News and Reviews: December 08, 2018

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2017 LIST.
I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
See upcoming news page link above for my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
www.timeout.com/london/newsSearch for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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Popular website SONGKICK have given me an end of year award.
Song kicker of the Year!
For the the largest gigography of anyone on Songkick , dating back to the early 1970s.
More info when i get it.
www.songkick.comVisit the Songkick website here.
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Punk legends 999 are playing a UK tour including...
Fri 7 Dec---Readipop, Reading...£13 advance or £15 on the door...plus support bands.
www.readipop.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sat 08 Dec---Reading play Sheff Utd at 5.30pm...live on Sky Sports...
Sun 09 Dec---David Sinclair Four play The Dublin Castle, Camden...£6 advance or £8 on the door..
Their setlist will feature tracks from their 2018 album 'Sweet Georgina'.
Check out their videos on YouTube.
With support from Argentinian prog-rock, stick-and-drum duo OnOff.
Sun 09 Dec---Subsonica play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Back together after four years, Italian rock band Subsonica return with new album, '8' and they’ll be
showcasing all their new songs on their European reBoot tour.
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Mon 10 Dec----Major Fashion Event at The Royal Albert Hall.
THE FASHION AWARDS in partnership with Swarovski recognises creativity and innovation in fashion, celebrating the exceptional individuals whose imagination and creativity has broken new ground in fashion globally over the past 12 months as well as brands and businesses that have transformed the possibilities of fashion today.
Miuccia Prada to be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Parley for the Oceans will be honoured with the Special Recognition Award for Innovation.
Mert & Marcus to be honoured with The Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.
Dame Vivienne Westwood will be honoured with the Swarovski Award for Positive Change.
Many big names from the fashion world are expected on the night.
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Mon 10 Dec---Jim Davidson, Bobby Davro & Friends Comedy Show at Hammersmith Apollo.
Charity show - Care after Combat are a UK based charity providing professional assistance
for the well-being of the Veteran and their family.
Tues 11 Dec---Mariah Carey plays The 02 Arena.
Thurs 13 Dec---The War On Drugs play The 02 Arena.
Thurs 13 Dec---The Pretty Things play Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
After 55 years, The Pretty Things play their final ever show.
Looks like David Gilmour and Van Morrison will join them for a couple of songs.
Thurs 13 Dec---Prince tribute show at The Royal Albert Hall.
4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince. The first and only estate-approved Prince celebration, 4U is curated, produced, and directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots, widely known to be a massive Prince fan.
Fri 14 Dec---Madness play The 02 Arena.
Fri 14 Dec---Uriah Heep play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 14 Dec and Sat 15 Dec---The Men They Couldn't Hang play The Borderline Club,
Sat 15 Dec---Spurs play Burnley at Wembley Stadium...3pm...
Mon 17 Dec---Shepherds Bush Empire.
The lineup for the In Memory of Chas Hodges concert consists of Dave Peacock, entertainer Joe Brown, comedian Paul Whitehouse, comedian Matt Lucas, jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, singer-songwriter Ralph McTell, Ed Tudor Pole and Jackie Lynton, with more to be announced.
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The 'Springsteen On Broadway' soundtrack will be released on December 14th, featuring the songs and stories from his historic 236-show run at Jujamcyn's Walter Kerr Theatre. Also consisting of the complete audio from the upcoming 'Springsteen On Broadway' Netflix release. The album will be available on 4 LPs or 2 CDs as well as digital download and streaming services.
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Paul McCartney plays three UK shows on his European Tour.
Wed 12 Dec---Echo Arena Liverpool
Fri 14 Dec---Hydro Arena Glasgow
Sun 16 Dec---02 Arena London
Over half the setlist with be classic Beatles tracks.
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GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
Our second gig will hopefully be around Dec/Jan time.
GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.
Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018.
Go to google and type in - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18
Type in exactly as above as there are many Gun Control related videos up.
It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.
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Tues 18 Dec---Def Leppard + Cheap Trick play Wembley Arena.
Def Leppard UK arena tour ends with a second show in London.
Check my review from this mega double bill at 02 Arena on 06 Dec 2018.
Wed 19 Dec---Madness play The Rivermead Centre, Reading.
Wed 19 Dec---Nile Rodgers & Chic play The 02 Arena.
Wed 19 Dec and Thurs 20 Dec---Sweet play Nells, West Kensington.
Sweet still feature original guitarist Andy Scott.
I have seen Sweet many times including The Rainbow Theatre in Dec 1973
when 'Teenage Rampage ' was their new single.
Wed 19 Dec and Thurs 20 Dec---Adam Ant plays The Roundhouse.
Wed 19 Dec and Thurs 20 Dec---Wolf Alice play Brixton Academy.
Wolf Alice won The Mercury Prize with their second album in Sept 2018.
Thurs 20 Dec and Fri 21 Dec---Bjorn Again play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The worlds number Abba tribute act are celebrating their 30th anniversary.
Fri 21 Dec---Vice Squad + Spizz Energi play The Amersham Arms, New Cross.
Fri 21 Dec---Slade play ULU, London WC1.
Slade still feature two original members - Dave Hill and Don Powell.
I have seen Slade around 20 times both with and without Noddy Holder on vocals,
including three nights at Hammersmith Odeon in 1974 when they were in their prime.
Fri 21 Dec---FREE GIG at The Beehive, Bow, London E3.
Monkish, The Vulz, The Venomers, Mouth to Mouth, We Punch Tigers
Sat 22 Dec---Reading play Middlesborough at 3pm.
Sat 22 Dec---The Members play The 100 Club.
Sat 22 Dec---Richard Ashcroft plays The Forum.
Richard (ex singer of The Verve) will be promoting his recent chart album 'Natural Rebel'
'Urban Hymns' is the third studio album by English alternative rock band The Verve, released on 29 September 1997.
'Urban Hymns' is ranked the 19th best-selling album in UK chart history with over three million copies sold
