News and Reviews: August 16, 2019

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2018 LIST.
I went to an incredible 148 live music events & gigs in 2018.
This makes the grand total of 6880 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top dozen gigs of 2018 and previous years.
GIG NUMBER 7000 for me will be in September...who will it be?
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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Visit the coolest top notch barbers in Soho - CUT AND GRIND, 25 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London W1.
www.cutandgrindbarbers.comVisit the Cut and Grind website here for more info.
See my review dated 09 August 2019.
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Quentin Tarantino latest blockbuster is the must see film of the summer.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood depicts an aging Hollywood actor and his stunt double as successful new actor Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) moves in next door.
The film is based on the real-life killing of Tate by disciples of the Manson Family cult.
A great soundtrack featuring tracks from the 1969 era that the film is based in.
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Another good film is coming out in August...
Blinded by the Light is a 2019 British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha, inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of songs by Bruce Springsteen.
It is based on Manzoor's acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll. Set in the town of Luton in 1987 Thatcherite Britain, the film tells the coming-of-age story of Javed, a British-Pakistani Muslim teenager whose life is changed after he discovers the music of Springsteen.
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Rewind Festival - celebrating the 1980s - Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire.
A dozen name acts will play short sets on Sat and Sun in this stunning location by the water.
Some acts with just a couple of hits will play 10 to 15 mins with the house band and the bigger acts
will play 30 mins to 60 mins with their own bands.
Fri 16 Aug---opening night party for camping arrivals featuring Grandmaster Flash.
The capacity for Sat and Sun is 20,000 each day.
Sat 17 Aug---
FOUR TOPS (headliner)
LULU
HEAVEN 17
HEATHER SMALL (ex M People)
TIFFANY
KIM APPLEBY
UB40 FEAT. ALI CAMPBELL & ASTRO
JOHNNY HATES JAZZ
THE DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE
THE UNDERTONES (Feargal Sharkey is not on vocals)
PRESENTED BY: TOYAH
Sun 18 Aug---
MICHAEL BOLTON (headliner)
KATHY SLEDGE OF THE ORIGINAL SISTER SLEDGE
BELINDA CARLISLE
PAUL YOUNG
MIDGE URE
HAZEL O'CONNOR
REWIND’S GOT TALENT
THE WAILERS
THE SELECTER
THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND (ex The Specials)
FROM THE JAM (Jam tribute band featuring original Jam bass player Bruce Foxton)
PRESENTED BY: THE DOCTOR FROM DOCTOR & THE MEDICS
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There are always special offers on for West End theatre shows so keep an eye out for them...
School of Rock has been extended to 20 October 2019.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
04 March 2019 update for Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to Feb 2020.
It has taken over £8 million at the box office and sold over 150,000 tickets so far.
April 2019 update - the pure quality of Michael Jackson songs will always live on.
The Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live is extending its West End run for another year despite the controversy over child sex abuse claims in the Leaving Neverland documentary.
The film, which featured interviews with two men who allege they were molested by Jackson as children, sparked a debate over the future treatment of the late singer’s music and this musical.
Now in its 11th year and one of the longest-running in West End history. The show is based on Jackson’s solo hits and songs recorded as part of the Jackson Five.
I have seen it three times, it is excellent.
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Wed 21 Aug---Eels play Hammersmith Apollo.
Eels are promoting their 12th studio album "The Deconstruction" with a world tour.
Styles present on the album include orchestral pop, power pop, psychedelic pop/rock, indie/alternative rock, post-modern pop.
In 1997 i saw them play Shepherds Bush Empire which was the first review i did for The Shepherds Bush Gazette.
Over four years i reviewed some good shows for them including David Bowie, Oasis and U2.
I saw Eels play Hammersmith Apollo in 2000.
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Fri 23 Aug, Sat 24 Aug, Sun 25 Aug , Mon 26 Aug.
Ed Sheeran lengthy world tour of stadiums ends in Ipswich with four huge outdoor shows.
With support from another band from that area - The Darkness.
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Reading Festival Weekend.
Fri 23 Aug---The 1975 + Royal Blood + Wombats plus others.
Check out the video on YouTube of Mick Jagger dancing and mouthing the words to Wombats great track
"Techno Fan"...Wombats supported The Stones at MetLife Stadium New York on 01 Aug 2019.
Sat 24 Aug---Post Malone + Twenty One Pilots + Anderson Paak plus others.
Sun 25 Aug---Foo Fighters + A Day To Remember + Frank Carter plus others.
The Foo Fighters have said they will play their usual full set of 2 hours 30 mins plus.
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The Coral Challenge Cup Final (Sat 24 Aug, KO 3pm) is Rugby League’s showpiece occasion at the iconic Wembley Stadium. This year’s Final sees a showdown between St Helens and the Warrington Wolves.
Following the Coral Challenge Cup Final, on the hallowed Wembley turf, Sheffield Eagles and Widnes Vikings will battle it out to win the inaugural AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final (KO 5:30pm).
