Archive: October 2010

October 12, 2010

11 Oct 2011.6.15pm to 8.45pm.Cosmetic Executive Women(CEW) Achiever Awards 2010 at The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel,Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge,London SW1.This is the cosmetic's industry version of the BRIT Awards.About 500 people here with 90% female.Freebie champers and nice canapes for an hour then all seated for the awards.Main awards went to Andrea Jung(Head Of Avon),Robin Vincent(Managing Director Of Clarins),Michelle Feeney(CEO Of St Tropez)and other awards to other achievers.The goodie bag here was excellent just like last years.Around a dozen female items in a very smart large handbag.I managed to get four of them.As i walked down Sloane Street to Sloane Square tube station i must have looked like one of those ramraiders who has just done a smash and grab at one of the designer shops in the area.Will make some nice Xmas pressies for family and friends though ... 10 Oct 2010.7.15pm to 10.45pm.Apollo Victoria 80th Birthday Gala Performance,London SW1.This huge venue seating over 2000 was built at a time of frenetic cinema building in the UK.A 3 hour show over two sets of 85 mins and 95 mins.The first half was singers covering songs from music acts who have played the venue which included Rolling Stones,Supremes,Joni Mitchell,ELO, Roberta Flack,Barry White,Shirley Bassey,Liza Minneli and even Led Zeppelin who rehearsed in the venue.We had The Jersey Boys play a few Frankie Valli songs then Bucks Fizz played two songs.They played the venue in 1983.The two girls looked great for "The Land Of Make Believe" and "Making Your Mind Up" complete with the ripping off skirts routine which brought a loud cheer.I saw a dozen shows here 1975-1977 before it shut down for a couple of years.The second half of the show featured the musicals that have played there over the last 30 years.This was hosted by the very camp Christopher Biggins who was very entertaining. We had 15 mins each of Saturday Night Fever,Wayne Sleep,Camelot,Moving Out(based on Billy Joel songs),The Sound Of Music,Bombay Dreams and Starlight Express than ran here for a staggering 18 years.Also the current production of Wicked.In the crowd i spotted David Van Day(Dollar),Max Clifford and Donna Air.An enjoyable evening.There was a an afterparty at Opal Bar by Embankment tube but i decided not to bother and avoid the booze and yet another very late night out ...... 09 Oct 2010.7.15pm to 11.30pm.The Pink Ribbon Ball at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,London W1. Always nice to be at this superb 5 star hotel. Most of the 400 guests have paid £250 for this black tie charity event for Breast Cancer.Some faces here tonight inc the host who is Norman Pace from 1980s comedy duo Hale And Pace.Actress Martine McCutcheon is here.Also actress Jessie Wallace.Also Mark Hughes who is coach of Fulham Football Club.First we have freebie champers for an hour.I have a few words with singer Tony Hadley in the press area.He is always very nice and friendly.Then a Bollywood Dancing display for 15 mins then a very nice three course dinner.Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley sings four songs with a backing band.Covers of The Killers "Somebody Told Me" and Elvis Presley "Suspicious Minds" then two Spandau classics "True" and "Gold".A short but sweet 20 mins set.Then Sir Jeffrey Archer did his usual good job of getting top prices for the auction lots.Got a couple of goodie bags on the way out. A very enjoyable evening ..... 08 Oct 2010.7.45pm to 12.30am.The Pink Ice Ball at The Hurlingham Club,Fulham,London SW6.Most of the 400 guests have paid £175 for this black tie charity event for Cancer Research.Some faces here inc tv presenter Natasha Kaplinsky who is hosting tonight.Also hair legend Nicky Clarke,tv presenter Donal MacIntrye,Lizzie Cundy and the stunning fashion designer Isabel Kristensen who is presenting a catwalk fashion show later.We had a champers reception for an hour then a nice three course meal with wines then the catwalk show,auction,raffle and dancing to a big band. The band were joined by Darius Campbell.(the reality tv star turned down Simon Cowell because he wanted to bring out his own material instead of cover versions).He played a few songs in his Big Band style.Darius really is one of the nicest people out there.Thats why he always gets invited to loads of stuff like this.Super polite and friendly to everyone.A decent goodie bag that included eau de toilette by Benefit........ 07 Oct 2010.Went to two good events tonight. First 6.45pm to 8pm i was at the launch of "Baglioni Hotel Marrakech" at Baglioni Hotel,Hyde Park Gate,London SW7.Hippie chic celebrity designer Jade Jagger has given their new hotel some "Moroccan Magic" and this London hotel has also been decked out in the same style.Lots of freebie champers,cocktails and canapes flowing.An upmarket crowd with lots of suits and a few glammed up girls.Jade Jagger was here.Also spotted bass player Guy Pratt who has done tons of stuff but recently has toured with David Gilmour and Bryan Ferry.He is married to the daughter of Pink Floyds Richard Wright......Then a handy five mins walk to see Steve Miller Band live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.Steve Millers first shows in the UK for over 25 years.I was at all three of his Hammersmith Odeon shows in July 1982.A really nice backdrop of 30 or 40 cardboard guitars in a rainbow shape across the stage with fairy lights. On stage for 1 hour 55 mins.Steve Miller played lots of great guitar.He was helped out by a backing singer that did a few of the lead vocals.Really great to hear some of those 1970s classics again.Lots of film cameras here so expect a live dvd to come out soon.Set inc "Take The Money And Run","Hey Yeah",a solo acoustic "Wild Mountain Honey","Dance Dance Dance" and a mega bunch of songs at the end "Abracadabra","Space Cowboy","Rock n Me" and encores of "Fly Like An Eagle" and of course "The Joker".A really enjoyable show.After the gig i walked back to The Baglioni Hotel for a couple of more freebie cocktails as party was on until 11.30pm ............. 06 Oct 2010.Another busy evening where i went to two good events before the Supertramp gig but missed the start of their show at The 02 Arena,London.First 6.30pm to 7.45pm i was at The Inspiration Awards For Women at The Cadogan Hall, Chelsea,London SW1.About 500 people here and a really good red carpet buzz as lots of photographers and camera crews.Freebie pink champers as 75% of the crowd are glammed up girls.A dozen celebs here inc Jo Wood,Meg Mathews,Ainsley Harriot,Andrew Castle,Lisa Snowden,Nick Knowles,Donna Air,Brendan Cole,Liz McClarnon,Antony Costa,the actress who plays "Heather" in Eastenders and Deborah Meadon(Dragons Den).Moved on before awards started..... then 8pm to 8.45pm i was at the Bobbi Brown "Beauty Rules" book launch at Paramount,Tottenham Court Road,London W1.Got the lift up to the 31st floor for this space with stunning views.Had a couple of freebie cocktails here.Bobbi Brown is a massive make up brand.She is a no show and has stayed in America though. 90% female crowd.Four huge make up makeover areas for the girls.DJ playing some sounds.The book retails for £17.99.Got a couple of decent goodie bags with the book and some nice Bobbi Brown make up items in them......then Supertramp at The 02 Arena,London.This was their only English show on their European Arena Tour. Got there a bit late.They were down for a 2 hours 20 mins set and i saw 1 hour 10 mins.Missed "Breakfast In America " and "Give A Little Bit" which were in the first half of the show but saw most of their hits which were saved for second half.Supertramp were massive in the late 70s/early 80s and i saw them a couple of times in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon as part of A+M Records package gigs.Their original singer Roger Hodgson left in 1983 and recently sent a statement to the band asking them not to play any of his songs.They have of course ignored that.The sound is great and they have some catchy melodic rock tunes but they are crying out for a singer or someone with some stage personailty and charisma as visually there is not much to look at.Some goodies played inc "Its Raining Again","Take The Long Way Home", "Bloody Well Right","The Logical Song","Goodbye Stranger" and encores "School",a really good "Dreamer" and "Crime Of The Century".So a decent show song wise but not a lot going on to look at .. 