Archive: February 2015

February 02, 2015

Sunday 01 February 2015...6.15pm to 9pm...
W36 --- press visit--- West Thirty Six,36 Goldborne Road,North Kensington,London W10.
This cool new restaurant has opened its doors in the past week.
Back again to this British food restaurant and bar at the northern end of Portobello Road.
On Thursday we had drinks and canapés but tonight it is the full sit down dinner.
Like last night it was around half a dozen sharing dishes which included a very nice half a Rotisserie Chicken
and an incredible tasting board with four different beef cuts of 120g each--- Ribeye,Sirloin,Fillet,Rump.
Also big plates of Mac n Cheese,Forest mushrooms,Caesar salad,Fries,
We finished off with a yummy Apple Pie and custard.
Cool tunes in the background and the staff were fantastic.
Only downside was the tables seemed a bit small for the amount of dishes we had.
www.w36.co.ukCheck the W36 website for more info.






Saturday 31 January 2015...I was out most of today...
2.30pm to 4pm.
Olympia Music Fair,West London.
Always great to look at rare vinyl covers and other rare items from around the world here.
I bought a few cheapo items.
Regulars comedian/presenter Mark Lamarr was here as was rock photographer Ross Halfin.
Jimmy Page is a regular but was not here today.
Then to kill some time I had a nice walkabout...
You may have read in the papers about Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page trying to ban his new
neighbour Robbie Williams from carrying out building work to his new house.
Well I had a visit to Melbury Road,London W14 where they both live which is a few minutes walk
from Olympia and around the side of Holland Park.
Jimmy lives at no 29 which looks amazing with its turret style 'mini castle' look.
Robbie Williams house is to the left of it.
Both are very near to the road so you can see them very easily.
Then from Kensington High Street to Knightsbridge to wander around Harrods and Harvey Nicks.
Even on a chilly afternoon it was great fun.
then
8pm to 12pm.
Buddha Bar and Restaurant --- press visit --- Buddha Bar,145 Knightsbridge,London SW1.
At a venues event a couple of months ago the Buddha Bar folks invited me to come along
any day to do a review so here we are on a Saturday evening.
At first we are seated in the ground floor area where there is a mix of folks seated for dinner
and the folks at the bar just having drinks.
As it was a Saturday it got really busy and loads of folks talking loud right next to our table
was not on so we asked to be moved downstairs where thankfully it was much quieter.
The venue has a younger dining crowd as there is a dj playing tunes in the background
and the venue is dimly lit like a nightclub.
The crowd is pretty much 75% wealthy young Arabs who live in the area.
We had six courses including desserts which were all sharing plates.
The Black Cod here was superb,even nicer than Nobu.
Their Porn Star cocktails were my fave.
The staff downstairs were attentive and it was very enjoyable here.
It's not cheap as one of the cocktails here was priced at £18...yikes...
www.buddhabarlondon.comCheck the Buddha Bar website here.





Friday 30 January 2015.
Jefferson Starship live at Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex,London.
Jefferson Starship (formerly Jefferson Airplane) were one of the premiere psychedelic rocks bands of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s along with their contemporaries The Grateful Dead, Santana, Janis Joplin and Hot Tuna. They were the first San Francisco band signed to a major label and headlined the iconic Woodstock festival in 1969. The band will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year as a pioneering rock n roll influence.
The band take to the stage at 9pm and are on stage for 1 hour 45 mins.
I must admit this spacious club sized venue is just great to watch a band playing live.
The band currently feature original Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner.
Paul Kantner (vocals, guitar), David Freiberg (vocals, guitar), Donny Baldwin (drums),
Cathy Richardson (vocals), and Chris Smith (keyboards), along with newest recruit guitarist Jude Gold.
They never played the UK that much in the old days but I think this is their third bunch
of UK dates in the past decade.
They started off a bit slow with stop starts and guitar problems but they got much better later on.
Their singer Cathy Richardson has a fantastic voice and you can see why she played Janis Joplin on Broadway.
She has also brought out her own solo albums.
Highlights would have to be classic tracks 'White Rabbit','Somebody to Love' and 'Volunteers'.
An enjoyable show and great to see these American legends from the 60s/70s still going strong.
At the end of the show the band said they would come out after 20 mins to chat and sign stuff.
Full setlist played tonight...
Sunshine
Have You Seen the Saucers (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Lather (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Today (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Sketches of China
Count on Me
St. Charles
Let's Get Together (The Kingston Trio cover)
Miracles
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Everything Is All I Want (Cathy Richardson cover)
Codine (Buffy Sainte-Marie cover)
Embryonic Journey (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Go to Her (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Fast Buck Freddie
Jane
Eat Starch Mom (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Encore:
Volunteers





Thursday 29 January 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.30pm.
James MacManus: Sleep In Peace Tonight - book launch party at The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street, London, W1.
Around 100 folks here in one of the rooms at this trendy private members club in Soho.
“Harry Hopkins was President Roosevelt’s special envoy to London who arrived at the height of the Blitz on a fiery night in January 1941. The President had just sacked the US ambassador Jo Kennedy for his defeatist pro Nazi views and wanted to know what was really happening in Britain. When Prime Minister Winston Churchill heard that Hopkins was coming he simply said “Who?” No one in London had ever heard of a man who was the president’s adviser, confidante and actually lived in the White House. Hopkins’ job was to find out whether Britain was in any shape to survive an expected German invasion that spring. The Nazi armies had swept through Europe and their invasion barges were in every port along the English Channel waiting for the weather to improve. Churchill knew Britain would not survive without American help. He set out to woo and win a man who was widely disliked in Washington as an unelected crony of the President and a man with very left wing views. Sleep in Peace Tonight tells the story of Hopkins’ mission to Britain and Churchill’s clandestine efforts to find out what he was reporting back to the White House. Based very much on historical records it tells the story of high diplomacy, low intrigue and a heartbreaking love affair in wartime London.”
We had a speech by the author and guests enjoyed complimentary wines and canapés.
then
9.30pm to 1am.
West Thirty Six - restaurant launch party at West Thirty Six, 36 Golborne Road, London, W10.
Around 150 people here in the different rooms over three or four floors.
Golborne Road is located just off Ladbroke Grove at the Northern end of Portobello Road market.
One of those roads with million pound houses on one side and dodgy council housing blocks on the other.
The grill house and cocktail lounge is totally buzzing tonight in a very Chiltern Firehouse kind of way.
A few celebs are here including Nancy Dell'Olio,Jack Whitehall,Jo Wood,Diana Vickers and Brix Smith-Start.
Nancy Dell'Olio cosied up to Tory London Mayor candidate Ivan Massow as Robert Newmark, owner of Beach Blanket Babylon, marked the opening of West Thirty Six, his second Notting Hill restaurant.
DJ tunes spun by Chelsea Leyland.
All guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails,Nyetimber English sparkling wines,beers and canapés.
A great party.
www.w36.co.ukCheck the West Thirty Six website here.





Wednesday 28 January 2015.
In this day and age it's hard to keep things secret but Roman Abramovich has done it.
Abramovich has secretly married his girlfriend.
The owner of Chelsea FC Roman Abramovich secretly married his third wife, Dasha Zhukova, around SIX YEARS AGO.
Zhukova, a 33 year old art collector, made the revelation about her marriage to the 48 year old billionaire
during a magazine interview.
Roman Abramovich has not done any interviews since taking over at Chelsea F.C.





Wednesday 28 January 2015.
The Ruling Class - gala night & afterparty.
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1...7:30pm.
James McAvoy returns to Trafalgar Transformed for the production of The Ruling Class.
This is the first ever revival of Peter Barnes’ anarchic cult comedy, which takes a satirical look at the establishment and will, therefore, feel more politically resonant than ever in the run up to the general election in May.
McAvoy plays Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, who, believing he is the New Testament God, is immediately classified as mad. “How do you know you are God?” he is asked. “Simple,” he replies. “When I pray to Him, I find I am talking to myself.”
Plots by the family to strip Jack of his title are, however, foiled by an enthusiastic therapist who restores him to what passes for sanity. Once Jack joins the ranks of the hangers and floggers, espouses Old Testament values and announces “there is no love without fear”, he is ready to take his place in the House of Lords.
James McAvoy is a great actor and does another great job tonight.
The production will run until 11 April 2015.
then
10pm to 11.30pm was the afterparty on the other side of The River Thames.
Bankside Vaults, 1 Invicta Plaza, Blackfriars Bridge,London, SE1.
Around 300 folks here at this building under the railway arches.
All the cast including James McAvoy are here.
Other celebs here include Matthew Horne,Hardeep Singh Kobli,Nigel Harman,Daniel Mays,
David Morrissey,Rupert Evans,Gerald Kyd,Ron Cook and a few others.
Half a dozen photographers are here including The Standard and three camera crews.
There is a dj area with full a light show and glitter balls.
All guests enjoyed gin cocktails,Nyetimber English sparkling wines and canapés.
I departed at 11.30pm even though it was on to 1am.





