News and Reviews: May 26, 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...
Check out Motown The Musical,Beautiful,Dreamgirls,42nd Street and others.
Restaurant & Bars opening this month that are well worth a visit....
THE BIRDS - 692 High Road, Leytonstone ,London E11.
PERGOLA ON THE ROOF - opens in White City and Paddington.
Mike And Jules: While We Still Have Time will be broadcast on BBC One Wales on Monday, May 22 at 9pm.
Mike Peters (The Alarm) and his wife talk candidly about their cancer's and the programme will be immediately followed on BBC Two Wales at 10pm with Mike Peters: The Alarm Live - highlights from this year’s 25th Anniversary of The Gathering from Llandudno - the key annual event for Mike Peters’ fans attended by Alarm followers from all over the world.
Both programmes will be available on BBC iPlayer after the event for those not living in Wales.
Fri 26 May---Chris Cornell will be laid to rest on Friday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in a private service.
Fri 26 May PADDINGTON COVERS: free entry noon to 7pm...Paddington,London W2.
Adele, The Beatles, Lionel Richie and The Rolling Stones cover bands are performing for free at this mini-festival.
As well as the live music, there are food and drink stalls nearby to replenish you.
Norfolk Square Gardens (Paddington), free, noon-7pm.
Fri 26 May---Hacienda Classical is at The Royal Albert Hall.
After 2016’s sell-out gig, Haçienda Classical is returning to the Royal Albert Hall with a brand new set.
Moving into its second year, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, the DJs who shaped the Haçienda sound,
return to the Royal Albert Hall with a new inspirational night.
Together with classical accompaniment from the Manchester Camerata and special guests,
the seminal tracks that defined a generation at the original club will be recreated,
as this historic venue is transformed once more into London’s biggest nightclub.
Fri 26 May---Hawkwind play The Roundhouse with support from Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons.
I have seen Hawkwind over 15 times since 1976.
Sat 27 May---Today 40 years ago The Sex Pistols released their classic single 'God Save The Queen'.
Without doubt one of the greatest tracks of all time...I bought it on my 18th birthday which was day of release.
Sat 27 May---Happy Birthday to me...I may go and see a band...
Sat 27 May---FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium...Chelsea play Arsenal...
Sat 27 May---Guns N Roses play the opening show of their European Tour at Slane Castle,Ireland.
Sat 27 May and Sun 28 May---Iron Maiden play The 02 Arena...both shows sold out...
Iron Maiden play the last dates on their six week European Tour.
Their most recent album 'The Book Of Souls' is Maiden’s first ever double studio album
and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No.1 spot in over 40 countries
around the world and No.4 in the U.S.A.
These shows are part of Iron Maidens first UK indoor arena tour for six years.
I have seen Iron Maiden around 30 times since 1980 when they were a support band to
Judas Priest at Hammersmith Odeon.
When I worked front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon through the 1980s Iron Maiden would always
play multi-nights at Hammersmith Odeon instead of playing Wembley Arena.
Sat 27 May---Simple Minds (semi-acoustic) play The Palladium.
Sat 27 May---Phil Rudd Band (formerly the drummer of AC/DC) play The Underworld,Camden...£25.00 adv.
Phil was ousted from AC/DC due to some bizarre behaviour that got him arrested.
Rudd, who has appeared on all but three of AC/DC's 18 studio albums, has just embarked on his first solo tour in support of his 2014 solo debut, "Head Job". It was the release of that album that led indirectly to Rudd's arrest, with the drummer allegedly so angry at a personal assistant over the way the record
was promoted that he threatened to have the man and his daughter killed.
Expect three or four AC/DC classics in the set.
Sun 28 May---Jenson Button will replace Fernando Alonso for McLaren at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Sun 28 May---Prince tribute show at The Theatre Royal ,Windsor.
Sun 28 May---Paul Rodgers plays The Royal Albert date of his UK Deborah Bonham.
The set will be dedicated mainly to his songs with Free and there will be none from Bad Company.
