News and Reviews: November 04, 2018

Saturday 03 November 2018...3pm to 5pm...
READING 3 BRISTOL CITY 2....a great game with lots of goals.
Bristol City brought their full quota of 2300 fans with them.
There was a minutes silence for those killed in the helicopter crash last weekend in Leicester.
Reading hung on in the closing minutes to beat Bristol City and ease the pressure on manager Paul Clement.
The Royals secured their victory with Leandro Bacuna's second-half strike after the visitors came from behind twice before the interval in an end-to-end game at the Madejski Stadium.
Yakou Meite and a long-range Liam Kelly shot put the hosts in front on two occasions, but their efforts were cancelled out by Marlon Pack and Josh Brownhill for the Robins.
But Mo Barrow's return to the starting line-up proved vital and the midfielder motored down the left wing to provide the winner for Bacuna.




Saturday 03 November 2018.
Happy Birthday to LULU who is 70 today.



Friday 02 November 2018.
THE FEELING + HOLIDAY SIDEWINDER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
The Feeling play a sold out show in London at the end of their UK tour.
The Feeling have released five studio albums.
This UK tour is celebrating 12 years since their debut album came out.
On 5 June 2006, The Feeling released their debut album,' Twelve Stops and Home' , which reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart.To celebrate the release, the band's record company, Island Records, took 120 British music journalists on the Eurostar to Paris for the day, where the band performed live in a restaurant. This was in recognition of the fact the band took their name from a Parisian bar.
The first single, "Sewn" reached #7 on the UK charts in March 2006, followed by the top ten hit "Fill My Little World" in May 2006. The release spent four consecutive weeks at #16 and outsold the band's debut single. "Never Be Lonely" was released in August 2006 and became their third top ten hit, peaking at #9, where it stayed for two weeks.
In an e-mail newsletter released on 11 January 2007, it was announced that The Feeling was the most played band on UK radio in 2006. Their four singles received a total of 97,436 plays, which meant that, on average, a song by The Feeling was played 267 times every day, or once every 5 minutes.
The Feelings singer Dan Gillespie Sells has had success in the West End with his musical
'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'.
I have seen The Feeling three or four times before.
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HOLIDAY SIDEWINDER arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 30 mins.
Holiday Sidewinder is an Australian indie pop singer-songwriter.
She sung vocals and had a male electric guitarist.
A tinny electro pop set that was not really my cup of tea.
THE FEELING arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 90 mins.
Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is here as she is married to Richard Jones (The Feeling bassist).
The setlist featured all of their debut album in the main set along with a couple of tracks
that didn't make the album at the time.
Loads of loud snging from the crowd for the big radio friendly hit singles which are very catchy.
They never replicated the success of the this album's bunch of hit singles.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played by The Feeling tonight...
Fill My Little Fanfare
I Want You Now
Never Be Lonely
Fill My Little World
Kettle's On
Sewn
Anyone
Strange
Love It When You Call
Rosé
Same Old Stuff
Helicopter
Blue Piccadilly
Encore:
Miss You
He's My Boy (with Josie Walker from 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' musical)
Encore 2:
I Thought It Was Over
Join With Us




Friday 02 November 2018.
Fact of the day.
The first commercial music compact disc (CD) pressed in the U. S. was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA, pressed at the opening of CBS Records CD production plant in Terre Haute, Indiana in September 1984.



Thursday 01 November 2018...7pm to 9.15pm...
TAYLOR HOWES - collection launch party - 49/51 Chevel Place, Knightsbridge, London SW7.
Top tier interior design house Taylor Howes is marking 25 years in business by launching its first ever stand-alone collection of furniture, with a pop-up exhibition at its Knightsbridge studio.
Called “Love at Dusk”, the very high-end capsule collection runs to just 13 statement pieces, which bumf says evoke “an underlying structure of perfect proportion and immaculate symmetry, enriched through the poetics of colour, exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite materials.” This venture follows the launch of a lighting collection back in 2014, created by Taylor Howes for the Urban Electric Co.
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The studio space is hidden down a small street around three minutes across the road from Harrods.
Over 100 guests here over the two levels of this smart contemporary space.
It was a bit of a last supper for us as my friend goes back to Argentina this weekend.
He has been coming to London for six months of the year for around 35 years.
He focuses on the parties rather than gigs.
At 7.30pm we had a speech from the owners.
Complimentary Pommery champers,three different cocktails and tasty canapés.
Downstairs was a massive table of different desserts.
www.taylorhowes.co.ukCheck out their website here for more info.




