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Archive: December 2014
December 16, 2014
Monday 15 December 2014...6.15pm to 8.15pm...
Burrell at Bonhams : An Exhibition of Masterpieces from the Burrell Collection,Glasgow --- private view at
Bonhams,New Bond Street,London W1.
Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Cézanne and Degas are among a selection of more than 50 treasures from the world famous Burrell Collection going on show at Bonhams London.
When Sir William Burrell donated his astonishing collection of more than 9,000 paintings and objects to the people of Glasgow, he made it a condition that there should be no overseas loans. As a shipping magnate, he was all too aware of the risks of sea travel.
But in January 2014, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation varying the terms of the bequest and paving the way for the international tour.
The Burrell Collection was given to the City of Glasgow in 1944 by Sir William and Lady Constance Burrell. Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) was a wealthy Glasgow shipowner with a lifelong passion for art collecting. The family was of Northumbrian origin, and his grandfather George moved to Glasgow in the early 1830s. By 1856/7 George was established as a shipping and forwarding agent at Port Dundas, the Glasgow terminus of the Forth and Clyde Canal. In the following year he was joined by his son, Sir William's father, and henceforward the firm traded.
Lots of security here with a guard for every couple of paintings and most items are in thick glass cabinets.
Around 300 smartly dressed art folks here.
One of the guests was William Hague---Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a nice tote bag with a book and DVD of the exhibition.
It runs until 9th January --- admission is free.
www.bonhams.comVisit the Bonhams website here for more info.
Sunday 14 December 2014.
The X Factor Final results show at Wembley Arena had Ronnie Wood joining One Direction
on stage for a track.
One Direction have been confirmed as the biggest grossing live act in America in 2014.
Second was Justin Timberlake and third was The Rolling Stones.
Fourth was The Eagles,fifth was Katy Perry and sixth was Paul McCartney.
These were the six acts that all grossed over 100 million dollars.
Saturday 13 December 2014.
Public Image Limited live at Indigo at The 02 complex,London.
This is the first PiL show since October 2013 and their only show worldwide in 2014.
John Lydon was promoting his book in the UK for a couple of weeks in October and then in November
PiL have been in the Cotswolds working on new songs for the next album.
I saw PiL first ever live show on Christmas Day at The Rainbow Theatre in 1978.
Arriving at the venue the merch stand is selling a special t-shirt with tonight's venue and date.
This very modern 2800 capacity venue has floor standing.
I have a great view 2nd row from the stage on the left.
PiL are on stage for 1 hour 50 mins from 9.18pm to 11.08pm.
The circular PiL logo at the back is still here from last years tour.
In fact a lot of the set order and songs played were the same as last year.
John arrives on stage and as usual Rambo is standing by the amps on the left keeping a watchful eye.
They are both wearing similar check suits.
PiL as a band are super tight with the rhythm section of heavy bass(Scott) and drums(Bruce)
making you move your body and Lu is a total guitar wizard.
John is on top form and is full of fun stage banter and there is no slagging off of
anyone and midway he puts on his spectacles to see his lyric book more clearly.
Loads of great songs played with 'This Is Not A Love Song', 'Public Image' and 'Rise' getting the most cheers.
At the end John thanked the crowd for their support and wished us all a Happy Christmas.
He even seemed a bit emotional at the end dare I say it.
An excellent show.
This was the full PiL setlist played tonight...
This Is Not a Love Song
Out of the Woods
Open Up (Leftfield cover that featured John Lydon on vocals when released)
Check aftershow page for this gig.
Original PiL guitarist Keith Levine has just released his album 'Commercial Zone 2014'.
Saturday 13 December 2014.
Sir Elton John had more to celebrate than just a 2-1 victory for his beloved Watford today as the club unveiled the newly renamed Sir Elton John Stand at Vicarage Road.
John, who took over as chairman of the club in 1976 and has served as the club’s Honorary Life President, described the honour as “one of the greatest days of my life”.
Joined by his partner David Furnish and his sons Zachary and Elijah John made a pre-match speech from the centre circle where he thanked the current owners, The Pozzo family, for bringing Watford into the 21st century.
In June 2005 he held a concert at Watford's Vicarage Road, donating the funds to the club, and another concert in May 2010.
Friday 12 December 2014.
Martha Reeves and The Vandellas live at Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex,London.
This 800 capacity venue has live music alongside 12 bowling lanes and a restaurant and a massive bar.
I went along to the restaurant and bar press preview when it opened in Jan 2014 but this is the
first time I have seen a proper name act at the venue which is a stunning space to see a band.
