Archive: April 2012

April 22, 2012


21 April 2012.5.30pm.QPR 1 SPURS 0.
Fourth from bottom against fourth from top but we managed another fantastic home win.
Our goalie played a blinder and we hung on with only ten men for the last 15 mins after getting a player sent off.Had a nice result with the tickets as we used the season tickets from two musicians who were away on dj duties.Glen Matlock was playing in Venice and Goldie was playing in Devon.
Hopefully Bolton slip up on Tuesday and next weekend QPR have a tough one away to Chelsea.


Great news that Bee Gee Robin Gibb has woke from his coma.
Some good has come out of the cancelled Sonisphere Festival in July in that some of the main bands due to play there are now playing London shows instead including Queen with Adam Lambert,Faith No More,Marilyn Manson and Incubus.Doubt that KISS will sneak one in.
I love stories like this one below.
Global Radio’s Capital FM and Heart brands have not aired music by One Direction since the boy band accidentally thanked Radio One while accepting a Brit award in February that was voted for by Capital listeners.
It has been reported that Global’s executive president and founder Ashley Tabor placed an immediate ban on mentions of One Direction or plays of their songs on-air following the blunder.
Bearing in mind One Direction are taking off worldwide and are headlining New Yorks Madison Square Garden before the end of the year do One Direction care?


19 April 2012.6.30pm to 8.30pm."Walk By Stik"
preview evening at Imitate Modern Gallery,27 Devonshire Street,Marylebone,London W1.
Cult graffiti artist previews his new work in a small gallery that holds maybe 50 but 200 are invited so lots of folks are standing on the pavement outside.
Freebie beers and wines for all although the canapes were drab.
Quite a success story as two years ago Stik was homeless on the streets of Hackney.
When i was at the Q Awards last year the goodie bag had a couple of prints by Stik and since then his reputation as "The New Banksy" has rocketed as musicians including
Elton John,Brian May and Bono have bought his pieces.His distinctive stick characters are simple and childlike but seem to work.
Stik was very friendly and chatty on the night and put up a makeshift canvas on the gallery canopy to spray some street art on.
Plenty of art journos here along with a couple of film crews and some photographers.
Open to the public 19 April to 10 May.
See www.imitatemodern.com


18 April 2012.CHELSEA 1 BARCELONA 0.I watched the game on a big screen at a casino in Leicester Square.A great result for Chelsea.
The return leg next week will be mega.
Then a few mins walk to the main event.
9.45pm to 1.30am i was at "The White Party" at Stringfellows,London.
Probably the most famous lapdancing club in the UK holds one of its parties for members and press.
Free booze all night here for all.
Around 50 topless girls in white lingerie.
All taking in turns on the poles.
Around 150 punters with a few girls too.
Lots of very pretty girls although half seemed to be from Eastern Europe.
There was the usual £20 for a private dance but they soon left us alone and moved on to those who were ready to splash the cash.
Stayed a lot longer than expected but it was good fun i must say.


16 April 2012.Noah And The Whale + Bahamas + Rae Morris live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Up first we have Rea Morris who is a teenager from Blackpool.Just her and keyboards.She admitted to being very nervous but the crowd warmed to her 30 mins set.
Then Bahamas who are one of those duos without a bass player so we get a milder version of White Stripes with two backing vocalists.
They are from Canada.An ok 30 mins set.
Headliners Noah And The Whale have moved up the indie ranks after the huge success of their third album "Last Night On Earth" that came out a year ago.
A nice stage set with lamps around the stage,carpets on the floor and a big screen.
The band are all in smart suits and get a great reception from the sold out crowd.
The arena floor is used for standing tonight.
The 85 mins set had lots of catchy tunes.
Set included "Give It All Back","Give A Little Love","Blue Skies" and brilliant versions of "Tonights The Kind Of Night" and "5 Years Time".Also good was "Waiting For My Chance" and all the crowd singing along to biggie
"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." and the encore was "The First Days Of Spring".A good gig.


