News and Reviews: November 16, 2018

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MY BEST GIGS OF 2017 LIST.
I went to an incredible 178 live music events & gigs in 2017.
This makes the grand total of 6731 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Best gig of 2017 for me was...
I am a bit biased but KISS at The 02 Arena on 31 May 2017 was the perfect live music day.
First i was one of just 100 guests at 5pm to see the band play a 30 mins semi-acoustic set without make-up
in the backstage area of The 02 Arena and later on it was the full bells & whistles of their superb stage show.
See upcoming news page link above for my Top 20 gigs of 2017.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 6700 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue.
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
www.timeout.com/london/newsSearch for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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LONDON ROOTS FESTIVAL 2018
THURS OCT 25 – THURS NOV 22
VARIOUS LONDON VENUES
www.londonrootsfestival.comVisit their website here for more info on the artists and the venues.
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The Osmonds (Merrill and Jay) return to the UK with their latest album, and wish you a ‘Very Merry Rockin’ Christmas’! Taking in 18 dates, the tour kicks off in Blackpool on November 16 and culminates at the Isle of Wight’s Shanklin Theatre on December 15, with the Osmonds performing old favourites as well as tracks from their new album of festive classics.
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Fri 16 Nov---Hot Sauce Pony release date.
HOT SAUCE PONY unleash their new video to the second tantalising offering from their forthcoming debut album, ‘What You Don’t Know’. The sound is as crunching and brutally groovy as ever and is accompanied by this provocative and fun video featuring blindfolds, cups of tea and strawberry cream cake!!
Live Date...Saturday November 24, Oxford Wheatsheaf
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Fri 16 Nov---Sex Pissed Dolls play The 100 Club...all girl band playing classic punk covers...
Fri 16 Nov---Slim Chance play The Half Moon, Putney (Ronnie Lanes old backing band)
Fri 16 Nov--- Blackberry Smoke play the second of two shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 16 Nov---Prince Tribute Show at The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.
Sat 17 Nov---Cleo plays The Shepherds Bush Empire.
Polish singer plays to her ex-pats who are now living in London.
Polish acts can easily headline Shepherds Bush Empire and The Forum these days.
Sat 17 Nov--Killing Joke play The Roundhouse.
I have seen Killing Joke a few times before including twice in 1980 when they supported Joy Division.
Sun 18 Nov---Football at Wembley Stadium 2pm kick off.
England will conclude their UEFA Nations League campaign with a home clash against Croatia.
Sun 18 Nov---Gary Numan plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mon 19 Nov---Gary Numan plays The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen Gary Numan over 25 times since 1980.
He was a regular when I worked front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s when
he would play two or three nights there on each tour rather than play a night at Wembley Arena.
Tues 20 Nov---Hothouse Flowers play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Tues 20 Nov and Wed 21 Nov---Christine & The Queens play Hammersmith Apollo.
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The Stylistics are playing a 50th anniversary UK tour.
The Stylistics are one of the most iconic groups in soul history.
The group still features two of the original members (Herbert Murrell and Airrion Love).
Their album 'The Best of The Stylistics ' was the top selling album in the UK in 1975.
Tues 20 Nov---The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
Fri 30 Nov---Indigo at The 02 Arena
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Wed 21 Nov---A + Wheatus play Shepherds Bush Empire.
I saw A in 1996 as they were the support act to Sex Pistols legendary Shepherds Bush Empire show.
Thurs 22 Nov---Roger Taylor's Queen Extravaganza play Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 21 Nov and Thurs 22 Nov---Florence + The Machine play The 02 Arena.
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SalonQP opens this week at The Saatchi Gallery,Kings Road, Chelsea.
In celebration of the best of contemporary watchmaking.
Be the very first to see the launch of new brands and new watch collections.
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Fri 23 Nov---BLACK FRIDAY shopping offers , discounts and deals.
Some offers are on the day only and others have a full week of special deals.
Fri 23 Nov---The Damned play Shepherds Bush Empire...with support from Johnny Moped.
British punk rock icons The Damned are playing another UK tour for their Tony Visconti
produced album 'Evil Spirits'.
I have seen The Damned play over 30 times...including 10 times in 1977 alone...
Fri 23 Nov---Free gig in Paddington.
A homage to blues, with vocalist Cecilia Stalin and friends performing live upstairs in the lounge.
Joined by pianist Tomasz Bura and guitarist Ed Ritches, Cecilia and her band have played everywhere from Ronnie Scott’s to the Jazz Café and the Roundhouse. Her versatile voice is her trademark and she’ll be revisiting the era where music history was made in the year the first ever blues song was published in New Orleans.

