Archive: May 2012

May 02, 2012

01 May 2012.i went to two events tonight.
6pm to 8pm.First was a screening of "Mission To Lars" that comes out in June.Film length is 77 mins.
The private viewing room is in Newman Street just off Oxford Street.It holds maybe just 30 people as the seating is huge luxury armchairs and sofas.
We have a few words from Kate who is the sister in the film.Tv and radio presenter Richard Bacon was here.
It was a very touching story and of course the Metallica clips in the film all totally rock as they are from three of their "in the round" USA shows.
‘Mission to Lars’ is an uplifting documentary feature film about Tom Spicer, a learning disabled man who, with his siblings help, goes on a transatlantic quest to find his much obsessed over hero, Lars Ulrich of Metallica.
Tom has Fragile X Syndrome, a sort of autism. All he's ever wanted is to meet Lars. After 20 years and 10,000 times of asking his journalist sister, Kate, when he was going to meet Lars, she finally cracked. This is a film that looks beyond disability, and uncovers the soul of a very cool guy.
Kate and filmmaker brother, William, break Tom out of his care home in Exmouth, and hit the road, from Bristol , to Heathrow, to LA, to Las Vegas and beyond. ‘Mission to Lars’ was made by William Spicer and James Moore. Both were veterans of music and brand promos, but complete movie novices. “We had this fantasy of hitting the road with Tom and recreating some of the magic of our teenage years cruising around in £100 cars, eating Burger King and listening to heavy metal on the tape deck,” says Kate. “We thought it would be fun, bonding. We wanted to do something good for our brother. We were also sick of him endlessly asking.” It doesn't take long before the hoped for dream becomes a nightmare as Tom’s disabilities, the dysfunctional family, and Metallica’s labyrinthine backstage world thwart the Mission at every turn.
At a fingernail destroying screening last summer (the night before Metallica headlined Sonisphere Festival), the Spicer family showed their film to Ulrich. The Mission to Lars production team squirmed with anticipation: would he like it? Yes, he liked it.
then
9pm The Hives live at The Borderline,London.
A totally rammed sold out show as this club only holds maybe 250/300.Another band who have been off the radar a bit the last couple of years.They have flown from in from gigs in Los Angeles,New York and the trendy Coachella Festival for this one off UK show.Its hot and sweaty in here.
The Hives play proper uptempo garage rock n roll.
The band arrive in full black and white top hat and tails suits so it is not surprising they pretty much end up sweating their nuts off tonight.
Even the roadies are dressed in masked overalls.
The singer still does his entertaining rants between every song.The set is a mix of older gems and a few off their new album "Lex Hives" that comes out June 4.
The set included their two perfect oldie singles "Main Offender" and "Hate To Say I Told You So" which send the whole crowd bouncing.The twin guitars riffing away for every song.A really good gig.
The band return to the UK later in the year.
The full setlist for the 65 mins on stage was
Come On!
Try It Again
Take Back the Toys
You Got It All...Wrong
Walk Idiot Walk
Main Offender
My Time is Coming
No Pun Intended
Wait a Minute
Won't Be Long
Hate To Say I Told You So
Patrolling Days
Encores:
Go Right Ahead
Tick Tick Boom



30 April 2012.7pm to 9pm.Kasabian live at The Box,Soho,London.
Invite only secret gig for 200 comp winners via
Absolute Radio at this super trendy club.
Kasabian on from 7.35pm to 8.10pm for a short seven song 35 mins set.Always good to see such a big band who usually headline arenas and festivals play such a small club show.
The set was good but too short for my liking.
Full setlist.
Days Are Forgotten,Lets Roll Like We Used To,Underdog,
Man Of Simple Pleasures(dedicated to Soho porn baron Paul Raymond),Goodbye Kiss,L.S.F.(Lost Souls Forever),
and Fire.
When Lenny Kravitz played here a few months ago for the same radio station his set was twice as long as Kasabians.
Free booze open bar for all here tonight.
Out of principal i downed half a dozen drinks in two hours as cocktails and JD and cokes were flowing.
Early start early finish gig which was handy as i could see second half of the big footie game nearby.
MAN CITY 1 MAN UTD 0.
SKY tv said it was the biggest game in their 20 odd years of premier league coverage with a worldwide audience of 650 million viewers.Man City now go top on goal difference.
A great win for Man City but QPR play away to Man City in a couple of weeks in the last game of the season.I fear QPR will be relegated.Hopefully Bolton will lose this Wed at home to Spurs.




28 April 2012.Placebo live at Indigo,London.
This show was part of The Sundance Film And Music Festival weekend at The 02 complex.
Legendary actor Robert Redford was in London a couple of days ago to open it.
This was the first time he had brought it over here outside of his annual event in Utah,America.
Fourteen films made their premieres here including The Placebo documentary "Coming Up For Air"
which was shown a couple of hours before the band came on at the cinema near the venue.
Hard to believe it was way back in 1996 that Placebo's stunning debut album was released.
They are on stage for 95 mins.Some stripped lighting and strobes.
The band are just the right side of loud and the sound quality is brilliant.
Whenever i have seen a show here at this venue that holds around 2000 the sightlines are perfect whether
you are standing downstairs or sitting in the very plush seats upstairs.
The bouncing Placebo hardcore fans front of stage remind me of the loyal fans Manic Street Preachers have.
Singer Brian Molko is great on vocals.He got a bit upset halfway through when a couple of fans
were jumping around down the front a bit too wild and causing distress to others so he gave them a talking too.
Placebo are massive in mainland Europe and he even spoke in Spanish a couple of times tonight.
Their shirtless drummer with his chest full of tattoos certainly looks the part.
The band played a great selection of tracks from their albums and this gig rocked.
Placebo play lots of Euro festivals this summer but not any of the UK ones.
The full setlist was "For Whats Its Worth","Ashtray Heart","Battle For The Sun","Soulmates",
"Every You Every Me","Special Needs","Breathe Underwater","Without You I'm Nothing",
"Black-Eyed","Meds","Bright Lights","Teenage Angst","Special K","Song To Say Goodbye"
and "The Bitter End".Encores started with a cover of "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush
then "Post Blue","Blind","Infra-Red" and "Taste In Men".
See aftershow page for this gig.




