Archive: October 2012

October 06, 2012

04 Oct 2012.Ray Davies + Dead Flamingoes live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Up first is a male and female acoustic duo called Dead Flamingoes for a 30 mins set.
They have an ep out produced by Edwyn Collins.
Ex Kinks legend Ray Davies is now aged 68 but is stiil very much full of rock n roll beans.
On stage for 1 hour 50 mins in a set that was three quarters Kinks gems from the mid 1960s onwards.Lots of great chat between songs and lots of singing along from this crowd as Ray Davies has wrote some amazing lyrics over the years.
He always has a couple of stories about his beloved Muswell Hill in North London.
I lived in Muswell Hill for five years in the 1980s.
A couple of acoustic songs played but it was mainly with his rockin' band.Highlights included "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion","Sunny Afternoon","Dead End Street","Till The End Of The Day","Where Have All The Good Times Gone" then Paul Weller came on to share vocals on "Waterloo Sunset".
Paul watched the show from a box left of stage with all his family.
The crowd rushed the stage for lively versions "Lola" and "All Day And All Of The Night".A neat bunch of encores with "Days","You Really Got Me","Come Dancing" and "Low Budget".
A really good gig.



03 Oct 2012.I went to three events tonight ending up with seeing the second set by Tori Amos at the Royal Albert Hall,London.
First stop was 6pm to 7.30pm for the drinks reception for The inspiration Awards For Women at Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London.
Complimentary prosecco and hot and cold canapes for all here.A mainly female crowd as always.
A few faces are here every year and tonight we had Jo Wood,Mark Bright(TOWIE),Lizzie Cundy,Andrew Castle,Blake(pop opera act),Beverley Knight,Martin Offiah,Ingrid Tarrant,Brendan Cole,Sally Farmiloe,MC Harvey and top sports booking agent Sky Andrew.
See www.inspirationawards.co.uk for more info.
then 8pm to 9pm
i was at the Bobby Dazzler Magazine launch party at Whisky Mist,Mayfair,London.
London mens style magazine launches at this trendy club at the side of The Hilton Hotel.
Lots of cool young fashion types here.
Freebie Ciroc vodka cocktails for all.
See www.bobbydazzlermagazine.com
then over to see Tori Amos at The Royal Albert Hall.She was down to play two sets of 60 mins but i missed the first set as i was at the other events.This was a one off UK show as part of a European Tour to promote her new album "Gold Dust" which features orchestral versions of her songs.Now aged 49 i only know "Cornflake Girl" from her early days.Despite not being on radio or tv Tori always pulls in lots of hardcore fans.
Tori is wearing a flowing green gown and sits behind the piano and keyboards as the excellent big orchestra play behind her.The string section were fantastic when at full tilt.
Tori has sold an impressive 12 million albums.
Obvious comparisons to Kate Bush are still there.
The crowd loved it and it was ok but perhaps i need to listen to her material to have enjoyed it more than i did.
Second set was
Yes, Anastasia.....Flavor..... Girl Disappearing.
....Silent All These Years.....Leather.....Edge of the Moon.....Gold Dust.....Precious Things....
Encore:...Star of Wonder(John Hopkins cover).....
Programmable Soda.....Our New Year



02 Oct 2012.The Classic BRIT Awards 2012 at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the main awards evening for classical music in the UK.
A two hour show over two sets.
I have not been here to these awards for a few years.Lots of chaps in black tie as there was a dinner on the main floor before the awards.
I must admit to liking classical music and big orchestras a lot more as i get older.
Presenting awards tonight were Aled Jones,Cerys Matthews,Janet Street Porter,John Suchet,Alan Titchmarsh,Victoria Pendleton and in the crowd was actor Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Live music on the night came from Andrea Bocelli, André Rieu, Miloš Karadagli, Russell Watson, Amore, Nicola Benedetti,members of The Phantom Of The Opera cast and Military Wives were joined by Gareth Malone,Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber for their hit "Sing".
This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, John Williams, also received a stunning tribute from the London Chamber Orchestra conducted by James Morgan.
The medley of film soundtracks they played that he has done is incredible as it included Star Wars/Harry Potter/Jaws/ET/Indiana Jones/Jurassic Park/Superman/Saving Private Ryan.
The ceremony was hosted by Myleene Klass, will be broadcast on ITV1 on October 7th.
Just nine awards handed out.
Female Artist...Nicola Benedetti
Male Artist...Vasily Petrenko
MasterCard's Breakthrough Artist Of The Year Award...Miloš Karadagli
Composer...John Williams
Classic BRITs Single Of The Year in association with iTunes...Military Wives/Gareth Malone
Wherever You Are
Critics' Award...Benjamin Grosvenor
Classic FM Album Of The Year in association with MasterCard...André Rieu...And The Waltz Goes On.
International Artist Of The Year in association with Raymond Weil...Andrea Bocelli
Lifetime Achievement...John Williams.
See www.classicbrits.co.uk for pictures etc.
Got into one of the aftershow parties upstairs for some free booze for an hour and everyone got a goodie bag with half a dozen female items in it.
A nice change and an enjoyable event.