Possible on-stage guests tonight as Robert Plant and Brian Johnson joined Paul at his Oxford show.
Mon 29 May---Doctors of Madness + Morgellons + The Satellites play The Flag,Watford.
West London punk legends The Satellites are playing their first shows for over 30 years this summer.
I saw them play a couple of times back in the late 1970s.
Tues 30 May---The Kills play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Hopefully KISS will not cancel any shows after the recent Manchester terrorist attack.
KISS - My fave American band end their European tour in May with four UK shows
KISS - Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer - will rock arenas across Europe.
The support act for UK shows will be New York catchy power pop rockers The Dives.
The Dives feature Evan Stanley on vocals who is the son of KISS singer Paul Stanley.
Sat May 27, 2017 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sun May 28, 2017 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Tues May 30, 2017 Manchester Arena, Manchester
Wed May 31, 2017 O2 Arena ,London...KISS finally get to play The 02 Arena for the first time...
Before the London show KISS will play an exclusive 30-minute acoustic set for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
Mon May 29 2017 - The Dives will play their own headline show at The Water Rats,Kings Cross.
Will Paul Stanley turn up to watch his son Evan who is the singer with The Dives?
KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer will be at London Guitar-Guitar, 16 Delancey Street, Camden, London, NW1
at 5.30pm on Thursday 1st June.
I have seen KISS over 30 times since their debut London shows in May 1976...41 years ago...
at Hammersmith Odeon...15 May 1976 eighth row from stage on the left...16 May 1976 front row centre...
I have seen KISS in Chicago,France,Belgium,Italy and Spain.
For the Madrid show I was kindly given a meet and greet with the band by their UK booking agent
Rod MacSween...see the photo on my photos page....
BBC Radio 2 - KISS icon Gene Simmons will explore rock music in June with a six-part series.
In early June, BBC Two presents Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution, a new documentary from Huge Films directed by Francis Hanly, which will present Sgt. Pepper as you have never heard it before. The film will include extracts from material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road, studio chats between the band, out-takes, isolated instrumental and vocal tracks as well as passages from alternative takes of these world-famous songs.
Thurs 01 June---The Bootleg Beatles play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 01 June---Mollie Marriott plays The Borderline Club,London W1.
Mollie Marriott is the daughter of former Small Faces and Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott and
step-daughter to singer Joe Brown.
Fri 02 June---The Germain Sisters play The Water Rats,Kings Cross.
Australian indie pop female trio.
Fri 02 June---Phil Collins plays his first comeback show at The Echo Arena,Liverpool as a warm up
before his five shows at The Royal Albert Hall starting a couple of days after.
Sat 03 June---The Professionals play Camden Rocks...with new guitarist Chris McCormack ex 3 Colours Red.
The Professionals play The Electric Ballroom at 6pm.
Paul Cook has now left The Sharks to concentrate on The Professionals upcoming album.
One wristband gains access to all 25 venues and around 250 bands.
The Damned are the main headliners.
Sex Pissed Dolls play Koko from 11pm for The Camden Rocks afterparty.
Sat 03 June---Elton John plays The Stoop Stadium,Twickenham.
The stadium has a capacity of 14,800 and is situated just across the road from the larger
Twickenham Stadium,where U2 are playing in July.
This will be Elton's first show after an illness that put him out of action for all of May.
In mid April Elton John is thought to have contracted the illness whilst on tour in South America.
He became “violently ill” on a flight from Santiago, Chile and spent two nights in intensive care at a hospital in the UK.
Sat 03 June---Depeche Mode play The London Stadium,Stratford,East London.
I have seen Depeche Mode over 15 times since 1981 when they supported Psychedelic Furs.
This show was 02 June 1981...the same night as Prince debut UK show at The Lyceum.
I was (and still am) a great fan of Psychedelic Furs and at that time i chose them over Prince.
Prince would take off in a massive way a couple of years later.
Sun 04 June---Simple Minds play The Theatre Royal,Drury Lane.
Sun 04 June---Mari Wilson plays The Bush Hall.
