Archive: July 2015

July 01, 2015

Tuesday 30 June 2015...7pm to 9pm...
The Art Gala at Masterpiece London in aid of the NSPCC at The Royal Hospital,Chelsea,London.
Masterpiece is a huge art, antiques and design fair with over 100 stands in this huge marquee.
Tonight is a glittering event which will raise vital funds for the NSPCC’s post-abuse therapeutic ‘play therapy’ services, supporting children across the UK affected by sexual abuse.
This event marks the third in a series of NSPCC fundraisers – each themed around a different genre of art – which have raised £3.7 million to date. It is organised by a committee of dedicated volunteers, well-respected in the fashion and art world.
Most of the 800 guests have paid £100 for their ticket and 250 of them have paid £1000 each for the
black tie dinner at 9.30pm with a host of celebrity names who watched a short set by Emeli Sande.
Lots of stunning women here wearing their best outfits like it was a West End film premiere.
Guests included
Princess Beatrice
Elizabeth Hurley (looked fantastic for age 50 in a pink gown)
Sir Michael Caine and his wife
David Furnish(Elton Johns husband)
Noamie Harris(actress who is in the new James Bond film Spectre)
Lindsay Lohan
Claudia Winkleman
Charlotte Tilbury(make-up queen)
Patrick Cox(fashion designer who always turns up with Elizabeth Hurley)
Andrew Neill(BBC tv political presenter)
Chris Wright(former owner of QPR and Chrysalis Records)
Dylan Jones(GQ Editor)
Stephen Webster(jeweller)
Giles Deacon
There was a classical music trio that had a ballet dancer performing to their music.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,cocktails,wines and canapés for all guests.
A really good event,just a shame it was only on for two hours when they should have made it three.
At the end we all got in a golf buggy for a lift back to Sloane Square tube which was a nice touch.
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Tuesday 30 June 2015.
Launch of the Unofficial Biography of Mick Jones(The Clash)-- Stayin' in Tune by Mick O'Shea.
Sadly I could not get to the launch event near Goodge Street as it was the same time as The Art Gala.
The book is for sale on the Amazon link at the top for £12.50.
Special Offer valid until this Sunday---book at £10 inc. p&p on website www.eleusinianpress.co.uk





Monday 29 June 2015...I went to two events today.
3.45pm to 5.45pm.
Imbibe drinks industry event at Olympia,London W14.
Over 100 drinks brands at this very busy and lively event with maybe 2000 folks here.
Covering mainly spirits,wines,beers and the odd champagne and prosecco stand.
They are promoting and showcasing current trends and new products.
Lots of stands giving out freebie samples.
There are cocktail making demonstrations and talks.
R n R Brew have a stand here as they have the licence to sell drinks under
The Queen band name so we have Killer Queen vodka along with Bohemian beers and wines.
www.RnRBrew.comVisit the R n R Brew website here
www.imbibe.comVisit the Imbibe website here for more info.
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7pm to 11.30pm.
National Restaurant Awards 2015 at The Hurlingham Club,Fulham,London SW6.
Always nice to be at this historic members club.
The Hurlingham Club is an exclusive sports and social club.
It has a Georgian clubhouse set in 42 acres with tennis courts,croquet courts,bowling greens etc.
It was the first venue that hosted polo matches over 100 years ago.
A nice and relaxed awards ceremony with around 500 folks here who are mainly from restaurants.
7pm to 8.30pm was the reception with complimentary Charles Heidsieck champers,cocktails,wines,
Estrella beers,canapés and oysters.
I got a fun caricature done by one of the two artists here.
8.30pm to 9.45pm was rows of unreserved seating in the main room for the awards.
We had a quick rundown of the top 100 restaurants in the UK.
Top 5 were...
1.Barrafina Adelaide Street,London.
2.The Sportsman,Seasalter,Kent.
3.The Ledbury,London.
4.Gymkhana,London.
5.The Hand and Flowers,Marlow,Bucks.
Other awards handed out...
Chefs’ Chef of the Year – Nathan Outlaw
Gastropub of the Year – The Sportsman
Best Restaurant in Scotland - Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland - Harry’s Shack
Best Restaurant in Wales - The Walnut Tree
Wine List of the Year – The Square
Cocktail List of the Year – Chiltern Firehouse
The Service Award – Paul Ainsworth at Number 6
Sustainable Restaurant of the Year – Grain Store
Highest Climber – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
One To Watch – Taberna do Mercado
Lifetime Achievement Award – Rick Stein
OpenTable Diners’ Choice ‘Fit for Foodies’ Award – The Chef’s Table
Best Italian Restaurant- Zucca
Best Indian Restaurant – Gymkhana
Best Spanish Restaurant – Barrafina Adelaide Street
9.45pm onwards was the party with more complimentary food and drinks.
We had a full range of street food stands and bowl food including some yummy black cod,rib meat rolls,pizza,
lobster rolls,grilled chicken,tiger beef and others.
All guests got a copy of Restaurant Magazine July 2015 that has a full list of the Top 100 Restaurants
along with a full piece on each one...retails for £4.99.
A very nice event.






Monday 29 June 2015.
Looks like the rumours are finally true after folks been continually talking about it.
When The Sex Pistols originally split up in the late 70s band members
Paul Cook and Steve Jones formed a short lived band called The Professionals.
Now three original members Paul Cook, Paul Myers, & Ray McVeigh are currently in rehearsal.
No Jonesy this time, but his space is filled by "the magnificent" Tom Spencer.
By all accounts the band are sounding great.
The main reason that Steve Jones is not involved is that he rarely leaves Los Angeles these days
and all the others are based in London.
Stay tuned for more Professionals news, including gigs.
watch the video hereSex Pistols members on old stomping ground...▶ 10:00
Steve Jones & Paul Cook revisit Shepherds Bush, Goldhawk Road & Hammersmith.
As some of you know this was also my stomping ground.
I also attended Christopher Wren school which they both went to but I was three years younger.





Sunday 28 June 2015.
BBC tv coverage of the last day of The Glastonbury Festival was excellent.
There was an hour each by The Who,Paul Weller and Lionel Richie and a few songs each
by FFS,Future Islands,Chemical Brothers and other bits and pieces.





Sunday 28 June 2015...another sad death to report...
Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67.






Saturday 27 June 2015.
Fleetwood Mac live at The 02 Arena,London.
Fleetwood Mac play the last of six nights at The 02 Arena and it is totally rammed sold out.
Fleetwood Mac on a massive UK and European arena tour.
I saw them on their last UK tour in 2013 and they were great.
I saw Christine McVie guest with them on the last tour but this time she playing all the show.
The July edition of Mojo magazine has a nice 19 page tribute to them with interviews with all five members.
Their album 'Rumours' from 1977 has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
Happy Birthday to Mick Fleetwood who was 68 on 24 June.
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The band take to the stage at 8.15pm for a nice long 2 hours 30 mins set.
Like The Who show the night before the big screens do a fantastic job of mixing live gig footage
with stunning pre-recorded images.
Stevie Nicks said this is show number 97 of their world tour that started last year in America.
One of those bands with distinct individuals who have had a dysfunctional past.
Lindsay,Stevie and Mick gave thanks to Peter Green who they said was in the audience.
Lots of great singalong pop rock chorus-heavy nuggets.
There were a couple of songs that were a bit flat though.
Stevie Nicks still looks a bit witchy in her velvet cape.
Lindsay Buckingham is playing some stunning guitar solos.
Lindsay has the same great finger picking style as Jeff Beck.
Mick Fleetwood's drum solo was a bit over the top and full of mad chanting.
There were three female backing singers who helped make the harmonies even greater.
A really good show that the crowd loved.
Full Fleetwood Mac setlist played tonight...
The Chain
You Make Loving Fun
Dreams
Second Hand News
Rhiannon
Everywhere
I Know I'm Not Wrong
Tusk
Sisters of the Moon
Say You Love Me
Big Love (Lindsay Buckingham solo acoustic)
Landslide (Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks acoustic)
Never Going Back Again (Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks acoustic)
Over My Head
Gypsy
Little Lies
Gold Dust Woman
I'm So Afraid (including Lindsey Buckingham solo)
Go Your Own Way
Encore:
World Turning (including Mick Fleetwood drum solo)
Don't Stop
Silver Springs
Encore 2:
Songbird (Christine McVie vocals and Lindsey Buckingham guitar --- just them two on stage)