05 Oct 2010.5pm to 6pm me and some punk rock chums went back to visit that amazing collection of punk posters and flyers thats on at The Haunch Of Venison Gallery,6 Burlington Gardens,Piccadilly,London W1.....then a couple of drinks near the venue then to the gig.... Glen Matlock And The Philistines + Viv Albertine(ex Slits)+ Sharks live at The 100 Club,London W1 .Back at this legendary venue that may face closure due to increase of rent by greedy landlords.Up first are Sharks who are a young band who played a really good set.They support Gaslight Anthem on their UK tour which includes Hammersmith Apollo on Thurs 21 Oct...then we have Viv Albertine who was guitarist in female punk legends The Slits who i saw seven times between 1977-1979 inc shows supporting The Sex Pistols and The Clash.After her divorce she has started playing gigs again.She is now 55 but looks better than 30 years ago.Some great lyrics in her 30 mins set....Glen Matlock And The Philistines.Everyone gets a free signed cd single of "Born Running" which was a nice touch. Check out the neat video on The venue is full up and rather sweaty by the time Glen comes on.I have been playing Glens new album "Born Running" daily for the last two weeks.Loads of nifty rock n roll tunes with lashings of guitar.Its a really great album. Tonight its the full band line up with new members who were involved with the album. James Stevenson(The Alarm)guitar,Javier Weyler(Stereophonics)drums and Jim Lowe(producer of Glens album and early Stereophonics albums).We also have four female backing singers inc Patti Palladin,Maggie Ronson and Tracie Hunter so the stage is pretty crammed.A really good 17 song set that featured all 12 songs from the album plus some golden oldies inc Rich Kids "Burning Sounds" dedicated to Steve New and a mega "Pretty Vacant" that brought the house down.Set lasted around 70 mins.Pukka guitar riffs from James Stevenson.The whole band really rocked their way through the set and it all flew past so quickly.Set was "Rattle Your Cage","Somewhere Somehow","Timebomb","Hard Work", "Trouble","Burning Sounds","Get What We Get","Idiot","Something Tells Me","Nowheresville","Yeah Right!","Way To Go", "Electricity","Rock Chick","On Something" and encores "Pretty Vacant" and "Born Running".So many people in the crowd that i knew so overall a really great show.Also here were Spizz Oil and Rusty Egan ................... 04 Oct 2010.Michael Buble live at Wembley Arena,London.Last of his three shws here.Back in London after his May shows at The 02 Arena.Part of a massive year long world tour of arenas.He really is a massive selling live act these days.These shows sold out pronto with tickets costing a whopping £95,£75 and £55 for most here.Its pretty much the same show i saw here in Dec 2007.Even the support act are the same.Naturally 7 are seven voices with no instruments but they use vocal beatbox tricks to sound like drums,bass,guitar and sax.Very entertaining and the crowd loved it.The venue is hyper for the arrival of Mr Buble.The woman here adore him.A 1 hour 45 mins set.Think Justin Timberlake meets a young Frank Sinatra.The jazz standards are his thing but there are plenty of uptempo songs.He is very entertaining with a great voice and the females love his flirty chat between songs.The problem i have is that more than half the set is cover versions so its like an upmarket karaoke show.He has a couple of big hits of his own.A brave walk through the crowd with an eight strong security team was good to watch.Set inc material by Frank Sinatra,Van Morrison and at the end Leon Russell.Tracks inc "Cry Me A River","Mack The Knife","Crazy Love","Twist And Shout" and encores "Feeling Good","Me And Mrs Jones" and "A Song For You". Overall a good show .......... 03 Oct 2010.Les Miserables played two 25th anniversary shows at The 02 Arena,London.At 1.30pm and 7pm.I went to BOTH these sold out shows.This really was the best theatre night out EVER.They promised big and we got big.At times over 300 people on stage.100 actors,100 piece orchestra and 100 in the choir.Three big screens.I had seen Les Mis(the worlds longest running musical) a couple of times before but not on this level.Every song was delivered just perfect by each singer.Matt Lucas was great on a few of the jollier numbers.Nick Jonas was also good.The lead role of Jean Valjean went to Alfie Boe who was incredible.People were crying in the crowd.Ok it was mainly gay men and girls but loads were crying it was so good.I had never felt this good at the theatre.So many spine tingling moments.Fantastic songs inc "I Dreamed A Dream","Bring Him Home" and "One Day More".The evening show were even more ramped up due to the fact that it was broadcast live to 130 cinemas inc Japan and Australia.A couple of celebs at later show sitting behind me were Graham Norton and Christopher Biggins.For the finale the original cast of 1985 inc Michael Ball were brought out and then four of the lead roles from over the years sung an amazing song.Then the two French guys who got producer Cameron MacKintosh to get involved made speeches along with Cameron himself then 200 children who have been in school versions of Les Mis walked through the seating areas.What an incredible day here.Put it this way.Today was the theatre luvvies version of Led Zep at The 02 Arena.This was a total event.After there was big party at Indigo for 1000 plus people but i cannot afford to be stuck out here and missing the last tube home.A dvd of tonight will be in the shops before Xmas........ 02 Oct 2010.Duane Eddy + Pete Molinari live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.The support act Pete Molinari has created a nice buzz for his new album "A Train Bound For Glory" that was recorded in Nashville with The Jordanaires.Its country blues with a hint of Bob Dylan.A good 45 mins set....then a rare live show by the "King Of Twang" guitar legend Duane Eddy.On stage for 90 mins set and backed by Richard Hawleys band. It was Richard Hawleys manager that put this show together.Now aged 72 it was mainly guitar instrumental tracks from his 50 plus years of making music.Set inc "Moving And Grooving","Cannonball","The Lonely One" then a couple of females on to sing hits "Play Me Like You Play The Guitar" and "Dance With The Guitar Man" which were really good.Some nice gentle chat by Duane between songs.Richard Hawley came on to sing a couple of songs.I saw Richard Hawley give Duane Eddy an "Icon Award" at The Mojo Awards in June.Then two great tunes "Peter Gunn" and "Rebel Rouser".Encore of "Hard Times" sealed a really good set that got him a full standing ovation from the crowd.................. 01 Oct 2010.Rollin Stoned(UKs top Stones tribute) + David Sinclair Trio live at Wiltons Music Hall,Tower Hill,London E1.This stunning venue dates back to the 1850s and is the worlds oldest grand music hall.I had been here before for a party a couple of years ago but tonight its the first time i have seen a band here.This place really has the wow factor.Exposed brickwork,original features and some fairy lights on the ceiling.You can feel the history. More bands should play here.Up first we have David Sinclair Trio.A really good 45 mins set of all original gentle rock blues tracks inc "Going To Do Something" and "Eight Rounds Later" with great lyrics in a Ray Davies/Paul Weller style. its wigs and costumes a plenty for Rollin Stoned 1 hour 45 mins set.Lots of folks hate tribute bands but i must admit i do like them when its done well.Starts off with lesser known Stones tracks then its classic after classic inc "Start Me Up", "Tumbling Dice","Its Only Rock n Roll","Paint It Black","Honky Tonk Woman","Street Fighting Man", "Jumping Jack Flash","Brown Sugar" and many more. All the crowd are dancing and its great fun...... 30 Sept 2010.Went to three events tonight. 