News and Reviews: March 04, 2019

Monday 04 March 2019.
Shock news that KEITH FLINT co-vocalist/dancer in The Prodigy has passed away...aged only 49.
The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has died aged 49. The dance legend was found dead in his home in Dunmow, Essex, this morning. An Essex Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday.
I saw The Prodigy live around a dozen times,they were always fantastic and really got the crowd dancing.
Visit YouTube to watch their great videos and live concert clips.
Six of their seven studio albums were No 1 in the UK charts.
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In an Instagram post,Prodigy band member Liam Howlett added: “The news is true. I can’t believe I’m saying
this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend".
“I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”




Monday 04 March 2019.
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray from today and the disc will include the complete recreation of the Live Aid performance, only seen in part in the movie.
The film has been a worldwide success and has taken a billion dollars at the box office.



Saturday 02 March 2019.
SPURS 1 ARSENAL 1 at Wembley Stadium...12.30pm kick-off.
Tottenham's Premier League match against north London rivals Arsenal on 2 March will take place at
Wembley because their new stadium is still not ready.
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A massive near sell-out crowd with over 81,000 here including 3,000 Arsenal fans.
We are up in Level 5 where there are just a couple of unsold blocks.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris to cost Arsenal victory and ensure Tottenham retained a crucial advantage over their arch-rivals in the battle for a top-four place after a dramatic north London derby at Wembley.
Harry Kane's contested penalty put Spurs level with 16 minutes left after Aaron Ramsey's coolly taken 16th-minute goal threatened to inflict a third successive league defeat on boss Mauricio Pochettino for the first time in his reign.
Arsenal were then handed a golden opportunity to close to within one point of Spurs after Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang, but the striker's tame penalty was easily saved low to his right by the diving Lloris.




Saturday 02 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to JON BON JOVI who is 57 today.
This day in 2010 i saw KISS play a superb club show at Islington Academy.



This was gig number 6900 for me.
Friday 01 March 2019.
LAIBACH + film live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Avant-garde music group, Laibach from Slovenia are still the most internationally acclaimed band to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe and they’re rounding up 2018 with the release of The Sound Of Music, a collection of songs inspired by the iconic film. Taking the album on the road in the early months of 2019, they’ll perform much of the new record, as well as selected songs from their repertoire.
Before they arrive on stage they will be an exclusive screening of their documentary film “Liberation Day”.
They are signed to the legendary MUTE Records who also co-produced the film.
Formed in 1980, Laibach have had many different band members.
From the early days, the band was subject to controversies and bans due to their use of iconography associated with totalitarianism, nationalism and militarism, a concept they have preserved throughout their career. Censored and banned in Socialist Yugoslavia and receiving a kind of dissident status, the band embarked on international tours and gradually acquired international fame. After Slovenia became independent in 1991, Laibach's status in the country has turned from rejection to promotion into a national cultural icon, which included performances with the Slovenian symphony orchestra.
Early Laibach albums were pure industrial, with heavy rhythms and roaring vocals. Later in the mid-80s, the sound became more richly layered, featuring samples from classical music. The lyrics, usually delivered by bass voice of the singer Milan Fras, written in German, Slovene and English, originally treated war and military themes, but later turned focus to any highly charged political issue of the moment, sending intentionally ambiguous messages. They also recorded several cover versions of popular songs, often turning light melodies into sinister-sounding Gothic tunes.
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Around 700 folks here and it is reserved seats on the floor as we have a film to start.
From 6.45pm for 1 hour 40 mins we have their docu on the bizarre week the band had in North Korea in 2015
In the build up to them playing the first rock concert by a Western act.
Flashback to 2015. Considering the amount of secrecy surrounding North Korea, and its strict policy of limiting access to outsiders, the initial announcement that Laibach – a Slovenian avant-garde industrial art-rock act hailing all the way from the 80s – would be the first Western band ever to play in the country was quite unexpected, to say the least.
The worldwide shock came not only from the fact that it was a rock concert that was chosen to be the first performance by outsiders in North Korea, but Laibach’s particular act and performative choices too. The band has been, since their inception, repeatedly criticised for their usage of overt neo-fascist iconography – uniforms, manifestos, terrifying propaganda-like videos and all – all while leaving to speculation whether they’re being critical of or just emulating totalitarian ideologies.
It was a bit mad at how they got away with it , as officials questioned everything.
Even when testing the sound , band members said " it's not a sound check, it's an exam".
Some of the film was a bit Spinal tap in places.
Mute Records head honcho Daniel Miller was there to witness the gig and said "it was one of the most
significant concerts he had ever attended".
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After the interval LAIBACH played for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 60 mins.
We have a big screen showing their Laibach type pre-recorded images.
The first set was their new album which is collection of Rodgers & Hammerstein classics.
They kinda ruined these great songs.
Why would you record these songs in a low key Rammstein type style?
Three vocalists with the main singer having a very deep moody growling voice.
Second set included a strange version of a Rolling Stones classic.
Lots of Prog type muso twaddle.
The crowd loved it but it just didn't do anything for me.
Full Laibach setlist played tonight...
String Intro
FIRST SET : The Sound of Music ALBUM
The Sound of Music
Climb Every Mountain
Do-Re-Mi
Edelweiss
My Favourite Things
The Lonely Goatherd
Sixteen Going on Seventeen
So Long, Farewell
Maria/Korea
Arirang
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SECOND SET
Mi kujemo bodočnost
Smrt za Smrt
Nova Akropola
Vier Personen
Krvava Gruda - Plodna Zemlja
Ti, Ki Izzivaš
Encore
Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones cover)
The Coming Race
Surfing Through the Galaxy




