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News and Reviews: August 01, 2014
Buy your books,cds,dvds etc from HMV and Amazon.
www.hmv.comVisit the HMV website here.
www.amazon.co.ukVisit the Amazon website here.
For early July reviews and previous months reviews please click on the earlier reviews link above left.
Some good gigs and events coming up worth checking out.....
Thurs 31 July---Glen Matlock plays the first of seven shows at The Edinburgh Festival.
The original bass player of The Sex Pistols reads from his autobiography and performs some
of the songs made famous by the group as well as his solo material.
(It could only be six shows as Glen said he is flying back on August 6).
Thurs 31 July---Feast Foodie Festival opens at Tobacco Dock,East London.
It is on for six sessions over the four days
www.wefeast.co.ukCheck their website for more info and tickets.
Fri 01 Aug---Toy play The Lexington,Pentonville Road,London N1.
Fri 01 Aug---999 play The Queens Arms,Reading.
Sat 02 Aug---999 play The Vic,Swindon...tickets £8.
Sun 03 Aug---999 + Night Of Treason play Talking Heads,Southampton...adv tix only £6...
Sun 03 Aug---Slough Mela is on at Upton Court Park,Slough.
Asian bands,djs,food and all things Asian Culture for the bargain ticket of only £5.
Dj legend Tim Westwood is the headliner.
www.slough-mela.comCheck here for more info on Slough Mela.
Mon 04 Aug---The Vulz play Tooting Tram And Social,London SW17.
Wed 06 Aug and Fri 08 August---Blink 182 play Brixton Academy.
Tues 12 Aug---Sinead O'Connor plays The Roundhouse.
This show is to launch her brand new single ‘Take Me To Church’ as the first single to be lifted from
her new album ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss’.
The single and the album will be released via Nettwerk Records on August 11th 2014.
RELEASE DATE: MONDAY 18TH AUGUST 2014
Small Faces debut USA LP released on Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records in 1968 has been
newly expanded and remastered in 2014 from the original master tapes for the first time ever!
This definitive edition of There Are But Four Small Faces has been overseen by surviving band members Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan and features previously unseen memorabilia and photography, plus In-depth sleeve notes by Ken Sharp with new exclusive interviews with Olympic Studios engineer George Chkiantz, PP Arnold, renowned photographer Gered Mankowitz and commentary by Eric Carmen (All By Myself, The Raspberries) and Californian journalist Harvey Kubernik.
The V Festival shows in Hylands Park(Chelmsford) and Weston Park(Staffs)are now on sale.
Taking place on the weekend of Sat 16 Aug and Sun 17 Aug 2014.
Over 100 acts over multi stages including Justin Timberlake,Ed Sheeran,Kaiser Chiefs,
The Killers,Paulo Nutini,Lily Allen,Chic feat Nile Rodgers,Elbow,Blondie,
Manic Street Preachers,Janelle Monae,The Strypes and many more.
www.vfestival.comClick here for full info and to buy tickets.
The Reading and Leeds Festivals take place over the weekend of
Fri 22 Aug/Sat 23 Aug/Sun 24 Aug with 100 plus acts over multi stages including
Queens Of The Stone Age,Paramore,Arctic Monkeys,Jake Bugg,Blink 182 and many more.
www.readingfestival.comReading Festival tickets all sold out.
www.leedsfestival.comCheck here for full info and to buy tickets for Leeds Festival.
Tues 26 Aug---Kate Bush plays the first of 22 sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Her first shows for over 30 years will be one of the most anticipated events of the year.
I saw Kate Bush at this venue in 1979 on her only UK tour
Thursday 31 July 2014...I went to two events tonight...
5.30pm to 6pm.
Swatch press day at Ham Yard Hotel,Denman Street,London W1.
Well known and popular watch brand shows off their AW2014 collection.
They come under four ranges.
A World In Colours
Let It Shine
Lots of bright colours on most of their watches.
Prices start from around £32 to around £120.
Complimentary juices,coffees and desserts for all guests.
www.swatch.comCheck out the Swatch website for more info.
