News and Reviews: August 18, 2017

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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
An American In Paris,School of Rock ,Motown The Musical ,42nd Street and others.
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Girl From The North Country has opened at The Old Vic to very good reviews.
It is set in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, in 1934, and uses 20 of the singer/songwriter's works
to reinforce the mood of Depression era America.
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The film 'Dunkirk' is in the cinemas..it has got loads of great reviews.
The musical score for the film comes from Hans Zimmer.
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Fri 18 Aug---The Satellites play The Birds Nest, Deptford..FREE ADMISSION...
Also playing are The Phobics and The Morgellons.
Acton punk legends Satellites are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and are playing
their first shows for over 30 years.
They released four singles and an album in the late 70s / early 80s.
I saw them three times back in the day---in 1978,1980 and 1982.
Fri 18 Aug and Sat 19 Aug---Johnny Clegg plays Hammersmith Apollo.
Johnny Clegg is an important figure in South African popular music history, with songs that mix Zulu with
English lyrics and African with various Western music styles.
I saw him play at this venue in 1990.
Sat 19 Aug---Muse play Shepherds Bush Empire...sold out pronto...
Muse play an intimate warm up show before headlining Leeds/Reading Festivals.
Fans are picking the setlist for this gig.
Muse share the same manager as Metallica - Peter Mensch.
I have seen Muse around a dozen times with the first being when they were a support band to Bush
at this very same venue.
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Henley Rewind South 80s Festival.
Stunning location by The River Thames near to where George Harrison lived.
A dozen acts will be playing each day.
Sat 19 Aug---Level 42 + Big Country + Nick Heyward + Tom Robinson plus others.
Sun 20 Aug---Midge Ure + Status Quo + Belinda Carlisle + Glen Matlock plus others.
Acts will play shorter hits based sets---some just three songs and headliners 60 mins max.
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Mon 21 Aug---Paradisia play The Groucho Club, Soho.
Mon 21 Aug---Oasis released their third album 'Be Here Now' 20 years ago today.
Wed 23 Aug---ex Jam drummer Rick Buckler is doing a Q & A at
The Pelton Arms, Greenwich,London SE10....tickets are £5
Wed 23 Aug---Korn play Brixton Academy.
A special warm up show for their Reading and Leeds Festivals appearances.
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Sat 26 Aug---Mega fight in Las Vegas that will be shown in the UK on SKY sometime after 11pm.
The undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and two-weight UFC world champion Conor McGregor will meet in a boxing match on August 26 in Las Vegas. The fight is expected to become the highest grossing event in the history of either sport.
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Reading Festival weekend
Fri 25 Aug---Kasabian + Bastille + Two Door Cinema Club plus others.
Sat 26 Aug---Eminem + Major Lazer + Korn plus others.
Sun 27 Aug---Muse + Liam Gallagher + Blossoms + Sherlocks plus others.
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Mon 28 Aug---Madness headline their annual House of Common Festival at Clapham Common,London SW4.
Slaves have been confirmed as the special guests.
Also appearing on the House of Common line up is a full programme curated by David Rodigan which includes General Levy, Dawn Penn, Nadia Rose, Mungos Hi-Fi and Toddla T, while the likes of De La Soul, Soul II Soul, The Ska-talites and more all feature.
Tickets can be bought via the Ticketmaster link on the right of this page.
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Sun 27 Aug and Mon 28 Aug is The Notting Hill Carnival.
Organisers of London’s world-famous Notting Hill Carnival have shut down calls to move the
event elsewhere in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The team which runs the popular August street party pledged this year’s carnival “will show respect”
for victims and offer solidarity to the devastated community.
The Grenfell Tower is in the heart of the Carnival area.
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Fri 01 Sept, Sat 02 Sept, Sun 03 Sept.
The Concours of Elegance returns to the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 60 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.
This was the excellent event i went to in 2016 where Olivia Harrison turned up as
George Harrison's 1966 Radford Mini de Ville GT Mini in Psychedelic colours was on display.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Fri 01 Sept---HUE AND CRY brand new studio album, 'Pocketful of Stones'...out today...
The twelve-track album will showcase the duo's first new material for five years.
Scroll down for my review from the album launch party gig on 03 August 2017.
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Sat 02 Sept---Game4Grenfell benefit football game is held at QPR...tickets £15...
A nice mix of footballers and celebrities will be putting on their boots for this game.
Ex-professionals: Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, David Seaman, Trevor Sinclair, Andy Sinton, Jody Morris, Ally McCoist, Paul Merson, Marc Bircham, Andy Impey, Danny Gabbidon, Mark Schwarzer, Des Walker, Chris Sutton, Stan Collymore.
Current professionals: Peter Crouch (he was a QPR player for 42 games in 2000/2001 ), Clint Hill.
Celebrities: Marcus Mumford, Olly Murs, Wretch 32, Ben Shephard, Damian Lewis, DJ Spoony, Tinie Tempah, Jarvis Cocker, Darren Campbell, Jamie Dornan, Richard Ashcroft, Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian), Tamer Hassan, Ben Cohen, James Bay, Paul Bullion, Callum Turner, Steve Mackey, Soccer AM duo Tubes and Smithy, Ralf Little, Danny Jones, Lee Mack, David Morrissey, Iain Glen, Stephen Graham, Ed Westwick, Woody (Bastille).
Monies raised from ticket sales, priced £15 adults and £5 concessions, and other fundraising initiatives around the event will be passed directly to the London Community Foundation for allocation to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, distributing funds to survivors and the wider community affected by the fire.
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Sat 02 Sept---Usain Bolt signs for Manchester United.
Usain Bolt has signed up to play with Manchester United for charity despite being injured. The sprinter, who's a lifelong fan of the club, will make his first appearance alongside former Man Utd players Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Old Trafford on September 2 against Barcelona. A source close to Bolt said 'This has been his dream for many years. He's desperate to do it'.
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Sun 03 Sept----Cregan & Co play the songs of Rod Stewart at The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Starring Jim Cregan - one of the most influential guitarists in Rod Stewart’s original band The Faces.
Jim co-wrote, co-produced, and musically directed for Rod for almost two decades!
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Mon 04 Sept and Tues 05 Sept---Courtney Marie Andrews plays Bush Hall,Shepherds Bush.
Sat 09 Sept---Psychedelic Furs play The Forum.
The Psychedelic Furs forthcoming tour will see the British art-rockers focusing on the 22 singles
they’ve released during their 40-year career.
I have seen them around a dozen times since 1979 when they were a support band to The Only Ones.
Sat 09 Sept---Manchester Arena to re-open with a big charity show.
