News and Reviews: September 30, 2019

Sunday 29 September 2019.
KEANE + MARIE WHITE live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Keane play the second of two sold out shows at this iconic venue.
Keane on tour to coincide with the release their fifth studio album "Cause and Effect" in Sept 2019.
The album went straight in at number two in the UK charts (Liam G went in at number one to beat it).
Keane have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
They’ve won 2 Brit Awards, 4 Q Awards and an Ivor Novello.
I have seen Keane a few times since their debut album came out.
I saw Keane earlier this month when they played The Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus opening party.
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MARIE WHITE arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.
Great that Keane have got a support act with them that also comes from their area of Hastings.
A decent set of songs that went down well with the crowd.
KEANE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 15 mins.
When i saw Keane earlier this month it was a nice intimate show for an hour but tonight is the full show
which has a full length set and a very nice stage production where all the band are playing on a two-tiered
platform that lights up underneath with different colours, along with lots of lights and a big screen showing images.
Keane seemed very resurgent at The Royal Albert Hall.
Reduced to lending his choirboy vocals to The Snowman’s Walking In The Air for a 2017 Christmas album, Tom Chaplin was thrilled to be back fronting the group after their six-year hiatus.
A lean 40-year-old with a greying quiff, the energetic singer was a testament to clean living following his admission of past addiction problems.
A few songs plodded a bit but there were loads of their great hits played in a very entertaining show.
In many ways i enjoyed it much more than seeing "the cooler" Wilco show last night.
A great show.
Full Keane setlist played tonight...
You're Not Home
Disconnected
Bend and Break
Silenced by the Night
Thread
Can't Stop Now
Chase the Night Away
Everybody's Changing
Is It Any Wonder?
Strange Room
Spiralling
Perfect Symmetry
Sea Fog
A Bad Dream
Nothing in My Way
She Has No Time
Love Too Much
This Is the Last Time
Bedshaped
The Way I Feel
Somewhere Only We Know
Encore:
I Need Your Love
You Are Young
Crystal Ball
Snowed Under (fan request from the 3rd row)
Sovereign Light Café




Saturday 28 September 2019.
WILCO + OHMME live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
"Ode to Joy " is the eleventh studio album from American indie rockers Wilco, released on October 4, 2019.
This is the last night of their month long UK & European Tour.
Their 4th album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" from 2001/2002 sold over 500,000 copies, and to date remains Wilco's best selling album."Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" was met with wide critical acclaim: it was named one of the 100 greatest albums of all time by Q Magazine and Rolling Stone rated it at 493 of their 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, in May 2012.
It reached number 13 in the American Billboard Top 200 chart.
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Not sold out tonight but a security mate told me 4000 out of 5000 tickets sold.
Pretty impressive considering they have never had any Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
There is floor standing for a better atmosphere.
OHMME (not the best band name is it?) on stage at 7.30pm for a 30 mins set.
OHMME (formerly known as Homme) is a two-piece rock band from Chicago, composed of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist duo Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart formed in 2014.Matt Carroll plays drums. They released a self-titled EP in 2017, and put out their debut full-length album, Parts, on Joyful Noise Recordings in 2018.
A quirky guitar based sound and a few interesting tracks including "Water".
WILCO on stage at 8.30pm and play a long set of 2 hours 15 mins.
This is my first time seeing them and i do not know any of their material.
All I have seen of them is a couple of times on Jools Holland tv show.
All the bands equipment is pushed to the front of the stage.
Wilco audience nod gently along during the tracks then applaud loudly at the end.
Singer Jeff Tweedy has admitted that Neil Young has been a huge influence on him and
" At Least That's What You Said " features the finest raggedy rock riff Neil Young never wrote.
"Via Chicago" is great as it features some mental off-kilter drumming.
Not much chat from Jeff Tweedy as the band focus on the music being played.
A good show.
Full Wilco setlist played tonight...
Bright Leaves
Before Us
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
War on War
One and a Half Stars
If I Ever Was a Child
Handshake Drugs
Hummingbird
At Least That's What You Said
White Wooden Cross
Via Chicago
How to Fight Loneliness
Bull Black Nova
Random Name Generator
Reservations
Love Is Everywhere (Beware)
Impossible Germany
California Stars (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Box Full of Letters
Everyone Hides
Jesus, Etc.
Theologians
I'm The Man Who Loves You
Hold Me Anyway
Misunderstood
Encore:
I'm Always in Love
Heavy Metal Drummer
The Late Greats