and has sold over ten million copies worldwide.
The album features the hit singles "Bitter Sweet Symphony", "Lucky Man" and "The Drugs Don't Work". The critical and commercial success of the album saw the band win two Brit Awards in 1998, including Best British Group, and appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in April 1998."Bitter Sweet Symphony" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.
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FREE ENTRY GIG - Monkish, Mouth to Mouth, The Vulz, We Punch Tigers
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm...The Beehive - In Bow, London.
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Mon 02 April onwards---Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to
London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!
I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock ,Dream Girls, Young Frankenstein and others.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
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TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opens at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until Feb 2019.
The hotly anticipated musical based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets
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Panto at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.
Dick Whittington: Basil Brush, Anne Hegerty, Kevin Cruise, Steven Blakeley
Dick Whittington and his cat are getting ready to help celebrate 80 years of traditional Panto here at the beautiful Theatre Royal Windsor. Get ready for even more laughs, splosh and days of Christmas than ever before!
** Anne Hegerty will now perform as Queen Rat from 18 Dec - 6 Jan only, due to her being whisked away to the jungle, allowing Marti Webb to join the fun from 23 Nov - 16 Dec.
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Wed 26 Dec---Spurs play Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium...3pm...
Fri 28 Dec---Inner Terrestrials, Stella. Satellites.The Lexington in London N1...tickets £10...
Sat 29 Dec---Spurs play Wolves at Wembley Stadium...3pm...
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New Years Eve ticketed event.
Every year over 100,000 spectators from across the globe flock to the London Eye embankment to get a prime view of the stunning fireworks that see in the new year. The 2018/2019 event is set to be a huge celebration with 12,000 fireworks alongside lighting and music set from barges on the Thames.
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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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Sun 13 Jan--Spurs play Man Utd at Wembley Stadium...
Sun 20 Jan---Geordie play The 100 Club.
Reformation concert for 1970’s Rock Band who originally featured AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson.
Newcastle based Rock Band Geordie released their debut single “Don’t Do That” in 1972 which was followed the following year with their debut album “Hope You Like It”. They had two top 10 hits “All Because Of You” and “Can You Do It” and appeared on “Top of the Pops” more than 15 times.
Brian Johnson left Geordie in 1980 to become the singer with AC/DC after their vocalist Bon Scott passed away.
Geordie continued with new vocalist Rob Turnbull before splitting in the mid-1980’s.
Will Brian Johnson turn up???
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A very nice double bill of classic rock legends.
Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest UK tour dates...
FEBRUARY 2019
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – Fri 1st
Manchester Arena – Sun 3rd
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – Tue 5th
Glasgow The SSE Hydro – Thu 7th
Birmingham Genting Arena – Sat 9th
London The O2 – Mon 11th
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Wed 13 Feb and Thurs 14 Feb---The Revolution play Shepherds Bush Empire...both sold out...
The Revolution have become the most celebrated and iconic group of musicians known for backing Prince over his 40-year career. Now, thirty years since they last toured in Europe, they’re returning for very special shows in London.
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Ruts DC + The Professionals are on a UK tour in Feb.
Thurs 28 Feb---Shepherds Bush Empire
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Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall in March.
Monday 25 – Rudimental, Ghetts
Thursday 28 – Take That
Friday 29 – Doves (their first gig in nine years)
Saturday 30 – The Script
Sunday 31 – Levellers “A Beautiful Night Out”
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Singer Phil Moog will be playing his final UK tour with the band UFO after 50 years.
Because of this they are now playing two London dates at the end of their 'Last Orders' tour.
Thurs 04 April---Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 05 April---The Forum
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Fri 26 April and Sat 27 April---Mott The Hoople play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mott The Hoople '74
Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople are regrouping once more, for a performance focused on the 1974 albums, The Hoople and Live, plus the non-album greatest hits.
I first saw Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon...where the support band were Queen.
Mott The Hoople still feature three original members including vocalist Ian Hunter.
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Muse play two massive UK shows in the UK next summer.
London Stadium – Sat 1st June 2019
Manchester Etihad Stadium – Sat 8th June 2019
17 Nov 2018 update - Muse new album' Simulation Theory' straight in at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Six of Muse’s eight studio albums have now reached the top spot in the UK.
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Tues 11 June---Lenny Kravitz + Corinne Bailey Rae play The 02 Arena.
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KISS 'End of the Road' final World Tour hits Europe in the summer.
KISS start their farewell European Tour in Germany on 27 May.
Rock legends KISS will play the UK in 2019.
09 Jul 2019 Birmingham Birmingham Arena
11 Jul 2019 London O2 Arena
12 Jul 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
14 Jul 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
16 Jul 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
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Fri 12 July---Bob Dylan and Neil Young will appear as co-headliners British Summer Time Hyde Park.
Fri 12 July---ZZ Top + Jimmy Barnes play Wembley Arena.
It is months away but already gig clashes are occurring.