15 April 2012.Punk rock legends The Sex Pistols are to re-release their classic anthem "God Save the Queen" to coincide with the jubilee celebrations this summer.
The song, widely regarded as an attack on the monarchy with lyrics equating the Queen with a “fascist regime”, is to be released 28 May 2012 in a bid to top the charts over the Diamond Jubilee weekend at the beginning of June.
Originally released on May 27 1977, ahead of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, the single, which featured a defaced image of the Queen on the cover, sparked widespread controversy and was banned by the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority which regulated commercial television and radio and independent radio.
Without doubt it is one of the greatest singles of all time.I bought it on the first day of release way back in 1977 which was my exact 18th birthday.
This coming Saturday 21 April 2012 is Record Store Day when over 300 special vinyl releases come out.They include Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK" on picture disc and Public Image Limited new four track 12" ep "One Drop".


13 April 2012.Frank Turner + Billy Bragg live at Wembley Arena,London.
I cannot remember the last time so much fuss was made about an artist playing this venue.
Frank himself has been talking about it for months since his Hammersmith Apollo show last November.Some of his fans are saying he is selling out by playing this huge venue.
NME had a three page interview with him a couple of weeks ago from the venue with pictures of him playing outside Wembley Park tube station,him on the Wembley Arena stage with all the seats behind him etc.
His promoters had a full page gig ad in NME this week with a big SOLD OUT sign across the poster.Not fully true as half a dozen blocks at the back are unsold but still a very impressive 9600 tickets sold.Keeping tickets down to a rock bottom £20 helped as nobody plays Wembley Arena that cheap.
I actually know more about support act Billy Bragg than Frank Turner.It is years since i last watched him but he is still totally excellent.Just him and his electric guitar and 45 mins of great clear lyrics full of passion with gems including "To Have And To Have Not","Sexuality","Never Buy The Sun","The Milkman Of Human Kindness","All You Fascists Bound To Lose" and superb versions of "Great Leap Forward" and "A New England" with all this younger crowd knowing the words as Frank Turner has namechecked Billy Bragg many times as his hero.
Frank Turner is this generations Billy Bragg in many ways.He really connects with his crowd over the 1 hour 45 mins set.Backed with a lively band and backing vocalists his barnstorming folk rock sent the floor standing wild with full singalongs and dancing.
His website www.frank-turner.com has an amazing giglist history where he has listed all his 1200 plus shows played since 2004 in 31 different countries.He loves playing live.
He really is one of the hardest working live acts out there and that is gradually paying off for him.
Lots of good songs played including "Eulogy",
"If Ever I Stray","Glory Hallalujah" and
"Four Simple Words".
He got his mum on stage for one song to help out on harmonica.His usual cover of Queens "Somebody To Love" seems an odd choice compared to his own style but the crowd love it.Encores were a cover of Dylans "The Times They Are A Changing" where he was joined by
Billy Bragg.Then it was "The Ballad Of Me And My Friends" and the streamers and confetti came out for "Photosynthesis".A really good show.A DVD of the gig will be coming out and Frank Turner announces a full UK tour on Monday.



11 April 2012.QPR 3 SWANSEA 0.
Squeaky bum time for QPR fans.
A full house tonight for this mega important game.We had to get a good result tonight and hope other teams in the relegation battle have bad results.
Regulars Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Mick Jones (Clash) were here.Also BBC Radio London dj Robert Elms.
QPR were on top form and Swansea had an off day.Gives us a little breathing space just above the bottom three teams.Great evening.



