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News and Reviews: May 28, 2016
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London celebrity photographer is showing a collection of his photos to celebrate 40 years of punk.
Richard Young has been taking photos of the famous for over 40 years.
He was there for The Sex Pistols signing in 1977 of their contract with A&M outside Buckingham Palace.
He was also at the band’s 1976 gig at The Notre Dame Hall just of Leicester Square...(I was there too).
ANARCHY IN THE UK is on display until EXTENDED date of 24 June 2016...free admission...
Prices for the works on offer start at a most reasonable sum of just £60.
Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, London, W8 4LT. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7937 8911.
It is located just off Kensington High Street.
Glen Matlock attended the opening preview evening.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk music, The British Library showcases exhibition exploring the genre and sub culture's early days and how its influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Runs until October 2.
The exhibition includes the Glen Matlock resignation letter to leave The Sex Pistols.
Also The Sex Pistols signed termination of their recording contract with EMI.
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1.
Punk 1976-78 - exhibition (13 May 2016 to 2 October 2016)
The exhibition is free entry but there are a few q n a sessions with members of punk bands and others.
Here are some of the highlights which are paid ticket events.
Sat 28 May---Glen Matlock,Jordan,Jah Wobble and others...all day session 11am to 8pm...
Wed 08 June---Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible (The Damned)
Thurs 09 June---Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle (The Buzzcocks)
Fri 24 June---John Lydon...6.30pm to 8.30pm...includes a signing session after...
Mon 04 July---Danny Fields(The Ramones) manager
Tues 05 July---The Sex Pistols and America---Bob Gruen (photographer) and John 'Boogie' Tiberi
The British LibraryCheck out their website for full info.
Sat 28th May, 10-11am on BBC Radio 4 will feature a recent interview with Paul McCartney.
The programme was also filmed and will up on the BBC website just ahead of the radio broadcast.
Sat 28 May---3.30pm on BBC Radio 4 - Punk,The Pistols & The Provinces.
Sat 28 May---Champions League Final---Real Madrid v Athletico Madrid...7.45pm...
Sat 28 May---Radiohead play the last of their three shows at The Roundhouse...all sold out...
On Friday 13 May their new album 'A Moon Shaped Pool' went straight in at number one in the charts.
Am i the only one to think Radiohead are over-rated and have a lot of boring songs?
Sun 29 May---Bowie Experience play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Mon 30 May---Reading Record Fair at The Rivermead Centre.
Tues 31 May---40 years ago today in 1976 i saw The Who play Charlton Football Club.
Wed 01 June---Bonnie Raitt plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Thurs 02 June---Steve Vai plays The Palladium.
Fri 03 June---Deftones play Wembley Arena.
Only two UK shows on their European Tour...Wembley Arena and Downland Festival.
This was the show that was postponed from late 2015 due to Paris terrorist attacks.
Fri 03 June to Sun 05 June - POLO IN THE PARK London returns to Hurlingham Park,Fulham,London.
www.polointheparklondon.comVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
Sat 04 June---Camden Rocks Festival featuring Glen Matlock,The Godfathers,The Cribs and Billy Bragg.
Over 200 bands across 20 Camden venues...£35 for an all day all venue wristband...
Sat 04 June---Public Image Limited play Indigo.
PIL are playing lots of shows in May/June over mainland Europe then the UK.
I bumped into Breno who is a mate of John Lydon's from North London who has his own Madness related art.
Check out and like his FaceBook page Breno PF Smyth
Includes original 1979 M Logo with blue beat hat and Nutinc. Logo aka “nutty dancer” designed by
Breno PF Smyth....M logo RE-design with crown by Mark Bedford...
Breno was a regular at all the early Madness and ska gigs in the late 1970s.
Sat 04 June---AC/DC play The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
By coincidence 40 years ago today in 1976 i saw AC/DC play The Marquee Club with Bon Scott on vocals.
