News and Reviews: November 22, 2017

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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
An American In Paris,School of Rock ,Dream Girls, 42nd Street and others.
Also Young Frankenstein and Big Fish -The Musical starring Kelsey Grammer.
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Wed 22 Nov---NEW PLAQUE UNVEILED TO CELEBRATE THE ICONIC LORD JOHN SHOP: A plaque will be unveiled to celebrate the iconic Lord John shop, at 43 Carnaby Street. David and Warren Gold, who sadly passed away in 2009 and 2015, were style icons and menswear retail entrepreneurs. They dressed The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Small Faces and The Kinks, and they were main players in Carnaby Street, the epicentre of all things cool in London’s Swinging 60s.
Wed 22 Nov---Imelda May plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Imelda has had great success this year with her recent album 'Life Love Flesh Blood'.
I went to the launch party gig for the album at Ronnie Scott's in Nov 2016 where Jeff Beck came on stage.
Imelda May new single 'Call Me' featuring Jack Savoretti out this Friday 24 Nov.
This is what the critics said about the album...
“This is the unmistakeable sound of an artist finally, thrillingly, finding her own voice”
**** Evening Standard
“11 strong songs which ache, break, and twang as craftily as they do sincerely"
**** Q
“This is a triumphant rebirth”
**** Daily Mirror
“It’s a hugely effective, beautifully crafted reboot that should open up new audiences and point to future triumphs”
**** The Sun
“An album that wears its heart on its sleeve”
**** Daily Mail
Wed 22 Nov---Depeche Mode play The 02 Arena.
Depeche Mode massive world tour arrives back in the UK.
They played a massive outdoor show at The London Stadium , Stratford on 03 June 2017.
This was the venue where AC/DC and Guns N Roses also played.
I have seen Depeche Mode over 15 times since 1981 when they were a support act.
Thurs 23 Nov---Deep Purple play The 02 Arena...with support from Europe and Cats in Space.
I have seen Deep Purple around 20 times since 1974.
The first time was --- Deep Purple + Elf Hammersmith Odeon, London 09.05.1974
The 1974 tour was in support of new album "Burn"with great live line up of Richie Blackmore and David Coverdale .
Ronnie James Dio was the singer in the support band.
I have seen Europe several times including the time 'The Final Countdown' was a big hit in the UK charts.
First band on Cats in Space are hotly tipped for big success.
Thurs 23 Nov---Dirty Strangers play The Troubadour Club, Earls Court.
Thurs 23 Nov---Lulu plays The Union Chapel, Islington.
Lulu is on a month long UK tour.
Lulu has had ten Top 10 hits in the UK starting with 'Shout' in 1964.
Fri 24 Nov and Sat 25 Nov---Brian Downey plays Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington.
Brian Downey is an Irish drummer, best known as the drummer and a founding member of the rock band Thin Lizzy. Along with Phil Lynott, Downey was the only constant member of the hard rock group until their first break-up in 1983.
Downey also co-wrote several Thin Lizzy songs.
Fri 24 Nov---Satellites play The St Moritz Club, 159 Wardour Street , London W1...tix only. £6...
Acton punk legends celebrating 40 years.
Fri 24 Nov---Wolf Alice play Alexandra Palace.
Fri 24 Nov and Sat 25 Nov---Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra play The Royal Albert Hall.
Guests joining him on stage include Jose Feliciano.
On Fri 17 Nov---Jools Holland & Jose Feliciano release an album 'As You See Me Now'.
Sat 25 Nov---The Dole / Acme Sewage Co. / Great British Heroes / Fenzyx live at The Gunners, London N5.
Sat 25 Nov---Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has been announced as a special guest for this year’s A Peaceful Noise concert, taking place at London ULU on November 25.
A Peaceful Noise 2017 is the second memorial show to take place in memory of Nick Alexander, who died while selling merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan in Paris, the subject of tragic terror attacks in November 2015.
There will also be dj sets from Carl Barat and Gary Powell from The Libertines.
Sat 25 Nov---Roachford plays The Islington Academy on his UK tour....£22.50 plus booking fee...
Great soul singer Andrew Roachford takes time off from his duties with Mike + The Mechanics.
Hard to believe that his classic hit solo single 'Cuddly Toy' came out way back in 1988.
Sun 26 Nov and Mon 27 Nov---Phil Collins plays The Royal Albert Hall.
