Archive: October 2009

October 01, 2009

Thurs Oct 1st is "Super Thursday" which is the biggest day of the year in book publishing as some 800 titles are released in time for pre Christmas sales.The biggest music release is Ozzy Osbournes new book.Ozzy will be signing copies at HMV,Oxford Street at 6pm on Fri 0ct 3.. 30 Sept 2009.6.45pm to 10pm.Relaunch party for Taman Gang,141 Park Lane,Mayfair,London.I was here about a year ago and its another great venue.Just across the road from Marble Arch tube station.The event is mainly to let folks know the venue has a 11pm-3am late opening and will turn into a full on nightclub.Really nice decor with buddhas everywhere and waitresses dressed in their tradional costumes.Lots of very nice freebie Marquis Vodka cocktails,Bombay Sapphire gin cocktails,champers and tasty grub inc duck,beef,prawn etc in Balinese/Asian style. A very nice evening here.See their website www.tamangang.com ............ 29 Sept 2009.Went to two events tonight.First was 7.30pm to 9pm.Peroni Blue Ribbon Design Awards with Alessi at The ICA Upstairs,The Mall,SW1.Around 2000 entries with around 100 finalists on display here.Celebrating the Italian occasion of "Aperitivo" which is small plate food with drinks.Simple but superb small bar snacks furniture etc.Lots of freebie Peroni beer flowing and Italian snacks.Its on display here until 04 Oct 2009.Jade Jagger was here.See www.peroniitaly.com for more info.Nice goodie bag of a couple of the items in the final....then 9.15pm to 10.45pm was The Hair Magazine Awards at Il Bottaccio,9 Grosvenor Place,Belgravia,SW1.I always like coming to this grand old building that overlooks the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Singer VV Brown is a dj as is drag artist Jodie Harsh.The freebie cocktails and champers are flowing.Lots of the hairdressers are from outside London so they are more keen to let their hair down and dance away.Nice big goodie bag of female products.See www.hairmagazine.co.uk for info and pix and www.bottaccio.co.uk......... 28 Sept 2009.6.45pm to 11.30pm.Inside Soap Awards at Sketch,Conduit Street,W1.One of the main soap awards events.From the magazine of the same name.About 500 people here and lots of folks from Eastenders,Coronation Street, Emmerdale,Hollyoaks,The Bill,Casualty and others like dj Neil Fox,a couple of The Loose Women girls and tv presenter George Lamb.Needless to say i hate soaps of all kinds.First we had an hour of freebie champers and grub then the next hour was the 12 awards.Eastenders won seven and Coronation Street won five.A nice lively atmosphere as there are a few excitable female comp winners here.After there was more freebie drinks and food and the dj got the party going. Quite a few of the actors/actresses got on the floor and overall it was very enjoyable. For pix and more info see www.insidesoap.co.uk and www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz................ 27 Sept 2009.6pm to 8.30pm.Madness + Newton Faulkner play a free show in Regent Street,W1 for Absolute Radio 1st birthday party and 10th birthday party of The Regent Street Festival.Barriers and wristbands for 1500 comp winners then security let a load more so maybe over 3000 here in the end and loads more watching on screens at the back.Up first is Newton Faulker whose thankfully shortish set is sooooo boring.Madness are on stage for around 60 mins and are really good as usual on this lovely sunny day.Starting with "One Step Beyond","Embarrassment","The Prince" then "NW5" then "My Girl" then a couple of tracks from recent album "The Liberty Of Norton Folgate" then six gems on the trot "House Of Fun","Baggy Trousers","Our House","It Must Be Love","Madness" and "Night Boat To Cairo".Nice location as it went dark and the Regent Street buildings lit up.A good gig .. 25 Sept 2009.Cliff Richard And The Shadows live at The 02 Arena,London.Show number four of a month long UK arena tour and the first of three shows at The 02 Arena.Their first full shows together for over 20 years to celebrate their 50th anniversary.A lot of gigs i feel like i am one of the oldest there but tonight i feel as though i am one of the youngest as plenty of 70 year olds here.On stage for 2 hours 20 mins with two sets of 60 mins and 80 mins.A massive screen had multi cameras trained on it from on stage,front pit,middle area and the rear.It will look great when the dvd comes out in November. You know its not gonna be exciting as such but it was a pleasant show.Lots of their hits and a few related cover versions too.Some of the best bits were The Shadows on their own playing that classic Hank Marvin Fender guitar sound that has influenced many guitar legends.Lots of gentle on stage banter too.Set inc "In The Country","Gee Whizz Its You","Living Doll","Do You Wanna Dance?" then Shadows without Cliff for "FBI" and "Wonderful Land" then "Sea Cruise" with Cliff.Second half feat "Cmon Everybody","Lucky Lips","Dynamite","Please Dont Tease" then Shadows on their own for "Apache","Foot Tapper" and "Atlantis".Then with Cliff for "The Next Time","On The Beach" and great versions of "Summer Holiday","Bachelor Boy" and "Visions".Encores of "Move It","Singing The Blues" and "The Young Ones".A good gig and they did "The Shadows Walk" a few times tonight.See aftershow page for this gig .. 23 Sept 2009.Relaunch party for Aura,48 St James Street,SW1.7.45pm to 11pm.Upmarket club in a great location 100 yards from the Ritz Hotel and near other clubs like Mahiki and Vendome.Its been a couple of years since i was last here. Freebie Moet champers,cocktails and tasty grub flowing all night.Its one of those places wannabee WAGS head for.No queues for drinks as 100 cocktails on the bar at all times and nice staff bringing around the champers nonstop.Most drinks here cost around 10 to 15 quid a pop on normal nights.The crowd gradually got livelier and livelier and it was still rocking when we left.Did not see any celebs here................. 22 Sept 2009.Elton John With Ray Cooper live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.Benefit show for The Royal Academy Of Music to raise a million quid for a new organ.Tickets in stalls and arena floor are 200 + 175 + 150.Another act i have a lot of history with.I have seen Elton some 40 times since 1973 inc his last shows with Ray Cooper in 1994.Just five mins short of three hours its a long set with some 30 songs played. First half is Elton and piano and second half is with top percussionist Ray Cooper who has taken up the space of three drumkits.Lots of well known songs and lesser known songs played to this hardcore crowd who gave him a standing ovation after every song.Set inc "The One","Border Song",a mega "Rocket Man" also "Tiny Dancer","Blues Never Fade Away" and a superb "Your Song" then Ray Cooper who was great in the background and gave it a louder band feel. "Funeral For A Friend","Daniel","Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word","Take Me To The Pilot", a brilliant "Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me" then "Honky Cat","Crazy Water" and encore of his classic "Saturdays Alright For Fighting".With so many quality songs Elton is always great live. I saw Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell at the end of the show ....... 