News and Reviews: May 29, 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...see YouTube...
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.
Also interviews Ray Morrissey BBC and Ray Morrissey Roundhouse
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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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This book is a must buy - released 10 April 2020.
Worlds End : Sex Pistols / McLaren / Westwood - A Chronology 1971 to 1978
by Mal-One and The Punk Collective.
Retails for £14.99 and is available from Rough Trade stores and online.
www.roughtrade.comVisit their website here to buy it mail order.
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BEWARE - some venues are still selling tickets for shows that will certainly be postponed or cancelled.
Some gigs booked in for the summer have been postponed already , with some leaving it to the last minute.
Concerts starting up again is still going to be a long way off.
Fans says they will return to live music in sanitised venues - but will the communal gig experience survive the new rules?
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KISS are due to play a European Tour in June and July.
Looks like the tour will all get postponed / cancelled.
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Fri 03 July---The Members play The 100 Club.
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Aerosmith are playing the UK as part of their 50th anniversary shows in Europe....
Wed 15 July---02 Arena, London...with support from Rival Sons.
Sat 18 July---Manchester Arena...with support from Rival Sons.
I have seen Aerosmith over a dozen times since 1976 when they played their debut London show at
Hammersmith Odeon.
Looks like their tour is bound to be postponed / cancelled.
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Sat 18 July---Maze featuring Frankie Beverly play Magazine, Greeenwich.
Maze are back in London for the first time in 10 years to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
I did not see those two shows at Indigo as i went to Bad Company + Joe Perry Project
live at Brighton Centre and Wembley Arena.
I have seen them 27 , yes 27 times since they played those legendary shows at Hammy Odeon in the 1980s.
Smooth American soul/funk with many great tunes including "Joy & Pain".
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Thurs 30 July---Lady Gaga plays Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, North London.
Lady Gaga has announced a huge London show as part of ‘The Chromatica Ball Tour’.
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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 have seen them a few times before and i saw them play Wembley Stadium in June 2019.
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The Venice Film Festival is set to be one of the only large-scale events in the entertainment world to go ahead this year.
Luca Zaia, the governor of the Veneto region of Italy, announced plans for the festival to go ahead on its scheduled dates of September 2-12.
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As it stands now, two members of THE SEX PISTOLS are playing UK tours in September.
A third member , John Lydon has postponed his UK Q n A tour to 2021.
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The Hollywood Vampires are playing a UK tour...
The Hollywood Vampires feature Alice Cooper; Johnny Depp; Joe Perry.
Wed 02 Sept - First Direct Arena Leeds,
Thurs 03 Sept - Hydro Arena, Glasgow,
Sat 05 Sept - O2 Arena, London,
Sun 06 Sept - Arena Birmingham,
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Fri 04 Sept and Sat 05 Sept---The Quireboys Orchestral play The Forum.
Sat 05 Sept---Saxon + Krokus play Hammersmith Apollo.
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Stiff Little Fingers + The Professionals + TV Smith.
This is a nice three act punk package on a UK tour...including...
Thurs 03 Sept---Pyramids, Portsmouth.
Tues 08 Sept---Rock City, Nottingham.
Thurs 10 Sept---Roadmender , Northampton.
Mon 14 Sept---Roundhouse, London.
The Professionals feature Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
It seems odd that Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook has only played the Roundhouse once - and that was with ex-Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins. The Sex Pistols went to shows there in the late 1970s , but they never played there.
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Sept 15,17,18,19,21,22---Sting plays The Palladium.
It's part of his My Songs World Tour and in support of the album of the same name.
Wed 23 Sept---Van Morrison plays the first of six sold out shows at The Palladium.
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Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock plays UK shows...
Fri 25 Sept---Esquires , Bedford
Sun 27 Sept---1865 , Southampton
Tues 29 Sept---Bullingdon, Oxford
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Mon 28 Sept---Alanis Morissette plays The 02 Arena.
I saw Alanis earlier in 2020 at The Shepherds Bush Empire.
Also Birmingham on 29 Sept and Manchester on 04 Oct.
Mon 28 Sept and Tues 29 Sept---OMD play The Royal Albert Hall.
OMD are playing a 40th anniversary tour.
I have seen OMD over a dozen times since 1979 , which was when they supported Joy Division at The Nashville.
OMD have sold an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums, which has established them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups.
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Deep Purple 2020 UK tour w/Blue Oyster Cult
I have seen both these classic rock bands over 15 times.
My first Deep Purple show was Hammersmith Odeon in 1974.
My first Blue Oyster Cult show was Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 , with Motörhead as support.
This was Blue Oyster Cult first ever show in the UK.
Fri Oct 02: Manchester Arena
Sat Oct 03: London The O2
Mon Oct 05: Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Tues Oct 06: Leeds First Direct Arena
Thurs Oct 08: Arena Birmingham
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice has been their only constant member over their various line-ups.
Check out a couple of great documentaries on YouTube on the madness of their tours in the 1970s including
when they played Jakarta , Indonesia that sounded like the worst experience any band could ever have.
To coincide with the tour, Deep Purple will release their new studio album " Whoosh!.".
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October---Boomtown Rats are playing a UK tour, including...
Tues 06 Oct---Palladium
The Boomtown Rats will release their first album since 1984 in 2020 titled ‘Citizens of Boomtown’.
The Boomtown Rats still feature four original members including Bob Geldof.
I saw them live seven times from 1977 before seeing them at that incredible Live Aid all-dayer in 1985.
I saw them five times at Hammersmith Odeon and twice at The Rainbow.
I have also seen them a couple of times since they reformed.
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Tues 06 Oct and Wed 07 Oct---Keith Urban plays Hammersmith Apollo.
I saw him play a show at The Forum in 2019.
These two shows are part of his first full UK tour for 12 years.
Mon 12 Oct---Cliff Richard plays the first of four shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
The show on the 14 Oct is his 80th birthday.
Mon 12 Oct and Tues 13 Oct---Black Crowes play Brixton Academy.
Wed 14 Oct---Black Stone Cherry play The Royal Albert Hall.
Sat 17 Oct---999 play The Dublin Castle.
Sun 18 Oct---Kansas play The Palladium.
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October---Nick Masons Saucerful of Secrets are playing a UK Tour, including...
Tues 20 Oct---Royal Albert Hall
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have revealed they’ll release the album Live At The Roundhouse.
The package will launch on 2LP, 2CD/DVD and Blu-ray on April 17 through Sony Records, with the concert recorded at the iconic London venue in May 2019 ( I was at both his Roundhouse concerts in May 2019).
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Wed 21 Oct---Sparks play The Roundhouse.
Thurs 22 Oct---Level 42 play The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen Level play live over 20 times since 1981...this includes working 12 of the FIFTEEN shows at
Hammersmith Odeon in Dec 1990.
Sat 24 Oct and Sun 25 Oct---Simply Red play The 02 Arena.
I have seen Simply Red play live over 15 times since 1985 when they supported James Brown.
Wed 28 Oct---Ozzy Osbourne + Judas Priest play The 02 Arena.
A very nice pair of classic rock legends are playing a UK tour.
I have seen both these bands many times over the past 45 years.
Ozzy Osbourne revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s – which is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination – earlier this year, and his wife Sharon Osbourne has insisted he’s “doing good”.
Thurs 29 Oct---Liam Gallagher + Primal Scream play The 02 Arena.
This is a free gig for NHS staff , and all tickets went pronto.
Fri 30 Oct---The Coronas play Shepherds Bush Empire.
The band with the unfortunate name are massive back home in Ireland.
They are touring to promote their sixth album.
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Mon 02 Nov and Tues 03 Nov---Patti Smith and her band play The Royal Albert Hall.
50th anniversary tour - 1970 to 2020 - Poetry & Music.
I first saw Patti Smith in 1976 at The Roundhouse which was on her debut UK tour.
Wed 11 Nov---Deacon Blue play The Royal Albert Hall.
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The Stranglers play the final dates on their "Final UK Tour".
Fri 20 Nov and Sat 21 Nov---Brixton Academy
JJ Burnel on bass is now the only original member still playing live with them.
Keyboard player Dave Greenfield passed away on 03 May 2020.
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Genesis play their first UK shows for 13 years including...
Sun 29 Nov and Mon 30 Nov----02 Arena, London.
Sat 05 Dec and Sun 06 Dec---Utilita Arena, Birmingham.
At his solo shows a couple of years ago, Phil had to sit on a bar stool due to his health problems.
Phil Collin's teenage son Nic (he is pretty amazing) played drums at those shows
and will take the place of Genesis regular tour drummer Chester Thompson on drums at these shows.
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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.
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Fri 04 Dec---The Alarm play The Electric Ballroom.
Mike Peters - Welsh music legend still fronting his great live band.
I have seen The Alarm over 20 times since 1985.
Check out their great YouTube series of "The Big Night In" that was recorded weekly during the lockdown.
Both his wife Jules, and Mike himself , have had struggles with cancer in the past.
Mike Peters was awarded a MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to cancer care.
Sat 05 Dec---Status Quo play Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Status Quo around 50 times since 1974.
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Tues 15 Dec---Michael Schenker Fest + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons play Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 18 Dec---The final farewell show from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is at Shepherd's Bush Empire.