Noel Gallagher‘s High Flying Birds will headline the event, with the bill also boasting The Courteeners, Blossoms, Rick Astley, poet Tony Walsh (aka Longfella) and a DJ set from Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets. More acts are to be announced.
KISS were one of the bands forced to cancel their gig at the venue after the terrorist attack.
Sun 10 Sept--- Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park.
Will feature performances from Take That, Blondie, James Blunt, Emeli Sandé, Rick Astley, Seth Lakeman & Wildwood Kin, Stereophonics, and special guest Shania Twain. The superstar line-up will perform live for the 45,000 strong crowd as well as listeners to Radio 2 and for viewers at BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and bbc.co.uk/radio2.
Thurs 14 Sept---ELP & Asia drummer Carl Palmer to get the top honour at The Prog Awards.
Palmer, along with 300 other musicians, industry figureheads and VIPs, will attend the Progressive Music Awards in association with Orange Amplification at London’s Underglobe on September 14.
Fri 15 Sept---T.Rextasy - Marc Bolan 40th Anniversary Celebration at Shepherds Bush Empire - sold out.
They are expecting a few special guests on the night.
I have seen T.Rextasy over 20 times as they are a top notch tribute band.
This included their 20th anniverasy gig for Marc Bolan in 1997 when they were joined by Micky Finn.
I saw T.Rex last ever London show at The Rainbow in 1977 where The Damned were the support band.
Marc Bolan sadly died 40 years ago this month in Sept 1977.
Drummer Bill Legend is the only surviving member of the 1970–1973 T. Rex line-up.
Bolan (in 1977) and Currie (in 1981) both died in car crashes, and Finn succumbed to illness in 2003.
Sun 17 Sept---Texas play The Royal Albert Hall.
Mon 18 Sept---Neil Sedaka plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Tues 19 Sept---Foo Fighters play The 02 Arena...one off UK show that sold out pronto...
I have seen Foo Fighters around 15 times since 1998 which included a tiny secret gig at
The Underworld in Camden in June 2006.
Thurs 21 Sept---Flamin' Groovies play Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.
Fri 22 Sept---Ryan Adams plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 22 Sept---The Sherlocks play Heaven...one of the best new indie guitar bands out there.
They are on a UK tour to support their debut album 'Live For The Moment'.
Check out the great official live video for this single on YouTube for their track 'Chasing Shadows'.
Sept/Oct---Comedian Micky Flanagan plays a UK arena tour including Wembley Arena and 02 Arena.
Sun 24 Sept--- Cheryl , Mike & Jay - formerly of Bucks Fizz play The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Tues 26 Sept---Wilko Johnson Band + John Cooper Clarke play The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 27 Sept and Thurs 28 Sept---Sparks play Shepherds Bush Empire.
I have seen Sparks around 15 times with the first time being in 1974 at Hammersmith Odeon.
'Hippopotamus' is the 25th album by American rock group Sparks, set to be released on September 8, 2017.
Record Collector gave it a five star review and 'Album Of The Month'.
Thurs 28 Sept---Suzanne Vega plays The Cadogan Hall, Chelsea.
Thurs 28 Sept--- Black Sabbath's The End Of The End for one night only in cinemas across the world.
The film chronicles the final tour from the godfathers of heavy metal – Black Sabbath.
After nearly 50 years together, the Birmingham band took their final bow in Feb 2017.
I saw one of their London shows on that final tour.
I have seen Black Sabbath over 30 times since 1974 with various line-ups.
Fri 29 Sept---999 + Morgellons play The Dublin Castle, Camden.
Fri 29 Sept---Chas & Dave play The Beck Theatre,Hayes, Middlesex.
Fri 29 Sept---Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds play The 02 Arena.
Fri 29 Sept--- The Rolling Stones "From The Vault" series - Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015 on DVD.
Sat 30 Sept---Marc Bolan would have been 70 today.
Sat 30 Sept---The Rolling Stones play Amsterdam Arena.
I have seen The Stones play at this venue on a previous tour.
Mon 02 Oct and Tues 03 Oct---Alter Bridge play The Royal Albert Hall.
On 08 Sept Alter Bridge release 'Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities' ,a thirty-track collection album that captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played The 02 Arena in Nov 2016.
For the shows at The Royal Albert Hall they will be backed by The Parallax Orchestra - a fifty-two piece
ensemble conducted by Simon Dobson. Both shows sold out in under seven minutes.
Wed 04 Oct---Tori Amos plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 04 Oct---Ricky Gervais starts his stand up comedy stint at Hammersmith Apollo.
As part of his massive UK tour.
Fri 06 Oct---Liam Gallagher will release his debut solo album ‘As You Were’.
Liam has been in the papers pretty much every day in recent months desperately trying to drum up
publicity so will be very interesting how well it sells.
Sun 08 Oct---Pretenders play Hammersmith Apollo.
Mon 09 Oct and Wed 11 Oct---Lady Gaga plays The 02 Arena.
Tues 10 Oct---Mike & The Mechanics play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 13 Oct---Marillion play The Royal Albert Hall.
Thurs 19 Oct---Bananarama and other 80s acts play Wembley Arena.
Fri 20 Oct---Suzi Quatro + David Essex + The Osmonds play Wembley Arena.
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Thurs 19 Oct , Sun 22 Oct , Wed 25 Oct --- The Rolling Stones play three shows at U Arena, Paris.
This new stadium will have 40,000 capacity per show.
These shows are at the end of their European Tour.....No UK shows this year.
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Metallica play five UK shows as part of their European Tour....
Sun Oct 22, - The O2 Arena, London
Tues Oct 24, - The O2 Arena, London
Thurs Oct 26, - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sat Oct 28, - Manchester Arena, Manchester
Mon Oct 30, - Genting Arena, Birmingham
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Tues 24 Oct,Wed 25 Oct,Thurs 26 Oct ---Tom Robinson plays The 100 Club.
Tom plays his first full UK tour with a band for many years.
Tom's 4-piece band will be performing the entire Power In The Darkness album live on tour to mark
the 40th Anniversary of his debut single 2-4-6-8 Motorway.
I have seen him live around 20 times including several times in his heyday period of success
in 1977/1978 when he had a few hit singles.
Thurs 26 Oct---Starsailor play Koko,Camden.
Their anthemic new single 'Listen To Your Heart' is available now and bodes well for their upcoming new album 'All This Life' due September 1st via Cooking Vinyl. This will be the first album of new material from the band in nearly a decade (2009 to be exact). To support the album the band will be touring the UK in October.
Sat 28 Oct---The Professionals feat Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook play The Garage.
A special show to launch their first album for over 35 years.
Titled 'What In The World'...it is released the day before on Friday 27 Oct 2017.
Also today is the 40th anniversary of my fave album of all time which is the classic that is
Sex Pistols 'Never Mind The Bollocks'.
Sat 28 Oct---Weezer + Ash + Orwells play Wembley Arena.
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Alice Cooper plays a UK arena tour in November with support from The Mission and The Tubes.
11th November: Leeds - First Direct Arena
12th November: Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
14th November: Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
15th November: Manchester - Manchester Arena
16th November: London – The SSE Arena, Wembley
I have seen Alice Cooper over 20 times with the first being at this very same venue back in 1975.





