News and Reviews: January 18, 2020

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23 September 2019 was gig number 7000 for me since 1973.
MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY - press review - Building 6 at The 02 Arena complex, London.
See my review dated 23 September 2019....it is on until May 2020.
The evening features over 30 Abba songs and show, a four course Greek dinner , drinks and Abba disco.
www.mammamiatheparty.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Check out my upcoming news page for my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019.
MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.
I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019.
This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019...
There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.
Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.
People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special.
Gold Medal...
Best live band of the year - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.
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My interview with TIME OUT magazine in April 2018 is now online.
It features me talking about being the UKs number one gig goer...now over 7000 gigs seen...
Includes a mention of the 2000 plus shows i have been to at Hammersmith Odeon/Apollo since 1973,
along with a photo of me outside the venue
Mentions some Sex Pistols stories and other bits and pieces.
Search for it on google under Ray Morrissey Time Out.
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Visit the coolest menswear store outside of Central London.
Heroes of Richmond - an independent menswear store - 9 Golden Court,Richmond , Surrey.
Footwear, jackets and accessories from top brands unavailable outside Central London.
www.heroesofrichmond.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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From 12 Jan to 01 March---LUZIA at The Royal Albert Hall.
Cirque du Soleil return to London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2020, bringing their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA to Europe for the first time.
The downside to this is no live music shows at this venue until March.
LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.
With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.
www.cirquedusoleil.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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There are always special offers on for West End theatre shows so keep an eye out for them...
Legend of screen and stage DAVID HASSELHOFF joins the London cast of Dolly Parton’s smash-hit 9 to 5 The Musical from 2 December 2019 until 8 February 2020.
Mamma Mia! The Musical is still packing them in.
Mary Poppins is on until May 2020.
The Book of Mormon got rave reviews when it first opened.
From 21 Dec 2017 - Hamilton - this musical has finally opened to great reviews.
It is the hottest theatre ticket in town this year.
It is on at The Victoria Palace Theatre which has had a massive refurbishment.
I saw gigs here between 1975 to 1977 when it was called The New Victoria Theatre.
Bands i saw included Alex Harvey Band, Thin Lizzy, ELO, Lou Reed and others.
08 April 2018 - Hamilton won seven awards including Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards.
Only Fools & Horses - The Musical at The Theatre Royal Haymarket Theatre.
As expected it has been a huge success and the run has been extended to April 2020.
Paul Whitehouse is returning to the show in his Grandpa role from 06 Jan 2020.
The pure quality of Michael Jackson songs will always live on.
The Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live is extending its West End run for another year.
Now in its 11th year and one of the longest-running in West End history. The show is based on Jackson’s solo hits and songs recorded as part of the Jackson Five.
I have seen it three times, it is excellent.
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La traviata at The Royal Opera House...17 December 2019–23 March 2020.
The performance lasts around 3 hours 20 minutes, including two intervals....tickets priced £11–£225.
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The Professionals featuring Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook release three EPs in 2020.
The trio of EPs are called 1, 2, 3 and are available in cd and vinyl form - out Jan , Feb, March
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The Clash - London Calling 40th Anniversary - exhibition at The Museum of London, Barbican.
Free Entry - The exhibition runs until 19 April 2020
I went to it in 2019 and will pop back sometime again before it closes.
The museum’s pulled together over 100 items from the band’s archive relating to the ‘London Calling’ album, including the bass Paul Simonon is smashing on the cover and Joe Strummer’s personal typewriter.
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Sat 18 Jan---Chase Rice plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.
Sun 19 Jan---Drag show evening at Shepherds Bush Empire.
It’s the US vs the UK as queens from both sides of the Atlantic deliver a night of non-stop entertainment, hosted by the sensational Danny Beard and Victoria Secret.
Adore Delano, Miz Cracker, Meatball, Yuhua Hamasaki, Danny Beard, Victoria Secret, Joe Black, Juno Birch, Vinegar Strokes, Lydia L'scabies, Chiyo Gomes, Ginny Lemon.
Many of the acts will be at Olympia the day before for RuPaul's DragCon.
Tues 21 Jan---Stereophonics + Ash play The Forum.
Absolute Radio host a special warm up sold out show for the Stereophonics UK & European Tour.
Thurs 23 Jan---The Teskey Brothers play Shepherds Bush Empire...sold out...
Australian blues-rock group, The Teskey Brothers, are embarking on a world tour in support of album," Run Home Slow".
Fri 24 Jan---David Sinclair Four play Old Station House ,Chiswick, London W4....FREE ENTRY...on stage at 8.45pm..
DS4 will play a set featuring tracks from all their albums.
Fri 24 Jan---Monster Magnet play The Forum.
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Fri 17 Jan to Sun 26 Jan--- Shen Yun at Hammersmith Apollo.
Internationally acclaimed Chinese dance group Shen Yun returns to London this winter after dazzling audiences at the Dominion Theatre in 2018. Performing in a style now restricted by China’s Communist leadership, it promises to be a spectacular display of the country’s rich history and culture.
Originally conceived by a group of New York-based artists in 2006, the show is a response to Chinese government policy which has seen traditional dance and artistic practices placed under threat. Over the last decade, it has been seen in all corners of the globe and each performance boasts over 80 talented members including musicians, singers, dancers and production crew.
Heavy daily tv advertising in the weeks before the show has contributed to the high ticket prices
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FA Cup 4th Round weekend...includes...
QPR play Sheff Wed..Friday 8pm kick-off...
Brentford play Leicester
Man City play Fulham
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Sat 25 Jan---A Bowie Celebration play Shepherds Bush Empire.
A slightly different line-up to the one i saw this time last year.
Bowie keyboard player Mike Garson is still there but Earl Slick and Bernard Fowler have been replaced by Charlie Sexton.
Sat 25 Jan---Slipknot play The 02 Arena.
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The 6 Music Homecoming Tour sees Steve Lamacq take his BBC Radio 6 Music show to five UK cities during Independent Venue Week 2020 (IVW) which returns for a seventh year, celebrating smaller and grassroots music venues. Steve will be welcoming Mercury Prize nominated Anna Calvi, Nadine Shah and Gruff Rhys, and Self Esteem and Frank Turner when - from Monday 27th to Friday 31st January, 4-7pm - he and his team take a tour bus to Newcastle, Sheffield, Cardiff, Exeter and Brixton.
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Sun 26 Jan---my band Gun Control have our first rehearsal of the year.
Sun 26 Jan---Aerosmith and Run-DMC are set to reunite at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Both bands will be performing a medley of their collaborative greatest hits, according to Variety, including their most famous team up ‘Walk This Way’ at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on January 26.
Fri 31 Jan---Five Finger Death Punch + Megadeth + Bad Wolves play Wembley Arena.
FFDP have been one of the biggest selling metal bands worldwide over the past decade.
Two of their albums have gone Top 10 in the UK and they have sold millions back home in North America.
Sat 01 Feb---The Wildheart's play The Forum.
The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies and The Bones towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.
I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 when they were supported by The Professionals.
Sat 01 Feb---Kaiser Chiefs + Razorlight plays The O2 Arena.
Sat 01 Feb---Spizz plays a 40th anniversary show at The Garage.
Sat 01 Feb---Rose McDowall ex Strawberry Switchblade plays a rare show at London’s Electrowerkz , EC1 venue where with her band, she will play a career spanning set featuring her best known songs from her entire back catalogue!
with support from cool all-girl band The Priscillas.
Sat 01 Feb---The Satellites + The Gloria's play The George & The Dragon, High Street, Acton, London W3.
