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News and Reviews: November 24, 2014
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Some good gigs and events coming up worth checking out...
Sections of the ceramic poppies display at The Tower Of London will remain until 25 Nov.
The pictures and tv clips of it look amazing and it is the most popular event this year in London.
Around 4 million visitors went to view the sea of 888,246 poppies in the dry moat area.
Each poppy is for a solder from the UK and Commonwealth who has died in combat since World War 1.
There are some good videos up on youtube to give you an idea what it is like.
Early bird tickets are now on sale for 2015 Isle Of Wight Festival.Visit the link on the right for more info.
Prices are £20 off all weekend tickets until Friday 28 Nov 2014.
Mon 24 Nov---The Rotten Hill Gang release their debut album today.
Mon 24 Nov---Linkin Park play the second of two shows at The 02 Arena at the end of their European Tour.
The classic debut album by Linkin Park 'Hybrid Theory' from 2000 has sold a staggering 27 million copies.
Mon 24 Nov---Jackson Browne plays The Royal Albert Hall.
This is the last show on his European Tour.
He was massive in the 1970s and 1980s.
I worked front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon for all of his six shows there in 1986.
I went to both his Royal Albert Hall shows in 2009.
Now aged 66 he is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States.
Tues 25 Nov---Brit Floyd play Wembley Arena.
Tues 25 Nov and Wed 26 Nov---John Mayall plays Ronnie Scott's.
Wed 26 Nov---Bryan Adams plays Wembley Arena on the last date of his UK arena tour.
Thurs 27 Nov---Phil Rudd - court appearance in New Zealand.
AC/DC drummer appears in court in relation to charges of possessing cannabis and methamphetamine.
Rudd's charge of attempted murder was dropped November 6.
Fri 28 Nov---Willie Nile plays The Borderline.
Fri 28 Nov---Gary Numan + Gang Of Four play Hammersmith Apollo.
Gary Numan returns to the venue that he played on during every tour he did in the 1980s.
When i worked there I saw him play there around a dozen times from 1980 onwards when he first took off.
Sat 29 Nov---Morrissey plays a one off UK show at The 02 Arena as part of his European Tour.
Sun 30 Nov---Comedian John Bishop plays the last of three shows at Wembley Arena on his UK arena tour.
Mon 01 Dec---The highly anticipated new studio album from AC/DC 'Rock or Bust,' is released.
I attended the video recording of the track 'Rock or Bust' on 04 Oct 2014 in West London.
The video can now be seen on youtube along with a behind the scenes with the fans video.
Mon 01 Dec---Kasabian play the first of five sold out shows at Brixton Academy.
Kasabian won two Q Awards on 22 Oct 2014 for 'Best Live Act' and 'Best Act In The World Today'.
In June 2014 they headlined one of the nights on the main stage at The Glastonbury Festival.
Wed 03 Dec---Peter Gabriel plays Wembley Arena.
Thurs 04 Dec---The Manfreds play The Cadogan Hall,Chelsea as part of a six week UK tour.
Fri 05 Dec---Bring Me The Horizon play Wembley Arena.
Sat 06 Dec---Lenny Kravitz + Rival Sons play Wembley Arena.
Sat 06 Dec---Careless Sons play The Islington.
Sun 07 Dec---Mick Ralphs Blues Band + David Sinclair Four play Dingwalls.
Mon 08 Dec and Tues 09 Dec---Noel Fielding plays Brixton Academy as part of his massive UK tour.
Thurs 11 Dec---BBC Music Award’s at Earls Court Arena.
BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 are to unite for a live simultaneous broadcast in celebration of the best in popular music from across the BBC in the last 12 months.
A star studded line up of UK and international artists will come together for the inaugural BBC Music Awards with a series of stunning musical performances from some of the biggest names in the business including One Direction, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit and Paloma Faith. Further guests will be announced shortly.
Rising stars Catfish and The Bottlemen have been added.
Three awards will be presented on the night at the 13,500 capacity show.
Sat 13 Dec---Public Image Limited play a one off UK show at Indigo at The 02 Arena complex.
Fri 12 Dec---Saxon play The Academy,Oxford.
Sat 13 Dec---Saxon play Shepherds Bush Empire...Last night of their European Tour.
Wed 17 Nov and Thurs 18 Nov---The Who play The 02 Arena on their last shows on their UK arena tour.
