News and Reviews: April 05, 2018

Thursday 05 April 2018.
Today I did an interview and photos with The Sun Newspaper about my gig going.
They are hoping to have it in the paper this Friday or Saturday.

Wednesday 04 April 2018.
Very sad news that RAY WILKINS has passed away.
Former footballer Ray Wilkins has died in hospital at the age of 61 following a heart attack last week.
Hillingdon-born Wilkins - who played 84 times for England leaves behind his wife Jackie and their two children.
The player-turned-coach died in hospital in South London five days after being placed in an induced coma.
His playing career spanned three decades and he won the 1983 FA Cup with Manchester United.
He also played for Chelsea, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers, QPR and England.
He had stints both as a player and as a manager at QPR.

Wednesday 04 April 2018.
It was fifty years ago today.
Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
The murder of the civil-rights advocate at age 39 rocked America and the Rest of the World.

Tuesday 03 April 2018.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine hits the streets this week.
I am talking about some of the 6700 plus gigs i have seen since 1973 along with a photo of me
taken outside Hammersmith Apollo.
Over 300,000 copies are handed out free at tube stations, record stores etc.

Thursday 05 April 2018.
Today I did an interview and photos with The Sun Newspaper about my gig going.
They are hoping to have it in the paper this Friday or Saturday.

Wednesday 04 April 2018.
Very sad news that RAY WILKINS has passed away.
Former footballer Ray Wilkins has died in hospital at the age of 61 following a heart attack last week.
Hillingdon-born Wilkins - who played 84 times for England leaves behind his wife Jackie and their two children.
The player-turned-coach died in hospital in South London five days after being placed in an induced coma.
His playing career spanned three decades and he won the 1983 FA Cup with Manchester United.
He also played for Chelsea, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers, QPR and England.
He had stints both as a player and as a manager at QPR.

Wednesday 04 April 2018.
It was fifty years ago today.
Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
The murder of the civil-rights advocate at age 39 rocked America and the Rest of the World.

Tuesday 03 April 2018.
My interview with TIME OUT magazine hits the streets this week.
I am talking about some of the 6700 plus gigs i have seen since 1973 along with a photo of me
taken outside Hammersmith Apollo.
Over 300,000 copies are handed out free at tube stations, record stores etc.

Monday 02 April 2018.
GREGORY PORTER with orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Gregory Porter plays the first of three shows at the 5000 capacity Royal Albert Hall.
This opening show is part of his UK tour that ends back at The Royal Albert Hall on 18/19 April.
He will be joined by an orchestra for the three London shows only.
Gregory Porter has had a fantastic rise to success over the past few years.
It was 2011 when Gregory Porter made his first London appearances at Pizza Express in Dean Street.
That club has a capacity just over 100.
Constant touring of the UK and good support from BBC tv and radio has all paid off nicely.
“The king of cool” – Mail on Sunday EVENT
“A thrillingly transcendent experience” – MOJO
‘Porter’s voice is all but impossible to resist - Daily Telegraph
Support act KRIS BERRY performed a 30 mins set with a piano player.
She had a nice enough voice for her set of ballads.
GREGORY PORTER with orchestra were on from 8.40pm for around 95 mins.
A massive orchestra and band together must add up to 70 or 80 musicians on stage.
I have seen Gregory Porter play a couple of short sets before but this is my first full length show of his.
Everyone’s favourite behatted jazz giant was back at the Albert Hall, basking in his adopted UK national treasure status and gifting us tracks from his recent Nat King Cole covers album. Porter’s mighty baritone sounded fantastic.
His unique voice and modesty and relaxed cool stage manner makes it all seem so naturally easy.
The main set was mainly tracks from his recent Nat King Cole covers album and the encore was two of his own.
You could hear a pin drop while he sung then the crowd burst into big applause at the end of each song.
The strings from the orchestra sounded amazing on some of the tracks.
Gregory said the cameras were here to film the show...not sure if it was for tv or DVD...
A top notch quality voice and a very enjoyable show.
Setlist tonight included...
Mona Lisa
Nature Boy
When Love Was King
Miss Otis Regrets
The Christmas Song
Pick Yourself Up
Encore :
Hey Laura
Don't Loose Your Steam