Friday 26 June 2015.
The Who + Paul Weller live at Hyde Park,London.
Massive sold out show so 65,000 folks are here.
Both bands are playing Glastonbury on Sunday so check that out on BBC tv.
I have seen The Who over 20 times since 1975 when Keith Moon was still in the band.
I have seen them twice in March 2015 at The 02 Arena and Royal Albert Hall.
I saw The Jam half a dozen times including when they supported The Clash in May 1977
at their legendary Rainbow show when all the front rows got smashed up.
I have seen Paul Weller solo over a dozen times.
I meet a friend in the afternoon at Paddington for some pre gig drinks.
Paddington is busy as The Who fans from all over the country are booked in at the hotels there.
The pubs are rammed and a Who tribute band are playing in a small park...very loud.
We then head over to the venue.
A lovely sunny evening and there is plenty of drinking being done by the crowd.
Like at Oasis/Kasabian gigs there is plenty of beer is being tossed in the air for a bit of fun.
Not sure why idiots are doing this when it's £5 a pint in the venue.
Paul Weller was on for around an hour.
When Paul Weller plays his solo shows he can play for 2 hours and you are lucky to get
one Jam classic oldie but tonight he wisely played three classic Jam tracks.
Paul Weller played a really good set and was joined by Miles Kane for one song.
Full Paul Weller setlist played...
The Changingman (from Stanley Road, 1995)
White Sky (from Saturn's Pattern, 2015)
From the Floorboards Up (from As is Now, 2005)
I'm Where I Should Be (from Saturn's Pattern, 2015)
Long Time (from Saturn's Pattern, 2015)
That's Entertainment (with Miles Kane) (from The Jam's Sound Affects, 1980)
Saturn's Pattern (from Saturn's Pattern, 2015)
Going My Way (from Saturn's Pattern, 2015)
Friday Street (from Heavy Soul, 1997)
Porcelain Gods (from Stanley Road, 1995)
Broken Stones (from Stanley Road, 1995)
You Do Something to Me (from Stanley Road, 1995)
Start! (from The Jam's Sound Affects, 1980)
Peacock Suit (from Heavy Soul, 1997)
Town Called Malice (from The Jam's The Gift, 1982)
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The Who were on for around 1 hour 55 mins.
A nice production with the usual big screens mixing live gig footage with pre-recorded images.
Roger Daltrey's vocals and Pete Townshend's guitar both sounded great.
A couple of songs were dropped from their usual setlist including 'Substitute'
and 'Magic Bus' but there were plenty of brilliant tunes played in the set.
'Pictures of Lily' was dedicated to Paul Weller but sadly he did not come on stage for it.
A great show even though I slightly preferred the recent smaller indoor shows
i saw at The 02 Arena and The Royal Albert Hall(both March 2015).
Full setlist played by The Who...
I Can’t Explain (single, 1965)
The Seeker (single, 1970)
Who Are You (from Who Are You, 1978)
The Kids Are Alright (from My Generation, 1965)
Pictures of Lily (single, 1967)
I Can See For Miles (from The Who Sell Out, 1967)
My Generation (from My Generation, 1965)
Behind Blue Eyes (from Who’s Next, 1971)
Bargain (from Who’s Next, 1971)
Join Together (single, 1972)
You Better You Bet (from Free Dance, 1981)
I’m One (from Quadrophenia, 1973)
Love Reign O’er Me (from Quadrophenia, 1973)
Eminence Front (from It’s Hard, 1982)
Amazing Journey (from Tommy, 1969)
Sparks (from Tommy, 1969)
Pinball Wizard (from Tommy, 1969)
See Me Feel Me / Listening To You (from Tommy, 1969)
Baba O’Riley (from Who’s Next, 1971)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (from Who’s Next, 1971)






Friday 26 June---Gene Simmons is on ITV Loose Women tv programme at lunchtime.
Friday 26 June---Happy Birthday to ex Clash guitar legend Mick Jones who is 60 today.





Thursday 25 June 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
The Jam : About the Young Idea private view launch event at Somerset House,Strand,London WC2.
I saw The Jam play six times with the first time being in 1977 supporting The Clash.
Hard to believe Paul Weller split up The Jam over 30 years ago in 1982.
Will all the band members turn up and pose for a group photo?
Foxton and Weller hadn't spoken in over 20 years until they appeared together onstage at the
Royal Albert Hall in May 2010.
Meanwhile, Weller and Rick Buckler are said to have not been in the same room since their band's demise.
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A big crowd of around 500 folks here with many people I know which was nice.
Complimentary presecco,wines,beers and canapés outside in the stunning courtyard for all guests.
A dozen gleaming scooters are parked up as you go in the courtyard.
The exhibition is great with i think 11 rooms of memorabilia.
Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton are here but I did not see Rick Buckler.
Paul Weller has his entire family here including his three year old twins Bowie and John Paul.
Paul actually has seven children with four women.
Paul has his personnel security guard close as lots of old mods getting very excited.
Also here were Sex Pistols members Glen Matlock and Paul Cook.
Also Gem Archer,Paul Whitehouse and 80s singer Nick Heyward from Haircut 100.
Also actor Martin Freeman,Stereophonics producer Jim Lowe and Sir Peter Blake.
Also Duncan Reid from 70s pop punk band The Boys.
A really good event.
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This summer, Somerset House, in collaboration with Nice Time Inc Productions, is proud to present The Jam: About the Young Idea. With unprecedented access to The Jam’s archive, Somerset House has curated the first comprehensive exhibition about the extraordinary band whose music immortalised life for Britain’s disenchanted youth during the late 70s and early 80s. Through unseen material and fan memorabilia, the exhibition charts the trio’s journey from Sheerwater Secondary Modern in Woking to superstardom, kick-started by the release of their debut hit single ‘In The City’, whose lyrics are referenced in the exhibition’s title, and ended six years later with 18 consecutive UK top 40 singles and over 14 million global album sales.
For the very first time, all three members of the band – Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton – the Weller family and music archivist Den Davis have opened up their archives, especially for the show. The collection, which is curated by frontman Paul’s sister and former head of The Jam’s fan club Nicky Weller, Tory Turk and Russell Reader with additional advice from DJ Gary Crowley, includes hand written lyrics, original stage outfits, personal photographs and footage, unreleased music videos, early scrapbooks, letters and postcards, posters and fanzines, and the band’s instruments. The exhibition, designed in reference to album artworks and featuring original graphics from celebrated artist Anthony Burrill, provides a unique and personal insight into the band’s trailblazing life and the retrospect legacy The Jam left on music, style, politics and culture.
www.somersethouse.org.ukVisit their website for more info and buy tickets....it's on until 31 Aug 2015...admission is £9.50.
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9.30pm to 1am.
WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at The Roof Gardens,Kensington,London W8.
This annual party is always a huge event with over 600 folks on the guest list.
They even close the street off to any cars.
There are many top female tennis players all glammed up posing for hordes of photographers.
Big names like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to WTA Rising Stars like Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys.
Also Heather Watson and former Wimbledon junior champion Laura Robson were here.
Holly Branson and brother Sam Branson were on hand for hosting duties, with father Richard Branson.
This was the venue that Richard Branson was turned away from back in the day then he later bought it.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,cocktails,wines,beers and canapés.
The venue is stunning as it's like a mini park up here and has four flamingoes in the water area.
The dance floor area gets very lively later on.
A good event.
www.wtatennis.comCheck out their website for nice pictures from the event.






Wednesday 24 June 2015.
ZZ Top + Thunder live at Wembley Arena,London.
ZZ Top play their only UK show as part of their European Tour.
A great double bill as Thunder are still very popular in their own right and headlined
Hammersmith Apollo only three months ago.
I have seen ZZ Top over a dozen times since 1980.
Two years to the day I saw ZZ Top last London show which was a sold out gig at Hammersmith Apollo.
I have seen Thunder over a dozen times since 1990 including when they supported tonight's headliners
ZZ Top at Milton Keynes Bowl in 1991.
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It is pretty full tonight with just three or four blocks unsold at the back so over 10,000 folks are here.
There is floor standing so a good front of stage atmosphere for both bands.
Most folks are in early to catch the 50 mins set from Thunder.
A good solid set from Thunder including the big tracks from their debut album.
Full Thunder setlist played...
Dirty Love
River of Pain
Black Water
Wonder Days
Backstreet Symphony
Love Walked In
The Thing I Want
I Love You More Than Rock 'N' Roll
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ZZ Top always play short sets and are on stage for a measly 85 mins.
They are one of those bands that should be playing longer due to the amount of albums they have released.
We had a nice bonus tonight as guitar legend Jeff Beck came on for all of the four song encore.
The band said it was Jeff's birthday tonight(now aged 71) so a cake was brought on stage as the crowd sang
Happy Birthday to him.
Jeff sounded great on stage with nifty guitar playing and he was nice and loud.
A minimal stage production with two not so big screens positioned by their amps.
They showed their classic videos and other images but not live footage from the gig.
The band look the same with the front two sporting their trademark long beards.
Singer Billy Gibbons said "we been coming to the UK for four decades,same three guys...same three chords".
Lots of nice Texan blues rock boogie tunes with neat guitar riffs.
Their 80s hits went down the best as usual and they brought out the fluffy haired guitars for 'Legs'.
Always good to see ZZ Top.
Full ZZ Top setlist played...
Got Me Under Pressure
Waitin' for the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Gimme All Your Lovin'
I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
Pincushion
I Gotsta Get Paid
Foxy Lady (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
Catfish Blues (Robert Petway cover)
Cheap Sunglasses
My Head's in Mississippi
Chartreuse
Sharp Dressed Man
Legs
Encore:
Rough Boy (with Jeff Beck)
Sixteen Tons (Merle Travis cover) (with Jeff Beck)
La Grange / Sloppy Drunk Jam (with Jeff Beck)
Tush (with Jeff Beck)
watch the video hereZZ Top with guest Jeff Beck at Wembley Arena 24 June 2015...▶ 8:24






Tuesday 23 June 2015...I went to two events tonight in the SW1 area.
After three days stuck indoors due to my very painful back spasm I was finally back out and about.
7pm to 9.45pm.
Eaton Square Bar and Restaurant showcase at 17 Hobart Place,London SW1.
A nice stylish contemporary looking bar just a couple of hundred yards from one of Londons
poshest addresses (Eaton Square) and a few yards from the garden walls of Buckingham Palace.
This bar and restuarant is only five minutes walk to the Victoria Palace Theatre for Billy Elliot.
Victoria Station is around 5 minutes walk away.
They have private vip booths tucked away that are free to hire out to small groups(8 to 45 guests).
The whole venue can be hired out for up to 200 guests.
Complimentary cocktails and hot tasty food on skewers for all the guests tonight.
The staff were really great and explained all their infused cocktails to us in detail.
Each cocktail came with the offer of a glass of water which was a nice touch.
They have a dj booth in the corner.
The cocktails are priced from £8.50 to £10.50.
Well worth a visit when you are in the area for travel or the theatre.
All guests got a nice goodie bag with a bottle of Moutard champers and vouchers to use for our next visit.
www.eatonsquarebar.comVisit their website here for more info and special offers.
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10pm to 11.30pm.
Maverick 1st anniversary party at Maverick, 16 Buckingham Palace Road,London SW1.
Very cool looking pizza place with mainly black decor near Victoria station celebrates it's first year.
It looks and feels more like a bar/club rather than your normal high street pizza chain.
There is a dj playing cool tunes in the background.
Complimentary cocktails,wines,beers and lots of very yummy freshly made,stone baked pizza.
www.iamthemaverick.comCheck their website here as they always have special offers on.
Every day Happy Hour 5pm to 7pm---two drinks for the price of one.





