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Archive: June 2015
June 13, 2015
Friday 12 June 2015...7.15pm to 9.30pm...
Morden & Lea restaurant press launch, 17 Wardour Street,London W1.
Yet another new restaurant in the Soho area which is totally buzzing as there are
tourists and locals everywhere.
2015 is proving to be a busy old year for Mark Sargeant. Just weeks after his appointment as Chef Director at The Strand Dining Rooms was announced, comes news that the chef and restaurateur is in the last stages of opening a restaurant in Soho. Morden & Lea is described as a modern brasserie, named after 17th century cartographer Robert Morden and Philip Lea, who were the first to map out the area now known as Soho. The head chef will be Daniel Mertl (ex-Chez Bruce, The Savoy and Le Gavroche). They'll be taking over the site where Chuen Cheng Ku used to be opposite W Hotel.
Sargeant, for those of you who don't know his work, spent 13 years working alongside Gordon Ramsay - seven of those as head chef at Claridge’s. He's also responsible for two restaurants in his native Kent - Rocksalt and The Smokehouse. This will be his first central London restaurant launch.
The upstairs dining room sounds like an altogether more refined space and also features a cocktail bar and private dining room. Here you'll get a fixed priced brasserie-style dinner menu (£35 per person) as well a set lunch menu. There might be mains like Roast Goosnargh duck with garlic potatoes, roast peach, broccoli, almonds & chilli or Grilled Cornish mullet with spelt, mussels & bok choy. For desserts there's a heavenly-sounding Pressed Oakchurch Farm strawberries with brillat savarin chantilly & pistachio crumble, Set milk chocolate with hazelnuts, milk sorbet & coffee sherbet and Sargeant has brought over the Gypsy Tart which we first tasted at his King's Cross restaurant Plum and Spilt Milk.
We chose a nice table in the corner.
The decor is very contemporary and looks great.
We had a three course dinner from what will be the £35 fixed price menu plus sides and glasses of wine.
The food was well presented and the portions were quality over quantity.
My beef cut could have been a bit bigger.
The starter and dessert were great.
Our waitress was lovely.
A new restaurant well worth checking out.
Thursday 11 June 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.30pm
YO! Sushi 'YOLO' party at YO! Sushi,52 Poland Street,Soho,London W1.
YO! Sushi opened its first restaurant in Soho, London in January 1997.A second restaurant followed opening in Harvey Nichols. By 2001 it became the market leader in sushi restaurants.In 2000, Robin Rowland became CEO and in 2002 YO! Sushi opened their first restaurant outside of London, in Manchester's Selfridges. By 2003, the company had 12 restaurants open, and the first franchise opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Two new franchises opened in 2007 - one in Dublin, the other in Moscow. In 2010, they opened their 50th company-owned restaurant in Market Place, London.
In 2008, they became the first catering group to adopt the Food Standards Agency's traffic light colour-coding system, which allows customers to see nutritional information about the food they are eating.From the 1st of September 2009, the YO! Sushi in Whiteley's Shopping Centre launched its takeaway and delivery services, allowing customers to go into the restaurant and order their food or order online to get food delivered to their homes.
YO! Sushi launch a line up of super limited edition ‘You Only Live Once’ (YOLO) dishes.
The first to launch is the J-Dog, a quirky Japanese take on a traditional American classic. A Japanese style pork arabiki sausage served in a brioche bun, topped with crispy shallots, sesame seeds, spring onion, crunchy nori, tangy misotchup, sweet teriyaki sauce and served with your own Sriracha* sauce key ring
allowing you to spice up your J-Dog just the way you like it!...it was very nice...they retail it for £6.
YO! Sushi is tasty Japanese food in a fun environment.
The staff are great and there are sounds playing in the background.
The conveyer belt of around 200 coloured plates moves around the store like a giant Scalextric track.
We had some very yummy plates of sushi along with wines,beers and watermelon juices.
A photographer here took some fun photos of us and all guests got a goodie bag for coming.
Always great to visit YO! Sushi.
www.yosushi.comVisit the YO! Sushi website here for more info and branch locations.
SPECIAL OFFER at their Fulham Broadway branch after the store refurbishment.
Offer is 1/3 off your food bill Tue - Sun only.
Offer valid from 10th June until 24th June 2015 only.
Offer is only valid at YO! Sushi Fulham Broadway only.
8.45pm to 10.30pm
MAC Cosmetics 'Cinderella' party at Fenwick of Bond Street,London W1.
Around 200 folks here with a nice mix of folks in suits next to some of the fashion crowd
that are wearing Lady Gaga type loud and colourful outfits.