Monday 02 April 2018.
Richard BransonVirgin Group founder speaks at a news conference Friday, March 30, 2018, in Las Vegas.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be overhauled over the next several months following its purchase Friday by billionaire Richard Branson.
The property with about 1,500 rooms and suites off the Las Vegas Strip and eventually become Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. It will continue to operate under the Hard Rock brand through the end of 2019, when the renovations are expected to be completed.
When I toured The West Coast in 1995 i visited The Hard Rock Hotel just three months after it opened.
I remember playing on a Sex Pistols gaming machine.
In 2003 I saw The Sex Pistols play there when it was a perfect 2000 capacity venue.
In 2009 it was refurbished and now holds 4000.
In June 2002 influential rock bassist John Entwistle of The Who died in one of the hotel's rooms. The hotel management originally refused to release the room number out of respect, but later reports indicate that Entwistle died in Room 658 (considered a "deluxe suite"). Many fans still pay tribute to Entwistle, by visiting the hotel.

Sunday 01 April 2018.
TOTO live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Toto still feature three original members from 1976 including guitarist Steve Lukather.
Widely known for the Top 20 hits "Hold the Line" (1979), "Rosanna"(1983) and "Africa"(1983).
I have seen them five times in 1982, 1988, 1990, 2003, 2015.
The band has released 17 studio albums, and has sold over 40 million records worldwide.
The group was honored with several Grammy Awards in their career.
Their current European Tour recently included an impressive 15,800 capacity sold out show at
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam on 17 March 2018 that was recorded for a live DVD.
American soft rockers TOTO play a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall.
TOTO arrive on stage at 7.45pm and play for a nice long 2 hours 20 mins.
A nice stage production with a lot of lights.
Eight top notch musicians on stage including a massive drum kit and percussion set up in both rear corners.
Steve Lukather’s guitar shredding was greeted with standing ovations, but there was nothing to beat the hits for galvanising the room. 'Hold The Line' was played early on and the strong hooks of 'Rosanna' were great to hear ,while the earnest, soaring 'Africa' remains their most accomplished period piece.
'Hold The Line' was one of four tracks played from their debut album that was released back in 1978.
I remember buying it 40 years when it came out.
Vocalist Joseph Williams (whose dad is film composer John Williams) looked a bit odd in a big cloak.
Several songs plodded a bit but there were plenty of great moments.
Overall a very enjoyable show.
Full Toto setlist played tonight...
Hold the Line
Lovers in the Night
Spanish Sea
I Will Remember
English Eyes
Jake to the Bone
Semi-Acoustic set
Miss Sun
Georgy Porgy
Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover) (co-written by Toto's Steve Porcaro)
No Love
Stop Loving You
Girl Goodbye
Dune (Desert Theme)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover)
Make Believe
The Road Goes On

Saturday 31 March 2018.
EVANESCENCE with orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
Evanescence play the second of two shows at this venue.
Evanesence are an American 'operatic gothic rock' band.
Their debut album 'Fallen' has sold a staggering 17 million copies worldwide since it's 2003 release.
Check out the videos on YouTube of their big hits from that album 'Bring Me To Life' and 'My Immortal'.
Both have had nearly half a billion views each...WOW!...
They are on a European Tour as part of a massive world tour to promote their fourth studio album
'Synthesis' which was released in 2017.
Their singer Amy Lee said that the album is about "orchestra and electronica", and that the band is taking selected songs from their previous albums and stripping out the rock guitars and drums, rebuilding them into a classical arrangement reminiscent of a soundtrack. The album will also contain two brand new tracks.
SUPPORT ACT tonight was actually the 30 piece orchestra that would play with the band later.
They arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for a nice 25 mins.
Full setlist played tonight...
La Chasse (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)
Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven cover)
Lacrimosa (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)
Sally's Song (Danny Elfman cover)
Zelda's Lullaby (Koji Kondo & Asuka Ohta cover)
Together Again (Instrumental)
EVANESCENCE with orchestra arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for around 90 mins.
Singer Amy Lee is wearing a stunning big dress.
Lee is a powerful theatrical vocalist and was equally formidable on the piano.
Passion is written across her face; the intense emotion that supplements each string of words.
Incredible drummer Will Hunt is up high on a podium tossing his sticks and crafting outrageous fills,
and shaking his hair , and looking a bit like Taylor Hawkins from The Foo Fighters.
He is actually playing electronic drums rather than a standard drum kit.
The big hits from 2003 , 'Bring Me To Life' and 'My Immortal' were superb highlights.
An enjoyable show.
Full Evanescence setlist played tonight...
Never Go Back
End of the Dream
My Heart Is Broken
Bring Me to Life (a number one hit in 2003)
Secret Door
Lost in Paradise
Your Star
My Immortal ( a number seven hit in 2003)
The In-Between
Speak to Me (Amy Lee song)
Good Enough
Swimming Home
Fact of the day...
Bob Dylan's debut live performance of his classic 'Mr Tambourine Man' was at this venue on 17 May 1964.