Monday 22 June 2015...a great new track by a hotly tipped new act...
Fast-rising British singer-songwriter Kelvin Jones has revealed the beautifully creative lyric video for his debut single 'Closer'.
‘Closer’ is the perfect summer sing-along, drawing upon blues and gospel influences alongside a keen ear for a huge pop melody, and showcases Kelvin’s soulful vocals and impressive songwriting skills.
After picking up the guitar five years ago and teaching himself to play by watching BB King videos on YouTube, this hugely talented 20-year-old singer-songwriter fell in love with the simplicity of being able to connect with someone through melody and emotion.
Having posted his track ‘Call You Home’ on YouTube last year it found its way on to Reddit, and was subsequently discovered by researchers on Good Morning America. This huge exposure meant the track was viewed over one million times in the space of 24 hours and gained him a substantial fan base around the world and a contract with SONY.






Monday 22 June 2015.
Videos of the day...KISS at Downland Festival from 14 June 2015.
watch the video hereKISS 'Detroit Rock City'...short version but great tv quality...▶ 1:38
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watch the video herePaul Stanley from KISS flies over the crowd to sing 'Love Gun'...▶ 4:54
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Sunday 21 June 2015.
Video of the day...now with over 100 million views...
watch the video hereThe Killers 'Mr Brightside'....▶ 3:48






Saturday 20 June 2015.
Today lunchtime I had a back spasm of some sort that has totally knocked me out.
Very painful to stand up , let alone go out of the house.
Looks like I will be out of action for a bit.





Friday 19 June 2015.
For the first time in 192 years, there are now more overseas retailers on London's Regent Street than there are domestic brands, with American stores leading the way, according to property specialists.
Currently, more than 50 international brands - a quarter of which come from the USA - are based on the capital's prestigious shopping street. Some of these brands include J Crew, Anthropologie, Calvin Klein,
Desigual, Karl Lagerfeld, Longchamp and of course Apple.





Thursday 18 June 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.45pm
Louis Vuitton summer party at Louis Vuitton,17-20 Bond Street,London W1.
Louis Vuitton or shortened to LV, is a French fashion house founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton. The label's LV monogram appears on most of its products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelery, accessories, sunglasses and books. Louis Vuitton is one of the world's leading international fashion houses; it sells its products through standalone boutiques, lease departments in high-end department stores, and through the e-commerce section of its website.For six consecutive years (2006–2012), Louis Vuitton was named the world's most valuable luxury brand.
This store always looks immaculate with its stunning displays.
Very expensive as nothing has any price tags on it.
Some amazing leather jackets with sparkly gold lining.
There are half a dozen female models walking around wearing their items.
Plenty of glammed up women here seeing it as a good time to wear their LV.
Complimentary Moët champers and canapés for all guests.
www.louisvuitton.comCheck out their website here.
then
8pm to 9pm
Sipsmith Sipping Garden Party at The Terrace Bar & Grill,Meridien Hotel,Piccadilly,London W1.
Distillery based in Chiswick who say "We’re small, we’re independent and we craft truly artisanal spirits
of uncompromising quality.
The terrace bar here overlooks Piccadilly below and is a really lovely space in this plush hotel.
There is a singer and guitarist playing cover versions at one end.
Complimentary prosecco cocktails,Negroni Gin cocktails,beers and canapés.
www.sipsmith.comVisit their website here.
then
9.15pm to 11pm
Picturehouse Central launch party ,off Leicester Square,London W1.
A big crowd of over 250 people here to launch this new seven screen cinema in the West End.
It has a cafe,bar,kitchen and members bar and roof terrace.
A stone’s throw away from Piccadilly Circus, the entrance is located on Great Windmill Street on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue. The colonnade that links Coventry Street (the busy promenade that connects Leicester Square and Piccadilly) and the bright lights of London’s famous theatre district is being regenerated as part of the restoration. The walkway – which in recent years has become more and more decrepit – is transformed into a corridor to one of London’s finest cinema attractions. The walls and floors are retiled and new lighting fixtures installed, with an old-fashioned marquee presiding over the glazed entrance. Great Windmill Street will no longer be a greyish side street but a clean avenue sometimes adorned by a red carpet for the great and the good of the film world to grace.
I missed all the food as it was a 6pm start here but there are still complimentary Jameson whisky
cocktails,wines,beers and the pick n mix was very popular.
There is a dj playing at one end.
Some folks are watching a 9pm screening of The Third Man in one of the new screens.
A great goodie bag here for all guests with a bunch of film and music docu dvds in it.
Mine had...
Mr Turner
Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler
Alan Partridge---Alpha Papa
The Stone Roses---Made Of Stone docu
Nick Cave---20,000 Days On Earth docu
plus a pair of comp cinema vouchers for the future.
www.picturehouses.comVisit their website for full info on their cinemas and film listings.





Thursday 18 June 2015.
I have had a few emails from folks saying they cannot find my BBC Radio 5 Live interview.
It is from the Adrian Chiles lunchtime show from 10am to 1pm on Tues 16 June.
Fellow gig goer Big Jeff from Bristol and me are on it for the last 20 mins.
Click here to listen to the interview





Wednesday 17 June 2015.
The Godfathers live at The 100 Club,London.
One of Britains most underrated rock n roll bands are on a 30th anniversary UK tour.
I have seen The Godfathers around 30 times since 1987.
They released albums on Sony in their heyday but never got into the mainstream charts.
The other shows on the tour were one set of 90 mins but tonight's special hometown
show is a 2 hour show over two sets of 60 mins each with 30 songs played.
Loads of great uptempo garage rock n roll tunes from their past plus a couple of new tracks.
The first three mega tracks were a statement of intent as they were rifled off.
The last two tracks were totally stunning as folks danced around front of stage.
These days it is just the two Coyne brothers who are the original members.
Singer Peter Coyne on stage sarcasm makes John Lydon sound like Donny Osmond.
The two new guitarists sounded really good.
It is just criminal this band did not get more success but you rarely heard them on the radio
and they were never part of any scene like 'Brit Pop' so that all contributed.
The Godfathers are still rockin' and they are now playing more gigs than ever.
Do yourself a favour and check them out as tonight was a fantastic show in this intimate club.
Some of the highlights of The Godfathers setlist....
I Want Everything
Cause I Said So
If I Only Had Time
Tell Me Why
Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues
Unreal World
Those Days Are Over
This Is Your Life
Love Is Dead
She Gives Me Love
I'm Unsatisfied
Angela
How Low Is Low
That's the Way I Feel
I'll Never Forget What's His Name
I Want You
This Is War
Lonely Man
This Damn Nation
Birth, School, Work, Death
watch the video hereThe Godfathers 'I Want Everything'...original video...▶ 2:11






Tuesday 16 June 2015...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
Little Mix 'Gold Magic' fragrance launch at The Drury Club,Drury Lane,London WC2.
Very popular all girl group launch their debut fragrance.
On their last UK arena tour they headlined The 02 Arena.
Their agent is the legendary John Giddings who looks after U2,Madonna,Iggy Pop and others.
Around 200 folks here from music,fashion,cosmetics and family rather than their fans.
There is complimentary prosecco,four different cocktails,wines and canapés.
A nice touch was that each member had a drink named after them.
Perrie---vodka based cocktail
Jade---tequila based cocktail
Leigh-Ann---rum based cocktail
Jesy---gin based cocktail
At 7.15pm the band were interviewed by Sarah Jane Crawford for around 10 mins.
They showed the promo video for the fragrance and the making of it.
Just after 8pm after a costume change they play a 20 mins set.
We were near the stage as the front bar left side was there.
Five songs with backing dancers and singing live to a backing track.
1.Salute
2.Black Magic(new single)
3.Move
4.How Ya Doin'
5.Wings
A fun energetic set from these normal girls 'living the dream'.
The fragrance is in stores from 24 June 2015.
100 ml rrp is £36.95
50ml rrp is £26.95
30ml rrp is £19.95
All guests got a goodie bag with the 100 ml bottle on it.
A good event.
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Little Mix (formerly known as Rhythmix) is an English girl group formed in 2011, consisting of members Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson.They were formed exclusively for the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011 and became the first group to win the competition. Following their victory, they signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music and released a cover of Damien Rice's "Cannonball" as their winner's single.
Little Mix released their debut album DNA on 19 November 2012. It charted in the top 5 in eight countries, including number two in the UK and number four on the US Billboard 200. This made Little Mix the first girl group since The Pussycat Dolls to reach the U.S. top 5 with their debut album, as well as earning the highest debut U.S. chart position by a British girl group, breaking the record previously held by the Spice Girls, whose 1996 debut Spice charted at number five.
As of December 2014, Little Mix have sold over 7.5 million records worldwide.






