Archive: March 2009

March 16, 2009

15 Mar 2009.Snow Patrol + White Lies live at The 02 Arena,London.Nice touch by Snow Patrol to have a different support band each night here.Its their second of three shows at this venue.Up first i see most of White Lies set. Like the show i watched a month ago its full of catchy synth pop gems from their debut album that went to number one in the UK charts.Snow Patrol have sold over 7m copies of their three albums.The band played for 1 hour 45 mins.A nice stage production with big screens and lots of lights but the band still dont look or dress like rock stars.Perhaps thats their appeal.Opening with good new single "If Theres A Rocket Tie Me To It".Also good was "Hands Open" and "Spitting Games" then a couple of boring tracks before a stunning version of "Run".Other goodies played inc "Shut Your Eyes",a superb "Chasing Cars","Set The Fire To The Third Bar","Crack The Shutters" and "Take Back The City".The encores of "The Lightning Strike" three part song was a bit average but "Youre All I Have" was great.A good show overall .......... 14 Mar 2009.Went to two events tonight.7.30pm Elbow + The Acorn live at Wembley Arena,London. Up first we have Canadian folk rock from The Acorn.Never heard of them before but Elbow love them.They played tracks from their album "Glory Hope Mountain".Nice gentle lyrics and harmonies in a Fleet Foxes sort of way.After winning so many awards in the past year Elbow are in pre interviews calling this "the gig of their lives" as its sold out and their biggest headline show ever.Everyone loves Elbow these days.The only band to get 9/10 reviews of all four albums in NME and now the sales are finally coming with "The Seldom Seen Kid".They play a brilliant two hour set with a four piece string section.The sound is perfect and the band just ease through every song.Starting with the first three tracks off their big album "Starlings","The Bones Of You" and "Mirrorball".Set also included "Leaders Of The Free World","The Stops",and Richard Hawley joined them for "The Fix" then "Forget Myself".Stunning versions of "Grounds For Divorce" and "Weather To Fly" and the venue was too small for the anthem that is "One Day Like This" with the houselights on for all the crowd singing and halfway through streamers and confetti poured over the front standing.Encores included "Some Riot" and "Station Approach". Finally Elbow have arrived in the big time. .......then 11.30pm to 2.30am was The Rock Renaissance Launch Party Featuring The Kooks live and Rock Photographs By Joe Bangay At Home House,Portman Square,London W1.A very lively bash at this posh private members club that costs some 1000 quid a year membership just to get you in the door.Joe Bangay is an older photographer who started with The Daily Express then took rock pics in the 1980s and 1990s.When i was working front stage at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s he was always there.Like me its his fave venue.Sponsors Jack Daniels,Red Bull and Asahi Beer are giving out the free booze to some 300 or 400 cool folks.The Kooks play a 30 mins set inc "She Moves In Her Own Way"on a low stage. Jade Jagger and Duncan ex Blue are here.I would not fancy being the cleaners in the morning after this lot.Everyone gets a nice brochure of the photos for sale.DJs played some good tunes and a lively fun party it was.The photos move to 2R Art Gallery,51 Cornwall Gardens,South Kensington,SW7 from Mar 17 for a month.......... 12 Mar 2009.A busy night as i wizzed around to three events.First 7pm to 8pm was the launch of The Bentley Hotel,27 Harrington Gardens,SW5.A stunning 5 star hotel behind Gloucester Road with very attentive staff which is always nice. Building originally put up 1880 and has now had a total refit.Freebie champers,cocktails and canopes flowing.Upmarket crowd here.Singer and tv presenter Mica Paris was here....then 8.10pm to 9.10pm at The Homes And Gardens "Classic Design Awards" at The V + A Museum,SW7.Some 10 awards given out here.Drinks are flowing and some faces here from tv.Nice goodie bag of posh candles from www.designersguild.com......then 9.30pm to 11pm was The 5th Birthday Party for Boudoir PR at Jalouse,Hanover Square,W1.Lots of pretty girls here for this fashion and cosmetics pr firm.The dj seemed to be playing the same song for the entire time i was there but maybe thats me just showing my age.Freebie vodka cocktails flowing and goodie bags with girlie designer t shirts from PDE.A fun evening......... 11 Mar 2009.Went to two launch parties tonight. First 7pm to 8.45pm was The Brompton Bar And Grill,243 Brompton Road,London SW3.A small but nice venue just up the road from Harrods.The freebie cocktails,champers and canopes are flowing.A very upmarket crowd here due to the area.Top showbiz photographers Richard Young and Dave Bennet are here snapping the posh youngsters for Tatler etc.A good one....then 9.15pm to midnight The Air Asia X (www.airasia.com)launch at The Millbank Tower,29th Floor,London SW1.A big crowd of 300/400 here to celebrate their new budget priced Stansted to Kuala Lumpar route. It is owned by Tony Fernandes who is here who was Warner Brothers Music head in Asia and has been named "the Asian Richard Branson".The venue has a full laser show beaming across the Thames and the stunning views of London at night are fab.Free booze is flowing.All female pop act The Saturdays play a set of 4 or 5 songs inc their hits and are harmless fun.A decent dj kept the crowd rocking until midnight.Good one............ 09 Mar 2009.Franz Ferdinand live at The Hammersmith Apollo,London.FF took so long to bring out their third album "Tonight:Franz Ferdinand" that they went off the radar a bit. The band play a really good set but on stage for only 80 mins when you have three albums of material is a mark deducted for me.With a screen showing arty images they still have a few gems inc "Dark Side Of The Matinee","Do You Want To", "Walk Away" and a superb "Take Me Out" and also "Michael" was great.Recent single "Ulysses" also was good and encores included "What She Came For" and "This Fire".They also did their fun bit where they all picked up drumsticks to bash away at the drums.A good show overall................. 08 Mar 2009.Keith Moon blue plaque unveiling at noon at the site of the old Marquee Club in Wardour Street followed by a lunch at The Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London from 1pm to 5.30pm.Get to Wardour Street at 11.30am and there is already a few hundred here including around 50 mods on their scooters all dressed up.They look great.At noon after speeches dj Mike Reid, Roger Daltrey and Keith Moons mum pull the unveiling rope to big cheers.Sadly Pete Townshend does not turn up.Neither does Robin Gibb(Head Of Blue Plaque Heritage).There are some others here inc Kenney Jones,Zak Starkey,PJ Proby,Mayoress Of Westminister,Mad Irish Jack(a famous Who fan),Luke Morley(Thunder),the keyboard player from Go West,Garry Bushell,both Keith Moons sisters and a few old boys from back in the day.The road was blocked off to traffic. Then off to the tribute lunch a few mins away. Some 320 people here made up of guests and paying fans.We are on a table sitting next to a lovely chap who is the singer of the UKs number one Who tribute Whos Who who play a nice set later.There is a lovely 3 course meal with wine and coffee.3pm Mad Irish Jack says a few words then there is an auction of music and sporting stuff then an old boy does a funny old school comedy set for 20 mins then Keiths sisters say a few words then there is a raffle.Keith died in 1982.Loads of great Who footage on the screens. All the guests from the unveiling earlier are here.There is a famous 3d hologram of Keith Moon on display that has not been seen in public for 30 years.At 4.15pm Whos Who play a really good 50 mins set of Who classics.Their drummer is a real Keith lookalike,playalike and soundalike.Highlights were brillant versions of "Baba O'Reilly","Substitute" and "Wont Get Fooled Again".They were joined for last song by John Scollar who was in Keiths pre Who band The Beachcombers.Drinks after and left at 5.30pm. The band play Half Moon,Putney on Sat 21 March. For more info see www.thewhotribute.com. An excellent afternoon .......... 