Archive: April 2007

April 28, 2007

29 April 2007. Glen Matlock live at The Mill House Pub,West Ruislip,Middx.Another one of Glens acoustic shows.Massive pub on the outskirts of West London.The usual 60 mins mix of Glen solo material and Rich Kids and Sex Pistols classics like "Yeah Right","Ghosts Of Princes And Towers", "Ambition"(dedicated to Iggy Pop who Glen wrote the song with in 1979/1980 and who he toured with then.It was Iggys 60th birthday earlier in the week)."Steppin Stone","God Save The Queen","Whose Side Are You On" and "Pretty Vacant".Superb encores of " All Or Nothing " and "Anarchy In The UK".An excellent gig ......... 28 April 2007. Deep Purple + Styx + Thin Lizzy live at Wembley Arena,London.Excellent 3 band classic rock package.Thin Lizzy take to the stage early and only get to play 40 mins but they look and sound great.John Sykes and Scott Gorham head the current line up and versions of "The Rocker" "Emerald","Cowboy Song" and of course "The Boys Are Back In Town " all go down well.I was never a big fan of Styx but nice to see them again for their first UK shows in some 26 years.(i was at the Hammersmith Odeon show in 1980).Lots of nice harmonies in songs like "Blue Collar Man","The Grand Illusion","Mr Roboto" and a superb "Come Sail Away"in the 60 mins set.They did not play their big ballad "Babe" tonight.Deep Purple did a good 90 mins set.Ian Gillan started a bit shaky and his voice could not hit the high notes but it got better and better.Steve Morse was superb on guitar all night.Lots of solid rock tunes like "Strange Kind Of Woman","Rapture Of The Deep","Lazy","Space Truckin","Highway Star" and for a superb "Smoke On The Water" they were joind by Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw.Great encores of "Hush" and "Black Night" sealed a good evening... 27 April 2007.James + The Twang live at Brixton Academy,London.The Twang are one of the UKs hottest new bands for me.The twin male vocals dishing out great lyrics with stunning guitar playing really tingles.Best tracks were "Either Way" and "Wide Awake".James have always been a great live band. Impressive start with "Come Home" and "Destiny Calling" before playing a few new tracks.Singer Tim Booth is still doing his manic stage dance.Lots of golden oldies in the second half of the 1 hour 40 mins set like "Tomorrow" and "Sit Down".For the encores they invited a dozen punters on stage for a dance before playing "Laid" and "Shes A Star" .A very good show and nice to see James back............ 24 April 2007. James Taylor live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.Second of two sell out nights at this venue for this American who was massive in the 1970s .After meeting Paul McCartney in 1968 he was the first act to be signed to Apple Records.His greatest hits album has sold over a staggering 11 million copies.He played 2 sets of 60 mins each but about 25% of that was made up of great stories to each song that were very funny and video screen images were also used to great comic effect.The 59 year old looks like a lanky balding geography teacher but crystal clear lyrics sent this older crowd into raptures. Best were "Sweet Baby James","Country Road","Slap Leather",a superb "You've Got A Friend" "Carolina In My Mind" and the encores started with the classic "Fire And Rain".Yep James Taylor is still adored by his UK fans..... 22 April 2007.Lostprophets live at Wembley Arena, London.Big sell out show from this UK rock band. They play all the first song behind a huge curtain.When this comes down its bedlam and the standing area in the front of the stage is a heaving mess of male and female teenagers having a great time.Their 90 mins set was lively and good even though it was so loud and distorted you could not hear the vocals that clear.Some good songs like "The Fake Sound Of Progress","The New Transmission","Rooftops","A Town Called Hypocrisy" and all the venue jumping to a superb "Last Train Home".A good show overall........... 21 April 2007. "Moscow Motion" feat Sophie Ellis Bextor + Via Gra live at Old Billingsgate, London EC3.This was a very extravagant annual party for over 1000 people to celebrate Moscow nightlife.It must be said i have not seen so many stylish and stunning looking women under one roof for ages.Inside the venue it looks fab and the Moet champagne,Hennessy cocktails and canopes are flowing.The night opens with top Russian djs and bands.Of the many other fun side events going on during the evening my fave was during an interval a bikini glad girl hung upside down on a trapeze rope and one by one opened a dozen bottles of champers and poured them into peoples glasses beneath her .Wow. Sophie Ellis Bextor was up next .She looks in great shape after recently given birth.She is starting to promote new album "Trip The Light Fantastic".Lots of great older songs in her set "Get Over You","Groovejet" and the superb "Murder On The Dancefloor". Next up we have a trio of stunning babes from Ukraine and Russia called "Via Gra" who played a fun filled set of really catchy pop songs.Check them out on their website www.myspace.com/theviagra then the djs kicked in until the 3am curfew .An excellent 6 hour bash. Some parties promise a 5 star event and fail to deliver but this one most certainly did.......... 19 April 2007.Darren Hayes live at The Soho Revue Bar,London.Small club show for 200 fans,comp winners and press.Darren used to be singer of massive Aussie band Savage Garden.He did a 60 mins set that had a couple of tracks from his old band mixed in with solo material old and new. He has a great voice ,looks the part and dances well on stage so you can see why the girls are swooning down the front.He has hints of Justin Timberlake in many ways.Set included "Come On Dancing","Unlovable","Step Into The Light", "I Want You","On The Verge Of Something Wonderful" and a great cover of Prince's "Baby Im A Star". Encore was "Void".Much better gig than expected. ........ 