27 April 2012.Ian Anderson live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Ian Anderson was massive worldwide in the 1970s with his band Jethro Tull playing Madison Square Garden on a regular basis.
Of course being a punk rocker in the 1970s i pretty much hated the prog rock types of Jethro Tull,ELP and Yes with their overlong songs of muso twaddle.
Having said that i ended up seeing Jethro Tull ten times between 1978 and 1991.All the shows were at Hammersmith Odeon and most were when i was working there front stalls on security.
Tonights two hour show over two sets featured the 1972 album "Thick As A Brick" in the first set and the 2012
album "Thick As A Brick 2 - Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock" in the second set.Yep its a prog rock concept album.Arrrrrrrghhhh.
In 1972, Ian wrote the music (and the lyrics which were credited at the time to the fictitious character, 8 year-old Gerald Bostock, whose parents lied about his age) and recorded with Jethro Tull, Thick As A Brick. The record became a number one Billboard album in America and enjoyed huge commercial success in most countries of the world. The album featured only one song, lasting nearly 45 minutes. To accommodate the album on LP vinyl and cassette, the seamless track was split on both sides of the record.
His band are top notch and the sound is perfect.
There are some funny clips up on the big screen.
Ian still has that eccentric British chappie about him that the Americans loved in the 1970s.
The UK dates are the start of a world tour that continues until the end of the year.
The first five mins of "Thick As A Brick" is ok then the flute and keyboards get a bit too prog for me.
He still plays the flute on one leg every now and then.
Ian is now aged 64 so as expected a mainly older crowd.
As stated on the gig advert and what was played at earlier gigs on the tour he stuck to just playing the two albums.
He could have slipped in "Living In The Past" and "Too Old To Rock And Roll Too Young To Die " but that was not to be and there were a few boos for not playing an encore.
Overall not really my cup of tea but the crowd loved it.



26 April 2012.Cockney Rejects film premiere and gig at Koko,London.
8pm.Film "East End Babylon".
The story of London's toughest and poorest part as told through the eyes of its most iconic band. From the bombs that flew in World War II and from the greatest industrial docks the world ever saw, to the formation of the original and best Terrace Band of them all, the battles, living outside the law, the wilderness years of both the band and the area that spawned them, and eventually to the rebirth and transformation of the band into a worldwide cult.
The Cockney Rejects heyday was late 1970s and early 1980s.They were helped by Jimmy Pursey and also by Garry Bushell of Sounds magazine who mentioned them countless times until they got a record deal with EMI.
I have seen them a couple of times since they reformed but never at their famous local hangout The Bridgehouse Pub in Canning Town where they played back in the day.I did see other bands at the venue between 1979 and 1981 who were Secret Affair,Jimmy Norton Explosion feat Glen Matlock and Danny Kustov,Lene Lovich,Wasted Youth and Darts.
The bands love of West Ham United F.C. made them legends in their local manor but this caused problems when they played up north as punters from rival footie teams would come to fight the band rather than listen to the music.
They ended being banned from playing.They then moved on to a more rock sound where they were produced by Pete Way of UFO.
The film was produced by Cadiz Music who brought out the excellent "Oil City Confidential" film based around the Canvey Island scene and Dr Feelgood in the 1970s.
"East End Babylon" was really enjoyable and well worth seeing when it comes out soon.
See www.eastendbabylon.co.uk
Then 9.45pm was Cockney Rejects playing a very lively 60 mins set.Not many songs lasting over three minutes so its fast and
the catchy lyrics get the crowd jumping around wildly and singling along down the front of stage.
Tracks played included "We Are The Firm",
"East End","We Can Do Anything","West Side Boys","The Power And The Glory","Where The Hell Is Babylon","Join The Rejects", "Unforgiven","I'm Not A Fool","On The Streets Again","Police Car","War On The Terraces" and their West Ham anthem "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles".
The current line up has two original members and for the encore they were joined by their original bassist for "Flares And Slippers" and "The Greatest Cockney Rip Off".A great gig and an excellent event.


Roger Waters’ tour, The Wall, has broken attendance records on its South American leg and has seen the largest number of stadium shows ever played in the territory by an international artist on one tour.
The record-breaking run comprised of 15 open-air stadiums shows in Chile, Brazil and Argentina, with Waters playing to over 750,000 fans.
Within that, there were nine sold-out shows in Buenos Aires, River Plate Stadium, exceeding the previous record of five nights, held by the Rolling Stones.
The Wall has so far played 150 shows for a gross of US$218M in 27 countries.
In May 2012, due to demand, The Wall returns to Mexico, the USA and Canada for another 41 shows, including nine baseball stadiums, including two nights at New York’s prestigious Yankees Stadium.