More and more bands are playing here and they hosted The Dandy Warhols in July.
2014 has been a banner year for Motown legend Martha Reeves and her singing cohorts, the Vandellas. The group is busier than ever with their 75-city "Calling Out Around the World" tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their mega-hit "Dancing in the Street." This show at the Brooklyn Bowl is one of the culminating dates of the tour. At the Bowl, Martha -- along with her sisters Lois Reeves (a Vandella since 1967) and Delphine Reeves (since 1980) are joined by a full live band.
No support band tonight but the dj is playing great soul classics before and after Martha's set.
Martha and The Vandellas arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for around 90 mins.
I have great view on the floor five rows from the stage dead centre.
Martha is now aged 73 and had a few hits in the 1960s with some classic Motown tunes.
I first saw Martha in 1986 at Hammersmith Odeon as part of a soul package.
Martha has a warm and fun stage personality and the loyal soul fans here clearly love her.
She played the four mega hits which went down a storm which were 'Nowhere To Run',
'Jimmy Mack','(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave' and of course 'Dancing In The Street'.
There is is one downside to this venue as Martha said on stage "I have played shows while folks
have been playing bingo but never when they were bowling".
Yes people are bowling around 20/30 yards from the stage so you can hear the clatter of the heavy balls
and the pins falling when there are quiet moments on stage.
Show some respect when the artist is playing you muppets is what I think but perhaps that's why
more bands do not play here.
But as Martha said "A gigs a gig...i'm not complaining".
A very enjoyable show apart from hearing the punters bowling bit when Martha was playing
a slower quiet song and when chatting between songs.
Thankfully when the songs were louder you could not hear the bowling at all.
Most of Martha's setlist was as follows with maybe three or four more songs played...
I'm Ready For Love
In My Lonely Room
Come And Get These Memories
Nowhere To Run
Third Finger,Left Hand
What's Going On---Marvin Gaye cover
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
Watch Your Back
I Want You Back---Jackson 5 cover
Dancing In The Streets
Dancing In The Streets---reprise
Thursday 11 December 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.30pm.
Private White V.C.--- flagship store launch party at Private White V.C.,73 Duke Street,Mayfair,London W1.
A very nicely laid out store over two levels comprising 2,000 square feet of space.
A prestigious Mayfair location just off Oxford Street and a stone's throw from Selfridges.
A true military hero and founding father of the Manchester factory which now manufactures clothing
in his name --- meet Private Jack White.
Jack White was born in Leeds in 1896 and was only 18 years old when he signed up to the Royal Lancaster Regiment. It was during the battle taking place on the 7th March 1917 that his unit were tasked with crossing the Dialah River, Mesopotamia. The two pontoons ahead came under heavy fire and when Private Jack White’s own had reached mid-stream, he found himself to be the only man neither injured nor dead. He bravely jumped overboard with a telephone wire tied around his waist and persevered under gunfire to pull the pontoon safely back to shore. He succeeded in saving the life of his commanding officer and also the valuable equipment aboard the pontoon.
On the 27th June the same year, Private Jack White was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious honour which can be bestowed on British and Commonwealth forces, for his courageous actions.
The store focuses on carefully crafted stylish and timeless clothing and accessories.
We have an acoustic guitarist playing in the background and Brutus their Bulldog is sooo cute as he is
totally unfazed by the crowd as he wanders around and is ready to accept any food offerings.
They have five of their machinists from their Manchester factory downstairs working away to
promote the fact their items are all HANDMADE IN ENGLAND.
Princess Anne visited their Manchester factory recently.
Private White V.C. are regulars at The Goodward Revival where attendees dress from bygone years.
I had a nice chat with the owners and mentioned the musician of the same name Jack White who
maybe they could invite to the store when he is next in London.
Complimentary Chase vodka cocktails,presecco,beers and delicious lobster and crab dishes
from the nearby Smack Deli,26 Binney Street,Mayfair,London W1.
All guests got a nice goodie bag on the way out.
www.privatewhitevc.comVisit their website here.
7.40pm to 9pm.
SyriART Auction at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair,London, W1.
Around 200 upmarket and well dressed art folks here at this massive gallery.
All funds raised will help UNICEF keep more Syrian children safe from danger. The UK Government will match pound for pound all UK public donations and successful bids to SyriART.
A few faces here including Blur bassist Alex James,Spice Girl and radio presenter Emma Bunton,
X Factor judge and music manager Louis Walsh, current Dr Who Peter Capaldi,
Girl about town Nancy Dell'Olio,Fashion designer Oswald Boateng and a nice surprise to see
Per Wimmer who is pretty much the Danish Richard Branson.Per is an investment banker,
adventurer and future space tourist who was educated at Harvard.