Tuesday 16 June 2015.
Tune in to BBC 5 Live Radio around 12.30pm lunchtime where I will be talking gigs.
It lasted 10 mins or so and was good fun.
It will be up on the BBC iplayer website after the event.






Monday 15 June 2015.
Lead Belly Fest---A tribute to Lead Belly concert at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Born in Mooringsport, Louisiana in the late 1880s, Lead Belly carved a fascinating career, recording over 500 songs before making his final performance at a concert at Carnegie Hall in 1949. He left a poweful legacy, with his work having being widely covered by the likes of The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Nirvana.
He died in 1949 aged 61.
Before skiffle and the Blues there was acts like Lead Belly who influenced many 1960s legends including The Beatles.
Leadbelly classics include "Roberta", "Midnight Special " , "In New Orleans (House of the Rising Sun)", "The Bourgeois Blues","Where Did You Sleep Last Night ","Goodnight, Irene" ,"Cotton Fields" and "John Hardy".
Another one of those lengthy sprawling shows at this venue that lasted 3 hours 20 mins over two sets.
It finished at the mad hour of 11.20pm...on a Monday night.
We had two big screens showing Lead Belly photos and old footage of him.
Around a dozen acts playing one to six songs each with the headliners being Van Morrison and Eric Burdon.
We had a blues house band for some acts and some acts had their own band or were solo.
Most of the songs played were Lead Belly tracks.
FIRST SET
Slim Chance played a couple of tunes...they were Ronnie Lanes old band.
Dr Hook singer Dennis Locorriere played a couple...he had a great voice.
Gemma Ray played a couple of tunes...playing her guitar with a kitchen knife...
Laurence Jones played a couple...he is a great blues guitarist...
Paul Jones played a couple of tracks...his harmonica playing was great...
Jools Holland played a couple of tracks ...boogie woogie style...
Dana Fuchs sung one song...great blues vocals...
SECOND SET
Billy Bragg and Chris Barber played a couple of good tracks.
Eric Bibb played three songs and was excellent mainly as he looked and sounded just like Lead Belly.
Walter Trout played a couple of great tunes with some nifty blues guitar work.
This was his first show for two years as he recovers from a liver transplant.
Eric Burdon sung a couple of great tracks.
Van Morrison has just been knighted and is now Sir Van Morrison.
He was on stage for six songs including "Midnight Special".
It may have been a charity show but Van still gave his death stare a couple of times to the backing band.
For the last two songs he was joined by Eric Burdon and all the other acts.
Really great to see Van Morrison and Eric Burdon sharing vocals on "Goodnight Irene".
A very enjoyable evening.






Sunday 14 June 2015.
Download Festival at Donington Park,Derbyshire...Day 3 of 3...
It's that time of year when The Isle Of Wight Festival and The Download Festival clash on the same weekend.
I have been up to Donington many times for Monsters Of Rock/Download and to IOW Festival twice.
The maddest year would have to be 2008 when I saw KISS at Download on the Friday and managed
to get down to The Isle Of Wight Festival the following day to catch The Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop.
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KISS + Motley Crüe + Slash + Billy Idol.
I first saw KISS in 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon on their debut UK tour.
I first saw Motley Crüe in 1984 at Donington when they supported AC/DC and Van Halen.
Once Download is over expect some of the bands to announce UK shows for Oct/Nov/Dec.
DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL INFO...
KISS---currently their only UK show confirmed for 2015 with support from...
Mötley Crüe will split up for good on New Years Eve but they will be back in the UK in November.
They are still playing Sex Pistols 'Anarchy In The UK' in their setlist.
Slash feat Myles Kennedy---currently their only UK show confirmed for 2015.
I saw his most recent London show which was at Wembley Arena December 2014.
Billy Idol---no London show confirmed for 2015.
I saw his most recent London show which was at Hammersmith Apollo November 2014.
Download Festival has decided to go totally cashless (except it isn't if you need to to top up).
Every single person on site, including staff, children, RIP and VIP customers will need a dog tag to get around the festival and/or buy something at the stalls. Cash will not be accepted at any bar, food stall, market stall, fun fair ride or merchandise stand.
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Pretty muddy here as it was raining on parts of Friday and Saturday.
A friend said it rained heavy all through Judas Priest on Friday.
Today it rained a bit in the afternoon but not too much.
As much as I do not like big festivals as I get older this collection
of four great bands on the same days bill could not be missed.
Paul Stanley of KISS said on stage a massive 85,000 were here.
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BILLY IDOL arrived on stage at 4.05pm and played for 45 mins.
He soon took his top off as he strutted around the stage.
Lots of great hits in his set that was short but sweet.
Full Billy Idol setlist played...
Dancing With Myself (Generation X song)
Can't Break Me Down
White Wedding
Flesh for Fantasy
Eyes Without a Face
Whiskey and Pills
Ready Steady Go (Generation X song)
Rebel Yell
Note: Mony Mony was on the setlist but not played as he was 5 mins late on stage.
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SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy arrive on stage at 5.20pm for their 60 mins set.
Some nifty guitar from Slash and great vocals from Myles Kennedy went down really well.
They wisely played a few Guns N Roses gems that are always great to hear.
Full Slash setlist played...
You're a Lie
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Avalon
Back from Cali
You Could Be Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
The Dissident
World on Fire
Anastasia
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)
Paradise City (Guns N’ Roses cover)
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MOTLEY CRÜE were on stage for around 85 mins and were great.
The other two bands had side screens only but Motley and KISS have a big one behind them as well.
Motley had a big stage production with pyros,flames and a couple of scantily clad dancing girls.
Nikki Sixx had his microphone hanging from the ceiling upside down so he could head butt it around the stage.
Singer Vince Neil is not as good as he was back in the day but overall a great show.
Full Motley Crüe setlist played...
Saints of Los Angeles
Wild Side
Primal Scream
Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
Looks That Kill
On With the Show
Too Fast for Love
Smokin' in the Boys' Room (Brownsville Station cover) (Gary Glitter's Rock And Roll Part 2 Riff Intro & Outro)
Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols cover)
T.N.T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown)
Dr. Feelgood
In the Beginning
Shout at the Devil (Nikki Sixx bass guitar shoots flames)
Live Wire
Girls, Girls, Girls
Kickstart My Heart
Encore:
Home Sweet Home
Note: As it stands, last ever British festival date.
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KISS arrived on stage at 9.05pm and were on stage for around 1 hour 45 mins.
A stunning set of big screens including four on the ceiling of the stage.
We have the full outdoor KISS show which is visually totally amazing.
Hydraulic drumkit, pyros, lasers,fire columns,rocket firing guitar.
Gene spitting blood and breathing fire,
Paul flies above the crowd on wires to sing 'Love Gun' on a second stage podium.
Plenty of fun stage banter from Paul to hype the crowd up.
Huge firework display behind the stage with confetti at the end of the show.
KISS destroyed Download with a superb 10/10 show.
Full KISS setlist played...
Intro song over the pa...Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin song)
Detroit Rock City
Deuce
Psycho Circus
Creatures of the Night
I Love It Loud
War Machine (Gene spits fire)
Do You Love Me
Hell or Hallelujah
Calling Dr. Love
Lick It Up (with "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who bridge)
Bass Solo (Gene spits blood)
God of Thunder
Cold Gin
Love Gun (Paul flies out through the crowd)
Black Diamond
Encore:
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made for Lovin' You
Rock and Roll All Nite
Outro song over the pa...God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II






Saturday 13 June 2015.
Day 2 of 4 of London Collections : Men.
6.45pm to 8.20pm
Thomas Pink presentation at Carlton House Terrace,London SW1.
Around 150 fashion folks here at this building that backs on to The ICA.
There are a dozen male models wearing Thomas Pink attire.
All guests enjoyed complimentary Gin cocktails and wines.
A dj was playing tunes in the background.
www.thomaspink.comVisit the Thomas Pink website here.
then
8.30pm to 10.30pm
DSQUARED2 20th anniversary party at Canada House,Trafalgar Square, London WC2.
This party was one of the hottest tickets of the four days of London Collections : Men.
You had to produce a passport or photo id to match your name on the door.
Identical twins Dean and Dan Caten are Canadian fashion designers who are massive in many countries
around the world and have just opened a flagship store in London.
In 2013, the Dsquared2 brand had a brand turnover of about €200 million.
Around 300 cool fashion folks here over the two floors of this building.
We have a dj in one room.
Guests enjoyed complimentary Perrier Jouet champers, cocktails,wines and canapés.
Guests here included actors Samuel L Jackson and Jeremy Piven.
Also rocker Bryan Adams,Ellie Goulding,David Furnish,Patrick Cox,David Gandy ,Edgar Davids and
GQ Editor Dylan Jones.
At the end of the night the brothers sang the Canadian National Anthem with friends.
A cool party to attend.
www.dsquared2.comVisit the DSquared2 website here.







