News and Reviews: August 15, 2019

Wednesday 14 August 2019.
Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter DAVID CROSBY who is 78 today.
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Tuesday 13 August 2018.
Happy Birthday to ex Undertones singer FEARGAL SHARKEY who is 61 today.



Monday 12 August 2019.
PROPHETS OF RAGE + DJ LORD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
The band, which features members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, are currently working on their second album, due for release in 2020.
They release a new single "Made With Hate" for their European Tour.
I have seen their very lively show a couple of times before.
Support comes from Nova Twins.
Nova Twins spent most of 2017 touring with Prophets of Rage after Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage
named them 'The best band you've never heard of.'
I first saw Public Enemy in 1987 at Hammersmith Odeon on the Def Jam package.
I first saw RATM in 1997 when they supported KISS at Finsbury Park.
I first saw Cypress Hill in 1996.
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August is usually a bit quiet for gigs in London as bands play weekend festivals over the UK.
A bit odd then that this was my FIFTH gig in FIVE days.
I missed the proper support act but i caught Prophets of Rage own DJ Lord who warms the crowd up
from 9pm with 25 mins of classic rock gems from the likes of Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath,
Aerosmith / Run DMC which were mixed in with some nifty hip-hop scratching.
The venue is fully rammed sold out and there is a great buzzy atmosphere.
The band have their own security either side of the stage to help the venues own security in the pit.
PROPHETS OF RAGE arrived on stage at 9.25pm for their 90 mins set.
They arrive on stage to air raid sirens and you know they mean business.
The supergroup's mix of stars brought a boundary-crossing blend of music styles with a wonderfully aggressive, high-octane set of old skool rap and funky rock.
The band are all constantly moving around on stage and Tom Morello as usual has his guitar high up on
his chest as he delivers some great guitar playing.
There wasn’t a dry back in the house as an electic London crowd moshed out and pumped fists to a run down of tracks from the bands the members represent: including Public Enemy’s Prophets of Rage and later Fight the Power; Rage Against the Machine’s Testify, Take the Power Back, Guerilla Radio and Killing in the Name.
They played "Cochise" and dedicated it to Chris Cornell.
A mega trio of songs to finish the show with "Bulls on Parade" , "Killing in the Name" and encore of
"Bombtrack".
An excellent show.
Full Prophets of Rage setlist played tonight...
Prophets of Rage (Public Enemy cover)
Testify (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Unfuck The World
Guerrilla Radio (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Made With Hate
Know Your Enemy (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Hail to the Chief
Heart Afire
Take the Power Back (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Insane in the Brain/Bring The Noise/Jump Around etc (hip hop medley)
Sleep Now in the Fire (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Cochise (Audioslave cover)
Bullet in the Head (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Living on the 110
How I Could Just Kill a Man (Cypress Hill cover)
Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine cover)
Encore:
Bombtrack (Rage Against the Machine cover)



Monday 12 August 2019.
Happy Birthday to Mark Knopfler OBE who is 70 today.



Sunday 11 August 2019.
This day 40 years ago, on 11 August 1979, heavy rock icons LED ZEPPELIN played their final concert (in the original line-up) on the grounds of Knebworth House near the village of Knebworth in the north of Hertfordshire, England . This was the second of two massive shows (the first a week earlier). The band had not played live for two years since the death of frontman Robert Plant‘s son during the band’s 1977 North American tour, and they had not performed in Great-Britain for four years.
The main support were The New Barbarians featuring Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards.




Sunday 11 August 2019.
OSCAR D'LEON + dj live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Venezuelan salsa legend, Oscar D'León, now aged 76, famed internationally for his
characteristic performances, is heading to London for a one-off show.
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Everybody Salsa???...Even in the mid 1970s i was quite open to different musical genres.
Levels 2 and 3 tonight are closed and there is around 800 folks here tonight.
A mainly South American crowd with most coming from Venezuela and Columbia.
The dj is playing Latin tunes before Oscar comes on and many are dancing Salsa.
OSCAR and his band arrive on stage at 8.45pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
There are eleven on stage including a five man brass section.
There is a big screen showing pre-recorded images.
The crowd are all dancing from the start and know all the words to the songs.
A nice lively dance atmosphere.
Despite his age , Oscar is still a pretty nifty mover.
The songs were all in his native language but Latin music is universal.
Even after the house lights had came on the crowd were chanting "Oscar, Oscar, Oscar".