Friday 07 December 2018.
JAMES + CHARLATANS live at Wembley Arena, London.
I have seen both bands several times over the past 25 years.
I first saw James in 1994....and i first saw The Charlatans in 1999...
James recent album 'Living in Extraordinary Times' was released in 2018.
Charlatans recent album 'Different Days' was released in 2017.
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Like last night we have a big name support act as The Charlatans have headlined
Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Apollo in the past.
The bars are doing a roaring trade.
THE CHARLATANS are on stage from 7.30pm to 8.40pm for a full 70 mins set.
They have full use of the two big screens and loads of lights.
Singer Tim Burgess still has his Joey Ramone mop of bleached blonde hair.
James singer Tim Booth joined them for their big hit 'North Country Boy'.
Their keyboard player was great and the overall sound was really good.
They played a Buzzcocks classic in tribute to Pete Shelley.
A very good set.
Full setlist played by The Charlatans tonight...
Totally Eclipsing
Let the Good Times Be Never Ending
North Country Boy (with Tim Booth)
One to Another
Tellin' Stories
Different Days
Future Tense
Plastic Machinery
The Only One I Know
Impossible
You're So Pretty, We're So Pretty
Weirdo
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) (Buzzcocks cover)
Sproston Green
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JAMES are on stage at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
They have two big screens and a very nice big light show.
With eight band members on stage and a back catalogue of 15 albums – including this year’s strident Living in Extraordinary Times – there is currently more James to feast on than ever, and in this case bigger is demonstrably better. The canny decision to team up with fellow indie veterans the Charlatans for a brief UK tour of jumbo-sized venues nudges the night into mini-festival territory, for a seasoned congregation equal parts rowdy and rapt.
The first half of the set is mainly tracks from the new album.
Their ex is no photographers pit so the front rows are up nice and close to the band.
It is Booth’s swooping, decadent voice that helps sell the abundance of new tracks. Anything he does is inherently dramatic, so it is little wonder the 58-year-old is a sometime actor. With his shaven head and live-wire charisma, Booth could play anything from intense yoga instructor to terrifying Russian heavy. The audience certainly want a piece of his action: after an early runout for their shuffling 1997 hit Waltzing Along, he is pulled into the throng.
The second half of the set is a bunch of their big hits.
Tim Booth and the trumpet player both went for a wander in the seating area.
Tim Booth also did a great bit of crowd surfing as they held his body aloft.
A great show.
Full James setlist played tonight...
Hank
Picture of This Place
Waltzing Along
Ring the Bells
Heads
Stutter
Five-O
Top of the World
Extraordinary Times
Attention
Sit Down
Moving On
Leviathan
Sound
Come Home
Encore:
Say Something
Many Faces
Sometimes (Lester Piggott)




Friday 07 December 2018.
The shock texts came flying in at the end of the Def Leppard gig
that Mancunian punk legend PETE SHELLEY (The Buzzcocks singer)
had died of a heart attack aged just 63...hard to believe really...
I saw The Buzzcocks over 30 times including New York, California, Belgium
and the first time was at The Rainbow, London on 09 May 1977.
The Clash/The Jam/The Buzzcocks...what a mega triple bill that was and all
the seats in the first half a dozen rows got smashed up.
It was a couple of weeks before my 18th birthday.



