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Archive: January 2016
January 15, 2016
Thursday 14 January 2016...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 8.45pm.
Louis Vuitton for UNICEF - party at The Apartment, Louis Vuitton, 17-20 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Around 200 folks upstairs in the Apartment area of this luxury store.
I had a lovely chat with Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran who was super friendly and nice.
I talked about me working front stage security for Duran shows at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s
at the height of Duranmania and Nick told me who much he loves Hammersmith Odeon.
David Bowie was a big influence on Nick so he was still in shock over his death.
He said that Duran Duran had done a Canadian tour with David Bowie.
He also mentioned the many times he bumped into Lemmy in the 80s at The Embassy Club.
Nick said he was looking forward to the upcoming American Duran Duran tour.
Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Geldof and Lily Cole were on the dj decks.
Models including Billie JD Porter, Jean Campbell, Laura Bailey, Arizona Muse and Amber Le Bon
also attended in support of the #makeapromise movement, along with Bianca Jagger,Camilla Rutherford
and Chloe Delevingne.
Famous celebrity photographer Richard Young is taking photos of the celebs in one of the rooms.
Guests enjoyed complimentary Ruinart champers and canapés.
9pm to 12.45pm.
14 - opening party at 14 Leicester Square, London, WC2.
A new gentlemen's club opens in the heart of Leicester Square opposite Burger King.
It is around 200 yards up the road from rivals Platinum Lace.
Weirdly i used to visit this venue in the late 70s when it was a disco.
The venue has had a few different names over the past 35 years.
A nice buzzy vibe here with maybe 200 guests and 30 or 40 dancers.
Tonight the girls are just dancing topless in their lingerie and a few have a stage show
with fire ,big costumes , in a bubble bath etc.
They will be naked on future nights.
The club promises a female friendly venue and there are a few in the crowd tonight.
Soho club legend Philip Salon who was part of The Bromley Contingent in the punk era is here.
Also Jodie Harsh.
A full complimentary bar all evening including Moët champers,JD n cokes etc and canapés.
Very enjoyable event.
www.14lsq.co.ukVisit the website here for more info.
Thursday 14 January 2016.
Sad news that actor Alan Rickman has died aged 69 after suffering from cancer.
The British actor best known for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise
passed away in London. His family confirmed his death to The Guardian.
He also had memorable roles in films such as Love Actually and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Wednesday 13 January 2016...6.30pm to 8.45pm...
Great British Brands - magazine launch party at Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Around 300 very smartly dressed upmarket folks here.
Guests included style guru Peter York.
Held in a great setting as the background are items from Sotheby's Of Royal And Noble Descent
auction on 19 Jan which feature stunning antique furniture,paintings,sculptures,vases,clocks,silverware etc.
Guests enjoyed complimentary Nyetimber English sparkling wines,Sipsmith Gin Mule cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a nice goodie bag which included a cashmere scarf from JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN SCOTlAND
a pocket handkerchief from TURNBALL & ASSER and 50ml cologne from TRUFITT & HILL.
About the magazine.
Country & Town House, as its fans will already know, has long been a supporter of all things British, bringing to the attention of its readers whatever is best and finest, so the notion of producing a complete supplement dedicated to celebrating all the extraordinary crafts, design, technology and manufacturing skills that are found on our islands seemed like a natural extension of all that we stand for. What we hoped was that, by showcasing the work of well over a hundred of our very best British brands, we would not only give our readers some fascinating insights into all that British industry is up to but that it would become something of a bible for the industry itself.
It is a coffee table sized book as each of the 125 brands featured has two pages about them.
This magazine will be available at WH Smith,Waitrose and Sainsburys and selected newsagents and will also
be available in first class airport lounges and hotels.
The main Country & Town House monthly magazine is in stores priced at £3.60.
www.countryandtownhouse.co.ukVisit their website here.
Tuesday 12 January 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.45pm.
Champagne Life - VIP private view at Saatchi Gallery, King's Road, London, SW3.
This exhibition is an all-female show featuring 14 rising international artists.
It is on until 06 March.
A massive crowd of around 500 at this gallery space over multi-floors.
A few celebs here including Pattie Boyd and Kay Burley.
Following her stint in the jungle, Lady Colin Campbell joined Camilla Kerslake, Naughty Boy, Sally Bercow, Shinghai Shoniwa, Amanda Wakeley and Billie JD Porter at the VIP private view of Champagne Life. Supporting artists including Mia Feuer, Jelena Bulajic and Julia Dault, Vanessa Feltz and husband Ben Ofoedu joined Amber Rose Revah, Amara Karan, Becky Hill, Becky Tong, Bill Oddie, Emily Maitlis, Koo Stark, Mark Francis Vandelli, Victoria Baker Harber, Linzi Stoppard and Linda Barker to toast the launch of the exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. Other guests included Benedict Allen, Bertie Carvel, Bill Milner, Guy Pelly, George Newton, Jane Asher, Jemima West, Nick Helm and Lizzie Cundy.
