Brixton Academy.
Sun 15 Oct---Jane Fonda in Conversation at The Savoy Theatre.
Wed 18 Oct---The Q Awards are held at The Roundhouse.
Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher lead this year’s 2017 Q Awards nominations with three nods each.
All three are up for Best Solo Act, while Liam and Ed will go up against each other in the Best Track category, while Stormzy will face Liam, along with The Killers, Lorde, and Radiohead for Best Live Act.
Kiwi pop queen Lorde, punk-hop heroes Sleaford Mods and rap phenomenon Kendrick Lamar are also up for two awards each, and this year’s ceremony will be Kendrick’s first year nominated.
Thurs 19 Oct---Bananarama and other 80s acts play Wembley Arena.
Thurs 19 Oct---The Corrs play The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 20 Oct---Suzi Quatro + David Essex + The Osmonds play Wembley Arena.
Sat 21 Oct---The Waterboys play The Palladium.
Thurs 19 Oct , Sun 22 Oct , Wed 25 Oct --- The Rolling Stones play three shows at U Arena, Paris.
This new stadium will have 40,000 capacity per show.
These shows are at the end of their European Tour.....No UK shows this year.
Cage The Elephant support The Stones at all the Paris shows.
Metallica play five UK shows as part of their European Tour....all UK shows sold out...
Sun Oct 22, - The O2 Arena, London
Tues Oct 24, - The O2 Arena, London
Thurs Oct 26, - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sat Oct 28, - Manchester Arena, Manchester
Mon Oct 30, - Genting Arena, Birmingham
Mon 23 Oct and Tues 24 Oct---Placebo play Brixton Academy...with support from Husky Loops.
Final shows on their UK 20th anniversary tour.
Tues 24 Oct,Wed 25 Oct,Thurs 26 Oct ---Tom Robinson plays The 100 Club.
Tom plays his first full UK tour with a band for many years.
Tom's 4-piece band will be performing the entire Power In The Darkness album live on tour to mark
the 40th Anniversary of his debut single 2-4-6-8 Motorway.
I have seen him live around 20 times including several times in his heyday period of success
in 1977/1978 when he had a few hit singles.
Thurs 26 Oct---Starsailor play Koko,Camden.
Their anthemic new single 'Listen To Your Heart' is available now and bodes well for their upcoming new album 'All This Life' due September 1st via Cooking Vinyl. This will be the first album of new material from the band in nearly a decade (2009 to be exact). To support the album the band will be touring the UK in October.
Fri 27 Oct---WASP play The Forum.
Fri 27 Oct---Willie Nile plays The Borderline.
27 Oct to 16 Nov 2017 - My Name Is Prince: The Official Exhibition at The 02 Arena Complex.
It is on for 21 days which was the amount of shows Prince played at The 02 Arena in 2007.
I was at six of those shows and two of his after party gigs next door at Indigo.
Prince run of 21 shows is still the record for nights played by one act on the same tour at The 02 Arena.
Admission will be £25 for adults.
Sat 28 Oct---The Professionals feat Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook play The Garage.
A special show to launch their first album for over 35 years.
Also a warm up show the night before at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton.
The album is titled 'What In The World' is released the day before on Friday 27 Oct 2017.
It was recorded at Zak Starkeys studio...which I think is in Henley.
Paul Cook has roped his mates in. Steve Jones appears on three tracks, and there are guest appearances from from Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan. The Clash's Mick Jones is on board. So is The Cult's Billy Duffy. Marco Pirroni from Adam And The Ants has signed up. It's quite a line up.
Full Track Listing:
Good Man Down
Let Go
Going Going Gone
Hats Off
New Generation
Take Me Now
Bad Baby
Also today is the 40th anniversary of my fave album of all time which is the classic that is
Sex Pistols 'Never Mind The Bollocks'.
Universal has announced that the out-of-print deluxe edition of the album, which was originally released in 2012,
will now be rereleased on October 27.
The deluxe NMTB will include 3 CDs, a live DVD and a 48 page book.
Also released to coincide--- 1977: The Bollocks Diaries, it’s being released via Cassell Illustrated to mark the 40th anniversary of the Pistols landmark album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.
The book documents the recording and release of the record and focuses on “the year the Sex Pistols changed everything.”
BluesFest is held at The 02 Arena this weekend...
Fri 27 Oct---Chic feat Nile Rodgers + Chaka Khan.
Sat 28 Oct---Hall & Oates + Chris Isaak.
Sun 29 Oct---Steely Dan + Doobie Brothers.
03 Sept update---Ahead of a headline gig at Bluesfest next month, it has been announced that Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist and backing vocalist Walter Becker has died.
He passed away today (03 Sept) aged 67 following reports that he had been "very ill"
and that he had underwent surgery last month.
Steely Dan are one of those American bands that rarely play overseas.
When I first saw Steely Dan in 1996 at Wembley Arena, that was their first London show for 20 years.
Sat 28 Oct---Weezer + Ash + Orwells play Wembley Arena.
Sun 29 Oct---Stylistics play The Swan Theatre,High part of their lengthy UK tour.
Their Philadelphia Soul sound of the early 1970s was very popular in the UK.
'The Best of The Stylistics' is a compilation album that was the Best Selling Album of 1975 in the UK.
They still feature two original members.
Wed 01 Nov---Hue & Cry play Assembly Hall, Islington.
Sat 04 Nov--ABC play The Palladium.
Sat 04 Nov---Peter Perrrett plays The Electric Ballroom.
Sun 05 Nov---Alison Moyet plays The Hexagon, Reading.
Mon 06 Nov---Squeeze + Nine Below Zero play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 09 Nov---T.Rextasy play The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
Fri 10 Nov---Andrew WK plays The Forum.
Fri 10 Nov---Goldfrapp play Brixton Academy.
Sat 11 Nov---The Members play The 100 Club.
Sun 12 Nov---Van Morrison plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Tues 14 Nov and Wed 15 Nov---Alison Moyet plays The Palladium.
Thurs 16 Nov and Fri 17 Nov---Blondie play Brixton Academy.
Sun 19 Nov---Mr Big + The Answer + Faster Pussycat play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Alice Cooper plays a UK arena tour in November with support from The Mission and The Tubes.
Sat 11th November: Leeds - First Direct Arena
Sun 12th November: Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
Tues 14th November: Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
Wed 15th November: Manchester - Manchester Arena
Thurs 16th November: London – The SSE Arena, Wembley
I have seen Alice Cooper over 20 times with the first being at this very same venue back in 1975.
Queens of The Stone Age play a UK tour in November which includes two big London shows.
Sat 18 Nov---Wembley Arena,London.
Tues 21 Nov---02 Arena,London.
03 Sept update---QOTSA soared to the top of the album charts this week for the first time
with their seventh studio LP ‘Villains’, clocking up 32,000 sales in its first week.
Wed 22 Nov---Depeche Mode play The 02 Arena.
Thurs 23 Nov---Deep Purple play The 02 Arena.
Mon 27 Nov and Tues 28 Nov---The Killers play The 02 Arena.
Their recent album 'Wonderful Wonderful' got plenty of great four star reviews in September.