18 April 2007.Ash live at Virgin Megastore,Oxford Street ,London W1.Free gig for some 300 people to launch the new Ash single "You Cant Have It All" Ash have been a bit quiet the last year or so. This was an 8 song 35 mins set of old and new inc "Burn Baby Burn",the new single,"A Life Less Ordinary","Kung Fu","Girl From Mars" and new album title track "Twilight Of The Innocents".Ash are still alive and kicking and they play 4 nights at Camden Koko July 3 to 6. ....... 17 April 2007.Holloways + Eoghan Colgan live at the ICA,London.This was an invite only gig for some 300 people to witness the winner of the 02 Undiscovered Talent comp where the prize is a record deal with Polydor and 8000 quid of musical equipment and clothing along with a gig at the 02 Festival in Hyde Park in June.Over 3000 entered and then down to final 11 and the winner was Eoghan Colgan a 28 year old doctor who had a great voice that had hints of Jeff Buckley. The half a dozen songs he played all went down really well.Holloways played a 45 mins set that the crowd who were now fully tanked up with free booze jumped around to.A good night............. 15 April 2007.Bob Dylan And His Band live at Wembley Arena,London.I am not a big fan of Dylan but he is one of those legends you go to see out of respect more than anything else.His last album "Modern Times" was voted Number 1 album of 2006 by Rolling Stone mag critics.His set lasted nearly 2 hours with Bob playing guitar at the start then on to stand up keyboards in his big straw hat.Loads of great lyrics of course he has written over the past 40 odd years but his vocal style is just not my cup of tea.Some oldies were played like "Its Alright Ma(Im Only Bleeding)", "Like A Rolling Stone" and encore "All Along The Watchtower".He was great at those Earls Court shows back in the 70s but today i admire the way he handles his work and career over his music. No talking to the crowd at all apart from to introduce the band near the end.So a good but not great show and even die hard Dylan fans coming out of the show did not know what to think of it but thats a typical Dylan gig these days. ........ 14 April 2007.Osmonds + David Essex + David Cassidy + Showaddywaddy live at Wembley Arena, London.While i was going to all those famous punk and rock shows in the 1970s i also saw all this lot in the 1970s at various shows inc the David Cassidy one at White City Stadium in 1974. The crowd is mainly middle aged woman screaming for the teen idols that adorned their bedroom walls.Showaddywaddy were a bit corny but it was good to hear "Hey Rock And Roll" again in their 30 mins set.Ten mins changeover for each act worked well.Next up David Cassidy did a 45 mins set with hits like "Could It Be Forever","Daydreamer","The Last Kiss","Cherish", "How Can I Be Sure" and "I Think I Love You" but his cover versions fell on deaf ears.He still looks great for age 57.Next up David Essex who did 45 mins and was the best of the night.Loads of catchy hits with simple lyrics like "Hold Me Close","If I Could","Lamplight","Rock On ","Silver Dream Machine" and "Gonna Make You A Star".Final act The Osmonds were minus Donny but with Jimmy if that makes sense.They did a few cheesy dance moves and their voices were not that brilliant even though "Crazy Horses " and "Love Me For A Reason " went down well as did their long 70s medley of Jackson 5/Bee Gees/E.W.And Fire etc .Encore was "He Aint Heavy Hes My Brother" where they were joined by David Cassidy. So a decent enough show in parts overall......... 11 April 2007.Kings Of Leon live at The 100 Club, London.Invite only secret gig for XFM radio to launch KOL new album which is number 1 in UK charts this week.They played a 60 mins set but it all seemed a bit average to me and i cannot work out out how popular they are over here..... 10 April 2007.Bryan Ferry live at New Theatre, Oxford.Part of Bryans month long tour of UK to promote his Dylan covers album "Dylanesque".Even at age 61 he still looks and sounds great.The 10 piece band were superb and it was a great mix of Dylan ,Ferry solo and Roxy Music material. Well worth the 50 mile each way drive.......... 08 April 2007.Razorlight live at Earls Court Arena,London.A massive sold show here for some 18,000 punters.Lots of good songs like "America" "Golden Touch","Stumble And Fall" mixed in with some average album tracks .Johnny the singer took his top off as per usual but in his tight white jeans he looked more a ballet dancer than a rock star ..... 05 April 2007.Glen Matlock live at Filthy MacNastys,London EC3.Excellent solo acoustic pub gig by this Sex Pistols legend.A great mix of Glen solo material ,a couple of Rich Kids songs and mega Pistols classics "God Save The Queen" "Pretty Vacant" and encore of "Anarchy In The UK" ... 04 April 2007.New Young Pony Club live at The Science Museum,London.Invite only gig for some 300 comp winners and press for this T-Mobile Street Gig event where the free booze is flowing all night.NYPC put on a good 65 mins of indie electro dance music.They will be playing festivals all over the summer and will be massive when their debut album comes out................

