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Archive: November 2004
November 01, 2004
31 Oct 2004 ,HIM + Cathedral ,Hammersmith Apollo , London .Cathedral do an ok set which has a nice Black Sabbath 1970s feel to it . As its Halloween lots of fans are dressed up for HIM. Blimey how come there is so many screaming girls here to see this Finnish Goth Metal band? . The front of stage is a heaving mass of bodies and security are earning their money tonight. The songs like " 666" and "This Fortress Of Tears " rock along nicely but its not anything that special . The crowd however love the entire 90 mins set. 29 and 30 Oct 2004 , Bryan Adams ,Wembley Arena, London. The Canadian rocker back on tour to promote his first new album for a few years called "Room Service " .As always the band are all dressed in t shirt and jeans The tracks from new album are very average so no wonder it has not sold that much. Loads of his great simple pop rock oldies were played like "18 Til I Die" "Lets Get This Thing Started" "Kids Wanna Rock" "Summer Of 69" "Everything I Do" a brilliant "Cuts Like A Knife" " Run To You " "One Night Love Affair " "I Need Somebody" "Straight From The Heart " "Heaven " Its Only Love " " The Only Thing That Looks Good On You Is Me" etc in a 2 hour set. Lots of teenage girl fans here tonight who were not even born when "Reckless " album came out 20 years ago .A highlight of his show is when he picka a girl out to sing "Baby When Your Gone " with him on stage . Both the girl from Stanmore and the girl from Spain the following night really got it to it and did a good job. Overall a very enjoyable evening . Mutt Lange produced both Bryan Adams and Def Leppard albums. The production is so alike most of Bryan Adams album "Walking Up The Neighbours " sounds like Def Lepp. If you have this album play it and you will agree. What a shock .BBC Radio DJ legend John Peel has died of a heart attack aged 65 while in Peru . No one has done more for new music and new bands than him over his incredible 37 years at Radio 1 . 26 October 2004 . 7pm .The Sex Pistols legend lives on. Tonight was the drinks launch do of yet another book on them "Only Anarchists Are Pretty " by Mick OShea out on Helter Skelter books . Nice to have a chat with TV Smith (touring Germany in Nov and UK in Dec) and Gaye Advert (surprisingly a big metal fan of bands like Slipknot and Murder Dolls ).Left Russell Square 9 pm to catch the second half of The TV Awards at The Royal Albert Hall and the aftershow party across the road 9..30 pm to 1am . Not really interested in TV celebs to be honest but Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were here and hats off to Simon Cowell . He was picked up in his brand new 100k Bentley with uniformed driver .What a poser. Good bash though . 24 October 2004 .Goldie Lookin Chain, Astoria ,London. GLC round off a fantastic 6 months with 3 sold out shows at The Astoria .These comedy rappers from Newport , Wales are flying at present .You knows it .There are 17 of them on stage but not an instrument in sight and half of them are just dancing without even a microphone but who cares? Its all about having a good time . Stage set consists of a couple of podiums and a couple of sofas ( all that jumping around is tiring stuff .you knows it.) Taking it in turns to dish out the lyrics to tracks like the singles " Guns Dont Kill People Rappers Do " and "Your Mothers Got A Penis " its all good lively fun and the crowd love it. Its all over after 65 mins as the balloons fall from the ceiling .Looks like GLC are having the last laugh. 23 October 2004 Dead Men Walking ,Martletts Hall , Sussex .The thought of seeing DMW playing in a small hall that holds only 300 was well worth the 50 mile drive each way in the rain. As i have said before some acts are worth seeing 2 or 3 times on a tour .The crowd are not as up for it as last nights London show and the band are not sweating as much as the London show but its still superb. 