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September 20, 2014
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.
Friday 19 September 2014...8pm to 12pm...
The Colony Grill Room and Jimmy's Bar press and vip preview at The Beaumont Hotel,
Brown Hart Gardens,Mayfair,London W1.
The Beaumont is superbly located on a quiet, landscaped square, yet within a few minutes reach of the luxury shops on Mount Street, South Audley Street and Bond Street, the green spaces of Grosvenor Square, Berkeley Square and Hyde Park, and Mayfair's many art galleries.
The Beaumont is the first hotel by Corbin & King, the London restaurateurs behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay and a number of other leading restaurants in the capital.
A luxury, 5 star Mayfair hotel, with just 50 rooms, 13 studios and 10 suites, The Beaumont occupies a historic 1926 building overlooking Brown Hart Gardens.The rooms at The Beaumont cost £395 per night to stay in.
Reflecting the era in which the hotel was built, the interiors feature restrained Art Deco touches, original artefacts, antique pieces of furniture and an eclectic mix of authentic works of art sourced from all over the world.
Before and after the dinner in the main room we had a cocktail each in Jimmys Bar where over
100 photographs of both American and European personalities of the 1920s and 1930s adorn the walls.
We had a fantastic four course meal with lamb cutlets as my mains along with some drinks.
The food was superbly presented and the staff were brilliant.
As you can imagine being a five star hotel it will not be for those on a budget but I loved it here.
Jarvis Cocker was sitting a few yards from us at another table.
Thursday 18 September 2014...6.15pm to 9pm...
Ethos --- press launch--- at Ethos,48 Eastcastle Street,London W1.
This restaurant is located near Oxford Street tube station just a few yards from the Getty Images gallery.
This restaurant specialises in meat free cuisine from around the world.
Like another veggie restaurant I went to a couple of years ago the price paid is on the weight of your meal.
There are 10 to 12 different items to choose from and desserts are all £4 each so basically we had
Small starter plate with three items brought to the till to be weighed and a glass of red wine.
Large main plate with six items brought to the till to be weighed and a glass of red wine.
Dessert number one ( lemon and raspberry posset) and a cappuccino.
Dessert number two (freshly made cream donut) and an espresso.
When it opens on Monday 22 September 2014 the above would have cost around £40 per person
with the food around £28 and the drinks £12.
The food was all very nice apart the BBQ ribs that are not a patch on the real meat ones.
The owner gave us a full description of each item which was nice.
Ethos serves a global menu including unique, homemade BBQ 'ribs' and Hyderabadi Scotch eggs that should appeal to all, even the meat eaters among you. Open all day, they serve everything from your morning coffee to seasonal salads for lunch, through to spicy curries, hearty Tuscan stews and creative cocktails for post-work dinner and drinks. Other dishes include Thai corn fritters, Colombian crema de Aguacata soup, and Lebanese green bean and tomato salad, loubieh - see, we told you it was a global menu. If you've still got room for pudding, try indulgent cake balls, a lemon and raspberry posset or gevulde speculaas biscuits - a Dutch-inspired dessert. On the drinks menu are juices, cocktails and wines, coffees and speciality teas. Contemporary interiors are decked out in silver birch trees and neutral whites and blues with gold accents, airily lit through floor-to-ceiling windows.
www.ethosfoods.comCheck their website here for more info.
Wednesday 17 September 2014...6.15pm to 9pm...
Stamp - launch party at Stamp, 79 Oxford Street, London, W1.
This private members club located at the Tottenham Court Road end of Oxford Street was formerly called
Maya with an entrance in Dean Street but now the entrance is in Oxford Street.
The main area is a rectangle shape with a silver and black contemporary colour.
The club has a capacity of around 250.
Careful attention to detail has been made so that guests will effortlessly enjoy themselves in comfort whilst experiencing the very best in sound, vision, lighting and performance. The venue also holds the most luxurious in-house artist studios, facilities and rehearsal areas.
There is a VIP room for 10 people with its own butler and a raised seating area with curtains for privacy.
The venue has two raised stage platforms for live acts and catwalk shows in the middle of the dance floor.
They can arrange the club for 80 sit down dining at tables for Christmas Parties etc.
The staff here tonight were great as they insisted on bringing drinks to our table rather than us going to the bar.
Guests enjoyed complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers,cocktails,Baileys,Jack Daniels and other drinks
with some very nice canapés.
www.stampmembersclub.comCheck their website here for more info.
Tuesday 16 September 2014.
There has been much publicity(good and bad) on U2 giving their new album 'Songs Of Innocence'
away for free via the new Apple iPhone but this is a good quote I read on it.