Thursday 17 August 2017...6.15pm to 8.15pm...
ORIS - launch party - WATCHES OF SWITZERLAND ,155 Regent Street,London W1.
Around 100 guests at the very smart Watches of Switzerland flagship store.
Oris continues its proud watchmaking tradition by officially unveiling Artelier Calibre 113, the fourth in the company’s series of highly innovative, high-functioning watches powered by in-house developed movements. Calibre 113 shares the same base architecture as Oris Calibres 110, 111 and 112, but features a novel business calendar, showing the day, date, week and month of the year.
This store sells all the top level Swiss watch brands including Oris, Brietling, Hublot ,Rolex,Tag Heuer,
Longines, Zenith, Raymond Weil and others.
They all look great but only a couple are under £1000 to buy and most are £1000 to £10,000.
The co-owner of the brand who gave a nice history of Oris from their origins that started in 1904.

Complimentary prosecco,Gin Cocktails,Negroni's and canapés for all guests.
Check back soon for full review.




Thursday 17 August 2017.
Daniel Craig's 'sky-high' Bond fee.
Actor Daniel Craig will reportedly be paid £75m to £100m - the highest actor's fee ever paid for a single film - when he returns to the Bond franchise. Craig, 49, who once claimed he'd rather 'slash his wrists' than play 007 again, has revealed he will be back for his fifth and final stint, making him the longest serving Bond after 13 years in the role.





Wednesday 16 August 2017.
During the interview on The Steve Wright BBC Radio 2 show today Ronnie Wood said that
The Stones are starting rehearsals next week for their European Tour.
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Happy Birthday to Madonna who is 59 today.