Tuesday 27 January 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 7pm.
FOUNDED 1793 --- Contemporary Art & Design---auction private view at
Bonhams,New Bond Street,London W1.
Over 200 folks here over the two rooms with a dj playing in the background.
Raising funds for Peace One Day the items include a dozen rifles designed and pimped up
by celebs including Kate Moss and there are some interesting paintings on the wall.
Damien Hirst,Grayson Perry and Banksy have items here.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all guests.
then
7.15pm to 10pm.
Costa Book Of The Year Award 2014 at Quaglino's,16 Bury Street,St James's,London SW1.
Popular coffee chain sponsor these awards as "folks love to read books at their coffee outlets".
Around 300 guests in this very nice restaurant.
The host tonight was tv presenter Penny Smith for the awards from 8pm to 8.30pm.
Other guests here included Dame Esther Rantzen,Dame Diana Rigg, Samantha Bond,Andrew Neil,
Michael Buerk, Helen Lederer, Neil Pearson,Robert Peston, Jane Asher,Ian Hislop,Anneka Rice,
Katie Derham and a few others.
We had a fantastic chat with David Gilmour from Pink Floyd who is a regular at these awards.
We were lucky as he was one of the last to leave and we caught him just right for around 10 mins chat.
It started by me asking him...
Me--How is the new solo album coming along?
David---It will be out before the end of the year.
Me---Any influences or direction on the album?
David---This one will have dance elements to it.
Me---Is that for real or you joking about?
David---No, I kinda like what Mark Ronson is doing so thought why not.
He then started talking about recording on his houseboat.
Me---I mentioned the 2007 Live Earth show in Hyde Park where the original Floyd reunited for four songs
and the rehearsal the night before where they had to wait patiently for Madonna to finish her
rehearsals before Floyd went up and did the four songs that they did the following night.
We were standing next to Floyd members on the night of the rehearsals.
David---I enjoyed the rehearsal more than the main event as we played better.
A friend (a bit drunk) said Pink Floyd is such a silly name,how did you choose it?
David---Surely you know how we came across the name?
Us---None of us shamefully could give him a proper answer so David explained it to us.
David Gilmour was just soooo nice and friendly tonight.
His wife Polly Samson was also here.
Helen Macdonald's 'haunting' book H is for Hawk, describing her struggle to come to terms with her father's death with the help of a hawk, won the Costa Book of the Year Award. Literary judges last night
praised the work as a ''unique and beautiful book''.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers,cocktails,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of the short listed books and £20 of Costa vouchers.
A really good event.
www.costa.co.ukVisit the Costa website her the full list of winners.
then
10.15pm to 11.45pm.
Radio Times Covers Party at Claridge's Hotel,49 Brook Street,London W1.
Always nice to be in the ballroom at this famous five star hotel.
Nice to see the BBC splashing the cash but they make sure no press are allowed in here.
They do not want the press talking about BBC wasting tv license money on free booze events.
There are huge blown up Radio Times covers from 2014 hanging all around the room.
A few celebs were here earlier including host Graham Norton but most have departed as it was a 7pm start.
Alex Zane was still here.
Radio Times cover stars from the last year including David Tennant, Alex Jones, Andrew Sachs, Mark Wright, Paul Hollywood and Stephen Mangan gathered to toast the long-running publication. They joined celebrities including Gaby Roslin, Jodie Whittaker, Peter Serafinowicz, Rachel Riley and Susanna Reid at Claridge's as the magazine celebrated the year by showcasing each of its covers as framed prints which hung from the walls. Kellie Bright, Lesley Nicol, Louisa Brealey, Steve Backshall and Susie Dent admired the portraits at the party and were later able to walk away with a framed version of their own covers.
Complimentary Laithwaite champers,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all
I got a huge goodie bag here that included around 20 items including Bose headphones,
some BBC titles including Top Gear DVD,Bake Off Book,Live Lounge cd,also a bottle of champagne
and other items and of course a copy of next weeks Radio Times and Best of Radio Times Covers book.





Monday 26 January 2015.
The Three Degrees + Jojo Desmond live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
The Three Degrees formed in 1963 in Philadelphia and has remained a trio with two original members since Sheila Ferguson’s departure many moons ago. A firm favourite with Prince Charles, they are well-known for their soulful voices and beautiful gowns.Their songwriters were Gamble and Huff and they had a few hits in the late 70s/early 80s.
I saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon back in 1975.
Most people saw them as a 1970s version of The Supremes.
Up first we have female support act Jojo Desmond who does a decent 25 mins of pop soul.
Her set started with three original tracks from her EP then a couple of soul covers.
The Three Degrees arrive on stage at 8.45pm for their 70 mins on stage.
All three are in sparkling blue gowns split to the thigh and the dance and hand routines are still there.
The three girls share lead vocal duties and are backed by a five piece band.
Some friendly stage banter to get the crowd to wave their arms and get them up n dancing for the encore.
An enjoyable bit of nostalgia.
Highlights of their setlist included...
Year of Decision---reached number 13 in the UK charts in 1974
Giving Up Giving In---reached number 12 in the UK charts in 1978
Take Good Care Of Yourself---reached number 9 in the UK charts in 1975
Dirty Old Man---not a hit in the UK but was a big hit in other countries
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now---cover
Ain't No Mountain High Enough---cover
Encores
When Will I See You Again---reached number 1 in the UK charts in 1974
Boogie Wonderland---cover
This current tour is on until 14 Feb 2015 then they come back for another tour in June/July.
www.thethreedegrees.comVisit The Three Degrees website for info and live dates.






Sunday 25 January 2015.
Sam Smith is paying Tom Petty songwriting royalties for his single 'Stay With Me' after listeners noted a similarity between the song and Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' 1989 classic 'I Won't Back Down'.
Though details of the case have just come to light, The Sun reports that Smith and Petty settled out of court in October – an arrangement that included a 12.5 per cent writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne.
The song’s credit on ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.
A source close to the case said: "When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks. After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged."
'Stay With Me' has sold nearly four million copies worldwide and is up for both Best Pop Performance and Record Of The Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Sam Smith was the only artist to sell one million albums in the UK and US in 2014 with his debut record, 'In The Lonely Hour'.
Parts of the chorus sound a bit the same when you listen closely.





Saturday 24 January 2015.
Video from the Friday show I attended.
Korn joined by Slipknot at Wembley Arena for a cover of Beastie Boys 'Sabotage'.
watch the video here▶ 3:00▶ 3:00






Friday 23 January 2015.
Slipknot + Korn live at Wembley Arena,London.
Slipknot play a sold out show at Wembley Arena as part of their UK arena tour to promote their fifth
studio album '5 : The Gray Chapter'.
I have seen Slipknot a few times and Korn a couple of times.
I even went down to The Brighton Centre to see Slipknot play back in 2002 on the back of the success
of their second album 'Iowa'.
Slipknot are a great live band visually but the music played is not so great so let's see how they are tonight.
For some reason there are loads of police and extra security at the front of the venue.
The floor standing area was very lively for both bands with moshing and circle pits.
Korn arrive on stage at 7.50pm and play for around 50 mins.
They are much better than what I had expected or perhaps I got them mixed up with one of those faceless
American bands that are massive over there.
Korn have sold over 50 million albums over the past 20 years or so.
They have a nice stage production with loads of lights and a raised stage of stripped lighting beneath them.
Singer Jonathan Davis does a great job giving 100% and he played the bagpipes on one track.
Their brand of nu metal went down well with the Slipknot crowd.
They were joined by Slipknot members in masks for a manic cover of Beastie Boys 'Sabotage'.
A great show.
Full Korn setlist played...
Twist
Here to Stay
Right Now
Love & Meth
Falling Away from Me
Good God
Hater
Shoots and Ladders (with a snippet of Metallica)
Got the Life
Freak on a Leash
Sabotage (Beastie Boys cover) (with Slipknot)
Blind
During the interval a black curtain is front of stage but the sides are exposed so we can see the
mammoth Slipknot production coming together piece by piece and it really is impressive.
Slipknot arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play a 95 mins set.
Their stage production is fantastic and looks like what they would use at a big outdoor festival.
Nine of them on stage wearing horror masks playing brutal aggressive industrial metal.
With new recruits including, of all people, Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg’s young son Jay
- in regulation scary mask.
Oddly enough there are no big screens.
The two revolving percussionists at the front and the two keyboard players at the back are on hydraulic podiums.
Slipknot are well known for its attention-grabbing image and energetic and chaotic live shows
From the comfort of my guest list seat right of stage the sight of all the Slipknot fans going crazy and
bouncing around on the stage floor looks incredible and by the end of the show there are dozens of
sweaty male fans bare chested so hopefully they got reunited with their shirts on this freezing evening.
The use of fire columns is pretty much on display for every song.
The vocals are drowned out a lot by the loud band sound but the crowd sing all the lyrics.
“Make some noise!” yells the gravel-voiced Taylor, whose occasional slightly sweeter big choruses suggest a more able vocalist than he lets on. The 41-year old’s party piece of getting the entire audience to sit down then leap up in unison has been in the set for years, but it still makes quite a spectacle. Everything is watched over by a giant grinning goat-devil.
The band rest a bit after most songs by going to their tents behind the amps.The slightly chubby percussionist
looks drained as he sits in his chair as his assistant tends to him.
A stunning show visually even though the music was a bit harsh on the ear sometimes.
Full Slipknot setlist played tonight...
Sarcastrophe
The Heretic Anthem
My Plague
The Devil in I
Psychosocial
The Negative One
Three Nil
Eyeless
Vermilion
Before I Forget
Duality
Wait and Bleed
Spit It Out
Custer
Encore:
(sic)
People = Shit
Surfacing
Slipknot return to the UK to headline The Download Festival on Friday 12 June 2015 with
Judas Priest as the main support.
This will be the third time that Slipknot have headlined Download.
watch some Slipknot here▶ 4:12▶ 4:12
SLIPKNOT : " Duality " Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield 16-1-15 'Prepare For Hell' Tour.





