News and Reviews: September 26, 2020

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23 September 2019 was gig number 7000 for me since 1973.
MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY - press review - Building 6 at The 02 Arena complex, London.
See my review dated 23 September 2019.
The evening features over 30 Abba songs and show, a four course Greek dinner , drinks and Abba disco.
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Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019.
MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.
I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019.
This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Works out to around 3 gigs a week seen by me for the last 45 years.
Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019...
There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.
Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.
People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special...see YouTube...
Gold Medal...
Best live band of the year 2019 - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 7000 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
Also interviews Ray Morrissey BBC and Ray Morrissey Roundhouse
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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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BEWARE - some venues are still selling tickets for shows that will certainly be postponed or cancelled.
Concerts starting up again is still going to be a long way off.
Going out to gigs?, going to the pub?, going out shopping?...will it ever be the same again?
Fans says they will return to live music in sanitised venues - but will the communal gig experience survive
the new rules, including social distancing?
Looks like all socially distanced seated shows with restricted numbers will be the first step.
Live music needs a vaccine for COVID-19 and governments to allow public gatherings again.
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Fri 30 Oct---The Coronas play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The band with the unfortunate name are massive back home in Ireland.
They are touring to promote their sixth album.
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Mon 16 Nov - Debbie Harry and Chris Stein Q & A at The Palladium.
News that came in August 2020....
Blondie‘s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have sold their future royalties to a fast-growing investment fund.
Purchased by the Hipgnosis Songs Fund, this means the company will now earn income from 197 Blondie songs, including ‘Heart Of Glass’ and ‘Rapture’ for an undisclosed sum that probably goes into a few million dollars.
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Nov 17, 18, 20, 21.
Van Morrison plays the final four of six sold out shows at The Palladium.
Van has said these will be socially distanced shows.
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Fri 04 Dec---The Alarm play The Electric Ballroom.
Mike Peters - Welsh music legend still fronting his great live band.
I have seen The Alarm over 20 times since 1985.
Check out their great YouTube series of "The Big Night In" that was recorded weekly during the lockdown.
Both his wife Jules, and Mike himself , have had struggles with cancer in the past.
Mike Peters was awarded a MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to cancer care.
How in their 39th year, The Alarm have sold over 6 million albums.
Sat 05 Dec---Status Quo play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Status Quo around 50 times since 1974.
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Slade featuring Dave Hill are playing their annual Christmas tour.
It was a big shock that original Slade drummer Don Powell has recently left the band.
Fri 04 Dec---Assembly Hall, Islington.
Sun 06 Dec---Sub 89, Reading.
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Tues 15 Dec---Michael Schenker Fest + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons play Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 18 Dec---The final farewell show from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is at Shepherd's Bush Empire.



Saturday 26 September 2020.
26 Sept 2001 - I was at this great event 19 years ago today.
THE CLASH - photos by Bob Gruen - private view at Proud Gallery, Camden.
Joe Strummer and Mick Jones turned up as well as many others from The Clash family.
See my invite for the event on my Facebook page.
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Happy Birthday to BRYAN FERRY who is 75 today.
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The Pink Floyd legend Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets’ Live At The Roundhouse has entered
the charts at number 5.
The 76-year-old’s live album is a recording of the band’s sold-out shows at the famous London venue
back in May 2019.
I was at both those Roundhouse shows.



SALON PRIVE CONCOURS 2020 is held at the stunning Blenheim Palace....Sept 23,24,25,26....
Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire.
​It is a luxurious ticket with full hospitality event appealing to discerning guests, collectors, buyers, owners and enthusiasts who prefer a more intimate experience. It is a presentation of the very finest automotive and luxury brands as well as the rarest and most valuable of classic cars and motorcycles.​​
Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough.
Now in its 15th year, ‘Salon Privé Week’ is a must-attend series of events for any car enthusiast or aficionado. A Partner Concours to the Peninsula Classics’ Best of the Best’ Award, Salon Privé is now recognised as one of the top events in the world alongside Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Held annually within the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive Motor Show.
More than 70 years of Ferrari history will be showing at Blenheim Palace.
The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne will also be paying homage to the 70th anniversary of the first Grand Prix Championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. Included in this year's line-up of cars are three of the line-up of the most innovative and beautiful Formula One cars ever raced, including Damon Hill's Williams FW15C, Sir Stirling Moss' Lotus 18 and the Ferrari 312/67 driven by the likes of Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell.
Salon Privé Week 2020
Wed 23rd September - Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance
Thurs 24th September - Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles
Fri 25th September - Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton
Sat 26th September - Salon Privé Classic & Supercar featuring The Salon Privé Club Trophy
There is a 100% full prompt refund if the event is cancelled to to the coronavirus.
It is a premium event as all food and drinks, including Pommery champagne are included for
Wed, Thurs, Friday in the £295 ticket price.
Sat 26 Sept is the only day where general admission tickets only are for sale at £36.
www.salonpriveconcours.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Friday 25 September 2020...11.30am to 5.30pm...
We are on the outskirts of the lovely Oxfordshire countryside at this very famous Palace.
Before we enter there is temperature checks and track and tracing info is taken.
Indoor live music gigs and theatre have suffered during this strange time, but this was the third major
outdoor car event i have been to in as many months.
There are at least 100 stunning cars here from all the legendary super-car Marques including
Bugatti
McLaren
Ferrari
Jaguar
Lamborghini
Maserati
Porsche
Audi
Aston Martin
BMW
Lotus
Rolls-Royce
Bentley
and many more....
From 2.15pm to 3.45pm there was the parade and competition as the two best cars from each decade
were chosen from the visions of beauty on display.
The host did a great job of telling the history behind each car and previous owners included
The Sultan of Brunei, Rowan Atkinson and Boney M founder Frank Farian.
The main trophy winners were presented by The Duke of Marlborough.
There were helicopters on display and several took off and landed during the afternoon.
Throughout the day there is complimentary Pommery champers, Gin & Tonics, Vodka Cocktails,
wines, beers, coffees, teas and lunchtime hampers of seafood, meat and veggie.
Also afternoon tea hampers of scones, jam, clotted cream and pastries.
Pencil in the dates for next year in your diary - Sept 1 to 4 2021.
A great day out.




