News and Reviews: May 29, 2018

Tuesday 29 May 2018.
The planning row between ROBBIE WILLIAMS and JIMMY PAGE goes to court today.
Robbie Williams wants to build a basement with a swimming pool.
Jimmy Page has opposed the work saying 'there would be major disruption'.
They are neighbours in Holland Park.
Happy Birthday to NOEL GALLAGHER who is 51 today.
Wanna see a picture of me with my security mate Ian at The Rolling Stones , London Stadium.
Visit my FaceBook page for Ray Morrissey.




Monday 28 May 2018.
NILS LOFGREN live at The Barbican, London.
Nils Lofgren is on a UK tour titled '50 Years...Up The Road'.
An intimate acoustic evening of songs and stories with Nils Lofgren
Celebrating his 50th year of touring professionally, Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band Member and solo artist Nils Lofgren makes his first return to the UK in three years for a 15 city tour, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta. The UK has become his most frequent touring stop outside of the U.S. for half a century. Drawing from an expansive repertoire of a lifetime in Rock and Roll, and sharing many memorable stories along the way, Nils will pick up on the magical experience of his last critically acclaimed UK run.
Nils started his career early as a 16 year old...he is now aged 66...
I have seen Nils solo over 15 times since 1976 and many times as part of The E Street Band.
These were the first four Nils Lofgren gigs i went to...
Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 09.05.1976
Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 10.05.1976
Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers...Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1977
Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren... Wembley Stadium, London 18.08.1979
Nils has released a 'Live in the UK' cd album as well as a 10 cd/DVD box set.
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In interviews Nils has been saying he will be signing things at meet & greets at every UK show.
I get to the venue at 7pm and Nils is signing before the show as well as after the show.
I have my 1977 American Import double vinyl album of his 'Night After Night'.
I get the front cover signed before the show and the inside cover signed after the show.
I had a quick chat with him about his gigs in the 1970s and he told me that
Roger Daltrey had come to the Tunbridge Wells , Kent show a few days ago.
NILS LOFGREN takes to the stage just after 7.35pm and plays for a nice long 2 hours 20 mins.
His most well known solo songs were in the second half of the set.
Lots of great stories between songs including how he joined Neil Young's band at just age 19, playing piano and guitar on the album After the Gold Rush.Lofgren maintained a close musical relationship with Young, appearing on his Tonight's the Night album and tour among others.
Also joining The E Street Band in 1984 for the 'Born In The USA' tour and still there after 34 years.
In the 1970s he thought he needed a stage gimmick and that's where his legendary 'trampoline back flip' would come in.
I saw him do this a few times and Bruce asked him to do it on early E Street Band tours.
Nils said he had his hips replaced a decade ago and the doctor told him 'no more trampolining'.
Nils was playing mainly acoustic guitar but electric guitar was used on three songs.
Greg was playing mainly keyboards but also played acoustic guitar and trumpet on a few songs.
They both did a full on tap dancing routine during one song which was great to watch.
Lots of very nifty guitar from Nils who really is a musicians musician.
The main highlights were 'Keith Don't Go', 'I Came To Dance', 'No Mercy',
and encores of 'Because the Night' and 'Shine Silently'.
A full standing ovation at the end for this great show.
Full Nils Lofgren setlist played tonight...
Wonderland
Rock 'n' Roll Crook
Like Rain (Grin song)
Black Books
Sticks and Stones
Code of the Road
Rusty Gun (Grin song)
You
Life
Girl In Motion
Believe (Grin song)
Goin' Back (Carole King cover)
Too Many Miles
Keith Don't Go
I Came To Dance
No Mercy
Encore:
Because the Night (Patti Smith Group hit written by Bruce Springsteen) (Nils on electric guitar)
Shine Silently (Nils on electric guitar)





