Archive: June 2005

June 07, 2005

06 June 2005 .Black Sabbath ,The Civic Centre , Aylesbury. Of the 200 shows i see each year only a few hit the 10 out 10 mark but this was one of them. Black Sabbath with all four original members playing a low key warm show for 800 fans in this venue up the road from Ozzys mansion. After this it is all outdoor festival shows inc this weekends Download Festival on Sat 11 June. Ozzys wife Sharon takes her seat in the balcony and Ross Halfin gets ready with his camera and the lights go down .The roadie brings on a set list that has the song titles in one inch type. Is Ozzys sight failing ?? has he succumbed to being an MTV Hollywood coach potato?? no chance. A couple of swigs of Red Bull and he is off and running .The Ozzy of old with squat jumps, chucking buckets of water over the crowd and the stage security clearly really enjoying himself. Tony Iommis guitar riffs are amazing and Geezer rattles the speakers with thundering bass . "War Pigs" , "Dirty Women" , "Fairies Wear Boots", "Iron Man", "Black Sabbath " , "The Wizard" , and a mental " Paranoid" finale. Encore was a mega " Children Of The Grave " . Around 15 classic Sabbath tunes in this 90 mins set that was just amazing in this small venue . You will not get many gigs this year as good as this one......... 05 June 2005 . Todd Rundgren + Joe Jackson live at Hammersmith Apollo, London. Very interesting double bill but sadly it has only sold 2000 out of 4000 tickets but there you go. Both acts did an hour each then 20 mins on stage together for the finale. Joe Jackson looked as odd as usual (has he had plastic surgery?) . Just him and the piano for a mix of newer songs and great oldies like "Steppin Out " , "Different For Girls" and a superb "Is She Really Going Out With Him" .Then Todd did an hour set. His hardcore fans seemed to love it but i am not a big fan athough his somewhat English style was great . The song with the ukelele was fab. Todd played guitar and piano but like with the recent Bruce Springsteen shows both would have been better with a full band behind them. For the finale they were on stage together for four songs with Ethel (a mini orchestra ). This was the highlight for me with some nice strings added to "Sad Song" , "I Stood Up Too" and a couple of others . So good in parts but nothing really special. See aftershow news dor this concert............ 04 June 2005 .System Of A Down live at Brixton Academy , London. SOAD really have gone massive recently to the stage where they can sell out three nights at Brixton and headline the Sunday night at this weekends Download Festival. "Mezmerize " the bands current album has had great reviews everywhere including indie bible the NME.They have become a bit more political with RATM type lyrics. They play stunning versions of "Chop Suey " and " Sugar" but it is still a bit too thrashy for me although the crowd here loved it all. So a good but not great show really.......... 02 June 2005 .Destinys Child live at Earls Court Arena , London. Another show that started great then dipped in the middle and finished strongly. Destinys Child are a teenage girls perfect band judging by the huge crowd tonight.All screaming and using their bleeding mobile camera phones. All three girls look fantastic esp Beyonce with loads of great outfits , big hair and wind machines. It starts great with "Say My Name" and "Independent Woman" and then the material goes a bit flat and each time they change costumes we have to endure their naff dancers. The girls sung together and on their own. Near the end " Crazy In Love " and "Survivor " were fantastic and encore "Lose My Breath " went down well . A good show visually but they need a few more bigger songs .............. 31 May 2005 .Neil Diamond live at Earls Court Arena , London. Pretty amazing how Neil Diamond can play huge arenas like this over here but the UK really does have a soft spot for him.The crowd are old but are keen to get up and dance to any uptempo song they can.Some good tunes like " Its A Beautiful Noise " ," I Am - I Said", "Love On The Rocks" ,"You Dont Bring Me Flowers". For about thirty mins of this two hour show things veered into MOR boredom but it came back to life with " Sweet Caroline" ,"Im A Believer" and "Red Red Wine "(with a nod to UB40) . Encore featured a great " Crackling Rose " . Overall a good night out ............ 