Saturday 10 August 2019.
GLEN MATLOCK & THE TOUGH COOKIES + The Vulz live at 229 Great Portland St, London W1.
Glen & band back in London on their return from playing shows in Japan.
Glen will showcasing tracks from his great album from last year "Good to Go".
I have seen Glen play many times as a solo artist and with The Sex Pistols and other bands of his.
Glens band gets a new name for these gigs.
Featuring guitar legend Earl Slick who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon.
Slick was initially hired by David Bowie to replace Mick Ronson as lead guitarist for the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974 (the live album David Live was recorded during this tour). Slick also played lead guitar on Bowie's Young Americans and Station to Station albums, released in 1975 and 1976 respectively.
He was in David Bowies band when DB sadly passed away.
Joining Glen & Slick will be Chris Musto (drums) & Jim Lowe (bass).
Visit YouTube.com for a great 51 mins interview from Glens recent visit to America
Glen Matlock & Eric Blair talk Sex Pistols/Rich Kids /Iggy Pop /his solo history.
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THE VULZ arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.
The Vulz played a good set of uptempo catchy rock n roll tunes from their album and a couple of new tracks
from their upcoming album.
By sheer coincidence BBC4 showed again the great 90 mins documentary film the night before this gig.
Rock 'n' Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sidemen (2017) which features Earl Slick and Bernard Fowler.
It is quite a coup for Glen to get Earl Slick in his band.
GLEN MATLOCK & THE TOUGH COOKIES arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 70 mins.
This is a great venue to see music legends Glen Matlock & Earl Slick up nice and close.
Glen & Earl bounce off each other nicely with nods and smiles.
Earl Slick is playing plenty of cool sublime guitar licks.
Glen is in fine voice and is now confident enough to focus on his own material
and for this show takes the brave move of resting from playing any Sex Pistols anthems.
A great show.
Full setlist played by Glen Matlock & The Tough Cookies...
Won't Put The Brakes on Me
Wanderlust
Sexy Beast
Hook In You
Speak Too Soon
Montague Terrace (in Blue) (Scott Walker cover)
Couldn't Give A Damn
On Something
Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids cover)
This Empty Heart
Born Running
Keep On Pushing
Encore:
All or Nothing (Small Faces cover)



Friday 09 August 2019.
6pm haircut at CUT AND GRIND, 25 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London W1.
After over a dozen years of going to my local barbers in Hammersmith it was time to go back to Soho.
Cut and Grind are known as one of the best barbers in London for a reason.
At Cut & Grind Barbers and Male Grooming, they pride themselves in delivering high quality, precision haircuts in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. From beard trimming perfection to cut-throat shaves.
Also free flowing complimentary drinks including wine, beer, spirits and freshly made coffee available while you enjoy the service as well as for those waiting.
Things started off great as i sat down in my chair with a classic Sex Pistols poster above my mirror.
Tobias cut my hair as i enjoyed a whiskey & coke.
He asked what style i wanted and advised on a couple of things too.
He took his time and it was a quality cut.
We had a nice relaxed chat about music and football.
All the staff seemed to have great banter with each other.
Cool tunes playing in the background.
A hot towel over my face at the end was a nice touch.
They are open late in the evenings to cater for those who can only go there after work.
Obviously it is a bit more expensive than going local but they are "a cut above the rest".
www.cutandgrindbarbers.comVisit the Cut and Grind website here for more info.
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DAVID A. STEWART plays The Eurythmics Songbook at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
David A Stewart (now aged 66) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known for Eurythmics, his successful professional partnership with Annie Lennox.He is usually credited as David A. Stewart, to avoid confusion with other musicians named Dave Stewart. He won Best British Producer at the 1986, 1987 and 1990 Brit Awards.
Dave co-wrote and co-produced several tracks for Mick Jagger's 1987 album "Primitive Cool".
Eurythmics were massive in the 1980s and had nine Top 10 hit singles in the UK including a number one.
"There must be an Angel (playing with my heart)" was their only number one back in 1985.
I saw Eurythmics four times in their 1980s heyday.
I even saw their pre-Eurythmics band, The Tourists three times in 1979/1980.
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Nice surprise to see Marillion singer STEVE HOGARTH picking up his tickets for tonight.
I saw him sing a few songs here a fortnight ago with Trevor Horn.
The show is sold out and i have a great seat, dead centre stalls by the sound desk.
David & friends arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
They are using the massive screen that Nile Rodgers and Anitta used, but Johnny Marr did not.
It nicely mixes live footage with pre-recorded images.
For some songs there are over 30 on stage when you add band, string section and choir.
Several different singers were used including a couple of well known names who were
EMELI SANDE (two songs) and BEVERLEY KNIGHT (three songs).
The other singers had great voices and the female harmonica player was amazing.
Nile Rodgers introduced Dave to the stage and later on , played guitar for the last five songs.
Nile said "nice to have an older person around as he was 10 days younger than Dave".
Dave was cool and relaxed as he told stories about how the tracks were written and where.
You kind of forget how many great hits that Eurythmics had back in the 1980s.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight....
Intro: Take me to your heart/Never Gonna Cry Again/The Walk/This City Never Sleeps
Love is a Stranger (Eurythmics song) (with Ryan Molloy)
I Love You Like a Ball and Chain (Eurythmics song) (with Iris Gold)
I Need a Man (Eurythmics song) (with Django Stewart)
You have placed a chill in my heart (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH)
I Saved the World Today (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH & Roo Savill)
Who's That Girl ? (Eurythmics song) (with Roo Savill)
There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart) (Eurythmics song) (with Emeli Sandé)
Miracle of Love (Eurythmics song) (with Emeli Sandé)
When Tomorrow Comes (Eurythmics song)
(My My) Baby's Gonna Cry (Eurythmics song)
Thorn in My Side (Eurythmics song) (with Ryan Molloy)
Here Comes the Rain Again (Eurythmics song) (with RAHH)
When the Day Goes Down (Eurythmics song) (with Kaya Stewart)
I've Got a Life (Eurythmics song) (with Kaya Stewart)
It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back) (Eurythmics song) (with Chic feat. Nile Rodgers)
Missionary Man (Eurythmics song) (with Chic feat. Nile Rodgers)
Would I Lie to You? (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)
Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics song) (with Beverley Knight) (Nile on guitar)