07 Mar 2009.Tina Turner live at The 02 Arena,London.This was show number 3 of 5 for Tina at this venue and my 2nd time to see her here on this tour.Its another totally rammed sold out show.Nightmare tube journey to the venue as The Jubilee Line is again partly closed for weekend engineering works.If you go to a show at the weekend here always phone London Transport on 0207 222 1234 before you leave.She comes on five mins earlier and its song for song the same show as i saw on Tuesday.Again its a fantastic show to see as there is so much going on and Tina is such a great performer.At the end the working personnel names on this tour come up on the big screen like in film credits.I presume it names the bloke who stands in the pit and whose entire job all night is to tighten and loosen Tinas microphone lead as she moves across the stage.A real quality show................... 06 Mar 2009.Kaiser Chiefs + Black Kids live at Wembley Arena,London.Last night of Kaiser Chiefs two month European and UK tour.Up first are NME faves Black Kids and they play for 40 mins and are really good.Mixed group of 3 boys/2 girls that works great.Catchy indie pop with lots of stand up keyboards and shouty backing vocals from the girls.They played tracks from their album "Partie Traumatic" and a couple of newies.They finished with their brilliant single "Im Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend"...its a sell out Friday night crowd here and the floor standing punters are really up for it.I have seen the KCs some 10 or 12 times since before their first album came out and its always a great show.Some 85 mins on stage with lots of lights but sadly no big screens for those stuck at the back.Lots of gems played inc "Everyday I Love You Less And Less","Everything Is Average Nowadays" with singer Ricky jumping offstage into the pit.Also "Ruby","Na Na Na Na Naa", "Modern Way","Never Miss A Beat", a mega "I Predict A Riot",then Ricky Wilson on a podium near the back for "Take My Temperature".Finale of "The Angry Mob".Encores inc "Oh My God".Ricky Wilson always very energetic.Very good.......... 05 Mar 2009.From 7.30pm to 8.30pm i was at The Colorize-Ray Ban "Never Hide" launch party at The Ultra Lounge,Lower Ground Floor, Selfridges,London.Freebie cocktails flowing and dj spinning some tunes.Great to see Michael Fielding who is Noels brother and is Naboo in The Mighty Boosh.Also here was Alexa Chung and surprise surprise Amy Winehouse turns up for her first night out after coming back from two months in Barbados.Maybe it was a favour to rock n roll jewellers www.tattydevine.com who were giving out the goodie bags.......then over to see The Jim Jones Revue live at Madame Jojos,Soho,London.The venue is packed to capacity as word is finally getting out about the hottest new rock n roll combo out there. Their blistering 55 mins set was full of raw uptempo garage rock tunes from their recent debut album including their new single "Cement Mixer".Hints of Little Richard/Jerry Lee Lewis mixed in with MC5/Rocket From The Crypt type firepower really was a joy to watch. I was standing near the front as the guitarist fired off brilliant riffs and the keyboard player pounded away.Great vocals too.A warning to any bands wanting this band to support them. They will blow you offstage for certain. Wild covers of "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Missisippi Queen" sealed off a great show. I spotted Primal Screams Bobby Gillespie here. Catch them at The Camden Crawl in April. For more info see www.jimjonesrevue.com.......... 04 Mar 2009.Went to three launch parties tonight. ...6.15pm to 8pm was the launch of new events listings website www.wozzon.com at Punk,Soho Street,London W1.Trendy club for this website with a great logo.Wozzon staff were very friendly.Freebie booze and nibbles here and a short neat set by underground beatbox flautist Nathan "Flutebox" Lee.The site lists thousands of events with all types of venues and the arts covered................then 8.30pm to 9.30pm was at The Lastminute.com launch for Restaurant Week at 1 Marylebone Road,London NW1.Anything at this venue is always pretty good.The host is BBC TV chef James Martin.Radio 1 dj Pete Tong is here.Freebie booze and nibbles again.Book from March 05 for period 16 March to 29 March when loads of top quality eating places are doing special deals via www.lastminute.com.Nice goodie bags on the way out......then over to trendy Hoxton 10.15pm to 12.15am for the opening of new bar The Queen Of Hoxton at 1 Curtain Road,London EC2.The freebie booze is flowing and as expected its a young trendy indie/fashion crowd.Henry Holland is the dj.Very busy and lively.Three good events in one night ..... 03 Mar 2009.Tina Turner live at The 02 Arena,London.TT first of five shows here at this venue as part of her huge "50th Anniversary" European Tour.Also its her first tour since 2000 when she headlined Wembley Stadium.Its a huge Mark Fisher stage production with walkways,big screens,a big band feat John "Music" Miles on guitar,flames,fireworks,four female dancers and four male dancers.Tickets costing a hefty 50 to 100 quid.Tina is now aged 69 and looks amazing and still dares to wear short skirts.On stage for 2 hour 15 mins over two sets.It was a mix of hits and lots of suitable cover versions and no new material.Set inc opener "Steamy Windows" from 30ft up in the air.Also "River Deep Mountain High","Better Be Good To Me","Acid Queen","Whats Love Got To Do With It","Private Dancer" and the first set finished with the stage and costumes dressed for Mad Max:Beyond Thunderdome as Tina belted out "We Dont Need Another Hero" with that great voice.Second half started with a few mins of old video footage then "Help","Lets Stay Together","I Cant Stand The Rain","Jumping Jack Flash","Its Only Rock And Roll","Golden Eye", "Addicted To Love" and a stunning version of "Simply The Best" then "Proud Mary".Encore had Tina hovering over the front stalls on an extended crane arm for "Nutbush City Limits" then "Be Tender With My Baby".Tina still does that funny little dance of hers and entertains the crowd well.A very enjoyable show................. 02 Mar 2009.Metallica + Machine Head + The Sword live at The 02 Arena,London.A nice three band rock package as part of Metallicas UK arena tour to promote recent album "Death Magnetic".Up first we have The Sword.They play a 30 mins set with some extra fuzzy distorted guitar which i kinda liked.Machine Head are an ideal support here as they are very heavy and have sold out Brixton Academy on their own.A 45 mins set with some tracks from recent album "The Blackening" and some oldies.They go down very well....... Metallica back in London after that amazing one off all tickets 5 quid show here at the end of 2008.Its the same stunning in the round(well rectangle)stage production with the lights that hang from eight giant coffins.There are also eight microphones where the band move between songs so everyone gets a great view.Loads of flames and lasers too.Metallica really are on another level.Some 2 hours 10 mins of perfect riffing guitars and fantastic drumming and they change the setlist by 3 or 4 songs each night. Opening