6.45pm to 7.45pm.Pussy Willow and Mark Lord Catwalk Show at The Red Bar,Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.Around 200 fashion folks here in this ultra cool room.Freebie champers flowing and a nice buzzy atmosphere. Pussy Willow for the females and Mark Lord for the men.The clothes on display were just total quality.See and decent goodie bag with half a dozen items from 8.15pm to 9.15pm was the launch of new range of Casio G-Shock Watches at Goldsmiths,Victoria Street,London SW1.Freebie champers here and a dj playing some mainly 80s tunes.Channel 4 T4 presenter Rick Edwards was here.....then over to The Apollo Victoria Theatre to see the second half of the very popular musical "Wicked".Its in its third year at this theatre that holds around 2200 punters.Lots of tourists and families here. Some decent songs along with a great stage set and costumes.This venue used to be called The New Victoria Theatre in the 1970s.Look at the list of rock legends i saw here between 1975 to 1977.Leo Sayer,Baker Gurvitz Army,John Cale,Alex Harvey Band,Nils Lofgren,ELO,Todd Rundgren, Lou Reed and Judas Priest .... 29 Sept 2010.Went to two good events tonight.First 6.15pm to 8.30pm was at a launch party for the new bar and dining space at Flemings Hotel,7-12 Half Moon Street,Mayfair,London W1.A lovely four star boutique hotel.From the front its three classic mews houses knocked together but the new bar area is very contemporary and pretty funky.Freebie champers flowing all night.75% of the guests here are female which may explain why the only food here is cupcakes.....then a dash in the pouring rain and from 9pm to 11pm i attended "A Night In Monaco" at Saatchi Gallery,Kings Road,Chelsea,London SW3.This was the "creme de la creme" of this months showcase events.A huge crowd of around 1000 upmarket glammed up posh folks with a few celebs here too.A rare sighting of Ringo Starr.Also Sir Ben Kingsley,Alan Titchmarsh and Nancy Dell'olio.Over half a dozen rooms with different themes.One had a Harvey Nichols catwalk show,a room full of jewelry items,a room full of yacht sellers,a fun casino room and tons of free booze for all.They are trying to tell people that Monaco is not as expensive as it appears.Monaco can be done on a budget as i have been there a couple of times.The transformation from playground for the rich and famous to a shady haven for tax evaders and wealth of dubious origins needs to reversed for sure but its still a must visit location.I got a couple of nice goodie bags with Monaco branded stuff in them which included a watch.An excellent event .... 28 Sept 2010.Went to two good events today. First 6.15pm to 7.45pm.The Royal College Of Surgeons,35-43 Lincolns Inn Fields,Holborn, London WC2.Just as i arrived at this historic square i casually looked at one of the buildings near to where i was heading and saw Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and his girlfriend having a fag with a couple of suits.Lots of legal people work around here so i presume he was there for that reason.I arrived at my venue to staff handing out drinks all dressed in surgeons gowns. Upstairs there is an amazing museum of how they did operations and stuff in the old days.They have been here since 1797.Its a hidden gem where they have a huge hall that can hold 500 as well as an amazing dinner setting in the library.Half a dozen food stations handing out a full seafood range as well as duck and other yummy stuff. Complimentary champers and Jack Daniels cocktails.A nice showcase event for a venue that caters for small,medium and large groups....then 8pm to 11pm a dash to see Charlatans live at The Hard Rock Cafe,London.Invite only gig for 200 comp winners and media for Q The Music Club.Free food and booze here for all.We get here just as the band take the stage for their 65 mins set. Their drummer Jon Brookes collapsed on stage in America and is still in hospital so they have The Verves drummer standing in and this is only his second show with them.They have been around for 20 years now and are promoting their new album "Who We Touch".Singer Tim Burgess still has that odd looking Joey Ramone haistyle.A nice sprinkling of new tracks at the start then oldies a bit later.They have always been tagged as a second rate Stone Roses but have ticked along nicely enough.Set inc "Smash The System","My Foolish Pride","Telling Stories" and great versions of "The Only One I Know" and "North Country Boy",also "Love Is Ending","Blackened Blue Eyes" and "This Is The End".A good set.The band tour the UK in October and play Brixton Academy on Oct 22nd............. 27 Sept 2010.6pm to 10.30pm.Wellchild Awards at The Intercontinental Hotel,Park Lane,London W1. Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster were both down on the list to be here.Penny was here looking as yummy as ever but Rod was a no show tonight. Penny left straight after giving out an award. About 400 here for this awards show for very brave children with severe illness,their helpers and hospital staff etc.Some amazing stories and video footage.Host was BBC presenter Chris Hollins.Also here were Scouting For Girls, Duncan Bannatyne,Sophie Anderton,Gillian McKeith, and Andy Abraham.After the awards we had a thankfully short set by Stavros Flatley who are from one of the reality tv shows.A fat bald bloke with his shirt off and a teenage fat kid with his shirt off running around the stage.How their 15 mins of fame is still going is beyond me.Drinks reception before the awards then two course meal with wine after the awards.We also had short sets by two new acts "Stringfever" and "Candle Things".A nice event................. 26 Sept 2010.A Centennial Celebration at New Wimbledon Theatre,London SW19.A star studded variety show to celebrate 100 years of this theatre with over a dozen acts from music,theatre,dance,comedy,ballet etc inc Shane Richie,Paul Zerdin,Alistair McGowan,Bobby Davro,Catherine Tate,Joe Pasquale,Gareth Gates Anita Harris,Four Poofs And A Piano etc.Last time i was at this theatre was to see Pamela Anderson in panto last December.Yes that Pamela Anderson.A 2 hour 45 mins show over two sets of 90 mins and 75 mins.Each act did two songs or a 10 mins routine.The comedians were the best i thought.Shane Richie was very funny as host.First we had a dance troupe,then Gareth Gates sung a couple,then Bobby Davro who was very funny,then June Whitfield gave a chat about the stuff she had done at this theatre.The first time she performed here was way back in 1946.Then some ballet then Joe Pasquale who was very funny.Then a music hall sing song with some pearly king and queens then Anita Harris.Second half started with a dance routine then Catherine Tate as Grandma was very funny,then Four Poofs And A Piano then Ruth Lorenzo.Alistair McGowan was very funny then Faryl Smith sang a couple. Highlight for me tonight was Paul Zerdin who is one of the UKs top ventriloquist acts.Superb. Tonight was a really enjoyable night out.See aftershow page for this event 25 Sept 2010.Moody Blues live at The 02 Arena,London.Moody Blues normally stick to playing a couple of nights at The Royal Albert Hall when they play London so not sure why they would play this huge venue.Only 5500 here so its only a third of tickets sold.They have been around for over 40 years and still have the same hairstyles.Its an older crowd for the two hour show thats over two sets of 50 mins and 70 mins. They have just completed a long North American tour.Its a decent show but only gets really good every now and then.The sound was great.They have three original members and two drummers.One is an original member aged 69 who keeps a basic beat while the younger drummer does all the real work.One big screen that shows images but no cameras here to show the live show. Setlist inc "Tuesday Afternoon","Peak Hour","I Know You're Out There Somewhere","Your Wildest Dreams","Isn't Life Strange","I'm Just A Singer In A Rock n Roll Band" and a superb "Nights In White Satin".Also good was "Question" and encore of "Ride My See-Saw" ......... 