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Archive: October 2014
October 27, 2014
Saturday 25 October 2014...Sad news that legendary bass player Jack Bruce has died aged 71...
Jack formed Cream alongside drummer Ginger Baker and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton in the 1960s, handling bass and vocal duties for much of the band’s celebrated work. Widely regarded as being the world’s first successful supergroup, Cream sold over 15 million albums worldwide, on the strengths of psych-rock singles such as “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room”.
I went to all four Cream reunion shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
Thursday 23 October 2014.
Neil Sedaka and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Opening night of the Neil Sedaka UK tour at the same venue I saw him play two years ago.
American songwriting legend is now aged 75 and has sold multi millions of records.
Neil Sedaka is an American pop/rock singer, pianist, and composer. His career has spanned nearly 55 years, during which time he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and other artists, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.
I saw him in his 70s heyday in 1975,1976 and 1979.
It is a full house tonight as Neil and orchestra play for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets.
Neil is behind the piano the whole show and like the Tony Hadley show a few days ago great songs
become greater when they have a 50 plus orchestra in full flow behind them.
Lots of nice and friendly stage banter and stories from Neil about how some of the songs came about.
Neil said 'he had sold 40 million records from 1958 to 1963 and then The Beatles came along....not good
as folks worldwide started to buy records by groups and then his career declined and then in the 1970s
Elton John signed him to his newly formed Rocket Records and he started having hits again".
Loads of great songs and the lyrics were nice and clear.
The mainly older crowd are singing and swaying along and there was a full standing ovation at the end.
A great show.
Neil Sedaka setlist included...
Happy Birthday,Sweet Sixteen
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do---rock n roll version
The Hungry Years
Laughter In The Rain
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do---ballad version
This Will Be Our Last Song Together
The Miracle Song
Queen of 1964
Standing On The Inside
(Is This The Way To) Amarillo
Love Will Keep Us Together
That's When The Music Takes Me
Thursday 23 October 2014...Yet another sad death to report...
Alvin Stardust, the quiffed, leather-clad pop singer best known for 1970s hits such as My Coo Ca Choo, has died aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.
The singer, who later enjoyed success in musicals, had been due to release his first album in 30 years next month. He was recently diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home in West Sussex with his wife and family around him, it was announced.
I saw him play live three or four times.
Wednesday 22 October 2014...I went to two events today...
12.45pm to 5pm.
The Xperia Access Q Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
Around 500 folks here with 450 seated for a three course lunch and 50 media folks standing at the back.
We had a complimentary cocktails reception then mains and desserts on an overflow table.
The host tonight is Absolute Radio breakfast dj Christian O'Connell as Absolute Radio are
one of the new sponsors.
This music awards show always gets a great mix of big names.
Awards started around 1.30pm.
Q Best New Act---Foxes presented to Sam Smith.
Q Maverick---Interpol presented to St Vincent.
Q Best Track---Sandie Shaw presented to Paulo Nutini(Paulo did not attend).
Q Best Video---Lady Starlight presented to Jamie xx.
Q Hero---???? presented to The Charlatans.
Q Best Album---???? presented to Elbow
Q Best Live Act---Carl Barat and Gary Powell presented to Kasabian.
Q Best Solo Artist---Wretch 32 presented to Ed Sheeran.
Q Innovation In Sound---Basement Jaxx presented to Jean Michel Jarre.
Q Inspiration---James Dean Bradfield presented to Simple Minds.
Q Idol---John Grant presented to Culture Club
Q Classic Album---Billy Corgan presented to Nick Mason for Dark Side Of The Moon.
Q Songwriter---Kaiser Chiefs presented to Andy Partridge(XTC).
Q Outstanding Contribution To Music---Dizzee Rascal presented to Richard Russell(XL Recordings).
Q Icon---Suggs presented to Wilko Johnson.
Gibson Les Paul Award---Sir Bradley Wiggins presented to Johnny Marr.
Q Best Act In The World Today---Jimmy Carr presented to Kasabian.
Other folks here included Norman Watt Roy (Blockheads/Wilko Johnson Band),
John Giddings (Isle Of Wight Festival promoter and top booking agent) and Ross Halfin(rock photographer).
Wilko Johnson got the most applause tonight and was the only one to get a full standing ovation.
Johnson, who was speaking after he was given the Icon Award, said: "It was an 11-hour operation. This tumour weighed 3kg – that's the size of a baby. Anyway, they got it all. They cured me."
The last hour was drinks by the tables or the bar.
A great event.
7pm to 9.45pm.
Ralph Lauren - VIP party at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London, W1.
My first time at this very impressive and massive new 'statement' gallery in Berkeley Square.
A huge crowd of over 500 well dressed folks here.
Guests included Claudia Winkleman, Martha Ward and Bryan Ferry's ex Amanda Shepard.
Also here were Jodie Kidd,Mary Charteris,Jade Parfitt and Noelle Reno.
There are only a dozen pieces of art on each floor but there is security everywhere.
We have a jazz/swing band playing downstairs.
We have a Ralph Lauren fashion show where a dozen models walk through the crowd
wearing the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.
Complimentary Billecart-Salmon champers,cocktails,wines and canapés.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
About the gallery...
Opening its doors at the start of Frieze art fair in October, the 31,000 square foot space occupies the ground, first and lower ground floors of the seven-storey building and will comprise exhibition areas, auction rooms and offices in a move to mirror the auctioneer’s Park Avenue counterpart in New York.
As one might expect, the execution and aestheticism of the new flagship is no small affair. Architect Aukett Swanke – who restored London’s Royal Exchange and the city’s Lanesborough Hotel – has overseen the design of the building, with bespoke lighting from creative lighting firm Studio ZNA, and a sweeping, artisan-crafted solid oak staircase adding drama to the foyer.
With airy showrooms boasting double-height ceilings and movable interior walls, the modern new space reflects a growing trend among international auction houses to refresh for the digital age. Last October Bonhams unveiled its new £30m headquarters just a stone’s throw away from Berkeley Square on New Bond Street, with plans for a fine-dining restaurant to open within it. It’s a far cry from the fusty auction rooms of old.
“We are thrilled to relocate our European Headquarters to the heart of Mayfair,” said Ed Dolman, Phillips’ chairman and chief executive officer. “This spectacular new auction and exhibition space in Berkeley Square represents another important step in the evolution and growth of the business. We look forward to contributing to the infusion of art, design and culture in this unique and exclusive enclave.”
www.phillips.comVisit the Phillips website here for more information.
www.ralphlaurencollection.comView the runway show and behind the scenes here.
Tuesday 21 October 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 10pm.
Tom Parker Bowles: Let's Eat Meat - book launch party at Fortnum & Mason,181 Piccadilly,London W1.
Over 200 upmarket folks in this famous store.
As royalty is expected there are extra security checks on the door.
Tom Parker Bowles is here and his wife Sara and his sister Laura are here for support.
Also here is his mother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall(wife of Prince Charles).
Also here is his father Andrew Parker Bowles.
Others here include Mario Testino,James Nesbitt,Nick Ferrari ,Sir David Tang,Jay Rayner,Mark Hix and Nicky Haslam.
There were speeches at 7.30pm and Tom Parker Bowles spent over an hour signing books
that folks were paying £25 for.
Guy Chambers who has wrote songs for Robbie Williams played some tunes on the piano.
We have complimentary cocktails,wines,bowl food and canapés.
A very nice event.
10.15pm to 11.45pm.
Neville's Island - press night afterparty at Villandry, 12 Waterloo Pl, St James's, London SW1.
Over 200 folks here for the afterparty including
Neil Morrissey, Adrian Edmondson and Robert Webb who all star in the play.
Also here was Jennifer Saunders and others.
Complimentary wines,beers and lots of slices of pizza.
The play is on at Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2.
It's a comedy about four middle-management types from a Salford mineral water company who find
themselves cluelessly stranded in the Lake District during a team-building exercise.
Monday 20 October 2014...7pm to 11pm...
Bar and restaurant relaunch at Crocker's Folly,23-24 Aberdeen Place,off St Johns Wood Road,London NW8.
Tonight was an invite only event for members of the media.
Set in a location that has expensive houses on one side with the likes of Noel Gallagher and
Paul Weller living a couple of minutes away by Little Venice and lots of council housing on the other side.
Paul Weller used the pub for his 'Wake Up The Nation' video.
This much loved local pub has been closed for a decade after it started to attract a rough crowd.
When you walk in the door now it certainly has the wow factor as there is marble and solid wood everywhere
and you can see the new owners have spent a good few quid on it.
From 7pm to 8.30pm is a drinks reception with complimentary Duval Leroy champers and gin cocktails.
We then had a three course dinner with wines.
I had Sea Bass as mains.Very tasty although the portion was a bit smaller than expected.
The staff are still learning as it is a soft opening so there were a couple of hiccups.
On the comments card I put...
The staff were all fantastic and friendly.
The portions could have been larger.
The service could have been quicker.
Overall though we really enjoyed it here and it's great this historic pub is up and open again.
They have 50% off all food Tuesday to Friday of this week.
About the venue...
If you like a bit of history with your pint, then the reopening of Crocker's Folly in St John's Wood will be of interest.
