Archive: December 2012

December 11, 2012

09 Dec 2012.6.30pm to 10.20pm.
Day 2 of The Capital Radio London Jingle Bell Ball 2012 at The 02 Arena,London.
With Pink,Girls Aloud,The Wanted,Example,Rita Ora,Calvin Harris,Conor Maynard.
Popular mainstream radio station holds its annual xmas bash.Seven acts on each day with some big names.Four of todays acts(Pink,Girls Aloud,The Wanted,Example) have all headlined The 02 Arena on their own in the past.
A nice big production with lots of big screens,two stages for quick changeovers, pyros,a walkway,flames,dry ice etc.
Each act had its own band.
It is shortish hits based sets with Pink as headliner doing eight songs in 40 mins and the other acts playing four to six songs.
A family audience from young kids with parents right up to grandparents.
Up first are second headliners Girls Aloud who are playing their first show for over three years.They have had 21 Top 10 singles.Their five songs were hits "Something Kinda Ooooh","The Promise" and "Call The Shots" and a couple of new ones.
Next was new boy Conor Maynard who had a good 2012.He played four songs including his three Top 10 hits.
Next up was Example who was excellent.He takes everyone off to a club night in Ibiza and its big dance tunes with everyone bouncing.His five songs included "Stay Awake","Say Nothing",
"Kickstarts" and "Changed The Way You Kiss Me".
He was the best act of the evening for me and i look forward to seeing him play Earls Court Arena in 2013.
Next was Rita Ora who has had a great year.
She played four songs with her dancers including number one hits "Shine Ya Light" and "Hot Right Now".
Calvin Harris does a dj set high up in a giant dj booth.Like Example he goes down great as everyone is just bouncing as if at a club.
He was joined on a track each by Example and Tinie Tempah.Tracks played included "Bounce",
"When Love Takes Over","Feel So Close" and
"We'll Be Coming Back".Really good.
Then it was boy band The Wanted who have done well in America even though they are playing second fiddle to One Direction.
They finished with their big hit "Glad You Came".
Then it was Pink who had the full headliner treatment as both stages joined together and all the big screens joined together.It was like The Rolling Stones.Massive production.
She played hits including "Just Like A Pill" and "Funhouse".
An amazing acrobatic finale of "So What" had her flying around the O2 on a wire doing somersaults and dive bombing.You have to wonder what her 18-month-old daughter, attending her first Pink show side of stage, made of the spectacle.
So an evening of great bits and average bits.



08 Dec 2012.You Me At Six + Deaf Havana live at Wembley Arena,London.
Young rockers You Me At Six from Surrey play their biggest ever UK show after selling out Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Apollo on previous tours.
This year Kerrang reader's voted them Best British Band for the second year running.
I must admit to going in to this gig totally blind as i do not know any of You Me At Six songs or have ever seen them play live.
I am here just to see how the new breed of rockers are taking care of "the rock".
Before i go in a couple of things are noticed.
When you think it is cold to go out in the evening to a gig this time of year by the venue there is a big mountain of duvets,blankets and sleeping bags that have been left behind by the bands hardcore fans who have slept outside to get front row standing by the stage places.
Also lots of police and security outside giving out leaflets to the teenage fans warning them of pickpockets in standing areas for these type of gigs.Eastern European gangs nicking kids phones and stuff as they jump around.My security mates have told me it this got worse over the past five years.
We catch Deaf Havana before the main band.They play a pretty average 30 mins set even though they headlined Shepherds Bush Empire last month.
They have had two albums out.
The atmosphere inside the venue is totally buzzing in anticipation during the interval.
The curtain comes down and there are plenty of screams as the band have a lot of young female teenage fans.
The show reminds me of when i saw Biffy Clyro here on their first London arena show as they have brought the full kitchen sink production with them as the whole event is being recorded for a live dvd.
We have a massive light show,flames,pyros,two big screens,staircases and dry ice galore that would not look out of place at Wembley Stadium.
The band play for around 1 hour 40 mins playing songs from their three albums.Their third album "Sinners Never Sleep" got to number three in the UK chart.
There are no mega guitar riffs or solos as such but it is solid catchy pop rock like Blink 182.
Everyone sings along to every song tonight.
Lots of dancing and jumping around.
Lots of really good songs including "Loverboy" and encores "Stay With Me" and "Underdog".
There was a good bit where the singer told the crowd before "Reckless" that "every live rock dvd needs a bit of nudity" so cue 1000 teenagers taking their tops off and swirling them over their heads.500 teenage girls just in their bras.
Not a sight you see that often at a gig.
A finale of confetti,lights,pyros,flames and dry ice sealed a really good show and i would imagine the live dvd will look fantastic.
Full You Me At Six setlist....
The Swarm....Loverboy....Little Death....Kiss and Tell....The Dilemma....The Consequence....Jaws On The Floor....Take Off Your Colours....Save It For The Bedroom....Always Attract....Crash....Finders Keepers....Playing the Blame Game....Liquid Confidence....Reckless....Fireworks....When We Were Younger....
Encores...Stay With Me....Bite My Tongue....
Underdog....



