Archive: May 2010

May 01, 2010

30 April 2010.7pm to midnight.New Style Magazine Charity Spring Ball at The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel,Cadogan Place,Knightsbridge,London SW1.Black tie event for 250 people held by Russia's leading lifestyle magazine.Singer Katie Melua is here.She is from Georgia which is south of Russia.For the champers reception we are greeted by a striking 6'6" Lady Gaga lookalike in head to toe rubber inc a face mask.This was performance artist www.pandemonia99.com.We had a lovely three course meal with drinks.The entertainment inc burlesque,hola hoop girl and fire eater.Auction and raffle to benefit www.mariaschildren.ru.I bump into a lot of Russians out and about and i like them.Nice Russian hospitality here .... 29 April 2010.Gorillaz live at The Roundhouse,London.The first of two sold out shows here and their first gigs in London since 2001.I am not the biggest Gorillaz fan as i am really here to see two ex members of The Clash(Mick Jones and Paul Simonon) on stage together in a band for the first time in over 25 years.The first two Gorillaz albums sold loads but their recent album "Plastic Beach" seems to have died a death.The Gorillaz play a 90 mins set with neat cartoon visuals on the big screen.There are over 20 people on stage inc backing singers and choir so its a nice big sound and they get into a nice dance groove.Its loud mainly due to Paul Simonons rumbling bass. Him and Mick Jones are wearing sailors hats and its a delight to see them on stage together.Lots of guest singers.Bobby Womack and Mos Def for "Stylo",other tracks inc "Empire Bats" then "Superfast Jellyfish" with De La Soul.Shaun Ryder came on for "Dare".Encores inc "Sweepstakes" with Mos Def,"Feel Good Inc" with De La Soul and finally "Clint Eastwood".Damon Albarn in charge of one of the hippest acts out there.It was a very good show. See www.nme.com for the full setlist............. 28 April 2010.Went to two events tonight inc back to see Whitney Houston.First was 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the launch of Yo! Sushi in Market Place,Near Great Portland Street,London W1.This is their 50th store in the UK and the first to open in London for five years.Strange to see half a dozen photographers outside but then Kerry Katona pulls up.Perhaps she was paid to be here? Had about ten yummy plates here inc a couple of black cod and the booze is free as well.Got there early so got a seat.Nice party atmosphere here.....then off to see Whitney Houston again at The 02 Arena,London.What can i say but it was much better than Sunday.Its a later start because tubes run later than on Sunday so its 9.15pm on stage.Its another full house.Everyone has seen the dodgy reviews but that makes Whitneys fans even more supportive. Again the first five songs are good then she is off stage for ten mins and the show gets boring in the middle.She seems more relaxed and enjoying it more.She still does not make the high notes but just gets on with it instead of making excuses like on Sunday.The crowd are up and dancing for the last three. A few leave early but nothing compared to Sunday.The show was much more enjoyable tonight although no way near how good it should have been................ 27 April 2010.Went to two events tonight.First was 6.45pm to 8.45pm for the preview launch of The Beatles Hidden Photos at The Mernier Gallery,51 Southwark Street,London SE1.A trek over to the London Bridge area.37 never seen before photos of The Beatles taken in 1963 by Paul Berriff who was a mere 16 year old junior at The Yorkshire Post.Images from shows in Leeds/Bradford/Huddersfield/Manchester.They are on view until Saturday and are all for sale.A classic case of being in the right place at the right time.Freebie champers flowing here for all. See www.the-beatles-hidden-gallery.com......then 9.30pm to midnight i was at The 10th Anniversary Party for The Sanderson Hotel,Berners Street,London W1.Over 500 upmarket posh folks here at this lovely hotel.Guests inc Tamara and Petra Ecclestone and Nicky Haslam.Check out the photos on www.gettyimages.com.Loads of free booze,cocktails and tasty hot grub here.Also the live act is Florence And The Machine.They play a seven song 35 mins set.Tracks from the award winning "Lungs" album include "Rabbit Heart"(Raise It Up) and "You've Got The Love".A decent set even though lots are chatting through it.A nice goodie bag inc some DNKY Mens Fragrence and a years membership to Sanderson Hotel gym,spa,sauna rooms.A quality bash......... 26 April 2010.Went to three events tonight.Two launch parties and the second half of the Grace Jones show.First was 7pm to 7.45pm for the launch of All For Eve cosmetic products at One Marylebone Road ,London.Only about 70 or 80 mainly women here in the smaller upstairs space rather than the larger downstairs space.Lovely freebie chilled champers flowing but the canopes were tasteless.Got a couple of small goodie bags.Channel 4s George Lamb was here.Check out www.allforeve.co.uk.....then 8.15pm to 9.45pm was at the launch of Iceberg Vodka at The Kensington Roof Gardens,London.Always nice to be at this venue wih its outdoor gardens.The presentation went on a bit too long.Iceberg Vodka is Canadian and i cannot see how they can rival quality Russian and Polish vodkas.The freebie vodka based drinks are flowing and some nice hot canopes too.Everyone got a full size bottle of Iceberg Vodka in the goodie bag....then five mins walk to see Grace Jones at The Royal Albert Hall,London.I had seen her play two great shows last year at the Royal Festival Hall and The Roundhouse.With all her wild costumes,capes and crazy headgear she is the original Lady Gaga. I missed the first hour of the two hour set as elsewhere.Missed tracks like "Private Life" and "Le Vie En Rose".I did catch "My Jamaican Guy","Love Is The Drug" which had some stunning lasers.Recent album title track "Hurricane" and encores were brilliant versions of "Pull Up To The Bumper" and "Slave To The Rhythm" with her 61 year old long legs looking amazing.Grace is always the real deal live.She headlines The Lovebox Festival on Sun 18th July at Victoria Park,Hackney ................. 