22 October 2004 Dead Men Walking ,Mean Fiddler , London. DMW consist of Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols ) Mike Peters (The Alarm ) Slim Jim Phantoum (Stray Cats ) Kirk Brandon (Spear Of Destiny) and Bruce Watson (Big Country). They played a fantastic 1 hour 40 mins set to a crowd that were really up for it .A mix of classics and solo material got everyone jumping and the band really sweated tonight. "68 Guns" "Ghosts Of Princes And Towers " "Chance " " Stray Cat Strut" "On Something" "God Save The Queen " "Rumble In Brighton " " In A Big Country " "Rock This Town" "45 RPM " amongst others . Stunning encores of "Runaway Boys " "Pretty Vacant " and the Beastie Boys "Fight For Your Right " .Great show .See aftershow too. 21 October 2004 Sarah McLachlan ,Royal Albert Hall, London. In America she is massive with album sales over 22 million which is amazing. Loads of them here tonight have made it a sell out show . She is here promoting her latest album " Afterglow " but despite having a great backing band and nice melodies the Cranberries style songs just washed over me . It just felt so boring but her fans were pleased to see her. 20 October 2004 Whitesnake + Quireboys , Hammersmith Apollo ,London. A great double bill of Classic British Rock . Quireboys do a neat 30 mins set of blues tinged rock n roll and finish with great versions of " Hey You " and "Its 7 Oclock ". Whitesnake are now a mix of UK and Americans in the band . They look and sound great. David Coverdale still has that stunning voice . Yet another show being recorded for a live concert DVD . They did an excellent greatest hits set lasting 1 hour 50 mins. Loads of great songs "Is This Love" "Crying In The Rain" we got a superb drum solo too , "Aint No Love In The Heart Of The City " was the great singalong it always is ."Fool For Your Loving" and "Here I Go Again " are both great rockers that finished off the main set nicely .They encored with " Still Of The Night " and then David Coverdale came back for a solo version of "Soldier Of Fortune " .A great rock n roll show .Fact. Also see aftershow party page for who was there. 18 October 2004 Chris De Burgh ,Royal Albert Hall ,London. First of all i must state i would never pay for a ticket to see this old codger but somehow you have to respect the fact that he just does his own thing for his own fans and has been doing so for 30 years. A long set of 2 hours 40 mins was hard work when most of it was bland rubbish . Just him with his guitar and piano. His best songs were "Lady In Red" "Dont Pay The Ferryman" and encore of "High On Emotion". He went on a couple of walkabouts thru the crowd which went down really well. A little known fact is that his daughter is the current Miss Ireland and Miss World and is quite a stunner so Chris thinks he is a bit of a sex symbol although hes more of a cross between Daniel ODonnell and Terry Wogan but there were plenty of middle aged women giving him pressies . Pleasant enough show for those that dont get out much i presume.
November 10, 2004
09 November 2004 .Glen Matlock And The Philistines + Smashing Time ,100 Club , London. Support band feat someone from Grange Hill tv prog and did a neat 40 mins of mod pop songs.. Glen and the band did a superb 60 mins set of catchy rockers with loads from one of my fave albums of 2004 the just released "On Something " . He threw in "Steppin Stone " as well . Stunning encore of "Open Mind" .Glen must be given full respect for sticking to his solo material for these shows . Remember if you want Sex Pistols and Rich Kids songs go along to see Dead Men Walking play live as for now its about the new band and the new songs. 08 November 2004 .Rufus Wainwright + Martha Wainwright , Shepherds Bush Empire , London. Nice to have your sister support at your gigs. Martha has a great voice and is kinda a bit kooky which is a nice combination. Over the past few months there has been a healthy buzz about Rufus .I saw him support Sting while most where still in the bar but tonight he is in his element with a full band and his own vocal fans . His pretty boy looks and his amazing unique voice make this 95 mins set rather special .He floats between the piano and guitar and beautiful songs like " Vibrate " and " Oh What A World " just knock you out .He has been around longer than people think but for Rufus the only way is up. I often get asked which of the 4000 plus shows i have seen since 1973 was the best one . The 1970s punk shows by the Sex Pistols and The Clash stick out but the best as in terms of event and stella line up was easily the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985 . It was an 11 hour show with over 20 of the biggest acts in the world inc Paul McCartney ,Queen ,U2 ,David Bowie , Status Quo , Elton John ,The Who ,Bryan Ferry ,Wham ,Spandau Ballet and others. Released this week is a 4 DVD package of that mega day. 06 November 2004 Lionel Richie ,Wembley Arena ,London. Lionel back again at