News and Reviews: September 23, 2017

Friday 22 September 2017.
RYAN ADAMS + KAREN ELSON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Ryan Adams (not to be confused with Bryan Adams ) plays a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall
Ryan Adams sixteenth studio album 'Prisoner' picked up rave reviews, ahead of his return to the Hall.
He is a 42 year old prolific singer-songwriter in the alternative country rock vein.
Before the support played and during the interval it was all AC/DC classic tracks over the PA.
Support act KAREN ELSON arrived on stage with her band at 7.50pm for a 40 mins set.
She is a singer-songwriter and model who was born in Manchester.
Decent enough songs that went down well with the crowd.
Elson has two children, Scarlett Teresa and Henry Lee, with former husband Jack White (White Stripes etc).
RYAN ADAMS and his great band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for two hours.
Lots of nice keyboard and guitar sounds through the evening.
There are 16 tv screens on stage as part of the stage production.
I have seen Ryan live a couple of times before but I only know a couple of his songs.
I prefer his rock side to the mid paced material.
Karen Elson came on stage for backing vocals on a couple of songs.
A good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Do You Still Love Me?
To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)
Gimme Something Good
Stay With Me
Outbound Train
Everybody Knows
Cold Roses (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals cover)
Invisible Riverside
When the Stars Go Blue
Anything I Say to You Now
This House Is Not for Sale
Dear Chicago
Broken Anyway
Let It Ride (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals cover)
Magnolia Mountain (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals cover)
I See Monsters
To Be Without You
New York, New York
Come Pick Me Up
Shakedown on 9th Street
My Winding Wheel (solo acoustic)

Thursday 21 September 2017...I went to three events today...
3.15pm to 5pm
SQUARE MEAL - VENUES + EVENTS LIVE - Old Billingsgate,London EC3.
A massive event as easily over a 1000 people here over the different levels.
Over 100 venues including hotels, country houses,restaurants and bars etc are showcasing their venues.
Odeon cinemas are showcasing their private screening is just for 33 people...
There are amusement machines and photo booths that can be hired out.
A great terrace out the back by the River with a close up view of Tower Bridge.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food from the various bars and restaurants showcasing.
6.30pm to 7.30pm
ALBERTS -showcase evening - 92b Old Brompton Road,South Kensington,London SW7.
Very handy this was on tonight as just over 10 mins walk to The Royal Albert Hall show later.
From the outside it looks pretty plain but downstairs it is a very stylish restaurant & bar.
It is members only for £500 a year so doubt you can pop in for a quick drink or two.
They are appealing to the over 25s here and the crowd here reflect that.
Some very nice comp Whiskey Sour cocktails and Vodka Cocktails here along with some tasty canapés.
www.albertsclub.comVisit ALBERTS website here for more info.
LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND - 25th anniversary show - live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Jools Holland brings his iconic music television show to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate 25 years,
50 series and over 360 programmes on BBC Two.
Featuring a typically eclectic blend of signature artists including major stars, legends, artists of the moment and brand new talents across genres from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz and all points in between, this multi-artist show will be filmed in the round, filling the Hall’s main stage and floor with artists in the style of the Later… studio as seen on TV.
The show will feature old friends of the show and some new ones – Foo Fighters, Paul Weller, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal, KT Tunstall, Gregory Porter, Kali Uchis, Camille, Songhoy Blues and Jorja Smith.
The venue is totally sold out tonight and they have done an amazing job of recreating the tv studio as
a couple of acts are set up on the main stage and the rest are on the arena floor around the edges.
Most of the crowd seem to be Foo Fighters fans as they are the big name headliner attraction tonight.
The show was on for two hours 15 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 60 mins.
Just like on tv each band played a song then straight to the next act and so on.
FOO FIGHTERS played five songs including two mega oldies that were a big highlight.
The Line
The Sky Is a Neighbourhood
All My Life
La Dee Da
Times Like These
VAN MORRISON played four songs including a superb 'Gloria'.
For two of his songs he was joined by Chris Farlowe and Jools Holland.
PAUL WELLER played three songs including 'Wild Wood'.
Paul holds the record for the most times on Later as tonight was his 15th appearance.
GREGORY PORTER performed three songs including a couple with Jools on piano.
CAMILLE performed two songs...she is popular at home in France...
DIZZEE RASCAL performed two songs including 'Just A Rascal'.
SONGHOY BLUES from Mali performed two lively joyous songs.
KALI UCHIS from Colombia - part Shakira/part Lady Gaga performed two songs.
Her slender body dancing sexily in a sparkly outfit was errr very nice.
KT TUNSTALL performed one song.
JORJA SMITH performed one song.
There were the usual interviews with a couple of the artists including Dave Grohl ,Gregory Porter
and Dizzie Rascal.
A great evening.