I saw two of his shows at this venue earlier in the year.
Mon 27 Nov and Tues 28 Nov---The Killers play The 02 Arena....final shows on their UK arena tour...
Their recent album 'Wonderful Wonderful' got plenty of great four star reviews in September.
It went straight in at number one in the UK album charts.
By making it to the top of the charts once more, the group have become the first ever international act
to achieve five Number One albums in a row.
It is also their first number one album back home in America.
‘Wonderful Wonderful’ sold 118,000 album equivalent units in its first week in the US, with 111,000 coming as traditional album sales. It knocked Foo Fighters‘ ‘Concrete And Gold’ from the top spot.
Earlier shows on the tour have got excellent reviews in the national press.
Wed 29 Nov---Divine Comedy play Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 29 Nov----Tommyandmary, The Vulz, Ulysses Wells, The Killing Cuture
Play The Crowndale Club , London NW1.
Thurs 30 Nov---Status Quo (electric show) + Cats in Space play The Hexagon, Reading.
Thurs 30 Nov---Deacon Blue play Hammersmith Apollo.
Thurs 30 Nov---Stylistics play Indigo @ The 02 Arena.
Stylistics play London as part of their lengthy six week UK tour.
Their Philadelphia Soul sound of the early 1970s was very popular in the UK.
'The Best of The Stylistics' is a compilation album that was the Best Selling Album of 1975 in the UK.
They still feature two original members.
I first saw them in 1974 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
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Universal has announced that the out-of-print deluxe edition of the ' Never Mind The Bollocks' album,
which was originally released in 2012, will now be rereleased on 01 Dec 2017.
The deluxe NMTB will include 3 CDs, a live DVD and a 48 page book.
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Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall brings together some of the biggest names and rivalries, with Legends of the game going head-to-head in a bid to become Champions.
Staged over four days between 30th November – 3rd December 2017 and set in one of the world’s most iconic venues – the season-finale to the ATP Champions Tour offers unparalleled on and off-court action, competition and entertainment from some of the game’s biggest stars across singles and doubles matches.
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27 Oct 2017 to 07 Jan 2018 - My Name Is Prince: The Official Exhibition at The 02 Arena Complex.
It is based around the 21 shows Prince played at The 02 Arena in 2007.
I was at six of those shows and two of his after party gigs next door at Indigo.
Prince run of 21 shows in 2007 is still the record for nights played by one act on the same tour at The 02.
Admission will be £25 for adults.
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Fri 01 Dec---U2 'Songs of Experience' the band’s hotly anticipated 14th studio album, will arrive.
They will soon announce another American Tour starting May 2018 followed by UK & Mainland Europe.
BBC Music announces a world exclusive hour-long music entertainment show, U2 At The BBC, for BBC One to be broadcast in December and presented by Cat Deeley.
To be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and produced by BBC Studios, two-time Golden Globe and 22-time Grammy Award-winning U2 will perform some of their biggest hits, alongside brand new tracks from their forthcoming album, Songs of Experience, as well as chatting about their lives to date.
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Fri 01 Dec---Tom Clarke (The Enemy) + James Walsh (Starsailor ) play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 01 Dec and Sat 02 Dec---Kasabian play The 02 Arena...with support from Slaves.
I have seen Kasabian around a dozen times including earlier this year when they played at The Forum.
Support act Slaves are a very lively band worth getting there early to see.
Sat 02 Dec---Kooks play Wembley Arena.
Sun 03 Dec and Wed 06 Dec---Jamiroquai play The 02 Arena...with support from Deetron.
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Mon 04 Dec--Bananarama play The New Theatre, Oxford.
Sat 09 Dec---Bananarama play the last of three shows at Hammersmith Apollo...last date of UK tour...
Original three girl lineup playing their first ever tour together.
The original lineup of Bananarama, Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward, never toured together during their biggest hitmaking years from 1981 to 1988. There were plenty of television shows but never a live tour before Fahey left the group and was replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan.