Complimentary Christoff champers,wines and canapés for all guests.
www.unicef.org.ukVisit the UNICEF website here for more info.
Wednesday 10 December 2014...I went to two events in Chelsea tonight...
6.45pm to 7.25pm.
Brian Duffy 'Bowie : Five Seasons ' book launch party and 'Rock Gods & Superstars' private view
at Proud Chelsea Gallery,161 Kings Road,Chelsea,London SW3.
My first time at this gallery which is a lot smaller than their sister gallery in Camden.
The book itself has over 200 pages and actually came out in the summer.
Brian Duffy took the iconic cover photo for the 'Aladdin Sane' album.
Lots of big images from the Aladdin Sane sessions look great on the wall.
Downstairs we have the 'Rock Gods & Superstars' photos from the likes of Mick Rock and Pennie Smith
covering acts including Rolling Stones,Clash,Beatles,Bob Dylan etc.
Complimentary wines for all guests.
www.proudonline.co.ukVisit the Proud Galleries website for more info
then a five mins walk up the road to...
7.30pm to 10pm.
KAZAM Tornado 348 - launch party at Raffles, 287 Kings Road, Chelsea,London, SW3.
This was a launch party for the worlds slimmest smartphone.
You can buy the phone online for £249.
There were a few on display to handle and they did feel great.
Tulisa is the ambassador for the brand.
Guests here included dance choreographer Brian Friedman who has been involved with many
concert tours,music videos and tv including X Factor.
Complimentary Taittinger champers,wines,beers and canapés for all the guests.
We have two acts playing live tonight Tulisa Contostavios and Clement Marfo.
Well actually it was live vocals but both used backing tapes for the music.
Up first we have a 25 mins set from Clement Marfo who mixes hip hop and funk in his tunes.
Much better than expected and he had a nice friendly stage manner.
Over the past few years Tulisa has moved from being in hip hop/dance act N-Dubz to being
a proper celebrity glamour puss.
She has a tight Superwoman type outfit on tonight and is backed by four male dancers and
two female singers.
She was on stage for 25 mins playing I think three of her songs and a medley of N-Dubz tunes.
www.kazam.mobiCheck out the Kazam website here for more info.
Tuesday 09 December 2014...I went to four events tonight...
6.30pm to 7pm.
Murray Fredericks: Recent Work -- private view at Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Way, London, W1.
Australian photographer has seven large scale panoramic frames of 'severe weather conditions'
from the Australian outback here.
Complimentary wines for all guests.
www.hamiltonsgallery.comOn display here until 30 Jan 2015.
7.10pm to 8.30pm.
Wojciech Fangor -- private view at 3 Grafton Street,London W1.
The well-known auctioneer, curator and man-about-town Simon de Pury and his wife Michaela have teamed up as “de Pury de Pury” to organise a series of exhibitions in the grand, Grade I-listed house at 3 Grafton Street in London. The building belongs to Poland’s richest man, Jan Kulczyk, and houses the London office of the Kulczyk private foundation.
First up is a show of work by the 92-year-old Polish artist Wojciech Fangor who is one of Poland's
most important living artists.
The explores Fangor's work from the 1960s and 1970s.
This amazing building is covered in marble including a stunning central staircase.
An upmarket art crowd are here over the rooms on the two floors.
Complimentary champers,wines and canapés for all guests.
On display here until 09 Jan 2015.
8.40pm to 9.40pm.
REFRACTION. THE IMAGE OF SENSE - private view afterparty at Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, London, W1.
This was the afterparty for the private view held earlier at Blain Southern Gallery in Hanover Square.
Always nice to be at this five hotel star in their first floor bar area.
Around 200 cool folks here from the art world.
Complimentary champers,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
www.blainsouthern.comCheck their website here for more info.
9.45pm to 1am.
Sunday Times 'Style Magazine' Christmas party at Tramp, 40 Jermyn Street, London, SW1.
Nice to be at this legendary club from the 1970s and 1980s that is still going strong.
A very lively party here for around 200 plus guests.
Lindsay Lohan celebrated the end of her stint starring in West End production Speed the Plow, by letting her hair down at the Sunday Times Style Christmas party with sister Ali Lohan, Nicola Roberts, Bip Ling, David Gandy, Kelly Brook and Lilah Parsons. Couple Oliver Cheshire and Pixie Lott stuck side by side at Tramp for the party, mingling with Anoushka Beckwith, Alexis Knox, Mollie King, Olivia Grant, Paula Goldstein di Principe and Yasmin Mills.Performers dressed in The Nutcracker themed outfits posed with guests including Matthew Williamson, Ella Catliff, Ella Eyre, Morwenna Lytton Cobbold, Lou Hayter and Olivia Inge.