21 Sept 2009.Day 4 of London Fashion Week.I am not the biggest follower of fashion but there is a great buzz during London Fashion Week as designers hire out the best venues and compete to host the best parties and fashion folks dash from one party to another.It can do serious damage to your liver as there is so much free booze floating about.First 6.30pm to 7.30pm was the fashion week party at Libertys basement bar.Had a couple of glasses of champers here...then 8pm to 9.30pm was at the Alice Temperley fashion display and party at Sketch,Conduit Street,W1.Always nice to be at this supercool hangout.There is a great use of 360 degrees projection around the venue and the yummy Akvinta Vodka cocktails are going down a treat....then 9.45pm to 10.45pm was The British Fashion Counsel party at The Mayfair Hotel,W1. Yet more freebie cocktails,champers and canopes.Alex James from Blur was here as was Antony Costa from Blue....then across the road until midnight for The Christopher Kane party in Berkeley Street,W1.More drinks and another trendy fashion crowd and goodie bags too......... 20 Sept 2009.Today was a very busy day as out of the house for over 12 hours at various stuff. First 11am to 1.30pm was at a matinee for Ben Hur at The 02 Arena.Over 400 people in costumes and very good visually to watch.Stuart Copeland the drummer from The Police is here as narrator. The chariot race at the end is the best bit.Lots of great crowd scenes.It comes back to The 02 Arena in Jan 2010...then into town to the John Smedley shop in Brook Street where i exchange my goodie bag voucher i got a couple of weeks ago for any item of knitwear in the shop.I chose a cashmere jumper with a price tag of 245 and they wrap it up.Where do these West End shops get their mad prices from??...today is Day 3 of London Fashion Week so have to do some of that. ...4pm to 5pm is the Antonio Berardi catwalk show at St Marks Church,North Audley Street,W1. A great choice of venue and some fantastic outfits....then 5.15pm to 6pm Julian MacDonald catwalk show at The Horticultural Halls,Victoria,SW1.Normally a boring venue but they have dressed it up fab with statues and fountains.Skin from Skunk Anansie is here.The 15 mins show again has some great outfits....then back into West End 7.30pm to 9.30pm for The Qeelin fine jewellery launch of their "Yu Yi" range at the very nice China Tang,Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,W1.Singer Beverley Knight is here and its one of those parties where i know loads of people.Lots of freebie cocktails, champers and tasty grub......then 10pm to 1am on to The Mulberry party at Claridges Hotel,Brook Street,W1.Another 5 star hotel venue and a massive event for 700 plus fashion folks.David Walliams was here.Free cocktails,champers and burgers and very lively.Also we get a live band. Friendly Fires play a 40 mins set of tracks from their debut album inc "Jump In The Pool" and "In The Hospital".NME love them and they go down well with this crowd.A great party and a quite a day out .............. 19 Sept 2009.Coldplay + Jay Z + Girls Aloud live at Wembley Stadium,London.Back again for Coldplay.Girls Aloud again played some catchy pop hits.A few rows in front of me was Gwyneth Paltrow and kids watching them.Then like yesterday we got into Club Wembley Hospitality area for a freebie food buffet of sushi,thai curry and other stuff with desserts and free beers and wine.People moan about the price of concert tickets these days but there are over 500 people here who have paid 250 for gig ticket,food and drink and some comfy seats. Jay Z again is ok but nothing special.For Coldplay we are again in press seats to right of stage which was handy as it rained for some of Coldplays set.Same set as yesterday.Pretty amazing to be in a band at this level i would imagine.Got a couple of live album cds they were giving out at the end.Another very good gig...... 18 Sept 2009.Coldplay + Jay Z + Girls Aloud + White Lies live at Wembley Stadium,London.First of two big shows here for Coldplay at the end of their mammoth 150 plus date world tour to promote their fourth album "Viva La Vida".Nice mix of music genres on the support bill.Up first we have 30 mins of catchy synth pop from White Lies.I really like them.Set inc "Fairwell To The Fairground","To Lose My Life","The Price Of Love" and the brilliant "Death"...next was the pop tunes of Girls Aloud who all have nice bright dresses on.Mainly hits as expected.The crowd loved them.Set inc "Sound Of The Underground","Biology","Love Machine",their cover of Pretenders "I'll Stand By You","Something Kinda Oooph","Call The Shots" and "The Promise".A good 45 mins set...then Jay Z whos is one of the worlds biggest hip hop rappers and a good mate of Chris Martin.His 55 mins set had loads of lights and screens but it kinda felt average to me.He finished well with a great Linkin Park track....Coldplay in front of 70,000 plus are well up for it.As its mid Sept and 9pm its pitch black and a bit chilly when they come on.A set lasting just under two hours feat the best songs from their four albums which have all won awards galore and sold multi millions.Opening with "Life In Technicolor", "Violet Hill","Clocks" and "In My Place" before stunning versions of "Yellow" and "Fix You" then on to the B stage "God Put A Smile On Your Face" "Viva La Vida" and "Lost" where they were joined by Jay Z.Then to the back of the floor to the C stage for a great version of "Trouble" and the mobile mexican wave was a new one on me but it worked great.A cover of "Billie Jean" was good.Then back to main stage for "Politik", "Lovers In Japan","The Scientist" and a couple of others before the fireworks finale.Colplay were really good ............. Well its the end of an era for me as i move out of my Shepherds Bush house this week(Sept 18) after sale agreed.So much crap to pack up means going out to see bands will have to take a back seat all this week.It all went ok on the day and the UKs number one gig goer is back in town...... 12 Sept 2009.Mr Big live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.Their only UK show as part of their European tour and their first time here for over 15 years.I saw them four times in their early 90s heyday.Two headline shows at Ham Odeon and two times supporting Aerosmith.The near sellout crowd are very excited from the start.Although the band were always massive in Japan they only had average success over here.Its a full two hour show.Just like the old days brilliant guitarist Paul Gilbert plays the guitar with a power drill and thats in the first song.Good songs played inc "Green Tinted Sixties Mind" and a cover of Argents "Hold You Head Up" and then "Price You Gotta Pay".In the middle there were stunning guitar solos from Paul Gilbert and brilliant bass solos from Billy Sheehan.Other goodies played inc "Rock And Roll Over" and "Addicted To That Rush".The four encores inc their biggest hit "To Be With You" a great cover of "Baba ORiley" and also "Shy Boy". Overall an enjoyable show .... 