Wednesday 31 October 2018.
Andrea Bocelli biopic 'The Music of Silence' arrives on DVD Monday 29 October 2018.
'The Music of Silence' is a 2017 Italian biographical film directed by Michael Radford, based on the 1999 novel of the same name written by the tenor Andrea Bocelli and freely inspired by his childhood life until the beginning of his great career. Bocelli is played by Toby Sebastian with the alter ego of Amos Bardi. The Italian tenor physically appears in a scene of the film and his presence accompanies the entire film in the form of a first-person narrative.
Born with an eye condition that eventually leads to his blindness, Andrea Bocelli pursues his ambition and becomes a popular singer and songwriter...running time is 115 minutes...
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Andrea Bocelli will perform concerts across the world, including two huge shows in London this weekend.
Andrea Bocelli will play at The O2 Arena in London on Friday 2 & Saturday 3 November 2018.





Wednesday 31 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.15pm
RAC MOTORING BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018 - 89-91 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1.
The Royal Automobile Club is a British private members club with overnight rooms and swimming pool.
There are around 150 mainly male guests in suits in one of the many large rooms here.
There were authors, publishers, book collectors and retailers here.
Damon Hill was here last year as his excellent autobiography won an award.
At 7pm there were a couple of interviews on collecting books and the state of the book market.
We were told that In the UK 51% per cent of all book sales go via Amazon.
One retailer said he could get books cheaper from Amazon than direct from the publisher.
They mentioned two car events being held this weekend.
Saturday - Regent Street car show with 100 veteran cars...10.30am to 4pm
Sunday 7am start at Hyde Park Corner - London to Brighton classic car run
At 7.30pm the two awards were given out.
Each of the two categories had six shortlisted books.
The two winners were...
Adrian Newey: How to Build a Car, by Adrian Newey, published by Harper Collins
Reid Railton : Man Of Speed 2 , by Karl Ludvigsen , published by Evro
Complimentary Forget Brimont champers, wines and tasty canapés for all guests here.
then
OLAFUR ARNALDS live at The Palladium, London.
Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds is playing a UK tour in October to promote his fourth solo album
which is released on Mercury KX / Universal.
‘re:member’ comes out on 24th August, and the Icelander is set to take the record on a world tour, which runs for the rest of the year, finishing in his hometown of Reykjavik just before Christmas.
In May 2018 he sold out The Royal Albert Hall and returns for a full UK tour that includes
two nights at The London Palladium on 30/31 Oct 2018.
He is behind the Broadchurch tv series soundtrack.
It’s going to be an incredible show – 3 pianos on stage, Ólafur will be playing one and the other two ‘Stratus Pianos’ are self-playing, semi-generative player pianos that are triggered when Ólafur plays (they basically look like they’re playing themselves!) There is a huge lights show too that Ólafur has programmed alongside the music.
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This was the second of his two shows here at The Palladium and the final date on his European Tour.
OLAFUR ARNALDS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played a full two hour set.
Pretty amazing how Olafur and the likes of fellow piano player Nils Frahm have quietly become so popular.
All the music was instrumental and his laid back chat between songs was very humble.
He said the majority of the show would feature tracks from the recent album.
He was backed by a four piece string section and a drummer/percussionist.
A nice light show that matched the mood of the tracks very well.
Olafur mixes strings and piano with loops and beats crossing over from ambient/electronic to pop.
It was a very unique show with Olafur playing his piano in the middle and this generated the
two self-playing pianos either side of him along with the lush strings.
Olafur said he was looking forward to going home after 33 shows in 35 days.
The final track was dedicated to his Grandmother with who he would listen to Strauss as a youngster.
A very respectful crowd gave him a full standing ovation at the end.






Wednesday 31 October 2018.
Fact of the day.
SAM SMITH released his debut studio album,' In the Lonely Hour ', in May 2014 on Capitol Records.
It has now sold over 15 million copies worldwide.