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Saturday 18 July 2015.
Bette Midler live at The 02 Arena,London.
First of two shows at this venue by Bette on her 'Divine Intervention' UK arena tour.
As part of her first UK shows for 35 years.
Her American tour includes two nights at Madison Square Garden.
As expected a mainly older crowd with lots of gay folks.
One of those gigs with silly high prices of £110,£90,£75,£55 plus booking fees.
We have a nice slick stage production with big screens along with scenery changes and costume changes.
Bette and her 12 piece band and three female dancers/bvs are on stage for 1 hour 55 mins.
The setlist included lots of girlie covers from her 'It's The Girls!' album that was released last year.
Bette turns 70 later this year, but she still came onstage in a bright pink mini dress.
There was lots of very funny well scripted stage banter between songs mainly related to old age and sex.
Sometimes it felt more like a Joan Rivers type comedy show rather than a musical event.
The comic interludes were seamless. An extended routine on celebrity culture and social media (“remember the days when people feared being followed?”) featured merciless mocked up photos of Midler in compromising positions with Vladimir Putin, Jeremy Clarkson, Jamie Oliver, Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Farage – “he really knows how to ruin a bar mitzvah,” she jibed.
Her finger was on the London pulse as she joked about riding Boris bikes and the new runway planned for Heathrow.
Miss M has tried her hand at big-band swing, pop and rock over the years, and this gig reiterated her versatility. Jazz standard 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most' was beautifully sung, while
The Rolling Stones 'Beast Of Burden' alluded to her brief stint as a rock ’n’ roller in the Eighties.
Midler appeared in full Hocus Pocus costume for 'I Put A Spell On You' counting the ways in which she would torment us – although pledging to eliminate football from England actually won some approval from the audience – and donned a fabulous feathered creation for an uproarious tribute to 
singer/comedian Sophie Tucker which gleefully combined Vegas glitz and 
pure filth.
Other highlights included great versions of 'The Rose','Stay With Me' and 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
A great show that was very entertaining from start to finish but I did feel it would have been more suited
to a smaller venue like Hammersmith Apollo rather than this big venue.
Full setlist played tonight...
Divine Intervention
I Look Good
I've Still Got My Health
Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
Throw it Away
Tell Him (The Exciters cover)
Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (The Andrews Sisters cover)
Waterfalls (TLC cover)
Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen cover)
I Think It's Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman cover)
I Put a Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)
Yakety Sax
Bird In the Hand
A Visit from Soph
RIP Delores
Beast of Burden (The Rolling Stones cover)
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Ella Fitzgerald cover)
The Rose
From a Distance (Julie Gold cover)
Stay With Me (Lorraine Ellison cover)
Encore:
Wind Beneath My Wings (Roger Whittaker cover)
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (The Andrews Sisters cover)
Encore 2:
Friends
watch the video hereBette Midler 'Beast of Burden' official video from 1984 featuring Mick Jagger...▶ 4:57





Saturday 18 July 2015...another sad death to report...
French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
The 25-year-old had been in a coma since crashing his Marussia car into a recovery vehicle in wet conditions in Suzuka last October.
His family said: "Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end."
Marussia, now known as Manor, said the team was "devastated".
Bianchi is the first F1 driver to die from injuries sustained in a Grand Prix since Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna was killed at Italy's Imola circuit in 1994.





Thursday 16 July 2015...I went to two events tonight.
6.45pm to 9.15pm.
PizzaBuzz launch party at 2 Worship Street,London EC2.
This venue is located five mins north of Moorgate and Liverpool Street tube stations.
We arrive at the venue and luckily get a table as it gets very busy later on.
The decor is very bright.
Lots of complimentary food and drink for all guests.
You queue up to pick your own ingredients to both your salad and pizza.
I had a large DIY salad followed by a full size Veal Meatballs pizza.
Then it was the ice-cream desserts where we were asked
"Do you want it from cows milk,goat milk or almond milk?" which was a first.
There was presecco,wines,beers,fruit juices and a soft drinks machine flowing.
An enjoyable time here with some good food.
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What their website says...
PizzaBuzz is here to offer the city a quality, quick and delicious pizza fix, this new restaurant boasts a technologically advanced self-service experience that enables you to build your very own tailor made pizza.
Guests will be able to create their own wood-fired pizza from start to finish choosing from a variety of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. You can choose to takeaway or enjoy in the comfort of the restaurant.
At PizzaBuzz, we use our own unique flour blend and will also be introducing Glera-Frizzante on-tap to the UK market alongside a range of freshly squeezed fruit juices, bottled beer, white and red wine to name a few.
PizzaBuzz is a place to Slice it and Savour it!
This really is a slice of pizza perfection.
www.pizzabuzz.co.ukCheck out the PizzaBuzz website here.
then
The Buzzcocks live at The Garage,London.
I have seen these Mancunian punk rock legends around 30 times since 1977.
They still have two original members with Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle.
I get to the venue and rasta punk dj Don Letts is playing some good punk tunes.
It is very hot,sweaty and humid in the venue as it is totally sold out.
The evening has been sponsored by Fred Perry and Marshall Amps so the tickets are only a bargain
£8.25 each(£7 plus booking fee) instead of the £20 plus it would normally cost to see The Buzzcocks.
The band arrive on stage around 10.30pm and play for around 60 mins.
They start off with four classic oldies then it's a few more recent tracks then a load more classics.
They whizz through the set and there is plenty of dancing front of stage all night.
Steve Diggle takes his bomber jacket off halfway through to reveal his Fred Perry shirt.
The Buzzcocks are always great live.
Full setlist played tonight...
Boredom
Fast Cars
I Don't Mind
Autonomy
People Are Strange Machines
Whatever Happened to...?
Why She's the Girl From the Chainstore
Sick City Sometimes
Why Can't I Touch It
Noise Annoys
It's Not You
You Say You Don't Love Me
Promises
Love You More
What Do I Get?
Encore:
Harmony in My Head
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Orgasm Addict





Thursday 16 July 2015.
Congratulations go out to Iron Maiden with the success of their Trooper beer.
Last autumn saw them take home the Gold Award for their 4.8% premium ale Trooper, a beer that has astounded many in the British brewing industry - and beyond - by its rapid (and unexpected) success. Since it was launched two years ago it’s sold over ten million pints and been exported to 42 countries. When it went on sale at the Download festival in 2013 it sold out completely, and the band have just announced a new, stronger version called Trooper 666.
They will feature at the forthcoming Ramblin' Man Festival in Kent.





Wednesday 15 July 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8pm
On Blackheath Festival launch party at John Lewis,6th floor roof garden,Oxford Street,London W1.
The festival in S.E.London is held over the weekend of Sept 12 and Sept 13.
The launch party is held at John Lewis as they are one of the main sponsors.
Around 200 folks up here in their roof garden with fake grass everywhere.
Guests here included Jack Savoretti who is playing on the main stage at the festival.
We have a dj playing tunes and a drum and organ duo playing some neat covers.
Also some hola hoop girls doing a display.
We have complimentary Meantime beers and some very nice Neapolitan street food and desserts
from Rossopomodoro.
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The On Blackheath Festival is held Sat 12 Sept and Sun 13 Sept featuring headliners
Elbow,Manic Street Preachers and Madness.
www.onblackheath.comVisit their website for full list of bands playing and to buy tickets
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8.10pm to 9pm
Piaget summer party at 169 New Bond Street,London W1.
Very upmarket jewellery store's 'Mediterranean' themed bash at the best end of New Bond Street.
Around 100 well dressed folks here over the two floors.
There must have been at least a dozen security guards here because of the value of the jewellery
on display which have no price tags on and look totally stunning.
Faces here included Donna Air,Sophie Anderton and Oliver Cheshire.
We had a dj playing some tunes in the background.
Complimentary Ruinart champers and Gin Cocktails for all guests.






Wednesday 15 July 2015.
James Corden drives Rod Stewart around LA for a singalong to Rods tunes.
There are better versions on the web as this one is a bit shaky.
watch the video hereGreat stuff...▶ 8:55





Tuesday 14 July 2015...7pm to 9.15pm...
Hotel Chantelle launch party,23 Orchard Street,London W1.
Hotly anticipated opening of the London arm of this cool New York venue.
Amazingly it is on the first floor of a venue i used to visit in the late 1970s when there was a pub downstairs.
A cool crowd here with a dj playing some tunes in the background and New York based street artist
Bradley Theodore is painting a mural that will stay here full time.
The venue itself is a much smaller space than expected.
Most of the tables have been taken out for tonight.
It feels more like a late night drinking place rather than a restaurant.
1980s club legend Philip Salon is here.
We enjoyed complimentary presecco,different cocktails,wines,beers and some very nice burgers,
lamb cutlets and canapés.
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Some info for Hotel Chantelle from their press release...
Manhattan’s Hotel Chantelle is lots of things. It’s a French-inspired Mediterranean restaurant with US classics too. It’s a late-evening dining space in a classy light and shade-style environment. It’s also a cocktail bar with music in an informal lounge setting until late. Then it’s an event place for live jazz bands and it’s for big, classic Sunday Brunches and midweek lunches.
But expect no bedrooms at Hotel Chantelle – the restaurant’s actually named after a World War II French safe house. Our news is that a second version of this all-night exquisite-casual affair is to launch in London.
The central outpost will be dining until midnight (perhaps even later – finally, somewhere late to eat!) with lounging until 3. There are two al fresco dining areas and the décor is an impressionistic take on modern glamour: expect sea-blue banquettes, brass mirroring; offset Twenties tiling and wooden finishes with original artwork by renowned New York creatives Bradley Theodore and Rachid Kallamni.
www.hotelchantelle.comCheck the Hotel Chantelle website here for more info.





Monday 13 July 2015.
30th anniversary of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium 13 July 1985.
I often get asked what was the best concert I have been to...this was it.
Queen,U2,Who,Paul McCartney,David Bowie,Status Quo,Boomtown Rats,Style Council,Adam Ant,Bryan Ferry,Spandau Ballet,Howard Jones,Phil Collins,Sting,Elton John,Kiki Dee,Wham,Dire Straits,Paul Young,Alison Moyet,Ultravox,Elvis Costello,Nik Kershaw,Sade.