Sun 02 Feb---Roger Chapman plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Roger Chapman (now aged 77), is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. His idiosyncratic brand of showmanship when performing and vocal vibrato led him to become a cult figure on the British rock scene.
I saw Roger with Streetwalkers in 1975 and with The Family reunion show at this venue a few years ago.
Sun 02 Feb---The BAFTA's will be held at the Royal Albert Hall with an exclusive performance from Cirque du Soleil.
The 2020 shortlist includes Joker, whose 11 nominations make it the British Academy’s most widely cherished film of the past 12 months. And there is also a lot of good news for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which have mustered 10 each, and Sam Mendes’s long-take First World War thriller 1917, with nine.
Sun 02 Feb---Super Bowl LIV, the 54th Super Bowl and the 50th modern-era National Football League championship game will decide the league champion for the league's 2019 and 100th season.
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, United States.
Live on UK tv 11.30pm to 3.30am.
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MADONNA plays FIFTEEN shows at The London Palladium - Mon 27 January to Sun 16 February.
For this tour Madonna is playing smaller more intimate theatres rather than the usual arenas.
The capacity of The London Palladium is around 2300.
The Times gave her New York show five stars.
Madonna's 14th studio album, "Madame X," was released in June 2019.
Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is noted as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records.
Madonna has said her shows will be " phone free".
“Use of cellphones, smart watches, smart accessories, cameras or recording devices will not be permitted in the performance space,” an email to fans read.
Phones are placed in lockable ‘Yondr’ cases which can only be opened in designated areas at the venue with the mobiles staying in the owners possession at all times. Anyone found in breach of the rule will have their device confiscated.
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Steel Panther are playing another UK tour, including....
Wed 05 Feb---Bristol Academy
Fri 07 Feb---Brixton Academy
I have seen this very entertaining glam metal band several times.
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Fri 07 Feb---Brett Eldredge plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
Country artist Brett Eldredge is playing his first ever headline UK tour, following on from his 2019 set at C2C: Country to Country.Brett has had hit albums and singles back home in North America.
He is signed to Atlantic Records and released his debut single, "Raymond" on September 27, 2010.
Sat 08 Feb---My band GUN CONTROL play a private birthday party.
Sat 08 Feb---Catfish and the Bottlemen play at Exhibition London, a new 2000 capacity
venue located in the heart of White City’s Westfield.
Sun 09 Feb--- The 92nd Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Despite more than a decade of the Oscars being given out towards the end of February, this year's ceremony has been moved forward, and takes place on Sunday 9 February.
The nominations for this year's Academy Awards have been announced, with Joker leading the pack with 11 nods.
The comic book villain origin story is up for best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, plus eight other awards.
The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood follow with 10 nominations each.
Sun 09 Feb---Melanie plays The Aldwych Theatre.
Melanie plays a one-off UK show to celebrate her 73rd birthday.
Melanie is an American singer-songwriter who remains best known for the 1971/72 global hit "Brand New Key", her cover of "Ruby Tuesday", her composition "What Have They Done to My Song Ma", and her 1970 international breakthrough hit "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)", inspired by her experience of performing at the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
Wed 12 Feb---NME Awards at Brixton Academy.
Fri 14 Feb to Tues 18 Feb---London Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2020
Fri 14 Feb---The Godfathers play Dingwalls.
Sat 15 Feb---The Godfathers play Suburbs at The Holroyd, Guildford.
Tues 18 Feb---BRIT Awards at The 02 Arena.
Those with nominations include Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, Dave , Sam Fender, Harry Styles.
Bruce Springsteen is one of the five shortlisted artists for Best International Solo Artist.
Usually eight acts perform a big track each on the night.
This years acts include Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, and Mabel.
From 01 Jan 2020 ALL AREAS within the arena will be cashless.
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Message In A Bottle
Choreography by Kate Prince, based on the songs of Sting
6 Feb - 21 Mar 2020
Tickets from £14
The Peacock, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT, London
Ticket office: 020 7863 8222
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‘Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute to Ginger Baker’ will take place on 17 February 2020 at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. The line-up is yet to be announced.
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Fri 21 Feb and Sat 22 Feb---The 1975 play 02 Arena.
Fri 21 Feb---Palaye Royale play Shepherds Bush Empire.
Sat 22 Feb---Dream Theater play the second of two shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Sat 22 Feb---The Rezillos play 229 Great Portland Street, London W1.
Sun 23 Feb---Babymetal play Hammersmith Apollo.
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Mick Fleetwood has announced a special show to celebrate the music of Peter Green and the early years of Fleetwood Mac.
The concert will take place on February 25 at the London Palladium and will see Fleetwood joined onstage by a raft of musicians including former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Johnny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Zak Starkey, Bill Wyman and his Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie.
The house band will feature Mick Fleetwood on drums and Andy Fairweather Low on guitar.
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Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock is playing a UK tour including....
Fri 28 Feb---Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick play The Red Lion Ballroom, Leytonstone.
Glen & his band play a London warm-up show for The Minehead Punk & Alternative Festival.
This recently refurbished venue has a 250 capacity and is a welcome addition to East London live music scene.
Sun 01 March---Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick play The Purple Turtle, Reading.
Sat 07 March---Glen Matlock Band feat Earl Slick play The 100 Club.
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Tues 03 March---charity concert for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity at The 02 Arena.
Performing will be a formidable line-up including Eric Clapton, the legendary Tom Jones, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum plus Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, John Illsley from Dire Straits, Paul Jones, Mike Rutherford, Rick Wakeman, Yusuf/Cat Stevens and Paul Carrack and Nick Mason and Bonnie Tyler. Paul Young and Zucchero will perform the smash hit duet Senza una Donna. More artists will be announced at a later date.
Gary Brooker, of Procol Harum, is Musical Director of the show and has worked tirelessly to bring together the line-up of the greats playing their hits live onstage, as well as the all-star house band. The house band will include Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Andy Fairweather Low and Robbie McIntosh (guitars).
From 01 Jan 2020 ALL AREAS within the arena will be cashless.
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Thurs 05 March---Sound of Springsteen play The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Fri 06 March---Rory Gallagher 2CD / 3LP live album out today.
Chess/UMC are proud to be releasing ‘Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ‘77’.
This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Rory’s then latest album 'Calling Card'. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 'Against The Grain' album and other live favourites.
I was at The Hammersmith Odeon show in Jan 1977 that is featured on this live recording.
Wed 11 March and Fri 13 March---Bryan Ferry plays The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen Bryan Ferry solo and Roxy Music several times each over the past 45 years.
Fri 13 March---Elvis Costello and The Imposter's play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Elvis Costello over 20 times since 1978.
Fri 13 March and Sat 14 March---Jim Davidson plays The Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Sat 14 March---Morrissey plays Wembley Arena.
Morrissey will be promoting his forthcoming new album ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’.
Sat 14 March and Sun 15 March---Steve Martin & Martin Short play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 15 March---Lulu plays The Palladium.
Mon 16 March---William Shatner is on stage at Hammersmith Apollo.
Audiences will enjoy a screening of the classic film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on the big screen, followed by a live conversation with the one and only “Captain James T. Kirk.”
Thurs 26 March---Louise Redknapp plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison plays six nights at The Palladium - March 20, 21, 22, 24 ,25, 26.