07 Dec 2012.Kris Kristofferson live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Kris now aged 76 is an American country music singer, songwriter and musician as well as a film actor who was a big name in the 1970s.
In 2004 Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Nothing could kill me,” he says, recalling his 1960s days in Nashville, when he roared for years on end, somehow finding time amidst the chaos to change the language of country music. “I was rolling cars and wrecking motorcycles, drinking and doing everything I could to die early. But it didn’t work.” His 28th album, the aptly titled "Feeling Mortal" has just been released for this European Tour.
He was also a bit of a ladies man dating Janis Joplin,Barbra Streisand and Joan Baez along with having eight kids with three wives.
Tonight's show is sold out but i have a great result.The show was 1 hour 40 mins over two sets.
The first 40 mins i saw from the rear stalls then
for the second set of 60 mins an empty seat in THE FRONT ROW CENTRE was too good to resist so moved down there for the best seat in the house.
Kris now just a few feet in front of me.
Performing mostly alone, with an acoustic guitar, harmonica and handkerchief – owing to the sniffles – he offers slow-paced songs rich in imagery set in lonely bars and roadside cafes. Taking in subjects from the plight of Native Americans to betrayal, drinking, redemption and the myth of freedom – with name checks for Barack Obama and Malcolm X – it's American history in song.
One of his daughters joined him for a few songs on vocals and banjo in the second set.
You can hear a pin drop between the songs.
Highlights included "Me And Bobby McGee","Help Me Make It Through The Night","Jody And The Kid",
"Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "For The Good Times".For the encore there was a reprise of "Me And Bobby McGee" due to screaming fan requests and a brilliant "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends".
Lumps in throats meet his suggestion that "we may never pass this way again", but as the audience roar in protest he admits: "Aww, you make an old man very happy just like when i was making a film in London at the Thomas A Becket gym and boxer Henry Cooper came in for a chat."
A full standing ovation at the end and i shook his hand as he went along the front row at the end.
A really good show.


06 Dec 2012.Florence And The Machine + Maccabees + Haim live at The 02 Arena,London.
This was the second of two sold out shows at The 02 Arena for Florence on her UK arena tour.
Singing with The Rolling Stones last week here and now this huge venue for her own shows.
It has been a pretty amazing year for her.
Here i am with all the young indie kids.
Up first are Haim who are hotly tipped for success in 2013.Three sisters from Los Angeles and a male drummer.Their song "Forever" was this week voted number 4 in NME Critics Best Tracks Of 2012.Their singer reminds me of Alanis Morissette and they can all play really well.
Tight well produced perky songs.Their 30 mins set was really good and you will hear a lot more from them when their debut album comes out on Polydor in 2013.
Next up are Maccabees who also play a really good tight 30 mins set.Some great songs like "Feel To Follow","Love You Better" and the brilliant "Pelican".Florence came on to sing a song with them near the end of their set.
I have seen Florence play a couple of short sets for fashion parties when the first album came out but have not seen her play a full show.
Both her albums have now sold over a million copies each.
Before the show i was thinking could this big venue be a bit too much for her.The answer was no.It looks like she has been playing arenas all her life.It was an amazing performance.
On stage for 1 hour 45 mins with a stylish art deco set and three big screens.There were around 20 people on stage including a string section and backing singers/choir.
She has soooo much energy its unreal.Running backwards and forwards across the stage and doing twirls in her flowing gown and bare feet.
Florence is a SE London girl so is well pleased to be playing at this local massive venue.
She was so confident in every song and her voice was top notch.
All the crowd were up and dancing for "Rabbit Heart"(Raise Me Up) and "You've Got The Love".
Other gems were "Shake It Out" and "No Light No Light" and all the encores were very lively.
It really was an excellent show.
Full Florence setlist played....
Only If for a Night....What the Water Gave Me....
Drumming Song....Cosmic Love....Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)....You've Got the Love....Lover to Lover....Heartlines(acoustic)....Leave My Body
(piano version)....Shake It Out....No Light, No Light
Encores:...Sweet Nothing....Spectrum....Dog Days Are Over



