Archive: September 2015

September 04, 2015

Friday 04 September 2015.
IRON MAIDEN release their new studio album 'The Book of Souls',their first for 5 years.
They will soon announce a massive world tour for 2016 with UK and European shows in the summer.
Tesco will become the first UK supermarket to revive the sale of vinyl records.
They mark the venture with the release of Iron Maiden's new album 'The Book of Souls',
which will be available to buy in 55 of Tesco's largest stores from Friday (September 4).

Thursday 03 September 2015...I went to two events tonight...
5.45pm to 7.45pm.
Brasserie Blanc re-opening party ,60 Threadneedle Street,Bank,London EC2.
A bit hidden away for a first time visitor as 60 Threadneedle Street itself is a huge new office block and
Brasserie Blanc is actually at the right side of it around the corner.
Brasserie Blanc in Threadneedle Street is a firm favourite in the area, with a bustling bar, friendly professional service, great French food, and an open kitchen adding a little theatre. All food is prepared from scratch by our skilled chefs, using the best possible ingredients, so you can order with confidence from our seasonal a la carte menu and our ever changing specials boards. The Menu Prix Fixe is currently not available in Threadneedle street. For meetings or special events, the mezzanine level with booth seating is perfect, and can be booked for exclusive use.
It has a great contemporary look and well worth a visit.
Complimentary prosecco,gin cocktails,wines,beers and as expected lots of lovely food including oysters.
www.brasserieblanc.comVisit the Brasserie Blanc website here.
then we had a lovely walk over London Bridge checking out the great views along the river.
8pm to 10pm.
Walkers Crisps 'Bring It Back' launch party at Vinopolis, 1 Bank End,London SE1.
Crisp aficionados will be pleased to hear that Walkers are planning to revive a retro flavour from
their back catalogue of favourites.
But there's a catch, or a crunch if you will, only ONE flavour out of five popular retirees will stay back on the shelves.
And its up to you to decide.
What flavour would you bring back?
The British crisp giant are putting the decision to a public vote via their website.
The five flavours-beef and onion, cheese and chive, barbecue, lamb and mint and toasted cheese- are all back on shelves now but crisp fans must vote online to see their favourite flavour stay available.
And if any more incentive was needed to vote, £100,000 will be up for grabs for one lucky voter.
Around 200 folks are here at this retro themed party based on the 1980s and 1990s.
Football legend Gary Lineker was here with his son.
Gary has been the face of Walkers for around 20 years and has starred in all their tv adverts.
A fun party as we had space hopper racing,space invaders machines and pinball machines.
I had a few games of pinball which I love.
I never got around to buying a KISS pinball machine though I have played on one.
A dj is playing great tunes from the 1980s and 1990s.
Complimentary wines,beer,canapés and five staff on roller skates giving out the crisps themselves.
All guests got a goodie bag on leaving.

Wednesday 02 September 2015...I went to two events today...
6.30pm to 8pm.
Holi launch,92 Piccadilly,London W1.
Around 100 folks here at this space a few yards from Green Park tube station.
In the main room the clothes are hanging from the ceiling which was a great touch.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers for all guests.
LONDON, UK, 2 September 2015 – HOLI, a new brand producing modern, versatile and truly warm women’s outerwear, is pleased to announce the launch of its debut autumn/winter 2015 (“AW15”) collection, available to purchase from today at and, for a limited period, in a “pop-up” showroom in Mayfair.
With its distinctive style and versatility, HOLI’s AW15 collection is a contemporary, no-fuss must-have for the upcoming season – ideal to be thrown on with a pair of jeans on the way out the door, while also making for the perfect addition to a work wardrobe or evening outfit.
Designed to offer true warmth to the wearer, all of HOLI’s products are made from 100% natural fibres: cashmere and llama wools, and 100% silk linings. Combining style and practicality, HOLI’s products are an ideal addition to Christmas gift lists.
All of HOLI’s products are individually hand-produced at HOLI Studios, HOLI’s in-house training and production centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Founded by Leah Rodrigues in February 2014, HOLI Studios prides itself on its technical ability to produce products of the highest quality whilst offering long-term training and a safe and stable working environment for its locally employed team. the Holi website here.
Nazareth live at The Brooklyn Bowl at The 02 Arena complex,London.
Nazareth are on a massive UK and European Tour that takes them up to Christmas.
Their first London show with their new singer Carl Sentance (Don Airey (Deep Purple) & Friends, Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Krokus, Tokyo Blade and Persian Risk) , standing proudly alongside founder member Pete Agnew (bass) and long time band members Jimmy Murrison (guitars) and Lee Agnew (drums).
Will be impossible to replace the great voice of original singer Dan McCafferty but lets give the new singer a chance.
I have seen Nazareth around a dozen times since the 1970s with the first times being
Hammersmith Odeon in 1976 and The Rainbow in 1977.
Nazareth had seven Top 40 hit singles in the UK in the 1970s. here for more info about events at Brooklyn Bowl and to buy tickets.
Brooklyn Bowl is a great place to watch a band.
The stage is at a perfect height and the large floor space in front of the stage is ideal.
Nazareth arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play for 1 hour 40 mins.
I have a perfect view,front row right of stage in front of sole original member Pete Agnew.
There is no doubt that folks are keen to see how new singer Carl Sentance performs.
He does a great job as he has a very strong rock voice as well as friendly stage banter.
Pete Agnew is smiling throughout so good he is still enjoying it as he must have played thousands
of gigs over the past 40 odd years with Nazareth.
Really great to hear some of those 1970s classics again live and Nazareth are still rockin'.
Full Nazareth setlist played tonight...
Silver Dollar Forger
Miss Misery
This Flight Tonight (Joni Mitchell cover)
One Set of Bones
Dream On
Turn On Your Receiver
Bad Bad Boy
Beggars Day (Crazy Horse cover)
Changin' Times
Hair of the Dog
Expect No Mercy
Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson cover)
Love Hurts (The Everly Brothers cover)
Broken Down Angel

Tuesday 01 September 2015....6.45pm to 10pm...
Conde Nast Traveller 18th Annual Readers Travel Awards at Ham Yard Hotel,London W1.
Around 200 folks here at this luxury hotel.
From 7.15pm to 7.45pm in the seated cinema room the awards were given out.
Around 20 awards but thankfully no speeches by anyone apart from the Conde Nast Editor at the start.
They covered luxury hotels,spas,airlines and cruises which all looked amazing on the big screen images.
The winners included...
Best Hotel in Europe =Le Bristol,Paris.
Best Country To Visit =1.Italy...2.France.
Best City To Visit Outside The UK =1.Paris...2.New York.
Best City To Visit In The UK =1.London...2.Edinburgh.
Best UK Hotel =Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.
Best UK Hotel Spa =Bulgari Hotel Knightsbridge.
Best UK Holiday Hotel =The Pig,Hampshire.
Best Short-haul airline =British Airways.
Best Long-haul airline =British Airways.
Best Business airline =Qatar Airways.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers,gin cocktails,lamb cutlets,burgers and canapés.
This is usually a two hour event but this year they have an afterparty from 8.45pm to 10pm
for mainly winners,staff and press which was on the very nice 4th floor roof terrace.
Same drinks and food flowing here as the main event earlier.
All guests got a goodie bag which included a latest copy of the magazine which has full articles
on all the winners. their website here.

Tuesday 01st September 2015.
David Beckham was honoured with the Legend of Football Award at the 20th Anniversary HMV
Football Extravaganza at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Celebrating its 20th year, the HMV Football Extravaganza raises funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, having raised nearly £7 million for the charity to date, enabling them to provide over 200,000 music therapy sessions for some of the UK’s most isolated and vulnerable people.
David Beckham said: “I’m incredibly honoured to have received this Award. When you look at the list of the previous recipients, I feel very fortunate to join them. More importantly the night has been about recognising the fantastic work that Nordoff Robbins does and raising funds for their vital work.
“I have seen over the years the positivity that sport can bring to children with special needs, so to come to Nordoff Robbins to learn a little more about how music can do that for people, it’s something that is so touching when you see it".
“Thank you to everyone at Nordoff Robbins, what they are doing is so incredible, changing the lives of children with difficulties who are in situations which most of us will never have to face. Congratulations on your work, it really is incredible”
David Beckham received the award from former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs, who was last year’s recipient of the award. David was joined on the night by his mum, dad and sister as well as Nicky Butt, Sol Campbell, Alex McLeish, Graeme Souness and Brendan Rodgers, amongst other footballing stars.

Tues 01 Sept---Steve Wright show on BBC Radio 2 2pm to 5pm features Ronnie Wood and Tony Banks.
The Monkees are in London doing tv and radio promo for their Hammersmith show on Friday.
Includes Tuesday BBC1 Breakfast show and Wednesday ITV1 Loose Women at lunchtime and
ITV Thames News at 6pm.

Monday 31 August 2015.
Ronnie Wood is to make a personal appearance a few days after The Faces re-union live show.
To celebrate the September 8th 2015 release of How Can it Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, Ronnie Wood will be appearing at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London on Friday 11th September at 18:30. Ronnie’s adventures on the road to superstardom were handwritten in his private diary of 1965.
Featuring fascinating recollections of legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Pete Townshend, with his entertaining new commentary, hand-drawn illustrations, and rare photos and memorabilia.
Tickets are £27 which includes a special copy of How Can it Be? A Rock & Roll Diary to be collected at the event. (A booking fee will apply)
The copy will be a first edition and includes a special commemorative bookplate with facsimile signature and self-portrait.
This evening of conversation will NOT include a book signing by Ronnie.