6.30pm to 9.30pm.
Taste of Texas - launch party at The Phene, 9 Phene Street, Chelsea,London, SW3.
Must be a decade or so since I have been to this famous upmarket pub in the heart of Chelsea just
around the corner from Cheyne Walk where the likes of Mick Jagger and Bryan Adams live.
To buy a house around here you need multi millions.
We are here to launch Taste Of Texas.
Taste Of Texas beef jerky uses only the finest West Country Beef.Jerky is a dried beef snack
that was originally made and eaten by Native American Indians and Cowboys.
The method is based on the old Texas style of Cowboy jerky and is high in protein.
Taste Of Texas is owned by former aviator Paul New and renowned Italian chef Maurizio Morelli.
All guests enjoyed presecco,normal wines,Pimms,some nice canapés and
samples of Taste Of Texas Beef Jerky.
Until 8pm we were in the outdoor garden of the venue then indoors after 8pm.
Quite a few people here I knew and an enjoyable event.
All guests got a goodie bag to take home.
www.tasteoftexasbeefjerky.comCheck out their website for more info.
About the pub.
This historic Chelsea pub was a favourite of footballer George Best and poet Dylan Thomas.
The Phene Arms was at risk of closure after its former owners submitted plans to turn it into a £20 million home with a steam room, swimming pool and gym.
But after a long campaign by residents — backed by stars including actor Hugh Grant and footballer Sol Campbell — the plans were rejected and the Phene Street pub has now been sold to the City Pub Company for a rumoured £4 million.
The new owners said the pub, built in 1850 by Victorian philanthropist Samuel Phene, who wanted a place for servants and tenants to drink, might have a “small refurb” but pledged to maintain its name and traditions, saying it was part of company policy. Kensington & Chelsea councillor Ian Donaldson, who gave evidence at a public inquiry into the pub’s future, said: “When the houses around there were developed, the pub was part of the design. Its disappearance would be a big loss to the community.”
It's worth noting that The Phene is a frequent filming location for the Made In Chelsea tv series.
Wednesday 30 July 2014...I went to three events tonight...
www.Very.co.uk - Christmas preview , Endell Street, Covent Garden,London WC2.
Very popular online website holds its Christmas preview for press.
I popped in here for 30 mins to see some of their Christmas items they will be selling.
Fearne Cotton has lent her name to a range.
Womenswear ,home furnishings and toys on display here but none of their men's range.
All guests got a small goodie bag to take away.
www.very.co.ukCheck the Very website here.
6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Ham Holy Burger press preview at John Lewis,3rd Floor,Oxford Street,London W1.
John Lewis is bringing a taste of Italy into its Oxford Street flagship with the opening of two new restaurants - Ham Holy Burger and Rossopomodoro.
The department store will host Italian burger joint Ham Holy Burger’s first UK outlet along with sister restaurant Neapolitian pizzeria Rossopomodoro, both of which focus on fresh, authentic ingredients.
John Lewis retail director Andrew Murphy said: “Food is increasingly important to our customers, and ensuring that the restaurants in our shops are places which people seek out and want to spend time in is a key part of our approach to creating enjoyable and memorable social experiences at John Lewis.”
It is hidden away in the corner on the third floor.
All orders are done via iPad at each table by customers so not sure how older folks will cope with that
even though there are staff on hand to help.
I had a passionburger with big chips along with tiramisu and freshly made lemonade.
The food was nice enough but the room felt more like a cafe than a restaurant.
9pm to 11.30pm.
The Bacardi Cuba Libre launch party at Freedom Bar,66 Wardour Street,Soho,London.
The party was held downstairs in their cosy cabaret room.
There must be 100 small disco mirror balls on the ceiling.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Bacardi Cuba Libre cocktails.
We have a drag show act by Danni Dee tonight who does three lots of 10 mins sets.
Very entertaining routines on the Sound Of Music,Cher and Mary Poppins.
