Daily news and reviews of gigs bars clubs restaurants product launches films theatre fashion shows books art galleries hotels competitions interesting places to visit ...and much more!
Archive: June 2014
June 19, 2014
Wednesday 18 June 2014...6.30pm to 9.45pm...
Taste Of London - Press/VIP preview at Regents Park, London.
Opening night of London's main foodie festival.
It's a lovely sunny evening which is handy as it is mostly an outdoors event.
Taste has rapidly grown to become an essential part of the social season for foodies, restaurant-lovers and chef-groupies. Today there 21 Taste festivals in cities throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Wherever it is in the world, Taste represents foodie heaven: stunning food prepared by the city’s greatest restaurants, world famous chefs, superb drink and outstanding entertainment, set in stunning outdoor surroundings.
From June 18th-22nd 2014, Regent's Park will transform into a foodie wonderland for five days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment. Your Taste ticket lasts for a 4 hour session during which you will have the chance to try tapas size dishes from 40 of London’s hottest restaurants in one stunning location. In addition visitors can sample from food and drink producers, take part in masterclasses and watch top chefs live in action. Taste of London is an action packed day out with everything from interactive cookery classes by star chefs, sushi making class, wine and cheese pairings, Korean masterclasses, champagne tastings and beer tastings.
Lots of the stands giving out complimentary food and drinks---some were small tasters and others medium size.
Best were Rossopomodoro Pizza, Busan Amerikorean BBQ and there were others.
For full size portions you need to swop your cash for Crowns vouchers.
Even Moët were here giving out nice champers tasters.
From 6.30pm to 8pm I walked around the main area then 8pm to 9.45pm I was in the press/ vip hospitality
marquee and garden for complimentary Laurent-Perrier champers,cocktails and food.
There was a dj playing tunes in the background but i did not see any celebs here although
there were half a dozen well known chefs by their restaurant stands.
www.tastefestivals.comCheck their website for more info and to buy tickets.
Monday 16 June 2014.
Orange Amplification Presents The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2014 In Association
With World Of Tanks XBox 360 Edition at Indigo2 which were hosted by none other than Steel Panther!
Short live sets on the night by Steel Panther + The Dillinger Escape Plan + Black Stone Cherry +
While She Sleeps + Behemoth.
All the bands arrived here after all playing at Download Festival over the weekend.
I was down to attend on the media list but a family illness meant I did not get along to it.
The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2014 winners list...
Best New Band - Devil You Know
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award - Misha Mansoor of Periphery
Breakthrough Artist - Of Mice & Men
Best Underground Band - Wardruna
Best U.K. Band - Iron Maiden
Best Live Band - Killswitch Engage
Best International Band - Avenged Sevenfold
Global Metal Act - Orphaned Land & Khalas
Riff Lord - Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge
King Of The Internet - Devin Townsend
Inspiration Award - Hanoi Rocks
Album Of The Year - The Satanist by Behemoth
Icon Award - Michael Schenker
Spirit Of Hammer - Dave Prowse(the man who played Darth Vader)
The Golden God Award - Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth
Game Of The Year - Grand Theft Auto V
Video Of The Year - Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World by Steel Panther
Watch the Steel Panther video(it's a bit naughty)
Sunday 15 June 2014.
Here are some of the biggest music shows to have been held at the famous Maracana Stadium in Brazil
where the World Cup Final 2014 is to be played.
It now holds around 80,000 after renovation but it had legendary massive crowds back in the day.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the stadium, on January 16, 1980, Frank Sinatra performed to a crowd of 180,000.
Both Tina Turner and Paul McCartney made the Guinness Book of World Records with performances at the stadium.
Both concerts, in 1988 (Break Every Rule Tour) and April 1990 (The Paul McCartney World Tour), respectively, attracted crowds of over 180,000 people.
On June 18, 1983, KISS performed for 137,000 fans at the stadium, which marks the record attendance for the band. This and two other stadium shows in Brazil would be the last time KISS would perform in their signature makeup until the reunion of the original lineup at their Alive/Worldwide Tour in 1996.
Saturday 14 June 2014---Uruguay 1 Costa Rica 3---World Cup Group D---8pm start live on tv.
Shock result as Costa Rica beat Uruguay in Englands group.
Everyone thought it would be any two from England,Italy and Uruguay to go through
but this result throws it wide open to any two from four.
Saturday 14 June 2014---England 1 Italy 2---World Cup 2014 Group D---11pm start live on tv.
England scored a fantastic goal but not even getting a draw means the pressure is on for
Thursdays game with Uruguay as both will be fighting to stay in the World Cup.
Friday 13 June 2014...World Cup Group Game live on tv 8pm.
Spain 1 Holland 5.
A fantastic game where Van Persie and Robben were just top class.
Friday 13 June 2014.
Rik Mayall who sadly died earlier this week was part of Bad News spoof rock band.
I saw them live a couple of times and you can check out their clips on youtube.
Iron Maiden,Bad News Hammersmith Odeon , London 09.11.1986.
3pm show for NSPCA. Jimmy Page , Brian May and Fish all joined Bad News on stage.
and the following year they actually headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Bad News,Head Hammersmith Odeon , London 05.11.1987.
His track 'Noble England' that originally came out in 2010 looks like it will
chart after a Facebook campaign.
Thursday 12 June 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7pm.