Saturday 31 March 2018.
Going to a gig once a fortnight can increase your lifespan by up to nine years.
Research says that going to gigs "directly links high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years."
This means that there could be a connection between attending concerts and how long you live.
"Research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and well-being - with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,"
To determine the results of the study, test subjects participated in "psychometric testing and heart rate tests" as they did activities that were positive for their health including attending concerts, doing yoga and dog-walking.
Results showed that people who attended gigs had an increase of 25 percent in feelings of self worth and closeness to others and a 75 percent increase in mental stimulation.

Friday 30 March 2018.
Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton who is 73 today.
Happy Birthday to dj Johnnie Walker who is 73 today...(yes exactly the same day as Eric )
His BBC Radio 2 show on Sundays at 3pm featuring 1970s tracks is one of my fave radio shows.

Thursday 29 March 2018.
STEVEN WILSON + RICHARD BARBIERI live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Steven Wilson plays the last of three shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Prog rocker who is getting more and more popular will play mainly solo tracks along with a few tracks
from his time in Porcupine Tree.
His huge global tour marks the release of Steven Wilson’s expansive fifth solo album 'To The Bone '.
Last year it reached an impressive number three in the UK charts.
I saw him play at this venue on his last tour a couple of years ago.
Pretty amazing he played two nights at this iconic venue last time without any tv or radio exposure and
doubly amazing he can play three nights here this week without the general public knowing who he is.
Real music fans will always find what they want.
His work has largely stayed away from mainstream music, and he has been described by publications such as The Daily Telegraph as "the most successful British artist you’ve never heard of."
There was no support act on the first two shows but we have special guests tonight who are the duo
Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Lisen Rylander Löve (saxophone).
Richard used to be in the band Japan who i saw several times in the 1980s and he was also in
Porcupine Tree with Steven Wilson.
They took to the stage at 7.15pm and played for around 40 mins.
A nice surprise was that he played a reworked version of a Japan track 'Ghosts' and
Steven Wilson joined him on guitar for the final track.
Full setlist played tonight...
Night of the Hunter (Part III: Innocence Lost)
Solar Sea
Ghosts (Japan song)
New Found Land
Buying New Soul (Porcupine Tree song) (with Steven Wilson)
STEVEN WILSON was on stage for 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 90 mins.
A nice production with great use of pre-recorded images and short films on the big screen and for some
songs images were projected on to a mesh curtain that would cover the front of the stage.
Speakers were used all around the venue for some songs for a nice quadrophonic sound.
Needless to say all the musicians on stage are top notch.
Early Steven on encouraged the crowd to enjoy themselves as tonight was being filmed for a DVD.
There were some proggy muso moments as you would imagine but also mixed in were some pop and
even a disco tinged song with seven female dancers in colourful costumes.
For the first song on the encore he brought out a small amp and he said
"I will play this one Billy Bragg style" which was great.
The crowd loved it and gave him a full standing ovation at the end.
An enjoyable show.
Full Steven Wilson setlist played tonight....
Intro ("Truth" short film)
Nowhere Now
Pariah (with Ninet Tayeb)
Home Invasion
Regret #9
The Creator Has a Mastertape (Porcupine Tree song)
People Who Eat Darkness (with Ninet Tayeb)
Arriving Somewhere but Not Here (Porcupine Tree song)
Song of I
Lazarus (Porcupine Tree song)
The Same Asylum as Before
Song of Unborn
Sleep Together (Porcupine Tree song)
Even Less (Porcupine Tree song) (SW solo)
Blank Tapes (with Ninet Tayeb)
The Sound of Muzak (Porcupine Tree song)
The Raven That Refused to Sing

Wednesday 28 March 2018...6pm to 9.30pm...
THE COOL VENUE AWARDS 2018 at 100 Wardour, 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.
A buzzing clubby crowd as over 300 guests are here in this bar & restaurant that is on the site of
the legendary Marquee Club where i attended over 50 shows since 1976.
This included six by AC/DC when Bon Scott was their singer.
All six AC/DC shows were in 1976 which included a Monday night residency in the first year they came over.
There was a lot going on here as there were stilt walkers, trapeze acts, contortionists,magicians etc.
At 6.30pm a male singer songwriter sung a few songs.
At 7pm for 30 mins a soul covers band called The Penguin Breakdown played a few well known classics.
The awards were given out from 7.45pm to 8.15pm.
Most of the nominees were from London with winners including The Ned and The Curtain.
Outside of London a winner was Hotel Gotham in Manchester.
Levi Roots was here to collect an award for Levi Roots' Caribbean Smokehouse , Stratford, East London.
After the awards a dj played a lively set of dance floor gems.
Complimentary gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, wines and beers for all guests.
www.coolvenueawards.comVisit their website for full list of nominees and winners.