Thursday 22 January 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 6.45pm.
Pier Paolo Calzolari --- private view at Ronchini Gallery,22 Dering Street,London W1.
Curated by Art Historian David Anfam, Ronchini Gallery presents an exhibition by Pier Paolo Calzolari.
This is the first solo gallery presentation of this seminal artist in London and the first significant exhibition of Calzolari’s practice in the U.K. since his inclusion in the historic exhibition Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972 at Tate Modern, London in 2001.
The exhibition will focus on drawings, studies and projects that will span the course of Calzolari’s career from the early 1960s to the present and give an overview of many of Calzolari’s signature concepts, offering insight into the artist’s ongoing interest in light, matter and time.
Complimentary Peroni lagers for all guests.
www.ronchinigallery.comVisit the Ronchini Gallery here.
then
7pm to 8.30pm.
Jinjuu - restaurant launch party at Jinjuu, 16 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1.
Celebrity chef Judy Joo is opening her first London restaurant in Soho. The menu at Jinjuu
will feature her interpretation on Korean street food. She has previously worked with Gordon Ramsay
and ran the restaurant at the Playboy Club.
It is quite a small restaurant with an anju bar upstairs with high stools and high tables and downstairs
is the main area with an open kitchen.
We have a few celebs here including footballers Willian(Chelsea),Ramirez(Chelsea),Paulinho(Tottenham),
Donell Henry(West Ham) also Amber Le Bon,Amber Atherton,Arizona Muse and Brix Smith-Start.
Complimentary Drappier champers and canapés for all guests.
The KFC(Korean Fried Chicken) was very tasty.
www.jinjuu.comVisit the Jinjuu website here.
then
8.45pm to 11pm.
House of Ho - 1st birthday party at House of Ho, 57-59 Old Compton Street, Soho,London, W1.
The taste of Vietnam with a modern twist, in the heart of London’s Soho.
Lively and buzzing here as it actually felt more like a bar/club party than a restaurant event.
Complimentary presecco,wines,beers and canapés for all the guests.
A couple of celebs here including Jeremy Edwards.
Head Ho Bobby Chin will be on Channel 4 tv Sunday Brunch at 9.30am on Sun 25 Jan 2015.
www.houseofho.co.ukVisit the House Of Ho website here.






Wednesday 21 January 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.30pm.
Icetank Studios --- Party in a Tank showcase --- 5-7 Grape Street,London WC2.
This event space in Covent Garden opened around an year ago.
It has two floors which includes a downstairs area.
Light and airy, the open plan space is located just off Shaftesbury Avenue and near Denmark Street
on a quiet street in Covent Garden WC2. The 2500 sq feet of space is perfect for:
press launches - conference meetings - private dining events - reception and private parties
film screenings - tv food shows and demonstrations - photography and film studio hire.
All guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails,wines and canapés.
www.icetank.comVisit the Icetank website here.
then
7.45pm to 9.30pm.
Jeep Outfitter - launch party at Royal Opera Arcade, La Galleria, 5b Pall Mall, London, SW1.
Passion, freedom, and adventure are the powerful values at the very heart of the Jeep® brand. Since 1941, the Jeep® name has been globally renowned for rugged outdoor adventure without comparison or compromise. Just as your dreams know no barriers, living the lifestyle of the Jeep® brand is about overcoming life's challenges to experience the grandest of adventures. Jeep® apparel embodies the values of superior quality, authentic style and durability. Ready to adapt to life's many adventures, the collection is a perfect unison of versatile products and materials, able to rise to the demands of everyday life in the city or the rugged outdoors.
Some of the Jeep Outfitter collection is on display here tonight.
All guests enjoyed complimentary JD and cokes,wines,beers and canapés.
www.jeep-outfitter.comVisit the Jeep Outfitter website here for more info.







Tuesday 20 January 2015....6.30pm to 9.15pm...
Rubens and his Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne --- private view --- The Royal Academy,Piccadilly,London W1.
A big crowd of over 500 smartly dressed art folks here at this much anticipated exhibition.
Guests included the ex owner of Reading Football Club Sir John Madejski is who a massive art collector and
art benefactor.
Also Grayson Perry was fully dressed up in one of his wacky outfits.
Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.
This huge show is a survey of Rubens’s great influence on other artists from across the centuries, from his native Flanders to Spain, France and England and from his pupil Van Dyck to Cézanne via lots of painters of far less distinction.
This show goes a little way to redressing the balance, in that of more than 30 works by Rubens, only a handful depict the sensual, bouncy fleshiness you might expect. But note the relatively low number of Rubenses — only around a fifth of the total on show, and half of them drawings — this isn’t one of those once-in-a-lifetime surveys of a master, like the National Gallery’s recent Rembrandt exhibition.
Pretty amazing that Rubens work is 400 years old.
It is on until 10 April 2015 and is a paid ticket event...£15...concessions available...
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit The Royal Academy website here for more info and to buy tickets.
The Standard gave it four stars and the full review is up on their website.
The Telegraph gave it four stars and the full review is up on their website.





Monday 19 January 2015....6.45pm to 9.30pm...
Walpole Brands of Tomorrow - launch party at The Savoy Hotel,Strand, London, WC2.
Always nice to be at this stunning five star hotel.
We are in The River Room that is at the rear of the hotel looking out to The River Thames.
Around 200 folks here with a bit of a corporate feel as name badges are used for all guests.
Lots of nice flowers everywhere around the room supplied by----The Real Flower Company.
Walpole has revealed the 12 up-and-coming luxury brands selected for the 2015 Brands of Tomorrow programme, in association with Mishcon de Reya.Now in its eighth year, the programme provides a year-long series of workshops and one-on-one mentorship from some of the UK’s most experienced luxury leaders and entrepreneurs.
This year, a record 75 brands submitted entries and, due to such high demand, and the quality of the entrants, Walpole increased the number of participants from eight to 12 for 2015.
Complimentary Nyetimber English sparkling wines and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.thewalpole.co.ukSee the 12 selected brands chosen on The Walpole website here.






Monday 19 January 2015.
One of the most popular tv stars in the UK has sadly passed away.
Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the character Deirdre Barlow in the long-running
television soap, has died aged 60 after a short illness.
ITV said the actress, who was in the show for 42 years, passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital.
In the 1980s one of the soap's most famous storylines hinged on whether she would stay with Ken Barlow.
She was married four times in the programme, twice to Ken.
The popularity of her character was demonstrated when a real-life campaign was launched to free Deirdre when a storyline saw the character jailed in 1998 after being duped into a mortgage fraud by fiance Jon Lindsay. The campaign was even backed by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Filming for Coronation Street was cancelled on Tuesday 20 January 2015 as a mark of respect.






Saturday 17 January 2015.
Central Saint Martins has announced Sir Mick Jagger is donating a three year scholarship programme in memory of L'Wren Scott, for students of the MA Fashion course at the university. The package covers course fees, and includes a contribution to living expenses for one student each year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Course Director of MA Fashion, Fabio Piras, said 'I am very grateful to receive this extremely generous scholarship package, gifted by Mick Jagger in L'Wren Scott's name. Our students sacrifice much to take up this course and work extremely hard while they are here'.






Friday 16 January 2015...6.45pm to 10pm...
Zoom F1 - reception and charity auction at InterContinental Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
Around 500 mainly suited folks standing at this event for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
On display are around 50 images taken and signed by drivers,team principals and other F1 related folks.
Prices ended up being fairly reasonable with Suzi Perry going for £500 and Geri Halliwell for £800.
Nice to see some rockers here from bands that I have seen live loads of times over the years.
Adrian Smith---Iron Maiden
Danny Bowes---Thunder
Scott Gorham---Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy
Scott was very friendly and chatty and when I told him I saw Thin Lizzy many times from the mid 70s onwards
and that I worked at Hammersmith Odeon he said "he knew everyone's name backstage at
Hammersmith Odeon in the old days" and i know the guys he was talking about as they always did the backstage door.
Scott said "he was looking forward to their co-headline tour with Europe which starts in March".
The pairing play Shepherds Bush Empire on March 20 and 21 which are must see gigs.
I said hello to legendary pr Alan Edwards from Outside Org pr who look after many major music acts.
I do not think any F1 drivers were here but other guests included some behind the scenes folks like
Bernie Ecclestone, Suzi Perry, Anthony Hamilton,Christian Horner and Adrian Newey.
Also here was Geri Halliwell ( now engaged to Christian Horner) and actress Stefanie Powers.
Complimentary Jacques Picard champers and canapés until 7.45pm when the auction started then some nice
6% Neuschwansteiner German premium beer which comes in a bottle that looks like a champagne one.
A nice event.
www.zoom-auction.comVisit the Zoom Auction website here.