Thursday 08 August 2019...I went to two events today...
7pm to 8pm
GROUP SUMMER SHOW | Private View | Unit London Gallery,3 Hanover Square, Soho, London W1.
Four up and coming artists are showcasing their large paintings.
Around 200 guests here...including three dogs.
Complimentary Gin & Tonics and wines for all guests.
www.theunitldn.comVisit the Unit London Gallery website here for more info.
then
JOHNNY MARR live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
I am back again at this venue for my third show as part of Nile Rodgers Meltdown Festival.
A nice surprise was seeing PETER PERRETT of The Only Ones here.
Johnny Marr arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 95 mins.
Johnny Marr was the guitarist in The Smiths who were one of the most influential bands of the 1980s.
Nile Rodgers introduced Johnny and said "what a great friend Johnny and his family were ".
Johnny even named his son Nile....his son joined him for three songs on guitar.
Johnny looks like a cool rock star as he arrives on stage with his bomber jacket fully zipped up.
It was a good idea to play a classic Smiths song as the second tune played as that got everyone up.
The Smiths classics still go down the best which is no real surprise.
Also a couple of hits from when he was in Electronic.
Johnny played a few good songs from his 2018 album "Call the Comet".
His great distinctive guitar sound is here throughout the show.
A great show.
Full Johnny Marr setlist played tonight...
The Tracers
Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths song)
Armatopia
Day In Day Out
New Dominions
Hi Hello
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (The Smiths song)
Walk Into the Sea
Getting Away With It (Electronic song)
Get the Message (Electronic song)
Spiral Cities
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths song) (with Nile Marr)
Shack Up (A Certain Ratio cover) (with Nile Marr)
This Charming Man (The Smiths song)
Easy Money
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths song)
Encore:
Rise
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (The Smiths song)
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths song) (with Nile Marr)




Thursday 08 August 2019.
Very sad news that Brian Wilson's guitar player NICKY WONDER has died in his sleep aged just 59.
I saw him play several times as part of Brian Wilson's great backing band.



Thursday 08 August 2019.
THE BEATLES anniversary - it was 50 years ago today.
Hundreds of Beatles fans have descended on the iconic Abbey Road pedestrian crossing today to mark 50 years since The Beatles created their famous album cover.
Abbey Road, the band’s 11th and last recorded studio album, featured the shot of the Fab Four strolling over a zebra crossing in St John’s Wood.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the shot by freelance photographer Iain Macmillan and an estimated 2,000 fans are expected outside the Abbey Road Studios today to recreate their versions.



Wednesday 07 August 2019.
I was at two of THE SPICE GIRLS shows at Wembley Stadium on their record breaking UK tour.
The Spice Girls head up the list of ’90s artists in the current nostalgia craze with a gigantic sold-out stadium run through Ireland and the U.K. this summer causing quite a stir at the box office. With four of the original members of the group – Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell – on board (sans Victoria Beckham), the tour grossed a whopping $78 million from 695,660 sold tickets at 13 performances.
An average of over 50,000 punters a show.
The tour launched on May 24 at Dublin’s Croke Park, the first of eight stadiums booked on the three-week run. The last date was a record-breaking three-night affair staged at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 13-15. With sales topping $27 million from 221,971 sold seats, the tour finale set a new worldwide record as the highest-grossing concert engagement of 2019, beating The Rolling Stones’ two nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field by over $5 million.