Brian Johnson has confirmed that his hearing problems were the reason he cannot continue with singing live.
Axl Rose will be on vocals for the AC/DC European Tour before he starts the Guns & Roses American Tour.
Just 2 shows in the UK with Axl on vocals --- London and Manchester.
Needless to say for Axl this is a moment for him to play with his heroes so should be interesting to see.
UPDATE on 07 May - from the debut show with Axl in Lisbon,Portugal who is still performing seated.
Axl broke his foot recently and has since performed seated on a throne type chair.
UPDATE on 20 May - Axl foot is healing and he is now standing up more as normal during the show.
CLASSIC ROCK MAG were very impressed by Axl at the first show and said the following...
"We thought you might need that chair purely because you’re toting around THE BIGGEST BALLS IN ROCK! Who else would have the nerve, the chutzpah, the sheer cojones to face down one of the most fiercely partisan audiences in rock at their most feisty and belligerent and end up charming the entire stadium".
Supporting AC/DC will be Texan blues rockers Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.
UPDATE on 26 May--- adverts in many newspapers are still saying tickets are still available for AC/DC.
Sun 05 June---Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band play Wembley Stadium...sold out...
The Boss and The E Street Band will be playing 'The River' double album from 1980 in full.
UPDATE on 04 May 2016 --- Steven Van Zant has revealed they will NOT be playing the album in full.
Mon 06 June---Public Image Limited play The Academy,Oxford...with support from The Beat ..
ROLLING STONES Exhibitionism at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
Due to popular demand there will be late night openings on Thursdays and Saturdays until 11 June.
The exhibition is on until 04 Sept 2016.
Tues 07 June---Prince would have been 58 today.
Thurs 09 June---Monkish play The Alley Cat Bar,Denmark Street,London WC2...tix £5...10th anniversary gig...
Fri 10 June---Adam Any plays Brixton Academy.
Fri 10 June---U2 live in Paris 2015 is released on DVD.
Fri 10 June to Mon 13 June---LONDON COLLECTIONS MEN : LCM is held.
Catwalk shows and presentations---bigger and better than ever.
Fri 10 June to Sun 12 June---The Isle Of Wight Festival Weekend.
Headliners are The Who + Queen with Adam Lambert + Stereophonics.
There is a 40th anniversary of punk tribute feat Iggy Pop,The Damned,Buzzcocks and others.
Fri 10 June to Sun 12 June---Download Festival Weekend.
Headliners are Rammstein + Black Sabbath + Iron Maiden.
For all three headliners Download is the only UK show on their European Tour.
Fri 10 June---MELTDOWN FESTIVAL starts at The Royal Festival Hall---Curated by Guy Garvey (Elbow).
Sat 11 June---Neil Young plays The 02 Arena.
Mon 13 June---Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards are held at Hammersmith Apollo.
Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, the two surviving members of Motörhead, will join Saxon on stage to play a special one-off set of Saxon and Motorhead classics in a unique Salute To Lemmy at this year's Golden Gods awards show.
Also playing short sets on the night will be Halestorm, Gorija and Amon Amarth.
The event will be host by Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed.
Wed 15 June---Coldplay play the first of four massive shows at Wembley Stadium.
Sat 18 June---40 years ago today in 1976 i saw Bob Marley & The Wailers play Hammersmith Odeon.
Sat 18 June---Alice Cooper + The Darkness headline Day 1 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena,
Sun 19 June---Rick Wakeman + Marillion headline Day 2 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena.
Tues 21 June---Are you in or are you out?
This is your chance to be part of history. On Tuesday 21 June the BBC will host a live, televised debate at London's iconic The SSE Arena, Wembley on the issue of Britain's membership of the European Union. The debate will feature senior politicians and other key figures on both sides of the argument.
The programme starts at 8pm and will be broadcast live on BBC One. Tickets are free via the BBC website.
Wed 22 June---EUROTRASH to return for one night only.