The musical 'Memphis' has opened 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.
Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook attended the opening night.
Opening reviews were very good.
Daily Mail---5 stars.
London Standard---4 stars.
Mail On Sunday---4 stars
Star of Dallas Linda Gray will be swapping Texas for Wimbledon this Christmas after producers announced that she will be making her panto debut at the New Wimbledon theatre in Cinderella.
Gray is best known for playing Sue Ellen Ewing in the TV classic Dallas but is no stranger to the London stage having played Mrs Robinson in the West End production of The Graduate.
Gray joins Tim Vine, Matthew Kelly, Matthew Rixon and Wayne Sleep, Amy Lennox and Liam Doyle in the cast of Cinderella.
Gray is thrilled to be making her first panto appearance at the theatre. “I am so delighted to be making my pantomime début in Cinderella at the beautiful New Wimbledon Theatre. I have heard such great things about British pantomime and I am very excited to get started! I am especially looking forward to working with such a brilliant and talented cast; the script is hilarious, my costume is sensational and I am looking forward to spending Christmas in the wonderful city of London”.
Cinderella runs at the New Wimbledon Theatre,London SW19 from Friday 5 December – Sunday 11 January.
Saturday 22 November 2014.
I went to two live events with a 1980s theme to them today.
2.30pm matinee show.
'Rock Of Ages' musical at The New Wimbledon Theatre,London SW19.
Somehow I missed the West End run for this show that lasted two or three years.
They have just completed weekly stints at theatres all over the UK.
The show was on for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets.
Over 25 fantastic hair metal and power rock ballads from the 1980s in the show.
We have a fun introduction from David Coverdale over the pa.
Despite the musical being named after a Def Leppard song David says " the band refused
to let their music be used on stage ".
Also no tracks from the likes of Guns n Roses and KISS were used.
The songs used fitted in well with the storyline and there were lots of laughs.
The main lead in the show was Noel from pop band Hearsay and there were some jokes related to Hearsay.
Around 15 folks on stage plus a live long haired band.The females are in skimpy outfits most of the time.
We have a big screen showing images of Los Angeles.
The opening track is one of my fave rock anthems from the 1980s---"Just Like Paradise" by David Lee Roth.
Lonny Barnett, who serves as the show's narrator, sets up the story: In 1987, an aspiring rocker named Drew Boley works as a busboy in the Hollywood bar/club called The Bourbon Room, owned by Dennis Dupree and assisted by Lonny ("Just Like Paradise/Nothing But a Good Time"). He falls instantly for a girl, Sherrie Christian, who just arrived from Paola, Kansas hoping to make it big in acting ("Sister Christian"). Drew convinces Dennis to hire Sherrie as a waitress.
A pair of German developers, Hertz Klinemann and his son Franz, convince the city's Mayor to abandon the "sex, drugs and rock-n-roll" lifestyle of the Sunset Strip and introduce "clean living" into the area, much to the anger of the City Planner, Regina ("We Built This City"). When Dennis learns that part of the plan involves demolishing The Bourbon Room, he believes the club can generate more money by having rock star Stacee Jaxx and his band Arsenal, who recently announced their break-up, perform their last show at The Bourbon ("Too Much Time on My Hands"). He calls Stacee and convinces him to play the band's last show in the club where he had begun. As Drew struggles to write new lyrics, Sherrie urges him to go after his dreams ("I Wanna Rock"). Regina begins protesting Hertz and Franz's redevelopment plans ("We're Not Gonna Take It").
and other tracks played after those above included...
More Than Words
I've Been Waiting For A Girl Like You
Wanted Dead Or Alive
I Want To Know What Love Is
Cum On Feel The Noize(Quiet Riot had a rock version hit with it in the 1980s)
Here I Go Again
Any Way You Want It
Heat Of The Moment
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Can't Fight This Feeling
Every Rose Has its Thorn
Keep On Loving You
Don't Stop Believing(all the crowd up and singing and clapping along)
It was very entertaining from start to finish and i will see it again if it tours next year.
Bryan Adams live at The 02 Arena,London.
Bryan Adams on a UK arena tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his 12 million selling album 'Reckless'.
Six hit singles were released from the album: "Run to You", "Somebody", "Heaven", "Summer of '69",
"One Night Love Affair", and "It's Only Love".