"It says a lot about the 21st century attitude to music.Its value is now so low that not only do people
refuse to pay for it---they are actually angry if you give it to them for free".
Tuesday 16 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 8.15pm.
Coqui Coqui Perfumes & Hacienda Montaecristo - launch party at Bond and Brook, Fenwick, 63 Bond Street, London, W1.
Around 100 guests here in their cafe/bar area on the second floor.
A nice surprise to see Nick Mason of Pink Floyd here.
He is good friends with the current chairman Mark Fenwick who is also here.
Also here was Dame Zandra Rhodes in shocking pink hair.
We have a Mexican theme here as it is Mexico National Day and the fragrance is from Mexico.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Mexican Margaritas with key limes and Mexican canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag with the fragrance in.
www.coquicoquiperfumes.comVisit their website here.
8.45pm to 11pm.
LFW s/s 2015: Harrods Shoe Heaven - launch party at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1.
World famous store hosts a massive party for over 500 folks in its new shoe space on the fifth floor.
The dj tonight was Mark Ronson and he played 'Valerie' at the end of his set which he produced for Amy Winehouse.
After Mark Ronsons parents broke up, his mother married Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, which contributed
to a childhood surrounded by music.
Also here was shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, tv presenter George Lamb,Dominic Cooper and Jourdan Dunn.
We had a dozen female models parading around the store in a selection of nice heels.
Shoe Heaven, Harrods’s spanking new women's footwear emporium is pretty amazing.
For starters, it spans almost 42,000 square feet. Encompassing the former staff canteen on the department store's fifth floor, Shoe Heaven offers over 100,000 pairs of shoes from over 55 designers, 17 of which have their own boutique within the department. The scale is phenomenal. The floor is a veritable labyrinth of concessionary zones showcasing niche and up-and-coming designers including Charlotte Olympia, Paul Andrew and Gianvito Rossi, punctuated by grand, lobby-like areas displaying exclusive pop-ups or limited-edition collections, and interspersed with plush boutiques from the “big guns”; including Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent, Dior, Prada, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Roger Vivier, Miu Miu, Valentino and more – many of which are larger than each brand’s own flagship store.
Lots of complimentary Louis Roederer champers and various cocktails,wines and yummy canapés.
An army of waiters were waiting on guests tonight.
An excellent event.
Monday 15 Sept 2014...I went to three events tonight...Day 4 of London Fashion Week.
6pm to 7pm.
New York Evening Edition private view at Phillips Gallery,Brook Street,Mayfair,London W1.
This gallery is located left of the main entrance to Claridges Hotel.
We are here for an hour with complimentary wines for all guests.
7.30pm to 11pm.
LFW s/s 2015: LOVE Magazine - party at George Club, 87-88 Mount Street, London, W1.
A cool fashion crowd at this private members club basement area.
We were one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave as nice and comfy here.
Lots of sofas here to relax in and great staff making a fuss of us.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Bellinis,wines and canapés including sushi.
11.15pm to 2am.
LFW s/s 2015: Kate Moss / AnOther Magazine - party at No 5 Hertford Street (Loulou's), 2-5 Hertford Street, London, W1.
Anything with Kate Moss attending always seems to get the showbiz photographers excited.
We arrive at the venue and 20 of them pounce on our taxi in case anyone well known is in it.
The venue is a very exclusive private members club in the heart of Mayfair.
The party is in full flow and lively with maybe 300 cool fashion folks over the two levels.
The dress theme tonight is Mardi Gras so half the crowd have feathers,face paint,glitter and sparkles.
The djs are playing tunes to a packed dance floor and Kate Moss is holding court in the corner.
Guests here included The Clash bass player Paul Simonon,Dynamo,Henry Holland,Sadie Frost,
Jade Jagger,Alexa Chung,M.I.A. and Nicky Haslam.
Guests all enjoyed complimentary champers and a choice of four different Absolut Elyx vodka cocktails.
A great party.
www.anothermag.comCheck their website for more details and pictures of the party.
Sunday 14 Sept 2014...6.45pm to 10.30pm...
The Invictus Games closing ceremony at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,Stratford,London E20.
Featuring Foo Fighters + Kaiser Chiefs + Ellie Goulding + Ryan Adams + Gina Yashere.
On the weekend of his 30th birthday Prince Harry celebrates the sporting event for wounded
and sick servicemen and women that was his brainchild.
26,000 tickets all sold out within an hour.
The nature of the show means the bands are playing shorter sets than usual.
We missed a couple of the earlier acts.
Our press wristbands are valid for the gold circle here front of stage so that's perfect.