Arrivals: from 6.30pm
Show starts: 7pm for two sets of 45 mins.
RSVP: rsvp@thepilgrm.com to confirm your attendance ASAP, as spaces are extremely limited.
Address: The Pilgrm, 25 London Street, Paddington, London W2 1HH.
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Sat 24 Nov---Spurs play Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
Sat 24 Nov---From The Jam play Shepherds Bush Empire.
From The Jam feature the original bass player from The Jam - Bruce Foxton.
'All Mod Cons' album 40th anniversary UK tour...with support from Nine Below Zero.
Tues 27 Nov---Billy Ocean plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 28 Nov---Spurs play Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium 8pm...UEFA Champions League.
Wed 28 Nov---The Alarm play ULU, London WC1.
Thurs 29 Nov---Starsailor play Shepherds Bush Empire.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of their album ' Silence Is Easy'.
They will be playing the album in its entirety (plus a few other hits) accompanied by a string section.
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Fri 30 Nov---Heaven 17 play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 30 Nov---Deacon Blue play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 01 Dec---Reading play Stoke City at 3pm.
Sat 01 Dec---Jools Holland plays the second of two shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
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BUGBEAR AND BLACK DOG YULETIDE PUNK ALL DAYER Starring Menace, Hung Like Hanratty, Deviant Heart, A-Heads, Skurvi, Yur Mum, The Plague UK, The Phobics, The Glorias, Dresden Dogs – kicking off at 3pm, Santa hoovers up some sulphate, downs his snakebite and merrily empties his studded leather sac all over The Dublin Castle to gift you the best punk rock present you could hope for: a selection f the very best bands doing the rounds today, topped off fittingly by the marvelous Menace, still kicking ass in their 40th year of fierce fury....£8 advance or £10 on the door...
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South London's much celebrated underground music scene comes together to create a min-album of original Christmas songs, 'It's Brixmaaaaas', to raise cash for Brixton's Soup Kitchen....six tracks on the mini-album...
'It's Brixmaaaaas' features contributions from Black Midi & Jerskin Fendrix, Ham Legion, Bad Parents, Scud FM, Alessi's Ark and Hot Sauce Pony and is released on the Brixton Hillbilly label on December 3.
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Mon 02 April onwards---Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat Out of Hell returns to
London at the iconic Dominion Theatre!
I saw this great show in 2017 when it was at The Coliseum.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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It is a good time to see musicals and plays as special offer tickets are on at some theatres...
School of Rock ,Dream Girls, Young Frankenstein and others.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
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TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opens at London's Aldwych Theatre is on until Feb 2019.
The hotly anticipated musical based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Opening press night on 17 April got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets
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Wed 05 Dec---Spurs play Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium.
Def Leppard & Cheap Trick are playing a UK arena tour which includes two London shows.
Thurs 06 Dec---The 02 Arena
Tues 18 Dec---Wembley Arena
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Punk legends 999 are playing a UK tour including...
Fri 7 Dec---Readipop, Reading
Sat 8 Dec---New Cross Inn - with Duncan Reid, Witchdoktors & Heavy Drapes & more
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Fri 07 Dec---James + The Charlatans play Wembley Arena.
Sat 08 Dec---Reading play Sheff Utd at 5.30pm.
Sat 08 Dec---Human League + Midge Ure Band play Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 08 Dec---John Rossell's Glitter Band play The Old Brewery - The Flag, Station Road, Watford.
I saw him play a great show in London last December.
Sun 09 Dec---David Sinclair Four play The Dublin Castle, Camden
Their setlist will feature tracks from their 2018 album 'Sweet Georgina'.
Check out their videos on YouTube.
Mon 10 Dec----Major Fashion Event at The Royal Albert Hall.
The Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski recognises creativity and innovation in fashion, celebrating the exceptional individuals whose imagination and creativity has broken new ground in fashion globally over the past 12 months as well as brands and businesses that have transformed the possibilities of fashion today.
Tues 11 Dec---Mariah Carey plays The 02 Arena.
Thurs 13 Dec---The Pretty Things play Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex.
Sat 15 Dec---Spurs play Burnley at Wembley Stadium.
Mon 17 Dec---Shepherds Bush Empire.