I saw them a couple of times as a trio with the new girl at Hammersmith Odeon in 1989.
Bananarama had ten Top 10 hits in the 1980s.
Fact of the day---In 1981, Bananarama's members were living above the rehearsal room that was used by former Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook. With their help, Bananarama recorded their first demo.
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Mon 04 Dec and Tues 05 Dec---Gorillaz play The 02 Arena...with support from female rapper Little Simz.
Gorillaz album 'Human' won 'Best Album Of The Year' at The Q Awards 2017.
Thurs 07 Dec---Old Street Rockers play The William Blake, 174-180 Old Street, EC1...covers band...
Thurs 07 Dec---Liam Gallagher plays Alexander Palace...sold out two months before the gig...
Liam plays a massive show in Finsbury Park in 2018.
Thurs 07 Dec---Royal Albert Hall Christmas Party.
Hosted by comedian and actor Jason Manford, the show will see an array of artists performing contemporary Christmas classics including Alexander Armstrong, Fleur East, Holly Johnson, Jona Lewie, Marc Almond, Melanie C, Nadine Coyle, Ricky Wilson, Shakin’ Stevens, Tom Chaplin and The Vamps plus more acts to be announced.
It will be filmed by SKY tv to be shown over the Christmas period of Dec 23/24.
Fri 08 Dec---Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters play The Royal Albert Hall...sold out pronto...
Robert on a UK tour to promote his recent album 'Carry Fire' that was released Fri 13 Oct 2017.
Fri 08 Dec---Rocket From The Crypt play The Electric Ballroom.
Fri 08 Dec---Tom Robinson Band plays Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington.
Fri 08 Dec---Status Quo + Cats in Space play Hammersmith Apollo...electric show...
Sat 09 Dec---Marilyn Manson plays Wembley Arena.
Sat 09 Dec---999 + Morgellons + Satellites play The New Cross Inn, South East London.
Sat 09 Dec---Bermondsey Joyriders play The Balcome Club, Hayward's Heath, West Sussex.
Sat 09 Dec---Carla Bruni plays The Union Chapel, Islington.
Former French first lady, original '90s supermodel and singer-songwriter Carla Bruni has announced
her first ever UK concert in London to promote her latest album 'French Touch'.
In the past Carla has had relationships with Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.
The covers album features a jazz version of AC/DC 'Highway to Hell' and a samba version of
'Miss You' by The Rolling Stones.
Sun 10 Dec---The Darkness play Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 11 Dec---Ellie Goulding plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 11 Dec---Mariah Carey plays The 02 Arena.
Tues 12 Dec---Tom Chaplin (ex Keane singer) plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Tom’s new festive album, 'Twelve Tales of Christmas, is available to buy now.
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Queen + Adam Lambert are playing a full UK arena tour including three London shows.
Tues 12 Dec---02 Arena
Wed 13 Dec---02 Arena
Fri 15 Dec---Wembley Arena
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Thurs 14 Dec---80's Christmas Retro Show at Wembley Arena.
Tony Hadley headlines with half a dozen acts playing short hits based sets.
Thurs 14 Dec---The Cribs play the first of three shows at U.L.U.
Mon 18 Dec---Peter Hook & The Light play The Roundhouse.
Tues 19 Dec---Dio Returns play The Academy , Islington.
The Ronnie James Dio hologram with a live band play their only UK show on their European Tour.
When all the rock legends have passed away, all the next generations will have is hologram tours
and tribute bands galore so make you go and see the originals when they are still living if you can.
Wed 20 Dec---Extreme play Brixton Academy.
Thurs 21 Dec---Adam Ant plays The Roundhouse.
Thurs 21 Dec---Five Finger Death Punch + In Flames + Of Mice & Men play Wembley Arena.
Thurs 21 Dec to Sat 23 Dec---Prodigy play Brixton Academy...all shows sold out...
Fri 22 Dec---The Dirty Strangers play The Troubador Club, Earls Court.
Fri 22 Dec---Andre Rieu plays Wembley Arena.
André Rieu is a Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. Together they have turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rock music acts.Expect very colourful stage costumes on stage.
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Released 17 Nov 2017---a nice item for Christmas.
The Sweet release a nine cd box set including - Live at The Rainbow 1973 - (I was there as a 14 year old)




