News and Reviews: July 20, 2018

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2017 LIST.
I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
See upcoming news page link above for my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
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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 6700 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.
www.timeout.com/london/newsSearch for it here..or google Time Out Ray Morrissey.
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CHRISTMAS IN JULY press events are held as stores announce their best selling products for Christmas.
Wed 11 July to Sun 29 July---Barry Humphries plays The Barbican...Barry is now aged 84...
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Sat 21 July---Spizz plays The Dublin Castle, Camden.
Sun 22 July--Sylvain Sylvain plays The Dublin Castle, Camden...tix £15 on the door...
New York Dolls guitar legend is on a UK club tour to promote his autobiography.
All Day Free Festival in Kidwells Park, Maidenhead.
Sat 21 July---The Ulimate Beatles
The band was formed in 2001 and since then has performed over 1,000 shows to audiences across the UK and internationally, including performances in Holland, Ireland, France, Latvia, and Beirut.
Sun 22 July---George Michael Tribute.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the comedy stage and stalls in the afternoon.
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Ealing Blues Festival in Walpole Park...only £5 admission each day...
Sat 21 July---Hayseed Dixie
Hayseed Dixie is an American bluegrass band formed in Tennessee in 2000. The band performs bluegrass cover versions of hard rock songs in a musical genre the band calls "rockgrass".
The band's name is a linguistic play on the name of the band AC/DC.
Expect classic covers by the likes of AC/DC, Queen, Black Sabbath, KISS etc.
Sun 22 July---Counterfeit Stones
They are one of the leading UK Stones tribute bands.
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Sun 22 July---London Live tv at 10pm - "The Filth & The Fury'"..excellent Sex Pistols film documentary...
I went to the premiere of this film on 02 May 2000 at The Screen On The Green , Islington.
John Lydon and Glen Matlock did not attend but Steve Jones and Paul Cook were there along
with the likes of Robbie Williams and Boy George.
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Thurs 26 July---Del Amitri play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Del Amitri several times since 1990 when they headlined this same venue.
Fri 27 July---Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The final date on their current European Tour.
I saw them play a two hour show at Indigo in Oct 2016 for BluesFest.
I saw Little Steven play live four times in the 1980s.
They release Soulfire Live!, a 24-track collection recorded last year in North America and Europe
during the legendary rock 'n' roller's first tour in nearly two decades.
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Fri 27 July---Free gig in a boutique hotel near Paddington Station.
DJ Femi Fem & singer Heidi Vogel, Friday 27th July.
Upstairs we'll have producer and DJ Femi Fem, who has worked with with names like Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige and Des’ree - he’ll be play a mix of soul and funk. Complemented by singer Heidi and her guitarist. Her voice offers both range and texture, she’s played everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel in the US to the Royal Albert Hall here in London. She’s also performed at the Blue Note Jazz Festival and Coachella.
Arrivals: from 6pm
Starts: 630pm
RSVP: rsvp@thepilgrm.com to confirm your attendance ASAP, as spaces are extremely limited.
Address: The Pilgrm, 25 London Street, London, W2 1HH
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Lara Smiles releases her new single 'All For You' through the Wall of Sound on July 27.
The track showcases Lara's love of mixing and matching genres, meshing an irresistible punk-funk dancefloor sensibility with an electronic rock grit and undeniable talent for crafting an infectious pop hook.
Lara Smiles releases her highly anticipated debut album, out 7th September on WonkyPop Records. Produced by Smiles herself and mixed by Jamie Grashion and legendary producers Michael Rendall and Martin Glover aka Youth (Primal Scream, The Orb, Pink Floyd)
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Sat 28 July---Monkish live at The Gunners, London N5.
Sun 29 July---Showaddywaddy play The Theatre Royal, Windsor.
I saw them three times in the 1970s when they had many hit singles in the UK.
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Mon 30 July to Fri 03 Aug---Glen Matlock plays Boisdale, Canary Wharf, East London.
Sex Pistols legend plays five intimate full band shows, which will include Earl Slick on guitar.
He will play Sex Pistols and Rich Kids classics alongside solo material and his fave cover versions.
Matlock will be promoting his new album 'Good to Go' which features his mates' Earl Slick from
David Bowie's band and Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats.
Glen & Earl will be joined by Chris Musto {The Philistines, Johnny Thunders} on drums
and Jim Lowe, who produces the Stereophonics, is going to play bass.
The new album is out on 24 Aug 2018.
Tickets are £25 general admission or extra to include a three course dinner before the show.
www.boisdale.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Visit the Sex Pistols website link on the right for a full track by track album interview with Glen.