Wednesday 20 September 2017...I went to three events tonight...
4.30pm to 5.30pm
MAISON PIERRE MARCOLINI - press showcase - Carousel, 71 Blandford Street,London W1.
Expert chocolatier Pierre Marcolini established his eponymous luxury chocolate brand in Brussels in 1995. Renowned for its use of rare and exotic ingredients from Sichuan pepper to Moroccan pink berries, discover Pierre Marcolini's Maison of Haute Chocolaterie collection of fine chocolates and condiments along with sweet treats and his famous macaroons.
They have over 30 stores in several countries and three locations in online of course.
Their flagship store at 37 Marylebone High Street and within Selfridges and Harrods.
They are showcasing three new collections...
Cases-Noisette 'Nutcracker' Collection
2017 Christmas Collection
2018 Valentines Collection
Listening to the chocolatier enthuse about the chocolate was great.
Complimentary prosecco,coffees and juices and a table of their tasty treats including chocolates,
cakes and pastries with my fave being the chocolate eclair with hazelnut filling.
All guests got a nice goodie bag of their top quality treats.
www.marcolini.comVisit their website here for more info and to order online.
6.30pm to 8.30pm
FLINTOFF by JACAMO -AW17 collection launch - The Ned, 27 Poultry,Bank, London EC3.
The Ned is the coolest new venue in London.
I went to the mega launch party for it a few months ago for 1500 people.
We arrive and all the nine restaurants and bars downstairs are very busy.
Our event is on the 9th floor rooftop area which has stunning views.
Former England cricket captain Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff shot to fame with his record-breaking play in the
2005 Ashes victory against Australia.
He has been the face of this Manchester based clothing brand for six years.
He is here and very friendly and chatty as you would expect.
He looks very smart in a Jacamo suit...he must be 6' 3" tall.
Around 7.30pm he gives a speech and answers a few questions.
He describes his clothes as "functional gear".
He jokingly described his country style clothes as "dogging outfits".
I got a nice photo with him and a signed photo.
Complimentary presecco along with a very nice buffet from The Ned kitchens.
All guests got a goodie bag. the Jacamo website for more info.
9pm to 10pm
THE JAPAN CENTRE - flagship store and food hall opening - 25 Panton Street,London W1.
The Japan Centre has moved location to bigger and better premises near Leicester Square.
You’ll be able to buy all the Japanese products you could possibly need in the main shop, including fresh and dry goods like seaweed, dashi and soy sauce. You can even buy the freshest fish for making sashimi.
The take-out deli section of the store is offering noodles, including ramen and hand pulled udon,
Japanese curry, and a range of gyoza and tempura.
Around 100 guests here in their massive space downstairs.
Complimentary sake, wines, beers,juices,teas along with Japanese dishes and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.japancentre.comVisit The Japan Centre website here for more info.

Tuesday 19 September 2017...I went to two events tonight....
6.45pm to 9pm
NINA NAUSTDAL & TRESOR PARIS - AW 2017/2018 - The Playboy Club, 14 Old Park Lane,London W1.
Today was the last day of London Fashion Week.
Nina Naustdal started her brand with her Haute-Couture collection made from Italian silk and hand-applied Swarovski crystals. In addition to the Italian silk Naustdal now uses a variety of fabrics such as lace and chiffon.
Nina Naustdal's designs are influenced by her brand philosophy: "Normal is boring". Her design philisophy is to create luxurious, feminine clothes for women who want to stand out.
Although primarily focused on womenswear, the label also produces a collection for little boys and girls with both couture and ready-to-wear lines.
More than just a fashion brand, Nina Naustdal describes her brand as a "lifestyle brand". Her aim is to make a woman feel at her best and to compliment each body through feminine and flattering designs.
She takes inspiration from precious stones to create collections that feature glamourous cocktail dresses and gowns in fluid, jewel-toned Italian silks covered with hand-applied Swarovski crystals or hand embroidery.
Over 200 guests in this iconic venue with half a dozen Playboy Bunnies floating around.
Lots of glamorous women dressed up nicely for all the photographers here.
A great buzzy atmosphere here with a dj playing club sounds in the background.
Nina Naustdal is here looking stunning in one of her own creations.
Girl about town Lizzie Cundy was the host and her friend Jackie St Clair was also here.
At 8.05pm we had a female soul singer perform a couple of tracks.
At 8.15pm we had the fashion show for around 25 mins.
Great looking models wearing incredible outfits from the three collections including Bridal Wear.
Couture AW17/18 , Ready -to- wear SS18 and Black Collection AW17/18.
The models were all wearing diamond pieces from Tresor Paris.
There was a Magic Mirror Photo Booth here that was popular.
Complimentary 808 Whisky cocktails,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
A goodie bag with several items in was under each chair for everyone.
Tonight was exactly how you put on a great fashion catwalk event.
www.nina-naustdal.comVisit the NINA NAUSTDAL website here for more info and pictures of the dresses.
9.15pm to 11.30pm
ORIS - End of summer party - Venetta, 3 Norris Street, St James's Market,London SW1.
ORIS are are an upmarket Swiss watch brand.
Venetta is an Italian restaurant & bar in the new St James's Market area.
The site of Venetta is where there was a pub that i always frequented when I attended
BBC Paris Studios which was nearby in the early 1980s to see some great bands.
Around 100 guests here in this contemporary looking restaurant & bar.
Events at Italian venues always seem to finish later than they are due to finish.
Complimentary cocktails,prosecco,wines,beers, coffees, canapés and donuts for all guests.
www.oris.chVisit the ORIS website here for more info.