Tuesday 21 November 2017...6.45pm to 10pm...
ROSEWOOD HOTEL CHRISTMAS PARTY -






Monday 20 November 2017...6.45pm to 9pm...
MODERN BRITISH & IRISH ART BRITISH IMPRESSIONISM - private view , Christies, London SW1.
Over 300 guests at this massive display of paintings over all the levels of Christies.
Christie’s spotlights key British artists from the 19th century to the present day with a
series of sales dedicated to Modern British & Irish Art and British Impressionism.
The Modern British & Irish Art auctions explore the legacy of British and Irish artists throughout the 20th century, from L.S. Lowry’s industrial cityscapes to Peter Blake’s pioneering pop art. Alongside an online sale, Modern/British Art, which brings together prominent U.K. artists at accessible price points, the Day and Evening Sales feature striking works from artists including Ben Nicholson, Richard Hamilton, Barbara Hepworth and Graham Sutherland alongside sculptures by Henry Moore, Eric Gill and Dame Elisabeth Frink.
You can view the paintings on Tuesday and Wednesday daytime with the auction at 7pm on Wednesday.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, Gin & Tonics and some very tasty canapés for all guests.
www.christies.com---Visit the Christies website here for more info.





Sunday 19 November 2017...I went to two events tonight...
1.15pm to 3.30pm
Musicmania Record Fair at Olympia, West London.
A great place to buy bootlegs ,vinyl , CDs, rarities, posters , memorabilia etc.
Today was the second of the two days of this popular record fair.
Nice to meet up with lots of friends and dealers here.
Around 50 stalls mixing £100 plus items with the cheaper bargain items.
I got several items here including a Marc Bolan triple vinyl album box set for only £5.
Paul Cook (drummer with The Sex Pistols & The Professionals ) was there on Saturday.
Paul was on a stand at lunchtime signing copies of the new Professionals album and other stuff.
Paul was on Eddie Locks stand who had loads of great Sex Pistols items for sale.
He had pre-signed Professionals cd albums signed by Paul Cook for £17.
Sex Pistols- God Save The Queen - original on A& M - 7 inch vinyl - £12,500
Steve Jones one off designer stage jacket - £1200
Vivienne Westwood original cheesecloth shirt - £1200
www.eddielock.co.ukVisit the Eddie Lock website here for more info on the items.
This fair was the LAST EVER at Olympia as they move to Victoria as it's cheaper to hire.
The next Victoria Fairs are 27 Jan , 28 April, 08 Sept.
www.vip-24.comVisit their website here for a list of their record fairs around the UK.
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MR. BIG + THE ANSWER + FASTER PUSSYCAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Mr. Big are on a UK tour to promote their new album 'Defying Gravity'.
I saw Mr Big headline Hammersmith Odeon in their heyday as well as when they supported
Aerosmith at Wembley Arena for two shows in 1993.
Mr. Big are best known in the UK for their No 3 hit in 1992 'To Be With You'.
I saw The Answer open for AC/DC on the 2008 and 2009 legs of the ' Black Ice ' World Tour, and was
probably the most worldwide exposure the band has received to date.
I first saw Faster Pussycat in 1987 when they supported Guns N Roses at Hammersmith Odeon.
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A nice three band rock package from promoters Kilimanjaro and it's a near sell-out.
FASTER PUSSYCAT are already on stage when i enter the venue.
There are two versions of Faster Pussycat playing gigs.
This line-up features their original singer only plus other musicians.
All the band look the part and they were decent enough.
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THE ANSWER arrived on stage at 7.50pm and play for around 50 mins.
The Answer from Belfast are a great band who deserve bigger success.
Their vocalist is a top notch blues rock singer.
They played an AC/DC cover in tribute to Malcolm and George Young.
A really good set.
Full setlist played tonight...
Solas
On and On
Preachin'
Faith Gone Down
Spectacular
Strange Kinda' Nothing
If You Want Blood (You've Got It) (AC/DC cover)
Come Follow Me
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MR.BIG arrived on stage at 9pm and play a nice long set of around 2 hours 5 mins.
Mr.Big split up for a bit but have all come together again after a successful Japanese tour.
There were quite a few Japanese in the crowd tonight.
All four original members are on stage but the original drummer is playing just basic percussion after
being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and the replacement tonight and for the entire world tour
is Matt Starr, who is also the drummer for Ace Frehley (KISS).
The singer Eric Martin said "we have been looking forward to this London show for soooo long".
Mr.Big really were on top form tonight with great songs and great harmonies.
Highlights included seeing the wizardry of Billy Sheehan (bass guitar ) and Paul Gilbert (lead guitar) both
playing amazingly all night and both played superb solos.
For the opening song Paul Gilbert used an electric drill to play his guitar.
Highlights included 'Just Take My Heart', 'To Be With You' and '1992'.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
American Beauty
Undertow
Alive and Kickin'
Temperamental
Just Take My Heart
Take Cover
Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
Price You Gotta Pay
Guitar Solo (including AC/DC guitar riffs medley)
Open Your Eyes
Wild World (Cat Stevens cover)
Damn I'm in Love Again
Rock & Roll Over
Around the World
Bass Solo
Addicted to That Rush
To Be With You
1992
Colorado Bulldog
Defying Gravity
30 Days in the Hole (Humble Pie cover) (with Cormac Neeson from The Answer)