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Mon 02 April onwards---Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to
London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!
I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock ,Dream Girls, Young Frankenstein and others.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
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TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opens at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until Feb 2019.
The hotly anticipated musical based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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A documentary about John Lydon, the frontman of Public Image Ltd. and former Sex Pistols frontman, will be getting a wide release in the summer. The Public Image Is Rotten tells how the singer picked himself up after the dissolution of the Pistols and formed the post-punk band he refers to now as PiL. First-time director Tabbert Fiiller helmed the film featuring commentary by Flea, Ad-Rock, Ginger Baker and Thurston Moore, among others, alongside interviews with Lydon and archival footage.
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Diesel Park West frontman and chief songwriter John Butler announces a special re-mastered vinyl reissue of his critically acclaimed 1997 solo album ‘The Loyal Serpent’on 3rd August via up and coming American label Palo Santo Records.
The legendary Leicester band has released eight albums to date starting with ‘Shakespeare Alabama’ in 1989 and a ninth one currently in the works.
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Rebellion Festival in Blackpool.
Rebellion is the UKs biggest punk related festival with around 5000 attending each day...all indoors.
Thurs 02 Aug---Buzzcocks + The Boys unplugged + Morgellons plus many more.
Fri 03 Aug---The Exploited + The Macc Lads + The Boys + The Members plus many more.
Sat 04 Aug---Stiff Little Fingers + Peter Hook & The Light + Cockney Rejects plus many more.
Sun 05 Aug---Public Image Limited + Slaughter & The Dogs + The Professionals plus many more.
Sunday afternoon will also have a Q & A session with John Lydon.
I have seen Public Image Limited around 15 times including their debut show at
The Rainbow , North London on Christmas Day in 1978.
A massive PIL box set is to be released to coincide with their UK tour on 20 July.
5-CD/2-DVD box set will feature The PiL Singles Collection (1978-2015), B-sides, Rarities and Radio Sessions, 12" Mixes & Dance Tracks, and Unreleased Mixes and Tracks.
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Tues 07 Aug---Steven Tyler plays The Forum.
Legendary singer of rockers Aerosmith plays a one off UK show at the end of his European Tour.
This will be his first ever solo show in the UK.
The setlist will focus on tracks from his country tinged solo album and a few Aerosmith classics.
Thurs 09 Aug---Puppy play The Borderline Club, London W1.
Puppy signed a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records in 2017.
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Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire---- 20,000 capacity each day.
Thurs 09 Aug - Brian Wilson plus many others.
Fri 10 Aug - Levellers plus many others.
Sat 11 Aug - Al Stewart plus many others.
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Fri 10 Aug and Sat 11 Aug---Iron Maiden play The 02 Arena.
Iron Maiden play the final dates on their European Tour.
Sat 11 Aug---Slaughter & The Dogs play The 100 Club.
Fri 24 Aug ,Sat 25 Aug , Sun 26 Aug---Britney Spears plays The 02 Arena.
Sat 25 Aug---Kaiser Chiefs play Windsor Racecourse.
Sun 26 Aug---Brian Wilson plays Windsor Racecourse.
Sun 26 Aug and Mon 27 Aug---Notting Hill Carnival.
Sun 02 Sept---Bootleg Boss plays The Theatre Royal , Windsor...top notch Springsteen tribute...
Thurs 06 Sept + Fri 07 Sept + Sat 08 Sept---Barry Manilow plays The 02 Arena.
Thurs 06 Sept---Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges plays the first of six shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 09 Sept---Kylie Minogue headlines BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park.
The other acts featuring in the line-up include Lenny Kravitz, Manic Street Preachers, Carrie Underwood,
All Saints, Rita Ora, The Band of Love.
Sun 9, 10, 12, 13 Sept---Arctic Monkeys play The 02 Arena.
Tues 11 Sept and Wed 12 Sept---Janelle Monáe plays The Roundhouse.
Thurs 20 Sept---Jimmy Osmond plays The Beck Theatre, Hayes...singing Osmonds hits and 70s covers...
Wed 26 Sept , Thurs 27 Sept , Fri 28 Sept---Kylie Minogue plays The 02 Arena.
Fri 28 Sept---ROD STEWART brand new album ‘Blood Red Roses’ is out today.
Thurs 11 Oct and Fri 12 Oct---Paul Weller with orchestra plays The Royal Festival Hall.
Fri 12 Oct and Sat 13 Oct---Suede play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sun 14 Oct and Mon 15 Oct---Cliff Richard plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Cliff is playing a UK tour to celebrate his 60 years in the music biz.