Monday 17 September 2017.
Rolling Stone magazine up for sale.
Almost 50 years after being launched in San Francisco, the owners of Rolling Stone have put the magazine up for sale amid financial difficulties. The music and culture magazine was founded by Jann Wenner in 1967 when he was a 21 year old student in California. Wenner still runs the title with his son Gus, president of the family publishing company, and the pair have announced plans to sell, saying 'There's a level of ambition that we can't achieve alone'.

Monday 18 September 2017.
NEIL SEDAKA + JACK LUKEMAN live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Music legend now aged 78 has had a 60 year career in the music industry.
In the late 1950's and early 1960's Neil was a songwriter at the famous Brill Building in New York
Many of the composers there went on to further success as part of the singer-songwriter movement
in the 1960s and 1970s.
He has written or co-written more than 600 songs.
Neil is on a UK tour to promote his 2016 album 'I Do It For Applause'.
I first saw him play in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon on the back of many comeback hit singles.
JACK LUKEMAN arrived on stage and played for 25 mins.
Tonight's support act is well known at home in Ireland but pretty unknown in England.
He has also had a decent amount of success in America.
He has had a career for over 20 years with many albums released.
Jack Lukeman has performed over the years supporting or alongside U2, Ronnie Wood,
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, John Lee Hooker, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland, and Marianne Faithfull.
He has a powerful voice that the crowd loved and was a perfect example of how to win over
a crowd that do not know who you are.
NEIL SEDAKA arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
Just Neil and his grand piano tonight.
A big screen showing live footage including close ups of his piano playing.
He played all his best known songs which were great.
He told stories between songs which I had heard before.
He said for the period 1958 to 1963 he sold 40 million records...then The Beatles came along.
In 1964, Sedaka's career began a sharp decline, hastened by The Beatles' arrival on the radio and TV, and the rest of the so-called British Invasion. When describing the Beatles' effect on his career in the mid-1960s, Sedaka put it brusquely: "The Beatles—not good!"
In the 1970s after a quiet decade he was was signed by Elton Johns Rocket Records and started having hits again.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Video intro of around 20 artists who have covered his songs...
One More Ride on the Merry Go Round
Standing On The Inside
The Queen of 1964
Our Last Song Together
Oh Carol!
Stairway to Heaven (not the Led Zep classic)
Where the Boys Are
Calendar Girl
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Laughter in the Rain
Betty Grable
The Hungry Years
Trying to Say Goodbye
Love Will Keep Us Together
That's When the Music Takes Me
Encore 2:
Encore 3:
I Do It For Applause

Sunday 17 September 2017.
TEXAS + HIGH TRE live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Texas play The Royal Albert Hall as part of a full 21 date UK tour.
Texas have sold 35 million records and they have had thirteen UK top ten singles, three UK number one albums and eight UK top ten albums, including their ninth studio album, 'Jump on Board ' which was released in May 2017.
I have seen them a couple of times in the past.
Support act HIGH TRE played a short 25 mins set.
This synth pop duo had a few catchy simple tunes.
They played a decent cover of 'Boys Don't Cry' by The Cure.
The venue is totally full by the time Texas take to the stage.
TEXAS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played a full two hour set.
A nice stage production with loads of lights and three glitter balls used on some songs.
The floor seats are up and dancing from the start.
Singer Sharleen Spiteri was the ringmaster tonight as she took over the stage.
Sharleen said the band have now been going for 32 years and this was their third time playing this venue.
Sharleen still has a full Scottish accent despite living in London for the last 26 years.
Sharleen still has that 'Tomboy' attitude with plenty of swearing between songs.
A well paced set where the last 40 mins was really good as the big hits kicked in.
A nice surprise for the encore as the band were joined by fellow Glasgow lass CLARE GROGAN from
ALTERED IMAGES who helped out on a couple of hits including an Altered Images golden oldie.
Altered Images had a few hits in the early 1980s and they included Johnny McElhone who would join
Texas when Altered Images split and is still in Texas.
Clare also had a starring role in the 1981 film 'Gregory's Girl'.
Texas are one of those bands that are much better live than on record.
A very enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Let's Work It Out
When We Are Together
In Our Lifetime
Tell That Girl
Everyday Now
Thrill Has Gone
The Conversation
Can't Control
Tired of Being Alone (Al Green cover)
So Called Friend
Summer Son
In Demand
I Don't Want a Lover
Black Eyed Boy
Say What You Want
Encore :
I Could Be Happy ( a cover of Altered Images 1982 hit) ( with Clare Grogan)
Inner Smile ( with Clare Grogan)
Suspicious Minds (Mark James cover made famous by Elvis Presley)