Friday 28 Aug to Sunday 30 August is The Reading Festival...90,000 capacity each day...
I have been to over 15 Reading Festivals since the 1970s but standing up all day in a massive field
at my age worrying where the nearest toilet is don't appeal that much these days as I like seeing my bands
indoors if possible.
In 1977 i saw Aerosmith support Thin Lizzy at Reading Festival and it would be another 12 years before
Aerosmith would return to the UK.
BBC4 tv is showing two hours of highlights every evening.
Looks like it will focus on headline sets so a good way to see Metallica and The Libertines without
having to put up with any dodgy weather and a very underwhelming overall line up.
BBC Red Button will show highlights of the support bands each night.
Another massive line-up with over 100 bands on multi-stages.
Headliners on the main stage are...
Fri 28 Aug---Mumford & Sons + Alt-J + Bastille
Sat 29 Aug---Metallica + Bring Me The Horizon + Royal Blood
I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since Hammersmith Odeon shows in the 1980s
and also including their first headline show at Reading Festival in 1997.
Sun 30 Aug---The Libertines + Kendrick Lamar + Jamie T + The Gaslight Anthem + The Cribs
I saw The Libertines as a support band in 2002 along with recent headline shows at Hyde Park
and Alexandra Palace.
I also saw them in 2010 at Reading Festival when they blew Arcade Fire off the stage.
The week before the event their website is saying weekend and day tickets all SOLD OUT.
The BBC4 tv coverage of Metallica was excellent.
The full 2 hour 10 mins show with an hour or so time delay.
Lots of big screens and loads of lights.
Black balloons with their logo were dropped on the crowd at the end during 'Enter Sandman'.
Metallica had their fans on stage as usual behind them on stage.
Full setlist played...
For Whom the Bell Tolls
King Nothing
Ride the Lightning
The Day That Never Comes
The Memory Remains
The Unforgiven
Sad But True
Turn the Page (Bob Seger cover)
Wherever I May Roam
Master of Puppets
Fade to Black
Seek & Destroy
Whiskey in the Jar (cover)
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
On the Sunday BBC4 tv showed all of The Libertines 90 mins headlining set.
Again the time delay was around an hour after they took to the stage at Reading.

Saturday 29 August 2015.
Japanese female metal trio Babymetal announce a huge headline Wembley Arena show for 02 April 2016.
They take to the main stages of Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend
On top of that, Babymetal have also confirmed details of two new live DVD releases – Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night and Live In London – both set to drop through earMUSIC on October 30.
watch the video hereBabymetal 'Gimme Chocolate'....over 32 million views....▶ 4:04

Friday 28 August 2015.
A classic video of Sex Pistols first time on tv... 'So It Goes' from August 1976.
watch the video here.Sex Pistols 'Anarchy In The UK'...▶ 3:35

Thursday 27 August 2015...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 10pm.
One Nation Under A Groove celebrates 'Punk'.
Love Bar at Festival Village underneath Queen Elizabeth Hall,Southbank Centre,London SE1.
Around 200 folks here over the two rooms.
Lots of folks i know and other familiar faces.
The artists are all mingling with the attendees.
Djs include Jeffrey Munday playing some great punk tunes in the overflow room.
Gary Loveridge displaying around 50 rare punk promo posters from his collection in the main room.
On the big screen we have non-stop classic and rare punk video clips.
Gaye Advert,Charlie Harper and Spizz Energi were here displaying their art.
Each artist played three or four acoustic songs over 15 mins sets.
Sarah Pink played a couple of covers and a couple of original tracks.
The Lone Groover did the same with a superb version of The Clash 'Stay Free'.
Gary Lammin from Bermondsey Joyriders played a good short set.
Spizz Energi played a short set including his mega track 'Where's Captain Kirk?'.
I had to leave before Charlie Harper from UK Subs short acoustic set...Charlie is now aged 71...
This was a really good punk related event.
10.30pm onwards.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock who was 59 today.
I met up with Glen and some of his closest friends in Little Venice near Warwick Road tube station.
They included Slim Jim Phantom ex Stray Cats who is currently touring the UK.

Wednesday 26 August 2015...7.45pm to 10pm...
Paloma Faith live at The Savoy Hotel,The Strand,London.
This was a Mastercard Priceless Surprises gig for 400 comp winners and guests of Mastercard.
Tom Jones and Mick Hucknall watched the show from the mixing desk area.
Like the one i saw last month with The Kaiser Chiefs they have chosen another great venue where
a big name act plays an intimate gig.
Like The Kaiser Chiefs ,Paloma has headlined The 02 Arena.
Paloma received a BRIT Award earlier in the year for British Female Solo Artist.
Her third studio album "A Perfect Contradiction" became the sixth best selling album of 2014,
and the best selling album for a female artist in the UK.
Not many bands get to play this five star hotel but oddly enough i have seen Paloma Faith play here
earlier this year performing two songs as part of the Tesco F+ F fashion showcase.
Complimentary beers,wines,burgers,fish n chips and other food for all guests.
Paloma played V Festival the past weekend as part of her summer festival shows.
It's a full stage production that looks great under the chandeliers of the venues ballroom.
Paloma arrived on stage at 8.30pm for a 70 mins 12 song set.
Paloma had her full band along with her three female backing singers.
Paloma has a great voice and is wearing a fab dress.
Loads of fun chat between songs and she even gave a pair of Rugby World Cup tickets away
on stage courtesy of Mastercard to a fan who could sing back some lyrics to a rare song of hers.
Paloma really has entertaining stage banter with the audience.
I remember a previous show where she dedicated a song "to any girl whose boyfriend has asked to
borrow £5 to top up their Oyster card and promised to pay her back,but never did".
Tonight we get "I'm not that good with credit cards" and "if you want to see me play shows this size get an
Easyjet flight to mainland Europe as they are not that interested in me that much".
Highlights included great versions of 'Can't Rely On You' and 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This'.
She said "there will be a few of my fave cover versions as i always wanted to front a wedding band".
A great show.
Setlist included...
Take Me
Etta James (cover)---forgot to write the title down
Nothing Compares 2 U (cover)
Trouble With My Baby
Can't Rely On You
Only Love Can Hurt Like This
River Deep Mountain High (cover)
Changing --- Sigma track feat Paloma Faith on vocals.
watch the video hereSigma ft Paloma Faith - Changing (Official Video) - Over 28 million views

Tuesday 25 August 2015...6.15pm to 9.45pm...
Carousel Restaurant and Event Space 1st Birthday Party at 17 Blandford Street,Marylebone,London W1.
Roll up, roll up to Carousel: three floors of pop up happenings, foodie events and guest chef residencies in a restaurant that'll be reinventing itself every few weeks from now until the end of time.
Brought to you by the band of brothers cousins responsible for the immersive, Pan Am-style, ‘Mile High’ dining experiences, it’s located bang in the middle of Bond Street and Baker Street tube stations and contains a handsome ground floor restaurant where guest chefs are hosted each month; an expansive basement for shindigs, banquets and epicurean adventures; a third floor space for film screenings and intimate gatherings; and an outside terrace.
Around 200 folks here tonight on the guest list who end up being spread out over the three levels here.
Just after 7pm most people go upstairs to hear a couple of speeches on how their spaces can be used.
Weddings,dinner events,product launches,cookery classes,art exhibitions,live music etc.
Also it is available for Christmas Parties from 23 November.
Later on in the basement we get two up and coming bands play 30 mins sets each.
First up were Halfpenny Pass who mixed pop with hip-hop and beat boxing.
Second up were Little Brother Eli who were more rock n blues.
Complimentary Snow Queen Vodka Cocktails,a choice of two different Hendricks Gin Cocktails along
with beers and some tasty canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag when leaving the event.
www.carousel-london.comVisit the website here.
www.carouselspaces.comVisit the website here.

Tuesday 25 August 2015.
The Beach Boys have clocked up an incredible legacy with shows every year since they began in 1961.
Unlike every other band of their era, The Beach Boys are the only act to perform continuously every single year for over 50 years.
While there were only three gigs that first year the group performed 73 shows in 1962 and 125 in 1963. Things did slow down slightly n the mid 70s. In 1977 they played just 51 shows. For 2015 they are just about to pass the 100 shows mark for this year.

Tues 25 Aug---Happy Birthday to Gene Simmons from KISS who is 66 today.
Tues 25 Aug---Happy Birthday to Elvis Costello who is 61 today.
Tues 25 Aug---On this day in 1970 Elton John played his first ever show in America.
Tues 25 Aug---Ronnie Wood was at The BBC Studios today.

Sunday 23 August 2015.
A £32,000 stuffed wolf has been returned to police after it was stolen from a flat owned by the granddaughter of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.
The 6ft tall wolf, complete with yellow glass eyes, was taken after Charlotte Watts - the daughter of the rocker's only child, Seraphina - invited three partygoers back to her central London home following a night out in Soho.
The three men, all thought to be in their early 20s, left at around 5am on August 3 but it in the morning that Charlotte noticed her wolf, which she affectionately dubbed Frostbite, was missing.
Following a police appeal, the animal was returned, undamaged, to a West London police station.