Wembley after a month in Europe . The same 2 hour hour but still just so many good songs. . You can hear every word Lionel sings and the crowd end up singing half the song like at a Rod Stewart show . "Three Times A Lady " " Still " "Dancing On The Ceiling " All Night Long " and others . A really enjoyable night out. 05 November 2004 Placebo + Har Mar Superstar , Wembley Arena , London. Har Mar Superstar did his best but his material is more suited to a club than this big arena. This was a sold out one off show to promote Placebo " The Singles" album release . Brian Molko is clearly delighted that this is their biggest headline show ever in the UK. The 95 mins set is brilliant because we get all the singles . Superb versions of "Pure Morning" and "Special Needs" . Also excellent was "Every You Every Me " and "Taste In Men". Great surprise for the encore when Robert Smith from The Cure came on for "Without You Im Nothing " and The Cures "Boys Dont Cry" . Last song was a mental "Nancy Boy" . It was without doubt the best show i have seen them play. 04 November 2004 .Paul McCartney Book Launch , Proud Gallery ,Camden , London. This was an invite only party for Maccas excellent new book " Each One Believing" which features some superb photos from his 2002/2003 World Tour . Very busy event with about 300 and free booze for all . Event was 7pm to 9.30pm and Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were there for 90 mins . Also here were a couple of the members from his band . No other big names but a few D List like the twat with the dodgy beard and the spiky haired bloke singer from TV show The X Factor. Paul and Heather were very chatty when they stepped out of the VIP area . I had a quick word with him .I asked" is there any chance you will be at any of 2 big events next Thursday (Trevor Horn tribute at Wembley Arena or Hall Of Fame Awards at Hackney Empire)" he replied "Unlikely But You Never Know " . Very good event and the book is a must for any McCartney fan. The photo exibition runs at the gallery until Nov 27. Velvet Revolver have added a fourth London show .They will now play Hammersmith Apollo on Jan 9 which now will be the opening date of their UK tour . Support band for the tour will be The Datsuns. 02 November 2004 .Divine Comedy With 15 Piece Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall ,London. After selling out The Palladium earlier in the year Neil Hannon and chums are back at another posh venue . The show starts great with Neil giving out flowers and straight into an excellent "National Express" .The show was over 2 sets lasting 2 hours. .Neil is a bit quirky with plenty of funny on stage remarks and stories. First set ended with a brilliant "Something For The Weekend ". Plenty of great lyrics to all the songs here tonight. They dedicate a song to John Peel which was a stunning version of Joy Divisions "Atmosphere" .He also did a song for his parents who were in the house tonight. Also played was "Frog Princess " . Good encores of "Songs Of Love " and "Sunrise ". A good show and some of the tunes sounded amazing with the orchestra on them . Exclusive news direct from the promoters . After all the rumours U2 concert tour tickets will go on sale from Friday 12 November 2004 at 9am although there should be a pre sale for those of you who are reg with www.u2.com .Dates confirmed include Dublin Croke Park on June 26 and 27 , Twickenham Stadium on July 2 and 3 and Paris Stade De France on July 12 . Wembley Arena will be closed from Jan to Sept 2005 for a full refurbishment which will include moving the stage area to the opposite end to where it is now . For this period they will use a "supertent " called The Pavillion which will hold 10,000 punters. This is fine for the likes of Westlife and Blue but a lot of the rock bands will not play in a tent and will play multi nights at smaller venues like Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Apollo .This is starting to happen already as the Velvet Revolver and Green Day arena tours for Jan will both call at Brixton and Hammersmith which is great news . Also if you are visting Wembley Arena and are fed up off getting ripped off by overpriced programmes with crap pictures you must buy a copy of " 70 Years Of Wembley Arena " book which has been reduced to a bargain price of only £2.50 . Great sections of decade by decade and top 10 lists of who have played the most gigs over the years .Lots of colour photos and an excellent vfm item.