MARI WILSON 35th Anniversary Concert with Very Special Guest Marc Almond on a couple of songs.
80's superstar Mari Wilson celebrates 35 years after the release of her hit single
'Just What I've Always Wanted' with a full-band concert.
Sun 04 June---Phil Collins plays the first of five shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Also Monday 5 June,Wednesday 7 June,Thursday 8 June,Friday 9 June.
Phil Collns plays his first UK shows for several years..'Not Dead Yet' tour.
I have seen him many times as a solo artist and with Genesis.
He has sold over 100 million albums.
As a solo artist Phil Collins has had 27 Top 40 hits in the UK including three number ones.
Phil Collins as a solo act and Genesis were two of the biggest acts in the world in the 1980s.
In July 1987 Genesis headlined four massive shows at Wembley Stadium.
Tues 06 June---Take That play the first of six nights at The 02 Arena...part of a massive UK tour...
Tues 06 June --- The Vulz play The Islington 1 Tolpuddle Street...garage rock n roll..
Tues 06 June and Wed 07 June ---Eddie Vedder plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Pearl Jam singer plays his only English shows on his European Tour...both shows sold out pronto...
I am not the biggest Pearl Jam but i have seen them a few times and i saw Eddie Vedder solo
at this venue in 2012.
Wed 07 June---Starsailor play The Academy,Oxford.
Wed 07 June and Wed 21 June---Bryan Ferry plays Hampton Court Palace.
These are his only UK shows on his European Tour.
Thurs 08 June---Vintage Trouble play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 09 June---Donald Byrd plays The Barbican.
Fri 09 June---The Skids play The Academy,Oxford.
Sat 10 June---Chelsea play The Camden Underworld.
Sat 10 June---The Wedding Present play The Roundhouse.
Sat 10 June and Sun 11 June---Stars of Nashville play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 08 June---Razorlight + Starsailor + The Alarm + Sex Pissed Dolls plus others.
Fri 09 June---David Guetta + Run DMC + Kaiser Chiefs + Rag N Bone Man + Pretenders + plus others.
Sat 10 June---Arcade Fire + Catfish and The Bottlemen + Kooks + Texas + Melanie C plus others
Sun 11 June---Rod Stewart + Bastille + Imelda May + Strypes + Undertones plus others.
Strong rumours Ronnie Wood and Bastille will join Rod for a couple of songs.
www.isleofwightfestival.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Sun 11 June---Garry Tallent plays Islington Assembly Hall...(bass player in The E Street Band).
Sun 11 June---Aerosmith play Downland Festival---only UK show on their European Tour.
Tues 13 June---The Strypes play Dingwalls.
Tues 13 June---Prophets of Rage play Brixton Academy.
Thurs 15 June and Fri 16 June---Hans Zimmer plays Wembley Arena.
Hans Zimmer, Hollywood's most in demand and innovative film music composer with over 100 film scores.
I saw him at Hammersmith Apollo a couple of years ago that was good.
Fri 16 June---The Skids play The Roundhouse.
Fri 16 June and Sat 17 June---Guns N Roses play The London Stadium,Stratford,East London.
Their re-union tour has been a massive success around the world.
The tour’s overall gross has now reached $230m since it kicked off in April last year – with Billboard reporting that the figure doesn’t include the revenue from seven Asian markets from the first quarter of the year.
Their classic debut album 'Appetite for Destruction' has sold around 30 million copies worldwide.
It was released in July these are 30th anniversary shows...
I have seen the band around a dozen times since 1987 at Hammersmith Odeon which was their
first major headline show after playing some shows at The Marquee Club a few months earlier.
Sat 17 June---Stone Roses play Wembley Stadium.
Sat 17 June---Rainbow + Sweet play The 02 Arena.
This will be Richie Blackmore's first London show since 2000 (which i attended) and his first London show as
Rainbow well before that.
I saw Rainbow at The Rainbow in 1977 and Hammersmith Odeon in 1981.