Tuesday 06 August 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.45pm
KONNIE HUQ - book launch - Hatchards, 187 Piccadilly, London W1.
Konnie Huq is an ex Blue Peter tv presenter who is launching her new children's book titled
"Cookie and the most annoying boy in the world".
Over 100 guests in this book store which is just a few yards from Fortnum & Mason.
Guests included her husband CHARLIE BROOKER who is an English humourist, critic, author, screenwriter, producer, and television presenter. He is the creator and co-showrunner of the anthology series Black Mirror and has written for programmes such as Brass Eye, The 11 O'Clock Show, and Nathan Barley.
Also here was leading showbiz/music agent Jonathan Shalit.
At 7.15pm Konnie made a nice speech.
Complimentary wines, beers and canapés from Marks & Spencer.
The book retails for £10.99 but you buy it via my Amazon link above for only £6.99.
Her promo for the book includes ITV Breakfast show Thursday at 8.30am.
About the book...
Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive and way way too messy.
But Cookie has never been a fan of the word 'no' so she visits the pet shop anyway and sets her heart on the sweetest cutest kitteniest kitten ever: Bluey. But then . . . DISASTER! The most ANNOYING boy she's ever met in her entire nine years goes into the pet shop, buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And then he joins her year at school! And if that wasn't bad enough, he moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH!
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ANITTA + DJ MISTAJAM live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
Now aged 26 , Anitta has had four hit albums and loads of hit singles back home in Brazil.
If you haven’t heard of Anitta yet, it’s only a matter of time. The Brazilian singer is a big deal in her native country after successfully bringing baile funk – a raucous blend of Miami bass and gangsta rap known as the sound of the favelas – into the mainstream. By toning down its explicit lyrics and suggestive dancing, Anitta went from 17-year-old YouTube wannabe to performing at the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Anitta has had video views totalling 3 billion.
No wonder she has been tipped as the next Shakira.
Last year Anitta headlined The Royal Albert Hall.
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Like the Nile Rodgers show here on Saturday , the venue is in total dance party mode.
I caught the last 30 mins of DJ MISTAJAM set and everyone was up and dancing.
For his final track of "Ain't Nobody" he was joined by NILE RODGERS.
ANITTA & her band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 85 mins.
Anitta was introduced on stage by Nile Rodgers who said they had worked together.
There was a big screen behind her ,along with a load of lights and four female/two male dancers.
Smoke flumes and streamers and ticker-tape were used during the very lively show.
Lots of nice looking South American women fully dressed up in the excitable crowd.
The lyrics were pretty much 90% in her native tongue but many of the lyrics were on the big screen.
Some guests on the big screen have featured in her songs including Snoop Dogg.
The crowd knew all the songs and there was plenty of suggestive dancing by Anitta and dancers as
she said "in Brazil we like to shake our asses" as those on stage bent over and shook their buttocks.
From the start to the finish it felt like a carnival dance party and was an enjoyable show.



Tuesday 06 August 2019.
Happy Birthday to DAME BARBARA WINDSOR who is 82 today.
The Cockney actress is best known for her roles in the Carry On films and Eastenders tv show.
Barbara Windsor has urged fans to 'unite' with her in demanding action over dementia care.
TV and film actress Barbara, who is 82 today, has met the PM on many occasions and even featured in an episode of EastEnders with him in 2009.
She was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.
She said: “We’re lucky to have amazing support but my heart goes out to the many people who are really struggling to get the care they so desperately need.”
Babs and Scott, 56, have joined the Alzheimer’s Society and appear in a charity video calling on Mr Johnson to invest £2.4billion to overhaul dementia care.



Sunday 04 August 2019.
Community Shield at Wembley Stadium...3pm kick off.
LIVERPOOL 1 MAN CITY 1....Man City win 5-4 on penalties.
A massive crowd of 77,565 here out of a 85,000 capacity.
We were in the Liverpool end , where all the goals were scored and where the penalties took place.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride. This season is set to be as epic, as extraordinary, as intense as the last with Manchester City and Liverpool showing that their rapidly escalating rivalry is here to stay.
It was City who won the Community Shield, retaining it, becoming the first English team to win four domestic trophies in a calendar year, but only after they were again pushed all the way by Liverpool before prevailing in a penalty shoot-out. Fine margins, once more, separated them with just one spot kick not converted from the 10 taken. “The difference is one point ahead, one penalty ahead. It’s minute,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.
The second half was much better than the first half , and Liverpool could have won it with missed chances.
Manchester City's Kyle Walker denied Mohamed Salah with an INCREDIBLE goal-line clearance!
The game was beamed live to over 100 countries around the world.
An odd thing happened when Man City picked up their trophy as the pa started playing "Hey Dude"
by The Beatles who of course are a Liverpool band instead of playing Oasis which was the second song.
Maybe "Hey Jude" has special significance for Man City fans???