Friday 29 May 2020.
Happy Birthday to FRANCIS ROSSI who is 71 today.
He is best known as the co-founder, lead singer/guitarist of the rock band Status Quo.
I have seen Status Quo live over 50 times since 1974.
They have always been touring, so are probably the band I have seen most.
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Happy Birthday to NOEL GALLAGHER who is 53 today.
I have seen Oasis and Noel solo several times each over the years.
I was at both Oasis shows at Wembley Stadium in July 2000.
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Happy Birthday to Spice Girl MEL B who is 45 today.
I saw The Spice Girls back in their 1990s heyday as well as two of their three massive shows
at Wembley Stadium last summer.



Thursday 28 May 2020.
GLEN MATLCK & EARL SLICK are to play another "at home" gig.
Thursday 28 May at 8.15pm via Facebook.
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LED ZEPPELIN have announced that they will be streaming their 2012 concert film Celebration Day for free this weekend.
Celebration Day was filmed at the legendary band’s one-off reunion show at The O2 in London on December 10, 2007. The performance was the headline act at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, which was held in memory of the band’s friend and Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.
Celebration Day was widely released in November 2012 following a limited cinematic release the previous month, and Led Zeppelin have now confirmed that the film will be officially available to watch online for free on their YouTube channel from 8PM UK time on Saturday (May 30)....it will be up on YouTube for three days...
It was Led Zeppelin’s first show in 27 years and saw approximately 20 million people applying for tickets through a worldwide lottery.
I was lucky to have been at that special one-off show, which was attended by many big name musicians.




Wednesday 27 May 2020.
THE SEX PISTOLS classic second single "God Save The Queen" was released this day in 1977.
I bought it , and played it many times on the day of its release on my little old mono record player.
It was the exact same day as my 18th birthday.
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Happy Birthday to original punk Icon SIOUXSIE SIOUX who is 63 today.
Siouxsie Sioux singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. She is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees (1976–1996). They released 11 studio albums and had several UK Top 20 singles including "Hong Kong Garden", "Happy House", "Peek-a-Boo", plus a the excellent US Billboard Top 25 hit "Kiss Them for Me".
She would then form The Creatures before becoming a solo artist.
I saw first saw Siouxsie on stage in Sept 1976 when she supported The Sex Pistols and The Clash
at the legendary 100 Club Punk Rock Festival...where Sid Vicious was her drummer.
There is a photo of me in front of Sex Pistol Steve Jones from that gig currently hanging at The 100 Club.




Tuesday 26 May 2020.
DAVID CASSIDY + SHOWADDYWADDY live at White City Stadium, London W12.
I went to this show - 46 years ago today on 26 May 1974.
It was my 17th ever gig i had attended.
I could walk to the venue and it was easy to bunk in then as a 15 year without much cash.
At this gig,14-year old Bernadette Whelan is crushed by the crowd of teen idol David Cassidy. She would die four days later. Cassidy is so shaken by the incident, he wouldn't tour again for 11 years.




