News and Reviews: June 11, 2018

Sunday 10 June 2018.
Paul McCartney hung out with talk show host James Corden in Liverpool at the weekend for what may be something special to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles ‘White Album’.
The word on the street (or in this case maybe Penny Lane) is that McCartney is working on a special edition of ‘The Beatles’ (aka The White Album) for the anniversary this year. ‘The Beatles’ was released on 22 November 1968.
McCartney visited the Philharmonic Dining Rooms at Hope and Hardman Streets in Liverpool
where he performed with his band for a free entry secret gig.
McCartney and Corden were spotted at locations around Liverpool throughout the day, leading to suggestions they may be also have produced a McCartney edition of Carpool Karaoke. The pair also popped up at Penny Lane in Liverpool, the subject of McCartney’s Beatles’ classic.
Full setlist played by Macca on Saturday...
A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles song)
Love Me Do (The Beatles song)
I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles song)
Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)
Birthday (The Beatles song)
I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles song)
Hey Jude (The Beatles song)




Saturday 09 June 2018.
10 years ago this weekend in June 2008 i made one of my maddest ever gig journeys.
Left West London in the Friday morning to see KISS headline Download Festival up in the Derbyshire area
that night ,then trekked down south to catch a ferry to see The Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop & The Stooges
play the Saturday evening at The Isle of Wight Festival.
Stayed down there for Sundays line-up that was headlined by The Police.




Friday 08 June 2018....I went to four events tonight...
The final three were related to London Fashion Week Mens.
6pm to 6.30pm
PALOMA VARGA WEISZ - private view - Sadie Coles Gallery , I Davies Street, London W1.
Woodcarver from Bavaria is showcasing a dozen of her sculptures.
A small gallery but a nice surprise to see actress EMMA THOMPSON here.
Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.
www.sadiecoles.comVisit the gallery website here for more info.
then
6.40pm to 7.40pm
KIRK ORIGINALS - launch party - at Private White VC, 73 Duke Street, London W1.
Kirk Originals presents a ‘Made in England’ collection, designed in London and handmade entirely in England
using the best materials and components...top quality sunglasses...
Around 100 guests here including some very smartly dressed gents.
X Factor presenter DERMOT O'LEARY is here as he is part of The British Fashion Council team.
Also here was the stores mascot dog, Brutus The British Bulldog who was cute and well behaved.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
www.kirkoriginals.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.50pm to 9.20pm
ASOS - menswear presentation - Ham Yard Hotel , London W1.
Around 150 guests here in the nice rooftop bar & garden of this boutique hotel.
There is a stage where a dozen male models are showcasing the clothes.
A dj is playing in the corner.
Complimentary summer cocktails, wines, beers, chicken & beef BBQ, canapés, desserts.
www.asos.comVisit the ASOS website here for more info.
then
9.30pm to 11.30pm
TOPMAN - party - Phoenix Arts Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London WC1.
Around 150 guests here at this party which very lively as a later start and finish.
The music played is much louder and it's a full party vibe.
JEREMY MEEKS was here who is better known as 'The Hot Felon' who shacked up
with Topshop heiress Chloe Green and they recently had a baby together.
For those who need a quick refresher: Jeremy became a star when his mug shot went viral following his arrest in June 2014 for assault, after Californian police posted it to Facebook.
At 10.15pm we had a 30 mins set by up and coming rapper JIMOTHY LACOSTE from Camden.
His dead pan lyrics and Jamiroquai type dancing were a good mix and went down well.
Complimentary prosecco, Negronis, wines, beers, burgers, fish n chips , canapés for all guests.
www.topman.comVisit the TOPMAN website here for more info.