23 Sept 2010.Went to two good events today.First Noon to 4.30pm.Variety Club Tribute Lunch to celebrate 45 years of Status Quo at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.A champagne reception and three course lunch for around 350 people to honour these UK rock legends.The host is Chris Tarrant.Other faces here inc Bill Wyman,Roy Wood,John Altman(ex Eastenders and now singer of The Heavy Metal Kids),Larry Lamb(Eastenders),djs Paul Gambaccini,Ed Stewart,Gary Crowley.Boxing promoter Frank Warren,80s glamour model Jilly Johnson,Sally James(ex Tiswas)Linda Nolan, comedian Jimmy Jones,Russ Kane(ex Capital Radio Flying Eye) and Quos agent the legendary Neil Warnock and a couple of Quos promoters from Live Nation.Some great video footage inc some of the 106 times they have been on TOTP which is the most by any act.Over 100m records sold.They played the new version of "In The Army Now" which is released on Mon 27 Sept 2010 for Help The Heroes charity.Bill Wyman was on Quos table and gave a sozzled speech which had him saying "Quo would be the band he would have played in after The Rolling Stones" and he brought a few gasps from the crowd by saying "Quo had played basic shit for 45 years".The event finished with Quo playing three classics on stage "Caroline","Whatever You Want" and "Rockin' All Over The World".I was two feet in front of Rick Parfitt.I got Francis Rossi autograph along with a couple of photos and guitar picks.An excellent afternoon.......then 6.30pm to 8.30pm was "Loud Flash:British Punk On Paper" at The Haunch Of Venison Gallery,6 Burlington Gardens,London W1.Toby Mott has collected over 1000 punk posters,flyers and fanzines from the punk rock era of the 1970s.While it has all the iconic stuff from The Sex Pistols,Clash and Buzzcocks etc there are fantastic nuggets from many of the smaller bands that were part of that amazing time.For me i was in heaven.Half the gig posters i had been at.The poster i am in "Dance To The Sex Pistols" is there.This is a must see display.Its free admission and on until 30 Oct 2010.Free beers for all tonight.A few faces here inc Spizz Energi,Rusty Egan and one of the guys from Aswad ......... 22 Sept 2010.6.30pm to 10pm.Launch party for new events company at Inn The Park,St James Park,London SW1.Around 200 people at this cafe-bar in this beautiful park.Complimentary champers,cocktails and nice food all night here inc oysters.They pushed the boat out.Spoke to the owner Malcolm who seems a nice chap.He must have some good contacts as a couple of faces here.Music promoter Vince Power is here.Also here is BBC Radio London dj Robert Elms who did that great 45 mins interview with Glen Matlock last week.A very nice event......... 21 Sept 2010.6.30pm to 10pm.Launch of Minako at Hilton Metropole,Edgware Road,London W2.A new name and great new decor and design for this Asian Fusion restaurant up on the 23rd floor with stunning views across the city. Complimentary champers,cocktails and of course some lovely food all served up by very attentive staff.My fave dishes were the Fillet Of Salmon Miso and the Penang Chicken Curry and the sushi.Its new name "Minako" translates as "An Item Of Beauty". A very enjoyable place to eat and drink.Very near Edgware Road tube and Paddington mainline station .. 20 Sept 2010.6pm.Glen Matlock live at Fopp Record Store,1 Earlham Street,Covent Garden,London WC2.Free entry for all acoustic set and signing session on the launch day for his new album "Born Running".Glen releases his new album on the day i saw him play with The Sex Pistols at the legendary 100 Club Punk Festival in 1976.Remember there is a photo of me on the back wall of the venue from that gig standing in front of Steve Jones.Fopp is one of those rare things a "proper" music store that holds free gigs in their basement once a month.Glen is looking tanned and well for his seven song 30 mins set that focused on the new album.He gets the crowd to sing along for every song by telling them which bit he wants them to sing. Its a really enjoyable Glen up close session. Some songs have been heard live before and for some this is their very first live showing.The full setlist was "Somewhere Somehow","Timebomb","Hard Work","Nowheresville", "Something Tells Me","Yeah Right!" and the single "Born Running".The 100 Club gig on Tues 05 October is a must see gig as it will be the full band playing the songs how they are on the album. The album is a bargain £8 from Fopp and HMV.Its a great album with lashings of guitar and loads of great rock n roll tunes.Afterwards most of the crowd bought the album and Glen signed it at the table at the back of the room....afterwards Glen,me and a couple of our mutual friends Mark and Simon went for a pizza and drinks at a nice place near the venue.The food was lovely although the service could have been better.Simon Leppington pointed out to me that i spell a word wrong on my website all the time.I have been spelling "canapes" as "canopes" doh!! .... 18 Sept 2010.Went to two events today.2pm to 3.30pm i was at The Olympia Music Fair.Said hello to some friends who have stalls there.Did not want to buy much as was going straight to The 02 Arena from here.I got the latest Sex Pistols Fan Club EP Issue 4 vinyl bootleg.......then over to The Ozzfest at The 02 Arena feat Ozzy Osbourne + Korn + Murderdolls + Steel Panther.The legendary Ozzfest indoors and what an excellent event this was.Got to venue a few minutes before Steel Panther came on at 5pm for their 45 mins set.I love Steel Panther as they are sooooooooo entertaining.Great 80s hair metal type tunes with toilet humour and lyrics to match.Tracks played inc "Asian Hooker",a mega "Community Property","Turn Out The Lights","The Shocker" and "Death To All But Metal"...then Murderdolls play a decent set but really i would prefer another 45 mins of Steel Panther.Tracks played inc "My Dark Place Alone","Summertime Suicide" and "Dead In Hollywood".....then Korn who i have seen before and not really been that impresed but today their 60 mins is really good.They have their full stage production with loads of lights,strobes,flames and pyros.The crowd love them and get some mad mosh circles going.Their drummer was amazing.Half the show i was just watching him.....then Ozzy Osbourne the rock legend.I saw two smaller shows in June but this big show was maybe even better as he was in front of a whole arena of hardcore fans.Set was 1 hour 50 mins which was pretty much the hits set inc six Sabbath tunes and a couple of extra tracks not played at the summer shows.It starts with half a dozen spoof videos with Ozzy in them which are really funny.Ozzy pours buckets of water over himself and hoses down the front rows with foam and the security and camera blokes got it too.Set inc "Bark At The Moon","Mr Crowley", "I Don't Know","War Pigs","Shot In The Dark", "Iron Man","Killer Of Giants" and "Crazy Train". Encores of "Mama I'm Coming Home" and of course a mega "Paranoid".Lots of lasers,flames and pyros.Ozzy may have a dodgy old man shuffle on stage but he is still magic.An excellent set and the whole day was brilliant .. 17 Sept 2010.Day 1 of London Fashion Week.Went to three fashion parties today.First was 7pm to 8.30pm for "Blue Logan-Pencil Paparazzi" at Swarovski.Freebie drinks and canopes here for this top fashion illustrator.Fashion legend Zandra Rhodes was here....then 8.45pm to 9.45pm was "Once Upon A Time Fashion Show" at Bloomsbury Ballroom.A very glammed up crowd here. Had a couple of freebie drinks.Sadly missed the fashion show by six designers.Nice surprise to see Adam Ant here(he was down to dj later at another event).He was supporting The English Kilt Company....then 10pm to midnight was "Jean-Pierre Braganza" party at Alto,Ganton Street,London W1.Freebie booze flowing and a very lively crowd.Adam Ant was down to dj at 11.15pm but although he was here he did not spin any tunes by the time we left so not sure if he actually did a turn.Paul Wellers son Nat was here.All three events djs played 1980s tunes..... 