News and Reviews: May 23, 2015

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Some gig and other highlights coming up in the next month or so...
Sat 23 May and Sun 24 May---Paul McCartney plays The 02 Arena.
I saw Wings play three times in 1975,1976 and 1979.
I have seen Macca solo over a dozen times including the amazing 100 Club show in Dec 2010.
Fleetwood Mac can play six nights at The 02 but a few days before Maccas shows there
are still newspaper adverts trying to sell tickets for Maccas Sunday show.
Fact of the day---These two shows will be Maccas 50th and 51st concerts in London
since he went solo after the split from The Beatles in 1970.
Sat 23 May---Oasis vs Blur...tribute band battle at The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex.
Sun 24 May---Monaco F1 Grand Prix is being held.
Six years ago I spent two weeks in the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix.
Sun 24 May---Amigos Burgers & Shakes opens on 24 May 2015 at 120 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8AA. From 2pm at the Grand Opening, they’ll be giving away 500 free burgers if you repost their event poster, like their page or follow them on social media. The following day (Bank Holiday Monday 25 May) it'll be a BOGOF offer. Opening hours are Monday-Sunday, 12pm-12am. But look out for potential later opening hours during Ramadan, which starts 18 June 2015. Keep up with their news on Twitter @AmigosBurgers
It's location is on Shepherds Bush Green just two minutes from The Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sun 24 May---Ride play a sold out show at The Roundhouse...their first tour for 20 years..
Sun 24 May---The Rolling Stones play the opening show on their North American Tour.
Mon 25 May and Tues 26 May---Mark Knopfler plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Mark also played The 02 Arena on Fri 22 May as part of his massive European Tour.
Multiple Grammy award-winner Mark Knopfler ex Dire Straits returns to the Royal Albert Hall to promote
his eighth studio album, Tracker.
The Foo Fighters arrive in the UK to start their European Tour at the BBC event in Norwich.
Mon 25 May---Foo Fighters + Kaiser Chiefs + The Strypes play The Stadium of Light, Sunderland.
Mon 25 May---Happy Birthday to Paul Weller who is 57 today.
Mon 25 May---Gov't Mule play The Shepherds Bush Empire.
Southern rock jam band, Gov’t Mule, formed in 1994 when Warren Haynes and late bassist Allen Woody
were playing in the Allman Brothers Band.
Tues 26 May---Toto play Hammersmith Apollo.
Nearly 40 years have passed since a group of exceptionally talented studio musicians decided to start their own band and make original music. That band is Toto, and the group’s 1978 debut marked the beginning of a legendary career that will continue in 2015 with a new tour and the release of the new studio album, Toto XIV.
I saw Toto three times in their 80s heyday with the first time being at Hammersmith Odeon in 1982.
Tues 26 May and Thurs 28 May---Maroon 5 play Wembley Arena.
Wed 27 May---Rodriquez plays The Royal Albert Hall after selling out his first show there on 07 May.
I saw him play Hammersmith Apollo a couple of years ago.
Wed 27 May---Fleetwood Mac play the first of six nights at The 02 Arena.
Fleetwood Mac on a massive UK and European arena tour.
I saw them on their last UK tour in 2013 and they were great.
Wed 27 May---Paul McCartney plays Birmingham Arena.
Thurs 28 May---Paul McCartney plays Liverpool Arena.
Thurs 28 May---10cc play The Royal Albert Hall.
They had 11 Top 10 hit singles in the UK in the 1970s.
I first saw them in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon when they were massive in the UK.
I will have to dig out my double live album of theirs recorded at Hammy Odeon in 1977.
I saw them a couple of years ago at the RAH...they now have just the one original member.
Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Jim Dale will bring his critically acclaimed show, Just Jim Dale, to the Vaudeville Theatre this May, following his huge Off-Broadway success in New York.
Jim Dale is one of the world's great stage entertainers: singer, dancer, comedian, Shakespearean actor, raconteur. In Just Jim Dale, Jim takes audiences on a journey through an unequalled career in the theatre with a myriad of irresistible showbiz tales, songs and performances - a career extending from performing as the youngest professional comedian on the British Music Hall stage, to joining the National Theatre at the request of Sir Laurence Olivier, starring in 11 Carry On films, his Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum and Me and My Girl, and then his uproarious experiences narrating all seven Harry Potter audiobooks for the US market.
Jim Dale appeared at the same Vaudeville Theatre 50 years ago.
Fri 29 May---Showaddywaddy play The Jazz Cafe.
Fri 29 May---Hats Off To Led Zeppelin play The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex.
Fri 29 May---John Coghlan's Quo play The Borderline.
Sat 30 May---The Camden Rocks Festival features a solo acoustic set from Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.
Sat 30 May and Sun 31 May---The Beach Boys play The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 01 June---Bryan Ferry plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Bryan Ferry is playing a UK and European Tour.