Friday 27. September 2019.
ASHLEY McBRYDE + SEAN McCONNELL live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
GRAMMY-nominated country artist, Ashley McBryde, will perform her biggest solo headline shows this side of the atlantic at the end of summer, in support of her highly-acclaimed debut album, Girl Going Nowhere.
I saw her perform in October 2018 at this same venue as a support act.
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Tonight the show is fully sold out.
It is a country show so plenty of checked shirts and denim worn by the crowd.
SEAN McCONNELL arrived on stage at 8pm for his 45 mins solo acoustic set.
Sean is a singer and songwriter who developed his chops in the coffee houses in Boston before landing in Nashville for college and then a highly successful career as a songwriter for Warner/Chappell Publishing.
He has released several albums and his songs went down well with the crowd.
ASHLEY McBRYDE & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.
Like the last time I saw her , Ashley has a great connection with her fans when on stage.
Not only was the applause raucous but during several the audience participation reached such a level that McBryde withdrew from the mic to let her fans take over. Word perfect and in good tune, they belted out ‘Fat and Famous’, ‘A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega’ and of course, ‘Girl Goin’ Nowhere’. Whoever told her “they know your songs” advised well.
The lyrics performed with a deep sincerity. It wasn’t so much showbiz but the product of years on the road. McBryde knows how to connect with her audience.
McBryde also puts country music into a very modern context. There’s love, heartbreak and broken lives.
I chuckled with the chorus line to 'Fat and Famous' as Ashley and crowd sang 'You got Fat, I got Famous'.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Livin' Next to Leroy
Lookin' for a Buzz
Radioland
You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (Brooks & Dunn cover)
The Jacket
Redemption
First thing I reach for is the last thing I need
Bible and a .44
Fat and Famous
Girl Goin' Nowhere
American Scandal
One Night Standards
El Dorado
Home Sweet Highway
A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega
Tired of Being Happy
Encore:
Rattlesnake Preacher
What If We Don't
Dirty Diana (Michael Jackson cover)




Thursday 26 September 2019...6.15pm to 9.30pm...
TOY ROOM - showcase - 8-9 Argyll Street, London W1.
This basement club venue is located right next door to The London Palladium.
The club has three rooms with 415, 200 and 80 capacity.
At the weekend it is a dance club and the venue can be hired during the week.
Around 150 guests are here and a dj is playing tunes in the background.
Lots of complimentary drinks & food including vodka cocktails (very nice like Baileys), gin cocktails,
prosecco, wines, beers, kebab buffet, bowl food, tacos & canapés.
www.toy-room.comVisit their website here for more info.



Thursday 26 September 2019.
Happy Birthday to BRYAN FERRY who is 74 today.



Wednesday 25 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...
5.30pm to 7pm
SPIRITLAND - showcase - The Southbank Centre, London SE1.
Spiritland, the new 180-cover restaurant at the prestigious performing arts venue, intends to be a “temple to music” and has been designed to look like a 1970s recording studio to emphasise its world-class sound system.
From the team behind the Spiritland bar and cafe in King's Cross, the restaurant boasts custom speakers from bespoke workshop Living Voice. Its interior is meant to emphasise diners’ sonic experience, with decor also inspired by talk show sets, featuring rounded leather booths and custom wall and ceiling panels.
It opened several months ago, it used to be a branch of Canteen.
Every night in the main room they play a classic album and a dj performs.
This Sunday Jarvis Cocker is holding a talk there.
Complimentary drinks and food tonight included a choice of three nice cocktails, wines,beers, bowl food and canapés.
It is ideal to visit here for a couple of drinks before a gig upstairs at The Royal Festival Hall.
www.spiritland.comVisit their website here for more info.
then a short walk across the bridge to...
7.05pm to 9.15pm
CELEBRATING THE EXTRAORDINARY - art auction - Coutts , 440 Strand, London WC2.
Around 250 guests here in the stunning Atrium of The Queens and The Royal Family's bankers.
20 pieces of art are being auctioned off to benefit THE WILLOW FOUNDATION.
The Willow Foundation was started 20 years ago by football legend Bob Wilson who is here tonight.
They arrange special days out for seriously ill people between the ages of 16 and 40.
Bob Wilson's daughter died of cancer aged just 32.
At around 7.30pm we have the auction for around 30 mins.
The lots went for between 5k and 20k.
Artists Rankin and Mark Wallinger helped get the auction started.
A few well known faces are here including...
Actor Richard "I don't believe it" Wilson.
Charlie Higson ( English actor, comedian, author, and former singer. He has also written and produced for television)
Elizabeth Emanuel (co-designed Princess Diana's wedding dress)
Luke Blackall (London Live tv presenter and i newspaper)
Complimentary Balfour English sparkling wines, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.
www.willowfoundation.org.ukVisit their website here for more info.