Monday 25 May 2020.
Happy Birthday to PAUL WELLER who is 62 today.
I went to a big party for over 200 people after a gig at Hammersmith Apollo for his 50th birthday.
I saw him play with THE JAM six times...
Clash,Jam,Buzzcocks Rainbow Theatre, London 09.05.1977 all the seats at the front got smashed
Jam,Saints,Boys Hammersmith Odeon, London 24.07.1977
Jam,New Hearts Hammersmith Odeon, London 18.12.1977
Jam,Generation X,Slade Wembley Arena, London 29.11.1978
Jam,Records Rainbow Theatre , London 08.04.1980
Jam,Piranhas Hammersmith Odeon, London 18.11.1980
I saw him play with THE STYLE COUNCIL four times including Live Aid in 1985.
I have seen him solo several times since 1997.
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Happy Birthday to UK Subs vocalist CHARLIE HARPER who reaches the grand old age of 76 today.
Not sure how this punk rocker plays so many gigs all over the place at that age.
I have seen them live several times since 1978.




Sunday 24 May 2020.
BBC2 showed a great 90 mins documentary last night which is now available on BBC iPlayer.
Citizens of Boomtown: The Story of the BOOMTOWN RATS.
The story of The Boomtown Rats, who fought a conservative Ireland, broke through the UK punk scene, scored global No 1 hits and revolutionised the world with Bob Geldof’s Live Aid.
I saw them live seven times from 1977 before seeing them at that incredible Live Aid all-dayer in 1985.
I saw them five times at Hammersmith Odeon and twice at The Rainbow.
I have also seen them a couple of times since they reformed.
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Happy Birthday to legendary singer-songwriter BOB DYLAN who is 79 today.
I have seen Bob Dylan live over 20 times since his Earls Court shows in 1978.
A Bob Dylan story...
When I worked on security at Hammersmith Odeon, Bob Dylan played a week of shows there in 1990.
One night , me and another had to guard Bob Dylan and his tour manager as they wanted fish & chips
in the nearby Fulham Palace Road....Bob pulled his hoodie up and not one person noticed him.




Saturday 23 May 2020.
Happy Birthday to DAME JOAN COLLINS who is 87 today.
Joan is an English actress, author, and columnist. She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, entered British films in 1951 and went to Hollywood under contract to 20th Century Fox in 1955.
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Reminder for tonight...
GLEN MATLOCK & EARL SLICK will be taking part in The Vive Le Rock Rockdown Festival along with
The Professionals, Cockney Rejects, Michael Monroe, Ruts DC, JC (The Members) and a few others.
It is on Facebook Saturday 23 May at 7pm.
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Got an interesting email from a guy called Peter who was part of the UK crew for BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
on his legendary 1975 European Tour where I saw him play two nights at Hammersmith Odeon on Nov 18 and 24.
Nearly all bands who play venues like that venue have a soundcheck on the day 4pm / 5pm but Peter
said Bruce was Hammersmith Odeon on the day before the show on the 17th rehearsing and sound-checking.




Friday 22 May 2020.
Happy Birthday to French singer CHARLES AZNAVOUR who reaches the incredible age of 96 today.
Aznavour is one of France's most popular and enduring singers.He has sold over 150 million records.
I saw him live at The Royal Albert Hall in 1974 when he had a number one hit with "She" and
a few years ago at the same venue to celebrate his 90th birthday.
In the 1970s I would bunk in the side doors to see all kinds of acts play at Hammersmith Odeon.
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Happy Birthday to MORRISSEY who is 61 today.
I never saw The Smiths live as i was busy working at Hammersmith Odeon through the 1980s
but i have seen Morrissey solo around a dozen times.
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Happy Birthday to NAOMI CAMPBELL who is 50 today.
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Type these words into Google / Youtube to see this very interesting video.
Sex Drugs and HIV promo video: www.sexdrugsandhiv.com
A mad mix of artists get together to record for a benefit album.
Footage was recorded around 1995...a few including Poly Styrene have passed away.
At 5 mins it features very rare footage of WALLY NIGHTINGALE who played with
Steve Jones and Paul Cook before they formed The Sex Pistols.
Wally sadly passed way just before The Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre tour in 1996.




Thursday 21 May 2020.
This day 44 years ago in 1976 i went to the first of four ROLLING STONES shows at Earls Court Arena.
The Stones played six shows at Earls Court Arena on that tour.
Check out the pure quality of gigs i went to in this two week period.
Elton John Earls Court Arena, London 13.05.1976
KISS,Stray Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1976 first uk tour for this great live band
KISS,Stray Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.05.1976 tonight I had front row centre seats
Patti Smith,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 17.05.1976 the first ever London show by Patti Smith.
Rolling Stones,Meters Earls Court Arena, London 21.05.1976 my first Rolling Stones show
AC/DC Fulham Greyhound Pub, London 23.05.1976 played to about 100 people .
Rolling Stones,Meters Earls Court Arena, London 25.05.1976 I got down the front for 2 of the shows
Rolling Stones,Meters Earls Court Arena, London 26.05.1976
Rolling Stones,Meters Earls Court Arena, London 27.05.1976 my 17th birthday
Who,Alex Harvey Band,Little Feat Charlton F.C. , London 31.05.1976




Wednesday 20 May 2020.
GLEN MATLOCK and EARL SLICK are to play another "at home" gig.
It is on Facebook Thursday 21 May at 8pm....should last 20 to 30 mins...
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GLEN & EARL also took part in the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2020 "Virtual" tribute show on Tuesday.
Check out Facebook.com/joeyramone
At 7 mins check out a superb steel pan version of " Rock n Roll High School" by Tracy Thornton.
At 58 mins you can check out Glen & Earl.
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DEF LEPPARD release Friday 29 May 2020.
Def Leppard - London To Vegas is a limited-edition 6 disc 10” deluxe boxset; packaged with
two DVD concert films,4 CD’s and a 40 page hard-back book.
Filmed in December 2018, Hysteria At The O2 captures Def Leppard celebrating the ground-breaking album " Hysteria".
The package also includes other shows on their world tour from that year.
In 2018 i went to three Def Leppard shows...The 02 Arena concert featured on the DVD and also Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena.