Pixie Lott was due to sing a few acoustic songs after midnight but I had to leave before then.
www.freedombarsoho.comCheck the Freedom Bar website for more info.
Wednesday 29 July 2014...another sad death...
Sally Farmiloe has died of cancer at the age of 60.
The South African-born actress was best known for her role as Dawn the barmaid in the BBC series Howards’ Way.
In 1999, she became the subject of tabloid fascination when details of her affair with former politician and author Jeffrey Archer became public knowledge.
"After Sally's brave struggle against this terrible disease, I was saddened to hear the news of her death," Archer said in a statement.
Over the last few years I have bumped into her lots of times at events including her book launch last year.
Tuesday 29 July 2014.
A string of acts lined up to play next month's crowdfunded Alt-Fest are reporting it has been cancelled – but there is still no official word from organisers.
The inaugural event in Kettering, Northampton, was to take place in just over two weeks – on the weekend of August 15-17. Headliners included Fields Of The Nephilim, Marilyn Manson and The Cult. Also lined up were Gary Numan, Killing Joke and over 170 others.
Manson updated the gig listings on his official website and on Facebook, with Alt-Fest now marked as "cancelled". Other acts due to play, including Cradle Of Filth, have also reported that they have been told the event is off.
Billed as "the international celebration of alternative music, art and culture," the festival was to be a triumph of people-power, with £61,762 having been raised via a Kickstarter campaign – but it's believed organisers failed to secure all the funding they needed to cover their costs.
Monday 28 July 2014...6.30pm to 10.30pm...
Diageo World Class House launch party/press preview at 33 Fitzroy Square,London W1.
Diageo World Class House is setting up shop for one week near to the BT Tower.
The World Class competition is all about the best of the best, finding the cream of the cocktail crop from around the world.
Set up in Fitzroy Square, you have a five-storey Georgian townhouse (kitted out with eight experiences) to explore. From the introduction of Haig Club (yep, that’s David Beckham’s single grain whisky made in collaboration with entrepreneur Simon Fuller) to workshops discovering the craft of the Bloody Mary — there’s more than enough boozy fun to keep you wanting more. After admiring Jude Law in the short film screening of a Gentleman’s Wager, you can climb up to the rooftop terrace and bask in the sun with some of the world’s best cocktails in hand.
Tonight there were loads of really nice different complimentary cocktails to taste from the brands below.
The Craft Of The Bloody Mary Workshop was good fun as Ketel One Vodka took us on a journey through
this iconic drink and then we all made our own Bloody Mary's with the wonderful array of ingredients that can be used.
For the Zacapa Rum experience we start off being led blindfolded into their room to experience
the story of Zacapa through all five senses.
The cocktail bartenders were top notch and the staff were great on advice about what was going on and what time etc.
The whole event was very classy overall.
The eight experiences feature
World Class Hub
Alexander & James
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
From Tuesday onwards tickets cost £20 a pop and include two tokens for drinks or they can be added to the
cost of the various experiences. Don’t worry, you can buy more tokens on the night.
Sunday 27 July 2014...I went to two events today...
3.45pm to 6pm.
HYPER JAPAN 2014 at Earls Court,London.
Last day of this three day convention that celebrates all things regarding Japanese culture including
food,art,music,culture,anime(animation)and video games.
Over 60,000 people attended last years event.
The first thing you notice are the fantastic costumes that are being worn as they are full of colour.
Cosplay is folks dressed up as their fave comic book and film heroes.
Some girls are wearing school uniforms,sailor suits,maid outfits and cat ears were everywhere.
The gaming areas by Nintendo were very popular.
Stalls selling Japanese pop cds,comics,toys,costumes,bonsai plants etc as well as plenty
of Japanese food and drink stalls.
The karaoke machine was very popular.
There is a best costume competition on one of the three stages that also feature some live acts.
I catch a couple of the live shows.
Den Entertainment perform The Sake for around 30 mins.
A nice mixture of theatre,music and comedy mixing old and new traditions.