Mon 01 June---Melody Gardot releases her 4th album 'Currency of Men' on Decca/Universal.
Her 2nd and 3rd albums both made the Top 20 in the UK.
See my review dated 20 April 2015 of the album playback,interview and Q n A with Melody.
watch the great video hereMelody Gardot 'Preacherman' ▶ 7:05
‘Preacherman’ is a poetic tribute to Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black teenager in 1950’s America, whose racially motivated murder marked a landmark moment in the Civil Rights movement.
Tues 02 June---The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band play Dingwalls.
Fri 05 June/Sat 06 June/Sun 07 June---Polo In The Park is held at Hurlingham Park,Fulham.
www.polointheparklondon.comVisit their website for more details.
Tues 09 June---Twice As Nice Comedy at The Brook Green Hotel,170 Shepherds Bush Road,London W6
Featuring Phil Nichol & Shazia Mirza with Sam Deards (MC)...tix are £5 adv or £6 on the door.
The Isle Of Wight Festival has loads of great acts over multi stages playing.
Thurs 11 June---Billy Idol plus many more.
Fri 12 June---Prodigy + Black Crows + Counting Crows plus many more.
Sat 13 June---Blur + Pharrell Williams + James plus many more.
Sun 14 June---Fleetwood Mac + Paulo Nutini + First Aid Kit plus many more.
For full info and to buy tickets visit The Isle Of Wight Festival link on the right.
watch the video here> 19:57
Legendary booking agent and Isle Of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings gives a great interview
on this years festival and past IOW festivals.
The Download Festival has loads of great acts over multi stages playing.
Fri 12 June---Slipknot + Judas Priest + Five Finger Death Punch plus many more
Sat 13 June---Muse + Faith No More + Marilyn Manson plus many more.
Ex KISS guitarist Ace Frehley plays on the second stage on Saturday but will not(no surprise really)
be hanging around to hang out with his former band mates as he has his own show in France on Sunday.
Sun 14 June---KISS + Motley Crüe + Slash + Billy Idol plus many more.
For full info and to buy tickets visit the Live Nation link on the right.
Fri 19 June and Sat 20 June---Foo Fighters + Iggy Pop + Royal Blood play Wembley Stadium.
Thurs 09 July---Lionel Richie plays The Henley Festival.
Lionel Richie returns to the UK after his six week European Tour in Feb/March.
Lionel has sold over 100 million records and has got loads of great solo tunes and Commodores hits.
Lionel is on a massive UK and mainland Europe arena tour.
I saw him in 1978 with The Commodores and he then left them in 1982 to become a massive solo star.
Thurs 06 Aug to Sun 09 Aug is the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool.
The Boomtown Rats,The Damned,The Buzzcocks,Sham 69,The Boys and The Gang Of Four
are headliners among the 100 plus bands playing the UKs biggest punk related festival.
The Boys are also playing on the acoustic stage as is Peter Perrett,TV Smith and Honest John Plain.
999 are the only band to have played every one of the 19 years it has occurred.
See the link on the right for more info and to buy tickets.
Fri 28 Aug to Sun 30 Aug is The Reading Festival.
Another massive line-up with over 100 bands on multi-stages.
Headliners on the main stage are...
Fri 28 Aug---Mumford & Sons + Alt-J + Bastille
Sat 29 Aug---Metallica + Bring Me The Horizon + Royal Blood
Sun 30 Aug---The Libertines + Kendrick Lamar + Jamie T
www.readingfestival.comFor full info of bands playing and to buy tickets.
Memphis --- The Musical has got loads of great five star and four star reviews.
Sunny Afternoon --- The musical based on the story of The Kinks is on on The Harold Pinter Theatre
Filled with classic hits including Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Lola.
Opening at the end of Feb at The Aldwych Theatre---Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others.
The press night reviews got four stars from The Standard,Daily Mail and Independent and
three stars from The Telegraph and The Guardian.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Victoria & Albert Museum, now open until 02 Aug 2015.
The life and works of the iconic British fashion designer are explored in exhibition which has previously taken place at New York's Metropolitan Museum. Featuring over 100 pieces, from his postgraduate collection to his final catwalk show.
Savage Beauty has already sold 70,000 tickets two days before it opens to the public, beating the previous advance sales record of 67,000 set by the David Bowie Is blockbuster.
Guests at the vip gala dinner for it on Thursday 12 March included Kate Moss,Naomi Campbell and
David and Victoria Beckham.
Some of the main winners at The Olivier Awards on 12 April 2015 included...
Ray Davies --- Olivier award for outstanding achievement in music.
Best actor in a musical --- John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon(Kinks) at Hampstead theatre/Harold Pinter theatre
Best actress in a musical --- Katie Brayben for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Aldwych theatre
Best new musical --- Sunny Afternoon(Kinks) at Hampstead theatre/Harold Pinter theatre
Special award --- Kevin Spacey --- For his 11 year stint at The Old Vic.