24 April 2012.BARCELONA 2 CHELSEA 2.
Champions League Semi-Final second leg.
Chelsea lead 1-0 from the first leg.
Live on SKY tv.Chelsea win 3-2 on agg.
What an incredible result for Chelsea.
John Terry sent off in the first half.
Barcelona scored twice but somehow Chelsea pulled it back with ten men.
Messi missed a penalty in the second half.
Even £50m misfit Torres scored for Chelsea at the end.
Ten men Chelsea hang on against the mighty Barcelona.Amazing stuff.


Check out the debut video from my mates from Gosport/Portsmouth on www.youtube.com
Night Of Treason "This Is My Town".
Their debut album "Gentlemen And Hooligans" is out now via Amazon.
There is also a great video on youtube when they were joined on stage by Clash legend Mick Jones for a version of "I Fought The Law".


23 April 2012.Jack White live at The Forum,London.
Debut solo UK show from one of the coolest rockers around.This gig was to celebrate his debut solo album "Blunderbuss" that came out today and ties in with his quick promo visit that includes the following nights recording of two or three songs on the Later With Jools Holland tv show.
Over the past week the album has got four and five star reviews from all the press.
One of those shows where id and email ticket on the door had to be shown to exchange for a wristband for all paying punters.
On stage for around 90 mins Jack was dressed all in black with an all female band.His guitar sound was nice and loud and the set was solo album tracks and older tracks from his three previous acts The White Stripes,The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
Opening with The White Stripes "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground" then three great tracks from the new album "Freedom 21","Missing Pieces" and "Love Interruption".Other gems included "Hotel Yorba","Blue Blood Shoes" and "Ball And Biscuit".Encores included "Sixteen Saltines" and superb versions of "My Doorbell" and "Seven Nation Army".An excellent gig and Jack White returns to London for more shows in June.
I bumped into my old mucker Noel Fielding from The Mighty Boosh and other stuff.
In the five minutes we chatted lots of people kept asking him for photos but Noel did them all without any fuss.


Motorhead with guests Anthrax play a UK tour in November that includes Brixton Academy on Sat 17 Nov 2012.For tix see www.livenation.co.uk
Pretty amazing how many times The Sex Pistols have been mentioned on tv and in the written press the last couple of weeks.
The Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK" picture disc was the third best selling vinyl on Record Store Day of the 300 plus releases.
Noel Gallagher was top with Arctic Monkeys second.

May 16, 2012

15 May 2012.Barry Manilow + Jeff Stevenson live at The 02 Arena,London.
Up first is comedian Jeff Stevenson who does a good 25 mins.It must be tricky being a warm act to the Barry Manilow hardcore but lots of quickfire jokes seemed to do the trick and he went down well.
Barry Manilow back in London only a year since he played four shows at this venue with an orchestra.
I went along to one of those shows.
Wisely he has kept it to only one London date this time as half a dozen unsold blocks upstairs.
Looks like he over here this time to promote the live dvd of last years shows.
In the mid 1970s he made a couple of brilliant pop singles "Mandy" and "I Write The Songs" and so he is a bit of a guilty pleasure because of those tracks.
Barry on stage for 1 hour 45 mins.Now aged 68 and the plastic surgery clearly visable.His very loyal fans give him a standing ovation after every song and cheer wildly even though he has charged them £100 plus booking fee to sit in Block A front stage area.
He has just completed his 1000th show in Las Vegas.
Free glo-sticks for all by the seats so plenty of them being being waved all night.
Three big screens used and a decent stage show.
His easy on stage banter always goes down well with his female fans.Good songs played included "Could It Be Magic","Looks Like We Made It","Cant Smile Without You","Bring On Tomorrow","I Made It Through The Night" and then "Mandy" which was great as an old video of him playing it in 1975 was shown on the big screen as he played it below.Then "Copacabana" and my other fave "I Write The Songs".
Encores were "Its A Miracle" complete with streamers and then "One Voice".
He is not everyone's cup of tea but he puts a good show with some good tunes.


14 May 2012.10th Anniversary show of The Queen musical "We Will Rock You" at The Dominion Theatre,London.
This musical was slagged off good and proper by all the critics when it first came out but here we are ten years later and it has sold a staggering 6 million tickets at this theatre alone and 7 million tickets at other productions of it around the world.
Got in the red carpet press area to catch the celebs coming in.Got some decent photos.Over 30 well known faces here including Brian May,Roger Taylor,Ben Elton,
Mike Rutherford,Nick Mason,Martin Kemp and others that i have listed in the aftershow page.
The story takes place in a tongue-in-cheek future where originality and individualism are shunned, and a lone "Dreamer" appears who can fulfill a prophecy that will enable the return of rock 'n roll.
A fantastic atmosphere in this theatre that holds some 2500.The script has plenty of funny lines in it and it is updated yearly with current topics.The guy that played Curly Watts in Coronation Street is in it.Loads of Queen classics all through the show played by a live band that still features ex Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray.Queen have the number one selling UK album ever with 5.8 million sales of "Greatest Hits Vol 1".
Still a very popular band indeed.
I was lucky enough to have seen Queen with Freddie Mercury loads of times from 1973 onwards.
Tonights show lasted nearly 3 hours over two sets.I had seen it a few times before but it is still great fun.
The last four songs were a highlight and it felt like a proper rock gig as everyone standing and singing and waving their freebie glo-sticks in the air for "We Will Rock You","We Are The Champions" then Brian May came on to play live guitar to "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "The Show Must Go On".For that final song Roger Taylor came on playing his drums.
Then some speeches by Brian May and Ben Elton and they introduced the producers to the stage.One was a complete surprise as it was movie legend Robert De Niro.
It was an excellent show.
See aftershow page for this event.