Now aged 55 Bryan is Canada's biggest selling artist of all time.
I have seen Bryan Adams play live over 20 times at various venues since 1985 including on two different
tours when he headlined at Wembley Stadium......yes he was that popular in the late 80s and the 90s.
Bryan and his band arrived on stage dead on 8pm for the 2 hours 5 mins show.
The venue was totally sold out.
Like Bon Jovi his very catchy singalong soft rock tunes appeals to all including couples and females.
As usual Bryan keeps things nice and simple as he and all the band are in black shirts and black jeans.
Simple white lighting only for the 'Reckless' tracks then a full colour light show for the rest of the set.
There are three big screens used and it's black n white live footage for the 'Reckless' tracks then colour.
He picked out a middle aged woman in a sparkly dress who was too far away to get on stage
so she danced a sultry dance in the aisle with the video cameras on her.She did a great job.
It was pretty much a greatest hits show with one catchy singalong track after the other.
A really good show.
Full Bryan Adams setlist played tonight...
(Reckless album tracks first then greatest hits)
One Night Love Affair
She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
Run To You
Heaven (with Jim Vallance on piano who co wrote the album)
Kids Wanna Rock
Ain't Gonna Cry
Summer Of '69
Let Me Down Easy (Bryan solo acoustic)
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
If Ya Wanna Be Bad Ya Gotta Be Good
Cuts Like A Knife
Can't Stop This Thing We Started
Please Forgive Me
When You're Gone (Bryan Adams & Melanie C cover) (Bryan solo acoustic)
18 Til I Die
The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You
Too Hot To Handle
You've Been a Friend to Me
C'mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran cover)
She Knows Me (Bryan solo acoustic)
Straight From The Heart (Bryan solo acoustic)
All For Love (Bryan solo acoustic)
Remaining shows on Bryan Adams UK tour.
Sunday 23 November Manchester Arena
Tuesday 25 November Leeds Arena
Wednesday 26 November Wembley Arena
Buy tickets for these shows from the Live Nation link on the right.
Thursday 20 November 2014...6.30pm to 9pm...
CEW(Cosmetic Executive Women) Achiever Awards 2014
at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel,Cadogan Place, London, SW1.
CEW has a membership of over 1000 women executives in the UK and over 7000 members
worldwide working in beauty,cosmetics,fragrance and related areas.
CEWs mission is to help advance the professional and personal growth of its members
by holding an annual programme of events.
This plush hotel is off Sloane Street between Knightsbridge and Chelsea.
Around 500 folks here and as usual it is a 90% female crowd from the beauty and cosmetics industry.
Complimentary presecco,wines and nice canapés for all guests.
After the reception it's all seated for the awards for an hour or so.
Lifetime Achiever---Suzy Menkes---Vogue
Special Industry Award---Michael Ward---Managing Director Harrods
Other achievers here to pick up their awards were...
Celine Gilg---Tom Ford Beauty
Debbie Ansell---World Duty Free Group
Lisa Smosarski---Stylist Magazine
Charlotte Tilbury---Charlotte Tilbury Beauty
and a couple of other awards were given out.
Only eight awards but each had an introduction and a thank you speech.
Each guest got a very nice goodie bag in exchange for their name badge.
It was an actual tote/shoulder bag with around a dozen mainly female cosmetic items in it.
A good event.
Wednesday 19 November 2014.
A bit of a crazy night as I went to three events with the first two being at Claridge's
then ending up catching the last 75 mins of Jack White's two hour show at The 02 Arena.
6.30pm to 7.45pm.
James Andrew International 40th Anniversary Party at Claridge's,Brook Street,London W1.
A very lavish party for around 500 mainly suited men in the ballroom of this famous five star hotel.
James Andrew International is an established and respected name in real estate.
They have been the agents in many massive building projects.
We have a full complimentary bar including Laurent Perrier champers.
Half a dozen food stations including plates of roast beef and yorkshire pudding n trimmings,
peking duck,sushi and others.
There were a couple of speeches including a good one on what was happening in London and the UK
way back in 1974---good and bad.
Some good luck messages on the big screen included Harvey Goldsmith who was here tonight.
Other folks here included Sir Martin Sorrell ,Richard Caring and James Caan.
A very nice event that was due to finish at 10pm but we had to move on.
then just 50 yards along the corridor...
7.45pm to 8.45pm.