Thursday 07 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
ARTISTS FOR ARTANGEL - launch party - 22 Cork Street, London W1.
Around 50 artists including Rachel Whiteread, Francis Alys, and Roni Horn are offering work in an online auction, as series, editions, & new commissions to help ensure that ArtAngel can produce ambitious projects well into the future.
This new gallery space is massive as there must be 300 guests here.
We had a speech at 7pm outlining ArtAngel plans for the future.
Complimentary Pommery champers, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
www.artangel.org.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 11.15pm
MOËT & CHANDON SUMMER HOUSE - opening party - Grosvenor Square, London W1.
Moët have taken over this very smart townhouse for four days of celebrations for their 275th birthday.
Over 200 guests with many well known faces here at this very lively party.
Jade Jagger, Samantha Cameron, Alice Temperley, Edith Bowman and Tinie Tempah were some of the first guests through the doors of Moët & Chandon’s exclusive Summer House for its VIP launch party. Billed 'the pop-up of the summer', Anya Hindmarch, Caroline Rush, Erdem Moralioğlu , Eric Underwood , Isaac Carew, Jenny Halpern, Patrick Grant and Ophelia Lovibond were also here.
Actor IDRIS ELBA was the dj from 10pm to 11pm and we had a boogie on the floor to his tunes.
Complimentary Moët champers was everywhere and lots of canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a 200ml bottle of Moët Champers and a 200ml bottle of Moët Rose Champers.
A great party.
www.moetsummerhouse.comVisit their website here for tasting sessions/live music sessions.





Thursday 07 June 2018.
Very sad news that 'King of Clubs' legend PETER STRINGFELLOW has died aged 77 due to lung cancer.
The businessman owned a string of clubs - named after himself - around the world, with his first opening in the sixties.
After starting out as music venues, by the 1980s they had became synonymous with topless girls and after-hours entertainment.
His most famous club was in London’s Covent Garden (Stringfellow's) and attracted an array of stars.
The likes of The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Prince , Boy George, Lemmy
and Stephen Hawking all enjoyed nights out at one of his establishments over the years.
Peter once said he fave photo was of him with Stephen Hawking.
I went to Stringfellow's several times and Peter would be there most nights....even when in his 70s.
I still have some VIP voucher invites for complimentary entry and a complimentary glass of champers
for Stringfellow's....maybe go down there and raise a glass to him.




Wednesday 06 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 10pm
THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION - private view - Piccadilly, London W1.
This event is one of the BIG THREE summer social events in London this summer.
The other two , The V & A Summer Party and The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party are held in a fortnight.
I have been here every year for the past decade or so except in June 2014 when i saw two mega
short notice gigs on the same night by PRINCE at The Roundhouse.
Held every year since 1769, it is the worlds longest running annual showcase of contemporary art.
The Great Spectacle : Celebrating 250 Years Of The Summer Exhibition.
Over 1000 works of art on display and to buy.
Works of art on display over several rooms from many major names including Winston Churchill ,
Tracey Emin , JMW Turner, John Constable, Peter Blake, David Hockey and many more.
Annigoni's portrait of The Queen which was first exhibited in 1955 is getting a lot of attention.
Love him or hate him but a portrait of Nigel Farage was also getting a lot of comments.
A massive crowd of around 1000 guests with most paying £295 to be here.
Lots of glammed up women in stunning outfits.
Music guests here included Paloma Faith , Charli XCX and Luke & Danny from the rock group Thunder.
Many other well known names including Tracey Emin, Kelly Hoppen, Ron Dennis, Basia Briggs.
James Norton had girlfriend Imogen Poots on his arm as he joined an A-list crowd at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition VIP preview, including Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Colman, Florence Pugh, Jennifer Saunders, Graham Norton, Nick Grimshaw, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Dahl, Laura Bailey, Pam Hogg and Edie Campbell. Curator and host for the evening Grayson Perry didn't disappoint with his choice of outfit as he, his wife Philippa, and his daughter Florence welcomed guests in flamboyant purple outfits.
Also here were Peter York, Ron Arad ,Suzy Menkes , Sandi Toksvig, Anais Gallagher and others.
In one room there are three djs playing an hour session each.....Clara Amfo, Fat Tony and Henri.
In another room we had a semi-acoustic trio playing covers including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
At 9.35pm singer ANNE-MARIE sung a five song 25 mins set with her band in the stunning courtyard.
She has had a great past year and has been involved with some hit singles and her debut album
'Speak Your Mind' went to number three in the charts last month when it was released.
Essex girl Anne-Marie is supporting Ed Sheeran on his current UK & European stadium tour.
Her full setlist was...
1.2002
2.Ciao Adios
3.Rockabye (a big hit for Clean Bandit that featured co-vocals by Anne-Marie)
4.Friends
5.2002 (repeated for the tv cameras)
Lots of complimentary food and drinks including Laurent-Perrier champers, Fortnum & Mason champers,
four different cocktails,wines, beers, bowl food, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches,
canapés, oysters , desserts etc for all guests.
Needless to say a totally excellent party.
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit The Royal Academy website here for more info and to buy tickets.
then
10.15pm to 11.15pm
WOLFSKIN TECH LAB - AW18 collection preview - Groucho Club, Dean Street, London W1.
Jack Wolfskin is one of the most popular sports brands in Germany, ahead of Nike and Puma and only overtaken by Adidas. Now the Idstein-based brand is putting the cherry on the cake: with its Wolfskin Tech Lab range, the brand has crafted a synthesis of high-end functionality and modern design.
In the words of its creators, the Tech Lab collection is “an upmarket, smart collection for a new, smart generation”. With its strong name, the range was developed for maximum performance blended with an urban look.
Their products include mountain and leisure clothing, footwear, rucksacks, sleeping bags, and tents. The brand is popular not only among hikers and mountaineers but predominantly worn in everyday situations; Jack Wolfskin clothes and accessories are fashionable amongst urban Germans Wilderness chic.
We are in one of the areas of this well known private members club in Soho.
We were at The Royal Academy event above so we missed the 30 mins set earlier by pop band BLUE.
Duncan James from Blue was still here when we arrived and was chatty & friendly to all.
A dj was playing tunes in the corner.
Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and beers for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen items in.
www.jack-wolfskin.co.ukCheck the Wolfskin website here for more info.