31 May 2005 .1pm to 4pm .Live 8 Press Conference at The Grosvenor Hotel , London. About 500 media types and a hundred camera crews are here to announce this massive event . The seven man panel include Harvey Goldssmith , Elton John, Midge Ure and the main man himself Bob Geldof who really is the most passionate person vocally i have ever seen. The press conference lasts an hour .The main bits are July 2 in Hyde Park over 20 of the worlds top bands will play a show to 150,000 text/phone ballot winners to support www.makepovertyhistory.org Afterwards in a smaller room Bob Geldof and Midge Ure speak to twenty camera crews one after another .Bob Geldof in full flight is amazing. For another full hour he did not stop ranting. The concert will be a fantastic event for sure. .................. 30 May 2005 .Mark Knopfler live at The Royal Albert Hall , London. This was Marks first of five shows at this venue .We have amazing second row seats in the arena. Mark looks a bit like your old Maths teacher these days with grey hair and glasses but its his way of just letting the music do the talking.He still is a sublime guitarist with nearly every song having a neat little guitar solo in it. Lots of Dire Straits oldies like "Romeo And Juliet" and "Sultans Of Swing" . The middle section was a bit average but a lengthy "Telegraph Road" was great. Superb encores of "Brothers In Arms" ,"Money For Nothing " and the "Local Hero" theme ended off a really good 2 hours plus show....... 29 May 2005 .Charlatans + Countermine live at The Hammersmith Palais , London. Support Countermine are managed by a name from the 1980s Rusty Egan who was in The Rich Kids and Visage .The band themselves are a very boring 3rd rate Embrace . The Hammersmith Palais is a perfect size for The Charlatans and they play a relaxed 90 mins set that combined neat guitar and keyboards in the bouncy tunes . "North Country Boy" and "Love Is The Key " stood out and overall it was a very enjoyable show................. 28 May 2005 .Bruce Springsteen live at The Royal Albert Hall , London.Back again to see Bruce again but tonight it is much better basically because i am nearer the stage . Last night i was up in the balcony and tonight its a superb stalls seat in Block O just 20 yards from the boss. Pretty amazing to see this legend up so close. The set appeared to be the same as last night. Again for the encore the fans rushed the stage and Bruce mingled with the lucky ones at the front as he played his guitar.Very good. Celebs at the Saturday show spotted by me were Sting and his wife , Ricky Gervais and Badly Drawn Boy (he looked just like Bruce did in 1975 = an unwashed bearded tramp)......... 27 May 2005 . Bruce Springsteen live at The Royal Albert Hall , London. Only two UK Bruce shows here have made tickets like gold dust fetching 200 quid plus from touts . This was Bruce on his own playing guitar , piano and mouth organ to promote his Devils And Dust album. This 2 hours 20 mins show was more for his legions of hard core fans as for me it was just not as good as shows with The E Street Band. Because it was acoustic based nearly all his big songs were not played but we did get rare jems . He looks fantastic .I was at those legendary Hammersmith Odeon shows 30 years ago in 1975 and he looks better now than he did then. Best tunes were "Empty Sky" and "The River" and "Racing In The Street " and "The Rising" . Plenty of Bruce fun humour during the songs. Rumour has it he will play with The E Street band next summer so while this was good that will be much better................ 26 May 2005 .Oasis live at Hammersmith Apollo , London. This gig was the last of four London warm up shows to promote new album Dont Believe The Truth which comes out next week .Needless to say the atmosphere is fantastic. You cannot under estimate how big Oasis are as a live act. In the summer they will be playing half a dozen outdoor stadium shows to 50,000 punters a night. They play a few songs from new album but the crowd are really here for all the classic oldies from a few years ago .The overall sound seems a bit muffled and the band look wooden on stage to say the least but Liam still holds your eye with his great attitude and swagger . The oldies are superb Morning Glory, Cigarettes And Alchohol, Stop Crying Your Heart Out , Live Forever , and amazing versions of Champagne Supernova and Rock n Roll Star. Equally brill encores of Wonderwall , Dont Look Back In Anger and The Whos My Generation were great . I need to hear the new songs a bit more maybe but Oasis just have so many great songs to fall back its easy to make it a really good show .............. 