05 Dec 2012.The latest James Bond film "Skyfall" has become the highest grossing movie in UK box office history with takings of £95m.


05 Dec 2012.Teenage Cancer Trust Shows At The Royal Albert Hall Have Been Confirmed.
19 March 2013 - Ryan Adams, Beth Orton
20 March 2013 - Russell Brand, Noel Fielding
21 March, 2013 - Primal Scream
22 March 2013 - Kasabian
23 March 2013 - Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn With Graham Coxon.
Damon Albarn to join Noel Gallagher on stage??
24 March 2013 - Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth



04 Dec 2012.7.30pm to 10pm.The Bad Sex In Fiction Award 2012 at The Naval And Military Club(In And Out),4 St James's Square,London SW1.
Complimentary champers,gin cocktails,wines and canapes here for this literary crowd.
Samantha Bond and Nancy Dell'Olio were here.
1970s music critic Charles Shaar Murray is here along with some of the shortlisted authors.
The grandeur of this Grade II listed building's historic past and its lovely high ceilings are top notch and great care has been taken to retain all the original features that adorn the magnificent staterooms.
They were giving out some books to folks but i declined as i have enough music and sports biographies to keep me busy.
Nancy Huston won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the U.K.’s “most dreaded literary prize,” for a steamy description of a threesome involving a photographer, her camera and her lover.
The passage, from Huston’s novel “Infrared,” last night defeated torrid scenes by writers including 2004 winner Tom Wolfe and Paul Mason.
The book tells the story of a painful Florentine-family holiday endured by Rena Greenblatt, a photographer who takes infrared images of her lovers at intimate moments.
Nancy Huston currently lives in Paris where she has won the Prix Femina, and where Roland Barthes supervised her masters thesis on swearwords.



03 Dec 2012.Michael McIntyre live at Wembley Arena,London.
Very popular mainstream comedian plays the last of his six shows at Wembley Arena.It was also the last date of his mammoth 71 arena shows tour of the UK.....Yes 71 arena shows.
While some bands would give anything to play an arena Michael McIntyre played sixteen in London alone on this tour.10 at The 02 Arena a couple of months ago and a 6 night stint here this week.
Along with multi nights at other UK arenas.
He must be making ££££millions from this tour.
The stage is pretty much just three giant screens and his name up in lights behind him.
The show was 1 hour 40 mins over two sets.
His universal appeal is based around observations that everyone relates too with topics including
the wife,the kids,lazy husbands,hotel rooms,booking tickets online,relationships,a tortuous visit to the dentist,watching the Olympics,watching the Queens Jubilee etc.
Most of it was very funny with some average bits.
McIntyre has released two stand-up DVDs; Live and Laughing in 2008 featured material from his first nationwide tour, while Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley was released in November 2009 following a set at Wembley Arena. The former was the fastest selling debut stand-up DVD ever, and Hello Wembley is the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK chart history, selling over a million copies.
His third live dvd "Showtime" from this tour is out now.



01 Dec 2012.QPR play Aston Villa at 3pm.
Relegation megaclash and first home game for our new manager Harry Redknapp.Reports are that his salary is a whopping £3.2m a year.WOW.
RESULT...QPR 1 ASTON VILLA 1.
Sadly we could not get our first win of the season.
Robbie Williams now playing four big shows at Wembley Stadium in 2013 on June 29,30,July 02,05.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play Wembley Stadium on 15 June 2013.