Friday 22 May 2015.
An Evening with Al Pacino live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Al Pacino is now aged 75 and plays an ageing rockstar in his current film 'Danny Collins'.
One of cinema’s most riveting stars Al Pacino shares his passion for acting and directing up close and personal. In an on stage interview with clips (some never seen before) Al Pacino will give a rare glimpse into the creative process of one of our greatest actors. Sharing backstage tales from a lifetime in the world of theatre and film and revealing the inner workings of his most personal work (watch for surprise readings) this one night only event will end with a question and answer session.
Al Pacino has created some of the most indelible character portrayals in cinema history. Starring in over forty films that include The Godfather Trilogy, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Sea of Love, Dick Tracy, Heat, Scarface, Any Given Sunday, Angels in America and most recently You Don’t Know Jack for HBO. He is one of the rare winners of the triple crown of acting: the Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award and was a recent honoree of the 2012 National Medal of Arts.
A very rare performance from this big screen legend.
He sold out The Palladium a couple of years ago with this show and tonight is totally sold out even though
ticket prices started at £40 and went up to a startling £200 for the front he needs the money.
The whole event lasted around 1 hour 50 mins and Al Pacino looks great for his age.
The first 10 mins is a montage of his iconic clips on the big screen.
Needless to say the clips from 'The Godfather films' and ''Scarface' got the biggest cheers.
Then Al Pacino walked on to a full standing ovation followed by the host for tonight who was
BBC tv film reviewer Mark Kermode.
Mark Kermode mentioned he saw Dr Feelgood here as his first gig at this venue in 1975...I was there too.
The stage production is one nice big screen,two comfy chairs and a table with bottled water on it.
In the crowd i spotted Kelly Jones from The Stereophonics and tv presenter Colin Murray.
Clips of his films would be shown and he would say a few words about them and he was entertaining.
Pacino had interesting anecdotes. He’d enjoyed making Scarface (clearly the favourite film of many in the crowd), but found the Godfather trilogy “a long, awful, tiring story.” The studio was apparently poised to dump him from the first one, his first major film, in which he played Michael Corleone, because he seemed to be contributing little. Then director Francis Ford Coppola shuffled the shooting schedule, moving forward a scene in which Michael shoots rival mobsters in a restaurant. The studio suits saw the rushes and concluded Pacino was OK.
There were some decent revelations when he disclosed film roles he had turned down: Richard Gere’s in Pretty Woman (now that would have made it a different movie); Lenny (the role of Lenny Bruce went to Dustin Hoffman); Harrison Ford’s in Star Wars (“it was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script,” he quipped); and both Marlon Brando’s and Martin Sheen’s parts in Apocalypse Now.
He talked fondly of his fave actors including Robert De Niro,Marlon Brando,Johnny Depp and Anthony Hopkins.
Near the end we have 20 mins of questions from a very excited adoring crowd.
We have a few mins advance screening of his 'Danny Collins' film which is released next week.
He also recited an Oscar Wilde poem at the end.
A very enjoyable evening in the presence of this big screen legend who has been in so many great films.