01 Oct 2012.Nickelback + Daughtry live at The 02 Arena,London.
Support band tonight are Daughtry who are massive in America but have not taken off over here yet.
Their three albums have sold well over there with their debut album selling 4 million copies.
They played for 45 mins which included "Home" and "Its Not Over" from that debut album.An ok set.
Canadian rockers Nickelback are one of those bands that always gets slagged off by the critics and other rock fans for their "watered down grunge sound" but i doubt Nickelback are that bothered as they have sold a staggering 50 million albums worldwide.
A nice stage production with five big screens and lots of lights.A proper loud twin guitar sound with distortion turned up to the max.
They played for 1 hour 45 mins.The last couple of times i have seen them they had a full on pyro show but that is all gone for this world tour to promote their recent album "Now And Then".
Some good songs played included "Photograph",
"Too Bad" and the biggies "Rockstar" and "How You Remind Me" and encores "Gotta Be Somebody" and "Burn It To The Ground".
Loads of women in the crowd to swoon over lead singer Chad whose stage banter between songs is so annoyingly banal.
The show ticked along nicely but i missed the pyros.
Full Nickelback setlist played...
This Means War.... Something in Your Mouth.....
Bottoms Up.....Photograph.....Far Away.....Too Bad.....Animals.....Trying Not to Love You.....
Rockstar.....Someday.....Lullaby.....This Afternoon.....When We Stand Together..... Drum Solo.....Figured You Out.....How You Remind Me
Encores:...Gotta Be Somebody.....Burn It to the Ground



30 Sept 2012.Robbie Williams is to play three nights at The 02 Arena on Nov 22,23,24.
30 Sept 2012.The 35th anniversary release of Sex Pistols album "Never Mind The Bollocks-Here's The Sex Pistols" has gone in at 29 in the charts.
The Live Music Act is changed so that venues that hold under 200 people do not need a live music license.Should mean more of these venues having live bands rather than djs or nothing at all.


29 Sept 2012.George Michael live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This sold out show was pretty much the same show i saw at The Royal Opera House in Nov 2011 which was just before he had his near-fatal bout of pneumonia
George resumed his "Symphonica" tour featuring a classically-tinged tour of his greatest hits along with an eclectic mix of covers.
I saw Wham a few times in the 1980s.
He was on stage for two hours over two sets.
An impressive stage production as there is a gigantic screen and around 50 people on stage including a big orchestra,his backing band and his backing singers.
This is the only theatre sized show on his UK arena tour that includes Earls Court Arena on Oct 13,14 and 17.
While some 1980's acts struggle to pull in the crowds George Michael is still capable of multi nights at big UK arenas.
He has just cancelled his Nov 2012 Australian tour due to doctors orders.
George still gets more screaming female fans than gay men in the crowd.
Highlights included great versions of "Father Figure","John And Elvis Are Dead","A Different Corner","Praying For Time" and some crowd pleasing Wham hits in the encore.
I saw Kate Moss in the crowd.She is in the video for his recent single "White Light" but sadly did not come on stage for a dance.
A really enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Through.
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone cover).
Father Figure.
Cowboys & Angels.
Kissing A Fool.
Going to a Town (Rufus Wainwright cover).
Let Her Down Easy (Terence Trent D’Arby cover).
You Have Been Loved.
Wild Is The Wind (David Bowie cover).
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (Bing Crosby cover)
Interval
Waiting For That Day.
John & Elvis Are Dead.
Roxanne (The Police cover).
True Faith (New Order cover).
A Different Corner
You've Changed
Russian Roulette (Rihanna cover).
Praying For Time
Feeling Good (Nina Simone cover).
Encore
Amazing / I'm Your Man / Freedom 90
White Light



29 Sept 2012.Led Zep legend Jimmy Page yet again turned up to The Olympia Music Fair.
Sunday 30 Sept 2012 would have been the 65th birthday of glam rock legend Marc Bolan.