In the gold circle are all the athletes so there are prosthetic limbs,wheelchairs and crutches everywhere.
Incredible to see how many of them there are and remember they are the lucky ones as they came home.
Yep war is pretty shitty whatever way you look at it.
At times it was very emotional here as medals handed out between the band changeovers.
The first act I see is Ryan Adams who plays five songs in a 25 mins set.
Some nice Neil Young/Tom Petty style guitar playing but Ryan needs to improve his stage banter as each
song was followed by some mumbling tosh that did not do any him any favours with the crowd.
Tracks played included 'Gimme Something Good','Fix It' and 'Stay With Me'.
Then comedian Gina Yashere does a funny 10 mins or so.
Three big screens are used today showing the bands and highlights of The Invictus Games.
Then Ellie Goulding bounces on stage looking fit and wearing a sports bra.
She also plays five songs in a 25 mins set.
Her set was 'Figure 8','Anything Can Happen','I Need Your Love','Lights' and 'Burn'.
Next up are The Kaiser Chiefs who are the band I have seen the most times live this year.
They were brilliant as usual with singer Ricky Wilson running all over the stage.
They also played five songs in a 25 mins set which were 'Ruby','Never Miss A Beat',
'Coming Home','I Predict A Riot' and 'Oh My God'.
After a long speech Prince Harry introduced Foo Fighters at 9.25pm for their 65 mins set.
Foo Fighters played three warm up club shows in Brighton and London x 2 before this big show.
The Foos are one of those bands that are always fantastic when they play live.
Singer Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins just give out this great rock vibe.
Prince Harry was in the gold circle near us watching Foo Fighters for a few songs.
The Foo Fighters totally rocked and hopefully they will announce a full tour soon for 2015.
Full Foo Fighters setlist played...
All My Life
Times Like These
The Pretender (With Sonic Highways Interlude)
Learn to Fly
My Hero (Dedicated to all the athletes at the Games)
Cold Day in the Sun
Best of You
Top marks to Prince Harry as this great event was a total success.
Saturday 13 Sept 2014...5.45pm to 10.45pm...
BBC Proms In The Park live in Hyde Park,London.
Featuring Earth,Wind and Fire,Rufus Wainwright and many other acts.
I saw Earth,Wind and Fire on their first UK tour back in 1975 when they supported Santana.
A big crowd here of around 40,000 with a great mix of musical genres.
Very handy to have a press wristband for the backstage toilets without any queues like the ones out front.
A nice relaxed family atmosphere and thankfully it stayed dry.
Hosts were Tony Blackburn for the first part and Sir Terry Wogan for the second part.
The first act I saw were members of the Marc Bolan musical 20th Century Boy performing a few great
tracks including 'Metal Guru','Hot Love','20th Century Boy' and 'Get It On'.
Their UK tour has finished and they are hoping to bring it to The West End next year.
Next up were British country music duo The Shires who had some nice female vocals.
They have just recorded their debut album in Nashville for release in 2015.
Next up were The Dhol Foundation who featured lots of lively percussion and got the crowd dancing
with their Bhangra rhythms.
They were featured on the soundtrack for the film 'Gangs Of New York'
Rufus Wainwright played three good songs which were 'Going To A Town','Dinner At Eight' and
'Oh What A World'.
We had some great vocals by tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Pumeza Matshikiza on a few songs.
The guys from The Fishermens Friends sang some fun shanty songs.
Between the acts we were flicking over to The Royal Albert Hall on the big screens where the famous
Last Night Of The Proms is being held.
Most people are here for Earth,Wind and Fire who play a 45 mins greatest hits set with a full orchestra.
They were massive in the 1970s/1980s and have sold over 90 million albums.
The crowd were dancing and singing along to gems including 'Boogie Wonderland','Shining Star',
'Fantasy','After The Love Has Gone','Got To Get You Into My Life','September' and 'Lets Groove'.
Some fab falsetto vocals from Philip Bailey and some crazy bass playing by Verdine White.
From 9.45pm for the final hour we are linked up on the big screens again for a sing song from
The Royal Albert Hall so we start of with a Mary Poppins medley then 'Rule, Britannia!',
'Land Of Hope And Glory','Jerusalem' and 'The National Anthem'.
All the words are up on the screen and there is much flag waving and loud singing.
A very enjoyable evening.
A highlights programme will be shown on BBC4 on Friday 19th Sept 2014.
www.bbc.co.ukSee some photos and live footage on the BBC website.
Friday 12 September 2014...I went three events tonight...Day 1 of London Fashion Week...
6.15pm to 7pm.
Paul McCarthy opening preview at Hauser & Wirth Gallery,23 Saville Row,London W1.