The lineup for the In Memory of Chas Hodges concert consists of Dave Peacock, entertainer Joe Brown, comedian Paul Whitehouse, comedian Matt Lucas, jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, singer-songwriter Ralph McTell, Ed Tudor Pole and Jackie Lynton, with more to be announced.
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The 'Springsteen On Broadway' soundtrack will be released on December 14th, featuring the songs and stories from his historic 236-show run at Jujamcyn's Walter Kerr Theatre. Also consisting of the complete audio from the upcoming 'Springsteen On Broadway' Netflix release. The album will be available on 4 LPs or 2 CDs as well as digital download and streaming services.
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Paul McCartney plays three UK shows on his European Tour.
Wed 12 Dec---Echo Arena Liverpool
Fri 14 Dec---Hydro Arena Glasgow
Sun 16 Dec---02 Arena London
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GUN CONTROL - My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
Our second gig will hopefully be around Christmas time.
GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.
Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018.
Go to google and type in - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18
Type in exactly as above as there are many Gun Control related videos up.
It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.
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Wed 19 Dec---Nile Rodgers & Chic play The 02 Arena.
Wed 19 Dec and Thurs 20 Dec---Adam Ant plays The Roundhouse.
Wed 19 Dec and Thurs 20 Dec---Wolf Alice play Brixton Academy.
Wolf Alice won The Mercury Prize with their second album in Sept 2018.
Fri 21 Dec---Vice Squad + Spizz Energi play The Amersham Arms, New Cross.
Fri 21 Dec---Slade play ULU, London WC1.
Slade still feature two original members - Dave Hill and Don Powell.
Sat 22 Dec---Reading play Middlesborough at 3pm.
Sat 22 Dec---The Members play The 100 Club.
Sat 22 Dec---Richard Ashcroft plays The Forum.
Richard (ex singer of The Verve) will be promoting his recent chart album 'Natural Rebel'
'Urban Hymns' is the third studio album by English alternative rock band The Verve, released on 29 September 1997.
'Urban Hymns' is ranked the 19th best-selling album in UK chart history with over three million copies sold
and has sold over ten million copies worldwide.
The album features the hit singles "Bitter Sweet Symphony", "Lucky Man" and "The Drugs Don't Work". The critical and commercial success of the album saw the band win two Brit Awards in 1998, including Best British Group, and appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in April 1998."Bitter Sweet Symphony" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.
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FREE ENTRY GIG - Monkish, Mouth to Mouth, The Vulz, We Punch Tigers
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
The Beehive - Bow in Bow, Newham, London.
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Fri 28 Dec---Inner Terrestrials, Stella. Satellites.The Lexington in London N1...tickets £10...
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New Years Eve ticketed event.
Every year over 100,000 spectators from across the globe flock to the London Eye embankment to get a prime view of the stunning fireworks that see in the new year. The 2018/2019 event is set to be a huge celebration with 12,000 fireworks alongside lighting and music set from barges on the Thames.
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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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Sun 20 Jan---Geordie play The 100 Club.
Reformation concert for 1970’s Rock Band who originally featured AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson.
Newcastle based Rock Band Geordie released their debut single “Don’t Do That” in 1972 which was followed the following year with their debut album “Hope You Like It”. They had two top 10 hits “All Because Of You” and “Can You Do It” and appeared on “Top of the Pops” more than 15 times.
Brian Johnson left Geordie in 1980 to become the singer with AC/DC after their vocalist Bon Scott passed away.
Geordie continued with new vocalist Rob Turnbull before splitting in the mid-1980’s.
Will Brian Johnson turn up???
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Fri 26 April and Sat 27 April---Mott The Hoople play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Mott The Hoople '74
Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople are regrouping once more, for a performance focused on the 1974 albums, The Hoople and Live, plus the non-album greatest hits.
I first saw Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon...where the support band were Queen.
Mott The Hoople still feature three original members including vocalist Ian Hunter.
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KISS start their farewell European Tour in Germany on 27 May.
Rock legends KISS play the UK in 2019.
09 Jul 2019 Birmingham Birmingham Arena
11 Jul 2019 London O2 Arena
12 Jul 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
14 Jul 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
16 Jul 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena



Thursday 15 November 2018...8pm to 10pm..
ENGLAND 3 USA 0 at Wembley Stadium.
Wayne Rooney to get his 120th cap for his contribution to the National Team.
Harry Kane will hand the captains armband over to Wayne Rooney in the second half.
Wayne Rooney is the top goalscorer for England with 53 goals scored.
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Over 65,000 here including some 10,000 free tickets to community groups and charities.
An easy win for England.
Jesse Lingard opened the scoring on 26 minutes after curling a right-footed effort into the top corner.
Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold soon doubled the lead with his first strike for the Three Lions.
Callum Wilson marked his debut with a goal in the second half to seal a straightforward victory for the hosts.
Wayne Rooney was brought on in the 58th minute but couldn't quite seal his final appearance with a goal.
Wayne came very close to scoring at the end but it was not to be.
Rooney was given a guard of honour before the game as he entered the Wembley pitch with his family.
Usain Bolt was introduced to the crowd at half-time.
The night before this game, Usain Bolt attended the launch party for his Caribbean restaurant in East London.





Thursday 15 November 2018.
Happy Birthday to PETULA CLARK who is 86 today.




Wednesday 14 November 2018...I went to three events tonight...
3.45pm to 5pm
THE EUROPEAN PIZZA AND PASTA SHOW at Olympia, London W14.
This was Day 2 of this three day event for Trade and Press.
Most of the stands and suppliers were from Italy so lots of tasty slices of pizza being given out
along with with some pasta and tastings of Italian wines,beers and ice-cream.
Wood fired ovens on display and there was a pizza vending machine where you put your money in
and wait for the pizza to get heated up in 3 minutes and out it comes....it tasted pretty good too...
www.pizzapastashow.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
5.30pm to 6.30pm
MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET - Christmas Lights Switch-On - London NW1.
This time of year many shopping areas of London have a celebrity switch their lights on.
This one is a bit special as it is done by rock legend ROGER DALTREY who does the honours at 6pm.
There is a nice buzzy atmosphere as over 2000 are here with stores giving out mulled wine and mince pies.
Other stores and stands are donating some of today's takings to The Teenage Cancer Trust.
Then after Rogers welcome speech , The Rock Choir sing a few songs and carols on the stage.
then
7pm to 9pm
THE SAPPHIRE RESIDENCES - presentation- Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Over 200 guests at this famous five star hotel.
The Sapphire Residences are in Columbo, Sri Lanka.
From 7.30pm to 7.50pm we have the presentation and a video of the five star complex.
There is nowhere quite like the Sapphire Residences. An exquisite collection of apartments and penthouses boasting uninterrupted panoramic views overlooking the Indian Ocean and the Beira Lake.
Rising majestically between the ocean on one side and Beira Lake on the other, this new residential development awaits the arrival of the world’s most discerning residents. Those with a taste for the finest things in life.
These magnificent homes echo the true spirit of vertical living, built on a heightened level of luxury, comfort, security and privacy for the entire family.
Interiors are co-designed by Yoo and legendary French designer Philippe Starck.
Prices from a million dollars upwards.
The two towers are joined by a sky bridge that has it's own infinity pool.
They are calling it the the "One Hyde Park of South Asia".
It is very luxurious with great views of the beach and the city but why choose here when the country has
political turmoil at the moment and there are many other more glamorous cities.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, wines, beers and lots of very tasty food.
All guests got a goodie bag with GQ and Tatler Magazines inside.
www.sapphireresidences.lkVisit their website here for more info.



Tuesday 13 November 2018.
GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.
Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018.
Go to google and type in exactly as this - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18
It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.



Tuesday 13 November 2018.
Supergroup GENERATION SEX have played a second show.
Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook.
Generation X members Billy Idol and Tony James.
After a surprise show in Los Angeles, a few days after they also played in New York.