Claridge's Christmas Tree - unveiling party at Claridge's,Brook Street,London W1.
The tree was designed by Dolce & Gabbana.
Around 300 glammed up cool looking folks here in the foyer and around the main staircase.
Faces here included Stefano Gabbana, Domenico Dolce, Kylie Minogue, Daisy Lowe,
Amber Le Bon,Tamara Beckwith,Pixie Lott,Erin O'Connor and Millie MacKintosh.
Most of the girls are wearing great Dolce & Gabbana dresses.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a nice goodie bag with a couple of Dolce & Gabbana items inside.
a dash on the tube to see Jack White at The 02 Arena,London.
I don't like missing the start of the headliners act but couldn't really avoid it tonight.
Thankfully we have a great view in the guest list block on the right of stage.
Jack White is promoting his second solo album 'Lazaretto'.
Jack White is playing his biggest ever London headliner show but Level 4 is 50% unsold.
Also you notice there are no big screens which is very rare for this venue.
I have seen well over 100 shows shows and only Bob Dylan and a couple of others had no screens.
Although at the end of the show Jack White told the crowd "we don't need no pyrotechnics or big screens
as tonight is all about the music".
Jack White is a proper musician and you know he just loves playing live.
He has a great band including a brilliant drummer who is front left of stage.
Lots of fuzzy and distorted guitar with plenty of feedback.
Jack White smashes a bottle of booze on the floor and equipment gets knocked over.
A great mix of solo material along with tracks from his other bands and he ended the night
with a mega version of his anthem 'Seven Nation Army'.
A really good show.
Full Jack White setlist played...
Fell in Love With a Girl (The White Stripes song)
High Ball Stepper
Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes song)
Top Yourself (The Raconteurs song)
Weep Themselves to Sleep
Cannon (The White Stripes song)
John the Revelator (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
Astro (The White Stripes song)
Apple Blossom (The White Stripes song)
Love Interruption (Dedicated to Isaiah "Ikey" Owens)
That Black Bat Licorice
Freedom at 21
Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs song)
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes song)
Black Math (The White Stripes song)
Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes song)
Broken Boy Soldier (The Raconteurs song)
Would You Fight for My Love?
Just One Drink
I'm Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes song)
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)
Tuesday 19 November 2014...Another sad death to report...
The soul singer Jimmy Ruffin has died aged 78.
Ruffin passed away on Monday (November 17) at home in Las Vegas.His best known track is 1966's 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted', which was released on the Motown label.
Tuesday 18 November 2014...I went to two events tonight...
5.15pm to 7.30pm.
Smollensky's Press Evening---Smollensky's,105 The Strand,London WC2.
Smollensky's is one of the great names in grill restaurants and has been at the forefront of the London bar & restaurant scene for over 20 years.
It is very popular with the pre-theatre crowd as there are many theatres nearby.
It is a bit hidden as the restaurant is downstairs and cannot be seen from the street.
Around 100 folks here in a corner area away from the paying punters.
Complimentary presecco,wines and lots of their nice food including grilled chicken,spare ribs and burgers.
The venue has a happy hour 5pm to 8pm for reduced price drinks.
www.smollenskys.comVisit their website here for more info.
Goldfrapp live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Goldfrapp return to the Royal Albert Hall for a special one-off show with the 20 piece
London Contemporary Orchestra for all the show and a 54 women choir in the second half of the show.
They performed their sixth studio album, 2013's 'Tales of Us', in its entirety, as well as a selection of other Goldfrapp favourites.
They took to the stage at 8.45pm for a full two hour set.
Alison Goldfrapp takes to the stage looking very much like a 50s screen icon.
She admitted to being very nervous at this big gig but the full house are very supportive.
Goldfrapp have a remarkable knack for giving their most stripped back, chill-out friendly songs an altogether more powerful dimension when performed live. Much of that can be attributed to Alison’s stunning live vocals. Her voice frequently errs on operatic, and manages to sound even crisper than it does on recordings.
'Tales of Us' was seen by some as a disappointing release from the band. Too slow and self-indulgent, the tracks start to blend into each other as you listen. On stage, the album has decidedly greater impact. The backing music is often a little too soft on the recordings, but live, the instrumentation is given far greater prominence.So good are the songs played live that it’s likely to give you a new appreciation for 'Tales of Us' when you listen back to it.