Sat 28 March---SAXON play Hammersmith Apollo with support from
+ Krokus + Girlschool + Diamond Head...a very nice four band package bill.
Vocalist Biff Byford and his Saxon bandmates will play three UK shows which were postponed
from 2019 due to the singer’s heart surgery.
Sat 28 March---STIFF LITTLE FINGERS play The Roundhouse with support from
+ The Professionals + TV Smith + Neville Staple Band...a very nice four act package bill...
It is months away but a major gig clash already for me.....damn.
I may have to see SLF earlier in the tour as i cannot miss Saxon and Krokus.
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The Who with orchestra are touring the UK to promote their 2019 album release.
MARCH 2020
MON 16 Manchester Arena
WED 18 Dublin 3 Arena
SAT 21 Newcastle Utilita Arena
MON 23 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
WED 25 Leeds First Direct Arena
MON 30 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
APRIL 2020
WED 1 Birmingham Resorts World Arena
FRI 3 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
MON 6 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
WED 8 London SSE Wembley Arena
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Tues 07 April---James Blunt plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Wed 08 April---The Bootleg Beatles play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 11 April---Barenaked Ladies + KT Tunstall play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 12 April---Hollie Cook plays Islington Academy.
Mon 13 April---Rick Astley plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Sun 19 April---Michael Schenker + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons play Shepherds Bush Empire.
April 20, 21, 23, 24, 25---Dita Von Teese plays five shows at The Palladium.
Sat 25 April and Sun 26 April---Craig David plays The 02 Arena.
Mon 27 April, Tues 28 April, Wed 29 April---Elbow play Hammersmith Apollo.
Wed 29 April---Celeste plays Shepherds Bush Empire.
In early Jan 2020 , soul singer Celeste won The BBC Sound of 2020.
Winning this award means Celeste performs at The BRIT Awards in Feb 2020.
The singer will play her biggest headline show to date when she arrives at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
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Fri 01 May---Boomtown Rats play The Palladium.
The Boomtown Rats will release their first album since 1984 in March 2020 titled ‘Citizens of Boomtown’.
The Boomtown Rats still feature four original members including Bob Geldof.
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Sat 02 May---The 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced that this year’s inductees would be Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T-Rex, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston....also producer Jon Landau to get a special award..
Really great to see that Marc Bolan & T-Rex will be inducted.
Peter Frampton's acclaimed 1976 live album 'Frampton Comes Alive!' and the Allman Brothers Band’s 1972 record 'Eat A Peach' have both been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.
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Nick Masons Saucerful of Secrets are playing a UK & European Tour.
Thurs 07 May---The Royal Albert Hall.
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Fri 15 May---Peter Hook & The Light play Joy Division at Brixton Academy.
Tues 19 May---Gregory Porter plays the first of four shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
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Guns N Roses play their only English shows on their European Tour.
Friday, 29th May and Saturday 30th May - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
These will be the first ever concerts held at Spurs new football stadium.
Reminder that the stadium is a cashless stadium - card only is needed to pay for everything.
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Sun 31 May---Peter Frampton plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton has confirmed UK dates on the Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour.
Peter has been around since the 1960s and was a massive worldwide act in the 1970s.
I saw him headline Wembley Arena in 1976 when his double live album sold millions.
Frampton, has recently been diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion body myositis, also known as I.B.M. The condition causes muscles to weaken over time but usually does not affect life expectancy.
Another big gig decision for me as it clashes with Whitesnake at The 02 Arena.
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WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER & EUROPE 2020 UK TOUR
A great rock package as i have seen all three bands many times over the past 40 years.
Sunday 31 May – London, The O2 Arena.
Monday 01 June – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena.
Wednesday 03 June – Birmingham, Arena Birmingham.
Thursday 04 June – Glasgow, SSE Hydro.
Saturday 06 June – Newcastle, Utilita Arena.
Monday 08 June – Manchester, Manchester Arena.
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Queen + Adam Lambert at The O2 Arena - five shows - 2 Jun - 3 Jun, 5 Jun - 6 Jun, 9 Jun 2020.
Now TEN shows as five extra dates added: 8, 17, 18, 20 and 21 June for The 02 Arena.
They will head up north for shows at Manchester Arena on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June 2020.
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Download Festival 2020 headliners have been confirmed...
Fri 12 June---KISS + Deftones
This looks like being KISS only UK show on their European Tour.
Before this show, KISS play indoors at Accor Hotels Arena, Paris on Tues 09 June.
David Lee Roth is supporting KISS throughout their North American so it is a shame that
he is not on the bill at Download as he has not played the UK for over a decade.
Sat 13 June---Iron Maiden + Gojira
Sun 14 June---System of a Down + Korn
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Isle of Wight Festival headliners have been confirmed...
Fri 12 June---Lionel Richie + Lewis Capaldi
Sat 13 June---Snow Patrol + Chemical Brothers
Sun 14 June---Duran Duran + Supergrass + Dido
See the link on the right for more and to buy tickets.
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Sat 27 June---Paul McCartney headlines Saturday night at Glastonbury Festival.
Glastonbury celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020.
Aerosmith playing Glasto on the same day...a very nice pairing...
I went to Glasto three times in the 1990s.
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The six Hyde Park shows this summer are gradually being confirmed.
Sat 04 July---Little Mix + Rita Ora plus others.
Fri 10 July---Pearl Jam + Pixies plus others.
Sat 11 July---Taylor Swift plus others.
See the link on the right for more info and to buy tickets.
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Sun 12 July---Euro 2020 Football Final at Wembley Stadium.
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Aerosmith are playing the UK as part of their shows in Europe....
Wed 15 July---02 Arena, London
Sat 18 July---Manchester Arena
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Organisers of the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair have confirmed that Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline next year’s event.
Another band coming back again even though 2019 shows were advertised as their last ever UK shows.
The festival of rock, prog, country and blues will take place at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, on July 17, 18 and 19, 2020, with artists including Clutch, Hawkwind, Big Big Train, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons and Monster Truck among the bands previously confirmed.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will top the Planet Rock Stage on the Saturday – the band’s only UK show of 2020.
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Sat 29 Aug and Sun 30 Aug---The Eagles play Wembley Stadium.
In what’ll be their only European shows of 2020, the rock icons will play their seminal 1976 album ‘Hotel California’ in full before following it with a greatest hits set....they will be joined by an orchestra...
I saw them play Wembley Stadium in June 2019.
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John Lydon will be all over the UK in Sept/Oct/Nov 2020 for a massive 54-date spoken word tour.
John Lydon will talk about Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited, his art, life story and more during 2020 run.
www.johnlydon.comVisit the John Lydon website here for a full list of the tour dates.
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Nov/Dec---Elton John brings his Farewell Tour to arenas around the UK.
I have seen Elton John play live around 35 times since 1974.
On 01 Jan 2020 , Sir Elton John received the highest acknowledgement in a new year honours list.
The singer and songwriter was awarded the Companion of Honour for a remarkable career spanning more than five decades, in which he has sold more than 300m records worldwide, and used his fame to promote the work of 23 charities, including his own Aids foundation. He becomes one of only 64 people apart from the monarch who can hold the honour at any one time.
Elton has had 31 x Top 10 hits in the UK including 7 x Number ones.
His classic debut hit single "Your Song" was released 50 years ago in 1970.