Tuesday 27 March 2018...6.15pm to 9.15pm...
ONE WIMPOLE STREET - showcase - 1 Wimpole Street, London W1.
Wimpole Street is a street in Marylebone, Central London. Located in the City of Westminster, it is associated with private medical practice and medical associations. No. 1 Wimpole Street is an example of Edwardian baroque architecture, completed in 1912 by architect John Belcher as the home of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Wimpole Street was home to a few celebrities, such as Paul McCartney who lived at the home of the Asher family at 57 Wimpole Street in 1964–1966 during his relationship with Jane Asher.At this address John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the front basement room, while McCartney wrote the tune to "Yesterday" in a box room at the top of the house.
We have showaround of their many spaces that can host from 12 guests to 300 guests and a speech.
Then we have lots of complimentary food and drinks.
Many food stations including a very tasty seafood one that included grilled scallops ,crab meat,
three types of salmon and more.
Also Indian, Italian, Mexican, Spanish,Sushi , Cheese Selection, Desserts, Ice-Creams and more.
Also two different cocktails, wines and beers for all.
All guests got a small goodie bag on departure.
Really enjoyable event with restaurant quality type food. their website here for more info.

Monday 26 March 2018.
From 01 Feb to 31 March 2018...Legendary celebrity photographer DAVE HOGAN has an exhibition.
Showcasing a number of unseen signed iconic images from celebrity photographer Dave Hogan's portfolio.
Over the past 40 years he has taken photos of The Rolling Stones, Prince, Madonna,David Bowie ,U2,
The Who, Queen and many others for The Sun Newspaper and many more.
Dave Hogan was the official photographer for the Rolling Stones in Cuba 2016.
It is being held at The Trafalgar Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London admission...
7pm to 9pm....VIP / Auction evening , 6th Floor Rooftop Bar, The Trafalgar Hotel, London SW1.
The clocks have gone forward and it's still daylight when we arrive on the balcony of the hotel.
I must admit I was really looking forward to this event.
Lots of nice drinks and canapés but there was no real vibe like there should have been.
Around 30 signed images are spread around the venue which were nice to see.
Dave Hogan himself was here but not one musician or celebrity has come out to support him.
This venue holds around 150 but there is maybe just 50 guests here at most.
A nice enough event but just not as good as expected.
Complimentary Moet champers, vodka cocktails, wines, beers and canapés.

Monday 26 March 2018.
Happy Birthday to Aerosmith singer STEVEN TYLER who is 70 today.
I have seen Aerosmith around 15 times with the first time being in 1976 when they
played their debut London show at Hammersmith Odeon.
Steven Tyler plays his first ever UK solo show at The Forum in London Tues 07 Aug 2018.
Before you rush out to buy tickets.....they are expensive...
£100 for stalls standing and rear circle seats.
£130 for front circle reserved seats.

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Sunday 25 March 2018 - Def Leppard + Slydigs
Rock legends Def Leppard play their first ever show at this iconic venue.
I have seen Def Leppard over 20 times since 1979 when i saw them supporting AC/DC
at a couple of shows at Hammersmith Odeon.
Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies
in the U.S.A, which were 'Hysteria' released in 1987 with 12m sold and 'Pyromania' released in 1983 with 10m sold.
They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40 year career.
This will be their first show of the year before they play yet another massive summer North American tour.
At the end of the year Def Leppard return to the UK for a full arena tour....with Cheap Trick as the support...
Support band Slydigs i have seen before when they supported The Who.
Amazingly tonight's show is not sold out as they have not sold any choir seats as there was a corner
block on each side of the circle that was still unsold....very surprising.
SLYDIGS were on on stage from 7.30pm and played for around 35 mins.
Slydigs played a good solid set of their rock tracks.
During the interval I bumped into Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and his wife.
Some of you may remember that Paul Cook was in a band with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen
called Man-Raze who i saw a couple of times.
The Who's Roger Daltrey introduced Def Leppard to the stage tonight.
DEF LEPPARD were on stage from 8.50pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.
They had the biggest stage production of the week as they had three big screens mixing
live footage along with some very colourful pre-recorded graphic images.
A nice rockin' atmosphere as it is floor standing tonight and their 'big loud sound' is great.
Singer Joe Elliot wandered into the stalls seating for one song.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell is a cancer survivor.
Always pretty amazing how they stood by drummer Rick Allen who overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.
They have so many big catchy singalong rock songs.
A great show.
Full Def Leppard setlist played tonight...
Intro - Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who song) (most of the song played on tape and band joined in at the end )
Let's Go
Let It Go
Love Bites
Armageddon It
Rock On (David Essex cover)
Man Enough
When Love and Hate Collide
Bringin' on the Heartbreak
Switch 625
Let's Get Rocked
Pour Some Sugar on Me
Rock of Ages