Built in 1898 as the palatial Crown Hotel by entrepreneur Frank Crocker the pub was intended to serve travellers on the Great Central Railway. But when the railway terminus was sited at Marylebone rather than St John's Wood, the money sunk into the site suddenly didn't seem quite such an amazing investment. Nevertheless it served locals for over a century until closing in 2004. Three years later the Victorian Society put it on their top 10 endangered buildings list by the Victorian Society.
This year it was bought by The Maroush Group of restaurants and they're determined to do the building proud. They've brought in head chef, Arek Bober who's just been at Pollen Street Social, before which he headed up the kitchen at Portobello Gold and before that Fresh & Wild’s central kitchen.
Bober's menu will combine ontemporary Lebanese dishes with more seasonal ones including:
crab gnocchi, courgettes and chilli
beef tartare with charred, pickled onions and chanterelles
sea bass with cauliflower couscous, cauliflower purée and truffle
miso marinated lamb shoulder, kale and potato mousseline
pork belly with butternut squash and Sichuan coleslaw
Sunday 19 October 2014.
Tony Hadley with The Southbank Sinfonia live at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,London WC2.
Spaudau Ballet singer plays the last night of his UK tour.
Spandau have been all over the media the past month promoting their documentary film
and their upcoming UK arena tour for next year.
Spandau were massive in the 1980s.
I saw them in 1980 at Heaven and in 1985 at Live Aid.
Their reunion shows a few years ago were great.
Tony Hadley plays with his own band when Spandau are not on tour.
My kind of crowd as most folks are in their 40s and 50s.
Tony is one of those working class kids who has made good.
A lovely plush old theatre venue with three levels upstairs that holds around 2000.
I am in the Royal Circle.
On stage for two hours 15 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 85 mins.
With a full band and a full orchestra there are around 50 people on stage.
The first set was five cover versions and five tracks from his new solo album.
The covers were...
New York Minute---Don Henley
Life On Mars---David Bowie
Somebody Told Me---Killers
Time In A Bottle---Jim Croce
Bridge Over Troubled Water---Simon and Garfunkel
The second set was pretty much a Spandau Ballet greatest hits set.
Tony has a big strong voice and backed by a great orchestra the Spandau hits with
lush strings,full brass and percussion sounded fantastic.
Folks were up and dancing for the last five songs.
I was expecting a good show but got a great show.
Full second half setlist was...
To Cut A Long Story Short---Spandau hit in 1980.
Highly Strung---Spandau hit in 1984.
Only When You Leave---Spandau hit in 1983.
Musclebound---Spandau hit in 1981.
Soul Boys---Spandau new track.
Round And Round---Spandau hit in 1984.
I'll Fly For You---Spandau hit in 1984.
True---Spandau number one hit in 1983.
Through The Barricades---Spandau hit in 1986.
Toys---Spandau album track from 1981.
Chant Number 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)---Spandau hit in 1983.
Lifeline---Spandau hit in 1982.
Instinction---Spandau hit from 1982.
Fight For Ourselves---Spandau hit from 1986.
Gold---Spandau number two hit from 1983.
Check aftershow page for this gig.
Saturday 18 October 2014.
Buzzcocks live at Sub 89,Reading.
Mancunian punk legends play the last show on their UK tour.
One of those great live bands that I have seen over 30 times since 1977.
Sub 89 is a great venue with some 600 or 700 folks all standing.
Buzzcocks whizz red through a 75 mins set full of great pop punk tunes.
I am four rows from the front of stage right and it gets very lively with folks dancing.
They still have two original members with Pete Shelley on vocals and Steve Diggle on guitar.
Steve Diggle plays every gig like it is his last and is far more animated than Pete Shelley.
They started off with three older gems on the bounce before the middle section that had some good tracks
fom their ninth studio album 'THE WAY' then the last half a dozen tracks were more older classics.
It was good to hear some new tracks and the crowd remained lively when they were played.
You can never tire of those classic older tracks that are just brilliant.
A great show.
Full Buzzcocks setlist played...
I Don't Mind
Keep On Believing
People Are Strange Machines
Whatever Happened to...?
Why She's the Girl From the Chainstore
Sick City Sometimes
You Say You Don't Love Me
It's Not You
Chasing Rainbows / Modern Times
Love You More
What Do I Get?
Harmony In My Head
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
www.buzzcocks.comVisit the Buzzcocks website here for future live dates and other info.
Saturday 18 October 2014.
Happy Birthday to rock n roll legend Chuck Berry who is 88 today.
Friday 17 October 2014.
Today was John Lydon day as I went to two of his events today and then an eatery launch.
For those of you who do not know The Sex Pistols are my fave group as I saw them live as a teenager in
their 1976/1977 heyday and i help with the main Sex Pistols fan website www.sex-pistols.net
Also their album 'Never Mind The Bollocks' is my fave album of all time.
Iconic singer John Lydon is doing signings and talks about his new book which is his second autobiography.
It was released on 09 Oct 2014 and is called 'Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored'.
This weeks NME has a glowing 8/10 review of John Lydon's autobiography.
This is the last day of his ten day promo stint for the book in the UK.
John Lydon book signing at HMV Oxford Street,London W1 at 1pm.
I get to HMV a bit late as 1.15pm and am one of the last ones there.
For those of you that do not know the layout of the new store here.
It is held in a space on the second floor accessed by a door on the first floor.
In the old store you could witness the live band or signing without a wristband
but now it is hidden away so you don't see anything without a wristband.
Half a dozen fans that turned up without wristbands were not let in.
There are around 200 here I would say.
One of the main guys from Live Nation is in the queue behind and other friends are here.
It is all very civil as folks of all ages queue up patiently.
John is sitting behind the signing table in white shirt and black tie wearing glasses.
His manager/security/friend Rambo is near as always.
John is super friendly and chatty to all and signing away and posing happily with fans in photos.
HMV have a staff member taking photos of John with folks with their own cameras which was great so
everyone that brought a camera got a photo of themselves with John including me.
Very nice that Rambo and John recognised me from my help with www.sex-pistols.net
John in a friendly way said "like a bad penny he returns" and then covers my book in
his signature and other words and scribbles which was more than twice anyone else got.
Some fans brought non books to sign and today he did sign them.
It pretty much lasted dead on one hour in total.
Afterwards we chatted to an 18 year old student girl rom Newport,Wales who travelled on her own
to see her hero John Lydon and get her book signed.
While other students fritter their money on cheap booze Lucy saves her money up for trips to London
and Cardiff to see her fave bands which have included Iron Maiden,Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.
Her knowledge of bands that came out before she was born was pretty amazing and heartwarming.
Her next trip to London is to see another of her heroes....Morrissey at The 02 Arena.
I asked her if she liked The Clash and she did so I walked her to the top of Edgware Road to
take a picture of Joe Strummer Subway before she got on her train back to Paddington.
then later that evening...
John Lydon QnA session at Rough Trade East,London E1 at 8pm.
This was a different type of event to the signing earlier.
First of all it is not John signing in front of you even though it was a wristband event for 200.
The books were pre signed by John so folks just showed their email receipt and were given the book.
At 8pm John and Rambo arrive on stage and it ended up being a 45 mins QnA session.
John is on top form as usual as he is intelligent,funny,sarcastic and playful.
Subjects covered included...
The type of music system he has at home...a Canadian company whose name escaped me.
Not that happy with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and their expensive ticket prices to see their games.
He loves The Fall,Status Quo,Kate Bush,Ray Davies and Ginger Baker.
He did not go and see Kate in her comeback shows as he was at home in Los Angeles.
His least fave Prime Minister...Maggie Thatcher.
He still hates the nuns that were his teachers at Catholic School in the 1970s.
Warm words for Rambo who corrects John when needed.
Not that keen on doing anything in the future with The Sex Pistols despite rumours of a 2016 tour.
It is well known the band are not best of mates due to different personalities and different musical outlook
but tonight he called them "talentless fucks" which was a bit below the belt.
He still feels very Left Wing.
He said everyone should vote even though the options are crap.
He was asked what the future holds and said "we are now heading to The Cotswold to record another album
at the same studio(Steve Winwoods) that they used on their previous album".
Also there is the Indigo show in December and probably a couple of warm up shows for that.
A few folks waited for him afterwards for signing stuff but I had to shoot off to a nearby event.
9pm to 11.15pm.
Gino D'Acampo : My Pasta Bar : launch party at My Pasta Bar, Broadgate Plaza, Broadgate,London EC2.
Very handy that this eatery launch party was on just a few mins walk from Rough Trade East.
This is the new My Pasta Bar branch of Italian tv chef Gino D'Acampo who is here tonight.
Also here tonight is his ITV chum Phillip Schofield.
Around 100 people here with lots of complimentary food and booze.
All the staff are Italian and are doing a great job.
There are three types of fresh pasta bowls going as well as three different desserts so we have one of each.
We went in very hungry and came out pretty stuffed to be honest.
Also complimentary presecco,wines and beers for all guests.
Designed specifically for the diner on the move, pasta will be prepared by talented chefs in under two minutes.
The venue is more suited for breakfast and lunch I reckon more than an evening.