Thursday 15 January 2015...7pm to 10.30pm...
Wallpaper* Design Awards at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Wallpaper (trademarked Wallpaper* with an asterisk) is a well respected magazine focusing on
architecture,travel, design, entertainment, fashion, and media.
A large standing crowd of 400 or 500 folks here including ex England footballer Sol Campbell.
Also here were Henry Holland and Tom Dixon.
On display are some of the winners which included a BMWi8 car along with varied items like
Best designed male grooming kit,Best designed chair,Best designed lamp etc.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Laurent-Perrier champers,different cocktails,beers and some nice food.
There was a dj in the overflow room.
All guests got a goodie bag.
A really good event.
The list of winners is in the current issue in stores now which retails for £4.99 and their website should
have a list of winners at some stage.
www.wallpaper.comVisit the Wallpaper* website here.






Thursday 15 January 2015.
Kim Fowley, one of Hollywood’s most colourful characters, has died at age 75 after a battle with bladder cancer.
Fowley released novelty records in the 60s.
Fowley featured on Frank Zappa’s first album ‘Freak Out’ and co-wrote ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ on
Warren Zevon’s first album.
He wrote two KISS classic tunes 'King Of The Night Time World' and 'Do You Love Me'.
In 1975 he met a 15-year old girl outside LA’s Rainbow Bar named Sandy West. He put her together with Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Jackie Fox and created The Runaways.





Wednesday 14 January 2015.
Tommy Emmanuel live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Tommy Emmanuel age 59 is an Australian virtuoso guitarist and occasional singer and songwriter, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. Although originally a session player in many bands, Emmanuel has carved out his own style as a solo artist in recent years, releasing award winning albums and singles. In the May 2008 and 2010 issues of Guitar Player Magazine, he was named "Best Acoustic Guitarist" in their readers' poll.In June 2010 Emmanuel was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
Tommy is on a UK tour as part of a world tour to support his recent album 'The Guitar Mastery Of Tommy Emmanuel'.
Tommy arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played a two hour set that featured some incredible acoustic guitar.
He takes to the stage on his own with his acoustic guitars around him.
A mix of instrumentals and songs with vocals.
A mix of his own material and a few cover versions.
Tommy can make amazing sounds with the guitar as he introduces us "to the band" by making his guitar
play rhythm guitar,then lead guitar,then bass then percussion/drums.
When he does all four at the same time he says "take it away boys" to his imaginary band.
He played a few Beatles gems as he is a big fan and a great cover of 'Hurt'.
Some friendly and relaxed stage banter.
He slaps and hits his guitar to get the percussion sounds which is similar to what Ed Sheeran does.
Tommy got a full standing ovation at the end.
A good show.
Watch Tommy Emmanuel playing some pukka acoustic guitar blues.
watch Tommy playing acoustic guitar blues here► 6:29► 6:29
This Tommy Emmanuel clip gets better and better.
watch Tommy Emmanuel here► 4:56► 4:56
Watch a great acoustic version of Bon Jovi 'Livin' On A Prayer'.
watch Richie Sambora and Tommy Emmanuel here► 6:46► 6:46






Wednesday 14 January 2015.
Singer Robbie Williams is embroiled in a planning dispute with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page
over the re-development of his £17.5 million London mansion.
The former Take That star’s 46-room house in Holland Park was previously owned by the late film director Michael Winner.
Williams, 40, wants to turn the Grade II* listed Victorian property into a “functional family home” for his wife Ayda Field, 35, and their two children.
The massive project is expected to take a few months.
Jimmy Page has written a letter to the local council to object to the building work.
Jimmy Page owns the Grade 1 turreted property on the right of Robbie Williams so they are next door neighbours.
He has owned it since 1972.
He also thinks a new window Rob plans to install will overlook his mansion and have a "significant impact on the amenity" of his property, which was built in the 60s by William Burgess.
Jimmy objects to plans to allow access to a planned car park and is worried that work on Rob's underground swimming pool could result in "vibrations and possible structural" damage to his own property.
Jimmy, 71, has lived in his incredible home for more than four decades, having bought it in the early 70s,
after it was saved from demolition following a campaign.
David and Victoria Beckham live in the same road after paying £40m for their mansion fairly recently.
They spent a further £5m on renovations after the council gave them the green light to go ahead.





Wednesday 14 January 2015.
The first edition of Charlie Hebdo since the massacre at its Paris offices has not shied away from controversy, featuring cartoons of a crying Prophet Mohamed, masturbating nun and the Pope dressed as a mafia boss.
It had sold out of most French shops within minutes of opening this morning, driving publishers to increase its print run from 3 million to 5 million to cope with the overwhelming demand.
Its usual circulation is around 60,000.
It will be in six different languages.
Around 2,000 copies are expected to reach the UK on Friday.
WH Smith have said they will not be selling it as they never sold it before the attack.





Tuesday 13 January 2015.
The Foo Fighters were joined by many guests for Dave Grohl's 46th birthday party a couple
of days ago in Los Angeles and you can find most of the footage on youtube.
Paul Stanley opened the show with the Foos, performing Kiss‘ ‘Detroit Rock City’ and ‘Do You Love Me,’ before Slash and Tenacious D joined Dave Grohl and company for ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ and ‘Immigrant Song.’ Alice Cooper was there for ‘School’s Out’ and “I’m 18.’ Zakk Wylde collaborated on ‘N.I.B.’ and ‘Fairies Wear Boots,’ both Black Sabbath classics from his old boss Ozzy Osbourne.
Perry Ferrell sang ‘Miss You’ and ‘Mountain Song.’ Toward the end of the set, David Lee Roth leaped on stage — sporting a new shaved look — for renditions of Van Halen‘s ‘Panama’ and ‘Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love.’ Lemmy from Motorhead then closed things out with the Foos, performing Chuck Berry‘s ‘Let It Rock.’
Looked like my kind of show.
Here is The Foo Fighters with Paul Stanley of KISS playing two KISS classics
'Detroit Rock City' and 'Do You Love Me'.
watch the video here► 10:25► 10:25





Monday 12 January 2015...I went to three events for London Collections : Men...
6pm to 7.30pm.
LCM a/w 2015 : The Woolmark Company x The English Gentleman at Apsley House, Number One London.
Bespoke tailors of Savile Row, The Woolmark Company, and the select Shirt makers, Shoe makers and Hatters associated with ‘The English Gentleman’ present their autumn/winter collection.
Addresses don’t come much grander than 'Number One London', the popular name for Apsley House, one of the most interesting visitor attractions in London. Home to the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, the interior of the house has changed very little since the days of the Iron Duke. It boasts one of the finest art collections in London, with paintings by Velazquez and Rubens as well as a wonderful collection of silver and porcelain. Pride of place goes to a massive nude statue of Napoleon.
Around 300 folks here spread over the many rooms here.
Around 20 or 30 male models wearing very smart outfits including morning suits and military.
This stunning building really has the wow factor with its high ceilings and amazing paintings and statues.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,Chivas Deluxe Blended Scotch Whisky Cocktails
and canapés.
A really nice event.
then
8pm to 10pm.
LCM a/w 2015: Sir Tom Baker - showcase at The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London, W1.
This modern bespoke tailor is based in Soho at 4 D'Arblay Street.
Over 200 folks at this legendary club with mainly rows of seating and a few standing.
Sir Tom Baker has designed suits and clothing for many rock stars.
Tonight in the crowd is Sex Pistol Glen Matlock,Ed Tudor Pole and milliner Stephen Jones.
The catwalk show starts at 8.15pm and last for around 20 minutes.
The outfits are very rock n roll looking including some trademark shiny jackets and shiny boots.
A couple of the models looked very like a young Scott Gorham (Thin LIzzy) with his long straight hair.
The music played during the show is great as the opening song is Sex Pistols 'Pretty Vacant' at full blast
followed by the likes of Motörhead,AC/DC,Roxy Music,Ramones,Jimi Hendrix etc.
Afterwards we had a dj playing some tunes as most of the seats were cleared away.
At 9.15pm we had a live band called Pink Cigar who played a decent 45 mins of high energy rock.
www.tombakerlondon.comVisit the Sir Tom Baker website here.
then
10.30pm to 2.30am.
LCM a/w 2015: Tom Ford - 'Noir-Extreme' fragrance launch party at The Chiltern Firehouse,
Marylebone,London.
Yet again The Chiltern Firehouse hosts a mega party.
Over 200 folks from the fashion and entertainment world are here.
Tom Ford's mens fragrance launch party was the hottest ticket in town on the final night of LCM, as the designer celebrated with his London pals at the Chiltern Firehouse. Ford spent the night flanked by the likes of Alexa Chung, Leigh Lezark, Lily Allen and Paloma Faith, while Fran Cutler and Samantha Morton took selfies in the background. Fresh from a whole weekend of LCM festivities, David Gandy was this time joined by girlfriend Mollie King, with fellow fashion faces Robert Konjic, Patrick Grant and Paul Sculfor also in attendance alongside Dermot O'Leary, Graham Norton and Otis Ferry.
A full complimentary bar so any drink you want including Ruinart champers.
Lots of their yummy food too.
In the room with the dj the folks are dancing.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
An excellent event.
www.tomford.comVisit the Tom Ford website here.