Tuesday 05 June 2018.
THE THE + DJ FOOD live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
The The will perform at the Royal Albert Hall this year, as part of their first UK shows in 16 years!
Their last show before this tour was in June 2002 when The The made a sole live appearance at the
Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall as guests of David Bowie.
Also extra London shows added due to demand - Brixton Academy on 06 June and The Troxy on 07 June.
They had seven Top 40 singles in the 1980s and 1990s and critically acclaimed albums.
Five of their albums hit the Top 40 including two that were Top 10.
Their singer and sole original member Matt Johnson this week said "My beloved father passed away unexpectedly this morning whilst I was en route to Stockholm for tonight’s concert. i am unable to cancel THE THE’s concerts over the next week due to the massive financial implications, but also in recent weeks, as his health was starting to fail, my dad had made my brother Gerard and I promise that if anything were to happen to him we would both carry on with our careers and make him proud".
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DJ FOOD played tunes for 40 mins over two sets of 20 mins.
DJ Food is an electronic music project currently headed by Kevin Foakes (also known as "Strictly Kev").
Tunes consisted of collections of breaks, loops and samples.
Electronica, IDM, trip hop, breakbeat, downtempo, nu jazz, acid jazz are all in there.
The later DJ Food albums have developed with shades of Latin, dub, breakbeat, ambient, and drum and bass.
I spotted RUSTY EGAN (The Rich Kids, Visage and dj) here.
By the time The The arrive on stage the venue is fully sold out despite the high ticket prices
of £95 for seats in the front half of downstairs and £125 for a box seat.
THE THE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
Not surprisingly Matt Johnson starts off by dedicating the show to his recently departed dad.
Pretty amazing how popular The The still are as all three London shows are sold out.
They always had a niche, arty, creative , hipster kind of following, similar to Nick Cave.
Just proves if you make interesting music, people will always come back to support you.
There was a massive big screen where they played pre-recorded images.
There were cameras there to film the show for a future DVD.
Matt and all his top notch band are dressed all in black.
The piano and drums at full tilt during the encore songs were great.
The setlist featured their best known hits and album tracks.
An enjoyable show.
Full The The setlist played tonight....
Global Eyes
Sweet Bird of Truth
Flesh and Bones
Heartland
The Beat(en) Generation
Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)
You Would Think I, By Now
We Can’t Stop What’s Coming
Phantom Walls
Love Is Stronger Than Death
Dogs of Lust
Helpline Operator
This Is the Night
This Is the Day
Soul Catcher
Bugle Boy
Beyond Love
Slow Emotion Replay
Like a Sun Risin Thru My Garden
Infected
I've Been Waitin' for Tomorrow (All of My Life)
Encore:
True Happiness This Way Lies
Uncertain Smile
Lonely Planet