Sunday 27 May 2018.
THE CHRISTIANS + HUE & CRY live at ULU Live at Student Central, Malet Street ,London WC1.
A nice double bill of acts who had big success in the late 1980s / early 1990s.
The Christians are on a 30th anniversary UK tour.p
The Christians had 10 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
I first saw The Christians in 1988 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Hue & Cry are promoting their great new album 'Pocketful Of Stones'.
I first saw Hue & Cry in 1987 when they supported Madonna at Wembley Stadium.
Hue & Cry had 4 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
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This was my first show at this venue since it re-opened last year after refurbishment
with a slightly different name change and now with a 850 capacity.
It is only a few minutes walk North of the sadly missed Astoria.
HUE & CRY arrived on stage and 8pm and played for 55 mins.
As they are not headlining it is just the two brothers with keyboards rather than the full band.
Pat Kane is a great lyricist with a strong clear voice and you can make out every word.
A great mix of their older hits and tracks from the new album.
Each song had a nice introduction about how it came about including the touching
'The Way She Flies' which was about Pat's daughter leaving home and forging her own path.
They finished with their mega classic Top 10 hit from 1987 'Labour of Love'.
Full Hue & Cry setlist played tonight...
Ordinary Angel
I Refuse
Pocketful of Stones
Looking For Linda
It Happened Here
Violently
Heading For a Fall
My Salt Heart
Mother Glasgow
The Way She Flies
Labour of Love
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THE CHRISTIANS arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 65 mins.
Garry Christian is still on lead vocals.
A hits packed set as they played seven of their Top 40 singles.
Lots of Scouse banter from Garry between songs including a bit of moaning
as there was a whistle/buzzing sound that he could hear in the monitors but when they
started playing the crowd couldn't hear it but he could.
An enjoyable evening with two good bands.
Full Christians setlist played tonight...
I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan cover)
Born Again
Greenbank Drive
Words
Forgotten Town
Ideal World
When The Fingers Point
Hooverville (and they promised us the world)
Encore:
Harvest For The World (Isley Brothers cover)
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Both acts did a meet & greet after their sets and signed albums etc.





Sunday 27 May 2018.
Those who share the same birthday as me include...
Happy Birthday to punk legend SIOUXSIE SIOUX who is 61 today.
Happy Birthday to footie legend PAUL GASCOIGNE who is 51 today.
Happy Birthday to THE SEX PISTOLS classic 'God Save The Queen' which was
released 41 years ago today on my 18th birthday.
Monday 28 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to KYLIE MINOGUE who is 50 today.




Friday 25 May 2018.
THE ROLLING STONES + Florence & The Machine live at The London Stadium, East London.
I was chatting to my Russian chum Iggy outside the stadium before the show so i only caught the
last three songs by support act Florence & The Machine.
Like the first Stones show i watched the support from the seated area on the right of stage and
for The Stones i was in the gold circle , but a bit more to the left side.
Florence was barefoot as she was like a female Mick Jagger as she never kept still as she
skipped, twirled and pogoed around the stage in her full length dress.
The Stones even let her use their catwalk stage extension which Liam Gallagher didn't use.
Florence , like Liam G was given partial use of the big screens.
A good set that finished at 7.45pm and i hope to see a full headline show of hers sometime this year.
Full Florence & The Machine setlist played tonight...
Between Two Lungs
Only If for a Night
Hunger
Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris cover)
Dog Days Are Over
You Got the Love (Candi Staton cover)
Ship to Wreck
What Kind of Man
Shake It Out
Florence & The Machine make a powerful return with the excellent new single 'Hunger'.
Ahead of new album 'High As Hope' which is set to be released on June 29.
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THE ROLLING STONES arrived on stage at 8.20pm and were on stage for two hours.
By the time The Stones came on stage the stadium looked a very full 80,000 capacity crowd.
Again it was 19 songs played but as expected there were a few songs added and left out.
Mick Jagger dominates the stage as usual and he keeps the local knowledge info up between tracks
as he says "we came here on the Jubilee Line" and 'anyone else here from Dartford?".
Keith was wearing a t-shirt and open shirt that were in the claret and blue of West Ham F.C.
Great to see them play 'Dead Flowers' tonight and both Keith songs were different to Tuesday.
Support act Florence Welsh was great on co-vocals for 'Wild Horses'.
During 'Paint It Black' some guys were pointing at the general standing area behind me so i
looked around and a young girl was topless on someone's shoulders.
Mick changed his shirt several times and threw one into the pit crowd during 'Brown Sugar'.
Some nifty bottle neck guitar from Ronnie Wood.
Always great to see Keith and Ronnie giving each other little smiley grins.
An odd sighting was the continuous flow of people going to buy drinks when The Stones were on.
This included the folks in the gold circle who had paid £250 to be there...each to their own i suppose...
Another excellent show by these music legends.
Full Rolling Stones setlist played...
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Let's Spend the Night Together
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
Tumbling Dice
Just Your Fool (Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra cover)
Dead Flowers
Wild Horses (with Florence Welch)
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Paint It Black
Honky Tonk Women (followed by band introductions)
The Worst (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Happy (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Sympathy for the Devil
Miss You
Midnight Rambler
Start Me Up
Brown Sugar
Encore:
Gimme Shelter
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (followed by some fireworks)