with "That Was Just Your Life".Also "Holier Than Thou",a brilliant "One",also newie "Cyanide" and a mega "Sad But True".Then three that really rocked to 11."Master Of Puppets", "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman".The encores included a cover of Motorheads "Too Late Too Late" and "Seek And Destroy".At the end 100 giant black plastic balloons fell from the ceiling and the band gave out dozens of guitar pics and drumsticks.A quality show............... 01 Mar 2009.Vampires Rock Musical with special guest star Toyah Willcox at The Shaw Theatre, Euston Road,London NW1.This was the last night of a huge 50 date UK tour for this production. On stage for 2 hours 30 mins over two sets it was really great fun.It has hints of The Rocky Horror Show along with a great live band and stage set,sexy female dancers,great costumes and the best rock soundtrack ever.The singers feature 80s pop star Toyah who sings and looks better than ever.Set included songs by Guns And Roses,AC/DC,Alice Cooper,Rainbow,Billy Idol,Bon Jovi,Queen,Meat Loaf,Ozzy Osbourne and many more.Lots of comedy and adlibs between the songs.Toyal Willcox singing "Sweet Child Of Mine" was a highlight.For the last 30 mins the crowd(some who dressed up) were on their feet dancing to gems like "Crazy Little Thing Called Love","I Love Rock n Roll","We Will Rock You","Devil Gate Drive","Bat Out Of Hell" anf encore of "God Gave Rock n Roll To You".Some of the bands i see should go and see this rocktacular to get some ideas on how to put on a proper visual show.A really enjoyable evening. See www.vampiresrock.com for more info and keep checking for future dates with another major tour planned for Sept 2009 ... 27 Feb 2009.U2 overload day on the BBC to promote their new album out 02 March called "No Line On The Horizon".At noon on Radio 1 they play four tracks to a live audience at The BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House then later a secret gig on top of the same building.Word has got out on the day and there are 4 or 5000 people here.There are police,security,barriers, lights,equipment trucks and even a helicopter.Its a bit like U2s famous "Where The Streets Have No Name" 1987 Los Angeles rooftop video.The streets near the building have even been closed to traffic.The band are up about 6 or 7 floors so you cannot see the drummer unless you are level but the other three members are visable and Bono hangs over the railing while singing.At 6.45pm they start with four songs in the 20 mins set."Get On Your Boots","Magnificent","Vertigo" and "Beautiful Day".The sound is fantastic thanks to eight giant speakers at ground level.The biggest band in the world are back in town and have no intention of stepping down thats for sure given the scale of this great event.The band members left the venue about 30 mins after the show.On my walk back to Park Lane after i saw George Michael coming out of The Claridges Hotel. U2 are soon to announce shows for the summer. Check www.bbc.co.uk/u2 for footage and all four songs are up on BBC TV digital Red Button on a non stop loop for the next seven days............ 26 Feb 2009.The NME Big Gig Live at The 02 Arena,London with The Cure + Franz Ferdinand + Crystal Castles + White Lies.First band on at 6.50pm meant that the venue was half empty for White Lies.Their debut album "To Lose My Life" was number one in Jan 2009 and they played a 35 mins set featuring those songs.Lots of great bass and guitars with nice synths.I like them a lot...Next up Crystal Castles who were a bit of a mess.They have a neat dance rock sound but the the mad stage theatrics of their female singer counted for nothing as the vocals kept cutting out and when you could hear her it was just not that good.......Franz Ferdinand were on for 50 mins and were great.Lots of gems inc "Matinee", "Do You Want To","Michael","Walk Away", a brilliant "Take Me Out",also the recent single "Ulysses" from recent album "Tonight:Franz Ferdinand" and "This Fire"....then The Cure who were on for 1 hour 50 mins.They dropped some of the hits tonight from the show last night and focused on tracks from their 30+ years career.The crowd loved it even though a couple plodded a bit for me.The bass and guitar were superb.Set inc "The Perfect Boy","The End Of The World","A Forest","Maybe Someday","Inbetween Days","Just Like Heaven" encores inc "Boys Will Be Boys","10.15 Saturday Night" and "Killing An Arab".With four bands on it felt like a mini festival and overall a great evening............ 25 Feb 2009.NME Awards live at The Brixton Academy,London featuring live songs by The Cure, Franz Ferdinand,Elbow,Friendly Fires.Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon,White Lies,Glasvegas. First time this venue has been used for NME which is still the coolest of the music awards events. 6.30pm to 8pm is freebie drinks and food(bland hamburgers)reception for the 1000 downstairs artists and guests at the tables and rear stalls standing.There are 1000 comp winners up in the balcony and 500 more comp winners in the front pit standing.We are in vip area downstairs and there is a great buzz as the acts walk the red carpet.Loads of names here to present or get an award and some just to have a few free drinks inc all the acts mentioned above plus Muse,Killers,Blur,Kasabian,Enemy,Grace Jones,Pete Doherty,Carl Barat,MGMT,The Mighty Boosh,Dizzee Rascal,Last Shadow Puppets,Arctic Monkeys,Michael Eavis,Girls Aloud,Leigh Francis, Tim Burton,Patrick Wolf and a few more. 8.15pm to 11pm is the awards and the live music.Some 15 awards given out.Great to see Pete Doherty(Best Solo Artist),The Mighty Boosh(Best TV Show) and The Cure(Robert Smith) get The Godlike Genuis Award.Great timing as 30 years ago in Feb 1979 their single "Killing An Arab" came out.See the full winners list on www.nme.com White Lies played a great track then Elbow played a stunning "Grounds For Divorce" with an orchestra and choir.Franz Ferdinand played two songs inc a cover of Blondies "Call Me".Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn from Blur played on stage together for first time in years for an acoustic "This Is A Low".Glasvegas played a cover of Elvis Presleys "Suspicous Minds" then new boys Friendly Fires really pulled the stops out with four Brazilian carnival girls in full costumes along with multi drummers and confetti.The Cure played a superb 10 song 40 mins set inc "Friday Im In Love","Close To Me","Boys Dont Cry" and "Killing An Arab".We were 10 yards from stage on a table dead centre.Fantastic view and in the heart of the whole ceremony with The Enemy,Franz Ferdinand and Glasvegas tables either side of us.After the event there was 30 mins of mingling.This was a brilliant evening. See aftershow page for this event................ 