Friday 25 September 2020.
Tonight on BBC4 tv.
9pm - Australian Acts on the BBC including INXS, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave.
10pm - Mystify (Michael Hutchence documentary)
11.40pm - INXS live at Wembley Stadium 1991 ( I was at that show)



Thursday 24 September 2020.
A reminder that SKY ARTS is now free to view on daily tv from 01 September.
They are showing many great music documentaries and gigs.
This Saturday features an evening dedicated to Pink Floyd.
6.30pm - Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii 1972
7.45pm - Pink Floyd PULSE live at Earls Court Arena 1994 (I was at one of the Earls Court shows )
9pm - Roger Waters Us + Them live in Amsterdam on his 2017/2018 European Tour
11.30pm - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here classic album documentary



Wednesday 23 September 2020.
Happy Birthday to music legend BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN who is 71 today.
I have seen Bruce live over 20 times including both his legendary debut London shows at
Hammersmith Odeon in Nov 1975.



Sunday 06 September 2020.
Thurs 10 Sept---Glen Matlock Band play The Electric Ballroom.
This will be a socially distanced event where all socially distanced Heath & Safety procedures will be in place according to Govt guidelines and where the audience will be seated at separate tables.
Glen’s band for this one off show will be Chris Musto on Drums, Jim Lowe on Bass and on guitar will be special guest for the evening, Neal X ( Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Adam Ant, Marc Almond )
Tickets are £30....with support from The Priscillas.
I would have gone to this show but I am in mainland Europe from Mon 07 Sept to Tues 22 Sept.
September is usually a good month for gigs and events but not much on due to the coronavirus.
Will be going to see an old friend and hopefully the plane both ways is half empty as it's not a beach resort.
I will have use of the sauna , outdoor pool in the huge garden and an e-bike so should be good fun.
Daily news on raysgigs will be taking a break for a fortnight.
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This book is a must buy - released 10 April 2020.
Worlds End : Sex Pistols / McLaren / Westwood - A Chronology 1971 to 1978
by Mal-One and The Punk Collective.
Retails for £14.99 and is available from Rough Trade stores and online.
www.roughtrade.comVisit their website here to buy it mail order.
It is also available via Ebay and Amazon.
This is a historical document set in Day by Day format with incredible attention to detail over its 344 pages.
There are a few punk-art collages by Mal-One but no band photos as we all know what they look like.
The Year Zero is the early 1970s at McLaren/Westwood store at 430 Kings Road ,Chelsea where
music, film, art ,fashion, youth culture evolved from here to change the music scene forever.
As expected , most of the book centres on the two incredible years of 1976 and 1977.
One thing you do notice throughout the book is the amount of gigs The Sex Pistols had cancelled.
It got even worse after the Bill Grundy incident as they became the most talked about new band
in the country,and everybody wanted to see them play live but nobody could see them as the
GLC, other local councils, promoters and everybody else just pulled the plug on them.
Certainly not easy for Malcolm McLaren to manage them , with all the various problems.
Hard to believe that before their re-union tour in 1996 the biggest crowd in the UK they had played to
in 1976/1977 was around 1000 people, and they were all low key secret gigs.
It was criminal that they could have filled multi-nights at the bigger London venues but were just not allowed.
I would compare it to something like 1994 when Oasis were the hottest new band in the UK.
They had swagger and attitude and swore a bit but imagine nobody was allowed to see them play
classic tracks from their debut album like "Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Live Forever" , "Supersonic"
and "Cigarettes & Alcohol".
Nice to see that i get a mention in the book on page 225 which is related to the "Pretty Vacant " poster
"Dance To The Sex Pistols" which i am in. The stills were taken from Sex Pistols Notre Dame 1976 gig.
A smaller version of the poster is on page 162.
The Sex Pistols are my fave band ever,so i know most of their history and was there for bits of it , but this
book still surprises me with many never before known happenings in their career.
It really is a great five star read.