30 Nov 2012.Mick Taylor live at The Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London.
Smart move by the ex Rolling Stone guitarist to play a London show in the same week after he came on stage with his old band at their two big shows at the 02 Arena as this 800 seater is sold out.
Lots of folks here wearing the special t shirts from the Stones gig.
For those of you that don't know Mick is best known as a former member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (1966–69) and The Rolling Stones (1969–74).His period in The Stones was after Brian Jones and before Ronnie Wood.He is regarded by many Stones aficionados as the best musician ever to play with the band, and appeared on some of their classic albums including Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers,Exile On Main Street and Goat's Head Soup.Taylor was listed in Rolling Stone magazine's 2012 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, ranked at 37th place.
Mick's band included Hamish Stuart ex Average White Band on guitar.They were on stage for 1 hour 40 mins.Lots of nice blues rock guitar playing.Mick's vocals are not brilliant but he let his guitar do the talking.
I did not really know any of the material but the titles included "Secret Affair","Goin' South",
"Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" and there were a couple of Muddy Waters tracks.Encore was The Rolling Stones track "No Expectations".
A decent enough gig.
I was sitting next to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Patti Palladin.Glen said he is looking forward to the QPR v Aston Villa game as he has been away for a lot of the games this season.Patti Palladin is a native New Yorker and is good friends with Anita Pallenberg and some of The Stones inner sanctum.She was moaning about why did The Stones pick Mary J Blige and Florence Welch to sing with them.Patti seems to think they should have chosen female singers that who would appeal more to Stones fans.A valid point but Mick and The Stones must have their reasons for picking them.
Even though The Stones played the night before in London none of them turned up here.



29 Nov 2012.The Rolling Stones live at The 02 Arena,London.
The Stones play the second of their two sold out shows at The 02 Arena.
I have a great seat to the right of stage.Robert Smith from The Cure is a few rows in front of me.
Again lots of overseas Stones fans are here.
The show was pretty much how i predicted it.
Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine took the place of Mary J Blige and Eric Clapton took the place of Jeff Beck and Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor both did their same bits as Sunday.
We had the video clips intro from the likes of Iggy Pop and Pete Townshend talking about The Stones then the marching drummers arrive through the crowd to prelude the bands arrival.
Florence did an excellent job as she sang and danced with Mick Jagger and kissed all The Stones one by one as she left the stage.
The band played "Satisfaction" tonight which was left out on Sunday and changed the setlist around a bit.
The band were on for 2 hours 20 mins which was a few mins shorter than the Sunday show.
The band again were totally fantastic.
Mick Jagger is just incredible as he struts and waves his arms and shakes his skinny hips.
Even the chat was spot on as he did not repeat himself from the previous show and he made another couple of funnies about ticket prices but were different from Sunday.A fave was "Miss You" when Jagger,Richards and Wood were all on the walkway together.The opening riff of "Start Me Up" is still a killer.So many great songs.
Another mega gig really.
During band introductions Mick said he would go dancing with Bernard(backing singer) after at Indigo which is the smaller venue within the 02 complex.I walked past it after the gig but the venue was closed so not sure what Mick meant.
Full setlist played...
Get Off of My Cloud
I Wanna Be Your Man
The Last Time
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter (with Florence Welch)
Lady Jane (first live performance since 17 April 1967)
Champagne & Reefer (with Eric Clapton)
Live With Me
Miss You
One More Shot
Doom and Gloom
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (with Bill Wyman)
Honky Tonk Women (with Bill Wyman) (followed by band introductions)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith on lead vocals)
Happy (Keith on lead vocals)
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar
Sympathy for the Devil
Encores:
You Can't Always Get What You Want(with two choirs)
Jumpin' Jack Flash
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction



28 Nov 2012.Alanis Morissette + Athlete live at The 02 Arena,London.
Up first we have Athlete for a 40 mins set.
They had a some hits a few years ago.Polite pop rock with very catchy lyrics.Always nice to hear songs like "You Got The Style","El Salvador" and "Wires".
Alanis played a sold out show at Brixton Academy just a few months ago in July so a bit odd she is back so soon playing a much bigger venue.
No surprise it is less than half full with Level 4 closed and only 7000 tickets sold.
The 50 mins interval gap between bands was taking the piss as that meant another 11.05pm finish.
Alanis released the brilliant album "Jagged Little Pill" in 1995 that went on to sell a staggering 33 million copies.In 1995 i saw her first ever London gig at The Subterania where she had Taylor Hawkins on drums before he moved on to play with The Foo Fighters.
Alanis is promoting her eighth studio album "Havoc And Bright Lights".Alanis was backed by a great rocky band with a bass player who added a nice lively bit of funk.
There are no big screens or pyros so it is probably the same production that played Brixton with no extras added for the big venue.No need for big screens if Level 4 is not open.
Alanis still has her long flowing hair that she uses to great headbanging effect.Lots of great songs played in the 1 hour 40 mins set including "All I Really Want","You Learn","Mary Jane", "Right Through You" and all the crowd singing along to "Ironic".Other goodies were "Head Over Feet" and the fantastic "You Oughta Know" with its scathing explicit lyrics.
Encores were "Hand In My Pocket" with more mass singing then "Your House" and "Thank U".
A great show.