Guests enjoyed complimentary Pommery champers.
www.saatchigallery.comVisit The Saatchi Gallery website here for more info.
8pm to 9.30pm.
QVC x Lisa Snowdon - jewellery collection launch party at Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square, London W1.
The shopping channel QVC is launching a jewellery collection with presenter Lisa Snowdon.
It is held at London's hottest new celeb restaurant Sexy Fish that opened in Oct 2015.
It is my first time here and it certainly has the wow factor and you can see how it rivals The Chiltern Firehouse.
Every night there are a few photographers outside waiting for celebs to turn up.
As you go in the bar is on the right and the 200 cover restaurant is on the left and it's full and buzzing.
The event is held downstairs in the private room that holds around 50 people.
This is where their famous pair of huge fish tanks are situated at each end of the room.
Lisa Snowdon is here being friendly and chatty to all and looking great.
Also here were Dave Berry and Ashley James.
Complementary presecco,a choice of two different cocktails and some very yummy food.
www.qvcuk.comVisit the QVC website for more info.
Tuesday 12 January 2016.
Public Image Limited have confirmed the dates for their UK and European Tour.
The London show will be at Indigo on 04 June 2016.
Tuesday 12 January 2016.
David Bowie's secret goodbye trip to UK.
Following his cancer diagnosis, it's revealed that in the summer of 2014 Bowie took wife Iman, 60, and daughter Lexi, 15, on a trip to London to visit all his childhood haunts. Iman said 'We flew in on the jet to Luton and every day we went and did different things and the press never knew. It's absurd this idea that celebrities can't be anonymous. We even went on the London Eye'.
Tuesday 12 January 2016.
Click on the picture link on the bottom of this page to see David Bowie 'Heathen ' cd album
cover picture signed by David Bowie to raysgigs at a HMV signing in 2002.
Click on The Sex Pistols link on the right for a great photo of a young Sid Vicious wearing a David Bowie
t-shirt in 1973.
Monday 11 January 2016...I went to three events tonight...
Day 4 of LONDON COLLECTIONS : MEN.
4.30pm to 5.30pm.
LCM The Grooming Room at Century Club,Shaftesbury Avenue,London WC1.
The Grooming Room is where press and guests from LCM can get complimentary treatments
and there are a few stands showcasing their items.
First I have a nice back and sides haircut trim from Michael from Vidal Sassoon St Paul's Salon.
Then a facial from the folks at Dermalogica.
I skipped having my nails done but the offer was there.
Then a couple of bowls of pasta from House of Godo,90 Piccadilly,London W1.
Then a browse at the stunning luxury shirts from A'Legions.
The attention to quality and detail is amazing.
At A'legions customers look smart and sophisticated even without the traditional accessories like ties and cufflinks. The use of Swarovski crystal buttons, and other elements, gives an understated sparkle and elegance, whilst the ready-to-wear double cuff solution, takes away the “faff” of a traditional double cuff, and the teaser “peel and reveal” corner cuffs offer a cheeky insight into what’s on the inside.
www.alegions.comVisit their website here.
6.30pm to 7.45pm and back again 9.15pm to 10.15pm.
LCM a/w 2016: Marks & Spencer and Shortlist - party at Rosewood Hotel, Holborn, London, WC1.
Around 300 folks here at this luxury hotel that has four or five big function areas.
David Gandy popped in for a few minutes before heading off elsewhere.
Shortlist magazine has the biggest circulation of any men's lifestyle magazine in Britain as it's given away free
at tube stations and many other places every week.
We have a dj playing some sounds in the background.
Complimentary Finlandia vodka cocktails,presecco,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
A very nice event.
8pm to 9pm.
LCM As usual SIR TOM BAKER goes off-piste with a catwalk show at The 100 Club.
Always cool to see a catwalk show at this famous club venue.
The catwalk is down the middle and there are folks seated and standing on both sides.
The catwalk lasted around 20 mins with lots of cool slim tailored outfits with a rock n roll edge to them.
Traditional training combined with natural flair has put him at the forefront of bespoke tailoring today. His ability and willingness to work closely with each and every customer has earned him a loyal following, attracting television personalities, musicians, actors, artists, captains of the industry and politicians to the door. These include Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Rhys Ifans, Jonathan Ross, Noel Fielding, John Cooper Clarke, Stephen Jones (milliner), Barry Manilow, Liam Howlett/Keith Flint of the Prodigy, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Roger Taylor (Queen) to name but a few.
www.tombakerlondon.comVisit his website here for more info.