Monday 13 July 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm.
Cool Rider - Original Studio Recording album launch party at Guanabara,Parker Street,Covent Garden,London WC2.
Guanabara is a spacious Brazilian style venue that offers a compact menu of authentic dishes. They host a range of entertainment including dance lessons, DJs and live music.
A large crowd of around 300 folks here with a mix of press folks and fans of the show who have donated £40
towards the Kickstarter campaign to fund the album.
We have four singers who sing a track each from the album.
Complimentary Malibu cocktails for all guests.
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What the press release said about Cool Rider.
Perhaps the greatest sequel ever told, COOL RIDER, the cult musical sequel for Grease 2.
The film told the heady and daring love story of two unlikely lovers and their road to romance from bowling alley to burger joint, sing-a-long-a-sex education class to talent show, and long (and beautifully lit) romantic motorcycle rides to a slightly incongruous luau ending. Much like its musical prequel, the story follows the ancient High School motto: if you want the guy/girl, change your personality beyond recognition and wear overly tight leather in the finale.
The album features the hit songs ‘Who’s That Guy?’, ‘Score Tonight’, ‘Cool Rider’ ,‘Girl For All Seasons’ and the haunting melody of ‘Rock-a-Hula Luau (Summer Is Coming)’, and will pay homage to the films sheer brilliance (and shortcomings).
So grab your leather jackets, book your tickets, rat that hair, hide those hickeys as the
smash hit musical has been reimagined as a brand new cast recording with a 10 piece band.
www.coolriderlive.comVisit the website for more info and to buy the album.
then
9.15pm to 11pm.
The Mentalists afterparty at Kettners,29 Romilly Street,Soho,London W1.
The afterparty was held five minutes up the road from the venue where the play was held.
Another big crowd as around 300 folks are here.
The main three involved in the play are here who were Stephen Merchant(Ricky Gervais co-writer),
Steffan Rhodri and playwright Richard Bean.
A few other faces here including Jimmy Carr,David Mitchell,Dara O'Briain,Richard Wilson,
Michelle Collins,Gemma Cairney(BBC music presenter) and David Arnold(film composer).
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
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Some of the three star review from The Guardian.
The presence of Stephen Merchant, standup comic and co-creator of The Office, is the big draw in this revival of Richard Bean’s 2002 play. But while Merchant is a perfectly capable actor and Bean’s play, first seen in a National Theatre experimental season, has a peculiar charm, I can’t help feeling that a modest piece has been inflated to make a pricey West End star vehicle.
Bean presents us with a distinctly odd couple who have taken a north London hotel room for the night. Ted, a middle manager for an industrial cleaning company, is an angry prophet who has a message for the world. Influenced by the theories of the American psychologist BF Skinner, he wants to create a community of a thousand people based, as he says, “on cleanliness, good behaviour and sleeping with your own wife”. His chosen accomplice is Morrie, a fantasising hairdresser and part-time cameraman, specialising in soft porn, whose job is to tape Ted’s utopian vision in order to attract potential acolytes.
The play is on until 26 Sept 2015 at Wyndhams Theatre,Charring Cross Road,London WC2.






Sunday 12 July 2015.
Foo Fighters have announced rescheduled dates for their UK shows cancelled after Dave Grohl broke his leg.
Two shows at Wembley, one in Edinburgh and a headline slot at Glastonbury were pulled in the wake of the frontman's onstage accident in Gothenburg last month.
Now the band have confirmed that they will play two shows at Milton Keynes Bowl – on September 5 and 6 – and one at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium on September 8.
Tickets for the rearranged dates go on general sale at 10am on July 17, but fans who bought tickets for the cancelled gigs will be given access to a pre-sale. An email will be sent to those fans, giving them information on how to access the pre-sale, which will be active for 48 hours from 9am on July 15.
The Milton Keynes gigs will feature support from Iggy Pop, while Royal Blood and Honeyblood will be the support in Edinburgh.





Saturday 11 July 2015...2.30pm to 10pm...
Dukes Polo at The Willows,Forest Road,Ilford,Essex.
My first time at this event that is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
A new location again as we are 20 mins walk from Hainault Station which Zone 4 on the Central Line.
It's a lot more countryside than I had expected and it's a lovely sunny day.
The venue is an elegant and contemporary banqueting room with outdoor areas.
A lot smaller than other polo events as maybe 1000 folks here during the day and another 1000
turned up at 8pm for the afterparty.
The female turnout today was incredible as it's 75% females here.
We are in Essex so plenty of fake tan and very glam and revealing outfits.
If you watch TOWIE on tv you will know what I mean.
We are in the vip/press garden so complimentary food and drink all day.
This included Jacquart champers,presecco,Pimms,cocktails,wines and beers.
Also a BBQ lunch from Palm Bay BBQ and afternoon tea at 5pm.
There were two enjoyable polo matches at 4pm and 6pm.
Some random celebs here including...
Vicki Michelle---actress from Allo Allo tv series.
Steve Collins---Irish boxer(he hosted the memorabilia auction here and runs St Albans Polo Club).
Rudolph Walker---actor from Eastenders tv series and many more.
Terry Alderton---comedian.
Half a dozen Chelsea Pensioners were here in their finery.
Half a dozen pearly kings and queens were here in their finery.
At 8pm the dj got the younger folks on the dance floor with some club anthems.
We departed at 10pm even though it was on until midnight.
A very enjoyable day out and well worth putting it in in your diary for July 2016.
www.dukespolo.comCheck their website for info on 2015 and 2016 events.
Basic admission is £20 and the hospitality packages cost more.





Friday 10 July 2015.
BBC4 tv is showing a Chuck Berry classic gig from 1972.
The legendary rock 'n' roll singer performs at the BBC Television Theatre in 1972, featuring hits Johnny B Goode, Nadine and Roll Over Beethoven, as well as an innuendo-laden rendition of My Ding-a-Ling.
The venue is now The Shepherds Bush Empire after the BBC sold it off in the mid 1990s.
I first saw Chuck Berry in 1975 at The Hammersmith Odeon.
Other gigs included that amazing gig at The 100 Club in 2008.





Thursday 09 July 2015.
Lionel Richie live at The Henley Festival,Henley-On-Thames,Oxfordshire.
Lionel Richie returns to the UK after his six week European Tour in Feb/March for more European shows.
This leg included a show at Glastonbury Festival which drew the biggest crowd of the weekend.
Lionel has sold over 100 million records and has got loads of great solo tunes and Commodores hits.
I saw him in 1978 with The Commodores and he then left them in 1982 to become a massive solo star.
I have seen him a few times as a solo act.
The Sunday before this show Lionel Richie reached Number One in the Official UK Albums Chart
following his successful Glastonbury performance.
Greatest hits album 'The Definitive Collection' by Lionel Richie & The Commodores was released in 2003 and previously reached Number 10 on the Official Chart upon its release. This week marks its first Top 40 re-entry in six years.
The black tie event Henley Festival is billed as 'The UK's Most Magical Summer Party' returns to Henley On Thames bringing music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, comedy and fine dining for 5,000.
The 33rd festival by the Thames takes place from Wednesday 8th until Sunday 12th July 2015, culminating in a firework spectacular.
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This is one of those locations that really has the wow factor.
We are in the stunning British countryside where George Harrison had his main house just up the road.
It is outdoors but the black tie dress code is adhered to by most of the crowd as 90% wearing dickie bows
and the other 10% wearing jacket and tie and the women are wearing their best summer frocks.
It is mainly a middle aged middle class crowd.
Some folks are having posh picnics by their posh cars in the car park before they go in.
We are down by the riverbank where the Henley Regatta is held.
There are hundreds of boats and yachts of all sizes everywhere.
There are street theatre acts performing all over the site.
Lionel Richie actually plays on a floating stage.
Lionel was due on at 8.45pm but eventually came on at 9.10pm.
It was an 80 mins greatest hits set rather than his usual show that would be a bit longer.
Tonight was actually an identical setlist to the one he played at The Glastonbury Festival.
Everyone loves a bit of Lionel and he knows exactly what to say to the crowd.
"Hello.Is it me you're looking for?".
"Tonight we are gonna dance like its 1982" gets big cheers and the crowd are
singing and dancing all the way through his set.
There is a great mix of his classic ballads and uptempo dance tunes.
There were no big screens here as perhaps they felt it was a small enough crowd and not needed.
The seating is more width ways than long ways so really big screens would have been good here.
Even more so when some folks have paid £150 for the best seats.
After the show we had a five minute firework display with a dancing water display and classical music.
A great show in a stunning location.
Full setlist played tonight...
Running With the Night
Penny Lover
Easy (Commodores song)
You Are
Three Times a Lady (Commodores song)
Brick House (Commodores song)
Stuck on You
Lady (You Bring Me Up) (Commodores song)
My Destiny
Angel
Dancing on the Ceiling
Say You, Say Me
Hello
All Night Long (All Night)
Encore:
We Are the World (U.S.A. for Africa cover)





Wednesday 08 July 2015...7pm to 11.15pm...
The Fire Station Bar & Restaurant launch,150 Waterloo Road,London SE1.
This popular venue is very near one of the exits at Waterloo and has re-opened after a full refurbishment.
The decor is great and they have full air-con which is handy for these hot summer days.
We had half a dozen different cocktails here which were great.
My fave would have to be the Smoked Cherry Manhattan.
For starters we had a couple of slices of their tasty wood-fired pizzas.
For mains it was a big juicy burger.We each had The Glazed Short Rib---6oz beef patty with a slice of cheese,
along with some mixed fries and spicy coleslaw.
For dessert was a plate of brownies.
After the food there was more cocktails and the venue was totally buzzing.
The venue was very busy but the staff all did a great job.
There was great tunes being played in the background including Thin Lizzy,Toto,The Clash and others.
Really enjoyable time here and I will be going back there.
All guests got a London Fire Brigade die-cast model from Richmond Toys which was a nice touch.
THE FIRE STATION, WATERLOO IS NOW OPEN FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER SERVING A BRIGHT NEW MENU OF WOOD-FIRED PIZZAS AND ADVENTUROUS BURGERS TO FEAST ON.
www.thefirestationwaterloo.comCheck out The Fire Station website here.