April 01, 2007

31 March 2007. The Who live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.This was the last night of 6 events here for The Teenage Cancer Trust(i was at 4 of them).Over the past 5 or 6 years i seem to have seen The Who play a dozen times including a Los Angeles show in Sept 2002 at The Greek Theatre and its always been great.Same again tonight where they played a superb 1 hour 40 mins show. So many timeless rock classics "Cant Explain", "Seeker","Who Are You","Behind Blue Eyes",a mega "Baba O'Riley" then 3 tracks from their recent new album then "You Better You Bet","My Generation", and a mega "Wont Get Fooled Again". Pete and Roger both on top form and Zak Starkey on drums was brilliant. Encores included a fab "Pinball Wizard","See Me Feel Me" and "Listening To You".This band are always fantastic.......... 30 March 2007. Kaiser Chiefs live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.This was show number 5 of the 6 events here for The Teenage Cancer Trust.I saw The Kaiser Chiefs only 4 weeks ago at Shepherds Bush Empire where they played a storming show. Tonight was pretty much the same with all the best songs from their two albums like "Everyday I Love You Less And Less","Ruby","Na Na Na Naa", new single "Everything Is Average Nowadays", "Modern Way","I Predict A Riot",then the singer did a full walk around the stalls area of the venue .Encores were "The Angry Mob" and a mega "Oh My God".Another energy filled 75 mins set that went down a treat .... 29 March 2007. My Chemical Romance live at Wembley Arena, London.I had seen MCR a couple of years ago when they supported at festivals and not been that impressed.Their 3rd album " The Black Parade" has now sold over 2 million copies and they can now sell out arenas.As i expected its mainly a teenage crowd who are singing their hearts out and the mosh pit down the front is heaving.The first half of the 90 mins set was the recent album in its entirety but only the title track really did it for me.Lots of fireworks,fire cannons,confetti and explosions in the show.The second half of the set was the best tracks from their first two albums.The crowd loved it but i thought it was pretty average..... Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio on vocals tour the UK in November with a Wembley Arena show on 10 November.www.livenation.co.uk to buy tix... 28 March 2007.Russell Brand + Noel Fielding + 3 other comedians live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.Of the 3 support slots Stuart Lee was the best.A few years ago someone said "comedy is the new rock and roll" well Russell Brand and Noel Fielding are more rock and roll than most bands could ever be.This comedy night at RAH sold out just as quick as the gigs here as both are massive now.Noel and his Mighty Boosh team sold out 5 nights at Brixton Academy last year and Russell sold out Shepherds Bush Empire twice .They performed on their own and together with material of surreal ,weird madness of the highest order that the crowd loved.Together they could surely even play Wembley Arena such is the chemistry they share on stage now. See aftershow page for this event............... Rock legends Rush play UK arenas in October inc 2 shows at Wembley Arena on October 9 and 10. Tickets on sale 31 March ... 26 March 2007. Noel Gallagher live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.This was the first of the 6 shows here for The Teenage Cancer Trust.Noel was joined by Gem on guitar and keyboards and the Shack drummer on a tiny kit for a 90 mins set of Oasis classics mixed in with lesser known b sides etc.Best were "Cast No Shadow" and "The Importance Of Being Idle".Paul Weller came on for two songs "The Butterfly Collector" and "All You Need Is Love".Everyone singing to "Wonderwall" and "Slide Away".Great encores of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out","Dont Look Back In Anger","Married With Children" and "Strawberry Fields Forever".17 songs played in total. A good show but not as good as seeing Oasis in full flight rocking out though................... 