Sunday 17 September 2017.
LONDON FASHION WEEK - Spring/Summer 2018 Catwalk Show....AADNEVIK...
Kristian Aadnevik aged 39 is a London-based Norwegian fashion designer,
who graduated from Royal College of Art in 2002.
Aadnevik has dressed several celebrities, some of them include Beyoncé, Nicole Scherzinger,Selena Gomez,Kelly Rowland,Cheryl Cole,Britney Spears,Rihanna,Pixie Lott,Daisy Lowe and Dita Von Teese.
British Musician Estelle also wore one of his creations in the music video for her single "American Boy".
Over 200 guests here in this stunning venue.
Complimentary drinks for an hour then the catwalk show with seats and standing in the room next door.
Another stunning collection of outfits presented here.
www.kristianaadnevik.comVisit the AADNEVIK website here for more info.

Saturday 16 September 2017.
Sad news that actor Harry Dean Stanton had passed away, aged 91.
His agent confirmed that he died of natural causes at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
After a two decade long career of small film appearances, Stanton eventually got his big break in a leading role as in 1984’s ‘Paris, Texas’, at the age of 58.
He played Travis Henderson, a lost, dishevelled man who wanders around the desert, having seemingly no idea who he is.
Other roles include ‘Pretty In Pink’, ‘Repo Man’ and ‘Alien’, as well as his role as Carl Rodd in ‘Twin Peaks’.
Director David Lynch led the tributes, issuing a statement via HBO, saying: “There went a great one.”

Friday 15 September 2017.
T.Rextasy - Marc Bolan 40th Anniversary Celebration live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
This show was sold out three months ago.
T.Rex producer Tony Visconti will be conducting the Dirty Pretty Strings.
Special guests include Marc Bolan's fellow band member from John's Children: Andy Ellison, original T. Rex Saxophonist Howie Casey ,Marc Almond,Glen Matlock, Steve Harley ,Steve Norman,Neal X and others.
Marc Bolan died in a car crash on 16 Sept 1977 in Barnes, South West London.
Would be good time to visit again the tribute that is there at the crash spot.
I have seen T.Rextasy over 20 times over the past 25 years 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.
Drummer Bill Legend is the only surviving member of the 1970–1973 classic T. Rex line-up.
Bolan (in 1977) and Currie (in 1981) both died in car crashes, and Finn succumbed to illness in 2003.
I named my first son Marc after Marc Bolan with the same spelling.
In the early 1970's T.Rex were definitely my fave glam rock band before punk rock came along in 1976.
Lots of fans here wearing 70's type Marc Bolan glam rock clothing including feather boas.
I also saw Marc's elder brother Harry go in before the start of the show.
The show was on for a nice long 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 90 mins.
It is totally rammed solid inside the venue with a great atmosphere....We up are in Level 1.
T.Rextasy are pretty much the house band and guest singers come and go through the evening.
Danielz as the Marc Bolan look-alike/sound-alike does an amazing job of keeping Marc's legacy alive.
Tony Visconti conducted the four females of Dirty Little Strings and played bass on a few songs.
Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet takes the place of Micky Finn on bongos.
Neal X ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik played guitar on a few songs.
Nice to see some classic Marc Bolan video footage on the big screen.
Really great to hear those classic T.Rex songs excellent evening.
ANDY ELLISON was with Marc in John's Children before T.Rex.
I also saw him with Jet and Radio Stars in the mid 1970s.
He is in good shape for someone in his early 70s and takes his top off later.
STEVE HARLEY from Cockney Rebel sings in the first set and second set.
T.Rextasy play London Boys.
HOLLY JOHNSON ex singer of Frankie Goes To Hollywood sang Ride A White Swan and Metal Guru.
T.Rextasy play Jeepster.
HOLLY JOHNSON sang Dreamy Lady.
DAPHNE GUINNESS sang Life's A Gas with Danielz.
Daphne is a fashion designer who has just recorded an album with Tony Visconti.
MARC ALMOND sang By The Light of a Magical Moon and Spaceball Ricochet.
GLEN MATLOCK sang Debora and I Love to Boogie.
HOLLY JOHNSON sang Children of The Revolution.
STEVE HARLEY sang Dandy in The Underworld and New York City.
MARC ALMOND sang Light of Love and Teenage Dream.
Encore :
T.Rextasy and all tonight's guests on stage for Get It On and Hot Love.
Ticker tape cannons are fired during the encore.
BBC4 tv at 1.35am showed a repeat of the Marc Bolan documentary Cosmic Dancer.