Tuesday 30 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...
4.30pm to 6.15pm
ACTION FOR ELDERS - afternoon tea reception - The House Of Commons , London SW1.
It has been several years since i was last in this historic venue.
It was when my friend worked in the small post office there.
He now works in the small post office in Buckingham Palace.
A massive slow queue to get in as full security here and they had SIX events on this afternoon
and later on they would have another SIX events including one hosted by Jeremy Corbyn.
We walk through the 1000 year old Westminster Hall.
Over 100 guests here in the covered Riverside Terrace Pavillion.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP is the host and is one of the speakers here.
I did a piece to the camera with their film crew as i talked about how going to gigs keeps me young.
Action For Elders was created to help older people , their carers and society cope with
the major challenges posed by increased longevity.
Balanced Lives Programme - Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing.
A healthy older population is better for everyone.
Think Differently about Ageing.
Complimentary wines, coffees, teas, finger sandwiches and pastries for all guests.
www.actionforelders.org.ukVisit their website here for more info and to donate.
then
7pm to 10.15pm
DARTS AT THE ARTS - The Arts Club,40 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Tonight was a fundraiser for NATIONAL NUMERACY charity to show that Maths is important to everyone.
I never thought I would ever see a darts event at this plush private members club.
Online bookies FITZDARES are hosting the evening featuring four darts players including
Bobby George and Michael van Gerwen.
Over 100 guests in their downstairs area including a few well known faces.
Donna Air , Jamie Theakston and Hugo Taylor were here.
There is a dartboard and full set up here including a giant scoreboard.
In a nice touch (numbers specialist) Countdown Host Rachel Riley is doing the scores.
At 8pm and 8.30pm we have the semi-finals over three legs then the final at 9pm.
Complimentary Francoise Monay champers, Dappy Share Rum Cocktails, Wines, Beers
and lots of very tasty canapés for all guests.
www.fitzdares.comVisit the Fitzdares website here for more info.
www.nationalnumeracy.org.ukVisit the National Numeracy website here.




Monday 29 October 2018...8pm to 10pm...
SPURS 0 MAN CITY 1...at Wembley Stadium...
Mega top of the table clash as it is 5th against 3rd.
This fixture last season, played on a Saturday afternoon in mid-April, attracted a crowd of just over 80,000.
On this chilly Monday night just 56,854 showed up, well it was live on SKY tv.
There was a minutes silence for the dead in the tragic Leicester helicopter crash.
At half-time Steve Perryman came on the pitch to talk about Glenn Hoddle and how good he was.
Fingers crossed that Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle gets well soon after his heart attack on his 61st birthday.
A pretty average game , but great to see big name players on both sides.
Man City scored a great goal early on and managed to hang on to their lead.




Monday 29 October 2018.
GENERATION SEX
The rumours of this All-Star Band seem to have been true as they announce a short notice gig.
Catch a free show (via lottery) from members of Generation X (Billy Idol, Tony James) and the
Sex Pistols (Steve Jones, Paul Cook) at The Roxy in Los Angeles, California, America.
The gig will be tomorrow night (Tuesday).
Doubt if they will play the UK due to Steve Jones not wanting to leave America for anything.





Sunday 28 October 2018... I went to two events today.
NFL live at Wembley Stadium....1pm to 5pm....
This year’s three Wembley games conclude when the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles facing Shahid Khan’s Jacksonville Jaguars at the venue their owner was trying to buy. It looks the most promising fixture of this year’s three.
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A massive full house crowd of 85, 870 here to create a fantastic atmosphere.
Shahid Khan can’t buy Wembley Stadium, and his teams can’t buy a win. The day after the Fulham owner saw his side lose 3-0 at home to Bournemouth his Jacksonville Jaguars team were beaten 24-18 by the Philadelphia Eagles at the stadium he had hoped to own. To add insult to injury, London doesn’t seem to care.
His Jaguars have been regular visitors to Wembley, playing one game per year here in each of the past five. By now the capital should have taken them to its heart, but the neutral-majority crowd was overwhelmingly behind the Eagles.
then
6.30pm to 9.30pm
GUN CONTROL with me on drums had rehearsals in North Acton in the evening.
We are putting our setlist order in place...not perfect but getting there...
Remember we play a free gig in Acton on Saturday 10 Nov 2018...see above gig list for full info.



Sunday 28 October 2018.
SEX PISTOLS classic album 'Never Mind The Bollocks' album was released 41 years ago today.
The CEO of a plumbing firm has announced that his company will be paying a delivery driver to ride around London in a taxi emblazoned with the slogan 'Bollocks to Brexit'.
Self-confessed 'millionaire plumber' Charlie Mullins, of Pimlico Plumbers, unveiled the company's new vehicle on Twitter. It comes after he paid for dozens of digital signs to be put up around the city rejecting the result of the 2016 referendum.
The taxi colours are yellow and black...just like the NMTB album cover.