Channel 4's much loved late-night programme Eurotrash is set to return after nearly a decade for a
one-off special ahead of the EU referendum.
The cult show, hosted by presenter Antoine de Caunes and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier
(until the seventh series), will be revived for a special Brexit edition on the eve of the referendum vote.
Thurs 23 June---VOTING DAY.
SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE is due to re-open in late June after roof building works.
Thurs 23 June---The Rich Kids and The Professionals play The Academy,Islington,London.
The Sex Pistols may not be playing this year but how about this for a one-off double header
special featuring Sex Pistols members.
The Rich Kids featuring GLEN MATLOCK and The Professionals featuring PAUL COOK.
Two post-Pistols bands from the late 1970s.
For the first time since the Steve New Testimonial in 2010, which was The Rich Kids first show for over
30 years,Midge, Glen and Rusty will take to the stage again to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Punk.
I attended the Steve New funeral in North London as we shared hotel rooms a couple of nights
when I toured with Glen Matlock & The Philistines when Steve New was playing guitar in the band.
UPDATE on 15 May - Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet will be playing guitar with The Rich Kids.
The Professionals played their first London gig for over 30 years in 2015 at The 100 Club.
I was at both the above shows.
GLEN MATLOCK and PAUL COOK on London Live tv.
www.sex-pistols.netWatch the full interview here.
Luke the interviewer i know as i did reviews for him for a couple of years when he was with The London Paper.
He should have a word with his caption researcher who mistakenly said Paul Cook (Rich Kids)...doh!...
Jeff Lynne's ELO return to the UK after their 14 date UK Arena tour in April...170,000 tickets sold.
I saw them play a few months ago at the 500 capacity Porchester Hall,Queensway to launch
the new album 'Alone In The Universe'.
I saw ELO in 1976 and 1978 during their heyday period.
06/22/2016 MANCHESTER, UK MANCHESTER ARENA
06/24/2016 BIRMINGHAM, UK BARCLAYCARD ARENA
06/26/2016 SOMERSET, UK GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
Fri 24 June and Sat 25 June---Prince tribute at Hammersmith Apollo.
Autism Rocks, the UK-based charity, is honoring Prince with a tribute show featuring CeeLo Green, Mark Ronson and Morris Day & The Time on June 24th and 25th at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London.
Just two years ago Prince performed as the headliner at the launch of the Autism Rocks charity in London. This special concert is part of Autism Rocks ongoing effort to raise awareness and funds for autism research, while commemorating the late musical legend who did so much for the Autism Rocks charity.
Sat 25 June---Richie Blackmores Rainbow play Birmingham Genting Arena...sold out...
Only three shows planned...two in Germany and Birmingham...nothing in London.
Ritchie Blackmore has ruled out the possibility of touring or recording with the latest Rainbow lineup.
He has no plans to continue the project beyond these three concerts in June – and remains committed to his
Renaissance-themed band Blackmore’s Night.
I saw Rainbow at The Rainbow in 1977 and Hammersmith Odeon in 1981.
Richie goes out as Rainbow for the first time in over 25 years.
Fri 24 June to Sun 26 June---Glastonbury Festival Weekend.
Gregory Porter returns to the UK's biggest music festival next month to perform on the Pyramid Stage, on Sunday 26th June at 1pm, on the bill with such artists as Muse, Adele, Coldplay and Beck who also perform headline slots.
Gregory's new album 'Take Me To The Alley' went straight in at number five in May 2016.
Tues 28 June---Coldplay to play Kensington Palace in Hyde Park.
Coldplay are to perform a gig at London's Kensington Palace for a charity established by Prince Harry.
The show on June 28 will be to 3,000 fans in the palace’s gardens. Tickets go on sale at Friday (May 27).
Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, helps adolescent children living with HIV and Aids in sub-Saharan Africa.
Also playing the gig will be Laura Mvula, Nico & Vinz and George The Poet, who is a Sentebale ambassador. Other acts will be announced shortly.