This collection is inspired by the famous Disney princess is the new MAC cosmetic range (available in Fenwick stores from March 13). Boasting enough sparkle to fill several pumpkin carriages, you can choose from eye gloss, frosted eyeshadow and iridescent pressed powder – all that’s missing is a glass slipper and a handsome prince.
The two djs are dressed as princesses and play a great bunch of 60s,70s and 80s tunes to get folks dancing.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,wines and canapés for all guests.
www.fenwick.co.ukVisit the Fenwick website here.
Thursday 11 June 2015.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 'Greatest Hits' album has now sold over
12 million copies in America.
Thursday 11 June 2015.
Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
The veteran actor, best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.
He starred in over 250 films and even made a Heavy Metal album a couple of years ago...aged 91.
Wednesday 10 June 2015...6.30pm to 9.45pm...
Mr Porter x Club Monaco launch party at 2 Chiltern Street,London W1.
Opposite the now iconic celebrity haunt Chiltern Firehouse sits Number Two Chiltern Street,
newly taken over by International lifestyle label Club Monaco.
This is their second Menswear store in Central London.Their stores and shops which I think are innovative and unique, bridging fashion and culture to reflect and enhance modern life with Fashion, Home, Books, Flowers, Food, Coffee and Cultivation.
Co hosting with them tonight is mens fashion website and magazine Mr Porter.
The idea was to stay here for an hour then move on to elsewhere but it was totally buzzing
so we ended up staying here for over three overs.
Around 150 trendy fashion folks here with 50 in the store and 100 outside on the pavement.
We spent most of the time outside enjoying the decent weather.
We had a jazz trio playing outside on the pavement.
A small army of bar staff who were all male models did a good job of getting drinks to everyone.
We enjoyed some great complimentary drinks including old fashioned whisky cocktails,
Negroni cocktails,Gin n Tonics,presecco,lagers and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.mrporter.comVisit the Mr Porter website here.
www.clubmonaco.comVisit the Club Monaco website here.
We had some great people watching opportunities as we were opposite the entrance to Chiltern Firehouse.
Half a dozen photographers are still camped out there every evening waiting for celebs to turn up.
A couple of newspaper reports have suggested it has lost it's celeb appeal but I can confirm that is rubbish.
Look at the list of celebs that we saw going in tonight...
Boris Becker and his wife(tennis legend had come straight from his book launch party in St Paul's)
Rufus Wainwright(with his guitar and suitcase as he must be staying there in one of the rooms)
Harvey Weinstein(Hollywood film producer)
Tuesday 09 June 2015...I went to two events in the Liverpool Street area...
5.30pm to 7.30pm
Square Meal showcase at Wright Brothers Oyster Bar,8 Lamb Street,London E1.
This venue is right next door to Old Spitalfields Market.
This showcase was for 50 or so event and party planners.
Mainly females here who book restaurants and venues for the company they work for via Square Meal.
We have complimentary presecco,gin cocktails,wines along with oysters and seafood canapés.
www.squaremeal.co.ukVisit the Square Meal website here for more info.
www.thewrightbrothers.co.ukVisit The Wright Brothers website here.
7.45pm to 11.45pm
Broadgate Circle launch party,Broadgate Circle,London E1.
A massive event for around 1000 folks.
Faces here included Donna Air and Professor Green with wife Millie Mackintosh.
Also here was Janet Street Porter and Meg Mathews.
Broadgate Circle is located next to Liverpool Street station.
Around a dozen restaurants have opened here in the past month or so.
I went to the opening events for three of them.
All look out on to the concrete circular open air area in the middle.
Tonight each restaurant is giving out complimentary food and drinks.
We base ourselves at YAUATCHA that takes up most of the second floor.
The menu presents authentic Cantonese dishes with a modern influence, offering a wide range of steamed, baked, grilled and fried dim sum such as Scallop shui mai, Prawn and beancurd cheung fun and Venison puffs. To complement the cuisine, the drinks menu comprises 38 types of tea, as well as cocktails inspired by Chinese ingredients and a broad wine and Champagne list.
Below the main restaurant you will find the first ever Yauatcha Patisserie, where Chinese heritage and modern European cooking techniques have inspired the pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Graham Hornigold, to create an array of macarons, petits gateaux and chocolates.
We had complimentary Laurent Perrier Rose champers,different cocktails,wines,beers and very nice food.
At 9.30pm BBC Radio dj Nick Grimshaw played an hour of tunes from the dj area in the middle
then celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine played an hour of tunes.
An excellent event.
www.broadgate.co.ukVisit the Broadgate website for info on all the restaurants.
Tuesday 09 June 2015.