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Monday 23 February 2015.
As I get older the thought of standing up all day at outdoor music festivals gets
less appealing as I would rather see my bands indoors to be honest but this bill looks like a must see.
Download Festival Sunday 14 June 2015.
KISS---currently their only UK show confirmed for 2015
Mötley Crüe---currently their only UK show confirmed for 2015
Slash feat Myles Kennedy---currently their only UK show confirmed for 2015
Billy Idol---no London show confirmed for 2015.





Sunday 22 February 2015...9pm to 11pm...
Today was Day 3 of London Fashion Week.
LFW a/w 2015 --- Kristian Aadnevik --- catwalk show at The Royal Horseguards,
One Whitehall Place,London SW1.
I went to this catwalk show last year and again it's at the same stunning venue.
Up an incredible marble circular staircase two floors to a huge room with marble pillars.
The amount of money,work,organising and effort that goes into some catwalk shows is staggering
when most only last 15 or 20 minutes.
Kristian Aadnevik aged 37 is a London-based Norwegian fashion designer, who graduated from
The Royal College of Art in 2002.
Kristian says “For me every collection is like a film starring the heroines I dress; plots and stories change, but my muse remains the same, she is the protagonists who evolves and explores life.”
There are around 200 seated in four rows here with the catwalk in the middle of them and 100 standing behind them.
A cool elegant crowd with lots of glammed up women.
I am seated opposite an older woman keen to show off the red soles of her Black Spiked Louboutins.
We have 12 models showing off some fantastic outfits that started with the short and sexy displaying plenty
of leg and arm flesh then it was the longer and more covered up creations.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines and got a decent goodie bag.
www.kristianaadnevik.comVisit the Kristian Aadnevik website here.






Saturday 21 February 2015.
40 years ago this week,this classic single was Number One in the UK charts.
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released as the lead single from the band's album 'The Best Years of Our Lives' in 1975. Written by Harley, it reached the number one spot on the UK chart and has sold around 1.5 million copies in the UK as of 2015.
More than 120 cover versions of the song have been recorded by other artists, most notably Duran Duran and Erasure.
As Steve Harley himself says "it's my pension song".






Friday 20 February 2015.
I went to two London Fashion Week events tonight.
6.45pm to 9.30pm
LFW a/w 2015: Prada: The Iconoclasts - private view at Prada, 16 Old Bond Street, London, W1.
A massive guest list of 600 people so there must be 400 or 500 fashion folks here.
Guests included Pixie Lott,Daisy Lowe and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Also here were Nicky Haslam and leading milliner Stephen Jones.
The Prada store over two floors is huge and looks very impressive and is full of quality items.
There is a dj playing upstairs.
Loads of staff fussing over the guests.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,different cocktails and nice bowl food and canapés.
A really good event.
www.prada.comVisit the Prada website here.
then
9.45pm to 12.15pm
LFW a/w 2015: VeryExclusive.co.uk - launch party at Watches of Switzerland, 155 Regent Street,London, W1.
Luxury fashion site which offers over 100 luxury and high end street labels.
Another massive party in the Watches of Switzerland store that is over three floors.
A dj is playing one floor and the basement is full of flowers and petals everywhere.
Must be at least 300 fashion folks here.
Daisy Lowe has followed us from Prada but has changed into a different dress.
Other guests included models Jourdann Dunn and Sigall Currie.Also Donna Air.
Complimentary champers,different cocktails,wines,beers and canapés for all.
A very lively party that finished after midnight.
www.veryexclusive.co.ukVisit the VeryExclusive website here.






Thursday 19 February 2015.
Despite it raining all day and me feeling whacked from last night I still trekked in to three events.
6.45pm to 7.30pm
Favero Dental - clinic launch party at Favero Dental Clinic,18 Wimpole Street,London W1.
Wimpole Street,like Harley Street is a street in Central London associated with private medical practice and
medical associations.
A first for me as the party is actually held in the waiting room for the clinic.
A small event for maybe 70 or 80 folks.
A few glammed up girls here including Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace and Lizzie Cundy.
Complimentary presecco,wines and canapés for all guests.
then
7.45pm to 9.15pm
Christian Louboutin Tribalou Collection - launch party at Christian Louboutin, 17 Mount Street, London, W1.
With their sky scraper stilettos, lacquer red soles and bold designs, Christian Louboutin's shoes have become
a fashion item that is desired by women around the world.
I think the starting price for his shoes is £425.
Lots of glammed up women here with many of them wearing those Louboutin heels.
Henry Holland was the dj tonight.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,Lanson champers,rum cocktails and canapés.
then
9.30pm to 11pm
LFW a/w 2015: On / Off International Fashion Showcase at Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street, London, W1.
Back at this club where the NME Awards afterparty was last night.
Tonight was a party related to London Fashion Week that starts Friday 20 Feb.
Around 200 folks here over two floors with a dj playing some very loud tracks.
Complimentary whisky cocktails and vodka cocktails for all guests.




Thursday 19 February 2015.---35 years ago today Bon Scott was found dead after a night of heavy drinking




Wednesday 18 February 2015....8pm to 11.30pm...
The NME Awards 2015 live at Brixton Academy,London.
As usual a loud and messy awards evening for NME.
Around 1000 paying punters in the balcony who have a pay bar.
On the floor are 500 seated at tables and 500 floor standing in the pit,sides and back.
We are on the floor enjoying complimentary Titos vodka cocktails,Dead Crow beers and Dominos pizza.
It's fair to say this crowd are more interested in the booze rather than the food.
The awards and bands are on from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
We had five bands playing.
Royal Blood---played one song---Figure It Out
Charli XCX---played one song---Doing It
Run The Jewels---played one song---Lie Cheat Steal
Vaccines---played one song---Dream Lover
Suede---played six songs over 25 mins
Killing of a Flashboy
Metal Mickey
Filmstar
What I'm Trying to Tell You (new song)
Animal Nitrate
Trash
Suede were great and singer Brett Anderson's slim frame was all over the stage.
Suede got the main award of the evening---The Godlike Genius Award.
Jimmy Page was honoured with a special one-off award, the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award.
The Rock'N'Roll Soul Award recognises the unique genius of Jimmy Page and celebrates one of rock's
most important and influential guitar players, writers and producers.
Kasabian and Jamie T were the main winners with three awards each.
MAIN WINNERS LIST:
Godlike Genius Award---Suede
Rock‘n’Roll Soul Award---Jimmy Page---presented to him by Royal Blood
Best British Band supported by Marshall Amplification---Kasabian
Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas – The Live Music Capital Of The World®---Foo Fighters
Outstanding Contribution to Music---Teenage Cancer Trust
Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion---Jake Bugg
Best New Band supported by REPLAY---Royal Blood
Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow Spirit Flavoured Beers---Royal Blood
Best Album---Kasabian –‘48:13’
Best Track supported by Tito’s Handmade Vodka---Jamie T – ‘Zombie’
Best Video---Jamie T – ‘Zombie’
Best Festival---Glastonbury
Best TV Show---Game Of Thrones
Best Film---Northern Soul
Best Music Film---Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets
Reissue Of The Year---Manic Street Preachers – ‘The Holy Bible’
Dancefloor Filler---Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – ‘Fancy’
Music Moment Of The Year---Jamie T’s comeback
Small Festival Of The Year---Liverpool Psych Fest
Book Of The Year---Viv Albertine – Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
A bit odd that 1970s punk rocker Viv from The Slits was given the award by Tito Jackson of all people.
Tito Jacksons own Tito's Handmade Vodka cocktails were here so I suppose they had to let him give out an award.
Best Quote---for guitarist Kasabian Serge Pizzorno's reaction to headlining Glastonbury when he said:
"Five records, 10 years. We've earned our shot."
Most of the award winners turned up to collect apart from Foo Fighters who sent a video.
Folks here presenting or just hanging out apart from the winners above included Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.
Had a nice long chat with Glen who was not impressed but the current crop of new talent.
Also here were three members of The Libertines but not Pete Doherty,Kevin Rowland,footballer Peter Crouch,
Bernard Sumner from Joy Division/New Order,magician Dynamo,The Cribs,Frank Turner,La Roux,
Shaun Ryder and Bez from The Happy Mondays,Maccabees,Natt Weller,Zak Starkey,
Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs,Chrissie Hynde,Florence + The Machine and a few other indie bands.
Nice to chat to a few friends after the awards and those on tables got a goodie bag so we got a vinyl album
and cd featuring the best acts from Austin,Texas who were the main sponsors and other bits n pieces in it.
A really good event.
Check aftershow page for this event.






