News and Reviews: February 14, 2016

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Never Mind The Sex Pistols---Snap are delighted to present a collection of post-Pistols-pre-PIL-period
photographs taken in London by Paris-based photographer Pierre Benain.
From the early age of seventeen, Pierre Benain had been writing and photographing for French music magazine Rock & Folk. On his frequent visits to London he discovered Malcom McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's shop Too Fast to Live too young to die, which later became SEX. Soon after, as a contributor to Rock News, Benain was introduced to Malcolm McLaren.
33 photos on display which despite the exhibition title mainly feature John Lydon and Sid Vicious as
there are none with other Pistols members Steve Jones,Glen Matlock or Paul Cook.
An original poster from the first Sex Pistols gig in Paris from Sept 1976 is featured in the exhibition.
Dates: 19 January 2016 to 05 March 2016 at Snap Galleries ,Piccadilly Arcade,London W1.
www.snapgalleries.comVisit the Snap Gallery website for more info.
On now---Jimi Hendrix flat in 23 Brook Street,Mayfair opens to the public...tickets required at £7.50...
This new exhibition recreates in painstaking detail the flat that Hendrix shared with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham in Brook Street, Mayfair, between July 1968 and March 1969, formerly served as Handel’s attic. It brings the presence of the mesmeric guitarist-vocalist’s illustrious neighbour into sharp focus.
The flat has undergone a £2.4m restoration with the help of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and private donors.
Jimi moved to the Notting Hill area of London when he split with Kathy.Fans will be able to view the top floor of the home with organisers having spent two years renovating it to its original form.
Sun 14 Feb---The BAFTAS are held at The Royal Opera House.
The UK's version of the Oscars so many big name film A-listers will attend.
With a slight timing delay it is on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday.
Mon 15 Feb---The Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles and feature tributes to David Bowie
and Glenn Frey.
Mon 15 Feb---Dream Themes + The Priscilla's play The Lexington,96 Pentonville Road,London N1.
Get there early to see all girl band The Priscilla's.
Wed 17 Feb---NME Awards are held at Brixton Academy.
Coldplay are to get the main award---The Godlike Genius Award.
Bring Me The Horizon are to get The Innovation Award.
Yoko Ono is to get The Inspiration Award...Yoko celebrates her 83rd birthday the day after the awards...
A good chance that Eagles Of Death Metal will attend NME Awards and The BRIT Awards as they
have rest days on both Feb 17 and Feb 24 on their mainland European Tour.
Plans for Iggy Pop to get The Godlike Genius Award a few years ago fell apart as he was too expensive.
Plans for a Godlike Genius Award were axed because the music paper “couldn’t afford” him and his band,
reveals secret paperwork. Ian Brown got it instead.
Thurs 18 Feb---Wendy James ex Transvision Vamp plays The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex.
Wendy has been quiet for a bit but is now back with a new album titled 'The Price Of The Ticket'.
Thurs 18 Feb---James play The Scala...a small gig for them to launch their new album...
Thurs 18 Feb and Fri 19 Feb---Dream Theater play The Palladium.
Thurs 18 Feb and Fri 19 Feb---Frankie Boyle plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Friday 19 Feb to Tues 23 Feb---London Fashion Week AW16 is held over five days.
Sat 20 Feb---Thunder + Terrorvision + King King play Wembley Arena.
Tues 23 Feb---Richard Hawley plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 24 Feb---The BRIT Awards are held at The 02 Arena.
There will be a special tribute to David Bowie at The BRIT Awards.
It’s been announced that this year’s BRIT Awards winners will all receive an exclusive trophy
designed by Scots-born fashion designer Pam Hogg.
Acts confirmed to play a song on the night include Adele,Coldplay,Justin Bieber,Jess Glynne,
Rihanna,James Bay,The Weeknd and Little Mix.
Thurs 25 Feb---Kirk Brandon (acoustic show) + Folk Grinder play The Water Rats,Kings Road.
Fri 26 Feb---Chas and Dave play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Sat 27 Feb---The Cult play Brixton Academy.
Fri 04 March---Stiff Little Fingers play The Forum.
Sun 06 March---Peter Hook & The Light play Sub 89, Reading.
Fri 11 March---Machine Head play Hammersmith Apollo.
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Stranglers + The Alarm are playing a full UK tour including dates at..
Fri 11 March Brixton Academy, London
Tues 15 March Hexagon,Reading
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Muhammad Ali to visit London exhibition
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is set to visit Britain for an exhibition to mark his life and career. The three time world heavyweight champion is said to be 'determined' not to let his Parkinson's disease stop him from attending the event and hopes to fly over with wife Lonnie in early March for the I Am The Greatest exhibition at one of the spaces at The O2.
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Sun 06 March---CIRQUE DU SOLEIL --- AMALUNA --- last night of their six week run at
The Royal Albert Hall.
www.cirquedusoleil.comClick here for more info and to buy.
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Following the closure of Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday 4 December 2015 and further inspections, structural engineers have advised that works to the roof structure will extend into March 2016. As a result most shows for Jan to March
will now be happening at The Forum Kentish Town. Tickets bought for the original venue will still be valid.
UPDATE---Shepherds Bush Empire will be closed until 31 March 2016.
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The Sex Pistols may not be playing this year but how about this for a one-off double header special featuring
Sex Pistols members at Shepherds Bush Empire on Thurs 19 May 2015 with tix on sale from 05 Feb 2016.
The Rich Kids featuring Glen Matlock and The Professionals featuring Paul Cook.
Two post-Pistols bands from the late 1970s.
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HENLEY FESTIVAL returns in July 2016.
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.
Thursday 7th July 2016...Elvis Costello & The Imposters.
Friday 8th July 2016.... Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel performing with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
Saturday 09 July 2016...Dame Shirley Bassey and Blake.
Sunday 10 July 2016...Will Young will bring Henley Festival to a close on the Sunday night of Family Day, where kids can enjoy festival site and interact with children’s entertainers, musicians, comedians and street entertainers.
www.henley-festival.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets from £35.