American artist unveils new paintings from his 'White Snow' and 'Stagecoach' projects.
On the reception desk is a card saying the following...
"This exhibition may contain material that some people may find offensive".
There are around 20 huge paintings and around 20 drawings.
Quite a few of them have hardcore sex themes and are pretty shocking.
Not sure why anyone would buy one of them to be honest.
Complimentary beers for all guests.
7.15pm to 10.15pm.
LFW s/s 2015: Club Monaco - store launch party at Club Monaco, 32-33 Sloane Square, London, SW1.
North American male and female clothing,shoes and accessories brand opens in a prime location.
It's London Fashion Week madness so have half a dozen fashion related parties on each night.
We have complimentary presecco in the very nice store that is over two floors.
But this was no ordinary store launch as they have set up a huge garden area on Sloane Square itself.
Around 300 cool fashion folks here including tv presenter George Lamb.
We have lots of complimentary presecco,choice of four cocktails including my fave Espresso Martinis,
wines,beers and yummy food from Pizza Pilgrims,Artisan Food Market,Maldon Oysters and Gelupo Gelato Cart.
We had a great dj playing 60s and 70s soul and funk classics.
There is string quartet playing some covers and even a literary tent and contemporary art exhibition.
An excellent party.
www.clubmonaco.comCheck the Club Monaco website here.
10.45pm to 12.30am.
LFW s/s 2015: Maybelline New York - party at Tredwell’s, 4 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2.
This is the first season that the make-up giant is the London Fashion Week sponsor.
As LFW kicked-off, lauded chef/restaurateur Marcus Wareing co-hosted the Maybelline party with model Jourdan Dunn, which also served to launch his third restaurant Tredwell's. A cool crowd including Lilah Parsons, Morwenna Lytton Cobbold, Joel Dash, Kanya King, Tanya Burr, Caroline Rush and Wallis Day joined the duo at the party where Annie Mac hit the decks.
We got there a bit late but folks are still dancing to the loud sounds.
Complimentary Moët champers and vodka cocktails for all guests.
Thursday 11 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8pm.
Carnaby GQ Style Night: Rum Kitchen - party at Rum Kitchen, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, W1.
Carnaby Street is buzzing tonight as most of the stores are giving out free booze and snacks and 20% off.
Quite a few of them have djs and some have some sort of live act.
The best one I see is Elle And The Pocket Belles outside the Benefit store.
They sing some great acappela tunes including Aerosmith 'Walk This Way'.
At 6.30pm I head for the press area for the event which is at The Rum Kitchen.
Here there is complimentary rum cocktails,wines,beers and some great Caribbean food.
There is a dj playing and there are some Cirque De Soir dancing girls as well in nice outfits.
8.15pm to 10.15pm.
Life After Football - Northern European launch at Frost of London, 108 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Situated on New Bond Street, the Frost of London boutique is rivalling the conventional watch connoisseurs & fine jewellers, by offering limited edition and production pieces from the most desirable and premium global brands, in addition to the ultimate in luxury communication.
Life After Football magazine celebrates its Northern European launch.
It is a luxury lifestyle magazine that features footballers with this issue featuring multi page articles on
Didier Drogba,Arjen Robben,Andre Schurrle and Marouane Fellaini.
A much smarter crowd here with men in suits and women in nice dresses and heels.
Guests included ex footballers Sol Campbell and Mark Bright.
Guests enjoyed complimentary Moët champers,vodka cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a complimentary copy of the magazine.
Wednesday 10 April 2014...I went to two events in Covent Garden tonight...
6.15pm to 8.25pm
Royal Opera House --- 2014/15 press launch at The Royal Opera House,London WC2.
The world famous Royal Opera House reveals it's season schedule to the press.
Another building with a maze of rooms and corridors in the backstage area.
The ROH Youtube Channel has a million views a month.
The ROH has over 150,000 Facebook followers.
The ROH has over 120,000 Twitter followers.
29% of all ROH tickets at £30 or less.
Worldwide cinema screenings to over 40 countries.
Free outdoor relay of performances to big screens in Covent Garden during the summer.
Around 200 press folks and guests of The ROH are here.
We are held in the bar for the reception then into a seated space for the hour long showcase.
Some of the execs tell us what Opera,Music,Ballet and Dance to expect.
We get speeches from Chief Executive Alex Beard,Director Of Opera Kasper Holten and
Director Kevin O'Hare and between them we had some stunning performances from
A male ballet dancer
A male and female ballet dancer
A male tenor singing an aria with piano backing
A male baritone singing an aria with piano backing
Then back to the reception room for complimentary champagne and canapes.
www.roh.org.ukVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
then 200 yards up the road to...