Tues 20 June---Celine Dion plays the first of four shows at The 02 Arena.
Wed 21 June---Kraftwerk play the first of three sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
I saw them play at Hammersmith Odeon on their debut UK tour in 1975 and again in 1981.
On May 26, the band will release 8-CD and 9-LP sets chronicling those shows, but the real gem will be the 4-disc Blu-Ray set which was filmed in high definition 3D and will be viewable in both 3D and 2D. Two-discs have the concerts while the other two contain tour films and concert projections. That special edition will also include a 228-page book with photos from throughout the shows.
Fri 23 June and Sat 24 June---Jamiroquai play The 02 Arena.
Sat 24 June---Robbie Williams plays The London Stadium,Stratford,East London.
Sat 24 June---Jeff Lynne's ELO play Wembley Stadium.
Sat 24 June---A Certain Ratio play 229 Great Portland Street.
Sat 24 June and Sun 25 June---Jackson Browne plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 25 June---Beverley Knight plays The Theatre Royal ,Drury Lane.
Tues 27 June---Cheap Trick play The Forum.
Tues 27 June and Wed 28 June---Tony Bennett plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 28 June---Rainbow + Sweet play The Genting Arena, Birmingham.
Fri 30 June---Phil Collins + Blondie play Hyde Park.
Sat 01 July---Green Day + Rancid + Hives play Hyde Park.
Mon 03 July---Linkin Park play The 02 Arena.
Their classic debut album from 2000 'Hybrid Theory' has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
Their new album has been slagged off by critics as being 'too poppy'.
Fri 07 July---Glen Matlock and his band play The 100 Club...tix £20 adv...
In aid of Crohns & Colitis UK OPG & DtB present Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids) & Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Chris Spedding (Motorbikin) With Feckin' Latchicos, Phobics, DJ Jeffrey Munday.
Sat 08 July and Sun 09 July---U2 play Twickenham Stadium...only UK shows on their European Tour.
with support from Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds.
I have seen U2 over 15 times since 1980 when they were support act to The Talking Heads at Hammersmith Odeon.
On their last UK tour in 2015 i went to three of the 02 Arena shows which were mega.
U2 are playing 'The Joshua Tree' album in full for the first time ever on this tour for its 30th anniversary.
The heart of the show will be the eleven songs from 'The Joshua Tree' album.
They will be performing in front of a gigantic screen that covers the entire area behind the band.
I saw U2 three times on the original Joshua Tree tour in 1987 at Wembley Arena,Wembley Stadium
and Cardiff Arms Park.
Sat 09 Sept---Berkofest is back with an exciting line-up featuring Dan Gillespie Sells (The Feeling), Alabama 3 (acoustic) and John Power (The La’s, Cast) as well as craft beers on tap and locally sourced food.
Berkhamsted Cricket Club...The location is 35 mins from Euston heading North...noon to 7pm...
www.berkofest.comCheck their website for more info and to buy tickets.

Friday 26 May 2017.
The Beatles epic six disc box set of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
50th anniversary edition is released today with a 144 page booklet.
Time to dig out your copy of this classic album and play it a couple of times.

Thursday 25 May 2017...6.30pm to 10.30pm...
A mate's retirement drinks in Clapham Common after 39 years with the one company.
Joined at 16 and left at 55...and getting his work pension early as part of the deal...result.
Great to see some old friends again and nice memories of days gone by.
The sad side was of hearing about those whose health is not so good.

Thursday 25 May 2017.
Happy Birthday to Paul Weller who is 59 today.
Happy Birthday to punk rocker Charlie Harper from the UK Subs who is 73 today...yes 73.

Wednesday 24 May 2017...I went to four events today...
2pm to 3.30pm
CAFFE CULTURE SHOW ,Olympia,London W14.
Olympia is a massive venue that can easily hold three or four big events at the same time.
I saw concerts here in the late 1970s and they still have some odd concerts here every now and then.
This was the second of the two days of this coffee exhibition.