Friday 25 May 2018.
There has been so many stories on music artists losing money over the years...
This rock n roll business is not as easy as it seems.
How many ways can artists lose money? Let us count the ways. Bad management, promoters and/or agents; spending on unnecessary services; poor or no legal advice; failure to register with the proper collection agencies; failure to determine ownership splits early in the songwriting and recording processes; not having a solid business manager; and, a more recent addition to the long list: incomplete metadata.



Friday 25 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to PAUL WELLER who is 60 today.



Thursday 24 May 2018...I went to FIVE events tonight...
5.30pm to 6.30pm
FIFTY9 - press view - 59 Berkeley Square, London W1.
This bar has a great location on Berkeley Square with Sexy Fish a few yards away on one side
and Annabel's on the other side.
It is always busy with suits after work and has an outside space where you can watch the world go by.
We each had a couple of complimentary Pornstar Martinis here which were very nice.
They have a happy hour daily from 5pm to 7pm.
www.fifty9bar.co.ukVisit the FIFTY9 website here for more info.
then
6.45pm to 7.30pm
MISTER LASAGNA - 2nd Birthday Party - 53 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1.
A nice buzzy atmosphere here for some Italian hospitality.
They have 21 , yes 21 different types of lasagne here.
We tried a few different small plates of lasagne which were very nice and washed down with prosecco.
www.misterlasagna.co.ukVisit the Mister Lasagne website here for more info.
then
7.40pm to 8.45pm
HUNTSMAN by Pierre Lagrange - private view - Sotheby's, 34 New Bond Street, London W1.
Huntsman are top quality mens tailors who have a store at 11 Savile Row.
They are auctioning some bespoke items including motorbikes and cycles and clothing etc.
Around 200 guests here including many smartly dressed guys.
Complimentary Coates & Seely English Sparkling Wines, Negronis and canapés for all guests.
www.sothebys.com/huntsmanVisit their website for more info on the auction.
then
8.50pm to 9.50pm
ART NIGHT PARTY - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.
Around 300 guests here at this lively party.
The party was hosted by Home & Urban Landscape along with Lombard Odier.
There is a dj playing tunes at the far end.
Complimentary Elephant Gin Cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food and canapés for all guests.
then
10pm to 11.15pm
ARTS FOR INDIA - gala charity evening - BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.
This was the party after the auction and awards earlier in the evening.
They are raising money to help young artists back in India.
Lots of stunning Indian women here in great traditional dresses.
Dj playing a mix of dance tunes and Bollywood tunes as folks danced on the floor.
Complimentary prosecco, wines , beers and Indian canapés for all guests.
www.artsforindia.orgVisit their website here for more info.




Thursday 24 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to BOB DYLAN who is 77 today.