Wednesday 16 August 2017.
BBC Radio 2 between 2pm and 5pm - Ronnie Wood is the guest at some point in the show.
BBC1 7pm tonight - Ronnie Wood is the main guest on The One Show.
Ronnie will be promoting his new book "Ronnie Wood: Artist" - out on Aug 21.
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Elvis Presley died 40 years ago today on 16 Aug 1977.
Elvis Presley was dubbed The King of Rock 'n' Roll until his untimely death aged just 42.
He sold over 600 million records.
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41 years ago today on 16 Aug 1976 i saw AC/DC live at The Marquee Club.
This was the NINTH of TEN times i saw them in 1976 alone.
This was of course with Bon Scott on vocals.
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40 years ago today on 16 Aug 1977 i saw Ted Nugent at Hammersmith Odeon.
This was the fourth time i had seen him in over the period 1976/1977.
The success of his first three solo albums made him a regular visitor to the UK.





Monday 14 August 2017.
Jim Steinman's BAT OUT OF HELL - The Musical live at The London Coliseum,London WC2.
I attended the massive launch party for this event in Nov 2016 where they closed off the street
outside the venue as Meat Loaf said a few words and the cast performed three songs in front of 1000
people including 60 Harley Davidson riders and their bikes at the front.
I attended the opening night party for this event in June 2017 but this is my first time seeing the show.
Meat Loaf did not come over for the opening press / vip night.
The Coliseum is a very large venue that seats over 2000 over four levels.
It is a stunning theatre that was built back in 1904.
It was designed for Sir Oswald Stoll by Frank Matcham, the leading theatre architect of his day.
I have only been here a couple of times before as it is mainly used for Opera.
Along with Selfridges they were the first two places in England you could buy Coca-Cola.
The show has had loads of great five star and four star reviews.
The show is on for 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 75 mins.
The show features Jim Steinman's best songs featuring mainly Meat Loaf classics.
The classic album 'Bat Out Of Hell' is 40 years old this year.
I have seen Meat Loaf over 15 times including his first London show in 1978 at Hammersmith Odeon.
This is a truly staggering piece of musical theatre, which breaks new boundaries in its staging, choreography and concept.
The Meat Loaf classics are perfect for a musical - big power ballad songs with great lyrics full of drama.
An excellent show.
ACT ONE
Love and Death and an American Guitar
All Revved Up with No Place to Go / The Opening of the Box / Everything Louder Than Everything Else /
If It Ain't Broke, Break It
Who Needs the Young?
Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back (excerpt)
Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (intro)
It Just Won't Quit
Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (full song)
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
The Invocation
Making Love Out of Nothing at All
Bat Out of Hell
ACT TWO
In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King
Heaven Can Wait
Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
Teenager in Love
For Crying Out Loud
You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
Not Allowed to Love
What Part of My Body Hurts the Most
Dead Ringer for Love
Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through
It's All Coming Back to Me Now
I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)
Finale (Bat Out of Hell reprise)
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The musical has been extended two weeks and will now run until 22nd August 2017.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.







Sunday 13 August 2017...3pm to 8pm...
Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Festival 2017 live at Portobello Green,Ladbroke Grove,London W10.
A lovely sunny day out in West London.
First stop was the Latimer Road area up close looking at the GRENFELL TOWER which was very sad.
It's one thing looking at it burning on the tv but up close it is hard to take in.
The churches and walls near the tower are still covered in messages,photos,candles and flowers.
Then a short walk to the festival area that featured JANET KAY and various other acts.
Pre carnival vibes here on a smaller scale as black,white,brown ,yellow and others party together.
Two small stages under the flyover and the main outdoor stage in Portobello Green.
There are reggae bands,djs,sound systems,solo acts, steel bands etc.
Great to see the older guys playing some calypso on the smaller stages.
Then over to the main stage for the headline acts.
We had a few songs by JC001 who is an Anglo Indian London born rapper/poet/beatbox and vocalist.
Also several songs played by the legendary reggae Sir Coxsone Sound System.
Lots of mentions to Grenfell Tower throughout the day.
At 7pm JANET KAY played a 40 mins set.
Janet Kay now aged 59 is a British vocalist best known for her 1979 lovers rock hit "Silly Games"
which went to number two in the UK charts....it was her final song tonight...
Before that Janet played her own material and some old school cover versions which included
a reggae cover of Minnie Riperton's song "Lovin' You".
An enjoyable event.





Sunday 13 August 2017.
Fact of the day.
Have you heard of the band with the odd name of PHISH?
Phish are one of those American bands who are massive at home but pretty much nobody in the UK
is that interested in them.
I doubt if they are that bothered after i read about their staggering run of gigs at MSG.
Phish have just played a 13-night run at New York City's Madison Square Garden from July 21 to August 6, 2017.
Named "The Baker's Dozen", these shows brought the band's total performances at the Garden to 52
since they first played there in December 1994.
At each show fans were given a different flavour donut as they arrived.
Phish's sixteenth studio album, Big Boat, was released on October 7, 2016 on JEMP Records.





Saturday 12 August 2017.
Fact of the day.
From December 1964 to early March 1965, Glen Campbell was a touring member of the Beach Boys,
filling in for Brian Wilson,playing bass guitar and singing falsetto harmonies.