26 May 2005 .Noon to 6pm .Ivor Norvello Awards at The Grosvenor Hotel ,Park Lane ,London. The main awards event for songwriters in this country had a very impressive turn out of big names at this posh 5 star venue. Downstairs there are 1000 people on 100 tables of ten enjoying a three course meal before the awards and i am upstairs with 100 others in the media balcony .The free booze is flowing everywhere . 2.15pm to 4.15pm was the awards show itself. It was hosted by Radio 2 dj Paul Gambachini. Those here included Tom Jones , Roger Daltrey , Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Robin Gibb of Bee Gees , Charlene Spitteri of Texas , Tony Wilson, Cathy Dennis (1980s pop star who co wrote Britneys Toxic no less) ,Pete Doherty , Lou Reed ,Duran Duran , Sting, The Cure , Feargal Sharkey , Shaznay Lewis (ex All Saints) , The Darkness , Bob Geldof , Midge Ure , Estelle , Steve Harley ,Keane , Snow Patrol, Trevor Horn, Tom Robinson, Kevin Rowland of Dexys , Kenney Jones , Natasha Bedingfield, Steve Winwood and Marlon Richards ( son of Keith ) Lou Reed got the best standing ovation of the day .After until 6pm the PRS had a party for 300 in the ballroom where some of the stars hung around for a few drinks . Last celeb to leave the party ??? Kevin Rowland of Dexys . Excellent bash........ Great article in Londons Time Out Listings Mag which has a few pages dedicated to the best 100 London Gigs Of All Time as voted by its critics and readers . Number One was The Clash + The Jam + The Buzzcocks live at The Rainbow ,May 1977. Needless to say i was there . I voted it number 3 of all time after Live Aid and Sex Pistols at The Motre Dame in November 1976 ........... 23 May 2005 .Ian Hunter And The American Rant Band live at The Mill , Preston , Lancs. This Mott The Hoople legend over here for his annual UK tour and this time its to promote the 30th anniversary release of his debut solo album. This venue in Preston is a great little rock club holding maybe 300 or so. Ian and band do a really good 90 mins set feat mainly solo stuff and leaving out the obvious Mott hits like " Roll Away The Stone" and " All The Way From Memphis " . Best songs were "Lounge Lizard ", " Once Bitten Twice Shy " and " Cleveland Rocks " .He seemed a bit peeved that people at the bar chatted too loudly while he was playing acoustic songs. Stunning encores of " Saturday Gigs " and " All The Young Dudes " . Good one............... 20 + 21 + 22 May 2005 . Wasted Punk Festival live at Morecombe , Lancs. Pretty amazing to see 3000 punk rockers , skinheads , crusties and other oddballs mingling together with no hassles or fighting all just intent in having a good time in this sleepy seaside resort . Over 100 bands indoors over 3 days on 4 different stages . Friday for me started with a couple of American bands that were around in late 1970s. The Skulls finished with a rockin version of " Does Punk Rock Pay The Bills" . Channel 3 played " Ive Got A Gun " .Both were good but nothing special .Then over to the acoustic stage to see Slaughter And The Dogs Wayne Barratt and JP do a great little set of cover versions and Slaughter classics like " Youre A Bore" ,"Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone " and " Cranked Up Really High" .UK Subs still have a massive following but start very slowly but "Warhead" is splendid . Charlie Harper still doing it. Next up Sham 69 who were in the end the best band of the weekend . A great atmosphere with some great songs and in Jimmy Pursey the perfect front man. " What Have You Got " , "Hersham Boys " ,"Borstal Breakout" , " If The Kids Are United " " Hurry Up Harry" etc .Fantastic set ....... Saturday for me started with 999 who have played at all 9 of these festivals so far. They were good with great tunes like " Emergency " , "Nasty Nasty " and " Homicide". Next up was Gary Lammin ex Cockney Sparrer on the acoustic stage . His great lyrics and punk rock bottleneck guitar playing went down really well and he played a couple of Cockney Sparrer classics as well.Next was Toyah showning off her recent facial plastic surgery . For the age of 47 she looks incredible and very sexy in her little black tutu. I feared she would get bottled off but her friendly stage banter won the punters over. Of course she played " Its A Mystery " and " I Want To Be Free" and a neat cover of The Cults " She Sells Sanctuary" .Nice to see Angelic Upstarts again as their shows are very rare these days . Mensi is still singing with good tunes like " Teenage Warning" "Im An Upstart " and a cover of Sham 69s " If The Kids Are United" . The Undertones of course have not got Feargal Sharkey singing so they feel a bit like a tribute band. " Jimmy Jimmy " , " Teenage Kicks " , " My Perfect Cousin" and others are fun though. Its gone past midnight when the Stranglers hit the stage . They inflict tracks from the last album on the crowd when they should have stuck to the just the hits tonight. Best tunes were " Grip" , " Something Better Change " and " No More Heroes " but i have seen them do better shows and i am sure they would agree it could have been better....... Sunday for me started with TV Smith who for this show was playing with a band as opposed to the usual solo acoustic guitar set . They are brilliant and rock nicely with classics like " Gary Gilmores Eyes " , "Bored Teenagers " and " One Chord Wonders" . Chelsea arrive on stage and singer G