Saturday 22 August 2015.
Sweet Charity at The Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London SW3.
As usual for August in London the weather is totally unpredictable.
Days of sunshine then days of gloomy weather then back to some sunshine.
Today was a very sunny day so we spent the afternoon walking the entire length of The Kings Road
admiring the sights and stopping off at three drinking establishments before ending up having a couple
at The Botanist bar in Sloane Square which is always buzzing and 2 mins from tonight's venue.
This was the last of the six shows here over four days of this well known musical from 1966.
This musical stars familiar faces from tv,music and theatre including Denise Van Outen (various tv and radio,Legally Blonde, Tell Me On A Sunday), Michael Xavier (The Pajama Game, Love Story), Kerry Ellis (Brian Mays singer when he does his solo By Candlelight show,Cats, Wicked) and Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud, Shrek the Musical).
There are around 20 musicians on stage when you add band and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
There are around 20 male and female dancers too.
The show is on for around 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 55 mins.
Denise Van Outen looks and sounds great in the main role.
SWEET CHARITY is a comical but tender look at the adventures and misadventures in the ways of love encountered by New York dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine. Dreaming of old-fashioned romance, Charity is always falling for the wrong man and gives her heart to one undeserving man after another.
Denise Van Outen stars as Charity – singing, dancing, laughing and crying her way through this all-time classic musical comedy, alongside a host of other wonderful characters including her cynical girlfriends at the dance hall (Kerry Ellis and Kimberley Walsh), claustrophobic tax accountant suitor Oscar (Michael Xavier) and the phony evangelist Big Daddy (Rodney Earl Clarke). Through trials and tribulations, sweet Charity continues searching for love, ever hopeful.
Featuring a fabulous score, including the classic songs Big Spender, There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This, Rhythm Of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now, I’m A Brass Band, Baby, Dream Your Dream.
An enjoyable show.

Friday 21 August 2015.
watch the video hereJames Stevenson revisits the London punk clubs of the late 1970s....▶ 15:01
Nice memories from the places i used to frequent back then...most are sadly now gone...
James Stevenson is an English punk/alternative rock guitarist, at one time appearing with The Alarm,
Gene Loves Jezebel, Gen X, The Cult, Glen Matlock,Chelsea and others.

Thursday 20 August 2015...6.45pm to 8.45pm...
Led Zeppelin – From The Beginning 1963 – 1975 Photo Exhibition---private view
at The Proud Gallery,161 Kings Road,Chelsea,London SW3.
Good timing for tonight's event as it is Robert Plants 67th birthday.
We were hoping there was a slim chance that Jimmy Page may turn up but none of Led Zep appeared.
Around 200 folks turned up here and it was lively and buzzy at Proud Chelsea which is smaller than
Proud Camden so a good idea that folks can stand outside on the pavement in the cool air.
Television presenters John Stapleton and his wife Lynn are here.
On the ground floor is a room full of great Led Zep photos from onstage and offstage.
There were quite a lot from their American tour in 1975.
I saw Led Zep at Earls Court Arena in 1975.
Led Zep tracks are being played over the pa.
In the basement are photos of other rock legends including David Bowie and The Rolling Stones.
It is a must see collection of photos for any music fan.
All guests enjoyed complimentary prosecco along with Jack Daniels n coke and Jack Daniels Honey n coke.
It is on from 21 August to 04 October 2015 and admission is free. The Proud Gallery website for more info.
Proud Chelsea is thrilled to present Led Zeppelin from the Beginning, an exhibition which traces a truly experimental and innovative moment in rock ‘n’ roll history; from the initial formation of The Yardbirds, through their various reincarnations and music experimentations, to the musical venture led by Jimmy Page which rose out of their ashes. Initially predicted ‘to go down like a lead balloon’, Led Zeppelin, the most enduring and prolific rock band of all time, was born.
Often considered the training ground of three of rocks greatest guitarists; Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, The Yardbirds were pioneering in their fusion of R&B, blues, pop, rock and experimental psychedelic music. Chris Dreja, a former Yardbird, turned down the position of bassist in Led Zeppelin to pursue his passion for photography and went on to capture his former band-mates as they gained international critical and commercial success. Dreja’s portraits of Jimmy Page and Peter Grant during the final leg of the Yardbirds’ tour viewed alongside Led Zeppelin’s early promo shoots provide a stunning visual history between the bands and trace burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll movement of the late 60s and early 70s.
Week commencing Friday 07 August 2015 saw Led Zep back in the UK album charts.
Led Zeppelin storms back onto the charts for the fourth and final time with their last three albums in deluxe editions.
Coda came out on top in this wave, coming it at number 9 while Presence starts at 10 and In Through the Out Door is at 12. Presence and Out Door went to number 1 when they were first released in 1976 and 1979, respectively, while Coda peaked at 4 in 1982.

Thursday 20 August 2015.
Today was the funeral of Cilla Black in Liverpool...a big crowd turned up along the route...
Mourners of the late Cilla Black lined the two mile route along the streets of Liverpool as the veteran TV host
was laid to rest. The cortege travelled slowly along Woolton Road, before it reached the church.
Sky News tv covered the event live...
From Noon---camera in a helicopter followed the cortège along the two mile route.
From 1pm---St Mary's Catholic Church in Woolton Village for the service.
Cliff Richard said a few words and sang his poignant hit 'Faithful One'.
Christopher Biggins gave a reading.
Jimmy Tarbuck said a few words.
Paul O'Grady said a few words.
The Cilla hit 'Anyone Who Had A Heart ' was played.
Cilla's coffin departed the church to The Beatles 'The Long and Winding Road'.
Other showbiz friends attending included Tom Jones,Les Dennis and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr did not attend as they are both in America.
Paul McCartneys younger brother Mike did attend.
This week Cilla 'The Very Best Of' is battling with Bullet For My Valentine for the number one album spot.
watch the video hereCilla Black recording 'Alfie' at Abbey Road Studios in 1965 with Burt Bacharach and George Martin.
Video includes the song and interviews...▶ 5:45

Thursday 20 August 2015.
Bono on holiday now U2 American tour has finished and before European tour that starts in September.
Bono and wife Ali Hewson are currently holidaying in the south of France with well-known names including Noel and Sara Gallagher, and Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher. The stars spent yesterday on Bono's yacht which is moored near his holiday home in Eze.

Wednesday 19 August 2015...6.30pm to 9.30pm...
Sure Deodorant 'MotionSense' launch party at Century Club,Shaftesbury Avenue,London W1.
Around 150 folks here at this private members club.
Sure are launching their new product which has a neat gimmick.
Once applied, Motionsense™ microcapsules sit on the surface of the skin. As you move, underarm friction causes the capsules to burst, releasing immediate freshness.
"the more you move,the more it protects" is the main slogan.
We are all given a tekky wristband which is a bit like the one Colplay used on their last world tour.
Tonight the more we clap and wave our arms the more the lights on the wristband come on.
We have a live act who is the hotly tipped for success female singer Ella Eyre.
Ella is an English singer and songwriter signed to Virgin EMI Records. She is best known for her collaborations with Rudimental on their UK number-one single "Waiting All Night" (2013), which won the 2014 Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and with DJ Fresh on his single "Gravity" (2015). Her debut EP, Deeper, was released in 2013 and her
debut solo single, "If I Go", was released in 2014.
Ella Eyre and band arrive on stage at 8.25pm for a nine song 40 mins set.
Aged just 21 with a mane of curly hair and a fantastic voice and personality means Ella has all the right boxes ticked.
The attitude,image,tunes and talent will get her major success over the next year for 'sure'.
A really good show.
Setlist included...
Waiting All Night---(her big hit with Rudimental)
Good Times---(new single)
If I Go
Together---(ticker tape fell from the ceiling to cover the crowd)
Her debut album is out 28 August 2015 and is certain to be a big seller.
All guests enjoyed complimentary presecco,a choice of two different cocktails,wines,beers,
mini burgers and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag.

Wednesday 19 August 2015.
Fact of the day.
Kenney Jones of The Faces was the drummer on The Rolling Stones classic
‘It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)’, not Charlie Watts.
Kenney says that he got a call from his Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood late one night when Charlie was away on holiday. “I don’t know where Charlie was. I think he might have been in the south of France,” Kenney said.
The Faces band members all lived close to each other. “Ronnie Wood, myself and Ian McLagan lived around Richmond Park. I lived on one of the gates called Robin Hood gate, Ronnie Wood lived on Richmond Gate and Ian McLagan lived on Sheen Gate,” he said.

Tuesday 18 August 2015.
The Apple Music Festival has announced the first confirmed acts for its September takeover.
Held at The Roundhouse with all tickets free via various ballots and competitions.
It always has a great mix of big names from all genres.
This year it will be over 10 shows rather than the usual 30 shows.
Sept 22---One Direction
Sept 25---Disclosure
Sept 26---Pharrell Williams
Sept 28---Florence + The Machine.