Jessica Albarn: Resurrection - private view at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, 42 New Compton Street,
Covent Garden,London, WC2.
Damon Albarns sister has a London exhibition after it's premiere at The Crypt in Bristol.
Resurrection is an exploration of the natural beauty of death, preservation and extinction.
On display were a selection of intricate paintings on clay and glass, as well as Jess's signature delicate pencil drawings on paper.
It is on here 13th-28th June.
Complimentary wines for all guests.
Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon were on the list for tonight but I did not see them while I was there.
www.jessicaalbarn.co.ukCheck out her website here
7.10pm to 8pm.
Kat Maconie - pop-up launch party at 17 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2.
For three days only---Thurs/Fri/Sat---British shoe designer previews her SS14 bestsellers.
Dj tonight is Hollie Cook who is the daughter of Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook.
The second album by Hollie Cook has just come out to some great reviews.
Her mother Jeni is here offering support but Paul was not here.
Good to see her playing proper vinyl rather than via digital means.
Complimentary cocktails for all guests.
www.katmaconie.comVisit the Kat Maconie website here.
www.holliecook.comVisit the Hollie Cook website here.
8.15pm to 9.45pm.
Louis Vuitton - luggage collection launch at Louis Vuitton, 17-18 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Exceptional luggage for an exceptional automobile: Louis Vuitton, the pioneer of the art of travel, has created a tailor-made luggage set for the most progressive sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.
They had one of the cars parked up outside that was getting lots of attention.
The store itself is very impressive--huge and immaculate.
Lots of complimentary champers,Hennessy cocktails and canapés for all guests.
Wednesday 11 June 2014...I went to FOUR events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Bespoke HQ / Aston Martin collection - party at L'Escargot, 48 Greek Street, London, W1.
Some very nice gents clothing here at the static collection.
Guests here included flamboyant interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Sinitta,Lady Victoria Hervey,
celeb hairdresser Nicky Clarke and a couple of up and coming singers.
Complimentary presecco and some nice food from this top quality restaurant venue.
7.40pm to 8.10pm.
The Ham Yard Hotel - launch party at The Ham Yard Hotel, Denman Street, London, W1.
Yet another very nice hotel opens up in the West End.
We were expecting a big event but it was a small event and pretty average.
Complimentary champers but no real buzz so opted to move on.
8.15pm to 9.45pm.
Aquascutum new store launch party at Aquascutum,78 Jermyn Street,London SW1.
Aquascutum invented the first waterproof cloth in 1853 (hence the name).
A stylish mix of men came together ahead of London Collections: Men as Aquascutum launched its new Jermyn Street store with Jack Fox, Jack Guinness, Natt Weller, Oliver Cheshire, Will Best, Stephen Webster and Alistair Guy in attendance. Diego Bivero Volpe, Dominic Burns, Luke Newberry and Robert Konjic were joined by Poppy Jamie, Zara Martin, Gemma Chan and Sophie Kennedy Clark at the party, enjoying the superb Nyetimber sparkling wines from West Sussex and canapés.
Nice to get a couple of goodie bags with male items in when usually goodie bags have female items.
There was a female watch blogger here taking photos of everyone's watches.
www.aquascutum.co.ukCheck their website here.
10pm to 11.45pm.
Walking On Sunshine film premiere afterparty at Floridita,Wardour Street,London W1.
Leona Lewis was joined by fellow cast members Greg Wise, Giulio Berruti, Hannah Arterton, Katy Brand and Annabel Scholey as she celebrated her acting debut in musical film Walking On Sunshine after its premiere in London's Leicester Square. Greg Wise was joined by wife Emma Thompson and daughter Gaia Wise.The film features some of the most popular songs of the 1980s.Anna Williamson, Ashleigh Butler, Bonnie Langford, Ella Purnell, Kat Shoob and Olivia Newman-Young also were here.
A massive lively proper party for over 500 people with complimentary spirits,wines and beers.
Puglia Tourist Board are the sponsors so we had four different types of Puglia pasta bowl dishes.
We had a boogie on the floor as there was a dj and band playing well known 1980s tunes and other classic hits.
Tuesday 10 June 2014...7pm to 9.30pm...
Beefeater Grill - 40th anniversary party at The Drury Club, 167 Drury Lane, London, WC2.
Hosted by birthday boy tv presenter Vernon Kay who turned 40 himself a couple of months ago.
Beefeater Grill is one of the UK’s best-loved and well-known restaurant brands. They’ve been welcoming guests for almost 40 years, since the first one opened in 1974 at the Halfway House in Dunstable.
There are over 140 of their restaurants up and down the country.
Tonight there was glitter cannons, helium balloons and a great DJ taking us through the decades
playing loads of brilliant re-mix versions by Roxy Music,Blondie,Fleetwood Mac etc.
We had big screens showing Beefeater tv adverts from the past 40 years.
There was a fun photo booth at the back.
Over 200 folks here who enjoyed complimentary retro cocktails,prosecco,wines and beers.
Also lots of food including of course some steak inspired canapés.
Other guests here included Laura Whitmore,Millie Mackintosh,Donna Air,Caggie Dunlop and Jade Ewan.
The event was on until 11pm but we had to leave a bit early as my other half had a very early start
the following morning.
www.beefeater.co.ukCheck their website for info on special offers to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Monday 09 June 2014...6pm to 9.30pm...