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Sun 25 Aug---David Sinclair Four play The Riverside Festival, Richmond TW9 1EJ - o/stage 12.15-13.15
This is a FREE festival from 11am to 6pm - 15 mins walk from Richmond Tube station.
SUNDAY
Powerjam Young Band
David Sinclair Four
Crawdaddy Blues Band
Karena K. Band
Blues is Truth
It will finish with a Jam session.
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Sun 25 Aug and Mon 26 Aug---Notting Hill Carnival.
Mon 26 Aug---Madness + Jimmy Cliff + Ziggy Marley play Clapham Common.
Sat 31 Aug---Hollywood Brats + The Vulz play Nells, West Kensington.
Proto-Punk / Glam innovators The Hollywood Brats play their first gig in over 40 years.
They split up in 1974 and oddly their only album was released after they had split up.
In 2015,singer Andrew Matheson published a memoir of the band, Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of Britain's Great Lost Punk Band, named after one of the Hollywood Brats' songs.
www.nellsjazzandblues.comVisit their website here to buy tickets for gigs at Nells.
Sat 31 Aug---John Rossalls Glitter Band + Slady live at The Dublin Castle, Camden.
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01 Sept, 02 Sept , 03 Sept.
Speciality & Fine Food Fair - the UK's leading industry showcase of fine food and drink returns to Olympia London.
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Fri 06 Sept---Jason & The Scorchers play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 07 Sept---Lewie The Bastard is celebrating his 60th birthday at The George & Dragon, Acton
Live acts are Tara Rez Band, The Glorias, The Crows, On Trial and special guests! D. J spinning Punk,Trash,Garage,Dirty Rock n Roll and more! It's gonna be a right old carry on! Leave your liver at the bar!! Tickets only £5.
Sat 07 Sept---World Cup 2020 Qualifier at Wembley Stadium...England play Bulgaria...sold out in July.
Sat 07 Sept---The Specials + Ocean Colour Scene play Gunnersbury Park.
Sat 07 Sept---Flaming Lips play Brixton Academy.
Thurs 12 Sept---Edwyn Collins plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Fri 13 Sept to Tues 17 Sept - London Fashion Week
Environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion is planning to boycott London Fashion Week, with protests taking place throughout the five days of the event.
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Sat 14 Sept---Quireboys play The Forum.
Sat 14 Sept---BBC last night of the proms featuring Barry Manilow -Hyde Park.
Sat 14 Sept---T.Rextasy play The Islington Academy.
Sun 15 Sept---BBC Radio 2 Festival in a Day at Hyde Park.
Half a dozen acts play short sets of 30 to 60 mins.
Pet Shop Boys + Simply Red + Status Quo + Clean Bandit + Westlife + Emeli Sande
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Muse return to the UK to play indoor shows after their UK stadium shows in June.
Sat 14 Sep - The O2 Arena, London.
Sun 15 Sep - The O2 Arena, London.
Tue 17 Sep - Arena, Birmingham.
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Thurs 19 Sept---Mercury Album Prize held at Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 21 Sept---Glen Matlock plays The Horn , St Albans.
Sat 21 Sept---Jim Jones Revue play The Garage.
Sat 21 Sept---Leather & Lace play South Hill Park Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire.
Leather & Lace are a 7-piece rock band who play classic tracks from artists such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Starship, Heart, Queen, Europe, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, KISS, Def Leppard and many more.
Tues 24 Sept and Wed 25 Sept---George Ezra plays The Royal Albert Hall.
George Ezra will cap off his ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ tour with two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with all the proceeds going to mental health awareness charity Mind.
Sat 28 Sept---Wilco play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 28 Sept and Sun 29 Sept---Keane play The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 30 Sept---Richard Thompson plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 06 Oct---The Wildhearts + The Professionals + Janus Stark play Sub 89, Reading.
Mon 07 Oct---Kano plays The Royal Albert Hall.
The London-born rapper celebrates the release of his new album with his first Royal Albert Hall headline show.
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Sat 05 Oct and Sun 06 Oct---Horse Racing - Paris, France.
One of the greatest sporting events in the world, held at the truly spectacular ParisLongchamp Racecourse: an opportunity to experience a race with an intensity all of its own and witness the crowning of a legend.
Share in the thrill, excitement and sheer adrenaline of an outstanding day of horse racing that brings the world’s best thoroughbreds and finest jockeys together in an electric atmosphere.
Gates opening at 12pm Saturday & 11am Sunday
Special presale rate: from €10 rather than €20 at the racecourse !
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Alice Cooper + The Stranglers + MC50...UK Arena Tour...
Fri 4 October 2019 – Manchester Arena
Sat 5 October 2019 – Event Complex, Aberdeen
Mon 7 October 2019 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Tues 8 October 2019 – Brighton Centre
Thurs 10 October 2019 – The O2, London
Fri 11 October 2019 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
Sat 12 October 2019 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
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Thurs 17 Oct---The Bootleg Beatles with orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Their UK tour marks 50 years since the release of these final two albums - Abbey Road (released 26 September 1969) and Let It Be (released 8 May 1970), and will explore the journey to the end of The Beatles - celebrating the music of this era and the legacy that endures to this day.