Another gig cancelled late in the day...Tuesday show at The Royal Albert Hall...
Veteran singer Tony Bennett has cancelled his second show with Lady Gaga after coming down with the flu.
His publicists dismissed rumours the 88-year-old has had a heart attack, insisting that he is just ill
and has nearly lost his voice.
A couple of sources say he was taken away by ambulance from the venue around 7pm.
They hope to arrange a new date soon.
Tuesday 09 June 2015.
Lunchtime press event in London.
Motley Crüe and Alice Cooper in person announce Motley Crüe UK arena shows later in the year.
Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper*, who already joined the band for the Final Tour in 2014. He will be tearing up the stage once again on most 2015 dates. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.
THE FINAL TOUR – EUROPE
Monday 2 NOV – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, UK*
Tuesday 3 NOV – Manchester Arena, UK*
Wednesday 4 NOV – Birmingham Genting Arena, UK*
Friday 6 NOV – London SSE Arena, Wembley, UK*
Sunday 8 NOV – Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany*
Monday 9 NOV – Basel St. Jakobshalle, Switzerland
Tuesday 10 NOV – Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy*
Thursday 12 NOV – Monte Carlo, Monaco Sporting Club, Monaco
Friday 13 NOV – Munich Zenith, Germany*
Saturday 14 NOV – Düsseldorf ISS Dome, Germany*
Monday 16 NOV – Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
Wednesday 18 NOV – Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
Friday 20 NOV – Abu Dhabi Du Arena, United Arab Emirates
*Alice Cooper only appearing on selected dates
Tickets are on-sale from 9am on Friday 19th June 2015 priced at £47.50 / £40.00 London
£45.00 / £40.00 / £35.00 regionally (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk
Monday 08 June 2015.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the first of two sold out shows at this venue.
Surely one of the oddest couples in pop get together to sing jazz standards.
Tony Bennett is aged 88 and Lady Gaga is aged 29.
They are showcasing their album 'Cheek to Cheek ' released Sept 2014 that consists of jazz standards by popular jazz composers, such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin. The album was inspired by Bennett and Gaga's desire to introduce the songs to a younger generation, since they believed that the tracks had universal appeal.
Word has got out that Prince Harry is due to attend tonight as he is patron of the charity WellChild which the show is for.
Lots of security,police,barriers and 500 fans waiting as Prince Harry arrives at 7.40pm.
He is later introduced to the main crowd just before the show started as he takes his seat in The Royal Box.
Elton John was also here.
Although most of the audience were a Tony Bennett crowd there were plenty of hardcore
Lady Gaga fans from all over the UK and Europe who were very vocal.
The band and full orchestra together meant around 50 musicians on stage.
The show started at 8.15pm and lasted for 1 hour 55 mins.
The sings as expected were jazz standards from the album and other standards.
There was a mixture of them singing together and both had solo spots.
Tony Bennett stood there in his smart suit and tie while Lady Gaga danced around the stage like a
showgirl in around 8 or 9 stunning dresses and outfits, of which a couple were very revealing.
Thankfully she left her 'meat dress' in the abattoir.
You cannot take your eyes off Gaga as she oozes on stage charisma.
She flirts with the audience and walks up the side stalls seating a couple of times.
She sung stunning solo versions of 'La Vie En Rose' and ''Every Time We Say Goodbye'.
A very enjoyable show.
Some of the set highlights included...
Cheek to Cheek
Stranger in Paradise
They All Laughed
The Good Life
Bang Bang(My Baby Shot Me Down)
When You're Smiling
For Once In My Life
La Vie En Rose
Let's Face The Music and Dance
Every Time We Say Goodbye
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
The Lady Is A Tramp
It Don't Mean A Thing(If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Sunday 07 June 2015.
Happy Birthday to Sir Tom Jones who is 75 today.
Saturday 06 June 2015.
Doctor 'drugged' Brian Wilson and took his royalities.
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson was drugged for weeks on end and misdiagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic by a rogue psychiatrist, a new film, Love and Mercy, claims. Dr Eugene Landy allegedly charged the singer £300k a year to prescribe him 'endless downers and uppers', and even controlled Wilson's finances before Landy's own death in 2006.
Saturday 06 June 2015...another sad death to report...
Nick Marsh, singer and guitarist for the British rock band Flesh For Lulu, died Friday after battling cancer.
He was aged just 53.
I saw Flesh For Lulu play a couple times back in the late 1980s.
Friday 05 June 2015...I went to two events today...
2pm to 3.30pm
Five Guys press event at Five Guys,9-11 Villiers Street,Charing Cross,London WC2.
Back again to another Five Guys restaurant that has recently opened.