25 April 2010.Whitney Houston live at The 02 Arena,London.First of three shows at this venue as part of her first UK tour for over 10 years.Dodgy reviews from earlier gigs and postponed shows.Will it be a total car crash or just a scratch on the bumper??.She has had it rough recently with drugs and booze along with mental and physical abuse so its amazing she has made it back on stage at all.Being a Whitney fan is not cheap.Tickets were 100,75,50 and even a programme was 20.I saw her in her heyday in 1991 when she played TEN nights at Wembley Arena. A nice big stage production with a big backing band,four male dancers and staircases and screens.Whitney is on for 1 hour 55 mins.The set starts ok with some new tracks off her recent album "I Look To You".Her wholesome good looks are pretty much gone and she looks fragile and the voice is now deeper and huskier.She played old hits "My Love Is Your Love" and "Its Not Right But Its OK".Then it went wromg.She left the stage for a costume change that lasted 10 mins and the buzz went out of the gig.She then played a load of ballads that exposed her voice as she clearly cannot hit the high notes anymore. She was off key and out of breathe.Also lots of rambling chat between songs.Tracks like "Saving All My Love For You" and "Greatest Love Of All" did not sound like the originals.The high bit in "I Will Always Love You" was a mess.Things got lively for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "How Will I Know" but it was all a bit too late.There were no boos at the end just a muted atmosphere.Just one of those shows you know should have been a lot better.So for a classic cliche its "Houston We Still Have A Problem"..... 24 April 2010.In the afternoon i spent a couple of hours at The Olympia Music Fair.Did not buy much this time.Led Zeps Jimmy Page again spent ages looking and buying stuff with his photographer mate Ross Halfin.There was a super rare Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant" South Africa. Plain sleeve.A bargain at 3000......then later i went to see Gil Scott Heron live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.A sold out show for GSH and easily the hottest ticket of The Ether Festival shows at The Southbank.Now aged 61 Gil is seen by many as The Godfather of Rap mainly due to his 1971 album "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised".The last decade has been blighted by prison,drug abuse and ill health but his new album "I'm Not Here" has got great reviews.His shows come under the "anything can happen" tag. On stage for 1 hour 45 mins with plenty of chat and jokes.Indeed it was a full 15 mins before the first of maybe only a dozen songs at most.There were lots of shouting and leaflet dropping from protesters in the balcony.The reason?.Gil had to confirm later that he was not playing Tel Aviv at the end of May.Tracks played inc "Alien(Hold On To Your Dreams),"Winter In America","Work For Peace","Is That Jazz?","Pieces Of A Man","Your Daddy Loves You" and "Celebrate,Celebrate,Celebrate".The hip crowd gave him a standing ovation.A good show.... 23 April 2010.Australian Pink Floyd live at The 02 Arena,London.Massive gig for this tribute band who have sold over 3 million gig tickets and have overtaken the likes of The Bootleg Beatles and Bjorn Again to be the worlds biggest tribute band.Not a real surprise the venue is only half full but that still means an impressive crowd of 8 or 9,000.On stage for 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 90 mins.Its pretty much a Floyd greatest hits set with a fantastic light show and cicular screen.Tracks played inc "The Great Gig In The Sky","Time","Breathe","Shine On You Crazy Diamond","Welcome To The Machine","The Division Bell","Us And Them","Take It Back","Another Brick In The Wall","Wish You Were Here" and then a couple of giant inflatables appeared.A superb "Comfortably Numb" and encore of "Run Like Hell".The sound quality and production was top notch.They do it all so well.Even down to having three great female backing singers which the real Floyd do.A great show................... 22 April 2010.Today was Malcolm McLarens funeral. Being a huge Sex Pistols fan i had met him a few times but i doubt he would remember me.A funeral is for family and close friends after all so i was not at the service at St Mary Magdalene Church,Marylebone,London NW1.I did however have a friend who has a motorbike so he would drive me about for the afternoon.Near the church i do not really want to be seen so keep my crash helmet on.There is a great turn out inc Glen Matlock,Paul Cook,Dame Vivienne Westwood,Adam Ant,Annie Lennox,Bobby Gillespie,Eddie Tudor Pole,Jon Savage,Steve Diggle,Pete Shelley,Alan Yentob,Pam Hogg,Philip Salon,Tony James,Don Letts,John Cooper Clarke,David Johansen,Marco Pirroni and no doubt a few more.After the service most go their own ways and do not join the funeral cortege to Highgate Cemetary.A horse drawn carriage with "Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die" on the coffin and a few cars behind and an old green double decker bus with "Nowhere" as the destination on the front and a loud sound system that has some guests in it inc Eddie Tudor Pole.One car has Adam Ant and Vivienne Westwood.The route is via some music venues in the area.Koko,Electric Ballroom,Roundhouse, Barfly and Forum.We follow closely on the bike then overtake it and park up outside the Electric Ballroom and there are quite a few here with us in this punk heartland.We wait for it to go past then back on the bike along with a few other bikes for another 30 mins as the Malcolm related tunes inc Sex Pistols blast out of the bus and a few punks jump on the back of the bus.Its great fun in the sunshine with people and cheers all along the route.We get to Highgate Cemetary but only those from the service earlier are allowed in as there are a few police here.It was all over by 3pm.Quite a send off.....then 4pm to 6pm was Estethica Fashion Show party at Somerset House,London. Lovely venue.We are up on the first floor overlooking the square on one side and the river on the other.Freebie champers and canopes here.Some nice female outfits here....then still on the motorbike 6.45pm to 10.30pm we go to the launch of The Rafayel Hotel,34 Lombard Road,Battersea,London SW11.Very nice looking 5 star hotel by the river right next to the Heliport.Lots of people here as 900 were invited. A stunning outside Japanese Garden Terrace Bar where the freebie champers and wine are flowing as well as an all night bbq.The sun comes down with great river views.We had a singer and band playing cover versions and also a dj.Very good. See www.hotelrafayel.com ..... 