Friday 01 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to rock legend ROGER DALTREY who is 75 today.
Tickets for The Who at Wembley Stadium are approaching Rolling Stones greed
as pitch seating in front blocks is a whopping £200.



Thursday 28 February 2019.
RUTS DC + THE PROFESSIONALS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
The Professionals feature Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
The Ruts are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album 'The Crack' ,released in 1979 and containing the UK hit singles: "Babylon's Burning" (Number seven on the UK chart in June 1979) and "Something That I Said" (No. 29 in September 1979) with a full UK tour.
I bought the album on vinyl when it first came out.
I saw The Ruts three times between 1978 to 1980.
Ruts DC still feature two original members.
Ruts DC will play a set featuring older material and tracks from their comeback album "Music Must Destroy".
The Professionals will play a set featuring older material and tracks from their comeback album "What in the World".
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From 6.15pm to 6.45pm i was in the venue to see THE PROFESSIONALS sound check.
The band all played their instruments for the sound engineer and the vocals were tested too.
Short versions of a few of their songs plus the guitar riff for "Pretty Vacant".
Two songs played in full "Going Going Gone" and "Good Man Down".
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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this great double-bill.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there must be at least 1000 people here.
As expected lots of old punk rockers here that i know.
There were over 150 on the guest list tonight.
Paul Cooks wife and daughter were here and his friends Ian Brown (ex Stone Roses)
and Marco Pirroni (ex Adam & The Ants) are here.
Non-stop classic punk tunes played over the pa when bands not on stage.
THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
I have seen them three times already since Paul reformed the band.
Great he has resurrected them even though Steve Jones is not involved.
They whizzed through nifty old and new tracks with a highlight being the
pairing in the middle of "Silly Thing" and "Rewind".
A great set.
Full setlist played by The Professionals tonight...
Join the Professionals
Good Man Down
Payola
Going Going Gone
Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover)
Rewind
Just Another Dream
Bad Baby
Hats Off
Kick Down the Doors
Let Go
1-2-3
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RUTS DC arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.
One camera was filming all the show from the pit.
Because the main set is "The Crack" in full track order their biggest song "Babylon's Burning" is opener.
A big backdrop of the album cover dominates the back of the stage.
A fair amount of jumping around down the front.
A great set and for me a perfect night of two acts who were about 40 years ago and are still rockin'.
Full setlist played by Ruts DC tonight...
FIRST 12 TRACKS ARE "THE CRACK " ALBUM IN ORDER
Babylon's Burning
Dope for Guns
SUS
Something That I Said
You're Just A
It Was Cold
Savage Circle
Jah War
Criminal Mind
Backbiter
Out of Order
Human Punk
Music Must Destroy
West One (Shine On Me)
Kill The Pain
In a Rut
Psychic Attack
Encore:
H Eyes
Love In Vain / Police and Thieves (medley covers)
Staring at the Rude Boys
Final song ???