June 29, 2005

27 June 2005 .U2 live at Croke Park , Dublin. What an amazing evening this was . The last of 3 sold out homecoming shows in a truly massive stadium that holds 80,000 punters per night. There are hundreds outside without tickets. Things start late in Dublin it appears with U2 not arriving on stage until 9.10pm . Bono says "as its the last night in Dublin the police garda have said we can play a bit longer " and thats what we got.U2 played for 20 mins longer than any other of their shows so far inc i am told the two other Dublin shows . They finish at 11.40pm .All the songs they have been adding and swapping are played tonight. There are local tributes with a couple of lines of Thin Lizzys " The Boys Are Back In Town" and Shane McGowans " Dirty Ole Town" . The big songs were all there " Vertigo " , " Elevation" "Pride In The Name Of Love " and "Where The Streets Have No Name" . Even at the end where they always finish with a reprise of " Vertigo" they did that and came back with "Yahweh" and "40" . As 80,000 headed for Dublin City Centre at midnight after the gig most knew it was one of those special 10 out of 10 shows........ 24/25 June 2005 .Wireless Festival ,Hyde Park , London. Promoters Clear Channel first attempt at a 4 day festival in Central London. While the line up could have been stronger the size and vibe of the festival is just right and hopefully with no Glastonbury Festival next year the 20,000 venue will have some sold out days this time in 2006. With a Gibson tent offering free guitar lessons and a couple of hot tubs it was a good way to meet some new friends. On the Friday it rained a bit but The Bravery did a good set of their catchy synth pop. Next up Moby did a short 45 mins set of well known tunes that were perfect as warm up to New Order. New Order despite some technical problems were fantastic.New songs "Crystal" and " Krafty " opened the show before loads of New Order and Joy Division classics were rolled out. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" ,"True Faith " "Temptation" and superb encores of "Shes Lost Control " and " Blue Monday" . Hookys bass playing was magic as usual........... The next day there was more punters it must be said which is a credit to live dance music. Stereo Mcs are back on the scene again and are good with neat versions of "Connected " and " Step It Up " but the singer seems annoyed the crowd are not fully into it.Roots Manuva i like a lot and his South London lyrics go down a treat ."Witness " is brilliant and last song "Dreamy Days " is the best song of the day. Basement Jaxx are headlining and the crowd love them ." Oh My Gosh" and "Wheres Your Head At " are pretty good but not really my cuppa overall ........... 22 June 2005 .The Psychedelic Furs live at The Shepherds Bush Empire , London. Even though they have played a few tours over the years in the States this was their first UK show since 1991. To a great reception they belted out their best tunes from their 1980s heyday. "Into You Like A Train" , "Mr Jones" ,"President Gas " , "Love My Way" , "The Ghost In You" .The band still feature three original members inc singer Richard Butler who still has his Bowie fixation. He struggled with the high notes to a couple of songs but is full of stage charisma and is great to watch. "Heartbreak Beat" ,"Heaven" and "Forever Now" were all superb and the crowd loved the encores of "Sister Europe" , "Pretty In Pink " and "India" .Great to see them playing live again. See aftershow page for this show ........... 