21 April 2010.Another busy night out and about. First was 6.45pm to 7.25pm for the drinks reception for The Publican Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.Loads of different brands of beer and wine being given out free here.A massive crowd of over 1000.I will come back here later...then 7.30pm to 10.30pm The Courteeners live at The Hard Rock Cafe,London.Invite only gig for 200 press and comp winners for Q Magazine-The Music Club. Recently they have headlined to 10,000 at Manchester Central and 5,000 at Brixton Academy so nice to see them in a small venue.Touted by many as the new Oasis just because they come from Manchester and have a singer with a some Liam G attitude.Its a full 65 mins set of tracks from their two albums.They use lots of synth as well as guitars.Their fans down the front sing loudly.Tracks played inc "Cavorting","Good Times Are Calling","The Opener","Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips","Sycophant",new single "Take Over The World","Not Nineteen Forever" and finally a cover of James "Tomorrow".A good gig.Had far too many JD and cokes here tonight as free booze and HRC food for all....then 10.40pm to midnight back to The Publican Awards five mins up the road.Comedian Michael McIntrye is giving out the awards but he looks a bit bored.No doubt he is thinking "i am getting shed loads of cash for doing this".More free booze flowing and i left while the party was still in full flow........... 20 April 2010.Went to two events tonight.First was 6pm to 7pm at Jigsaw,Duke Of York Square,Kings Road,Chelsea,London.A huge shop with lovely sweeping staircases.Its for the 10th birthday of Cabbages And Roses clothing and accessories and the launch of their new book(their 5th) "At Home With Country" which shows interior design styles from here and America thats in the shops for 19.99.The freebie champers and nicely presented canopes are flowing.Lots of friendly attentive staff too. As expected its a 90% female crowd.A nice goodie bag had a copy of the book in it.Check out www.cabbagesandroses.com.....then 7.30pm to 9.30pm was at the album launch party gig for Alabama 3 at Shadow Lounge,5 Brewer Street,Soho,London W1.Invite only gig for 300 press and friends of the band to launch their new album "Revolver Soul" that comes out 03 May 2010.A great venue that is a gay club.The band arrive on stage in combats and shades.The usual mad mix of rock,soul,disco,country,blues in the 55 mins set.Newies "Jacqueline" and "Keep Your Powder Dry" were good and they encored with oldie "Hypo Full Of Love".Sadly they did not play "Woke Up This Morning" their big hit from Sopranos.You will get that on the tour next month.Lots of crazy banter between songs.Good gig.For more info check out www.alabama3.co.uk Spotted in the crowd were dj Mark Lamarr and 1970s music journo Charles Shaar Murray.......... 19 April 2010.New York Dolls live at Koko, Camden,London.Pretty amazing how often The Dolls are coming over to London these days.They only played The Forum six months ago.That night the sound was dodgy and tonight was not much better.The drums sounded rough and Sylvains guitar had an annoying buzz coming out of it.We have a great view three rows from the stage.Its a 85 mins set with a nice mix of gems from their two 1970s albums and good tracks from their two recent albums.David Johansen looks a bit tired but the songs are so great i try to forget about the dodgy sound.Set was "Looking For A Kiss", "Cause I Sez So","We're All In Love","Private World","Nobody Got No Bizness","Better Than You", "Who Are The Mystery Girls?","Dance Like A Monkey","Gotta Get Away From Tommy","You Cant Put Your Arms Around A Memory"(dedicated to Malcolm McLaren and Johnny Thunders),"Lonely Planet Boy","Pills","Trash","Jet Boy"(special guests were promised to arrive on stage but nobody appeared) and encore "Personality Crisis". At the end David Johansen said "What a mess.I hope it was better than what it sounded".The Dolls are a messy rock n roll band but the sound still needs to be better but i still love em. Up in a box in the balcony was Jonathan Ross who is always playing the band on his radio show and got them on his tv show.His wifes film "Kick Ass" is out this week and The Dolls are on the soundtrack.Also spotted was Charlie Harper from The UK Subs .................. 17 April 2010.Got to Rough Trade West at 4pm for Record Store Day but the limited edition singles by Beatles and Rolling Stones that i was gonna buy have sold out.Some bands playing free gigs outside the shop.A nice atmosphere.I got most of my punk records in 1976/1977 from the original RT shop a couple of streets away from the new one.The shop still has loads of original gig posters from 1970s on the wall.Most of those gigs i was at.Lots of tourists visiting Portobello Market....Later 9.15pm to midnight i was at the annual party for The Cobden Club,Kensal Road,London W10.One of those areas where folks with lots of cash who can afford private members clubs like this live next to crack riddled council estates.About 200 here for the 1920s Speakeasy Club feel.Most are dressed up 1920s attire.A blind piano player,some dancing girls,a fun casino and freebie cocktails all night.When i left it was still rockin.A good bash.See www.cobdenclub.co.uk 16 April 2010.James live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.A 10 date UK tour by James to promote new mini album "The Night Before".I have seen them a few times before.Usually they play Brixton but singer Tim Booth says this is their first show back here at RAH since they supported The Smiths in 1984.As always lots of Northerners here who live or work in London.A nice