Thursday 14 September 2017...I went to three events tonight...
5.45pm to 6.45pm
AMBASSADORS HOTEL - showcase - 12 Upper Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1.
Around 100 guests at this 100 bedroom independent four star hotel.
It is just a couple of minutes away from Euston Station.
September is the main month where hotels etc showcase their venues to get
some business bookings in for Christmas.
A dj was playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary prosecco,wines,beers,canapés and desserts. their website here for more info.
7.15pm to 8.15pm
BELLA FREUD x LIBERTY LONDON - launch party - Liberty, Regent Street, London W1.
The guests are gathered on the ground floor of this famous store.
Bella Freud attended this exclusive launch of 'Psychoanalysis', her new fragrance and candle.
The fragrance is for men and women.
Exclusive to Liberty London, Bella Freud's Psychoanalysis eau de parfum is the olfactory result of obsessive romantic love; of your happiness being held in the hands of another. A love that is immediately satisfying yet unfulfilled, confronted by elements of comfort - like the reassurance of a comfy leather couch, and the familiarity of cigars and orange blossom which open the mind and heart.
Capturing the poetic vulnerability and acute awareness of a therapeutic encounter, this fresh and delicate fragrance blends intelligent top notes of neroli and petitgrain with warm, atmospheric tobacco flower, grounded by deep, dense resins and a base accord of cedarwood, dry amber and heady musks.
There is a dj playing in the background.
Complimentary prosecco and canapés for all the guests.
www.libertylondon.comVisit their website here.
8.30pm to 10.30pm
SMEG - flagship store opening launch party - 14 Regent Street, St James's,London SW1.
Smeg is an Italian manufacturer of upmarket domestic appliances that was founded in 1948.
Smeg is best known for its FAB range of 1950s-style, retro refrigerators that have curved corners and come in a variety of non-traditional colors and patterns. The company also manufactures dishwashers (freestanding - available in FAB style, semi-integrated and fully integrated), washing machines, ovens, microwaves, cooktops, freestanding cookers, rangehoods, refrigeration, wine cabinets, in-built coffee machines.
Over 150 guests here in their stunning looking flagship store.
Everything is Italian tonight and Gennaro Contaldo is in charge of the open plan kitchen here.
Gennaro Contaldo, is an Italian chef and restaurateur, known for his association with his protégé, Jamie Oliver, and his partnership with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and their BBC Two television series Two Greedy Italians.
At 9.10pm in the basement we had a 30 mins performance by a top Italian flutist and a piano player.
Complimentary presecco, wines,beers, juices,canapés, pizza slices etc.
Three quarters of the guests got a goodie bag with Smeg cheese and coffee but VIP guests and press
recieved a SMEG MIXER that retails for over £130 so managed to get that home ok.
Smeg's new state of the art London flagship store is situated in the newly redeveloped St James’s Market, SW1. Located within one of the West End’s most exciting destinations, bringing together global brands, world class dining and flagship shopping, Smeg St James's it the perfect destination for shoppers, tourists, foodies and the local business community alike.
Architecturally, the redevelopment of St James’s market has been a huge and important project, retaining the building’s iconic façade, the biggest of its kind in Western Europe. Constructed from beautiful Portland stone and bronze metalwork, 14 Regent St offers the perfect backdrop to showcase Smeg’s iconic collection.
Paying homage to Smeg’s design pedigree, the store is set in over 6,000 sq. ft. of space, split across three floors, a bright and airy environment thanks to stunning high-rise ceilings and expansive windows; the longest spans of retail glass in the capital – showcasing Smeg’s most cherished and sought-after products adorning its 7m high windows on the corner of Regent St. St James's and Carlton St.
The flagship store’s contemporary feel has been brought to life thanks to Milan-based architect practice deepdesign, an interior designed to be warm and welcoming, an inspirational space, mirroring Smeg’s design values, and a real place to call home in London. Set amongst a washed pallet of creams, natural woods and marble, combined alongside textures and surfaces such as Corian, travertine, steel and glass, the Smeg range has been brought to life like never before.
www.smeglondon.comVisit the SMEG website here for more info.