Rush to play UK arena tour in 2013
Wed May 22nd Manchester Arena
Fri May 24th London, O2 Arena
Sun May 26th Birmingham, LG Arena
Tues May 28th Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
Thurs May 30th Glasgow, SECC
Tickets are pretty expensive...£75 and £50 plus booking fee from www.livenation.co.uk
New album "Clockwork Angels" out 11 June 2012.


13 May 2012.Man City 3 QPR 2.Last game of the season.
Live on SKY TV 3pm.
Just when you think it could not be more dramatic.
Man City score twice in the last five minutes to be crowned champions ahead of Man Utd.
No wonder the premier league is the best in the world.
Every weekend was great games and surprising results.
Thankfully Stoke scored a second goal to draw against Bolton so Bolton go down instead of QPR.
A lucky escape for us.Hopefully Mark Hughes and co can do much better next season.


The Psychedelic Furs are to play a London show after their Hop Farm Festival,Kent date.
5th July 2012
The Garage, Highbury, London
24 hour ticket hotline: 08700 603 777
Online bookings: www.seetickets.com
Tickets £20.00 (plus booking fee)


10 May 2012.10cc live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the last date of their UK tour to celebrate their "40th anniversary".
10cc were massive in the early 1970s with 13 Top 40 singles between 1972-1978 including three number ones
which were Rubber Bullets(1973),I'm Not In Love(1975) and Dreadlock Holiday(1978).
I saw them a few times back in the 1970s including including a headline show at Wembley Arena.
Also i was at the legendary Rolling Stones Knebworth Festival show in August 1976 where 10cc were the main support band above Lynyrd Skynyrd and Todd Rundgren so that gives you an idea how popular they were.
On stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 30 mins and 1 hour 40 mins.
Graham Gouldman is the only original member now as Godley and Creme left over 30 years ago to be big time pop music video directors.
First set was acoustic songs by Graham Gouldman who had made a name for himself in the 1960s before 10cc as a hit songwriter, penning "Heart Full of Soul" and "For Your Love" for The Yardbirds,"Bus Stop" for The Hollies and "No Milk Today" for Herman's Hermits.He played them all tonight.
The second set was the full band with all the hits.
They had so many catchy tunes it was unreal.
10cc all shared lead vocals back in the day so one of the band sing the higher pitched vocals tonight.
Gems played included "Wall Street Shuffle","The Things We Do For Love","I'm Mandy Fly Me","Life Is A Minestrone","Art For Arts Sake","Silly Love","Donna"
then original member Kevin Godley came on to sing two tracks then it was "The Dean And I" then Paul Carrack came on to help out with "I'm Not In Love" then it was "Dreadlock Holiday" and for the encores Kevin Godley came back on for a vocals only reprise of "Donna" and then he got behind the drums for another hit "Rubber Bullets".A really enjoyable show.



09 May 2012.I went to two launch events tonight.
First was 6.45pm to 8pm for the Sam Faiers "Living Life The Essex Way" book launch at Zenna Bar,Dean Street,W1.
Sam is one of the girls from the popular "The Only Way Is Essex" tv prog.My kids watch it but its not my cup of tea.I do however quite like the idea they can all make a few quid with their minimal talent.
Freebie cocktails for all in this basement bar.
Sam is here signing copies which retail at £12.99.
Sam lifts the lid on her childhood, her rise to fame and her beauty regime, as well as her dating rules, dealing with instant fame, the men in her life and what really goes on behind the scenes on the hit ITV2 show.
then 8.15pm to 11pm.
it was the launch of Scandinavian fashion website www.nelly.com at Aqua,5th Floor,Argyll Street,W1.
A big crowd of 400 or 500 were mainly competition winners from fashion mags and websites and a few press folks.Very lively here as lots of young females.Lots of free booze and canapes all night.www.nelly.com had a massive display of mainly female clothes and shoes here.The amazing thing here was 300 of the guests,yes 300 got a voucher for a free pair of shoes.
I ordered a pair so hopefully they will come soon.
One of the bar staff told me they put £14,000 behind the bar for the booze so well done to www.nelly.com for splashing the cash.An excellent party really.
Nelly.com started it's business in Sweden in 2004. Nelly.com is a e-commerce website with a focus on fashion and beauty. In total there are over 750 different brands in the company’s product range which mostly caters for men and women between 18 and 35.