10 April 2012.The Titanic Requiem live at Central Hall,Westminster,London.
100 years to the day that The Titanic set off.A near full house at this 2000 capacity venue across the road from The Houses Of Parliament.A massive guest list of some 300 meant the start was delayed by 15 mins as the queue was huge.I was in a large room for press/vip/hospitality where the free booze was flowing before the show and at the interval.Quite a few faces here including RJ Gibb(Robin Gibbs son),Sir David Frost,Rick Wakeman,Pattie Boyd,Susan George,
Blue band members Duncan James,Simon Webbe and Antony Costs,Vanessa Feltz,actor John Altman,djs Paul Gambaccini,Bob Harris and Mike Read and boxer Chris Eubank.
Around 100 people on stage as there is a huge orchestra and choir.
The first set was 60 mins of music played by the orchestra on The Titanic as it sailed.
Some of it was well known pieces.
The second half was 75 mins of the new album.
On 15 April 1912 the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic and over 1,500 people died. 100 years later, Robin Gibb and his son RJ, commemorate this disastrous voyage and catastrophic loss of life with the release of "The Titanic Requiem", their first classical work together. Recorded at Air studios with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the RSVP Voices choir, and produced by Cliff Masterson and Savvas Iosifides, this modern classic includes three vocal pieces : "Daybreak" (Mario Frangoulis on the record but tonight sung by Aled Jones), "Christmas Day" (Isabel Suckling), and "Don't Cry Alone" in which Robin Gibb sings the lead vocal.Robin was taken ill again over the weekend so could not appear tonight so the recorded version was used tonight.That was a shame as he had cleared his diary for the past month to be in good health for this event but he has gone suddenly back into hospital with pneumonia.His son RJ made a couple of speeches thanking the crowd for their support etc and he introduced the album.
As expected it was a full classical concert really.Not very rock n roll but ok in parts.
Trivia note.The only band i have seen at the legendary Madison Square Gardens in New York was the Bee Gees in 1979.They happened to be playing there when i was in America for the first time.


Stuff over Easter that i was digging.
DVDS.
AC/DC "Live At River Plate".
The South American crowd are just amazing.
Scorpions "Live At Wacken".They still have not announced UK dates on their world tour.
Paul McCartney "Live In The U.S".
Rod Stewart And The Faces "The Best Of".
Manic Street Preachers "The Complete Singles".
ALBUMS.
Public Image Limited "The Greatest Hits So Far".
Glen Matlock And The Philistines "Born Running".
Foo Fighters "Greatest Hits".
Wombats "This Modern Glitch".
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers "Greatest Hits".
BOOKS.
Ace Frehley "No Regrets".
Tony Iommi "Iron Man".
Keith Richards "Life"
Nick Kent "Apathy For The Devil".
Frankie Poullain "Dancing In The Darkness".


03 April 2012.Kylie Minogue live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
This special show was only announced last week via her website to celebrate her 25 years in the music biz.
For hardcore fans only as all tickets for this were a whopping £79 and but its still rammed.
Her arena tours have always been big amazing productions but this show is titled "Anti-Tour B-Sides-Demos-Rarities" and Kylie stated in advance that the big hits would not be played.
Quite a brave move for a mainstream pop act to play this kind of show but her fans know all the lesser known songs anyway.A great atmosphere.
I have a great view in front circle guest area near her 80s producer Pete Waterman,Boy George,Will Young and Nick Grimshaw.
There is no big stage production,dancers or multi costume changes like the arena shows but there are lots of lights and lasers.These work best on the uptempo disco based songs.
The pocket sized Aussie pop queen was on stage for two hours.All smiles and bubbly on stage
banter.The crowd adore her.
She used lyric sheets for some of the songs.
Tracks played included "Cherry Bomb","B.P.M.",
"Give Me Just A Little More Time","Too Much",
"Paper Dolls","Its No Secret" and the early hit
"Got To Be Certain".Encores were "Do It Again",
"Tears On My Pillow","One Boy Girl" and "Enjoy Yourself".A great show.
See afterparty page for this show.

April 03, 2012

02 April 2012.Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert at The Palladium,London.
Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuosic technique, power, groove, and speed.
He was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s and influenced many current drumming legends.
The venue is only half full as not enough general advertising was done for the gig.
Tonight we had around a dozen drummers play between 1 and 5 tracks.Some are well known.
Most using their own drumkits backed by The Buddy Rich Big Band.
We get some nice video footage of Buddy Rich on the big screen form the old days.
It is a long show of 3 hours 25 mins over two sets.Three Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to Ian Paice,Ginger Baker and Clem Cattini(session drummer from 1960s and 1970s who played on 45 UK number one singles).All three are here to collect and make a speech.
The event was hosted by actor/comedian John Thompson and Cathy(Buddys daughter).
Singer Tony Christie sung a couple of tracks.
Gavin Harrison the drummer from Porcupine Tree played a couple of tracks.
Ian Paice played a couple of Buddy Rich songs then was joined by Bruce Dickinson to sing "Smoke On The Water" which sounded fantastic with the big band.
Ginger Baker played "Sunshine Of Your Love".
Then John Blackwell who plays with Prince did a very showy few tracks that the crowd loved.
American drummer Dave Wecki played a few tracks.
All the drummers tonight were just amazing.
Finale was three drumkits at front of stage with six drummers banging away including Ian Paice. An enjoyable evening.
See aftershow page for this event.