28 Sept 2012.5pm to 6.30pm i was at the relaunch party for Grace Bar And Restaurant,Great Windmill Street,London W1.
Early start so came in handy to go here first.
The invite said complimentary champers and canapes but it was actually only prosecco so had a few of them to warm us up for the gig later.
This bar has had yet another refurbishment.The main addition is they have put in more private booth areas.It was still lively when i had to go.
then
the Beach Boys live at the Wembley Arena,London.
I had a fantastic view in the guest list block for this show sitting near the folks from Live Nation,
The Beach Boys legendary UK booking agent Neil Warnock and Paul McCartney's keyboard player Paul "Wix" Wiggins.
This show looks like being the last time Brian Wilson will be in The Beach Boys as Mike Love reverts back to his version of the band as he owns the rights to the name and Brian Wilson goes back to playing with his own band.
It is great to see the show at a different venue.
Tonight we have two big screens either side of stage showing live footage that were not there last night.The set is two or three songs shorter than last night and a couple of the songs are moved in the setlist.
The show still clocks in at around three hours.
"Summer's Gone" was in the main set tonight rather than the final encore as it was last night.
Brian Wilson sits behind a piano but barely plays it and leaves the playing to the others.
Like with his solo shows he stands for the last two songs holding a bass but barely plays that too
but everyone loves this frail looking legend.
The first set has got half a dozen average songs but the second set is just pure perfection.
Great songs in the second half i forgot to mention
in yesterdays review were "Sail on Sailor","Heroes And Villians" and "In My Room".The video tributes to Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson were so touching.
Encores were "Kokomo","Barbara Ann" and "Fun Fun Fun".Must be at least 40 songs played each night.
Another brilliant evening.



27 Sept 2012.The Beach Boys live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
I was really looking forward to this show as it is the first time for over 20 years that Brian Wilson has joined up with the other Beach Boys. It is to celebrate their 50th Anniversary Tour.
A mammoth show lasting 3 hours 10 mins over two sets that has to go down as an "i was there" gig classic to be remembered.
A totally rammed sold out venue where the floor arena seats and stalls tickets cost £150 and £95.
Fourteen musicians on stage and they are using Brian Wilson's excellent backing band.
Since 2002 i have seen Brian Wilson over 20 times so i know Brians backing band will be amazing and they were.Stunning backing vocals and harmonies.Great overall sound quality too.
Four of the five original Beach Boys are now
aged 70 plus.
One big screen showing old Beach Boys footage.
Their first proper show after Mondays 75 mins set for BBC Radio 2 and Tuesdays i think was three or four songs for the Later With Jools TV Show.
These two London shows at Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena are the only UK shows so no wonder folks have come from all over the UK to witness the event.
The first two hours were a mix of hits,lesser known tracks and a few tunes from their recent studio album "That's Why God Made The Radio".
The last hour was the big Beach Boys classics that we all love and all the crowd are up dancing.
Most songs about sun,surf,girls and cars.
They opened with a great "Do It Again" and other highlights included "I Get Around" and Dennis Wilson singing "Forever" on the big screen with the band playing the song live and the same for Carl Wilson singing "God Only Knows" on the big screen.Both of course died many years ago.
Also great was "Sloop John B","Wouldn't It Be Nice","Good Vibrations","California Girls","Help Me Rhonda" and "Surfin' USA".Encores were
"Kokomo","Barbara Ann","Fun Fun Fun" and final track was "Summers Gone" from the recent album.
It really was one of those incredible shows.
The only face i saw was BBC dj and tv presenter Chris Evans.
At least four cameras filmed all the show.



Sad news that Andy Williams, the award-winning singer of Moon River and Can't Take My Eyes Off You, has died aged 84.
The legendary crooner and TV host died at his home in Missouri following a year-long battle with bladder cancer.
I saw him live in concert a couple of times.
In 2001 at The Royal Festival Hall.
In 2002 at The Royal Albert Hall.