Tuesday 22 May 2018.
THE ROLLING STONES + LIAM GALLAGHER live at The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.
THE ROLLING STONES are playing their first UK & Irish shows for five years.
I have seen The Rolling Stones over 20 times since 1976 when i saw four of their six shows at
Earls Court Arena.
Despite the high ticket prices there are only a couple of unsold blocks at the back.
For Liam G i am in the press/vip block seats right of stage.I spotted Ronnie Woods snooker mate
Jimmy White and fashion designer Pam Hogg...also the guys from Classic Rock and Metal Talk.
For The Stones i am in the gold circle dead centre, just a few feet from the stage walkway extension.
Only The Stones could get a few thousand fans to pay £250 for gold circle tickets.
LIAM GALLAGHER arrived on stage at 7.10pm for his 35 mins set.
I saw Oasis live loads of times but this is my first time seeing Liam solo.
Liam is full of rock n roll attitude on stage as usual.
He is given two sections of the big screens.
He made the wise move of playing a few Oasis classics that the crowd loved and sang along to.
His solo material is decent enough but not nowhere as good as those mega Oasis tunes.
He was joined by Oasis guitarist Bonehead for a couple of songs.
Liam was a perfect support act for The Stones tonight.
Full Liam Gallagher setlist played tonight...
Rock 'n' Roll Star (Oasis song)
Morning Glory (Oasis song)
Greedy Soul
Wall of Glass
You Better Run
Some Might Say (Oasis song) (with Bonehead)
Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis song) (with Bonehead)
Live Forever (Oasis song) (dedicated to the city of Manchester)
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THE ROLLING STONES arrived on stage around 8.25pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
A very nice and new stage production which featured four gigantic longways big screens.
When they were lit up in the second half they looked like massive mobile phones.
The setlist was a staggering collection of mainly classic hits along with a couple of lesser known tracks.
Mick Jagger danced away in that voice that was unweakened by age, hitting a sweet falsetto during a rare outing for the 1976 ballad ' Fool to Cry'. Keith Richards’ two lead vocals were less memorable, but he led the charge with raw guitar work on a drawn-out 'Midnight Rambler'.
Hard to believe that Mick Jagger will be 75 in July as he struts his stuff around the stage.
The Dublin show oddly opened with 'Sympathy With The Devil' but thankfully tonight it is back in the
second half of the set with the full red lighting which worked a treat in the darkness.
Two or three intros to the songs sounded a bit too loose so to speak.
The bottom line is that their catalog of songs is so incredible.
They really put on a stunning show tonight.
I have seen over 50 shows this year including many big names but this was the best gig so far of 2018.
Full Rolling Stones setlist played tonight...
Street Fighting Man
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
Tumbling Dice
Paint It Black
Ride 'Em on Down (Jimmy Reed cover)
Under My Thumb
Fool to Cry (first time played since 17 March 1999)
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Honky Tonk Women (followed by band introductions)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith on vocals)
Slipping Away. (Keith on vocals )
Sympathy for the Devil
Miss You
Midnight Rambler
Start Me Up
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Brown Sugar
Encore:
Gimme Shelter
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (followed by some fireworks)





Tuesday 22 May 2018.
One year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist bombing where 22 innocent victims
were killed at the end of a Ariana Grande concert.
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Happy Birthday to MORRISSEY who is 59 today.
He is five days older than me.