Also here were Blur bassist Alex James and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri.
There is loads of complimentary booze and food all night until 1am.
Veuve Clicquot Champagne,different cocktails including Espresso Martinis,wines and beers.
Bowl food and canapés all night and bacon rolls at midnight.
Djs included Henry Holland playing great tunes from the 1980s and 1990s.
We had a good boogie here as most hit the dance floor plus there were ticker tape showers from the dj area.
A proper party vibe here and an excellent event.
Monday 08 December 2014...6.15pm to 8.15pm...
6.15pm to 8.15pm.
Dukes Christmas Party at Dukes Hotel,St James Place,St James's,London SW1.
Dukes has been a luxury hotel since 1908 and is classically English with a five star rating.
It was renovated a few years ago and looks stunning from the outside and the inside.
The hotel is hidden away in a secretive courtyard just off St James's St – close to Green Park and the
luxury shops of Mayfair and a few mins walk to Buckingham Palace.
Famed as Ian Fleming’s local, it is said that Dukes Bar is the inspiration behind the expression "shaken, not stirred".
Tv presenter Anneka Rice is here.
She has a good gig with the pr for this hotel as they sort out press trips for her and her family
to review their sister hotels around the world for The Daily Mail etc.
A ten man choir arrived to sing a few Christmas songs and covers including 'Happy'.
Complimentary presecco,wines,beers,canapés and mince pies for all guests.
Sunday 07 December 2014.
As expected Take That beat AC/DC to the number one selling UK album in the first week of release.
3.AC/DC---Rock or Bust
Saturday 06 December 2014.
Lenny Kravitz + Rival Sons live at Wembley Arena,London.
His only UK show and it is a full house.
Lenny Kravitz is on a massive European Tour to promote his recent album 'Strut'.
I saw him a couple of months ago at a secret gig at Koko a couple of days after he played the ITunes Festival.
Lenny Kravitz has sold over 38 million albums.
Lenny Kravitz is now aged 50 but looks as cool as ever.
I have seen Lenny a few times before including way back in 1990 at Hammersmith Odeon and in 1999
when he supported Aerosmith at Wembley Stadium.
Up first we have Californian blues rockers Rival Sons for a good 40 mins set.
They are given a tiny space in front of Lenny Kravitz black stage curtain.
Their singer is giving it 100% vocally in a 70s rock style.
They are promoting their recent UK top 20 album 'Great Western Valkyrie' which is their fourth studio album
Rival Sons now go on to play a UK tour including The Forum in London on Wed 10 Dec.
I am floor standing for Lenny as it's gonna get funky and its time to shake my thing.
Lenny is 25 mins late coming on stage and the roadie tells us it's a technical hitch which is a bit odd as
the equipment has been all set up behind the curtain for hours.
Lenny still manages to play a full 2 hour show from 9.25pm to 11.25pm.
He has a great band which includes three female backing singers on all songs and a three man brass section
for some songs.
Only 13 songs played as half of them were extended with a funky jam.
Most worked well but the acoustic 'Sister' was a bit too stretched out and dreary.
His "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads.
We have a great light show and a massive screen that takes up all the rear of the stage.
He has some mega tunes that go down really well here.
I saw Maccas son James McCartney here.
Overall a great show.
Full Lenny Kravitz setlist played tonight...
Dirty White Boots
American Woman (The Guess Who cover)
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Dancin' Til Dawn
New York City
Always on the Run---included sax,trombone,trumpet and drum solos.
I Belong to You---dedicated to Jack Bruce
Let Love Rule
The Chamber---stage lights off and the venue lit up by fans mobile phones only
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Friday 05 December 2014.
Smashing Pumpkins live at BBC Maida Vale Studios,London W9.
Lauren Laverne will host her show (10am-1pm) live from the BBC’s historic Maida Vale Studios with the band performing during the final hour of her programme.Comprising singer/guitarist Billy Corgan and guitarist Jeff Shroeder, The Smashing Pumpkins will be joined for this special performance by Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk on drums and Mark Stoermer from The Killers on bass.
Smashing Pumpkins are playing selected cities across Europe to promote their new album 'Monuments to an Elergy' including this radio show and later tonight a one off sold out pronto UK show at Londons Koko.
The band have sold over 20 million albums.
Just 200 people here with a mix of competition winners,press and production guests.