Thursday 10 August 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
PICHIAVO - IN GODS WE TRUST - private view - Unit London,147 Wardour Street,London W1.
Around 200 guests in this large space that is used for various events.
Quite a few people here i know as it is August and things are a bit quite so we all end up at the same event.
This summer Unit London presents the first major London exhibition by PichiAvo, the Spanish duo who have become one of the most talked about talents in the global urban art community. This exhibition follows a recent commission for New York’s iconic Houston Bowery Graffiti Wall, where they were the latest in a line of celebrated artists - from Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf to Shepard Fairey and RETNA - to paint the famous wall. With In Gods We Trust they remix classical references with contemporary urban imagery, with each painting dedicated to one of the Greek Gods. Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Ares, Hermes, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo and Artemis are the protagonists of this landmark exhibition which is intended by the artists to be a reflection on timeless values of courage, beauty, freedom and perfection.
It is on until 24 Sept 2017.
Complimentary Remy Martin Cognac cocktails for all guests.
www.theunitldn.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 9.30pm
MELISSA X MUSHPIT - private view- Melissa , 43 King Street,Covent Garden,London WC2.
A joint party hosted by Melissa (Brazilian shoe brand) and Mushpit (fashion magazine).
Melissa produced more than 32 million pairs and today is sold in more than 70 countries.
Melissa are showing their impressive new shoe range for Autumn / Winter 2017.
This store has a futuristic feel with a LED structure that changes according to each exhibition hosted.
A young trendy fashion crowd here and there is a dj playing dance tunes in the corner.
Complimentary red & white wines for all guests.
then
9.45pm to 11pm
SMITH & WOLLENSKY, 1-11 John Adam Street, off The Strand, London WC2.
The two earlier events tonight did not have any food so it was an ideal time to use one of my £25 gift cards
that I got in goodie bags a month ago as I was starving.
Like a couple of weeks ago I got a lovely two course dinner for just under the £25 mark.
Again the service from the impeccably dressed staff was great and this restaurant and bar is top notch.






Thursday 10 August 2017.
Several years ago he was the dj at a couple of store launch parties I attended and now he makes millions.
CALVIN HARRIS tops Forbes list for fifth year.
For the fifth consecutive year, Calvin Harris has topped Forbes' annual list of the world's highest paid DJs, beating Tiësto and The Chainsmokers. The Scottish star made £37.4m between June 2016 and July 2017, thanks to his Las Vegas residencies and festival performances, and released studio album Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1 earlier this summer, as well as producing tracks for stars including Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.






Wednesday 09 August 2017.
One of the most infamous tv interviews ever.
Type this line below into Google search for the four minutes plus of magic that's on YouTube.
Sex Pistols - Bill Grundy Interview 1.12.76
Can you spot me dancing down the front in a brown bomber jacket?
This footage was taken at The Notre Dame Hall a couple of weeks before the interview.






Wednesday 09 August 2017.
Sad news that Country star GLEN CAMPBELL has died, aged 81.
A representative for his record label, Universal, confirmed that the musician had passed away.
In a statement, Campbell’s family said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.”
In a career that spanned six decades, his best known tracks were 'Rhinestone Cowboy’, ‘
'Wichita Lineman’ and ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’....he sold many millions of records...
I saw him live a couple of times at The Royal Festival Hall in the past decade.
For one of the shows in 2008 he was promoting his covers album 'Meet Glen Campbell'.
That gig and album included a mega version of The Foo Fighters classic 'Times Like These'
which is worth a watch on YouTube.






Tuesday 08 August 2017.
Happy Birthday to acting legend Dustin Hoffman who is 80 today.





Monday 07 August 2017.
In May 2017 RONNIE WOOD was treated for cancer after a routine check-up all
The Rolling Stones had for insurance purposes for their upcoming European Tour.
Ronnie Wood: 'I opted for keyhole surgery and refused chemotherapy to save my hair'.
Ronnie Wood, 70, had part of his lung removed after being diagnosed with cancer, but admitted he feared it was 'time to say goodbye'. The Rolling Stones guitarist also confessed he was worried about the side-effects of chemotherapy and wouldn't have had it if the cancer had spread, explaining 'I wasn't going to lose my hair. This hair wasn't going anywhere. I said "No way"'.
Ronnie is promoting his new book – Ronnie Wood: Artist – containing hundreds of stunning images of paintings, sculptures, sketches and woodcuts he has made over the past 50 years.






Monday 07 August 2017.
Happy Birthday to Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickenson who is 59 Today.





Sunday 06 August 2017.
Happy Birthday to Dame Barbara Windsor who is 80 today.
Barbara is an English actress, known for her appearances in the classic Carry On films and for
playing Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.





Saturday 05 August 2017.
Rock supergroup Black Country Communion to play Hammersmith Apollo in Jan 2018.
Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and Joe Bonamassa will unleash their aptly titled fourth studio album ‘BCC IV’ on Friday 22nd September 2017 and in early 2018 will play two very special headline shows – the only dates they will be playing in the UK and Europe.
The band will play...
Tues 02 Jan Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Thurs 04 Jan Hammersmith Apollo
The follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed ‘Afterglow’, just like the band’s first three records, ‘BCC IV’ was produced by “unofficial fifth member” Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith) and recorded at Cave Studios in Los Angeles in December 2016. Additional mixing was done at Cave Studios in Sydney in March 2017.