08 May 2012.Dexys live at The Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
This show sold out pronto two months ago without much advertising as such.It is all seated including the floor stalls area.
I saw Dexys Midnight Runners three times between 1979-1981 in their early 1980s heyday when they had two massive number one singles with "Geno"(1979) and "Come On Eileen"(1981).
I also saw their brilliant reunion show at the Royal Festival Hall in 2003.
This show was to promote the release of their first new
studio album for 27 years "One Day I'm Going To Soar" that comes out next month.
It is a long set of 2 hours 10 mins on stage with the first half all of the new album and the second half all the classic oldies.
There was a big screen showing images and the band included Mick Talbot on keyboards.Kevin Rowland is still a very dapper dresser in a zoot suit,big wide tie and spats looking very Cotton Club/Kid Creole.
The new album was not as lively as older Dexys tracks and apart from a couple of tracks it never really got me that excited to be honest although i love the pure soul passion that Kevin Rowland has put into it.Everyone here is really behind him and gave him a standing ovation and loud cheers at the end of the new album part.There are loads of music critics from most of the big newspapers here.
Some songs have narrative with his second singer which lead into a theatrical music hall type feel to the show.The oldies are just fantastic as they are more uptempo with the violin and trombone.The trombone for
"Tell Me When My Life Goes Green" is just magic.Other gems were "This Is What She's Like","Liars A-E","Old",
"Burn It Down","I Couldn't Help If I Tried" and a superb extended version of "Come On Eileen" that got the crowd jumping.
A great show overall even if the new album tracks may take a few listens to get into.



07 May 2012.Brit Floyd live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
I saw this quality Floyd tribute band twice last year at this venue and The 02 Arena and they are back again with another massive tour and a brand new show titled "A Foot In The Door - The Best Of Pink Floyd".
On stage for a nice long 2 hours 40 mins over two sets.
The sound is perfect and the circular screen showing images blends perfectly with the brilliant light show.
Syd Barretts sister introduced the trio of Syd related songs near the start of the set.So many great Floyd songs one after the other.It was well paced too as the second set featured a Roger Waters section.The last two songs "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell" were incredible.A really good gig.
Full setlist.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond...Learning to Fly..See Emily Play..Terrapin...Astronomy Domine...Money...High Hopes...The Happiest Days of Our Lives...Another Brick in the Wall Part 2...Pigs (Three Different Ones)...
Echoes...Time...The Great Gig in the Sky... Have a Cigar...Wish You Were Here...One of These Days...Hey You...Is There Anybody Out There?... Nobody Home...Vera
...Bring the Boys Back Home...Comfortably Numb.
Encore was Run Like Hell.
See www.britfloyd.for full tour info.


06 May 2012.2pm.QPR 1 Stoke 0.
QPR really needed to win this game as last game of the season next week is away to Man City.
We were 4th from bottom when millions was spent on new manager Mark Hughes and new players yet before this game we are still 4th from bottom and now relegation beckons.
Pretty amazing as we scored near the end and Bolton lost their two goal lead against West Brom to draw.
We stay just above the bottom three but it could still go tits up next weekend.
Had a quick chat with ex Clash guitar legend Mick Jones who was with rock n roll jeweller Stephen Webster.
Another season ticket holder Sex Pistol Glen Matlock was away in Paris for the weekend.


While there will be loads of great events going on around the time of The Olympics look at who the folks in charge are trying to get to play.
The Who's Roger Daltrey has confirmed that organisers of the London 2012 Olympics asked whether drummer Keith Moon – who died in 1978 – would be able to take part in this summer's celebrations.
In an interview on US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week, the frontman joked that the band's management had responded to the invitation by suggesting they try contacting the deceased rocker themselves by holding a séance.
Perhaps its the same person that asked The Sex Pistols would they could they turn up to an Olympics ceremony and mime on the back of a truck while waving to the crowd............Priceless.


04 May 2012.Imelda May + Severed Limb live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Rockabilly comes to this posh venue.Up first we have Severed Limb from South London playing some skiffle/rockabilly for 40 mins.Instruments used included washboard,double bass and a stand up drummer with a kit comprising of just snare and bass drums.
They went down well with the crowd.
Imelda May is very popular in her native Ireland where in Dec 2011 she headlined The 02 Arena in Dublin and was joined by Bono for a couple of songs.
She is over the moon tonight is sold out.
On stage for 1 hour 50 mins with tracks from all three of her rockabilly based albums.She looks great in a 50s type red dress that is showing off her baby bump.
Good tracks played included "Kentish Town Waltz" and "All For You".After an hour it shifted up a couple of gears and got louder and rockier which got the crowd up and dancing for tracks like "Inside Out","Let Me Out" and "Mayhem".
For the encores a record company chap came out and presented her with a disc for 400,000 worldwide sales of her latest album "Mayhem" then covers of "Baby I Love You","Tainted Love" and a couple of Elvis Presley classics sealed a good show.


Sad news that Beastie Boy Adam Yauch has lost his battle with cancer aged only 47.
I saw some great Beastie Boys gigs in their heyday.
Run DMC,Whodini,LL Cool J,Beastie Boys Hammersmith Odeon , London 12.09.1986.First ever UK shows.
Run DMC,Whodini,LL Cool J,Beastie Boys Hammersmith Odeon , London 13.09.1986.2 superb sold out rap shows
Run DMC,Beastie Boys Brixton Academy , London 24.05.1987 great tension filled sets by both acts .
Beastie Boys + Prodigy + Foo Fighters + Echo And The Bunnymen ,Reading Festival , Berks 29.08.1998 Prodigy did a totally awesome show that totally blew away Beastie Boys .Foo Fighters did another great set