Tuesday 13 November 2018...6.30pm to 9pm...
SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE - launch party - Strand, London WC2.
From 14 November, Somerset House heralds the start of the festive season as its neoclassical courtyard transforms into the capital’s quintessential winter destination.
The signature 40ft Christmas tree welcomes visitors to Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason where unique experiences for all ages await, from learning the art of skating at Skate School, to discovering new music at Skate Lates. Off the ice, guests can relax in the comfort of the alpine-inspired restaurant Fortnum’s Lodge, whilst the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade offers an array of gifts for festive shoppers. From a warming morning coffee, to a special date night or after-work drinks, Somerset House’s atmospheric setting and central location forms the perfect place for friends and family to enjoy the winter season.
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A big crowd of around 500 guests here with many getting their skates on.
A few celebrity faces including Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet/Nick Mason Band).
Also Donna Air, Alastair Guy, Christopher Kane, Tamara Beckwith, Keith Allen, Georgia Toffolo ,
Sam Rollinson ,Gavin Turk, Kelly Hoppen, Lady Wilnelia Forsyth, Lisa Snowdon, Pips Taylor and
Nick Ferrari, Fortnum & Mason boss Ewan Venters.
We had a few songs from the DREAMGIRLS show which is on The Savoy Theatre until 12 Jan 2019.
Complimentary champers, Bellinis, wines, mulled wine, hot chocolate , burgers and tasty small plates of food.
Also my first mince pies of the season.
All guests got a nice Fortnum & Mason goodie bag with items including a box of Sea Salted Caramel Truffles,
Tin of Biscuits, Jam and Tin of Spiced Green Tea.
www.somersethouse.org.ukVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.




Monday 12 November 2018.
MC50 (MC5) + Michael Monroe live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
MC50/MC5 celebrate 50 years of their classic American garage rock.
Original member Wayne Kramer has enlisted a core band of musicians hailing from different, yet simpatico backgrounds for MC50: Kim Thayil (Soundgarden, Audioslave); Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla); Billy Gould (Faith No More); and Brendan Canty (Fugazi).
I saw them play The 100 Club several years ago but they don't play the UK that often.
They had a 30 year hiatus with only a few shows played in America in that time.
Get there early as support act Michael Monroe (ex Hanoi Rocks singer) is great live.
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My kind of garage punk gig as lots of folks here that i know.
I spotted punk rock band The Ruts and Stiff Records singer Jona Lewis here.
Level 3 is closed but a much bigger gig for them this time due to the MC50 all-star band.
MICHAEL MONROE arrived on stage 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
Michael Monroe is now aged 56 but his skinny blonde frame is a non stop energetic whizz.
He jumped into the crowd a few times at the front and played at bit of sax.
A 45 mins set with 12 songs crammed in.
Loads of his best tunes played in a great set.
Full Michael Monroe setlist played tonight...
Ballad of the Lower East Side
Trick of the Wrist
Malibu Beach Nightmare (Hanoi Rocks song)
Old King's Road
This Ain't No Love Song
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Long Way to Go (Alice Cooper cover)
Nothin's Alright (Demolition 23. song)
Hammersmith Palais (Demolition 23. song)
Not Faking It (Nazareth cover)
Up Around the Bend (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
Dead, Jail or Rock 'n' Roll
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MC50/MC5 arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins.
The first eight songs are all of their classic 'Kick Out The Jams' album.
MC5’s Kick Out The Jams was recorded live 50 years ago.
While it may not have fame on the scale of contemporaries like the Beatles’ White Album, Kick Out The Jams has continued to be listened to. Their raw, energetic sound and revolutionary political outlook are seen as a major influence on the punk, metal and hardcore that followed.
Joining Kramer in the MC50 line-up are figures from some of the many bands they influenced down the line: Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil on guitar, Faith No More’s Billy Gould on bass, Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums and, a towering presence in the middle of the stage, big curly haired singer Marcus Durrant, of Zen Guerilla.
This band sound much tighter than the one i saw at The 100 Club.
A great show.
Full MC50 setlist played tonight...
Ramblin' Rose
Kick Out the Jams
Come Together
Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
Borderline
Motor City Is Burning
I Want You Right Now
Starship
Tonight
Shakin' Street
Future/Now
I Can Only Give You Everything (Them cover)
Call Me Animal
Encore:
Sister Anne (with Michael Monroe on sax)
Let Me Try (with Michael Monroe on sax)
Looking at You





Sunday 11 November 2018.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - film
Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is released – with Rami Malek’s as iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
All the songs sound fantastic in a cinema and all the actors do a great job.
A very enjoyable film to watch and well worth going to.
It has a running time of 2 hours 14 minutes.
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Remember to visit the Queen pop-up store and lights in Carnaby Street in celebration of the film.
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I was lucky to have seen Freddie Mercury singing with Queen 15 times including the greatest concert
of all time which was Live Aid in 1985.
Queen,U2,Who,Paul McCartney,David Bowie,Status Quo,Boomtown Rats,Style Council,Adam Ant,Bryan Ferry,Spandau Ballet,Howard Jones,Phil Collins,Sting,Elton John,Kiki Dee,Wham,Dire Straits,Paul Young,Alison Moyet,Ultravox,Elvis Costello,Nik Kershaw,Sade Wembley Stadium , London 13.07.1985 The greatest day in live music ever .LIVE AID was a very special day.11 hours of the biggest live acts . Worldwide charity fund raiser . A one off that will never be repeated .