The show on 14th Oct will be celebrating his 78th birthday.
Sir Cliff has sold over 250 million records ( albums/singles ) in his career.
He is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
This tour is his first since winning his privacy case against the BBC.
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Wed 17 Oct, Thurs 18 Oct, Sat 20 Oct , Sun 21 Oct---Jeff Lynne's ELO play The 02 Arena.
Jeff & ELO back for another massive UK tour.
U2 return in Sept/Oct/Nov for a European Arena Tour.
Fri 19 Oct and Sat 20 Oct---Manchester Arena
Tues 23 Oct and Wed 24 Oct---02 Arena, London
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Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds is playing a UK tour in October to promote his new album
which is released on Mercury KX / Universal.
‘re:member’ comes out on 24th August, and the Icelander is set to take the record on a world tour, which runs for the rest of the year, finishing in his hometown of Reykjavik just before Christmas.
In May 2018 he sold out The Royal Albert Hall and returns for a full UK tour that includes
two nights at The London Palladium on 30/31 Oct 2018.
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Friday 20 July 2018.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols / The Professionals drummer PAUL COOK who is 62 today.



Thursday 19 July 2018....I went to three events tonight...
4.45pm to 6.15pm
CARLUCCIO'S - Christmas Press Preview and Party - St Christopher's Place, London W1.
Carluccio's is an Italian restaurant chain and food shop founded in London in 1999.
It has many restaurants across the UK.
Their food shop sells gift set boxes , with most retailing from £10 to £20.
Including various Panettone, various chocolates, advent calendars, cakes, biscuits etc.
Some very nice complimentary drinks and food here including Aperol Spritz, Negronis, Peroni beers
and lots of their very tasty Italian food.
All guests got a goodie bag with a 200g box of Clemente Chocolates that retails for £12.95.
www.carluccios.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.30pm to 8pm
RIZE FESTIVAL - launch party - Pretty Green, 56/57 Carnaby Street, London W1.
Rize Festival is held in August at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and replaces The V Festival.
A good choice of venue as we are in Liam Gallaghers clothing store and Liam is playing the festival.
At 6.45pm TOM GRENNAN played a four song 20 mins set with his band.
His album 'Lighting Matches' went in the UK charts at number five last week.
I saw him play a 30 mins set at the V & A summer party at the end of June.
The festival has multi stages and a big crowd of around 50,000 a day.
I went to it a few times in the 1990s but the overall line-up does not appeal to me anymore.
Fri 17 August---Liam Gallagher plus support acts
Sat 18 August---Stereophonics plus support acts.
Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.
www.rizefestival.co.ukVisit their website for full line-up info and to buy tickets.
then
8.30pm to 10pm
ZUAYA - launch party - 35 Kensington High Street, London W8.
Despite the prestigious address it's actually 50 yards down a small side street.
Against a backdrop of lush greenery, hanging plants, bespoke pendant lighting and botanical artwork, this two-floor destination restaurant and bar transports guests to the Amazon. Latin American food is on the menu at Zuaya, the Kensington High Street restaurant owned by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi where head chef Francisco Lafee (who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in South America and London including Barrafina) presents colourful sharing plates of ceviche, robata octopus and vegetarian and vegan dishes. The green marble topped bar is the place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and live jazz and DJs play on the weekends, creating a lively atmosphere late into the evening. Valet parking is offered and in the summer diners can flock to the outdoor terrace and enjoy homemade ice cream which comes in interesting flavours like pumpkin, avocado, and tomate de India.
Over 100 guests here over the two floors and the terrace.
A female dj is spinning tunes in the background.
An electric cello player played a fun tunes.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, different spirits and mixers, wines, beers and tasty canapés.
A cool venue and a nice party.




Wednesday 18 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
OPPO - Pud & Prosecco Party - Farm Girl Cafe, First Floor, 1 Carnaby Street, London W1.
Around 100 guests here at this trendy healthy eating cafe.
Love Island tv show departee , Kieran Nicholls was here.
Oppo are launching two new cheesecakes - Madagascan Vanilla and Sicilian Vanilla.
159 calories per pot and very tasty.
Their ice-cream and cheesecake is available at many stores including Waitrose and Sainsburys.
Complimentary prosecco, beers , cheesecakes and healthy bites for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with bits n pieces including vouchers for their cheesecakes and ice-creams.
www.oppobrothers.comVisit the OPPO website here for more info.
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7.45pm to 10.15pm
HUAWEI Phone Destruction Booth - launch party - 19 Greek Street, London W1.