The Caffè Culture Show is the nation’s leading gathering place for the café and coffee community, continuing to bring together all those who have a passion for pushing the industry forward.
Lots of companies showcasing coffees,juices,snacks etc.
I had a few coffees with my fave being MATTHEW ALGIE.
Tasty flapjacks from FLAPJACKERY in Devon.
BEE ME FROZEN YOGURT was really nice and they have great looking machines you can hire.
www.caffecultureshow.comVisit their website here for more info.
3.30pm to 5.30pm
THE LONDON WINE FAIR ,Olympia,London W14.
Back again for my second visit to The London Wine Show this week.
Lots of great wines to taste and a couple of champers too.
See full review a couple of days ago on Monday 22 May.
then a trek over to The City.
7pm to 9pm
JACKSON & RYE - showcase - 30 Old Jewry,Bank, London EC2.
This massive American restaurant and bar venue has recently had a full refurbishment.
The Ned (The hottest new venue in London) is 100 yards away around the corner.
Jackson & Rye has one of the biggest selection of whiskeys in London.
Around 100 folks in the upper floor private area of this venue.
Lots of great complimentary food and booze including full size cheeseburgers,
ribs,truffled mac & cheese,Waldorf salad,popcorn chicken and drinks were prosecco,
old fashioned whiskey cocktails,vodka with Cointreau cocktails and wines.
All guests got a goodie bag with bottles of their pre-made old fashioned cocktails.
www.jacksonrye.comVisit their website here for more info.
9.10pm to 11pm
COYA - launch party - Angel Court ,Throgmorton Street,Bank,London EC2.
Peruvian restaurant & bar Coya open a second London site which much bigger than their
first restaurant which is 50 yards from The Hard Rock Cafe in Mayfair.
Over 200 folks here and it is still nice and buzzy as it was a 7pm start.
The venue is dressed like a South American rain forest with plants everywhere and there
is relentless South American rhythms over the sound system.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,Pisco sour cocktails,wines and canapés for all guests.
www.coyarestaurant.comVisit their website here for more info.

Wednesday 24 May 2017.
Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan who is 76 today.

Tuesday 23 May 2017.
On this day in KISSTORY - May 23rd, 1979 - KISS released their DYNASTY album.The album featured KISS first international top 5 smash hit, "I Was Made For Lovin' You". This song was the first collaboration between Paul Stanley and Desmond Child for KISS.

Tuesday 23 May 2017.
Twitter update from @BlondieOfficial
Out of respect for the victims of the terrible attack at the Manchester Arena last night our
show tonight in London at The Round Chapel,Hackney has been called off.
The band hope to confirm a new date soon.

Tuesday 23 May 2017.
Very sad news that my fave James Bond has passed away.
SIR ROGER MOORE has died aged 89.
A statement was released today on the James Bond star's Twitter account by his family.
It read: "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore,
passed away today. We are all devastated."
He died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer.
Before James Bond he starred in great tv series including The Saint in the 1960's
and The Persuaders(with Tony Curtis) in the early 1970's.

Tuesday 23 May 2017.
Even Donald Trump is right for once.
As Donald Trump said this morning 'an evil loser terrorist has killed 22 people and injured many more'.
Explosions at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday evening in Manchester, leading to fatalities and injuries.
Grande was performing at the Manchester Arena with gig-goers reporting of “bangs” being heard at the venue
at the end of Grande’s performance around 10.30pm.
It is a lot easier to sneak into a concert at 10.30pm when there are no security checks.
Bearing in mind she is popular with young females , a lot of the fatalities will be teenage girls.
I have been to see a few shows at this venue including KISS,Sex Pistols and AC/DC.
On my radar was to go and see KISS up there next Tuesday.
I was on Channel 5 tv this morning talking about how The Royal Albert Hall incredibly does not have
any bag checks whatsoever on some of the 'older respectable acts' that play there including recent shows
by Mike & The Mechanics,The Beach Boys and Roger Hodgson.
Very worrying for such a high profile target venue.