It is located near Charing Cross station and just off The Strand.
We opted to sit downstairs as less noise down here.
The music policy is great with cool tunes including Black Crowes,Janes Addiction,Stone Roses etc played.
My meal today with prices were
Bacon Double Cheeseburger with Mayo and Mushroom---£8.75
Bacon Cheese Dog with Mayo and Onion---£5.50
Five Guys Fries---£4.00
Salted Caramel with Bacon Bits Milkshake---£4.75
The staff including the managers were really fussing over everyone.
Big portions here so a very filling enjoyable meal.
The toilets were super clean.
www.fiveguys.comVisit the Five Guys website here for more info.
5pm to 8.30pm
Polo In The Park,Hurlingham Park,Fulham.London SW6.
This was Day 1 of the three days of polo at this venue near Putney Bridge tube station.
A few thousand people are here and they have luckily got a perfect sunny day.
A posh crowd with lots of pretty women in their summer dresses looking great.
It is a great social day out as there are loads of bars and food stalls.
Half the folks are not even watching any of the polo it seems as they chat and party away.
At The Mahiki end they have a dj playing dance tunes.
We catch the last two of the four matches.
There is a big screen here with a very excitable commentator.
Each match has three players on each side.
Each match had four periods of play called chukkas.
Some of the play is great when it comes up really close to where we are watching.
At half time folks are invited on to the pitch to pad down the turf kicked up by the ponies.
At 7pm we had the main international match where South America beat England 6-4.
A really enjoyable event.
www.polointheparklondon.comVisit their website for more info on tickets and info.
Thursday 04 June 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.15pm
Imitate Modern presents '80s Kid' by Paul Oz private view at 90 Piccadilly,London SW1.
My first time at this new pop up gallery space.
This collection features portrait oil paintings from the 80s.
We have Maggie Thatcher,Michael Jackson,Madonna,Prince,Mr T and others.
Complimentary vodka cocktails for all guests.
www.imitatemodern.comVisit the Imitate Modern website here.
7.45pm to 10pm
Today Tix Ticketing App launch party at The Serpentine Sackler Gallery,Kensington Gardens,London W2.
Over 200 folks here at this sister venue to the main Serpentine Gallery.
Jamie from tv series Made In Chelsea is here.
We are greeted by Joey the full scale horse puppet from theatre show War Horse.
We have a speech by the owners then musical theatre singer Kerry Ellis sings three songs
which were 'Memories','Defying Gravity' and 'Somebody To Love'.
There was complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,wines,beers and canapés.
All guests got a £50 gift voucher to use on the app.
In both New York and London, TodayTix offers tickets for performances that will take place in the next seven days. The tickets may be discounted, and they’re sold until one hour before the show.
In some cases TodayTix will offer special lotteries with tickets that are even cheaper or completely free.
The company says it’s already working more than 40 West End shows. It’s also hired a small team in London. CEO Merritt Baer said it’s important for the app to embrace London, rather feeling like a New York app that includes London as an afterthought. That attitude, Baer said, is reflected in little touches like a new loading screen that shows Shaftsbury Avenue rather than Times Square.
www.todaytix.comVisit the Today Tix website here.
Wednesday 03 June 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.15pm
MERLET Et Fils and Soho Grind Espresso Martini summer showcase launch
at Soho Grind,19 Beak Street,Soho,London W1.
Soho Grind is an all day and late night Espresso Bar, with a basement space serving small plates and
cocktails in the evenings that has been open for around a year.
It holds around 50 to 60 folks over the two floors.
MERLET are showcasing their delicious C2 CAFE Cognac & Coffee Liqueur.
The Standard said that Soho Grind is one of the best Espresso Martini cafe/bars in London.
It has a great location just off Carnaby Street.
The first of the Grinds, Shoreditch Grind was born when East-Londoner David Abrahamovitch enlisted his friend Kaz James, a DJ from Melbourne with a passion for coffee, to help turn his father's mobile phone shop, a stand-alone perfectly circular building perched on the edge of Old Street Roundabout, into an Espresso Bar.
Two of Shoreditch Grind’s most famous cocktails, their Espresso Martini and Flat White Russian, have remained on the menu, while many new ones have been added to bring some Soho flair. Interestingly, Soho Grind’s tasty espresso-based cocktails do not use coffee liqueur, since the taste of the house blend is so strong that it cuts through.
Their new additions include Gin-Out The Jams, which is said to alternate between sour and sweet with each new sip, Appleton Pairs, a sweeter cocktail with white rum, and Pimms Coup, a fresh seasonal thirst-quencher.