Tuesday 19 May 2020.
No gigs to go to thanks to da virus ,so looking back on some the mega stuff i have been to.
When did you last see several shows around the UK/Europe by the same band?
I did 13 shows by The Sex Pistols on their 2007/2008 UK/ Euro tour including all five nights at Brixton Academy.
10 years ago this month i saw KISS several times on their UK/Euro tour.
This was the most recent multi-date tour as i did seven of the nine shows over here, except Glasgow/Dublin.
Also a month later in June 2010 on the same tour, was a gig in Madrid where I met the band for a meet and greet.
See the photo of me with KISS on my website.
Also some nice and different genre gigs in between.
May 1, 2010 KISS + Taking Dawn - Sheffield Arena
May 2, 2010 KISS - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
May 3, 2010 Iggy Pop & The Stooges Hammersmith Apollo
May 4, 2010 KISS - Liverpool Echo Arena
May 5, 2010 KISS. + Taking Dawn - Birmingham LG Arena
May 6, 2010 Black Eyed Peas + Cheryl Cole 02 Arena
May 8, 2010. Dame Julie Andrews 02 Arena
May 10, 2010 KISS + Taking Dawn Manchester Evening News Arena
May 11, 2010 Rihanna + Pixie Lott 02 Arena
May 12, 2010 KISS Wembley Arena
May 13, 2010 KISS Wembley Arena
June 22, 2010 KISS Madrid
I also went to a special KISS club show to launch the tour...
March 2, 2010 Islington Academy in London to about 800 people




Monday 18 May 2020.
MARIANNE FAITHFULL has been recuperating in London after being treated for coronavirus in April, but even with her wealth the singer-songwriter is unlikely to be able to afford to return to where she lived at 29 Lennox Gardens in Knightsbridge for several years from 1967. An apartment that forms the majority part of that Grade II listed building is now for sale for the staggering sum of £24.75 million ($30 million, €27.7 million or درهم110 million).
The pictures of the flat now look incredible and despite it being a three bed flat , the space is over 5000
square feet , so three times the average house size as the flats around there are enormous.
A nice quote from Marianne Faithful at the end of this....
Marianne Faithfull lived lived there with her then husband John Dunbar and their son, Nicholas, but left to live with Mick Jagger. At the time, she told ‘New Musical Express’: “My first move was to get a Rolling Stone as a boyfriend, I slept with three and decided the lead singer was best.”
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Sunday afternoon i was told The Ramblin' Man Festival will today confirm this years event is cancelled.
Sat 18 July---Lynyrd Skynyrd were due to headline the Saturday night....Monday update...CANCELLED.
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18 May 1980
Hard to believe that it was 40 years ago that Joy Division's IAN CURTIS took his own life.
I was lucky enough to have seen him a few times on stage.
Joy Division,Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark,Certain Ratio Nashville Pub, London 13.08.1979 great 3 band package
Joy Division,Distractions,Certain Ratio Electric Ballroom, London 26.10.1979
Buzzcocks,Joy Division Rainbow Theatre, London 10.11.1979 great double bill
Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980 well worth the drive up the A40/M40
Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Lyceum Theatre, London 29.02.1980




Sunday 17 May 2020.
The last time i went two months without going to see a band live was early 1974.
24 Dec 1973 Elton John then next was 23 Feb 1974 The Carpenters...both at Hammersmith Odeon.
Thankfully many bands are putting up great DVD live shows and "at home" clips on YouTube.
This is another fantastic show that is now up...
FOO FIGHTERS have shared footage of their massive 2008 gig at London’s Wembley Stadium in full.
The gig, in support of their ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ album from the previous year, featured guest appearances by Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin during the encore.
They played two shows at Wembley Stadium on that tour...
Fri 06 June 2008 - I went to this show
Sat 07 June 2008 - this is the show that is on the DVD.
On that day i was at The Sex Pistols Experience Jubilee tribute gig on a boat on The River Thames.
Pretty amazing the year before i had seen The Foo Fighters play a secret gig at The Camden Underworld.
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On this day 45 years ago - 17 May 1975
I went to one of the five shows that LED ZEPPELIN played at Earls Court Arena.




Saturday 16 May 2020.
This superb concert film by PRINCE from 1985 is now up on YouTube.
The companion live album to Prince‘s 1985 concert film Prince and the Revolution: Live has finally been released on major streaming platforms.
Prince and his backing band were captured on film performing on March 30, 1985 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York during the ‘Purple Rain’ tour. The film marked the first time that Prince had officially released live concert footage as both a television broadcast and home video, while a subsequent DVD release followed in 2017.
You can see Prince has been watching some Little Richard/James Brown/ Jimi Hendrix videos.
I still have the VHS copy i made of this as it was shown as an OGWT tv special back then.
The following year in 1986 I saw two of his three shows at Wembley Arena on his European Tour.
This was his first major UK tour , his only previous UK show was at The Lyceum in 1981.
I saw Prince loads of times in big venues and small venues , he was always top notch in concert.
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Sad news that PHIL MAY from sixties band The Pretty Things has passed away.
The Pretty Things vocalist Phil May has died, aged 75. Phil May, lead singer of The Pretty Things, has died. His death, at 75, was confirmed in a family statement. "Phil May passed away at 7.05am on Friday 15 May at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk," the statement reads.
Reports say he crashed his bike , and was taken to hospital where complications set in and he died.
The Pretty Things were widely regarded as one of the great UK R&B groups of the early 60s, with their off-stage antics outstipping their friends and rivals the Rolling Stones.
Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant even considered them “unmanageable” – although they still went on to sign for Zeppelin’s Swan Song label. May was also something of a revolutionary figure, with David Bowie once scribbling the word, ‘God!’ beside his name in an old address book.
I saw The Pretty Things supporting Uriah Heep at Wembley Arena in 1976.
The Sex Pistols supported The Pretty Things in July 1976.
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16 May 2010 - It was 10 years ago today that rock singer RONNIE JAMES DIO sadly passed away.
I saw him perform over a dozen times with various bands starting with Elf in 1974.
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It was 46 years ago today that i saw the first of all three SLADE shows at Hammersmith Odeon.
Slade + Beckett Hammersmith Odoen ,London 16.05.1974 Slade were massive at this stage .
"Merry Christmas Everybody " was a massive No 1 recently and the current single is " Everyday".
Slade + Beckett Hammersmith Odeon, London 17.05.1974 The atmosphere was fantastic.
All those great hit singles have all stood the test of time .
Slade + Beckett Hammersmith Odeon, London 18.05.1974 Noddy and the boys are great live .
Last of 3 sell out Ham Odeon shows .