It was nice here and being Italian it went on quite late.
www.mypastabar.co.ukVisit My Pasta Bar website for more info.
Thursday 16 October 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.45pm
Boujis showcase at Boujis, 43 Thurloe Street,South Kensington,London SW7.
Boujis is a stylish and well known club by South Kensington tube that attracts the rich and famous
to hang out after hours as the venue opens for members at 10.30pm.
However you can hire out Boujis early evening with reduced priced drinks.
The venue can cater for up to 195 guests so ideal for a Christmas party.
They bring in canapés from Bumpkin restaurant which is nearby.
There is a dj playing some decent dance tunes.
Tonight we had complimentary presecco,different Belvedere vodka cocktails,wines,beers and canapés.
www.boujis.comVisit the Boujis website here for more info.
8pm to 8.30pm
Lord Tim Bell: Right or Wrong - book launch party at Mark's Club, 46 Charles Street, Mayfair,London, W1.
Back at the very cosy private members club that hosted Vivienne Westwoods book launch last week.
Lord Tim Bell held his book launch last night.
Baron Bell is a British advertising and public relations executive, best known for his advisory role in
Margaret Thatcher's three successful general election campaigns.
Politicos, including Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Portillo, popped in to get books signed, as did Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, old rival Lord Chadlington and fellow author Lord Browne.Also here was Lord Jeffrey Archer.
A very posh older suited crowd that was a bit too posh for my liking so only stayed for 30 minutes.
Complimentary wines and canapés here for all guests.
8.45pm.I bumped into a friend outside Claridges who was with a dozen other U2 fans waiting
for the band to return to the hotel after recording The Graham Norton tv show.
9pm to 11.30pm
Love Perfume Awards at Vanilla, 131 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1.
This is one of the lesser known awards events for fragrances.
Nick Ede was the host tonight and Lizzie Cundy here looking very glam as always.
Thankfully a far more working class crowd here after the last event.
The last hour was very lively with folks all dancing to 80s tunes as their free booze kicked in a bit.
Complimentary presecco Bellinis,vodka cocktails,wines,beers,fish n chips and canapés.
Media guests got a goodie bag...mine had Calvin Klein 50ml Reveal perfume in it.
Now in its fourth year, the awards are voted for by The Perfume Shop customers with over 7,000 votes received. This was also the first year for the The Perfume Experts’ Choice Award, which was voted for by The Perfume Shop staff on their top perfume launch of the year.
Best Women’s Launch: Marc Jacobs Honey
Best Men’s Launch: Boss Bottled Unlimited
Best Celebrity Launch: Nicki Minaj Minajesty
Best Bottle Design: Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
Nose of the year (Men): David Beckham
Nose of the year (Women): Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
The Perfume Experts’ Choice Award: Dolce & Gabbana Dolce
Needless to say David Beckham,Cheryl and Nicky Minaj were not here to pick up their awards.
www.theperfumeshop.comVisit the website of the sponsors The Perfume Shop.
Wednesday 15 October 2014.
San Diego sax player Karl Denson has been added to The Rolling Stones touring line-up for the upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour, replacing the legendary Bobby Keys who is unwell.
Wednesday 15 October 2014...7pm to 8.35pm...
Guardian Live: A Life in Music : Jimmy Page - talk at Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London SW3.
Guitar legend Jimmy Page has a new photographic biography out.
Weighing in at just shy of 3 kg (more than six and a half pounds) and containing some 650 photographs, "Jimmy Page" is appropriately heavy for the man who popularized the hard-rock guitar riff.
One of those low key secret events that nearly went under my radar.
The event was only mentioned in The Guardian newspaper to its readers.
There was no mention of it on The Cadagon Hall website and when I phoned up the venue on the day
for the event running times I was told "we have no information apart from the hall has been hired out".
Thankfully a couple of Led Zeppelin fan websites have some info on the event.
It is a full house so around 900 tickets have been sold at £20 each.
Hard to believe Jimmy Page is now aged 70 and Led Zeppelin split up proper 34 years ago.
Jimmy still looking cool in his usual black jacket,black trousers,black shoes and a scarf and trademark pony tail.
Hosting the interview is Guardian music critic Michael Hann.
I do not think Jimmy Page has ever done something like this before so it is a unique event.
So basically Jimmy sitting on the right and Michael on the left and a big screen showing photographs
from the book.
Thankfully i am on the left with a good view of Jimmy which is a better view than on the right.
The first 75 minutes was the main talk with Michael Hann then there was 20 minutes of questions
from the audience of mainly men.
Jimmy is great as he talks well and describes events well....what he can remember of them.
We start at the beginning with subjects covered with photos including...
Jimmy as a young boy and early musical influences.
Early bands he was in.
As a session musician.
The Yardbirds in 1966 with Jeff Beck.
How quickly Led Zeppelin became a stadium band in America.
The Led Zeppelin album covers.
The pros and cons of Jimmy being a producer.
The Earls Court shows of 1975(I went to one of those shows).
Their 1978 film 'The Song Remains The Same' ...Jimmy said " it was rushed out and could have been better".
(I went to the London premiere of the film in 1978).
The Knebworth shows.
The Firm with Paul Rodgers in the 1980s with some dodgy stage wear.
( I saw The Firm play two shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1984).
Led Zeppelin reunion for Live Aid in America in 1885...Jimmy said "it was appalling".
The Coverdale/Page album...Jimmy said "he really enjoyed working with David Coverdale".
His solo album "Outrider" from 1988(I saw him play twice on this tour at Hammersmith Odeon in 1988).
The Page and Plant tour of the 1990s.
I saw Page and Plant play live at...
1995---The Forum in Los Angeles.
Playing with The Black Crowes...Jimmy said "he really loves Chris Robinsons voice".
The success of that 02 Arena show in 2007( I was at that mega show).
Jimmy says thanks and waves goodbye at the end but there are no handshakes or photos with the audience
and certainly not any autographs being done.
It was a very enjoyable event.
You could buy the book at a reduced price of £30 as a bundle when you bought the £20 ticket in advance
but on the day the book costs the full price of £40.
Each book had a 2 inch handstamp of the ZOJO Jimmy Page logo and the date of the event.
Amazon are selling the book for around £26.
www.jimmypagebook.comCheck out the Jimmy Page Book on the Genesis Books website.
Tuesday 14 October 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
PAD London - private view at Berkeley Square,London W1.
Another big event as part of FRIEZE ART FAIR week with over 500 upmarket folks here.
Over 100 stands here with lots of nice looking items.
A few faces here including Nancy Dell'Olio,Zandra Rhodes,Henry Conway,Alistair Guy and Ozwald Boateng.
Complimentary Ruinart champers......if you could find it.
7.40pm to 9.20pm
Moncler & Sotheby's present Monuments by Fabien Baron - private view at
Sotheby's ,New Bond Street,London W1.
Another big art event with over 500 upmarket folks attending.
A dozen photographers are outside the venue as you go in.
The exhibition was conceived after Moncler partnered with Leica to design a special edition camera, which was given to Baron to shoot a series of photographs on an expedition in Greenland.
English designer Sarah Burton is here.She is creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, and designed the bridal gown worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (née Middleton), at her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on 29 April 2011.
A few faces here including Princess Eugenie,Stella Tennant,Amber Atherton,Chloe Green and others.
Complimentary champers,cocktails,wines and canapés.
9.30pm to 10.30pm
David Haye PT Club - launch party at Frost Of London,108 New Bond Street,London W1.
This designer watch shop hosts parties every couple of months.
David Haye launches his Personal Trainer website and his new gym in Dubai.
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is now aged 34 years old. Haye is one of Britain’s most successful fighters in recent years and one of the sport’s few remaining box office stars.
David Haye is here for the entire evening and friendly and chatty to all guests.
A few other faces here including Jeremy 'Mr Selfridge' Piven,Tinie Tempah, Lauren Goodger and others.
A dj is playing some dance tunes.
Various complimentary Ciroc vodka cocktails for all guests.
www.hayemakergym.comVisit the website here.
Monday 13 Oct 2014...I went to four events tonight...
6.15pm to 7pm.
Carlos de Souza: #Carlos's Places - book launch party at Assouline, Claridge's, 49 Brook Street, London, W1.
Carlos de Souza is fashion legend Valentino Garavani’s right-hand-man, friend and PR mastermind.
Carlos de Souza is the worldwide brand ambassador for Valentino.
Brazilian-born Carlos de Souza unveils his very own book, a personal journal which will highlight his favourite destinations, restuarants, hotels, artists and travel and fashion tips.
This was quite an exclusive event as just 50 folks are here including Carlos himself.
Amazingly Valentino turns up to support his friend which was great to see.
Complimentary wines for all guests.
7.10pm to 8.30pm.
BMI London Awards at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
BMI honours British songwriters and co-writers of the most-performed songs on U.S. radio and televison.
Went along for the arrivals reception.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for all guests.
This year Sir Tim Rice gets the main BMI Icon award.
Last year i was here for the whole evening when John Lydon received the main award which was mega.
Other guests here included
Nile Rodgers ( won Song Of The Year for 'Get Lucky')
Nile Rodgers was friendly and chatty to all just like he is on tv.