Friday 17 January 2020.
SIDHU MOOSE WALA plus support djs live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
30 year old Indian (Punjabi) male rapper & actor plays a sold out London show.
It is a Live Nation promotion along with BBC Asian Network.
As it is quiet for major acts in January i always end up going to two or three shows that
i would never bother with if they were on at any other time of year when there is more to choose from.
The venue is totally rammed solid and the atmosphere is just incredible.
As expected the crowd is over 90% Asian.
First of all we get a couple of djs who hype the crowd up perfectly.
We get a dance competition - female from West London v male from East London...she won.
SIDHU MOOSE WALA eventually arrived on stage at 9.50pm for his 70 mins set.
He must think he is an Indian version of Axl Rose or Peter Doherty as he was due on at 9pm (50 mins late).
Sidhu is wearing an orange turban and the crowd are going wild.
He has a dozen of his mates and a couple of personal security standing on stage by the dj console.
Like the support acts , he sings along to the dj console backing tracks.
His Bhangra type music went down well with the very lively dance crowd.
A decent enough show in its own way.
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"In the 1970s , we supported all the major rock bands".
"We supported Aerosmith 40 times and they never ever gave us a soundcheck".
" I hated flying so i drove my motorcycle from city to city".
A nice rare interview by NEIL PEART (Rush) from several years ago when his book came out.
Type this sentence into Google search...
Neil Peart Full Interview On The Hour
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Happy Birthday to PAUL YOUNG who is 64 today.