24 Feb 2009.The Killers + Louis XIV live at The 02 Arena,London.Second of two sold out shows at this venue on the bands UK arena tour to promote recent album "Day And Age".Up first we have Louis XIV from San Diego.They look pretty cool and play a decent 40 mins set promoting recent album "Slick Dogs And Ponies".I had to check them out as they were the support band for The Sex Pistols only USA show last year in Las Vegas on 07 June before the Pistols came over to Europe.A couple of rows in front of us are Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant with Little Britains David Walliams.The Killers play for 95 mins.A nice big arena production with loads of lights and neon and some plastic palm trees at the rear.The girls love the singer and its a buzzing crowd. Gems inc "Human","Somebody Told Me","For Reasons Unknown" then for 2 or 3 average songs it plodded a bit.New single "Spaceman" was good. Then its uptempo stompers with "Smile Like You Mean It","Read My Mind","Mr Brightside" and "All These Things That Ive Done".Encores were "The World We Live In","Bones","Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine" and the place went bonkers for "When You Were Young" as the confetti was fired into the crowd.Mostly very good........... 23 Feb 2009.Launch party for dvd release of "Who Killed Nancy?" and dvd re-release of "Sid And Nancy" at The Leicester Square Theatre,London. Like the full screening at The Screen On The Green,Islington a couple of weeks ago this is another legendary venue where i saw the Sex Pistols play in 1976 when it was called The Notre Dame Hall.A full crowd here for 3 hours of freebie beers,wines and a chinese food buffet. At 8pm director Alan G Parker gives an introduction before a short 15 mins edit of highlights of both the films.Here tonight were Steve Diggle(Buzzcocks),Steve Grantley(SLF/Alarm),Steve Dior(played in Sids New York band),Don Letts and Tenpole Tudor and lots of other punk rockin chums.Steve Diggle played a three song acoustic set that included "Harmony In My Head".The dvd is well worth seeing............ There is a great article on www.punk77.co.uk about another legendary punk club called The Vortex which used to be at Crackers in Wardour Street.I was at five brilliant shows there in 1977/78.Slits,Penetration,Slaughter And The Dogs,Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers and Sham 69. Short lived but a great venue................... 22 Feb 2009.London Fashion Week.Day 3 of LFW madness where there are at least half a dozen parties each night to celebrate fashion shows,shop openings and the general fashion industry.I ended up at four in the one night.7.30pm to 8.30pm was at The Met Bar,Park Lane,London.Met Bar Pink Drinks Fashion Party.Freebie cocktails and canopes.My old mate from the punk and 80s club scene Philip Salon is here.Lots of pretty girls and fashion folks.Small goodie bag here...then 9pm to 10pm to Mac Cosmetics Party at The Hospital,Covent Garden.London.Freebie cocktails and canopes here. A lively crowd and rockin dj.Jo Wood,Jade Jagger and Jodie Harsh were here.Goodie bag of Mac cosmetics....then 10.30pm to 12.30am over to The Paramount Club,Centre Point,London for the www.eleykishimoto.com and www.eastpak.com party. First time here at this newish venue which is on the 31st floor with totally stunning views across London.Freebie cocktails flowing and the dj is getting the crowd dancing.Good one....then 1am to 2am at Mahiki,Dover Strret,London.Select Model Management are having an Oscars theme party where half the men are in black ties.Mahiki is one of Londons top clubs as its a regular of young royalty and posh youngsters.Freebie cocktails are flowing and the goodie bag had a voucher for a free pair of Reebok Trainers. Needless to say i was whacked when i got home.... 21 Feb 2009.Judas Priest + Megadeth + Testament live at Wembley Arena,London.A great three band rock bill from promoters Live Nation.Testament come on early at 6.30pm but good to see that the floor standing is pretty full and keen to see them and their 40 mins set.They do a thrashy set inc "Practice What You Preach" and a couple from their recent album "The Formation Of Damnation". The crowd are slamming into eachother wildly and its barely 7pm....next up we have Megadeth.Dave Mustaine and his flying V guitar storm into a 60 mins set with full on speed/thrash guitar riffs.The crowd loved them.Set included "Take No Prisoners","Washington Is Next","Skin Of My Teeth","Peace Sells" and "Holy Wars"........then its Judas Priest who bring a nice full stage production with stairways and walkways.Singer Rob Halford as usual seems to have got dressed in the dark as he appears in a dodgy bacofoil outfit for opener "Dawn Of Creation".Later on he wears heavy lomg leather coats and clumpy boots. The twin guitars have a fantastic distorted loud sound.Gems inc "Metal Gods","Breaking The Law" and "Rock Hard Ride Free".They are still promoting their "Notradamas" album.More gems inc "Sinner","Painkiller" and encores that featured "Hell Bent For Leather" with Rob arriving on stage on his big motorbike and "You Got Another Thing Coming".Yet again they did NOT play "Living After Midnight" in the set but overall a great night of rock .......... 18 Feb 2009.BRIT Awards live at Earls Court Arena,London.The biggest music awards in the UK. Tons of photographers inside and outside venue. 5.15pm had an hours drinks reception.Then 6.15pm to 7.45pm was a three course dinner with drinks. A massive catering operation here as there are 3500 seated downstairs then later on 3500 or so come in for show only to watch from the balcony. 8pm to 10pm is the show itselt.We move down from the back to the A block at the front where all the acts and main music biz folks are.Hosted by Kylie Minogue and the two blokes from Gavin And Stacey tv show.A host of acts doing one song each with big productions.U2 played "Get On Your Boots",Girls Aloud played "The Promise",Coldplay played "Viva La Vida",Duffy played "Warwick Avenue",Take That played "Greatest Day"(they had the best wow factor as they were lowered from the ceiling via a spaceship type pod),Kings Of Leon play "Use Somebody",The Ting Tings And Estelle played a mix of their hits and Pet Shop Boys played a medley of half a dozen hits as they picked up the main Outstanding Achievement Award.They were joined by Brandon Flowers and Lady Gaga.See www.brits.co.uk/winners for full list.Duffy won 3 awards and Kings Of Leon won 2 awards.Nice to see Elbow win an award and Iron Maiden won best live act but were overseas so could not be here.Presenters inc Lionel Richie, Jamie Cullum,Joe Calzaghe,David Hasselhoff,Katy Perry,Gok Wan,Alan Carr,Sir Tom Jones and Brandon Flowers.Seasick Steve,James Morrison and KT Tunstell were all also here.Music biz major players here inc John Giddings(agent for Madonna,Rolling Stones,Police,Genesis etc), Alan Edwards(head of Outside pr),Barbara Charrone (head of MBC pr) others here inc Louis Walsh, Bernie Ecclestone,Johnny Vaughn,Philip Scofield.With one song each the whole event goes so very quickly but its always a great evening out.See aftershow page for this event............ 16 Feb 2009.Two non gig events tonight.7pm to 9pm was launch party for UKTVs new channel "Blighty" at The Proud Gallery,Camden.Loads of freebie cocktails and canopes.Also a goodie bag.The female gardener Charlie Dimmock was here....then 9.30pm to 11pm was over to the very nice club FIFTY,50 St James Street,SW1 for the book launch "Take A Girl Like Me" by Amy Bohan.Its a book about the highs and lows of a model from Swansea who came to London seeking fame and ended up selling stories about Gavin Henson,John Leslie and falling into the London drugs scene.Free drinks flowing and lots of young pretty wannabee WAGS here but too crowdwd so got given a copy of the book and left ......... 