8.30pm to 9.30pm.
London Film Museum showcase at the London Film Museum,London WC2.
The London Film Museum is the only Museum dedicated to film in the UK and for
the foreseeable future plays host to the Bond in Motion exhibition.
This exhibition features over 100 original items from all 23 James Bond films
including some of the iconic cars.
The venue is available for private events including Christmas parties.
Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.
www.londonfilmmuseum.comCheck their website here for more info and to buy tickets and to hire out.
On 8th September 2014, Status Quo will commemorate one very special night with the release of ‘The Frantic Four’s Final Fling’ on 2CD, DVD and Blu-ray formats. As well as the full concert, the visual formats will contain a bonus fourteen track CD made of highlights recorded across the final tour of March / April. The Blu-ray format also has, as a bonus feature, the documentary made by Sky News’ Ian Woods entitled ‘The Final Fling?’
Tuesday 9 September 2014...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.30pm
Sportwaves - private view at Bonhams,101 New Bond Street,London W1.
Fundraising event for The Willow Foundation.
The Willow Foundation is a national charity established in 1999 by Arsenal footballer and BBC sports commentator Bob Wilson and his wife Megs as a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. It is the only national charity to provide psychological and emotional support for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds through the provision of special day experiences.
Around 200 folks here including Bob Wilson himself and currently injured Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott
who is an ambassador for The Willow Foundation.
Theo Walcott was friendly and very popular here as he signed autographs and posed for photos with a smile.
Also there were two lots up for auction.
A set of signed prints that started out at 4k were bought by Theo for 26k.
Also here was 400m runner and 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner Christine Ohuruogu.
Thirteen paintings are hanging on the walls of current British Sporting Greats.
See the paintings on the link below for the auction.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers and canapés for all guests.
www.willowfoundation.org.ukCheck The Willow Foundation website here.
www.sportwaves.orgVisit their website for the online auction that closes on 14 Sept.
then it was off to see...
Ray Davies live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Kinks legend celebrates 50 years since hits like 'You Really Got Me'.
Ray was on stage for 1 hour 45 mins with most of the set being Kinks classics.
Backed by a tight and accomplished five-piece band, Ray, one of the most gifted songwriters of the pop/rock era, proved he was not past his sell-by date – although at 70 his voice was, unsurprisingly, not what it was.
The crowd got up halfway through the show and rushed down to the front to create a proper atmosphere.
So many great Kinks tracks with all the crowd singing along.
A great show.
Full Ray Davies setlist played...
I Need You (The Kinks song)
Where Have All the Good Times Gone (The Kinks song)
I'm Not Like Everybody Else (The Kinks song)
Tired of Waiting for You (The Kinks song)
Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks song)
Dedicated Follower of Fashion (The Kinks song)
Dead End Street (The Kinks song)
Victoria (The Kinks song)
20th Century Man (The Kinks song)
Misfits (The Kinks song)
I Heard That Beat Before
Rock 'n' Roll Cowboys
Till the End of the Day (The Kinks song)
Come Dancing (The Kinks song)
A Long Way From Home (The Kinks song)
All Day and All of the Night (The Kinks song)
Low Budget (The Kinks song)
I'm Not Like Everybody Else reprise (The Kinks song)
Celluloid Heroes (The Kinks song)
Days (The Kinks song)
You Really Got Me (The Kinks song)
Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks song)
Lola (The Kinks song)
Check aftershow page for this gig.
Monday 8 September 2014...6.15pm to 11pm...
Jaguar XE - world premiere and launch party at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5.
This really was a mega event that must have cost a fortune.
Jaguar launch their new car with a massive invited crowd of 2900 guests from around the world.
They have put many in hotels and bussed them to the venue.
As expected it is pretty much 90% men in suits.
The new Jaguar XE – the British firm's rival to the all-conquering BMW 3 Series – The Jaguar will be priced from £27,000 and is set to go on sale after its public debut at next month's Paris Motor Show. The first cars will be delivered to their owners in May 2015.
I pick up my approved media pass that gives me full access all areas.
First I am by the red carpet area checking out arrivals while sipping some drinks for the first hour.
A nice surprise to see two rockers as AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson and Iron Maiden drummer Nico McBrain
are here and both are very friendly and chatty.
Brian talked about his love for cars and confirmed that the AC/DC world tour is to start in March 2015.
I also got a nice photo with him.
Nico McBrain told me Iron Maiden will be playing more shows in 2015.
Laura Whitmore is the interview host on the red carpet.