Saturday 14 February 2016.
Very sad news about an up and coming indie rock band from Warrington.
Four members of a British band and their manager have been killed in a horrific car crash in Sweden.
Indie group Viola Beach were said to be driving over a bridge when their Nissan Qashqai smashed through a barrier and plunged 25m (82ft) into a canal.
Their manager Craig Tarry was also in the vehicle when it crashed in the Södertälje area of the capital
Stockholm in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Craig, 32, was killed along with musicians Kris Leonard, 19, River Reeves, 19, Jack Dakin, 24, and 27-year-old Tomas Lowe.






Saturday 13 February 2016.
The Who + Barns Courtney live at Wembley Arena,London.
One off show by The Who in Europe before their American tour.
I have seen The Who play around 25 times since 1975.
I was lucky enough to have seen Keith Moon play with them three times before his death.
Support tonight is the hotly tipped Barns Courtney who is signed to Virgin EMI.
His short 20 mins solo acoustic set included his great track 'Glitter & Gold'.
The venue is totally rammed sold out tonight which is no real surprise.
Lots of middle aged blokes sinking back a few beers.
Guests here included Sex Pistols members Glen Matlock and Paul Cook.
Also here were Ian Broudie(Lightning Seeds) and Gem Archer(Oasis/Beady Eye).
The Who arrive on stage around 8.30pm and play a two hour set.
They have three big screens with the side ones showing live footage and the main one
behind the stage is mixing live footage and brilliant pre-recorded images.
The sound is nice and loud and the band sound great.
Pete and Roger are on top form and Zak Starkey provides powerful drums.
Great fun stage banter mainly from Pete who jokes about "working off the Christmas Pudding"
and how "he cannot see the print on his setlist sheet".
Loads of their mega classic songs played from their 50 year career.
A great show as usual from these rock legends.
Full setlist played tonight...
Who Are You
The Seeker
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
My Generation
Pictures of Lily
Behind Blue Eyes
Bargain
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I'm One
The Rock
Love, Reign O'er Me
Eminence Front
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again
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At this show i bumped into the KISS UK tour manager.
KISS have had a few mainland Europe dates up on their website but over the past week the
shows have been taken off the bands website without any explanation.
I asked him about the tour...he said "yes it has been cancelled".