03 May 2012.Bruce Forsyth live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Bonafide British showbiz legend Sir Bruce Forsyth now aged 84 celebrates his 70 years in showbusiness.Yes 70 years.He started out when he was just 14.
He became known through the series Sunday Night at the London Palladium, going on to present very popular television series such as The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, The Price Is Right, You Bet! and Strictly Come Dancing, the last of which he still presents with Tess Daly.
In December 2007, his catchphrase 'Nice to see you, to see you, nice' was voted the most popular UK catchphrase by the British public. On 24 February 2008, the BBC featured an 85-minute programme celebrating the star's 80th birthday, entitled "Happy Birthday Brucie!"
This show was his first in London for 14 years and his first ever at The Royal Albert Hall as before he always performed at The Palladium.
He had an album out last year on EMI called "These Are My Favourites" which are easy listening rat pack covers and well known ballads and plays a few songs from it tonight.He also played some decent piano.
He was backed by a 30 piece orchestra.
On stage for 2 hours 25 mins over two sets.The show was split 50/50 singing and comedy.A big screen showed all the show.You can see why he is one of the UKs most loved entertainers with lots of jokey banter and audience participation.He looks incredible for his age and still can dance a bit and he still does a tap dance routine.
Lots of stories about legends he has worked with.He said he all time fave was Sammy Davis Jr.
There really was a ton of laughter tonight.
The whole show was really enjoyable and the full standing ovation at the end was well deserved.


02 May 2012.New Order live at Brixton Academy,London.
First of two shows at this venue as part of a UK tour.
One of those gigs where it seems half the crowd stay in pubs near the venue and then all pour in at 9pm.
Another band i have a lot of history with as i saw their legendary predecessors Joy Division five times in 1979/1980 and i saw New Orders first ever London show at The Forum way back in 1981.
The band arrive on stage at 9.25pm and play for 95 mins.
Sadly their iconic bassist Peter Hook is not in this line up due to arguments and egos etc.There is a big screen showing their old videos and other images.Singer Bernard Sumner still looks an awkward front man and he will not be winning any best vocalist awards.
Thankfully New Order have loads of great dance anthems that mixed in with an impressive light display just work a treat.
It is pretty much a greatest hits set with no new material.
Tracks like "Regret" and "Ceremony" are great.Other goodies like "True Faith","The Perfect Kiss" and a superb "Blue Monday" got everyone dancing.The last song of the main set was a brilliant "Temptation" before the encores of two Joy Division classics "Transmission" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" which brought the house down.
A really good gig.
Full setlist.
Elegia, Crystal, Regret, Ceremony, Age of Consent,
Love Vigilantes, Krafty, Round and Round, Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, 586, The Perfect Kiss, Blue Monday, Temptation.
Encores:
Transmission (Joy Division cover)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)


See the upcoming news page for exclusive news on a Glen Matlock gig in December and The Sex Pistols Experience Thames Boat Trip Gig in June.

May 25, 2012

24 May 2012.Another lovely sunny day in London.
3pm to 4pm was the launch of the limited
edition Union Jack pack of M&M's with Little Mix at
M & M's World,Leicester Square,London.
Around 100 photographers,media and comp winners to this invite only event on the ground floor of this very impressive huge store.X factor 2011 winners Little Mix play a three song set.They had a meet and greet with comp winners after playing.
The limited edition Union Jack pack of red,white and blue peanut M & M's is now available in supermarkets and cinemas etc.
4.30pm to 6.30pm was a lovely walk down Pall Mall to Buckingham Palace where the work is in full swing to build stages and seating for the upcoming Jubilee Celebrations then on to Hyde Park and Knightsbridge.
then
7pm to 9pm was the Godiva Chocolate Cafe launch at Harrods,Knightsbridge,London.Around 150 people at this new addition to Harrods many restaurants.
Freebie champers,canapes and yummy chocs for all.
Nice to see actress Mischa Barton here looking stunning i must say.
I got a couple of goodie bags with a huge box of Godiva choccies in each.A nice event but stayed a bit too long there and missed some of Elvis Costello.
A chocaholic's fantasy come true, Cafe Godiva features decadant truffles, melting fondues and rich chocolate drinks, for a guaranteed taste of heaven. This eaterie also offers sandwiches and savouries for a pre or post chocolate fix. Situated on the Second Floor, this is a sweet oasis for recharging your batteries and indulging your every chocolate desire.
Harrods is just ten mins walk from RAH.
Then 9.10pm.
Elvis Costello live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Second of his two shows at this venue as part of his European Tour.
The set was around 2 hours 45 mins long but i missed the first hour as i was at The Harrods event.
Elvis has brought back his "Spectacular Spinning Songbook" which is 40 songs that change in order from gig to gig.Tonight a few punters get given a hammer on stage to hit the spinning wheel and his great band play the song it stops on.
Its good fun and we have two burlesque dancers in a cage side of stage for some of the songs.
I have seen him over 15 times since 1979.He is a very respected songwriter.Lots of chat between songs.He lives in America now.
Gems played included an extended "Watching The Detectives","Shipbuilding","Tramp The Dirt Down",
"Olivers Army",a cover of "Purple Rain",a pukka "Pump It Up" and for the last two songs he was joined by his old Stiff Records mate Nick Lowe for "Heart Of The City" and "Whats So Funny About Peace,Love and Understanding" as keyboard player Steve Nieve played the legendary Royal Albert Hall organ above the stage.Shame to miss the start but i saw most of the of the set and the best songs.A good gig.
Jo Brand and Mark Lamarr were in the crowd