Tuesday 18 August 2015.
Professor to eat, dress and live like Bowie for 12 months.
A cultural studies professor at Kingston University is living his life as David Bowie for one year in an effort to 'truly understand the pop icon'. Professor Will Brooker has adopted Bowie's hair, clothing and even his diet as part of his research and has dressed up as Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and The Thin White Duke.
He was in Melbourne,Australia as Aladdin Sane for The David Bowie exhibition there.
He will eventually bring out a book.

Sunday 16 August 2015.
Uncut Magazine have a special edition dedicated to The Sex Pistols in the shops...priced £7.99.
All aspects covered in a massive celebration of this legendary band.
If you go to page 6 there is a picture of the band playing the famous
100 Club Punk Festival in Sept 1976...can you spot me in the crowd?
There is another picture of me from the gig hanging at The 100 Club now.

Sunday 16 August 2015.
Happy Birthday to Madonna who is 57 today.
Madonna always puts on a great live show.
Her tour stops off at The 02 Arena on Dec 01 and Dec 02.

Saturday 15 August 2015...a music biz legend passes away...
Jazz Summers, who managed bands such as Wham!, The Verve and Snow Patrol, has died of lung cancer.
The 71-year-old co-founded Big Life Management 29 years ago and helped shape the careers of many artists.
His stable included Lisa Stansfield, Soul II Soul, Badly Drawn Boy, Klaxons, La Roux, Scissor Sisters,
London Grammar and Yazz, his ex-wife.
In Sept 2013 i attended the launch party for his autobiography 'Big Life' at The Groucho Club.

Friday 14 August 2015.
A fave video and track of mine from the 1980s.
watch the video hereDavid Lee Roth - Just Like Paradise - with Steve Vai on guitar from Jan 1988.
In 1988 alone i saw David Lee Roth with Steve Vai play four mega shows.
I saw Van Halen with David Lee Roth six times before he left the band in the mid 1980s.

Thursday 13 August 2015...6.15pm to 9.30pm...
Meat & Shake press preview ,17a The Green,Ealing,London W5.
I know the location well but if you don't know it is 2 or 3 mins walk off the Ealing part of
Uxbridge Road where most of the main shops are.
We have a blues trio playing tonight but normally it will be piped music.
They have around a dozen milkshakes on the menu so we had a couple each of them.
They have the usual shakes plus a few interesting combinations---all in stainless steel shake cups.
I had coconut & mango and pistachio & marshmallow which were both great.
We decided the pair of us should share the three starters to get a taste of each---all very nice.
Buffalo Wings
Popcorn Shrimp
Crab On Toast
For mains we each had a 10oz Fillet Steak which was cooked perfectly.
For sides we shared breaded onion rings,dirty fries and mac n cheese.
The mac n cheese was the only slightly disappointing dish tonight or maybe we were just too full up.
For desserts i had a very nice cherry and apple crumble with ice cream.
The staff did a great job tonight even though it was a full house and very busy.
Well worth a visit when you are out Ealing way.
The 2,300 sq ft Ealing restaurant which is the second for the business, having opened its first in Tooting, London, in late 2013. It will be based at 17a The Green in what was formerly a Café Rouge and will cater for 100 covers.
Meat & Shake’s new menu has been developed by executive chef Jasper Aykroyd, who draws from his experience in the curing and flavouring of meats. Dishes will include par-cured beef ribs, crab claws and prawns, and smoked chicken.
Alongside shakes such as peanut butter, brownie and banana, and salted caramel, there will also be a selection of mocktails, including a watermelon mojito and ginger peach fizz.
Meat & Shake is expected to launch a third branch in Watford in September.
From noon on Saturday 15 Aug and Sunday 16 Aug Meat & Shake Ealing will give out 500 free burgers
each day on a first come first served basis.
www.meatandshake.comVisit the Milk & Shake website here.

Thursday 13 August 2015...another sad death to report...
R.I.P. Stephen Lewis, Blakey From 'On The Buses', 1926-2015.
Stephen Lewis, the actor who played grumpy bus depot foreman Cyril ‘Blakey’ Blake, has died at the age of 88.
Lewis was Inspector Blake in the loved British comedy from 1969 to 1973. The character for spin-off series ‘Don’t Drink The Water’ in 1974 to 1975 with Blakey now retired and living in Spain. ‘On The Buses’ also generated three films ‘On The Buses’ (1971), Mutiny On The Buses’ (1972) and ‘Holiday On The Buses’ (1973).
Stephen Lewis appeared in over a dozen other movies including ‘Staircase’ in 1969 and ‘The Krays’ in 1990 with Gary and Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet.
At age 78 Anna Karen (Olive Rudge) is now the last surviving member of the ‘On The Buses’ cast.
Reg Varney (Stan Butler)died in 2008, Bob Grant (Jack) in 2003, Doris Hare (mum), 2000,
and Michael Robbins (Arthur Rudge) in 1992.
'On The Buses' was a must watch tv show for me as a youngster in the early 70s.
They still show regular repeats of it on tv.

Wednesday 12 August 2015.
On August 10, 1973, KISS auditions for their soon to be manager Bill Aucoin at the Crystal Ball Room of the Hotel Diplomat in New York City. Bill Aucoin: "When I first saw KISS at the Hotel Diplomat in 1973 they didn't have much of a show. They had the red beacons, a couple of amps. They were wearing black jeans. No one could afford leather. The show was just a regular rock 'n' roll show except they had spontaneity. They wanted to do something different and they wanted it very badly. That kind of devotion is worth more than anything. It's so special and you start picking up on it. I saw that magic in them".
When I went to New York for the first time in 1979 i made sure i stayed at The Hotel Diplomat as
i had read about it's history with KISS and other New York bands.
While I was there I saw The Buzzcocks in The Crystal Ball Room at The Diplomat Hotel.
The Diplomat Hotel has since been demolished.

Tuesday 11 August 2015.
Police have renewed their appeal for information over the disappearance of Bristol legend, DJ Derek.
The last confirmed sighting of the 73-year-old was a month ago at the Criterion Pub in Ashley Road, Bristol,
at 11.38pm on July 10.
His bank accounts have not been touched and Derek's family are becoming increasingly concerned about his whereabouts.
To mark the one month anniversary since he was last seen in Bristol, Detective Inspector Clare Hargreaves, renewed her appeal.
DJ Derek (real name Derek Serpell-Morris, born 1941) is a Bristol-based DJ who played a blend of 60s rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul music. Derek was a washboard player in a skiffle group in the 1950s, spent 10–18 years working as an accountant at Cadburys before becoming a reggae DJ in the St Pauls area of Bristol.
For over 40 years DJ Derek was well known on Bristol's clubbing scene, the city's elected mayor, George Ferguson has said "DJ Derek is a legend".Derek has played popular sets at many major festivals, including Glastonbury and The Big Chill. He MCs in Jamaican Patois while DJing.In 2012 he received the Bristol Lord Mayor's medal for an "outstanding" contribution to music in the city.He appeared in Dizzee Rascal's video for Dirtee Disco.In 2013 he played his final set before retiring at Notting Hill Arts Club in London on New Year's Eve.
As a white guy playing reggae in black clubs in the 70s he would often play behind a curtain until
he felt the crowd were liking the music played enough and then the curtain would drop and the
crowd would cheer and keep him there.
watch the video hereDizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco (Official Video) - featuring DJ Derek
watch the video hereDJ Derek ---One Of His Last Shows And Interview--- ....▶ 4:52

Monday 10 August 2015.
Motörhead have added a second Hammersmith show to their Jan 2016 UK tour.
They will be supported by Saxon and Girlschool.
I first saw all three bands in the late 1970s.

Friday 07 August to Mon 10 August 2015.
I was down the seaside in Sussex for four days and three nights.
First three days was perfect weather in the Rye and Winchelsea area then
a gloomy Monday in Hastings and Eastbourne.


September 20, 2015

Sunday 20 September 2015...another sad death...
British born author Jackie Collins has died of breast cancer aged 77 just 10 days after visiting the UK
to do promotion on her latest book.
She was an English-American novelist. She wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages.Eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen, either as films or television mini-series. She was the younger sister of actress Joan Collins.

Saturday 19 September 2015.
The date has been confirmed as Friday 25 September for this hour long tv interview.
As the country celebrates the Queen's long reign, singer John Lydon, who was known as Johnny Rotten in the 1970s, looks back at his career and the anti-establishment song that rocked the nation – The Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen. 'It was a full-on challenge to the establishment. It was an incredible achievement for a record to be discussed in Parliament,' he says. John tells Piers Morgan that he got the nickname Johnny Rotten because of his bad teeth, he talks about having meningitis at the age of seven and discusses his 30 year relationship with his partner, Nora, who is 14 years his senior and of course
there will be a few words on his current band Public Image Limited.