They perform their full show at The Edinburgh Festival Aug 2 to 24.
www.den-entertainment.comCheck the Den Entertainment website for more info.
www.hyperjapan.co.ukCheck the website for more info and some great pictures.
HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market is on at Olympia Nov 14 to 16.
Television live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Television were part of the 1970s New York rock scene, along with acts like the Patti Smith Group,
Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell, and Talking Heads.
They spilt up in 1978 after their second album failed to get the great reviews of their classic debut album
'Marquee Moon' that was loved by critics in America and England.
I saw Television play Hammersmith Odeon in 1977 when this album came out and Blondie were the support.
Television were on stage for 1 hour 40 mins with the set based around the 'Marquee Moon' album.
The stage was pretty sparse and basic to say the least.
Also Tom Verlaine and the other guitarist only used the one guitar each and every song was followed
by 20 or 30 seconds of tuning up which was unprofessional,annoying and boring.
Tracks including 'See No Evil' and 'Prove It' were great but easily the highlight was an extended version of
the mega 'Marquee Moon'.
It was a good show overall but maybe not as good as I was hoping for.
Full Television setlist played tonight...
See No Evil
1880 or So
Little Johnny Jewel, Parts 1 & 2
Psychotic Reaction (Count Five cover)
Saturday 26 July 2014.
Burt Bacharach And Orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
This was the second of two shows here for Burt on his UK tour.
Both were sold out even though front stalls tickets were a hefty £100 each.
I suppose the 30 plus member orchestra had to get paid out of that.
I have a fantastic seat five rows from the stage.
Now aged 86, Burt Bacharach is a bonafide songwriting legend.
As of 2014, Bacharach has written 73 Top 40 hits in the US and 52 Top 40 hits in the UK.
He was part of the songwriting hit factory of The Brill Building in New York in the 1950s.
Burt is tanned, grey haired and shrunken but still has film star looks.
Sartorial elegance is giving way to comfort, an open neck shirt with jeans and trainers. He plays rolling around on a seat at his Steinway piano as if he can’t quite get comfortable, standing to conduct beginnings and endings. He sneaks a lozenge from his pocket and chews steadily before required to perform a vocal. Everything about him creaks with advanced years, except his music, gorgeous melodies unwinding with perfect ease.
You can tell this concert means a lot to him. Bacharach smiles with pleasure at his singers and musicians, and mouths along with the words behind the piano. He talks a lot and while not a fantastic raconteur he doesn’t just throw out pre-rehearsed lines of cocktail lounge patter. He reminisces about times in London, responds to audience calls, and giggles at his own joke, just like he is chatting with friends.
Some songs he sings and some songs his trio of singers sing(two female and one male).
Sadly we have none of the big names that made his songs famous like the Burt Bacharach and Hal David
show I saw at The Royal Albert Hall in 2000 when on stage guests included Dionne Warwick and Elvis Costello.
There were loads of standing ovations tonight from this respectful audience.
He has so many songs that some had to be squeezed in medley form.
He was on stage for 2 hours 10 mins without an interval which is amazing for an 86 year old.
A really good show.
Some highlights were
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Walk On By
I Say A Little Prayer
(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Anyone Who Had A Heart
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Close To You
The Look Of Love
What's New Pussycat?
On My Own
Baby It's You
That's What Friends Are For
Raindrops Are Falling On My Head
Friday 25 July at 7pm--BBC Local Radio marked the 50th anniversary of Tony Blackburn’s first radio broadcast - to the day - with a one-off, star-studded programme across all local BBC stations.
Tony started the show with 'Rag Doll' by The Four Seasons which was the first record he played in 1964 as
a dj with Radio Caroline before he joined the BBC.
Tony Blackburn played the first ever record on BBC Radio 1 in 1967 which was 'Flowers In The Rain'
by The Move.
Thursday 24 July 2014...I went to four events today...
Tesco F & F clothing 'Christmas In July' press event in Soho,London W1.
F & F is the brand name for the clothing line in Tesco which includes men,woman and kids.
I spent an hour here wandering around with complimentary Tesco champers in hand.