Monday 21 May 2018...I went to two events today.
3.45pm to 6.15pm
LONDON WINE FAIR 2018 at Olympia, West London.
This was day one of this massive three day event.
Some 14,000+ wines from 40 countries on the main floor and upstairs with 5000 guests expected daily.
Whether you're looking for old world classics from the Rothschild Collection to the Rhône, new world stars from Australia to Napa, or emerging wine regions from Romania to Uzbekistan.
Some of my faves were here including TAITTINGER champers and NYETIMBER English Sparkling Wines.
Can you taste the difference between bottles of wine that cost £50 or £25 or less than £10?
We had a bit if fun doing this...and got it wrong quite a lot...good fun though.
www.londonwinefair.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
MAGIC RADIO AT THE MUSICALS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
For one night only leading cast members from London’s best loved shows will perform at Magic at the Musicals with Cadbury Dairy Milk in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, complete with 60 piece orchestra.
Hosts Ruthie Henshall and John Owen Jones will be joined by leading cast members from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Cilla The Musical, School of Rock, Motown The Musical, Wicked, Bat Out of Hell, the stunning King and I, Little Shop of Horrors and a special performance of This Is Me from the smash hit movie musical The Greatest Showman.
Magic Radio has also announced that Company, Dreamgirls, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, MAMMA MIA! The Musical, Chicago , Disney’s The Lion King & Disney’s Aladdin will all take part, as well as performances from West End giants Louise Dearman & Laura Tebutt.
Get ready to sing-a-long to songs from The Wizard and I (Wicked), Bring Him Home (Les Misérables), Little Shop of Horrors, You’re All I Need to Get By (Motown The Musical) and Being Alive (Company) and many more.
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Most of the theatres in the West End are dark (closed) on a Monday evening so that explains
why there are so many big name musicals here tonight.
The show was on for around 2 hours 30 mins over two sets.
I must admit i much prefer musicals to plays when it comes to West End theatre.
I have seen a few of the musicals on show tonight but still have to visit some of them.
Tonight was pretty much one or two songs from each of the musicals listed above.
Songs like 'Bring Him Home' from Les Mis are always mega.
An enjoyable evening.






Sunday 20 May 2018...5pm to 7pm...
It is another sunny day so I get into Windsor a couple of hours early for a mooch about.
It's the day after The Royal Wedding where over 100,000 gathered in Windsor.
The tv coverage was superb and they had a perfect day.
There are still a few tv cameras and media folks floating around here.
The 1000 year old castle dominates the town.
Windsor is a very pretty and historic place to visit and the tourists are out in force today.
The River Thames and it's swans are big attractions.
The boat trips are very popular.
You walk across the bridge into Eton.
Windsor is a wealthy area but it has a big homeless problem.
It even has a Wetherspoons Pub in The High Street.
then
THE BOB DYLAN STORY live at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.
A two hour show featuring mainly his best songs from the heyday era in the 1960s.
Bob Dylan is played by Bill Lennon who for ten years was Keith Richards in the Counterfeit Stones.
There will be a back projection of Dylan photos and news clips from when the songs were written.
I have seen the real Bob Dylan around 25 times since 1978 when he played Earls Court Arena.
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This cosy all seated venue holds around 600 but maybe only half are sold.
Still 300 tickets sold is 'still pretty good for just for a tribute act'.
I have a nice view half a dozen rows from the stage.
The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.
The songs were split pretty much 50/50 with Bob solo acoustic and Bob with the young band.
Not a good start as Bob arrives on stage and he has a terrible wig that looks like a mop.
He says " Bob has written over 350 songs and we will do our best to play all your faves".
Recent Bob Dylan shows only have a couple of songs from his 1960s period so tonight we get
many of his classics that the real Bob Dylan has not played on stage for years.
Between songs we get the story of Bob's life and thoughts behind the songs.
Highlights included mega versions of 'Positively 4th Street' and a more recent track
'Make You Feel My Love' from 1997 which was a big hit by Adele a few years ago.
The show finished with the classic 'Like a Rolling Stone'.
Some nice harmonica on a few songs.
An enjoyable show.
First Set included...
The Times They Are a Changing
Blowin' In The Wind
All Along The Watchtower
She Belongs To Me
Tangled Up In Blue
A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
Mr Tambourine Man
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Lay Lady Lay
Story of The Hurricane
Knocking On Heavens Door
Second Set included...
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Positively 4th Street
Highway 61 Revisited
I Want You
The Mighty Quinn
Make You Feel My Love
Song to Woody
Just Like a Woman
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Everyone Must Get Stoned
Forever Young
Encore :
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Like A Rolling Stone
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www.thebobdylanstory.comVisit the website here for list of tour dates and to buy tickets.
On the way home I was thinking imagine if Bob Dylan announced his farewell tour and
confirmed he would only be playing songs from his 1960s period....that would be a hot ticket.