Thursday 03 August 2017...6pm to 8.45pm...
HUE & CRY 'POCKETFUL OF STONES' - album launch party -
PRS For Music,2 Pancras Square,Kings Cross,London N1.
We are on the 8th Floor of the brand new headquarters of PRS For Music which is in the heart of the
incredible re-generation of the area around Kings Cross/St Prancras stations.
Hue and Cry are a pop duo formed in 1983 in Coatbridge, Scotland, by brothers Pat Kane (vocals) and Greg Kane (music/production).
The duo's biggest hit was the 1987 single "Labour of Love" which is a pop funk classic.
I have seen them several times in the past including in 1987 when they supported Madonna at
Wembley Stadium and their own headline shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 and 1990.
Hue & Cry will release a brand new studio album, 'Pocketful Of Stones', on September 1st.
The twelve-track album will showcase the duo's first new material for five years.
At 7.15pm Hue & Cry with full band including sax and trombone play a six song 25 mins set.
They started their set with an older hit 'Looking For Linda' then it was four good tracks from the new album
that still features a lot of sax and trombone on them and for one song singer Pat was joined on stage by
his daughter to help him sing 'Let Her Go' which was about his daughter getting her first student flat.
They finished their short set with their biggest hit 'Labour Of Love'.
Very enjoyable.
Full Hue & Cry setlist played tonight...
Looking For Linda
Deepest Space
It Happened Here
Let Her Go
Pocketful Of Stones
Labour Of Love
Complimentary wines,beers and a full buffet including salmon and cream cheese bagels.
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HUE & CRY 'Pocketful Of Stones' album is released on Friday 01 Sept 2017.
The twelve-track album track-listing is as follows...
IT HAPPENED HERE
THE WAY SHE FLIES
BEAUTIFUL CONSTRUCTION
WHEN WE’RE NOT STRONG
POCKETFUL OF STONES
NOBODY DIED
EASY STREET
DEEPEST SPACE
CONVERSATION
EDGE OF THE WORLD
LET HER GO
SURPRISED BY JOY






Wednesday 02 August 2017... I went to two events in South Kensington tonight...
6pm to 7pm
ENDLESS - BEAUT private view - The Exhibitionist Hotel,8-10 Queensbury Place,London SW7.
My first time at this cool arty boutique hotel.
Endless show "BEAUT" launching this August 2017 the artist will create two murals within the public areas of The Exhibitionist Hotel. The mural on 3rd floor corridor will be a part of our ART CORRIDOR programme where 4 corridors are under constant transformation through art. The second mural of Queen Elizabeth will be created in the main stairwell of the Exhibitionist Hotel.
Endless is a London-based artist. His provocative and radical creations tell a story of our world that is bold and intense. Starting out using the walls of our nation’s capital as his canvas, Endless’s reputation has risen to capture the attention of its residents, foreign visitors and the media alike.
Two different whiskey cocktails for all guests from whiskey brand 808.
www.theexhibitionisthotel.comVisit The Exhibitionist Hotel website here for more info.
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7.05pm to 9pm
ALBERT'S - showcase evening - 91b Old Brompton Road,South Kensington,London SW7.
This venue changed ownership and name a year ago and they have certainly refurbished it to a high standard.
It is now a £500-a-year private members’ club in the basement on the Old Brompton Road is aimed at
well-connected West Londoners who want a civilised evening out but who do not want to travel to Mayfair.
Founding partner Carlo Carello, former manager at South Kensington’s Boujis, said the venture,
called Albert’s, would appeal to all age groups, not just the twentysomethings “who want to get drunk”.
He says the new club would be “more party than Soho House and more relaxed than Annabel’s”.
There will even be a Rolls-Royce that can be booked by members for their journey home.
You slink down the Balmoral- tartan-clad staircase and eat all the food. And then? Well, post-dinner, the lights go down, the music goes up, the tablecloths get whipped away, the ice buckets come out and ta-dah! - the restaurant is now a dancefloor.
Great staff bringing non stop drinks and food to our table...very nice here.
Guests enjoyed complimentary whiskey cocktails,vodka cocktails ,wines and lots of very nice canapés.
www.albertsclub.comVisit Alberts website here for more info







Wednesday 02 August 2017.
EXTREME have confirmed a UK tour following their Saturday headline show at Ramblin' Man Fair.
EXTREME DECEMBER 2017 UK TOUR
Special Guests DAN REED NETWORK
Newcastle O2 Academy Wednesday 13 December
Glasgow O2 Academy Thursday 14 December
Leeds O2 Academy Saturday 16 December
Birmingham O2 Academy Sunday 17 December
Bristol O2 Academy Monday 18 December
London O2 Academy Brixton Wednesday 20 December