9.15pm to 10.15pm.
Back to The Rosewood Hotel party as it was still rockin'.
Monday 11 January 2016.
Shock news that music legend David Bowie has died just a couple of days after his 69th birthday.
Bowie passed away yesterday following an 18 month battle with cancer.
He released his latest album 'Blackstar' last week (January 9) on his 69th birthday.
The official statement, published on Bowie's Facebook page, reads: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."
I saw him live around 15 times with the first time 40 years ago in 1976 at Wembley Arena.
He has kept a low public profile in New York the last 10 years and did not play any full shows in that period.
He last played live in 2006, when he appeared at a charity show in New York.
A couple of years ago i went to the opening night of his massive exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum.
On SKY tv his biographer Wendy Leigh said David Bowie had six heart attacks in the past year.
What with Lemmy passing away last week...music legends dying every week it seems...who's next?.
Sunday 10 January 2016...I went to two events tonight...
Day 3 of LONDON COLLECTIONS : MEN.
4pm to 5.30pm.
LCM Duchamp Presentation at Rosewood Hotel,Holborn,London WC1.
Around 150 fashions in this very nice hotel.
Ten male models are on the marble staircase wearing the latest collection.
The latest collection is called 'Code London'.
Founded in 1989, the London-based luxury goods business initially specialised in men’s accessories, characterised by bold colours and flamboyant designs. The introduction of clothing in 2011 was a decisive moment for Duchamp, putting it on a path towards becoming a true lifestyle brand.
Guests enjoyed Vodka Martinis and Gin with presecco cocktails.
www.duchamplondon.comVisit the Duchamp website here for more info.
6.30pm to 8.30pm.
LCM Gieves & Hawkes Presentation at 1 Saville Row,London W1.
Around 200 fashion folks in this store that is bigger inside than it looks from the outside.
Guests include British Fashion Council Ambassadors David Gandy(The UKs top male model) and Dermot O'Leary.
Also here was American designer Tommy Hilfiger.
Around a dozen male models are standing on podiums wearing the latest collection.
Gieves & Hawkes are a bespoke men's tailor and menswear line located at 1 Savile Row, London, founded in 1771 and owned by the Hong Kong conglomerate Trinity Ltd. Gieves and Hawkes is one of the oldest continual bespoke tailoring companies in the world. The company holds a number of Royal Warrants,and provides ready-to-wear as well as bespoke and military tailoring. The current creative director is Jason Basmajian, formerly of Brioni.
Complimentary Gusbourne English Sparkling Wines for all the guests.
www.gievesandhawkes.comVisit the Gieves & Hawkes website here.
Saturday 09 January 2016...8pm to 10pm...
Overdid it a bit last night so a more gentle evening tonight.
Day 2 of LONDON COLLECTIONS MEN.
LCM a/w 2016: Candid Magazine x The Grooming Room - launch party
at Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1.
Around 200 fashion folks on the top floor of this private members club.
A dj from Hoxton Radio is playing sounds in the corner.
Guests enjoyed some nice complimentary Chivas whiskey cocktails and Peroni beers.
Founded in 2011, Candid is a London-based menswear magazine founded by Danny Keeling and Joshua White. The magazine features a plethora of creative content, and boasts an international readership across 30 countries with primary markets in the USA, the UK, France, Germany and Australia. Already available for download from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, the magazine has their own website and is now out in print...price £7 from selected stores...
www.candidmagazine.comVisit the Candid Magazine website here.
LCM a/w 2016: Decoded by Diesel - campaign launch party in Shoreditch.
Apologies to the folks at Diesel as i could not get along as I accepted the invite before
realising it was at the same time as the above event and way over in Shoreditch.
Saturday 09 January 2016.
Another sad death to report.
BBC dj and tv presenter Ed Stewart has died at aged 74.
4th September 1967: on this date Ed was one of the ex-pirate radio disc jockeys who all joined the BBC.
Along with Pete Drummond, Mike Raven, Tony Blackburn, Dave Cash, Chris Denning, Duncan Johnson,
Mike Ahern, John Peel, Emperor Rosko, Mike Lennox, and Kenny Everett.
Friday 08 January 2016...I went to four events tonight...
Three events related to LONDON COLLECTIONS MEN(LCM) and a gig at The 100 Club.
Day 1 of LONDON COLLECTIONS MEN.