Monday 22 May 2017...I went to two events tonight...
4.45pm to 7pm
The 37th LONDON WINE FAIR at Olympia,London.
This was the first day of this three day event.
Over 500 wine businesses showcase with tastings over 10,000 wines from 40 countries.
A massive event as around 5000 visitors are here on each of the three days.
This is a must visit event for any wine lovers out there as there is so much here to taste.
Also some of the lesser known champagne brands including DE SAINT GALL who were
showcasing four of their vintages.
www.londonwinefair.comVisit their website here for more info.
ERIC CLAPTON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Eric Clapton plays the first of three sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Despite tickets being £150 and £100 on the floor and stalls all tickets were snapped up.
Gallery standing up in the gods is also all sold out at £60 a pop.
Eric will be accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton,
and backing singers Sharon White and Michelle John.
Eric Clapton has played over 200 shows , yes over 200 shows at The Royal Albert Hall over his career.
In 1990 he played 18 shows here at this venue and in 1991 he played 24 shows at this venue.
In March 2017 at around the time of his 72nd birthday, photos appeared of a frail Clapton being wheeled
around Los Angeles International Airport by an attendant while holding hands with his teenage daughter
on his way to catch a flight.
I have seen Eric Clapton over 30 times since 1976 and i was at all four of the Cream re-union shows
at The Royal Albert Hall in May 2005 ( was that really 12 years ago?....time flies).
These are his only shows in Europe...will they be his last ever UK shows?
The venue is totally rammed inside tonight.
ERIC CLAPTON arrives on stage and plays for a couple of mins short of 1 hour 40 mins.
Eric is dressed very casual as usual.
Pretty amazing how legends like Bob Dylan and Eric can sell out multi-nights with no fuss,no promo,
no pre-gig interviews and even banning photographers from the front of the stage.
His guitar playing is effortless class as always with that superb tone he gets on his guitar.
The show is nicely paced with a trio of slow blues songs then a few acoustic songs with Eric sitting on a chair
then for the second half of the show he was standing and it all became more rockier.
Lots of classics played including a stunning version of Cream's 'Badge'.
At the start of 'Cocaine' the crowd all stood up and rushed down the front.
Support act Doyle Bramhall II joined him on stage for the last three songs.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Somebody's Knocking (J.J. Cale cover)
Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)
I Shot the Sheriff (The Wailers cover)
Driftin' Blues (Johnny Moore's Three Blazers cover)
Bell Bottom Blues (Derek and the Dominos song)
Layla (Derek and the Dominos song)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover)
Tears in Heaven
Badge (Cream song)
Wonderful Tonight
Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover)
Little Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson cover)
Cocaine (J.J. Cale cover)
High Time We Went (Joe Cocker cover)
Support act Doyle Bramhall II joined Eric for the last three songs.
Eric Clapton was the sixth quality gig i have seen in six days.
17 May - Adam Ant + Glam Shanks - Royal Albert Hall
18 May - Beach Boys - Royal Albert Hall
19 May - Steve Hackett - Palladium
20 May - The Alarm + Dave Sharp - Electric Ballroom
21 May - Roger Hodgson (ex Supertramp singer) - Royal Albert Hall
22 May - Eric Clapton - Royal Albert Hall

Sunday 21 May 2017.
ROGER HODGSON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Roger Hodgson plays the second of two shows at this venue.
Roger was the voice of Supertramp who were massive in the mid-1970s.
He also composed most of their big hits.
They went on to sell more than 60 million albums worldwide
Their 1979 album 'Breakfast in America' sold more than 20 million albums.
I first saw them twice in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon.
I have seen Roger Hodgson at this venue in 2013 and 2016.
He departed Supertramp in 1983 and moved his family away from the Los Angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle close to nature and be home with his children as they were growing up. Hodgson returned to touring in 2001.
ROGER HODGSON and his band were on stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 80 mins.
Like last year we have a stage set with half a dozen trees/large plants at the back of it.
Like last time around 50% of the tracks played are radio friendly Supertramp gems.