Tuesday 24 September 2019.
GEORGE EZRA + LILY MOORE live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
This was the first of two sold out shows for George at this iconic venue.
George Ezra will cap off his ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ tour with two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with all the proceeds going to mental health awareness charity Mind.
George had a number one hit with "Shotgun" in 2018 and his other hits include "Budapest" and "Paradise".
Both his albums have gone to number one in the UK.
In February 2019, he won the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.
In March 2019, his UK tour included two headline shows at The 02 Arena.
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LILY MOORE & band arrived on stage at 7.40pm for their 30 mins set.
Lily is the daughter of guitar legend GARY MOORE who sadly died in Feb 2011.
Lily busked on the streets of Brighton before signing a record deal with Virgin EMI.
She played half a dozen decent songs and had a bit of an Amy Winehouse type vibe to her.
GEORGE EZRA & band arrived on stage at 8.45pm for their 85 mins set.
A nice stage production where all the band members are on podiums behind George.
A three piece brass section were good as they moved to the front with George every so often.
Throughout the set each track is introduced by George with his friendly, warm charm, the likeability factor is set at maximum, he’s everyone’s friend.There is this permanent smile on his face (wouldn’t you with 2 number one albums under your belt, a Brit Award and selling out Arenas at 26 years old).
George is clearly happy to be playing this venue as he said he has seen a few acts here including Bob Dylan,
so George plays a Bob Dylan song.
The excitable crowd sing-a-long loudly to most of the tracks.
For the encore there are 25 lanterns above the floor standing changing colours, along with ticker-tape.
An enjoyable show.
Full George Ezra setlist played tonight...
Intro tape - Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis song)
Don't Matter Now
Get Away
Barcelona
Pretty Shining People
Listen to the Man
Saviour
Did You Hear the Rain? with real "Gramophone" Intro
Paradise
Song 6
Hold My Girl
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan cover)
Sugarcoat
All My Love
Blame It on Me
Budapest
Encore:
Cassy O'
Shotgun




Monday 23 September 2019...7pm to 11pm...
MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY - press review - Building 6 at The 02 Arena complex, London.
On arrival at The O2 you follow the restaurant corridor, go past the cinema and bowling alley, and Building 6 is on the right and the blue door for MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY is just before you get to the ICON outlet.
This used to be a basic rectangular dance space , but they have made a stunning job with the decor inside.
The entire venue looks like a full on Greek Taverna , with different seating levels.
It may a rainy Monday night but the venue is totally full with all tables taken for the 500 capacity.
BBC Radio legend Paul Gambaccini is here at one of the tables.
Abba stars Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus attended the launch party last Thursday.
This ‘immersive’ live show of Abba’s greatest hits, combined with four course Greek dinner, drinks and a vigorous disco at the end, is the latest brainchild of Abba co-founder Bjorn Ulvaeus.
Plenty of entertaining storytelling featuring Nikos and the family and relationships.
Waiting staff buzz around loading tables with soft bread and platters of olives, tzatziki and taramasalata, the first of four courses. Some are wearing face mics. Debbie the chef (face mic) tells me that the charred octopus in ouzo starter is her speciality. Our waitress is asking me "how long are we in Greece for? " ,
I play along and say "we have booked with Thomas Cook so not sure when our return flight home will be".
There is an army of staff , with many doubling up as serving staff and performing or dancing with the band.
The evening is split into three acts for the show and you have each food course between each act.
At 8pm we have Act 0ne and the first batch of over 30 Abba timeless songs played throughout the evening.
At 8.30pm was mains that featured Lamb Kleftiko and Beef Flank with Mediterranean sauce and sides.
At 9.15pm we have Act Two
At 9.45pm we have dessert of orange cake , baklava and coffee.
At 10.05pm we have Act Three
At 10.30pm we have an Abba disco with a podium set up on the floor for the keenest dancers.
Tickets are not cheap ( from £135 upwards depending on how near you sit next to the action).
But spread out over a full four hours ,you do get a helluva lot for your money.
It is on until Feb 2020, so it is perfect for the Christmas office party.
You came out at the end thinking, wow what an amazing evening.
www.mammamiatheparty.comVisit their website here for more and to buy tickets.
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Abba stopped touring in 1982 but i saw them play live in 1977 at The Royal Albert Hall.
This was gig number 7000 , yes 7000 seen by me since 1973.




Monday 23 September 2019.
Happy Birthday to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN who reaches the grand age of 70 today.
I have seen Bruce at least once on every UK tour he has played since 1975 when i was at
both his legendary debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon.