Thursday 06 December 2018.
DEF LEPPARD + CHEAP TRICK live at The 02 Arena, London.
Def Leppard are playing a UK arena tour which includes two London shows.
They will be playing their 'Hysteria' album (1987) in full followed by some greatest hits.
The album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.
I have seen Def Leppard over 20 times since 1979 when i saw them supporting AC/DC twice at Hammersmith Odeon.
British hard rock icons Def Leppard are set to release a brand new greatest hits collection entitled 'The Story So Far – The Best Of' on 30 November. The new release will be available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2LP vinyl, and digital.
Among a blockbuster tracklisting loaded with smash hits, all four versions feature three new songs, including the official recording of the band’s recent fan favourite and new single - Depeche Mode cover ‘Personal Jesus,’
Special guests are Cheap Trick who i have seen several times since 1979.
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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this great pairing of classic rock bands.
The show tonight is fully sold out...the floor is all standing...
I have a perfect view seat in the guest block 112 , right of stage.
CHEAP TRICK arrive on stage at 7.45pm and play for 40 mins.
You will not get a much better support act than Cheap Trick were tonight.
They have a nice big loud sound thanks to the Def Leppard pa system.
They have use of the big screens and the stage extension walkway.
All their best songs were played which sounded fantastic.
The guitarist threw out hundreds of guitar pics as usual and played various wacky looking guitars.
An excellent set.
Full Cheap Trick setlist played...
Hello There
Big Eyes
California Man (The Move cover)
If You Want My Love
The Flame
I Want You to Want Me
Dream Police
Never Had a Lot to Lose
Surrender
Goodnight (five neck guitar used for this track)
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DEF LEPPARD arrive on stage at 9pm for 1 hour 40 mins.
The band have their usual big wall of sound along with the big screens and lots of lights and lasers.
Guitarist Phil Collen is shirtless from the start as he shows off his toned stomach.
So many great hit singles were on the 'Hysteria' album as they played them one after the other.
Def Leppard like Bon Jovi attract many female fans for their type of pop rock.
It is a very well rehearsed set which has just completed a big tour of North America.
Some nice video clips were shown of their deceased guitarist Steve Clark.
Great harmonies cement their pop rock gems together.
I saw them play a smaller show at The Royal Albert Hall earlier this year but their big sound
is much more suited to arenas.
Singer Joe Elliot said this was the first time they had played The 02 Arena.
Like me , he said he was at that legendary Led Zeppelin gig here in 2007.
The encore were gems from before and after the 'Hysteria' album.
A superb set.
Full Def Leppard setlist played tonight...
HYSTERIA album played in full for the main set
Women
Rocket
Animal
Love Bites
Pour Some Sugar on Me
Armageddon It
Gods of War
Don't Shoot Shotgun
Run Riot
Hysteria (with ""Heroes"" by David Bowie snippet outro)
Excitable
Love and Affection
Encore:
Wasted
When Love and Hate Collide
Let's Get Rocked
Rock of Ages
Photograph
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Both bands were superb tonight and you must catch one of their remaining shows.
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (UK) - December 8
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (UK) - December 9
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro Arena (UK) - December 11
Manchester Arena (UK) - December 12
Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena (UK) - December 14
Liverpool Echo Arena (UK) - December 15
Birmingham Arena (UK) - December 17
Wembley Arena (UK) - December 18




Wednesday 05 December 2018...8pm to 10pm...
SPURS 3 SOUTHAMPTON 1
For some odd reason throughout the day i thought Spurs were playing Bournemouth.
The Wembley clash drew an attendance of 33,012 people, the lowest for any home fixture in the
Premier League for Spurs held at the stadium.
We were up in Level 5 and there were lots of empty blocks up here.
Harry Kane scored early on and it was a fairly easy win for Spurs.
Southampton scored a consolation goal at the end.
Both teams had good chances and both hit the woodwork.
An entertaining game.