Saturday 10 November 2018.
GUN CONTROL live at The Rocket Pub, Chuchfield Road, Acton, London W3.
My band play their first gig since May 1982 - 36 years ago...
Three out of five original members including me on drums...along with our new singer...
Hopefully our two original members who live in Southend and Gosport can get along on the night.
We still have plans to record a two track 7 inch vinyl single in 2019.
It will be a free gig with our fee being donated to Acton Homeless Concern.
Get to the venue for 8pm for a pre-drink and band on at 9pm and dj sounds from 10pm.
Acton Homeless Concern with be there with a collection bucket for any donations on the night.
A taster comeback set with eight original songs from the early 80s and two cover versions.
Nearest station Acton Central is 50 yards away on London Overground (North London Line) services.
Acton Town tube station is 15 mins walk to The Rocket Pub.
The 207 bus stops 5 mins walk away at Acton Park.
Check the band search in www.raysgigs.com for Gun Control gig list 1980 to 1982.
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Chucking it down with rain all day may have put a couple of folks off from going out but the pub
is nicely full with 70 or 80 in the audience.
My friend Frank who does some great punk art as Mal-One has given us a stunning Gun Control backdrop.
I also have a Gun Control logo on my bass drum.
We are playing on the floor as this venue does not have a proper stage.
Our second guitarist (Bill Gaynor) turns up at 8pm after a delayed drive up from Gosport.
He sets his guitar up and we are now ready to rock.
We have our own PA system and mini sound desk
Great to see so many friends in the crowd, many who saw us in the early 1980s.
GUN CONTROL arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for around 45 mins.
Great for me to see quality bands every week but you cannot replicate the feeling when people are
clapping and cheering for our own original songs.
All the songs we played tonight, including the covers were in our early 1980s set.
It was thrilling to be playing in front of an audience again.
A little bit of nerves but plenty of excitement too.
It all came together on the night well and the feedback from everyone after was great.
The landlord said it was his busiest night in the two years he has been there.
Straight after the show he said " come back at Christmas and do it again".
A great result for all concerned so a pretty amazing night.
Full setlist played tonight...
Teenage Kicks (cover )
Cheap Publicity
No Mercy
Wasted Youth
No Tomorrow
You Mean Nothing To Me
On Parole
Victim
Do I Need You?
Steppin' Stone ( cover)
Encore :
Teenage Kicks (cover ) (reprise)
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Check out this website for more info on Mal-One punk art.
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Total monies raised for Acton Homeless Concern = £390
Band Fee = 200
Extra donation from landlord due to extra pub takings = 100
Acton Homeless Concern Bucket Collection = 90
(Extra thanks to those who put £10 and £5 notes in the bucket)





Friday 09 November 2018...6.15pm to 9.15pm...
My band GUN CONTROL had a rehearsal session in Park Royal/North Acton.
We ran through the setlist a couple of times.
We are still not perfect...but our punk rock attitude means it doesn't need to be perfect.
Most of the crowd will be friends so hopefully they won't be too harsh on us.
After rehearsals we went for a couple of beers in the pub that we are playing tomorrow night.
See you there....




Friday 09 November 2018.
Another musician has sadly passed away.
Cellist Hugh McDowell, who was best known for his work with ELO and Wizzard throughout the 70s,
has died at the age of 65.
I saw him play live with ELO and Wizzard in the 1970s.