01 April 2012.Public image Limited live at Heaven,London.
This was PIL first of two sold out shows at this legendary club venue that holds around 1000.
It is their first full length show of the year.
I saw some gigs back in the day at Heaven.
Spandau Ballet(1980),Billy Idol(1982) and Armoury Show(1983).
It is being used again for gigs as the manager from The Astoria moved here when it closed and he has got promoters to put bands on again.
PIL are on for a nice long set of 2 hours 15 mins.They preview five new songs from the upcoming album that comes out at the end of May.Two which had their debut a fortnight ago and the other three were played for the very first time tonight.
The band sound great and guitar player Lu gets some amazing sounds and even uses a banjo.
Sex Pistols legend John Lydon is clearly enjoying himself.
Tracks played included "Deeper Water","This Is Not A Love Song","Albatross","Lollipop Opera",
superb versions of "Disappointed" and "Warrior".Also "Death Disco","Reginald","Flowers Of Romance" and a stunning "Religion".Also "Bags" and new single "One Drop".Encores included "Rise" and "Open Up".
An excellent show.
Sadly their classic first single "Public Image" was not played tonight.



31 March 2012.Glen Matlock And The Philistines live at Jamm,Brixton,London.
This was the bands first UK show after the month long co headline tour of North America with Hugh Cornwell.The venue was a big buzzing live music pub just five minutes walk from Brixton Academy.
The 200 strong crowd were a healthy mix of young and old.
The played band a 60 mins set that buzzed along with gems from Glens solo career along with Sex Pistols and Rich Kids classics and even a surprise or two including a rare outing of "My Little Philistine".
Glen and the band rocked straight from the start.
James Stevensons guitar riffs were great.
The full setlist was "Born Running","Different World","Somewhere Somehow","Burning Sounds",
"God Save The Queen","Idiot","White Knuckle Ride","Hey Mister","Yeah Right","Ghosts Of Princes And Towers","Steppin Stone","My Little Philistine","On Something","Rattle Your Cage" and a mass singalong for "Pretty Vacant".
It was one great tune after another really.
A really good gig.


29 March 2012.Paul McCartney live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was show number two of the seven Teenage Cancer Trust shows here.
Paul McCartney plays London yet again as part of his private mission to play every venue in the capital.
This show was a totally rammed sellout.
Paul played here with The Beatles but i am pretty sure he has never played here with Wings or solo in the last 35 years.
Macca came on at 8.40pm for a 2 hours 5 mins set that was fantastic.The band and the sound is great and the crowd are loving it.
Gems played included "Magical Mystery Tour",
"Juniors Farm","All My Loving","Drive My Car",
"Let Me Roll It","Paperback Writer","The Long And Winding Road","Maybe I'm Amazed","Blackbird","Here Today","Dance Tonight","Eleanor Rigby","Something","Band On The Run","Back In The USSR","Let It Be","Hey Jude" and encores of "Daytripper",then for "Get Back" he was joined by Ronnie Wood and Paul Weller.Then "Yesterday" and "Carry That Weight".
So many Beatles classics in this superb show.
Macca really is one of the best live acts.
Only downside was the big screen used tonight was only half the size of his 02 Arena one and the set was 30 or 40 mins shorter than his usual show so crackers like "Jet" and "Live And Let Die" were not played.No doubt the venue would not allow the barrage of pyros for the latter.
Guests spotted here included Sarah Ferguson,David Walliams,Kelly Jones,Jarvis Cocker,boxing promoter Frank Warren,theatre chappie Richard Curtis,Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and Stella McCartney.No doubt a few more were dotted about.


SHOCK NEWS.The Sonisphere Festival July 2012 has been cancelled.While getting KISS to headline the first night was a great coup the lame choice of other headliners Queen with Adam Lambert and Faith No More along with average support bands has no doubt hit advance ticket sales.