Saturday 27 October 2018.
TOM ROBINSON BAND + Lee Forsyth-Griffiths live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
TRB are playing a UK tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album.
'Power In The Darkness' - the Tom Robinson Band's debut album - was released in 1978. It was followed by their 28-date Out Of The Darkness tour of the UK and Ireland, with Stiff Little Fingers as special guests.
I was at both the London shows at Hammersmith Odeon on that tour in Oct 1978.
I have seen Tom Robinson play live around 20 times since 1977.
I saw him last year at The 100 Club when he put his band together after years as a solo artist.
Tom is also a BBC 6 Music radio presenter and long-time LGBT rights activist.
I saw TRB headline the legendary Rock Against Racism show in 1978 with The Clash supporting.
Tom Robinson Band,Steel Pulse,Clash,X Ray Spex Victoria Park, London 30.04.1978
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Lee Forsyth-Griffiths arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 25 mins.
A self-styled “shit-kicker from Moston” Lee Forsyth-Griffiths was discovered as a youthful prodigy by Paul Morley in the late 90s and signed to ZTT Records. After a spectacular falling-out with superstar producer Trevor Horn, Lee disowned his debut album Northern Songs and returned in disgust to civilian life in North Manchester.
​Now Lee is back, older, wiser, and on storming form. His tender/tough delivery and aching vulnerability make him Manchester’s answer to the likes of José Gonzáles and Ray Lamontagne, whilst Elbow’s Guy Garvey compared Lee’s voice to John Martyn.
His 25 mins set went down well with the crowd.
TOM ROBINSON BAND arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 85 mins.
Tom plays the 'Power in the Darkness' album in full track order as the main part of the set.
The encores feature his best known hit singles.
Lots of hilarious anecdotes on stage from Tom, that the crowd loved.
Lots of powerful lyrics , some have been updated to reflect current times.
Tom is still wearing his heart on his sleeve.
A great show.
Full Tom Robinson Band full setlist played tonight...
Up Against the Wall
Grey Cortina
Too Good to Be True
Ain't Gonna Take It
Long Hot Summer
The Winter of '79
Man You Never Saw
Better Decide Which Side You’re On
You Gotta Survive
Power in the Darkness
Encore:
Martin
(Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay
2-4-6-8 Motorway
War Baby
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A few minutes after the show Tom was by the merch stand signing stuff and posing for photos.




Friday 26 October 2018.
Day 2 of BluesFest at the 02 Arena.
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters + Van Morrison live at The 02 Arena, London.
Robert Plants first London show since he turned 70 on 20 August 2018.
This will be Robert's biggest ever solo headline show in London.
In August , Robert Plant spoke highly of Van Morrison "I used to open the show for Van
in Stourbridge Town Hall in the 1960s.He was tremendous.He still is".
Van Morrison has been on a creative roll in the past two years. He is about to release ‘The Prophet Speaks’,
his FIFTH album since 30 September 2016.
I have seen both of them many times before as solo artists.
I was lucky enough to see Led Zeppelin in 1975 at Earls Court and their re-union show in 2007.
You have to admire Robert Plant sticking to his solo career rather than a multi millions payday with Led Zep.
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Like last night , it is pretty full tonight....maybe 95% tickets sold.
Most of the crowd are in early to see Van Morrison.
We have nice seats in the guest list block on the right of stage.
VAN MORRISON & band arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 90 mins.
Van has use of the two big side screens for live gig footage.
Delivering a brisk, faultless 90-minute set, he storms through old and new numbers and barely pauses for breath. Accompanied by a slick six-piece band, we’re treated to a masterclass featuring keyboards, guitars, double bass, trumpets, glockenspiel – and funky backing vocals. As well as hitting all his notes effortlessly, Van himself frequently dives onto the saxophone and harmonica.
A great show although a few songs were more suited to smaller theatres than this big arena.
Full Van Morrison setlist played tonight...
Wait a Minute Baby (Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson cover)
Benediction (Mose Allison cover)
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (Tony Bennett cover)
Have I Told You Lately
Magic Time
Baby, Please Don't Go / Rock Island Line / Cry Cry Baby / Got My Mojo Working
I Can Tell (Bo Diddley cover)
Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Lester Young cover)
I Believe to My Soul (Ray Charles cover)
Early in the Mornin' (Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five cover)
Dead or Alive (Woody Guthrie cover)
Sometimes We Cry
Broken Record
St. James Infirmary ([traditional] cover)
Think Twice Before You Go (John Lee Hooker cover)
Talk Is Cheap
Moondance
In the Afternoon / Ancient Highway / Raincheck / Sitting Pretty
Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson cover)
Ballerina
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ROBERT PLANT & band arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 90 mins.
Robert has use of all three big screens with the main middle one mixing live footage and images.
Robert still looks and sounds amazing for 70 with his mane of hair.
His band are top notch as they mix Americana, blues and re-workings of Led Zep classics.
Folk violinist Seth Lakeman is great on a few songs.
The newer songs are really good.
Robert clearly loving performing with this outfit.
A great show.
Full Robert Plant setlist played tonight...
Ramble On (Led Zeppelin song)
Turn It Up
The May Queen
Rainbow
Black Dog (Led Zeppelin song)
The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin song)
Gallows Pole ([traditional] cover)
Carry Fire
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Joan Baez cover)
Little Maggie ([traditional] cover)
Fixin' to Die (Bukka White cover)
Encore:
New World...
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin song)
Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover) (with "Whole Lotta Love" reprise)