Sunday 25 March 2018.
Happy Birthday to Sir Elton John who is 71 today

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This is TCT show number six here this week and this is my fourth show of the run.
Saturday 24 March 2018. Kasabian + Spring King
I have seen Kasabian around a dozen times since their debut album came out.
I have seen them twice in the past year at The Forum and The 02 Arena...always a really great live band...
An incredible FIVE out of their six studio albums have reached the number one spot in the UK.
Support band Spring King are a good new band who i saw last summer.
They released their debut album 'Tell Me If You Like To ' on Island Records in 2016.
Totally sold out tonight including choir seats behind the stage and gallery standing.
Kasabian fans are drinking the bars dry on this Saturday night.
SPRING KING arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for around 30 mins.
Lots of good uptempo short songs played in their set.
The drummer is the main singer with the others on backing vocals.
All the guitars and bass are being played high up on their chests.
Full Spring King setlist played tonight...
Ready for War
Who Are You?
Nice tunes played during the interval including The Dead Boys, Gang of Four, Television and The Runaways.
KASABIAN arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for around 1 hour 45 mins.
Lots of lights in the production but Kasabian have decided not to use the big screen behind them.
All the main members of the band are wearing white jackets.
A very lively crowd as its floor standing and everyone else is standing from the start.
Like last night the mosh pit at the front is a mass of bodies dancing around madly.
Serge is no ordinary bass player as he dominates the stage with his antics as he dances at
the front of the stage and wandered up into choir seats during 'Treat'.
They have so many great 'dance rock' tunes that get the crowd worked up.
Pretty amazing they can still write a classic like 'Bless This Acid House' on their sixth album.
Final song 'Fire' had everyone crouching down then they all got up and went mental.
A great show.
Full Kasabian setlist tonight..
Ill Ray (The King)
Shoot the Runner
You're in Love With a Psycho
Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From the Storm)
The Party Never Ends
Club Foot
Switchblade Smiles
Bless This Acid House
Praise You (Fatboy Slim cover)
L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)
Comeback Kid
Vlad the Impaler

Friday 23 March 2018.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + RUTS DC live at The Forum, London.
Northern Irish punk legends SLF are playing the last date on their annual March UK tour.
Both bands are celebrating around 40 years since they first started.
I have seen SLF around 20 times since 1978 when they were a support act.
I have seen Ruts DC with their original singer back in the day and with the recent line-up.
RUTS DC arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 45 mins.
Pretty much all the crowd have arrived early to catch Ruts DC.
Lots of my punk rockin' chums in the crowd which is always great to see.
The band sound really good and play mega versions of 'In A Rut' and 'Babylon's Burning'
which go down well with the crowd.
Full setlist played tonight...
SUS (The Ruts song)
Mighty Soldier
West One (Shine On Me) (The Ruts song)
Music Must Destroy
Staring at the Rude Boys (The Ruts song)
Jah War (The Ruts song)
Kill The Pain
In a Rut (The Ruts song)
Babylon's Burning (The Ruts song)
Psychic Attack
Society (The Ruts song)
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
As soon as SLF start the first song the stalls standing at the front is a heaving mass of dancing bodies.
Singer Jake Burns introduces each song with a few words on how the lyrics came about.
A nice mixture of the usual classics and some rarely played tracks.
Loads of lethal uptempo punk gems played including 'Nobody's Hero' , 'Gotta Getaway','Tin Soldiers',
'Suspect Device' and their glorious anthem 'Alternative Ulster'.
Excellent show.
Full SLF setlist played tonight...
Wait and See
Nobody's Hero
Gotta Gettaway
Can’t Believe in You
Roots, Radicals, Rockers & Reggae
Safe as Houses
Barbed Wire Love
Tilting At Windmills
Just Fade Away
Is That What You Fought the War For?
Doesn't Make It Alright (The Specials cover)
(I Could Be) Happy Yesterday
Wasted Life
My Dark Places
At the Edge
Tin Soldiers
Suspect Device
Johnny Was (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)
Alternative Ulster
11.10pm to 12pm.
After-party in the balcony bar for around 50 or 60 guests.
It is a pay bar.
The SLF band members eventually turn up.
It was still in full swing when i departed the building.