11 Sept 2009.Rockwell charity concert for Nordoff Robbins at The 02 Arena,London feat Tom Jones,Robert Plant,Joss Stone,David Gray,Ronan Keating,Gabriella Climi,The Hotrats,Beverley Knight,Razorlight,The Feeling,Lulu.The venue is about 80% full for this three hour event that had no interval and quick changeovers.Most of the acts played three songs each.Up first was Lulu who looks amazing.A cover of "Mercy" then "Shout" then "The Man Who Sold The World". Some of the acts used the house band which inc Mike Rutherford.Then The Feeling played some catchy tunes inc "I Love It When You Call" and "Never Be Lonely".Then Beverley Knight did a couple inc "Come As You Are".Hotrats are a couple of members of Supergrass playing covers inc Gang Of Fours "Damaged Goods".Razorlight did three good songs but none of their big hits. David Gray did a couple inc "Babylon".The sexy girls of Escala did their main song.Gabriela Climi did her hit single.Ronan Keating did three tunes inc "Life Is A Rollercoaster".Robert Plant and his band did three great songs inc two reworked Led Zep songs inc a brilliant "Whole Lotta Love".Then Joss Stone sang a couple in bare feet with that great voice of hers.She was then joined by Tom Jones for a track.Then Tom did a couple "Sex Bomb" and "Its Not Unusual". Most of the acts (but not Robert Plant) came back for encore singalong of "Let It Be".Overall it was a great night ........ 10 Sept 2009.Went to two events tonight.First 7pm to 8.30pm.Relaunch party for 1980s label Beatroute Records and the showcase of new signing John McKeown at The Pigalle Club,Piccadilly, London.Le Beat Route was a legendary London dance club in the late 1970s which then became a record label in the 1980s.Its a full on launch with free drinks and sushi for all.John McKeown comes on for his 40 mins set with an impressive band who numberered 13 on stage including four backing singers and later on became even more when the string section arrived.Its clear that singer songwriter John has the passion and voice.The set included the single "Fade Away" which is out on Sept 14 and other tracks like "For You" from the upcoming album "Things Worth Fighting For".The sound is radio friendly for Heart or Capital rather than Radio 1 or XFM but should be interesting how he gets on. See www.johnmckeown.net for more info............ then 8.45pm to 10pm was at Tods in Old Bond Street,London.As part of "Fashions Night Out" where loads of the top clothing shops tonight in The West End had drinks parties for customers and guests.Its just a small shop but its lively with a band and dj and freebie cocktails and champers.Should have maybe checked out a couple of other stores but stayed here as it was good... 09 Sept 2009.Another night with three events but ended up missing the start of the Mark Knopfler gig.....first 6.45pm to 7.30pm had a couple of drinks at the Grosvenor Estates Ben De Lisi designed 3 bed apartment at 6 Dunraven Street,Mayfair,W1.Inspired by 50s glamour it really does have the wow factor.I think the rent was 3500 a week.Graham Norton was here....then walked past Boy George who was having a fag outside Claridges.....then 7.45pm to 8.30pm was the launch of the refurbished John Smedley store at 24 Mount Street,W1.Leading British knitwaer specialist from Derbyshire.New collection inspired by Childhood Memories.Nice goodie bag where the voucher gets you any item of clothing when you next visit...then to Mark Knopfler at The Hurlingham Club,Fulham,London.About 870 older fans here seating and standing who have paid 100 quid upwards as its for The Prince's Trust.Pete Townshend is here.Missed the first 20 mins of the 90 mins set due to stuff above.Both the sound and Marks guitar playing is superb.Mark with a band but sits on a stool.There is a Q and A between each song.His new album "Get Lucky" is out soon.Set inc "True Love Will Never Fade Away","Romeo And Juliet","Get Lucky","Why Worry", "Money For Nothing","If This Is Goodbye","Local Hero" and another mega oldie "Brothers In Arms". A very good show ............. Mon 07 Sept 2009.A busy night with three events. 7.10pm to 9.10pm Editors live at The Hard Rock Cafe,W1..Invite only gig for 200 comp winners and guests for Q Magazine Music Club.Free booze and HRC grub for all.Editors are promoting third album "In This Light And On This Evening".On stage for 60 mins with their trademark Joy Division sounding 80s indie synth rock.Lots of new tracks played before they finished with great versions of "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors" and "Munich".A good gig....then 9.30pm to 10.30pm a dash to private members celeb haunt The Groucho Club,Dean Street,W1 for the launch party of Gary Kemps book "I Know This Much".Gary is here with other Spandau Ballet members Martin Kemp and John Keeble.Also here is Sadie Frost,David Gilmour,Guy Pratt,Peter York(fashion guru),Robert Elms(dj),Stephen Webster(jeweller). Everyone got a freebie copy of the book.Should be a good read.From his childhood in Islington to the ups and downs of Spandau Ballet along with his acting stints and a sad final chapter where earlier this year both his parents died and there was a joint burial....then 11pm to midnight was at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,W1 for The TV Quick And TV Choice Magazine Awards afterparty.The awards were here earlier. Had a couple of drinks here.Lots of folks from all the soaps.Also Peter Andre,The Loose Women girls,Torville And Dean,Vernon Kay and nice to see some of the Shamesless cast.On the way out they gave us all a nice Antler Chatsworth luggage bag with loads of stuff inside........... Sat 05 Sept and Sun 06 Sept 2009.The Offset Festival in Hainault Forest Country Park,Essex. Day 1 feat The Slits,Futureheads,Bombay Bicycle Club and Future Of The Left and Day 2 feat The Horrors,Wild Beasts,Dananananayktoyd and A Certain Ratio.I had always wondered what Hainault was like when i had seen it on a Central Line tube map so this cosy festival that held around 5000 was an ideal chance to go.I am fed up with festivals of 80,000 where you are miles from the band and massive queues for everything.The venue is in a great location and there are horses and sheep mere yards away. Over 100 bands and acts over multi stages. I walked around a bit.Lots of trendy indie kids are here as the line up is full of hotly tipped bands.Future Of The Left had plenty of lively uptempo tunes....then Bombay Bicycle Club played some good tracks from their album "I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose"....then it was The Futureheads who went down well with a set inc "Skip To The End" and their Kate Bush cover of "Hounds Of Love"......then it was headliners The Slits.Amazing i saw them 30 years ago.They now have Hollie Cook on keyboards and backing vocals who is the daughter of Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook.Singer Ari Up is funny and entertaining and still promoting the punky reggae party vibe.Lots of great oldies from the classic "Cut" album inc "Typical Girls","Love And Romance","Shoplifting","Newtown" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".They also played some tracks off new album out Oct 2009. ......Day 2 i had another wander around catching bits and pieces of many acts.Even the stallholders were super friendly and i must mention www.chapatiman.co.uk who won best food caterer at Glastonbury Festival 2007. Great to see A Certain Ratio again.I saw them play with their label mates Joy Division back in the day....then Dananananaykroyd who have two singers who really get the crowd going....next up its the very hotly tipped Wild Beasts whose second album "Two Dancers" has had across the board great revues.They are great musicians and the vocals are superb....then headliners The Horrors who drew a big crowd and played a good set of tracks from both their albums.All in all a lovely weekend out here and the festival will surely get bigger each year.For clips of the bands and stuff see www.offsetfestival.co.uk..... 03 Sept 2009.Events and gigs starting to pick up again now August has gone so was at three events tonight.First 