16 Sept 2010.Went to two good events tonight. First 6.30pm to 8.30pm was a showcase at Ronnie Scotts,London W1.Like other venues Ronnie Scotts has a floor upstairs they hire out for private events thats away from the main club downstairs. A nice jazz singer in the background.Got stuck into some lovely freebie drinks inc Apple Martinis and Pina Coladas.Also canopes here. For future gigs and info on hiring out the venue see 8.45pm to 11.30pm Links Of London-Cat Deeley Campaign-Launch Party at The Ivy Club,London WC2.Last time i was at this legendary luvvie venue was a year ago for Marie Helvins book launch.They have added a second floor club area that looks fab with its own entrance.Lots of the trendy fashion crowd here.Lots of free booze and canopes.Images of Cat Deeley all over the walls.She looks even yummier in real life than tv.Daisy Lowe is one of the djs.Other faces here inc Craig David,Professor Green,Fearne Cotton,Edith Bowman,Matthew Williamson and no doubt a few more.Nice goodie bag of his and hers Links Of London silver bracelets and necklaces.A really good party with a lively crowd................... 15 Sept 2010.6.45pm to 10pm was the opening launch party for Platinum Lace,13 Coventry Street,London W1.Another lapdancing club. This used to be The CC Club.A great location next to the HMV store at Piccadilly Circus. Free champers and canopes for all here tonight. They have spent a couple of million on it.It looks great with waterfalls and plush carpets etc.Its a big place to rival Stringfellows and Spearmint Rhino.Around 50 girls here in nice outfits with a couple doing free topless at each end.It got nice and busy and was good fun. See ... 13 Sept 2010.Went to two events tonight.First 6.45pm to 8.30pm was a showcase event for Sketch, 9 Conduit Street,London W1.Basically to show the venue to people who may hire it out in the run up to Christmas.A lovely place as i have been here a few times before.Some nice freebie cocktails and tasty grub for all.Just the sort of place i would love to hire out for this website.Its quite expensive though at around £50 for a three course meal.See for more info.The goodie bag had a nice item which was a £50 voucher for food and drinks at Sketch....then off to see The Script at Hammersmith Apollo,London.A sold out show for these Dubliners who have have a great last couple of years of success on the back of their debut album.Today sees the release of their second album "Science And Faith" which will no doubt go straight in at the top of the charts.Lots of females swooning over the singer. I have seen them a couple of times as a support band.Nice to see the band all pushed up to front of the stage including the drummer.The 80 mins set feat tracks from both albums inc "We Cry","The Man Who Cant Be Moved" and "Rusty Halo" and final encore was "Breakeven".Good in parts and average in parts but the crowd loved it.They are one of those bands that are all over mainstream radio stations.Not that cool and trendy but their record company love them. See aftershow page for this gig.................. Sunday night got home in time to watch the film "Oil City Confidential" on BBC 4.A really good film about Dr Feelgood in the 1970s......... 12 Sept 2010.6pm to 10pm.Heroes Concert At Twickenham Stadium feat Robbie Williams with Gary Barlow + Enrique Iglesias + Alesha Dixon + Katherine Jenkins + Alexandra Burke + The Wanted + James Blunt + Pixie Lott + various comedians. A massive concert for 55,000 here for the forces charity kind of know in advance from the bill it will be good but not mega as its a very female friendly bill. A great atmosphere here and lots of armed forces staff.Sad to see what war has done to them.Young guys in wheelchairs etc.Some very moving clips on the screen between the acts.I miss Saturdays and Tom Jones but catch Pixie Lott first.Like all the females on stage she has scrubbed up well.All the early acts do two or three songs and Robbie at the end does a bit longer.Pixie did three of her hits.Then James Blunt did three inc "1973" and "Beautiful".Good he was here as he was once a serving soldier.Lots of top comedy acts between the live acts.My fave was Debra Stephenson and her amazing impression of Davina McCall.Then new boy band The Wanted played three boring tracks.Alexandra Burke played three of her hits.Forces sweetheart Katherine Jenkins did two.Alesha Dixon did two inc "Boy Does Nothing".....Enrique Iglesias was really good as he worked the crowd well by going near the crowd on all the walkways.Three songs inc "I Like It" and of course "Hero"....then what most were waiting for Robbie Williams first live show in a couple of years.A five song set starting with a great "Let Me Entertain You" then "Come Undone" then Gary Barlow came on for their duet on their single "Shame" which is a tepid track.Pete and Carl from Libertines it was not.Then "Feel" and of course "Angels" at the end.A good set.Bearing in mind Take That without Robbie are the UKs biggest live act their summer tour of 2011 with Robbie will no doubt break all records........... 11 Sept 2010.Muse + Biffy Clyro + White Lies live at Wembley Stadium,London.Back to see the Muse spectacular at Wembley.Up first are White Lies who i have seen a few times as support. A really good 30 mins set inc "To Lose My Life", "Death" and "Farewell To The Fairground"...then Biffy Clyro who also play a really good 45 mins set.I saw them a couple of weeks ago at the Reading Festival.During the week their great album "Only Revolutions" was in the Mercury Album shortlist.The singer has his new dyed hair and dyed bushy beard and the band are firmly an arena band from now on.Set inc "Mountains","The Captain" and "Many Of Horror"....then Muse.Their recent album "Resistance" has been number one in over twenty countries.Its pretty much the same mega visual show although a couple of different cover version riffs are thrown in.The wow factor is still there as the stage set is just incredible.For the encore the spaceship/flying saucer only hovered over the front of the crowd last night but tonight it went all around the stadium.Two road crew with a harness around their waist holding it down and 20 security clearing a path as it went around the stadium.It looked amazing.For this reason and the Saturday night atmosphere of the gig the show tonight was slightly better than last night.................. 10 Sept 2010.Muse + Lily Allen live at Wembley Stadium,London.First of two nights here for Muse on their huge world tour.They are the first band to headline at the new Wembley Stadium on different tours as they were here in 2007.Up first we have a 45 mins set by Lily Allen and she is excellent.Some great tunes with sharp lyrics.She is now semi retired and expecting a baby in a few months.Set inc "Fuck You","Not Fair","Smile" and Professor Green came on to duet on "Just Be Good To Green" and finally "The Fear".A really good set....Muse as promised have one of the biggest stage productions i have seen. On stage 2 hours 10 mins.Matt Bellamy is tiny at the best of times but he looks like a little person from "The Land Of The Giants" as they play underneath the giant structure.I am still not the biggest lover of Matts operatic rock voice but visually its mega.Some great tunes but others sound a bit samey.Set inc "Uprising", "Supermassive Black Hole","Hysteria","United States Of Eurosia" and "Time Is Running Out".During the set they have a secong stage thats elevated over the crowd.Its fair to say Muse are the new U2 as Matt even wears a shiny glitter suit and the whole production is very U2 like.They are amazing musicians of course. Encores inc a spaceship that hovered over the crowd and a dancer appeared out of it.Ending with mega tracks like "Plug In Baby" and "Knights Of Cydonia" . 