Thursday 16 January 2020.
Type this into Google for your viewing pleasure.....9 minutes long video clip...
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench - Kiss Guy - Austin, TX. 4-18-18 (Yayo Sanchez) Multi-Cameras
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The chorus of Green Day's new single has a Gary Glitter/Joan Jett sample.
‘Oh Yeah’ is the third song released from the upcoming Green Day album ‘Father of all Motherfuckers’, due 7 February. The two previous tracks ‘Father of all Motherfuckers’ and ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’ were released late 2019.
In 1977, The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks " album title caused a big fuss that ended up
in a court case.Professor James Kinsley,Head of the School of English at the University of Nottingham, who argued that the word "bollocks" was not obscene, and was actually a legitimate Old English term formerly used to refer to a priest,and which, in the context of the title, meant "nonsense".
The Sex Pistols / Virgin Records won the court case.
Now a band brings out an album titled "Father of all Motherfuckers" and nobody blinks an eyelid.
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Happy Birthday to my lovely mum who is 86 today.




Wednesday 15 January 2020...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
Business Book Awards 2020 Shortlist Reveal Party - Millennium Hotel, Gloucester Road, London SW7.
Around 200 guests here in their very nice upstairs space called The Conservatory.
The Business Book Awards celebrate the work of authors who have shared their industry or market knowledge, experience and expertise in published book form.
The main awards dinner evening will be held on 23 March.
Complimentary wines along with fish burgers and hot canapés for all guests.
www.businessbookawards.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.30pm to 8.45pm
Masayoshi Nojo 'Under the Moonlight' - Private View - JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street,
Mayfair, London W1.
Around 100 guests at this French owned gallery.
This is Masayoshi Nojo first solo show outside of Japan.
This exploration of time and memory is achieved using an innovative variety of mixed media and techniques, with each stage meticulously executed. Firstly, Nojo prepares the foundation of his canvas with a marbled layer of acrylic paint, reminiscent of the river in Kōrin’s seminal work Red and White Plum Blossoms. Nojo then photographs, selects, and carefully adjusts each image before transferring the image to the canvas via silk screening – allowing the marbled layer beneath to shine through and to create an abstracted, contemporary twist on the work. Finally, layers of aluminium and silver foil are applied to the canvas, highly symbolic and recreating a sense of intangible distant memories.
Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.
www.jdmalat.comVisit their website here for more info.



Tuesday 14 January 2020.
6pm to 8.15pm.
MARIANNITA LUZZATI x CARINA CISCATO - private view - The Brazilian Embassy,
14-16 Cockspur Street, London SW1.
The Embassy building is just over 100 yards from Trafalgar Square.
Around 100 guests are here.
The show presents 9 large Brazilian native landscape paintings by Mariannita Luzzati in a dialogue
with pottery pieces by Carina Ciscato.
Both are Brazilian artists who are based in London.
Complimentary prosecco and Brazilian canapés for all guests.
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Mum & Dad said they are "very proud".
Sam Springsteen, the 25-year old son of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, is a Jersey City, New Jersey, firefighter.
Sam was one of 15 new firefighters sworn in Jan. 14 during a ceremony at City Hall.
“It was a long road, and he was very dedicated,” said proud parents Bruce and Patti at the ceremony,
according to the Hudson County View. “We’re just excited for him today.”
Did someone say Fireman Sam?




Tuesday 14 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to DAVE GROHL (Foo Fighters /ex Nirvana) who is 51 today.
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Monday 13 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to SUGGS from Madness who is 59 today.



Resolution Festival at The 100 Club continues...
Resolution, a ten-day festival of all things punk, is returning yet again to it’s spiritual home, the 100 Club, for the 6th year running in January 2020. Resolution Festival celebrates the bands and musicians who kick started the punk movement and those who continue to breathe new life into it today.
Tickets for the whole festival available at £85.
For the first time the festival will be 14+, anyone under 18 needs to come along with an adult.
www.the100club.co.ukVisit The 100 Club website here for more info and to buy tickets for all 100 Club shows.
They have replaced their iconic sign over the entrance with a nice new one.
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Sunday 12 January 2020.
THE UK SUBS + Red Light Rebels live at The 100 Club, London.
The Subs are still fronted by punk rock legend Charlie Harper who is aged 75...yes 75.
The Subs are playing a few UK shows before yet another full European Tour.
I saw them a few times in the late 1970s including when they supported Iggy Pop in 1979.
UK Subs had 6 x Top 40 hits in the UK during their heyday period - 1979 to 1981.
Every year the band are playing over 100 shows all over the world.
Tonight is the last night of this years Resolution Festival at this venue.
It is always special to be at a punk gig at this home of punk.
My friends always get me to look at the Steve Jones photo on the wall opposite the stage
where I am in it front of stage from The Sex Pistols legendary gig here in Sept 1976.
Gaye Black ex The Adverts was here.
RED LIGHT REBELS arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 40 mins.
The band from Cheltenham played a good uptempo set that featured tracks from their
EP "Rewind Erase" and their album and they fnished their set with a great track called "Joyride".
UK SUBS arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 65 mins.
Charlie Harper arrives on the stage to big cheers and looks more like a 50 year old rather than 75.
It soon gets live lively down the front as fans are jumping around and a few are getting on stage
for a dance and to sing along with Charlie.
The 23 song setlist whizzed along as no song lasted more than three minutes.
Highlights included great versions of "Warhead" and "Teenage".
They dedicated one song to Lemmy.
Charlie is holding lyrics in his hand for a couple of rarely played songs but they get thrown
in the air halfway through.
Good to see The UK Subs still keeping punk alive.
UK Subs setlist played tonight included...
You Can't Take It Anymore
Brand New Age
Public Servant
Warhead
Barbie's Dead
Organized Crime
Rat Race
Emotional Blackmail
Kicks
Teenage
Dirty Girls
500cc
Bomb Factory
You Don't Belong
Keep On Running
Rockers
Tomorrow's Girls
New York State Police
Encore:
Party in Paris
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This is well worth checking out on YouTube.
This week ,Patti Smith gave a very nice and rare interview to promote her book on The Jimmy Fallon Show
in America.
But the real draw is her performance. Smith, backed only by her bandmate Tony Shanahan on electric piano,
sang a stunning version of Neil Young’s searching, devastating 1970 classic “After The Gold Rush.”
I saw Patti Smith play her first two London shows...
Patti Smith,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 17.05.1976 (This was the first major punk gig in London )
Patti Smith,Stranglers Hammersmith Odeon, London 23.10.1976