Tuesday 04 December 2018.
6.30pm to 7.30pm
The Biological Landscape - private view - The Exhibitionist Hotel, 8 Queensberry Place, London SW7.
Always nice to be at this cosy five star boutique hotel.
Bristol contemporary artist John Simpson continues to explore the notions of the print process as a metaphor for cellular production, degeneration and destruction, introduced in the Mitosis installation at Tate Exchange 2018.
This exhibition of works on canvas and paper references traditional printmaking techniques of woodcut, monotype and copper plate etching. Combined with drawings in ink, charcoal and earth pigment, the print process becomes a metaphor for human tissue production and cellular forms, which combine with images of wilderness to create biological landscapes.
Complimentary wines for all guests.
www.theexhibitionisthotel.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 11.30pm.
Christmas drinks reunion in Wimbledon, London SW19.
Yearly meet up with some of the folks i worked with in the 1980s and 1990s.
We all have a few more grey hairs than a year ago.
Around 15 of us here and it was great to see everyone





Monday 03 December 2018...I went to two events tonight...
I went to two events related to London Art Week.
Over 30 galleries are having private view drinks parties tonight prior to their auctions.
7pm to 9.15pm
CHRISTIES - private view - 8 King Street, St James's, London SW1.
A big event as over 500 smartly dressed older guests here at this well known gallery.
Ex politician Michael Heseltine was here.Heseltine served as a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, and was a prominent figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including serving as Deputy Prime Minister under the latter.
David Linley was here (2nd Earl of Snowdon and son of Princess Margaret).
Lots of great art on display.
Complimentary Taittenger champers, Negronis, vodka cocktails, wines and tasty canapés.
www.christies.comVisit the Christies website here for more info.
then
9.20pm to 11.45pm
COLNAGHI - private view - 26 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.
This Italian gallery always has a later finish than the other galleries.
Around 200 guests here with many like me who were at Christies earlier.
Lots of great art on display.
Complimentary Heidsieck Monopole champers, gin cocktails, wines, beers and Italian canapés.
www.colnaghi.comVisit the Colnaghi website here for more info.





Monday 03 December 2018.
Happy Birthday to rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE who is 70 today.
His wife Sharon is holding a big party for him in Los Angeles.




Sunday 02 December 2018.
FIREBALL - Fuelling The Fire Tour live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Flogging Molly, The Bronx, Face to Face, Lost In Stereo, These Five Years.
Flogging Molly are an Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California and led by Irish vocalist Dave King, formerly of the hard rock band Fastway. They are signed to their own record label, Borstal Beat Records.
Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dublin-born Dave King was the lead singer for heavy metal band Fastway featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motörhead and bassist Pete Way of UFO in the early to mid '80s.
I saw him singing with Fastway a couple of times in the 1980s.
Flogging Molly have released six albums over the past 20 years.
The official video for their track 'Drunken Lullabies' has had over 11 million views on YouTube.
The Bronx is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2002.
The Bronx have released five studio albums.
Face to Face is a punk rock band from Victorville, California, formed in 1991.
Face to Face have released ten studio albums.
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This was the first of two shows at this venue on their European Tour.
Often i mention high prices some bands and promoters charge fans for gigs but this was the other way
as punters get five bands for a bargain £18 including ticket fees.
The tour is sponsored by drinks brand FIREBALL.
They give out free shots, t-shirts and caps throughout the evening.
The first two bands were up and coming from the UK and the three main bands were from America.
A skater type punk crowd with many wearing sneakers and skinny black jeans.
The crowd got very lively with plenty of moshing for the three headline bands.
THESE FIVE YEARS arrived on stage at 6.10pm and played for 20 mins.
Very young band start their set just 10 mins after the doors open.
A decent set including tracks from their debut EP.
LOST IN STEREO arrived on stage at 6.45pm and played for 30 mins.
Another young band who played a decent set of pop-punk.
They were crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band of 2018.
FACE TO FACE arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 45 mins.
It got sweaty and messy front of stage as pop-punk fans danced around and crowd surfed.
The first of the three older bands who have had plenty of albums released.
THE BRONX arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 55 mins.
Pop punk rockers The Bronx have a few fans with band t-shirts dotted around.
A few songs in and the singer jumped in the crowd without security for two songs
as he was squashed in between fans, but it looked pretty amazing.
One of their albums came out on Def Jam...another good and very lively set.
FLOGGING MOLLY arrived on stage at 9.45pm and played for 75 mins.
Flogging Molly were the only band not really pop-punk as they were more Celtic punk
as they had electric fiddle, accordion and tin whistle in their line-up.
A very similar atmosphere to a Pogues gig as fans are all having a crazy jig on the floor.
All the classic drinking songs were played with love and pride. “Drunken Lullabies' and “Devil’s Dance Flour”
were both oldies that were highlights and they played some good new album tracks too.
The band are fully rehearsed after a South American tour as their last gig was in Mexico.
Outro song was all the band singing with the crowd Monty Pythons 'Always Look On The Bright Side of Life'.
An enjoyable evening.