Sunday 22 September 2019.
Very sad news that rock singer TONY MILLS has passed away , aged just 57 due to pancreatic cancer.
I saw him many times with Shy during the 1980s before he left them and joined TNT in the 1990s.
UFO,Pallas,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 30.11.1985
Twisted Sister,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 24.03.1986
Twisted Sister,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 25.03.1986
Meat Loaf,Shy Wembley Arena , London 02.03.1987 very entertaining 2 hours 30 mins set .
Gary Moore,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 01.04.1987
Gary Moore,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 02.04.1987
Gary Moore,Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 26.05.1987
Hunter-Ronson Band + Shy Hammersmith Odeon , London 16.02.1990
Superb 2 hour 15 mins set . Brian May on for All The Young Dudes
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Happy Birthday to JOAN JETT who is 61 today.
I was at both The Runaways shows at The Roundhouse in Oct 1976 on their debut UK tour.




Saturday 21 September 2019.
THE SISTERS OF MERCY + AMENRA live at The Roundhouse, London.
TSOM play the second of two sold out shows at The Roundhouse.
Sisters of Mercy have had 7 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK , including 2 x Top 10s.
They are now just a touring band as the last of their three albums was released back in 1990.
I have seen them a few times since 1998 when they played The Forum.
Support comes from Amenra who hail from Belgium and have released six studio albums.
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The loyal black clothed goth fans of TSOM always turn out in force to support their heroes.
AMENRA arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
The band's unique musical style, characterised by brooding atmospheres and spiritual intensity, is rooted in doom metal, hardcore punk and post-rock. Their live performances are accompanied by visual art on the big stage curtain.
Not my cup tea at all, and even TSOM fans didn't seem that interested in them.
THE SISTERS OF MERCY arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 90 mins.
TSOM don't have a real drummer as they use backing tapes/synth drum machine for the beats.
They have a few giant mirrors above the stage which filled out the stage well.
The Sisters have an industrial, dark and gloomy sound.However, the light show is impressive, the band are tight and look good, Andrew Eldritch still seriously scary and enigmatic as ever on vocals with an
emotionless stare from behind his trade mark shades.
The main set ticked along nicely , but was a bit samey.
The encore was a highlight as it included their hits "Temple of Love" and "This Corrosion"
A good show.
Full TSOM setlist played tonight...
More
Ribbons
Doctor Jeep / Detonation Boulevard
When You Don't See Me
No Time to Cry
Show Me
Alice
First and Last and Always
Arms
Better Reptile
Dominion / Mother Russia
We Are the Same, Susanne
Still
Something Fast
I Was Wrong
Flood II
Encore:
Lucretia My Reflection
Vision Thing
Temple of Love
This Corrosion




Friday 20 September 2019.
40 years ago this month i visited New York and The East Coast for the first time as a 20 year old.
We were there a month and i managed to squeeze in a few great gigs.
The exchange rate then meant we got over 2 dollars to the pound.
Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers,Voodoo Shoes Maxs Kansas City ,New York 07.09.1979 JT on home turf
Bee Gees,Sweet Inspirations Madison Square Garden ,New York 09.09.1979
Buzzcocks,Monochrome Set Diplomat Hotel, New York 15.09.1979 we were staying at this hotel
Clash,Sam And Dave,Undertones Orpheum Theatre, Boston 19.09.1979 3 great bands in a great venue
KISS,Judas Priest Amphitheatre, Chicago 22.09.1979 KISS full american stage show - superb
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This day 43 years ago on 20 Sept 1976 i attended one of the most legendary gigs of all time.
The Sex Pistols + The Clash plus others played The 100 Club Punk Festival.
There is a photo of me in the crowd from that gig currently hanging on one of the walls at The 100 Club.