Their clothes have some really cheap price points and look good too.
My highlights from the men's range were
A crombie type wool coat---£65
All guests got a nice goodie bag with F & F items and an online voucher to use.
www.clothingattesco.comCheck the Tesco F & F clothing range here.
then 6.30pm to 7.45pm
Paige Denim - launch party at Selfridges, 3rd Floor,400 Oxford Street, London, W1.
Around 100 fashion folks here enjoying complimentary presecco and some lovely Iced Tea drinks and canapés.
With a figure that's sure to turn heads, it's little wonder that supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
has been chosen as the face of Paige fashion.
Wearing a spray-on pair of supertight blue metallic jeans and sexy heels, Rosie looked incredible as
she posed with the label's founder, Paige Adams-Geller.
They should look good as I picked up a random pair of basic skinny jeans to look at the price...£230...yikes...
8pm to 9pm.
JuiceToU - first anniversary party at Sanctum Soho Hotel, 20 Warwick Street,London W1.
Trendy detox drink that is available online.
The dj tonight was Michael Andre who is the brother of Peter Andre.
A few faces here including Amy Childs, Kitty Brucknell, Olivia Cox,Lydia Lucy,Daniella Westbrook,
Bianca Gasgoine,Tamer Hussan and others.
All guests enjoyed complimentary presecco,wines,beers,burgers and canapés.
All guests got a girlie related goodie bag with items including Fake Bake,Sleep In Rollers,
Lava Shells vouchers etc.
www.juicetou.comCheck out the JuiceToU website here.
9.05pm to 10pm.
Tara Starlet & Auria London - pop-up shop launch party at 36 Marshall Street, London, W1.
Tara Starlet are one of those cool retro female fashion brands that focus on the 1940s/1950s era.
They are here until 17 Aug 2014.
A small store so there is more people outside the store rather than in the store as it's a hot night
and Marshall Street (near Carnaby Street) is closed to cars at their end of the street.
Complimentary Red Stripe beers and Mahiki ice lollies for all guests.
All guests got a girlie related goodie bag which included some nice stylish Flopz flip flops that retail for £40.
www.flopz.co.ukCheck the Flopz flip flops website here.
www.tarastarlet.comCheck the Tara Starlet website here.
Thurs 24 July---34 years ago today on 24 July 1980 my band Gun Control played their debut gig.
See the website band search for the list of the gigs we played from 1980 to 1982.
Wed 23 July 2014...I went to three events today...
Thorntons 'Christmas In July' press event in Soho,London W1.
Thorntons are celebrating their 60th birthday.
The much-loved British chocolate maker has a fantastic range of new festive treats for the whole family,
from beautifully decorated chocolate characters to delicious boxes of chocolates.
To celebrate their 60th birthday they have launched two Continental boxes priced at £15 and £30.
How about a £40 family box that includes 100 of their chocolates.
I spent an hour here wandering around and sampling the nice chocs with complimentary presecco.
Father Christmas was here with a couple of helpers and yes I had my picture taken with him.
Thorntons have around 300 outlets across the UK and you can buy from them online.
All guests got a nice goodie bag with boxes of Thorntons chocs.
www.thorntons.co.ukCheck the Thorntons website for more info.
6.45pm to 8.15pm
Dr Martens - autumn/winter 2014 campaign launch party at
Exposure Gallery, 22-23 Little Portland Street, London, W1.
Legendary footwear label we have come to love and respect.At first their efforts were adopted by the British working class, milkmen and factory workers, but as they gained in popularity they were joined by youth movements and rebels from the fringes of society. The Skinheads were the first subculture to employ Dr Martens as a wardrobe staple in the early 1960's.
Initially the group were famed not for their racism but for their obsession with fashion. The late 60s saw the brand embraced by nearly all the ‘tribes': ska, mods,punks, psychobillies, grebos, grunge.....
A cool trendy young crowd here.
Complimentary wines and Red Stripe lagers for all guests.
A dj playing some old school reggae vinyl.