Friday 15 May 2020.
This day 44 years ago i saw KISS play their debut London shows, which were fantastic.
They still remain my favourite live American band to this day.
They had played Manchester and Birmingham in the days before.
The tickets at Hammersmith cost £2.50 , £2 and £1.50
KISS,Stray Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1976 tonight I was 8th row from the front.
At the first show I got Peter Criss drum stick.
KISS,Stray Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.05.1976 tonight I had front row centre seats.
After the second show I sprayed KISS on a pair of double doors on the right side in 5 ft letters.
This would remind me of KISS each time I went to the venue.
The venue painted over the doors in January 1977.





Thursday 14 May 2020.
This day in 1988 - 14 May
Atlantic Records celebrates its 40th anniversary with a star-studded bash at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show features reunions of Led Zeppelin, The Bee Gees, The Rascals, Genesis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wilson Pickett, The Coasters, Yes, Foreigner, and many others.



Wednesday 13 May 2020
IGGY POP'S legendary 2016 show at the Royal Albert Hall in London is set to be replayed in full online tonight (May 13) to mark the fourth anniversary of the gig.
The show came as Iggy toured his ‘Post Pop Depression’ album and saw him performing with the same star-studded live band — including Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme and Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders — he assembled for the LP.
The May 13, 2016 gig can be relived all over again as it will be streamed in full on YouTube at 8PM UK time.
I was at this excellent gig that NME called " one of the best shows of 2016".
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Happy Birthday to STEVIE WONDER who is 70 today.
I have seen Stevie Wonder twice in concert (Wembley Arena and Clapham Common)
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CONTAGION - This film was released several years ago in 2011, before the current situation.
Contagion is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Its ensemble cast includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, and Sanaa Lathan. The plot concerns the spread of a virus transmitted by respiratory droplets and fomites, attempts by medical researchers and public health officials to identify and contain the disease, the loss of social order in a pandemic, and the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread. To follow several interacting plot lines, the film makes use of the multi-narrative "hyperlink cinema" style, popularized in several of Soderbergh's films.




Tuesday 12 May 2020.
GUNS N ROSES have finally confirmed their European Tour for May / June is not happening.
Guns N' Roses become the latest act to cancel a major tour as COVID-19 continues to take a toll.
I would think that as the tour features outdoor shows , the new dates will be in the summer of next year.
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On this day in 1968 - May 12
Brian Jones makes his final live appearance with The Rolling Stones when they appear at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
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On this day in 1971 - May 12
Mick Jagger marries Nicaraguan fashion model Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez, France. The guest list includes the other members of The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.
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On this day in 1977 - May 12
Having lost two other recording contracts in the past year, The Sex Pistols are signed to Richard Branson's Virgin Records.
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Happy Birthday to The Cult guitarist BILLY DUFFY who is 59 today.




Monday 11 May 2020.
Sad news that American singer BETTY WRIGHT has passed away.
The soul, funk and R&B singer Betty Wright, celebrated across pop genres for her remarkable vocal prowess,
has died aged 66.
The cause of death was not immediately known but Wright’s niece confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: “Sleep in peace aunty Betty Wright. Fly high angel.”
Wright was best known for the song Clean Up Woman, a frank tale of a woman who “cleans up” with men other women have neglected, recorded when she was 17. It reached No6 in the US charts in 1971 and its funk guitar lick has been sampled frequently, including by Mary J Blige and Chance the Rapper.
Other Wright tracks have been sampled by Beyoncé, for her hit single Upgrade U, rappers 2Pac, YG and Slim Thug and more.
Wright had two UK Top 40 hits, with the up-tempo numbers Shoorah Shoorah and Where is the Love, both in 1975. The latter track won Wright her only Grammy award from six nominations, for best R&B song.
I saw her headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1989 and 1992.
The full show from 1992 is up on YouTube.
The opening shows you the iconic Hammersmith Odeon outside signage.
BETTY WRIGHT (Show In Londres 1992)
Some of you know i worked front stage security at that venue from 1981 to 1992.
At the end of her track "After The Rain" at 1 hr 14 mins you get a glimpse of me in my black bomber jacket.
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Hard to believe that BOB MARLEY passed away 39 years ago today - 11 May 1981.





Sunday 10 May 2020.
Sad news that music legend LITTLE RICHARD has died aged 87.
The rock and roll veteran passed away and his death was revealed by his son Danny Penniman
who confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.
No more details about his passing are currently known.
Little Richard is credited with changing the face of music after shooting to fame in the 1950s with his hit Tutti Frutti.
His trademark screams, outrageous dance moves and stage costumes set him apart from others of the era and made him a household name.
He turned to religion so never played many shows in the UK in the past 40 years.
His final London show was 03 May 2005 at The Royal Festival Hall but that clashed
with the four Cream shows i went to at The Royal Albert Hall.
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METALLICA & House of Vans have put up the club show from London 2016 on YouTube.
It is superb viewing as it features pro multi-cameras and excellent (very tweaked) sound quality.
Type these words in Google / YouTube
Metallica: Live at House of Vans (London, England - November 18, 2016)
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Happy Birthday to BONO who is 60 today.
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Happy Birthday to DONOVAN who is 74 today.