Thursday 25 October 2018.
This was the opening night of BluesFest at the 02 Arena.
JOHN FOGERTY + STEVE MILLER BAND live at The 02 Arena, London.
At the age of 73, John Fogerty plays his biggest ever London headline show.
I first saw him in 2000 when he supported Tina Turner at Wembley Stadium.
That was his first London show since 1972.
On June 29, 2006 I was at his first headlining British concert since 1972, at the Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen him a couple of more times since then.
He will play solo material as well as Creedence Clearwater Revival classic tracks.
John Fogerty is playing just two shows in Europe - London and Dublin
I saw Steve Miller Band three times in 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon.
After that was a massive gap of 28 years when he came back to tour the UK again when i saw
him at The Royal Albert Hall in 2010.
Steve Miller is now aged 75.
A nice pairing of American acts whose careers have spanned around 50 years.
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I have a great seat just a dozen rows from the stage in Block A.
The tickets in block A cost a whopping £145 plus booking fees.
The venue is pretty full, I would say 95% of tickets sold.
STEVE MILLER BAND arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for 90 mins.
Steve Miller Band have use of the two side screens for live footage.
Steve looks like Jerry Springer these days but still plays some nifty guitar.
For one song he used a 19 string sitar-guitar he bought 50 years ago for 150 dollars.
Near the end he played a mega trio of songs that had everyone on their feet.
'Rockin' Me' , 'The Joker' and 'Jungle Love'.
An enjoyable set.
Full Steve Miller Band setlist...
The Stake
Abracadabra
Mercury Blues (K.C. Douglas cover)
All My Loving (Otis Rush cover)
Space Cowboy
Kow Kow Calqulator
Take the Money and Run
I Want to Make the World Turn Around
Wild Mountain Honey
Dance, Dance, Dance
Serenade From the Stars
Space Intro
Fly Like an Eagle
Swingtown
Rockin' Me
The Joker
Jungle Love
Jet Airliner (Paul Pena cover)
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JOHN FOGERTY arrives on stage at 9pm and plays for 85 mins.
Oddly enough John Fogerty played 5 mins less than Steve Milller Band.
Perhaps they should have reduced Steve Miller Band set by 15/ 20 mins and added it to John Fogerty's set.
John Fogerty and his band include a three man brass section.
He has use of all three big screens with the middle one mixing live footage of the gig along
with nice late 1960s videos including CCR , Vietnam War, Woodstock Festival etc.
He has some pyros and flames during a few songs.
For a couple of songs John used the same guitar and amp that he had at Woodstock.
John's hair is dyed far too dark for his age.
His band include his son on guitar.
Loads of CCR classics played although a few of them seemed a bit rushed/short.
For one song the brass section played while walking through the crowd.
A great show , although he should have played a bit longer.
Full John Fogerty setlist played tonight...
Travelin' Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Hey Tonight (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Up Around the Bend (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Who'll Stop the Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Lookin' Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Rock and Roll Girls
Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard cover)
Psycho (The Sonics cover)
Long as I Can See the Light (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Mystic Highway
Born on the Bayou (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
My Toot Toot (Rockin' Sidney cover)
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (Hank Williams cover)
New Orleans (Gary “U.S.” Bonds cover)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Rockin' All Over the World
Down on the Corner (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
The Old Man Down the Road
Keep On Chooglin' (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival song) (with streamers)
Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival song) ( with ticker-tape)




Wednesday 24 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9pm
NATURAL HISTORY ICE SKATING RINK - launch party - South Kensington, London SW7.
A massive annual launch party that attracts around 500 guests.
Alex James (bassist with Blur) was here.
Alex James hosts The Big Feastival, a unique two-day celebration of music, food and fun for all the family,
set on Alex's idyllic Cotswolds farm every summer.
A few celebs from Strictly Come Dancing and Love Island were also here.
We did not go skating but we did go on the carousel.
There was a dj playing tunes and a singer performed some cover tunes including Guns N Roses.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
We got a goodie bag on departure that included a nice winter scarf from Regatta Outdoor.
www.nhm.ac.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
then
10.45pm to 11.45pm
SPECSAVERS - 'Spectacle Wearer of the Year' award at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2.
We got here for the end of the awards and then the after-party that was held downstairs.
300 at the main event and maybe 200 stay on for the after-party.
Thousands of people across the UK entered the annual competition and the event was attended by celebs including X Factor judge Louis Walsh, Bake Off presenter Prue Leith, presenter Lisa Snowden and model Twiggy.
Also here were Tulisa Contostavlos , Shirley Ballas, Sandi Toksvig and Eamonn Holmes.
Hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Claire Richards and in aid of charity Kidscape, Dani Dyer, Oliver Proudlock, Gemma Collins, James Argent, Vick Hope and Stephen Mulhern were among other bespectacled VIPs at the ceremony.
Top marks to Louis Walsh who was the last celebrity to leave the event.
The dj played some classic disco tunes and it was still lively when we left.
Complimentary wines, beers and desserts for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen items inside including a Red Or Dead t-shirt.
www.specsavers.co.ukVisit the Specsavers website here for more info.