09 Sept 2010.5pm to 9pm.Press launch for "The Jimi Hendrix Suite" at The Cumberland Hotel,Marble Arch,London W1.Although Jimi died in Notting Hill Gate and stayed at Brook Street earlier in his career his last address was at The Cumberland Hotel.This is also stated on the death cert.18 Sept 2010 is the 40th anniversary of Jimi's sad death.His last ever interview was recorded here just five days before his death with legendary journo and press agent Keith Altham on the 5th floor in room 501 which is now 5001.Free champers,wines,beers and canopes all night here at The Carbon Bar which is owned by The Cumberland.We are taken up in groups to see the room with its great views over Park Lane.The room is tastefully styled with flamboyant colours and psychedlic patterns along with NME framed covers from that period along with a three metre mural by Andie Airfix who has worked with loads of great bands.Also the interview is playing in the background and a Flying V guitar hangs on the wall.Had a nice chat with Keith Altham who says the room was very basic in 1970 compared to what it looks like now.Keith has interviewed and hung out with a staggering amount of rock legends.The room rate is £399 plus vat per night.For more info see 9.30pm had a walk up by the canal to Little Venice and Maida Vale to meet up for a couple of drinks with Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Jim Lowe who has produced some Stereophonics albums.Glen is playing The Bestival on The Isle Of Wight on Saturday and Jim Lowe produced Glens new album................ 08 Sept 2010.Went to three events today.First was 6.30pm to 7.45pm for the launch of French Bubbles at St Stephens Club,34 Queen Annes Gate, London SW1.Authentic private club in a lovely listed building that to the rear looks out to St James Park.French Bubbles look after 14 different "grower" champagnes and specialises in bespoke champagne tasting events.Plenty of freebie champers flowing here along with canopes.For more info check out their website 8pm to 9pm was the re-launch of Graphic Bar,4 Golden Square,London W1.Lively bar with dj a few yards away from Absolute Radio HQ.Every six months they get a different artist to come in to give it a new look.This time its Eine for an East End vibe.Nice touch was the free cocktails came in paint cans......then 9.15pm to 10.30pm was Vogue Fashions Night Out in the New Bond Street area. A great buzz as all the main fashion shops are having drinks parties inc Armani,Mulberry and Stella McCartney.I stay at DKNY for some freebie cocktails.A dj here too ...... Well done to The xx for winning The Mercury Prize Album Of The Year.The album has won plenty of awards already inc Guardian Best Album Of 2009,Southbank Awards Best Album Of 2009 and NME Second Best Album Of 2009 .... 04 and 05 Sept 2010.The Bingley Music Live Festival,Myrtle Park,Bingley,Nr Bradford,West Yorkshire.Sat had James + Public Image Ltd + Reef + Example and Sun had Enemy + Seasick Steve + Levellers + Hadouken + Professor Green + Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band.Another weekend and another festval for me.Around 14,000 here. I checked out ten bands over the weekend but really i am only here to see Public Image Ltd last show of their American and European Tour. Five hours each way for me to get here.I pick up my AAA wristband that allows me in vip gallery on the side of stage to watch the bands and has full access to backstage.Up first Example who use a dj console intead of drums as they are a dance act a bit like Calvin Harris.They play their big hit "Kickstarts" and the youngsters love it....i also watch Reef from side of stage. The singer still does his Mick Jagger poses. God to hear songs like "Come Back Brighter" and "Raise Your Hands".I bump into folks here i know. Tony Barber is now PIL and Sex Pistols bass tech after leaving The Buzzcocks.Also here is Scott Murphy who looks after John Lydons website and has come down from Scotland and John Giddings is here who is PILs booking agent as well as Sex Pistols,Madonna,Lady Gaga and many more.Its a total lockdown for PIL as nobody is allowed to watch the band from side of the stage.I get a great second row view on front right of the stage.Bearing in mind they are not headlining,they are playing in daylight,its not to the PIL hardcore crowd and they are only down for 60 mins instead of their usual two hours plus set.Would PIL actually give it 100%? Of course they do.In fact its a totally mesmerising set and more.You cannot take your eyes off John Lydon.Even the younger punters here know they are watching a true punk legend.Its a perfect PIL Best Of festival setlist.The band open with "This Is Not A Love Song" and "Poptones".The overall wall of sound they create is immense."Death Disco" ends with John saying "i felt that" as he looked to the sky with thoughts of the death of his mother.Total conviction all the way.The verbals are non stop.The security in the pit have their company name on their tshirts.They are called APS.John says "is that short for apes?".Even the security smile at that one.The countrys political leaders get some stick "two cunts for the price of one".Even the crowd are asked "where's the rebellion?".They finish their set with the three anthems they usually save for their encores on their own shows."Public Image","Rise" and "Open Up".A stunning show.As its the last night of the tour John introduces all the crew one by one by name.Full setlist was "This Is Not A Love Song","Poptones","Albatross" ,"Death Disco", "Flowers Of Romance","Warrior","Bags","Public Image","Rise","Open Up".....then James who play a good 90 mins set but seem very tame compared to PIL.I watch it from side of stage.Near me is footie legend Gordon Strachan who is now manager of Middlesborough.New ones and older classics played inc "Sit Down","Getting Away With It(All Messed Up),"Tomorrow","Sometimes" and great encores of "Come Home" and "Laid".During the encore one of the organisers says to us for "Laid" we are all going to join James on stage for a dance.So about 20 of us and 10 from the crowd have a liitle jig on stage which was good fun....then to Sunday bill which was good but not as good as Saturday.Up first we have Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band.Craig is a well known actor but he does not sing he just introduces the songs.They do a neat funked up version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog"...then Professor Green who has shot up in the last few months thanks to his hit single "Just Be Good To Green" and his Lily Allen connection.Quite a story as he nearly died last year after being stabbed in the neck with a bottle.He now has a tattoo with "Lucky" on his neck.....then Hadouken who the younger Kerrang readers love.Rock with a dance feel.A bit like Pendulum who the band support later in the year.Lots of impressive big mosh circles for them.....then Levellers who i have not seen for years.Violin based rock that gets the crowd bouncing.Nice to hear tunes like "What A Beautiful Day" and "One Way" again...then Seasick Steve who the crowd adore despite his old age.The old blues boy and his battered guitars go down a treat with some neat stage banter.Chants of "Stevo,Stevo,Stevo" greet every song....Headliners The Enemy have gone off the radar a bit as their second album has not had the success of their debut.Lots of uptempo tunes the crowd like.Songs played inc "We'll Live And Die In These Towns" and "You're Not Alone".A good set.Both days had a 9.30pm curfew for last trains etc.Bingley was a good little festival overall and well worth all the travel........... 