Fri 22 May---Happy Birthday to Morrissey who is 56 today.

Friday 22 May 2015.
Some very interesting news regards Hammersmith Apollo.
Later this year, it will reveal a new high-tech flooring system, with bookings available from early 2016. The latest development will include a modular floor, which can be installed overnight to transform the sloping view for watching gigs into a split-level flat floor for seated dinner events for up to 720 people.
The Apollo's adjustable flooring, which can be moved in and out, will accommodate a diverse range of events, from awards ceremonies to product launches and fashion shows.

Friday 22 May 2015.
The brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been spotted in London after flying in to attend an Eric Clapton gig.
Concert-goers described Kim Jong-Chul enthusiastically clapping and singing along to the hit Cocaine
at the end of the 70-year-old rock legend's set.
Mr Kim, wearing a blue T-shirt, black leather jacket and sunglasses was met by a Japanese media scrum
as he left the Royal Albert Hall.
According to Japanese broadcaster TBS, he ignored questions about his relationship with his brother
and North Korea's political stability.

Thursday 21 May 2015...6.30pm to 9.30pm...
Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2015 at Fortnum & Mason,Piccadilly,London SW1.
Around 300 folks here in the 4th floor restaurant area of this historic store.
There are a few well known tv chefs here including Mary Berry,Paul Hollywood,
Jay Rayner(who played some nice piano later for guests) and Michael Roux Jnr.
At 7.15pm Claudia Winkleman hosts the awards ceremony and all the winners give speeches.
Comedian Jimmy Carr presented James Martin with the TV Personality Of The Year.
We have a couple of other faces here including presenter Lisa Snowden(George Clooney ex girlfriend)
and American actor Stanley Tucci(The Devil Wears Prada,The Hunger Games and many more).
Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers,wines and some very nice canapés.
All guests got a nice Fortnum & Mason goodie bag with their loose tea,fudge,shortbread biscuits,
marmalade,chocolates,gin drinks and other bits.
A very nice event.
www.fortnumandmasonawards.comCheck the website for the full list of winners.

Wednesday 20 May 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.45pm
Sir Terence Conrad 'Conran on Colour' book launch at Conran,81 Fulham Road,London SW3.
Sir Terence Conran is an English designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer.
Now aged 83 he is looking a bit frail these days as he makes a speech sitting down behind a desk.
In Conran on Colour, Sir Terence Conran shares a lifetime of experience as one of the world’s leading designers, retailers and restaurateurs to explain how to make the most of this vibrant and dynamic ingredient.
Around 200 guests here in this large store with complimentary wines for all guests.
Eric Clapton live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was Eric's fifth show of his seven here and it was my fourth.
Going back to see the same act on the same tour reminds me of when I had my decade on
front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s when I would see multi nights
on a tour by the same band....and get paid.
Some multi night highlights off the top of my head include...
Elton John---four shows in 1974(me as a 15 year old before I did security) and nine shows in 1982
AC/DC---three shows in both 1979 and 1980 and four shows in 1982
Duran Duran---three shows in 1981 and six shows in 1982
Dio---three nights in each year of 1984,1986 and 1987
Bon Jovi---four shows---1986
Metallica---three shows---1988
Tonight's Eric show was one hour 55 mins and there is one song that is
added/dropped compared to the other shows i saw.
My thoughts that the show was being filmed for a DVD were confirmed tonight.
The earlier shows had just two cameras at the rear of the floor filming but tonight a dozen chairs at the
front of stage on each side have been removed for a camera each side front of stage.
Again like the other nights support act Andy Fairweather Low came on for the encore.
Loads of great songs played again to a totally sold out crowd that loved it.
Scroll down a bit for the setlist played.