Thursday 19 September 2019...7pm to 11.30pm...
THE WELLINGTON CLUB - restaurant launch party - 91 Jermyn Street, St James's ,London SW1.
This event was much better than expected.
The restaurant and club are the creation of Nic Brooks and Jake Panayiotou. Nic is a former city professional, while Jake was the main force behind and owner of the original Wellington Club Knightsbridge.
The venue showcases a carefully curated Modern European menu, created by its Executive Chef Brett Duarte, formerly Executive Chef of Gaucho Group. Duarte explores unique flavours, using only the finest fresh seasonal ingredients, in a selection of seafood, steak and vegetarian dishes.
Split across the ground and basement floors, The Wellington is a stylish setting with a series of private dining rooms and a total cover space of 130. Its interiors are inspired by the worlds of rock ‘n roll and modern art, while strongly referenced against the backdrop of a traditional St James’s private members’ club.
The restaurant’s walls are adorned with hand-painted original graffiti by Damien Hirst, which sit alongside one of the artist’s rare large-scale print of ‘The Hours’. The everlasting love affair between rock ‘n roll and neon is on display throughout the venue by a number of neon works by the incredible Chris Bracey.
Around 200 guests over the two levels of this nightclub and it is busy and buzzy as the dj played tunes.
The Wellington Club has been open a few months but tonight was to launch their new restaurant.
The food here was top notch fare.
They really splashed the cash here as there was loads of complimentary drinks & food including
four different cocktails, different sprits , prosecco, wines and beers.
Even though it was a nighclub setting the food came out as starters, mains and desserts.
We went through each , so ten different small plates of food had.
Four different starters including steak tartare, rock oysters and pan fried scallops.
Four different mains Scotch Black Angus Steak strips , grilled chicken and Pan fried halibut.
Two different desserts including a superb Tiramisu choux , espresso truffle and mascarpone cream.
The food was pretty amazing.
Also the stunning vintage toilets here must get a mention too.
The drinks were still coming out when we left at 11.30pm after 4 and a half hours here.
An excellent event.
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The club was put up for sale a couple of years ago due to the tragic murder of the previous owner.
The club used to be called Hey Jo and the Abracadabra restaurant was within it.
They were owned by a colourful chap called Dave West.
Dave West built a family tobacco business in Belgium with his wife and children. In 1980 he founded a wholesale business on a double decker bus in Calais selling cheap alcohol and cigarettes on the back of a lorry. His business moved to permanent premises and was named EastEnders, which is now a part of the largest British owned cash and carry group in Europe.
Following a drunken argument with his son (David West Jr), he died from a single knife wound to the heart on 12 December 2014, though his jugular vein had also been cut. His son was arrested and subsequently charged with his murder.Nearby resident Stephen Fry said that he heard "horrifying screams" coming from the house and later saw West's body being carried out. The emergency services laid his body on the street where they tried unsuccessfully to revive him. A close friend also said that he was in shock as West and his son had been very close.
David West Jr was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years on 9 November 2015 for his father's manslaughter.




Thursday 19 September 2019.
Sad news that LARRY WALLIS has passed away aged 70.
Larry Wallis was an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was best known as a member of the Pink Fairies and an early member of Motörhead.



Wednesday 18 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.45pm
THE ART OF WISHES - private view - Phillips Gallery , 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.
This was a Charity Art Auction preview for Make-A-Wish who bring joy into the lives of seriously ill
children by arranging holidays and special events, at a time when they need it most.
Around 200 smartly dressed guests here including Stephen Webster (rock & roll jeweller )
and Rosie Tapner (model).
At 7.20pm we had a speech.
An electric violinist is playing in the background.
Complimentary champers, wines and tasty canapés for guests.
www.make-a-wish.org.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then a handy five mins short walk to...
BONNIE TYLER live at The Palladium, London.
Celebrating her 50th year of live performance, Bonnie Tyler will be performing her first major headline show in London for over four years. The show features classics from throughout her career and tracks from her forthcoming 17th studio album "Between The Earth And The Stars".
Bonnie Tyler does not really seem to play London that often but i did see her headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1988.
Her fifth album "Faster Than the Speed of Night " from 1983 was produced by Jim Steinman and he wrote its most successful single "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which was number one in the UK.
The musicians used on the album included two members of Bruce Springsteen's band ,
Max Weinberg (drums) and Roy Bittan (piano/keyboards).
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The show is not sold out but it looks like 90% of tickets were taken.
I have a great seat , 10 rows from the stage ,dead centre next to many of Bonnie's family & friends.
BONNIE TYLER and her band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for around 95 mins.
Bonnie is now aged 68 but still looks the same as she did in the 1980s.
Bonnie is a Welsh singer known for her distinctive husky voice, which still sounds fantastic.
Several average tracks were played from the new album along with her big hits.
Bonnie's Welsh accent and excitable on stage chatterbox personality is really infectious.
Bonnie said she had supported Gene Pitney at this same venue in 1976.
Tonight was a big celebratory gig for her and she admitted to "bricking it" beforehand.
A very enjoyable show overall.
Full Bonnie Tyler setlist played tonight....
Flat on the Floor (Carrie Underwood cover)
Hold On
Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
Move
Seven Waves Away
Lost in France ( a number nine hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1976)
It's A Heartache ( a number four hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1977)
This Is Gonna Hurt
Let's Go Crazy Tonight
Bad for Loving You
Total Eclipse of the Heart (a number one hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1983)
Between the Earth and the Stars
Faster Than the Speed of Night
Encore:
Turtle Blues (Big Brother & The Holding Company cover)
Slow Walk
The Best (only got to 95 in the UK charts for Bonnie then Tina Turner had a big hit with it).
Holding Out For A Hero ( a number two hit in the UK for Bonnie in 1985)
Encore 2:
Older