We had a 20 mins set here by legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke.
I saw him a few times in the late 1970s when he first appeared on the scene.
We get great versions of 'Get Back On Drugs,You Fat Fuck','Chickentown' and
' I Wanna Be Yours' which is his poem Arctic Monkeys covered on their recent album.
www.drmartens.comVisit the Dr Martens website here.
8.30pm to 10pm.
French Connection - party at French Connection, 396 Oxford Street, London, W1.
Well known high street fashion brand launch their 'Never Miss A Trick' campaign.
We have a couple of magicians doing tricks in front of the guests.
The dj tonight was Nick Grimshaw from BBC Radio 1.
We have complimentary Smirnoff vodka cocktails and beers.
Another young fashion crowd where I seem to be the oldest person in the room for the
second time tonight.
All guests got a goodie bag on leaving.
Tuesday 22 July 2014.
Rock legends Motörhead are to play three UK shows as part of a European Tour.
Lemmy and co will play the following dates:
November 4: Manchester O2 Apollo
November 6: Birmingham NIA
November 8: London SSE Wembley Arena
The show at Wembley is the band's biggest headline show in over a decade.
Punk royalty The Damned will support the band on all three dates.
Reports said that Lemmy looked very frail after his illness when Motörhead supported Black Sabbath
in Hyde Park earlier this month so fingers crossed Lemmy will be fighting fit for these shows.
Monday 21 July 2014...6.30pm to 9pm...
Forge press preview at Forge, 24 Cornhill, Bank,London EC3.
Another massive restaurant and bar opens in The City.
Last week we went to their bar launch and tonight is their restaurant launch.
Forge is there for those who like to work hard and play harder. Situated on Cornhill just moments from Bank, this is a bold venue that's here to shake the City's social scene off its hinges.
A striking restaurant and cocktail bar located on the site of the former Abacus Bar, Forge comes kitted out with stripped back brickwork and luxuriant leather booths to help put minds at ease from the get go. Once comfy, guests survey a bespoke menu comprising of mouth-watering cuts of meat from 'the pit' and delicately seasoned offerings from 'the spit'. Keep your eye out for the coca-cola glazed pork ribs, which slot in nicely in the company of steaks, spit roast chicken and burgers aplenty.
The unique and innovative cocktails fly the flag for the drinks cabinet, with ice cold craft beers there if you're looking for a few chilled ones at the end of a long day. All tipples are hand-picked and are perfectly matched to the catalogue of meaty options that compete for air-time on the menu. A sleek and contemporary space in the very heart of the City, Forge suits a quick lunch, after-work refreshment or a meat-feast at dinner time.
The staff were nice and friendly and suggested wines to go with our starter and mains.
A very enjoyable dining experience here at Forge.
Tempura Soft Shell Crab.
Grilled Fillet Steak with seasoned chips and mushrooms.
Strawberries and Cream sundae.
www.forgedinlondon.comCheck their website for more info including their menu.
Opening offers include...
Mondays---BOGOF---two people eat for the price of one.
Tuesdays---all cocktails are £5 each.
Monday 21 July 2014.
Detroit rock legend Ted Nugent has hit a major milestone in his touring career.
At 65, he has played his 6,500th live show. Nugent hit the mark on Saturday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI just outside of his hometown of Detroit.
Monday 21 July 2014---Get On Up - NY film premiere
The Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York.
Tate Taylor, Sir Mick Jagger, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, director (Taylor), producer (Jagger) and cast attend premiere of their biopic about James Brown, and his rise from humble beginnings to becoming the Godfather of Soul (via drug addiction, women and financial ruin). Released September 26.
No news yet about a UK premiere.
Friday 18 July 2014...6.30pm to 12pm...
Mandela Remembered - gala dinner & concert at The Roundhouse,London.
Today would have been Nelson Mandela 96th birthday.
From 6.30pm there was an hour of complimentary sparkling wines.
Guests here included Kenney Jones,Rick Wills and Paul Young who would be on stage later.