Thursday 17 May 2018...7pm to 10pm...
THE SHOP AT BLUEBIRD - launch party - Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.
The Shop at Bluebird, the premium concept store owned by the Jigsaw Group, has opened its
new Covent Garden flagship at grade-II listed building Carriage Hall on London’s Floral Street.
The 15,000 sq ft unit is home to a mix of contemporary labels including Rixo London, Ganni and Isa Arfen,
as well as luxury names such as Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Galvin and Peter Pilotto.
The shop designed by architect Dalziel & Pow, has a “playground of wonder” concept.
It features a triple-height atrium, hidden courtyard and a large restaurant.
The Shop at Bluebird closed its flagship on Chelsea’s King’s Road in March.
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A massive store so there must be around 300 guests over the three levels.
A mainly younger fashion crowd but i noticed a group of four older couples upstairs in the corner
and amazingly they included NICK MASON (Pink Floyd) and MIKE RUTHERFORD (Genesis and
Mike and The Mechanics). A bit tricky to butt in when they are all chatting but Mike Rutherford
was more talkative than Nick Mason. I asked Mike about the Foreigner show the night before
and he said "great songs are great songs whoever is singing" and he also mentioned a massive
Mike + The Mechanics UK tour planned for 2019.
To Nick Mason i said "shouldn't you be rehearsing for your gigs at the weekend?"
and he said "not tonight".
Other guests included Amber Le Bon, Richard E Grant, Rosanna Falconer, Reggie Yates , George Lineker ,
Alice Taylor-Leyland, Martha Ward, Alexis Knox, Doina Ciobanu and Victoria Clay.
There were some circus acts and an opera singing act performing.
Also a dj playing some cool tracks.
Complimentary Ciroc vodka cocktails, Negroni's, Rose wine, beers and lots of yummy food including
cheeseburgers, canapés and oysters.
www.theshopatbluebird.comVisit their website here for more info.





Wednesday 16 May 2018.
Foreigner + Joanne Shaw Taylor + John Parr live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
I have seen Foreigner several times since 1978 when I saw them at the legendary Rainbow Theatre.
Original Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones is still there as the only original member.
They have sold multi-millions of albums and singles over the past 40 years.
Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British blues rock guitarist and singer who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The British music publication Blues Matters! called Taylor "the new face of the blues".
John Parr had a big hit with 'St Elmo's Fire' in 1985.
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A nice three act package from promoters Live Nation and the show is sold out.
Mike Rutherford was in the crowd and told my friend that a concert featuring himself and Nick Mason
would be announced soon to benefit Diabetes UK.
JOHN PARR arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 25 mins acoustic set.
Nice to see John Parr on stage as he does not play live that much over here.
Just four songs in his set which included lots of chat and a guitar solo.
Naughty Naughty
The Best a Man Can Get (John wrote this track that was used for a tv ad by Gillette)
Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)
St Elmo's Fire
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JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR & band arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 30 mins.
Joanne has released a few blues rock albums in the past decade.
She is a nifty guitarist and played some nice solos in her good set.
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FOREIGNER arrived on stage at 9.10pm and were on stage for 1 hour 40 mins.
Foreigner played a great set full of their catchy radio friendly singalong pop rock songs.
The drums and keyboards are on a raised platform and we have lots of lights and lasers.
The first 30 mins of the show is pretty much a glorified tribute act as due to his health issues
solo original member Mick Jones now aged 73 only joins the band from track number seven.
This was the same as the last time as when i saw them in London.
And while the rest of the band aren’t original Foreigner members, they’ve all been there for a long time at this point. Lead singer Kelly Hansen joined when Jones resurrected the band in 2005 and has been there ever since. The other current members, Jeff Pilson (bass), Bruce Watson (guitar), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Chris Frazier (drums) and Thom Gimbel (sax/guitar), have all been in the band for many years, some for decades. So while this is not the original Foreigner, they sure do sound like Foreigner.
Singer Kelly Hansen is a front man who seems to possess unlimited energy. He never stopped moving, dancing and working the crowd as he hit all of the notes perfectly on demanding songs such as “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Feels Like the First Time.” Does he sound like original lead singer Lou Gramm? Absolutely so. The crowd didn’t seem to mind the absence of the original voice one bit. Why? Because it sounded so good and so close to the originals.
With his slim Jagger/Tyler frame and look he really is a gem of a rock singer.
Mick Jones got a bit emotional during the encore as he said ' I have always wanted to play this venue
and after 40 years it has finally happened'.
An excellent show.
Full Foreigner setlist played tonight...
Double Vision
Head Games
Cold as Ice
Waiting for a Girl Like You
That Was Yesterday
Dirty White Boy
Feels Like the First Time (Mick Jones joined them from this track onwards)
Urgent
Keyboard Solo
Drum Solo
Juke Box Hero
Encore:
Long, Long Way From Home
I Want to Know What Love Is (with children's choir from Notting Hill)
Hot Blooded