Tuesday 17 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
ANTONY GORMLEY - private view - Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.
A big crowd of around 500 guests here including Sir Antony Gormley himself and The Earl of Snowden.
Sir Antony Gormley, (now aged 69), is a British sculptor.His works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998, Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation which premiered in London in 2007, around Madison Square in New York City, in 2010, in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2015–16.
Another Place (1997) where 100 cast iron figures face out to sea on Crosby Beach, near Liverpool
In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked Gormley number 4 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".
Works are here in several rooms from his 45 year career.
At 7.15pm there were speeches.
My fave room was where his cast iron males are hanging from the ceiling and side walls.
Complimentary Fortnum's & Mason champers, prosecco and beers but oddly no food whatsoever.
It is on until 03 Dec 2019.
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
then
10pm to 11.45pm
BIG THE MUSICAL - gala/press night opening party - 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1.
Another big crowd of around 500 guests at this restaurant & bar that is built on the site
of the legendary Marquee Club where i saw many great gigs in the 1970s and 1980s.
The show was at The Dominion Theatre earlier, starring Jay McGuiness, Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly. All the cast were here.it is the musical adaptation of the hit 1980s film starring Tom Hanks, about a 12 year old who transforms into an adult.
Some celebrity faces saw the musical but didn't bother with the party but I did see comedian Jim Davidson
and New York actress Didi Conn who played Frenchie in Grease at the party.
There was a dj playing all 80s tunes to match the decade the musical was set in.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food here including prosecco, wines, beers, burgers, fish & chips,
different bowl food and yummy spicy king prawns...I left before the desserts came out.
It was still very lively when i left as it was due to finish at 1am.
www.bigthemusical.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.



Monday 16 September 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
THE PRINCE AKATOKI LONDON - launch party - 50 Great Cumberland Place, London W1.
Japanese luxury hotel opens in Marble Arch.
Following a £3m makeover this Marble Arch Hotel is being transformed into a luxury property where the restaurant and bar offer a full Japanese experience.
The Arch London has been bought out by luxury hotel group Prince Hotels.
The group's first European hotel will give guests a luxury Japanese experience. That means they'll be "encouraging them to slow down, be in the moment and practice the art of living".
On the food front there'll be a destination dining restaurant called Tokii which will be open all day.
Around 150 guests are here in this plush hotel with loads of staff fussing over us.
At 7.15pm we have speeches from the owner and the Japanese Ambassador.
Complimentary Thienot champers, whiskey cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, beers and yummy
hot and cold food including tempura and different sushi.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.theprinceakatoki.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 10pm
NINA NAUSTDAL AW19/20 - catwalk show - Buddha Bar, 145 Knightsbridge, London SW1.
London Fashion Week - Day 4 of 5
Very busy as over 200 guests are here, but that creates a proper buzzy atmosphere.
The venue is totally rammed with every seat and bit of space taken.
Soul singer Kym Mazelle was here and Made in Chelsea's Mark Francis Vandelli.
Nina Naustdal designer dresses are total works of art as they focus on handcrafted embroiderey.
We had a female singer (Ruth Brown from The Voice) walking in front of the models and the stunning outfits.
Around a dozen models used and Nina also has her kids modelling the children's range.
Complimentary prosecco, vodka and tonics, wines, beers, canapés and desserts for all guests.
All guests got a bulky goodie bag with several cosmetic items inside.
www.nina-naustdal.comVisit their website here for more info.
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A SEX PISTOLS original gig poster has sold for a staggering £7100 at auction.
It is from Dundee Caird Hall - 1976 - The Anarchy Tour.



Monday 16 September 2019.
A sad death of a musician whose albums I have.
Ric Ocasek, frontman of the popular late 1970s and 1980s band the Cars, was found dead in his New York home on Sunday. He was 75.
The Cars only ever played two shows in the UK, which was when their debut album came out in 1978.
They just stayed in North America for tours after that.
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Happy Birthday to drummer KENNEY JONES who is 71 today.
Kenny is best known for his work in the groups Small Faces, Faces, and the Who. Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces/Faces.
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Monday morning ITV 8am featured a rare interview with Sinead O'Connor.
She also sung a stunning version of "Nothing Compares 2 U".