I told him I saw Chic live in 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon and he said he had been looking at photos
from that gig over the weekend.
Van Morrison ( picked up awards for 11 million plays of 'Brown Eyed Girl' and 7 million plays of
'Have I Told You Lately' in America).
I took a photo of my friend with Van Morrison.
Also here were Ray Davies,songwriter Don Black,dj Paul Gambaccini and Chris Wright who
owned Chrysalis Records in its heyday.
8.45pm to 10.30pm.
Jonas Burgert: STÜCK HIRN BLIND - private view & afterparty
Blain Southern Gallery, 4 Hanover Square, London, W1.
This massive gallery always has interesting artists displaying.
A big week for art in London this week as FRIEZE is on.
The London EDITION Hotel, 10 Berners Street, London, W1.
Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran were here.
Complimentary drinks for all and a dj is playing some tunes.
Before we went down to the party we had a couple of games of pool in the hotel foyer.
11pm to 1am
Attitude Magazine Awards afterparty at Banqueting House,Whitehall,London SW1.
Gay magazine holds its annual awards which is always a big glamourous black tie event.
Jodie Harsh was the dj tonight.
Complimentary champers,cocktails and canapés for all guests.
Faces still here included Jonathan Ross,Nigella Lawson,Louie Spence,
Myleene Klass,Tulisa,Ana Matronic(Scissor Sisters co vocals who hosted the event).
Liz McClarnon,members of Blue and some of the winners below are still here.
Tom Daley(won Man Of The Year)
Boy George(won Icon Award for outstanding achievement)
Graham Norton(won Icon Award for outstanding achievement)
Julien McDonald(won Style hero)
Steve Jones(won Stylish man of the year)
Celebs that had left before we got there included Noami Campbell,Paloma Faith,McBusted,Marc Almond,
Kelly Hoppen,Christopher Biggins and no doubt a few more.
Goodie bags for all guests which included boxes of Blu Cigs electronic cigs.
www.attitude.co.ukCheck out the Attitude Magazine website for full list of the winners.
www.blucigs.co.ukCheck out the Blu Electronic Cigs website here.
Monday 13 October 2014.
The Times newspaper today gave a glowing five star review to the Hans Zimmer gig below.
Friday 10 October 2014.
Hans Zimmer Revealed And Friends live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
First of two shows here at this venue that both sold out with minimum publicity.
These were his first ever proper ticketed live shows.
Hans Zimmer is a multi Grammy award winning composer who has scored over 100 films.
Not really sure what I expected from this show but here is part of the pre show advertising.
Zimmer will be accompanied by a band of brilliant players mixing traditional orchestral instruments with rock and electronica, and will be joined by a few surprise special guests.
‘Hans Zimmer Revealed’ will serve as a non-traditional experience for concertgoers, with each piece presented with Zimmer’s personal presentation style and include music from many of his film scores
The concert will be in two parts: the first being some of Zimmer’s classic movie scores including GLADIATOR, THE LION KING and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and the second featuring re-imagined versions of some classic scores such as THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY and INCEPTION with special guests from the rock and pop world.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to present Hans’s concert series,” stated promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
Things get off to a great start as our review tickets are second row of the circle in the centre with a perfect
view and the nice pr folks give us a complimentary event programme and a wristband for the aftershow party.
The show was 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 70 mins.
Hans Zimmer wanted to play The Royal Albert Hall but promoter Harvey Goldsmith convinced him
that Hammersmith Apollo was a more suitable venue and he was right.
The ' reveal' at the start is very impressive as first the main band of around 20 musicians play then
a couple of minutes later an orchestra of around 30 musicians was revealed on a higher tier and then a
couple of mins later a choir of around 20 appear on another level so there is over 70 people on stage.
Every inch of the stage is covered and it looks great.
The musicians on stage are of the highest calibre.
They include Guthrie Govan who was the 1993 winner of Guitarist magazine's "Guitarist of the Year" competition.
Despite his achievements with Asia and other bands, it was his exposure on YouTube through clips of his playing which has led him to being considered one of the world's best contemporary electric guitar players,and one of the most flexible players in musical scope, although he is primarily considered a jazz fusion player and rock guitarist. As a result, Govan now regularly travels internationally, teaching at various clinics around the world.
Canadian born and raised, Satnam Ramgotra is a superb drummer/percussionist blending traditional drum set with Indian, African, and World Percussion elements into modern musical environments.
I was expecting a few film clips in the background but surprisingly there were none but we did have a
light show that blended perfectly with the music and the overall sound quality was excellent.
Overhead white lights picked out the musicians individually whenever they were featured.
When you had 70 folks on stage playing and singing at full tilt for the more dramatic bits it became totally stunning.
Between songs Hans was pretty good with some light hearted stage banter and stories about the tracks.
The only 'friend' that joins him on stage is ex Smiths guitar legend Johnny Marr who is on stage
for a few songs and the last 30 mins of the show.
A full standing ovation at the end for a quite different kind of show that oozed quality.
Full setlist played...
Intro---Driving Miss Daisy/Sherlock/Madagascar
Angels And Demons
The Da Vinci Code
The Lion King
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Rain Man / Green Card
Man Of Steel
The Thin Red Line
Electro (Spiderman 2)
Check aftershow show page for this event.
Thursday 09 October 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm.
Angela Bulloch for Rolls Royce - private view at Rolls Royce, 15 Berkeley Square, London, W1.
You turn up at their showroom and there are four different colour Rolls Royce cars parked outside.
Inside we view their new Rolls Royce Ghost Phantom that sells for a cool £310,000.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce that a new installation by Turner Prize nominee and renowned artist Angela Bulloch entitled Cipher of L. will be presented at the marque’s London showroom in Berkeley Square.
It will be shown for three weeks to coincide with Frieze Art Fair, a key event in the global contemporary art calendar.
We had a speech by the artist.
A mainly suited crowd here with some very nice complimentary Ruinart champers and canapés.
7.45pm to 9.15pm.
Ippudo London---launch party at Central St Giles,London WC2.
Central St Giles is the area behind Tottenham Court Road tube station just 50 yards from Denmark Street.
New to the new-build ‘piazza’ at Central St Giles (where Jamie Oliver's failed Union Jacks pioneer once sat) is the first London branch of global ramen chain Ippudo. Expect dishes such as the Shiromaru Classic (a traditional ramen-in-broth dish, topped with slices of white pork) and the Akamuru Modern (with a more gutsy broth, laced with garlic oil and the ‘secret’ in-house miso paste).
It is over two floors with the main restaurant area upstairs.
They operate a no reservations policy on the 80 capacity restaurant.
Ippudo operates over 120 restaurants in 13 different countries serving more than 50,000 bowls of Ramen a day.
Lots of staff here fussing over us.
We had some complimentary Japanese cocktails and Sake and beers.
Also we sat down for a yummy complimentary huge bowl of steaming hot Ramen.
All guests got a nice goodie bag with a colourful Ramen bowl and related cutlery.
www.ippudo.co.ukCheck the Ippudo website here.
9.45pm to 1.30am.
Mondrian London - hotel launch party at Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1.
Arrive at the venue and there are over 20 photographers outside.
A massive lavish party for 600 or 700 folks at this luxury new hotel on the river just up the road from
The Oxo Tower and The Royal Festival Hall.
Although initially intended to be a luxury hotel when it was designed by the acclaimed 20th-century US architect Warren Platner in 1978, Sea Containers House actually became offices. When transforming the interiors, British designer Tom Dixon and his Design Research Studio took their cues from the golden age of transatlantic travel.
We are on the 12th floor bar area with some great views of the buildings along the river.
Very lively as folks are dancing everywhere so we had a good boogie.
The djs included Henry Holland.
At 11pm we had a full fireworks display.
Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was here.
Other guests here included Noel Gallagher,Gary Kemp,Graham Norton,Nick Grimshaw,Matthew Williamson,
Laura Whitmore,Natt Weller,Professor Green,Millie MacKintosh,Sadie Frost,Tamara Ecclestone and Union J.
There is a complimentary full bar all night with staff topping up your Perrier Jouet champers non stop.
Also canapés for all.
A great party.
The Mondrian---Morgans Hotel GroupVisit their website for pictures and more info.
October 09, 2014
Wed 08 October 2014.
James Taylor & his legendary band live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
James Taylor plays the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
These are the last shows on his UK tour for this singer-songwriter who was massive in America in the 1970s.
He has sold over 100 million albums throughout his career, beginning in 1968 when he was signed to
The Beatles Apple Records.
James and his excellent band were on stage for a long show of around 2 hours 15 mins over two sets
of 65 mins and 70 mins.
On the ticket his band are billed as 'his legendary band' which is a lot to live up to but they are
really good featuring Steve Gadd(who is err legendary) on drums and three backing singers.
As other shows in the UK were huge arenas we have a proper stage production with two big screens at the
sides showing live footage and screens behind the stage showing pre recorded images.
Now 66, with a bald head and hair at the sides Taylor looks like a liberal-minded school teacher.
He donned a peak cap in the second half to cover it up.