Even though it's lunchtime on a work day they had over 5000 entries for the 65 pairs of comp tickets.
The other 70 folks were press and production guests.
Press get let in first so I get a perfect FRONT ROW view at this all standing event.
11.30am we are let in and the band start dead on at noon for a 75 mins set.
The setting looks like a proper small club gig as the stage is the right height,there is a decent light show
and there are half a dozen leafless tree sculptures dotted around the stage.
Lots of good tracks from the new album played along with some older gems and a mega cover of the
David Bowie track 'Fame'.
Billy Corgan is trying to copy a British accent when someone shouts out for 'Tarantula'.
Billy is playing some great guitar with different sounds from his bank of effects pedals.
The main set was on the radio and the two song encore was only for the studio audience.
Smashing Pumpkins are one of those bands that do their own thing regardless of current trends.
When asked how does he compete with the current crop of pop stars?
Billy said "I cant compete with someone doing porn in their video to sell more records than me"
"You have to be truer than false,realler than fake,and you have to bring something that only
you can bring".
Really great to see the band up nice and close
The broadcast can be listened to on BBC iPlayer now and the tv version will be on the BBC in the new year.
Smashing Pumpkins full setlist played at Maida Vale...
One and All (We Are)
Drum + Fife
Glass and the Ghost Children
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Fame (David Bowie cover)
Encores were not played on the radio broadcast.
Thursday 4 December 2014...I went to three events in the Chelsea area tonight including a Manfreds gig...
6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Monica Vinader - flagship store launch party at Monica Vinader, Duke of York Square, Chelsea,London, SW3.
This jewellery store has a prime spot in the centre of Duke of York Square and is very nicely presented.
As expected it is mainly upmarket females here.
The dj is Mary Charteris who plays some Siouxsie and The Clash.
Other guests here included Matthew Williamson,Olivia Palermo and Amber Le Bon.
Complimentary presecco cocktails,Nyetimber sparkling wines and canapés for all guests.
www.monicavinader.comCheck out the Monica Vinader website here.
then three minutes walk to...
The Manfreds live at The Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London.
The Manfreds play London as part of a massive six week UK tour.
Celebrating over 50 years Manfred Mann had over a dozen Top 40 hit singles in the 60s including three number ones.
They have both lead singers Paul Jones and Mike d’Abo, original Manfred Mann members Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness together with Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie.
Paul Jones was the original singer and was replaced by Mike d'Abo.Both are sounding and looking great.
Keyboard player Mannfred Mann himself tours with his own band.
I saw Mannfred Manns Earth Band headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1979 and 1986.
Also when they supported Status Quo in 2008 at The 02 Arena.
Nice to be at this cosy all seated venue with a capacity of around 900 mainly older folks.
We have excellent seats six rows from the stage dead centre.
The Manfreds play for around 2 hours 10 mins over two sets.
They have a lot of really good hits mixed in with a couple of McGuinness Flint hits and a couple of hits
that Mike d'Abo wrote for other artists.
They have a big screen showing old video clips from the 1960s and other pre-recorded images.
Seven of them on stage with some neat keyboards,sax and harmonica playing.
Mixing up rhythm n blues,jazz and pop.
Lots of singing along and a full standing ovation at the end.
A really enjoyable show that you should check out whatever your age.
Mannfreds setlist included...
Ha Ha Said The Clown---No 4 hit in 1967
Sha La La---No 3 hit in 1964
Fox On The Run---No 5 hit in 1968
Oh No Not My Baby---No 11 hit in 1965
My Name Is Jack---No 8 hit in 1968
Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James---No 2 hit in 1966
Pretty Flamingo---No 1 hit in 1966
Build Me Up Buttercup---Mike d'Abo co-wrote this track that was a hit for The Foundations
Malt and Barley Blues---No 5 hit in 1971 for McGuinness Flint
Just Like A Woman---No 10 hit for them in 1968 with this Bob Dylan track
Handbags & Gladrags---Mike d'Abo wrote this song that has been covered by many artists
5,4,3,2,1---Their first ever hit got to number 5 in 1964
Ragamuffin Man---No 8 hit in 1968
When I'm Dead and Gone---No 2 hit in 1970 for McGuinness Flint---dedicated to Ian McLagan
Mighty Quinn---No 1 hit for them in 1968 with this Bob Dylan track
Do Wah Diddy Diddy---No 1 in 1964
If You Gotta Go Go Now---No 2 in 1965
then three minutes walk to...
10.30pm to 12pm.
Statoil Masters Tennis - players party at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place, London, SW1.
Around 150 people here in the ground floor bar area of this plush five star hotel.