Saturday 03 August 2019.
NILE RODGERS & CHIC + Nile Rodgers in conversation / Q & A at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
I saw Nile Rodgers & Chic twice at Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 at the height of disco.
I have seen him a few times over the last half a dozen years since his comeback with Daft Punk.
Last year he released his first new album in 26 years titled "It's About Time".
I must admit i have not seen this venue so rammed and lively like this for many years.
Even during the interval many folks are dancing to the Nile Rodgers mix tape.
At 8pm for 50 mins we had Nile talking about the amazing acts he has worked with including
Madonna, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Duran Duran , Diana Ross and many more.
Also a few words about how he survived cancer....then there was a short Q & A session.
At 9.10pm Nile Rodgers & Chic all took to the stage in white suits for their 1 hour 40 mins set.
A great band that included a brass section and two female backing vocalists.
There was a big screen mixing live footage with pre-recorded images.
Like all his shows it was a full on dance party from the start as everyone got up and had a boogie.
As usual the entire setlist was his songs & songs he has written or produced.
For the finale he got 50 folks on stage for a dance that included Dave Stewart (ex Eurythmics).
So many great songs played by a great funk soul pop rock band.
An excellent show.
Full Nile Rodgers & Chic setlist played tonight....
Chic Cheer (Chic cover)
Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Chic cover)
Everybody Dance (Chic cover)
I Want Your Love (Chic cover)
I'm Coming Out / Upside Down (Diana Ross cover medley)
He's the Greatest Dancer / We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover medley)
Like a Virgin/ Material Girl (Madonna cover medley)
Modern Love (David Bowie cover)
Spacer (Sheila & B. Devotion cover)
Why (Carly Simon cover)
Soup for One / Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
Lost in Music (Sister Sledge cover)
Notorious (Duran Duran cover)
Thinking of You (Sister Sledge cover)
My Feet Keep Dancing (Chic cover)
I'll Be There
Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)
My Forbidden Lover (Chic cover)
Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)
Le Freak (Chic cover)
Good Times / Rapper's Delight / Good Times Reprise




Friday 02 August 2019.
THE DESCENDENTS + C.J. RAMONE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in California and had some success in the 1980s.
C. J. Ramone, is an American musician best known for working as the bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the punk rock legends the Ramones from 1989 to 1996.
His set will mix solo material with Ramones classics.
I was lucky enough to see The Ramones 15 times including their debut London show in 1976.
Both bands play London as they are in the UK to play The Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool this weekend.
First band on PEARS are an American hardcore punk band formed in 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Level 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but stalls and Level 1 are full so maybe 1200 are here.
PEARS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 30 mins.
Their singer was shirtless and very animated from the start but their hardcore punk sound
was not my cup of tea.
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C.J. RAMONE arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for around 40 mins.
He may not be an original member of the iconic New York punk rockers but it was great
to hear so many Ramones songs played live again.
Full C.J. Ramone setlist played tonight...
Let's Dance (Chris Montez cover)
One High One Low
My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) (Ramones song)
Stand Up
Blue Skies
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (Ramones song)
This Town
The KKK Took My Baby Away (Ramones song)
Understand Me?
Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Ramones song)
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Ramones song)
Glad to See You Go (Ramones song)
Rock On
Outsider (Ramones song)
Movin' On
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones song)
R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (Motörhead cover)
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Loads of their fans are wearing DESCENDENTS t-shirts and buying more merch.
THE DESCENDENTS arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for around 85 mins.
Although i love all the early classic punk bands from the UK and New York i never really
seemed to be interested in Californian punk bands from back in the late 1970s.
I knew their name but none of their material but I was pleasantly surprised as they whizzed through
loads of catchy melodic singalong fast short punk tunes as the crowd moshed madly down the front.
Security were kept busy as must have over 100 crowd surfers over the barriers into the pit.
The singer engaged with the crowd well and jumped in the crowd a couple of times.
A massive 34 song (no cover versions) setlist played in 85 mins so less than 3 mins a song.
A great show.
Full DESCENDENTS setlist played tonight...
Suburban Home
Everything Sux
Hope
On Paper
Rotting Out
Victim of Me
Silly Girl
I Like Food
Shameless Halo
My Dad Sucks
Van
Testosterone
I'm Not a Punk
Clean Sheets
Weinerschnitzel
Myage
Who We Are
Global Probing
I Don't Want to Grow Up
Nothing With You
No Fat Burger
Feel This
Get the Time
Coffee Mug
When I Get Old
Coolidge
Thank You
Descendents
Encore:
'Merican
I'm the One
Bikeage
Smile
Encore 2:
Pep Talk
Fighting Myself