Sunday 24 September 2017.
THE FIZZ live at The Theatre Royal, Windsor,Berkshire.
Cheryl , Mike & Jay - formerly of Bucks Fizz play a UK tour to promote their first new single and album
for over 25 years.
They shot to fame after winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with hit single 'Making Your Mind Up'.
The routine for this song included the famous skirt ripping stint.
They sold millions of records in the 1980s which included three number one hit singles among seven Top 10s.
I saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1982.
My credibility has gone right out the window as i venture out to see The Fizz/Bucks Fizz.
Three of the four original members are here tonight looking good for their age and the new man
looks like a dead ringer for the departed member.
THE FIZZ were on stage for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 60 mins.
Things take a turn for the worse when i realise there is no backing band but just a dodgy backing tape.
The show included half a dozen tracks from the new album along with their 1980s hits.
They second set included a 15 mins medley of 80s cover songs that went down well as all
the crowd got up to dance and it stayed that way.
Check back soon for full review.

Saturday 23 September 2017.
VAN MORRISON live at Nell's Jazz & Blues Club, 3 North End Crescent,West Kensington,London W14.
Sir Van plays the second of two sold out shows at Nell's Jazz & Blues Club.
Incredibly Van has played this intimate 400 capacity venue over 20 times in the past three years.
This venue is owned by live music venue owner legend Vince Power who sold his Mean Fiddler Group for £38m in 2005.
Van how aged 72 has just released his 37th studio album 'Roll With The Punches'
which sees him re-visit his first love : The Blues.
The 15 track album blends R&B and soul gems with brand new material.
Produced by Van Morrison himself, collaborators on the record include Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame,
Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.
I have seen Van play live over 15 times since the first time in 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon.
Nells is two minutes from the site of the legendary venue The Nashville Rooms Pub( which is now called
The Famous Three Kings ) which was open from May 1975 to July 1980.
I saw 32 gigs there including AC/DC, Rich Kids,Joy Division,Damned and Pretenders.
Great to finally get to this venue for the first time and it is totally buzzing inside from a full house.
A nice layout with seats in front of the stage and a raised platform at the back for standing.
I have a chat with owner Vince Power who tells me it is Van's 26th show ,yes 26th show at this venue.
I have a perfect view in the VIP seating area right of stage sitting near actor Bill Nighy.
After the show he ended up on the same District Line tube train as me.
VAN MORRISON and his band took to the stage at 8pm and played for around 85 mins.
As expected the set is a mix of tracks from the new album and some older classics.
Vans voice is sounding better than ever and he can still play a mean sax.
Vans band is top notch..and they need to be as the spontaneity of his performances, with his band, sometimes not knowing what song is coming next along with Van giving them a nod or glance to play louder or quieter / faster or slower.
A well deserved full standing ovation from the crowd at the end of a great show.
A real privilege to see this music legend up nice and close in this intimate club setting.
Setlist tonight included...
Roll With The Punches
Automobile Blues
Have I Told You Lately
Carrying A Torch
It's All In The Game
Whenever God Shines His Light
And The Healing Has Begun
No Guru,No Method,No Teacher
Some future gigs at this venue include...
30 Sept---Yolanda Brown
04 Oct---The Men They Couldn't Hang
27 Oct---Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
29 Oct---Fairport Convention
04 Nov---John Illsley (Dire Straits)
08 Dec---Tom Robinson Band
16 Dec---John Otway
www.nellsjazzandblues.ukVisit NELLS website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Also you can buy via their FaceBook page.

Saturday 23 September 2017
American soul singer CHARLES BRADLEY has sadly died aged 68.
The artist had been diagnosed with cancer in October 2016, and the disease returned earlier this year
Bradley had been suffering from stomach cancer after first being diagnosed with the disease last year. Earlier this month, he was forced to cancel a string of live dates after the cancer returned and spread from his stomach to his liver.
I saw him play live at Shepherds Bush Empire a couple of years ago.

Saturday 23 September 2017.
Happy Birthday to Bruce Springsteen who is 68 today.

Friday 22 September 2017.
RYAN ADAMS + KAREN ELSON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Ryan Adams (not to be confused with Bryan Adams ) plays a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall
Ryan Adams sixteenth studio album 'Prisoner' picked up rave reviews, ahead of his return to the Hall.
He is a 42 year old prolific singer-songwriter in the alternative country rock vein.
Before the support played and during the interval it was all AC/DC classic tracks over the PA.
Support act KAREN ELSON arrived on stage with her band at 7.50pm for a 40 mins set.
She is a singer-songwriter and model who was born in Manchester.
Decent enough songs that went down well with the crowd.
Elson has two children, Scarlett Teresa and Henry Lee, with former husband Jack White (White Stripes etc).
RYAN ADAMS and his great band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for two hours.
Lots of nice keyboard and guitar sounds through the evening.
There are 16 tv screens on stage as part of the stage production.
I have seen Ryan live a couple of times before but I only know a couple of his songs.
I prefer his rock side to the mid paced material.
Karen Elson came on stage for backing vocals on a couple of songs.
A good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Do You Still Love Me?
To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)
Gimme Something Good
Stay With Me
Outbound Train
Everybody Knows
Cold Roses (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals cover)
Invisible Riverside
When the Stars Go Blue
Anything I Say to You Now
This House Is Not for Sale
Dear Chicago
Broken Anyway
Let It Ride (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals cover)
Magnolia Mountain (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals cover)
I See Monsters
To Be Without You
New York, New York
Come Pick Me Up
Shakedown on 9th Street
My Winding Wheel (solo acoustic)