Thurs 17 Oct---Divine Comedy play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 19 Oct---Saxon play Hammersmith Apollo.
For the first time since the 1980’s Saxon return to headlining London’s legendary Hammersmith “Odeon” (Apollo).
I have seen Saxon play live around 25 times since 1979 when they supported Motörhead at Hammersmith Odeon.
With support from Krokus + Girlschool + Diamond Head.
Sun 20 Oct and Mon 21 Oct---Cher plays The 02 Arena.
Sun 27 Oct---The Cult play Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 28 Oct---The Damned play The Palladium.
Times have changed. A couple of years ago The Damned played The Royal Albert Hall
and now they are playing another posh venue....22 July update - show is sold out.
I have seen punk legends The Damned over 40 times since the punk heyday of the 1970s.
I saw then 10 times alone in 1977 including when they supported T.Rex at The Rainbow.
Tues 29 Oct---Squeeze + Heaven 17 play The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 29 Oct---Funeral For a Friend play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Welsh post-hardcore band, Funeral For A Friend, are reforming to play a London show - one of two very special performances only - in honour of a terminally ill fan and friend.
Wed 30 Oct---Ronnie Scott's 60th anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall.
Will be several guest names playing short sets.
Wed 30 Oct---Michael Monroe plays The Islington Academy.
Rock'n'roll legend and former Hanoi Rocks mainman Michael Monroe has announced details of his upcoming album. One Man Gang, the follow-up to 2015's Blackout States, will be released on October 18.
Sun 03 Nov---Bruce Hornsby plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
American singer-songwriter & pianist who is best known for his 1986 hit "The Way It Is".
Bruce was a member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, playing over 100 shows during that period.
Sun 10 Nov---Mika plays Shepherds Bush Empire...sold out pronto in July...
Mon 11 Nov---Sarah Brightman plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 18 Nov and Tues 19 Nov---Marillion with orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 25 Nov---Australian Pink Floyd play The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 26 Nov---Hawkwind play The Royal Albert Hall...Final show on their 50th anniversary tour.
Hawkwind have announced they will release a new album, their 32nd, on October 25 through Cherry Red. All Aboard The Skylark sees the band return to their space rock sound of Top 40 albums The Machine Stops Here (2016) and Into The Woods (2017) after the orchestrated Road To Utopia (2018).
Tues 26 Nov---tribute show to Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) at The Royal Festival Hall.
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Liam Gallagher is playing a UK Arena tour to promote his new album.
With support from Northampton punk/grime rapper Slowthai.
His album got four stars from NME this year.
November 11 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
November 12 – Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
November 14 – Aberdeen, P&J Live
November 15 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
November 17 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
November 18 – Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
November 20 – Manchester, Manchester Arena
November 21 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
November 24 – Dublin, 3Arena
November 26 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
November 28 – London, The O2 Arena
November 29 – London, The O2 Arena
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Fri 29 Nov and Sat 30 Nov---Primal Scream play The Forum.
In May 2019 Primal Scream released a retrospective singles compilation 'Maximum Rock'n'Roll'.
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Gig date---Sun 09 June 2019---My band GUN CONTROL with me on drums played our most recent gig.
A video from our gig in Acton is now up on YouTube.com ---"Do I Need You?"
Search - Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You
Our next show has been pencilled in for November 2019.
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Tues 17 Dec + Thurs 19 Dec + Fri 20 Dec---Rod Stewart plays The 02 Arena.
Rod plays the final shows on a massive year of touring which included UK stadium shows in the summer,
shows in mainland Europe and North America and Nov/Dec is a full UK arena tour.
His promoters Live Nation are calling it "His Biggest Ever UK Tour Rocks On".
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Released June 2019.
Madonna's 14th studio album, "Madame X," is her latest full-length album since 2015's "Rebel Heart."
Madonna plays FIFTEEN shows at The London Palladium - Sun 26 January 2020 to Sat 15 February 2020.



Friday 16 August 2019.
Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 61 today.



Thursday 15 August 2019...5.30pm to 9.15pm...
BYRON - summer boat party - Embankment Pier, London WC2.
Byron Hamburgers , trading as Byron, is a British restaurant chain offering a casual dining service with a focus on hamburgers. The chain was founded in 2007.
The burger chain is UK-based, with, as of 2019, 53 locations, 40 of which are in London.
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Nice and sunny today, even though yesterday was rainy and gloomy.
Around 80 guests on the boat as we slowly travel down the Thames to Byron, Greenwich.
Under Tower Bridge and past all the many other sights.
There are dance and disco songs being played in the background.
Throughout the evening there is complimentary prosecco, wines and beers.
From 6.45pm to 8.15pm we were at Byron , Greenwich where everyone had a complimentary
choice of yummy burger & fries on their outdoor Terrace.
A female with an acoustic guitar played a set of cover songs in the background.
We then travel back to Embankment Pier.
All guests were given a Byron t-shirt.
A very enjoyable event.
www.byronhamburgers.comVisit their website here for more on their menu and restaurant locations.





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