Sunday 15 September 2019...1pm to 9.30pm...
BBC Radio 2 Festival in a Day at Hyde Park, London.
Eight acts play short sets of 30 to 65 mins including Pet Shop Boys + Simply Red + Status Quo + others.
Remember to get there at lunchtime as they only confirm the headliner as last on and it is always
a big name first on and they never give stage times or running order out in advance.
Last year i saw Lenny Kravitz here as the first band on stage.
A huge crowd of around 50,000 will be there.
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It may be mid September but the weather today is scorching hot.
All acts have use of the three big screen - two for live footage and one for pre-recorded images.
SIMPLY RED arrived on stage at 1.15pm for their 30 mins set.
They were a nice warm act with some of their white soul hits.
Mick said a full tour for 2020 will be announced soon.
Full setlist played by Simply Red today...
Stars
Sunrise
Fairground
Something Got Me Started
Thinking of You (Live debut)
Ain't That A Lot Of Love
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KELSEA BALLERINI arrived on stage at 2.10pm and played for 30 mins.
American singer played some decent country / pop tunes from her two albums.
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EMELI SANDE cancelled at short notice on the day so was replaced by an extended dj set.
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BANANARAMA arrived on stage at 3.55pm and played for 35 mins.
They were massive in the 1980s and both the girls look fantastic.
Lots of catchy singalong hits played and a couple of new album tracks.
Full Bananarama setlist played today....
Stuff Like That
I Heard a Rumour
He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' (The Velvelettes cover) (their hit with Fun Boy Three)
Cruel Summer
Looking For Someone
Robert De Niro's Waiting
Love In The First Degree
Venus (Shocking Blue cover)
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CLEAN BANDIT arrived on stage at 4.55pm for their 30 mins set.
They have a nice mix of pop/ classical/ dance in their many hit singles.
Setlist included their catchy number ones "RockABye" and "Rather Be".
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STATUS QUO arrived on stage at 5.50pm and played for 50 mins.
I have seen Status Quo play live around FIFTY times since 1974.
Loads of their classic rock gems played and a couple of tracks from the new album.
They still sound great even though Rick Parfitt is RIP and Francis never mentions his name tonight.
Full Status Quo setlist played tonight...
Caroline
Something 'bout You Baby I Like (Richard Supa cover)
Rain (Rhino on lead vocals)
What You're Proposing / Down the Dustpipe / Wild Side of Life / Railroad / Again and Again
Mystery Song (Richie on lead vocals)
Liberty Lane
In the Army Now (Bolland & Bolland cover)
Roll Over Lay Down
Down Down
Whatever You Want (Andy on lead vocals)
Rockin' All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)
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WESTLIFE arrived on stage at 7.10pm and played for 35 mins.
Boy bands like Westlife and Boyzone are not my cup of tea at all.
They headline a massive show at Wembley Stadium in Aug 2020.
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PET SHOP BOYS arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 65 mins.
Pet Shop Boys are headliners as they have the most interesting arty live show on the bill.
They have the advantage of playing in the dark so the lasers look good.
Lots of costume changes by Neil and dancers in various wacky attire.
Visually they always put on a fantastic show.
The show highlights tonight were taken from their longer full shows I have seen over the past
few years at The Royal Albert Hall (2014) and The Royal Opera House (2016 and 2018).
Full Pet Shop Boys setlist played tonight...
Suburbia
Burn
Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)
West End Girls
Dreamland (with Olly Alexander)
Vocal
Heart
It's a Sin
Left to My Own Devices
Go West (Village People cover) (Opportunities / Rent Intro)
Encore:
Domino Dancing
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (with Beverley Knight)
You Were Always on My Mind (Gwen McCrae cover)
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AADNEVIK sent me an invite to their LFW catwalk show and drinks but i sadly could not
make it as it clashed with Pet Shop Boys gig.
Aadnevik designs stunning dresses for the upmarket woman.
Aadnevik established his own label in 2004 and he presented his first collection the same year at London Fashion Week.Apart from his own label he has collaborated and designed collections for several international brands including Charles Jourdan Paris for Japan,Harrods International as well as held a position as a senior designer at Roberto Cavalli.
www.aadnevik.comVisit the website here for more info and photos.