Roger still has that great distinctive voice.
Most songs are keyboard led as there are two and sometimes three keyboards used.
A couple of songs are acoustic guitar and the electric guitar was rarely used.
Roger is dressed in white jacket and trainers and Roger chats quite a lot between songs.
Sometimes he is a bit too polite as he name checks fans who sent in requests on his FaceBook
for birthdays and anniversaries etc between some songs.
He said "for those of you here last night there will be a couple of different songs played in the set".
He is clearly very happy to be playing back home in the UK.
The crowd stood up during the encore as it got a bit livelier.
Some of the solo material plodded a bit but great to hear some of those Supertramp oldies.
For the final song of 'It's Raining Again' the tradition of over 20 fans in the crowd opening their umbrellas.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp song)
School (Supertramp song)
In Jeopardy
Lovers in the Wind
Breakfast in America (Supertramp song)
Hide in Your Shell (Supertramp song)
Along Came Mary
Puppet Song
The Logical Song (Supertramp song)
Child of Vision (Supertramp song)
Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp song)
Death and a Zoo
If Everyone Was Listening (Supertramp song)
The Awakening
Only Because of You
Dreamer (Supertramp song)
Fool's Overture (Supertramp song)
Had a Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy)
Give a Little Bit (Supertramp song)
It's Raining Again (Supertramp song)

Saturday 20 May.
THE ALARM + DAVE SHARP live at The Electric Ballroom,London.
I have seen The Alarm around 20 times since 1985 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
They were very popular in the 1980s
At many early shows they supported U2 and were often called 'The Welsh U2'.
I also saw them supporting U2 on The Joshua Tree tour in 1987 at Cardiff Arms Park,Wales.
The Alarm are still fronted by Welsh music legend Mike Peters.
Come out of Camden tube and a dozen drug dealers are peddling their wares brazenly in the street.
I have not been to this great venue for at least a year or two.
Went to some legendary gigs here back in the punk heyday.
In the period 1978 to 1980 the bands i saw here included The Greedies (feat Thin Lizzy with Steve Jones
and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols),Vicious White Cats (featuring Sid Vicious,Glen Matlock and friends
which was Sid's last performance in the UK),Specials,Madness,The Clash,Joy Division,B'52s,
The Ramones,The Only Ones,The Troggs and a few others before if closed for gigs for over a decade.
It was an early start early finish gig tonight as the venue becomes a club night after 10pm.
DAVE SHARP took to the stage at 7pm and played for 30 mins.
Dave was the co-founder of The Alarm with Mike Peters back in the day.
He has been a bit off the radar the past few years so good to see he is alive and kicking.
His 30 mins solo acoustic set finished with The Alarm song 'One Step Closer to Home'
I was expecting him to join The Alarm on stage later but he did not not appear even though
he was signing stuff at the merch stand after their show.
THE ALARM took to the stage at 7.45pm and played a stunning 2 hours 5 mins set.
I have seen them live loads of times so I know it is gonna be a great show.
The band tonight feature Mike on vocals and electric guitar, guitar slinger James Stevenson is on bass duties
tonight but still manages to slip in a couple of Peter Hook type bass guitar solos and for the
last song of the night he reverted to electric guitar for a mean guitar solo.
Smiley on drums did a great job with some incredible drumming on 'The Drunk and the Disorderly'.
Mike's wife Jules was on keyboards and backing vocals for many songs throughout the night.
I have seen many great shows this year but can anyone play with more passion and enthusiasm than
Mike Peters who plays every show like it was his last.
Mike had three microphones across the front of the stage and uses all of them as he pleases.
So many of The Alarm songs send a shiver and tingle down my spine and i am not alone as the loyal
community of The Alarm fans are in full voice as the front of stage gets very lively.
Mike and his wife are both going through cancer treatment but are determined to keep on rockin'.
There is a documentary on the BBC iPlayer from Monday about it so that is well worth a watch.
Mike said a full UK tour will be announced for October 2017 so don't miss that.