Odd things that can happen at a gig....
Gary Barlow played Royal Albert Hall 27 Nov.
The Royal Albert Hall has thanked Gary Barlow fans for their patience, after they were left with no toilets or running water during his concert last night.
Fans were forced to find facilities outside the venue, after a mains water supply problem forced the closure of all the toilets.
A planned interval was cancelled, and fans reported a bad smell throughout the venue.
Thames Water were called in to fix the problem and the concert continued, with fans being directed across the road to use toilets at Imperial College.


27 Nov 2012.8pm to 11.30pm i was at The OK Magazine Christmas Party at Sway,Covent Garden,London.
OK! is the world’s biggest celebrity lifestyle magazine, with more than 30 million readers worldwide, and now appears in 20 countries (Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, the Philippines, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, the US, Venezuela and Vietnam).
A very lively crowd of around 400 here over the two rooms with the second room hosting the dj and dancefloor.
Freebie vodka cocktails,beers,Gaymers cider,wines and canapes.Lots of glammed up girls here.
Some faces here including Lizzie Cundy,Matthew Wright,Sally Farmiloe,Kerry Katona,Donal MacIntyre,Nikki Grahame and ex Eastenders actresses Michelle Collins and Cheryl Ferguson.Also some of the folks from Made In Chelsea,TOWIE,Britains Got Talent and X Factor.
I got a couple of really nice goodie bags here that had over a dozen items in each of them.
A great party.
OK Magazine comes out every Tuesday.
See www.ok.co.uk



26 Nov 2012.I was out all day at three events so The Rolling Stones review was a bit delayed.
First was 12.30pm to 4.30pm for The William Hill Sports Book Of 2012 Award at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London.
Complimentary wines,beers,coffees,mulled wine and canapes for all here this lunchtime.
All the seven nominees are here.
Former US Olympic gold medallist and seven-time Tour de France rider, Tyler Hamilton, and acclaimed writer Daniel Coyle scooped this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for The Secret Race, a groundbreaking exposé about the culture of doping in professional cycling.
The other six finalists were
The Near Death Thing-Inside The Isle Of Man TT.
Running With The Kenyans.
Be Careful What You Wish For-Crystal Palace Football Club owner Simon Jordan tells all.
Fibber In The Heat-Cricket In India.
A Life Without Limits-Chrissie Wellington is the world's No 1 female Ironman triathlete.
Shot And A Ghost-Professional Squash
The host was BBC presenter John Inverdale.
Everyone could chose three complimentary books to take away with them for the goodie bag.
A nice event.
then 6.45pm to 8.45pm
was The Tatler Travel Awards at The Ritz Hotel,Piccadilly,London.
Really nice to have a rare visit to this super posh world famous five star hotel.
Complimentary Castelnau champers with lots of fantastic bowl food and canapes here.The waiters here are top notch.So many of them making a fuss of you so your glass is always topped up etc.
They look amazing too as they are in full tails along with white gloves.
The eight awards given out were short and sweet to some amazing locations across the world.
The full list of winners and full features on them are in the new issue of Tatler that is in the shops Thurs 29 Nov.A very nice event.
Everyone got a small goodie bag on the way out.
then
9pm was Human League live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Electro pop act from Sheffield play London as part of their 35th anniversary UK tour.
I first saw them in 1979 and have seen them around a dozen times since.
Lots of great catchy tunes played from their
1980s heyday.On stage for around 90 mins.
Again their stage production is all white which they have done before on recent tours.Singer Phil Oakey and his two female backing singers are still in the band.
Most of the crowd are up and dancing from the start.Set highlights included "The Sound Of The Crowd","Seconds","The Lebanon","Louise","Love Action","Tell Me When","Fascination","Mirror Man" and superb encores of "Don't You Want Me" and "Together In Electric Dreams" with all the crowd singing loudly along.
A really good show.