Tuesday 15 May 2018... I went to three events tonight...
5pm to 5.30pm
Signet Contemporary Art - private view - 378 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.
AURA PURE OF CELEBRITIES : New exhibition focused on capturing the Aura Pure of Celebrities includes paintings of Kate Middleton, Prince William, Kim Kardashian, David Beckham, Kate Moss and Britney Spears amongst many others. First exhibition, by aura pure painter and founder of The Aetheric Movement.
It is on until 21 May 2018.
Complimentary drinks for all guests.
www.signetcontemporaryart.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6pm to 8pm
NEVER MIND THE PUNK 45 - private view - Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London W1.
This punk art exhibition comes from up and coming West London artist Mal-One.
Cutting back from the original 7” artworks to show snippets of related material from the bands back story. The use of press cuttings, promo badges, tickets etc, add to the group’s media information. Bands included in the show are Adam & The Ants, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Ian Dury, Generation X, The Jam, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stranglers and X Ray Spex.
It is on until 20 May 2018...nearest tube station is Green Park.
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A nice buzzy atmosphere here and great to see so many of my punk mates.
Paul Wellers sister Nicky is here...she has a coffee table book out called 'Growing Up with The Jam'.
Folks are spilling out on to the pavement outside as it's nice and sunny.
The punk art collages are fantastic to look at and nice bargain prices from just £250 each.
Complimentary prosecco , gin cocktails and beers for all guests
www.herrickgallery.comVisit the Herrick Gallery here for more info.
then
8.05pm to 10.15pm
THE NEW ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS - opening party - Burlington Gardens, London W1.
This was a massive party as there must be at least 1000 guests here tonight.
Guests included Alan Yentob, Jon Snow, Emily Maitlis and Basia Briggs.
The Burlington Gardens end of this building has been closed since 2015 for the major
refurbishment costing over £50 million to coincide with its 250th anniversary.
There is a new raw cool grey-white concrete bridge and corridor that links both ends of the building.
The Royal Academy is now 70 per cent larger so it's now a massive two acre site.
Oddly under the name of art there is a complete bathroom suite outside on one of the balconies.
The new space features the exhibition by Tacita Dean : Landscape.
At 8.25pm TOM ODELL with his piano played three tracks in one of the lecture rooms.
His short set included 'Jealousy' and 'Another Love'.
There was a dj on both sides of the building playing tunes.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers, a choice of three different cocktails, wines, beers
and canapés and a seafood station including oysters for all guests.
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.





Tuesday 15 May 2018.
This week 42 years ago i saw KISS debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon.
15 May 1976
16 May 1976