Monday 04 June 2018...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 6.30pm
CHESTER BARRIE - spring / summer 2018 showcase - The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London SW1.
Always nice to be at this historic building that dates back to 1897.
Savile Row tailors Chester Barrie are showcasing their new collections in one of the rooms here.
Maybe 50 or 60 guests are here.
They use the best materials from Britain and Italy in their clothing.
Some great suits on display and some have a 20% reduction on price.
Complimentary champers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a pair of their cufflinks inside.
www.chesterbarrie.co.ukVisit the Chester Barrie website here for more info.
then
6.45pm to 8.30pm
RUSSIAN PICTURES & WORKS OF ART - private view - Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London W1.
The auction for these works will be on the following day on 05 June.
A big crowd of over 500 smartly dressed guests here, including many Russians.
Loads of stunning paintings, vases , vintage jewellery etc on display.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and lots of nice Russian food including Caviar
& desserts from Russian Restaurant ZIMA..who are located at 45 Frith Street, Soho.
www.sothebys.comVisit the Sotheby's website here for more info
then
ELI PAPERBOY REED + MARCUS BONFANTI live at The 100 Club, London.
This show is part of the FUTURE JUKE FESTIVAL....check out their FaceBook page for more info...
Future Juke: A Festival Of 21st Century Blues presented by DMP UK and Balling The Jack.
The series of 5 gigs takes place between 29 May and 5 June in some of London’s top music venues.
Eli Paperboy Reed returns to this iconic venue to play a sold out show to promote his new album.
The new album is titled 'Eli Paperboy Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band'.
The soul blues don of the latter day. Eli Paperboy Reed honed his skills in Mississippi jukes and Chicago gospel choirs. He has the voice of a classic 1960s R&B belter with superb guitar and harmonica skills to boot. He is joined on this occasion by the wonderful, High & Mighty Brass Band to perform this heavenly racket.
 Blues-rocker Marcus Bonfanti one of Britain's very best, a young gun guitarist who will make for fine support.

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I got to The 100 Club at 8.45pm and caught the last 25 mins of MARCUS BONFANTI set.
Marcus is solo with his electric guitar and playing some nice blues rock tracks including 'Cheap Whiskey".
I saw him a couple of years ago when he was fronting Ten Years After.
ELI PAPERBOY REED arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for around 70 mins.
A great entrance as the five brass playing members of the High & Mighty Brass Band walk
from the dressing room to the stage while playing their instruments.
Eli has his leg in traction after jumping offstage in Madrid on Friday , so is not as frenzied as he normally is.
A great live sound mixing soul, gospel , funk and the brass section at full tilt were immense.
The setlist mixed new album tracks along with older material.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
WooHoo
The Satisfier
Allright now
Your Sins
Cut Ya Down
Name Calling
As I Live and Breathe
Getcha Back
Walkin' and Talkin'
Come and Get It
Take My Love With You/Lovelight
Encore:
Explosion
Gospel Medley






Sunday 03 June 2018.
Happy Birthday to IAN HUNTER who is 79, yes 79 today.
Ian Hunter is a British singer-songwriter who is best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Mott the Hoople, from its inception in 1969 to its dissolution in 1974, and at the time of its 2009 and 2013 reunions.
In Dec 1973 i saw Mott The Hoople and Queen play Hammersmith Odeon (now The Apollo).
It was the first of the 2000 plus shows i have seen at that venue.
I have seen Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter solo many times over the years.