22 June 2005 .Brian Wilson live at Hampton Court Palace ,just outside West London. What a superb location to watch a band this is . From 7pm to 9pm everyone brings drinks and picnics to have in the beautiful grounds and then 9pm Brian and his brilliant band play within the walls of this famous historic building.Venue holds 2500 and is sold out. A 1 hour 45 mins greatest hits set outdoors is just great fun.This was a warm up show for his Glasto gig on Sunday.So many great songs "Sloop John B" ,"Heroes And Villians", "Breakaway" ,a superb " California Girls" , "I Get Around" ,"Wouldnt It Be Nice" ,"God Only Knows", "Good Vibrations" . Everyone up and dancing for superb encores of " Help Me Rhonda" , "Barbara Ann" ,"Surfin USA" ,"Fun Fun Fun " and his usual closing tune " Love And Mercy" . A really enjoyable evening out . Our photographer mate www.dannyclifford.com was there to take some photos so check his website when you have a few spare mins......... 20 June 2005. Audioslave live at Brixton Academy, London. First of three sell out shows at this venue to promote release of their second album. From the moment they came on the bass, drums and stunning guitar from Tom Morello was supertight and they really got into a great groove.For this tour they are playing a few oldies from their previos groups Soundgarden and RATM. "Spoonman " fits in nicely next to " Gasoline" . RATM "Bulls On Parade " and " Sleep Now In The Fire " were just awesome with some amazing guitar playing.Chris Cornell has a fine voice and for the first encore he sung "Black Hole Sun" alone with an acoustic guitar. The crowd went mental for RATM " Killing In The Name " and "Cochise" . A really good show from quality musicians. A mate spotted Jimmy Page at the Wed Audioslave show at Brixton............ 19 June 2005. Motley Crue live at Wembley Arena Pavillion , London. Here we are in a bleeding tent and the heat and humidity inside is nasty. Motley Cure come on early while lots are still in the bar cooling themselves down. The all seating system here tonight means the atmosphere is no way as good as Manchester earlier in the week. The show itself again is great fun and some great uptempo rockers with strippers and dwarfs on stage is again a visual treat even though the 10 mins interval still seems pointless. Mick Mars looks really ill but plays fantastic guitar.Tommy Lee gets out the " titty cam" and its clear the girlies love rock n roll bad boys. Nikki Sixx brings his son on for the encore. The messy encore of " Helter Skelter " and "Anarchy In The UK " is great fun but it was not as good overall as the Manchester show. See aftershow party area for this show......... 18 June 2005 .U2 live at Twickenham Stadium . First of two huge outdoor shows here for 55,000 punters a day .After our front stage pit tickets at Manchester tonight we have some great sears. Pretty much the same set as Manchester but 5 mins shorter so they musr have dropped one song. So many big tunes of pure quality in the ser. Two songs that realy soared tonight were "Pride In The Name Of Love" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" .The whole stadium was rocking .There are not many bands that can handle big shows like this but U2 pull it off with ease. Excellent stuff................... 17 June 2005. Rachid Taha + Carbon Silicon + Black Rebel Motorcycle Club live at The Royal Festival Hall , London. This was one of the shows at this years Meltdown Festival which is currated by New York Punk Icon Patti Smith. Up first are Carbon Silicon who are fronted by Clash legend and QPR season ticket holder Mick Jones.The band and songs are getting better and better and its great to see Mick really just enjoying playing live music again. Thanks to Micks Clash royalties there is no real rush to get involved with record companies at present. Patti Smith herself joins the band for a great encore of Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe" .Next up is Algerian Rai music supremo Rachid Taha .While his band are infectious and get a few dancing down the front the lack of spoken English and his stumbling stage manner made it just an ok show.A lot of it just sounded like what you would hear as background music to a belly dancing act. However their encore of "Rock The Casbah" with Mick Jones and Patti Smith joining them on stage sent the whole crowd bananas. After in the foyer BRMC played a low key show .I really like their dirty rock n roll sound but i feel they have blown their chance of hitting the big time. Some of the oldies were great like " Spread Your Love " and "Whatever Happened To Our Rock n Roll ". A good night in parts overall....... 