Thurs 30 June---Cyndi Lauper plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Fri 01 July---Earth Wind & Fire play The 02 Arena.
Fri 01 July---Massive Attack play Hyde Park.
Sat 02 July---Buddy Guy plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 02 July---Lionel Richie plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.
Lionel is back in the UK after the massive success of his Glastonbury Festival show last year.
Lionel Richie is set to receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s most prestigious honour in June. Richie will follow in the footsteps of songwriters including Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Stephen Sondheim when he receives the Johnny Mercer Award, the Hall of Fame’s highest honour, reserved for artists whose work “upholds the gold standard".
Sun 03 July---Carole King plays Hyde Park...one off show...
HENLEY FESTIVAL returns in July 2016 for six days.
The black tie event Henley Festival billed as 'The UK's Most Magical Summer Party' returns to Henley On Thames bringing music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, comedy and fine dining for 5,000.
The 34th festival by the Thames takes place from Wednesday 6th until Sunday 10th July 2016,
culminating in a firework spectacular.
Henley is around an hour from West London and pick up the train at Paddington or Ealing Broadway tube stations.
HEADLINERS play on a floating stage.
Wednesday 6th July 2016...Elton John and his band (sold out pronto)
Thursday 7th July 2016...Elvis Costello & The Imposters
www.henley-festival.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets from £35.
Thurs 07 July---The Royal Mail are to celebrate 50 years of Pink Floyd with a set of stamps out today.
The 10 stamps will mark 50 years since the group turned professional, and will include innovative album covers such as The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and Atom Heart Mother.
Some of the stamps will celebrate the band's live performances, which broke new ground with extensive use of lights and projection of films.
Fri 22 July and Sat 23 July---Rodriquez plays The Palladium.
Following sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Hammersmith Apollo, cult singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to London in 2016 for two shows at the Palladium. Rodriguez's rise to international fame is one of the most fascinating stories in music. After the release of two little-sold albums in the early 1970s, his music became hugely successful in South Africa, Australia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, unbeknownst to him. Years later a group of loyal South African fans set out to establish what had happened to their hero, only to discover he was still alive! Their successful journey and Rodriguez's life-story and body of songwriting were retold in 2012's BAFTA and Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man.
I saw him play at Hammersmith Apollo.
Thurs 04 Aug to Sun 07 Aug 2016---The Rebellion Festival is held in Blackpool.
The UKs number one punk and alternative festival celebrates it's 20th anniversary.
Over 100 bands on multi-stages over the weekend and all of it indoors.
DESCENDENTS---COCK SPARRER---STIFF LITTLE FINGERS---THE DAMNED---UK SUBS---
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE---BUZZCOCKS---999---
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT---SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS (original line-up) and many more.
www.rebellionfestivals.comVisit The Rebellion Festival website for more info and tickets.
Fri 27 May---The Sex Pistols classic anthem 'God Save The Queen ' was released this day 39 years ago in 1977.
I bought it on the day of release which was my exact 18th birthday.
Fri 27 May---Happy Birthday to Siouxsie Sioux who is 59 today.
Fri 27 May---ABC release the album The Lexicon of Love 2 today on VIRGIN Records.
The London show on their UK tour to promote the album will be at The Royal Festival Hall on 25 Oct 2016.
Fri 27 May---The Monkees will release their first new album in twenty years on May 27
with the Adam Schlesinger produced Good Times.
On the album is a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (Birth Of An Accidental Hipster).
Thursday 26 May 2016...6.45pm to 9.45pm...
MASERATI LEVANTE - launch party - Royal Horticultural Halls, Elverton Street, Victoria, London, SW1.
A lavish event where Italian luxury car brand launch their new SUV.
A massive crowd of around 500 folks at this event.
The host tonight was Lisa Snowdon.
We have a video then a mini string orchestra playing dramatic music as the new SUV gets unveiled.
The price for the car is £54,500.