Saturday 11 January 2020.
THEO VON live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Theo Von is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, television personality, host, and actor.
In December 2018, Theo Von and comedian Brendan Schaub started a new podcast called The King and The Sting. At the podcast's release, The King and The Sting debuted #1 on the iTunes Podcast charts in the United States and also reached the top charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Australia.
He was born in Covington, Louisiana, USA.
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As it is a comedy evening, it is stalls seating tonight.
Theo is not a mainstream name in the UK but this was the last of THREE sold out shows at this venue.
We had two support acts.
An English guy from Thornton Heath who had some funny bits in his 20 mins set.
An American guy who is his tour support, did a good, but crude in places 20 mins set.
THEO VON was on stage for around 60 mins.
Theo arrives on stage and has a jaw dropping stage production...just a stool.
He starts off with a good routine about his trademark "gender neutral mullet" hairstyle.
How he was quite happy with folks taking one look at his hair and not trusting him with any responsibility.
Theo has a full Southern drawl and does self-identify as "white trash", which forms the material in his set.
Theo says "I wear that name as a badge of honour. I wouldn’t have any of the stories I have today if it
wasn’t for growing up in Covington".
He says "dude" and "shit" a lot and routines on family, friends, school and Mexicans are pretty good.
A heckler down the front put him off his stride a bit but recovered from that ok.
It was a decent show and the crowd loved it.
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More full page ads in some newspapers as Live Nation are desperately trying to flog MADONNA tickets.
The shows start in two weeks time at The Palladium and are nowhere near a sell-out.
Hardly surprising ,with the mental ticket prices of over £450 down the front and hospitality much more.




Saturday 11 January 2020.
Very sad news that NEIL PEART has passed away.
Neil Peart, the drummer of iconic Canadian band Rush, has died at age 67.
The influential musician and lyricist died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, after having been diagnosed
with brain cancer.
I saw Rush over a dozen times since Hammersmith Odeon in 1977 which was on their debut UK tour.
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Will rock legend TED NUGENT ever play the UK again?
It has been over a decade since he last appeared on these shores.
Maybe his outspoken love of guns and hunting has put promoters off booking him.
I saw him at least once on every one of his UK tours.
Ted Nugent,Dirty Tricks Hammersmith Odeon, London 12.09.1976 motor city madman
Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.03.1977
Ted Nugent,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.03.1977
Ted Nugent , Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.08.1977
Ted Nugent,Girlschool Hammersmith Odeon, London 09.05.1979 we went to 9pm show
Ted Nugent,More Hammersmith Odeon , London 01.06.1981
Ted Nugent ,Hammersmith Odeon , London 29.02.1984
Ted Nugent,Krokus Hammersmith Odeon , London 20.03.1988 great double bill
Ted Nugent , Astoria , London 06.06.2002 His first UK show for 14 years.
Ted Nugent, Quireboys , Indigo, London 14.07.2008 great double bill





Friday 10 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to ROD STEWART who is 75 today.
Not the best past fortnight for Rod as this week he was planning to go into hospital for knee
replacement surgery and he is due in court next month after a New Years Eve scuffle in Palm Beach.
The scuffle happened after Rod was told by security "I'm afraid you are not on the guest list".
Police reviewed security camera footage and took two signed sworn witness statements confirming that Sean Stewart had pushed security guard Mr Dixon and alleging that they saw Sir Rod punch him.
The video footage showed that Sean and Rod were "the primary aggressors", according to the report.
Mr Dixon wishes to go forward with prosecuting both Stewarts for battery.
Police said in the report that there is enough evidence to charge Rod with one count of simple battery.
It is unclear if Sean will also face charges, although the arrest documentation lists him as a co-defendant.
Sir Rod was issued with a notice to appear at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex on Feb 5.




Thursday 09 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to guitar legend JIMMY PAGE who is 76 today.
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Wednesday 08 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to ROBBY KRIEGER ex The Doors who is 74 today
Robby is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band The Doors; as such he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Krieger wrote or co-wrote many of the Doors' songs, including the hits "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Touch Me", and "Love Her Madly".
Robby was the guest on Steve Jones LA Radio Show last week where he talked about the upcoming
docu film "Break On Thru" which is in selected UK cinemas on 12 Feb 2020.
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David Bowie would have been 73 today.
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Happy Birthday to DAVID JOHANSEN who is 70 today.
Thinking back to their great reunion period when i saw New York Dolls play Morrissey's Meltdown Festival
at The Royal Festival Hall in 2004 which was followed by three great albums and they pretty much came
back every year until 2011 so i could see them a few more times.