Tuesday 17 February 2015.
Katherine Jenkins with 30 plus piece orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Katherine Jenkins is on a UK tour to promote her recent album 'Home Sweet Home'.
Katherine Jenkins is one of the most successful classical music crossover artists in the world.
Her previous nine studio albums have sold in excess of eight million copies.
The show was around 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.
A nice stage production compared to some of the basic set ups I have seen here.
Both sets started with the orchestra on their own playing a medley of tunes for 5 or 6 mins then
Katherine now aged 34, enters the stage wearing a stunning flowing ball gown which made her look
every inch a Princess from a Disney fairytale.
Lots of friendly smiley stage banter from Katherine and of course she has an amazing voice.
A couple of mentions about Wales losing to England at rugby the past weekend.
Award-winning West End and Broadway performer John Owen-Jones appears as a special guest
where he sung a couple of songs midway through each set as Katherine changed dresses.
Owen-Jones has starred in stage productions of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.
An enjoyable enough show.
Highlights of the show included...
Hallelujah---Leonard Cohen cover
Anthem--- from Chess
Music Of The Night---from Phantom of the Opera---sung by John Owen-Jones
Thunderball---an old hit by Tom Jones that was a James Bond theme song---sung by John Owen-Jones
Time To Say Goodbye
Land Of My Fathers
Barcelona---Freddie Mercury cover---sung as a duet by Katherine and John
Rise Like A Phoenix---Eurovision 2014 winner cover---sung by John Owen-Jones
Bring Him Home---from Les Miserables---sung by John Owen-Jones
World in Union---Rugby anthem
Encore
We Are The Champions---Queen cover






Monday 16 February 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.15pm.
'Master of Motion' Dexter Brown - private view at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, W1.
For many years now, Dexter Brown has been a favourite of automotive enthusiasts, largely due to his ability to convey a sense of speed in his paintings.The artist will hold an exhibition of new works at Bonhams’ New Bond Street HQ in London.
As well as racing drivers there was also actors featured in the exhibition.
A collection of paintings and drawings where 50% of the sale price goes to Combat Stress.
Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity.
Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages. Right now, they are supporting over 5,600 Veterans aged from 19 to 97. They are a vital lifeline for these men and women, and their families.
The treatment and support services are always free of charge, and are proven to work.
We have a couple of speeches and a short video showing footage from their three residential treatment centres.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for the 200 smartly dressed folks here.
The exhibition is on until 27 Feb 2015.
www.bonhams.comVisit the Bonhams website here.
www.combatstress.org.ukVisit the Combat Stress website here.
then
9.15pm to 11.30pm.
A View from the Bridge - afterparty at The Portrait Cafe,National Portrait Gallery,London WC2.
This was the afterparty for the press night of this play held earlier at
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2.
Around 300 folks here including Mark Strong and other cast members.Also popular actress Sheila Hancock.
Also here was actress Kristin Scott Thomas.
Scott Thomas made her film debut in the Prince-directed Under the Cherry Moon in 1986,and later gained international fame in the 1990s with roles in Bitter Moon and Four Weddings and a Funeral, before earning a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for The English Patient.Further film roles include the box office hits The Horse Whisperer and Gosford Park.
Complimentary prosecco,wines, beers and canapes for all guests.
A View from the Bridge is a play by American playwright Arthur Miller, first staged on September 29, 1955.
The play is set in 1950s America, in an Italian American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.






Saturday 14 February 2015.
David Byrne (ex Talking Heads) will curate the 22nd Meltdown Festival at The Southbank Centre.
Byrne joins a notable list of former festival curators that includes Nick Cave, Ray Davies, Patti Smith, Morrissey and David Bowie. The full festival programme will be announced in the coming months, with the multi-talented musician admitting he is currently “still working on my wish list” for the festival, which will take place between 17 and 28 August.





Friday 13 February 2015.
Kaiser Chiefs + Public Service Broadcasting live at The O2 Arena,London.
The Kaiser Chiefs are on a UK arena tour in support of their number one album, 'Education, Education, Education & War'.
The Kaisers are in my opinion one of the best live UK bands of the last decade.
I think I have seen them at least once in each year in that period.
Before the headliners we catch the 40 mins set by Public Service Broadcasting.
Their debut album went to No 21 in the charts in 2013 and their new album is released soon.
They sound a bit Kraftwerk in places and use images on screens and neon lighting.
A decent set.
Kaiser Chiefs arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 40 mins.
A nice stage production with big screens and loads of lights.
It is floor standing tonight so a great atmosphere down the front.
A couple of times they sprayed the crowd with ticker tape.
Their principal songwriter Nick Hodgson left the band before their last album but singer Ricky Wilson
pulled out a trump card by getting on tv as a judge on The Voice which was a great move.
It brought the band a whole bunch of new fans and are now more popular than ever.
Ricky Wilson is a very confident frontman as he runs all over the stage and teases the crowd.
A funny thing happened when he finished his stint in the centre stage as when he was running back
to the stage down the sides a gormless security guard tried to stop him as he thought he was a fan.
They have loads of mega uptempo tunes in their set including back to back versions of
'Ruby' and 'I Predict A Riot' which went down a storm.
A cover of 'Pinball Wizard' was really good.
The evening finished with a superb version of 'Oh My God'.
A great show.
Full setlist played by Kaiser Chiefs...
The Factory Gates
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Everything Is Average Nowadays
Ruffians on Parade
Na Na Na Na Naa
My Life
The Angry Mob (Ricky runs to stage at centre during middle section of the song)
Cannons (Ricky performs this song from the centre stage)
The Occupation
Roses
Team Mate
Modern Way
Never Miss a Beat
Time Honoured Tradition (Peanut's choice)
Ruby
I Predict a Riot
Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
Coming Home
Encore:
Dave Grohl Pep Talk on the big screen
Falling Awake
Misery Company
Oh My God
Check aftershow page for this gig.






Thursday 12 February 2015...8pm to 12pm...
Chez Chow - bar launch party - at North Audley Canteen Basement,41 Audley Street,Mayfair,London W1.
Named after the owners dog, Chez Chow is an intimate basement bar offering an impressive selection of cocktails.
Chez Chow has an Asian influence which is reflected in the decor and the bar snacks.
A superb Mayfair location a couple of hundred yards from Oxford Street and Bond Street.
It has a great Speakeasy drinking den feel to it as you pull apart the velvet curtains to enter.
It is very intimate with maybe just 30 seats and you would not even know it was here if walking past.
The staff were really nice and explained all their different infused cocktails as they made them.
We were propped at the bar all night and the owners let the party go on until midnight
when it was supposed to have finished around 10pm.
Complimentary cocktails,champers and some hot tasty food for all guests.
A really enjoyable intimate cocktail bar that's well worth a visit.
The North Audley Canteen itself on the ground floor is a French bistro.
www.naclondon.co.ukVisit the North Audley Canteen website for more info.





Thursday 12 February 2015...Another sad death to report...
New Romantic pioneer Steve Strange has died of a heart attack in Egypt at the age of 55.
The Welsh pop singer found fame in the 1980s as frontman for Visage whose best known hit was
'Fade To Grey'.
Strange also managed the Blitz Club in London's Soho, a focal point for the New Romantic movement where acts such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Boy George started.
He was addicted to heroin in the 1980s so maybe that may have contributed to such an early death.





Wednesday 11 February 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.45pm.
Francis Sultana - launch party at David Gill Gallery, 2-4 King Street, St James's,London, SW1.
Around 100 smartly dressed folks here as Francis Sultana launches his 'Celia Collection'.
Needless to say the furniture items look fantastic but are very expensive.
Complimentary Ruinart champers for all guests.
Francis Sultana is a furniture and interior designer based in London with an international client base covering Europe & Russia, USA and Asia. Sultana is the favoured designer of many of the world’s biggest art patrons, drawn to his use of noble materials, fine craftsmanship and luxurious finishes. Francis works across both residential and commercial interior projects.
In 2011 Francis designed his first furniture collection Homage to the Art Deco followed by Yana. Munira was a special collection designed for the French furniture company Marc de Berny. In 2014 Francis launched a capsule collection entitled Anita. 2015 sees the launch of Sultana’s latest full collection of furniture and accessories; Celia will be launched in the UK, France, Russia and in the United States.
Francis’s work honours his most favoured periods of the 1920s and 1930s with influences from the natural world. His work comprises cabinetry, tables, upholstery & lighting, combining classic lines and materials with a contemporary and sophisticated vision for the modern interior.
www.francissultana.comVisit the Francis Sultana website for more info.
then
8.30pm to 10pm.
March of The Mods - launch party at The Gibson Lounge, 61-62 Eastcastle Street, London, W1.
March of The Mods is the spring/summer 2015 collection for Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green clothing label.
Pretty Green now have fourteen stores in The UK and five stores in Japan.
The party was also to re-launch the book 'Mod --- From Bebop To Britpop,Britain's Biggest Youth Movement'.
We are greeted by the author Richard Weight as we enter the venue.
Around 200 folks here including Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.
Complimentary gin cocktails,beers and hot dogs for all guests.
A nice lively buzzing atmosphere.
We have a dj at one end playing mod related tunes.
The other end is a mock stage with Gibson guitars and Marshall amps and band members as
mannequins wearing clothing from Liam Gallagher's mod inspired Pretty Green clothing label.
All guests got a Pretty Green tote bag with bits n pieces in it.
I got a complimentary press copy of the book which retails for £12.99 --- no doubt cheaper on Amazon etc.
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A few words about the book from the author...
In Mod, Richard Weight tells the story of Britain’s biggest and most influential youth cult. He charts the origins of Mod in the Soho jazz scene of the 1950s, set to the cool sounds of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He explores Mod’s heyday in Swinging London in the mid-60s – to a new soundtrack courtesy of the Small Faces, the Who and the Kinks. He takes us to the Mod–Rocker riots at Margate and Brighton, and into the world of fashion and design dominated by Twiggy, Mary Quant and Terence Conran.
But Mod did not end in the 1960s. Richard Weight not only brings us up to the cult’s revival in the late 70s – played out against its own soundtrack of Quadrophenia and the Jam – but reveals Mod to be the DNA of British youth culture, leaving its mark on glam and Northern Soul, punk and Two Tone, Britpop and rave.
www.prettygreen.comVisit the Pretty Green clothing website here.