Lots of other names turn up including Gary Lineker,Stella McCartney,Paloma Faith,David Gandy,
Sir Stirling Moss,Example,Damian Lewis,Sir Steve Redgrave,Eva Herzigova and Mark Fuller.
Jodie Kidd was here with her war hero boyfriend David Blakeley.
Also the acts that would appear in the theatre show later who included Emeli Sande,Eliza Doolittle,
Max Milner,Kaiser Chiefs and actor John Hannah.
At 7.15pm the entire crowd were ushered to a huge seating area and from 7.30pm we were treated
to a stunning theatrical show that lasted over 90 mins.
For those not knowing English there were headsets with ten different languages.
The show is based around a young boy with a group of friends on an exhilarating journey to create
the Jaguar of 2015.Along the way they encounter moments of Jaguars past,present and future,
celebrating the company's achievements in performance,innovation,design and iconicity.
There is a 50 piece orchestra and around 30 actors on the big stage that also allows Jaguar cars
from through their history to appear along with singers,costume changes,ballet,dancing and moveable scenery.
Actor John Hannah does a fantastic job as narrator.
During the show we get some live acts.
Emeli Sande sings a stunning 'Read All About It'.
Eliza Doolittle sings her hit 'Pack Up'
Max Milner who is a new act sings a song.
Kaiser Chiefs play two of their gems 'Ruby' and 'I Predict A Riot'.
Before the reveal they showed the car being taken by helicopter in the factory from Solihull to London.
Then lots of photographers taking pictures of the car with celebs and Jaguar execs.
The effort and cost put in tonight was all pretty incredible.
From 9.15pm to 11pm were are in the vip area with around 200 other folks.
Brian Johnson,Nico McBrain,Kaiser Chiefs,Example and a few other celebs are here.
Also Billy Duffy from The Cult was here.
Emeli Sande played a 45 mins set by The River Thames which was beamed back on the big screens.
All guests enjoyed Pol Roger champers all through the evening along with vodka cocktails,
wines,beers and different bowl food.
As Spinal Tap would say "this event went up to 11".
Sun 07 Sept 2014.
John Rossall and Harvey Ellison (both formerly of The Glitter Band) + The Priscillas + Ye Nuns
live at The Lexington,Pentonville Road,London N1.
Back at this great venue where I saw The Horrors play a month ago.
John Rossall and Harvey Ellison (both formerly of The Glitter Band) make a triumphant
return to The Lexington as part of The Glitter Band's 40 year anniversary celebrations.
The Glitter Band had seven Top 20 hits of their own between 1974 and 1976.
Thanks to Gary Glitters fall from grace the band have suffered from a recent lack of gig bookings.
I have seen Gary Glitter And The Glitter Band loads of times over the years.
The first time was back in 1974 at Hammersmith Odeon during their heyday period.
In 1992 i even attended 'Gary Glitter---This Is Your Life' tv programme recording.
Up first tonight we have Ye Nuns.
Six girls playing covers of 1960s garage rock band The Monks.
They played a brilliant 30 mins set with some songs having great multi vocals.
Their set included gems like 'Cuckoo','Shut Up' and 'Drunken Maria'.
They support The Fall at Brixton Electric on 26 Sept 2014.
Next support comes from all-girl glam-punk foxy foursome The Priscillas.
"They're The Cramps, The Shangri-Las and The New York Dolls all rolled into one!" - Kerrrang!
The Priscillas were really good as usual with singer Jenny Drag looking and sounding fab.
They end their set with a pukka version of 'Superhero'.
The headliners arrive on stage all wearing glitter jackets.
John Rossall was in the backing band playing with Paul Raven(Gary Glitter) way back in the 60s
when they used to play the famous Star Club in Hamburg before Paul Raven changed his name to GG
and John formed The Glitter Band to back him with a new image.
Gary Glitter has been written out of rock history so you never hear him on the radio or see him on
any of those Top Of The Pops repeats so perhaps that is why the crowd are all so revved up in party
mode as they are dressed up and singing and waving along to each song.
They play a 60 mins set of Glitter Band and Gary Glitter gems as well as some covers they played back in
the day and a cover of a Showaddywaddy hit while John Rossall went off stage for a change of jacket.
Gary Glitter songs may be a guilty pleasure these days but those songs are mega glam rock 70s anthems.
Full setlist played...
1.Rock And Roll Part 2.
2.Lets Get Together Again.
5.I Didn't Know I Loved You(Til I Saw You Rock And Roll).
7.Hey Rock And Rock.
8.Hello! Hello! I'm Back Again.
9.Just For You.
11.Oh Yes! You're Beautiful.
12.Rock And Roll Parts 1 And 2.
13.I Love You Love.