Guests here included Sophie Ellis-Bextor and rock n roll jeweller Stephen Webster.
Other guests here included Nick Moran,Brix Smith-Start,Amber Le Bon,Becky Tong and others.
Lots of complimentary Italian drinks and food including top notch Ferrari prosecco,cocktails,
wines,beers and canapés.
A dj played tunes after the unveiling.
All guests got a Maserati embossed notebook when leaving.
A very nice event.
www.maserati.comVisit the Maserati website for more info.
Thursday 26 May 2016.
Adult colouring books help boost sales.
Adult colouring books have helped to boost numbers of book sales, with over three million worth around £20.3m sold in the last year. Print and ebook sales also increased by 5.7% to £1.828bn last year, and Kate McFarlan, strategic director at book production specialist Clays, said 'Almost every year in publishing something big and unusual breaks out like Fifty Shades of Grey. Adult colouring books have been that in 2015. Whoever saw that coming?'.
Wednesday 25 May 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9.15pm
Floris for Turnbull & Asser 71/72 - Cologne Fragrance launch party at Turnbull & Asser, 71-72 Jermyn Street, London, W1.
Floris perfumers have collaborated with English shirtmakers Turnbull & Asser to launch a new fragrance.
A nice buzzy event over the two floors of this upmarket gents outfitters.
Quality shirts are all over this immaculately presented store.
We try on some great silk dressing gowns...a snip at £1700 each...
The store person said Playboy owner Hugh Hefner was a regular purchaser of their dressing gowns.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and nice canapés from HIX restaurant.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.turnbullandasser.comVisit the Turnbull & Asser website for more info.
www.florislondon.comVisit the Floris website for more info.
10pm to 11.30pm
Romeo and Juliet - press night party - The Cafe at The National Gallery,Trafalgar Square,London WC2.
A big crowd of over 300 folks for this theatre event that was held earlier at The Garrick Theatre.
A few faces are here including Sir Kenneth Branagh ( his company are producing it) and stars from the show
including Sir Derek Jacobi,Lily James and Meera Syal.
Meera Syal husband Sanjeev Bhaskar was here.
Lily James boyfriend Matt Smith was here.
Also here were Dame Maggie Smith and Graham Norton.
Complimentary presecco,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
Tuesday 24 May 2016.
Gordon Lightfoot live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Gordon now aged 77 plays his first UK tour for over 30 years.
Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend...pretty much the Canadian Bob Dylan...
He was massive in Canada and America but not as popular in the UK.
Not many artists got hour long BBC tv specials in the late 60s / early 70s but Gordon had one in 1972
that is all up on YouTube.com for folks to view.
His songs have been recorded by some of the world's most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert, Harry Belafonte, Scott Walker, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Jack Jones, Bobby Vee, Roger Whittaker, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, The Irish Rovers, Nico, Olivia Newton-John and Paul Weller.
Gordon and his four piece band are on stage for 1 hour 40 mins over two sets of 50 mins.
Not sold out tonight but it's still 90% of tickets sold.
An older crowd here as expected and there seemed like there were quite a few Canadians here as
any time Ontario or Toronto got mentioned there were big cheers.
Gordon still has a full head of hair even though he looks a bit frail and gaunt.
He survived serious illness over the past decade but it's great he has made it to the UK.
Gordon said "it was great to be at this iconic venue as the last time he played London was
in 1981 at The Dominion Theatre".
Everyone on stage is static for the entire show but the vocals were nice and clear.
A respectful crowd who were dead quiet during the songs before bursting into applause at the end.
A bit too laid back easy listening at times but that's his style.
Highlights included 'Carefree Highway','The Wreck Of Edmund Fitzgerald','Early Morning Rain',
'Sundown' and his best known song 'If You Could Read My Mind'.
An enjoyable enough show.
Tues 24 May---Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan who is 75 today.
Wed 25 May---Happy Birthday to Paul Weller who is 58 today.
Tuesday 24 May 2016.