Saturday 02 June 2018.
FROM THE JAM + (acoustic) + GLEN MATLOCK (acoustic) live at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea FC., London.
From The Jam play the final show of three at this great 550 capacity club venue.
Get to the venue early to check out their great iconic music photographs on the walls.
The band feature original bass player Bruce Foxton...who actually was from The Jam.
They released a twelve track live album in Dec 2017.
The Jam had amazing chart success with 18 singles and 7 albums to make the top 40 in the United Kingdom from their debut in 1977 to their break up in 1982. Their last 5 albums were all top ten hits and their last 8 singles made it into the top 10. They were simply one of the most loved and important bands ever.
I saw The Jam six times at venues including The Rainbow, Hammersmith Odeon and Wembley Arena.
Support on the night comes from Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock.
I have seen Glen Matlock many times with The Sex Pistols and as a solo artist.
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GLEN MATLOCK arrives on stage at 8.15pm and plays for around 35 mins.
They have a nice big screen here so Glen and the headliners have their names in big letters behind them.
Glen played a perfect set of songs from his 40 year career including a couple of classics each from
his stints with The Sex Pistols and The Rich Kids.
Glen got everyone involved by asking them to 'keep the beat' by clapping along in time.
Full eight song setlist from Glen Matlock played tonight...
Won't Put The Brakes On Me (brand new track from Glens upcoming album)
Burning Sounds (Rich Kids song)
God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols song)
Sexy Beast
Ambition (Iggy Pop cover that Glen wrote when he was in Iggy's band)
Ghosts Of Prince's In Towers (Rich Kids song)
John I'm Only Dancing (David Bowie cover)
Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song)
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FROM THE JAM arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for around 90 mins.
The three of them were seated on stools but it was more of a semi-acoustic set as
it was acoustic guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.
Bruce Foxtons bass playing was superb and Russell Hastings did a great job with the PW lyrics.
The setlist mixed all their classic hits with lesser known album tracks and b-sides.
The high quality of Paul Weller's lyrics written by him in his late teens/early twenties are still incredible.
Paul Weller only plays three or four Jam songs in his shows these days so you can easily
see why From The Jam are so popular with hardcore Jam fans who sing along loudly to the songs.
A great evening with two quality acts.
Here is the list of 18 of the 21 songs played by From The Jam tonight...
David Watts (The Kinks cover)
Private Hell
Little Boy Soldiers
When You're Young
The Butterfly Collector
In The Crowd
Saturdays Kids
That's Entertainment
Monday
English Rose
Start!
Strange Town
The Eton Rifles
A Town Called Malice
Encore :
In The City
Pretty Green
Going Underground
Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
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From The Jam announced tonight that they will play Shepherds Bush Empire on 24 November 2018.
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www.underthebridge.co.ukCheck out the Under The Bridge website here for info on future gigs.





Friday 01 June 2018.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN + ENATION live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
I have seen Echo & The Bunnymen live over 15 times since 1979 when they were a support act at
the legendary Nashville Rooms Pub in West Kensington.
The band will play another batch of UK shows in October when they release their new album.
Echo & The Bunnymen, the legendary ’80s post-punkers, are looking to the past with the release of their first new album in four years. 'The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon', the follow-up to 2014’s Meteorites, will find the band revisiting their back catalogue by reinterpreting 13 songs from their decades-long career with “strings and things.”
The album — which also features two new compositions, “The Somnambulist” and “How Far?".
The band have had 15 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
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Tonight's show is totally sold out.
ENATION arrive on stage at 7.40pm and play for around 40 mins.
Must admit i have never heard their name anywhere before this show.
ENATION, is an American indie rock band who have released a few albums.
A decent sound from this trio that mixed 80's post punk with a bit of 90's grunge,
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN arrive on stage at 8.55pm and play for around 90 mins.
Echo & The Bunnymen were always one of the cooler 80's bands who had mainstream success.
This was mainly due to their frontman Ian McCulloch who is still with them.
He is supercool as usual, wearing shades and a black bomber jacket and isn't that keen on smiling.
The spotlight guy has been told not to light up his face.
Mac tries talking to the crowd, but he’s barely coherent when he isn’t singing. He prowls around like Liam Gallagher’s dad. “Come on Mac,” and "Give him a drink", people yell.
Doubt even a Liverpudlian can make out what he's mumbling ,let alone folks from London.
After every song he returns to the front of the drum kit where he has an assortment of drinks.
But that's part of his appeal, like John Lydon he ain't changing for anyone.
The stage production features candelabra and fairy lights hanging from above the stage.
The older hits still sound really great but the non hits are pretty average.
There was a four piece female string section which sounded really nice.
Halfway through the show the folks in the floor seats got up and danced a bit.
Overall a great show.
Full Echo and The Bunnymen setlist played tonight...
Rescue
Villiers Terrace (With Roadhouse Blues snippet at end)
All That Jazz
Stormy Weather
The Somnabulist
Nothing Lasts Forever
All My Colours
Angels and Devils
Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
Lips Like Sugar
Rust
In The Margins
Bring On the Dancing Horses
Seven Seas
How Far?
The Cutter
Encore:
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
Encore 2:
Ocean Rain