The orchestra sounded great and the choir were fab when they joined in halfway through.
John Grant came on to sing some excellent vocals on a couple of tracks.
The crowd sat quietly for most of the set and then got up for the last three songs which included
a stunning encore of 'Black Cherry'.
A few of their hits were not played as it was not that type of show.
Alison got a bit emotional at the end as she said "tonight would be our last show for a while".
An enjoyable show.
Full Goldfrapp setlist played tonight...
Voicething (performed by 54 ladies of the Lips choir)
Monster Love (with John Grant)
Some Velvet Morning (Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood cover) (with John Grant)
Monday 17 November 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Dexter Dalwood --- London Paintings --- Private View at Simon Lee Gallery,12 Berkeley Street,London W1.
Recent works by the London-based artist, inspired as a unique guide of representing the capital city.
Complimentary wines for all guests.
7.35pm to 8.30pm.
Photographs from the collection of The Art Institute Of Chicago --- Private View at Phillips Gallery,
30 Berkeley Square,London W1.
Over 200 images on display here with most dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.
We have a mix of music,film,fashion,glamour,war,nature...the whole lot really.
Complimentary wines for all guests.
9pm to 10pm.
Eds Easy Diner showcase at 19 Rupert Street,London W1.
One of their other branches had a showcase a month ago that I could not get along to so they
kindly sent me an email to use at a later time for any of their diners in exchange for a few words on the site.
I have been to Eds a few times before as I just love that image of Happy Days and The Fonz.
This is my fave branch as it has more tables than Old Compton Street.
London over the past decade is now awash with 'gourmet' or 'proper' burgers.
I had a cheeseburger,fries,onion rings and a superb coffee and banana milkshake.
The staff were all great.
Ed's is a great place to go if you want a taste of Amercian 50's style dinner dining. They provide a classic menu of Burgers, Hotdogs, Fries and Milkshakes, along with Apple and Pecan Pie, and lots more.
The location, as well, is very convinent as it is right in the middle of the west end, two minutes walking from Leicester Square.
www.edseasydiner.comCheck Eds website for their locations across the UK.
Monday 17 November 2014.
A blast from the past.
Robert Plant and Cozy Powell on Tiswas in October 1981.
Robert Plant don't wanna reform Led Zep but back in the day was quite happy to do some dodgy
Saturday morning children's television.
watch the video here► 13:23► 13:23
Monday 17 November 2014.
The Damon Albarn show I attended over the weekend has got great reviews across the board
with five stars from The Independent,The Telegraph and The London Evening Standard.
The Evening Standard called it "one of the gigs of the year".
This was the final song played on the night.
Damon Albarn with Brian Eno 'Heavy Seas of Love'.
watch the live video here► 5:57► 5:57
Monday 17 November 2014.
The Who have been confirmed for next year’s British Summer Time festival. They’ll appear on Friday, June 26, with special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr, with more to be announced.
Sunday 16 November 2014.
Damon Albarn & The Heavy Seas + Fufano live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the second of two sold out shows for Damon Albarn at this venue.
A different support to the first show as tonight we have Fufano from Iceland.
They play a decent 30 mins of indie noise and the crowd liked them.
They are signed to One Little Indian Records.
Damon and his cool band play a nice long 2 hours 10 mins on stage with a great mix of solo material
along with tracks from his previous bands---Blur,The Gorilllaz and The Good The Bad and The Queen.
Also a couple of tracks from his Mali Music project.
No wonder Damon is one of the most respected artists in the music industry.
For some songs there are over 20 people on stage as there is a mini string section and certain songs there
are six backing singers and a six piece choir.
We also thankfully get the same special guests as the first night so Graham Coxon his Blur band mate comes
on for three Blur gems plus a song each from Nano,De La Soul and a rare stage outing for Brian Eno.
Damon is in full rock star mode as he gets everyone to stand up and rush down the front of stage.
He throws water over the front stalls through the show and jumps in the crowd a few times.
He prowls the front of stage shaking hands and giving it 100%.
He pushes cameramen who are filming it out of his way a couple of times.
Damon switches between guitar and keyboards during the show.
The highlight song for me was the Blur classic 'Tender' when he was joined by Graham Coxon.
Brian Eno singing vocals was amazing as the crowd chanted "Eno,Eno,Eno,".
Loads of really good songs and overall a great show.