This tennis tournament for the older player is on all this week at The Royal Albert Hall.
Some tennis players here including the legend that is John McEnroe,Pat Cash,Henri Leconte and
Complimentary Lanson champers,beers and some nice canapés for all guests.
A jazz trio were playing in the corner.
A nice party that was due to finish at 1am but I departed at midnight.
Check back soon for full review of The Mannfreds.
Thursday 04 December 2014...some very sad news...
Ian McLagan of the Faces and Small Faces has died at the age of 69, after suffering a stroke.
The legendary keyboard player suffered a "massive stroke" and passed away in hospital in Austin, Texas.
McLagan was born in 1945 in Middlesex. He joined the Small Faces in 1965 and continued to play with the band after they changed their name to the Faces in 1969, when Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined. The Faces split in 1975, and McLagan began work as a session musician, playing with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt and Frank Black over the years. In 1994 he moved to Austin.
The Faces reunited in 2010 with Simply Red's Mick Hucknall on lead vocals in place of Rod Stewart and played a headline set at the Vintage at Goodwood Festival. The band toured in 2011.
For the past five years or more Rod Stewart said that he and Ronnie Wood were planning a Faces reunion.
Now thanks to Rod and Ronnie fluffing around it will not happen with Ian McLagan.
McLagan developed a relationship with Kim Kerrigan, the estranged wife of Keith Moon, drummer of The Who. She divorced Moon and lived with McLagan and her daughter, Amanda (from her marriage to Moon). The two married in 1978, one month after Moon died at the age of 32. Kerrigan died in a traffic accident near their home in Austin, Texas on 2 August 2006. She was 57.
Wednesday 03 December 2014.
Peter Gabriel live at Wembley Arena,London.
Peter is on his 'Back to Front' European Tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his
'So' album(released 1986)---performed by the original 1987 line-up.
The iconic video for the hit single 'Sledgehammer' is the most played in MTV history.
I first saw Peter Gabriel live in 1977 at Hammersmith Odeon after he left Genesis.
I have seen him play many excellent shows over the years including headlining Glastonbury in 1994.
Only a year since I saw him play last year on his arena tour so maybe that's why tonight is only 80% sold.
A mainly middle aged crowd to see Peter who is now aged 64.
Peter Gabriel arrives on stage at 8.35pm for a totally stunning 2 hours 15 mins show.
The quality and attention to detail is just breathtaking.
The band are all top notch and the sound quality is perfect and they have two really good female backing singers.
The light show is amazing as there are six boom and six follow spots on and above the stage.
The six boom lighting rigs are each operated by a roadie who pushes them around circular railing.
The first hour is a barrage of white lighting only then it went to full colour lighting.
There are three big screens that are used tastefully.
Peter,the bass player and the guitar player who are all bald did a few cute dance routines.
For one song Peter lay on the floor on his back and sang the whole song like that.
Loads of big songs in the show.
For the encore a curly contraption rose up to the ceiling and for the anthemic 'Biko' Peter said
"this is for all the young people in Hong Kong,Mexico,across the Arab world and elsewhere
who are protesting against their governments".
Overall a totally visual and listening treat from start to finish.
At the end all I could think was....wow that show was mega.
Full Peter Gabriel setlist played tonight...
What Lies Ahead (Acoustic)
Come Talk to Me (Semi acoustic)
Shock the Monkey (Semi acoustic)
Digging in the Dirt
No Self Control
Why Don't You Show Yourself
Don't Give Up
That Voice Again
We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
In Your Eyes (with Sevara Nazarkhan)
The Tower That Ate People
Tuesday 02 December 2014...Another sad death to report...
Bobby Keys, the larger-than-life saxophone player who toured with the Rolling Stones for more than 45 years and played on studio classics like "Brown Sugar" and "Live With Me," has passed away. He was 70.
I saw him with The Stones many times including last year in Hyde Park.
Also a couple of days before one of The Stones Hyde Park shows I saw him play half a dozen songs with
The Dirty Strangers at The Borderline.
Tuesday 02 December 2014.
Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators + California Breed + Twenty Two Hundred
live at Wembley Arena,London.
A nice three band rock package tonight.
Slash plays his biggest ever London headline show as part of a world tour.
In support of the new 17 track album - 'World On Fire'.
Hard to believe that Slash departed Guns n Roses around 20 years ago.
Up first we have Twenty Two Hundred who play a decent 30 mins set.
Twenty Two Hundred are an Australian Rock band from Melbourne, Victoria, who formed in 2010. The band was founded by songwriter, musician and producer Mark Wells (ex member of The Ronnie Wood Band).Their music incorporates elements of hard rock, classic rock, funk and groove.