Friday 01 June 2018.
Happy Birthday to RONNIE WOOD who is 71 today.
Saturday 02 June 2018.
Happy Birthday to CHARLIE WATTS who is 77 today.
The Rolling Stones are playing Coventry on Charlie's birthday.




Thursday 31 May 2018.
ART GARFUNKEL live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Art Garfunkel now aged 76 returns to the Royal Albert Hall, performing a career retrospective, featuring
Simon & Garfunkel songs and solo hits, plus pieces from his new autobiography.
Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy Award winner has also enjoyed a successful film career.
Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They were one of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s and became counterculture icons of the decade's social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. Their biggest hits—including "The Sound of Silence" (1964), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "The Boxer" (1969), and "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1970)—reached number one on singles charts worldwide.
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I think the last time I saw Art Garfunkel solo was 15 years ago in 2003 at the same venue as tonight.
Oddly enough tonight i with my mate Malcolm who was with me watching him fifteen years ago.
ART GARFUNKEL arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for 80 mins over two sets of 40 mins.
He was backed by a guitarist and keyboard player.
80 mins is not long for someone with so much material but his age is a factor and even by his own admission
his voice is not what it was a decade ago.
Great to hear a few Simon & Garfunkel classics along with some solo tracks and stories & poems.
Great to hear his massive number one hit 'Bright Eyes'.
The song was very successful in the UK staying at number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in 1979,
and selling over one million copies, becoming the biggest-selling single of that year.
Like the Joan Baez RAH show a couple of days before the audience were respectfully quiet during songs.
Some nice stories about his early days with Paul Simon and when they busked in New York.
He talked fondly about Paul Simon even though they have had arguments in the past.
He clearly loves playing at The Royal Albert Hall....all American acts feel the same way...
A very relaxed enjoyable easy going kind of show that got a full standing ovation at the end.
FIRST SET
April Come She Will (Paul Simon cover)
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Perfect Moment
A Heart In New York
Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel song)
The Side of a Hill (Paul Simon cover)
Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel song)
FIRST SET
Someone to Watch Over Me (George Gershwin cover)
Real Emotional Girl (Randy Newman cover)
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Bright Eyes (Mike Batt song that Art Garfunkel has a massive number one with)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Kathy's Song (Paul Simon cover)
The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Encore:
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep ([traditional] cover)