02 Sept 2010.Robert Plant And The Band Of Joy live at The Kentish Town Forum,London.Tonight is totally rammed solid.The new album comes out Mon 13 Sept.His last one "Raising Sand" won six Grammys and sold 3 million copies worldwide.On stage for 1 hour 45 mins the band and sound quality are both just superb.He played six of the eight songs from last night plus a few more inc some Led Zep.Set inc "Monkey","House Of Cards","Please Read The Letter",Led Zep song "Misty Mountain Hop","All The Kings Horses","Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down", "Angel Dance" and three more Led Zep "Houses Of The Holy","Over The Hills And Far Away" and "Gallows Pole".Encores were "Harms Swift Way" a great Zep classic "Rock n Roll" and the beautiful "And We Bid You Goodnight".Robert Plants voice was quality and it was a great gig. out this nice two minute video of me talking about Robert Plant before the gig.Move curser over the faces and mine is under "following his heart and soul". See aftershow page for this gig.................. 01 Sept 2010.I went to two good events today including a Robert Plant secret gig...first was 3.45pm to 5.45pm.Tabasco British Oyster Opening Championship at Bentleys Oyster Bar And Grill, 11-15 Swallow Street,London W1.A lovely couple of hours at this five star venue within their terrace courtyard.Some 13 contestants battle it out to celebrate the start of the oyster season.The winner was Fredrik Lindfors from The Fish Shop.Lots of freebie champers flowing and lots of yummy seafood inc large portions of fish and chips and smaller items like sushi and black cod.Bentleys is one of the top quality seafood venues in London.Lots of oysters flowing that were supplied by Loch Ryan.MC was Brian Turner and nice to see a few celebs here inc Henry Kelly,Neil And Christine Hamilton and Richard Corrigan beat Ainsley Harriot in their oyster speed opening battle of the chefs.For more info see to see Robert Plant And The Band Of Joy live at One Mayfair,North Audley Street,London W1.An invite only secret gig for 400 comp winners and press to showcase the new album before the sold out show at the Forum.This lovely venue was a church and still looks like a church but they use it for fashion shows and the odd showcase gig.Everyone gets two Band Of Joy playing cards as drinks vouchers.You hand them in for drinks but get them back at the end of the show as a nice item.After Led Zeps amazing reunion show at The 02 Arena Robert Plant could have made millions from a world tour of stadiums with Led Zep but he has followed his heart and soul and continues to evolve rather than live in the past.At 8.05pm RP and his great band come on to play a 40 mins set of eight songs.The first seven are from the new album and the encore was the only non album track.Full of blues,country,cajun,bluegrass etc and lots of banjo the 62 year old rock legend is in his element.The only Zep reference was when he said "Welcome To This Secret Gig In This House Of The Holy".Setlist was "Monkey","House Of Cards","Cindy I'll Marry You Someday","Satan,Tour Kingdom Must Come Down", "Central Two-0-Nine","Harms Swift Way" and encore "And We Bid You Goodnight".A great set that flew past.Had another drink after and all over at 9.30pm ... 31 Aug 2010.Hair The Musical live at The Gielgud Theatre,Shaftesbury Avenue,London W1.Had to see this famous show as its the last week before it moves on.Two sets of 75 mins and 60 mins.Lots of non stop dancing and some great songs from this musical that first appeared over 40 years ago. A celebration of life, love and freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage, including ‘Let The Sun Shine In’, ‘I Got Life’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Aquarius’.The cast came into the crowd a lot and even gave everyone flowers.It still has the famous nude scene at the end of the first set where some 25 cast members appear starkers.At the very end all the public are invited on stage for a dance. Hair was really enjoyable from start to finish. The last show of Hair is on Sat 04 Sept.This is also the last day for the David Essex musical "All The Fun Of The Fair"................ 30 Aug 2010.Noon to 7pm.Red Bull Music Academy Radio Major Lazer Soundsystem Under The Westway At The Notting Hill Carnival,London.On August Bank Holiday Monday there has been only one place to be for me for the last 30 years and thats The Carnival.The atmosphere,the costumes,the food,the music and the biggest street party in London.I start off at two of my fave stops.First the old school reggae soundsystem of Jah Observer then around the corner to the crazy folks at Gaz Rockin' Blues.I catch some of the amazing floats as they wind their way through the crowded streets.At 1pm i arrive at The Red Bull Music Academy area just off Portobello Road which is totally rockin' when i get there.Around 1000 invited guests under The Westway dancing to top djs who changeover every hour.The freebie Red Bull cocktails are flowing as is the tasty West Indian buffet.The lively and cool crowd are dancing wildly as the djs spin away.This is how on a full on party should be................... 28 Aug 2010.Day 2 of The Reading Festival with Arcade Fire + The Libertines + Dizzee Rascal + Cribs + Maccabees.The mud is drying up a bit and its another decent sunny day with not a drop of rain.I stayed by the main stage as usual.Up first are Maccabees who i think have a couple of albums out.Pleasant enough indie guitar stuff but not that exciting for me.They finish well with "I Will Love You Better"....Then The Cribs who have improved a lot since i saw them suppporting The Sex Pistols in 2007.Mainly because they have Johnny Marr on guitar to harness the sound.Lots of good songs inc "I'm A Realist"....then Dizzee Rascal pulls a massive crowd for his mainstream rap set.Lively tunes like "Just A Rascal","Fix Up Look Sharp","Dance Wiv Me","Holiday" and a mega "Bonkers" were all good....then the much anticipated Libertines set.They split up in 2004 and rumours are they got a million quid for their two festival reunion shows.Its great to see them together again.They are on stage for 70 mins.A couple of times they embrace each other and sing into the same microphone and its very touching.Pete and Carl still seem to have ego tussles as who looks the coolest on stage.Petes shoes have no laces in them.Later in the set Carl ripped Petes shirt after a hug.Lots of great songs inc "What Katie Did","What Became Of The Likely Lads","Cant Stand Me Now","Dont Look Back Into The Sun",the sound cut out during "Time For Heroes", also good was "What A Waster" and "I Get Along".A great set....then Arcade Fire who are punctual at 10pm.They play for 95 mins.Tonights headliners have never had a proper hit single in the UK but their three albums inc the new one "The Suburbs" have all had rave reviews.Eight of them on stage with multi use of instruments they get into a great groove.Lots of good songs inc "Keep The Car Running","No Cars Go" and "Rebellion(Lies)".Encores were "Month Of May" and the epic "Wake Up".Very good............ 28 Aug 2010.Day 1 of The Reading Festival with Guns And Roses + Queens Of The Stone Age + Biffy Clyro + Lostprophets.After two days of heavy rain there is lots of mud here and wellies are a must.However the main stage area is in decent condition as lots of gravel and straw are down.The sun comes out and the only rain today was a light shower during Guns And Roses set. A massive sellout crowd of some 70,000 a day.Lostprophets attract a big crowd who arrive from all directons.They go down very well.Their set inc "Last Train Home"...then Biffy Clyro who have had a fantastic last year or so.They say this is their 8th Reading show.Their 50 mins set inc "Bubbles","Whos Got A Match?",a superb "Mountains".Also "Many Of Horror" and "The Captain".Their UK winter tour includes a headline show at Wembley Arena on 04 Dec....then Queens Of The Stone Age who play a brilliant 55 mins set.QOTSA are ten times better than Josh Hommes other band Them Crooked Vultures.Opening with great versions of "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" and "Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret".Their classic album "Rated R" is now ten years old.Also great was "Little Sister","Tension Head" and "No One Knows".....then Guns And Roses who arrive on stage a full hour later than expected even though promoters said "we will not tolerate their late on stage antics as there is an 11.30pm curfew".Axl now looks like a cross between Vince Neil and Kid Rock.When on stage its great mainly because there are loads of classic rock oldies and just a couple from recent album "Chinese