AMG acquire another London venue as part of their UK portfolio.
Academy Music Group (AMG), the venue group who own O2 Academy Brixton, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
and O2 Academy Islington, have purchased O2 Forum Kentish Town.
Monday 23 May 2016...I went to two events today...
2pm to 4pm
The BLOOM Gin @ The Botanist Pop Up Bar - press launch - Sloane Square,London SW1.
For those that do not know The Botanist is a lively bar for Chelsea folks near the tube station.
I like to pop in there when i visit The Cadogan Hall which is two minutes away.
They have set up a open air bar in a sanded area with benches in the middle of Sloane Square.
We enjoyed some very nice complimentary BLOOM Gin cocktails.
A great place to watch the world go by and for some people watching.
I spotted ERIC CLAPTON driving around Sloane Square in his Porsche.
We also get a complimentary rickshaw ride for around 15 mins which takes us past some of the 37
posh stores of Chelsea & Knightsbridge who have amazing CHELSEA IN BLOOM flower displays
to celebrate this week of The Chelsea Flower Show.
They give out free maps listing the stores participating.
The BLOOM Gin @ The Botanist Pop Up Bar is making its debut on Sloane
Square in London to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The Botanist Bar & Restaurant on Sloane Square has teamed up with
BLOOM Gin to create two floral, botanical cocktails which will be
served at the bar this week to Saturday 28th May, between
12pm and 8pm for the duration of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Botanist and BLOOM Gin’s al fresco pop-up will be serving the
fruity Chelsea de Janeiro (£10), a blend of BLOOM Gin, King's Ginger
Liqueur, kiwi, hibiscus, grapefruit bitters, pink grapefruit and
pineapple syrup. Classic BLOOM Gin & Tonics will also be available, as
well as Champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks.
Inside The Botanist itself, the limited edition Botanist Floral Spritz
(£12.50), mixed with BLOOM Gin, Belsazar White, Kamm and Sons, St
Germain elderflower, lemon juice and a dash of Angostura bitters,
topped with soda and garnished with cucumber, dill and an edible
www.thebotanistlondon.comVisit The Botanist website for more info.
Alfresco cafe opposite Harrods for a coffee & cake.
London is really buzzing with tourists everywhere.
Magic of the Musicals live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
A special one-off show put together by Magic Radio.
You can see why this event sold out pronto as you have the best songs from over a dozen of the best
West End musicals sung by original cast members.
They were all backed by a 53 piece orchestra and a 27 piece choir.
Monday is 'dark' evening in theatre land where most are closed as a rest day as they work weekends.
The hosts were Ruthie Henshall and Tom Chambers who did a good job of introducing each musical
with some mind boggling ticket sales figures and how many countries each musical has been performed in.
The show was around 2 hours 30 mins long over two sets of 75 mins.
Most musicals had one song and others had two or three...with loads of great vocal performances.
Special guest singers included Kerry Ellis,Kimberley Walsh,Laura Rogers,Michael Xavier,Ramin Karimloo
and Ruthie Henshall.
We had the female lead from Beautiful sing Carole King classics 'I Feel The Earth Move' and
'(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'.
Also the Sunny Afternoon cast played three Kinks classics with some go-go dancers.
A very enjoyable show.
Chicago...All That Jazz
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...Pure Imagination
Evita...Oh What A Circus
Matilda The Musical...Naughty
Sunset Boulevard...Sunset Boulevard
Guys and Dolls...Luck Be A Lady
In the Heights...Inutil
Wicked...The Wizard And I
Miss Saigon...Last Night Of the World
Anything Goes...You're The Top
Phantom of the Opera...Music Of The Night
MAMMA MIA!...The Winner Takes It All
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical...I Feel The Earth Move
Crazy For You...They Can't Take That Away From Me
Elf...Never Fall In Love With An Elf
In the Heights...It Won't Be Long Now
The Lion King...Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Beautiful-The Carole King Musical...(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Les Miserables...Bring Him Home & I Dreamed A Dream
Rent...Seasons Of Love
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks Musical...played three of their classic hits
Hairspray...I Know Where I've Been
Guys and Dolls...Sit Down,You're Rockin' The Boat
Sunday 22 May 2016.