Friday 18 September 2015...I went to two events tonight...
First day of London Fashion Week where there are lots of catwalk shows during the day
and many of them have drinks parties in the evening.
6.45pm to 8pm.
Sonia Rykiel Paris store launch party,27-29 Brook Street,Mayfair,London W1.
Around 100 folks here in this very impressive upmarket designer store.
Lots of very nicely turned out ladies.
The ground floor has a full library of French books either side of the clothes and downstairs there are
French vinyl albums and singles on the walls either side of the clothes.
There were three albums by Michel Polnareff who was popular in France from the mid-1960s.
The dj is playing a mix of English and French tracks.
Needless to say the clothing is very expensive.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers for all guests.
Quintessentially Parisian brand Sonia Rykiel is celebrating the reopening of its London store in a highly enjoyable, very Left Bank way. The relaxed concept that is as much library as high-end fashion store. The brand is quickly regaining its 1970s cult status under talented artistic director Julie de Libran, who plans eventually to oversee a new, unified design concept for stores worldwide. Meanwhile, she wanted a distinctive update for key stores – already felt in the St-Germain Paris flagship and the Tokyo store, and now followed by London, in the form of a year-long (at least) pop-up.
Sonia Rykiel urged women to be eccentric, seductive, mysterious, and to create their own style. She arrived (in every sense of the word) on Paris’ Left Bank in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1968. The neighborhood was a haven to artists from the world over and she quickly became its heart.
The movement she created was intimately linked to the ready-to-wear revolution taking place in 1970s Paris. She typified a new generation of designers who launched their own labels outside the established system of Haute Couture.
Sonia Rykiel innovated not just with the cut of her garments, but also with her philosophy of fashion. She collaborated with the popular French mail-order company Les 3 Suisses in 1977 (shock! horror!) and then released a renegade fragrance, 7ème sens, the following year. She designed sweaters closer to the body than they had ever been — a sweater had never been sexier. Declared “Queen of Knits” by Women’s Wear Daily in 1972, Sonia Rykiel became an international icon.
www.soniarykiel.comVisit the Sonia Rykiel Paris website here.
8.15pm to 9.15pm.
London Fashion Week party at The Sanderson Hotel,London W1.
Around 100 folks are here.
Complimentary Gin cocktails for all guests.
There were a couple of other LFW parties on the radar after 9pm but too many late boozy nights
have just exhausted me so I had to have an early night.

Thursday 17 September 2015...I went to three events tonight...
All three were at luxury hotels.
6.45pm to 8pm.
Shari King 'Breaking Hollywood' book launch at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Always nice to be at this five star hotel where loads of big music acts stay.
This book is the follow up to 'Taking Hollywood' which sold well last year.
I went to the launch of that and we are back at the same room and venue.
This room has the outside garden area where Hyde Park is just 20 yards away.
Pretty exclusive as maybe only 50 or 60 people are here but a few are well known names.
Ross King has wrote the book with Shari Low hence the book comes out under the name Shari King.
They are both here tonight.
Ross is always friendly and chatty to all.
Ross King is a British television presenter, actor and writer, best known for being LA Correspondent for ITV Breakfast programmes Lorraine and Good Morning Britain.
Also here are some of Ross tv chums including Lorraine Kelly,Dr Hilary Jones,Gaby Roslin,Lizzie Cundy,
Jackie St Clair,John Stapleton.
The book is a Jackie Collins type based on what Hollywood folks get up to.
Complimentary Moët champers and nice canapés for all guests.
All guests got a complimentary copy of the book that was signed.
8.15pm to 9pm. x Fleur de Force Make-up Collection launch party at Haymarket Hotel,London SW1.
Around 200 folks here with maybe 75% females.
We are by the indoor pool which is a great setting for a party and a dj is playing tunes.
Fleur is one of these youtube internet sensations where her channel gets many views.
Complimentary vodka cocktails,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a girlie goodie bag on the way out.
9.15pm to 10.30pm.
Hotel Cafe Royal London Fashion Week Pre Party ,68 Regent Street,London W1.
Around 200 folks here at this famous hotel that dates back to 1865.
They have some great pictures on display of some of the folks who have stayed or partied here.
My fave would have to be one that featured Mick Jagger,David Bowie,Lou Reed and Lulu from 1973.
We have a pair of female djs and one of them plays some sax for a few songs alongside the tracks.
There is a fun photo booth in the corner with colourful hats and scarfs etc.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers,wines and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on leaving.

Thursday 17 September 2015.
Iron Maiden have had massive success around the world with their new album ' The Book Of Souls'.
No. 1 – Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK
No. 2 – Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland
No. 3 – Turkey
No. 4 – South Africa, USA

Wednesday 16 September 2015.
More and major rock band members are putting side project bands together for albums and tours.
Steven Tyler(Aerosmith) and Paul Stanley (KISS) have their own and now
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) has a solo album and American tour for later this year.

Wednesday 16 September 2015...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.30pm.
Gary Cockerill 'Simply Glamorous' book launch at 5-7 Dover Street,London W1.
Around 200 folks here including Katie Price,Melanie Sykes who is wearing a great dress,Kimberley Garner,
Martine McCutcheon,Michelle Collins,Phil Turner and a couple of my fave older ladies,
Jo Wood who is looking great for 60
and the ever stunning Jilly Johnson who was a Page Three girl from the 1970s and still looks amazing for 61.
Most folks have a tan of some sort with nicely styled hair that made me look very pale faced.
At 8pm Gary made a speech and thanked everyone for coming out in the rain.
Blown up images from the book adorn all the walls.
A buzzy atmosphere and a good event.
Complimentary Cottier champers,rum cocktails,vodka cocktails and canapés.
A great goodie bag here for all guests that had a dozen items inside.
Around a dozen photographers outside the venue waiting for celebs arriving and leaving.
Gary Cockerill is one of the UK’s most respected and well known make-up artists with a repertoire of work spanning stage and screen, editorial, celebrity, events and advertising. Throughout his extensive career, he has worked with the world’s leading actors, photographers, models, personalities, directors and producers who acknowledge his prolific versatility and creative genius. His attention to detail combined with a drive for absolute perfection result in some of the most exquisite imagery and professional acclaim. Gary’s philosophy is simple: “external beauty promotes inner confidence” – no matter who his subject is, he strives to make his clients look and feel breathtaking.
www.garycockerill.comVisit his website and see the list of the many male and female celebs he looks after.
9pm to 10pm.
Levi's 700 Series Jeans launch party at Levi's,174 Regent Street,London W1.
Levi's 700 Series female jeans with innovative stretch denim are designed to flatter, hold, and lift.
Around 200 cool looking fashion folks here.
Complimentary rum cocktails and beers for all guests.
Laura Whitmore was the dj here.

Tuesday 15 September 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm.
Ai Weiwei private view at The Royal Academy of Arts,Piccadilly,London.
A massive crowd of over 500 folks here.
Lots of big names from the art world here.
Faces here included Jerry Hall,Grayson Perry in a full over the top outfit as usual,Jackie St Clair.
This exhibition has been billed by some as the art event of the year.
Pretty much all the papers over the past week have had an article on it.
Ai Weiwei has been allowed to leave China for the first time in five years for this exhibition.
Ai Weiwei is here to say "Thank You" after a few words from the RA spokesman.
Is Ai Weiwei China’s Most Dangerous Man?
Arrested and harassed by the Chinese government, artist Ai Weiwei makes daring works unlike anything
the world has ever seen.
As a young boy his family were sent into exile in the Gobi Desert.
He was kidnapped and put in jail in 2011 for 81 days.
He helped design the world famous Beijing National Stadium, better known as the "Bird's Nest".
Complimentary wines and canapés in the basement area where a dj was playing tunes.
Exhibition is on from 19 Sept to 13 Dec 2015.
8.05pm to 9pm.
Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards at 6 Burlington Gardens,London W1.
This venue was just around the corner from the previous event and is actually part of The Royal Academy of Arts.
Around 200 folks here.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers,wines and canapés.
www.theroedererawards.comVisit their website here for the winners and those shortlisted.
9.45pm to 11.30pm.
Kinky Boots press/vip night after party at Grand Connaught Rooms,London WC2.
A massive crowd of over 500 folks here.
Guests here included Cyndi Lauper who was with two security guys at all times.
Also here were Graham Norton and Tom Daley.
A few girls are wearing some nice and sexy 'Kinky Boots'.
Complimentary presecco,a choice of one cocktail,wines,beers along with bowl food and canapés.
The pastry in a couple of dishes was shaped as a 'Kinky Boot'.
I left at 11.30pm but it was due to finish at 1am.
Kinky Boots the award winning musical opens at The Adelphi Theatre.
Music and lyrics are by Cyndi Lauper.
Cyndi Lauper is currently in London doing publicity for the show.
The musical is based on the Brit flick of the same name about a floundering Northampton shoe factory
for which Cyndi has written the glittering electro-funk score.
It has been performed over 1000 times on Broadway.

Monday 14 September 2015.
Final song of Rods set from Sunday in Hyde Park.
watch the video here' I Was Only Joking' featuring Jim Cregan on guitar....▶ 6:32

Monday 14 September 2015.
Happy Birthday to my eldest son Marc who is 27 today.
Yes he was named after Marc Bolan.