Saturday 01 December 2018...3pm to 5pm...
READING 2 STOKE CITY 2
The first half was a bit average until Reading scored at they end of it.
The referee was a bit harsh on Reading a couple of times.
Mo Barrow scored in stoppage time to give struggling Reading a point against Stoke City.
A wonderful volley from Tom Ince looked set to give the visitors a second successive win before Barrow's first goal of the season earned a vital point for Paul Clement's side.




Friday 30 November 2018.
HEAVEN 17 live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Although their biggest tracks were recorded in the 1980s they did not play live much in that decade,
but i have seen them a couple of times more recently.
Sheffield trio Heaven 17 are set to perform their acclaimed album, The Luxury Gap, in a much awaited 35th anniversary celebration tour. The album’s post-modern, cunning critique of society resonated with wide audiences in the 80s and still resonates with many in today's generation.
Heaven 17 had seven Top 40 hits in the UK.
With support from xPropaganda feat. Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag.
Propaganda had three Top 40 hits in the UK.
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Like last night this venue is pretty much sold out apart from a few unsold seats up in Level 3.
xPropaganda arrived on stage on stage at 7.30pm and played for 40 mins.
The two girls are still looking good and they finish with their great hit track 'Duel'.
xPropaganda full setlist played tonight...
Jewel
The Murder Of Love
p:Machinery
Sorry for Laughing (Josef K cover)
Frozen Faces
Dr. Mabuse
Duel
HEAVEN 17 arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
Only two sets of keyboards on stage tonight with no guitars, bass or drums.
Martin Ware has his own set and a foxy blonde in a tight black jumpsuit added some glamour.
The sound was fantastic throughout the evening, with a nice dance vibe.
The first half of the set was their album 'The Luxury Gap' in track order.
Martin Ware was in the first incarnation of Human League so there were three of
their early tracks played in the set including a fab 'Being Boiled'.
Two female backing vocalists excelled on tracks like their big hit 'Temptation'.
A perfect cover version of David Bowies 'Lets Dance' was an encore.
A great show, much better than expected.
Full Heaven 17 setlist played tonight...
THE LUXURY GAP album played in full.
Crushed By the Wheels of Industry
Who'll Stop the Rain
Let Me Go
Key to the World
Temptation
Come Live With Me
Lady Ice and Mr Hex
We Live So Fast
The Best Kept Secret
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Circus of Death (The Human League cover)
Crow and a Baby (The Human League cover)
Being Boiled (The Human League cover)
(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
I'm Your Money
Play to Win
Penthouse and Pavement
Encore:
When Your Heart Runs Out of Time (with Claudia Brücken)
Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)
Temptation (1992 Version)



Friday 30 November 2018.
Happy Birthday to BILLY IDOL who is 63 today.



Thursday 29 November 2018.
STARSAILOR live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of their album ' Silence Is Easy'.
They will be playing the album in its entirety (plus a few other hits) accompanied by a string section.
I first saw Starsailor a couple of times in 2001 and have seen them a few times after.
'Silence Is Easy' is the second studio album by Starsailor, released in September 2003 on EMI.
The album contains some of the last productions by Phil Spector before his murder conviction and imprisonment in 2009.
It was certified gold in the UK in 2003.
Starsailor have had 10 x Top 40 hits in the UK.
With support from Chris Helme and Tom Speight.
Chris Helme is an English singer-songwriter, formerly the frontman of John Squire's post- Stone Roses band
The Seahorses.
Tom Speight has had a two-year break from music for emergency surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease.
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TOM SPEIGHT arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.
The singer-songwriter was backed by a female keyboard player.
Some decent songs played including new single 'Strangers Now'.
Halfway through his set he pulled off a nice stunt by going on to the floor standing area
and playing a song with the crowd around him using their mobiles for lighting.
CHRIS HELME arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 30 mins.
The singer-songwriter played a good set that featured a few Seahorses oldies and a great cover
of Faces 'Ooh La La'.
Full Chris Helme setlist played tonight...
Hello (The Seahorses song)
You Can Talk to Me (The Seahorses song)
Ooh La La (Faces cover)
Love is the Law (The Seahorses song)
Blinded by the Sun (The Seahorses song)
Five to One (The Doors cover)
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A nice buzz by the time Starsailor go on stage as the venue is pretty much nearly full.
Legendary live music booking agent John Giddings is here as he books Starsailor and many other acts
including U2, Iggy Pop, Madonna, Spice Girls, Genesis etc and The Isle Of Wight Festival.
STARSAILOR arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
The first batch of songs are the 'Silence is Easy' album in full track order.
They are backed by a six piece string section on most songs who sound great.
Singer James Walsh must be one the most laid back singers out there.
Plenty of their great hits including ' Alcoholic', 'Silence Is Easy ', ' Four To The Floor ' ,
'Poor Misguided Fool', 'In The Crossfire', 'Lullaby' and encore 'Good Souls' could all fall within the
‘oh yes, I remember that but didn’t know who it was'.
A very enjoyable show.
Full Starsailor setlist played tonight...
Music Was Saved
Fidelity
Some of Us
Silence Is Easy
Telling Them
Sharkfood
Bring My Love
White Dove
Four To The Floor
Born Again
Restless Heart
Tell Me It's Not Over
Alcoholic
Poor Misguided Fool
In The Crossfire
Lullaby
Best Of Me
Tie Up My Hands
Encore:
Good Souls