15 Feb 2009.Sharleen Spiteri + Kizzy Star live at The Hammersmith Apollo,London.Up first are four Scottish lads who play a decent 30 mins set of catchy pop rock with a great guitar sound. Their debut single "Out Of Control" is out 27 Feb 2009.See myspace.com/kizzystar...then its Sharleen Spiteri on the last night of her debut solo tour to promote her debut solo album "Melody" that came out a few months ago. Not sure when or how Sharleen became a gay icon but there are loads of gay female couples here tonight.I have seen Texas a couple of times but surprise surprise this was much better.A great mix of new album tracks,Texas hits and a few covers in the 90 mins set.She has a big band dressed in suits and the brass section gives every song a lovely big sound.Sharleen has nicked a bit of 60s Motown/Dusty sound and look and the stage has drapes hanging at the back like a posh supper club.Set included "It Was You","Black Eyed Boy","Say What You Want","Summer Son","These Boots Are Made For Walking","I Dont Want A Lover"(that song is now 20 years old),and "Should I Stay Ot Should I Go".Sharleen has great banter with the crowd and accepts pressies from girl fans down the front. More gems were "Halo" and "Stop I Dont Love You Anymore".Encores were debut solo single "All The Times I Cried" then another Texas hit "Inner Smile" and a cover of "River Deep Mountain High".It was a hugely entertaining show. See aftershow page for this gig.................. 14 Feb 2009.Jodeci + Joe + Minx Mafia live at Wembley Arena,London.A night of American r n b as two of the biggest acts of the 1990s play a co headline gig.Up first we have five pretty girl dancers who are on for 20 mins.Think Pussycat Dolls with less clothes and naughtier lyrics as they sang and danced to a backing track.Ok for me but a lot of the females in the crowd booed them off at the end.Well its Valentines night and both headline acts have lots of lyrics for the ladeeeezz.Its great how acts like these can play big venues like this and the mainstream general public have never heard of them over here.Joe is on for 75 mins and his set includes "More And More" and "Lets Stay Home Tonight" then a couple of acoustic songs with Joe on guitar inc "All That I Am" and ending with "Good Girls".Then Jodeci hit the stage to loud screams and wearing big coats for 70 mins inc "Fennin","Freakin'You", "Forever My Lady" and "Come And Talk To Me" then one member went through the crowd on a minders shoulders for "Cry For You".The encore had 30 girls on stage for a dance and Jodeci inviting all the crowd back to their K West Hotel(near Shepherds Bush Green) for an afterparty.A late finish at 11.30pm but a decent evening........... 13 Feb 2009.Keane live at The 02 Arena,London. This was Keanes second show at this venue and its the last night of their UK arena tour.Keanes first two albums have sold 8 million copies so i doubt that some dodgy reviews of their recent 3rd album "Perfect Symmetry" will worry them too much.A nice stage production with big screens and a full colour blast of neon and shapes.On stage for 1 hour 50 mins.Singer Tom Chaplin still does his best to try to be a rock star but he is just far too polite on stage for me. They have enough decent songs in the set though "Everythings Changing","Bend And Break","This Is The Last Time","Spiralling" then out to the smaller secong stage in the middle of the floor for acoustic versions of "Try Again","Sunshine" and "Snowed Under".More goodies later with "Perfect Symmetry" and "Crystal Ball" and a great version of "Somewhere Only We Know" with all the crowd singing.Encores were a couple of lesser known tracks followed by great versions of "Is It Any Wonder?" and "Bedshaped".Love them or hate them Keane put on a good show............ 12 Feb 2009.Magazine live at The Kentish Town Forum,London.This was the first of two sold out London shows for Magazine who split up 27 years ago in 1982.The place is rammed and there is a real buzz tonight for this legendary post punk band who have influenced the likes of Morrissey and Radiohead(band members were at the Magazine warm up show on Tues in Oxford).I saw them three times back in the late 70s and it was amazing to see them back on stage again.On stage for 90 mins they played tracks off all their four albums released on Virgin.Setlist opened with "The Light Pours Out Of Me" and other gems that followed included "Model Worker","Because You're Frightened","Song From Under The Floorboards", "Definitive Gaze" and of course "Shot By Both Sides".Encores included their cover of Sly And The Family Stones "Thank You" along with "Motorcade" and "I Love You,You Big Dummy". Four out of five are original members and the new guitarist does a fantastic job replacing John McGeoch who sadly passed away in 2004.Out now is another best of album "Touch And Go-Anthology 1978-1981".Great gig................... 11 Feb 2009.Another evening with two events.First 7.30pm to 9pm was a book launch for "In Bed With" (which features raunchy stories from 16 of your fave female novelists) at The Langham Hotel, Portland Place,London W1.Very swanky bash in this lovely 5 star hotel with 200 people here including Vanessa Felz,Sir Clement Freud,Carole Malone,Actor David Morrissey,Helen Lederer and even Nick Mason from Pink Floyd was here.Loads of freebie Laurent Perrier champers and Snow Queen vodka cocktails with quality canopes.... then a dash to see Starsailor live at The Luminaire,Kilburn,London.A sold out crowd of just 300 hardcore fans here in this cosy venue. Starsailor are one of those excellent underated bands.Tonight they are on stage for around 80 mins and play a great set.Loads of gems including "Alcoholic","Four To The Floor" and a stunning "Keep Us Together".A new album track "Neon Sky" had vocalist James Walsh at his best.Also played was "Silence Is Easy" and their brilliant new single "Tell Me Its Not Over" which is out next Monday week on 23 Feb 2009.The finish off with a fun version of Abba's "Dancing Queen" before coming back with another corker "Good Souls". Starsailor have a new album out on 02 March called "All The Plans" on their new record label and the band play a UK tour that ends at Shepherds Bush Empire on 09 April 2009.See www.starsailor.net.....www.myspace.com/starsailor ......... As mentioned on this site a couple of weeks ago Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band have confirmed they headline Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park on June 28.Rumours the June 27 date will be headlined by AC/DC or Paul McCartney..... Download Festival June 12 to 14 has confirmed the headliners as Slipknot,Prodigy,Motley Crue, Korn,Pendulum and Dragonforce....and Def Leppard and Whitesnake have been added to June 14 at Download.........The 2009 Teenage Cancer Trust shows at The Royal Albert Hall include Stereophonics on March 26 and Kasabian on March 27 ...... 10 Feb 2009.Quidam - Cirque Du Soleil live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.This circus for the posh folks back at RAH for its annual 6 week stint after Christmas.Its a two hour show over two sets.Loads of top quality acrobats, mime,clowns,trapeze,balancing,aerial displays, hoops etc with a full band and full costumes and very colourful.Its always very good.The last show of this run will be Sunday 15 Feb.......... 09 Feb 2009.Went to another two events this evening.First was 6.45pm Total Production Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London.This is the main awards for the people behind the scenes at live music events. First it was an hour champers reception then a nice three course dinner.We are on a table with some nice folks from www.nightmagazine.co.uk Hosted by Phil Jupitus with about 20 awards given out inc Live Production Of The Year(Kylie Minogue X 2008 Tour),Fave Venue(Manchester Evening News Arena),Fave Transport Company(Edwin Shirley Trucking),Fave Security Company(Showsec). A couple of awards were given out by Judie Tzuke and Bill Wyman gave the main Lifetime Contribution Award to Claude Nobs who founded the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967.Others inc Fave Tour Manager,Fave Backline Technician(roadie),Fave Production Manager etc.See www.tpimagazine.com.A nice event......then a car dash in the pouring rain 11.30pm to 1am for The Elle Style Magazine Awards afterparty at Big Sky London,29 Brewery Road,Holloway, London.Most of the celebs from the awards earlier inc Courtney Love,Mickey Rourke,Anna Friel,Thandie Newton,Jamie Redknapp,Sienna Miller,Jade