Tuesday 07 January 2020...I went to two events today...
3pm to 4.30pm
TUTANKHAMUN at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London.
In residence at the Saatchi Gallery from Saturday 2 November 2019 - Sunday 3 May 2020, the exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, and is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever.
Explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the storied discovery that captivated the world, through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb - three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions - more than 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.
The third of 10 cities to host TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh the London showing follows record-breaking stops in Los Angeles and Paris. In Los Angeles the exhibition was among the most successful in the history of the California Science Centre, while in Paris it became France's most attended exhibition of all time with over 1.4 million visitors.
My parents visited the exhibition in London in the 1970s when it drew over a million visitors.
It was at The Saatchi Gallery in April 2016 when i was at the opening night party for THE ROLLING STONES
"Exhibitionism" exhibition , which was a mega event where all the band members turned up along
with many other celebrity guests.
www.saatchigallery.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Your ticket is timed entry so that the queues are evened out.
The tickets are on the expensive side as it is £28 to visit during the week and a bit more at weekends.
TUTANKHAMUN is the biggest and most popular "must see" exhibition currently showing in London.
Like The Stones exhibition there is a lot to see in the dozen rooms over the two floors.
The stunning artefacts include many marked as " first time out of Egypt".
There are videos showing the original discovery.
Arguably one of the most famous – and spectacular – archaeological discoveries of all time, Howard Carter’s excavation at the Valley of the Kings in 1922 propelled a short-lived and perhaps rather politically unimportant pharaoh into the history books. Tutankhamun may have died while still in his teens but his tomb had been packed with beautiful objects befitting his royal status – and, unusually, had escaped detection by robbers. Howard Carter had discovered a treasure trove of ‘wonderful things’.
I was lucky to visit Egypt a decade ago and went to a few different areas which included where they
found Tutankhamun. On that day there was a random sighting as a convoy of half a dozen limos pulled up.
I looked over to see who it was and one of them was TONY BLAIR who was The Middle East Envoy.
Really great to see al these famous artefacts again.
At the end of the exhibition was the massive merch store where you can buy a mug for £12.
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then
6pm to 8pm
THE LANDMARK HOTEL - press showcase - 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1.
This five star luxury hotel is situated on The Marylebone Road which is one of Londons busiest and
most polluted three lanes each side road, but that is forgotten when you head inside this stunning hotel.
In the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone, this deluxe hotel has a stunning glass-roofed 8-story atrium with towering palm trees, an award-winning restaurant & bar, luxurious bedrooms and an indoor pool and spa.
We are shown around the ground floor level and then head to one of their bars.
Five different complimentary cocktails and nibbles here with my fave cocktail being Marylebone Twist.
Cocktails normally are £15 each, so not for those on a budget.
Lots of great staff fussing over us.
www.landmarklondon.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
The opening picture on their website shows you their stunning atrium.





Tuesday 07 January 2020.
KOKO - CAMDEN
A famous north London music venue has been engulfed in a blaze.
Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the scaffolding in the roof of Koko, in Camden, which is currently under refurbishment.
London Fire Brigade sent about 60 firefighters and eight fire engines to the venue on Camden High Street after they were called just before 21:00 GMT...(Monday evening)
The brigade said 30% of the roof was alight and it was "working hard" to save the rest of the building.
Oliver Cooper, a Conservative councillor who witnessed the fire, said the blaze was "under control and now being pushed back".
He added on Twitter: "Devastated by the potential loss of such a huge part of Camden's culture."
Koko was previously known as the Camden Palace and has been one of the most iconic of London's live music venues for decades.
It is currently closed , and was set to reopen in spring.
I have been there many times when it was called Koko, Camden Palace and The Music Machine.
Check on my venue search on www.raysgigs.com to see the list of the 23 shows i saw here 1977 to 1980
when it was called The Music Machine...includes Motörhead and The Clash...



Monday 06 January 2020.
A nice 27 mins DIY video tour of Shepherds Bush including the music & tv history of the area.
Type this into Google search for the YouTube video.
Shepherd's Bush History - home of UK Entertainment



Sunday 05 January 2020.
One of my fave tracks from The Clash (features Mick Jones on vocals).
Type the following in Google search to see the black & white video.
The Clash - Stay Free - 3/8/1980 - Capitol Theatre (Official)
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The BRIT Awards have been very good at spotting new talent over the past decade.
The BRITs have announced the shortlisted acts for their Rising Star 2020 award.
The prestigious accolade - which was formerly known as the BRITs Critics' Choice award - has nominated Beabadoobee, Celeste and Joy Crookes for the prize, which recognises fresh and promising talent for the forthcoming year.
I saw Joy Crookes perform a 30 mins set at the star-studded V & A Museum summer party in 2019.
The winner will perform at The BRIT Awards in Feb.
Previous winners...
2008 - Adele
2009 - Florence + The Machine
2010 - Ellie Goulding
2011 - Jessie J
2012 - Emeli Sandé
2013 - Tom Odell
2014 - Sam Smith
2015 - James Bay
2016 - Jack Garratt
2017 - Rag ’n’ Bone Man
2018 - Jorja Smith
2019 - Sam Fender




Saturday 04 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to ex REM singer MICHAEL STIPE who is 60 today.
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This video on YouTube is good...two songs with choir...
Type the following in Google search.
Lenny Kravitz Tribute to Prince - 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony



Friday 03 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to ex Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones, who is 74 today
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The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of 2019 in the UK.
1 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT LEWIS CAPALDI
2 NO 6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT ED SHEERAN
3 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
4 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO BILLIE EILISH
5 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA
6 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST QUEEN
7 THANK U NEXT ARIANA GRANDE
8 WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE TOM WALKER
9 A STAR IS BORN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
10 YOU'RE IN MY HEART ROD STEWART
11 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN
12 THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT ROBBIE WILLIAMS
13 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP FLEETWOOD MAC
14 EVERYDAY LIFE COLDPLAY
15 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN
16 ALWAYS IN BETWEEN JESS GLYNNE
17 THE PLATINUM COLLECTION QUEEN
18 DON'T SMILE AT ME BILLIE EILISH
19 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA
20 HOLLYWOOD'S BLEEDING POST MALONE



Thursday 02 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to legendary photographer DAVID BAILEY who is 82 today.
Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, Bailey captured and helped create the 'Swinging London' of the 1960s: a culture of fashion and celebrity chic. The three photographers socialised with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers, named by Norman Parkinson "the Black Trinity".





Wednesday 01 January 2020.
A rewind to the 70s and 80s has continued a comeback, with sales of music cassettes hitting a 15-year high.
They may have been clunky, a pain to skip between songs, and often dodgy quality, but tapes are seemingly trendy again.
Music industry body the BPI said UK cassette sales reached 80,404 last year (2019), the highest annual figure since the just over 100,000 figure in 2004.
Experts put the revival down to a combination of people who bought them in their youth, and a novelty for younger music fans.