But he’s good company; a humble raconteur who, between songs, wistfully recollected Swinging London and his rickety Ford Cortina, and was playfully dismissive of early tracks such as 'Lo and Behold' as “hippy tree-hugging bullshit".
He recalled his debut album that was produced by Peter Asher, who was A&R head for The Beatles' newly formed label Apple Records.Taylor recorded the album from July to October 1968 at Trident Studios, at the same time The Beatles were recording 'The White Album'.
With his easy going stage banter it's hard to believe he was heavily into drugs in the old days.
James smooth effortless voice and timeless tunes still sound great.
Some newer songs were a bit average but there were loads of older gems including the
still stunning 'Fire and Rain'.
The crowd got up from 'Mexico' onwards for a boogie for the last 30 mins.
There was an interval but James Taylor spent the entire 20 mins at the front of stage signing
autographs and posing for photos which was a nice touch.
A really enjoyable show.
Full show setlist...
Something in the Way She Moves
Today, Today, Today
Lo and Behold
Everyday (Buddy Holly cover)
Carolina in My Mind
One More Go Round
Sweet Baby James
Shower the People
Stretch of the Highway
You and I Again
Hour That the Morning Comes
Handy Man (Sparks of Rhythm cover)
Fire and Rain
Up on the Roof (The Drifters cover)
Your Smiling Face
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (Marvin Gaye cover)
You've Got a Friend (Carole King cover)
Wild Mountain Thyme (Francis McPeake cover)
Wed 08 October 2014.
John Lydon starts his book promo onslaught by appearing on ITV Loose Women at 12.30pm.
One of the women on the panel is Janet Street Porter who was the tv presenter on The London Weekend
Show in Nov 1976 which featured The Sex Pistols legendary Notre Dame show that I also went to.
They showed footage of Janet Street Porter interviewing John Lydon from 1976.
Also John is on BBC Radio 2 5pm on Simon Mayo show on Wed 08 Oct.
Also John is on BBC1 tv 9am on The Breakfast Show on Thurs 09 Oct.
Tuesday 07 October 2014...I went to four events tonight...
6pm to 7pm.
Aidan McNeill : Borders Between private view at The Canadian High Commission,1 Grosvenor Square,
PayneShurvell with the Canadian High Commission Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Gordon Campbell, is delighted to be hosting a new solo show of emerging Canadian artist Aidan McNeill’s work in his Official Residence in London’s Grosvenor Square.
Nice to be in this opulent building with huge rooms,tall ceilings and quality furnishings.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
www.payneshurvell.comVisit the Payne Shurvell website for more info and images.
7.10pm to 8.10pm.
Astley Clarke - showcase at Morton's, 28 Berkeley Square, London, W1.
Independent online jewellery brand hosts a party to press and distributers.
All guests got complimentary champers,canapés and a nice goodie bag.
www.astleyclarke.comCheck the Astley Clarke website here.
8.20pm to 10.30pm.
Dame Vivienne Westwood - book launch party at Mark's Club, 46 Charles Street, London, W1.
The legend that is Vivienne Westwood has brought out a biography.
Vivienne is now aged 73 but shows no sign of slowing down.
Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age.Fashion designer,activist,co-creator of punk,
global brand and grandmother ; a true living legend.
Her career has successfully spanned five decades and has influenced folks all over the world.
The book includes a chapter each on opening the Sex clothing shop with Malcolm McLaren in the 1970s,
her period in New York with Malcolm and The New York Dolls in the mid 1970s and of course
The Sex Pistols in their heyday period of 1976 to 1978 as well as her fashion over the years.
My main memory of Vivienne from the punk era is her dancing side of stage at The Sex Pistols
Notre Dame,London show in Nov 1976 with a pint pot of lager in her hand.
Original Vivienne Westwood t shirts and clothing from the 1970s have sold for over £1000 each at auction.
Very nice to be at Marks Club which is a private members club in Mayfair.
Guests here included Jerry Hall,Bryan Adams,Chrissie Hynde and Zandra Rhodes.
We have a speech by Vivienne and her helper on the book Ian Kelly.
We have two different complimentary Snow Leopard vodka cocktails and Nyetimer sparkling wine.
Also veggie canapés for all.
All guests got a complimentary copy of the book and I got mine signed by Vivienne.
A very nice event.
10.35pm to 1am.
Tracey Emin: The Last Great Adventure is You - afterparty at Annabel's, 44 Berkeley Street,London W1.
A short walk to the Queen of private members clubs in London---the legendary Annabel's.
This was the afterparty for the Tracey Emin private view that was held earlier at White Cube Bermondsey.
Guests here included Princess Michael of Kent,Bob Geldof,Nicky Haslam,Nancy Dell'Olio,
Bianca Jagger,Janet Street Porter,Nick Candy and Holly Valance.
Jerry Hall like us came here after the Vivienne Westwood book launch around the corner.
Some of the guests had dinner here a bit earlier before we arrived.
We had complimentary cocktails including espresso Martinis,canapés and hot dogs at midnight.
Tracy Emin was on great form pulling some shapes on the dance floor to 1970s and 1980s tunes.
A great party.
Monday 06 October 2014...7pm to 9.15pm...
Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness party at The Orangery, Kensington Palace, London, W8.
Around 300 folks here with 75% of them being nicely dressed up females due to the nature of the event.
Some faces here including host Elizabeth Hurley who looks great as usual.
Also here was Emma Thompson,Bianca Jagger,Marie Helvin,Olivia Inge,Camilla Rutherford,
Patrick Cox,Greg Wise,Brix Smith Start,Amanda Wakeley,Dawn O'Porter,Arizona Muse,
Zara Martin,Millie MacKintosh,Victoria Pendleton,Helen George and others.
At 8pm Elizabeth Hurley introduced a short film about how important family members are
when a woman gets breast cancer.
All guests got a goodie bag with Estée Lauder 'Dream Pink' products inside.
Complimentary Malard Rose Champers and canapés for all guests.
www.bcacampaign.comCheck the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign website here.
Monday 06 October 2014.
Johnny Marr plays a special lunchtime show as part of 6 Music Live at Maida Vale.
Ex Smiths guitar legend releases his second solo album 'Playland' on the same day.
I was down on the media list to attend this lunchtime show but severe delays due to signal problems on the
Reading to Paddington train line meant I had to abort after being stuck on a non moving train.
An hour to travel just three miles and then told it would be another delay.Deep joy...not.
This is the first of five special shows at Maida Vale by different acts this week.
6 music Live is one of the station’s standout multiplatform music moments of the year. Audiences can listen and watch across any device with performances broadcast from the world famous BBC Maida Vale studios. Hosted by Lauren Laverne, the shows also appear on the BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer at 7pm each night. Artists this year include Johnny Marr, First Aid Kit, Underworld, La Roux and James.
Sunday 05 Oct---Happy Birthday to AC/DC singer Brian Johnson who is 67 today.
Sunday 05 Oct---Happy Birthday to Bob Geldof who is 63 today.
Saturday 04 October 2014...I went to two music events today.
Noon to 5.30pm.
AC/DC video shoot in West London.
One of the biggest and best rock band bands in the world are shooting their new video.
The track is 'Rock or Bust'.
Over 16,000 comp entries and 500 lucky winners.
All 500 fans here had to sign a 'confidentiality agreement' so my review will omit a few things.
Despite the comp winners only being told two days before the event there are hardcore
AC/DC fans from France,Germany,Italy,Spain and other countries.
For the first time in years I am wearing a band t-shirt.
AC/DC - One Night Only - Hammersmith Apollo 21 October 2003.
This was when I saw AC/DC play the official name changing show from The Odeon to The Apollo.
Tickets were priced at only £10 and sold out pronto.
Also they now had stalls standing and removable seats instead of fixed seating.
The first act to play Hammersmith Apollo with stalls standing was John Mayer a fortnight earlier.
I have seen AC/DC over 40 times live including 10 shows with Bon Scott in 1976 alone.
Noon---Meet up at Victoria by The Apollo Theatre to sign in for coaches to the 'secret destination'.
1pm---Coaches all depart.
2pm---Arrive at the venue and are held in a holding bay and told there would be a few takes then
lunch then a second session of takes.
All phones to be handed in with bags and no photos to be taken inside the recording area.
3pm to 4.30pm is the session for the video shoot.
The band are in the round and there are five tiered standing rows of 100 fans circling them.
We have a perfect view in the second row facing the band.
They are using 'playback' and they 'play' along to the track five times.
Needless to say the track is a great AC/DC rocker in the usual style.
The band nip out between each take.
Brian Johnson does most of the chat between songs.
The atmosphere is fantastic as the director is getting everyone to get involved.
Pretty amazing to see them up so close just a few feet away.
Then we had a bit of a surprise as the band and director said they were happy with the takes
and there would be no second session.
4.30pm---We have our packed lunch that they provide for all and we collect our phones and bags.
5pm---The band all leave one by one in people carriers and do a bit of signing stuff.
5.30pm---Coaches departed the venue.
Ian Hunter And The Rant Band + Federal Charm live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Mott The Hoople singer Ian Hunter is now aged 75 but looks much younger.
Still looking cool in his trademark shades.