This was one of those pretty crazy events.
Whether it’s poor battery life or sub-standard selfies, the nation’s smartphone gripes have been well-documented. To give people a chance to vent years of built-up frustration, Huawei is launching an ‘A Phone’ Destruction Booth in Soho, London, where consumers will get the chance to literally let it all out by smashing up smartphones.
This unique experience was created after research revealed that 63% of 2,000 British smartphone users are in a love/hate relationship with their phones, with poor battery life cited as causing more stress than arguing with a partner.
On entering the destruction booth, ‘smashers’ can pick which smartphone they’d like to destroy, and choose one of ten different weapons – including mallets, axes, baseball bats and frying pans – with which to vent their frustrations. Huawei staff will be on hand to capture each moment in every grizzly glory, ensuring that attendees leave with a stunning slow mo video of their experience – all captured on the HUAWEI P20 Pro.
Anyone who wants to smash all their troubles away in the A Phone Destruction Booth can head to www.aphoneparty.com to book their free 10 minute slot. Full protective gear will be provided, and all phones will be recycled – so at least their existence won’t have been completely futile...
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Around 120 guests are here at this Soho townhouse space.
Strictly star Mollie King was behind the decks at 19 Greek Street to help launch Huawei's latest phone range. Ashley James and Professor Green were among VIPs invite to smash up their old phones by the technology brand, joining the likes of Love Island's Samira Mighty, Frankie Foster, Ellie Jones and Georgia Harrison at the Soho launch.
On one floor there is a coconut ( replaced by old phones ) shy and a dj is on the top floor.
It was a bit crazy as there was proper phone destruction room with a see through glass.
The VIP guests signed a waiver, then put on overalls and goggles then went into the room.
A staff member would tell them to smash away for 30 or 40 seconds but if the phone falls off the table
do not go near it as he will come in and put in back on the table.
For one phone destruction some fumes came out and caused the fire alarm to go off and that
room had to be evacuated for around 15 minutes.
HUAWEI are showcasing their nice P20 phone with Leica camera...it retails for around £500.
Around 20 or 30 VIPs smashed up their old phones and got a brand new P20.
A friend i know got one so he was very happy...but sadly no new phone for me.
Other VIPs who had a nice iPhone or Samsung did no think it was worth the trade in.
Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.
Like i said , a pretty unique and crazy but fun party.




Tuesday 17 July 2018...6.30pm to 9.30pm...
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN - book launch party - Omnibus Press, 14 Berners Street, London W1.
New York Dolls guitar legend brings out his autobiography 'There's No Bones in Ice Cream'.
Around 60 or 70 guests here in his publishers headquarters including...
Glen Matlock.....(Sex Pistols legend with a new solo album out soon)
Chris Musto.....(has played drums with Johnny Thunders , Glen Matlock and others)
Jordan.....(well known 1970s punk face who worked at Vivienne Westwoods Kings Road store)
Mick O' Shea..... (has brought out books on The Sex Pistols and others and is working on Echobelly book )
Barry Cain..... (has brought out books including punk eyewitness account '77 Sulphate Strip'.)
Barry will interview John Lydon at The Rebellion Festival, Blackpool in early August.
At 7.25pm SYLVAIN SYLVAIN played a three song 20 mins acoustic set along with a story about each track.
There is no stage so it is like he is playing in your front room.
On backing vocals is Alison Gordy who sung with Johnny Thunders just before he passed away.
1.Teenage News
2.Looking for a Kiss
3.Pills
Great to see so many of my older punk rock chums here.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
I got a complimentary copy of the book that Sylvain signed for me.
A lovely evening.
I was too young to see The New York Dolls in the early 1970s but saw Sylvain Sylvain solo in 1986
and saw The New York Dolls many times when they reformed.
Sylvain Sylvain now goes on a UK club tour for the next two weeks to promote the book.





Monday 16 July 2018.
Meryl Streep and Cher will be joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia and Lily James for the world premiere of the Mamma Mia sequel.
The 2008 film version of the hit musical featuring Abba songs was a box office triumph and 10 years later the follow-up Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will premiere at London’s Hammersmith Apollo tonight.
Mamma Mia! the film is the biggest-selling DVD in the UK ever, according to the Official Charts Company.
Abba split up in the early 1980s so not many can say they saw them live but i saw them play in Feb 1977 at
The Royal Albert Hall....the gigs i went to in the week before that gig were Bryan Ferry and Frank Zappa
and in the week following that gig i went to see Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Damned...pretty eclectic..





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