Thursday 01 August 2019
JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER - FASHION FREAK SHOW at The Queen Elizabeth Hall , London SE1.
Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant and as funny as ever, fashion’s enfant terrible presents his new creation: part revue, part catwalk show and celebrates 50 years in fashion.
In a UK premiere, author, director and set designer Jean Paul Gaultier takes an extravagant, yet tender, look at our times, inviting us into a world filled with excess, poetry and magic.
New designs get their debut alongside Gaultier’s most iconic creations in a show thought out like a grand party. Actors, dancers and circus artists take to the stage to play outlandish, passionate, larger-than-life, sexy, sassy creatures.
He famously worked with Madonna.
Hard to believe this French fashion legend is now aged 67.
He co-presented the Channel 4 television series Eurotrash with Antoine de Caunes which was great.
The 916 seater QEH has been fully refurbished recently.
Last of the thirteen shows is Friday 02 August 2019.
www.southbankcentre.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets
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The show was on for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.
Around 17 or 18 male / female performers on stage in his various iconic fashion creations.
Lots of different catwalk shows and outfits during the performance.
When they were dancing it looked like a scene from Studio 54.
Lots of video clips in the background.
The show is based around his life story with it's ups and downs.
His collaboration with Madonna, including designing her infamous cone bra.
At the end of the 1980s, Gaultier suffered some personal losses, and in 1990 his boyfriend and business partner, Francis Menuge, died of AIDS-related causes....condoms were thrown into the audience at this point.
Any time bare buttocks , bare breasts or over the top creations were displayed got big cheers from the crowd.
A great soundtrack of tunes that have influenced his fashion including The Sex Pistols, The Clash,
Roxy Music, Blondie, Madonna, Grace Jones and Chic.
For the finale of Chic "Le Freak", all the crowd were up and dancing.
A very enjoyable show.
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The Southbank Centre is buzzing in the summer as they have a free nightly outdoor event on the terrace.
Tonight from 6pm to 11pm were the female djs from SIREN playing some techno tunes.
We caught a bit of it before and after the show above.



Thursday 01 August 2019.
Happy Birthday to Def Leppard singer JOE ELLIOT who is 60 today.
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Sterling is having a nightmare with the Euro and the Dollar at the moment but the press are saying
that Argentina Peso is faring even worse so the English should go there for the best value.
Would be great to see a top band play to those rabid South American fans...
Type this in google and have a look at the amazing crowd in Argentina bouncing to AC/DC.
AC/DC - Highway to Hell (from Live at River Plate)
Over 350 million views.





Wednesday 31 July 2019...7pm to 9pm...
SAILOR JERRY x BAD MONDAY - Slim Jim's Liquor Store, 112 Upper Street, Angel, Islington, London N1.
Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins (January 14, 1911 – June 12, 1973), known popularly as Sailor Jerry, was a prominent American tattoo artist in Hawaii who was well known for his sailor tattoos.
SAILOR JERRY Spiced Caribbean Rum is a popular drink.
BAD MONDAY is a cool t-shirt brand that was not only inspired by the tattoo culture, but also merged other art influences whilst still respecting more traditional styles. A brand that cared about quality and also offered great premium designs but without the premium price.
Slim Jim's Liquor Store is a cool bar that focuses on whiskies, whiskeys and bourbons.
It is located just up the road from the Screen On The Screen cinema (which is still there showing films) where
i saw The Sex Pistols play their first ever gig with Sid Vicious back in 1977.
Complimentary Sailor Jerry based drinks for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a Sailor Jerry x Bad Monday tote bag that included drinks and other bits.
www.badmonday.co.ukVisit the Bad Monday website here for more info and images of their t-shirts
and accessories collaboration with Sailor Jerry.




Tuesday 30 July 2019.
Happy Birthday to KATE BUSH who is 61 today.



Monday 29 July 2019...6.45pm to 8.45pm...
FELIX VALLOTTON - Painter of Disquiet - private view - The Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.
Félix Vallotton (December 28, 1865 – December 29, 1925) was a Swiss and French painter and printmaker associated with the group of artists known as Les Nabis. He was an important figure in the development of the modern woodcut. He painted portraits, landscapes, nudes, still-lifes, and other subjects in an unemotional, realistic style.
FELIX VALLOTTON has his works in the Sackler Wing Galleries.
Our invite also let's us see The Summer Exhibition 2019.
Over 16,000 works were entered for display but just over 1000 have been chosen for this year.
The opening night launch in early June is a major event with 1000 guests including a dozen well known faces
but tonight there is maybe 300 here.
Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and beers for guests.
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.