Democracy".The band do a great job and they have three guitarists. Lots of fireworks,explosions and flames too. Set inc "Welcome To The Jungle","Its So Easy", "Mr Brownstone","Live And Let Die","Rocket Queen",a mega "Sweet Child Of Mine".Also "November Rain" and "Night Train". A great show.They were due to play two hours but after 90 mins at midnight the sound was turned off.So sadly no encore of "Paradise City".The band sat on the stage for ten mins and Axl tried to sing with a megahorn and pleaded with sound guys to switch the power on.Why cant G n R turn up on time?.If Axl and co had started on time or even a few mins late none of this mess at the end would have happened.So a great show but could have been better with a full set.......... 26 Aug 2010.In the afternoon i spent a couple of hours as a tourist.Got off at London Bridge tube and had a walk along to The Tower Bridge and The Tower Of London which are still both very impressive as i dodged the rain and the hordes of tourists....then 6pm to 8pm i was at the launch of The Draft House, 206-208 Tower Bridge Road,London SE1.A new bar/pub just 100 yards along from The Tower Bridge.Over 20 different draft beers and 100 different bottled beers from around the world are stocked here.I had a nice sample of some of the freebie beers on offer and tasty canopes.The staff were all super friendly and this place is a beer lovers heaven. Open to the public from 8pm on 27 August 2010. For more info and some opening offers check out ......... 21 Aug 2010.Day 1 of The 80s Rewind Festival in Henley On Thames with Boy George + Level 42 + Heaven 17 + Rick Astley + Jimmy Somerville + Weather Girls + Tpau + Curiousity Killed The Cat + Altered Images.The 80s were my era of course as i spent the whole of the decade getting paid to watch bands from the front row on security when most of the bands today played Hammersmith Odeon.On the way i stop off just before Henley at a lovely place called Shiplake and followed The Thames Path for a nice hour walk to the festival site.Went past some stunning houses inc one with a full train track running around it that had its own station too.Henley is scenic too of course with all the boats on the river. Arrive at the festival and loads of people are dressed in 80s outfits and fancy dress.There must be 10 to 15,000 here i reckon.The promoters have billed it as "the biggest collection of 80s acts since Live Aid" as there are a dozen acts each day.As soon as i got in i bumped into a chum from the "Here And Now " production team who escorts me backstage for an hour for some refreshments.Some of the artists are floating about by the portacabins.Jimmy Somerville must be the shortest popstar ever.The only person i see who was not on the bill was Steve Strange from Visage.My production mate tells me Level 42 are on early as they have their full band.All the other acts on up to Boy George use a house band but that makes for quick changeovers. Nearly every song played tonight was a hit single.Acts play sets ranging from 15 mins to 60 mins.Mark King of Level 42 still has that amazing slap bass playing style.Some neat tunes inc "Running In The Family","The Sun Goes Down", "Something About You" and "Lessons In Love"...then Curiousity Killed The Cat played "Name And Number","Ordinary Day","Down To Earth" and "Misfit"...then Tpau come on.Singer Carol Decker still looking good.Hits played inc "Heart And Soul" and "China In Your Hand"...then Altered Images for their only show of year.Claire Grogan also looks good for her age.Some neat hits inc "I Could Be Happy","Dont Talk To Me About Love" and "Happy Birthday"...then Heaven 17 whose set inc "Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry","Come Live With Me","Let Me Go", "Penthouse And Pavement" and a mega "Temptation". ...then Weather Girls who played their monster hit "Its Raining Men" as lots of umbrellas were put up by the crowd...then Jimmy Somerville who has not played live for many years.With his high voice and disco beats he was great.Set inc "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real","Never Can Say Goodbye","To Love Somebody" and an excellent versions of "Smalltown Boy" and "Dont Leave Me This Way"...Rick Astley next up for a 40 mins set."Never Gonna Give You Up" was ok but he had too many boring ballads.The females seemed to like him though...Boy George was headliner for a 60 mins set.He has been playing a lot of gigs the past months with this band.He has had quite a rollercoaster of a life the last 30 years.Set "Everything I Own","Church Of The Poison Mind","Do You Want To Hurt Me?", "Victims" "Karma Chameleon" then covers of "Get It On" and "Always On My Mind" and then "Bow Down Mister".His good set was followed by a full fireworks dislay.A very enjoyable day out.Lots of 80s hits and a crowd really out to have some fun ................ 19 Aug 2010.Kasabian live at Brixton Academy,London.A sold out pronto warm up gig for Kasabian as these days Brixton is a small venue for them as they headline to 50,000 plus at the weekend at The V Festivals.I must have seen them a dozen times over the last five years.All the pubs near the venue are packed as Kasabian fans get boozed up before the gig.No surprise that loads of punters have turned up without tickets so touts easily selling tickets for double face value.Inside its a fantastic atmosphere for Kasabians 95 mins set.I am front right of stage with a great view.Playing a sprinkling of tracks from all three of their albums.They are using the full light and stage show they will be using at the bigger gigs at the weekend.Set inc "Shoot The Runner","Underdog","Where Did All The Love Go?","Processed Beats","Empire","Fast Fuse", "Clubfoot",a cover of Donna Summers "I Feel Love" and mental encores of "Fire","Vlad The Impaler" and "LSF" with the entire venue singing and bouncing.Full of cocksure swagger it must be great to be in Kasabian at the moment as they have had an amazing last couple of years. See aftershow page for this gig.................. 18 Aug 2010.4pm to 6pm i was at The Sanderson Hotel for an enjoyable session in the gym and steam room.Going once a fortnight is enough for me but the trainer says if i really want to tone up i have get to the gym at least twice a week... ..then a short walk acrosss Oxford Street 6.15pm to 9pm for the launch of Otarian,181-183 Wardour Street,Soho,London W1.Great location that used to be an old grotty pub and now its super contempory design.Otarian is a low carbon restaurant for quality veggie food on the go. Aimed at customers who are vegan or just want to avoid wheat and gluten.You can order at the tills and take away or sit at the tables.The menus are clear and simple.A bit like how you see them in sushi bars.Each item has the calorie count against it.Plenty of freebie champers,cocktails and yummy food flowing here. There was a violinist and a jazz trio playing in the background.The female CEO gave a passionate speech about how much effort they have made to be number one for recycling(everthing in the restaurant has come from recycled materials) and quality ingredients etc.With more and more people thinking about what they eat and how they can cut their carbon emissions it can only be a good thing.Otarian are also at 190 Shaftesbury Avenue,London W1 ............ 17 Aug 2010.10pm to midnight.Wrangler Summer Party at Mahiki,1 Dover Street,London W1.This event was a late start but its nice to avoid the rush hour whether is car,train,tube or bus.The venue is a well known haunt for well off posh folks.Tonight the venue is shared by the people at the Wrangler party that are roped off from the usual clubbers here.Free drinks are flowing and each of the six Wrangler tables has a "Mahiki Treasure Chest" on it.This costs £100 a pop and it measures around 18" by 9" and has a few straws in it and everyone dips in.A bit like a posh mini horse trough.They had a "gifting suite" which was basically a shop with lots of clothing on rails and a changing room etc.Everyone got a free item.Only problem was the queue was slow moving as the Wrangler t