Thursday 08 November 2018...I went to three events tonight...
5pm to 6pm
CARNABY STREET CHRISTMAS PARTY , London W1.
There was a stage set up where a band played 30 mins of Queen cover versions.
Always good to hear classics like 'Killer Queen' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
This was a great pairing to the Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen light installation above our heads.
There was pop-up van giving out complimentary Bacardi cocktails.
then
6.15pm to 9.45pm
PAUL RAYMOND PUBLICATIONS AWARDS 2018 at Cafe de Paris, Coventry Street, London W1.
Paul Raymond Publications is a British pornography publisher of monthly softcore pornographic magazine titles: Escort, Club International, Mayfair, Men Only, Men's World, Razzle, Swing Mag, Club DVD and Escort DVD. It also publishes an adult website at www.paulraymond.xxx which features both softcore and hardcore.
The magazines had massive sales in the 1970s and 1980s but sales have declined due to the internet.
Around 400 or 500 guests here including lots of very nice semi-naked females.
The girls were both young and old and much more friendlier than other girls you talk too at parties.
A nice mix of slim girls and plus size girls.
At 6.15pm we had a female string quartet playing which was a bit random for the type of event it was.
At 7pm we had various entertainment from a female comedian , burlesque, pole dancing, fire breather ,
a black male stripper,a rapper performed a few tracks and others.
There were 15 awards handed out.
A full complimentary bar (except champers ) including all sprits it's so i had a few JD n cokes,
also prosecco, wines and beers.
We had a great time here.
then
10pm to 11.45pm
DON QUIXOTE - press night party - Browns Brasserie & Bar, St Martins Lane, London WC2.
This was the party for the theatre first night that was at The Garrick Theatre earlier in the evening.
A big crowd as 400 guests have taken over the entire venue.
Actors David Threlfall and Rufus Hound were here as they have the lead roles.
About Don Quixote...
After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, one eccentric old man heads off on a rumbustious quest to become a wandering knight accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited servant, ‘riotously performed by David Threlfall as Don Quixote and Rufus Hound as Sancho Panza’ (The Times).
Complimentary wines , beers and lots of tasty food including full size burgers, wild salmon,
jumbo Yorkshire sausages with caramelised onions and tubs of Häagen-Dazs ice-cream.






Wednesday 07 November 2018...6.30pm to 9.45pm...
BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRITS - reception party - 194 Piccadilly, London SW1.
A big crowd of around 300 guests are at this space below the BAFTA HQ which used to be Barbecoa.
We went to the very nice launch party for Barbecoa steak restaurant which was owned by Jamie Oliver.
It closed earlier this year after only a year in business due to financial problems.
Bond star Gemma Arterton joined fellow judges Stacy Martin and George MacKay at a reception as BAFTA, in partnership with Burberry, unveiled this year's Breakthrough Brits. Tom Hiddelston and Cressida Bonas were among VIP guests at 194 Piccadilly to meet 19 of the UK’s most promising future stars of film, games and television, including actress Jessica Barden, comedian Luisa Omielan and director Daniel Kokotajlo.
At 7.15pm we had a 20 mins presentation of each name along with a clip of their work on the screens.
Complimentary Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines, two different gin cocktails and canapés.
The 19 names are...
Adrienne Law – Games Producer
Annie Price – Presenter
Chris Walley – Actor
Daniel Kokotajlo – Writer/Director­­­
Daniel Lawrence Taylor – Actor/Writer
Ellena Wood – Director
Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly – Producer
Harry Nesbitt – Artist and Game Developer
Jay Armstrong – Game Developer
Jessica Barden – Actress
John Campbell and Katie Goode – Technical Director & Creative Director
Lucy Cohen – Writer/Director
Luisa Omielan – Comedian
Lottie Bevan – Co-Founder & COO
Michael Pearce – Director
Paapa Essiedu – Actor
Ria Zmitrowicz – Actress
Vanessa Whyte – Cinematographer




Tuesday 06 November 2018...8pm to 10pm...
Spurs 2 v PSV Eindhoven 1... UEFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium.
Around 46,000 here including over 4,000 away fans which meant Level 5 was half empty.
PSV have won 11 out of 11 in the Eredivisie this season but they have flattered to deceive in Europe and they have not won a Champions League tie since 2015. They started brightly and De Jong’s goal sparked delirium among their fans, who fired up the atmosphere with their songs and bouncing up and down.
Spurs missed a couple of good chances to draw level in the first half but Harry Kane managed to get two goals in the second half with the winner coming just before the end to the joy of Spurs fans.
Spurs and their fans greeted the final whistle with a mixture of elation and relief as they fashioned a turnaround that was starting to look increasingly unlikely to revive their fading Champions League aspirations.
Pochettino and his players know, however, that they simply must move their game on to another level if they are to get the results they need at home to Inter Milan and then that most daunting of tasks, away to Barcelona, to go through into the knockout stage.