Wednesday 13 September 2017...6.30pm to 9.30pm..
SEARCYS - showcase - 30 Pavillion Road,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Around 100 guests here.
Tucked into the elbow of Brompton Road and Sloane Street just behind Harrods, Searcys’s 30 Pavilion Road occupies a prime piece of Knightsbridge real estate. Previously a water pumping house for Hans Town, the Georgian-style townhouse opened for events in 1963, and its recent refurb has taken it back to its origins. Guests are greeted in its stone hall and ushered to the oak-panelled library for drinks from the swish new bar, before moving through for dinner in the high-ceilinged ballroom. It also has a roof terrace.
There was a jazz trio playing in the background and there were a couple of girls dancing in 1920's outfits.
Complimentary prosecco,rum cocktails,wines and canapés including seafood. the Searcys website here for more info.

Tuesday 12 September 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm
CHARLES MARCH - SEAVIEW - private view - Hamilton's Gallery, 13 Carlos Place,Mayfair,London W1.
Around 100 smartly dressed upmarket guests here at this gallery.
NICK MASON from Pink Floyd was here. I congratulated him on the excellent Pink Floyd exhibition
that is still on at The Victoria & Albert Museum.
Lord Charles March began his career publishing picture in Harper’s Bazaar, Queen, and Italian Vogue and working on campaigns for De Beers, Levi’s and Marks & Spencer among others. In the 2002 he turned to landscape photography and has experimented with the abstraction of landscape and impressionistic photography to evoke unexpected nostalgia.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers for all guests.
www.hamiltonsgallery.comVisit the Hamiltons Gallery website here for more info.
7.20pm to 9pm
GIORGIO LOCATELLI - 'Made at Home' - book launch party at The Italian Embassy,
Grosvenor Square,London W1.
Around 200 guests at this stunning Embassy building with its marble staircase.
A lot of Italians here and a great buzzy atmosphere.
Fellow Italian chefs Vittorio Brignoli and Antonio Carluccio joined Giorgio Locatelli at the Italian Embassy in London as the acclaimed cook launched his latest recipe book with his VIP supporters by his side. Harry Enfield, Jay Jopling, Janet Street-Porter, Tom Parker Bowles and Fay Ripley were among fans of the chef and his Michelin starred London restaurant, Locanda Locatelli, to join The Big Family Cooking Showdown judge in Grosvenor Square as Pasquale Q Terracciano, the Italian ambassador to the UK, hosted a party for the release of Made at Home, a collection recipes that Locatelli loves to prepare for family and friends.
Also here was chef and restaurant owner Fergus Henderson.
A nice surprise to see ex The Clash bass player PAUL SIMONON here.
I had a great chat with VINCE POWER (live music legend who has owned many live music venues).
I went to many great gigs at his venues in the 1990s including The Mean Fiddler,Subterania,
Jazz Cafe and others...I think he also promoted The Sex Pistols at Finsbury Park in 1996.
In 2005 he sold The Mean Fiddler Group for £38m.
For the past three years he has owned Nell's in West Kensington.
Complimentary prosecco,gin n tonics,wines ,beers and a long table buffet of Italian food.
9.10pm to 11pm
100 WARDOUR - showcase - 100 Wardour Street,London W1.
This restaurant and bar is on the site of the legendary Marquee Club.
I went there loads of times in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1964 it became the home of legendary music venue The Marquee Club, but this was forced to move in 1988 after the building was discovered to be unsafe. Following its demolition and rebuilding, restaurateur supremo Sir Terence Conran bought the site and launched Mezzo in 1995 — a vast double-decker 600-cover ‘gastrodome’.
Though it was initially popular, after a few years it started to struggle.
A couple of more owner changes after that.It was recently called Floridita.
It is a huge space over two levels with the stage downstairs.
We had a live covers band called The New Atlantics who played for an hour.
The band consists of 2 good vocalists, percussion, 2 horns and a killer rhythm section, who serve up a blend of Soul, Pop and R&B hits from the likes of Stevie Wonder to Jess Glynn & Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake.
Complimentary beers and wines for all guests.
www.100wardourst.comVisit the 100 Wardour website here for more info.