Wednesday 27 February 2019.
THE LEMON TWIGS + MATT MALTESE live at The Roundhouse, London.
The D’Addario brothers, also known as The Lemon Twigs are making waves for their glam rock-esque musical theatre and energetic live shows.
As the sons of working musicians and having performed on Broadway as children, it’s no surprise the Long Island brothers are channeling the flamboyantly theatrical energy they grew up with, alongside 60s and 70s Baroque pop artists such as Harry Nilsson, Wings and the Zombies.
They are promoting their second album, 'Go to School'.
They supported Arctic Monkeys on their Sept 2018 UK arena tour.
Support comes from Matt Maltese whose debut album in 2018 on Universal "Bad Contestant" got loads of
great reviews , including four stars from NME.
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MATT MALTESE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 35 mins.
Matt is in his early 20s but looks even younger.
Matt is a pop piano wizard who is crafting soul-bearing ballads for a new generation.
Some great lyrics and some of the tunes were a bit Keane like in places.
THE LEMON TWIGS arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for around 85 mins.
It is pretty full tonight for The Lemon Heads as they play another big London headline show.
Over the past two years they have played The Lexington to Koko to The Forum to The Roundhouse.
When i saw their first promo picture and bio I thought i must check this band out.
Their 70s look and 70s influences certainly grabbed my attention.
Over a dozen photographers in the pit as their image certainly makes a good photo.
Many of the crowd are wearing 70s retro clothing.
The brothers and the band look cool with their outlandish haircuts and outfits, and their kitschy music-hall singing and high-kicking and hand gestures live shows really was great to see.
Not easy being a new guitar based band these days but The Lemon Twigs are gaining more fans.
They played the best tracks from their two albums and the crowd loved it.
A great show.





Tuesday 26 February 2019...6.30pm to 9pm...
NINA NAUSTDAL - Spring / Summer 19/20 Fashion Show at Bagatelle, 34 Dover Street, London W1.
Over 200 guests at this modern French club-restaurant that opened in Mayfair a couple of years ago.
Over 20 photographers were here as Nina in a stunning dress posed with her friends and a few celebs
including Jackie St Clair, Meredith Ostrom, Mark Francis Vanelli and Heather Bird.
Before the fashion show there was a harpist playing and a female ballet dancer performed.
A dj was playing tunes loudly that helped to create a great busy and buzzy vibe.
At 8.15pm was the fashion show for 30 mins...with the crowd seated and standing.
This season, the Collection is inspired by the glorious bloom of rare exotic flowers.
To represent the unique movements and the sinuosity of the flourishing nature,
the silhouettes have been enriched with 3D decorations, flowers, feathers, butterflies and birds.
Each piece is handmade in Nina Naustdal's London Atelier.
The four collections all looked amazing and the floor-grazing gowns were spectacular.
Couture SS19
Black Collection AW19/20
Childrenswear Collection
Dogs Collection
Emmett Daly (star of The Voice Ireland) sung covers during the fashion show.
Complimentary prosecco, two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with Maize & Grace Popcorn along with snacks and drinks.
www.nina-naustdal.comVisit the Nina Naustdal website here for more info.




Tuesday 26 February 2019.
More sad news about the death of a great musician.
MARK HOLLIS — frontman of synth pop 1980s sensation Talk Talk — has died at the age of 64,
his former bandmate Paul Webb confirmed.
Hollis co-founded Talk Talk in 1981. The band was part of the New-Romantic movement along with Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet.
Talk Talk had a series of hits in the UK across the 80s including ‘Talk Talk’ and ‘Its My Life’.
I saw Talk Talk play live five times in the 1980s and have a couple of their albums.