No "Love" lost??
Beach Boys having some "Bad Vibrations"??
The Independent paper has reported that
Beach Boys frontman sacks founder members.
Mike Love, 71, has issued a statement saying he will be replacing founder members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks with session musicians. The Californian band are in the middle of a 50th anniversary tour of the UK and will perform their final scheduled concerts in London with the original line up.
Brian Wilson is unhappy with Mike Love's decision as he would like to keep playing with them.
Basically Mike Love is saying The Beach Boys have reunited for a one off tour and then they will go back to how it was before but why say it now just before London dates??
Perhaps Mike Love still resents all the praise that gets heaped on Brian Wilson??
Mike Love owns the name The Beach Boys after a series of legal battles.


25 Sept 2012.7pm to 10.30pm.Platinum Lace Second Birthday Party,Coventry Street,London W1.
Located next to HMV in Piccadiily Circus so a very central location for this nice plush club.
They have a "Folies Bergere" theme tonight.
Lots of entertainment to look at along with complimentary champers,beers,wines and canapes.
Now with extended hours so it is open to 6am Monday to Saturday.
Always an enjoyable night here.
See www.platinumlace.co.uk



24 Sept 2012.I was at the press/vip opening night for the "Let It Be" musical at The Prince Of Wales Theatre,Coventry Street,London W1.
Another Beatles musical opens in London.
This theatre had a multi million refit a couple of years ago and is now really nice with plush seats,air con and a state of the art sound system.
This is the very same theatre where The Beatles played in 1963 in front of The Queen saying those famous words "For our last number I'd like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you'd just rattle your jewellery".
Like all these theatre first nights there are 200 or 300 on the guest list.I get some complementary beers and wines and programmes in the press area before and during the interval.
This is also handy to see any faces attending.
Here tonight we had Ken Livingstone,Cilla Black,Ian Hislop,Christpher Biggins,Alistair McGowan,Claire Sweeney and no doubt a few more.
The show lasted 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.
It is Beatles songs played non stop by a quality tribute band who play and sound fantastic and facially look a bit like them.
Around four or five costume changes too.
There is no storyline or other actors but a keyboard player joins them in the second half.
Three big screens show tonight's band and also original Beatles clips and other 1960s footage.
Around 30 Beatles classics played tonight.
Lots of singing along and clapping and even up and dancing a few times too.The Beatles collection of songs is of course amazing and even to this day they really put a smile on peoples faces.
Encores were "Give Peace A Chance","Let It Be" and "Hey Jude".A really enjoyable show.
The only problem i have is ticket prices here.
As we are in The West End you can get some tickets for £40 and £20 but best seats are a whacking
£90 and £60.......Yes £90 for premium seating.
That is very steep to see a tribute band show no matter how good they are.
See www.letitbelondon.com


24 Sept 2012.Monday sees the 35th anniversary edition release of The Sex Pistols classic album "Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols".Out on formats Deluxe box set,2CD,2LP and Digital.
24 Sept 2012.Monday sees the release of the 2CD 36 track "This Is BBC Radio 6 Music Live" that celebrates 10 years of the UK's most credible and cutting edge radio station.
More than half of the tracks were recorded at exclusive sessions for the station.
Featuring Elbow,Paul Weller,Arcade Fire,The Killers,The Vaccines,Florence + The Machine,
Lana Del Ray,Alabama Shakes and many more.


23 Sept 2012."Jesus Christ Superstar" musical at The 02 Arena,London.
This was the last of four shows at this venue as part of a UK arena tour.
Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started off as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical is based very loosely on the Gospels' account of the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem, and ending with the crucifixion.
The stage production seemed a bit basic with just a bank of stairs with the live band on either side and a huge big screen at the back.
Having said that the use of the stairs was good as you could see everyone on stage easily that way as sometimes there were 40 dancers.
We have some guest names performing including Tim Minchin who sings a few songs,Melanie C sings a few including a great "I Dont Know How To Love Him".Chris Moyles appears for just one song but it is the entertaining "King Herods Song".Other good tunes played tonight included "Hosanna" and of course "Superstar".Ben Forster the winner of the tv show "Superstar" did a good job as Jesus.
The show seemed short at 1 hour 45 mins over two sets and was all over by 10pm.
Not sure theatre musical shows really work at The 02 Arena.This was decent enough but not a patch on that amazing Les Mis production that i saw at The 02 Arena last year.