Friday 28 July to Sunday 30 July 2017.
3rd RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR is held at Mote Park,Maidstone....I went to the first two...
The Ramblin' Man Fair is THE main festival for CLASSIC ROCK fans in the UK.
There is also Blues and Prog Stages.
For the first time it will be held over three days --- with the Friday added.
Fri 28 July - Saxon + Y n T + Last In Line plus others.
I have seen Saxon over 20 times since 1979.
Sat 29 July - Extreme + Black Star Riders + Dokken + Glenn Hughes plus others
I saw Extreme play five nights at Hammersmith Odeon in 1991 when the success of their second album
'Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale) ' made them one of the biggest successes of that year.
A rare UK show by Dokken who i saw supporting Accept and AC/DC in the late 1980s.
Sun 30 July - ZZ Top + UFO + Quireboys plus others.
Nightmare clash for me as UFO and Quireboys are on at the same time on different stages.
I have seen ZZ Top around a dozen times since 1980.
I have seen UFO around 20 times times since 1976 which was at The Marquee Club.
I have seen Quireboys around a dozen since the late 1980s when they supported
Guns N Roses and Aerosmith.
Quireboys release their brand new album 'White Trash Blues' in September.
www.ramblinmanfair.comCheck their website here for more info.
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The weather was a bit mixed as predicted.
Fri - a bit of drizzle.
Sat - sunny at midday then constant rain from the afternoon(British Lion) onwards.
Sun - a lovely hot and sunny day.
I was well prepared clothes wise but I also had a wristband for the VIP area to the left of stage
which had some seating and was covered so could go in there when it rained...or got too hot...
You could see the main stage from there so very handy.
Also nice toilets without any queues are always a plus in my book.
Also a couple of acts performed exclusive sets on Sat and Sun in the VIP area.
The VIP area of around 300 consisted of guests and press along with paid tickets costing £125 each day for
Sat and Sun and Friday was a bit cheaper.
A few people here i know and a few of the usual suspects.
I saw loads of great bands over the three days.
For me it is a perfect medium size festival where it is easy to get from one stage to the other quickly.
Also the Town Centre is 15 / 20 mins walk where you can have a Wetherspoons brekkie and get provisions.
There was a signing tent for some of the bands - not the headliners.
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Friday 28 July 2017.
Friday was an extra day added so not as busy as Saturday and Sunday.
Only the main stage was used.
LAST IN LINE arrived on stage at 5.30pm for 40 mins set.
Last in Line are an American heavy metal band formed in 2012 by former members
of the original lineup of Dio.
The band's name comes from the 1984 Dio album The Last in Line.
Great to see some of those Dio classics played live again.
Full Last in Line setlist played tonight...
Stand Up and Shout (Dio cover)
Devil in Me
Holy Diver (Dio cover)
(Unknown)
The Last in Line (Dio cover)
Starmaker (dedicated to band member Jimmy Bain who sadly passed away)
Rainbow in the Dark (Dio cover)
We Rock (Dio cover)
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Y & T arrived on stage at 6.35pm for a 60 mins set.
They played a good set with some nifty Gibson guitar playing.
The singer reminds me of Sammy Hagar.
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SAXON arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 95 mins.
I first saw them over 35 years ago but Saxon just seem to be getting better and better.
A stunning setlist with the middle section featuring gems from their classic live album
'The Eagle Has Landed' (1982) which reached #5 in the UK charts.
As always they gave a moving tribute to close friend Lemmy...I saw Saxon support Motörhead in 1979...
Incredibly singer Biff said this was the first time they have headlined a UK outdoor festival since Reading 1986.
An excellent set.
Intro song - It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (AC/DC song)
Full Saxon setlist played tonight...
Battering Ram
Power and the Glory
Sacrifice
Motorcycle Man
747 (Strangers in the Night)
Princess of the Night
Strong Arm of the Law
Heavy Metal Thunder
20,000 Ft
Wheels of Steel
Never Surrender
Fire in the Sky
Machine Gun
Crusader
And the Bands Played On
Solid Ball of Rock
Dallas 1 PM
Encore:
Battalions of Steel
Denim and Leather
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Saturday 29 July 2017.
BIFF BYFORD the singer from Saxon gives a 25 mins interview and Q n A in The VIP area
before the live music starts...he signs stuff and poses for photos at the end of the session...
He talked about bunking in to see great gigs at Sheffield City Hall in the 1970s.
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JARED JAMES NICHOLS arrived on the main stage at 1pm and played for 30 mins.
Jared James Nichols is an American blues-rock guitarist and singer from the state of Wisconsin.
He is best known for his high-energy performances and 'pick-less' electric guitar playing technique.
He played a good time rock n roll set.
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TOSELAND arrived on stage at 1.45pm for a 35 mins.
James Toseland is an English former motorcycle racer. Toseland was the 2007 World Superbike Champion on a Ten Kate Honda, and also won the 2004 Superbike World Championship on a Ducati.
Following the wrist injury sustained during a crash at Aragon in Spain, he would retire from racing immediately.
He is married to singer Katie Melua.
A good set.
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BLACK STAR RIDERS members Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson played a 20 mins acoustic set in the
VIP area which included great versions of 'Ace Of Spades' and 'Jailbreak'.
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BRITISH LION arrived on stage at 3pm and played for 45 mins as the rain started to fall.
British Lion feature Iron Maidens bass playing legend Steve Harris.
A pretty average set of songs but great to see Steve mouthing all the words as usual.
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REEF arrived on stage at 4.15pm and played for 40 mins.
They are more 90s indie but two of them have big bushy beards like some old blues guys.
Reef feature Ronnie Woods son Jessie on guitar.
A great version of their hit 'Place Your Hands' in a decent set.
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GLENN HUGHES arrived on stage at 5.15pm and played for 45 mins set.
He still looks like a proper rock star and still has his great rock n roll vocal scream.