rowdy Friday night atmosphere with floor standing.On stage for 1 hour 55 mins.A great entrance as a trumpet player in the balcony introduced the band who came from the back of the hall to play an acoustic version of "Sit Down".Some new tracks played were ok.Then oldies "I Know What Im Here For" and for "Come Home" singer Tim Booth walked into crowd and my row and stood inches in front of me dancing.He still does that brilliant jerky trance dancing.New single "Crazy" then "Getting Away From It","Tomorrow" and encores inc "Sometimes",(with crowd singing loudly)"Laid" and "Say Something".James are always good live............ 15 April 2010.Went to three events today.First i spent an hour at the press launch for Grace Kelly:Style Icon at The V and A Museum,South Kensington,London.One of the most photographed women in the world when she was an actress in the 1950s and then her marriage to Prince Rainier.Her tragic death in a car accident in Sept 1982 shocked the world.Loads of her very stylish dresses are here along with other personal items.Its on until 26 Sept 2010 and adm is 6 quid.Her son Prince Albert was due to attend the evening drinks reception.After i spent a couple of hours looking at other stuff in the V and A.......then over to The City for the launch party for The Anthologist Bar, 58 Gresham Street,Bank,London EC2.I was there 5.45pm to 8.15pm.You walk through the entrance and WOWWWW this venue is truly massive.Over 1000 people here in this huge open plan space for this Bar-Kitchen-Lounge-Deli.A freebie open bar with champers,cocktails,wines, beers and more for all along with some tasty hot grub.Its nice and modern inside with an open plan kitchen visable.The City workers will really love this place.The lovely Cleo Rocos was hosting a drinks area.Smaller rooms too for private parties. For more info see www.theanthologistbar.co.uk.... then The Sex Pistols Experience + Rebel Truce live at The 100 Club,London.This turned into an unofficial memorial tribute night for Malcolm McLaren.Support band Rebel Truce were great.A 50 mins set of Clash gems from their first two albums.Sex Pistols Experience are the UKs number one Pistols tribute band.They play great,they look great and there are many great one liners used on stage.A 90 mins set inc "Pretty Vacant", "EMI","Bodies","Problems","God Save The Queen","Anarchy In The UK" and for encores they went into Public Image Ltd mode.First was "This Is Not A Love Song" then a real coup for the band as original PIL guitarist Keith Levine came on stage for the FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS. He was on stage with them for all the next songs. They then played "Public Image","Annalisa","Low Life","Death Disco","Poptones" and a reprise of "Public Image".A great gig................... 14 April 2010.6.45pm to 10.30pm.Tonight i was at the launch of Avalon,141-143 Shoreditch High Street,London E1.Back in the day this area was a bit of a mess but now its full of bright young trendy creative folks.A big lively crowd here for this Bar-Lounge-Club that has three main rooms which include a dj and stage area.Lots of freebie champers,cocktails,wines and beers all night as well as loads of tasty hot grub.The decor is great and the bar staff worked hard. We even had a live act.Her name was Rox who has been hotly tipped by many mags and newspapers at the start of the year to be this years Amy Winehouse.She has already been on Jools Hollands tv show.Her 30 mins 6 song set showed off her powerful jazzy soul voice.Her debut album "Memoirs" is out in June on Rough Trade.Her setlist was "My Baby Left Me","No Going Back","Page Unfolds","Breakfast In Bed", "Rocksteady" and her new single out soon "I Dont Believe".You will hear a lot more from her before the end of the year for sure.A good set. Then dj Jodie Harsh got the punters dancing. This was a perfect example of how to put on a launch party.It was still rockin' when i left.... 13 April 2010.A great night as i went to two launch parties then a gig.First from 7pm to 9.15pm was at the launch of The Glasses Direct Spring/Summer 2010 Range at Mahiki,1 Dover Street,London W1.Only started in 2004 Glasses Direct are now The Worlds Largest Online Prescription Eyewear Store.For more info see www.glassesdirect.co.uk.Always nice to be at this posh club.The freebie drinks here were fantastic as we had a choice of TEN Mahiki cocktails inc The Coco Loco which is served in a frozen coconut.Also lots of nice Chinese food. Nice goodie bag where you chose a pair of sunglasses from the range on display.I chose a Fat Face that retails for over 50 quid.This event was much better than expected......then to Swarovski Crystallized,24 Great Marlborough Street,London W1 for the launch of Recognise Magazine Issue Two.A Socially Aware Lifestyle Magazine For Men And Women.They had a smaller party for Issue One but this was more high profile with a few celeb guests but they had all gone by the time i got there.Got a glass of freebie champers and got a couple of average goodie bags then left after 15 mins...then off to see Joe Perry Project at The 100 Club,London. Aerosmith guitar legend plays a small club show at the end of his UK tour with Bad Company.I see the last 60 mins of the 80 mins show.Its preety much his 60 mins arena set with a few extra tracks.Joe is sweating buckets like all bands do when they play here.He had 13 pedals on his guitar effects board.Tracks played inc "Someones Gonna Get Their Heads Kicked In Tonight","Rockin Train",he again played a track by his sons band who are called Tab.Last song of set was a great "Walk This Way" and the encore was "Train Kept A Rollin".Really good to see Joe here at this legendary venue.A few inc me expected Jimmy Page to turn up and play but i do not think he was even at the gig .......... 