Patrons can also choose from a wide selection of beers, wines and prosecco, or snack on delicious Italian-inspired food, all the while enjoying live music played by special guests and friends of the Grind.
We enjoyed complimentary MERLET C2 CAFE drinks and MERLET Sidecar Cognac drinks and small plates.
Pop in on Mondays and drinks are only £5 each.
We had a speech from Soho Grind and their staff were great at looking after the guests here.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
www.merlet.frVisit the Merlot website for more info.
www.sohogrind.comVisit the a Soho Grind website for more info
www.caskliquidmarketing.comVisit this website to buy MERLET Cognacs & Liqueurs online.
8.45pm to 10pm
Harrods Superbrands launch at Harrods,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Always nice to be at this world famous luxury store.
Harrods are opening Superbrands (First Floor), home to twelve brands, CHANEL, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Loro Piana, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren Collection, and Ralph & Russo.
A big crowd of around 300 or 400 here over the visually amazing collection of designer brands.
Guests here included actor Richard E Grant and tv presenter George Lamb.
We had a dj playing some cool sounds.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers,cocktails,wines and canapés for all guests.
www.harrods.comVisit the Harrods website here for more info.
Tuesday 02 June 2015...I went two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9.30pm.
Maison Mais Non launch party, 14 Greek Street,Soho,London W1.
Around 200 cool looking art and fashion folks at this new fashion gallery.
The exhibition features Central Saint Martins 2015 graduates and the tailors of Savile Row.
The dark room at the back features the combination of creativity and craftsmanship.
Tonight's host is Michael Neeson,the 19 year old son of one of my fave actors---Liam Neeson.
He hopes it will mark the end of a long, dark period in his life, one in which he has already
struggled with alcohol and drug abuse.
Neeson was just 13 when his mother, Natasha Richardson, died after a skiing accident in Canada. She had been taking a beginner’s lesson at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec when she fell and hit her head.
His dad is on the guest list and turns up and stays to the very end and was very friendly and chatty to all.
The veteran actor, whose hit films include the Taken franchise and Schindler's List, wore a grey,
metallic-effect suit with an open-necked blue shirt.
He matched the look with a trendy pair of tan loafers and kept it casual with fashionably messy hair.
Together, the screen star certainly looked on good form and was evidently proud of his eldest boy's
involvement in the enterprise.
Other guests here included actor Ralph Fiennes and tv presenter Rick Edwards.
Also here where Sara and Keren from Bananarama.
A dj was playing tunes in the background.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Gin Cocktails and Peroni Beers.
www.sohorevue.comVisit their website for more info.
9.45pm to 11pm.
Five Guys press launch event,5-6 Argyll Street,London W1.
Gourmet burger restaurant opens another branch as part of its rapid expansion.
This was my first time at Five Guys although I had heard plenty of good press about them.
They have over 1000 branches in America and Canada.
The first location outside North America opened in the United Kingdom in July 2013, in London on Long Acre in Covent Garden, one day before the opening of Shake Shack's first UK outlet just 300m away.The second location was in Reading, Berkshire. The chain now has 23 restaurants open across the UK, with 4 more due to open in early 2015.
This branch is a few yards to the right of the Palladium.
It has been open awhile but they have delayed inviting the press along until things are perfect.
I had a bacon double cheeseburger that was probably the best burger I have ever had.
Big and juicy with perfect crispy bacon.
Also a generous tub of fries and a strawberry milkshake.
It's a bit expensive as the three items above would have cost around £20.
A nice loud music soundtrack in the background included U2,Green Day and Pat Benator.
www.fiveguys.comVisit the Five Guys website here.
Tuesday 02 June 2015.
Planning permission has been turned down by Hammersmith & Fulham council.
The Shepherd's Bush Palladium, more recently known as the Walkabout Pub, has avoided demolition. A pre-planning application had been received by the Council to turn it into a 16 storey block of - you guessed it - luxury flats. It was to be an extension to the new Dorsett Regency hotel, itself a converted former cinema. Built in 1910 as the Shepherd's Bush Cinematograph Theatre, The Palladium stopped showing films in 1981, and was eventually converted into a pub, owned and operated for many years by the Walkabout chain. Until a couple of years ago,Kiwis in flip flops and fancy dress were a common sight in The Bush.
Great to see this building has been saved from demolition.
In the late 1970s I attended both buildings when they were known as Odeon cinemas 1 and 2.
It is the boarded up building to the right of Shepherds Bush Empire.
Walk down the side and you can see old ticket prices of the wall --- 1 shilling,6 old pence,3 old pence.
Monday 01 June 2015.