Saturday 18 November 2017.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE + BRONCHO live at Wembley Arena, London.
QOTSA play the first of two big arena shows in London...also Tues 21 Nov at The 02 Arena.
03 Sept update---QOTSA soared to the top of the album charts in Sept for the first time
with their seventh studio LP ‘Villains’, clocking up 32,000 sales in its first week.
Grammy award winner Mark Ronson produced the album.
Support band Broncho play their own London headline show at The Lexington on 25 Nov.
Broncho are an indie rock band from Oklahoma.
Broncho have released three albums.
QOTSA singer Josh Homme married singer and musician Brody Dalle (The Distillers) in 2007.
They reside in Palm Springs, California, and have three children together.
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Support band BRONCO played for around 40 mins.
Their set was mix of grunge and punk that was decent enough.
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A nice touch during the interval as they played all AC/DC tracks over the pa in tribute to Malcolm Young R.I.P.
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QOTSA played a nice long set of around 2 hours 10 mins.
A nice stage production with two big screens, lots of lights and a dozen poles that would light up and were
on springs so the band were kicking them ,smacking them and elbowing them for good effect.
Josh Homme is one of the coolest rockers out there as he smokes a few fags through the show and
after a few songs has a dig at the security shining torches on girls who get on their partners shoulders
telling them "This is my show and they can do whatever they want , because tonight you work for me".
Cue big cheers and for the next song there were 50 people on shoulders.
Their new album tracks certainly have the feel of rock songs you can dance to.
Plenty of great tunes from their 20 year career including 'No One Knows', 'Little Sister' and
rockin' versions of 'Go with The Flow' and 'Feel Good Hit of The Summer'.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
If I Had a Tail
Monsters in the Parasol
My God Is the Sun
Feet Don't Fail Me
The Way You Used to Do
You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire
No One Knows
Avon
The Evil Has Landed
I Sat by the Ocean
Smooth Sailing
Domesticated Animals
Make It Wit Chu
I Appear Missing
Villains of Circumstance
Little Sister
Sick, Sick, Sick
Go With the Flow
Encore:
Head Like a Haunted House
Feel Good Hit of the Summer
A Song for the Dead





Saturday 18 November 2017.
Another shock rock n roll death to report.
AC/DC's co-founder and creator MALCOLM YOUNG has died aged 64.
The legendary guitarist passed away surrounded by family, following a long battle with dementia.
He was best know for being the driving force behind the band he co-founded with his younger brother Angus.
He wrote the band's material and came up with many of their biggest and best guitar riffs.
In April 2014 it was announced that he would take a temporary leave of absence to receive treatment for dementia, before retiring permanently in September that same year.
He was replaced by his nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust, with his blessing.




Saturday 18 Nivember 2017.
On Thursday Deep Purple recorded a show at The BBC Theatre (same night as Alice Cooper at Wembley)
You can now watch it on the BBC Red Button & iPlayer.
A good bit of promo to sell a few more extra tix in time for their UK shows this coming week.