Friday 04 September 2020.
The 2020 CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE will take place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September at Hampton Court Palace. The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) in 2015 before returning to Windsor Castle in 2016 and Hampton Court Palace in 2017.
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 100 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event. Uniquely, the Concours of Elegance winner isn’t selected by a panel of judges but by the Owners of the cars themselves. Each participant is asked to vote on the other models on display to decide which car is considered to be the ‘Best of Show’.
Concours of Elegance will gather a line-up of the McLaren F1 GTRs that finished 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of McLaren’s unique motorsport achievement. The cars will take centrestage in front of the Palace for the entirety of the event.
There will also be a selection of vary rare and historic cars from Ferrari and Porsche.
Also a unique Bugatti Type 57 with coachwork by Gangloff, and the only Jaguar XK150 by Bertone known to still exist.
15 stunning cars will be on view on Fri/Sat for the auction on the Saturday at 5pm.
The minimum estimate of any car is £300k and several are expected to sell for a couple of million.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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We were there 2.30pm to 6pm on the Friday.
Great to back at this stunning historic palace.
The palace was bought by the English monarchy in 1528. This was when Thomas Wolsey gave it to Henry VIII. It stayed a royal palace for the next 220 years. In its lifetime, it saw twelve monarchs on the throne, until George III stopped living in it after the death of his wife. There was a fire at Hampton Court in 1986. It is currently owned by Historic Royal Palaces, which also owns places like the Tower of London. It is open to the public. It has many gardens, and also has a maze.
All the cars are nicely spaced out at the rear, and they all look superb.
They sound fantastic when many are started up for the parade.
As it was VIP/ press day we had complimentary poached salmon, thyme and sage chicken,
finger sandwiches, pastries, wines and coffees in the hospitality tent.
Guests here included PRINCE MICHAEL OF KENT and JODIE KIDD.
You can still buy tickets for Saturday and Sunday.



Friday 04 September 2020.
Happy Birthday to Pretenders drummer MARTIN CHAMBERS who is 69 today.
I have seen The Pretenders live around 15 times with the first being at the legendary Nashville Pub in 1979.



Thursday 03 September 2020.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols "Guitar Hero" STEVE JONES who 65 today.
I have seen THE SEX PISTOLS live around 20 times since 1976.
It was 12 years ago in 2008 that The Sex Pistols played their last tour.
As it stands, I have been to the last three Sex Pistols shows played.
31 AUG 2008 ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL, STRADBALLY ESTATE COUNTY LAOIS, IRELAND
2 SEPT 2008 HAMMERSMITH APOLLO, LONDON, UK
5 SEPT 2008 AZKENA ROCK FESTIVAL, VITORIA-GASTEIZ, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN
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I saw Steve Jones play with his great all-star band - The Neurotic Outsiders in 1996.




Wednesday 02 September 2020.
Sept 1975 - it was 45 years ago this month i was going to these great shows as a 16 year old.
Alice Cooper + Heavy Metal Kids Wembley Arena , London 11.09.1975 fantastic rock package
Great rock songs with a great stage show .
Alice Cooper + Heavy Metal Kids Wembley Arena , London 12.09.1975 "Welcome To My Nightmare "
is the current album .He played all his 4 Top 10 hit singles and it was just brilliant .
Wings Hammersmith Odeon, London 17.09.1975
Kraftwerk,AJ Webber Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.09.1975
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Sad news that IAN MITCHELL has passed away.
Ian Mitchell, a one-time member of Bay City Rollers, has died at age 62. Mitchell had an extremely short innings with Bay City Rollers (less than 12 months in 1976) . After original member Alan Longmuir left the band ,Mitchell was brought in. Ian, an Irishman, became the first non-Scottish member of Bay City Rollers.




Tuesday 01 September 2020.
Happy Birthday to BARRY GIBB who is 74 today.
I was lucky to have seen The Bee Gees play live at Madison Square Garden , New York in Sept 1979.
They were flying high after the big hits from the "Saturday Night Fever " film soundtrack album.
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Wanna buy a flat in a legendary recording studio?
If these walls had ears, they’d probaby still be ringing —for this loft-style penthouse flat once shook to the sounds of rock’s biggest names.
Now on the market for £850,000, the 1,068sq ft two-bedroom apartment in Highbury comes with polished wood floors, exposed brick walls and a pivotal place in music history.
The unassuming church hall, had been home to the 'Rank Charm School', where future British film stars including Diana Dors and Christopher Lee were tutored in the late Forties.
It was bought by Sir George Martin in 1965. He transformed it into Wessex Sound Studios, installing facilities to rival those he used to record The Beatles at Abbey Road.
For almost four decades, punks and pop stars from the Rolling Stones and David Bowie to Madonna and Prince beat a path to its doors.
It was where the SEX PISTOL'S recorded Never Mind The Bollocks in 1977 and the Clash taped seminal album London Calling two years later.



Monday 31 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to VAN MORRISON who is 75 today.
Van is playing two birthday shows at The Electric Ballroom this coming weekend.
They will be the first socially distanced gigs in London by a major artist since lockdown.
I have seen Van live over a dozen times with Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 being the first time.



Saturday, 29th August 2020 - Doors open at 3:00pm and 10.30pm finish.
The Reading Festival and Notting Hill Carnival are not on this August Bank Holiday but this event
looks a real corker.
THE RUN - SUMMER GARDEN PARTY (held near to Ascot train station)
More Then just a Rally
The Run Summer Party is one of the most exclusive party events this year.
Hosted by Rico RiRi with support from Chelsea Singh another 'Surprise Guest DJ' (Jeremy Healy).
What you will get with us:
Champagne Reception
BBQ
Rolls Royce transfers from Ascot Station
Cigar Bar
Supercar Display
Casino Tables
Exclusive access into the Court Estate
Access into the run enclosure
Open Bar serving Premium Wine & Beers
Good vibes & music all day/night
Surrounded by Luxury Meadows & Lake side access
Luxury Toilets & Changing rooms
Use of the Swimming Pool & Hot Tubs
Concierge Desk
Live DJ’s, dancers, electric violinist & saxophone
Due to the open/free bar please drink responsibly
This is a premium event so tickets are £200 plus £9 booking fee.
Just google the event name for the ticket link and more info.
www.runtour.co.ukAlso via their website here.
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We were there from 3.30pm to 9pm.
Several guests used the free White Rolls Royce transfer from the train station to the venue a few mins away,
although most came here by car.
We are are greeted by a dozen sports super cars at the entrance to this massive house.
Around 300 guests are here in this stunning garden, including lots of scantily clad females.
Nice to see DAVE COURTNEY here who is an English self-proclaimed former gangster who has become both an author and celebrity, along with being the " go to person" for London gangster documentaries on tv.
As you can imagine Ascot is one of those areas with many huge houses with gardens to match.
The entire event was held outside as nobody was allowed inside the main house itself.
The garden here was simply jaw dropping, so plenty of space for social distancing.
Complimentary Moët champers reception until 5pm then it was complimentary wines, beers, coffees.
At 5pm the food is brought to the 20 tables on the lawn, a very nice cheeseburger and BBQ chicken.
We have the outdoor pool but only a couple of brave souls ventured in due to the dodgy weather.
The hot tub is covered over, as it did drizzle a bit with rain off and on.
There were various djs and a couple of singers performed three tracks each in the huge marquee.
Also a female duo of electric violin and sax performed a few songs.
At the rear there is a mini lake along with a tennis court and non-alcoholic cocktails from Lyre's.
So many large trees here that it felt more like a park or woods rather than a back garden.
At 9pm it got a bit chilly and the rainy drizzle came down again so we left a bit before the end.
Despite the weather, it was very enjoyable so keep an eye out on their website for future events.