Mott The Hoople were the first ever headline band I saw at Hammersmith Odeon way back in 1973.
Up first we have Federal Charm and they play a good set of catchy blues rock tunes.
This was the last night of Ian Hunters UK tour before he heads into mainland Europe.
On stage for two hours with a nice mix of solo material from the last 30 years and
a few Mott The Hoople classics from the 1970s.
This older crowd of mainly grey hair and bald heads really loved it.
For the encore he was joined by Mick Ralphs.
A really good show.
Full setlist played...
(I'm The) Teacher
Once Bitten Twice Shy
Comfortable (Flyin' Scotsman)
Something To Believe
Now Is The Time
When I'm President
I Wish I Was Your Mother (Mott the Hoople cover)
All American Alien Boy
All the Way from Memphis (Mott the Hoople cover)
Wash Us Away
Girl From the Office
23A, Swan Hill
Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)
Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground cover)
Roll Away the Stone (Mott the Hoople cover) (with Mick Ralphs)
Life / All the Young Dudes / (Mott The Hoople cover) (with Mick Ralphs)
Goodnight, Irene (Lead Belly cover)
Thursday 02 October 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 7pm.
The Inspiration Awards For Women 2014 at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea,London, SW1.
Popped in here for an hour for the prosecco drinks reception.
Over 500 folks here including lots of nicely dressed up women.
Guests included Louie Spence,Sol Campbell,Vanessa Feltz,Ray Quinn,Julia Bradbury,Heidi Range
and a nice surprise to see England Rugby Union captain Chris Robshaw here.
7.30pm to 9.30pm
Rio Ferdinand: #2sides: My Autobiography - book launch party at The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1.
Very well known footballer Rio now plays for Q.P.R. after 12 years of success at Man Utd and playing for England.
First we have a Q n A with Rio interviewed by Claire Balding in the seated cinema area for around 300 folks.
Then it is complimentary Moët champers,wines,beers,fish n chips and canapés for all.
Guests here included Boris Becker,Gary Lineker,Jack Whitehall,Micky Flanagan,Anton Ferdinand,Goldie,
Jake Humphrey and a few faces I could not put names too.Not many Q.P.R players here.
All guests got a free copy of the book and Rio was signing after the Q n A session so I got mine signed.
then just a short walk up the road...
9.35pm to 1am.
Morton's - 10th anniversary party at Berkeley Square, London, W1.
A massive glamorous party for some 800 upmarket folks with most paying £135 for their tickets.
It is not in the restaurant in Berkeley Square but they have built a huge marquee in Berkeley Square itself.
Very lively here as David Morales is the dj and Jade Jagger is the main host.
Other guests here included Amber Le Bon and Jade Johnson but it is mainly their wealthy club members
so lots of rich foreigners etc rather than a celeb crowd.
A complimentary full bar all night including Perrier-Jouet champers and cocktails along with canapés.
Lots of folks dancing on the floor and we had a good boogie.
A great party.
It finished at 1am and half the crowd then went over to Morton's itself for the after party where I bumped
into Rusty Egan but it was far too busy so we departed as we were whacked.
Thursday 02 October 2014...another sad death to report...
Singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemorrhage.
De Paul, who represented the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rock Bottom,
had five top 20 UK chart hits, including 1972's Sugar Me.
She became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello award for songwriting.
Wednesday 1 October 2014...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 10.45pm.
BE INSPIRED – Contemporary Art Auction at Saatchi Gallery, King's Road, Chelsea,London, SW3.
Charity evening to benefit---The Prince's Foundation For Children And The Arts.
Around 300 smartly dressed upmarket folks here for this auction and silent auction.
Prince Harry's ex girlfriend Cressida Bonas was here.
The main auction only lasted 30 mins as there was only 11 lots.
After the auction we had a full live band called The Soul Jets who played 80 mins of soul covers.
They are the resident band at The Arts Club in Mayfair.
Nine of them on stage including a brass section and male and female vocals.
They gradually got more and more folks away from chatting and got them dancing.
Tracks played included 'Rescue Me','Valerie','Ain't No Stopping Us Now','Get Lucky',
'Ain't No Mountain High Enough','Happy' and 'Lady Marmalade'.
Lots of complimentary Laurent-Perrier champers,Chilgrove Gin Cocktails,wines,beers along
with bowl food and canapés for all guests.
A very nice event.
www.childrenandarts.org.ukCheck their website here for more info.
11.15pm to 2am.
Preview Party for Le Peep Boutique, 141 Park Lane, Marble Arch,London, W1.
This venue was One Four One Park Lane and is now under the new name of Le Peep Boutique.
Le Peep Boutique will be a members’ club, restaurant and cocktail bar, inspired by the glamour and theatrics of 1920s Paris. The club has been designed by architect Nick Leith-Smith, famous for his international work with Manolo Blahnik and designed by Mark Alexiou.
We have a dj playing dance tunes and there are complimentary cocktails,wines and beers for all.
Tuesday 30 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm.
DISARONNO and Versace - party at One Mayfair, 13 North Audley Street, London, W1.
A cool crowd here to celebrate their limited edition bottle launch.
Lots of nicely dressed up glam females and a dj js playing in the background.
Guests here included Zara Martin,Jade Williams,Laura Whitmore,Lilah Parsons,
Wretch 32,Leah Weller and Natt Weller.
Lots of complimentary Pipier-Heidsieck champers,various Disaronno cocktails,beers and canapés.
A nice event.
www.disaronno.comCheck the Disaronno website for more info.
David Sinclair Four live at The Half Moon,Putney,London.
Formed 9 years ago, the rock/blues, lyric-led DS4 have shared stages with many, including Wilko Johnson, Marcus Bonfanti, Buddy Whittington and Willie Nile. They have played several festivals and played twice on the bandstand at the Olympic Park during the 2012 London Olympics. They have released 3 albums, the 4th at present being recorded and mixed.
DS4 were on stage for around an hour and played a good mix of new material and older songs.
Loads of great lyrics you could hear clearly word by word and nifty guitar playing too.
Tracks played included 'London Dust','Eight Rounds Later' and 'Coming Off The Rails'.
With some decent radio play the band could easily take off in a big way.
Support act Jesse Terry sung a couple of good songs with them.He has his own albums out.
www.davidsinclairfour.comCheck the website for David Sinclair Four here.
www.jesseterrymusic.comCheck the website for Jesse Terry here.
Tuesday 30 September 2014---30 years ago today I went to see KISS play The Brighton Centre
The support band was Bon Jovi who were yet to take off as 'Slippery When Wet' was their next release.
I would see them again at the end of the tour at Wembley Arena on 14/15 Oct 1984.
Monday 29 September 2014.
Kylie Minogue live at The 02 Arena,London.
Kylie Minogue plays the first of three shows at The 02 Arena on her 'Kiss Me Once' European Tour.
This is her first tour under her new management of Jay Z's Roc Nation.
I saw three of her arena shows for her previous 'Aphrodite' tour of 2011 which were totally mega
so I am really looking forward to seeing Kylie tonight as she always puts on a great show.
As usual there are lots of gay men and women in the crowd.
I saw her original producer Pete Waterman in the crowd.
Kylie arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played a fantastic show for 1 hour 55 mins.
A nice entrance as she rose up through a trapdoor sprawled on a giant pair of shiny red lips.
The production has been trimmed back a bit compared to previous tours.
Kylie is now aged 46 but somehow has not aged over the past 25 years and looks stunning as
she parades in a half a dozen different revealing stage outfits all showing off her legs,bum and high heels.
The band are hidden away in the two corners as the show is focused on Kylie and her eight dancers
along with one of the best big centre screens showing amazing images all through the evening.
The two side screens focus on live footage of the show.
Loads of great lasers and lights through the show.
Kylie strutted along the catwalk and matched her dancers on some of the dance routines.
There is a very lively dance pop atmosphere as she mixed new album tracks with older hits.
There was also a INXS hit in tribute to her tragic ex Michael Hutchence.
Kylie and her perfect smile and likeable personality shone out through the evening.
Kylie live in concert is always such a brilliant dazzling fun night out.
Kate Bush was a great show but for me Kylie was better.
FIRST KISS SECTION
In My Arms
SECRET KISS SECTION
Bauhau Disco (Interlude)
Step Back in Time
Your Disco Needs You
On a Night Like This
DIZZY KISS SECTION
Enjoy Yourself (Interlude)
Hand on Your Heart / Never Too Late / Got to Be Certain / I Should Be So Lucky
LICK KISS SECTION
Need You Tonight (INXS cover)
Can't Get You Out of My Head
Kids (Robbie Williams cover)
Kiss Me Once
AUSSIE KISS SECTION
Get Outta My Way
Love at First Sight
Especially for You (Jason Donovan cover)
Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi
In Your Eyes
Confide in Me
All the Lovers
Into the Blue
Check the IconicPix link on the right for photos of this show and recent shows by
Lenny Kravitz and The Libertines.
Sunday 28 September 2014.
Lenny Kravitz live at Koko,London.
This was a private/secret gig by Lenny a couple of days after his show at The Roundhouse
for the iTunes Festival.
This was a benefit show for AUTISM ROCKS.