Pakistani Designers Fashion Parade at The Orangery,Kensington Palace,London W8.
Established Pakistani designers who have already made a mark in the local fashion industry are now planning on hitting the international market. Besides well-known Pakistani names, Fashion Parade has roped in some big international designers.
Showcasing here was the British fashion designer Romero Bryan with his luxury London-based brand in support of Great Ormand St Hospital. The brand, which is supported by the Princes Trust, has a strong international presence. It has been part of several fashion shows around the world. Recently, the designer collaborated with Dubai-based company, Savior Vivre to address the needs of the royal families and high net worth individuals in the United Arab Emirates.
Along with Romero Bryan, the celebrated multi-label boutique in London, Aashni and Co were showcasing at the event. From Aashni and Co, designer Anamika Khanna who is known for her contemporary fashion prowess and embroidered aesthetic detailing.
Aashni and Co and Anamika Khanna were showcasing an edit of the couture collection that was seen this season. It is a beautiful blend of stripped metal with old world zardozi and the silhouettes are extremely flattering".
Romero Bryan, on the other hand, specialises in hand-finished silk chiffon dresses and tops. These pieces are known for their masterful drapery. Every season, the designer’s signature pieces are given new details.
Around 250 mainly upmarket Asian folks in this superb venue.
Complimentary presecco and canapés for all the guests for the first 90 mins.
Then inside to the main area where we have a proper catwalk show with two or three rows each side.
I get a great position front row at the end of the catwalk where all the camera crews and photographers were.
For the first session were four designers then we had some speeches then the second session there were
three more designers.Lots of very nice glam outfits with a hint of East meets West.
A very well put together event with designers who were very talented.
Monday 09 June 2014...Some very sad shock news....
The very funny British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged just 56.
He played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones with his friend Adrian Edmondson.
The pair later starred in the sitcom Bottom.
A pioneer of the 1980s alternative comedy scene, Mayall also appeared in Blackadder and The New Statesman.
Now open is the spacious new Foyles flagship book store in Charing Cross Road that boasts 37,000 sq feet of retail space, spread across four miles of shelves over four floors.
Foyles has taken over the building vacated by the Central St Martins College of Art and Design. The college assembly hall staged the first performance by the Sex Pistols in 1975. The band were kicked offstage after 20 minutes but their shocking impact kickstarted the punk revolution.
Monday 09 June 2014.
Vera Lynn charts aged 97.
'Forces' sweetheart' Dame Vera Lynn, is in the company of rappers Pharrell and 50 Cent as her new album, 'Vera Lynn: National Treasure', which marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, entered the UK charts at number 13.
Sunday 08 June 2014.
Linda Lewis live at at he Jazz Cafe,Camden,London.
Linda had a couple of Top 20 UK hits in the mid 1970s with 'Rock-A-Doodle-Do' in 1973 and a cover of
'The Shoop Shoop Song(It's In His Kiss) in 1975.
Linda is now aged 63 and with the likes of other female singers Lynsey De Paul and Suzi Quatro had
quite an effect on me around 1973/1974 so I have a soft spot for all of them.
Linda hung out with the likes of Cat Stevens,David Bowie,Elton John and Rod Stewart in the 1970s.
In 1971, Lewis signed a solo deal with Warners/Reprise, having been introduced to the label by her boyfriend (and later her husband and then ex husband)Jim Cregan of Family who later joined Rod Stewarts great live band in the late 1970s.She also launched a career as a session vocalist. Over the next few years, her powerful (not to mention idiosyncratic) range could be heard on hit albums by Al Kooper, Cat Stevens, and David Bowie (she appears on 1973's Aladdin Sane LP), among others.
Linda has done a few tv and radio interviews the past week to promote this one off show.
The Jazz Cafe only holds around 300 and is a great intimate venue to see a live act.
Linda Lewis and her band were on for 90 mins with a set of original tracks and cover versions.
Linda was joined by Ray Quinn for one song called 'Don't Do Don't' and by Andrew Roachford for one song.
I saw Andrew singing with Mike And The Mechanics a couple of months ago.
Linda is looking good for her age and looking a bit like Tina Turner these days.
Her voice still sounds great and she slips into her Cockney roots for her fun on stage banter.
Some songs about ex husbands so sounds like she's been married two or three times.
Good to see her sing the two hit singles again and good to see Linda is still ticking over.
Saturday 07 June 2014.
Arcade Fire + Lorde live at Earls Court Arena,London.
Arcade Fire play the second of two shows at this venue.
Very popular Canadian indie band on a world tour to promote their fourth album 'Reflektor'.
The support act for Saturday is Kiwi teenage sensation Lorde who earlier this week headlined her own
sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire and Brixton Academy.
Lorde was on stage for 30 mins.
The 17-year-old singer-songwriter certainly hasn’t been living the life of a normal teenager. Her infectious, subversive pop hit 'Royals' topped the US Billboard charts for nine weeks last August, and the New Zealander, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, has been touring relentlessly ever since. Along the way, she has picked up two Grammys, one Brit Award and praise from David Bowie, who told her "listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow".
Backed by just a drummer and electro keyboards she is making very interesting music compared
to most female pop singers her age.
She is more Kate Bush that Miley Cyrus.
She played tracks from her album including the big worldwide hit 'Royals'.
Arcade Fire were on stage for two hours.