Jagger,Natalie Imbruglia etc have left by the time we get there.Lots of freebie cocktails going and loads of pretty girls all dressed up.Faces spotted by me here inc David Walliams,The Feeling,Jo Wood,Dave Berry,Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof.Everyone got a huge womans goodie bag which inc John Galliano perfume.Good one......... 08 Feb 2009.I was at two events today.Film "Who Killed Nancy?".I went to a 4pm screening at The Screen On The Green Cinema,Islington,London.This is of course a legendary venue for Sex Pistols fans as they played two secret gigs here in 1976 and 1977.I was at the latter when Sid was on bass.The death of Nancy has passed into rock legend.Most think it was Sid or Nancy herself that did the deed but using lots of old Sid footage and recent interviews with loads of people that knew Sid you do feel it may have been someone else.Glen Matlock is the only Pistol to give quotes but seeing as i saw him play with Sid back in 1978 its all very valid.On a small budget so more a docu film that a full feature i thought it was good.No Sex Pistols music used on soundtrack but what they use is good stuff.After the film finished Director Alan G Parker hosted a Q and A for 15 or so mins.He said most of Sids belongings inc the knife murder weapon are with Sids cousin.The film opens at selected cinemas in London and around the UK.For full info check www.sex-pistols.net and the DVD is in the shops with extras from Monday 23 Feb 2009........then 7.30pm over to see Paul Anka live at The Palladium,London.This was a one off UK show for this legendary songwriter who wrote "My Way" so theres a nice Sid Vicious connection after seeing the film earlier.This 67 year old brought his first single out way back in 1956 and has since wrote some 900 songs and released 125,yes 125 albums.The set lasted nearly two hours and was really enjoyable.Loads of great songs and Paul Anka worked the crowd well as he sung in the aisles,danced with the fans and told a few jokes.His 14 piece band and orchestra sounded fab.His set inc "Diana","For Once In My Life", "You Are My Destiny","Mack The Knife".Some gems from his "Rock Swings" album "Jump"(Van Halen), "Its My Life"(Bon Jovi) and "Smells Like Teen Spirit"(Nirvana).Then it was "Youre Having My Baby","Put Your Head On My Shoulder" and "Puppy Love"(Donny Osmond made this song famous but its Pauls),"Shes A Lady"(Tom Jones made it famous but its Pauls).A highlight of the night was a stunning version of "I'm Not Anyone" which had Sammy Davis Jr on the big screen singing along with Paul.Needless to say "My Way" went down a storm.Encores of "New York New York"and "Twist And Shout" had all this older crowd dancing. I even saw Luke Morley from Thunder here.It was a great show ................. 06 Feb 2009.Only Ones live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.The loyal hardcore fans are here but all the three upstairs levels are closed to lack of ticket sales for this legendary post punk band from the late 70s/early 80s.All four original members are here and its just like the old gigs i saw them play over 25 years ago.The 90 mins set had lots of oldies and a few newies that will be out on a new album later this year. Singer Peter Perrett still has that nasal voice you love or hate.He looks rough after a life of hard drugs and he has lost most of the capacity in his lungs.Gems played included "Trouble In The World","Me And My Shadow","Programme" and "The Big Sleep".The encores featured superb versions of "Another Girl Another Planet" and "The Beast" with brilliant guitar playing from John Perry.A band i can watch time and time again.SONY BMG has re-issued their three classic albums remastered with extra tracks.Also check out www.theonlyones.biz ..... Deep Purple play Hammersmith Apollo on 14 Nov 2009 as part of a UK tour.........ABC play a special one off show playing "Lexicon Of Love" album with an orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall on 08 April 2009......The Black Crowes play a one off UK show at Brixton Academy on Sunday 17 May to promote recent album "Warpaint"........BB King and John Mayall play Wembley Arena on 28 June as part of a short UK tour................. 05 Feb 2008.Went to two good events tonight.First from 6.45pm to 9.30pm was launch party for The Commander gastro pub 47 Hereford Road,London W2. A lovely decorated venue.The freebie cocktails and champers are flowing as well as yummy gourmet burgers,oysters and canopes.Ronnie Woods ex Jo Wood is here looking lovely as always.She is out and about all the time since her split with Ronnie.The venue will cater for the monied folks of Notting Hill Gate but a tricky time to open when theres a credit crunch on.Very nice though. ......then 10pm The Priscillas live at Madame Jojos,Soho,London.A perfect venue for this glam pop punk combo to launch their album "10,000 Volts" which comes out this week.They were four girls but nows its three girls and a boy drummer. Loads of catchy tunes here in their 55 mins set. The girls are clearly pleased the album is finally out.Singer Jenny Drag looks great in a Siouxsie type black catsuit.The set included "Demolition Kids","Oh Keiko","Lucys Gone" and super versions of "Jimmy In A Dress" and current single "All The Way To Holloway" and later on "Superhero".Lots of disco bass and nifty guitar riffs in the style of early Blondie/Revillos/60s garage rock and roll.They were great fun to watch live.See www.myspace.com/thepriscillas Sadly the band had to announce on stage the death of one of their fave singers Lux Interior from The Cramps who passed away earlier.......... 04 Feb 2009.Launch party for AC/DC "Let There Be Rock" photos exhibition at Proud Gallery in Camden.It features around 50 early photos of the band in Australia with many never seen before Bon Scott pictures.See some of them on www.proud.co.uk .It runs until 31 May 2009.The free beers are flowing for a couple of hours before the band come on as the dj plays loads of classic rock tunes.Top AC/DC tribute band Dirty DC play a full set of AC/DC gems for 1 hour 40 mins.The sound is great and both the Angus and Brian lookalikes do good jobs.The Angus spends half the time off the stage duck walking and spinning on the ground in true Angus style.Set inc "Hell Aint A Bad Place To Be","Shoot To Thrill",great versions of recent AC/DC single "Rock n Roll Train","Back In Black","Dirty Deeds","Jailbreak","High Voltage","You Shook Me All Night Long","Whole Lotta Rosie","TNT","Let There Be Rock" and encore of "Highway To Hell".Great fun............ 03 Feb 2009.Chaka Khan live at The Shepherds Bush Empire,London.Soul diva Chaka back in London to promote recent album "Funk This".Now age 55 she still has the big hair,big smile,big voice and er big chest.On stage for just 80 mins she's always good but never great.Big 1980s hits "I Feel For You" and "Ain't Nobody" were played early on.Then a few songs inc million seller "Tell Me Something Good" from her time with Rufus who were massive Stateside in the 1970s.Then a few songs from new album inc "Angel".Chaka still mumbles the lyrics a bit and resorts to a harsh scream to cover herself. For the encore she was joined by Lulu for a great version of "Im Every Woman".So a good show for a cold night but i always feel Chaka could be better ................... 