25 Nov 2012.The Rolling Stones live at The 02 Arena,London.
Rock legends The Stones play the first of two shows at The 02 Arena.On their last tour i saw all three shows in Aug 2007 at The 02 Arena but they were part of a world tour and these two special shows are very hotly anticipated.
The Stones proved that have still got it with some of the greatest rock n roll tracks ever.
I have a perfect view on the floor in Block A just behind the tongue standing pit area.
Everyone is standing and dancing from the start.
The Stones play for around 2 hours 25 mins.
All the confirmed guests play with them so we have ex Stones members Bill Wyman(two songs) and Mick Taylor(one song extended version) along with Mary J Blige(one song) and Jeff Beck(one song).
The stage looks similiar to the last tour with one massive screen behind them,two smaller screens and the circular tongue walkway.
For me it best was when band members came on the walkway and were just 20 yards from me.
It was well paced as most of the bigger songs came mainly in the second half of the show.
They played both their new songs.
Jagger was in vintage showman form. In between pumping up the crowd with regular forays down a runway that ran around a central "lips" pit full of hardcore fans, he brought plenty of funnies, at one point even joking about the controversy over the cost of tickets for the show, which were £400 downstairs and £100 upstairs.
"Everybody alright in the cheap seats?" Jagger asked. "They aren't so cheap though, are they? That's the trouble . . . ".
He also said "It has taken us 50 years to get from Dartford to Greenwich".
The band just have that magical chemistry.
Folks i spotted here included Noel Fielding,Noel Gallagher,Jimmy Page,Kate Moss,Bob Geldof,Nick Rhodes and no doubt a few others i missed.
Full setlist played...
I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles cover) (first live performance since 1964)
Get Off of My Cloud
It's All Over Now
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter (with Mary J. Blige)
Wild Horses
All Down the Line
I'm Going Down (with Jeff Beck) (live debut)
Out of Control
One More Shot
Doom and Gloom
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)(with Bill Wyman)
Honky Tonk Women (with Bill Wyman) (followed by band introductions)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith on lead vocals)
Happy (Keith on lead vocals)
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Miss You
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar
Sympathy for the Devil
Encore:
You Can't Always Get What You Want with choir
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Most of the Monday morning daily papers had Mick Jagger on the front and mainly five star reviews.
I have seen some mega gigs this year including Paul McCartney,KISS,Guns And Roses,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers,Bruce Springsteen,Beach Boys,Robbie Williams and Alice Cooper but The Rolling Stones must be the gig of the year.
I first saw The Stones way back in 1976 when i saw four of their legendary Earls Court Arena shows and the massive Knebworth gig and have seen them at least a couple of times on each tour since.
There has been a lot of press on the mad prices The Stones are charging for their tickets.
I reckon at least 5,000 of the 20,000 people here tonight have paid £400 face value for a ticket.
That is for the basic ticket.There are hundreds here who have paid around £1000 for the hospitality tickets.
Check aftershow page for this event.



THIS WAS THE 5900th GIG I HAVE BEEN TO.
24 Nov 2012.Robbie Williams live at The 02 Arena,London.
Last of the three sold out shows here.Had to go back and see this great show again.Live on SKY tv in the UK and to countries around the world.
This was a perfect show on how an "in the round" production can work really well at this venue and everyone actually feels part of the show.At a normal gig here if you are at the back or worse still up in Level 4 it is a totally different vibe to being in the front half of the venue.
The fans make even more noise once they all know it is on live around the world on tv and cinemas.
Robbie enters the venue through the crowd like a boxer with a dozen security guys with him.
Even though they do one song less as Gary Barlow is not here tonight it is still 1 hour 50 mins on stage because there is so much extra clapping between songs.
Most of Robbie's stage banter is the same.
Lots of great songs played and even tracks like "Monsoon" with its catchy chorus is fab.
Tonights guest for three songs is Robbie's old songwriting partner Guy Chambers who was on stage for "Eternity","Mr. Bojangles" and "She's The One".
Robbie is totally back to his best.
The Clown Prince Of Pop is back.
Another excellent show.