Saturday 14 September 2019.
The SAS Band + Fabba live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Spike( Edney's) All-Star Band play a 25th anniversary show.
Every year the musicians change around a bit.
QUEEN’s keyboardist Spike Edney, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Hotei, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Toyah, Madeline Bell, Kip Winger of Winger and Patti Russo (Meat Loaf) + no doubt a couple of other guests on the night.
All proceeds to The Freddie Mercury Phoenix Trust so expect a few Queen classics to be played.
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Level 3 is closed and lots of space on the floor so maybe 1000 out of the 2000 capacity here.
At 8.05pm we get the Fabba tribute girls perform three Abba classics.
They would later be backing vocalists for The SAS Band.
The SAS Band arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played a nice long set of 2 hours 30 mins.
There is a house band and the various guest singers perform two or three songs each.
Plenty of mentions between songs for the raffle and silent auction.
Great to see so many great singers perform a short stint.
Japanese guitar player Hotei was a revelation.
Big name surprise guest promised was Queen drummer ROGER TAYLOR who sung three songs.
Also NEIL MURRAY (ex Whitesnake and others ) joined Kip Winger and the band for two songs.
A great show.
Full SAS Band setlist played tonight...
Instrumental Jam
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen cover) (Patti Russo on vocals)
Unchain My Heat (Ray Charles cover) (Patti Russo on vocals)
Battle Without Honour or Humanity (Hotei)
??? (Hotei)
Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover) (Kip Winger on vocals , Neil Murray on bass)
I'm in Love With My Car (Queen cover) (Kip Winger on vocals, Neil Murray on bass)
Suffragette City (David Bowie cover) (Toyah on vocals)
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover) (with Justin Hawkins and Toyah)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Rufus Taylor on drums)
I Want It All (Queen cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Rufus Taylor on drums)
For Your Love (The Yardbirds cover) (Graham Gouldman on vocals - he wrote it)
Dreadlock Holiday (10cc cover) (Graham Gouldman on vocals - he wrote it)
The Power of Love (Jennifer Rush cover) (Madeline Bell on vocals)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Carole King cover) (Madeline Bell on vocals)
Melting Pot (Madeline Bell on vocals as she sung on this Blue Mink hit from 1969)
"Heroes"(David Bowie cover) (Roger Taylor on vocals)
Under Pressure (Queen cover) (with Justin Hawkins) (Roger Taylor on vocals)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin cover) (Roger Taylor on vocals )
29 Riff The History of Rock n Roll Overture (feat Hotei on guitar)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover) (all artists on stage except Roger Taylor)
With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover) (all artists on stage except Roger Taylor)
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11pm to 12pm
Aftershow party in the Level 1 bar for around 100 guests...it is a pay bar...
Most of the artists from the show are here except Roger Taylor and Toyah.
Leee John from Imagination is here as a guest of Madeline Bell.
I have a nice chat with Neil Murray and the Hammersmith Odeon days in the 1980s.
Neil also had a full 12 year stint with the 'We Will Rock You ' musical at The Dominion.
He told me he is doing a full nine month UK tour with them which starts next week.




Friday 13 September 2019.
Day 1 of 5 - London Fashion Week
Daytime and evening presentations, catwalk shows and parties every day.
6.45pm to 9.15pm
TED BAKER presents Ted's Friends in High Places - Ted Baker - 9/10 Floral Street, London WC2.
These two sporting greats are launching their T For Tall Clothing range for Ted Baker.
Ideal for gents with a head for heights, from suits and shirts to polo’s and chinos, Ted’s ensured looking dapper needn’t be a tall order.
PETER CROUCH is 6 ft 7 inches tall.
He is certainly one of my fave footballers from the past 20 years.
MARK FOSTER is 6 ft 6 inches tall.
He was a top level swimmer.
Around 100 guests here and both men are very chatty and friendly and posing for selfies.
From 7pm to 7.45pm they sat for a full interview and Q n A which was really enjoyable.
Peter talked about being a father of four and his popular Podcast.
Peter said his fave footballer growing up was Paul Gasgoine.
Toughest defender he played against was Tony Adams.
I asked a question "can you come back to QPR to help us out?".
Peter said "QPR holds a special place in his heart as he grew up in Ealing and many of his friends
were and still are QPR season ticket holders".
"Scoring those goals at QPR when i first started my career still gives me goosebumps when thinking about it?".
I watched him for a year at QPR in 2000/2001 before he moved on to bigger clubs.
A dj was playing tunes in the background and a fun photo booth at the rear.
Complimentary prosecco, beers ,hot dogs, pasties and pork pies for all guests.
Peter Crouch (now aged 38 and retired this summer ) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups.Crouch is one of 28 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, holding the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history.
Mark Foster (now aged 49) is an English former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics and world championships, and swam for England in the Commonwealth Games. He now covers swim events for BBC.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.tedbaker.comVisit the Ted Baker website here for more info.



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