22 Sept 2012.The 50 Years Of Marshall Amps show at Wembley Arena featuring around a dozen rockers including Glenn Hughes,Joe Satriani,Yngwie Malmsteen,Zakk Wylde,Doug Aldrich,Tim Ripper Owens,Corey Taylor,Phil Campbell,Billy Duffy,Nicko McBrain and others.
A celebration of this Iconic British amplifier company that was tinged by sadness as it was also a tribute to the main man Jim Marshall who passed away in April 2012.
Before the show started i had a look at The Marshall Amp Display And Exhibition in the foyer.
The stage looked nice with lots of lights and stacks of Marshall Amps all over the place.
Video clips from the likes of Slash played on the big screens between the quick changeovers.
The host was comedian Al Murray who was funny.
A mammoth show lasting three hours 15 mins over two sets.
it was one of those shows with a house band and a couple of guests would come on at a time and do three or four songs.A great start as first we have Billy Duffy (The Cult) with Corey Taylor(Slipknot) to play two Cult gems "Lil Devil" and "Love Removal Machine".
Billy Duffys White Gretsch Falcon guitar looked just fantastic.I love his style of playing.
Then Doug Aldrich,Tim Ripper Owens and Nicko McBrain played four rock classics including "Living After Midnight".Guitarist Paul Gilbert did three songs including "Rocky Mountain Way".
Then Phil Campbell(Motorhead) and Kerry King played a couple including "Ace Of Spades".
Zakk Wylde played three songs.
Then after the interval we got into the muso guitar section.First with some OTT guitar theatrics from Yngwie Malmsteen who played four instrumentals.
Then three instrumentals from Joe Satriani.
Glenn Hughes and Yngwie Malmsteen were great together for "Mistreated"."Black Country" and "Soul Mover" were also both really good.
A nice surprise as bassist Andy Fraser from Free joined him for "Mr Big".Andy looked a bit frazzled.He has a book coming uut soon.
Finale was everyone on stage (except Billy Duffy and Corey Taylor) for a great singalong of "Smoke On The Water".A very enjoyable evening with the rockers.



21 Sept 2012."Peace One Day" Concert Featuring Elton John And His Band + James Morrison live at Wembley Arena,London.
I had a great seat for this show in the 7th row from stage in the centre.
This is an annual worldwide event day of global ceasefire and non violence.
We have some speeches on stage from Jude Law and Lily Cole and video messages of support from the likes of Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono.
Up first is the husky voiced James Morrison who played a decent 45 mins set including his hits "Broken Strings" and "You Give Me Something".
Elton John is another act i have a lot of history with as i have seen him play live around 40 times since 1974.
He still has his original guitarist and drummer in the band from when i first saw him play.
Elton is always great live as he has so many quality songs.Tonight he plays for 85 mins which is shorter than normal but that is due to the nature of the event.
Elton is walking around the stage between songs winding the crowd up in his "Madman Across The Water" sparkly coat and seems to always enjoy playing live.A really good show.
Full Elton John setlist played.
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Bennie and the Jets
Levon
Tiny Dancer
Believe
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Philadelphia Freedom
Rocket Man
Hey Ahab
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I'm Still Standing
The Bitch Is Back
Encore....Your Song



20 Sept 2012.Tonight i went to along review Devonshire Terrace,9 Devonshire Square,London EC2.
(Just 5 mins from Liverpool Street Station).
The Devonshire Terrace is undoubtedly an impressive venue, boasting an impeccable use of space that fits the Bauhaus design spec perfectly. Two equally impressive outside areas.
We had dinner and drinks sitting 'outside' the restaurant on the terrace but still under the large glass roof that covers the square. Service from the moment we arrived was very attentive and casual so you immediately feel relaxed. The quality of the food was also very good.
As it was a Thursday night the place was buzzing.
For starters i had Tempura & sesame vegetables
with lime & sweet chilli dipping sauce that was so nice i ordered a second portion.
For mains i had a Devon Rose Free Range Beef Steak with peppercorn sauce that also was yum.
That came with some tasty chips and bread.
Along with the complimentary food they gave us half a dozen different cocktails with my fave being The Devonshire Espresso Martini.
Due to its extensive and varied drinks list it is more of a bar than it is for eating.
We were there over three hours and it really was a great place to go for dinner and drinks.
Check it out next time you are in The City.
See www.devonshireterrace.co.uk