Wednesday 11 February 2015.
AC/DC have announced that Chris Slade will be the drummer for AC/DC throughout 2015 therefore confirming Phil Rudd is out of the band. “Chris Slade will be on drums for the upcoming Rock or Bust World Tour,” the statement from AC/DC reads.
The Rolling Stones will be soon be confirming shows in North America for this summer.





Tuesday 10 February 2015...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 8pm.
Fernando Botero - private view at Opera Gallery, 134 New Bond Street, London W1.
A well dressed upmarket crowd here tonight.
Guests here included Chelsy Davy(Prince Harry's ex girlfriend).
Nancy Dell'Olio was also here.
Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.
About the artist...
A successful artist who became the most important young artist in Columbia through his painting.
At the age of twelve Fernando Botero, son of a Colombian travelling salesman, received training as a matador alongside his usual school education. Botero's first major subject in his early paintings was the ring. In 1948 the artist had his first exhibition with other painters from his home province of Antioquía in Medellín. In 1951 Botero moved to Bogotá, where he met the Colombian Avant-garde surrounding the Café 'Automatic'. After his studies at the 'Academia San Fernando' and the 'Prado' museum in Madrid, the artist went to Italy, where he studied art history from 1953. Two years later Botero returned to Bogotá.
www.operagallery.comVisit the Opera Gallery website for more info.
then
Elbow live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Elbow play the first of three sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Part of a mini tour that included three shows in Manchester before these shows.
Elbow have had the same line-up for over 20 years.
Prior to this show singer Guy Garvey says the setlist will be slightly different each night.
I have seen them a few times before including their last London show at The 02 Arena.
That show was great but they are more suited to smaller theatres like Hammersmith.
Last year their sixth album, 'The Take Off and Landing Of Everything', hit the No 1 spot in the charts.
Elbow arrive on stage to huge applause and play for around two hours.
Guy Garvey's gentle manner is that of meeting your mate down your local boozer.
They are super tight as a band and have plenty of gems in their set.
Their usual end of set classic anthem 'One Day Like This' is played midway through the set.
Other goodies were 'The Birds','Lippy Kids' and encores including 'Grounds For Divorce'.
A great show.
Full setlist played by Elbow...
This Blue World
Any Day Now
Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
Fugitive Motel
The Bones of You
Mexican Standoff
One Day Like This
Bitten by the Tailfly
Real Life (Angel)
Switching Off
The Birds
Lippy Kids
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Newborn
Encore:
Grounds for Divorce
My Sad Captains





Monday 09 February 2015.
That little ol’ band from Texas – the legendary ZZ Top have announced they will return to the UK
for one-off show at Wembley Arena on Wednesday 24th June, plus very special guests Thunder.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 13th February priced £47.50 (subject to booking fees)
and are available from www.livenation.co.uk






Sunday 08 February 2015...11.45pm to 4.30am...
BAFTAs: Weinstein Company, StudioCanal & Entertainment Film - afterparty at
Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1.
Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein holds his annual BAFTAs afterparty.
Some celebs only stayed for an hour or so but Harvey was still here at the very end.
We went to it last year and it was one of the best parties of the year with loads of big name celebs.
Tonight has got lesser A-list celebs but it was still a mega party for around 500 folks.
Most have been at the awards earlier and a few are carrying their awards around with them.
Kasabian,Noel Gallagher and Nick Cave were all here.
Weinstein,StudioCanal and Entertainment Film hosted a party for their award winners and nominees including Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley (with husband James Righton), Benedict Cumberbatch, Jack O'Connell, Steve Carrell and Amy Adams. The actors joined the crowd at Rosewood Hotel,celebrating the evening alongside stars such as Reece Witherspoon,Cuba Gooding Jr, Kristin Scott Thomas, Henry Cavill,Rosamund Pike,Douglas Booth, Tom Hiddleston, Ethan Hawke and Mark Strong. Host Stephen Fry unwound at the party, held in association with Grey Goose and Jimmy Choo, as he shared a drink with new husband Elliot Spencer and comedian Jimmy Carr.
Also here were Laura Whitmore, Luke Treadaway,Zoe Ball,Kelly Hoppen,Linzi Stoppard,Luke Evans,
Daisy Lowe,Andre Balazs(owner of The Chiltern Firehouse) and Alan Pardew(Crystal Palace Footie Manager).
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,Grey Goose vodka cocktails,other drinks and lots of food for all.
We had a dj here and the dance floor got nice and lively.
An excellent party.





Sunday 08 February 2015.
Sam Smith was the big winner at The Grammy Awards in America winning four awards.
Prince presented Beck with The Album Of The Year Award.





Saturday 07 February 2015.
Saxon + Hell live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Tonights support band are Hell who are from Derbyshire and are what you would called goth black metal.
All of them dressed in black with all the songs about Hell,Death,Darkness etc.
They had some catchy riffs and a singer who had a way with words and the crowd liked them.
During the interval we get rockin tunes from Accept,Judas Priest,AC/DC etc.
I have seen Saxon over 20 times since 1979 when they were a support band.
They were regular headliners in the 1980s at Hammersmith Odeon when I worked front stage security.
Tonight is sold out and there is a really great crowd atmosphere with many fans from mainland Europe here.
There are half a dozen cameras filming the Saxon show.
Saxon arrive on stage at 9.05pm and were on stage for 1 hour 55 mins.
It is a perfect setlist with all their best songs played.
Singer Biff Byford keeps his long hair grey and headbangs away.
Plenty of brilliant catchy guitar riffs all night.
This show was postponed from 13 Dec 2014 due to Nigel their drummer pulling a sickie.
Tonight in his place is the son of German rocker Udo but Saxon drummer Nigel appears and takes a bow
and plays the drums for one song.
The guitarist from support band Hell joins them for one song.
For the last song German female rocker Doro helped out on vocals.
The best Saxon show I have seen in the last 10 years.Superb.
Full Saxon setlist played...
Motorcycle Man
Sacrifice
Power and the Glory
And the Bands Played On
To Hell and Back Again
I've Got to Rock (To Stay Alive)
Dallas 1 PM
Solid Ball of Rock
Forever Free
20,000 Ft (with guitarist from Hell)
Suzie Hold On
The Eagle Has Landed
Never Surrender
Heavy Metal Thunder
747 (Strangers in the Night) (with Nigel Glockler on drums)
Crusader
Princess of the Night
Encore:
Wheels of Steel
Strong Arm of the Law
Denim and Leather (with Doro)





Friday 06 February 2015.
Showaddywaddy live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Showaddywaddy return to the same venue where I saw them play this time last year.
Their original singer left a few years ago but they still have two original members.
They are still wearing their drapes just like they did in their 1970s heyday.
They had most of their biggest hits with covers of songs from the 1950s and the early 1960s.
They had 23 Top 40 hit singles and they appeared on Top Of The Pops over 50 times.
In total they had ten Top Ten singles, a solitary number one ("Under the Moon of Love" in 1976), and spent 209 weeks in the UK Singles Chart. At the peak of their popularity, this tally included having seven successive Top Five entries. Their biggest-selling single was the aforementioned "Under the Moon of Love", which sold a million copies.
I saw them a few times back in the day including when they supported David Cassidy at White City Stadium
in 1974 when a girl fan was crushed to death and I saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1975.
They were always a bit naff but I am a sucker for some 1970s nostalgia.
The band are on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.
I must admit i love coming to this cosy all seated 600 capacity tiered venue.
I wish more bands would play here but it's a venue for the older bands and folks really.
Showaddywaddy sound great and the band harmonies are top notch.
The new singer has plenty of cheeky chappy stage banter going on.
As expected 75% of the tracks played were cover songs.
All the crowd singing and clapping along and lots of dancing in the last 30 mins.
Most of the big hits came in the second half.
Highlights of the enjoyable show included...
I Wonder Why---No 2 hit single in 1978
Heartbeat---No 7 hit single in 1975
Blue Moon---No 32 hit single in 1980
Dancing Party---No 4 hit single in 1977
Rock n Roll Lady---No 15 hit single in 1974
Remember Then---No 17 hit single in 1979
You Got What It Takes---No 2 hit single in 1977
Pretty Little Angel Eyes---No 3 hit single in 1978
When---No 3 hit single in 1977
Three Steps To Heaven---No 2 hit single in 1975
Under The Moon Of Love---No 1 hit single in 1976
Encore
Hey Rock and Roll---No 2 hit single in 1974
www.showaddywaddy.netVisit the bands website to check out dates and info on their massive UK tour.