Tuesday 19 May 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.15pm
Pas De Deux---Inspired by The Royal Ballet book launch party at The Thames Room,
The Savoy Hotel,The Strand,London WC2.
Around 200 guests in this room that is very nicely adorned with pictures from the book and
fine jewellery displays from the sponsors Boodles.
We have short speeches from Boodles and The Royal Ballet spokespersons.
We have a piano player in the background and there is complimentary Louis Roederer champers,
two different cocktails and some nice canapés.
Half a dozen members of The Royal Ballet are posing for photos.
All guests got a goodie bag that included a copy of the book.
www.boodles.comVisit the Boodles website here.
8.15pm to 9.15pm
Raffles Hotels & Resorts showcase at The Savoy Hotel,The Strand,London WC2.
Around 100 folks here in another room at The Savoy just a few yards from the previous event.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers and canapés for all guests.
We put business cards in the bowl for the raffle to win one of three short stays at their luxury hotels
around the world(flights not included) but we were not winners.
www.raffles.comVisit the Raffles website here.
9.30pm to 11pm
Press night opening afterparty for McQueen at The St James Theatre,London SW1.
This play is based on the sadly missed fashion designer Alexander McQueen who committed suicide.
Around 300 folks here with complimentary wines,beers,burgers and canapés.
British actor Stephen Wight is here who plays Alexander McQueen and he really does look like him.
Also here are actresses Samantha Bond and Anita Harris.
We had a dj and covers band playing in the background.
www.mcqueentheplay.comVisit the website for more info and to buy tickets.

Tuesday 19 May 2015.
John Lydon and Public Image Limited have announced a UK and European Tour.
They play Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday 02 October 2015.
See for the full list of dates.

Tuesday 19 May 2015.
Happy Birthday to Pete Townshend who is 70 today.

Monday 18 May 2015.
Eric Clapton live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Eric Clapton plays the fourth of his seven sold out shows at this venue.
This was the third time I had seen the show and again Eric gets a great reception.
Eric's new album 'Forever Man' has gone straight in at number 8 in the charts on Sunday gone.
Again it was pretty much the same as the other two shows but I made it five mins less on stage
so will find out if a song was dropped which I think was one of the blues covers after the acoustic section.
Eric is wearing the same clothes again so I presume it could be for a DVD recording as there are
a couple of cameras around but no big screens.
You notice different things on different nights.
No photographers have been in the usual pit area front of stage on any night.
The setlist is well paced with most of the big songs in the second half.
Both the keyboard players play three or four great solos each within songs.
The great backing vocalists got the crowd clapping when needed.
Again the fans rushed the stage for the encore.
Another great show in this stunning venue.
We are so lucky in London where many big acts play multi shows when they tour.
Remember so many music legends have passed away over the past few years you gotta
see them live before it's too late.
Scroll down a bit for the list of songs played.