Monday 14 May 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8.30pm
LAUNCH PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE START OF THE 2018 POLO SEASON -
PJ's Bar & Grill, 52 Fulham Road, London SW3.
Around 250 guests here with many coming from various polo clubs outside of London.
I have been to this great event several times in the past when Bill Wyman and Kenney Jones have
both turned up but sadly neither are here tonight.
At 8pm we had a speech from Brian Stein who owns PJ's and other restaurants.
He was followed by a 10 mins polo themed drag act from the Cafe de Paris.
Polo is a fun outdoor social day out in the summer if you have never been.
Most are on the outskirts of London including Hurtwood Park which Kenney Jones owns.
Cowdray Park in Midhurst, West Sussex is another one set in stunning countryside.
Polo in the Park, Hurlingham Park , Fulham on June 7 , 8 , 9 has gone to great lengths to make polo a
more accessible sport to a wider audience and generation in London.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, strawberry & cranberry vodka cocktails, gin & tonics, wines, beers
and lots of tasty food including mini-lobster rolls, mini-burgers, tempura, canapés and desserts.
www.pjsbarandgrill.co.ukVisit the PJ's website here for future info.
then
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR - album launch show - The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1.
Joining the DS4 on stage will be harmonica man Laurie Garman and vocalists Gemma Vaughan and Eleanor Hawley.
The new DS4 album ' Sweet Georgina ' is released on May 11.
Check out the video for the lead track from the album - 'Little Rock & Roll' - on YouTube.
David says "After three years of blood, sweat and tears, we're proud to say our fifth album, Sweet Georgina, is finally out in the universe. It's available to buy digitally and physically on Amazon and iTunes and to stream on Spotity and Deezer. We really hope you enjoy it.
Our singles Sweet Georgina, Little Rock & Roll and The Rolling People have been available for some time. If you have enjoyed them please go out and buy our new album. It will not disappoint".
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www.davidsinclairfour.comCheck out their website here for more info and to listen to the new album title track.
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My first time at this club venue that is full tonight.
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR were on stage for around 75 mins.
Songwriter, singer and guitarist David Sinclair has led his own band since 2005. With one foot in the blues and the other striding through the modern musical metropolis with a hint of Dire Straits in their sound.
Great lyrics in the well crafted songs that all tell a story with plenty of deft guitar licks throughout.
A nice mix of new album tracks and some older material.
Laurie Garman played some cool harmonica on a few songs.
Setlist included 'Life Gone Cold', 'Sweet Georgina','I'm Clean', 'Little Rock & Roll', 'World Turns Round',
'My Blue Suede Shoes', 'Eight Rounds Later', 'Loneliness Won't Leave Me Alone',
'Coming Off The Rails' and 'Crude Emotion'.
A great band who deserve more attention so go and check out their new album.




Friday 11 May 2018.
NICKELBACK live at The 02 Arena, London.
Nickelback have said they will be playing tracks from all nine of their studio albums.
Nickelback are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 9th album 'Feed The Machine' from 2017.
Nickelback are one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups of all time
and their song "How You Remind Me" was a massive best-selling rock song all over the world.
They are one of those bands that are continually slagged off by critics and rock fans,
but doubt that worries them when they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
The video of 'How You Remind Me ' has been viewed over 350 million times on YouTube.
I have seen Nickelback a few times since 2002 when they headlined Shepherds Bush Empire
on the back of the success of 'How You Remind Me' when it became a mega hit.
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There are half a dozen unsold blocks upstairs in Level 4 but their loyal fans are here in force
even though their heyday period was a decade ago.
NICKELBACK arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for two hours 10 mins.
I am floor standing half way back in front of the mixing desk.
They have a great stage production with three big screens and a barrage of lights.
The pyros and confetti have been left at home this time.
It was a perfect visual treat to look at when the lights were at full tilt.
Plenty of females here swooning over lead singer Chad who stills chats too much between songs with
some banal banter about getting drunk on Jägerbomb's as the stage hand gave him cups of it throughout the show.
Some songs plodded a bit but there were plenty of great rockin' tunes.
Twice they got fans on stage for some audience participation which was very entertaining.
For 'Rockstar' it was a male and female to sing the great lyrics to this excellent song.
The guy got himself noticed in the crowd by wearing a naff lime green t-shirt.
He actually looked like one of The Inbetweeners but did a good job.
Loads of big songs for the crowd to sing loudly along to.
Their anthem 'How You Remind Me' at the end of the main set was mega.
A really good show that the crowd loved.



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