14.I'm The Leader Of The Gang.
A really enjoyable evening with three great acts in a great venue.
www.thelexington.co.ukCheck The Lexington website for their upcoming gigs.
Saturday 06 Sept 2014.
34 years ago this week I went to see KISS play all four shows on their second UK tour.
05 Sept 1980---Bingley Hall,Stafford.
06 Sept 1980---Deeside Leisure Centre,North Wales.
08 and 09 Sept 1980---Wembley Arena.
Friday 05 Sept 2014...1pm to 6pm...
Salon Prive at Syon Park,Brentford,Middlesex.
Today was the last of the three days of this event and again they have a decent dry day.
Jay Kay from Jamiroquai was here on Thursday as he has a nice collection of cars.
I went a couple of times when it was held at Hurlingham Park,Fulham.
Set in the stunning grounds of Syon Park, West London –Salon Privé is now in its ninth year of showcasing
Classic, Super, Hyper and Mega-cars, ranging from the rarest to the most astonishing cars you’ll see on the planet.
There are over 100 stunning cars and motorbikes here including rare models by Ferrari,Lamborghini,
Rolls Royce,Pagani,Bugatti,McClaren,Bentley,Range Rover and many more.
The cars are current models and older classic cars.The condition of all the cars is immaculate.
We met a nice petrol head chap from this website which lists all the models on display with some pictures.
www.mycarheaven.comCheck his website here.
Around 1000 folks here with most paying £175 for their ticket.
Included though is full hospitality so unlimited lobster and grilled chicken for lunch with Pommery champers,
Pimms,wines and beers all day and then afternoon tea with sandwiches and strawberries and cream.
At 4.30pm half the cars were started up and were driven in the parade ring.The engine sounds were mega.
www.salonprivelondon.comClick here for more info.
Also thanks to a couple of wine experts for their tasting session.
www.uksommelierassciation.comCheck their site for Wine Tasting Courses.
www.gonzalezbyassuk.comCheck out their site here.
Thursday 4 September 2014.
7pm to 9.30pm.
Amico Bio,44 Cloth Fair,London EC4.
Over to this organic veggie restaurant located in the historic area between Farringdon and Barbican.
I am here to celebrate the retirement of an ex work colleague manager Stephen who has done 35 years.
Really great to see so many folks I used to work with including a few I have not seen for a decade or so.
Although some sad news as someone I worked with had a stroke in the summer...his age a mere 47.
So get well soon Colin.
then 15 mins walk up the road...
9.45pm to 11pm.
Trillion Fund and Finding Infinity OFFtheGRID solar party at
Wimbourne House, 151-155 New North Road, London, N1.
Around 300 cool creative folks here in this building over three floors.
Most have paid £100 each for their tickets.
The London version of “OFFtheGRID”: a solar-powered party on a London rooftop, will create the world’s first live renewable energy crowdfunding experience. When asked why they would organise such an event the simple answer was: “Music sounds better when it comes from the sun”.
The host was Vivienne Westwood but she had left by the time I got there as it was a 7pm start here.
Fashion designer Pam Hogg was still here.
We have two djs on different floors.
One was Jamie Hince from The Kills who of course is married to Kate Moss.
An odd location for this venue as it's dead in the middle of a massive council estate.
Complimentary cocktails,wines and beers for all the guests.
Thursday 04 Sept 2014.
Sad news that American female comedy legend Joan Rivers has died aged 81.
Joan got one of her early breaks on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Pretty much the first female comedian to take on taboo subjects.
Joan Rivers once joked that at her funeral she wanted “Meryl Streep crying in five different accents”. Joan’s own funeral request was, “When I die, I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action…I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene!.
Wednesday 03 Sept 2014...I went to FOUR events tonight...
5pm to 6.15pm.
Mary Berry - book launch party at The Ritz Hotel,150 Piccadilly, London, W1.
Famous tv chef and author launches her new book 'Cooks The Perfect---Step By Step'.
Around 100 well dressed folks at this famous five star luxury hotel.
We have the full Ritz Hotel afternoon tea experience with complimentary champers,wines,
finger sandwiches,cakes,teas,coffees etc.
Mary Berry and her publisher gave speeches and then both were given some nice flowers.
All guests got a signed copy of the book.
The book retails for £25 but click on the Amazon link at the top and get it for only £9.
A lovely way to start the evening off.
6.30pm to 9.30pm.
Tresor Paris - VIP launch party at Castle Fine Art, 24 Bruton Street, London, W1.
Tresor Paris have concentrated on affordable crystal pieces in the past but this is their first diamonds collection.
Guests here included ex athlete and now BBC sports presenter Colin Jackson.