19 Sept 2012.Mick Hucknall + Ren Harvieu live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Second of Micks two shows at this venue that were his first full solo shows after a couple of warm up gigs since disbanding Simply Red and playing a few gigs as The Faces new singer.
Up first is Ren Harvieu who played for 30 mins.
She has an interesting voice and her debut album "Through The Night" got to number 5 when it was released in May 2012.Her tender voice was great when she sung a cover of Roy Orbisons "Crying".
Micks show is billed to promote his second solo album of cover versions "American Soul" that is released next month.In the 95 mins set we get 10 or 11 of the 12 tracks on it.The ballads are in the first half then it gets livelier in the second half.Mick still has got a great white soul voice for sure and he radiated love for these songs.
I first saw Simply Red at Hammersmith Odeon in 1985 supporting James Brown when their first single came out.
Just three songs released by Simply Red played including his stunning version of "If You Dont Know Me By Now","Good Times Have Done Me Wrong" and in the encore section a crowd pleasing "Moneys Too Tight To Mention".
Also in the encore section was a fab version of
"I'd Rather Go Blind" which was a track The Faces played in the old days and Mick sung it with them last year.
An enjoyable show but most of the crowd including myself would have liked three of four more Simply Red tunes but that was not what it said on the tin.




18 Sept 2012.6.30pm to 9.30pm was the launch party for the 35th anniversary edition of Sex Pistols album "Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" at The 100 Club,London.
Around 150 folks here and free lagers for all at this invite only event for comp winners,press and guests to celebrate what in my opinion is the greatest album of all time.
Most Pistols fans have got many versions of it already but this box set is a very nice package.
The event is based around an hours discussion and QnA with a panel of those that were there at the time and a couple that have been influenced by punk.
They were
Pat Gilbert(panel host who has done the lovely book that comes with the box set)
Julien Temple(Sex Pistols filmmaker).
Bernard Rhodes(The Clash manager).
John Cooper Clarke(original punk poet).
Fred Vermoral(author of the first Pistols book).
Kate Nash(young singer influenced by punk).
Zoe Howe(author brought out a book on The Slits).
Guests in the crowd included Dennis Morris(took Pistols photos in the 1970s),John "Boogie" Tiberi
(Sex Pistols tour manager in the 1970s) and
Spizzenergi.
As expected none of The Sex Pistols are here but to be honest it is not their type of event as the QnA involves talking about their roles in the band. Also discussed was punk rock then and now.
There are rows of seats in front of the stage.
As expected Bernard Rhodes starts rambling a bit but John Cooper Clarke is very entertaining.
It gets a bit heated at times.We are shown Pistols video clips on the two video screens.
Pat Gilbert did a good job of keeping control when it did get a bit rowdy and chaotic.
When it finished the dj played NMTB album track by track and some browsed the display copy of the book that comes with the box set.
Nice to meet up with lots of friends here.
The promo campaign for the album is gathering pace as i have already seen a couple of giant billboards in West London advertising the album.
The Sex Pistols are set to release a limited-edition deluxe box set. The collection contains three CDs and a live DVD, including a remastered version of the album from the original master tapes, six demos from the Spunk bootleg album and a demo studio recording of "Belsen Was a Gas." The original master tapes were originally thought to be lost, but were rediscovered in January. The box set also includes a 7" replica of the "God Save the Queen" A&M single, posters, stickers and a copy of the original handwritten lyrics to "God Save The Queen" and a 100 page 12" x 12" 1977 diary.
The box set is released on September 24th 2012.
The box set version will retail for around £95.
Also available on 2CD,2LP and Download.




17 Sept 2012.8pm to 11pm.Diesel And Silencio present "The Future Contemporaries Party" featuring
The Kills + Wild Belle + djs at The Serpentine Gallery,Kensington Gardens,London W2.
Around 500 smart and cool creative types here.
Most had paid £100 for their tickets.
The ticket was made of 100% leather.
A few faces here too including Noel Fielding,Kate Moss,Duchess Of York Sarah Ferguson with one of her daughters,Kelly Osbourne,Harry Styles(One Direction),Corinne Bailey Rae and prob a few more.
Lots of free booze including rum cocktails,vodka cocktails,gin cocktails,beers,wines along with hot and cold canapes.
The Kills topped the bill with Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart delivering their dark guitar riffs and haunting lyrics.Their 40 mins set really was full of raw rock n roll cool.
Jamie's guitar sound is fantastic and Alison is a pure rock n roll stunner.
Jamie is of course married to Kate Moss.
Playing support were Wild Belle, a duo from
Chicago who combine breezy pop hooks with island rhythms and soulful grooves.They have built up a good buzz.They played for 30 mins.
DJ sets from France-based Brodinski and London-based Trevor Jackson, who has worked with Soulwax and The Doves.Also resident DJ at Silencio Erik Rug.
The Party brings together the new generation of artists, philanthropists, collectors
and opinion formers to raise funds for the Serpentine Gallery’s acclaimed art,
architecture, design, education and public programmes.
The party was presented by leading fashion and lifestyle brand Diesel, founded by Renzo Rosso, in association with Silencio, the Parisian
cultural club conceived and designed by David Lynch.
After The Kills finished the dj kicked in for the last hour and everyone got dancing.
An excellent party.