Tuesday 07 July 2015...6.30pm to 9.15pm...
The Cambridge Satchel Company and Vivienne Westwood launch party for an exclusive
collection of limited edition collectors bags at One Horse Guards,off Whitehall,London SW1.
Around 200 cool looking fashion folks at this historic building.
For whatever reason Vivienne Westwood does not turn up tonight but guests included singers
Charli XCX and Sophie Ellis-Bextor along with 1980s club legend Philip Sallon.
India Rose James was here who is the granddaughter of Soho legend Paul Raymond.
He died a few years ago and left her a 300 million pound fortune.Her age now I think is just 23.
The terrace is open that looks out to The River Thames a mere 100 yards away.
We enjoyed complimentary summer cocktails,sparkling wines,finger sandwiches and canapés.
We have some decent sounds via an iPhone and some speakers.
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Vivienne Westwood has designed a limited-edition handbag line with The Cambridge Satchel Company.
Launching on July 8, style-seekers can chose between three different designs including: The Music Bag, priced at £245, the Classic 14' Satchel at £215 and The Tiny, which comes in at an attainable £115.
Each of the statement bags comes in four colourways such as: classic navy with a yellow squiggle, tea-rose with a grey squiggle, jet green with a black squiggle and oxblood leather, which is sold exclusively at Vivienne Westwood stores and online.
Jet Green is a new colour for The Cambridge Satchel Company, made exclusively for this collection, and inspired by Vivienne's Gold Label AW15 collection.
Vivienne Westwood began designing in 1971 along with her partner Malcolm McLaren in London.
They were at the forefront of punk rock when it kicked off in the mid 1970s.
Check the Vivienne Westwood website link on the right of this page.
www.cambridgesatchel.comVisit The Cambridge Sachel Company website here.





Monday 06 July 2015...7.30pm to 10pm...
Memphis The Musical---cast change--- live at The Shaftesbury Theatre,London WC2.
Memphis is a musical by Bon Jovi drummer David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). It is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips,one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. It played on Broadway from October 19, 2009 to August 5, 2012. This production won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The London version opened Oct 2014 in this 1400 capacity theatre but this was the first time I had seen it.
It got loads of four star reviews and a couple of five stars reviews from its opening night.
The show is on for 2 hours 5 mins with two sets of 70 mins and 55 mins.
MEMPHIS is a big brassy tune-full dance-full showstopper-full Broadway musical and a thorough delight.
It delivers the proverbial 'Good Night Out' with loads of great tunes including 'Underground',
'The Music Of My Soul', 'Someday','Memphis Lives In Me ' and 'Steal Your Rock n Roll'.
It's pretty much a 1950s rock n roll movie brought to life – nerdy white guy discovers the joys of black rhythm-and-blues, wangles himself a job as a radio DJ and plays the stuff to the delight of white teenagers, and rock'n'roll is born. Of course, this being Tennessee in the 1950s, those white kids' parents aren't pleased, and the DJ's romance with a black singer doesn't have much of a future.
The dj is intent on shaking up the airwaves of Fifties Memphis with the best so-called “race music”. That term, much bandied about, helps set the story in the fraught context of Segregation-era America, and the show deftly evokes the turbulent cross-over period when the white mainstream caught up with black subculture – and popular music, society too, was never the same again.
A fictionalised composite of various radio pioneers of the day, Huey is a carefree, authority-baiting clown who also runs the high-risk gauntlet between black suspicion and white prejudice (including his mother’s).
There’s the further complication that when the white kids answer the call to pelvic-thrusting disobedience and flock to buy the new sounds, boosting Huey’s career, the cynical money-men move in.
Tonight is the first show from X Factor 2010 winner MATT CARDLE who takes over the main male role of Huey.
He does a really great job.
He joins the main female role which is played by UK soul singer BEVERLEY KNIGHT.
Beverley has made some great records and i have have seen her headline The Royal Albert Hall.
Tonight her vocals are incredible from start to finish.
There are around a dozen dancers who put on dazzling displays.
Overall it was a fantastic show that I will end up going to see again.
www.memphisthemusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.






Sunday 05 July 2015.
Pete Townshends Classic Quadrophenia live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
The new "symphonised" version of Quadrophenia, an album originally released by The Who in 1973, was orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, a professional composer, orchestrator and singer-songwriter. It was released by the Deutsche Grammophon.
It will be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir, conducted by Robert Ziegler, and starring Pete Townshend and Alfie Boe, who sings the parts originally sung by Roger Daltrey.
Alfie Boe has a tenor voice and is best known for his stint in Les Miserables.
He has veered into singing rock covers with some of his more recent solo albums.
Other guest vocalists on the album include Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.
Of the many times I have seen The Who they included when they played Quadrophenia in 1996
where Billy Idol was guest vocalist and just a couple of years ago in 2013 when they played it again.
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Tonight is totally sold out including the choir and gallery standing.
There is around 200 people on stage---100 in the orchestra and 100 in the choir.
The show is on for 95 mins with two sets of 45 mins and 50 mins.
One of those early start early finish gigs so all over before 10pm.
No big screens but it was being filmed for tv or DVD.
The orchestra and choir sounded great when at full tilt.
Alfie Boe has a very powerful voice and takes most of the vocal duties.
For two or three songs each he is joined on different tracks by Pete Townshend,Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.
Highlights for me included 'The Real Me','5.15','Bell Boy' and 'Love Reign O'er Me'.
Alfie Boe and Billy Idol co-vocals on 'Bell Boy' was an odd combo to see on stage but really great.
For the encore we had a reprise of 'The Real Me' with all the cast on stage sharing vocals.
The conductor came on stage for the encore wearing a mod parka coat.
A full standing ovation at the end from the crowd.
An enjoyable show.
Classic Quadrophenia track listing...
1. I Am The Sea
2. The Real Me
3. Quadrophenia
4. Cut My Hair
5. The Punk And The Godfather
6. I'm One
7. The Dirty Jobs
8. Helpless Dancer
9. Is It In My Head?
10. I've Had Enough
11. 5:15
12. Sea And Sand
13. Drowned
14. Bell Boy
15. Doctor Jimmy
16. The Rock
17. Love Reign O'er Me






Saturday 04 July 2015.
AC/DC live at Wembley Stadium,London.
AC/DC play a massive sold out show at Wembley Stadium with support from Vintage Trouble.
Vintage Trouble are managed by Doc McGhee who looks after KISS,Ted Nugent and others.
They have landed a great gig supporting AC/DC around Europe and North America.
This is the only AC/DC English show as part of their 'Rock or Bust' World Tour.
There is no golden circle pit area for this show...72,500 tickets all sold out pronto...
I attended the AC/DC video shot in West London on 04 Oct 2014 for their 'Rock or Bust' video.
AC/DC have sold over 200 million albums worldwide and this summer sees the 35th anniversary of their classic album 'Back In Black' that was released on 25 July 1980.
I have seen AC/DC over 40 times since 1976 including 18 shows with original vocalist Bon Scott.
I saw them 10 times in 1976 alone which was their first time outside of Australia and included
their second ever UK gig at The Nashville Pub,West Kensington on 26 April 1976.
Classic Rock mag in the stores from 18 June has a 12 page special on Bon Scott.
I have actually seen AC/DC at Wembley Stadium as a support act to The Who in 1979.
I also saw them headline here in 2009.
They are still massive even though original members are dropping like flies in recent months.
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I have seen some good Vintage Trouble clips on Jools Holland and the internet but their
London gigs have always clashed with something else and they have eluded me.
Tonight we end up in The Booby Moore Room hospitality area from 6.45pm to 8.15pm and miss them again.
The room over two floors hosts around 1000 folks with comfy chairs and sofas.
It has full air-con along with a dj playing rock classics including AC/DC tunes.
Also there is complimentary chicken curry buffet stations and lovely ice cold lagers.
Also ice-creams here and a sweet station.
AC/DC take to the stage around 8.30pm and play for just under two hours.
As stadium shows become ever more elaborate theatrical extravaganzas, AC/DC return to the old ways – just a wall of Marshall amps, some fireworks, a couple of comedy props and a load of classic rock songs you know they are going to play.
There was the usual big screens of course.
Every song seems to be followed by a 30 second gap for changing guitars etc.
Halfway through,darkness falls and thousands of Angus red horns light up the stadium.
A giant bell descends onstage for 'Hells Bells' and Whole Lotta Rosie' is adorned by an improbably voluptuous inflatable namesake, and 'Let There Be Rock' climaxes with confetti showers.
They encored with their usual two anthems 'Highway to Hell' and 'For Those About To Rock(We Salute You)'
where a dozen cannons sent out the band in a blaze of cannon fire and pyrotechnics.
In the 1970s I would watch Angus Young in school uniform getting on singer Bon Scott's shoulders and walk
in amongst the crowd to play a guitar solo.Angus is still in school uniform at the age of 60.
By the third song Angus is sweating buckets and by the end of the show he has given 100% and is totally drained.
Brian Johnson's vocals could have been a bit louder in the mix.
The band have so many colossal riffs in their set but Angus Young's guitar solo went on a bit too long I thought.
Needless to say a great rock show.
Full AC/DC setlist played tonight...
Rock or Bust
Shoot to Thrill
Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
Back in Black
Play Ball
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Thunderstruck
High Voltage
Rock 'n' Roll Train
Hells Bells
Baptism by Fire
You Shook Me All Night Long
Sin City
Shot Down in Flames
Have a Drink on Me
T.N.T.
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock (with Angus Young guitar solo on a raised platform in the crowd)
Encore:
Highway to Hell (with Angus Young guitar solo in intro)
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)





Friday 03 July 2015.
Morrissey plays a pair of shows at Hammersmith Apollo on September 20 and 21.
Morrissey returns to this venue for the first time since 1991 when i was on front stage security.
There is some good footage of that gig up on YouTube.