Monday 11 September 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.45pm
RACHEL WHITEREAD at the TATE BRITAIN ANNUAL PARTY at Tate Britain,Millbank,London SW1.
A massive event as over 1500 guests are here in this enormous space.
Having opened in 1897. Tate Britain houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation. It is one of the largest museums in the country.
Tate Britain's exhibition Rachel Whiteread is on one of the Britain's leading contemporary artists and this exhibition, the most comprehensive to date, celebrates over 25 years of her internationally acclaimed sculpture .
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests. their website here for more info.
9.45pm to 11.30pm
VIN + OMI - SS18 collection catwalk show - Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street,London EC2.
This catwalk show is part of London Fashion Week that starts on Friday but was moved forward so that
DEBBIE HARRY can strut her debut UK catwalk while she is in town.
Also strutting his stuff was Blondie keyboard player Matt Katz-Bohen.
A proper buzz here with around 500 crammed into the room split between seats and standing.
At 10.15pm around 40 models strut their stuff to some cool music sounds including Placebo and Prodigy.
Many of the models outfits feature the Vin + Omi slogan STOP FUCKING THE PLANET which
Debbie has been wearing at many of her stage shows ie The Roundhouse.
Debbie Harry is the first model out and then has a second outfit at the end.
It lasted around 20 mins.
In the front row were Boy George ,Jane Horrocks and Jasmine Guinness.
Philip Salon was in the second row wearing a typically wacky outfit.
As I had a seat I got a goodie bag under my chair.
Afterparty was in the bar area of this cool newish hotel.
Fat Tony was playing the tunes and there was complimentary prosecco.
Boy George and the other celebs were here
www.vinandomi.comVisit the Vin + Omi website for more info.

Sunday 10 September 2017...1pm to 10pm...
BBC Radio 2 ' A Festival In A Day' live In Hyde Park,London.
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 plus crowd as well as listeners to Radio 2 and for viewers at BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and
The eight name acts will play shorter sets than usual....30 mins to 70 mins each.
Also highlights will be shown at BBC Red Button after the event from Mon 11 Sept to Fri 15 Sept.
After that selected highlights will be on BBC Red Button until early October.
A massive crowd here as usual who have all come in early as the first band on is always a big name.
Weather was a bit dire with off and on rain...but nothing too heavy.
Thankfully I have a press wristband for the guest & press area right of stage which has got plenty of chairs
and a covered area along with the all important nice toilets with no queues.
Around 500 guests are in this area with all the BBC Radio presenters here who were introducing the bands
along with other guests who work for the BBC including Michael Ball,Tony Blackburn,Bob Harris, Jo Whiley,
Paul Gambaccini , Clare Balding, Ken Bruce, Zoe Ball, Claudia Winkleman,Anneka Rice,Craig Charles,
Jersey Vine, Fearne Cotton and a few others.
The musicians had their own area but a couple ventured in here so I had a chat with Blondie drummer
Clem Burke and James Blunt pose away for photos.
Also a nice surprise to see ex England footie legend Stuart Pearce who is a big punk rock fan.
He is introduced The Sex Pistols at Finsbury Park in 1996 on The Filthy Lucre Tour.
This was when England football was at fever pitch for Euro 96.
I had a nice long chat with him and he still loves punk rock gigs as he attended Green Day at Hyde Park
and The Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool.
Also here was Jordan (Sex Pistols fans would know her) who was at all the early Sex Pistols gigs.
She was here to see Blondie.
All the acts get to use the three big screens with two at the sides for live footage and the centre one for images.
STEREOPHONICS arrive on stage first at 1.15pm and play a 35 mins set of of old and new tracks.
Full setlist played tonight...
C'est La Vie
I Wanna Get Lost With You
Caught by the Wind
Local Boy in the Photograph
Maybe Tomorrow
All in One Night
SETH LAKEMAN and WILDWOOD KIN arrived on stage at 2.10pm and played for 30 mins.
Seth is well know on the folk rock circuit and supports Robert Plant on his upcoming tour.
They had some sound problems at the start but the crowd enjoyed them.
RICK ASTLEY arrived on stage at 3pm and played for 30 mins.
He has had a mad comeback over the past 18 months which included a show at The Royal Albert Hall.
All the crowd singing along loudly for his final song which was his massive number one hit from 1987.
Full setlist played tonight...
Together Forever
Keep Singing
Angels On My Side
Cry for Help
Never Gonna Give You Up
EMELI SANDE arrived on stage for 3.55pm and played for 30 mins.
Her album 'Our Version of Events' spent ten non-consecutive weeks at number one and became the best-selling album of 2012 in the UK, with over 1 million sales.In 2012, she performed in both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.
Great to hear the big hits from that album.
Full setlist played tonight...
Wonder (Naughty Boy cover)
Beneath Your Beautiful (Labrinth cover)
Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)
Read All About It, Part III
Highs & Lows
Next to Me
4.30pm I was in the press tent along with just 20 others as the three main members of BLONDIE
gave a 10 minute interview with the BBC.
JAMES BLUNT arrived on stage at 4.55pm and played for 30 mins.
James has sold over 20 million albums and has been supporting Ed Sheeran in America.
His twitter replies to those jealous of his success have gone down a storm.
Full setlist played tonight...
Time of Our Lives
You're Beautiful
Same Mistake
Don't Give Me Those Eyes
Bonfire Heart
SHANIA TWAIN arrived on stage at 5.55pm and played for 35 mins.
Shania Twain,is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.
Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the "Queen of Country Pop".
Shania has been very quiet the past decade since her divorce to well known music producer
Robert 'Mutt' Lange.
This was her first UK show for at least a decade and she brought out a full production including
pyros and flames and had a lot of loyal fans down the front wearing her t-shirts etc.
Still looking great and good to hear some of those big hits that had everyone singing along.
Full setlist played tonight...
That Don't Impress Me Much
I'm Gonna Getcha Good!
Life's About To Get Good
Swingin' With My Eyes Closed
You're Still the One
(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!
Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
BLONDIE arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 60 mins.
Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide.
Their eleventh studio album Pollinator was released on May 5, 2017.
I have seen Blondie many times over the past 40 years including recently at The Roundhouse.
I also them play a great show supporting Phil Collins in Hyde Park this summer but tonight is even better
as Debbie's vocals are on top form and Clem Burke's drumming is incredible as usual.
The new album tracks mix in well with the older classic hits...a superb show...
Full setlist played tonight...
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves cover)
Call Me
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan cover)
Too Much
Long Time
Heart of Glass
During the interval Scissor Sister Ana Matronic played some dance tunes.
TAKE THAT arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 70 mins.
Take That are a massive live attraction and hold the record for nights played on the same tour at
Wembley Stadium - EIGHT - which was when all five members including Robbie Williams reunited.
They have had a staggering twelve number one hit singles in the UK.
A nice stage production with lots of fireworks and flames.
They still do their 90s dance routines as they smile away at each other.
All the crowd sing along to their many catchy hits.
A really enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Greatest Day
Get Ready for It
Hold Up a Light
Everything Changes
It Only Takes a Minute (Tavares cover)
Could It Be Magic (Barry Manilow cover)
Back for Good
The Flood
Cry (Sigma cover)
Relight My Fire (Dan Hartman cover)
These Days
Rule the World
Never Forget
BBC Radio 2 'Festival In A Day' was an excellent day out.