They have a fantastic massive stage production with three big screens,loads of lights,loads of mirrors
and eight disco mirror balls that were spread out above the floor standing area.
The band have invited fans to come in fancy dress and a few have.
The new album has a carnival disco club vibe to it so tonight so lots of folks are having a boogie.
Around a dozen people on stage and they are dancing a lot and banging drums and stuff.
Lots of colour too and there was ticker tape near the end.
Some of the songs are a bit average but they play loads of their big early tunes which made this
a better show than the Roundhouse show I saw a few months that was focused on the new album tracks.
Their anthemic last song 'Wake Up' had everyone singing along loudly.
A really good show.
Full Arcade Fire setlist played...
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Joan of Arc
Month of May
The Suburbs (Continued)
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Intervention (w/ '(Antichrist Television Blues)' outro)
No Cars Go
It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus) (Régine vocals on B-stage)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) ('Damian Taylor Remix' intro)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles song) (The Reflektors fake band in head masks on B Stage)
London (The Smiths cover)
Here Comes the Night Time
Friday 06 June 2014.
Graham Parker And The Rumour + Glenn Tilbrook live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
This was the first of two shows by Graham Parker at this venue on their UK tour.
Back at this venue again after their 30th anniversary reunion tour last year.
I first saw Graham Parker way back in 1976 and 1977 when he supported Thin Lizzy.
Like his other UK singer songwriters from the late 1970s Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson,Graham Parker
moved to America many years ago.
Up first is Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze who plays around 45 mins of solo material and Squeeze hits.
He had just an acoustic guitar or electric guitar with no band and could have been a bit louder as a lot of folks
are chatting loudly away during his set even though he is a well known artist.
Graham Parker And The Rumour were on stage for around 1 hour 50 mins.
As expected not many people here under the age of 40 with lots of grey hair and bald heads to be seen.
That also includes everyone on stage too.
A good idea for Graham to get the original members back together again as this way he is playing to
much bigger crowds than before when he was on his own or with a faceless backing band.
The current band released the album 'Three Chords Good'.
The set included tracks from that album and other tracks from his 30 plus years career.
The band sounded good with twin guitars and some nice Hammond keyboards.
Highlight would have to be 'Don't Ask Me Questions'.
For one song he asked the crowd to "click your fingers along to it".
He joked with the older crowd "this would help your arthritis that affects your hands".
A good show and nice to see him back with The Rumour as I missed last years show due to a gig clash.
I spotted Mark Ellen in the crowd who no doubt had Graham Parker on The Old Grey Whistle Test
tv programme when he was the presenter in the early 1980s.I see Mark at QPR quite often.
Full Graham Parker setlist played tonight...
Snake Oil Capital of the World
Flying In To London (New song, first live performance)
No Holding Back
Wall Of Grace (Unreleased new song)
Live in Shadows
Love Gets You Twisted
Stick to Me
Watch the Moon Come Down
Get Started, Start a Fire
Nobody Hurts You
Pourin' It All Out
You Can't Be Too Strong
Don't Ask Me Questions
Chain of Fools (Aretha Franklin cover) (with Glenn Tilbrook)
Friday 06 June 2014---D Day 70th anniversary---All day live coverage by BBC tv from Normandy.
Nice to see such huge respect for all our war heroes.
Comedian Eddie Izzard was out there in Normandy trying to outdo Prince by playing
three 60 mins shows on the same evening.One all in German,one all in English and one all in French.
Thursday 05 June 2014.
Tonight was a family celebration as my 24 year old youngest son passed his university exams.
Somehow he did all his modules between his full time job and now has a
First Class Honours Degree in Business Management Practise.
Thursday 05 June 2014.
Prince played a secret gig at a film premiere party....I did not go to it...the below is from Prince UK pr...
Prince undertook the latest show on his ‘Hit and Run – Part II’ tour of Europe last night, June 5th, when he and his band 3RDEYEGIRL played at the premiere after-party for the acclaimed new movie ‘Belle’. The show at the Hippodrome Casino in London’s Leicester Square was attended by the cast and crew of ‘Belle’ and a host of names including Kate Moss, Dev Hynes, Paolo Nutini, The XX and Bryan Ferry. The audience were treated to a royal set by Prince in the intimate 350 capacity theatre with a thrilling range of classics from his vast catalogue as well as brand new songs.
Other sources are saying it was a 90 mins set.
This was the day after the Roundhouse shows I attended.
Wed 04 June 2014.
Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL live at The Roundhouse,London.
I went to both of the shows played tonight that were mega.
You can see why all these shows have been getting five star reviews.
Prince makes most other acts look very average indeed.
Short notice gigs with the tickets going on sale only the day before the shows but still looked like
both shows were sold out even though tickets were £85 and £75 plus booking fees.
Prince fans were on full ticket alert after the rumour of a Wembley Arena gig last week.
I have seen Prince around 40 times since 1986 and have already seen great shows this year
by him at Shepherds Bush Empire and Birmingham LG Arena.
A fantastic atmosphere here as this venue only holds around 2000.
Again lots of reminders not to take photos or camera phone videos.
Again the first 30 mins of the set is loads of big hits.
The opening few seconds of each hit brings big cheers of delight.
I must admit I really love all this mainly hits type show.
Of the many shows I have seen him play I remember the three at Hammersmith Apollo in Oct 2002
where he only played three or four hits in a set full of newer material that pleased the hardcore fans
but left the general fan a bit bemused and cheated.