Next up is Glenn Hughes new band California Breed who are on for 40 mins.
California Breed are an English-American hard rock band based in Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2013, the band is a supergroup composed of bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist and vocalist Andrew Watt, and drummer Jason Bonham. Following the break-up of his previous band Black Country Communion in early 2013, Hughes was introduced to Andrew Watt later in the year and the two quickly formed California Breed, along with fellow former Black Country Communion member Bonham. The band recorded its self-titled debut album with producer Dave Cobb in late 2013, which
was released through Frontiers Records in 2014.
This band are totally rockin' and the trademark Glenn Hughes vocals are still there.
Full California Breed setlist played...
Spit You Out
All Falls Down
Burn (Deep Purple cover)
Slash n co arrive on stage at 8.50pm and are on stage for 2 hours 5 mins.
They play a good mix of solo material,Velvet Revolver tracks and half a dozen Guns N Roses classics.
It is floor standing and a full house so a nice lively atmosphere.
Thankfully I have a great view in guest list block on the right as there are no big screens tonight.
The band are good and as usual the G N R gems are the highlight of the night.
Slash still looks like he did 20 years ago in G N R with his long curly hair,shades and top hat.
Slash did not say much and let his guitar do the talking.
Myles Kennedy on vocals does sound a bit like Axl Rose.
A low point was Slash playing a 15 mins guitar solo in the middle of 'Rocket Queen'.
It felt like an hour of muso twaddle and was way too long.
Overall though a great evening.
Full Slash setlist played...
You're a Lie
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Standing in the Sun
Back from Cali
Double Talkin' Jive (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Doctor Alibi (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
Out Ta Get Me (Guns N’ Roses cover) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
30 Years to Life
Beneath the Savage Sun
Mr. Brownstone (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Rocket Queen (Guns N’ Roses cover) (Incl. 15min Slash guitar solo)
Bent to Fly
World on Fire
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Feel Like Makin' Love (Bad Company cover)
Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)
Paradise City (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Check the IconicPix website link on the right as photos of the show will be put up.
Monday 01 December 2014.
I went to three events tonight ending up at a Ten Years After gig.
6.30pm to 8.45pm.
Old Master & British Paintings private view at Sotheby's,New Bond Street,London W1.
Around 500 smartly dressed upmarket folks here for this preview of some very expensive paintings.
Quite a few here had an estimate of £1m plus.
A couple have their own security and roped off area in front of it.
Complimentary champers,Apple Martinis and nice canapés for all guests.
About the auction...
DISCOVER: Canaletto's glorious view of 'Venice'.
DISCOVER: Turner’s ‘Rome, from Mount Aventine’.
3rd December’s Evening sale of Old Master and British Paintings will be led one of the greatest masterpieces of British art left in private hands, J.M.W. Turner’s Rome, from Mount Aventine. Startlingly well preserved, it is one of two views of Rome commissioned by one of Turner's most important patrons, the artist's close friend Hugh Andrew Johnstone Munro of Novar (1797-1864). Following Munro’s death the painting was acquired at the sale of his collection in 1878 by Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), later Prime Minister of Great Britain. The picture has remained in the Rosebery collection ever since and comes to the market in December for only the second time since it was painted in 1835. Joining it is a quintessential view of St. Mark’s Square in Venice by Canaletto: from the artist’s best period, circa 1730, it has not been seen in public since 1857. A stellar group of Dutch and Flemish paintings is led by Adriaen Coorte’s extraordinary Three peaches on a stone ledge, and Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s unique Peasants dancing. Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Faun family completes a remarkably diverse line-up of fresh-to-the-market works whose sale will bring to an end a record-breaking year for Old Master Paintings.
www.sothebys.comView some of the main pictures from the sale here.
then around the corner..
8.50pm to 9.30pm.
Bridge Models Party at Babble,59 Berkeley Square,London W1.
This agency looks after the curvier plus size model.
A few of them are here tonight.
Complimentary drinks and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.bridgemodels.co.ukView the site here for pictures of models on their books.
9.45pm to 11.15pm.
50th Anniversary of The Marquee Club at Floridita,100 Wardour Street,London W1.
Floridita is a restaurant a couple of doors from the original Marquee Club.
They have built a replica of The Marquee stage with the famous logo at the back.
There is also a display of old Marquee gig posters and photos on the walls.
It is a paid ticket event for 300 or 400 folks.
The Marquee was on Wardour Street from 1964 to 1988.