We had a bit of a mad happening here tonight....a wedding.
We had a fully dressed up bride and groom with best man and seats for the guests.
We had a minister of some sort and a video guy recording it.
There was a wedding car for the couple and a wedding bus for guests.
At the end of the night i still never found out if it was real or a stunt to show off the brides diamonds.
All guests enjoyed complimentary champers,vodka cocktails and canapés.
www.tresorparis.co.ukCheck the Tresor Paris website here for more info.
9.45pm to 10.45pm.
Basement Sate bar launch at 8 Broadwick Street,Soho,London W1.
Just go in a simple front door and then downstairs to the basement area.
This cool new bar has stools by the bar at one end and comfy sofas on the other side.
There was a choice of six complimentary fresh cocktails on offer but we got there late
so only had up two of them but both were great.
11pm to 12pm.
Red Women Of The Year Awards at The Ham Yard Hotel,Denman Street,London W1.
I must admit I really like this new hotel.
This event started at 7pm so we just arrived for the afterparty at the end in their very nice bar area.
Ronnie Wood was here earlier presenting an award but had gone by the time we got there.
Sir Trevor Nunn is here.
We had complimentary cocktails and there were bowls of fried seaweed which went down well.
We got a goodie bag of Clinique products.
Tuesday 02 Sept 2014...6.15pm to 9pm...
DSTRKT showcase after refurbishment, 9 Rupert Street,London W1.
Dstrkt has undergone a million pound refurbishment, offering a new LED glass catwalk fl with the latest state of art technology and an LCD wall panel stretching through the entire venue which will be ideal for presentations and seminars. The venue is one of the most exclusive contemporary event spaces in Europe accommodating 500 guests within 2 large event spaces allowing you to section areas and space as big or as small as you like to accommodate your event. The Head Chef is Georgi Yaneff formerly of Bazaar by Jose Andres, SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills and his team provide gourmands with its modern European sharing platters concept.
The venue is gleaming and immaculate and you can see why it is used for film premiere parties including
Expendables 3 which was just a couple of weeks ago.
We started off in the restaurant area where you can see the chefs in the kitchen preparing the food.
Then to the club area and the comfy sofas.
All guests enjoyed complimentary presecco,Pimms,wines,lagers,burgers and canapés.
For more info and all enquires to visit Dstrkt please contact
Tel 0207 317 9120
Mobile 07770 900728
www.dstrkt-london.comVisit the DSTRKT website here.
then 10pm to 11pm.
GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House,London WC2.
This is always a massive event with big names from music,film,tv,fashion,sports etc.
I have been a couple of times but this years invite must have been lost in the post.
So I am just watching folks coming out along with 200 other folks.
They have closed the street outside the venue to traffic apart from the 50 plus cars laid on
to take the celebs home or elsewhere.
Barriers are everywhere and the security are the same that look after the West End film premieres.
The first folks i see leave are actors Liam Neeson and Johnny Depp.
Then we have Ringo Starr,Joe Walsh,Iggy Pop,Ronnie Wood,Van Morrison,Bob Geldof,Gary Kemp,
Jessie J,Ellie Goulding,Lindsay Lohan,Kim Kardashian and Kanye West,Cara Delevingne,Tony Blair,
Pharrell Williams,James Nesbitt,David Walliams,Colin Firth,Gerard Butler,Bradley Cooper and others.
Lewis Hamilton broke away from a turbulent season to pick up the GQ Sportsman of the Year award.
The McLaren F1 driver was alongside his stunning pop star girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.
Monday 1 September 2014...6.30pm to 8.45pm...
Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2014 at The Ham Yard Hotel, Denman Street, London, W1.
The Ham Yard Hotel is a stylish newish hotel hidden away around the back of Piccadilly Circus and Soho.
Around 200 folks are here.
Drinks reception for a bit then we go into their plush theatre/cinema for the seated awards for 30 mins.
Lots of awards given out but no speeches so everything runs smoothly.
Over 20,000 readers voted for the awards that include UK and overseas venues.
It's a prestigious award so a lot of the winners from overseas have made the trip.
Some of the winners are listed here...
Best Overseas Holiday Hotel---Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.
Best UK Holiday Hotel---Chewton Glen,Hampshire.
Fave Country Destination---Italy.
Fave Overseas City---New York.
Best Airline---British Airways won Short-Haul and Long-Haul.
The full list is in the current Conde Nast Traveller which is in the stores now priced at £4.30 and
no doubt if you search on the internet the list will come up.
Complimentary Mumm champers along with duck burgers,pork burgers and canapés.
All guests got a small goodie bag.
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