Wednesday 24 October 2018.
Happy Birthday to BILL WYMAN who is 82 today.




Tuesday 23 October 2018.
U2 live at The 02 Arena, London.
U2 play the first of two sold out shows at The 02 Arena.
U2 return in Sept/Oct/Nov for a European Arena Tour.
I have seen U2 over 20 times since i saw them supporting Talking Heads in 1980 at Hammersmith Odeon.
This includes three shows at The 02 Arena in 2015 and shows at Twickenham and Trafalgar Square in 2017.
Only two indoor London shows on this tour but that is probably due to them playing two massive
outdoor shows at Twickenham Stadium only last year.
That tour was when they played 'The Joshua Tree' album in full and judging by previous tour reviews
there will not be any of the tracks played from that album on this tour.
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The venue is totally rammed and they have sold seating behind the stage.
Floor standing is £70 but the Red Zone front of stage area and The Deck are £260 a pop.
Those in The Red Zone must feel a bit down when U2 later play around 30 mins of the show
at the other end of the arena on the smaller b stage.
Level 1 seats are £190 and £100.
U2 arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 2 hours 15 mins.
They are using the mega T shaped stage production from their 2015 tour.
This really is a mind boggling visual treat as the massive screen/cage is sideways so everyone has a
great view and the band play underneath and inside it as well and it shows great images on some songs.
As usual Bono knows exactly what to say to the crowd to get them fully engaged.
'Elevation' and 'Vertigo' on the small stage were fantastic.
'Pride (in the Name of Love' was a total 11/10 as the band played in four separate areas of the arena.
'New Years Day' was incredible as The Edge played keyboards and guitar at the same time.
Bono's animated resurrection of his old character MacPhisto on the big screen
as part washed up rock star and part devil was superb.
Bono gave shout outs to The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols,The Clash, The Slits
and John Giddings.
As usual U2 were stunning and will def be in my best gigs of the year list.
They leave out classic tracks from The Joshua Tree including...
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With Or Without You
Bullet The Blue Sky
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Full U2 setlist played tonight....
The Blackout
Lights of Home (St. Peter's String Version)
I Will Follow
Gloria
Beautiful Day
Zoo Station
The Fly
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Elevation (first song of 30 mins section played on the b-stage )
Vertigo
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Acrobat (with "Halls of Mirrors" snippet)
You're the Best Thing About Me (full band acoustic)
Summer of Love (Bono and The Edge only)
Pride (In the Name of Love)
Get Out of Your Own Way
New Year's Day (reworked version, no final verse)
City of Blinding Lights (with "Ode to Joy" snippet)
Encore:
Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song)
One (with "Invisible" snippet)
Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13 (There Is a Light)