Friday 17 November 2017.
Look at this amazing bunch of gigs i went to 42 years ago this month in 1975 when i was aged just 16.
All were at 'my local' - The Hammersmith Odeon (now called The Hammersmith Apollo).
18 Nov 1975---Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (legendary first ever Bruce show in the UK)
23 Nov 1975---Blue Oyster Cult
24 Nov 1975---Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
29 Nov 1975---Queen
30 Nov 1975---Queen
01 Dec 1975---Queen
02 Dec 1975---Queen




Thursday 16 November 2017.
ALICE COOPER + THE MISSION + THE TUBES live at Wembley Arena, London.
Alice Cooper is on a five date UK arena tour in November.
Alice Cooper's show will feature Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith from his Original 70s Band
who will play on stage with him for the last few songs.
'Paranormal' is the 27th studio album by Alice Cooper, released on July 28, 2017.
A nice three band package from promoters AEG.
I have seen Alice Cooper over 20 times with the first being at this very same venue back in 1975.
I saw The Mission a couple of times back in 1993.
I have seen The Tubes several times since 1977 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Check out their anthem 'White Punks on Dope' on YouTube.
Singer Fee Waybill starred in the 1982 cult film 'Ladies and Gentlemen , The Fabulous Stains'
alongside Steve Jones and Paul Cook which was made just after The Sex Pistols split up.
While some bands like Alice Cooper retain their popularity it's a bit sad to see
The Tubes relegated to being first on out of a three band bill.
A little story about Fee Waybill when he did a signing at Virgin Records, Marble Arch in the late 70s.
I went along with my 12 inch version of 'White Punks on Dope ' to be signed (which I still have).
He had a bit of an outrageous stage persona so he asked me "who shall i sign it to?" and I told him
"to Ray and say something rude"...and I got the record back wondering what he had written.
I looked at it and it said "To Ray...say something rude"....well I did ask for that i suppose.
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There are half a dozen unsold blocks at the band but most folks are in early to see The Tubes.
Alice Cooper is one of those acts that never has a big screen.
THE TUBES arrived on stage at 7pm and played for around 40 mins.
Back in the day The Tubes, like Alice Cooper always put on big theatrical shows.
Singer Fee Waybill is still a tall gangly front man who makes an effort with costume changes.
Being first on they have a few lights but their show feels a bit restrained.
Still it was great to hear some of their old gems and for the last two songs Fee is dressed as
his glam rock nightmare that is Quay Lude - all 8 foot of him stumbling around for stunning versions
of 'White Punks on Dope' and 'Talk to ya Later'.
I must try and see one of their own headline club shows.
Full setlist played tonight...
She's a Beauty
TV Is King
Mr. Hate
Amnesia
What Do You Want From Life?
Prime Time
Love's a Mystery
White Punks on Dope
Talk to Ya Later
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THE MISSION arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 50 mins.
Pretty amazing that The Mission started in 1986 and are still going strong.
They are given more lights that The Tubes and they sound louder too.
Wayne Hussey is still fronting them and they played many of their best known songs.
They had a few of their own fans down the front but their songs were a bit samey.
It was telling that there best song was a Neil Young cover.
They haven't got a tune as good as 'White Punks on Dope', that's for sure.
Full setlist played tonight...
Tower of Strength
Beyond the Pale
Like a Hurricane (Neil Young cover)
Severina
Like a Child Again
Butterfly on a Wheel
Met-Amor-Phosis
Wasteland
Deliverance
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Over 20 photographers are in the stage pit including Ross Halfin.
ALICE COOPER arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
Alice Cooper is now 69 but still looks the same as he did in the 1970s ( must be that black mascara).
Non stop touring every year means we have a well rehearsed top notch theatrical show.
His young energetic band feature three guitarists including a nifty blonde female (Nita Strauss).
The usual props are here costume changes, fake blood, pyros, guillotine , strait jacket , Frankenstein etc.
It was really great to see the three original members from his 1970s band on stage for five songs.
Loads of great songs played although no room on this tour for 'Hello Hurray' and 'Elected'.
Alice Cooper shows are always excellent to watch.
Full setlist played tonight...
Tape - Spend the Night intro
Brutal Planet
Under My Wheels
Lost in America
Pain
Department of Youth
The World Needs Guts
Woman of Mass Distraction
Guitar Solo (Nita Strauss)
Poison
Halo of Flies
Drum and Bass solo
Feed My Frankenstein
Cold Ethyl
Only Women Bleed
Paranoiac Personality
Ballad of Dwight Fry
Killer (partial)
I Love the Dead
I'm Eighteen (with original Alice Cooper Band)
Billion Dollar Babies (with original Alice Cooper Band)
No More Mr. Nice Guy (with original Alice Cooper Band)
Muscle of Love (with original Alice Cooper Band)
School's Out (with original Alice Cooper Band) (with 'Another Brick in the Wall Part 2' snippet by Pink Floyd)
(This last song was the only song where both the new and old line-up played on stage together)