November 18, 2004
Tonight (Thur)at London Camden Underworld is the first date of a rare 3 week tour by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band . Even though Alex is sadly no longer with us it will be great to see them again .You must get to see one of these shows as it is billed as a proper farewell tour . For dates and info check www.sahb.co.uk Tour finishes in Scotland on Dec 5. Those of a certain age will remember their 1970s classics. 17 November 2004 .Lost Prophets + Eighteen Visions , Hammersmith Apollo, London. California support band did a good set . The venue is packed and sweaty tonight . After a superb set at The Reading Festival Welsh rockers Lost Prophets are now playing to sold out theatres . It has taken a few years but all the hard work has paid off . They remind me of Linkin Park in places tonight . Loads of energy with great songs like " Last Summer" "Last Train Home " and " Start Something " .Good show. 16 November 2004 .Anastacia ,Wembley Arena , London. Another American female singer with a big stage production and dancers .She dealt with breast cancer a couple of years ago and now is more popular than you think .Her new album got to number 1 ,2 sold out nights at Wembley Arena and shes coming again in a few months such is demand. She looks great and has a powerful voice but the first half of this show was hardly exciting. Average songs along with a couple of funk covers and overlong introduction of her band and backing singers felt like she just padding the set out. Later there were some great songs like " One Day In Your Life " " Left Outside Alone " and the encore " Im Outta Love " but in a dragged out set lasting 1 hour 45 mins it lacked something . I know a lot of you love punk rock so check out this great website www.punkoiuk.co.uk 15 Nov 2004 .Europe + Hurricane Party , Hammersmith Apollo ,London. Support band Hurricane Party do an ok rock set but i cannot see them ever headlining a place like this . The balcony is half empty but its still a good crowd for Europes first UK show for about 12 years. Yet another band recording a DVD here for future release. Apart from the bald drummer the other 4 members have overdosed on the conditioner as they all have dodgy Laurence Llewelyn- Bowen hairstyles. Joey still has the teeth but the hair is darker. They have plenty of good rock tracks like " Wings Of Tomorrow " " Wake Up Call " an acoustic " Carrie" and "Yesterdays News" but only a couple of real stand out tracks which were their 2 big hits " Rock The Night " and the encore of "Final Countdown " which love it or hate it is a tune and a half complete with fireworks and explosions . A good enjoyable show overall . 13 November 2004 . Deep Purple + Peter Frampton + Thunder ,Wembley Arena ,London. Excellent 3 band package of British rockers. Thunder came on early and did a very short but good set finishing with new single " I Think I Love You More Than Rock N Roll" The sound for Peter Frampton was just perfect . A really great 60 mins set feat all his classics like "Show Me The Way " "Baby I Love Your Way " and "Do You Feel Like I Do" . The crowd loved it and he got a deserved standing ovation. Deep Purple were great tonight ,much better than last years arena gigs over here. Ian Gillan was on top form on vocals and Steve Morse is just a totally superb guitarist . All the faves were played tonight along with a few off the latest album " Bananas" .Classics like "Woman From Tokyo " "Highway Star" "Smoke On The Water " and "Speed KIng " .Don Airy was on keyboards for this tour but great to see Jon Lord turn up for last song "Black Knight " .A really good night for all those here that remember vinyl albums . See aftershow page. 11 November 2004 . Trevor Horn Tribute Concert ,Wembley Arena , London. Frankie Goes To Hollywood(without Holly ) + Seal + Pet Shop Boys + Yes + Tatu + Propaganda + Art Of Noise + ABC + Belle And Sebastian + Grace Jones + Dollar + Buggles. The show was on for 2 hours 30 mins spread over 2 sets with a massive band and orchestra. Very impressive collection of acts to celebrate one of the UKs top record producers 25 years in the music biz.All the acts above have been produced at one time by Trevor Horn . Even Prince Charles and Camilla are here which explains the queues to get in for body searches and armed police are everywhere .Prince Charles watched all the show . Each act played a max of 3 songs .First up were Trevor Horns early creation Buggles with "Video Killed The Radio Star" which was good then Dollar came on and were rubbish. Grace Jones strode on with a huge cape and long legs for a great "Slave To The Rhythm". Nice to see indie kids Belle And Sebastian here .Trevor Horn produced their 6th album. ABC were the highlights of the first half with stunning versions of " Poison Arrow " "All Of My Heart " and " Look Of Love " from the Trevor Horn produced "Lexicon Of Love". Martin Fry even wore his gold lame suit to wild cheers.Art Of Noise did a neat version of their hit "Close To The Edit" .Propaganda were crap . Yes (minus Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman of course ) did " Cinema " and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart " .Nice to see Trevor Rabin on guitar and vocals. Pet Shop Boys did a couple inc " Left To My Own Devices" and were good. .Lisa Stansfield was drowned out by the band basically . Trevor Horn has produced her latest album out soon. Russian duo Tatu came on holding hands for a decent version of their mega hit. Seal was superb as he went down into the crowd and really worked them up with great versions of " Killer " "Kiss From A Rose" and " Crazy ". Frankie were still great even without Holly due to pounding anthems thay played tonight " Welcome To The Pleasure Dome " " Two Tribes " and " Relax " . This was Frankies first show together since 1987. I was trying to see if Prince Charles was singing along to the chorus in Relax !!. So for me the best acts tonight were ABC , Seal and Frankie Goes To Hollywood . A mixed bag of good ,average and bad but overall a really enjoyalble one off event.
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