Before that they play a massive two month North American tour in July and August.
A superb show that had jaded ole me saying 'wow that was special'.
Full setlist played tonight...
Brighter Than the Sun
Absolute Reality
Coming Backwards
Howling Wind
Rain in the Summertime
Love and Understanding
The Drunk and the Disorderly
There Must Be A Way
Kill To Get What You Want (Die For What You Believe In)
Peace Now
68 Guns
My Town
Spirit of '76
45 R.P.M.
Blaze of Glory
Marching On
Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke
Two Rivers

Saturday 20 May 2017.
Happy Birthday to Cher who is 71 today.

Friday 19 May 2017.
STEVE HACKETT live at The Palladium,London.
Steve plays the last night of his two month UK & European tour to promote his recent album 'The Night Siren'.
Steve was a guitarist with Genesis from 1971 to 1977.
I saw him play with Genesis at Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.
Steve Hackett released a few albums with Genesis and a lot more albums as a solo artist.
The tour is titled 'Genesis Revisted with Classic Hackett'.
Expect solo tracks in the first set and Genesis tracks from his stint in the band in the 1970s in the second set.
The Genesis set will feature the best tracks from the 'Wind & Wuthering' album to celebrate it's 40th anniversary.
Steve Hackett was the main songwriter on that album.
This was the last album that Steve Hackett played on before he departed Genesis.
This was the second Genesis album to feature Phil Collins on lead vocals after Peter Gabriel‘s departure.
That album came out at the height of punk rock.
I saw him at The Royal Albert Hall October 2013 which is now available on CD and DVD.
I have a perfect seat which is third row from stage in the stalls centre for this sold out show.
It is a 90% middle aged male crowd tonight who like their Prog rock.
A nice lengthy show that lasted around 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 85 mins.
With his trademark haircut Steve Hackett looks much younger than his 67 years.
The sound on stage is perfect and Steve is playing some effortless sublime guitar.
The highlight of the first set is the full version of “Shadow of the Hierophant” from Steve’s first solo outing “Voyage Of The Acolyte” (1975) with Amanda Lehmann on vocals, admirably handling Sally Oldfield’s input on the original.
A top notch band who included Nick Beggs (ex 80s pop act Kajagoogoo) on bass who wore a kilt.
He is the most animated of the band and even sits cross legged banging away at pedals and stuff.
Many tracks ended with a great thunderous crescendo.
For the first set Steve Hackett was on vocals but for the second set Nad Sylvan performed vocals.
He looked like and had the stage mannerisms of Ronnie James Dio but did have echoes of Phil Collins type vocals.
Drummer Gary O'Toole was dressed in full suit and tie for the whole show and sang vocals on one track.
A very respectful crowd who absorbed what was going on in front of them rather than getting their phones out.
Steve has a polite and easygoing stage manner between songs.
It was a family affair as Steve was joined by his brother for one song and dedicated another to his wife
and mum who were sitting upstairs.
The show closed with the powerful instrumental 'Los Endos/ Slogans' medley which had everyone
rise to their feet for a standing ovation.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
FIRST SET (Hackett Old & New):
Every Day
El Niño
The Steppes
In the Skeleton Gallery
Behind the Smoke
Serpentine Song
Rise Again
Shadow of the Hierophant
SECOND SET (Genesis Revisited):
Eleventh Earl of Mar (Genesis song)
One for the Vine (Genesis song)
Blood on the Rooftops (Genesis song)
...In That Quiet Earth (Genesis song)
Afterglow (Genesis song)
Dance on a Volcano (Genesis song)
Inside and Out (Genesis song)
Firth of Fifth (Genesis song)
The Musical Box (Genesis song)
Los Endos / Slogans (medley)
10.45pm to 11.30pm...Aftershow party...
Sanctum Soho Hotel,20 Warwick Street,London W1.
This venue was just a few mins walk from The Palladium.
Around 70 or 80 guests in the basement bar...
It was a family affair as Steve was here with his wife,mum and brother.
All the band members were here.