Brian Wilson live at The Palladium,London.
Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson now aged 73 plays the last of three shows at The Palladium.
Brian Wilson is on a UK tour for the 50th anniversary of the 'Pet Sounds' album.
He will play 'Pet Sounds' in its entirety along with rare cuts and greatest hits.
His band will include Al Jardine ( a founding member of The Beach Boys) and
Blondie Chaplin (he played with The Beach Boys in the 1970s and more recently with The Rolling Stones).
I have seen Brian Wilson around 20 times since 2002 which is when he returned to playing live again.
Brian Wilson and his top notch band were on stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets.
Some 40 songs played with most of the set being Beach Boys classics.
The second set was the classic Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds' album from 1966.
The first of many standing ovations happens before the band have even played a note.
Brian Wilson has suffered mental problems from his drug days in the 1960s so he still shuffles
on stage and looks a bit confused sometimes but the crowd love him even more because of it.
Great to see and hear Al Jardine singing more than half a dozen Beach Boys gems.
Blondie Chaplin played the second half of each set.In the first set he sung a few gems including
'Sail On,Sailor' and brought some loud electric guitar to proceedings and the second half
he took more of a back seat.
Brian was joined by 10 musicians on stage and 11 when Blondie Chaplin joined them.
As always the musicianship,harmonies,melodies and sound quality is perfect.
'God Only Knows' was introduced as Paul McCartneys fave Beach Boys track.
For the encore of the last 30 mins all the crowd are up and i nip down the front for a great view.
As usual he finished with a stunning 'Love and Mercy'.
A fantastic show as always from Brian & his brilliant band.
Full setlist played tonight...
Our Prayer (The Beach Boys song)
Heroes and Villains (The Beach Boys song)
California Girls (The Beach Boys song)
Dance, Dance, Dance (The Beach Boys song)
I Get Around (The Beach Boys song)
Shut Down (The Beach Boys song)
Little Deuce Coupe (The Beach Boys song)
Little Honda (The Beach Boys song)
Please Let Me Wonder (The Beach Boys song)
In My Room (The Beach Boys song)
Surfer Girl (The Beach Boys song)
Don't Worry Baby (The Beach Boys song)
Wake the World (The Beach Boys song)
Add Some Music to Your Day (The Beach Boys song)
Cotton Fields (Lead Belly cover)
Do It Again (The Beach Boys song)
One Kind of Love
Wild Honey (The Beach Boys song)
Funky Pretty (The Beach Boys song)
Sail On, Sailor (The Beach Boys song)
Set 2: PET SOUNDS ALBUM
Wouldn't It Be Nice (The Beach Boys song)
You Still Believe in Me (The Beach Boys song)
That's Not Me (The Beach Boys song)
Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (The Beach Boys song)
I'm Waiting for the Day (The Beach Boys song)
Let's Go Away for Awhile (The Beach Boys song)
Sloop John B ([traditional] cover)
God Only Knows (The Beach Boys song)
I Know There's an Answer (The Beach Boys song)
Here Today (The Beach Boys song)
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (The Beach Boys song)
Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys song)
Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys song)
All Summer Long (The Beach Boys song)
Help Me, Rhonda (The Beach Boys song)
Barbara Ann (The Regents cover)
Surfin' U.S.A. (The Beach Boys song)
Fun, Fun, Fun (The Beach Boys song)
Love and Mercy
Sunday 22 May---Happy Birthday to Morrissey who is 57 today---he is five days older than me.
Saturday 21 May 2016.
40 years ago this week i saw four of the six ROLLING STONES shows at Earls Court Arena.