Full Damon Albarn setlist played tonight...
Spitting Out the Demons (Gorillaz song)
Lonely Press Play
Tomorrow Comes Today (Gorillaz song)
Slow Country (Gorillaz song)
Kids With Guns (Gorillaz song)
Three Changes (The Good, the Bad & the Queen song)
Bamako City (Mali Music cover)
Sunset Coming On (Mali Music cover)
Photographs (You Are Taking Now)
Kingdom of Doom (The Good, the Bad & the Queen song)
You and Me
El Mañana (Gorillaz song)
Don't Get Lost In Heaven (Gorillaz song)
Out of Time (Blur song)
All Your Life (Blur song)
End of a Century (Blur song) (with Graham Coxon)
The Man Who Left Himself (Blur song) (with Graham Coxon)
Tender (Blur song) (with Graham Coxon)
Clint Eastwood (Gorillaz song) (with Kano)
Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz song) (with De La Soul)
Heavy Seas of Love (with Brian Eno)
At the end of the show you could pick up a two cd live recording of the show
with a nice Royal Albert Hall cover for £20.
I saw comedian Harry Enfield at the show.
Sunday 16 November 2014...Blue plaque for The Who unveiled in Shepherds Bush today lunchtime...
The plaque was unveiled at the site of the Shepherd's Bush Club on Goldhawk Road W12. At weekends on club nights in the '60s it was known as the Goldhawk Social Club, where three lads from Shepherd's Bush - Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Pete Townshend - started their career as the Detours in 1962. Their first known performance at the Goldhawk Social club was on June 7th 1963.
In 1964, Keith Moon joined the band and they changed their name to the High Numbers. They continued to perform under this name at the club, until following their final name change the band's first performance at the club as The Who with Keith on drums was on March 12th 1965. Amazingly, this was just 24 hours after their debut performance on 'Top of the Pops' performing their first hit single 'I Can't Explain'. The band continued to play regular gigs at the club until their last known performance on Friday 3rd December 1965, which coincided with the release of the band's first album 'My Generation'. The rest, as they say, is history...
Saturday 15 November 2014.
Donny Osmond meets Michael Jackson► 4:12► 4:12
A nice clip from The inaugural American Music Awards in the 1970s.
Friday 14 November 2014.
KISS have confirmed two dates in Germany for May 2015 so expect UK dates soon.
Rumours are they may be headlining one night at The Download Festival in June.
Looks like 2015 will a great year for classic rock acts playing the UK as
KISS,Motley Crüe,Judas Priest,Scorpions and others will be playing shows.
Thursday 13 November 2014...7.30pm to 11pm...
Inside Rolls-Royce - private view featuring a live set by Gregory Porter
at Saatchi Gallery, King's Road, Chelsea,London, SW3.
Inside Rolls-Royce is their very first interactive exhibition and is a true celebration of the exquisite materials, the unrivalled technology and supreme craftsmanship that go into making ‘the best motor car in the world’.
Open from 10am-6pm, Thursday 13th November – Sunday 16th November 2014 at the Saatchi Gallery, in the heart of London, Inside Rolls-Royce will immerse you in a world of luxury through a series of multi-sensory installations so you can experience what it feels like to commission your very own bespoke Rolls-Royce.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
We had gleaming Rolls Royce cars new and vintage on parade outside the venue.
Guests here tonight included Sienna Miller and Ronan Keating.
Guests enjoyed complimentary Ruinart champers,cocktails and canapés.
On the upper level Gregory Porter is the live act.
Jazz sensation Gregory Porter headlined The Royal Albert Hall to 5000 last month but tonight
just 300 are here and I am front row centre.
Porter won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, 'Liquid Spirit' which is his third album.
With his full band of piano,double bass,drums and sax he took to the stage at 9.05pm for a 55 mins set.
He has a great voice and the band are sounding really good.
The set included his most well known songs 'Hey Laura' and 'Liquid Spirit'.
A really good set.
Full Gregory Porter setlist played...
Painted on Canvas
On My Way to Harlem
No Love Dying
Work Song (Cannonball Adderley cover)
The In Crowd (Billy Page cover)
After the show Gregory Porter mingled with the crowd for a full 30 mins and posed for photos and did autographs.
He was super friendly and smiling for all.The UK loves Gregory Porter.