Thursday 5 February 2015...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense: A Portrait of Robert Fraser,Curated by Brian Clarke.
Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1.
Robert Fraser (August 1937 – 1986) was a noted London art dealer of the 1960s and beyond. "Groovy Bob" was a pivotal figure in the London cultural scene of the mid to late sixties, and was close to members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
The Robert Fraser Gallery became a focal point for modern art in Britain, and through his exhibitions he helped to launch and promote the work of many important new British and American artists including Peter Blake, Bridget Riley, Jann Haworth, Richard Hamilton, Gilbert and George, Harold Cohen, Eduardo Paolozzi, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Ed Ruscha. Fraser also sold work by René Magritte, Jean Dubuffet, Balthus and Hans Bellmer.
In 1966 the Robert Fraser Gallery was prosecuted for staging an exhibition of works by Jim Dine that was described as indecent (but not obscene). The works were removed from the gallery by Scotland Yard and Fraser was charged under a 19th-century law that applied to street beggars. Fraser was fined 20 guineas and legal costs.
Fraser became well known as a trendsetter during the Sixties – Paul McCartney has described him as "one of the most influential people of the London Sixties scene". His London flat and his gallery were the foci of a "jet-set" salon of top pop stars, artists, writers and other celebrities, including members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, photographer Michael Cooper, designer Christopher Gibbs, Marianne Faithfull, Dennis Hopper (who introduced Fraser to satirist Terry Southern), William Burroughs and Kenneth Anger. Because of this, he was given the nickname "Groovy Bob" by the writer Terry Southern.He is also thought to be an inspiration for the character "Dr. Robert" in the song of the same name on The Beatles album Revolver.
A big buzzing crowd of 300 plus folks at this massive gallery that is over two floors.
We have some music folks here including Sir Bob Geldof,Bryan Ferry,Jarvis Cocker and Nick Rhodes.
1960s photographers David Bailey and Terry O'Neill are here and actor Rupert Everett.
Performance artist Pandemonia is here in her plastic/rubber blow up doll outfit looking like a tall Lady Gaga.
A decent music soundtrack played in the background included Sex Pistols 'Pretty Vacant'.
Complimentary Moët champers,vodka cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.pacegallery.comVisit The Pace Gallery website for more info.
The exhibition is on until 28 March 2015.





Wednesday 04 February 2015.
7pm to 9pm.
Ron Gorchov - VIP private view at S2, 31 St George Street, London, W1.
Sotheby’s S2, in collaboration with curator Vito Schnabel, will show paintings by the American artist Ron Gorchov (b. 1930, Chicago) to the UK public for the first time. For the artist’s inaugural London solo-show, Schnabel has selected works spanning the full scope of the artist’s career, from the 1970s to today. Gorchov emerged in the 1960s and 70s as part of a group of Manhattan-based abstract artists, such as Frank Stella, Richard Tuttle, Blinky Palermo and Ellsworth Kelly, who rejected the ubiquitous rectangular canvas in favour of new shapes and configurations. Painting on linen or canvas stretched across bespoke curved wooden frames (which Gorchov calls saddle-stretchers), the concave and convex structures have often been described as a hybrid between painting and sculpture. By warping the edges, corners and straight lines of the traditional flat canvas, these three dimensional works become perceptually disorientating when viewed.
Around 200 cool looking folks at Sotheby's new art space that is over two floors.
The artist Ron Gorchov and curator Vito Schnabel were here.
Guests here included Jerry Hall with son James Jagger and Christina Estrada.
Also Steve Parish(owner of Crystal Palace Football Club).
Also Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her husband Richard Jones who plays bass in The Feeling.
Complimentary Laurent-Perrier champers and cocktails for all guests.
www.sothebys.com/s2Visit the Sothebys website for photos and more information.
It is on until 27 March 2015----Free admission.




Wednesday 03 February 2015.
As expected the Prince show at Koko I attended got glowing five star reviews from the press.




Tuesday 03 February 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 7.15pm.
Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2015 at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1.
A large crowd of over 300 folks in the ballroom of this plush five star hotel.
The awards start early at 6.30pm and most of the overseas winners are here to collect in person.
Complimentary Laurent-Perrier champers and canapés for all.
www.cntraveller.comVisit the Conde Nast Traveller website for the full list of winners.
then a few minutes up the road to...
7.20pm to 9pm.
Chai Wu - restaurant launch party at Harrods, 5th Floor,Knightsbridge, London, SW1.
Chai Wu is described as a new modern Chinese restaurant in Harrods. In charge of the food is Chef Bihu Xie who comes here via Grand Imperial London and the whole thing will be overseen by Ian Pengelley who was the chef who launched E&O, runs Gilgamesh and has already opened two restaurants - Mango Tree and Pan Chai in the Harrods Food Halls.
Guests included Gok Wan and Lizzie Cundy.
Complimentary champers,whisky cocktails,wines and canapés for all guests.
then
10pm to 12pm.
Playtech - party at Gilgamesh, The Stables Market, Camden, London, NW1.
This event must have cost a fortune as there are 800 guests on the guest list and we have Clean Bandit
playing a live set and we have actor Idris Elba on dj duty spinning the tunes.
Lots of complimentary cocktails,wines,beers and different bowl food for all guests.
Playtech are the world’s largest gaming software and services supplier.
The party marked the technology giant’s participation at ICE Totally Gaming 2015 – a unique exhibition
taking place this week at the ExCel Centre in London aimed at the world’s online gaming industry.
The crowd is 90% male from the stands at Excel although the small amount of females here are all
nicely glammed up as they could be promotions girls from the various online gambling companies.
We have half a dozen female dancers wearing skimpy outfits posing in giant champagne glasses.
Clean Bandit are a electro dance band who use violins on some songs who have had a great 12 months.
They headlined Brixton Academy last year.
They finished their decent 50 mins set with their massive number one hit 'Rather Be'.
Tonight they had a fantastic light show and big screen that was used to great effect with neat graphics.
We left soon after the band had finished but folks were still turning up at midnight as
it was on for another couple of hours.






Monday 02 February 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.45pm.
Sotheby's---private view---at Sotheby's ,New Bond Street,London W1.
All the major art galleries host big auctions this coming week.
Christies announced sales of £5.1 billion last year---the highest for any auctioneer in history.
Tonight we are at Sotheby's with a big crowd of 500 smartly dressed art folks.
Sotheby's are previewing auction lots for this week and next week.
Some nice items here by artists including Andy Warhol and George Condo.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,cocktails and canapés for all guests.
then
Prince and 3rdEyeGirl live at Koko,Camden,London.
Prince back in London for a private secret gig for Autism Rocks charity.
The venue is rammed solid even though this gig info was not mentioned anywhere via normal outlets.
Upstairs is £50 a ticket and the floor standing and boxes on the balcony sides are £200.
For £200 you get freebie Veuve Cliquot champers,whisky n cokes,wines and beers all night.
The Austism Rocks staff are walking through the crowd topping up our glasses while Prince is on stage...nice..
Wristbands are valid so I get in this area and there are a few celeb faces here.
Jonathan Ross is with Jimmy Carr.Also here is Alan Carr who is looking a bit drunk.
Even Noel Gallagher turns up half way through the show as he arrived from his own show
up the road at the 600 capacity Dome in Tufnell Park that was an early start early finish.
Other guests included Nick Clegg, Holly Willoughby,Meg Mathews,Leigh Francis, Dara O'Briain,
Michael McIntyre and Jon Culshaw.
Prince and 3rdEyeGirl arrive on stage at 10pm and play for 2 hours 10 mins.
Prince is wearing a shimmery silver outfit and the big Afro is still there.
Prince tells the crowd "we are gonna play 14 hits and then some other stuff" and that was pretty much
how it was with the first half full of hits and the second half was lesser known funky stuff.
Prince is playing great guitar and doing some funky dance moves.
Needless to say this was a mega show.
Next show for Prince is in Dubai on Wed 04 Feb which is also for Autism Rocks.
Purple Rain
Let's Go Crazy
Take Me With U
U Got the Look
Funknroll
Controversy
1999
Little Red Corvette
Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince song that was a big hit for Sinead O'Connor)
Kiss
Only Love Can Hurt Like This (Paloma Faith cover)
When Doves Cry
Sign “☮” the Times
Hot Thing
A Love Bizarre (Sheila E. cover)
Darling Nikki
Pop Life
I Would Die 4 U
Forever in My Life
Housequake
U Know
The Gold Standard
If I Was Your Girlfriend
Guitar
Plectrum Electrum
Encore:
The Breakdown
What's My Name?
Stratus (Billy Cobham cover)
Sometimes It Snows in April
Dreamer
Encore 2:
Let's Work
Cool (The Time cover)
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough(Michael Jackson cover)






Monday 02 February---Sid Vicious died on this day in 1979.





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