Not sure how Prince can play for four hours on the same night.Pretty amazing really.
Does he ever sleep???.....Where does he get all the energy from???....How does his voice cope with it???...
His all female band are superb...the drummer really bashing the kit for four hours.
Highlight has to be a stunning 'Purple Rain' with the entire crowd singing loudly along with mass arm waving.
Also 'Lets Go Crazy','Take Me With U','Raspberry Beret','1999','Little Red Corvette','When Doves Cry',
'Kiss',U Got The Look','I Would Die 4 U' and many more.
Overall there were so many highlights and great songs in a brilliant show.
The two sets were different with a few songs dropped and added so a good idea to see both shows.
A real buzz to be here tonight that will go down as one of the best gigs of the year for sure.
First show was 7.02pm to 9.02pm....two hours on stage...
I watched this show 10 rows from the stage on the right side.
Second show was 10.33pm to 00.38am...two hours 5 mins on stage...
I saw David Gilmour and his wife at this show.
I watched the show 10 rows from stage on the left side.
Tuesday 03 June 2014...6.30pm to 10.30pm...
Launch party for Pont Plage at Le Pont de la Tour,36d Shad Thames,London SE1.
A bit of a trek for me from way out west but well worth coming here.
A lovely sunny evening down by the river with a nice walk across the stunning Tower Bridge to the venue.
Le Pont de la Tour combines traditional yet innovative French cuisine, knowledgeable and friendly staff, thoughtful design that evokes the Parisian chic of the 1930s and stunning views of the City and Tower Bridge.
Riverside restaurant Le Pont de la Tour is celebrating summer in style, with a luxurious 1920s seaside-inspired terrace, complete with crustacean and ceviche bar and aptly named, Pont Plage.
Guests can sample some of head chef Tom Cook’s summer specials, including crab and crevette buckets, ceviche and sashimi-style fresh fish.
All guests tonight had a choice of half a dozen different complimentary cocktails along with wines and beers.
Some very nice food including a guy who spent the entire first two hours cooking King Prawns on a small
pan just a couple of feet from all the guests so nice and fresh.
A word must be said of the three musicians who played here.
For the first couple of hours they were outside with guitar,bass and sax playing some swing and jazz.
Then the last couple of hours they went inside and they swopped guitar for piano and got all the
crowd singing and clapping along to some quality cover versions including 'Brown Eyed Girl',
'Daydream Believer','Stand By Me','Johnny B Goode','Easy','Suspicious Minds' which was the full
speeded up version at the end and a final song of the very apt 'Waterloo Sunset'.
They really knew how to entertain the crowd and it was no surprise they said they played regular gigs
at the Dorchester and Savoy Hotels.
www.garyparkes.comClick here for more info on the their forthcoming gigs and how you can hire them out.
www.lepontdelatour.co.ukClick here for more info on the venue.
On the way back to the tube Tower Bridge was opened to let a tall sailing ship go through.
A really enjoyable event.
Monday 02 June 2014...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 10pm.
Media launch of The Beamish Bull at Steam & Rye, 147 Leadenhall Street,London EC3.
Steam & Rye is a Classic Americana Restaurant, Late Night Cocktail Bar & Discotheque in the heart of the City of London, brought to you by Nick House & actress Kelly Brook that opened six months ago to great reviews.
It is a very impressive huge venue that can cater for around 500 people.
Tonight on the ground floor is the launch of The Beamish Bull which is the only full size Texan style rodeo
mechanical bull in the UK.
It is huge and great fun to go on.
You need to sign a 'Release of Liability' form before you get on it.
Will be very popular with the City Boys after work when they have had a free drinks.
The sounds played over the pa where all 1980s hits.
All guests tonight had complimentary cocktails,wines,beers and lots of nice American diner type food.
Well worth a visit as it is a pretty unique feature.
www.steamandrye.comClick her for more info on Steam & Rye and their Beamish Bull.
10.45pm to 12pm.
The London Club & Bar Awards at The InterContinental Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
I have been to these awards a couple of times before so I know things always run late.
Awards are still on when we get there and are being hosted by Boy George.
Even though dinner was served an hour before we got there the staff kindly brought us out a
nice dinner and some different fruit slices for dessert along with complimentary drinks on the table.
Very lively here with dance music being played in the background.
A lot of glam females here dressed up including the lap dancing girls from Spearment Rhino who are
walking about thinking they are rock stars.
Club legend Philip Salon handed out an award and he wore a crazy outfit as usual.
Boy George had a moan about why there were no gay clubs nominated which was a fair point.
A dozen awards were given out.I think DSTRKT won The Best Club but check the web for full list.
Sunday 1 June 2014...5.30pm to 10.30pm...
Home Coming Festival at The Open Air Theatre,Regents Park,London NW1.
A nice sunny day to be in this beautiful park and a great outdoor venue to see a band.
The steeply raked auditorium has 1,250 seats and most have paid £150 to be here which includes
free food and booze all evening as and when you felt like it....all tickets were sold.
We have burgers,pizza,pork rolls,ice creams and four different Grey Goose Vodka Cocktails and beers.
Acts performing tonight were mostly playing short sets.
The theme for tonight was 'Songs In The Key Of London'.