Wednesday 30 May 2018...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE - private view - Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3.
Jacques Henri Lartigue (June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986) was a French photographer and painter,
known for his photographs of automobile races, planes and female Parisian fashion models.
There is also an exhibition of his photos at The Paul Smith Store, 9 Albemarle Street, London W1.
The photos focus on the period 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s with locations including London,
Paris , New York, St Tropez etc.
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The last time I was at this gallery was October 2010.
It was for a Mary McCartney book launch where both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr turned up.
Over 100 guests at this gallery tonight off The Kings Road, Chelsea.
Fashion designer SIR PAUL SMITH is here as he is the curator and sponsor of the exhibition.
A nice surprise to see Pink Floyd drummer NICK MASON.
I had a nice chat with him about his latest gigs with his own band.
I remarked it was pretty amazing that Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp was in his band.
I knew he loved David Bowie but Pink Floyd was a surprise to me.
Nick said " he is fantastic guitarist who slots in perfectly".
For those that do not know , Nick Mason and Gary Kemp are two of the musicians
who i see most at social events & parties in London.
I got a nice photo of me with Nick Mason.
Also was Peter (Kodik) Gravelle, the punk rock photographer responsible for many of the Stiff Records sleeves.
He was also a drug buddy of Sid Vicious and Keith Richards in the late 1970s.
Complimentary prosecco, wines and canapés for all guests.
www.michaelhoppengallery.comVisit the gallery website here for more info and opening times.
then
8pm to 9pm
Tanqueray Gin Garden - launch party - 100 Wardour Street, London W1.
This bar & restaurant is located on the space where the legendary Marquee Club was.
A mainly younger crowd with a dj playing tunes in the corner.
Britain's Next Top Model winner Victoria Clay was here.
The 23-year-old model displayed her ample cleavage as she donned a red triangle bikini top.
A choice of three different complimentary Gin cocktails along with burgers and canapés for all guests.
then
9.10pm to 10.30pm
BLUEBERRY TOAST - press/vip night - Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1.
We went to the party in the theatre bar after the show had finished.
A nice buzzy atmosphere here as all the cast are getting photographed by snappers.
The Crown star Gala Gordon celebrated the opening night of Blueberry Toast with friends and family.
Guests included Sadie Frost,Tuppence Middleton, William Oldroyd and Zawe Ashton.
Complimentary presecco, wines and beers for all guests.
www.sohotheatre.comCheck the Soho Theatre website here for more info.






Tuesday 29 May 2018.
JOAN BAEZ live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Joan Baez plays the second of two sold out nights at this iconic venue at the end of her UK tour.
Joan Baez (now aged 77) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice,Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music.
In 2017,Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Queen of Folk was presented the honour by her friend and collaborator Jackson Browne.
Joan Baez had five Top 40 hit singles in the late 1960s / early 1970s.
For a couple of years in the mid 60s Joan Baez was in a relationship with Bob Dylan.
Joan Baez does not play the UK much considering she has been around for 50 years which
maybe explains why I have never seen her live...or maybe i am not that keen on acoustic folk shows...
There will be a lot of cover versions in her set including a couple of Bob Dylan tracks.
Due to demand Joan Baez returns in 2019 for another UK tour including two nights at The Palladium.
Joan is saying this will be her last ever European Tour.
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Get inside the venue and it is totally sold out including choir seats behind the stage.
Pretty amazing how popular Joan Baez is as she is rarely on tv or the radio.
Perhaps the older generation just remember how important a figure she was in the 1960s.
Most of the crowd look like they have been on a few protest marches.
JOAN BAEZ takes to the stage at 7.35pm and plays for around 1 hour 40 mins.
In nearly 60 years in music, Joan Baez has been through it all. A mouthpiece for the oppressed, she is as notable for her relentless activism as for her folk songs, and has marched alongside Martin Luther King, and taken to the fields with Cesar Chavez. Now 77, she released her first album in a decade, 'Whistle Down the Wind', earlier this year.
Joan on acoustic guitar is backed by a semi-acoustic drummer and a guitarist/banjo/piano player.
The crowd are very quiet during the songs then big applause at the end of each track.
Any mention of protest or marching or campaigning gets a big cheer.
The songs that go down the best are the Bob Dylan covers as the crowd sing along to the chorus.
An enjoyable show and really good to see her before she retires from performing.
Full Joan Baez setlist played tonight...
There but for Fortune (Phil Ochs cover)
God Is God (Steve Earle cover)
Farewell, Angelina (Bob Dylan cover)
Whistle Down the Wind (Tom Waits cover)
Silver Blade
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan cover)
Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) (Woody Guthrie cover)
The Things That We Are Made Of (Mary Chapin Carpenter cover)
Diamonds & Rust
Another World (Antony and the Johnsons cover)
Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson cover)
The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan cover)
Henry Martin ([traditional] cover)
The President Sang Amazing Grace (Zoe Mulford cover)
Joe Hill (Earl Robinson cover)
Seven Curses (Bob Dylan cover)
The House of the Rising Sun ([traditional] cover) (a big hit for The Animals)
Darling Corey ([traditional] cover)
Gracias a la vida (Violeta Parra cover)
Encore:
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band cover)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Fisk Jubilee Singers cover)





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 in his house.
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)


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