Bryan Ferry live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Bryan Ferry is playing a UK and European Tour.
Expect a nice mix of solo material and Roxy Music classics in the setlist.
I first saw Bryan Ferry solo in 1977.
I first saw Roxy Music in 1979 before they went on hiatus in 1983 and reformed 18 years later
when I saw a couple of their re-union shows at Wembley Arena in 2001.
I get to the venue at 7.30pm and there are lots of folks coming out of the venue.
My first thoughts are fire/bomb alert but the reason was...THE GIG WAS POSTPONED/CANCELLED.
Yes at 7.20pm on the day it was announced that Bryan Ferry could not perform the gig due to a
'severe throat infection' even though the doors had been opened and punters had been let in.
Needless to say lots of disgruntled folks because of the lateness of it all.
Even an afternoon cancellation would save a lot of people a wasted journey so not sure
why it was left so late.
Thankfully it is very rare that it happens so late but it does happen every now and then.
When I worked at Hammersmith Odeon it happened a couple of times when the doors had already
opened and a couple of other times the show had started but the singer gave up after 2 or 3 songs
due to throat problems.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Albert Hall said: "We regret to announce that following medical advice due to a severe throat infection, it has been necessary to cancel tonight’s performance by Bryan Ferry at the Royal Albert Hall. We would like to apologise to all fans for the late notice and any inconvenience this has caused.
"We hope that it may be possible to reschedule this concert in the future. All ticket holders will be contacted and information will be made available on our website at www.royalalberthall.com as soon as it is available."
Monday 01 June 2015.
Melody Gardot releases her 4th album 'Currency of Men' on Decca/Universal.
Her 2nd and 3rd albums both made the Top 20 in the UK.
See my review dated 20 April 2015 of the album playback,interview and Q n A with Melody.
watch the great video hereMelody Gardot 'Preacherman' ▶ 7:05
‘Preacherman’ is a poetic tribute to Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black teenager in 1950’s America,
whose racially motivated murder marked a landmark moment in the
Sunday 31 May 2015.
The Beach Boys live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
The Beach Boys play the second of two shows at this venue on their UK tour.
I went to both the great Beach Boys re-union shows at Wembley Arena and The Royal
Albert Hall in Sept 2012 but for this tour Brian Wilson is not here as he has his own tour later this year.
For these concerts the line-up will be led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who will be joined by Jeffery Foskett (guitar/vocals), Randell Kirsch (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals),
John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals).
Also on stage was David Marks who has recorded a few albums with them.
The Beach Boys were on stage for THREE HOURS over two sets of 95 mins and 85 mins.
They finished playing at a bonkers 11.25pm.....and it was a Sunday too.
They played a staggering 60 songs....surely some sort of record.
There was a big screen showing classic Beach Boys footage on and off through the show.
There were 15 musicians on stage including a six piece brass section.
The band included Jeff Foskett who was one of the main members in Brian Wilson's great band.
Whether he has been stolen or borrowed was unclear but he is a great guitarist and vocalist.
They were joined by American singer Christopher Cross on three songs who had some hits in the 1980s.
He had a great high voice that was perfect for The Beach Boys sound.
As expected the second half had more livelier classic hits than the first half.
The set could have been trimmed by 30 mins to be honest as some tracks in the first half were a bit boring.
What I did notice is that The Beach Boys are getting more serious as a band.
Perhaps they read the great reviews Brian Wilson had and they don't want to be known just as a 'party band'.
The harmonies are much tighter and better and not all the songs are about 'Girls,Cars and Surfing'.
Not sure what the silver haired folks in the audience felt about the very late finish but it was quite an
evening and The Beach Boys had to be up early for a tv interview on ITV Breakfast Show.
The full setlist played...
Catch a Wave
Don't Back Down
Do It Again
Goin' to the Beach
In My Room
Isn't It Time
Please Let Me Wonder
Kiss Me, Baby
Dance, Dance, Dance
Let Him Run Wild
Sail On, Sailor
Keep an Eye on Summer
You're So Good to Me
Good to My Baby
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Cotton Fields (Lead Belly cover)
The Warmth of the Sun
You Still Believe in Me
Ballad of Ole' Betsy
Getcha Back (David Marks lead vocal)
Don't Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
I Get Around
California Dreamin' (The Mamas & the Papas cover)
Sloop John B ([traditional] cover)
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals cover) (Performed as "Then I Kissed Her")
I Can Hear Music (The Ronettes cover) (with Christopher Cross)
All This Is That (with Christopher Cross)
Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (The Four Freshmen cover)
Heroes and Villains
'Til I Die
All I Wanna Do
God Only Knows
Pisces Brothers (Mike Love song)
Kokomo (with Christopher Cross)
Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)
Barbara Ann (The Regents cover)
Fun, Fun, Fun
Saturday 30 May 2015.