23 Nov 2012.Robbie Williams live at The 02 Arena,London.
Second of three Robbie shows at this venue to promote his recent ninth album "Take The Crown" which went straight in at Number One in the UK charts.Tickets sold out pronto even though Level 1 tickets were £125 plus booking fee and floor standing was £90 plus booking fee.
Robbie Williams is a massive live attraction.
His last proper solo tour in 2006 was all outdoor including five nights at Milton Keynes Bowl and the reunion tour with Take That in 2011 included a record breaking eight shows at Wembley Stadium.
Robbie Williams played for 1 hour 50 mins.
The stage is a fantastic "in the round" production with two smaller stages at each end and different visual props lowered throughout that really fuels the brilliant atmosphere where the floor standing is rammed and the entire Level 4 upstairs in the gods is on its feet from the start and stays standing right until the end.
Some big screens dotted around too.
Robbie had some big solo anthems a decade ago and they still go down a storm.I think he only played one Take That song and that was when Gary Barlow came on stage for the encore.
The females in their 30s and 40s here love him and sing and sway and wave their arms all night.
Robbie was still in cheeky Norman Wisdom mode of his old days with lots of entertaining banter.
"Let Me Entertain You" is second song in and mega.Also really good were "Candy","Rock DJ","She's The One","Come Undone","Feel" and superb versions of "Millennium" and "Kids".The venue went mental when Gary Barlow appeared for a couple of songs during the encore.
Needless to say "Angels" got the crowd singing loudly.An excellent entertaining pop show.
Full setlist played....
Hey Wow Yeah Yeah....Let Me Entertain You....Lazy Days....2001 / Karma Killer....Candy....Rock DJ..
..Gospel....Monsoon....Eternity....Mr. Bojangles
....She's The One....Be a Boy....Come Undone....
Bodies....Feel....Not Like the Others....
Millennium....Hot Fudge....Kids
Encore..:Strong....Eight Letters(with Gary Barlow)....Different(with Gary Barlow).... Angels
.... Losers....
ROBBIE WILLIAMS WILL CONFIRM UK STADIUM SHOWS FOR SUMMER 2013 ON MONDAY 26 NOV 2012.



22 Nov 2012.7pm to 9pm.Glen Matlock live at
Rough Trade East,91 Brick Lane,London E1.
A special event to celebrate the re-issue of Glens autobiography "I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol".
Free admission.Glen has just come back from a three week acoustic tour of America and Canada.
Around 100 folks here at this huge record store with its own stage and cafe.
First we have 20 minutes of Glen reading passages from the book,then a 15 mins Q n A session,then a seven song 25 mins acoustic set and then Glen spends over 30 mins signing the book and chatting and posing with fans.
Of playing more Sex Pistols shows in the future he said "Never Say Never".He also said he has not spoken to John Lydon since the last Sex Pistols shows in 2008.
I went to all the last three dates on that tour to Ireland,Hammersmith Apollo and Spain and that lively John Lydon Hammersmith Apollo aftershow.
Glen opened with a first time play in the UK of a Kinks cover "Dead End Street" as he saw Ray Davies in concert a couple of months ago.Then it was "Burning Sounds","Hard Work","Story Of Your Life","Steppin' Stone","Born Running" and everyone singing along loudly to the brilliant "Pretty Vacant".A great set.
Everyone got a complimentary "I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol" tote bag with their book purchase.



This is a good one.....
Susan Boyle the Scottish singer caused a Twitter frenzy yesterday when promoting her album launch on the social network, accidentally inviting fans to a sex party. Her PR ended a promotional tweet using the hashtag '#susanalbumparty', prompting fans to point out that it could be read as 'Su's anal bum party'.



21 Nov 2012.6.45pm to 9.15pm i was at the launch party for the SuperTrash flagship store at 55 South Molton Street,London W1.
A prime location here for this Dutch store.
Choice of two nice freebie cocktails here all night along with beers,mini burgers and canapes.Lots of glammed up model type girls here.
The djs are Jade Williams and Zara Martin who are both in fetching 1970s white trouser suits.Also here were Lizzie Cundy,Mollie King,Vanessa White,Millie Mackintosh,Rosie Fortescue and Dutch footballer Edgar Davids.SuperTrash founder Olcay Gulsen looked stunning in a shiny satin type dress.
The Standard paper celeb photographer Dave Benett was here all evening and outside there were another half a dozen photographers.A good event.
I got a couple of small goodie bags.
SuperTrash, headed by Dutch entrepreneur Olcay Gulsen, is already one of the biggest names on the Netherland’s high street and is looking to emulate that success in the UK. In 2004 when Gulsen joined SuperTrash, the brand was a small scale boutique, although after taking over in 2009, the brand has grown worldwide and now offers a range of clothing, perfume, lingerie lines, shoes, as well as its own magazine.