Saturday 29 August 2020.
Very sad news that Black Panther actor CHADWICK BOSEMAN has passed way, aged only 43.
Chadwick Boseman was an American actor and producer. He has portrayed several real-life historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017). He has also played the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Black Panther (2018), for which he won a NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Boseman's other film roles included 21 Bridges (2019) and Da 5 Bloods (2020). He died at age 43,
after a battle with colon cancer.




Friday 28 August 2020.
Today would have been the first of the three days of Reading Festival.
It has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus.
BBC iPlayer is playing highlights of previous festivals over the weekend.
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I have been to over a dozen Reading Festivals...some for one or two days, some for all three.
Many of them with me old mucker Bill Gaynor.
Not much attending there over the past decade due to the declining bands of any interest to me.
These were my first three Reading Festivals i went to...
Rory Gallagher,Phil Manzanera Band Reading Festival 27.08.1976
Thin Lizzy,Graham Parker,Aerosmith,John Miles,Ultravox Reading Festival 27.08.1977
It would be 12 years until Aerosmith next UK gig
Patti Smith,Foreigner,Tom Robinson Band,Gillan,Squeeze Reading Festival 27.08.1978




Thursday 27 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to GLEN MATLOCK who is 64 today.
I first saw Glen on stage in 1976 with The Sex Pistols and then many other times after with The Pistols ,
and have seen him with The Rich Kids, The Faces and loads of times with many different bands
and as a solo artist....Glen is a proper musician...
See my Facebook page for a nice photo of me with Glen , Steve and Paul.




Wednesday 26 August 2020.
It was 50 years ago today that the legendary ELECTRIC LADYLAND recording studio
officially opened in New York.
On August 26, 1970, Jimi Hendrix hosted the opening party for such stars as Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton and Ron Wood.
The list of many renowned artists that have tracked and/or mixed albums there is topped by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Clapton, the Clash, Sheryl Crow and a host of others. In recent years it has found favor with top hip-hop acts. Although many of New York City’s independent rock recording studios have closed in recent years due in part to the digital recording revolution, Electric Lady has survived.
Jimi Hendrix spent only ten weeks recording in Electric Lady, most of which took place while the final phases of construction were still going on. An opening party was held on August 26, 1970. The following day Hendrix created his last studio recording: a cool and tranquil instrumental known only as "Slow Blues". He then boarded an Air India flight for London to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, and died less than three weeks later.




Tuesday 25 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to GENE SIMMONS who is 71 today.
I have seen KISS live over 30 times since their debut London shows in 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon.
Also includes all four shows on their second UK tour in 1980.
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Happy Birthday to ELVIS COSTELLO who is 66 today.
I have seen Elvis Costello live over 20 times since 1978.
The last time was March 2020 at Hammersmith Apollo, just before lockdown kicked in.
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Happy Birthday to actor SEAN CONNERY who hits the grand old age of 90 today.
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25 August 1975
It was 45 years ago today that BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN released his classic album "Born To Run".
I was at both his legendary debut UK shows at Hammersmith Odeon later that year.








Friday 21 August 2020.
7.30pm to 10.30pm...Restaurant & bar press launch...
JOLIE , 459 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10.
We are in the Worlds End part of Chelsea, near to the legendary punk store at 430 Kings Road
where The Sex Pistols all first met up with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.
From the outside this venue still looks like the Worlds End pub but is it now three different venues
over the three levels , under the name of The Chelsea Funhouse.
JOLIE on the ground floor - French restaurant & bar
THE BLECHLEY in the basement - World War II themed bar and team building events space
CHELSEA BLACK on the first floor - espresso martini bar
Jolie - Is it a restaurant? Is it a cocktail bar? Non, c'est un salon…
Jolie is an all-new venture launching in London this August. Inspired by the flavours of France, this experience invites its guests to immerse themselves in the essence of the country through bold food, drink and entertainment.
The story? It’s one of jazz music, smoke-filled drinking dens and exquisite cuisine. Free from any snobbery, the salon will invite guests to sink hours into French sharing plates, with its pièce de résistance being a bottomless cheese fondue. Other key menu items include the sharing plate of signature smoked cote du boeuf, foie gras served on a home-made toasted brioche, and honey glazed chorizo and beef shin ragu.
As for drinks, the cocktail menu inspired by the smells and scents of different regions in France, with the Versailles being a real standout for its opulent combination of Champagne, caramel peach cognac and vanilla gold spray.
No doubt they will be attracting the same Chelsea crowd that frequents Bluebird just up the road.
The tables were a bit low for eating off, but we had a great evening of food and drinks here.
www.joliechelsea.comVisit their website here for more info.