Acts we saw included Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Suggs, The Strypes, Ed Harcourt, Chris Difford, Maverick Sabre,
Dennis Greaves,Gregory Porter and a couple of others we missed when we went for food and drink.
The host tonight is cockney radio/tv presenter Danny Baker.
Other guests here included Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet and actor Shane Richie.
Up first at 6pm is Suggs who is on early as he has a gig of his own at 7.30pm up the road.
There is maybe just around 100 people watching him as folks are still coming in and more interested in
getting the free booze n food from the area that is behind the seating.
He sings a couple of Madness hits and a cover of The Kinks 'Lola'.
Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze played three of four Squeeze songs,Gregory Porter did three of four tunes.
After the main interval we get a nice surprise as The Strypes end up being the house band.
They are on for 55 mins playing a mix of their own great uptempo tracks including
'Blue Collar Jane' and 'What A Shame' along with some covers.
They played a couple of tracks with Dennis Greaves(Nine Below Zero) including a cover of 'Itchycoo Park'.
Then covers by The Jam and Ian Dury then Maverick Sabre sang a couple of songs with them.
At the end Chris Difford joined them for 'Cool For Cats' and Ed Harcourt joined them for a cover of
'Werewolves Of London'.
Then Sophie Ellis-Bextor played three songs.
Finale was all acts on stage for a mass singalong of The Kinks 'Waterloo Sunset'.
A very nice event.
Saturday 31 May 2014.
A fun spoof video where even Adolf Hitler cannot stop QPR.
watch the clip here► 3:50
Friday 30 May 2014.
Released this week and I got it today in the post from Amazon for £9.99.
KISS 40....2 cd 40 track compilation.
No doubt released to cash in on their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April.
The track list is filled with classics and desirable extras with hits like "Nothin' to Lose," "Beth," and "Lick It Up" appearing in their original studio and/or singles versions, while other blockbusters appear in alternate versions like "Detroit Rock City" in its Kiss Symphony: Alive IV recording and "God of Thunder" in demo form. This is partly due to the set's rule of "one track from every major album release" so that demo checks off 2001's The Box Set while the live version of "Room Service" takes care of the woeful comp You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!. Even the four solo albums from 1978 get their due, and they fall heavily toward the Gene and Ace half of the band in terms of quality ("Radioactive" and "New York Groove" respectively) with Peter and Paul running way behind (only Kiss Army commanders will recall "You Matter to Me" or "Hold Me, Touch Me [Think of Me When We're Apart). Of special interest is the unreleased "Reputation," a "Christine Sixteen"-like rocker where Gene Simmons barks out the kind of sexy and self-serving lyrics for which he owns the patent ("She was young, and she loved me, she really couldn't live without me/She gave me all she could, she loves control"). All and all, Kiss 40 does a nice job following its odd song-per-album rule, and knocks off fringe releases like Sonic Boom Over Europe and Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions with ease, but it takes a mega-fan to appreciate how well this task was executed, so consider its high score for those who know the Music from "The Elder" album inside and out.
An excellent compilation.
Thursday 29 May 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.15pm.
Jaguar Roar - charity auction at Mahiki, 1 Dover Street, London, W1.
Ethical jewellery brand Chavin host a party at this well known venue.
The strikingly colourful and ethically sourced collection of CHAVIN Jewellery, who are working with SOS Children's Charity, reinvesting into Peruvian families and communities and supporting their family strengthening programme in the community centre "Luz y Vida" in Lima, Peru.
CHAVIN combines the spicy mythology, colours and craftsmanship of Peruvian culture with up to date interpretations by modern, freethinking designers. The result is beautifully crafted, powerfully feminine, long-lasting jewellery. Each piece bought makes a difference to Peruvian families.
The Chavin collection features brightly coloured "Caring bracelets," each colour named after a Peruvian mother who will benefit from this innovative project.
Around 20 nice items on display for the silent auction.
Henry Conway was here.
Complimentary rum punch cocktails and hot canapés for all guests.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
www.chavinjewellery.comClick here for more info on Chavin jewellery.
www.soschildren.orgClick here for more info on SOS Children Org.
8.30pm to 12pm.
Lamborghini TL 66 - mobile phone launch party at 41, 40 Conduit Street,London W1.
It was a bit quiet at 8.30pm when I arrived considering the event started at 7pm but it was one of those parties
that got livelier and livelier as the night went on and at 10pm it was totally buzzing as the celebs turned up.
Guests here included Jonathan Ross, Mathew Horne, Henry Conway, David Haye,Ricky Wilson,
Dynamo,Mike Tindall, Pixie Lott, Sarah Harding,Linzi Stoppard,Max Beesley,Rick Edwards and Jamelia.
Quite funny when Mike Tindall turned up as he brought a dozen of his burly rugby playing mates
from The All Blacks.
Dynamo was popular as he was doing some of his neat card tricks.
Complimentary presecco,cocktails,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
All the celebs got a complimentary phone or one of their posh watches for turning up.
At 11pm the lights dimmed and the dj turned the sounds up to give it a nice nightclub feel.
An excellent event.
Wed 28 May 2014...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.15pm.
Lola's Underground Casino launch party at The Hippodrome Casino,Leicester Square,London WC2.
Sited in the lower floor gaming area,this circular room now features go-go dancers in cages and
burlesque acts along with waitresses serving drinks in showgirl outfits.
Gamblers can have some nice visual entertainment while playing at the tables.