16 June 2005. Mojo Music Awards , Porchester Hall, London. This was the second awards event for this great monthly music mag dedicated to quality musicians regardless of record sales etc. There are about 60 tables of 10 people on each and another 100 standing. We are guests of our chums at Cadiz Music who look after Roy Harper who won an award tonight and they sponsored the main award of the night when The Edge from U2 presented the Icon Award to Siouxsie Sioux . We had a lovely meal and plenty of free booze. A fantastic collection of rockers were here . Slash from Velvet Revolver , Jeff Beck ,Elbow, Jimmy Page ,Paul Weller , Ray Davies and Dave Davies , Steve Harley ,Phil Jupitus ,Dr John, Shaun Ryder and Bez from Happy Mondays, Billy Bragg, Siouxsie and Budgie (had a nice chat with Budgie - they have a DVD coming out July 25 from their Royal Festival Hall and 100 Club shows) , Geoff Travis, Joe Brown, Shane McGowan ,Dave Gilmour , Dizzie Rascal, Roy Harper, Travis , Gang Of Four,The Edge(U2) ,John Cale, Robert Cray,Sinead O'Connor, Bill Wyman ,The Magic Numbers, Chris Hillman (Byrds) ,Harvey Goldsmith, Steve Earle , Mark E Smith (The Fall), Robert Wyatt, Sly And Robbie, and Madness . After the awards at 11pm it was down to the nearby Cobden Club for the aftershow party and more free booze.Those who turned up here included Shane McGowan , Madness , Travis, Roy Harper, Elbow , The Magic Numbers and Mojo editor Phil Alexander . This was an totally excellent evening 15 June 2005.Motley Crue + Killing Joke live at MEN Arena ,Manchester . Despite the hype from their American shows this 15,000 seater venue has sold only 9000 tickets. I was told there were more here last night for SOAD.Support Killing Joke do their intense rock but leave this crowd a bit bemused tonight. The Motley Crue show is over two hours of pure spectacle. The stage is dressed like a huge circus tent. There are three sexy female dancers , a dwarf , explosions , flames , fireworks ,clowns and more .They play loads of great catchy rock n roll tunes even though a few sound pretty much the same. "Shout At The Devil" , "Shes Got The Looks To Kill", Live Wire " , Strange that after an hour they decide to take a 10 mins break .Mick Mars maybe cannot stand up for too long these days. "Dr Feelgood " and " Girls Girls Girls " are superb as is " Home Sweet Home" .Drummer Tommy Lee is fantastic even though tonight there is no 10 mins drum solo with exploding drumkit as promised but he does get out the " titty cam" where around 20 females in the crowd get their breasts out for a bit of fun.The encore was a couple of covers Helter Skelter and a blinding "Anarchy In The UK". What Rotten , Matlock ,Cook and Jones would think of Motley doing this song with three half naked women and a dwarf on a unicycle behind them is anyones guess but it was a great night. Motley Crue play Wembley Arena on June 19 .See you there.............. 14 June 2005.U2 live at the City Of Manchester Stadium. Well here they are at last . U2 on the opening date of their UK tour which is part of their huge two month European tour that has some 30 stadium shows at 50,000 punters at each. Easily the biggest live tour of the year. Luckily we are in the front pit area where the two walkways are with a great view .The first six songs tonight just blow you away with quality "Vertigo" ,"I Will Follow" ,"Electric Co" , "Elevation" , "New Years Day " and "Its A Beutiful Day " .Bono says of Machester " the city that taught white people to dance" .They play a few tracks from the good new album .Bono of course is a perfect front man. The Edge played some incredible guitar tonight. "Sunday Bloody Sunday " , "Bullet The Blue Sky " "Pride In The Name Of Love" ,"Where The Streets Have No Name " were all stunning .After 90 mins of their 2 hours 10 mins set the huge stage production and light show really kicked in. They finished off by playing "Vertigo " again but this time in a blaze of red lighting. Yep U2 still are one of the greatest live bands in the world . 13 June 2005. Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards , Astoria , London. The mag that supports the heaviest music and their 3rd annual awards show. About 800 competition winners downstairs and about 800 media ,vips and guests upstairs .Hot and humid and the free bar only lasted an hour . A few bands played a couple of songs each Shadows Fall , Nightwish, Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and Anthrax finished the show with four live songs. Others there to present or collect awards included Lost Prophets and HIMs Ville Valo who both got booed off (not metal enough?). Slipknot ,Chad Smith (RHCP) ,Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) , Lemmy (Motorhesd) , Zakk Wylde . A good night overall but not in the league of something like the BRIT Awards or the NME Awards ................. After a slight delay the fantastic Sex Pistols film " The Great Rock And Roll Swindle " is in the shops on DVD from 13 June .A must buy item for sure....... 12 June 2005. Stranglers and Stiff Little Fingers