Monday 29 July 2019.
In the 1970s and 1980s ,Sterling went a long way when you went abroad...not anymore.
The pound sank to a 28-month low against the dollar as Boris Johnson's government toughened its rhetoric on Brexit.
Sterling dipped 1.1% to $1.2242 and €1.1004 respectively.
The currency could fall further, according to analysts at ING Group, as traders appear to have been betting on a last-minute deal being reached.
No wonder a "staycation" is so popular these days.


Monday 29 July 2019.
PLEDGEMUSIC looked like a good way of bands getting music out on their own terms, but...
Crowd-funding website PledgeMusic has been taken offline. The news comes five months after musicians began to raise concerns over the platform's alleged non-payment of money due to artists.
A statement on the PledgeMusic website reads: "To the Artists and Fans of PledgeMusic. As many of you know, PledgeMusic suspended operations a number of months ago and the site is now offline.




Sunday 28 July 2019.
TREVOR HORN with band and string orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra (string orchestra)
plus vocalists Matt Cardle (X Factor winner in 2010 and currently in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Barbican),
Steve Hogarth (Marillion) and Russ Ballard (Argent).
Trevor Horn performs songs from his recent hit album Trevor Horn Reimagines The Eighties.
After recording the chart-topping 1979 hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, Horn created the sound of the 1980s through his production work. The hitmaker worked on ABC’s ‘Lexicon of Love’, ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ by Yes, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s number one hits ‘Relax’, ‘Two Tribes’ and ‘The Power of Love’.
He was the first producer since George Martin to be number one simultaneously in the US, with Yes, and the UK, with Frankie Goes to Hollywood. In 1982, with Malcolm McLaren, Horn created the UK’s breakthrough rap hit ‘Buffalo Gals’.
Horn has since produced stars including Rod Stewart, Seal, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, and Robbie Williams. His production work has earned him three Brit Awards, a Grammy, an Ivor Novello Award and a CBE.
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The show is not sold out but maybe 90% of tickets are sold.
I have a nice seat just in front of the mixing desk in the front stalls.
TREVOR HORN and his band and string orchestra arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played a nice long show
of 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 75 mins.
Over 20 musicians on stage when you add band,string orchestra, backing vocalists and singers.
His band was full of top notch musicians including Lol Creme (ex 10cc and video director in the 1980s1990s),
and Alan Clark (piano/keyboards with Dire Straits and others), Danny Cummings (percussion
with Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler and others), and Phil Palmer (session guitar sideman who has played
with Dire Straits and others and has appeared on over 500 albums).
Also top drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and others).
Trevor Horn was on bass guitar.
Most of the songs played were connected to Trevor Horn or other members of the band.
Trevor introduced most songs with a history of its connection to him and the band.
Ie Girls on Film was played as Godley & Creme did the video for it.
Dire Straits songs played as band members played with Mark.
Tatu cover played as Trevor Horn produced the number one record.
Trevor told a nice story about his daughter hanging out with Boris Johnson son at school.
Trevor performed the second set in a full kilt.
Steve Hogarth had a different stage outfit for each time he was on stage.
So many fantastic songs played in this great show.
Full setlist played tonight along with who sung what etc...
FIRST SET
Two Tribes (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)
Video Killed the Radio Star (Buggles song) (Trevor Horn on vocals)
Cry (Godley & Creme cover) (with Roberto Angrisani)
Rubber Bullets (10cc cover) (with Lol Creme on vocals)
It's Different for Girls (Joe Jackson cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)
Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)
All the Things She Said (t.A.T.u. cover) (with Izzy Chase) (Also with Kate Holmes)
Slave to the Rhythm (Grace Jones cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals) (Also with Izzy Chase)
The Power of Love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)
Living in the Plastic Age (Buggles song) (Trevor Horn on vocals)
I'm Not in Love (10cc cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals) (Lol Creme on keyboards)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)
SECOND SET
Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes song) (Trevor Horn on vocals vocals)
Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits cover) (with Danny Cummings on vocals) (with Michael MacNeil on accordian)
Rhythm of My Heart (René Shuman cover) (with Roberto Angrisani) (with Michael MacNeil on accordian)
Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover) (with Kate Holmes) (Preceded by a snippet of " Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, Bossa Nova style)
Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover) (with Russ Ballard on vocals) (Preceded by a snippet of a Scottish reel)
God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You (Argent song that KISS also had a hit with) (with Russ Ballard on vocals)
Girls on Film (Duran Duran cover) (with Izzy Chase) (Also with Kate Holmes)
Kiss From a Rose (Seal cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)
Blue Monday (New Order cover) (with Steve Hogarth on vocals)
Relax (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) (with Matt Cardle on vocals)
Encore:
Money for Nothing (Dire Straits cover) (with Danny Cummings on vocals)