6.30pm to 7.15pm was at the launch of some Bridget Bardot photos at a gallery at 7 Saville Row,W1.Some great black and white pix from the 1960s.Had a couple of glasses of wine.Yummy pop princess Rachel Stevens was here.....then 7.30pm to 8.30pm was at the launch for "Daphne" fragrence at 17 Dover Street,W1. Fashion designer Daphne Guinness and all her posh family and friends here.Nicky Haslam was here.Loads of paparazzi outside the venue and the main two showbiz snappers inside so maybe more faces coming down later.Had a couple of freebie cocktails....then left for Brian Wilson at The Roundhouse,London.I knew i would miss his first set of 50 mins due to the other stuff.I have seen BW over a dozen times in the last few years but he has never played this venue.I get there for the second set which lasted for around 65 mins.His 10 piece band are great as usual with brilliant playing and lovely harmonies. Lots of gems inc "Sloop John B","Wouldnt It Be Nice","God Only Knows","Good Vibrations","Surfer Girl","Help Me Rhonda","Barbara Ann","Surfin' USA","Fun Fun Fun" and a superb "Love And Mercy". You cannot arque with songs like that............ 01 Sept 2009.6.15pm to 9.45pm.Launch party for Green's Restaurant And Oyster Bar,14 Cornhill,Bank,London EC3.(Opp Bank tube station). Very posh launch for some 400 invited guests inc X Factor presenter Holly Willoughby and Irish presenter Henry Kelly.A stunning 2 million quid makeover that really has the wow factor in this historic Grade 2 listed building that used to be Lloyds Bank HQ.Freebie champers and Green's Envy Cocktails are flowing all night along with tasty grub inc oysters.Will cost a few quid to eat here when it opens this week so will suit the bankers or those with expense accounts.Even the opening offer of a glass of Laurent-Perrier with two oysters is a hefty 14 quid.A very nice bash and hopefully will try and get back here for something in the future ...... Sun and Mon i spent two lovely afternoons at The Notting Hill Carnival.From the great costumes and colours of the floats to checking out the refurbished Tabernacle Arts Centre and all the brilliant sound systems.My fave has to be The Mighty Jah Observer playing 70s reggae classics via huge old valve amps.Great stuff.............. 30 Aug 2009.Slim Jim Phantom Trio live at The Monto Water Rats,Kings Cross,London.A small club show for around 200 for the Stray Cats stand up drummer.Its the opening night of a three week European Tour.His pick up band are Frenzy a UK rockabilly act who do a great job as they sound brilliant.The 55 mins set had a perfect mix of well known rockabilly covers and a few Stray Cats hits inc "Rumble In Brighton","Fishnet Stockings","Runaway Boys" and superb encore of "Rock This Town".Great to see many of the crowd in rock n roll attire.A very good club gig....... 28 Aug 2009.Day 1 of The Reading Festival with Kings Of Leon + Kaiser Chiefs + Placebo + Fall Out Boy.Like last weeks V Festival this one now gets 80,000 a day which is far too many for my liking.I have done many Readings in the past inc 1976,1977,1978 when it was cosier.But if the bill is good enough then i am there.Today is the best day of the three days line up for me.I catch all of Fall Out Boy who are better than expected.They have a few albums out and have catchy pop punk songs.A nice surprise was they play a great version of Journeys "Dont Stop Believin'"..then Placebo who play for 50 mins and as always are very good.Brian Molko looking super cool.Set inc "Battle For The Sun","Every You Every Me","Special K","Infra-Red" and "The Bitter End".Their new drummer is great to watch....Then Kaiser Chiefs play an excellent 60 mins set.Singer Ricky now has a longer rocker haircut and has boundless energy.Loads of great tracks and the crowd know all the words inc "Everything Is Average Nowadays","Everyday I Love You Less And Less","Ruby","Modern Way","I Predict A Riot","The Angry Mob" and "Oh My God"...then Kings Of Leon who draw a huge crowd for their 90 mins set as the UK loves them even though they seem to play really often.Some big songs with great guitar and bass riffs had the crowd singing loudly.Set inc "Be Somebody", "Crawl",a mega "Sex On Fire","On Call" and "Use Somebody" then the guitarist smashed up his guitar.They brought lots of their production from the 02 Arena shows i saw a few months ago. Yep its safe to say that Friday at Reading rocked ... 26 Aug 2009.MOBO Music Awards 2009 Nominations at The Mayfair Hotel,Berkeley Street,London W1. 6.15pm to 10pm.Invite only bash for some 500 people for the launch of the main awards night for Black Music which takes place in Glasgow in September.Lots of freebie champers and tequilla cocktails for all and lovely grub from top caribbean restaurant Cottons,55 Chalk Farm Road,NW1 who have been recently voted the UKs best caribbean restaurant.See www.cottonsrestaurant.co.uk.A lot of younger acts here and a few did one song PAs on stage. More info on the awards on www.mobo.com Hosted by Reggie Yates and those here inc JLS, Chipmunk,Beverley Knight,Lemar,N-Dubz and DJ Semtex.The Scottish themed goodie bag at the end was a nice touch.A very good bash................ 25 Aug 2009.Offspring live at The Brixton Academy,London.Sold out show for these middle aged Californian punk rockers who have sold over 34 million albums since 1984.Offspring have gone a bit off the radar the last two or three years and their 2008 album "Rise And Fall,Rage And Grace" sunk pretty much without trace.The crowd were very lively for the entire 80 mins set moshing away madly front of stage to give the gig a great atmosphere.The first half of the set was pretty average and the second half a lot better.Tracks played inc "Come Out And Play(Keep Em Separated) and later on "Why Dont You Get A Job?","Pretty Fly(For A White Guy)" and "The Kids Aren't Alright".The encores inc "Self Esteem".A good show overall .. 22 Aug 2009.U2 + Glasvegas live at The Millennium Stadium,Cardiff.Its the last date of U2s UK and European Stadium tour before they head to America.My first visit to Cardiff for over 20 years.That was in July 1987 to see a superb U2 + Pretenders + Alarm at the old Cardiff Arms Park Stadium which was knocked down to make way for The Millennium Stadium.There is around 71,000 in this great stadium.Glasvegas play a 45 mins set and are dressed all in black.I like them and they have a neat stand up female drummer.They finished with great versions of "Geraldine" and "Daddys Gone".For U2 i am in the Red Zone area second pit with a great view and space and there is even 30 seats here.Most here had paid 95 quid for ticket with 40 of that going to charity.U2 take the stage at 8.30pm for their 2 hours 10 mins set and its already pretty dark which is great for the lightshow.Loads of stunning oldies again with the setlist again changed a bit.New album track "Unknown Caller" gets better and better as a live track.Bono said how the previous night he was up until 7.30am at Andrea Corrs wedding in Ireland.Edge was wearing a Wales t-shirt with a Welsh dragon on it tonight, celebrating U2's return to the land of his fathers. Bono paid tribute to both Edge's father and his mother - specifically for lending the band money in the early days, which kept them going.As you'd expect in a country known for its singing and a stadium which is home to Wales rugby team, the audience for this final show of the European leg of U2 360 was beyond loud.Another superb U2 show.After we headed into Cardiff City Centre until 3am for a visit to some of their very lively bars.Setlist Breathe,No Line On The Horizon,Get On Your Boots,Magnificent,Beautiful Day,Mysterious Ways,I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,Stay,Unknown Caller, Unforgettable Fire,City of Blinding Lights,Vertigo,I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Remix),Sunday Bloody Sunday,Pride (In The Name of Love),MLK,Walk On,Where The Streets Have No Name,One,Bad ---then encores of Ultraviolet,With Or Without You,Moment of Surrender ...... 