live at Brockwell Park, London SE24. A nice relaxed outdoor festival for about 2000 people. Stiff Little fingers are lively and brilliant. Loads of great tunes like "Nobodys Heroes" , "At The Edge" ,"Strummerville" ," Fly The Flag" , "Wasted Life " , "Tin Soldier " . Great encores of "Barbed Wire Love" and "Alternative Ulster". Next are headliners The Stranglers who also play in daylight as the venue has a 9pm curfew. Again lots of good tunes like "Always The Sun", "Golden Brown" , "Walk On By" , a superb "Grip" , "Something Better Change " and neat encores of "Five Minutes " and "No More Heroes" . A really good double bill for those of a certain age.See aftershow news for this event........ 11 June 2005. Sex Pistols Experience Boat Trip Party , River Thames , London. Even though i had a weekend ticket to stay at Download to see Black Sabbath and Velvet Revolver i simply could not miss this great event . The Sex Pistols number one tribute band hiring out the same boat The Sex Pistols used in 1977 . On board it is a 150 people sell out and a unique atmosphere . First up Ten Pole Tudor does a few songs and goes down really well then the SPE take the stage for a brilliant 90 mins set of Sex Pistols anthems. The whole boat is rocking in every sense. Ten Pole Tudor joins them for the encore of "Swords Of A Thousand Men" . There are great gigs and great events .This was both .See you there on the boat this time next year............ 10 June 2005. Billy Idol + Garbage + Dinosaur Jr + Megadeth live at Download Festival, Donington. Here we are at Donington for this years Download Festival which is bigger and better than ever. Over 100 bands over 3 days and 3 stages. Every night had a very impressive line up. First up were Megadeth. This was to be their final UK show before splitting up and they draw a massive crowd. They stil are a bit too speed metal thrash for my liking though. Next up were Dinosaur Jr who are on a reunion tour but the crowd run off elsewhere and they play to a half empty field. They are pretty average to be honest.Next up are Garbage and they are great. Shirley bounces around the big stage and is really out to enjoy herself. Great tunes like "Stupid Girl" , "Why Do You Love Me " ,"I Think Im Paranoid", "Push It" ,"Sex Is Not The Enemy", "Only Happy When It Rains" ,"When I Grow Up". A really good set. Next up the main event . Ladies and gentleman we present Billy Idol in his first UK show for 12 years and he still rocks.Aided by Steve Stevens on guitar he plays an 80 mins set of old and new with a couple of cover versions as well. Billy looks in great shape.Loads of mega tunes "Dancing With Myself", "Flesh For Fantasy " , "White Wedding" ,"Eyes Without A Face " ,Van Halens "Jump" ,"Ready Steady Go " ,"Rebel Yell" ,and encores of Whos "Who Are You " and "Mony Mony " . The set also featured some good tracks from his new album "Devils Playground" .A really fantastic show and he promised he would be back in a few months for a theatre tour of the UK.......... 08 June 2005. Roxy Music live at Koko ,Camden, London . This is the famous Camden Palace which has been renovated and is slowly getting some decent bands to play there.So tonight Roxy Music are playing a low key warm up show for this weekends Isle Of Wight Festival .Inside there are 1000 punters and 200 guests upstairs. Its very hot and a bit too packed inside. Roxy Music are crammed on to the stage as there is about a dozen in the band now. The first few songs are a bit sluggish but it gets better and better. Bryan Ferry still looks amazing. Loads of great songs like "Oh Yeah Theres A Band Playing On The Radio" , "Both Ends Burning" , "In A Every Dream Home A Heartache" ,"Jealous Guy " and a stunning " Virginia Plain " . Chris Speddings guitar solos are superb. Great encore of " Love Is The Drug " and "Do The Strand" complete with a couple of dancing girls.It was a very good show but not as good as the Hammersmith Apollo shows a couple of years ago.See aftershow page for this gig.......... Well as usual June is a totally amazing month for live music in London and the UK. The long awaited tours by U2 and Motley Crue finally arrive here and the Festival season starts with the very impressive line up at this years Download Festival . Over 50 bands over 3 days .Friday will feature Feeder , Garbage and Billy Idols only UK show of the summer Saturday features Black Sabbath ,Velvet Revolver and HIM and Sunday features System Of A Down, Slipknot and Slayer . Day and weekend tickets are still available from the usual agents and the 24 hour hotline number 0870-4000822 The dates are June 10,11,12.