12 April 2010.6.45pm to 12.45am.Football Extravaganza 2010 Gala Dinner at The Hilton Hotel,Park Lane,London.One of the biggest football dinners of the year.Most of the 1000 mainly male crowd have paid 350 to be here.Tonight is a Man Utd fans dream as Eric Cantona gets The Legend Of Football Award presented to him by Sir Alex Ferguson.Also on the top table on stage are Ryan Giggs,Peter Schmeichel,Steve Bruce, Ken Loach who directed Eric Cantona's 2009 film "Looking For Eric".Also Simply Reds Mick Hucknall who supports Man Utd. Hosted by Richard Keys from Sky tv.Lots of other football folks here inc Roy Hodgson(Fulham Boss), Teddy Sheringham,Ray Houghton,Alex McLeish,Alan Curbishley,Gary Neville,Graham Sharpe,Andy Gray, Niall Quinn,Barry Fry,Phil Tufnell(cricket), Peter Reid,Peter Powell(1980s Radio 1 dj)Kenny Lynch(1970s comedian and mates with George Best),and Eamonm Holmes(tv presenter).After an hours drinks reception we had opera singer and Man Utd fan Russell Watson sing three songs.Then a nice three course dinner.9.45pm to 11.15pm was an auction of loads of football related items. Over 400,000 was raised for Nordoff Robbins charity tonight.Paul Merson did a really good 20 mins set of mad stories of drink,drugs,divorce and his mad gambling antics when he was a player. Then the main presentation and speeches by Eric Cantona and Sir Alex Ferguson.They all signed a few items at the end.A very good event........... 11 Apr 2010.Bad Company + Joe Perry Project live at Wembley Arena,London.Last show on their UK reunion tour for Bad Company.Joe Perry Project sound much rockier tonight.Maybe because Wembley Arena is more of a rock n roll venue than the middle of the road Brighton Centre.Set again inc goodies like "Rockin Train","Train Kept A Rollin" and "Walk This Way".Other songs were again average and Joe should avoid singing and stick to guitar playing.Jimmy Page watched the JPP from the mixing desk srea.I had a great view left of stage in the guest block.I spot Martin Chambers(Pretenders/Mott) and Verden Allen(Mott).Still surprised there are no shows booked for Mott The Hoople anywhere after the succees of their Hammersmith shows last year.Also an American couple from Michigan sitting next to me tell me they won a weekend in London with hotel,flights,gig tickets and spending money on a US radio station.Bad Company play another great set.Its the same show but we get an extra last encore of "Deal With The Preacher".Highlights again were "Cant Get Enough","Feel Like Makin' Love" and "Shooting Star".Joe Perry did not come on for "Rock And Roll Fantasy" tonight ........ 10 Apr 2010.Bad Company + Joe Perry Project live at The Brighton Centre.Got down to Brighton at 4pm on this lovely sunny afternoon.The seafront is busy and there is a great buzz.Been to this venue a few times.My first was in 1984 when Kiss were supported by Bon Jovi.A great double bill here tonight.Support is Aerosmith guitar player with his Joe Perry Project.They are on stage for 60 mins.Lots of great blues rock guitar playing from Joe's stuning collection of guitars.Most of the songs are from his recent solo album.Pretty average they were.Joe sings a few but his voice is weak.They play "Walking The Dog" and finish well with a great "Walk This Way" but i felt they should have been better.For Joe Perry we were sixth row and for Bad Company we are FRONT ROW middle with a stunning view.I saw Bad Co in their heyday in 1976,1977, and 1979.On stage for 90 mins.Paul Rodgers vocals are superb and they band sound great.Set inc "Cant Get Enough", "Honey Child","Running With The Pack","Burning Sky","Young Blood","Seagull","Electric Land", "Simple Man","Feel Like Making Love","Shooting Star",for "Rock And Roll Fantasy" they were joined by Steve Perry.Finished main set with "Moving On" and encores were "Ready For Love" and "Bad Company".An excellent set of British classic rock at its very best. See aftershow page for this gig.................. 09 Apr 2010.Glitter Band with guests Angie Bowie and Adam Ant + Spizz Energi + Tracie Hunter live at The Scala,London. Amazing evening which finished with Adam Ant playing a secret gig with his new band and his first live show for years. Up first we have Tracie Hunter who plays her 30 mins of standard rock.Next is Spizz Energi who is great as usual.I bought all his neat singles 30 years ago and saw him live back then too. He jerks across the stage and his band sound good.Gems played inc "6000 Crazy","No Room","Soldier Soldier" and finished with a fantastic "Whers Captain Kirk" with all the crowd singing.See www.spizzenergi.com...The poor old Glitter Band have been off the radar the past few years because of the Gary Glitter mess. But they are back with two original members inc the singer and still with twin drums and star shaped guitar like their 70s heyday.It started dodgy as they came on in awful 80s satin outfits. A full 90 mins with loads of their hits and some GG ones too.Nice 70s clips on the screen behind them.Tracks played inc "Rock n Roll(Part 1),"Just For You","Tell Him","Goodbye My Love", then Angie Bowie came on to sing three from her album inc "Fires Are Burning".Then "The Tears I Cried"and then GG anthems "I Love You Love Me Love","I Didnt Know I Loved You","Do You Want To Touch Me" then their own "Angel Face".For the encore we had a real surprise as Adam Ant came on with Angie Bowie to sing "Ant Music" and "C'mon C'mon" with Glitter Band as backing. Adam Ant looks fit and healthy after his recent struggles.Lots of hardcore Adam Ant fans are here.Buts theres more.After the dj played some glam hits.Adam Ant and his new band took to the stage for a 25 mins 5 song set to about 100 people as most of The Glitter Band fans had gone. Tracks were "Get It On","Goody Two Shoes","Red Scab","Physical(You're So)" and "It Doesn't Matter".His first proper gig for years.A 2am finish and quite a mad night really.............. 