16 Sept 2012.The Sunflower Jam live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Another one of those nights in London where there are three quality gigs on so i had to leave until the next time The Cult + Mission at Hammersmith Apollo and Dexys at The Barbican as the RAH show was more of a one off special.
Last night it was a tribute to a glam rock legend Marc Bolan and tonight it is a tribute to a classic rock legend Jon Lord from Deep Purple who sadly passed away in July this year.
Pretty much the same format as last night with a house band and guest singers doing two to four songs each.
This annual charity event is put together by Jacky Paice the wife of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice.
The house band was led by Paul McCartneys keyboard player Paul "Wix" Wiggins and included Uli Jon Roth,Micky Moody and the brilliant drummer Jerry Brown.
The show was 2 hours 40 mins with no interval.
Up first we had some burlesque dancers then new band The Temperance Movement did a couple of good blues rock tunes.Then the house band came on and singer Sandi Thom sang three tunes with them.
Uli Jon Roth played a Scorpions instrumental.
Then Alfie Boe who is more used to singing Les Mis and Mozart but is playing more rock tunes in his live show sang Led Zeps "Rock n Roll" and a cover of "I Want To Know What Love Is".He voice is mega.
Then Brian May acoustic for a couple of songs with Kerry Ellis.Then Jon Lords band member for the last five years Steve Balsamo read out a touching tribute and sang Jons track "Pictured Within".
The Big C choir sang a couple of good covers including the brilliant "Something So Strong".
Then the great bass player Mark King from Level 42 played two of his bands hits "Something About You" and "Lessons In Love".
Then on the stage together was Bruce Dickinson,Ian Paice,Brian May and John Paul Jones for a couple of tunes including "Black Night".
Then special guest Alice Cooper came on for three songs.A cover of Chuck Berrys "Nadine" and then two brilliant versions of "Elected" and "Schools Out".
Finale was everyone on the stage for a singalong of
"Smoke On The Water".A great evening.
Guests here included actor Jeremy Irons and top pr chappie Max Clifford.




15 Sept 2012.35th anniversary concert for Marc Bolan with Trextasy and many special guests at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Way back in 1973 i was 14 and lucky enough to be in the middle of the amazing UK glam rock scene.
While i loved all the bands for me Marc Bolan And TRex were head and shoulders above Slade,Gary Glitter,Sweet and even David Bowie.
Some years later i even named my first son Marc.
I saw TRex live in early 1977 at The Rainbow when they were supported by The Damned.This was to be their last ever London show as just six months later Marc was dead in that car crash.
His music lives on as it it always on the radio and used a lot in film and tv adverts.
Tonight was a 2 hour 45 mins show over two sets. The great tribute band Trextasy were the house band.They played some songs on their own and some with the special guests singing.
It was hard to keep track of who sung what.
Guests sung between 1 and 5 songs each with Marc Almond and Boy George getting stuck into lesser known tracks and there were plenty of the classic hits too.
Guests here included hosts Noddy Holder and Lynsey De Paul.Playing were Andy Ellison,Tony Visconti conducted The Dirty Pretty Strings,Linda Lewis,
Marc Almond,Alvin Stardust,Boy George,Glen Matlock,
Neil X(Sigue Sigue Sputnik),Steve Harley,Sandie Shaw and Mike Lindup(Level 42).Original Trex drummer Bill Legend said a few words about Marc on stage as did a lot of the acts who told their memories of Marc.
Glen Matlock sung "Debora" in the main set.
Lots of big hits played including "Jeepster","Metal Guru","Telegram Sam","20th Century Boy",
"I Love To Boogie", "Teenage Dream"
Encores had everyone on stage bar Boy George and Steve Harley for fantastic singalong versions of
"Get It On " and "Hot Love".
It was an excellent tribute evening to Marc.