Sunday 17 May 2015.
Eric Clapton + Andy Fairweather Low live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was Eric's third show of his seven night stint here and my second.
It was very similar to the Friday show that I attended.
Again most of the crowd are in early to catch Andy Fairweather Low.
Again it is a totally rammed sold out show.
Again there are lots of Americans and other overseas folks here.
Both the acts played the same set as Friday.
Eric was even wearing the same top,trousers and shoes.
The classic rock acts/legendary heritage acts are coining it in this month as Eric Clapton,
Paul McCartney and Fleetwood Mac all selling best seats for a wallet sapping £125 each.
Eric is again playing all his biggest tracks mixed in with some of his fave blues covers.
Again the acoustic section in the middle where Eric takes a seat for four tracks.
Again the crowd rush to the front of the stage for the encore.This time there is a fan waving
a real electric guitar in the air for Eric to sign...Eric didn't even look at him.
Andy Fairweather Low again joined him on guitar for the encore.
Another great show even though it was pretty much the same show as Friday.
Scroll down a bit to get the full setlist played.

17 May 1975---40 years ago today I saw Led Zeppelin play Earls Court Arena.

Friday 15 May 2015.
Eric Clapton + Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Eric Clapton plays the second of seven sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
He reached his 70th birthday on 30 March 2015.
Eric played two birthday shows at Madison Square Garden a couple of weeks ago.
Music icon Eric Clapton returns to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his 70th birthday.
The shows will also mark 50 years since Clapton first played at the iconic London venue - his debut was on
7 December 1964 when he performed as part of the Yardbirds for BBC Two's Top Beat Show.
To date, the legendary guitarist has played the Hall on 198 occasions, including 171 headlining performances.
In 1990 he played 18 RAH shows and in the following year he played a staggering 24 RAH shows.
Eric will be accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton,
Sharon White and Michelle John.
Pretty amazing Eric made it to his 70th after all the heroin and booze he consumed in the 60s and 70s.
I have seen Eric play over 30 times including all four Cream shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
I first saw Eric Clapton in 1976 at The Crystal Palace Bowl.
Eric is the only person to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times —
as a solo artist, as a member of Cream and as a member of The Yardbirds.
Eric will promoting his recent release 'Forever Man' which is a 3cd collection 51 tracks best of.
Other acts will play The Royal Albert Hall on Eric Clapton rest days.
Up first tonight we have Eric's old friend Andy Fairweather Low and his band for 40 mins.
Andy was the singer in Amen Corner in the 1960s and has played with many bands as well as his solo career.
He said on stage he first played this venue in 1967 on a bill supporting Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.
He played a mix of solo material and blues cover versions.
He was an ideal support act and the set included...
Wide Eyed and Legless(a solo hit that went to number 6 in the UK charts in 1975)
(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice (Amen Corner song)(a number one UK hit in 1969)
Eric Clapton arrives on stage at 8.30pm and is on stage for two hours.
The first thing he said was "this show is dedicated to B.B.".
The venue is totally rammed solid with all the choir area behind the stage totally sold out.
The corporate hospitality in the boxes is one of the busiest I have ever seen it.
Eric is still a great guitarist and still gets a fantastic tone out of his guitar.
His backing band are top notch and his backing vocalists soar when needed.
There was nothing contemporary or cutting edge about this show. What we got, though,
was two hours of serious, technically flawless and occasionally spine-tingling music.
Eric stays within the comfort zone of his expensive oriental rug as usual and if you think he will come forward
to shake hands with those down the front...forget it.
For some songs live images are put up behind him on the wall by the RAH organ.
As he came back for the encore the crowd rushed the front of stage and Eric said
"I will be playing one more song then I gotta get back to bring my two kids to school on a
Saturday morning".
Always a great show even though it felt like any of his other shows from over the past decade.
Full setlist played tonight...
Somebody's Knocking (J.J. Cale cover)
Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)
Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)
You Are So Beautiful (Billy Preston cover) (Vocals: Paul Carrack)
Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith song) (Vocals: Nathan East)
I Shot the Sheriff (The Wailers cover)
Driftin' Blues (Johnny Moore's Three Blazers cover) (Crowd sang 'Happy Birthday' to Eric Clapton before
the acoustic part began, Acoustic---Eric seated)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover) (Acoustic---Eric seated)
Tears in Heaven (Acoustic---Eric seated)
Layla (Derek and the Dominos song) (Acoustic---Eric seated))
Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley cover)
Little Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson cover)
Let It Rain
Wonderful Tonight
Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson cover)
Cocaine (J.J. Cale cover)
High Time We Went (Joe Cocker cover) (Lead Vocals: Paul Carrack; with Andy Fairweather Low)