Wednesday 19 August 2020.
THE LONDON CONCOURS, presented by Montres Breguet, is a luxurious automotive garden party hosted right in the heart of the City of London from Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th August. This hugely exciting automobile extravaganza will see over 100 of the world’s most precious cars gather in the gardens of the historic and beautiful Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters and will include a ferocious collection of horsepower.
They will be bringing together a display of the most significant Lamborghinis ever built, bookended by one of the first Lamborghinis – the elegant 400 GT – and one of the last, the Aventador SVJ Roadster.
Getting there. Closest tube stations: Moorgate (walk north up City Road) or Old Street (exit is signposted Armoury House – walk south down City Road) Both tube stations are a 3-4 minute walk to the Honourable Artillery Company.
www.londonconcours.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Wednesday - 3pm to 8pm
Over 1000 guests in these nice grounds hidden away behind the office blocks.
Just a week ago we were having that scorching hot weather but today it was pretty much non-stop rain.
Today we had to keep our umbrellas up...sunshine was forecast for the following day for this event.
All the cars (old and new) are in gleaming immaculate condition.
The owners are furiously wiping the rain off them constantly.
Many of the cars are started up and sound fantastic , and we had a parade at 6pm.
From 5.30pm to 8pm there was a very nice drinks reception undercover.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, four different cocktails, wines and canapés.
Despite the rain, it was a very enjoyable event.
The organisers have another event coming up soon at Hampton Court Palace - Sept 4/5/6.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.






Tuesday 18 August 2010.
This day 58 years ago in 1962.
Only two days after Pete Best was fired, the Beatles performed their first official gig with new drummer RINGO STARR. The concert took place at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead – a ferry 'cross the Mersey away from Liverpool – on Aug. 18, 1962.
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This day 10 years ago in 2010.
French beauty brand Etat Libre D'Orange announced that they have teamed up with legendary bad boy rockers THE SEX PISTOLS to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band's first fragrance. Company executives said "To wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity and disregard aromatic conventions."
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Major promoters at a music industry forum have said they expect consumer confidence in live music to be so low they will have to cut ticket prices, which will mean lower artist fees and thus either fewer crew or lower crew wages; crew members expect the return of live music to be accompanied by freelancers desperate for work undercutting each others’ rates.
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Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCK has a full page interview in today's Daily Mirror - page 29.
Glen talks candidly about the back problem that he has had for many years, including times when he has
had to use a walking stick and other times where the pain was so bad he had to crawl on his
hands and knees to visit the toilet.




Monday 17 August 2020.
SNIFFIN' GLUE - This month in 1977 they published their final issue..number 12.
It was only around for a year or so.
A monthly fanzine called Sniffin' Glue, which chronicled the early days of British Punk Rock.
Although initial issues only sold about 50 copies, circulation soon increased to 15,000. Fearing absorption into the mainstream music press, publisher Mark Perry would cease operations.
In 2000, Mark Perry published Sniffin' Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory, which is a compilation of all the issues of the fanzine with some new material written by him.




Sunday 16 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 62 today.
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Saturday 15 August 2020.
10 years ago this week, THE FACES reformed with Mick Hucknall on vocals and Glen Matlock on bass.
On guitar was Ronnie Wood, who went on to play for The Rolling Stones when Faces split up in 1975.
He was joined by two fellow original Faces members - drummer Kenney Jones and keyboard player Ian McLagan.
Former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock completes the line-up for the reunion tour, and for this show, Wood's son Jesse joined them on stage to play guitar.
I went to two of the shows on their short tour.
11 Aug 2010 - BME Soundstage Bubble at The 02 Arena (an intimate warm up gig for just 400)
13 Aug 2010 - The Vintage Festival at Goodwood, West Sussex.
with support from Sandie Shaw, The Buzzcocks and The Wilko Johnson Band.
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ELVIS PRESLEY died on this day 43 years ago - 16 August 1977.
He was aged just 42.




Friday 14 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter DAVID CROSBY who is 79 today.
Happy Birthday to American actor/comedian STEVE MARTIN who is 75 today.
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Sad news that bass player PETE WAY had died aged 69.
He is best known as the bassist in UFO with whom he played for 31 years. Way is also known as a founding member of Waysted and Fastway. He has also notably played with Michael Schenker Group and Ozzy Osbourne.
In recent years he fronted The Pete Way Band.
I saw him several times with both UFO and Waysted (Waysted supported Dio, Iron Maiden & Status Quo).
I first saw him in 1976 when UFO played The Marquee Club when Michael Schenker was still in the line-up.
He was visually great to watch on stage, as he really gave it 100% and sweated his nuts off.
He was not that well over the past few years due to his previous heroin addiction.
He was married SIX times.