Complimentary Moët champers,cocktails,beers,wines,burgers and canapés for all guests.
With three floors of gaming and the dedicated Pokerstars LIVE deck The Hippodrome offers the very best in table gaming and the latest electronic games and slots from across the world for both seasoned gamblers and casino novices alike.
This very popular huge casino gets over 30,000 visitors a week to its prime location.
Since the 2005 Gaming Act casinos can offer much more entertainment wise.
www.hippodromecasino.comClick here for more info on Lola's Underground Casino.
8.30pm to 10pm.
Lacoste - store launch party at Lacoste, 233 Regent Street, London, W1.
A cool young crowd here with Say Lou Lou playing the dj sounds.
Guests here included singers John Newman and Arlissa.
A few model types here including male model Ricki Hall who is known for his big beard and tattoos.
Complimentary presecco,cocktails and canapés for all guests.
10.15pm to 11.30pm.
Flash Mob - press/vip night afterparty at Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2.
Flash Mob returns to the Peacock Theatre with a brand new production!
It shows talented dancers from hit tv programmes including Strictly Come Dancing.
A range of dance styles from Latin to Locking and Street Dance to Salsa.
It is on now until 08 June 2014.
A mainly young crowd here including the cast members.
Guests included Dragons Den star Deborah Meadon.
Complimentary beers,wines and a sit down beef or veg curry meal for all guests.
Tues 27 May---Happy Birthday to me.
Tues 27 May---Sex Pistols 'God Save The Queen' released this day in 1977.
Tues 27 May---Happy Birthday to Siouxsie Sioux who is 57 today.
The Rolling Stones start their mainland European Tour on Mon 26 May 2014.
No English shows this time as they played 2 shows at The 02 Arena in 2012 and Glastonbury Festival
and two shows n Hyde Park in 2013. I was at all four London shows.
Date Year Venue City Country Capacity
Mon May 26 2014 Telenor Arena Oslo Norway 25,000
Thu May 29 2014 Rock In Rio Lisboa - Parque Bela Vista Lisbon Portugal 80,000
Sun Jun 1 2014 Letzigrund Zurich Switzerland 50,000
Wed June 4 2014 Park Hayarkon Tel Aviv Israel 100,000
Sat June 7 2014 Pinkpop 2014 Landgraaf The Netherlands 60,000
Tue June 10 2014 Waldbuhne Berlin Germany 18,000
Fri June 13 2014 Stade de France Paris France 75,000
Mon June 16 2014 Ernst Happel Stadium Vienna Austria 50,000
Thu June 19 2014 Esprit Arena Dusseldorf Germany 43,000
Sun June 22 2014 Circo Massimo Rome Italy 60,000
Wed June 25 2014 Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Madrid Spain 80,000
Sat June 28 2014 TW CLassic 2014 Werchter (near Leuven/Brussels) Belgium 60,000
Tue July 1 2014 Tele2 Arena Stockholm Sweden 45,000
Thu July 3 2014 Roskilde Roskilde near Copenhagen Denmark 80,000
Sat 24 May 2014...a bit of a footie day for me today...
3pm---Derby 0 QPR 1 at Wembley Stadium in the Championship Play-Off Final.
QPR end ticket allocation of over 37,000 has all been sold.
The total crowd was officially 87,348.
I must admit the nerves and excitement on the way to Wembley were right up there for me.
It is the bounty on offer for reaching the Premier League that makes the Championship play-off final, not just the richest game in soccer, but the biggest payday for any sporting event in the world.If Derby County was to triumph at Wembley it would net £120 million.Victory for Queens Park Rangers would see it pull in a cool £80 million.
The money for being in the Premier League with the big boys is crazy mainly due to the worldwide tv rights.
Derby were the better team today but even though we had a player sent off after an hour we somehow
nicked a goal near the end and it was job done.
After the game the Wembley speakers blasted out The Clash 'London Calling' which is always played at
Loftus Road as the players danced on the pitch with the play-off trophy.
Mick Jones of The Clash is a QPR season ticket holder so I would imagine he was here.
You feel happy for the QPR owners who have spent soooo much money on new players over the last couple of years.
So it is fantastic for QPR to be back in the Premier League but we need to play a lot better otherwise
we will get relegated after one season and end up back in the Championship.
7.45pm---Real Madrid 4 Athletico Madrid 1...Champions League Final...Live on ITV.
Got back home in time to watch this major game.
Another game with a dramatic late goal which was Real Madrid drawing level then going on to
win it easily in extra time with one of the goals scored by Gareth Bale.
24 May 2014.
Bob Dylan is 73 years old today and showing no signs of slowing down.
Dylan has been on his Never Ending Tour since 1988 and just completed the 116th leg of the tour in Japan and Hawaii.
Bob will release his 36th studio album this year. It is expected to be a Frank Sinatra covers record. The first song ‘Full Moon and Empty Arms’ was revealed last week.
Fri 23 May 2014...6.30pm to 8pm...
Led Zeppelin playback at HMV,363 Oxford Street,London W1.
Around 200 mainly competition winners in a big room upstairs that is away from all the HMV product.
The room is like a proper all standing gig venue space and must be good when they have in-store gigs.
There are half a dozen large Led Zeppelin logo signs on the walls.
Some of you may remember in-store gigs and signings at the old HMV where everyone
had to stand in the aisles between the racks of cds to watch the bands.