Downstairs on the floor were tables for folks having dinner and drinks.
The only celeb face I spotted was impressionist Jon Culshaw.
I am in the vip area on the the right hand side of the balcony.
This is perfect as it's a complimentary bar here for 50 people and we have our own waiters.
Complimentary Mercier champers,Jack Daniels n cokes and burgers and steak sandwiches.
Upper balcony is more folks with general admission tickets.
There was a dj playing popular dance tunes and there was a silent auction for memorabilia.
AUTISM ROCKS is a UK charity established in 2014 by Sanjay Shah, founder of Solo Capital.
He said a few words before Lenny came on saying all the money raised tonight would go straight to
the charity as he was bankrolling the entire production costs for the event.
Lenny is in London for a few days to promote his new album and single called 'Strut'.
Lenny and his full band including three backing singers came on stage at 9.20pm for an 85 mins set.
Gail Ann Dorsey is still on bass and the female drummer is still there.
Lenny looks totally rock star cool as usual and his many female admirers are swooning.
Loads of great funk rock tunes mixing newer tracks with older gems.
A brilliant show.
Full setlist played was pretty much what was played at The Roundhouse minus two tracks.
Dirty White Boots
American Woman (The Guess Who cover)
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Dancin' Til Dawn
Always on the Run
New York City
Let Love Rule
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Lenny Kravitz comes back to Europe for a six week arena tour from late Oct to early Dec.
A one off UK show is at Wembley Arena on 06 Dec 2014.
www.autismrocks.comVisit the Autism Rocks website for more info.
Saturday 27 September 2014.
The Libertines live at Alexandra Palace,London N22.
The Libertines play the second of three shows at Alexander Palace.
Their first London shows since that massive show in Hyde Park that I saw in July.
Alexandra Palace has to be worst venue in London for me travel wise to get to from outer West London.
Plus going there I run into the hordes from the Arsenal v Spurs game at Finsbury Park.Deep joy...not.
Loads of police and security here tonight inside and outside the venue.
I get there late at 8.45pm but there are hundreds still going in as Libertines fans like to get pissed up
outside the venue before the show and inside the venue the atmosphere is really buzzing.
The Libertines go on stage a mere 5 mins late at 9.20pm and play for 95 mins which was the same length
as their Hyde Park show.
One big screen and lots of lighting.
Watching the band in front of me is Rough Trade Records supremo Geoff Travis who signed the band.
He watched them on his own and left on his own when I departed even though there was an afterparty
to 1am each night so not sure what kind of relationship he has with them at the moment.
The feeling remains that things could,at any moment,go disastrously wrong.But they didn't.
The Libertines sound great and there is not much fiddling about between songs.
The Libertines still inspire religious-like devotion from their fans which is great to witness.
The band play glorious versions of 'Time For Heroes','What A Waster' , 'Can't Stand Me Now'
'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' and 'What Became Of The Likely Lads'.
At the heart of The Libertines appeal is the bromance between Pete Doherty and Carl Barat.
They share the mic,swop knowing smiles,read out each other's letters from fans and hug
each other which sends a nice tingle down your spine after all what they've been through.
At the end Pete Doherty wrapped himself in a Q.P.R. scarf.
The Libertines were great tonight and it will be interesting what the future holds for them after this tour.
The setlist was a couple of songs different from the first night here the day before.
Campaign of Hate
Time for Heroes
The Ha Ha Wall
Music When the Lights Go Out
What Katie Did
The Boy Looked at Johnny
Boys in the Band
Can't Stand Me Now
Last Post on the Bugle
Don't Look Back Into the Sun
Death on the Stairs
Tell the King
You're My Waterloo (Pete acoustic, Carl electric)
Fuck Forever (Babyshambles cover) (tease)
What Became of the Likely Lads
Up the Bracket
What a Waster
I Get Along
Friday 26 September 2014...i went to two events tonight...
7pm to 9.15pm.
Gigi's - restaurant launch party at Gigi's, 22 Woodstock Street,Mayfair, London, W1.
This Italian restaurant is off Bond Street hidden in the corner of this cobbled street.
One of those events that started quietly then got busier and busier.
A nice mixed age crowd.
There was a card magician who did great tricks right in front of you.
The dj sounds in the corner got louder and louder and some folks started dancing.
Lots of complimentary Devaux champers and canapés for all guests.
Italian food with plenty of modern twists, most of them coming from the direction of French cuisine. That combined orientation means that alongside a classic starter of vitello tonnato (cold sliced veal with tuna sauce) you might find both steak tartare and a signature dish of sea bass tartare and langoustine, served with honey and lemon caramel. Among the fish dishes, a traditional fritto misto sits next to an equally traditional (but French) Dover sole meunière. Meat dishes include osso buco with saffron risotto, one of Italy’s most famous dishes, but also innovative creations such as a ‘Trilogy’ of lamb (rack, loin and a braised roll), served with celeriac purée. The dessert list is also a mix of Italian and French.
www.gigismayfair.comCheck the Gigi's website here for more info.
9.30pm to 11.30pm.
Press night afterparty for 'Great Britain' at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar,Haymarket,London SW1.
A massive party for over 500 folks after the play was held earlier at Theatre Royal,Haymarket,London SW1.
Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police
and the political establishment.
Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper
locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.
Lucy told me "I'm enjoying it but it was absolutely nerve-racking".
Guests here included all the members of the cast plus Sir Michael Grade,Andrew Neil,David Baddiel,
Nigel Planer,'Embarrassing Bodies’ tv presenter – Doctor Christian Jessen,Jenny Eclair, Helen Lederer
and no doubt a few more I missed.
The play has 150 seats at only £15 for every performance.
It is on until 10 Jan 2015.
Complimentary Nyetimber sparkling wine,ordinary wines,lagers and lots of bowl food and canapés.
It was until 1am but we departed at 11.30pm.
www.greatbritainonstage..comCheck here for more info and to buy tickets.
www.mintleafrestaurant.comCheck the Mint Leaf website here for more info.
Thursday 25 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.15pm
Sony Xperia Z3 - launch party at Aqua Nueva, 30 Argyll Street, London, W1.
Only six months after the launch of the Xperia Z2 comes its successor, the Xperia Z3. Sony hopes this will help it gain traction in the notoriously fickle Android superphone market, and knows that there are customers who will only buy the latest and greatest model at any given point of time, for whom money is no object.
We have half a dozen phones on display for folks to play about with.
Around 200 guests here including Mollie King,Millie MacKintosh,Donna Air and Vanessa White.
Nice and lively with dj sounds in the background.
Guests enjoyed complimentary vodka cocktails,gin cocktails,cava,wines,beers and food including bowls of
beef n chunky chips and canapés.
8.30pm to 9.30pm
Scarlett Raven: Eleventh Hour - private view at Castle Fine Art, 24 Bruton Street, London, W1.
At just 28 years old, Scarlett Raven is a rising star on the contemporary art scene and has already gained the support of celebrity fans such as Orlando Bloom, Take That and Lord Jonathan Marland, who are all avid collectors of her work.
Raven’s newly unveiled collection, entitled ‘The Eleventh Hour’, will be on display at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair this month and celebrates the meaning of flowers, in particular the humble poppy.
Complimentary presecco for all guests.
www.scarlettraven.comCheck out her website for more info and pictures.
Wednesday 24 September 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.30pm
Thomas Lyte ---press showcase--- at 12-13 Burlington Arcade,Piccadilly,London W1.
An upmarket crowd here for this store in the very posh Burlington Arcade.
Lots of high quality leather and silver accessories on display.
We have a replica of the F.A.Cup in the corner as they make the original.
I also make use of the complimentary shoeshine and back massage.
All guests enjoyed complimentary presecco and canapés.
A nice event for a smallish store.
About Thomas Lyte...
Thomas Lyte is a modern English luxury lifestyle brand specialising in exquisitely fashioned leather and silver accessories, all with a contemporary twist.
CEO Kevin Baker established Thomas Lyte on a strong set of founding values: Craftsmanship, Englishness, Luxury and Modernity.
An ardent supporter of the resurgence of British artisanship and craftsmanship, Kevin understands that discerning buyers are increasingly seeking provenance, craft and individuality. Thomas Lyte’s objective is to fuse traditional values and craftwork with beautiful, contemporary designs that are excitingly relevant to today’s customer.
The Thomas Lyte silver workshop, one of the largest in Britain, is presided over by master silversmith Kevin Williams, a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company which received its first Royal Charter in 1327.The expert team of silversmiths are responsible for the creation of the brand’s contemporary silver accessories and homewares as well as the care and restoration of some of sport’s most iconic trophies; these, include football’s FA Cup, golf’s Ryder Cup and the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup. Thomas Lyte’s silver team are also responsible for creating silver commissions, from medals to bespoke objects.
www.thomaslyte.comCheck the Thomas Lyte website here for more info.
7.45pm to 9.45pm
Quattro Passi London launch party at 34 Dover Street,Mayfair,London W1.
Another quality restaurant joins the London restaurant scene.