Wednesday 12 August 2020.
WINGMANS - press night - 8pm to 11.30pm.
Chicken concept Wingmans is to launch its largest site to date in Soho this week.
They are at 29-31 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1.
Wingmans is a Multi UK & EU Award winning street food concept specialising in freshly dipped gourmet chicken wings tossed in a homemade signature sauce of your choice, accompanied by homemade American style sides.
You may have seen them at a festival.
The first thing you notice before get to the restaurant is how totally buzzing the vibe is in Old Compton Street,
as the road is closed to all traffic due to the coronavirus but all the restaurants have seating
in the middle of the road.
Wingmans is a great success story as they grew from their garage to open their first venue in Kilburn and now
they are here in Soho.
The Kilburn branch did a roaring home delivery trade during the lockdown period.
Some of the tasty dishes we shared...
Wings - 8 Buffalo with blue cheese and celery
Wings - 8 Sweet n sour smokey BBQ
2 aptly named massive Straight Outta Old Compton (chicken burger with bacon and grilled cheese)
Mac n cheese.
5 King Prawns
Spicy Korean Cucumbers
Fries
A dessert each.
They have their own bar so we had four different cocktails with The Old Fashioned being our fave.
The small army of staff were great and they made it a very enjoyable evening.
They have regular queues so i would always make an advance reserve booking for Wingmans.
www.wingmans.co.ukVisit their website here for more info





Wednesday 12 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to RON MAEL from Sparks who is 75 today.....hard to believe he is 75.
I have seen Sparks over a dozen times since their 1970s heyday.
Their UK tour has been postponed to May 2021.
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Happy Birthday to MARK KNOPFLER who is 71 today.
I have seen Dire Straits around a dozen times and Mark Knopfler solo a few times.
Look at this crazy bill where i saw Dire Straits at a punk evening when they were first starting out.
Talking Heads,Slaughter And The Dogs,Dire Straits Roundhouse, London 29.01.1978




Tuesday 11 August 2020.
Many venues across the UK will turn their lights red later to highlight the problems the live events sector
faces during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
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Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter JOE JACKSON who is 66 today.
On my first flight to New York in Sept 1979 , Joe Jackson was also on it.
Jackson has actively campaigned against smoking bans in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
He moved to New York n the 1980s but when they brought in anti-smoking laws, Joe moved to Berlin.
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A nice 10 mins tribute to MARTIN BIRCH of his best work is now up on YouTube.
Search - Remembering Iron Maiden, Deep Purple producer Martin Birch
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SAM FENDER plays a hometown show this week.
Sam Fender is set to open the UK’s first socially distanced music venue with his only live show of the year.
The ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ singer-songwriter, who was forced to postpone his 2020 tour due to the coronavirus crisis, will headline the Virgin Money Unity Arena at Newcastle Racecourse on August 13.
Fender will be the first to take to the stage at the purpose-built outdoor venue, which will also play host to the likes of The Libertines, Two Door Cinema Club and Supergrass over the summer.




Monday 10 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to RONNIE SPECTOR who is 77 today.
I saw her play a good show at Shepherds Bush Empire recently in Dec 2019.
Happy Birthday to Jethro Tull's IAN ANDERSON who is 73 today.
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Sad news that MARTIN BIRCH has passed away at the age of 71.
He was a prolific music producer in the the 1970s and 1980s.
Chances are, if you love heavy metal or rock and roll, you’ve heard an album that was produced by Martin Birch.
Iron Maiden, had their most prolific albums produced by the man. He worked with many of the titans of heavy metal and rock. He produced albums by Maiden, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult and more. His production basically laid the groundwork for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the 1980’s.
He produced several albums each by Whitesnake and Iron Maiden.
He retired after producing Iron Maidens 1992 album - Fear of the Dark
Oddly , he even produced punk act Wayne County & The Electric Chairs in the late 1970s.
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Many local theatres in the UK have already said they will not be having their annual Christmas Panto.
Pantomimes should be postponed until next Easter if they cannot take place this ­Christmas because of the coronavirus pandemic, claims TV personality Gyles Brandreth.
The presenter and actor hopes the idea could rescue struggling theatres hit by a massive loss of revenue during lockdown, reports MirrorOnline.
Brandreth, who has previously appeared in Cinderella with Bonnie Langford and Barbara Windsor, said: “The panto season is when most theatres are full and make most of their money.
"If they definitely can’t happen at Christmas, why not postpone them until Easter? In the 19th century pantomimes were often produced at Easter.



Saturday 08 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to U2 guitarist THE EDGE who is 59 today.
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THE WHO live at Shea Stadium 1982 is up on YouTube from 6pm tonight.
Available digitally for the first time, this six-part weekly series will feature some of the band's most memorable performances, including previously unseen footage!
The Clash were the support act...there is some footage on YouTube.
The Clash at Shea Stadium 1982 album would eventually get released.
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The Real McCoy
This great tv series from the 1990s is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.




Friday 07 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to Iron Maiden singer BRUCE DICKINSON who is 62 today.
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BBC4 9pm tonight and Saturday at midnight and BBC iPlayer.
Everything: The Real Thing Story
The movie chronicles how the ‘other four lads from Liverpool’ found international stardom in the 1970s as Britain’s first million-selling soul and funk band. Against a backdrop of social and political turmoil, The Real Thing were the first all-black British group to hit #1 in the pop charts – with the perennial ‘You To Me Are Everything’ in 1976.
Other hits like ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’ set dancefloors alight, but their proudest moment was composing their anthemic ‘Children of the Ghetto’ – the first ever song to address the plight of black people in the UK.
I saw them six times in the 1970s and 1980s when they supported David Essex as they had the same manager.
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Electronica - From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers is at The Design Museum, London W8.
Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape.
Celebrate 50 years of legendary group Kraftwerk with their 3D show. Step into the visual world of The Chemical Brothers for one of their legendary live shows, as visuals and lights interact to create a new three-dimensional experience by Smith & Lyall – featuring Grammy Award-winning track 'Got to Keep On'.
Travel to dance floors from Detroit to Chicago, Paris, Berlin and the UK’s thriving scene; featuring over 400 objects and the likes of Detroit techno legends Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin, "Godfather of House Music" Frankie Knuckles, Haçienda designer Ben Kelly and the extreme visual world created by Weirdcore for Aphex Twin’s ‘Collapse’.
www.designmuseum.orgVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.