Complimentary beers and wines for all guests.
This Led Zeppelin playback is related to their first three albums which are re-released with extras with
companion discs of rare and unreleased material.
From 6.30pm for 30 mins we have Led Zep tracks in the background as folks chatted.
At 7pm long time rock dj Nicky Horne came on stage to host and introduce the event.
Nicky said "this was the fourth time he had introduced Led Zep as he introduced two Knebworth
shows and one Earls Court Arena show back in the day".
He also said "these albums have put together as a labour of love by Jimmy Page and not some
spotty young herbert from the record company".
We then had the pa turned up louder to hear the eight rare and unreleased tracks over the next
40 mins which included a different version of 'Whole Lotta Love'.
The event finished at 8pm.
The albums are released 03 June 2014.
I was invited to the press launch for this event on Friday evening but could not go as it clashed with the
Led Zeppelin playback and the distance between venues was too great.
Sat 24 May and Sun 25 May---The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club show is on at Tobacco Dock,Porters Walk,London E1.
Bike Shed Motorcycle Club, which celebrates and lifts the lid on the exciting, emerging custom bike scene,
returns to London in style this month.
Devoted to the retro motorbike scene, this year’s show boasts a new sponsorship of Triumph Motorcycles. It also has a new venue; the Victorian warehouse splendour of Tobacco Dock, E1, for May 24 and 25, allowing more exhibits and stands to be packed in.
Other well known brands there will include Barbour and Moto Guzzi.
The two-day exhibition will showcase cafe racers, brat-style scramblers and other custom motorcycles, as well as art, photography, design and culture, all celebrating the “underground motorcycle custom scene”.
Run by Bike Shed, the event is in its third year and will boast more displays and on-site parking for up to 150 motorbikes. The halls will be studded with stunning bike designs, many of them created by small, highly skilled teams based in and around London — and bearing very little resemblance to most machines you’ll ever spot in a traditional dealer.
Click here for more info and to buy ticketsTickets are £10 via their website or on the door.
Nearest tube stations to Tobacco Dock are Shadwell and Tower Hill.
Thursday 22 May 2014...I went to two good events in Mayfair tonight...
6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Gina - 60th anniversary and new store launch party at Gina, 119 Mount Street,Mayfair,London W1.
GINA is a refined design, manufacturing and retail company established in 1954 in London by master shoemaker Mehmet Kurdash. He had a dream to make glamorous handmade shoes and named the company after his muse, 1960’s movie icon Gina Lollobrigida. Throughout his life, Mehmet would never compromise on quality and crafted his own designs out of the most beautiful leathers. Today, GINA are renowned world wide for their exquisite sculptured footwear and handbags – remaining the last and only British designer label creating luxury footwear in London today.
A very upmarket crowd here spread out over the two rooms of this luxury store.
Abbey Clancy was here looking fantastic as always.Also here were Nicky Clarke and Zara Martin.
Complimentary champers,gin cocktails and canapés for all guests.
8.45pm to 10pm.
Roger Vivier - summer party at No 5 Hertford Street (Loulou's), 2-5 Hertford Street, Mayfair,London, W1.
Roger Vivier (1907–1998) was a French fashion designer who specialized in shoes. His best known creation was the Stiletto heel.
Vivier has been called the "Fragonard of the shoe" and his shoes "the Fabergé of Footwear" by numbers of critics. He designed extravagant richly-decorated shoes that he described as sculptures. He is credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954.Stiletto heels, the very thin high heel, were certainly around in the late 19th century as numerous fetish drawings attest, but Vivier is known for reviving and developing this opulent style by using a thin rod of steel.
Ava Gardner, Gloria Guinness and The Beatles were all Vivier customers, and he designed the shoes for Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953.
Vivier designed shoes for Christian Dior from 1953 to 1963. In addition to the stiletto heel, he also experimented with other shapes including the comma. He used silk, pearls, beads, lace, appliqué and jewels to create unique decorations for his shoes.
Really nice to be at this upmarket members club that opened a couple of years ago.
A very smart crowd here.
Lots of A listers like Mick Jagger,George Clooney and others have been here in the past.
Basic membership is £1200 a year and you need a member to confirm you.
The three storey building has no markings on the front at all.
A bar area,a dance floor area and seated areas dotted around.
You can see why folks compare it to Annabel's as they have plenty of discreet dining areas behind pillars
and alcoves which is how most of Annabel's is laid out.
Complimentary champers and nibbles for all guests.
A guy asked for a Gin and Tonic and was charged £20...yikes.
Links I Like
Buy your concert tickets through Live Nation
toptable: London Restaurants
Official London Theatre
Long Tall Sally
Sex Pistols Experience
The Halkin Hotel-Belgravia
The Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow, Bucks
Clothing at Tesco
Shepherds Bush Empire
Isle of Wight Festival
Classic Rock Bands
The UK's #1 Gig-Goer
In November 2008 the BBC confirmed me as the UK's number one gig-goer. The jacket was a gig-going prize from Q Magazine a few years ago. I do not wear it outside of the house let alone out to gigs!
Over 5,500 gigs now seen by me since 1973 covering all genres. I still go to over 100 gigs a year.
Party or event?
Let me plan it for you!
I know the best venues,the best catering and the best entertainment agencies to suit your budget whether its small drinks and canapes or something bigger. email@example.com