Monday 25 February 2019.
STEELY DAN + STEVE WINWOOD live at Wembley Arena, London.
A very nice double bill of golden oldies...although tickets are expensive.
Steely Dan have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.
Donald Fagen will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood.
I saw Steely Dan in Oct 2017 when they headlined The 02 Arena.
They had a good big name support act on that night as well - The Doobie Brothers.
I first saw Steve Winwood live in 1983 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon
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All the mainly older male crowd are in a bit earlier to see the special guest support act.
Even though Steely Dan played just 14 months ago in London, it is pretty much sold out.
Expensive tickets from £55 to £105 plus booking fees.
I have a great seat on the floor in the area in front of the mixing desk.
A few rows in front of me is Iron Maiden drummer Nico McBrain.
STEVE WINWOOD arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 60 mins.
Neither of the two bands tonight had any big screen showing live footage.
Steve & his band were top notch musicians that included great sax and percussion.
A nice setlist featuring some highlights from his long career.
An ideal support act that the crowd loved.
A great set.
Full Steve Winwood setlist played tonight...
I'm a Man (The Spencer Davis Group song)
Them Changes (Buddy Miles cover)
Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith song)
Had to Cry Today (Blind Faith song)
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic song)
Keep On Running (Jackie Edwards cover)
Higher Love
Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic song)
Gimme Some Lovin' (The Spencer Davis Group song)
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STEELY DAN arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.
12 musicians on stage including 3 female backing singers so plenty of great harmonies.
Like Steve Winwood the sound quality on stage was pretty much perfection.
Between 1972 and 1980, Steely Dan produced some of the most searing and bitter pop music ever recorded. With scathing lyrics delivered by Donald Fagen’s pungent vocals, he and partner Walter Becker’s music chronicled the feelings of many who passed through young adulthood during the 1970s. At times cynical and oddly nostalgic, Steely Dan made music borne of calculated musical precision aided by high-tech studio wizardry.
Donald Fagan is still here but Walter Becker died in Sept 2017, just a month before their 02 Arena show.
A great groove mixing funk, rock, jazz ,Prog in their sound with superb drum fills during most songs.
During the main set they were joined by Steve Winwood on one track and for the encore they were joined by
Elliot Randall.He is an American guitarist, best known for being a session musician with popular artists. Randall played the well-known guitar solos from Steely Dan's song "Reelin' in the Years" and Irene Cara's song "Fame". It was reported that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said Randall's solo on "Reelin' in the Years" is his favourte guitar solo of all-time.
A great show and a fab evening with two quality bands.
Full Steely Dan setlist played tonight...
Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant cover) (band Only)
Bodhisattva
Hey Nineteen
Black Friday
Pretzel Logic (with Steve Winwood)
Aja
Green Earrings
Black Cow
Time Out of Mind
Kid Charlemagne
Dirty Work
Peg
Babylon Sisters
Keep That Same Old Feeling (The Crusaders cover)
Josie
My Old School
Encore:
Reelin' in the Years (with Elliott Randall)
A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Joe Williams cover) (band Only)




Monday 25 February 2019.
PETER DOHERTY to play The Roundhouse on 12 May 2019...tickets on sale soon...



Sunday 24 February 2019...I went to two events today...
4.30pm to 7pm
The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Live from Wembley Stadium with kick-off at 4.30pm.
Man City on top form...can they win the first of a possible four trophies they are in contention for?
Lots of pressure on Chelsea coach/manager Sarri, who could be sacked if Chelsea lose this game.
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No score after extra time then Man City win 4-3 on penalties.
A massive crowd as a pretty near full house of over 81,000 here.
I am up in Level 5 with a couple of mates who are Chelsea fans in the Chelsea end.
A pretty average game that got very entertaining at the end with a bizarre non-substitution and penalties.
Have you ever seen anything like it?
A player refusing to go off - and his manager losing the plot.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga resisted Maurizio Sarri's attempt to substitute him late in extra time of the Carabao Cup final, which left his manager seething on the touchline.
Kepa had just been treated for cramp and, with the game at 0-0, Sarri was preparing to bring on reserve keeper Willy Caballero in his place before a penalty shootout.
But after some furious finger-wagging and screams of "NO!", Sarri was forced to give in.
Kepa is the world's most expensive goalkeeper at a whopping £71 million quid.
Kepa lost out in the penalty shootout.
then
10.30pm to 4.30am
THE OSCARS screening party at Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London W1.
The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honour the best films of 2018 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
I must admit this years Oscars have been the most anticipated by me for many years as what awards will
Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born win and will Olivia Colman and Richard E Grant win awards?
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Around 400 invited guests here in this luxury hotel.
We are in the main cinema room that holds 200 and 200 more are watching on screens in other spaces.
Until midnight there is complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers and canapés and popcorn.
Midnight to 3am was complimentary espresso Martinis and lots of different delicious bowl food.
Also cheese burgers, fish & chips,Thai Curry, salt beef bagels with pickle and cream cheese.
From 3am there was complimentary Bloody Mary's and a survivors breakfast box and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
We watch the red carpet arrivals before the main event.
At 1am the main event opened with a stunning two song medley by Queen with Adam Lambert.
Later on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga would also perform their superb track "Shallow" together.
Rami Malek won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
In addition to Rami’s win, Bohemian Rhapsody was the top film at this year’s Oscars overall, taking home FOUR awards in total, the remaining three coming from technical categories.
Green Book – another of this awards season’s more controversial offerings – took home the coveted Best Picture prize, while Roma and Black Panther also came out on top in three categories each.
Great to see Olivia Colman win Best Actress but sadly Richard E Grant did not win anything.
An excellent event.