Saturday 09 May 2020.
Happy Birthday to BILLY JOEL who is 71 today.
Happy Birthday to Depeche Mode vocalist DAVE GAHAN who is 58 today.
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Yesterday a new Motörhead lyric video was released for their classic anthem "Ace of Spades"
to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Type these words into Google / YouTube
Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (Lyrics Video)
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BBC4 tv repeated the documentary "Definitely Dusty" last night, which can be seen now on BBC iPlayer.
Not many people say they saw Dusty Springfield perform a full show live, but i did.
Dusty was on tv often in the 1970s and 1980s , but did not play live that often.
Dusty Springfield,John Miles Royal Albert Hall , London 03.12.1979
Some footage from this concert is used in the documentary.
After that show, Dusty had to write a written apology to the Queen after telling an audience which included Princess Margaret: ‘It’s nice to see the royalty isn’t confined to the box’ – a reference to the ‘queens’ among her fans.



Friday 08 May 2020.
LIVE NATION are the biggest promoter of live music events around the world.
It’s been a difficult couple of months for Live Nation Entertainment, which stands as one of the most exposed companies on the planet to the economic impact of COVID-19 lockdown.
However, in brighter news for shareholders, Live Nation CEO and President Michael Rapino noted that over 90% of fans have opted to keep their tickets for postponed shows, rather than take refunds.
Live Nation, alongside others in the the live industry, announced that it was suspending all upcoming concerts.
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As it is VE Day , there is a lot of nostalgia around.
If you have run out of things to watch, check out both these great 3 hour plus events on YouTube.
London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony and London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony.
Visually mega production with massive stage sets and hundreds of dancers etc.
A few acts refused to get involved including The Sex Pistols but there is a great segment where
"Pretty Vacant" is played and a load of costumed dancers on pogo sticks bounce around the stadium.
This was the event where The Who's manager Bill Curbishley was emailed from the organisers asking
"as it was a special occasion could he get Keith Moon to join up and play with Roger and Pete?".
They seemed to have forgotten that he had died 34 years previously.
Acts that performed included Paul McCartney, Madness, Emeli Sande, George Michael,
Kaiser Chiefs, Ray Davies, David Bowie video tribute, fashion show with supermodels,
Beady Eye (Liam G) performing "Wonderwall", Eric Idle performing "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life",
Muse, Queen with Jessie J on vocals and Freddie on the big screen, Annie Lennox,
Ed Sheeran singing "Wish You Were Here" backed by Nick Mason and Mike Rutherford,
Russell Brand with female string quartet Bond, Fatboy Slim, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Spice Girls,
Take That and a finale with The Who.
I went to Dorney Lake to watch the rowing and that was the day GB won their first Gold Medal in 2012.




Thursday 07 May 2020.
40 years ago today i saw RONNIE JAMES DIO perform his first London show with BLACK SABBATH.
Ronnie James Dio had recently replaced Ozzy Osbourne on vocals.
I went to two of the four shows.
They were on their debut UK & European Tour to promote their debut album together 'Heaven and Hell'.
Black Sabbath,Girlschool Hammersmith Odeon, London 07.05.1980 first of 4 sold out ham odeon shows
Black Sabbath,Girlschool Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.05.1980
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Sad news that Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider has died at age 73 following a battle with cancer.
I saw Kratwerk play Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 and 1981.
I saw both Kraftwerk shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2017 , but he had left them by then.
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Happy Birthday to Buzzcocks guitarist STEVE DIGGLE who is 65 today.




Wednesday 06 May 2020.
HAMMERSMITH APOLLO have confirmed they will stay closed for all of June due to coronavirus.
Though he has not officially announced it yet, this will include both the sold out THOM YORKE shows
at that venue on 23 June and 24 June.
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West End Theatres Assiciation have also confirmed that all West End Theatres will remain closed for all of June.
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Sad news that Jamaican singer MILLIE SMALL has died this week in London at the age of 73.
She had suffered a stroke, according to her friend and former producer Chris Blackwell.
Millie was most famous for her hit single My Boy Lollipop, which was Jamaica's first million-selling single.
She was hailed for bringing the sound of ska to the UK and for having one of the top three greatest all-time hit singles of 1964, falling just behind the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
Her big hit also featured a little-known Rod Stewart playing the harmonica in the backing track - something Millie said showed how big a star he was going to become....Rod Stewart denies that he played on that record...
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Happy Birthday to BOB SEGER who is 75 today.




Tuesday 05 May 2020.
Sad news that The Stranglers keyboard player DAVE GREENFIELD has died of coronavirus aged 71.
Greenfield died on 3 May 2020, after a prolonged stay in hospital for heart problems, during which he tested positive for COVID-19.
Greenfield was known for his distinctive sound on his trademark Hammond electric organ, most notably on the band’s classic hit ‘Golden Brown’, which he wrote.
I saw The Stranglers live many times, including three times in 1976, in the early days of punk.
Patti Smith,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 17.05.1976 the ever London show by Patti Smith.
Flaming Groovies,Ramones,Stranglers Roundhouse, London 04.07.1976 first ever uk tour by The Ramones
Patti Smith,Stranglers Hammersmith Odeon, London 23.10.1976



Monday 04 May 2020.
Do you remember THE HAMMERSMITH PALAIS?
It closed 13 years ago this week on 03 May 2007.
The final gig was announced as The Good, The Bad & The Queen on 31 March 2007
then a few days later The Fall announced a show for 01 April 2007 but the last actual show
was 03 May 2007 which was Groove Armada...I went to that show.
My first show there was Wizzard in 1973 and Bill Haley in 1974 and over 50 others since.
I spent most of my time nearby at Hammersmith Odeon.
The disco nights at the weekend.
Do you remember the (Adult) School Disco at the weekend?
All the firemen from the next door fire station would be at the front doors and windows
looking at the girls turning up in their schoolgirl outfits.
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This is a nice 14 mins video of THE CLASH exhibition which i saw last year at The Barbican.
Four decades after the album's release, the Museum of London holds a showcase of memorabilia and insights including rare studio footage, photos and performance.
Type these words into Google / YouTube search...
Culture in Quarantine
Exhibition Tours: 1. The Clash: London Calling - The Exhibition



Sunday 03 May 2020.
10 years ago today i saw IGGY POP & THE STOOGES play Hammersmith Apollo.
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Slade at the BBC was on BBC4 tv again last night.
Watching Slade on TOTP in the early 1970s was just fantastic...they had six number one hits...
It is up on BBC iPlayer to watch for 30 days.
I have seen SLADE over a dozen times since 1974 when i saw them play three great shows at
Hammersmith Odeon in their glam rock heyday.
16/17/18 May 1974
Slade were huge at this stage "Merry Christmas Everybody " was a massive No 1 recently and the
current hit single is " Everyday".