Thursday 02 July 2015...3.30pm to 11pm...
The House Festival at Marble Hill Park,Richmond.
This is always a great day out as around 5000 folks have paid £220 each to see a dozen bands
with ALL the food and drinks included in the price and it sold out pronto weeks ago.
There was also a funfair with complimentary rides.
Around 20 sponsors have reserved areas for their guests including AOL,BBC Worldwide,
YouTube,SKY,Yahoo,UKTV,TalkTalk and others.
A lovely sunny day and thankfully not as scorching hot as the day before.
Complimentary Collet champers,prosecco,different cocktails,wines and beers for all.
Complimentary Lobster,oysters,burgers,pizza,grilled chicken,meat balls and more for all.
A few celebrity faces were dotted around the venue including Ant n Dec,John Bishop,Dara 0 Briain,
Al Murray,Claudia Winkleman,Jeremy Vine and actor John Hannah.
Half the folks here are happy just chatting and having the live music in the background.
Just five minute gaps between each band coming on as there are two stages near each other.
All the bands are playing short sets between 30 to 50 mins each.
Bands i saw were in the order I saw them...
Chaka Khan takes to the stage at 4.20pm for her 35 mins set with her full band.
A good set including her hits 'I Feel For You','I'm Every Woman' and 'Ain't Nobody'.
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James Bay also plays for 35 mins and has had much success over the past six months since winning
The Critics Choice Brit Award at the start of the year.
Bay has everything going for him: chiselled looks, a gristly delivery honed through years of open mic nights, and a gamut of songs from the rootsy and rousing to the soulfully racked. There is no denying the catchiness of 'Hold Back the River'.
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Slaves are on for 30 mins and are very lively indeed as their tattooed and shirtless bodies are dripping
in sweat as they jump into the crowd a couple of times for some moshing.
Their music is primitive, belligerent two-piece punk that opts for the bare necessities of the duo format –
guitar, drums and voice – over any fancy trappings.
'White Knuckle Ride’s' opening riff ignites a swarming moshpit almost immediately; bodies are bouncing down the front.
It’s a simple yet brutal recipe. Songs such as 'Where’s Your Car Debbie?',about walking a girl back to her car are great.
A really good set and easily the rockiest band playing today.
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Vaccines arrive on stage at 6.45pm for their 40 mins set.
They play the best tracks from their two albums but the gems from their debut still go down the best.
Set included 'Wreckin Bar(Ra Ra Ra),'Teenage Icon','If You Wanna' and 'Norgaard'.
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Rudimental go down well with the younger members of the crowd but not my cup of tea.
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Years & Years headline the second stage and play for 35 mins.
Their 80s style electro pop went down well with tracks like 'Desire' and their number one hit
from earlier in the year 'King'.
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Pet Shop Boys arrive on stage at 9.30pm for their 50 mins set.
They play when it gets darker so their lasers are very impressive.
They are using a big screen for pre-recorded images and they have a couple of dancers wearing
bizarre head dress.
They play lots of their great catchy synth pop hits including 'Surburbia','West End Girls','Rent','It's A Sin',
'Domino Dancing','Always On My Mind' and encore of 'Go West'.
If only all festivals were as good as this one.





Thursday 02 July 2015...another sad death report..
Val Doonican has died aged 88.
Anyone my age would know how popular Val Doonican was in the 1970s with his
Saturday night BBC tv show.
The legendary singer and TV entertainer, who was known for his novelty songs, fetching Aran jumpers and rocking chairs, from which he often performed, passed away peacefully last night.
The star regularly performed on his own BBC show, aptly named The Val Doonican Show, which ran from 1965 to 1986 and also featured guest artists.
Val, who once knocked Sgt Peppers off the top of the charts, achieved notable success in the 60s when five of his albums went into the top 10 of the UK albums chart.






Wednesday 01 July 2015....7pm to 10pm...
The Fire Station restaurant & bar refurbishment press launch,150 Waterloo Road,Waterloo,London SE1.
Great location next door to one of the entrances to Waterloo station.
This grade II listed Fire Station at Waterloo has finally re-opened after an extensive refurbishment.
The building has been lovingly restored and the front elevation looks fantastic.
The internal space has been opened up to reveal more of the original Fire Station aesthetic.
The menu is based around quality burgers and wood-fired pizzas.
One of Waterloo's most recognisable bars has been undergoing a big revamp over the past few months. For those of us who have lived in London for a while, most have been to The Fire Station at some point (it's one of the most obvious meeting points close to Waterloo Station). And now The Fire Station is open again.
The contemporary industrial look has touches of steam punk - vintage fire extinguisher, ceiling lights made with fire engine hose pipes, coat hooks from piping – and a repro wall panel showing the 1666 Great Fire of London.
There's a new menu on offer with a mix of burgers and wood-fired pizzas. The pizzas include
Parma ham, chorizo iberico, beef ragu, salami, pepperoni
Marinated buffalo mozzarella & basil
Smoked mackerel, king prawns, mascarpone, soft boiled egg.
The burgers, meanwhile, include a Black & Gold burger (black pudding & double cheese) as well as a glazed short-rib burger and a crispy portobello mushroom burger with red onion and blue cheese.
And it's an all-day venue too, with breakfast and brunch options too, including
Short rib bubble & squeak with fried eggs.
Smashed avocado roll, sautéed mushrooms, roasted vine tomatoes, poached eggs on sourdough toast.
Portobello mushroom, potato rosti, cheese, fried egg in a seeded roll.
As for drinks, new cocktails have been added, as well as coffee from Caravan. Those cocktails include:
Old Fashioned with housemade cinnamon syrup and smoked with oak chips.
Pear Fizz with Absolut Pear Vodka, pear purée and prosecco.
Vanilla & Fig Sour made with fig-infused Maker’s Mark bourbon.
There will be a soft launch from 2-4 July with 50% off food.
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We had a full size pizza for starters.
My pizza was great---Smoked mackerel, king prawns, mascarpone, soft boiled egg.
I had a nice big juicy double cheese with black pudding burger with mixed fries & coleslaw.
I had caramel and strawberry ice-cream dessert.
The venue had air-con which was great on what was the hottest day of the year.
We each had half a dozen different cocktails that went down a treat.
My fave was the Smokey Cherry Manhattan.
Our main waitress was great but all the staff were great.
There was some rock music playing in the background but not too loud.
Really enjoyable evening here.
www.thefirestationwaterloo.comCheck out The Fire Station website here.






Tuesday 30 June 2015...7pm to 9pm...
The Art Gala at Masterpiece London in aid of the NSPCC at The Royal Hospital,Chelsea,London.
Masterpiece is a huge art, antiques and design fair with over 100 stands in this huge marquee.
Tonight is a glittering event which will raise vital funds for the NSPCC’s post-abuse therapeutic ‘play therapy’ services, supporting children across the UK affected by sexual abuse.
This event marks the third in a series of NSPCC fundraisers – each themed around a different genre of art – which have raised £3.7 million to date. It is organised by a committee of dedicated volunteers, well-respected in the fashion and art world.
Most of the 800 guests have paid £100 for their ticket and 250 of them have paid £1000 each for the
black tie dinner at 9.30pm with a host of celebrity names who watched a short set by Emeli Sande.
Lots of stunning women here wearing their best outfits like it was a West End film premiere.
Guests included
Princess Beatrice
Elizabeth Hurley (looked fantastic for age 50 in a pink gown)
Sir Michael Caine and his wife
David Furnish(Elton Johns husband)
Noamie Harris(actress who is in the new James Bond film Spectre)
Lindsay Lohan
Claudia Winkleman
Charlotte Tilbury(make-up queen)
Patrick Cox(fashion designer who always turns up with Elizabeth Hurley)
Andrew Neil(BBC tv political presenter)
Chris Wright(former owner of QPR and Chrysalis Records)
Dylan Jones(GQ Editor)
Stephen Webster(jeweller)
Giles Deacon
There was a classical music trio that had a ballet dancer performing to their music.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,cocktails,wines and canapés for all guests.
A really good event,just a shame it was only on for two hours when they should have made it three.
At the end we all got in a golf buggy for a lift back to Sloane Square tube which was a nice touch.
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Tuesday 30 June 2015.
Launch of the Unofficial Biography of Mick Jones(The Clash)-- Stayin' in Tune by Mick O'Shea.
Sadly I could not get to the launch event near Goodge Street as it was the same time as The Art Gala.
The book is for sale on the Amazon link at the top for £12.50.
Special Offer valid until this Sunday---book at £10 inc. p&p on website www.eleusinianpress.co.uk


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