Sunday 10 September 2017.
On this day in KISSTORY - September 10, 1975, KISS released their legendary 'Alive! 'album. This double live album, recorded largely in Detroit's Cobo Arena (with some material from Iowa, New Jersey and Ohio), marked the pivotal giant step towards achieving world domination in the 70's.
I would see KISS play Hammersmith Odeon the following year on their debut UK tour when they
were promoting their classic album from 1976 titled 'Destroyer'.

Saturday 09 September 2017.
This show was sold out in advance...Part of their first UK tour for several years...
The Psychedelic Furs forthcoming tour will see the British art-rockers focusing on the 22 singles
they’ve released during their 40-year career.
They had eight Top 75 hits in the UK but only two made it into the Top 40.
They released seven albums on Columbia Records between 1980 and 1992 then split for a bit.
They ticked over quite well in the UK and had good success in America in the 1980's.
The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with Richard and Tim Butler going on to found
Love Spit Love with Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer (both of whom would later join Guns N' Roses).
I have seen them around a dozen times since 1979 when they were a support band to The Only Ones.
LENE LOVICH BAND were on from 8pm and played for around 45 mins.
Lene has been pretty quiet the past 30 odd years.
Hard to believe she is now aged 68 but looks and sounds as kooky as ever.
I saw her a couple of times over 35 years ago when she had some success.
Lene played her big number three hit from 1979 'Lucky Number' which was great.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS arrived on stage just after 9.15pm and played for 95 mins.
They still include original members Richard Butler on vocals and his brother Tim on bass guitar.
Singer Richard Butler is now 61 but still looks the part of a proper rock star.
Richard still waves his arms around with some vaudeville hand twirls which were
mixed in some mime like the old days.
Richard was mates with Bowie back in the day and def has some Bowie mannerisms.
They played gems including 'Pretty In Pink' ,'Heaven' ,Heartbeat' and 'President Gas'.
But they also blow the dust off some 45s that have rarely had a live runout.
You forget how many of their songs feature great sax playing.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Dumb Waiters
We Love You
Mr. Jones
Pretty in Pink
Love My Way
Run and Run
Until She Comes
The Ghost in You
Angels Don't Cry
All That Money Wants
Heartbreak Beat
Don't Be a Girl
Sister Europe
President Gas
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