28 March 2012.Roger Daltrey + Paul Weller + Kelly Jones + Steve Winwood + Amy Macdonald live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the first of the seven shows for The Teenage Cancer Trust at this venue.Now in its 12th year i have seen at least two or three shows every year it has taken place.
Up first we had Roger Daltrey for a couple of acoustic blues numbers "Freedom Ride" and "Gimme A Stone".
Next was Kelly Jones for a 30 mins set including "Maybe Tomorrow" and "Dakota" then he was joined by Ronnie Wood and Paul Weller for covers of "Dont Let Me Down" and the Faces classic "Ooh La La".
Next up was Paul Weller and like Kelly Jones he is on for 30 mins and it is semi acoustic as no drummer was used.Tracks played included "English Rose","Aim High","All I Wanna Do Is Be With You" and "You Do Something To Me".
Then headliner Roger Daltrey with three gems "Who Are You","The Kids Are Alright" and "Behind Blue Eyes".Then Roger goes off the stage.We get three songs from Scottish singer Amy Macdonald which were two of her hits and a great version of Bruce Springsteens "Born To Run".Then we had two brilliant tracks by Steve Winwood "Higher Love" and "Gimme Some Lovin" then Roger back again for more gems "Pinball Wizard","I Can See For Miles","Wont Get Fooled Again" and "Young Man Blues".As usual "Baba O'Riley was superb and tonight he was joined by Ronnie Wood and Kelly Jones for it.His last song was "Without Your Love" from McVicar.
Roger was on stage for around an hour and was fantastic.The whole event was excellent.


27 March 2012.Hard Fi live at The Hard Rock Cafe,London W1.
Invite only gig for 200 comp winners and media for Absolute Radio.Freebie cocktails,JD and cokes,beers,wines and Hard Rock Cafe food for all here tonight for the evenings duration.
Hard Fi had massive success with their debut album "Stars Of CCTV" back in 2005 that sold over 600,000 in the UK but they have gone off the radar a bit as second and third albums have not done as well.
They have a nice mix of indie/rock/soul/dance and hints of their heroes The Clash and The Specials also in there.Their 50 mins set is punchy and soon gets very sweaty as the crowd get into it.Good tracks played included "Tied Up Too Tight","Good For Nothing" and biggies "Cash Machine","Hard To Beat" and "Living For The Weekend".A good show.


The bands for the last night to be filled at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park on Fri 13 July 2012 have been confirmed as Soundgarden + Iggy Pop And The Stooges + Cold Chisel.
Trivia fact.I saw Soundgarden play the opening launch night for Shepherds Bush Empire in March 1994 when it became a proper live music venue.
Exclusive news.Public Image Limited add another London show to their tour.They play The Forum Kentish Town on Saturday 11 Aug 2012.


26 March 2012.Harlem Globetrotters live at Wembley Arena,London.
The most famous basketball team in the world return to London as part of their annual world tour.Their origins date back to the 1920s and they have played over 20,000 exhibition games in over 100 different countries.It has been many years since i last saw them.
There were two sessions of 50 mins each so a kind of short evening that was all over by 9.30pm.There were loads of young kids in the crowd so that was the reason i suppose.
It was a mix of basketball tricks and slapstick entertainment within the game itself where the other team and the ref also were in on it and a couple of the HGs and the ref had mics on as there were lots of comedy chat during play.
The HGs won 97-90.I would imagine they always win.Lots of great shots,slam dunks and three pointers.Fast flowing and very entertaining.
The HGs had a player called Tiny in their team.
A staggering 7'8" tall.
After the game all the players signed stuff and posed for photos by the busy merchandise stand.
See www.harlemglobetrotters.com


25 March 2012.Waterboys live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Respected Irish Celtic rockers back in London after i saw them at The Barbican a couple of years ago.I saw them a few times in their heyday period of 1985-1995.In fact i saw singer Mike Scott's pre Waterboys band Another Pretty Face a couple of times way back in 1980.
On stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 80 mins.
The first set was older material with great tunes including "A Girl Called Johnny","The Girl In The Swing" and "Glastonbury Song".
The band got into a great groove when drums,keyboards,guitars and electric fiddle were all playing together at full tilt
The second set was tracks from last years album "An Appointment With Mr Yeats".Some good lyrics but not as lively as the songs from the first set.
Superb encores of their biggest tracks "Dont Bang The Drum","The Whole Of The Moon" and "Fishermans Blues".A really good show.