Saturday 02 May 2020.
It was 15 years ago this week in 2005.
Eric Clapton joined former CREAM members, drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce for the first of four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall, 36 years after the band had split up....I went to all four shows.
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Three years ago i went to the launch of an exhibition regards the legendary first punk venue The Roxy.
Here is a nice 15 minutes video of the plaque unveiling and drinks afterparty (cannot see myself in it).
It was great to see so many punk rock chums at this event.
None of the A-List punk band members from Sex Pistols or Clash turned up but a few lesser knowns here.
I went to Roxy Club a few times in early 1977, which included The Damned and Johnny Thunders.
The venue is now a Speedo store.
Type these words into Google / YouTube search...
Fear & Loathing at the Roxy Exhibition, Plaque Unveiling and After Party (2017)
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Here is my review of the day....
Tuesday 25 April 2017.
THE ROXY - blue plaque unveiling and gallery private view - Neal Street,London WC2....2.30pm to 6.30pm...
The Legendary 'Roxy' punk club that was in Covent Garden gets some deserved recognition.
It was London's first club dedicated to punk.
The Sex Pistols never played there but The Clash,The Buzzcocks ,The Damned and many others did.
On Tuesday 25 April at 3pm, the ROXY plaque will be unveiled at 41-43 Neal Street by a series of special guests, which will then be followed, on Wednesday 26 April, by a two-week free exhibition open to the public at 35-37 Neal Street.
The ‘Fear and Loathing at the ROXY’ exhibition, curated by artist and historian Jane Palm-Gold, will showcase iconic moments of the ROXY club through a series of photographs and historic club posters from Derek Ridgers, Jeremy Gibbs, Rebecca Hale and more.
Exhibition runs daily from Wednesday 26th April - Wednesday 10th May - 11am - 7pm - Free entry
I went to five gigs at The Roxy Club in early 1977...it was only open for a couple of years.
The main period was the first four months of 1977 when Andrew and Susan were running it.
The venue changed hands when they could not work with the then landlord.
The creatives of the ROXY, including Andrew Czezowski and his partner Susan Carrington, have recently launched the world’s first duography book earlier this year based on their personal experiences and memories of the infamous club including over 100 rare and previously unseen personal archive photos, flyers, artwork, media clippings and quotes.
Damned,Boys - Roxy Club. London 17.01.1977 ---- first gig I went to at this punk club
Damned,Rejects - Roxy Club. London 31.01.1977 ---- Damned played five mondays at roxy club
Damned,Johnny Moped - Roxy Club. London 21.02.1977
Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers,Siouxsie And The Banshees - Roxy Club. London 02.03.1977
Cherry Vanillas Police,Chelsea - Roxy Club. London 03.03.1977
Today the site is the flagship store for the swimwear brand Speedo.
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I arrive in Neal Street at 2.30pm.
It is a bit different to 40 years ago as there are trendy stores and tourists everywhere.
Gradually folks arrive and there must over 200 in the street by the unveiling time of 3pm.
Great to see so many old punk rock mates and punk band members here.
At 3pm Andy and Susan who ran the club in early 1977 make speeches and an old guy who
i presume was from The Seven Dials Trust or Heritage Trust makes speeches and the unveiling
happens to big cheers from the crowd below.
We had a punk poetry reading of 'An Ode to The Roxy Club'.
Then 3.30pm to 6.30pm is the drinks reception and private view at the gallery nearby.
It is over two floors with repro posters and flyers (originals are worth many £££).
I particularly liked the gig list of all the gigs that happened there.
Folks here included Jordan,Peter Perret (The Only Ones),Pauline Murray (Penetration),
Jock McDonald (The Bollock Brothers),Gaye Advert (The Adverts),Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants),
Alan Edwards who was pr for many of the punk bands including The Stranglers back in the day and
is now one of the main music pr in London by looking after David Bowie and many more.
Tessa Pollitt(The Slits),Andy Blade (Eater) and other members of Eater,
Eugene Butcher (Vive Le Rock mag) - check his Facebook for videos and comments,
Photographer Ray Stevenson who took many iconic punk photos in the 1970s,
Members of The Rejects,Richard England (Cadiz Music),Tony Holton,
Shanne Bradley from The Nipple Erectors,
Steve Diggle (The Buzzcocks) turned up late after 5pm.
Great dj punk dj sounds from Jeffrey Munday in the basement.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests...a totally great event...





Friday 01 May 2020.
Always worth watching this great 51 mins special show from 2018 where two members of The Sex Pistols
and two members of Generation X played some of their classic tracks.
Type these words into Google/ YouTube search...
Generation Sex (Steve Jones, Billy Idol, Paul Cook, Tony James) - Live at The Roxy 30 October 2018
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The Professionals featuring Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook are playing their second show from home.
It is via their Facebook page on Saturday 02 May at 6pm...should last 20 to 30 mins.
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Legendary Afrobeat drummer TONY ALLEN has died aged 79.
He played with many bands over his long career, including as part of supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen with Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong. He released two albums with the group – a self-titled record in 2007 and ‘Merrie Land’ in 2018.
I saw him play with them a couple of times.