Wednesday 15 November 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.45pm
HARPER'S BAZAAR - 150 Visionary Women at Work - Sotheby's , New Bond Street, London W1.
Harper's Bazaar magazine is celebrating 150 years.
Harper's Bazaar is an American women's fashion magazine, first published in 1867. Harper's Bazaar is published by Hearst and, as a magazine, considers itself to be the style resource for "women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture"
Aimed at members of the upper-middle and upper classes, Bazaar assembles photographers, artists, designers and writers to deliver perspectives into the world of fashion, beauty and popular culture on a monthly basis.
Around 200 guests are here with at least 75% being females who were very stylishly dressed.
Well known names that have made their list include Victoria Beckham, Samantha Cameron,Clare Balding,
Tracey Emin,Thandie Newton, Emma Thompson , Kate Winslet.
None of the above names were here but few others were.
New mother Rosie Huntington-Whiteley turned heads as she arrived in a sequined grey blazer dress. The British born, LA based model joined actress Joely Richardson, socialite Sabine Getty and broadcaster Eunice Olumide .
Also Roksanda Ilincic, Anya Hindmarch,Maggi Hambling, Sandra Choi, Alison Loehnis and Christina Lamb.
At 7.20pm the CEO and editor gave a 15 mins speech about some of the women on the list.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails and canapés.
www.harpersbazaar.comVisit the Harper's Bazaar website here for more info.
then
9.15pm to 11.30pm
THE PILGRM - launch party - 25 London Street, Paddington, London W2.
Steps from Brunel’s Paddington station, boutique hotel The Pilgrm is an ode to old-world craftsmanship and heartfelt hospitality. Beginning its new life with a journey inwards, the building was stripped back to its original state, shedding years of paint and plasterwork to re-expose its shapely bones. Most of what’s been added has been made bespoke – using materials hand-picked for their tactile qualities – or reclaimed, as in the case of the cast-iron radiators and 200-year-old mahogany parquet. Having joined forces with local businesses like Monocle magazine (there’s an issue in each room), the hotel is also woven into the fabric of the neighbourhood – one that's long been associated with characters of wit and creativity.
The hotel has undergone a £3.5 million pound refurbishment with luxury Tom Dixon carpets and it looks stunning.
A welcome addition to an area with many average resting places as this hotel is more stylish than the rest.
Very much a 'tardis' type building as it's a smallish entrance but it covers four town houses joined together.
I was given a tour of the three sizes of rooms (they have 73 rooms in the hotel).
I had a nice chat with the founder Andreas (this is his seventh hotel).
There is a cool lounge bar and kitchen on the first floor.
Designed to resemble a sophisticated drawing room, it serves food and drink all day with a menu that pokes its nose into all corners of the world’s gastronomy. Think everything from dolcelatte cheese toasties to kimchi rice with tea-poached egg, via cured meats from London producer Canon & Canon.
Complimentary prosecco, a choice of three cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure with a few items in.
www.thepilgrm.comVisit THE PILGRM website here for more info and to book a room.





Wednesday 15 November 2017.
A rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci broke the record for an artwork at auction,
selling for $450.3 million at Christie’s in New York on Wednesday.
The 500-year-old “Christ as Salvator Mundi,” which had been estimated at $100 million, was the highly anticipated star of Christie’s evening sale of postwar and contemporary art -- an unconventional move by the auction house because of its vintage. The previous auction record for an Old Master painting was held by Peter Paul Rubens, whose “The Massacre of the Innocents” fetched $76.5 million in 2002.





Wednesday 15 November 2017.
Happy Birthday to PETULA CLARK who is 85 today.
Her career spans an incredible several decades which includes her first time
playing The Royal Albert Hall in 1944...yes 1944.