Friday 23 March 2018.
NILE RODGERS is to take up a new role at Abbey Road Studios - home to some of the most revered albums of all time.
The disco legend will be the studio's chief creative advisor - nurturing new talent, as well as recording with some of rock and pop's biggest artists.
The 65-year-old, who is recording a new Chic album, will also use the studio as his primary creative base in the UK.

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This was show number four of the TCT week of gigs and my third show here this week.
Thursday 22 March 2018.
ROGER DALTREY + Dr Peppers Jaded Hearts Club Band live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Rock legend Roger Daltrey now aged 74 plays a rare solo UK show.
Roger Daltrey new solo album 'As Long As I Have You ' is set to arrive on June 1 via Polydor Records.
I have seen him solo a couple of times before at The Royal Albert Hall as well as many Who shows,
including Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 and Charlton Football Ground in 1976...both with Keith Moon.
I have seen The Who around 30 times over the past 40 odd years including...
1979 - Concert For Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon
1999 - Shepherds Bush Empire
2000 - Wembley Arena when Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros were the support act
2002 - The Greek Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles
The Who frontman said what to expect from his own set: “I’m looking forward to playing The Who hits and I will also be revisiting some of the rarer songs that I’ve recorded with The Who and as a solo artist. By ‘rarer’ I mean songs like ‘How Many Friends’, ‘Its Not Enough’, ‘Giving It All Away’ and others that were never played live before.”
Exciting news! The Who's legendary 1968 Live At Fillmore East has been fully restored and mixed and is being released on 2CD and 3LP on 20th April. The show is regarded by fans as the ‘holy grail’ of Who live shows equalling the legendary ‘Live At Leeds’ album.
Surprisingly the circle upstairs was half empty tonight as unsold.
DR PEPPERS JADED HEARTS CLUB BAND arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.
This supergroup have pretty much come out of nowhere and their ranks include Matt Bellamy ( Muse),
Graham Coxon (Blur), Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails) and the drummer from The Zutons.
They said this was only their sixth gig and as far as i know this was their debut British show.
As with their other shows, their set was all cover versions of classics by The Beatles.
The band are all looking super cool in black bomber jackets, black trousers and black shirts.
The big screen was showing them all in black and white only which was a very nice touch.
A great set with those classic Beatles gems got them a full standing ovation from the crowd.
Full setlist played tonight....
I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles cover)
Please Please Me (The Beatles cover)
Bad Boy (The Beatles cover)
Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles cover)
Money (That's What I Want) (The Beatles cover)
Taxman (The Beatles cover)
Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles cover)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover)
ROGER DALTREY and his band arrived on stage at 8.55pm and played for 1 hours 40 mins.
I have a great seat in a Level 1 box left of stage and in the box next to me is legendary long time Who
manager Bill Curbishley and Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot.
Really looking forward to Sundays Def Leppard show.
All the crowd are up and standing as soon as Roger and the band arrive on stage.
There is a big screen mixing live footage with pre-recorded images.
Roger's voice is on top form and he still has a healthy full head of hair for his age of 74.
Simon Townshend is the main guitarist in the band.
A perfect mix of solo material along with Who hits and Who rarer tracks.
Mega versions of Who classics 'Pinball Wizard', 'Who Are You' and 'Baba O'Riley'.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Overture (The Who song)
Pinball Wizard (The Who song)
Who Are You (The Who song)
Another Tricky Day (The Who song)
Behind Blue Eyes (The Who song)
Giving It All Away (Leo Sayer cover) (Rogers only Top 10 solo single...from 1973)
Athena (The Who song)
I Can See for Miles (The Who song)
Days of Light
After the Fire
Going Mobile (The Who song)
How Many Friends (The Who song) (dedicated to Mark Zuckerberg from FaceBook)
The Real Me (The Who song)
Without Your Love
Baba O'Riley (The Who song)
Young Man Blues (Mose Allison cover)
As Long As I Have You (Premiere: First time ever)
Always Heading Home