Thursday 06 August 2020.
YouTube - R.E.M. Live at The Glastonbury Festival 1999......tonight from 8pm.
I saw R.E.M. several times including a secret lunchtime gig at the tiny 250 capacity Bush Hall in 2003.
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DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY has signed a new record deal with Decca at the grand old age of 83.
The new album, the title of which is yet to be announced, will include both brand new material written especially for Bassey, as well as tracks which the world-renowned singer has handpicked to reflect her incredible life and career. The recording is taking place in London, Prague, Monaco and the South of France, with the team all operating under the relevant travel and recording restrictions.
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Two jigsaw puzzles featuring THE CLASH are to be sold in stores.....
Zee Productions will release two 500-piece puzzles depicting the album cover for 1978’s ‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’ and the cover of 1979 single ‘English Civil War’. They are due to arrive on October 9.
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KISS rarely let anyone get on stage with them but Phil Collen from Def Leppard has done it.
YouTube - August 2, 2014 - Def Leppard's Phil Collen rocked "Deuce" with KISS in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Phil Collen was in a band calked Girl who i saw supporting KISS on their 1980 UK tour.



Wednesday 05 August 2020.
A couple of days ago OZZY OSBOURNE gave an interview on Sirius in America.
He still appears far from heathy and along with the coronavirus and him not living in the UK,
i feel that his UK tour planned for late October / early November will again be postponed.




Tuesday 04 August 2020.
As i previously forecast , KISS have now confirmed they will be playing The Download Festival in 2021.
The U.K. installment of the annual Download Festival has confirmed 80 bands for next year's lineup with headlining performances coming from KISS, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down.
This year's event was set to feature Iron Maiden, System of a Down and KISS, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. With all eyes on next summer, the fest was able to retain two of those originally scheduled headliners, with only Iron Maiden unable to make the 2021 fest.
Headliners :
Fri 04 June 2021 - KISS
Sat 05 June 2021 - Biffy Clyro
Sun 06 June 2021 - System of a Down
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Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium - behind closed doors.
A West London megaclash between Brentford and Fulham.
A massive prize on offer for the winner, which is promotion to The Premier League.
Live on Sky tv and the radio at 7.45pm, along with highlights on Quest tv at 11pm




Monday 03 August 2020.
Happy Birthday to singer TONY BENNETT who hits the grand old age of 94 today.
Happy Birthday to Metallica's JAMES HETFIELD who is 57 today.
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Check out this nice 26 mins on YouTube - The Ramones at The Rainbow 31 Dec 1977.
This was the fourth time i had seen the band out of a total of fifteen times.
These are the first six times I saw them.
Flaming Groovies,Ramones,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 04.07.1976 first ever uk show by The Ramones
Ramones,Talking Heads,Saints Roundhouse. London 05.06.1977 fantastic triple band package
Ramones,Talking Heads,Saints Roundhouse. London 06.06.1977 met sid vicious at this show
Ramones,Generation X,Rezillos Rainbow Theatre, London 31.12.1977 fantastic 3 band party night
Ramones,Generation X,Rezillos Rainbow Theatre, London 01.01.1978
Ramones,Snips Hammersmith Odeon, London 02.10.1978
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Bruce Springsteen has a nifty trick when he plays live as quite often he opens with a song by a band
from the local area they are playing ie In London it is usually "London Calling " by The Clash.
Check out Bruce Springsteen "Stayin' Alive" Brisbane 2014 where he is joined by a string section and
a brass section and guitarist Tom Morello for a stunning rendition.
The Bee Gees lived near Brisbane in their early recording days.
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This government scheme is worth a try...
72,000 restaurants, pubs and cafes across Britain are offering half-price meals to diners from today.
The offer is only available between Mondays and Wednesdays in August when eating in and is capped at £10.
This means two of you consume £20 each on a meal, and you only pay £10 each.
This includes the likes of Wetherspoons and Nandos etc.




Sunday 02 August 2020.
02 August 2008 - 12 years ago i went to this great festival.
SEX PISTOLS + NEW YORK DOLLS + BUZZCOCKS live at The Lokerse Festival , Belgium.
A 15,000 capacity sold out show.
Although New York Dolls had supported Sex Pistols a fortnight before in Greece ,this was the
only time these three legendary bands have played on the same days bill.
See my Facebook page for a poster from the show.





Saturday 01 August 2020.
Sad news that legendary film director SIR ALAN PARKER has passed away aged 76.
Sir Alan Parker, the director behind movies such as Fame, Evita , Bugsy Malone, The Commitments
and Midnight Express, has died aged 76.
The news was announced by a representative, who said he had died on Friday (July 31) “after a lengthy illness.”
Getting Hollywood’s attention with the Jodie Foster-starring children’s musical, he was then hired to direct the Oliver Stone scripted Midnight Express, which earned him an Oscar nomination.
He would go on to helm a string of successful films in the 80s, including performing-arts student musical Fame (1980), Vietnam war drama Birdy (1984), cult thriller Angel Heart (1987), and civil rights thriller Mississippi Burning (1988).
In 1996, Parker directed Madonna in a film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Evita.
He also directed Pink Floyd – The Wall in 1982, which starred Bob Geldof in a feature film realisation of the hit Pink Floyd album.
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Happy Birthday to Def Leppard vocalist JOE ELLIOT who is 61 today.
I have seen Def Leppard over 20 times since 1979 when they supported AC/DC at Hammersmith Odeon.