Sunday 13 September 2015....3pm to 10pm...
BBC Radio 2 'Festival In A Day' live at Hyde Park,London.
50,000 capacity( a couple of the djs said it was 55,000)...sold out...
This all day festival always sells out pronto due to to the great value and quality---only £39 per ticket.
This year’s spectacular line-up includes Rod Stewart with a one-time-only performance of some of his most popular but rarely performed hits, Bryan Adams playing what will be his only UK summer show, The Corrs and their first live performance in a decade, plus sets from Giorgio Moroder (DJ set), Leona Lewis, Will Young, Kate Rusby, Shaun Escoffery and The Shires and Ward Thomas.
The event will be hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, who will be joined by a whole host of presenters - Anneka Rice, Jeremy Vine, Ken Bruce, Sara Cox, Bob Harris, Paul Gambaccini,Tony Blackburn, Vanessa Feltz, and more - providing entertainment from the main stage, action from backstage, and introducing the artists. Coverage of the event, including full sets and performances from the day, will be available to watch on BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website, which will also feature exclusive backstage footage, acoustic sessions and interviews.
A huge crowd and thankfully none of the possible forecast of rain showers.
THE SHIRES with WARD THOMAS.....SHAUN ESCOFFERY---I missed these two opening acts.
The opening few acts had two big screens and the last three acts had three big screens.
Many thanks to the BBC who gave me a couple of guest wristbands for the BBC Garden side of stage.
A nice chilled out area where you had seating and the all important clean toilets with no queues.
All the Radio 2 djs popped in here but the artists have their own area behind the stage.
Scottish football legend Gordon Strachan was here as he is good mates with Rod Stewart.
WILL YOUNG arrived on stage at 3.10pm for a 30 mins set.
He has sold over 8 million albums since winning Pop Idol in 2002.
His most recent release '85% Proof' (2015) became his fourth UK number-one album.
For the final song around 20 huge balloons were released into the audience.
Full setlist played...
Love Revolution
Thank You
Your Game
How Will I Know (Whitney Houston cover)
Leave Right Now
KATE RUSBY arrived on stage at 4pm for a 30 mins set.
Kate is one of the UK's top folk artists.
Her set included a couple of tracks from her new album 'Ghost'.
Kate had some warm Yorkshire banter between songs.
LEONA LEWIS arrived on stage at 4.50pm for a 30 mins set.
Leona Lewis won X Factor in 2006.
Lewis's success continued with the release of her debut album, Spirit, in 2007; it went 10x platinum in the United Kingdom, while the lead single, "Bleeding Love", spent seven weeks at number-one. She achieved international recognition with the album in 2008, when she became the first British female solo artist to top the US Billboard 200 album chart in more than 20 years. Spirit has sold more than eight million copies worldwide, and "Bleeding Love" peaked at number one in over 30 countries, becoming the best-selling single of 2008.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has said that performing with Leona Lewis is his greatest achievement
outside of the band.
Page played Zeppelin hit 'Whole Lotta Love' with Lewis on vocals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has now said that this performance is the one he is most proud of.
Leona played a couple of tracks from her new album and a couple of her big hits.
Full setlist played...
I Am
Better in Time
Fire Under My Feet
Bleeding Love
I Got You
Run (Snow Patrol cover)
THE CORRS arrived on stage at 5.45pm for a 30 mins set.
This was their first show in a decade.
The girls are still looking good.
You kind of forget how popular they were and how many hits they had.
Full setlist played...
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac cover)
What Can I Do
Toss the Feathers ([traditional] cover)
I made a move down the front for a great view for the last three acts.
BRYAN ADAMS arrived on stage at 6.45pm for a 50 mins set.
As usual Bryan and the band are dressed all in simple black and the screens are all in black and white.
This was the effect he used when playing his 'Reckless' album on his last UK arena tour.
Bryan played loads of his great catchy singalong hits and a couple of brand new tracks.
Full setlist played...
You Belong To Me (Live Debut)
One Night Love Affair
Run to You
Summer of '69
It's Only Love
Brand New Day (Live Debut)
Can't Stop This Thing We Started
The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You
GIORGIO MORODER(dj set) arrived on stage at 7.45pm for a 30 mins set.
The legendary producer is now aged 75.
He came on just as it went darker and his light and visual show worked well.
He played his own dance anthems by Donna Summer and others.
ROD STEWART arrived on stage at 8.27pm for an 80 mins set.
As promised Rod played a whole bunch of songs he rarely sings.
Rod Stewart fled his comfort zone. “This isn’t a normal Rod Stewart concert,” he explained. “We won’t be playing Sailing, Maggie May, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy or Baby Jane. I wanted to make tonight special.”
A couple he has not performed at all for over 40 years.
All the songs tonight he performed back in the day apart from the one new track 'Please'.
If you are like me and are a big Rod Stewart fan you are in heaven with this show
and the show last weekend with The Faces.
He has sneaky looks at the teleprompter as they only had a few days rehearsals.
He was joined for one song by Jim Cregan who was his guitarist in the late 1970s and 1980s.
A fantastic show with a unique set Rod may never repeat and overall a great day out.
Full setlist played...
Every Beat of My Heart
The Motown Song (Larry John McNally cover)
What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love With You)
(I Know) I'm Losing You (The Temptations cover)
You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Faces song)
Gasoline Alley
The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)
Ooh La La (Faces song)
Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen) (Tom Waits cover)
Angel (Jimi Hendrix cover)
I'm Every Woman (Chaka Khan cover) (sung by background vocalist as Rod went off for a costume change)
Rollin' and Tumblin' (Hambone Willie Newbern cover)
In a Broken Dream (Python Lee Jackson cover)
Love Is
Can't Stop Me Now
I Was Only Joking (with Jim Cregan)

Saturday 12 September 2015.
The George, 20 High Street, Burnham, Bucks.
Only £5 entry to see three tribute bands...doors 2pm and bands 4pm to 9pm.
Held outside in their large car park area.
Burnham is 3 miles from Slough and easy to get to via the M4 and train from Paddington and Ealing.
This was the biggest happening in Burnham since tv presenter and retail consultant Mary Portas was on Burnham High Street to help for the re-opening of the Nisa supermarket for her Channel 4 programme a year ago.
It is a proper set up in the car park area with a raised stage along with four portaloos and extra security.
Thankfully it was a decent sunny day and there was no rain as forecast.
Around 200 folks here.
What i learned later when i was wondering how does anyone make any money out of this show was that
the same bassist and drummer played in all three bands and two other members played in two bands.
READY STEADY WHO were first on and played a decent 45 mins set of The Who tracks.
They didn't really look like them so overall pretty average for my liking.
THE SMALL FAKERS take to the stage at 6.10pm for a 55 mins set.
Their singer was a great Steve Marriot soundalike and lookalike and their keyboard player
got some fantastic sounds out of his original 1965 Hammond organ.
Setlist included 'Watcha Gonna Do About It','Sha La La La Lee','Hey Girl','All or Nothing',
'Here Comes The Nice','Itchycoo Park','Tin Soldier' and 'Lazy Sunday'.
THE FACES EXPERIENCE take to the stage at 7.50pm for a 70 mins set.
They have the same keyboard player with his Hammond organ.
The singer had a good Rod soundalike voice.
Lots of pukka Faces tracks played and the encores were Rod Stewart solo tracks from 1971
that had Ronnie Wood and Ian McLagan playing on them back then just after Rod went solo.
Also played from 1972 was 'You Wear It Well' which was a Rod solo record but The Faces backed him.
There were a few covers that The Faces played back in their heyday.
Setlist included 'Cindy Accidentally','Debris','You Wear It Well','Maybe I'm Amazed',
'Sweet Little Rock and Roller','Angel','Stay With Me' and encores of
'Someone Like You' and 'Maggie May'.
An enjoyable day out in the sticks.

Friday 11 September 2015.
Ronnie Wood 'In Conversation' at Waterstones,Piccadilly,London.
No doubt it will be similar to the one I went to at The Ambassadors Theatre in April 2015.
To celebrate the September 8th 2015 release of How Can it Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, Ronnie Wood will be appearing at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London on Friday 11th September at 6.30pm.
Admission is £27 which includes a copy of the book with a facsimile signature and commemorative bookplate.
PLEASE NOTE---Ronnie will NOT be signing copies.
I did not go to it but a friend went along and told me how it went.
Ronnie was interviewed by Noel Fielding for around an hour and was entertaining as usual.
More intimate than The Ambassadors Theatre event but no big screen used to show pages
from the book this time.
Ronnie signed a couple of times on the way out and posed for a couple of pictures.