25 March 2007.ESP(Eric Singer Project)live at The Camden Underworld,London.First of all i must mention this was gig number 4700 i have been to since 1973.ESP is a mini supergroup of rockers who have played with some big names.Drummer Eric Singer has played with KISS and Alice Cooper.Guitarist Bruce Kulick has played with KISS and Grand Funk Railroad.Singer John Corabi has sung with Motley Crue and Ratt.Bassist Chuck Garrick plays with Alice Cooper.They played a really good 1 hour 40 mins set of material that is related to their own bands and some cover versions.As i am a big KISS fan it was great that the two members here played a few KISS songs "Watching You","Nothing To Lose","War Machine", "I Love It Loud" and mega encore of "Black Daimond".Other gems played inc "Schools Out", "Sweet Leaf","Power To The Music" and the other encores of "Tie Your Mother Down " and "Were An American Band".A really good club gig........... 23 March 2007.Lionel Richie + Louise Setara live at Wembley Arena,London.Support i had never heard off before but she has an album out called "Still Waters".Her Nora Jones style would be more suited to Ronnie Scotts than this venue. This was the first of four Lionel shows at Wembley as part of his huge 3 month arena tour of Europe by this Motown legend who has sold over 100 million albums.A nice big stage production and 3 huge video screens.The UK crowd have a real love for him.Lots of fun on stage banter. He was massive in the 70s and 80s with so many great tunes in the 2 hours 10 mins set like "Penny Lover","Easy","Running With The Night","Still","Stuck On You",mega versions of "Dancing On The Ceiling" and "Three Times A Lady","Endless Love","Sail On","Brick House" and encores of "Hello","Say You Say Me" and his biggest party tune "All Night Long".A great feel good show from this real entertainer.......... 22 March 2007.Calvin Harris live at The Vinyl Factory ,London.This was an invite only gig to launch the new Wrangler store in Carnaby St. About 300 are here for 3 hours of free booze and food and its a lively atmosphere.Calvin Harris and his band play a 35 mins set.Its a cool mix of catchy 80s electronic rock that moves your body. Some good songs like the hit single "Acceptable In The 80s","The Girls" and "Vegas".From here he supports Faithless on their UK arena tour and he will be massive by the end of the year.Check out www.myspace.com/calvinharristv............. 20 March 2007. Buckcherry + Backyard Babies live at The Mean Fiddler,London.Support i had seen before and they are still playing their average rock and roll.Buckcherry were touted as the new Guns And Roses when they burst on the scene in 1999 mainly due to their ode to cocaine "Lit Up" which was a stunning single.I saw them 4 times that year inc 2 shows supporting KISS at Wembley Arena and Paris Bercy but then the second album arrived and drug habits split up the band.This sold out show was to promote their recent 2006 3rd album "15"(it was recorded in only 15 days) that has sold over a staggering 800,000 copies in America.They played loads of great uptempo tracks from it like "Broken Glass", current single "Next To You","Out Of Line", "Sorry" and "Crazy Bitch".The album is well worth a purchase .Their wild singer is covered in tattoos and their lively sleaze rock really is good to watch live on stage. They played "Riding" and "Porno Star" from the 2nd album and the venue erupted for their anthem "Lit Up "near the end.Really good 80 mins set and its great to see them back ............... 19 March 2007.Dolly Parton live at Wembley Arena, London.This country and western legend has been around for some 40 years but this was the first time i have ever seen her live (she has only toured the UK once in the last 20 years).Now aged 61 and so tiny yet she is just great live .Two hours on stage over two sets.Loads of nice stories and banter between songs(she is one of twelve children,turned down recording a duet with Elvis Presley because he wanted half the copyright on her song etc).Lots of great songs like "Jolene","Little Sparrow","Coat Of Many Colours","I Will Always Love You","Islands In The Stream " and "Here You Come Again".Also a few covers inc "Turn Turn Turn " and encore of "Imagine".Her excellent DVD "Live And Well 2002" even has a version of Led Zeps "Stairway To Heaven".A real pleasure to watch............. 18 March 2007.Shakira live at Wembley Arena, London.Sold out show.Only UK gig on this tour. This was gig number 100 on Shakiras world tour to promote her "Oral Fixation Vol 2 " album. The Columbian star had lots of support from many South Americans in the crowd.A nice big stage production with 2 huge video screens. Shakira is an amazing performer.Full of energy and a body to die for.Every song she was shaking her hips and flicking her hair and doing her sexy belly dancing in 4 or 5 midriff revealing outfits.You could not take your eyes off her .Half the 95 mins set were songs in her native tongue which was a bit of a pain but lots of great songs "Dont Bother","Illegal", "Whenever Wherever","Underneath Your Clothes" and the encore of mega worldwide hit "Hips Dont Lie" with 6 female dancers was excellent.A very enjoyable show . 