Friday 31 July 2020.
I was lucky to see PRINCE live in concert around 25 times since 1986.
He really was top notch as a live performer.
Even some of his lesser known hits are amazing.
Check out this video on YouTube.
Prince - Gold (Official Music Video)
and while you are there....
Prince - I Would Die 4 U (Live 1984) [Official Video]
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PSYCHEDELIC FURS - One of my fave bands from the 1980s are playing a UK tour...
The full dates are:
APRIL 2021
26th Kingston Banquet Records Q & A session
27th London Royal Albert Hall *
28th Nottingham Rock City **
29th Bristol O2 Academy **
MAY 2021
1st Glasgow Barrowland **
2nd Liverpool Academy **
3rd Manchester Academy 2 **
5th Cambridge Junction **
Supports:
* Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart
** Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls
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Musicians still getting robbed it seems....
Jeff Bezos isn't sure if Twitch pays royalties to artists (it doesn't)
Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch doesn't pay music licensing royalties to artists for records played on its service.
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ARGOS - more sad publishing news for those of us who can remember its heyday.
The encyclopedia-like catalogues, the basis of many a child's Christmas wishlist, will no longer be regularly printed by the end of January 2021. The catalogue was first launched in 1972 and at its peak was Europe's most widely-printed publication, with only the Bible in more homes across the UK.




Thursday 30 July 2020.
Happy Birthday to RAT SCABIES who is 65 today - he was The Damned original drummer.
Happy Birthday to KATE BUSH who is 62 today.
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Two music magazines are in stores from this weekend...
After 34 years the final issue of Q magazine...features classic interviews from their history.
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VIVE LE ROCK magazine features THE SEX PISTOLS.
10 pages on their Crystal Palace show from July 2002 and their USA tour in 2003.
I was at the Crystal Palace show and the final five shows of their eleven shows played in the USA.
3 SEPT 2003 - WARFIELD THEATRE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA
5 SEPT 2003 - THE JOINT, LAS VEGAS, NV, USA
6 SEPT 2003 - GREEK THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA
7 SEPT 2003 - SAN DIEGO STREET SCENE - BEST BUY STAGE, SAN DIEGO, CA, USA
8 SEPT 2003 - THE MARQUEE THEATRE, TEMPE, AZ, USA




Monday 27 July 2020.
Restaurant Press Launch - London Bridge - 7pm to 9.30pm
TAVOLINO - bar & restaurant - Unit 1 , 2 More London, London Bridge Riverside, London SE1.
This Italian eaterie has a massive space over two floors down by The River Thames.
It is situated by HMS Belfast along with a stunning view of Tower Bridge.
Obviously it is a strange time to open a new restaurant but you have to remember they probably
bought it a year ago before all the coronavirus situation kicked off.
Hand sanitation and track and trace info taken before we enter inside the venue.
Louis Korovilas – the ex Head Chef of Michelin-renowned fresh pasta joint Bancone – opens a new,
ingredients-led Italian joint in London Bridge.
It’s a modern, but homely, cream and terracota-styled space, over-looking the river. Guests can enjoy freshly baked bread, pasta, and stone-baked pizzas, made on-site every day. Although the main draw will be Tavolino’s approach to produce.
Lots of enthusiastic Italian staff fussing over all the customers on the two floors here.
We shared three starters including pizza.
For mains I had lamb and my guest had steak and we shared three sides.
We had a dessert each.
Prosecco throughout the evening as well.
Very enjoyable and great to be in a restaurant again , my first since lockdown.




Wednesday 15 July 2020.
LIANNE LA HAVAS is headlining a special concert at The Roundhouse to launch her new album.
She'll perform a multi-camera live stream to fans across the globe on July 15 in support of her
upcoming album.
The self-titled LP is due for release on Friday July 17 and marks her third album overall.
It features singles 'Bittersweet', 'Can't Fight' and 'Paper Thin' and sees her reunite with long time collaborator Matt Hales.
As well as new material, the singer-songwriter will also perform tracks from her first two albums.
This includes her Mercury Prize nominated 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' and Grammy nominated 'Blood', which feature singles 'Forget', 'Lost & Found' and 'What You Don't Do'.
Tickets for the show are priced at £12 or fans can purchase a ticket alongside the album for £22-£29.
All of Lianne's proceeds from the show will go to Black Lives Matter.
It will be a behind closed doors show with no fans there, but there will be some press folks attending.
Lianne will also be promoting the album on Channel 4 tv Sunday Brunch on Sunday 19 July.
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Needless to say this was a very interesting show to attend considering the current situation.
I would guess at 40 production staff here along with 20 guests /press / staff.
Pretty much everyone is wearing face coverings.
It was an "in the round" show on the floor of The Roundhouse.
Oddly the usual Roundhouse stage is not here at all (maybe it was because it was an in the round show).
It was good to see the 24 inside columns of the venue fully exposed.
There are black curtains all around the circle and the rear of the stalls.
LIANNE LA HAVAS ran through most of her songs from 6pm to 7pm with some stops and starts then
from 8pm to 9pm she played the full show to the cameras for the internet audience.
The music was a bit too laid back for me but certainly an interesting show to attend.



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