The Camden Rocks Festival featuring Glen Matlock + Richie Ramone + Michael Monroe
live at The Proud Gallery,Camden,London.
Camden is busy enough with tourists on a Saturday and when you add 4000 folks walking
between venues for this festival it ends up being a totally buzzing area.
Each £30 wristband gets you access to 20 venues and over 100 acts.
Ranging from small pubs to 1000 capacity venues.
Multi genres covered including rock,punk,metal,indie etc.
I end up staying the evening at The Proud Gallery space that holds around 300 folks.
Glen Matlock arrives on stage at 5.30pm for a 12 song 55 mins acoustic set.
Glen has just come back from playing at the Joey Ramone annual tribute concert in New York.
Check the www.sex-pistols.net link on the right for video footage of that show.
Nice to see the room at capacity which meant some folks were locked outside as each venue
was on a first come basis.
Glen played a perfect setlist of solo material mixed in with Sex Pistols and Rich Kids gems and covers.
Lots of great stage banter from Glen as he got the crowd to join in and clap and sing along.
A brilliant version of 'Pretty Vacant' had the crowd singing louder than Glen.
Full setlist played...
Burning Sounds(Rich Kids)
A Different World
God Save The Queen(Sex Pistols)
Ambition(Glen co-wrote the song with Iggy Pop in 1980 when he was in Iggys band)
Ghosts of Princes and Towers(Rich Kids)
Happy(Pharrell Williams cover)
(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone(best known as a hit by The Monkees in 1966)
Pretty Vacant(Sex Pistols)
All or Nothing(Small Faces cover)
After the show we had a couple of beers with Glen in the dressing room area.
Richie Ramone and his band arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played a 50 mins set.
Richie Ramone is best known for being the drummer for the iconic punk band the Ramones.
He was their third drummer after Tommy and Marky.
Richie was also the only drummer to be the sole composer of Ramones songs including their hit
"Somebody Put Something in My Drink' and the only Ramones drummer to sing lead vocals.
Richie was on vocals tonight and for some songs he also got behind the drum kit.
The set was 75% Ramones tracks mixed mixed in with a few tracks from his own material.
Always nice to hear those Ramones tunes.
Michael Monroe and his band arrive on stage at 9.35pm for their 60 mins set.
Monroe’s current touring outfit are bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen) and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig).
Finnish rocker Michael Monroe was singer with Hanoi Rocks in the 1980s and based his look
on David Lee Roth.
David Lee Roth has got rid of his long blonde hair but Michael Monroe has still got his.
He cannot keep still on stage as wriggles and pouts his way through the very lively show.
It's all uptempo trashy garage rock n roll that was really good even though it was a bit samey.
He threw in a couple of Hanoi Rocks tunes in with his solo material.
Same Shit Different Day
Trick Of The Wrist
Balled Of The Lower East Side
Stained Glass Heart
Million Miles Away
Dead,Jail or Rock n Roll.
Thursday 28 May 2015...I went to three events today...
6.45pm to 8.15pm
La Martina Flagship Store Launch at 23 Jermyn Street,St James's,London SW1.
International polo brand La Martina has opened its London flagship store in St James's.
Official outfitters to the Federation of International Polo, La Martina is favoured by professional players and divot-stomping fans alike, known for the technical performance of their equipment and the style of their leisurewear and fashion accessories. Having developed out of a deep understanding of the specific design considerations necessary to meet the demands of this rigorous sport, they describe themselves less as a fashion brand, but more as a lifestyle brand.
The new store stocks their full range, from formal Guards Club attire to the more casual wear worn at likes of the preeminent Polo event of Abierto Palermo in Argentina, and offers menswear, womenswear, leather bags, footwear, glasses, fragrances, helmets and even saddles. La Martina's capsule collections for Guards Club and Maserati will also be available.
"La Martina embraces the style and history of traditional English tailoring and St James's international reputation for high-quality bespoke clothing made our decision to choose the area for our London debut an easy one," said Enrico Roselli, Chief Executive of La Martina Europe SA.
The St James's store joins another at The Guards Polo Club in Windsor, as well as beautiful brand boutiques in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Milan, Madrid and Dubai, to mention a few.
Around 150 guests here enjoying Perrier Jouet champers,Royal Salute Whisky,Argentinian Wines and canapés.
At 8pm we had a speech then a neat stunt outside where we watched four polo players in La Martina attire
parade down Jermyn Street on their horses.
They also had one of those drone things filming the event from above.