Saturday 23 February 2019.
Happy Birthday to ex Sweet bass player STEVE PRIEST who is 71 today.
One of my first ever gigs was Sweet at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park on 21 Dec 1973.
My first of over 50 shows seen at this legendary venue that is now a Brazilian place of worship.



Friday 22 February 2019.
BLUE OYSTER CULT + THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
I have seen Blue Oyster Cult around 20 times since i attended their debut London show in 1975.
Blue Oyster Cult + Motorhead at Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.10.1975
This was an early Motörhead show as they had formed only a few months earlier.
That show was gig number 71 for me....tonight was gig number 6896 for me...
Blue Oyster Cult have sold over 24 million records worldwide - albums/singles.
They were one of the many rock bands that released great double live albums in the 1970s with
"On Your Feet or on Your Knees "(1975) .
They will be supported by UK blues rockers The Temperance Movement.
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The floor standing is busy but there are lots of empty seats in the circle so maybe 3000 out of 5000 here.
A mainly older white male crowd here as expected.
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for around 45 mins.
They played a good set of blues rock tracks from the three albums they have released.
They have a great sound with hints of The Black Crowes and The Faces.
Singer Phil Campbell is flinging himself around the stage and he has a great blues-rock voice.
A good set.
BLUE OYSTER CULT arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.
Original members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, stun guitar), were backed by longtime mates Richie Castellano (keyboards, guitar), Danny Miranda (bass), and Jules Radino (drums).
Definitely a hard rock band, their musical style has often been described as crossing a broad spectrum, ranging from heavy metal, to psychedelic rock, to progressive rock.For a couple of guys in their seventies, Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom still have it.
The first 30 or 40 mins had a few pretty average songs in it then they played more of their classic cuts.
The band played fan faves with the likes of “Godzilla" and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper).”
Great encores including "Hot Rails to Hell" and "Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll".
Stage production was pretty basic but it was a great show.
Full BOC setlist played tonight...
Dr. Music
Before the Kiss, a Redcap
Career of Evil
Burnin' for You
OD'd on Life Itself
Harvest Moon
The Vigil
E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
Buck's Boogie
Then Came the Last Days of May
Flaming Telepaths
Godzilla
Guitar Solo
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Encore:
Joan Crawford
Hot Rails to Hell
Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll




Thursday 21 February 2019.....6.15pm to 8.45pm
CARLUCCIO'S - re-launch party - 31/35 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey.
Italian restaurant & bar chain CARLUCCIO'S has many locations around the UK.
This one has had a refurbishment to celebrate 20 years since the first CARLUCCIO'S opened.
Richmond is one of those nice areas like Chiswick and Wimbledon.
I used to go to Cheeky Pete's Disco in Richmond in the late 1970s/ early 1980s.
Around 150 guests here and a nice buzzy atmosphere.
Two of the waiters sung several cover versions to a backing track which was good fun.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Prosecco , gin cocktails, wines and beers.
Lots of delicious Italian bowl food, canapés ,desserts and pastries from their new menu.
www.carluccios.comVisit their website here for more info.
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What the owners say.
Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Richmond. We are less than 5 minutes from the heart of the town centre and Richmond Station.
We are just minutes away from Richmond Theatre – making Carluccio’s the perfect location to grab a bite to eat with friends and family before or after watching a show.
We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. On top of that, our menu also caters for vegetarians/vegans and those who are following a gluten free diet. Therefore you should book a table at London, Richmond today!