Quattro Passi brings the fresh flavours of Campania in Southern Italy to the heart of Mayfair. The seasonally inspired menu is prepared with the finest ingredients that can be obtained, and shipped daily to the UK from Chef Antonio Mellino’s native Italy.
Chef/Patron Antonio Mellino has earned two Michelin stars at his landmark restaurant in Campania, and he has moved his family to the Capital with the sole mission of introducing Londoners to real Italian fine dining.
Quattro Passi is on two levels,with the main dining room on the ground floor and a sleek,sophisticated bar on
the ground below.
The Italian staff here were fantastic as they really fussed over you.
Lots of complimentary cocktails,presecco,wines and yummy food including plates of food,canapés and lots
superb Italian pastries with cappuccinos.
www.quattropassi.co.ukCheck the Quattro Passi here for more info.
10pm to 12.30pm
Raindance Film Festival: 'I, Origins' --- afterparty at Café de Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street, London, W1.
Around 500 folks here for the afterparty for the film that was shown earlier.
Guests here included Sadie Frost and Andy Bell ex Oasis and now Beady Eye.
'I Origins' is a 2014 American science fiction drama film written, directed, and produced by Mike Cahill.
All guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails,wines and beers.
We have Roland Gift playing live here who played a really good 75 mins set with a pukka band
and two female backing vocalists.
Roland Gift was the singer of Fine Young Canniballs who had a few hits in the 1980s.
He is also an actor having done film and tv work.
He still has an effortless great voice that is nice and clear.
We are front row left just a few feet from him and the band.
The set was a mix of solo material and some old FYC hits.
Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks cover)---FYC number 9 hit in 1987
Johnny Come Home---FYC number 8 hit in 1985
It's Only Money
Good Thing---FYC number 7 hit in 1989
Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley cover)---FYC number 8 hit in 1985
She Drives Me Crazy---FYC number 5 hit in 1985
I'm Not The Man I Used To Be---FYC number 20 hit in 1989
www.raindance.orgCheck the Raindance website for more info.
Tuesday 23 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm.
The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair's Private View at Berkeley Square, London, W1.
Builders have spent the past week building this huge marquee on this famous square.
A massive event with most of the 1000 upmarket guests paying £65 for their tickets.
Over 100 exhibitors here.
Lots of of amazing items in perfect condition including paintings,furniture,books,carpets,
clocks,watches,coins,medals,glass,jewellery,pottery,sculpture and much more.
Total value of items on display easily in the multi-millions.
Lots of complimentary Lanson champers for all the guests here.
It is on until Sunday 28 Sept with tickets costing £15.
www.lapadalondon.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Placebo live at The Roundhouse,London.
THIS GIG WAS THE 6200th SEEN BY ME SINCE 1973.
The was a gig for competition winners as part of the month long iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse.
The good thing about this festival is they put on gigs by big names from all music genres for free.
The bad thing thing is they make you queue for ages as there are ID checks and like tv shows
they send out more tickets than the venue holds to ensure capacity.
Last night I got there at 8.30pm and the queue was still massive.
Luckily I bypassed all this with a guest list place.
I looked out again at 8.45pm and still there was a massive queue.
Basically you need to arrive at the venue at 7pm to get in at 8pm.
If you stroll up at after 8pm for the headliner you will come unstuck as the queue will still be there and at best
you will miss the opening songs and at worst you will not get in as the venue has reached capacity.
Placebo arrive on stage dead on 9pm and play a great 75 mins set.
A bit short but most bands play a shorter set when they play this festival.
The sound is fantastic and the iTunes stage production is big.
Placebo are known as a trio but there are six musicians on stage tonight.
Placebo have been doing their own thing the past 20 years regardless of current trends.
They released their seventh album last year.
Lots of really good rockin' tunes and a superb Kate Bush cover during the encore.
A great show.
Full Placebo setlist played...
For What It's Worth
Loud Like Love
Every You Every Me
Scene of the Crime
A Million Little Pieces
Too Many Friends
One of a Kind
Song to Say Goodbye
The Bitter End
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) (Kate Bush cover)
Check aftershow page for this show.
Monday 22 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9.30pm.
National Reality TV Awards at Porchester Hall, Porchester Road, London, W2.
Around 250 folks here at this venue over by Queensway.
I went a few years ago and it was a bit third rate...and it is still a bit third rate.
Everything is fine until 8pm with complimentary presecco,wines,ciders,organic energy drinks from
Little Miracles and canapés.
Then it's a sit down at tables with drinks---no dinner.
The awards ceremony starts and the sound is so muffled you cannot understand what is being said
in the video clips being shown and the live presenters are not that clear either.
Plus half the award winners do not turn up to collect their awards.
Pretty amazing how many reality shows these days on all the tv channels.
Guests here included Louie Spence, Amy Willerton,Jahmene Douglas,Bianca Gasgoine,Calum Best,
Lauren Goodger,Rylan Clark,Rough Copy,Hugo Taylor,Damage,folks from Gogglebox,
Luisa Zissman,Frankie Cocozza and a few others.
All guests got a goodie bag.
10pm to 12pm.
Evita - press night - afterparty at The Dominion Theatre,Tottenham Court Road,London W1.
A massive party for well over 500 folks in the venue itself.
Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet is here as he has one of the main parts in the show.
Also here is Madalena Alberto who plays Evita.
Other faces here included Lord Lloyd Webber,Sir Tim Rice,Bill Kenwright,Tony Blackburn,
England Footie Manager Roy Hodgson,Elaine Paige,Barbara Windsor,Jenny Seagrove,
Anika Rice,Jeffrey Archer,songwriting legend Don Black,Melanie C and no doubt a few more.
We have a live band playing Argentinian tunes.
Complimentary wines,beers,bowl food and canapés for all the guests.
Saturday 20 September 2014.
Kate Bush live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
This was show number 16 of the 22 Kate Bush sold out shows at this venue and my first time seeing it.
All sold out pronto despite steep ticket prices of £135,£95,£75,£59,£49 plus booking fees.
Respect is due to Kate Bush for playing here rather than half a dozen shows at The 02 Arena.
Her first shows for around 35 years is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
I saw Kate Bush at this venue in 1979 on her only UK tour.
As expected it is a long theatrical show of around 2 hours 30 mins on stage plus an interval.
And just like a West End theatre show everyone is in the venue for the start of the show.
There was much respect here for the artist and folks stayed seated for each song then lots of
clapping and standing ovations after each song ended.
Her voice still sounds great and her band were really good.
Her son Bertie aged just 16 was a revelation as Kate credits him as "creative advisor".
Plenty of stunning visuals with amazing stage sets and the attention to detail was perfect.
A collage of music,film,theatre and puppets.
A conventional show for the first half hour with a few hits then the stage became a sunken shipwreck.
Kate sung in a flotation tank and flew across the stage in a crow costume.
The show featured two elaborate storytelling song cycles that were a bit hit and miss for me.
The first was 'The Ninth Wave' which features the last seven songs from her 1985 'Hounds Of Love' album.
The second was 'A Sky Of Honey' which features songs from her 2005 'Aerial' album.
It was an amazing show of the highest quality but I like some of the folks from the previous shows
was a bit disappointed that she did not play a lot of her big hits including
'Wuthering Heights','The Man With The Child In His Eyes','Wow','Babooshka' and 'Don't Give Up'.
Kate Bush is one of the those artists that will not pander to the expected.
Lily (Extended Intro)
Hounds of Love
Top of the City
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
King of the Mountain (Extended)
Video: Phoning the Coastguards
THE NINTH WAVE section of the show
And Dream of Sheep
Waking the Witch
Watching You Without Me
Little Light (performed by backing vocals)
Jig of Life (Extended)
Hello Earth (Extended)
The Morning Fog (Extended)
A SKY OF HONEY section of the show
An Architect's Dream (Proceeded by an actor's monologue)
The Painter's Link
Somewhere in Between (Extended)
Tawny Moon (New song; sung by Kate's son Bertie)
Among Angels (Kate solo at piano)
Some Kate Bush career info and news from the opening shows.
Kate has amassed a multi million fortune and lives a very secretive low key life in Devon.
Before she got signed three tracks in total were recorded and paid for by David Gilmour.The tape was produced by Gilmour's friend Andrew Powell and was sent to EMI executive Terry Slater who was impressed by the tape and signed her.
In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song.She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart. She has had 25 UK Top 40 hit singles, including half a dozen Top 10 hits.
Kate Bush is now aged 56.
Kate Bush has a request for fans who are coming to the gigs: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."
As well as banning public photography she also banned the usual press photographers as she
used just her own official photographer for Kate and her team to ok the few pictures that were released.
A Kate Bush picture from the opening night made the front page of most of the daily papers the day after.
All the reviews appear to be five stars with the odd one giving it four stars.
Even the NME gave it a very rare 10/10.
Even before these shows the critics have seen Kate as Britains most significant female artist.
Eight of her albums went back in the Top 40 charts after the first weeks reviews came out.
Some celebs who were there on the first night included David Gilmour,Lily Allen,Marc Almond,Holly Johnson,
Frank Skinner,Derren Brown,Lauren Laverne,Michael Ball,Rufus Wainwright and Warpaint.
Celebs on the second night included Chris Rea and David Walliams.
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