My first of over 50 gigs there was Strife in 1976 and others I saw there included a few AC/DC,
Eddie And The Hot Rods,UFO,Motörhead,Johnny Thunders,Generation X,Damned,Buzzcocks,
Adam and The Ants,Human League,the Alarm and others.
Click on venue search on the site for the full list.
A few music journo folks here but not much of a celeb count.
The Marquee Club owner Harold Pendleton is here at the grand old age of 90.
Luke Morley from Thunder was here.Also Carol Decker from T'Pau as she was the support act.
The headline act tonight were Ten Years After.
Ten Years After are an English blues-rock band, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1968 and 1973, Ten Years After scored eight Top 40 albums on the UK Albums Chart. In addition they had twelve albums enter the US Billboard 200,and are best known for tracks such as "I'm Going Home", "Hear Me Calling", "I'd Love to Change the World" and "Love Like a Man".
I saw them play Hammersmith Odeon with all four original members in 1990.
Their leader Alvin Lee left the band a decade ago and died last year but I think there are still two original members.
Their website says this was their first UK show for many years as they play Germany a lot.
The band take to the stage at 9.55pm for a 60 mins set.
New singer/guitarist Marcus Bonfanti does a fantastic job, full of energy and enthusiasm.
A good show.
Some of the tracks played...
Love Like A Man
I Say Yeah
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl---cover
I'm Going Home
Choo Choo Mama
Sunday 30 November 2014.
John Bishop live at Wembley Arena,London.
Very popular Liverpudlian comedian plays the last of three shows at this big venue.
His massive 'Supersonic' tour is playing mainly arenas around the UK from mid Oct to mid Dec.
Pretty amazing rise to arenas as five years ago he was playing to small clubs.
He was on stage for 2 hours over two sets of 65 mins and 55 mins.
The first thing I always think of at these big comedy gigs is that they must be getting loadsamoney.
Just the comedian and three big screens with not much else where as a band has more members,
a bigger stage production,lots of roadies and way more overheads.
John arrives on stage to a 3 minute countdown with the U2 track 'Vertigo'.
Today was John Bishop's actual birthday---48.
He is more about telling funny stories and observations rather than quickfire jokes.
His accent helps as well.
Some of the subjects covered included...
His wife and long term marriage
His three sons growing up
Going on family holidays
1980s dating including getting a female audience member on stage participation
Flying first class
There was real video footage of him missing three penalties at three different charity football games
and tonight he put a football net on stage and finally scored a penalty at Wembley---at the second attempt.
Like all comedy shows some of it was very funny and some of it was pretty average but overall it was
an enjoyable night with plenty of laughs.
Saturday 29 November 2014.
Marianne Faithfull live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Now aged 67 Marianne Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has spanned five decades.
Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. During the first two-thirds of that decade, she produced only two little-noticed studio albums. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the highly acclaimed album 'Broken English'. Faithfull's subsequent solo work, often critically acclaimed, has at times been overshadowed by her personal history.
From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger. She co-wrote 'Sister Morphine',which is featured on the Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers' album.
Marianne is on a 50th anniversary tour around Europe to celebrate the release of her first hit single
' As Tears Go By' when she was aged just 16. The song was written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham. It was released as a single by Marianne Faithfull in 1964 and peaked at #9 in the United Kingdom.The Rolling Stones recorded their own version later, releasing the track in late 1965 on the album ' December's Children (And Everybody's) ' and subsequently as a single in North America.
Marianne and her pukka band took to the stage at 8.05pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins.
The band include Ed Harcourt on keyboards.
Marianne is looking a bit frail as she is walking awkwardly on to the stage with a walking stick due to an
accident where she injured her hip and thigh.She had a big chair to sit down in for some songs.
Marianne is promoting her recent solo album( her 20th) 'Give My Love To London' which got some good reviews.
She opened the show with the great title track and others from it played included the Roger Waters track
'Sparrows Will Sing' and the Nick Cave track 'Late Victorian Holocaust'.
Marianne still has a wicked mouth with a few swear words tonight during the many spoken bits between songs.
She even told the audience to "shut the fuck up when I'm talking as it's my show and my space".
She has stopped smoking for the past year and praised the e-cigarettes she now uses.
Her famous smoky and whisky soaked voice is still there sounding great.
A really good show that got a full standing standing ovation at the end.
Full Marianne Faithfull setlist played tonight...
Give My Love To London
The Price of Love (The Everly Brothers cover)
Love More Or Less
As Tears Go By
Come and Stay With Me
Late Victorian Holocaust
Sparrows Will Sing
The Ballad of Lucy Jordan (Shel Silverstein cover)
Who Will Take Your Dreams Away
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