A nice event.
www.lamartina.comVisit the La Martina website here.
8.30pm to 9.30pm
Hedonist Magazine Issue 6 Launch Party at Cirque Le Soir,15 Ganton Street,London W1.
Hedonist Magazine presents the concept of the unique glossy lifestyle biannual: a magazine published twice a year as a definitive guide to the real McCoy stories, free from annoying celeb gossips. It has been the new periodical, but now one of the most growing magazines in London with the highly increasing worldwide audience.
Every issue comprises main sections: Photography, Fashion & Beauty, Art, Music, and Life Stories. Also, a lot of entertaining supplemental material can be found on the magazine's pages.
We had djs and some very entertaining burlesque dancers performing.
All guests enjoyed complimentary drinks.
A nice event.
www.hedonistmagazine.co.ukVisit their website here.
9.45pm to 11.30pm
Press night afterparty for Just Jim Dale at The Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych,London WC2.
Now aged 79 Jim Dale is a total legend for anyone my age due to his work in the Carry On films.
Jim Dale turned up a bit late with Barbara Windsor as they were recreating cheeky scenes
from the 1967 and 1969 films Carry On Doctor after the show for photographers.
Around 300 folks in the stunning ballroom of this plush hotel which is up the road from where he played.
Also here were Sir Derek Jacobi,Ian Lavender,Robert Lindsay,Bonnie Langford,Sian Phillips,Fenella Fielding,
Roy Hudd,Hannah Waddington,Nigel Planer and songwriting legend Don Black.
A string quartet were playing cover tunes in the background.
It was one of those events where there was more food than drinks flowing for all the guests.
We had complimentary wines and soft drinks and loads of different burgers,canapés,fish n chips
and different flavours of tubs of Haagen Dazs ice cream.
A nice event.
Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Jim Dale will bring his critically acclaimed show, Just Jim Dale, to the Vaudeville Theatre this May, following his huge Off-Broadway success in New York.
Jim Dale is one of the world's great stage entertainers: singer, dancer, comedian, Shakespearean actor, raconteur. In Just Jim Dale, Jim takes audiences on a journey through an unequalled career in the theatre with a myriad of irresistible showbiz tales, songs and performances - a career extending from performing as the youngest professional comedian on the British Music Hall stage, to joining the National Theatre at the request of Sir Laurence Olivier, starring in 11 Carry On films, his Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum and Me and My Girl, and then his uproarious experiences narrating all seven Harry Potter audiobooks for the US market.
Jim Dale appeared at the same Vaudeville Theatre 50 years ago.
At the age of twenty-two he became the first pop singer under the wing of Sir George Martin, who produced all his hit records. Several of his songs entered the UK Singles Chart, including "Be My Girl" (1957, UK No.2), "Just Born (To Be Your Baby)" (1958, UK No.27), "Crazy Dream" (1958, UK No. 24) and "Sugartime" (1958, UK No. 25).
Jim Dale appears at The Vaudeville Theatre until 20 June 2015.
Wednesday 27 May 2015....I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.15pm
City Lights exhibition at Lights of Soho,35 Brewer Street,Soho,London W1.
This exhibition features Neon in this new art gallery and members lounge that has its
own bar on both levels.
A very cool arty crowd here and there are old and new Neon lights and signs galore.
Membership to Lights of Soho is just £150 for a year which is a fraction of other members clubs
such as Soho House which cost up to £1400 a year.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers,Hoxton Gin cocktails and beers for all guests.
The exhibition is on until 05 July 2015.
www.lightsofsoho.comSee their website for more info.
8.30pm to 12pm
Veuve Clicquot RICH launch party at The Pompadour Room,Cafe Royal,Regent Street,London W1.
Around 300 guests here in this very plush venue.
Some faces here included Solange Knowles,Julian Macdonald,Kelly Hoppen and Lizzie Cundy.
Also Melissa Odabash,Zara Martin and Grace from Clean Bandit.
RICH is basically a summer champers drink where you add coconut and other flavours along with ice.
Lots of complimentary Veuve Clicquot RICH champers and the normal Veuve Clicquot champers are
flowing for all guests along with canapés.
A dj was playing dance tunes and it was an excellent buzzing party.
At 11pm they closed the main room and we continued in the smaller room on the ground floor for an hour.
www.veuveclicquot.comVisit their website here
Links I Like
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toptable: London Restaurants
Official London Theatre
Long Tall Sally
Sex Pistols Experience
The Halkin Hotel-Belgravia
The Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow, Bucks
Clothing at Tesco
Shepherds Bush Empire
Isle of Wight Festival
Classic Rock Bands
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