15 May/16 May 1976---39 years ago i went to both KISS shows at Hammersmith Odeon on their debut UK tour.
That was the only time they have played that venue.
Fri 15 May---Lambert & Stamp---the docu on The Who's managers is on at selected cinemas the next month.

Thursday 14 May 2015...I went to two events tonight...
London weather playing tricks again as yesterday was lovely sunshine all day and today
it is raining all day and feels like Winter is back again.
7pm to 8.45pm.
Browns Hotel Summer Party at Browns Hotel,Albemarle Street,London W1.
This party in this five star hotel was hosted by its owner Sir Rocco Forte.
The hotel is split into four themed areas--Ascot,Wimbledon,Henley and Chelsea Flower Show.
There are staff dressed in outfits to match the four areas.
A huge party for over 500 folks with a great guest list of known faces including
Prince & Princess Michael Of Kent,Jeremy Paxman,Lord Jeffrey Archer,Sol Campbell,Sir Melvyn Bragg,
Michael Howard(Tory MP),Henry Wyndham(Chairman of Sothebys),Rachel Johnson(sister of Boris),
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson,Chelsea Davy(ex girlfriend of Prince Harry),Oliver Peyton,Caggie Dunlop,
Amber Atherton and no doubt a few others.
Loads and loads of complimentary booze and food as there is Ruinart champers,different cocktails,
Pimms,wines and various food stations including an oyster bar.
There was a fun photo booth at one end that was very popular.
This was a full on no expense spared mega bash.
then a few mins walk up the road...
The David Sinclair Four live at The Borderline Club,London.
The DS4 launch their new album 4 at the Borderline tonight.
They were on stage for around 65 mins and the sound from the stage was fantastic.
The band played the album in full in track order as the main set with a couple of other tracks for encores.
Tracks varied from the blues to reggae to good old rock n roll.
The lyrics are great and you can hear every single word as they tell the story.
Lots of nifty guitar playing and the band are super tight.
I have seen the band a few times before so I have heard most of the album tracks already.
The songs are really well crafted and they grow on you and stay in your head.
I would say it is their best album to date.
There are a few people here I know tonight and i even get a nice name check from the stage.
At the end of the main set David celebrated by punching the air with a big smile on his face.
A job well done.
Full setlist played tonight...
1. Sick of Being Good
2. The Click-clack Man
3. Life Gone Cold
4. Crude Emotion
5. Down By the Canal (Feat. Maxi Priest on the cd and another reggae singer Nolan Frederick on stage tonight)
6. World Turns Around (Feat. Paul Jones on the cd and Laurence Garmen ex Yardbirds(Harmonica)on stage tonight)
7. The Illness and the Cure
8. Give Me a Rose
9. Coming Out of the Rain(Feat. Lorna Reid on the cd and on co vocals on stage tonight)
10. Coming Off the Rails (Feat. Paul Jones on the cd and Lorna Reid on co vocals and
Laurence Garmen(Harmonica) on stage tonight)
11.Little Rock & Roll
12.Let It Rock(Chuck Berry cover )
www.davidsinclairfour.comVisit the David Sinclair Four website here for more info.
10.45pm to 12pm.
Back to the Browns Hotel Summer Party.
Back to the party i was at earlier as the complimentary booze and food is still flowing and a dj has
got some of the folks dancing in the corner.
All the celebs have left but it was a mega bash for sure.