23 May 2012.7.30pm to 11pm.I was at the launch party for The British Designers Secret Garden at Harvey Nichols,5th Floor Terrace Bar,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Around 150 trendy younger design and fashion folks here but thankfully a few older ones too.
Lots of freebie drinks flowing here.Lots of champers and a choice of six different cocktails including one that came in a mini garden watering can which was a nice touch.Lots of nice canapes too.
A dj playing some good tunes including Bee Gees.
Some faces here but they all missed each other as they all stayed for around 30 mins then moved on.
First was Harold Tillman who is head of The British Fashion Council and always looks very dapper for an older man.Then Joan Collins turned up here fully glammed up as she had just met The Queen at another bash for The Arts at The Royal Academy tonight.
Today was Joans 79th birthday.Yes 79.
Sir Paul McCartney,Jimmy Page and Bono were there.
Then an hour after Joan Collins left Bianca Jagger turned up in a long summer dress.
Overall a really good event.
Discover the Secret Garden at Harvey Nichols on the Knightsbridge Fifth Floor Terrace from now until the 27 May. Dine on herbaceous salads accompanied by the finest Beefeater Gin cocktails as you admire magical surroundings created by Britain’s brightest fashion stars.Six fashion designers, each of which has let their imaginations run wild to create bespoke decorations and artworks for the space, as well as a delicious cocktail which captures the essence of their work.


22 May 2012.Jay-Z And Kanye West live at The 02 Arena,London.
This was the last of their five nights at The 02 Arena which is at the start of their European Tour.
Their "Watch The Throne" show sees them play solo segments and both on stage together segments.
A long show lasting an impressive 2 hours 30 mins.
Tonight is a totally rammed sold out show.In fact the crowd atmosphere is one of the best i have seen in the 100 plus shows i have seen at The 02 Arena in the past five years as even up in the gods at the back of level four the whole place is dancing and singing.
A great racial mix too as black,white,brown,yellow are all here in equal numbers.
The poor old backing band are hidden at the back.
Its a full on show with lots of flames and lasers.The first 10 mins they are at opposite ends of the arena on giant podiums like gladiators ready to do battle.
I am not the biggest fan of hip hop/rap but this crowd really loved this show big time.For me it worked best when both of them were on stage together.
Best tunes were "Diamonds In Sierra Leone","Hard Knock Life","Empire State Of Mind","Stronger" and towards the end "Gold Digger" and "99 Problems".
Finale was 25 mins of "Niggas In Paris" as they played it four or five times winding the crowd up more each time and even getting the floor standing to do some circle pit moshing.
I have been to some shoddy shows by rap/hip hop acts but this was a proper production for sure.


21 May 2012.6.15pm to 10pm i was at the launch party to celebrate the start of the 2012 Polo Season at
PJs Bar And Grill,52 Fulham Road,London SW3.
Always a good event as over 300 posh folks here for the freebie Perrier Jouet champagne,cocktails and full free bar.Loads of yummy different food here too.
The Polo crowd are a lively bunch and seem to take as much interest in the social side as they do of the polo itself.Usually polo folks like drummer Kenney Jones and Jodie Kidd turn up here but all we get tonight is a couple of blokes from the Made In Chelsea tv series.A very good party though.
Some good polo events coming up at these venues.
Hurlingham Park, Fulham.
Cowdray Park, West Sussex.
Guards Club at Windsor Great Park.
Hurtwood Park, Surrey.This is the polo club owed by drummer Kenney Jones.
Check on their websites for more info.


20 May 2012.Duane Eddy + Nell Bryden live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall,London.
The support act New Yorker Nell Bryden did a decent 30 mins acoustic set.Nell has just supported Chris Rea on his UK tour.She played tracks from her new album "Shake That Tree".Nell has a headline show at The Borderline on 12 June 2012.
Duane Eddy now aged 74 is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he had a string of hit records, produced by Lee Hazlewood, which were noted for their characteristically "twangy" sound. He was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Duane is on a UK tour to promote his recent album "Road Trip" that he recorded in Sheffield with Richard Hawley and his band.This band are backing him tonight.
The 90 mins set is mainly his older gems with a few from the new album.It is all instrumentals apart from three songs as that is his trademark.
Lots of that amazing guitar sound and nice gentle chat between songs.Set included "Moovin' n Groovin'",
"Yep","The Lonely One","Shazam","Ramrod" and for his great 1975 hit "Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar" he was joined by two females to do the vocals for that one and "Dance With The Guitar Man".Other tracks played included "Forty Miles Of Bad Road","Because They're Young".Then Richard Hawley joined him for a few songs.The finale was brilliant versions of his biggest hits "Rebel Rouser" and "Peter Gunn".
A good gig from this guitar legend.
In the crowd tonight were Sir Peter Blake,BBC Radio dj Johnnie Walker and legendary guitar maker Fred Gretsch.



Sad news that Bee Gee Robin Gibb has lost his long battle with cancer.I saw The Bee Gees in 1979 at Madison Square Garden,New York when they were one of the biggest acts in the world.
I have been playing their albums the past couple of days.