Saturday 27 July 2019...1pm to 10.30pm...
ICONS FESTIVAL 2019 @ APPS COURT
WALTON-ON-THAMES
SURREY
Situated on the Thames close to the M25 and M3, Apps Court is an 80 acre grassland venue with a history of hosting large scale music events. It has ample parking for cars and hard standing for coaches. It is also an established camping and caravanning site.
Host for the day will be radio dj legend Mick Brown.
There are six top notch tribute bands playing.
Killer Queen, Limehouse Lizzy, Absolute Bowie, Illegal Eagles, Live/Wire, Ben as Michael Jackson......all the bands play to packed venues throughout the UK and Europe. Individually.
What they have never done is to appear on one line-up. This unique festival brings them all together- for one ticket price, at one venue. This has to be the ultimate festival of the premier tribute bands- offering both the cream of the genre and superb value for money. Six top bands on one day- a feast of back to back hits, six spectacular stage shows from 12 noon through to 10:30pm!
I do like a good quality tribute band so i have seen all six acts before at some point.
Needless to say i also have seen live the six original artists that they play tribute too.
www.iconsfestival.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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A nice location in the countryside on the outskirts of SW London.
Around 3000/4000 general admission here and another 500 in the front gold circle area.
I have a great view in the gold circle where there is lots of space.
Even though it is just tribute bands , the gold circle ticket costs a steep £100.
Oddly enough all the acts play sets of around 65 mins each.
This means pretty much each is playing a greatest hits set and everyone knows the songs.
All acts have use of the big screen for their pre-recorded images.
There s a stage extension that all the bands use at some point.
LIMEHOUSE LIZZY have been going many years but i think their lead singer has changed.
They were one of the first ever tribute bands as i saw them twice back in 1994.
The singer has a great accent and talks just like Phil.
Two Gibson Les Paul guitar players just like Thin Lizzy.
All the classics played including "Rosalie", "Emerald", "The Cowboy Song" and they finished
with their anthem "The Boys Are Back In Town".... a great set.
BEN as MICHAEL JACKSON put on a great show as he looks , sings, dresses , talks , dances
just like MJ and all of the songs are brilliant as they included "Black or White", "Beat It" , a J5 Medley,
"Bad", "Thriller" , "Billie Jean" and a mega "Man In The Mirror...a great set.
ABSOLUTE BOWIE played a host of Bowie classics in their set.
Highlights included "The Jean Genie', "Changes" , "Starman", "Rebel Rebel" , "Space Oddly"
but they ran out of time so they did not play "Heroes"...a good set.
ILLEGAL EAGLES have the most musicians on stage as like the real Eagles they have lots
of guitarists who double up on the fab harmonies.
I saw the real Eagles just a month ago at Wembley Stadium.
Lots of classics played including "One Of These Nights", "Take It To The Limit",
"Life In The Fast Lane" and a great version of "Hotel California".
LIVE/WIRE are the band i most want to see tonight.
All five members look like classic AC/DC members.
The singer is in Brian Johnson mode and Angus is a bit taller than the real thing.
The thundering freight train of a rhythm section keeps it all meticulously together with Dan as a
dead ringer for Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar.
Ed as the mercurial Cliff Williams on Bass Guitar.
Paul behind the kit is more Phil Rudd than Chris Slade.
One AC/DC classic after another is played including "Back in Black" ,"Thunderstruck", "Whole Lotta Rosie",
"You Shook Me All Night Long", "Let There Be Rock" and mega versions of
"Highway to Hell" and "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You"... a superb set.
KILLER QUEEN were the headliners tonight which is not surprising as everyone loves Queen
more than ever these days after the mass success of their recent film in the cinemas.
They have a very Spinal Tap moment at the start of their set as their sound kept cutting out.
Their intro music played and the band stated playing and the sound cut out twice but they came back
and it was third time lucky.
Having said that, how are a band supposed to soundcheck when the dj is playing songs?
The singer looks like Freddie and the guitarist looks like Brian May and playing his trademark same guitar.
All the usual Queen tracks played with the highlights "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You".
A great day of live music and put this event in your diary for July 2020 next year.


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