16 March 2007.Arcade Fire live at Brixton Academy,London.This was the 3rd of 4 sell out shows at Brixton for one of the hottest live indie acts around.Arcade Fire played all the best tracks from both their albums.Ten members on stage with lots of energy and swopping of instruments.Some of the songs sounded the same but its a great mix of keyboards,brass,violins. The highlights of the 90 mins set were stunning versions of "Rebellion(Lies)" and encore of "Wake Up"(U2 used this song as their intro song for their recent world tour).Good gig...... Tickets go on sale Friday 16 March for another great 3 band rock package put together by Live Nation.Alice Cooper + Motorhead + Joan Jett And The Blackhearts play a 10 date arena tour in Nov 2007 inc Wembley Arena on Nov 17............ 14 March 2007.Journey + Danny Vaughn live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.Support used to be in a band called Tyketto and his 30 mins of acoustic rock was ok. Journey were another band i was not fond off in the 1970s although i did see them in their heyday at this venue in 1979. Not many bands can open with a 3 minute guitar solo but then not many bands have got superb guitarists like Neal Schon.This was their first London show for at least 20 years and the sold out crowd were really buzzing.A long set of 2 hours 10 mins which was basically fantastic for first 30 mins then good for an hour then superb for the last 30 mins."Ask The Lonely","Wheel In The Sky" and "Whos Crying Now " were all played near the start and "Faithfully","Dont Stop Believing" ,"Any Way You Want It " and encore "Separate Ways(Worlds Apart) " were all great at the end.Their loyal crowd really loved it all. A really good show overall and for newcomers i would suggest their "Greatest Hits " album...... 13 March 2007.America live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.Not sure what i am doing here really as back in 1976/1977 when i was a punk rocker i used to really hate bands like America and Kansas. Anyway its their first London show for maybe 25 years or so i think.Their history is interesting. They all got together in the Watford/North London area around 1969 as they were all sons of American servicemen in the UK and they recorded 7 albums with Beatles producer George Martin who is in the crowd tonight and they were massive in USA in the 1970s .As expected its sleepy american folk rock with lots of harmonies but not much real excitement.A nice mix of old hits like "Ventura Highway","You Can Do Magic","I Need You" and "Never Be Lonely" along with tracks from the new album " Here And Now".The highlight was the one song encore of "Horse With No Name" where they were joined by Brian Wilsons guitar player which was great but then it was over. The 95 mins set was far too short for a band with so much material and they hardly move a lot on stage like Mick Jagger does.Average gig......... 12 March 2007.Lily Allen live at Hammersmith Apollo,London. Lily might have lost out to Amy Winehouse at The BRIT Awards but her biggest headline London show to date is a 5000 sell out. She bounces on to the stage with fag in hand and admits to being a bit nervous and a bit pissed. A 70 mins set of catchy pop reggae tunes from her mega selling album "Alright Still".Loads of teenage girls here who do see her as one of them. "Not Big","Knock Em Out","LDN","Friday Night" and a superb "Smile" are all good .Lily is a pretty average singer but her cheeky lyrics and on stage banter carry her through.To pad out the set we get covers by Blondie ,Kaiser Chiefs and The Specials.The following day she will leave for another American tour.A good show............ 10 March 2007.Nine Inch Nails live at Brixton Academy,London.This was NIN 3rd night of 4 at Brixton to support the album "With Teeth". Like the 2005 shows here their loyal fans are mainly dressed in black.With their keyboard heavy industrial rock they are not for the faint hearted.The 95 mins set had some great songs like "Heresy","Wish","Hurt" and "The Hand That Feeds".The band all in black were hard to see with the non stop strobe lighting but thats their style i suppose.Good gig though......... Sadly i have lost all the reviews from Jan/Feb due to my rush to do a quick update and me forgetting to "save changes" meant i lost them on Friday .Sorry about that but hopefully most of you read them anyway.The events were The BRIT Awards,The NME Awards,Kylie Minogue,Wolfmother, The Feeling,The Who,Blondie,Bryan Ferry,Lez Zeppelin, Pete Townshend,Glen Matlock,Scissor Sisters,Aerosmith(the best gig of the year so far),Hammerfall,Krokus,Last Man Standing, The Killers,Rufus Wainwright,All Saints, The Twang(best new band i have seen this year), Keane,Kaiser Chiefs ,Paul Roberts(ex Stranglers).