Monday 22 October 2018.
6pm
I popped along to Carnaby Street see this for a few minutes.
It looks great as the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody are spread out all along Carnaby Street in neon above your head.
On Sunday 21 October, London's iconic Carnaby Street hosted the world's first ever Queen-inspired light installation and immersive exhibition.
Cast members Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joe Mazzello along with band members Brian May and Roger Taylor launched the installation and participated in interviews with host Dave Berry to an excited crowd.
It will be there each evening until early Jan 2019 so well worth a look.
then
6.15pm to 7.45pm
THE INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2018 at 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.
We are on the site of the sadly missed original Marquee Club.
Inside Soap is a popular weekly mag that talks about all the soap programmes on tv.
Very buzzy inside as must be a dozen camera crews and a dozen photographers.
Must be 300 guests here over the two levels of this venue , with the main area downstairs.
It is not one of the main soap award events but most of the shows are well represented.
Cast members from Emmerdale , Coronation Street , EastEnders , Doctors , Hollyoaks , Holby City and Casualty.
Coronation Street were big winners at this year's Inside Soap Awards, with Shayne Ward taking home the Best Exit gong for his controversial suicide storyline. Other Corrie winners on the night included Jack P Shepherd, Connor McIntyre, Mollie Winnard, Simon Gregson and Dolly-Rose Campbell.
Others here included Kellie Bright, Ali Bastian, Anthony Quinlan,Charley Webb and Danny Miller.
Apart from Shayne Ward there are three actors here i know more by their soap character.
Cain Dingle and Marlon Dingle from Emmerdale and Tony Gordon from Coronation Street.
Complimentary prosecco, vodka cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
www.insidesoap.co.ukVisit the Inside Soap website here for more info.
then
8pm to 9.45pm
BRIAN MAY book launch party & discussion at The Science Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.
We left The Inside Soap Awards just as winners were announced and would go back there later.
Mission Moon 3-D: Reliving the Great Space Race (3d Stereoscopic Book) Hardcover – Illustrated.
by David J. Eicher and Brian May (Author)
Around 150 guests are first of all seated in a cinema here.
Queen guitar legend Brian May and co-author David Eicher are showing pictures from the book on the
big screen and giving a description on them and a Q & A session after.
It also included a video link up with Charlie Duke who is an American former astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.
At 8.45pm we had complimentary drinks and canapés next door including Apollo Sling cocktails.
Brian May was here the entire time and as usual was soooo friendly and chatty to everyone.
All guests got a complimentary copy of the book along with some proper 3-D glasses.
I got a photo with Brian May.
Brian also signed my book for me and David also signed it.
The book retail price is £30 but get it via my Amazon link above for only £21.
10.15pm to 11.45pm
then back to....
THE INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2018 at 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.
We went back for the after-party for this event that we had been to earlier.
Complimentary wines and beers were still flowing as guests danced on the floor.
Lots of the soap actors were still here and clearly getting boozed up and letting their hair down.
All guests got a nice big and bulky goodie bag with a dozen items inside on departure.






Sunday 21 October 2018...2pm to 6pm...
NFL American Football is at Wembley Stadium.
Wembley Stadium will host NFL fixtures under the arch for the twelfth successive year.
This is the second of the three NFL games held at Wembley Stadium this year
Tennessee Titans taking on the LA Chargers.
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It is a lovely sunny afternoon today.
Everyone gathers a couple of hours before the game for entertainment outside the ground.
A massive crowd here as there was 84,300 tickets sold, so pretty much sold out.
I always watch the Super Bowl final on tv but have never been to an NFL game before.
Fans are wearing their team shirts and snapping up the merch.
Lots of folks here from America , Canada and Europe.
Free team flags are left on all the seats.
You are allowed to bring beer into the seating areas (you cannot do that at football games).
The pa commentary is All American.
We have the American and UK National Anthems sung before the game.
It is a great atmosphere when the game is on.
For those of you that do not know the game is 60 mins long over 4 x 15 mins.
With the stop and starts a game lasts around 3 hours.
However whenever there is a stoppage we have music over the pa, interviews on the big screen,
t-shirts blasted into the crowd and of course the cheerleaders performing routines.
It was a close game with a tense finish.
Shahid Khan may not own Wembley any time soon but Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers certainly does, for one week at least. The veteran quarterback led his explosive offence to a nailbiting 20-19 victory and left the Tennessee Titans in tatters as they gambled on a game-winning two-point conversion.



Sunday 21 October 2018.
Sad news about a terrible train crash in Taiwan.
As of 9.35pm on Sunday, all 366 passengers onboard - including the dead and injured - had been evacuated or removed from the wreckage, the Taiwan Railways Administration said. At least 18 people died and 187 were injured.
Fifteen of the 18 casualties were in the first three cars, reported local media. Among those who died, the youngest was nine years old.
I was on that same train route in January when i toured around Taiwan




Saturday 20 October 2018...3pm to 5pm...
Reading 3 Millwall 1
Yakou Meite netted a brace for Reading as they eased the pressure on manager Paul Clement by beating fellow Championship strugglers Millwall.
Meite headed Reading into the lead as he glanced in Tyler Blackett's near-post cross but Murray Wallace
levelled for Millwall within six minutes.
Clement's side regained the lead on the stroke of half-time after Blackett was fouled by Mahlon Romeo in the penalty area.
Sam Baldock converted from the spot, as Romeo was booked, and the Royals made the points safe when Meite headed in a Leandro Bacuna corner late on.
Millwall drop into the bottom three after a run of just one league win in their past 10 games, which came two weeks ago at home against Aston Villa.
Millwall were a bit unlucky with referee decisions and the woodwork but a good home win for Reading.
The legendary Millwall brought 2000 of their infamous fans with them.
When Reading scored the third goal , Millwall fans starting tearing down the fence that separates them
from the home supporters but too many security stewards were there to stop them.