Friday 12 February 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9.30pm
Pre-BAFTAS Party - Hackett x GQ - at The Savoy Hotel,The Strand,London WC2.
Always nice to be at this famous five star luxury hotel.
British menswear brand and mens monthly magazine co-host a party before the BAFTAS.
Around 150 folks here in one of the many entertaining areas of this hotel.
Guests here included Jeremy Hackett,David Gandy,Alan Yentob,Oliver Cheshire,Luke Evans,
Freddie Fox,Sam Webb,Poppy Jamie and Roxie Nafousi.
A dj is playing some classic dance tracks.
Complimentary Taittinger champers,Green Tea Gin Cocktails,Whiskey Sour Cocktails and nibbles.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.hackett.comVisit the Hackett website here.
www.gq-magazine.co.ukVisit the GQ website here.
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9.45pm to 11pm
Nell Gwynn - press night afterparty - St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2.
The was the party after the show held earlier at The Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.
A big crowd of 300 folks in this basement venue.
The cast and other guests here included Gemma Arterton,Jessica Swale,David Suchet,Sarah Hadland,
Nigel Harman,Lady Colin Campbell,Patricia Hodge and Jay Taylor.
A jazz quartet are playing in the corner.
Complimentary wines for all but i stuck to orange juice.
Lots of different bowl food too.







Thursday 11 February 2016.
Quadrophenia - The Immersive Cinematic Experience - at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
British movie classic Quadrophenia tonight is a fully immersive cinematic and theatrical experience, plunging fans into the sights and sounds of 1964 and capturing the spirit of the era.
Many of the film’s key stars took part in the event for the Q & A session including Phil Daniels who took the central role as disaffected Mod teenager Jimmy Cooper. Joining Daniels were other major names from the cast including Toyah Wilcox, Trevor Laird, Garry Cooper and Daniel Peacock, who together shared their memories in a Q&A to add an extra dimension.
In addition to a screening of the 1979 film, based on The Who’s double-album rock-opera released six years earlier, and the Q&A session, there will be staged re-enactments throughout the night of scenes from the film to conjure up the feel of the mid-60s era in which it is set. The all-important sounds of the day will be performed live by leading Who tribute act Who’s Who, and there will be an exclusive VIP after party with appearances from all the Q&A special guests, plus memorabilia including original Vespas and their real life Mod owners. As any self-respecting Mod knows, it is important to look your best at all times and there will be awards with great prizes for the guests in the “best threads”.
Director Franc Roddam’s film is seen as a classic tale of alienation, disillusionment and escapism, as well as an important document capturing an important part of British youth history and rebellion. Watching the movie has been a rite of passage for millions since its release and the Mod era has been a source of fascination for generations - its fashions and music continuing to resonate.
In the film Daniels stars as bored teenager Jimmy who finds excitement and escape from his undemanding job by seeking thrills with his Mod pals, popping drugs, chasing girls, riding his Lambretta and fighting. After the thrill of a weekend in Brighton, which ends in a riot and a court appearance, he decides to leave his old life behind and head to the coast but finds the reality a harsh letdown!
Significantly for this event, the venue is actually featured in the original artwork for the 1973 Quadrophenia album release, with a photograph of The Who standing in front of the building, then known as the Hammersmith Odeon. It is also mentioned in the sleeve notes, in which Jimmy recalls seeing Who posters being pasted outside the building after he sleeps rough in Hammersmith.
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A great atmosphere tonight for this massive Mod event with many folks wearing parkas,crombies
and other Mod clothing.
There are 50 scooters parked outside the venue and as a very nice touch all the venue staff are dressed up
as Bell Boys just as Sting was in the movie.
There is memorabilia from the film in the foyer and the dj is playing tunes.
I have a great seat three rows from the front.
The venue is full apart from a couple of the rear corner blocks in the balcony which are unsold.
7.20pm to 9.20pm was the film screening of Quadrophenia which is a brilliant film.
The front few rows were taken out for a dozen actors to act out live scene performances every few mins.
The actors got involved in some of the more sexual scenes that got big cheers from the crowd
including Jimmy having a fiddle on his bed and Jimmy having nookie in the alley.
Best of all was the scene in the film where Jimmy was dancing on the balcony and dives into the crowd.
Tonight we had an actor who did the same as he danced in the balcony and then jumped down
to some discreet cardboard boxes under a black sheet...it was a fantastic stunt.
Chants of 'We Are The Mods,We Are The Mods' ring out from the crowd all through the evening.
9.20pm to 9.50pm...Interval
9.50pm to 10.15pm was the Q & A with Phil Daniels,Toyah Wilcox and others including the director.
Toyah confirmed she gave Sex Pistol John Lydon acting lessons as he was one of three actors
screen tested for the main role of Jimmy that Phil Daniels finally got.
No matter how many times I have seen the film,Phil Daniels does a totally superb job.
The film is close to my heart as a few scenes were filmed in my manor of Shepherds Bush
by Goldhawk Road and at the sadly now closed Cookes Pie n Mash shop.
For many of the cast it was their first acting experience as teenagers and it's always interesting to
see who has gone on to bigger things...and those who have passed away which include
Heavy Metal Kids singer and actor Gary Holton.
10.15pm to 10.20pm was the Best Threads Awards.
10.30pm to 11pm was Who's Who tribute band who played a great 30 mins set of Who classics
including tracks '5.15', 'Bell Boy' and a final gem 'Won't Get Fooled Again'.
Their Keith Moon was the star as he looked,played and acted like him.
All the mods are down the front having a dance.
11pm to 11.30pm I was at the party in the balcony bar.
A big crowd of around 200 guests here with a dj playing some loud tunes.
Three quarters of this crowd had paid extra for a premium ticket that included a goodie bag of merch
and a laminate for the party.
The cast here tonight would nip in and out from the vip room near the party room.
It was a pay bar and I left after around 30 mins.
It was still in full swing when I left.
A great evening.