From 7.30pm to 9.30pm 300 guests have a nice three course dinner upstairs in the balcony
where we had Sea Bass mains along with wines and water at the table.
I was on a friendly table and had a chat with Jimmy who brings singers and celebs to places
Including Russia and Gambia for charity football matches.
www.uk3lions.comCheck the website here for more info.
Around 300 more folks are downstairs for the concert only but it looks pretty empty.
Did not see any advertising for this event so that was no doubt the reason.
For the live acts I go downstairs for a closer view.
Heather Small from M People sings three great tracks.
Search For The Hero(M People cover)
Moving On Up(M People cover)
We have some big screen clips of Nelson Mandela all through the evening.
Kenney Jones & Friends play a full set of 13 songs in 65 mins.
Kenney Jones on drums has played with The Small Faces,The Faces,The Who and others.
Rick Wills on bass has played with Foriegner,Bad Company and others.
The other guys are not big names but they have a great young rock singer with a big voice and big hair.
The songs are covers from the bands they have been involved with so lots of rock gems played.
Can't Get Enough
Feel Like Making Love
Every Little Bit Hurts(Mollie Marriott on vocals for this Small Faces track)
All Or Nothing
I Can't Explain
Behind Blue Eyes
In The Midnight Hour( Paul Young on vocals)
Come Back And Stay(Paul Young on vocals for his own hit)
Afterglow(Of Your Love)
Stay With Me
Won't Get Fooled Again
Thursday 17 July 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8pm.
Forge - bar launch party at Forge, 24 Cornhill, London, EC3.
Yet another massive bar opens in The City.
This one is a few yards from Bank tube station.
As part of their £20 million venue refresh programme, Novus Leisure has closed and renovated its
Abacas bar and after the refit it will be known as Forge.
Over two floors with a huge basement area with a dance floor and a nice contemporary feel to it.
We enjoyed four different complimentary cocktails and some canapés.
8.30pm to 12.30am.
Warner Music Group and British GQ Magazine - summer party at Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, London, E1.
Shoreditch House has to be one of the coolest venues in London along with the likes of Chiltern Firehouse.
Must be a couple of years since I was last here.
This members club has a stunning open air swimming pool on the 6th floor and this is where the party is held.
It really has the wow factor for sure and a couple of the members are swimming.
There are some 100 sun loungers by the pool and by the other open area.
Really nice to be lying down on a lounger sipping drinks and looking across the skyline of The City.
A very lively vibe as around 300 club members are here and another 300 guests have wristbands for
The Warner Music party area.
One Direction's Harry Styles joined pop stars Nicola Roberts, Marina Diamandis, Bo Bruce and Conor Maynard as record label Warner Music and men's magazine GQ celebrated the summer with a party at Shoreditch House. Gilles Peterson and Seb Chew took to the decks on the rooftop of the members' club as VIPs, including Amber Le Bon, Clara Paget, Charlie Casely-Hayford, Jack Whitehall, Gemma Chan, Lilah Parsons, Melissa Steel and Noomi Rapace partied on.
The djs were playing lively urban dance tracks.
All guests enjoyed loads of complimentary drinks and food all night.
A choice of three cocktails(Parlophone Punch,Atlantic Breeze and Warner Spritz),wines,beers and grub
Including full size gourmet burgers,bowl food and canapés.
An excellent event.
Thursday 17 July 2014...yet another sad death...
American blues guitar player Johnny Winter has died aged 70.
Wed 16 July 2014.
Franz Ferdinand live at Somerset House,London.
The band played a great 95 mins set with lots of angular guitar riffs and pukka indie disco tunes.
Really nice to see a band play in this stunning outdoor courtyard.
Full Franz Ferdinand setlist played...
No You Girls
The Dark of the Matinée
Do You Want To?
Tell Her Tonight
Stand on the Horizon
Can't Stop Feeling
Take Me Out
Goodbye Lovers & Friends (with Touch The Leather by Fat White Family outro)
My reviews from Mon 14 July and Tues 15 July have somehow vanished....sorry....
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