08 Apr 2010.In the afternoon the texts and calls were coming in to me regards the shock death of legendary Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren who died of cancer aged 64.He did try to rip the band off by keeping monies until the band sued him in the late 1980s buts its safe to say there would be no Sex Pistols without him.He also made some very good solo records in the 1980s. See www.sex-pistols.net for tributes and a recent video interview from 2009 with Malcolm who you can see can still talk for England....... I was at two events this evening.First was 6.30pm to 8.30pm for the 5th anniversary of Chelsea Space Gallery,16 John Islip Street,Pimlico,London SW1.Five of their top exhibitions over the past five years have come back again.For the coming week only Clash legend Mick Jones "The Rock n Roll Public Library" is back but its a smaller size than before.Lots of neat items here from Micks past.Freebie beers and wines flowing.Mick Jones is here all night. Apart from being in one of the greatest bands ever and supporting QPR he really is one of the nicest blokes you could meet.Had a great chat with him about QPRs messy season as i see him up there a lot,his band Carbon Silicon and him playing with Gorillaz on their next tour.Others here inc rock n roll jeweller Stephen Webster and Dee Generate from 1970s punk band Eater..... then 9pm to 10pm was at the launch party for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Handset at 52 Bedford Square,London WC1.Very nice big house.Not sure if its private or a proper venue.All the trendy tekky folks are here to celebrate Sonys first "Android Phone".Had some freebie champers but it was pretty much two big rooms of people chatting and nothing else.No dj or dancefloor.A couple of years ago i got a couple of nice phones in a goodie bag and ever since then you go to phone launches hoping to get a free phone but you never do.A pretty tame party this one.... 07 Apr 2010.Beverley Knight + Mamas Gun live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.One of the UKs top female soul singers plays a sold out London headline show to promote her recent album "100%". Up first we have Mamas Gun who were very good.A supertight funked up 80s style soul outfit with good tracks inc "Wishing" and "Finger On It".I have a soft spot for BK who has been around for some 15 years now and had a dozen or so Top 40 hits.We have a great view 10 yards from stage.For the entire 1 hour 40 mins BK is hyper and really giving it her all.Half a dozen costume changes and still showing her legs off. She has a fantastic powerful voice and a personality the crowd clearly love.Hints of Tina Turner are there of course.Tracks played inc a great cover of Janis Joplins "Piece Of My Heart",also "100%","In Your Shoes","Gold" and a stunning "Black Butta"(do yourself a favour and go on youtube and see her perform this song on Jools Holland).Also played were excellent versions of "Soul Survivor" and "Come As You Are" and encores "Shoulda Woulda Coulda","Made It Back" and "Flavour Of The Old School".A very good gig from a quality performer. See aftershow page for this gig.................. 04 Apr 2010.Winger + Air Race live at Islington Academy,London.Both these rock bands from the late 1980s/early 1990s never had much success in the UK but Winger were massive in their native America.By accident i caught Air Race four times as a support act with Ted Nugent(1984),Meat Loaf(1984),Krokus(1985) and Sad Cafe(1986).Jason Bonham was their drummer in 1985.Winger i saw supporting Scorpions(1991) at Wembley Arena.Some bands reform for big cash making shows but Air Race reform and are still a support band.They were always a bit second rate but its a decent 45 mins set and its clear they are enjoying being back on stage again.Winger play for 75 mins and its a good solid rock set.They split up in 1994 after grunge killed off hair metal bands.Simple jeans and t shirts for all members tonight actually made them lok like a grunge band.Singer Kip Winger is the main man here but guitarist Reb Beach is superb all night and you can see why he played with Whitesnake a few years ago.Set inc "Easy Come Easy Go","Stone Cold Killer" and big American hits "Headed For A Heartache" and "Seventeen".Encores inc "Miles Away" and for finale both support bands came to help with a cover of "Helter Skelter".Good gig... 01 Apr 2010.Airbourne + Black Spiders live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.The support did an ok set of 30 mins.Good idea to have the bands name on a huge backdrop behind them.They headline The Camden Underworld on 04 May.Aussie rockers Airbourne are playing their biggest London headline show to date.Going into the gig there are more AC/DC shirts being worn than Airbourne ones as their sound is very AC/DC sounding.This show was part of a six week UK and European leg on their world tour to promote recent album "No Guts No Glory".The band work their nuts off for the entire 1 hour 40 mins on stage.The singer cannot keep still and ends up doing an Angus Young by playing guitar up in the balcony.Set inc "Raise The Flag","Hellfire","Diamond In The Rough" and "Back On The Bottle".They know the rock history of the venue as they get the entire crowd to shout "I Will Protect The Hammersmith Odeon" and mentioning The Who played a famous gig at the venue in 1979(i was there).Its all fast relentless rock n roll.Other tracks played inc "Too Much,Too Young,Too Fast" and "No Way But The Hard Way".For the encores the singer throws full cans of lager up into the balcony and the band finish well with "Stand Up For Rock n Roll" and "Blackjack".A good gig.............. 31 Mar 2010.Went to two events tonight.First was 6.45pm to 9pm at The World Cup 2010 Preview event at 86 St James Street,London SW1.A lovely old building with huge rooms.They are having corporate hospitality packages for the World Cup with three course meal,drinks and the game on the big screen and tonight is about promoting it. Lots of free wine and beers and plenty of grub flowing here and a nice friendly crowd.The World Cup Final of 1966 is showing on the big screen.Lots of photos of 1970s soccer world legends on the walls.They have brought in Chelsea legend Ron "Chopper" Harris who gives a 15 mins enjoyable interview on stage.From 1962 to 1980 he played 795 games and was the first Chelsea captain to lift the FA Cup.Got some nice photos signed by him in a picture of him with QPR legend Stan Bowles.He was friendly and chatty to all.I think he still is involved at Stamford Bridge in the hospitality side of things for Chelsea.A nice bash.Visit www.86stjames.com for more info......then 9.15pm to 10.15pm was Lee Store Relaunch Party at 13/14 Carnaby Street,London W1.The free drinks still flowing here for this trendy young crowd. The djs are members of indie bands Mystery