Wednesday 10 February 2016...6.15pm to 8.45pm...
The Henley Festival - launch party - Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1.
Around 70 media folks in the upstairs bar area that is above the main club of this legendary venue.
I went to see Lionel Richie play Henley last year and it was a fantastic unique evening.
Henley is easy to get to on the train from Paddington and Ealing Broadway tube stations.
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Tonight we had a couple of cover songs including 'Hallelujah' by pop opera act Blake and
piano player Adam Kay who played a couple of his humorous lyrics based songs.
Blake are playing with Shirley Bassey at Henley and Adam Kay also plays at Henley.
We had a few words from the stage on would be playing this years festival.
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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.
HEADLINERS play on a floating stage.
Wednesday 6th July 2016...Elton John and his band.
Thursday 7th July 2016...Elvis Costello & The Imposters.
Friday 8th July 2016.... Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel performing with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
Saturday 09 July 2016...Dame Shirley Bassey and Blake.
Sunday 10 July 2016...Will Young will bring Henley Festival to a close on the Sunday night of Family Day, where kids can enjoy festival site and interact with children’s entertainers, musicians, comedians and street entertainers.
This year's comedy line-up and guest include Al Murray, Reginald D Hunter, Nina Conti, Dillie Keane, Richard Herring, Adam Kay, The Boy With Tape On His Face, Hal Cruttenden, Simon Evans, Frisky & Mannish, Lili La Scala, The Pin, Sam Simmons, Jonny Awsum, Eleanor Tiernan, Chris Kent, and Jess Robinson.
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RONNIE SCOTT’S
Brand new for 2016, legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s will be making the festival their home for the full five days. Festival goers will be treated to the full Ronnie Scott’s experience, seated at cabaret style tables they will be able to watch performances by the stellar Ronnie Scott’s Allstars under the guidance of Jazz maestro James Pearson while waiters discretely serve cocktails and show stopping food.
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NEW MUSIC STAGE
Also hugely exciting for 2016 is the arrival of the New Music Stage featuring 10 of the brightest names in new music. Taking over the newly erected big top, Henley Festival will showcase up and coming talent with a five day programme of unsigned acts taking place before the floating stage performance each night.
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PURE HEAVEN
Legendary nightclub Heaven will be bringing their sister club Pure to the festival, kicking off the dancing each night as soon as the headline act finishes on the floating stage
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A full complimentary bar along with canapés and bowls of chunky chips for all guests here tonight.
www.henley-festival.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets from £35.