20 Aug 2009.Launch party for the book "Its Not Me,Its You" by Charlotte Ward at PJs Bar And Grill,Fulham Road,London.Nice venue around the corner from South Kensington tube station that is the centre for Chelseas polo playing crowd. A very girly crowd and atmosphere here.Lots of free booze and canopes flowing upstairs.At the end they gave out probably the biggest goodie bag i have ever got from a book launch.Here is a review of the book i found from the web===== Most break-up bibles are full of the same old stories of woe, wrack and ruin...1. Crying into large glasses of Chardonnay 2. A huge amount of retail therapy and some unwise 'break-up' haircuts 3. Dividing up meaningful CDs and shoving photo frames face down in drawers But what if ending your relationship was actually the best thing that ever happened to you? What if...1. You only got together because he was your 'Transitional man' 2. You dumped him because you just don't fancy him anymore and a syndrome commonly known as 'The Repulsion' had set in 3. His mother hates you and never stops reminding him about 'all the other lovely single girls' he went to playgroup with...IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU, is the perfect post-break-up companion on the road to recovery. Charlotte Ward takes us on an exhilarating journey, packed full of real-life stories (including the worst of her own). Witty, touching and always honest, this book shows that the Freemale Revolution is most definitely upon us .......... 18 Aug 2009.Pearl Jam + Gomez live at The 02 Arena,London.Up first we have Gomez who tick along nicely for 35 mins.I am sure i read a while back that they are one of Eddie Vedders fave bands.I was never a big fan of any of the grunge bands from the 1990s but Pearl Jams loyal fans are here in force.I love them more for taking a stance on Ticketmaster booking fees in the 1990s.A short week long European tour that starts and ends in London.Pearl Jam as usual play a long set lasting 2 hours 35 mins that ends at 11.20pm.The crowd seem to love the setlist.Tracks from new album "Backspacer" which is out next month are played alongside lots of better known tracks.The band are tight and get in a great groove and the fans love it."Even Flow" is played early on and "Alive" is one of the encores.(Eddie said this was part of the 8 song set for their first London show at the Borderline way back in 1992).A very good show. Ronnie Wood turned up at last weeks Shepherds Bush Empire show but sadly no special guests tonight.Full setlist for the show was Release,Animal,Corduroy,Why Go,Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town,Immortality, The Fixer,Even Flow,I Got Id,Rats,Got Some, Whipping,Light Years,Insignificance,Black, Life Wasted,Blood(Atomic Dog),....then encores Supersonic,Hail Hail,Footsteps,Love Reign O'er Me,Do The Evolution,Alive,Better Man(Save it for Later),Crazy Mary,Leaving Here,Porch,Yellow Ledbetter 14/15 Aug 2009.U2 live Wembley Stadium,London. I went to both of these fantastic U2 shows. For the Friday show i see all three bands.The Hours play an average set of indie rock for 40 mins.Elbow play for only 40 mins when i expected an hour.They are really good and play excellent versions of "Grounds For Divorce" and "One Day Like This".For U2 I am front of stage in gold circle pit area.The atmosphere is electric. A massive crowd of some 88,000 people.Its their first UK dates since 2005.Still promoting recent album "No Line On The Horizon".The stage is incredible.A giant four legged structure that at over 350ft is the height of the stadium and all seats in the stadium are sold including those behind the stage.Starting with some new album songs inc brilliant versions of "Get On Your Boots" and "Magnificent" before playing loads of superb oldies.The band are on top form and it just gets better and better in the 2 hours 10 mins set.In the second half there are a couple of political moments but not too much.The walkways and bridges are mere feet from me.U2 really were on fire.They are still one of the best live rock acts out there.Full setlist was Breathe,No Line On The Horizon,Get On Your Boots, Magnificent,Beautiful Day,Elevation, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Stuck In A Moment (You Can't Get Out Of), Unknown Caller,Unforgettable Fire,City of Blinding Lights,Vertigo,I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Remix),Sunday Bloody Sunday Pride (In The Name of Love),MLK,Walk On, Where The Streets Have No Name,One,Mysterious Ways-----then encores Ultraviolet,With Or Without You,Moment of Surrender...........For the Saturday show i got a bit lazy and missed the supports as stayed on the comfy sofas and had free booze in the Live Nation/Club Wembley lounge.Was here both nights after the show where the free booze was flowing until midnight so we missed the traffic chaos.Tonight i watched from the media seats right of stage.Not so close to the band of course but the big picture view of the stage is still visually amazing.This is the real deal.The set tonight has been changed a bit and at 2 hours 20 mins was 10 mins longer than last night.Another brilliant show as all four members just sent the crowd wild.Full setlist Breathe,No Line On The Horizon,Get On Your Boots Magnificent,Beautiful Day,Until The End of the World,New Year's Day,I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,Stay,Unknown Caller, Unforgettable Fire,City of Blinding Lights Vertigo,I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Remix),Sunday Bloody Sunday,Pride (In The Name of Love),MLK,Walk On,Where The Streets Have No Name,One,(Bad),---encores of Ultraviolet, With Or Without You,Moment of Surrender.......... 13 Aug 2009.7.30pm to 10.30pm.Launch party for the new book by Fleur Brittan called "On The Couch:Tales Of Couchsurfing A Continent" at The Andaz Hotel,London EC2.Lovely modern hotel by Liverpool Street Station.Lots of freebie cocktails and nice grub here for all.Trendy crowd inc Henry Holland and Jodie Harsh along with a small band playing in the background. Taking a break from her day job as a newspaper feature writer, Britten spent 10 weeks "couch-surfing" her way from Russia, through Mongolia and into Kazakhstan and China. Some might consider travelling through faraway foreign lands on the couches of a bunch of strangers she had met online rather courageous, particularly as her (male) travelling companion bowed out after just 11 days. Couch surfing isn't luxurious, but it is real travel. Britten's observations are funny and astute, and her experiences as a surfer completely unique, giving her an insight into the slightly eccentric domestic arrangements of her hosts and their national habits.Book costs 7.99 via Harper Collins ............... 