Jets and Bombay Bicycle Club.Got a nice goodie bag here of a Lee "Rider" Jean Jacket and Lee T Shirt and Lab Series Skincare For Men............ 30 Mar 2010.Bit of a crazy night as i went to a bar launch then to The Who gig then back to the bar launch.....7.15pm to 8.45pm was the launch of Coquine,160 Old Brompton Road,London SW5.Just 100 yards from the place that opened last week.The venue is located near Gloucester Road/South Kensington tube.A nice upmarket venue.More suited to the late evening crowd rather than the early evening crowd.Dj downstairs playing the tunes.Nice cosy booths downstairs as well.Lots of freebie champers,cocktails and canopes flowing here.A nice surprise to see Jerry Hall here looking fab.Only 10 mins walk from The Royal Albert Hall so ideal for a couple of pre gig drinks.A nice venue ...then a mad dash to see The Who at The Royal Albert Hall,London.The last of The Teenage Cancer Trust shows here and the main event of the series of gigs.The Who play all of Quadrophenia.All the floor stand up and i sneak to the front and end up a mere four rows from the stage with a great view.The sound is mega.Zak Starkey on drums is brilliant.They run through the album.A big screen mixes live footage of the gig with clips from the 1979 film.Tracks inc "The Real Me","5.15","Drowned" and "Bell Boy".The special guests on stage are Eddie Vedder(Pearl Jam) and Tom(Kasabian) who does a brilliant job as The Ace Face.The set lasted for 90 mins.The crowd were expecting 3 or 4 oldies for the encore but we got no encores which left the crowd a bit shocked and stunned and even a few boos were heard.A great gig though.Spotted in the crowd were Bruce Welsh from The Shadows and Ian Broudie from The Lightning Seeds......then 10 mins walk after the gig i was 11pm to 1am back to Coquine which is still buzzing and the freebie cocktails are still flowing ................ 29 Mar 2010.Specials live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.Another Teenage Cancer Trust show. This is The NME Big Gig Night as The Specials won Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at last months NME Awards.Dont think Specials have ever played this venue.Loads of bald heads and Fred Perrys in this very lively booze fuelled atmosphere.Specials on for 85 mins playing pretty much the same set as i saw at Brixton and Hammersmith but in a slightly different order. Every song is a ska gem really.The floor standing area is bouncing away and the whole crowd is really enjoying it.Set inc "Do The Dog","Dawning Of A New Era","Gangsters","Its Up To You","Monkey Man","Rat Race","Hey Little Rich Girl","Blank Expression","Doesn't Make It Alright","Concrete Jungle","Friday Night/Saturday Morning","Stereotype","Man At C And A","A Message To You Rudy","Do Nothing", "Nite Klub","Too Much Too Young","You're Wondering Now" and encores "Ghost Town" and "Enjoy Yourself".I saw The Specials a few times in their 1979-1981 heyday and like then they always are a fantastic live act............. 27 Mar 2010.Peter Gabriel live at The 02 Arena,London.First of two shows at this venue to promote his covers album "Scratch My Back".The upstairs level 4 seating has loads of empty blocks of seats.Peter Gabriel is now aged 60 but has always been a must see live act as he always has put on great shows but you kinda know tonight will be different.On stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 80 mins.No band as such as there is a 50 piece orchestra. The first half is all of his covers album.Not sure why someone like PG would resort to putting out a covers album.It starts off decent enough with "Heroes"(David Bowie),"The Boy In The Bubble"(Paul Simon) and "Mirrorball"(Elbow) but the vocals are all too slow and glum and it becomes hard work to listen too but the orchestra sound great.The second half is the old stuff but he does NOT play loads of big tunes inc "Steam","Biko","Games Without Frontiers","Shock The Monkey","Big Time" and we only get 20 seconds of "Sledgehammer" as an intro.We do get "Digging In The Dirt","Signal To Noise","Darkness" and the crowd finally wake up for the best three songs of the night at the end "Solsbury Hill" and encores "In Your Eyes" and "Dont Give Up".The big screen visuals were great but there were none of PG usual stage stuff.So a good show but by PG standard should have been much better ........ 26 Mar 2010.Bad Company live at The BBC Radio Theatre,Portland Place,London W1.Invite only gig for 400 people.All seated with 300 comp winners downstairs and 100 guests of the band upstairs. Introduced by dj Johnnie Walker as their first full UK show for some 30 years.Not counting that semi acoustic show i saw at The Hard Rock Cafe to launch their UK arena tour a few weeks ago.On at 8pm for a 70 mins set.The first five songs are Paul Rodgers related inc "Wishing Well" and "All Right Now" which were both superb then Mick Ralphs joins them for sixth song "Feel Like Makin' Love" which is another rock classic and others "Run With The Pack","Shooting Star" and a superb "Cant Get Enough".Paul Rodgers voice is strong and clear as usual.The two guitars sound great.The encore was "Bad Company".An excellent show.Full setlist was "Wishing Well","Saving Grace","Satisfaction Guaranteed","Ride On Pony","All Right Now","Feel Like Makin' Love","Run With The Pack","Shooting Star","Electricland","Cant Get Enough","Rock n Roll Fantasy","Movin' On" and encore "Bad Company".The show will be on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 03 April at 11pm and it was filmed for BBC TV so look out for that as should be shown pretty soon.See www.badcompany.com for details of their UK arena tour thats on from April 01 to April 11.New releases from the band are "The Very Best Of Free And Bad Company Feat Paul Rodgers" cd and the "Hard Rock Live-Florida 2008" dvd/cd ................. 