Wednesday 21 March 2018... I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.30pm
FRENCH FORUM DESIGN 2018 - Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1.
Annual event showcasing 11 French masters of design & craftsmanship.
Bignon Dervaux
Atelier Saint Didier
Duvivier Canapés
Maison Images d''Epinal
La Cornue
Maison Fey
Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne
Atelier Steaven Richard
Complimentary Laurent Perrier Rose champers, canapés and pastries for all guests.
www.businessfrance.frVisit their website here for more info.
Teenage Cancer Trust shows at The Royal Albert Hall continue...
This was show number three of seven and my second show.
Would you like to donate £5 to Teenage Cancer Trust?
Main sponsors ALDI will match all £5 text donations...text NURSE to 70500...
Wed 21 March - CHIC with Nile Rodgers.
I first saw Nile Rodgers with Chic twice in 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon at the height of disco.
Expect a set of Chic classics and covers of the acts he has produced including Sister Sledge,
David Bowie, Madonna, Daft Punk and Diana Ross.
Nile has been involved with 300 million album sales and 50 million singles worldwide.
Nile Rodgers is a multi-Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist.
Nile Rodgers himself is a two time cancer survivor.
A fully sold out show including choir seats behind the stage and gallery standing.
CHIC with NILE RODGERS arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for around 90 mins.
Niles and all the band are dressed in white suits and the two female backing singers are in sparkly dresses.
All the crowd are up and dancing from the start to create a fantastic disco party atmosphere.
A big screen mixing mixing live footage and pre-recorded images.
A superb set as each song is a well known classic that everyone knows.
An excellent show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Everybody Dance (Chic )
Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Chic )
I Want Your Love (Chic )
I'm Coming Out / Upside Down (Diana Ross cover)
He's the Greatest Dancer (Sister Sledge cover)
We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)
Like a Virgin (Madonna cover)
Lost In Music (Sister Sledge cover)
Thinking of You (Sister Sledge cover)
My Feet Keep Dancing (Chic )
Chic Cheer (Chic)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)
My Forbidden Lover (Chic)
Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)
Le Freak (Chic)
Good Times (Chic) (with over 50 fans on stage for a dance)
Encore was Niles shaking hands with the crowd for five minutes and throwing out guitar picks.

Tuesday 20 March 2018...I went to three events today...
3.30pm to 5.15pm
WESTFIELD - opening day of the new extension - White City, London W12.
With the extension WESTFIELD will be the largest shopping centre in Europe.
The transformation of this area opposite the old BBC Television Centre has been pretty amazing.
I knew the area in the 1970s and 1980s when it was a bit of underused land full of car scrapyards,
coach and lorry parks, industrial units and the BBC staff overflow car park.
The £600m extension is nearer the White City end rather than the Shepherds Bush end where the
original was opened nearly ten years ago in Oct 2008.
The extension has space for 90 new stores, some are open now and some are still to open.
Those open include John Lewis, Adidas, Boots ,Lush, Mango, Space NK , H & M and lesser known names.
The John Lewis store is over four floors and will employ more than 500 staff.
Bluebird restaurant & bar will open in April.
Some stores are giving out complimentary drinks and nibbles. the WESTFIELD website for here for my info.
6.15pm to 7.45pm
CHRISTIAN BENTEKE - Bespoke Collection Launch Party -
Apsley Tailors Showroom, 13 Pall Mall, London SW1.
Christian Benteke is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Crystal Palace
and the Belgium national team.
Christian Benteke was here from 7pm for around 30 mins and was chatty and friendly to all.
Christian Benteke wearing the signature red and back Apsley Dinner Jacket. Crystal Palace Midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saracen’s players, Scott Spurling and Mark Flanagan were also amongst the guests.
Complimentary prosecco, Gin & Tonics and canapés for all guests.
www.apsleytailors.comVisit the APSLEY TAILORS website here for more info.
8pm to 9.15pm
3DEXCITE UK LAUNCH - 11 Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair , London W1.
Powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, 3DEXCITE creates real-time, high-end visualizations for powerful product experiences. 3DEXCITE software, solutions, and CGI services provide high-end 3D visualizations in real-time for high-impact storytelling across all media channels.
My first time in this refurbished Mayfair space.
There are 20 cameras around the venue to monitor body movement when you put on the 3D headset.
Complimentary champers ,wines and lots of canapés for all guests.
www.3dexcite.comVisit the 3DEXCITE website here for more info.