10 Aug 2009.Jet live at The Hard Rock Cafe, London.Invite only gig for 150 comp winners and other guests for Q Magazine Music Club.Aussie rockers Jet have gone off the radar a bit since their great single "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" so i was looking forward to seeing them.The band opened up with "Rip It Up" and upcoming single "Shes A Genius" then the singer collapsed in a heap and left the stage joking he had swine flu. He was taken to hospital for an overnight stay. The rest of the band carried on for three more songs with the drummer taking over vocals for "Holiday","Beat On Repeat" and "Get What You Need" but they then admitted defeat.Thankfully three hours of free booze and food served up by the great Hard Rock Cafe staff helped block this mess out.The band release their third studio album "Shaka Rock" in Sept when they play a UK tour .... 09 Aug 2009.A lovely sunny day in London.Spent the afternoon at the legendary bikers hang out The Ace Cafe on The North Cicular Road.Loads of fantastic motorbikes old and new to look at.There was a Harley Davidson meet here with owners inc footballer Shaun Wright Philipps,also Mark Bright and Mark Fuller(Embassy Club).A lovely atmosphere.For more info on future events check www.ace-cafe-london.com then into the West End as i had a couple of review tickets for 7.30pm "Chun Yi:The Legend Of Kung Fu" at The Coliseum Theatre.Growing up as a teenager in the 1970s Kung Fu was massive so i have a kind of soft spot for it.This is theatre meets kung fu demotrations with lots of stuff to look at. Two sets of 40 mins and 50 mins means its the shortest theatre production i have seen for ages. Good fun if you like Kung Fu but look out for 2 for 1 tickets as face value is steep.More info see www.chunyi-kungfu.com.Its on until 16 Aug.... 07 Aug 2009.London goes a bit quiet for major gigs in August as bands focus on festivals or resting.This afternoon i used my tickets for The Britsh Music Experience at The 02 Arena Complex.I spent a decent couple of hours viewing lots of memorabilia here from the last 60 years of music.Stage wear on display along with guitars and drums and lots of other stuff. A great section on Sex Pistols and punk rock. Its 15 quid admission but keep an eye out for 2 for 1 offers and kids go free with adults in August.There is a great interactive section where you can play guitar,drums and keyboards which had all the kids queuing up for when i was there.See www.britishmusicexperience.com....then back into the West End for a film preview.First from 6.45pm there was a nice freebie cocktails and canopes reception for 90 mins at the trendy Bungalow 8 club for the film then on to Panton Street Odeon at 8.30pm to see "The Yes Men Fix The World" which comes out in the cinemas next week.Its about a pair of anti capitalist activist pranksters/blaggers who take on evil corporations like oil companies.It was enjoyable but its more a documentary suited for tv rather than the big screen.The two main guys in the film chatted for 15 mins after................... Met a very nice chap called Simon Pollock at Sonisphere Festival who has some neat photos of Metallica/Nine Inch Nails/Alice In Chains along with setlist photos and photo passes on www.gtvone.com ............... 03 Aug 2009.Glen Matlock live at The Moto Water Rats,Kings Cross,London.Last London show before Glen heads over to America for some shows with Robert Gordon,Chris Spedding and Slim Jim Phantom.A lively crowd of old and younger fans.Lots of people i knew here which was very nice.Glen came on quite late but it was a great 65 mins set.All his best solo material mixed in with other gema like "Burning Sounds","God Save The Queen","Ghost Of Princes And Towers","Pretty Vacant" and encore of "All Or Nothing".The crowd were in good voice for singing along.Good gig.... 01/02 Aug 2009.Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. Sat features Linkin Park + Heaven And Hell + Airboune + Thunder.....Sun features Metallica + Nine Inch Nails + Alice In Chains + Limp Bizkit + Feeder + Machine Head + Saxon + Killing Joke + Paradise Lost + Buckcherry.A big crowd here of 40,000 people a day for this new festival on the UK circuit.It started off great.We picked up a couple of media wristbands and then while in the media room there were a bunch of photographers waiting for their photo passes.A girl comes out and starts handing them out.We put our hands out and get a couple.Bearing in mind we dont have a digital camera let alone a professional one.This pass gives us access to front stage pit for three songs for all the bands and all the stages so did that for Metallica,Linkin Park,Alice In Chains,Nine Inch Nails,Thunder etc.We get to venue about 4pm on the Saturday and it rains for Airbourne and Heaven And Hell.Airbourne play a really good AC/DC sounding set in front of 24 Marshall Amps and are very loud.Singer is full of energy.Set inc "Girls In Black" and "Running Wild"....next are Heaven And Hell with a neat gothic stage production.The 60 mins set starts with "The Mob Rules" and "Children Of The Sea" then some recent tracks.Tony Iommi guitar playing and Ronnie James Dio vocals still sound fab.Also played was "Falling Off The Edge Of The World","Die Young" and a brilliant "Heaven And Hell" but sadly no time for "Neon Knights"...then it was main headliners Linkin Park who are on for 95 mins.Some crunching rap rock songs inc "Somewhere I Belong","Points Of Authority","Numb","Crawling" and "In The End" then a very odd thing happened that killed the vibe of the show.Chester the singer brought his solo project band out Dead By Sunrise to play three songs as the other LP members left the stage.Then LP came back and finished well for "New Divide","Faint" and "One Step Closer"... then over to the third stage to see Thunder play their last ever show before they split up.Iron Maidens Nicko McBrain is here watching them.As usual a good 50 mins from Thunder inc "Dirty Love","Higher Ground","Low Life In High Places","Gimme Some Loving","Love Walked In","I Love You More Than Rock n Roll".I have seen them loads of times over the last 20 years......on the Sunday i ended up seeing ten bands which was hard work for someone my age.I wanted to test their policy that no band overlaps the other on the two main stages.So four bands on the trot playing 30 mins with a two minute gap to walk to the other and it did work.11.20am was early for LA tattoo covered bad boys Buckcherry but they did a good set inc "Lit Up" and "Crazy Bitch"..then it was Paradise Lost who were not my cup of tea....then Killing Joke who played "Requiem","Wardance" and "Love Like Blood".Their singer still looks a bit crazy....then Saxon who played goodies inc "Heavy Metal Thunder","747(Strangers In The Night","Princess Of The Night" and "Denim And Leather"......then had lunch in the media/crew/production area which had some decent toilets and lovely sofas there....then back out to see Machine Head.The fans really love this band.Heavy stuff and mad pit circles but not my cup of tea.....Feeder always seem to sneak on a few rock festivals.Their singer said we are gonna play a few melodic rock songs as your ears are getting bashed today and it worked. "Come Back Around" and the brilliant "Buck Rodgers" went down a storm.Also "Lost And Found" and "Just A Day".From Limp Bizkit onwards we saw all first three songs in the pit.They started quite well but it all ended up too samey.They played "Rollin" and their awful version of "Faith" by George Michael....then Alice In Chains who have not played for a while.A new singer and new album out next month but i was never a fan of their grunge rock.They played "Them Bones" and "Would?" but i thought they were pretty tame.Jerry Cantrell was great on guitar.....Nine Inch Nails want to get in the zone before they let photographers in so we go in pit for songs four and five.Never been a big fan but Trent Reznor is busting his neck muscles as he puts 110% into every song.They finish with their stunning cover of Johnny Cash "Hurt"...of course Metallica blow everyone away.We watch the first four songs from pit area.A superb two hour show full of flames,pyros and great,great rock songs.Still playing a few from Death Magnetic album inc "Cyanide".Fantastic versions of "Sad But True","One","Master Of Puppets","Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman".Encores of "Stone Cold Crazy" by Queen then "Hit The Lights" and "Seek And Destroy".A great show and a great finish to a fantastic festival........... 