Rolling Stones, Meters - Earls Court Arena, London 21.05.1976 My first Rolling Stones show.
Rolling Stones, Meters - Earls Court Arena, London 25.05.1976 I got down the front for 2 of the shows.
Rolling Stones, Meters - Earls Court Arena, London 26.05.1976 Great shows in their 1970s heyday.
Rolling Stones, Meters - Earls Court Arena, London 27.05.1976
The last of these shows was on my 17th birthday.
Friday 20 May 2016.
THE DAMNED live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Original British punk rock legends play a sold out 40th anniversary show.
It's their debut show at this venue to celebrate 40 years of punk rock and their debut single.
Their classic debut track "New Rose" was the first single by a British punk rock group.
It was released on 22 October 1976 on Stiff Records.
I have seen these punk legends around 40 times since 1976.
I first saw them in Sept 1976 at the legendary 100 Club Punk Rock Festival.
In the punk heyday year of 1977 i saw them 10 times.
They still have two original members---Dave Vanian (vocals) and Captain Sensible (guitar).
Funny how times have changed...
The bands promoter Derek Block in 1977 tried to book them to play this iconic venue.
When punk pioneers The Damned asked to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1977,
the venue ruled that the band were wholly unsuitable for the plush auditorium.
In a couple of interviews running up to the gig the band said "as it was such a special anniversary
we are gonna play the longest show of our career" and that's pretty much how it was as
the band played a mammoth 2 hours 45 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 95 mins.
The first set ticked along nicely with mainly lesser known tracks then the second set had all the classics
including 'Love Song','Smash It Up','Neat,Neat,Neat' and 'New Rose'.
Lots of my punk rock chums from Iggy Pop last week are here tonight.
The stage production was pretty basic like it always is with The Damned.
We have floor standing that gets very lively in the second set.
Captain Sensible is wearing a sparkly jacket and a bright beret.
The Damned started off as a traditional four piece but in the 1980s they added a keyboard player
and dabbled with goth rock,psychedelic rock and even a bit of Prog rock.
We also have a trumpet player for a few songs tonight.
A great extended version of 'Curtain Call' which featured a female violin player (Dave Vanians daughter Emily)
wearing black angel wings along with Dave Vanian who also was wearing them.
For the encore Captain Sensible wore a Crystal Palace football shirt as the following day his team would be
playing Man Utd in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
It was pretty amazing to see The Damned in this iconic venue playing to a full house of hardcore fans.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Nature's Dark Passion
Alone Again Or (Love cover)
Street of Dreams
Shadow of Love
Eloise (Paul Ryan cover)
Stranger on the Town
Under the Floor Again
Life Goes On
Wait for the Blackout
The History of the World (Part 1)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Machine Gun Etiquette
I Just Can't Be Happy Today
Plan 9 Channel 7
Smash It Up
Feel the Pain
Neat Neat Neat
See Her Tonite
1 of the 2
Thursday 19 May 2016...7.45pm to 11pm...
May Fair Kitchen - VIP launch party - The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1.
This bar & restaurant at this plush hotel has re-opened after refurbishment.
Refreshed interiors and new menu evoke an ambience to recreate the culinary delights of the Mediterranean,
showcasing an exquisite selection of Spanish and Italian small plates complemented with the finest wines.
Around 200 folks here over the three areas of this much improved bar & kitchen.
For an hour Henry Holland is the dj in the main front area.
Out the back is a huge room with lovely cosy sofas and another bar.
Upstairs is the new smoking terrace which also has it's own bar.
Lots of great staff here fussing over the guests so you never have to leave your seat.
It is now more casual dining of small plates with your drinks rather than a full on restaurant.
Lots of complimentary food and drinks including three different cocktails,wines and yummy
small plates of food including fresh pizza,lobster risotto with cherry tomato and seared scallop,
calamari with chilli lemon mayonnaise and others.
A really nice event.
www.mayfairkitchen.co.ukVisit their website for more info.
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