Tuesday 31 December 2019.
NYE Fireworks display party at Embankment area down by The London Eye.
Dance tunes will be playing before and after the 10/12 minutes of fireworks at midnight.
It is a £10 paid ticket for the best viewing positions, all 100,000 tickets have now been sold.
I went to it last year for the first time since it was a paid event and it was much more fun than expected.
Free travel on the tube and buses from 11.45pm on New Year's Eve, through till 4.30am on New Year's Day.
It will be shown live on BBC1 , ITV and SKY.
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We were up there from 10pm to 1am.
A bit colder than last year, but not too bad.
We are in the Red Zone which is to the left of the fireworks display area.
Half the crowd seem to be overseas tourists, with loads of Japanese here.
Although there is security body searches and bag searches here , you can actually
bring in your own cans of booze.
A nice friendly atmosphere and the fireworks at midnight were great.
After the fireworks it was nice to see the 100 or so Thames party boats of different sizes
depart back to their moorings as all the buildings along the Thames were lit up.




Monday 30 December 2019.
MY BEST GIGS OF 2019 LIST.
I went to an incredible 172 live music events & gigs in 2019.
This makes the grand total of 7054 gigs seen by me since 1973.
Loads of great gigs not on this list but here are my stand out Top 20 gigs of 2019...
There are are various reasons why a show can be great , it's just my personal choice.
Gun Control - The Rocket Pub, Acton - Gun Control with me on drums played two great gigs in 2019.
People dancing and enjoying our original songs is always pretty special.
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Gold Medal...
Best live band of the year - KISS - Birmingham Arena 09 July and 02 Arena 11 July.
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Silver Medal runners-up were...
Stranglers + Rich Kids + Suzi Quatro + Barrie Masters + Glen Matlock --- Islington Academy, 27 March.
Sting with Shaggy --- Roundhouse, 19 May.
Lenny Kravitz --- Wembley Arena , 10 June.
Metallica + Ghost --- Twickenham Stadium , 20 June.
The Who + Eddie Vedder + Kaiser Chiefs --- Wembley Stadium, 06 July.
Alice Cooper + Stranglers --- 02 Arena , 10 October.
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Bronze Medal...
Tina Turner - The Musical --- Aldwych Theatre, 04 Feb.
Mott The Hoople --- Shepherds Bush Empire, 26/27 April.
Liam Gallagher --- Round Chapel, Hackney, 05 June.
Fleetwood Mac + Pretenders --- Wembley Stadium, 16 June.
Bon Jovi + Manic Street Preachers --- Wembley Stadium , 21 June.
Eagles + Sheryl Crow --- Wembley Stadium , 23 June.
Pink --- Wembley Stadium ,29/30 June. (Pink flying around Wembley Stadium on a zip-wire was the best visual of the year)
Nile Rodgers & Chic --- Royal Festival Hall, 04 August.
Prophets Of Rage --- Shepherds Bush Empire , 11 August.
Psychedelic Furs --- Roundhouse, 12 October.
The Damned --- Palladium , 28 October.
Suede + Pretenders --- Shepherds Bush Empire, 20 Nov.
Ronnie Wood Band --- Shepherds Bush Empire , 21 Nov.
Madness --- Roundhouse, 15 Dec/17 Dec.




Monday 30 December 2019.
Happy Birthday to JEFF LYNNE who is 72 today.
Happy Birthday to PATTI SMITH who is 73 today.



Sunday 29 December 2019.
For those of you that remember when Top Of The Pops had female dancers.
This is a good one...type in Google the following...
Sex Pistols - Silly Thing (Legs and Co dance, Top Of The Pops 1979)
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Happy Birthday to MARIANNE FAITHFUL who is 73 today.




Saturday 28 December 2019.
Rock legend LEMMY sadly passed away four years ago today.
On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his apartment from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.
Lemmy continued to record and tour regularly with Motörhead until his death in December 2015 in Los Angeles, California, where he had lived since 1990. Aside from his musical activities, he was well known for his hard-living lifestyle, which included chain-smoking and regular consumption of alcohol and amphetamines. He died on 28 December 2015.
I saw Motörhead play live around 35 times since 1975.
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Friday 27 December 2019.
George Michael‘s sister, Melanie Panayiotou, was found dead on Christmas Day – on the exact third anniversary of the singer’s death.
Panayiotou, 55, was discovered at her home in Hampstead, London, on Wednesday night (December 25).
A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.
The news comes exactly three years after George Michael was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day in 2016. He “passed away peacefully at home” at the age of 53 of natural causes.
Ms. Panayiotou, a hairdresser, was close with her brother, travelling with him around the world at the height of his fame with Wham! in the 1980s and 1990s, and was heavily involved in helping manage his estate.




Friday 27 December 2019.
40 years ago this week i attended all four of the Charity Concerts for Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon.
The Beat ,Windsor Castle Pub, London W9 21.12.1979
Police,Squeeze Lewisham Odeon, London 22.12.1979
Leo Sayer,Mainland Hammersmith Odeon, London 24.12.1979 last of 5 shows at ham odeon by Leo
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Queen , Hammersmith Odeon, London 26.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea
Ian Dury And The Blockheads,Clash,Mutumbi Hammersmith Odeon, London 27.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea
The Who,Specials,Pretenders Hammersmith Odeon, London 28.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea
Wings,Elvis Costello,Rockpile Hammersmith Odeon, London 29.12.1979 Charity Concert For Kampuchea
The newspapers were full of rumours that John Lennon and George Harrison would join Macca on stage
which resulted in over 200 outside looking for tickets and the touts were selling for big money....John and George did not show.
This would be the last ever Wings show.
John Bonham was one of the guests on stage...it would be his last appearance on a UK stage.
It was the only time The Clash played Hammersmith Odeon.
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Madness,Bad Manners,VIPS,Bodysnatchers Lyceum Theatre, London 30.12.1979
Members,Lurkers Music Machine , London 31.12.1979





Tuesday 24 December 2019.
I must try and plan some overseas travel to see some gigs in 2020.
Paris, Berlin, Prague,Amsterdam, Verona...
KISS, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith and a few other top notch acts playing European shows.
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SLASH was the guest on Steve Jones Radio Show when Steve returned to work.
Type in google the following sentence to watch it....
Slash Speaks On How He Started Playing Guitar + Reminisces on His Rock History | Subaru Live Stage



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