30 July 2009.Booker T live at The Bush Hall,London.Could not really miss this as venue is just 200 yards from where i live.Booker T is of course a 1960s Hammond Organ playing Stax legend who headed Booker T And The MGs.Its a warm up show for the Cambridge Folk Festival.On stage for 1 hour 40 mins with a mainly as expected instrumental set.The keyboards and twin guitars jammed well together.One of the guitarists was Marc Ford from The Black Crowes. The venue only holds 250 so its nice and cosy but also hot and humid.He opened with a couple of tracks from new album "Potato Hole" then his classic "Green Onions".Also the Albert King classic "Born Under A Bad Sign" was good.A cover of "Sitting By The Dock Of The Bay".Then a couple of gems "Hip Hug Her" and "Soul Limbo"(which is better known as the caribbean flavoured BBC Cricket Theme).Also "Hang Em High" from the Clint Eastwood movie.Then another stunning version of "Green Onions" but more uptempo and extended.Encores of Outkast "Hey Ya" which is from the new album and "Hold On Im Coming".Booker T age 64 and still rockin......... 29 July 2009.Manraze live at The Borderline Club, London.A decent sized crowd considering this gig was only announced a week ago.This rockin three piece feature Phil Collen from Def Leppard on guitar and Paul Cook on drums from Sex Pistols. Its a great in your face chance to see them.The band have not played for a while as Phil Collen has been touring with Def Leppard but the 50 mins set is still supertight.Lots of gems from their debut album and a couple of covers and again strictly no Def Leppard or Sex Pistols tracks.Its more a Def Leppard sound as Phils superb guitar playing dominates the songs.He is shirtless from the start and showing off his toned body.Set inc "Turn It Up","Halo","Every Second Of Every Day","Low","Cant Find My Own Way","Runnin'Me Up","Connected To You","Skin Crawl","Its Entertainment","Youre So Wrong" and covers of "Search And Destroy" and encore "Fire". A really good club gig.Rockers Buckcherry were in the crowd at the back.Manraze support Alice Cooper on his UK winter tour which includes a show at Hammersmith Apollo on 06 Dec 2009.See www.manraze.com for full info 28 July 2009.Went to two live music events today. First at 1pm Aha live at Westfield Shopping Centre,Shepherds Bush,London.Only a few mins walk from home for me.HMV are behind this so it makes sense to have it here where there is a nice space for a few hundred people instead of the usual HMV Oxford Street between the cd racks.Aha were massive in the 1980s.In 1986 i was on security for all six of their shows at Hammersmith Odeon on the back of their mega selling singles.I knew it would be a short promo set.I expected 4 or 5 tunes but we only got 2.The new single "Foot Of The Mountain" and oldie "Hunting High And Low".All of it was nice and live and all three members are looking good but far too short.They return to play a UK tour inc 02 Arena later in the year.There was a signing of the new album after the gig......then 7pm Noah And The Whale live at The Hard Rock Cafe,London.This was an invite only gig for 150 Q Magazine Music Club winners and other guests. Lots of free booze and Hard Rock Cafe food for all here all night being given out.Noah And The Whale are an indie folk band hotly tipped by some.They use a violin instead of a lead guitar. The singer looks like Mika and has some heartfelt lyrics but its all too boring to watch live.They are promoting soon to be released new album "The First Days Of Spring" which they said is partly influenced by Neil Youngs "Greendale" album.Not my cup of tea at all................... 27 July 2009.Lucinda Williams live at The Shepherds Bush Empire,London.I have not seen Lucinda Williams before or indeed know any of her songs but the fact that Bruce Springsteen joined her on stage at this venue the last time she came over was enough to get me to go along. Now promoting her ninth studio album "Little Honey" which went Top 10 in America.She had a fantastic band playing behind her for the 1 hour 40 mins set.At age 56 she is a late starter and looks like Chrissie Hynde when she plays her Fender guitar.Its country rock with bits of folk and blues thrown in.Some great lyrics with a neat southern drawl in the vocals.She moaned at the pit photographers and people taking photos on the mobile phones but later blamed in on massive nerves whenever she plays New York,LA or London.She has won three Grammys too and is very well known in America.She had a lyric book on stage when is something i dont like to see and seemed to be looking at it a lot.One of the encores was a surprise cover of AC/DC "Its A Long Way To The Top" which is actually on her recent album.Kinks legend Ray Davies was sitting a couple of rows in front of me.A good show overall .. 26 July 2009.25th Cartier International Polo, Guards Polo Club,Windsor Great Park.This is the last of the big events of the summer season for the posh crowd.I was here the entire 12 hours and it was quite a day.Even in a recession there are folks here with more money than sense.All day here costs most people over 500 quid for lunch and drinks packages and for the evening party only its 100 quid.Its even 40 quid just to park a car.A massive crowd of 20,000 watch the polo without hospitality.We start off with an hour of drinks in The Cartier tent where we spot Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and actress Anna Friel.Then over the much funkier China White tent where we have drinks and a lovely three course meal.1200 people are seated for lunch and 2000 more come in at 6pm for the Chinawhite party. The polo match was 3.15pm to 4.30pm but we could not be bothered to leave the tent as there were quite a few people i knew here to chat to and network.4.30pm was tea,coffee and sarnies. Free bar all through until 6pm.Very nice.Like Ascot all the girls have made a real effort.So many great looking women all dressed up under one roof.There has been a slight drizzle all day which was a shame.Djs like Jade Jagger and Rubber Ron send the crowd mental.A waitress in sequinns hangs upside down from a chanderlier giving out champers to the crowd below and the confetti cannons spew out at the end.Girls are slumped everywhere after too much booze and dancing on the tables.It really is one of the best parties of the year and everyone here knows its a must be at event.At 10pm we head into the VIP room behind the dj area.Always a mixed bunch here.Nice to see A list actor Leonardo Di Caprio (wearing a baseball cap).Also BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil who is