18 May 2012.On Friday i had a really lovely stay at a four star hotel.
The Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel,Marlow Bridge,Marlow,Bucks.
The hotel is around an hour by train from Paddington and the perfect place to go to get away from the grime and rushing about of London.
Checked in to the hotel a bit late at 6.30pm as Marlow is a pretty village well worth an afternoon walkabout.It has won "Best Kept Village" in Bucks many times.
Our hotel room was huge with very nice furniture.
We were welcomed with a bottle of prosecco in ice along with some choccies in the room.A nice touch.
Our room had a balcony with superb views of the river and the boats and the lovely houses that sit on the river.The hotel is set in nice grounds too.
We went down for a three course dinner in their Bowaters restaurant which also looked out on to the river.
Serving British food we had a yummy lamb mains served by very attentive and friendly staff.
The huge breakfast in the morning set us up for the day and we sadly checked out.It really is a fantastic hotel and perfect for a two or three day break.
http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-compleat-angler/
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Stylish, luxurious, romantic; the award winning Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel is a magical riverside retreat. Within easy reach of Heathrow airport, but quietly nestled on the banks of the River Thames, it's the perfect spot for taking to the water. The hotel is an inspired choice to host your next meeting or event, and perfect for fairy tale weddings, too. If food is your passion, then you'll be spoilt for choice as the Macdonald Compleat Angler has not one but two award winning restaurants, both offering gourmet fine dining in stunning surroundings. After a long day exploring the delights of the local area, relax in the luxurious four star en-suite accommodation, next to the cascading waters of Marlow Weir.They can arrange boat hire too.
Close to Dorney Lake, venue for the Rowing and Kayak events in the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012.
Marlow is also just a few miles from Henley.
Marlow is also near Windsor And Eton.
Events listing for local and nearby.
Diamond Jubilee Weekend 2 – 5 June
Marlow Town Regatta and Festival 9 June
Royal Ascot 19 - 23 June
Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake 16 - 17 June
Henley Regatta 27 June - 1 July
Henley Music Festival 4 - 8 July
2012 Formula 1 British Grand Prix 6 - 8 July
London 2012 Torch Relay 10 July
Thames Boat Rally 14 - 15 July
Henley Fringe Festival 16 - 22 July
Swan Upping (finishes at the hotel)18 July
London 2012 Olympics 27 July - 12 August
Henley 80s Rewind Festival 17 - 19 August
London 2012 Paralympics 29 August – 9 Sept
http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-compleat-angler/
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Shame about the death of disco queen Donna Summer aged 63 from cancer.
She rarely came to the UK but there are some good clips on youtube from when she played at The Louis Vuitton London Summer Party 25 May 2010.


17 May 2012.A full day out at two very good events.
Noon to 5pm was The 57th Ivor Novello Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
The UKs main awards event for songwriters.
Here are some of the 14 winners who all turned up.
The Ivors Jazz Award - Stan Tracey.
Outstanding Song Collection - Gary Kemp.
The Ivors Inspiration Award - Siouxsie Sioux.
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music - Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen & Robbie Williams (Take That).
Robbie Williams and Jason Orange did NOT turn up.
Lifetime Achievement - Mark Knopfler.
Songwriter of the Year - Adele.
PRS for Music Special International Award - Jimmy Webb.
BASCA Fellowship - Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Adele was the main winner with two awards.
A big music biz crowd here with 1100 downstairs and 100 press folks upstairs.Drinks reception followed by a three course lunch.Always some good names here.
Some funny and some emotional speeches here.
Other folks here included host Paul Gambaccini,Boy George,Annie Lennox,Sir George Martin,Joan Armatrading,Lynsey De Paul,Chris Moyles,Michael Eavis,David Gray,Ed Sheeran,Don Black,Claudia Winkleman,Nitan Sawhney,Sir Tim Rice and no doubt a few more.
Drinks after for an hour.Got a couple of goodie bags with songbooks and cosmetics.
then
7.30pm to 11pm i was the launch of Burhara pop up
restaurant at Sheraton Park Tower Hotel,1st Floor,101 Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Complimentary champers and wine for an hour then a yummy complimentary five courses of two meats, veg, seafood and dessert dishes for the 80 press folks here.
They have flown in five of the top chefs from Delhi.
The food here was just great.
It is after all a top notch five star hotel.
Open for only two weeks, acclaimed Chef Manjit Gill will introduce guests, residents and the local community to signature dishes such as Sikandari Raan (Marinated Whole Leg of Spring Lamb), Murgh Malai Kebab (Creamy Chicken Kebab) and the not-to-be-missed Dal Bukhara (a combination of whole black lentils, tomatoes, ginger and garlic slow-cooked over coals for 18 hours).
The Vegetarian Tasting menu is £59.00 and their Meat and Seafood Tasting Menu is £79.00.



16 May 2012.I went to two good events tonight.
First 7.15pm to 9.15pm was the launch of Brasserie Blanc,Opera Terrace,Covent Garden,London.
Top chef Raymond Blanc opens another one of his Blanc
Brasseries.Lovely views looking down on to the square.Lovely freebie champers,cocktails and canapes including oysters for all of the 200 guests.
Raymond Blanc gave a funny speech.
I had a nice chat with Britt Ekland.She spends most of her time in Los Angeles but will be coming to Europe a lot this year for James Bond 50th anniversary events.She usually does panto each Christmas in the UK.Britt was very friendly and chatty and still looks great at age 69.
Her personal life was a bit crazy back in the day.
From Peter Sellers to Rod Stewart and then younger rockers Phil Lewis(singer with Girl) and Slim Jim Phantom(drummer with The Stray Cats).
then 9.30pm to 11.45pm
was the afterparty for the play "What The Butler Saw" at The Waldorf Hotel,Aldwych,London.
The play was on earlier at The Vaudeville Theatre. Around 500 folks here in this posh ballrooom including the star of the show Omid Djalili.Others here included Lenny Henry,Jim Broadbent,Jenny Eclair,Alexie Sayle and David Baddiel.Lots of lovely different food here and beers and wines to wash it down.Another good one.