25 Mar 2010.7.30pm to 11pm.Launch party for Bistro K Restaurant And Lounge Bar,117 Old Brompton Road,London SW7.A big guest list of 300 plus upmarket folks for this new venue just a couple of mins from South Kensington tube.From the outside it has an attractive look and its nice and modern inside.They have a dj playing 80s tracks in the background.Lots of freebie champers and wine flowing along with tasty grub inc oysters.In a nice posh location where everyone has a few extra quid.The menu is upmarket European.I really liked it here.Its 10 mins walk from The Royal Albert Hall so you could pop in for a couple of pre gig drinks. See www.bistrok.co.uk for more info.............. 24 Mar 2010.Went to two events tonight.First was 7pm to 9pm at The Tequila Society Party at The Parlour Bar,40 Canada Square,Canary Wharf,London E14.Always nice to come out to the Docklands every now and then.Lively bars everywhere for the many workers in the area.The Parlour bar is very nice and contempory in style.The host and president tonight is Cleo Rocos who was with Kenny Everett BBC tv show in the early 1980s.There is loads of great footage on youtube as he had loads of the big names on inc Freddie Mercury,Rod Stewart and David Essex.He would get them to get involved with sketches as well as sing.Cleo Rocos is really great as she chats to everyone and makes sure all have drinks.Loads of different freebie Tequila cocktails flowing along with Mexican food and donuts.See websites www.thetequilasociety.co.uk or www.tequilasofmexicio.co.uk.A good event then.... 9.30pm to 11pm was GQ Style And Paul Smith Man Up Party at Princes House,37 Kingsway,Holborn, London WC2.A much bigger full on party with djs and dancefloor.More freebie drinks here.Mainly vodka cocktails.Lots of cool looking folks here. Trendy bands inc Friendly Fires and Mumford And Sons were down to attend.Nice goodie bag of Paul Smith Man fragrence 50ml ADT.Lively bash......... 23 Mar 2010.Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy Night at The Royal Albert Hall,London.This year is the 10th anniversary of TCT shows at RAH.Acts were Jimmy Carr,Noel Fielding,Jason Manford,Rich Hall,Rhod Gilbert,Kevin Bridges,Tommy Tiernan. I have been to at least a couple of shows every year since the start.Its always a great atmosphere and of course its for a very good cause.Tonight was hosted by James Corden.There were seven comedians who each did 15 to 20 mins each.All have different styles.Noel Fielding gets the bigggest cheers.He has now dyed his hair blonde and says himself "he looks like all three members of The Police rolled into one".Lots of laughs from all the comedians.Roger Daltrey introduced the second half with a few words on TCT.A good night .... 22 Mar 2010.Went to two events today.From 2.30pm to 5.30pm i was at the press day at The Ideal Home Exhibition at Earls Court Arena,London.Very popular annual event on tips for your house.Lots of things to see here.The 12 foot square Chocolate Garden was amazing and The Sunseeker yacht in the marina looked good.The venue frontage and ground area is covered in fake grass.Today thy had a Mad Hatters Tea Party for VIPs and press with champers and tea flowing along with sandwiches and cupcakes.Four of the characters are here in costume.Some celebs here inc Sharron Davies(swimmer and Dancing On Ice), Linda Barker(interior designer),Nik Ramli(interior designer) and Christine Hamilton(still does bits of tv work).Its on until Easter Monday 05 April 2010..........then 7pm to 1am i was at The Joe Calzaghe "Help For Hereos" Gala Dinner feat Stereophonics + Joss Stone + Rhydian live at The Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London W1. Around 800 people here at this black tie charity event to support injured soldiers.Most have paid 450 a ticket.Some very emotional stories told on stage.I missed the drinks reception.The Fron Male Voice Choir sang a few then Rhydian sang a few.We had a minutes silence for boxing commentator Harry Carpenter who died today.We had a nice three course dinner with wines.Then at 10pm a 30 mins interview with Joe Calzaghe on stage.Welsh boxing champ.46 professional fights and retired having never lost a fight.Some funny tales.Then an auction for 30 mins.Faces here inc Alex James from Blur,cricket legend Brian Lara,football legend Ian Rush,boxer Duke McKenzie and actor Tamar Hassan.Joss Stone looked and sounded fab for her four songs which ended with "Free Me".By the time Stereophonics hit the stage its nearly midnight and everyone has had a few drinks and is in a singing mood as we all gathered near stage for close up views. The band played for 50 mins and 11 songs.Only two weeks ago i saw them at The 02 Arena.Set was "Maybe Tomorrow","Pick A Part Thats New","Innocent","Handbags And Gladrags","Have A Nice Day","The Bartender And The Thief","Just Looking","Local Boy In The Photograph","You Can Have It All","Same Size Feet" and for last song "Dakota" they were joined by Joe Calzaghe on vocals.A great set.At the end we just stepped on to stage and nicked some guitar pics from the microphone.You cant do that at The 02 Arena. Check out the websites www.joecalzaghe.com and www.helpforheroes.org.uk ..... By accident i deleted a couple of weeks of gigs and other stuff reviews.Hopefully you read them anyway because i have not got the time to do them again.They inc Laurence Oliver Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel(March 21),Suede at The 100 Club(March 20),Steel Panther live at Brixton Academy(March 19),Alison Moyet + Noisettes live at Hurlingham Club(March 18),Dionne Warwick live at The Hilton Hotel(March 13),Joss Stone live at Shepherds Bush Empire(March 11),Stereophonics live at The 02 Arena(March 10),Fyfe Dangerfield live at The Hard Rock Cafe(March 09),Lily Allen + Dizzie Rascal live at The 02 Arena(March 07), Lynyrd Skynyrd live at The Hammersmith Apollo(March 06),Stiff Little Fingers live at The Kentish Town Forum(March 05),Scouting For Girls live at The Hard Rock Cafe(March 03)............. 24 March 2010.7pm to 9pm was The Tequila Society Event at The Parlour Bar,40 Canada Square,Canary Wharf,London E14.Always nice to come out to the Dockalands area where there are loads of lively venues like The Parlour Bar.The host tonight is the lovely Cleo Rocos from the BBC tv Kenny Everett Show in the 1980s.She is friendly and chatty to all and makes sure everyone has drinks. Lots of yummy tequila based cocktails here.For more info check www.tequilasociety.co.uk and www.tequilasofmexico.co.uk ...