always with girls half his age.Boxer David Haye.Designers Ozwald Boateng and Matthew Williamson.Also djs Paul Oakenfold and Brandon Block.Its more rocking out front than here but got a nice 10 mins complimentary upper body massage from one of the www.ibizaangels.com girls.A great day out........ 25 July 2009.Gary Numan live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.Another artist i have a lot of history with as he played loads of shows at Hammersmith Odeon back in the 1980s.Even back then he had very loyal fans and his fans are still very loyal even though some are a bit odd looking.Now aged 51 its a home gig for Gary as he was born in Hammersmith 51 years ago.On stage for 1 hour 40 mins its an industrial goth rock sound.Gary barely says a word to the crowd all night even though they sing every song.Its a nice edgy sound even though Garys vocals can be a bit dreary.The best songs are the oldies given the full rock treatment "Cars","Down In The Park" and a superb version of his number one hit from 1979 "Are Friends Electric?" with all the crowd singing and waving.A good gig.............. 24 July 2009.Godfathers + Priscillas live at The Garage,Highbury And Islington,London.A great pair of bands at this venue that reopened last month after a two year refurbishment.Up first we have The Priscillas who are fronted by three foxy females straight out of a John Walters movie.Catchy power pop tunes and visually fun to watch i love em..They played tracks from their album "10,000 Volts" inc the superb single "All The Way To Holloway" and "Jimmy In A Dress" and "Y.O.Y".See www.thepriscillas.com for more info and future gigs....then we have The Godfathers.We all have bands that we feel should be ten times more popular than they are and one of mine is The Godfathers.I have seen them loads of times over the last 20 years.They have so many great songs and are just lethal live.Tonight i am front row in front of the singer.The 80 mins set starts brilliantly with killer tracks "I Want Everything" and "Cause I Said So".Full of gobby sneering lyrics and uptempo guitar riffs.Other gems were "She Gives Me Love","This Is War","Obsession","Love Is Dead","Lonely Man" "Hup 2 3 4"(check out youtube clip of this song from 1985 when they were on The Tube as The Sid Presley Experience before they were Godfathers), then stunning versions of "Birth School Work Death" and "This Damn Nation".Encores were "Public Enemy Number One",another classic "If I Only Had Time" and their usual cover of "Cold Turkey".This band are always fantastic live...... 22 July 2009.Noon to 6pm.Salon Prive Luxury Super Car Event at The Hurlingham Club, Fulham,London.I went to this great event last year.Set in the huge grounds of this private members country club that has a 1000 quid membership fee and a 12 year waiting list.Its like the countryside in Central London.The old folks are playing croquet on the green and there is cricket and tennis in other areas.Beautiful landscaped gardens in an amazing setting. Champers reception then a lobster lunch.Some 100 amazing cars old and new are displayed.Some worth over a million quid each.Afternoon tea with strawberries and cream and more pimms please.Jay Kay from Jamiroquai was here as he owns a few classic cars.Its also on Thursday and Friday too.Check the website for more info www.salonprivelondon.com ..... 21 July 2009.Oasis + Enemy live at The Roundhouse,London.This was the hottest ticket of the month long ITunes Festival at this venue.Less than two weeks ago Oasis played three shows at Wembley Stadium to 70,000 a night and tonight its to 2,000 comp winners downstairs and guests and media upstairs.On first are Enemy who play a decent 40 mins set.I am third row from stage for Oasis who played a superb 1 hour 45 mins set.Pretty much the same set as Wembley minus a couple of songs.Liam is not in a good mood and moaning away but its an Oasis dream setlist.Big tunes galore inc "Rock n Roll Star","Lyla","Cigarettes And Alcohol","Roll With It","Slide Away","Whats The Story Morning Glory","Wonderwall","Supersonic", and "Live Forever".Three encores were "Dont Look Back In Anger","Champagne Supernova" and "I Am The Walrus".The screens behind and to the side were great and the whole gig really rocked....... 20 July 2009.7pm to 1am.Miss England Final 2009 at The Hilton Metropole Hotel,Edgware Road, London.Over 500 people here with most paying 125 quid for tickets.Lots of security and police as there are some demonstrators outside the venue. When i was younger these beauty contests were a big deal and shown on BBC1 but not these days. Some 50 young girls here with three different outfits shown between the lovely three course dinner and drinks.Caprice was one of the judges. Most girls had family and friends cheering them on.The winner was Miss London Rachel Christie who is a niece of UK sprinter Linford Christie and Rachel is also a sprinter and hoping to be in the 2012 Olympics team.The runner up was a female soldier from Tunbridge wells who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan which was very impressive.Afterparty for an hour had most of the girls dancing away.A fun night even though bits dragged on in places............ 18/19 July 2009.Lovebox Festival,Victoria Park, Hackney,London.Very nice mix of pop,rock,indie, soul,r n b ,funk etc at this cool East London festival.Around 20/25,000 people here each day. The dance areas are all rammed.Day 1 Saturday i see a Mexican wrestling display which was fun and a couple of hours just wandering about.I head for the second stage to see Gang Of Four who i first saw around 30 years ago.Great angry guitar playing from Andy Gill.Best tunes were "At Home Hes A Tourist","Damaged Goods" and "Anthrax".A good 45 mins set that goes down well...then its headliners Duran Duran who like Madness last night have had at least 20 great hit singles.The band are all looking good.Lots of gems inc "Wild Boys","Hold Back the Rain","Notorious","Save A Prayer","Come Undone",a cover of "White Lines","Ordinary World","Skin Trade","Sunrise", and a superb "Rio".For the encores they were joined by Mark Ronson and a mini orchestra for a James Bond medley then they played "A View To A Kill" and great versions of "Planet Earth","Girls On Film" and a cover of "Freak Out".I saw them back in the 1980s of course and Duran Duran have always been a great live band............... Day 2 Sunday i sadly miss New York Dolls as they are on at the silly time of 2.20pm for only 40 mins.I spend 30 mins just watching half a dozen amazing police drug sniffer dogs who are ready to pounce as you come in the gate.They smell you and if they sit at your feet you are taken away and there were loads that were taken away here. I catch Ladyhawke who is another indie pop girl getting a lot of publicity.I thought it was a pretty average set but her last song "My Delerium" was excellent.Then Gary Numan and band who play a 60 mins set.The last few years Gary has been playing Nine Inch Nails type industrial rock with a band all in black with tattoos. The best songs are still great versions of "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric?".Then Groove Armada arrive on for their headline slot. Starts well with loads of lasers but the female singer loses the crowd completly with one average song after another.A great encore of "Superstyling" is too little too late and only 70 mins on stage too.So a mixed festival of very good and average but a very nice vibe here......