31 Jan 2009.Seasick Steve live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.What an amazing last couple of years Seasick Steve has had.Bearing in mind most record companies will not touch anyone under the age of 30 this 68 year old now can sell out this 5,000 capacity venue thanks to great reviews on Jools Holland and the likes of Mojo and Q.He was on stage for 1 hour 50 mins playing material from his three albums "Cheap","Dog House Music" and "I Started Out With Nothing And Still Got Most Of It Left".The stage is cosy with a washing line of a dozen clothing items hanging on it,another line of light bulbs and half a dozen spotlights.It looked like he was playing by the porch of his house or trailer.Mostly sitting down playing his battered guitars on his knee and stamping his left foot as he played some bottleneck blues.He also got a young girl on stage to serenade.His two band members matched him and it was a refreshing enjoyable show.See aftershow page for this gig............. KISS + Paul Rodgers And Queen to tour together this summer??.A nice rumour but if it happens i think it will be in North America rather than Europe.............Feb 18 sees a mega gig at The Shepherds Bush Empire as Coldplay + The Killers both play sets for charity.Tix are 50 quid via a lottery that closes Tues 3rd Feb at 5pm at www.warchildheroes.com ....... Madonna is about to announce some more European Shows including London 02 Arena on July 4 and Manchester Arena on July 7 ... 30 Jan 2009.1pm.Some Velvet Morning live on top of the PRS building in Berners Street,London W1 to celebrate The Beatles 40th anniversary of their legendary rooftop event.Only 25 invited media folks here due to red tape,a tiny space and health and safety.Feargal Sharkey (ex Undertones singer)is here as he looks after UK Music Group which covers PRS,BPI etc. Head up to 6th floor and up again to the roof space.The three piece band play three songs in the 15 mins set.The sound is great with some really good punchy clear vocals with catchy lyrics.They finish with debut single "Losing My Mind" as loads of office workers from nearby buildings come out to see what is going on.The band will put footage of the gig on their website www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk and they play The Camden Barfly on Wed 04 Feb.In and out of the building in less than an hour but a great event as how often do you get to see a band play on a rooftop?........then later The Buzzcocks + Lurkers live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London. A nice pairing out punk acts that i both saw in their 1970s heyday.Up first The Lurkers play a 45 mins set.Sadly their two main members are not here but their bass player has plenty of great on stage banter and tonight says the term "podgoing" which is chubby old punks pogoing. They finish off with "Aint Got A Clue" and "Shadow".Then The Buzzcocks who play a brilliant 1 hour 45 mins set.This show features their first two albums from 1978 in their track by track order "Another Music In A Different Kitchen" and "Love Bites" with loads of 3 minute punk pop gems inc "Fast Cars","Love Battery","I Dont Mind","Autonomy","Ever Fallen In Love","Sixteen Again" and others they have not played for ages. The albums have been reissued by EMI with extra tracks and are a must buy purchase. Their new bass player does a good job and Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle are on great form.Lots of jumping around front of stage.The encores consisted of eight songs."Orgasm Addict","Whatever Happened To?","What Do I Get?", "Oh Shit","Love You More","Noise Annoys","Promises","Lipstick" and "Harmony In My Head".As usual The Buzzcocks were just superb. See aftershow page for this gig.................. 29 Jan 2009.7.30pm to 11.30pm.Drapers Etail Awards at Sketch,Conduit Street,London W1.Hosted by singer and presenter Mica Paris.A very nice party with freebie Moet champers,cocktails,beers and wines along with lots of tasty grub in this very trendy venue.Celebrating the best in UK online fashion retail websites.Winners included www.my-wardrobe.com...www.asos.com... www.miodestino.co.uk...www.mulberry.com..........www.coggles.com...www.radley.co.uk............... www.schuh.co.uk.....www.soleheaven.com and others.Caprice handed out an award.A big crowd of some 400 here.DJ after the awards.A decent goodie bag at the end.Very good.................. 28 Jan 2009.Grace Jones live at The Roundhouse, London.This was the second of three sell out shows at this venue for Grace after that electric comeback show i witnessed last summer at The Royal Festival Hall.As an original diva she keeps the crowd waiting until 9.30pm for her 1 hour 45 mins set that was again stunning.From the start she is lowered from a crane thats 25 feet up in the air as she looks down on her subjects. Straight into "Nightclubbing" as she mixes old and new."My Jamican Guy" and "Demolition Man" were really good.Forget Madonna at 50 as Grace Jones at 60 looks incredible and shes not scared to show her body off as the entire show shes in a swimsuit and tights with a different hat or head gear for each song.On top of that she uses a wind machine and pole dancing podium wiggling her bum too.Also "La Vie En Rose" was great and a rockin version of "Williams Blood" from new album "Hurricane" was superb."Devil In My Life" was another goodie and "Pull Up To The Bumper" was mega as she let 30 punters on stage for a boogie with her.Her chat between songs was just so funny and even joked about anger management classes.First encore "Love Is The Drug" was dedicated to Bryan Ferry who i saw earlier with Anthony Price.A dressed down Frank Skinner was also here.It was amazing as the lasers bounced off her headgear.Then for "Slave To The Rhythm" she twirled a pink hola hoop around her waist for the entire 5 mins of the song.Quite amazing. Another cape and the wind machine in full flow for last song "Hurricane".A fantastic show by this totally unique performer 27 Jan 2008.Pussycat Dolls + Neyo + Lady Gaga live at The 02 Arena,London.First of the two shows at this venue for this great package of three American acts who are all having UK chart success.Up first we have Lady Gaga who is one of the hottest new acts in the world right now with her electro synth pop that the crowd really like. Her two singles "Poker Face" and "Just Dance" have been worldwide hits with the latter currently enjoying its third week at Number 1 in the UK.She is mouthy and a bit kookie and wears raunchy outfits.She also played "Paparazzi" in her short set of 25 mins.Pretty good.Then Neyo and band played for 50 mins.He is in the Kanye West/Usher area and the many teenage girls here love him.Set played included "Nobody","Single", "Sexy Love","So Sick" a medley of covers from the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna then "Miss Independent" and "Closer".A good set.As expected for PCD it was a big stage production with flames,fireworks and staircases everywhere.On stage for 95 mins it was visually very good with sexy outfits and non stop dance routines.The band consisted of two stand up drummers who were obviously not plugged in so it was all backing tapes although this crowd did not seem to care. Set included "I Dont Need A Man" and a great version of "I Hate This Part" also "Buttons" and most of the tracks from their two albums then each PCD sung a solo track and they had a dance comp with some audience members. "Stickwitu" was good and the encores of "Dont Cha" and "When I Grow Up" were great.So a good fun show overall ........ 