Tuesday 9 February 2016...I went to two very nice events tonight...
7.15pm to 9.15pm
Vogue 100: A Century of Style - opening reception - National Portrait Gallery,St Martins Place,London WC2.
A major event as a dozen paparazzi photographers are outside the venue as we go in and leave later.
Around 300 guests here at this huge exhibition that is over a dozen rooms.
There is a Vogue magazine or print from every year in one of the rooms.
Loads of fantastic pictures and articles and prints from over the years.
Models Suki Waterhouse, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Eva Herzigova, Lara Stone, Laura Bailey, Lily Donaldson, Erin O'Connor and newly engaged Jerry Hall all headed to the National Portrait Gallery to catch a first glimpse of the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition. Elizabeth Hurley was seen posing in front of a few of the 280 commissioned pieces, as Dakota Johnson made a surprise appearance following her film premiere earlier, joining March cover girl Edie Campbell and Lottie Moss. Hosts Alexandra Shulman and Leon Max were congratulated as they brought together acclaimed figures from the fashion world including designers Christopher Bailey, Erdem Moralıoğlu, Christopher Kane, Alice Temperley, Bella Freud, Patrick Cox, Charlotte Dellal, Stephen Jones and fashion photographers Mario Testino and Juergen Teller whose work has been an integral part of Vogue's history. Other guests included Natalie Massenet, Donna Air, Amber Le Bon, Yasmin Le Bon, Simon Le Bon,Sophie Dahl, Jamie Cullum,Jillian Hervey,Alan Yentob, Amanda Wakeley and Dame Zandra Rhodes.
Also Lord Linley, Nicky Haslam and Nicky Clarke.
Also Dean and Dan Caten who are identical twin brothers, fashion designers, founders and owners of DSQUARED2, an international fashion house.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,vodka cocktails and canapés for all guests.
It is on until 22 May 2016.
www.npg.org.ukVisit the National Portrait Gallery for more info and to buy tickets.
then
10pm to 1am
Lexus RX - launch party - The Rumpus Room, Mondrian Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1.
Around 300 folks here for this car launch.
Actor Jude Law is here as he fronts their latest tv advert.
Great views of The River Thames from the 12th floor here.
We had a female fronted band sing a few cover versions and a dj is playing some tunes.
The Lexus RX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV sold since 1998 by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. Originally released in its home market of Japan in late 1997 as the Toyota Harrier, export sales began in March 1998 as the Lexus RX. Three generations of the Lexus RX have been produced to date, the first being compact in size, and the latter two classified as mid-size. Both front- and four-wheel drive configurations have been used on the RX series, and several gasoline powertrain options, including V6 engines and hybrid systems, have been offered. In the Lexus model lineup, the RX sits below the larger GX and LX body-on-frame SUVs, and above the smaller NX crossover. The RX name stands for Radiant Crossover.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,different cocktails,wines,beers,bowl food and canapés.
www.lexus.co.ukVisit the LEXUS website here for more info.








Monday 8 February 2016.
Sex Pistol Steve Jones radio show Jonesy Jukebox featured Gene Simmons on Friday.
Click on The Sex Pistols link on the right to listen.
The two hour show has been trimmed to 56 mins of chat with the music taken out.







Sunday 7 February 2016.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band confirm return to Ireland in 2016.
The River Tour - Friday 27 May 2016 at Croke Park, Dublin.
On their last visit to Ireland, they played sell out shows around the country in Limerick, Cork and Belfast
before wrapping up their European Tour with 2 nights in Kilkenny.
Now Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have confirmed a return to Dublin -
last appearing in the city in 2012 - to play for the first time ever at Croke Park.
Tickets for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at Croke park on sale Thursday 11 February at 9am.
Ticket prices:
Seated: E65.45 / E116 / E131
General Admission: E98.50
Rumours in Ireland say second and third dates have been reserved for more Dublin shows.
I saw U2 at Croke Park in June 2005 which is a huge outdoor stadium venue.
No news on UK shows but i presume Wembley Stadium is where he is headed.
I have a hunch the London show will be on Saturday 04 June which means a mega clash with
AC/DC who are playing The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ,Stratford,East London on the same day.