Thursday 10 September 2015...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.45pm
'Revealed' private view at Sofitel,6 Waterloo Place,St James's,London SW1.
Around 200 smartly dressed folks at this luxury five star hotel.
This photo exhibition is going around the world to around 20 cities.
Olivier Picasso gave a speech and other guests included
Jade Parfitt---model and presenter
Nicole Fahri---fashion designer
A dj was upstairs on the balcony playing some tunes in the background.
Complimentary presecco,gin cocktails and canapés for all guests.
On display from 10 Sep 2015 – 31 Oct 2015, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Pablo Picasso's grandson gathers spectacular photographs of famous artists in their workshops for exhibition
at Sofitel St James
Pablo Picasso's grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso is the brains behind this striking new photography exhibition at Sofitel St James. Taken from the stupendous photo archives of Paris Match, Picasso examines the world's most famous artists in their studios, including his own illustrious grandfather.
Who is Olivier Widmaier Picasso?
Olivier Widmaier Picasso has carved a place for himself in the art world with his fascinating documentaries on contemporary art, opera and influential tastemakers. Soon his most famous publication Picasso, portrait intime will be translated into English and the film Picasso, the legacy will be screened worldwide.
Exhibition highlights
There are 30 unique photographs on display in the Revealed show, including images of Salvador Dali taking in the sights of Paris' Vincennes Zoo, the wild beast Fauvist Kees Van Dongen intimidating blonde bombshell actress Brigitte Bardot and of course Pablo Picasso going about his regular routine. You'll also find star artists like René Magritte, Marc Chagall, Francis Bacon and the king of kitsch Jeff Koons all feature.
A spectacular hidden gem in London, this intimate exhibition will delight art lovers.
8pm to 10pm
Warner E Hodges Band + The David Sinclair Four live at The Borderline Club,London.
Warner is the Nashville born guitarist with Jason and The Scorchers.
Up first we have The David Sinclair Four who play a 35 mins set.
A nice surprise here is that James Stevenson is on guitar for the night as their usual guitarist had commitments.
James Stevenson is an English punk/alternative rock guitarist, at one time appearing with The Alarm, Gene Loves Jezebel, Gen X, The Cult, Glen Matlock,Kim Wilde and Chelsea.
He has a great rock n rock guitar sound that is brilliant.
DS4 are still promoting their fourth album that came out May 2015.
Great songs played included 'Sick Of Being Good','Life Gone Cold','Crude Emotion' and 'Coming Off The Rails'.
Warner and his band play some good time uptempo rock n roll.
Warner looks a bit like Robert Plant and has great stage banter a bit like Dave Grohl.
The good set included a couple of Jason and The Scorchers tracks along with his solo material.
His guitarist was wearing an Ace Frehley t-shirt.
I watched around 60 mins of his planned 80 mins set.
10.30pm to 11.45pm
Stereophonics album launch party at Drama,35 Hertford Street,Mayfair,London W1.
Their new album 'Keep The Village Alive' is released Friday 11 September 2015.
The party followed a 45 mins album launch gig at Mode to Shortlist Magazine comp winners.
This venue was called Whisky Mist but re-opened last week as Drama after a million pound refurbishment.
It is much bigger and better than the very overrated Whisky Mist.
The dj is playing loud rock tunes including AC/DC.
All the band are here and other guests included rock n roll fashion designer Sir Tom Baker
and Jim Lowe who is the bands producer.
Jim has produce many artists including Glen Matlock and told me he is currently mixing the new
Dandy Warhols album and that the set played earlier featured old and new tracks.
Stereophonics play a UK Arena tour at the end of the year.
Complimentary cocktails,wines and beers for all guests.

Thursday 10 September 2015.
Happy Birthday to Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry who is 65 today.
11 Sept and 12 Sept 1975---40 years since i saw Alice Cooper play two great shows at Wembley Arena.

Wednesday 09 September 2015...7.15pm to 11pm...
Notion Magazine 70th Issue x Swatch party at Chotto Matte,11-13 Frith Street,Soho,London W1.
CHOTTO MATTE brings together the best of Japanese and Peruvian cultures serving up high-quality Nikkei cuisine.
NOTION is a quarterly music,fashion and culture quarterly magazine available at selected stores priced £4.95.
Over 200 folks here on the first floor of this venue with a great buzzy atmosphere.
Guests of honour are PHASE FIVE who are a new All-Male Urban Pop vocal group based out of Los Angeles.
We have five up and coming acts playing 15 mins each with a grime rapper GHETTS going down the best.
Lots of complimentary drinks and yummy food all through the evening.
The drinks were espresso Martinis,vodka cocktails,wines and beers.
We had nine different types of canapés cooked fresh in front of you in their open plan kitchen.
They included sushi,seabass sashimi,chicken miso,octopus,prawn spring rolls,salmon.
All guests got a goodie bag.
A good event.
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Tuesday 08 September 2015....I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7pm
Varda Caivano private view at Victoria Miro Gallery,14 St George Street,London W1.
Argentinian artist Varda Caivano who lives and works in London holds her third exhibition in London.
It is on until 03 Oct 2015.
Complimentary presecco for all guests.
7.05pm to 8pm
Aqua Nueva showcase at 5th floor,240 Regent Street,London W1.
Aqua Nueva is a Spanish restaurant and bar directly opposite The Palladium.
A big crowd of over 200 folks here with 75% females as they are pa's and secretaries who
book venues for their companies.
Despite being on the 5th floor it is a huge space.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) live at The Forum,Kentish Town,London.
Following a sold out London show at The Troxy at the end of June FFS have been touring
the festivals and venues of Europe over summer and are now back in London for another full house.
They are promoting their debut album that came out a few months ago.
I have seen both acts a dozen times over the years including Sparks shows from their heyday in
1974 and 1975 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
They are both arty pop rockers from different decades but they really are a perfect match.
FFS take to the stage just after 9pm and play for 90 mins.
The setlist featured 11 of the 12 tracks from their album and a sprinkling of hits from Franz Ferdinand
and Sparks.
The stonking choice hits from Franz Ferdinand and Sparks were mega.
Not sure how the Mael brothers manage to keep looking so young.
Ron Mael is still in his usual Sparks guise of an eccentric with slicked back hair and pencil moustache.
Russell Mael and Alex Kapranos share the vocal duties and are both superb.
Ron Mael did his funny dance to much cheering during 'The Number One Song In Heaven'.
I think they said that Sparks track 'Sherlock Holmes' was played for the first time tonight on their tour.
A great show that the crowd loved.
Full setlist played tonight...
Johnny Delusional
The Man Without A Tan
Save Me from Myself
Dictator's Son
Sherlock Holmes (Sparks cover)
The Power Couple
Do You Want To (Franz Ferdinand cover)
Things I Won't Get
So Desu Ne
The Number One Song in Heaven (Sparks cover)
Michael (Franz Ferdinand cover)
This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us (Sparks cover)
Police Encounters
Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand cover)
Piss Off
No You Girls (Franz Ferdinand cover)
When Do I Get to Sing "My Way" (Sparks cover)
Call Girl
Collaborations Don't Work

Tuesday 08 September 2015.
GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House,London.
An event that always gets an impressive guest list.
Half a dozen names from each of,film,sport,tv,theatre etc.
Jerry Lee Lewis presented Keith Richards with The Legend Award.
Others attending included Ronnie Wood,Lewis Hamilton,Jose Mourinho,Gary Lineker,
Samuel L Jackson,Lionel Richie,Elton John,Sam Smith,Will Ferrell,Naomie Harris.
Blur,Duran Duran,Phil Rudd.

Monday 07 September 2015.
Jasper Carrott + Bev Bevan Band live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Jasper now aged 70 on his first UK tour for over a decade.
He was one of the most popular comedians on tv in the 1970s.
On 15 September 2007 he was inducted into the Birmingham Walk of Stars at the Arts Fest 2007 celebrations. The award was presented by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. Carrott is the second inductee, following Ozzy Osbourne.
Plus support from The Bev Bevan Band.
Bev was the original drummer with The Move and ELO and had a stint with Black Sabbath in 1983.
Also in the band are Trevor Burton (The Move), Joy Strachan-Brain on vocals (Quill) and
Geoff Turton on vocals (The Rockin’ Berries).
As expected its a mainly older crowd here for this trip down memory Lane.
The show was on for 2 hours 20 mins over two 70 mins set.
Each set Jasper Carrott would do 30 mins of comedy then the band would play for 40 mins.
First set...
Jasper told plenty of good jokes with quite a few about getting old.
The band then take to the stage and i was expecting mainly tracks related to Bevs bands but
it was mainly general covers with just two ELO songs for the encore.
Each act had old photos of themselves on the big screen.
This set included tracks by The Small Faces,The Beatles,Ike n Tina Turner,Fleetwood Mac,
Moody Blues,Marvin Gaye,Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and others.
Second set...
Jasper did another 30 mins of good jokes.
The band played more covers by Joe Cocker,Righteous Brothers,Roy Orbison,The Crystals,
Dusty Springfield,Elvis Presley and others.
then Jasper Carrott joined them for the last few songs.
Addicted To Love---with a very funny video of Jasper and the band dressed like the girls in the video.
Caroline---Status Quo
Funky Moped---Jasper's own hit from 1975 that was produced by his Brummie mate Jeff Lynne.
Rockin All Over The World---John Fogerty/Status Quo
Mr Blue Sky---ELO
Don't Bring Me Down---ELO
An enjoyable evening but the band should have played a bit more from Bevs bands.