Thursday 14 May 2015...another sad death to report...
Legendary Blues guitarist BB King has passed away.
The musician, who had been recording music and performing live since the late 1940s, died in his sleep
in Las Vegas, aged 89.
BB King suffered ill health in recent times and was receiving "home hospice care" following his recent hospitalisation. The guitarist and singer was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas in April, with the reason cited as "the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes".
King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
I saw him around a dozen times playing live with the first time being in 1978.

Thursday 14 May 2015.
U2 have started their world tour in Canada.
All the shows are indoor arenas so they are playing multi shows in big cities rather than a big stadium venue.

Thurs 14 May---Steven Tyler new single will receive its first radio play today in the UK on
Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.
Steven Tyler announces his debut Country single ‘Love Is Your Name’ will be released in the UK on 29 June.
It is the first single from his highly-anticipated debut solo album, to be released in the Autumn.

Wednesday 13 May 2015...I went to two events today...
7pm to 8.30pm
Book launch --- 'The Luxury Collection Of Hotels & Resorts : Certified Indigenous' at
Maison Assouline,196A Piccadilly,London W1.
Following extensive refurbishment, Assouline has taken over 196A Piccadilly, London, a building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922, which used to be a pretty plain gallery space.
It now looks completely stunning with classic books on the shelves along with a permanent bar,tables and comfy chairs.
You can buy a drink while you browse the books at any time of day.
The staff are serving drinks in Budapest Hotel type uniforms.
Guests here included Mary Charteris,Laura Hayden,Amy Molyneaux,Daisy de Villeneauve and Robbie Furze.
Complimentary Krug champers,two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a copy of the book inside.
A very nice event.
www.assouline.comVisit the Assouline website here.
then a few mins walk up the road to...
Dana Fuchs Band live at The Borderline Club,London.
Dana Fuchs is on a UK tour to promote her recent album 'Songs From The Road'.
Dana played Janis Joplin in the off Broadway production of 'Love Janis' and had a
starring role in the Beatles based musical film 'Across The Universe'.
Dana now aged 39 has released a few albums over the past decade or so.
She looks fantastic,wearing tight jeans and a tight top with her mane of long curly hair.
Dana from New Jersey has a full throttle blues rock vocal style which is pretty amazing to watch.
Her set was a mix of her own material and a few cover versions and her band were top notch.
Every song she is putting 100% into it vocally as she tosses her hair and spends a lot of time
on her knees singing to her captivated fans.
Dana talked of the loss of her father and brother in the past year.
Despite looking totally drained at the end of the show Dana still found the energy to
leave the backstage area to sign CDs and DVDs by her merch stand a few mins after the gig.
A really good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Almost Home
Bliss Avenue
Handful Too Many
Livin' On Sunday
God's Song (Randy Newman cover)
Nothin' On My Mind
Set It On Fire
So Hard To Move
Ain't Nobody's Fault but Mine (Otis Redding & Carla Thomas cover)
Hiding From Your Love
Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover)
Goin' Down
Ring Of Fire (Merle Kilgore cover)(made famous by Johnny Cash)
Keep On Walkin'
watch the video hereDana Fuchs doing a rockin' cover of The Beatles song 'Helter Skelter'...▶ 5:01
www.danafuchs.comVisit the Dana Fuchs website here for more info and tour dates.

Wednesday 13 May 2013.
Rick Buckler ex drummer of The Jam has a book out.
'That's Entertainment : My Life In The Jam'.
Paul Weller split The Jam up in 1982 at the height of their success.
Paul Weller has not spoken to Rick since 1983.
I saw The Jam six times during their heyday including gigs at The Rainbow Theatre,Hammersmith Odeon
and Wembley Arena.

Wednesday 13 May 2015.
watch the video hereJohn Lydon full interview and Q n A from The 100 Club from 26 April 2015. ▶ 45:33
As a 17 year old I attended The Sex Pistols legendary show at The 100 Club in Sept 1976.
A picture of me in the crowd from that show is hanging at the back of The 100 Club.