KISS to play The 02 Arena in May??
KISS to play Download Festival in June??


20 Nov 2012.I went to two events tonight.
First was 6.15pm to 7.15pm for the preview evening of a new retrospective of work by legendary British artist Sir Peter Blake at Waddington Custot Galleries,11 Cork Street,London W1 in celebration of the artist's 80th birthday.
Includes a number of new and previously unseen works from the past five decades, the exhibition's title, 'Rock Paper Scissors', refers to the three main areas in which the artist works.Complimentary wines for all here.
Attendees here included Sir Peter Blake resting on a chair in the corner,Mark Ellen who hosted The Old Grey Whistle Test in the 1980s amongst other things and is a fellow QPR fan and singer songwriter Robyn Hitchcock.
and then
7.30pm to 9pm was the launch of the new Dr Martens store at 48 Carnaby Street,London W1.
Freebie Kracken rum cocktails and beers here for this mainly younger fashion crowd.We have a band playing called The Supernovas who play for around 30 mins with nice uptempo indie guitar tunes including the new single "Don't Believe In Heroes".See www.thesupernovas.com
There was also a dj playing tunes here.
Also as i was in Carnaby Street it was first time i saw The Rolling Stones display up high along the whole of the street which looked good.



19 Nov 2012.I am getting lots of emails,texts and calls asking about Rolling Stones possible secret gigs.
Nothing confirmed they will play one but best to keep your eyes and ears out.
I do not think there will be a secret gig as the band will be focused on final rehearsals with their special guests.
This week sees the release of the Led Zeppelin
"Celebration Day" dvd.



19 Nov 2012.7pm to 9.30pm.
Walpole Awards For Excellence at Banqueting House,Whitehalll,London.
Around 500 folks here at this nice venue.
Freebie Laurent Perrier champers,cocktails and canapes for everyone here tonight.
Tonight saw the announcement of the Walpole Awards 2012 winners, recognising individuals and companies that exemplify British Excellence through their work and achievements. Mulberry was named as the British Luxury Brand; Orlebar Brown went home with the Best Emerging British Luxury Brand accolade; the British Luxury Brand Online award went to Burberry; and Theo Fennell scooped the Best Luxury Craftsmanship accolade. Other winners included Jaguar, Ferrari, Brown's Hotel and Medal Of Excellence Awards went to Olympic heroes Katherine Grainger MBE and Jonnie Peacock. Walpole is a not-for-profit organisation that represents over 175 leading British luxury brands and cultural institutions.
Got a couple of decent goodie bags here too.
See www.thewalpole.co.uk



18 Nov 2012.Rufus Wainwright live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Rufus is on a European tour to promote this years Mark Ronson produced album "Out Of The Game".
Up first is support from Adam Cohen who is singer Leonard Cohens son.He plays a really good 45 mins set with some fantastic stage banter with the crowd who loved it.He finished his set with one of his dads songs "So Long Marianne".
I saw Rufus Wainwright and his tribute show to Judy Garland a couple of years ago which was good but tonight's two hour show was a bit average.
The opening is good.The stage is in darkness with just candles lit for the song "Candles" and his next song was "Barbara" which is about his UK pr woman Barbara Charone who also looks after Madonna amongst others.His mixed new songs with older ones.
The encore was lively as Rufus and band members put on some wacky costumes for some danced based tunes and got 30 punters on stage for a boogie.
Encore was good but most of the main set was average.
Check aftershow page for this show.


When Squeeze tour the UK this autumn they will be debuting a clutch of new songs, the first new material from the band in 14 years. Lead track ‘Tommy’ once again sees Squeeze on fine form and reaffirms the genius of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook’s writing partnership. Tommy will be available digitally as a free download via Squeeze’s website from December 10th and prior to that as a live recording on at their Pop Up Shop tour.
Squeeze play three London shows on the tour.
Wed 12 Dec 2012---The Forum.
Thurs 13 Dec 2012---Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fri 14 Dec 2012---Indigo.