Tuesday 20 March 2018.
Sad news that KATIE BOYLE has died aged 91.
Her agent, June Ford-Crush, tweeted at 4.30pm today: "I am very sad to announce the death of Katie Boyle (Lady Saunders) who I was proud to represent in the latter days of her working career.
"The Italian born actress, TV personality, agony aunt and games show panellist , died peacefully at home."
She presented the 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974 Eurovision Song Contests, all of which were in the UK.
The well-known fixture on British screens in the 1960s and 1970s is said to have died peacefully at home today.

Tuesday 20 March 2018.
This sounds very interesting.
Rivals AEG who own The 02 Arena will not be happy with this news.
Madison Square Garden Co. are to build a new concert arena in London called The Sphere.
It will be on the land owned by The London Stadium at Stratford which is just 5 miles from The 02.
RINGO STARR was Knighted today at Buckingham Palace so is now a 'Sir' like Macca.

Teenage Cancer Trust shows at The Royal Albert Hall as usual will have a great mix of acts.
I have been to two or three shows on each of the years it has been going.
Roger Daltrey says, "We’re now into our 18th year of Teenage Cancer Trust Shows at the Royal Albert Hall and in that time these concerts have raised well over £25 million, as well as giving the Teenage Cancer Trust a voice to educate the public about the special needs of this group within the NHS".
Like previous shows there will be a 10 mins film about TCT shown before each headliner and around 20 of
the youngsters from the wards will take a bow on stage.
Monday 19 March 2018.
UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey.
UB40 have had 17 Top 10 hit singles in the UK including 3 number ones.
UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey release their new album A Real Labour Of Love on 02 March 2018.
It went straight into the charts at number two.
Lead single from the album is ‘She Loves Me Now’.
I have seen UB40 over 15 times since 1980 when they supported The Pretenders at Brunel University.
Will the real UB40 please stand up? Fans are seeing double as two bands- with rival singers, who are brothers.
Yes there are two versions of UB40 currently touring and are sometimes playing the same venues.
The other version of UB40 is playing The Royal Albert Hall in the summer.
Support acts at RAH are Three The Hard Way – Dennis Bovell, Brinsley Forde and David Hinds.
They were members of Matumbi, Aswad and Steel Pulse.
First on will be Hollie Cook.....and reggae dj David Rodigan MBE will host the evening...
Hollie Cook and band leave for America the day after this show to play shows there.
We have an an evening of British reggae from all three acts.
All three acts have use of the big screen.
HOLLIE COOK arrives on stage at 7.30pm and plays just for 20 mins.
Pretty criminal that Hollie is allowed just four songs but better than nothing I suppose.
Hollie and her big smile skip around the stage as sings her cool reggae 'tropical pop' sound.
Hollie is promoting her great third album 'Vessel of Love'.
Tracks played included ''Angel Fire' and 'Stay Alive'...a short but sweet set...
Her dad is Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook who was here tonight with his wife Jeni.
Also spotted was Bill Curbishley , legendary manager of The Who for over 45 years.
He has managed Judas Priest, as well as Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
He was responsible for the reunification of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, which began under
Curbishley’s charge with the No Quarter album and tour in 1994.
Curbishley ultimately managed Plant for 26 years – from 1982 onwards – and Page for just over a decade.
THREE THE HARD WAY arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for around 40 mins.
The band are named after the 1974 action blaxploitation film 'Three the Hard Way'.
The show tonight is a one off just for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Fourteen people on stage including three female backing singers and a three man brass section.
A lively set that got most of the crowd up and dancing with highlights including...
Don't Turn Around - a number one hit for Aswad in 1988
Shine - Aswad song
Handsworth Revolution - Steel Pulse song
UB40 arrive on stage at 9.25pm and play for around 95 mins.
The designation UB40 stood for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40...(the dole card you signed on with as id).
UB40 were known for their reggae cover versions of well known songs as well as their own material.
They have soooo many hits that you kinda forget how many they have had over their 40 year career.
Everyone is up and dancing from the start to their gentle reggae vibes.
A very enjoyable evening.
Highlights included...
Homely Girl
One in Ten
Rat in mi Kitchen
Kingston Town
Many Rivers To Cross
Encores :
Food for Thought
I Can't Help Falling In Love with You
Red Red Wine