Wednesday 28 November 2018...8pm to 10pm...
EUFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium.
SPURS 1 INTER MILAN 0
A fantastic tense atmosphere as Spurs needed a win.
Massive celebrations as Spurs scored 10 mins from the end.
We are up in Level 5 as usual and there are many Inter Milan fans up here but there is no trouble.
Christian Eriksen came off the bench to score a late winner for Tottenham against Inter Milan at Wembley and keep alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage going into their final game at Barcelona.
Spurs needed the win to retain any hope of emerging from Group B into the last 16 and for long spells it looked like their ambitions would flounder on the rock of the Italian side's resilient defence.
Harry Winks struck the bar and Jan Vertonghen headed wide as Spurs pressed but it took the introduction of Eriksen to make the crucial breakthrough as he was the beneficiary of good work by Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli to score at the far post with 10 minutes left.



Wednesday 28 November 2018.
MICK JAGGER was in Paris Wednesday evening to watch PSG play Liverpool.
He chose that over Paul McCartney who played Paris the same night.



Tuesday 27 November 2018...I went to three events today...
12.45pm to 4.30pm
WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.
Around 150 guests here at the nice HQ of the British Film and Television Industry.
BBC Sports presenter John Inverdale is our host today.
We had a panel discussion that included Nick Hornby (won it with Fever Pitch in 1992).
Also video footage of winners from the past 30 years on the big screen.
141 titles were entered and the judges have decided on a 7 book shortlist.
Titles about boxing, darts, football, golf, rugby, swimming and the Olympic Games are on the shortlist for this year’s £30,000 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
Seven books are shortlisted for the prize, which turns 30 this year, including Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (Simon & Schuster), which is a biography of the champion golfer, and Paul Gibson’s biography of boxer Eamonn Magee, entitled The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee (Mercier Press). They are joined by the memoir The Boy on the Shed by footballer Paul Ferris (Hodder & Stoughton) and Tom Gregory’s debut A Boy in the Water (Particular Books), about how Gregory become the youngest person to swim the English Channel in 1988, aged just 11.
Also on the shortlist are Sevens Heaven: The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream by Ben Ryan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Fear and Loathing on the Oche: A Gonzo Journey Through the World of Championship Darts by King ADZ (Yellow Jersey), and Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes (The Bodley Head).
JOINT WINNERS WERE...
The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award has been shared for the first time in its 30-year history with A Boy in the Water, Tom Gregory’s charming coming-of-age story about being the youngest person to swim the Channel, sharing the £30,000 prize with The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee, an unflinching biography of the Belfast boxer by Paul D Gibson.
The co-founder of the award, Graham Sharpe said six judges had found it impossible to separate Gregory and Gibson’s books despite heated debate that went on long past midnight. “In the 30 years since launching the award we have occasionally considered, but never ultimately awarded, a dead heat,” he said. “But the judges found it impossible to separate these two jointly deserving but very different books.”
Any of the seven books shortlisted would make an ideal Christmas present.
Complimentary Taittenger champers reception for an hour or so then wines , beers and tasty canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of books inside.
Wikipedia has a full list of previous winners from the past 30 years.
www.williamhillplc.comVisit the William Hill website here for more info.
then
6.45pm to 9pm
OLGA'S EGG by SOPHIE LAW - book launch party - Bonham's, New Bond Street, London W1.
Around 150 guests here with a mix of English and Russian.
There is Russian art and jewellery on display as there is an auction the following day.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a signed copy of the book and a Faberge candle inside.
What the publisher says about the book...
Set in today's glamorous world of Russian art with glimpses into the lives of the last Romanovs
as their empire crumbled in the wake of the Russian Revolution.
Olga's Egg is an enthralling tale of love, family secrets and the artistic treasures that conceal them.
www.faberge.comVisit the Faberge website here for more info.
then
9.15pm to 11.30pm
QUAGLINO'S CHRISTMAS PARTY - 16 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.
Quaglino's was one of the first celebrity restaurant's in London as it was founded by Giovanni Quaglino in 1929.
A big crowd as over 300 guests have taken over all of this venue.
We have a live funky soul band playing 30 mins of cover versions.
Complimentary Nyetimber English sparking wines, three different cocktails, wines, beers and lots
of bowl food and canapés.
www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.ukVisit the Quaglino's website here for more info.