Friday 19 October 2018.
SAXON + FM live at The Roundhouse, London.
Saxon are playing a sold out show on their UK & European Tour.
It is the first time they have played The Roundhouse in their long career.
I have seen Saxon around 25 times since 1979 when they supported Motörhead at Hammersmith Odeon.
I saw FM six times in the 1980s including a Hammersmith Odeon headline show in 1989.
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FM arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for 45 mins.
They played a good set of catchy pop rock songs.
They thanked Iron Maiden for the royalties as "That Girl" was covered by Iron Maiden as a
B-side to their single "Stranger in a Strange Land".
Full FM setlist played tonight...
Black Magic
I Belong to the Night
Bad Luck
That Girl
Life Is a Highway
Crosstown Train
Wildside
Tough It Out
Killed by Love
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SAXON arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for two hours.
They have lots of lights and Marshall Amps along with a few smoke flumes.
They are a hard working band who play many shows around the world each year.
An example was given by Biff on stage as he got the crowd to sing louder.
"We have put the miles in this week to get here, Monday was Paris , Tues was Utrecht
and last night we were in Glasgow, so make some fucking noise".
Loads of their classic anthems played including 'Strong Arm Of The Law', 'And The Bands Played On',
'747 (Strangers in the Night)', 'Princess of the Night' and 'Wheels of Steel'.
For final song 'Denim and Leather' singer Biff Byford got a fans band patch ridden jean jacket
from the crowd and wore it for the song and signed it for him when he gave it back at the end.
A Saxon show is pretty the same as last year and the year before but it's always great.
Full Saxon setlist played tonight...
Intro tape - It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (AC/DC song)
Thunderbolt
Sacrifice
Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
Motorcycle Man
Predator
Strong Arm of the Law
Battering Ram
Power and the Glory
Solid Ball of Rock
The Secret of Flight
Dallas 1 PM
They Played Rock and Roll
And the Bands Played On
Never Surrender
747 (Strangers in the Night)
Sons of Odin
Crusader
Princess of the Night
Encore:
The Eagle Has Landed
Heavy Metal Thunder
Wheels of Steel
20,000 Ft
Denim and Leather





Thursday 18 October 2018...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm
BAILEY'S PERU - book launch party & exhibition - 6/10 Lexington Street, London W1.
The Heni gallery is on the first floor and you press the buzzer for entry.
Legendary photographer David Bailey is hosting a book launch & exhibition.
David Bailey now aged 80, was here with his wife, along with 100 guests.
There are around 20 photos on the wall that are blown up versions from the book.
Some great pictures of the people and places in Peru.
The book is out 01 Nov...£40 on Amazon RRP but only £32 at the gallery.
The exhibition is on here until 21 December.
Complimentary prosecco and canapés for all guests.
www.heni.comVisit the Heni gallery here for more info.
then
7.30pm to 8.30pm
Private view of 'Daft Apeth' by Serge Pizzorno of KASABIAN at No Ho Showrooms,
67 Great Tichfield Street, London W1.
A small blank canvas space with only 50 or 60 guests here but a cool crowd.
Serge and other members of KASABIAN are here (except singer Tom).
Also here was Serge good friend , the footballer Peter Crouch and his wife Abbey Clancy.
I got my picture taken with Serge and Peter Crouch.
Also here were Fearne Cotton,Carl Barat and Mike Pickering (ex M People).
Pickering now works as A&R within the Columbia label of Sony BMG where he A&Rs Kasabian and others.
Noel Fielding and magician Dynamo turned up after we had left to get to the gig.
Serge wacky art is a bit similar to Noels.
Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.
then
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN live at The Palladium, London.
Echo & The Bunnymen have returned with their new album 'The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon', the record includes reimagined versions of classic tracks and two new songs.
I have seen them around 15 times since 1979 when they were a support band.
I saw them earlier this year at The Royal Albert Hall.
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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 85 mins.
The set felt a bit short for a band with so much material to chose from.
The new album has reworked versions of their songs with a string section but tonight is
the full band show with no strings in sight.
Loads of their classic hits played along with a few lesser known numbers.
Singer Ian McCulloch as always super cool in shades and leather jacket as he pouts away.
His low key Liverpudlian banter between songs is still hard to make out most of the time.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Going Up
Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
Rescue
Never Stop
All That Jazz
All My Colours (Zimbo)
Over The Wall
The Somnambulist
Villiers Terrace / Roadhouse Blues (cover snippet)
Nothing Lasts Forever / Walk On The Wild Side (cover snippet)
Seven Seas
Rust
Bring On the Dancing Horses
The Cutter
Encore:
The Killing Moon
Encore 2:
Lips Like Sugar
Ocean Rain






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