Thursday 21 February 2018.
Very sad news that PETER TORK ,the bassist for The Monkees and a jokester on the band's popular 1960s television series, has died at age 77.




Wednesday 20 February 2019.
SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
Slash takes some time off from playing guitar with Guns N Roses....show has been sold out for ages...
The European tour will support the release of Slash’s fourth solo album LIVING THE DREAM.
I have seen Slash several times with non G N R bands since 1995 when i saw him play in Los Angeles.
I have seen Guns N Roses several times since 1987 when they played their first ever
major London show at Hammersmith Odeon for their classic debut album 'Appetite for Destruction ' .
Looks like the only Guns N Roses track in the setlist will be "Nightrain".
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons have been unveiled as the special guests.
The Motörhead guitarist, his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, and vocalist Neil Starr will open for Slash and co.
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PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for around 40 mins.
Phil & his band do have a nice Motörhead type sound.
With the release of 2018s 'The Age of Absurdity', the band now have enough original material to dominate their setlists without completely disregarding the chance to perform a selection of covers.
Their set included a couple of Motörhead gems "Born To Raise Hell" and "Ace Of Spades".
A very good set.
SLASH & his band arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for around 2 hours 5 mins.
By the time the band arrive on stage the venue is totally rammed full upstairs and downstairs.
Cannot remember when so many people were packed into this venue.
Eagle Rock Productions have several cameras here filming it for a live DVD.
Lots of nifty guitar playing from Slash and some great rock vocals from Myles.
Lots of good solid rockin' tunes but nothing as good as the sole G N R song played tonight "Nightrain".
A very good show.
Full setlist played by Slash & co tonight...
The Call of the Wild
Halo
Standing in the Sun
Ghost (Slash song)
Back From Cali (Slash song)
My Antidote
Serve You Right
Boulevard of Broken Hearts
Shadow Life
We're All Gonna Die (Slash song) (Todd Kerns on vocals)
Doctor Alibi (Slash song) (Todd Kerns on vocals)
Lost Inside the Girl
Wicked Stone (extended guitar solo)
Mind Your Manners
Driving Rain
By the Sword (Slash song)
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Starlight (Slash song)
You're a Lie
World on Fire (with band introductions and extended solos)
Encore:
Avalon
Anastasia




Tuesday 19 February 2019.
ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES - The Musical - press night at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London SW1.
Paul Whitehouse takes centre stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton (Rodney) in this unique showstopper. Featuring cherished material from the TV series, the laughs, dodgy dealings and unforgettable moments to boot, join us as we take a trip back to 1989, get reacquainted with Britain’s most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through an ingenious and hilarious original score; an idea so inexplicably pukka it surely proves the old adage that he who dares wins!
With musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as you’ve never heard them before and an array of comic songs full of character and cockney charm, you’re guaranteed to have a right knees-up! Only Fools and Horses the Musical is a feel-good, family celebration of traditional, working class London life and the aspirations we all share.
Written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, fully endorsed by the Sullivan estate
Sound CUSHTY? Then book your tickets today – Only a forty-two carat PLONKER would miss it!
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The show was on for just over two hours over two sets.
Lots of hilarious moments related to one of the greatest tv series of the 1980s.
As expected there was a good turnout of well known faces including Roger Taylor (Queen).
Also Dave Peacock (from Chas & Dave).
Only Fools and Horses stars John Challis and Patrick Murray joined VIP guests Stacey Dooley, Jo Brand, Jools Holland, Ricky Hatton, Sir Geoff Hurst, Bill Bailey, Ray Winstone, Jason Manford , Phil Daniels , Lesley Joseph , Craig Cash and Helen George for the press night of Only Fools and Horses: The Musical, taking turns to pose in front of the show’s iconic yellow Reliant Robin three-wheeled car on the red carpet. Writer and star Paul Whitehouse was also spotted alongside Harry Enfield, Jason Manford and Jessica Wright.
Original stars from the tv series David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst didn't attend the premiere, with the musical cast members saying they chose to stay out of the spotlight.
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9.45pm to 11.45pm---after-party at The Haymarket Hotel, London SW1.
Around 300 guests were at this party after the main event.
A very nice touch was the laminate pass for entry which was a picture of a yellow three-wheeler Reliant Robin.
Believe it or not I had a blue three-wheeler Reliant Robin for a year as you could drive one on just a
full motorbike license and you didn't need a full driving license, but it actually helped me to save on driving lessons.
Most of the faces above were here but didn't see Roger Taylor ,Jools Holland, Ray Winstone , Sir Geoff Hurst.
The Dj was playing all classic tracks from the 1980s.
Lots of complimentary food and drinks including Del Boys fave cocktail from back in the day,
Piña Coladas along with those dinky paper umbrellas on top, wines, beers and different food including
burgers, fried chicken, king prawns and canapés.
A great evening.