Monday 07 September 2015.
Robert Plant and Ringo Starr and others present Jerry Lee Lewis with an 80th birthday cake
at The London Palladium on Sunday.
watch the video here▶ 4:28

Saturday 05 September 2015...3pm to 9.30pm...
THE FACES to reform for a one off show at Hurtwood Park Polo Club,Ewhurst,Surrey.
A charity gig for Prostate Cancer UK with advance tickets priced at £75...5000 capacity...sold out...
After a few years of rumours and false starts a gig has been fully confirmed at last.
Rod Stewart,Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones to play their first proper show together for nearly 40 years.
Hurtwood Park Polo Club is owned by Kenney Jones which is located around 30 miles from South London.
The band, who split in 1975, lost fellow founder members Ronnie Lane in 1997 and Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan last December. Mick Hucknall took Stewart’s place in the line-up for charity shows in 2009, after which the band toured over the following two years with Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock added to the line-up.
I went to a couple of those shows.
watch the video hereThe Faces 'Stay With Me' from their final show in London from 1974...▶ 5:47
Another one of those out of London gig events that had to be done.
Thanks to Sue for driving us there and back as you really needed a car to get to this place as it was in
the middle of nowhere and those narrow country roads in pitch black on the way home were pretty awkward.
We arrive at the venue just as the polo match is finishing.
We have a wander around the 50 super cars on display...most seem to be Ferraris.
There are lots of Rod Stewart lookalikes in the crowd.
It is all standing outside here so although a bit gloomy there is thankfully no rain.
There are no big screens as everyone has a good view of the stage.
We have a bunch of acts playing short sets with 5 mins max changeovers.
Dj Mick Brown is hyping up the crowd by saying "You are going to witness rock n roll history today".
At 4.40pm the live music starts with a band called CROSS SECTION who played a couple of covers.
They were in the Quadrophenia film from 1978 and have recently reformed.
NOAH JOHNSON was a soul singer who sang a couple of cover tracks.
CHRIS JAGGER played four songs over 20 mins which included 'Lazy Daze' and cover of
the Ronnie Lane track 'Anymore For Anymore'.
MOLLY MARRIOT played a couple of her own tracks.
THE LEO GREEN EXPERIENCE played a 35 mins set of sax based cover tunes with some great female vocals.
Tracks played included 'Proud Mary' and 'River Deep Mountain High' and for the final song they are joined by
Mollie Marriot for a cover of Small Faces track 'Afterglow(Of Your Love)'.
We then have a large house band on stage featuring Rods old mate Jim Cregan.
They back three great artists who all play four of their best tracks.
STEVE HARLEY set included the George Harrison track 'Here Comes The Sun' and of course the track
he always calls "his pension song" his massive hit 'Make Me Smile(Come Up And See Me)'.
I first saw his band Cockney Rebel in 1975 and 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon when they were a big act.
MIDGE URE also played a really good 4 song 20 mins set.
If I Was
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes(Ultravox track)
The Boys Are Back In Town(Thin Lizzy cover)---Midge replaced Gary Moore in Thin Lizzy in 1979 and toured
with them for a year and co-wrote the Lynott solo hit 'Yellow Pearl'.
Vienna (Ultravox track)
PAUL CARRACK has written many great songs in various bands he has been in.
Tempted(Squeeze track)
The Living Years (Mike + Mechanics track)
How Long(Ace track)
Over My Shoulder(Mike + Mechanics track)
Before The Faces took to the stage BBC dj Annie Nightingale played 30 mins of related tunes.
THE FACES took to the stage at 8.25pm for a 45 mins seven song set.
It's great to see Rod and Ronnie on stage together clearly enjoying themselves.
Despite their ages they still look like proper rock stars.
Rod said "we have had just a few hours rehearsals so expect some cock ups".
"Just like the old days," added Ronnie.
Rod also said "we discussed more about what clothes we would wear rather than the tracks to be played".
"It's great to be up here with these guys!" declared Rod, arm around the scrawny neck of Ronnie Wood.
In their Seventies glory days, The Faces were celebrated as much for their ragged (and often drink-fuelled) bonhomie as their buccaneering musicianship. Their secret was always their very live-ness, a quality of spontaneity that made each moment really count, accentuated by the feeling that it could all fall apart at any point. They were a band who were so clearly enjoying themselves on stage that it was impossible for audiences not to respond. Forty years of experience has apparently done little to dampen their pleasure or iron out mistakes. "Am I in the right key?" Wood asked at the beginning of a rambunctious version of 'I'm Losing You'.
"Ronnie, you want a drink?" Stewart teased his old foil. "Oh no, you don't do that anymore."
It did feel a bit under-rehearsed and there was a false start but that was expected really,as was the shorter than normal set.
Sadly tracks including 'Cindy Incidently' and 'Debris ' were not played tonight but Ronnie Wood hinted
"we will play them next time" and gave a wink so maybe a full tour may happen next year.
Overall a great day out and pretty amazing to finally see The Faces play live with Rod on vocals.
Full setlist played tonight with seven songs that they recorded back in their heyday.
I Feel So Good (Big Bill Broonzy cover)
You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything
Ooh La La
I'd Rather Go Blind (Etta James cover)
(I Know) I'm Losing You (The Temptations cover)
Stay with Me
Sweet Little Rock & Roller (Chuck Berry cover)
I spotted BBC djs Robert Elms and Johnnie Walker here.
A friend said he saw Bill Wyman.
I had a few words with top London showbiz photographer Richard Young.
A bit of a downer was getting stuck in the car park for over an hour as
just one small exit could not cope with so many cars leaving at the same time.

Friday 04 September 2015.
The Monkees live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
The Monkees rose to fame when they formed to star in a television show with the same name,
which ran from 1966 until 1968 and made them huge stars around the world.
Original Monkees singer Davy Jones sadly died in 2012.
I saw their last London show with Davy Jones at The Royal Albert Hall in 2011.
Original members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork are still there.
An evening of music and multi-media splendor, including rare films and images from their series.
Their new show features all of the Monkees hits, plus an intimate acoustic set.
The Monkees have been all over the tv and radio the past three days promoting this gig
but inside the venue the stalls is pretty full but only 400 out of 2000 tickets have been sold for the upstairs.
They are on stage for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 40 mins and 65 mins.
They have a big screen showing showing lots of great clips from their tv series.
Both Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork have wrote and sung on Monkees tracks so they
take Davy Jones vocal parts rather than get another singer in.
Lots of their gems played along with some pretty average tracks.
They still have plenty of friendly and funny stage banter.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Last Train to Clarksville
Your Auntie Grizelda
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
Mary, Mary
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
I'll Be Back on My Feet
For Pete's Sake
Randy Scouse Git
No Time
Tear the Top Right Off My Head (part of song only)
Last Train to Clarksville (Acoustic Bluesy Rendition)
Take a Giant Step
Sometime in the Morning
Midnight Train
Papa Gene's Blues
Porpoise Song
Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?
Goin' Down
D.W. Washburn (The Coasters cover)
Sugar, Sugar (The Archies cover)(The Monkees turned down this track before The Archies recorded it)
Saved by the Blues
Daydream Believer
Listen to the Band
That Was Then, This Is Now (The Mosquitos cover)
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Paul Revere and The Raiders cover)
Pleasant Valley Sunday (Carole King cover)
I'm a Believer (Neil Diamond cover)

Friday 04 September 2015.
IRON MAIDEN release their new studio album 'The Book of Souls',their first for 5 years.
They will soon announce a massive world tour for 2016 with UK and European shows in the summer.
Tesco will become the first UK supermarket to revive the sale of vinyl records.
They mark the venture with the release of Iron Maiden's new album 'The Book of Souls',
which will be available to buy in 55 of Tesco's largest stores from Friday (September 4).

Thursday 03 September 2015...I went to two events tonight...
5.45pm to 7.45pm.
Brasserie Blanc re-opening party ,60 Threadneedle Street,Bank,London EC2.
A bit hidden away for a first time visitor as 60 Threadneedle Street itself is a huge new office block and
Brasserie Blanc is actually at the right side of it around the corner.
Brasserie Blanc in Threadneedle Street is a firm favourite in the area, with a bustling bar, friendly professional service, great French food, and an open kitchen adding a little theatre. All food is prepared from scratch by our skilled chefs, using the best possible ingredients, so you can order with confidence from our seasonal a la carte menu and our ever changing specials boards. The Menu Prix Fixe is currently not available in Threadneedle street. For meetings or special events, the mezzanine level with booth seating is perfect, and can be booked for exclusive use.
It has a great contemporary look and well worth a visit.
Complimentary prosecco,gin cocktails,wines,beers and as expected lots of lovely food including oysters.
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then we had a lovely walk over London Bridge checking out the great views along the river.
8pm to 10pm.
Walkers Crisps 'Bring It Back' launch party at Vinopolis, 1 Bank End,London SE1.
Crisp aficionados will be pleased to hear that Walkers are planning to revive a retro flavour from
their back catalogue of favourites.
But there's a catch, or a crunch if you will, only ONE flavour out of five popular retirees will stay back on the shelves.
And its up to you to decide.
What flavour would you bring back?
The British crisp giant are putting the decision to a public vote via their website.
The five flavours-beef and onion, cheese and chive, barbecue, lamb and mint and toasted cheese- are all back on shelves now but crisp fans must vote online to see their favourite flavour stay available.
And if any more incentive was needed to vote, £100,000 will be up for grabs for one lucky voter.
Around 200 folks are here at this retro themed party based on the 1980s and 1990s.
Football legend Gary Lineker was here with his son.
Gary has been the face of Walkers for around 20 years and has starred in all their tv adverts.
A fun party as we had space hopper racing,space invaders machines and pinball machines.
I had a few games of pinball which I love.
I never got around to buying a KISS pinball machine though I have played on one.
A dj is playing great tunes from the 1980s and 1990s.
Complimentary wines,beer,canapés and five staff on roller skates giving out the crisps themselves.
All guests got a goodie bag on leaving.