Tuesday 06 November 2018.
THE SEX PISTOLS played their debut show this day in 1975
Forty three years ago, over the course of 15 minutes on a rainy November night in London's Charing Cross Road, four obstreperous youths with spiky haircuts and their famously troublemaking manager changed Western culture forever.
They supported Bazooka Joe (with Adam Ant on bass) at Central Saint Martins College.



Monday 05 November 2018.
2.30pm to 7pm
WORLD TRAVEL MARKET - trade/press/VIP day - Excel, East London.
This massive event features many countries and cities and States (USA) showcasing why you should visit.
WTM London facilitates £2.8 billion in industry deals and has around 5,000 exhibitors from 182 countries and regions and more than 10,000 attending each day.
Many stands have staff in their National dress.
Many stands are giving out complimentary drinks and food.
We have a press list telling us when each country is having an hourly showcase.
We stop of at TURKEY and part of their presentation was the good value.
UK travellers can get £139 more of Turkish Lira than this time last year for £500 currency transaction.
3pm we were at the GREECE stand for a presentation along with wines and canapés.
4pm we attended the TAIWAN tourism showcase.
Around 100 guests with complimentary presecco, beers and canapés.
A nice business card raffle here with four single prizes of return flights to Taiwan...sadly i was not a winner.
Eastenders actor Rudolph Walker was on hosting duties at the TOBAGO stand.
5pm we were at INDIA for a complimentary buffet and dozen dancers performing Bhangra.
6pm we were at HOLLAND for Pornstar Martinis and canapés.
You can go all three days here and still not see everything.
then
7.30pm to 11pm
CUBA TOURISM PARTY at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, East London.
On each of the three nights of WTM , a few countries hold parties away from Excel.
Around 200 guests have taken over this very nice live music venue.
This is where Glen Matlock launched his recent album with a residence of shows.
A Cuban band played two 30 mins sets at 9.15pm and 10.15pm.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food with a Cuban vibe as three different rum cocktails
along with loads of Cuban food.
A great party.
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Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. It’s also the least expensive. Besides low-cost living, tourists are drawn by perfect winter weather and more than 300 white sandy beaches lapped by turquoise seas.
Highlights include the dramatic karst landscapes of Viñales Valley, Spanish colonial towns such as Trinidad and the capital city itself. Havana belongs in another era, with its vintage American cars, art deco architecture and lack of violent crime.



Sunday 04 November 2018.
2pm to 4.30pm
GUN CONTROL band rehearsals in the Park Royal/North Acton area.
We ran through the setlist a couple of times.
Remember our first gig back is Saturday 10 Nov in Acton.
See my gig list above for full info on the venue etc.
then
OLD DOMINION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Country music band from Nashville who are very popular back in America.
Both their albums have sold over 100,000 copies over there.
Their music is contemporary country with rock instrumentation, and has pop and hip hop overtones.
American country act Old Dominion are bringing a slice of Nashville over to the UK as they tour second studio album, Happy Endings. The band's musical abilities are highly acclaimed and sought after, having written an impressive string of hits for acts such as Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan.
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You wouldn't have heard of Old Dominion unless you were a big fan of 'new country music'.
Amazingly the show tonight is totally sold out.
ERIC PASLAY arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 20 mins.
Eric has released one album for EMI Nashville, which contains the singles "Friday Night", "Song About a Girl", and "She Don't Love You". In addition to these, Paslay has written several hit singles for other artists, and has collaborated with Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, among others.
He played a decent set that featured the best tracks from his debut album.
WALKER HAYES and band arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for 30 mins.
He has released two albums and had success in his home of America.
He has a more of a country pop feeling with some songs having a Justin Timberlake vibe to them.
OLD DOMINION arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins.
Country songs have great lyrics that the crowd can sing loudly along to.
Some songs sounded a bit samey but they played a decent enough show.
Full Old Dominion setlist played tonight....
Song for Another Time
Wrong Turns
Beer Can in a Truck Bed
Not Everything's About You
Be With Me
Written in the Sand
Said Nobody
Hotel Key
Still Writing Songs About You
Stars in the City
No Such Thing as a Broken Heart
Crazy Beautiful Sexy
Make It Sweet
Can't Get You
Save It for a Rainy Day (Kenny Chesney cover)
New York at Night
Nowhere Fast
Break Up With Him
Encore:
So You Go
Smooth Sailing
Snapback




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.



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