A good mix of songs from his 40 year plus career.
Full Glenn Hughes setlist played tonight...
Flow
Muscle and Blood (Hughes/Thrall song)
Heavy
You Keep on Moving (Deep Purple song)
Soul Mover
Black Country (Black Country Communion song)
Burn (Deep Purple song)
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DOKKEN arrived on stage at 6.25pm and played for 55 mins.
They sold over 10 milion albums worldwide in their late 80s heyday.
They never had much success in the UK with their brand of melodic rock and always
seemed to a support act rather than a headliner but it was a decent enough set.
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BLACK STAR RIDERS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 60 mins.
Ricky Warwick on vocals is giving it 100% commitment.
Their own material is pretty good and only two Thin Lizzy classics played tonight
'The Boys Are Back In Town' and 'Whiskey In The Jar'.
Lots of flames used in their stage production.
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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD - I caught 20 mins of his set between the two headliners on the main stage.
He played some superb Blues guitar and has Jon Bon Jovi looks.
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EXTREME take the stage at 9.20pm and play a 90 mins set.
It is dark from the start so their light show looks great from the start.
Extreme still feature three members from their early 90s heyday.
Gary Cherone‎ (vocals); ‎Nuno Bettencourt‎ (guitar) ; and Pat Badger (bass).
Gary Cherone is a very lively singer which was great to see as most singers today were pretty stationary.
Nuno Bettencourt plays some superb funk guitar licks and still looks the part too.
An early gem played was 'Get the Funk Out' which was a great singalong.
Other hit singles followed later in the set.
They played two Queen covers as they were very influenced by them back in the day.
A really good set.
Full Extreme setlist played tonight...
It ('s a Monster)
Li'l Jack Horny
Get the Funk Out
Rest in Peace
Slide
Kid Ego
Play with Me
Midnight Express
More Than Words
Cupid's Dead
Am I Ever Gonna Change
Take Us Alive
Hole Hearted
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover)
Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
Decadence Dance
We Are the Champions (Queen cover)
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Sunday 30 July 2017.
STONE BROKEN arrived on stage at 12.30 for a 30 mins set.
A good set of 90s grunge type tunes with an excellent female drummer bashing away.
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SNAKECHARMER arrived on stage at 1.20pm and played for 35 mins.
The singer thinks he is Paul Rodgers and the band have a Free/Bad Company sound.
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TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN at 2pm play a 20 mins semi- acoustic set in The VIP tent.
Tyler and his band supported Guns n Roses at their big London stadium shows in June.
Tyler is aged only 26 but a fantastic guitar player.
They played four songs here that were really good and will watch their electric set later.
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BLUES PILLS arrive on stage at 2.30pm and play for 45 mins.
Blues Pills are a rock band from Sweden.
They have a lively female singer but the songs are pretty average.
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MONSTER TRUCK - I saw 30 mins of their decent set of uptempo Blues rock
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Then over to The Blues Tent to catch two great young blues guitarists.
AARON KEYLOCK is a British teenage Blues sensation who has just released his debut album via Mascot.
I caught 30 mins of his brilliant guitar based set.
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TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN arrived on stage at 5.10pm and played for 45 mins.
Tyler looks like Noel Fielding with longer hair and looks and acts like a proper rock star.
They played their own tracks and and a couple of covers in a great energetic set.
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Then back to the main stage for UFO at 6.25pm for their 60 mins set.
Singer Phil Mogg at the age of 68 has now shaved his head.
He is the uncle of Nigel Mogg, bassist with The Quireboys who oddly enough were playing
The Blues Stage at the same time so I had to miss them this time.
Phil joked that they had a bet about who would attract the most women tonight out of the two bands.
Lots of older classics played in a great set.
Full UFO setlist played tonight...
Lights Out
Run Boy Run
Ain't No Baby
Too Hot to Handle
Only You Can Rock Me
Cherry
Love to Love
Rock Bottom
Doctor Doctor
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Then over to The Prog Stage to catch THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT to catch their last 45 mins.
I was really impressed when i saw them at The Royal Albert Hall in 2015.
They are very loud and very powerful and sound amazing.
Their second last track is the epic 'Kingdom' which is one of the best songs of the entire weekend.
I am sure some of the trees in Mote Park were uprooted by their stunning performance.
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ZZ TOP take to the stage at 8.30pm and play for 90 mins.
ZZ Top have been around for over 40 years and still have the trademark beards,shades and hats.
Their laid back Texan Blues boogie always goes down a treat.
As a blues three-piece they genuinely have few peers. Billy Gibbons is a bona fide legendary guitar player and he has lost none of his skill over the years judging by his sometimes subtle, sometimes incendiary playing tonight.
They play all the big hits that everyone knows and love and a few covers.
They bring out the fluffy guitars and the little dance step routines as usual.
A great show.
Full ZZ Top setlist played tonight...
Got Me Under Pressure
Waitin' for the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Gimme All Your Lovin'
Pincushion
I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
I Gotsta Get Paid
Foxy Lady (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
My Head's in Mississippi
Catfish Blues (Robert Petway cover)
Sixteen Tons (Merle Travis cover)
Act Naturally (Buck Owens and His Buckaroos cover)
Cheap Sunglasses
Chartreuse
Just Got Paid
Sharp Dressed Man
Legs
Encore:
La Grange
Tush
Encore 2:
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley cover)
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Overall Ramblin' Man Fair was an excellent three days festival.





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