Tuesday 14 November 2917...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9.15pm
FORTNUM & MASON present Ice Skating - VIP launch party - at Somerset House, Strand , London WC2.
A massive event as there must get at least 500 here on the guest list.
Lorraine Pascale, Laura Whitmore, Daisy Lewis, Donna Air and Amber Le Bon put their ice skates on for Somerset House's annual VIP ice rink launch party. Wrapped up warm in coats, muffs, hats and scarves, Rosie Fortescue, Charlotte Wiggins, Sienna Guillory, Tom Parker-Bowles, Kathy Lette, Eve Delf, Sam Rollinson and Luther's Indira Varma also put their ice-skating skills to the test while Tamara Beckwith, Gary Kemp and Charlotte Randall brought their kids along and Eliza Cummings arrived with her beloved pet dog in tow. Inside the Fortnums and Mason-sponsored lounge, Alistair Guy, Lilah Parsons, Pips Taylor, Meredith Ostrom, Marissa Montgomery and sisters Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley kept warm.
None of us went skating but a lot of people did.
There was a group of singers singing Christmas songs.
Guests enjoyed lots of complimentary food and drink that was all from Fortnum's.
Fortnum's champers, cocktails, wines, mulled wine and lots of different food from food stations.
All guests got a Fortnum's goodie bag with biscuits, jam, marmalade and loose tea.
www.somersethouse.org.ukVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
then
10pm to 12pm
CARTIER 27th RACING AWARDS at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Around 300 guests here in black tie who were seated at the tables.
We arrived after the dinner to watch the awards being given out.
Many of the awards went to top performing horses...who were not here to collect.
ENABLE was crowned the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 27th annual Cartier Racing Awards.
Enable recorded five consecutive Group 1 victories in 2017, finishing her season with a stunning victory in the
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.
The three other Cartier Horse of the Year nominees were Cracksman, Ribchester and Ulysses.
Legendary trainer Sir Michael Stoute was here to pick up the main 'Award Of Merit'.
Jockey Frankie Dettori was here with his wife.
Complimentary wines, coffees and Petit Fours for all guests after the awards had finished.
All guests got a copy of the following days Racing Post that had a big feature on the awards.





Monday 13 November 2017.
PROPHETS OF RAGE live at The Forum, London.
I saw them play a great show at Brixton Academy a few months ago.
In September their debut album went in the charts at number six.
Prophets of Rage is an American rap rock supergroup. Formed in 2016, the group consists of three members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave (bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk), two members of Public Enemy (DJ Lord and rapper Chuck D), and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill.
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8.50pm DJ Lord plays a 20 mins set of tunes and does a good job to warm up the crowd.
We get some Black Sabbath, White Stripes and Nirvana classics.
PROPHETS OF RAGE arrive on stage at 9.10pm and play for around 95 mins.
They arrive on stage to air raid sirens and it's bedlam from the start.
I am upstairs looking down on the floor standing area which is a mass of bouncing heaving bodies.
Near me is legendary live music booking agent Rod MacSween who books Prophets and many more.
His fellow ITB booking agent Steve Zapp (Biffy Clyro and others) was also here.
This is politically charged rabble-rousing rap-rock of the finest quality.
New album tracks like 'Unfuck The World' mix in well with the older classics.
Tom Morello has his guitar up high on his chest as usual and plays some nifty guitar.
He says "it's great to back at this venue that we played in 1992 when our debut album came out".
Tom introduced his guitar tech who was there in 1992 and is still tuning Tom's guitar.
Tom plays the guitar with his teeth for one song and on the reverse of the guitar it says 'Fuck Trump'.
Final song was the anthem 'Killing in the Name ' which was amazing.
An excellent show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Prophets of Rage (Public Enemy cover)
Testify (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Take the Power Back (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Living on the 110
Hail to the Chief
Guerrilla Radio (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Fight the Power (Public Enemy cover)
Harder Than You Think / Dr. Greenthumb / Can't Truss It / Insane in the Brain / Bring the Noise / I Ain't Goin' Out Like That / Welcome to the Terrordome / Jump Around
Sleep Now in the Fire (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Like a Stone (Audioslave cover) (instrumental) (with the crowd singing all the lyrics)
Know Your Enemy (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Bullet in the Head (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Radical Eyes
Unfuck The World
How I Could Just Kill a Man (Cypress Hill cover)
Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine cover)






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