Monday 26 November 2018.
IDLES’ album, ' Joy as an Act of Resistance ' has topped the list of 6 Music Recommends: Albums of the Year, as announced on Shaun Keaveny’s BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast Show this morning.



Monday 26 Nov 2018.
I bought this stunning single when it first came out 42 years ago today.
"Anarchy in the U.K." by The Sex Pistols. It was released as the band's debut single on 26 November 1976 and was later featured on their superb album, "Never Mind the Bollocks".
I was aged 17 and a bit...they were the perfect band at the perfect time...
The record still sounds incredible today...imagine the impact it had back in 1976...
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Happy Birthday to TINA TURNER who is 79 today.
Tonight on BBC1 at 10.45pm is a new interview with her.
A nice bit of promotion for her autobiography 'My Love Story ' that came out last month.
I have seen Tina Turner live several tines including headlining Hammersmith Odeon with Ike Turner in 1974
and headlining Wembley Stadium in 2000.




Saturday 24 November 2018...5.30pm to 7.30pm...
SPURS 3 CHELSEA 1...at Wembley Stadium.
We were again upstairs in Level 5.
A few empty blocks up here but still a huge crowd of 55,465.
Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season came crashing down after an impressive Tottenham win at Wembley.
Dele Alli opened the scoring for the hosts after just seven minutes with a flicked header at the near post.
Harry Kane doubled Spurs' lead when he found the bottom corner after Chelsea let him shoot from distance.
Son Heung-min made it 3-0 early in the second half after the Korean winger produced a sensational solo goal.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a late consolation for Chelsea with a powerful header late on.
Spurs now move above Chelsea in the league table.




Friday 23 November 2018.
THE DAMNED + JOHNNY MOPED live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
British punk rock icons The Damned are playing another UK tour for their Tony Visconti
produced album 'Evil Spirits'.
I have seen The Damned play over 30 times...including 10 times in 1977 alone...
I was at their special 40th anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2016.
The Damned still feature two original members - Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible.
Other members in the band include Paul Gray on bass who was an original member of
Eddie and the Hot Rods and has had previous stints playing with The Damned.
Support act is Johnny Moped.
Johnny Moped became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of London’s now-legendary Roxy Club in early 1977.
I saw them play four times in 1977/1978 including twice when they supported The Damned in 1977.
Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible were in the band before their respective big name band success.
A documentary about the band,' Basically, Johnny Moped' , premiered in September 2013.
I saw this documentary which is well worth seeing.
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A punk rock gig so plenty of people here that i know tonight.
JOHNNY MOPED arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 30 mins.
Johnny Moped takes to the stage in his trademark sleeveless and studded leather biker jacket.
Johnny started playing gigs again a few years ago after a lengthy break.
I suppose he never had the quality of the other bands back in 1977 but great to see him live again.
Johnny ended his set with "Hard Lovin’ Man" which appeared on the hit various artists album
'Live at the Roxy WC2' (Harvest Records, 1977).
THE DAMNED arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
Lots of fans jumping around front of stage as you would imagine.
Chants of "Sensibles a wanker" ring out but it's a term of endearment here.
Dave Vanian still has his gothic vampire look with slicked back jet black hair.
Lots of tracks from their recent album played along with pure punk classics including
'Love Song', 'New Rose' , 'Neat Neat Neat' and 'Smash it Up'.
The band put on Christmas hats for the last three songs.
A great show.
Full Damned setlist played tonight...
We’re So Nice
Born to Kill
Democracy?
Wait for the Blackout
Lively Arts
Silly Kids Games
Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stranger on the Town
Devil in Disguise
The History of the World (Part 1)
I Don’t Care
Alone Again Or (Love cover)
Love Song
1 of the 2
New Rose
Neat Neat Neat
Encore:
Curtain Call
Ignite
Encore 2:
There Ain't No Sanity Clause
Smash it Up
Encore 3:
Anti-Pope




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