I chatted to his drummer and asked him how he is coping with the non stop touring.
While talking to him someone asked to take a photo of me...thinking I was the piano player.
A very nice event.
www.insideRolls-Royce.comCheck their website for more info and photos.
Wednesday 12 November 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Stuart Semple: Anxiety Generation - private view at Delahunty,21 Bruton Street,London W1.
My first time at this new gallery in Mayfair.
Stuart Semple is here tonight.
Semple experienced a traumatic near-death experience at the age of 19, leaving him fearful and anxious about the world around him, a recurring theme throughout his work. However, Anxiety Generation is generational as well as autobiographical. Semple hopes to highlight the anxiety crisis of the current generation, stating, “My generation is the fulcrum for decades of anxiety and we have been made so inert and fearful that we dare not even face it to understand what it is.” Semple shows this through material sampled from pop culture, highlighting themes of sex, violence, and horror. For instance, in Killing Me Softly, a new series created for the exhibition, saccharine 1990s pop lyrics are juxtaposed against stills from Italian erotic horror films of the 70s. Semple effectively silences the violence with the incessant sound of pointless pop music.
Some faces including Uri Geller,Gail Porter and Elizabeth Emanuel are here.
Complimentary Janisson champers and canapés for all guests.
The exhibition will be open daily until 04 Dec 2014...10am to 5pm...
www.delahuntyfineart.comVisit The Delahunty website here.
7.45pm to 11pm.
The Grill at The Dorchester - relaunch party at The Dorchester Hotel,55 Park Lane,London W1.
This iconic Mayfair restaurant has been transformed for a new culinary chapter.
First established in 1931, The Grill at The Dorchester quickly gained a reputation as the place to be for the finest grill food in London. In keeping with this original concept, Alain Ducasse’s protégé Christophe Marleix has created new seasonal menus.
Well known French chef and Michelin star holder Alain Ducasse is here keeping an eye on things.
Delicious dishes range from grill favourites alongside the restaurant’s signature lobster chowder and an extensive sweet soufflé menu – the first of its kind in London.
Lively and welcoming, the re-imagined restaurant fuses The Dorchester’s iconic elegance with a contemporary tone and creative details. Interior architect Bruno Moinard was commissioned by The Dorchester to create a vibrant and timeless setting.
The restaurant features a striking, hand-blown Murano glass chandelier and contrasting natural materials including zinc, copper and marble, set against butterscotch leather and oak parquet flooring. Pivoting wall panels create a separate ambience from day to night, creating an inviting atmosphere morning to night.
Around 200 smartly dressed folks here with half sitting at tables and half standing.
Luckily we find a table in the corner near the kitchen and the bar.
Lots of the attentive staff are French and my guest spoke fluent French so we got extra attention as they
brought mini plates one after the other to our table which all tasted very yummy.
Lots of complimentary food and drinks.
We had lamb cutlets,steak and peppercorn sauce,white truffle risotto and others along with desserts.
Laurent-Perrier champers,cocktails and wines for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag.
An excellent restaurant to visit...well it is The Dorchester Hotel.
Tuesday 11 November 2014...3.30pm to 9.30pm...
A family day as it's my youngest son Stephen graduation ceremony from Kingston University.
He was presented with his degree in Business Management Practice(first class).
It was quite an emotional and amazing day.
3.30pm---We arrived in the Kingston area for pre drinks...seven of us including Stephen...
4.30pm---We arrived at The Rose Theatre where around 200 are being presented with their degrees.
Along with another 400 partners,family and friends.
5.30pm to 6.45pm---One by one the students went on stage in their gowns to cheers and clapping.
At the very end 'We Are The Champions ' by Queen was blasting out over the pa.
6.45pm to 7.45pm---Drinks reception with complimentary wines and snacks.
This felt a bit like a gig with overpriced merch on sale.
Buy a DVD of the event for £25, photos of the event,student names on t-shirts,hoodies,mugs,cuddly toys,
Certificate holders,graduation rings etc....on top of the £50 paid out earlier to hire out the gown.
8pm to 9.30pm---We all went around the corner for a very nice meal at Byron Burgers.
Stephen and his lovely long term girlfriend Lisa leave next week for a weeks celebration holiday
at the very plush five star Atlantis The Palm Hotel in Dubai.
Stephen has landed a great job with United Biscuits on their graduate management scheme.
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