Tuesday 19 February 2019.
A FASHION ICON HAS PASSED AWAY.
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris, aged 85, Chanel sources have confirmed.
The artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, and had reportedly suffered ill health in recent weeks.
For the first time in decades Lagerfeld did not come out to take a bow at the Chanel's couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being tired.




Monday 18 February 2019...6pm to 8pm...
GODOLPHIN Stud and Stable Staff Awards Ceremony 2019 at
The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge, London SW1.
Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel.
Some well known names from the horse racing world are here.
This evenings presenters were Oli Bell and Sir AP McCoy.
Also here were Brough Scott, Mick Fitzgerald and Trainer John Gosden (looks after wonder horse Enable).
Just the six awards handed out for...
Leadership Award
Dedication Award
Rider/Groom Award
Stud Staff Award
Rory MacDonald Community Award
David Nicholson Newcomer Award (for those who have entered racing within the last three years)
Complimentary champers, wines, Peroni beers and canapés for all guests.




Sunday 17 February 2019...I went to two events tonight...
7.45pm to 9.45pm
AADNEVIK - Autumn/Winter 2019 Show - Whitehall, London SW1.
Day 3 of the 5 days of London Fashion Show.
AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom.
This was a much better than expected event as it was a full catwalk show presentation.
200 seated with two rows of 50 on each side and I have a nice front row seat.
200 are standing behind the seats.
A cool crowd with lots of glammed up women in the crowd and Philip Sallon was here.
20 photographers at the end of the catwalk.
Nice tunes were played in the background throughout.
At 9pm we have the 20 mins catwalk show that featured nine models and I think three outfits each.
They all looked stunning, mixing short dresses and longer gowns with splits etc.
Complimentary De Watere champers for the reception and at your seat before the catwalk show.
Seated guests got a nice goodie bag which included a Moroccanoil gift set and 200ml De Watere champers.
www.aadnevik.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
10pm to 12pm
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL - press/VIP opening night party at The Savoy Hotel , Strand, London WC2.
This musical is on at The Savoy Theatre.
A massive party as 800 folks are on the guest list which takes over The Ballroom, The Riverside Room
and other areas in this famous five star hotel.
DOLLY PARTON joined the cast on stage earlier tonight.
The party started at 9pm so not sure she made it as Dolly did a lot of press before the show.
Very unusual to have a press/vip night on a Sunday but I reckon Dolly is lined up to be a presenter
at The Brit Awards on Wednesday.
All the cast were here and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale) was here until the end.
Celebs watching the musical earlier included Kylie Minogue, Twiggy, Graham Norton, Luke Evans,
Anthea Turner, Lizzie Cundy , Les Dennis and others but i did not see them at the party.
I missed the champers reception for the first hour from 9pm but there were lots of complimentary food
and drinks as five different cocktails, wines, beers and burgers, salmon, canapés and desserts.
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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is getting down to business - with a strictly limited season at The Savoy Theatre.
Starring Louise Redknapp*, Caroline Sheen^, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton.
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the girls manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?
Inspired by the cult film and brought to you by Dolly herself, this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
*Due to injury, Louise Redknapp will be joining the show from late March 2019.
^ Caroline Sheen will be performing the role of Violet Newstead until Louise’s return.
www.9to5themusical.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.




Saturday 16 February 2019.
AMINE + dj support live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
25 year old American rapper plays the first of two shows at this venue....both are sold out...
Amine has released two albums and his breakthrough hit 'Caroline' has had over 250 million views on YouTube.
'Carolne' reached number 11 in The American Singles Chart.
His rap career then began to come into fruition when he would make diss tracks about rival high schools.
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