26 Jan 2009.A very busy night with three events on.First 6.45pm to 8.45pm was The Mandarin Hotel, Knightsbridge,Chinese New Year Party.Lots of free Moet champers and chinese food but usually there is 400 plus here but due to the credit crunch only 200 have been invited this year.Last year we had entertainment and a few celebs here inc Alan Whicker but none tonight.Subdued but still good though.......then over to see Staind live at The Kentish Town Forum.Its a total sell out.I saw Staind a few months ago when they played a great set supporting Nickelback.Tonight we get a full 95 mins set of oldies from their superb multi million selling 2001 album "Break The Cycle" and tracks from recent album "The Illusion Of Progress".Its a brilliant no fuss jeans and t shirts crunching rock sound with tracks including "Epiphany","For You", "Outside","Believe","Its Been Awhile" and solo acoustic encore of "Intro".A really good show.......then 11.30pm to 2am on to Sway in Covent Garden for The Big Brother TV Wrap Party. A huge crowd of some 800 here in three rooms. Loads of free booze all night for all.There is no credit crunch here.Most of the BB gang are tucked up in a VIP room.Coolio comes out to sing seven tracks over a backing tape.He is joined by another rapper and a sax player.The set of course includes his mega hit "Gangstas Paradise" where he is joined by Mutya(ex Sugababe).The 35 mins set ends with Coolio being joined by the covers band who played earlier for a rocking "Hey Jude".A decent gig.I actually saw Coolio in 1998 when he played a rare London show ......... Live music events seen by me in 2008 was 228. This makes the grand total of 5110 gigs seen by me since 1973. www.bbc.co.uk did a nice article on me and the website being the UKs TOP gig goer as i went past the 5000 figure in the summer..... TOP 20 GIGS OF 2008 1.SEX PISTOLS - HAMMERSMITH APOLLO - 02 SEPT 2008... 2.KISS + JUDAS PRIEST + MOTORHEAD - DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL-13 JUNE 2008... 3.MADONNA - WEMBLEY STADIUM - 11 SEPT 2008... 4.ROGER WATERS - 02 ARENA - 18/19 MAY 2008... 5.BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND - EMIRATES STADIUM - 30/31 MAY 2008... 6.DEF LEPPARD + WHITESNAKE - WEMBLEY ARENA - 24 JUNE 2008/LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA 15 JULY 2008... 7.METALLICA - 02 ARENA - 15 SEPT 2008... 8.LINKIN PARK - 02 ARENA - 28/29 JAN 2008... 9.OASIS - WEMBLEY ARENA - 16/17 OCT 2008... 10.IRON MAIDEN + BIFFY CLYRO - TWICKENHAM STADIUM - 05 JULY 2008... 11.FOO FIGHTERS - WEMBLEY STADIUM - 06 JUNE 2008... 12.R.E.M. + EDITORS - ROSE BOWL ,SOUTHAMPTON - 27 AUG 2008... 13.ACE FREHLEY - ASTORIA - 11 APRIL 2008... 14.TED NUGENT - 02 INDIGO - 14 JULY 2008... 15.SIOUXSIE - KOKO,CAMDEN - 29 SEPT 2008... 16.KYLIE MINOGUE - 02 ARENA - 26/29 JULY 2008... 17.LEONARD COHEN - ROYAL ALBERT HALL - 17/18 NOV 2008... 18.NEIL YOUNG - HAMMERSMITH APOLLO - 14/15 MARCH 2008... 19.EAGLES - 02 ARENA - 22/26 MARCH 2008... 20.COLDPLAY - 02 ARENA - 14 DEC 2008... TOP 5 SECRET GIGS OF 2008. 1.DEF LEPPARD - ISLINGTON ACADEMY - 06 MARCH 2008... 2.METALLICA - BBC RADIO THEATRE - 14 SEPT 2008... 3.STEVIE WONDER - OLD ROYAL NAVAL MUSEUM ,WOOLWICH - 05 JUNE 2008... 4.THE CULT - 100 CLUB - 26 FEB 2008... 5.CHUCK BERRY - 100 CLUB - 23 MARCH 2008......... BEST 5 OVERSEAS GIGS. 1.SEX PISTOLS - ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL , IRELAND - 31 AUG 2008... 2.SEX PISTOLS + NEW YORK DOLLS + BUZZCOCKS - LOKERSE FESTIVAL,BELGUIM - 02 AUG 2008... 3.SEX PISTOLS + RAY DAVIES - AZKENA ROCK FESTIVAL, NORTHERN SPAIN - 05 SEPT 2008... 4.KISS - DATCH FORUM, ASSAGO, MILAN, ITALY - 24 JUNE 2008... 5.BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND - SAN SIRO STADIUM, MILAN, ITALY - 25 JUNE 2008........ BEST AFTERSHOW PARTY. 1.JOHN LYDONS AFTER SEX PISTOLS HAMMERSMITH APOLLO SHOW 02 SEPT 2008 ..... BEST DVD LAUNCH 1.SEX PISTOLS "THERE'LL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND", SCREEN ON THE GREEN,ISLINGTON - 01 JULY 2008..... BEST VIDEO SHOOT. 1.AC/DC "ROCK N ROLL TRAIN" 15 AUG 2008. 300 FANS MET AT VICTORIA "TRAIN" STATION TO BE TAKEN TO SECRET DESTINATION WHICH WAS BLACK ISLAND REHEARSAL STUDIOS IN ACTON ... On the afternoon of Thursday 20 Nov 2008 i had an enjoyable interview and photo session with the BBC to celebrate me hitting the 5000 gigs mark a couple of months ago.It will be up on www.bbc.co.uk on 24 Nov 2008.......The Sun which is the UKs biggest selling newspaper printed a nice article featuring www.raysgigs.com as their "best website of the week" on Friday 05 Dec 2008........also the local free paper The Hammersmith And Fulham News has done a full interview and photos outside Hammersmith Apollo that will be delivered free to all households in Shepherds Bush,Hammersmith and Fulham on Thurs 18th Dec.End result = It has come out really great.A whole page with a good photo and well put together.......The Independent on 06 Dec 2008.A nice full page article with a photo on page 11 of their magazine but there is a couple of misquotes and they did not mention raysgigs.com.Its also up on online at www.independent.co.uk and enter Ray Morrissey in the search.........and have done about 20 phone interviews on radio stations so keep a listen out for them.I will put any good ones i know of up here.BBC World Service interview is now Thursday 11th Dec at 11am UK time.Go and search for it on http://www.thetakeaway.org............. Please note that the leather jacket with patches that was used in the BBC interview has never been worn by me to a gig or even outside of the house.It was a gig going competition prize from Q Magazine from 1997.The photographers like it for its bright colours etc.Indeed all photos you see of me are photographers ideas,not mine...... Some of you have pointed out that my gig history from 2003 to 2007 is not yet up which is true. Needless to say in those years i still did 150 to 200 gigs a year inc nearly every act that has played 02 Arena including Led Zeppelin.I did all seven Sex Pistols shows on their 2007 UK tour. All three Rolling Stones 02 Arena 2007 shows..... Six Prince shows at The 02 Arena in 2007......... Also Feb 2007 i saw Aerosmith play a secret gig at The Hard Rock Cafe in London.All four Cream shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005....U2 at Croke Park,Dublin 27 June 2005...In 2005 i was at Live 8 featuring Paul McCartney + Pink Floyd + Madonna and others at Hyde Park and the night before at Hyde Park saw the rehearsals to a crowd of just 300 as Pink Floyd played the same four songs as the main event and Madonna spent an hour rehearsing her songs.......In 2006 saw five Guns And Roses shows on their UK tour including a secret gig at Londons Cuckoo Club were they came on stage at 4.30am to play a 75 mins set in front of 200 people....Madonna and Rolling Stones multi shows in 2006....Loads more but email me for any info on that period........ ........ http://www.nme.com/news/faces/41015..............www.uncut.co.uk...www.billboard.com....teletext..www.planetrock.co.uk and loads of others have picked up on my world exclusive news of The Rod Stewart And The Faces reunion....11 Nov 2008.9pm to 12.30am.Claridges Bar 10th Anniversary Party,Claridges Hotel,London W1.This invite only event was just superb.Plenty of freebie cocktails,champers and canopes flowing in the main bar of this famous 5 star hotel always used by A listers.Lots of faces here include Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster and Rod's daughter Kimberley.I had a lovely chat with Rod Stewart.I asked him "whats the latest news about a Faces reunion?".The answer is a total exclusive to this website.This Monday Rod is meeting up with Ronnie Wood and the others in the studio for their first rehearsal. "Just to check if they can remember the songs".Great news.They will use Rod's current tour bass player as Ronnie Lane has sadly passed away.Also here was the lovely and friendly Cilla Black who was very cosy with Reading F.C. chairman and hotel owner John Madejski.Also Jade Jagger,Ozwald Boateng,Rick Parfitt Jr,Nicky Haslam,Rosamund Pike(actress from James Bond Die Another Day etc),Zandra Rhodes,Donna Air,Leah Wood.A great crowd and dj playing cool tunes. This was a quality bash............email me on ray@raysgigs.com