Saturday 06 February 2016.
Saturday i watched a great documentary on Annabel's club in Berkeley Square which was shown on BBC4.
Annabel's has long been the playground for the rich and famous, and now its story comes to life in this 50-year history of the most celebrated nightclub in the world. Renowned for its discretion, and as a haunt of some of our greatest celebrities, the film offers a hitherto unseen glimpse into the rarefied worlds behind the doors of 44 Berkeley Square.
As London's very first members-only nightclub, Annabel's remains the only nightclub visited by the Queen, and once courted infamy for refusing entry to the Beatles. The documentary provides a cultural biopsy of London since the Second World War, and the club's history from inception through to the present day.
I have been there half a dozen times as they have the odd private event where non members are allowed.
Annabel's capacity is 200 at most but a few acts have played there including Bryan Ferry,Grace Jones and
Lady Gaga twice in 2011 and 2013...I saw her there in 2011 which was a mega party for Belvedere Vodka.
Kate Moss and all her gang were at the gig.
Lady Gaga footage from that gig was shown in the documentary.
You can check it out on BBC iPlayer.








Friday 5 February 2016...6.45pm to 9.45pm...
Zoom F1 - charity auction - at The Intercontinental Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
A big crowd of around 500 smartly dressed folks in the ballroom.
This event was to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
Zoom is the official charity for Formula 1 Racing.
It is a great event for Formula 1 fans as a few drivers and back room staff are here.
All are friendly and posing for photos and signing stuff.
The host tonight was BBC1 F1 presenter Suzi Perry.
Guests here included Spice Girl Geri Halliwell who is with her new hubby Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner.
Also here were Charley Boorman,Anthony Hamilton, James Allen, Jennie Gow, Nick Knowles,
Dominic Littlewood, Adrian Newey,Alexander Rossi,Jolyon Palmer,Maximillian Gunther and Charlie Webster.
Also a couple of music folks.....Danny Bowes who sings with Thunder and dj David Jensen.
Around 50 photographs in the auction that lasted over an hour.
Each year, the drivers and team principals of every F1 team are asked to take a photograph of their chosen subject. Images range from Fernando Alonso’s podium shot of the Monza crowd to Nico Rosberg at the wheel of a 1938 W154 and Bernie Ecclestone’s view from his window in Switzerland.
All the photographs were signed.
Most prices were around £1000 to £3000 but a few went for under £500.
Lots of complimentary champers and beers along with burgers,fish n chips,hot Chinese food and canapés
A very nice event.
www.zoom-auction.comVisit their website here.







Thursday 4 February 2016.
6.30pm to 8.15pm
Neuroblastoma UK - auction - at 6 Queen Square,Bloomsbury,London WC1.
Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that affects children.
Very nice to be at this historic venue that is owned by The Art Workers Guild.
6 Queen Square is a Georgian house in a quiet square built between 1716 and 1725.
The room is full of old portraits by the artists on the walls.
Camp Channel 4 tv host Alan Carr was the auctioneer tonight and was very entertaining.
Guests included Dame Jacqueline Wilson( children's author).
There were 31 items auctioned with 6 live and 25 in the silent auction.
Complimentary presecco and canapés for all guests.
www.neuroblastoma.org.ukVisit their website here.
then
8.50pm to 10pm
I was on BBC Radio today...The Mark Forrest Show 7pm to 10pm...recorded at BBC Maida Vale.
There were a couple of new acts in the studio and i was on 9.25pm to 9.40pm talking about gig going.
I was nicely introduced as "the country's most prolific gig-goer" by Mark.
I was told in advance it would be around 15 mins of chat.
It goes so quickly when i could have easily chatted for 30 mins or more.
Items covered included my number one gig ever which was Live Aid in 1985.
The amount of gigs I have been to...now 6408 since 1973...
We chatted about my first gigs and my love of glam rock as a 14 year old in 1973.
We chatted about Sex Pistols gigs and KISS gigs and meeting the bands.
The website got mentioned just the once.
It was over far too quickly but good fun.
The programme was broadcast on all 39 BBC local radio stations in England and the Channel Islands.
The show will be on BBC IPlayer Radio for a period after.






Thursday 04 February 2016...another sad music death...
Maurice White, founder of funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died aged 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. White, who died at his home in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with the disease in 1992. His brother and band mate Verdine White, 64, said 'While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected'.
I first saw Earth,Wind & Fire in 1975 when they supported Santana at Hammersmith Odeon.




Thursday 04 February 2016.
Veteran singer Sir Van Morrison was dubbed a knight by The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. After the ceremony, the 70 year old reflected on his 53 years in the music business - 'That's not bad for a blue-eyed soul singer from east Belfast', and adding 'It's amazing, it's very exhilarating, the whole thing'.







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