Thursday 30 April 2020.
I read another two music books this week.
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN - There's No Bones In Ice Cream
First published in 2018
I went to the launch party for this book with Glen Matlock and got my copy signed by Sylvain.
Sylvain is one of the two members of The New York Dolls who is still alive.
As you would imagine the story of The New Yorks is very chaotic.
Some great stories of New York in the early 1970s.
How he met Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood while making his own clothes.
The ups and many downs of The Dolls as they got signed to Mercury Records.
Stories of playing London, Paris and other European cities.
How Malcolm McLaren helped the band after Mercury dropped them after two albums.
They split up in the mid 1970s and did not reform until nearly 30 years later in 2004.
Only a couple of pages at the end on their reunion period from 2004 onwards.
I was a bit too young to catch New York Dolls in the early 1970s but when I went to New York in 1979
i made sure we booked into The Diplomat Hotel as The New York Dolls and KISS played in their first floor ballroom.
When i was there I saw The Buzzcocks in the same ballroom.
I saw solo shows by Sylvain Sylvain , Johnny Thunders and David Johansen many times and I saw
The New York Dolls several times when they reformed from 2004 to 2011.
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WEIRD & GILLY - Mick Ronson : The Spider With The Platinum Hair
First published in 2003
This book came out after his sad death so it is not Mick's words but friends and family, including
Maggi Ronson, Tony Visconti, Glen Matlock, Joe Elliot, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde and many others.
Mick grew up in Hull and played in bands there but his talent eventually got him noticed around London.
He joined up with Bowie in early 1970s and in 1972 played on ' Ziggy Stardust ' and Lou Reeds 'Transformer'.
Splitting up with Bowie, he then formed a band with Mott The Hoople's Ian Hunter.
I saw Hunter-Ronson live in 1975 , 1979, 1989, 1990.
He produced many bands including The Rich Kids, Slaughter & The Dogs, David Johansen,
Morrissey and others.
He sadly died at the very young age of 46...see below.



Wednesday 29 April 2020.
This day in 1963...
19 year old (yes just 19 )ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM signs a contract with The Rolling Stones, becoming their manager. Oldham had seen the band in concert the previous day at the Crawdaddy Club in London.
When Jagger and Richards were arrested for drug possession in 1967, instead of devising a strategy for their legal defence and public relations, Oldham fled to the United States.Oldham was forced to resign as manager of the Rolling Stones in late 1967 and sold his rights to the group's music to Allen Klein the following year.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Oldham worked primarily in the United States. He produced Donovan, Gene Pitney and other artists. In the mid-1980s, he made Colombia his home after marrying Esther Farfan, a Colombian model. There he briefly worked with some Colombian bands....he still lives in Colombia today...
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This day in 1993...
MICK RONSON, guitarist for David Bowie's band Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars, died of liver cancer at the age of 46.
A year later i attended this great anniversary tribute show to him...
Mick Ronson Tribute Show feat sets by Glen Matlock Band + Big Audio + Steve Harley + Roger Taylor(Queen) And The Cross, Joe Elliot with Spiders From Mars + Roger Daltrey + Ian Hunter Hammersmith Apollo , London 29.04.1994 really fantastic evening with all bands doing short sets then everyone on stage for "All The Young Dudes " but sadly David Bowie did not show .




Tuesday 28 April 2020.
This full show i went to is now up on YouTube
Queen | Earls Court 1977 | Full Concert
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A couple of days before this show i bumped into Sid Vicious at a Ramones show at The Roundhouse.
I asked him if The Sex Pistols had any gigs lined up...he said "we are playing a secret gig on a boat".
This of course turned out to be their legendary Silver Jubilee Gig on The River Thames on 07 June 1977.
We went down there not knowing what time it was departing or that it was guest list only.
It ended being a planned 6pm departure so we arrived a bit late and just missed trying for it.
I am in a couple of pictures in Sex Pistols books that featured the event.
Anyway , we had a good back up as we popped over to see Queen at Earls Court Arena, London.
Just bunked in the side doors and saw a great gig for free.
I saw Queen a dozen times with Freddie Mercury including their legendary Live Aid set in 1985.




Monday 27 April 2020.
Happy Birthday to ex KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY who is 69 today.
I saw both debut London KISS shows with Ace at Hammersmith Odeon in May 1976.
I saw him with KISS in Chicago in 1979 when Judas Priest were the support band.
I saw all four KISS UK shows with him in 1980.
Also a few times after with KISS reunion shows from 1996 to 2002.
I saw Ace solo shows in 1988 (Hammersmith Odeon) and 2008 (Astoria)
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Like everyone else, i am watching tv more than ever these days during to the lockdown.
One of my fave tv series is KILLING EVE
It is shown later in the week on BBC1 but every Monday has the latest episode on BBC iPlayer.
This weeks episode : Meetings have Biscuits
Villanelle agrees to a job which will take her back to London; Carolyn's Moscow contacts come in use when Eve and the Bitter Pill team unravel a potential lead to The Twelve; Konstantin finds himself under pressure from all sides.
The two female lead roles are incredible...
Sandra Oh ... Eve Polastri
Jodie Comer ... Villanelle




Sunday 26 April 2020.
This day in 1976 i saw AC/DC play their only their third ever show in Europe.
I always remember an article in Sounds magazine saying that the singer carried the guitarist on his shoulders
through the crowd while he was still playing the guitar, and that was enough to get me along.
Pretty amazing how many shows i saw them play in 1976...,I was hooked from that first gig.
AC/DC,Captain Video Nashville Pub, London 26.04.1976 first time I saw them.just amazing.
AC/DC,Back Street Crawler Marquee Club, London 12.05.1976
AC/DC Fulham Greyhound Pub, London 23.05.1976 played to about 100 people .
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 04.06.1976 bon scott and angus were incredible .
AC/DC Lyceum Theatre, London 07.07.1976 every time I saw them they were great
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 26.07.1976 broke the house attendance record
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 02.08.1976
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 09.08.1976 they had a weekly Monday gig at Marquee
AC/DC Marquee Club, London 16.08.1976
AC/DC,Tyler Gang Hammersmith Odeon, London 10.11.1976 first show at Hammersmith Odeon.
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This day in 1971...
John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison officially end their plans to appeal Paul McCartney's efforts to legally dissolve The Beatles.



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