5.30pm to 6.30pm
LCM a/w PRIVATE WHITE VC presentation at Private White VC,73 Duke Street,London W1.
Around 150 smartly dressed mainly male folks here.
Presenter Dermot O'Leary popped in for a few minutes to get his photo taken.
He is one of The British Fashion Councils Ambassadors so can easily be rushing around to up to a
dozen events each day.
Downstairs half a dozen male models are standing on podiums wearing the clothing.
Brutus the Bulldog is wandering between the guests looking for scraps of dropped canapés.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Guests enjoyed Vodka Mule cocktails,wines,beers and canapés.
The Private White V.C. brand pays homage to its namesake WWI hero; Private Jack White. The clothing line has a subtle nod to Jack’s military legacy, with many items based on classic wartime pieces, updated with added functionality and detail for the modern man.
All clothing is expertly constructed by hand in the Private White V.C. Factory, Manchester, where garments are designed and developed using only the finest regionally sourced fabrics, trims and materials.
www.privatewhitevc.comVisit their website here.
6.45pm to 8.15pm
LCM a/w 2016: PRETTY GREEN x Jimi Hendrix Cinematic Presentation and Exhibition - private view at
The Apartment, The Hoxton Holborn, 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1.
For those of you that do not know PRETTY GREEN is Liam Gallagher's fashion label.
Around 150 folks here with a few mod looking types but sadly Liam is not here.
To celebrate 50 years since Jimi Hendrix arrived in London Pretty Green launch The Hendrix Collection
which is a tribute to Jimi's clothing style but with a modern interpretation.
We have video footage of Jimi Hendrix at Monterey on the big screen and there are some Jimi photos on
the wall along with the new collection which looks great.
Complimentary Jack Daniels n cokes and beers for all guests.
All guests got a nice cloth tote bag with Pretty Green logo on one side and Jimi Hendrix picture on the other
along with a couple of Jimi Hendrix prints.
www.prettygreen.comVisit their website here.
8.30pm to 11pm
Chelsea + Nick Cash(999)solo live at The 100 Club,London.
Tonight was part of the 10 day Resolution Festival at this venue to celebrate 40 years of punk.
A nice bill of two punk acts that were around in the punk heyday.
I have seen Chelsea around a dozen times since 1977.
I have seen 999 around 20 times since 1977.
I have a soft spot for 999 who have loads of simple catchy pop punk singles but never got the recognition
that the other punk bands got.
Tonight 999 singer Nick Cash is solo with electric guitar as their bass player is out of action due to a hip operation.
Nick takes to the stage at 8.50pm for a 45 mins set that went down really well.
Gems played included 'Inside Out','Feeling Alright With The Crew','Boiler','Obsessed','Emergency'
'Nasty Nasty' and 'Homicide'.
Nick played a couple of Johnny Thunders covers 'Pirate Love' and 'Born To Lose' and got a bit emotional
when talking about how many punk rockers like Johnny,The Ramones and others have passed away.
Chelsea take to the stage at 9.50pm for a 50 mins set.
They are fired up and whizz through loads of uptempo nuggets.
Setlist included 'How Do You Know','The Loner','No Flowers','War Across The Nation','Urban Kids',
'Evacuate' and their classic debut single 'Right To Work'...a really good set.
11.15pm to 12.15pm
LCM: Joshua Kane Bespoke - afterparty at Hotel Café Royal,The Regent’s Suite, 68 Regent Street, London, W1.
Around 200 fashion folks here at this luxury hotel but it was a bit too rammed for my liking.
I spotted Paul Wellers son Natt here who is a male model but hard to see if anyone else was here.
Joshua Kane is London’s definitive neo-dandy tailor, credited with making classic British-made suits the objects of desire that they once were. Kane cut his teeth at some of Britain’s most respected menswear houses Paul Smith, Jaeger and Burberry Prorsum before launching his eponymous luxury label in January this year.
A dj is playing tunes and complimentary Rose wines for all guests.
Friday 08 January 2016.
Happy Birthday to David Bowie who is 69 today.
David Bowie releases his new album 'Blackstar' on his birthday.
Thursday 07 January 2016...I went to two events tonight...
My first evening out in 2016.
December was nice and mild in London but now it's turned very chilly.
8pm to 9.15pm
LCM a/w 2016: The Library - The Perfect Man afterparty at The Library, 112 St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2.
This was a warm up event for London Collections Men that starts tomorrow.
Around 100 smartly dressed fashion folks here in this cosy private members club.
A dj is playing sounds in the background.
Some nice complimentary vodka martini cocktails for all guests.
then around the corner to see...
THE DANISH GIRL at Picturehouse Central,Piccadilly Circus,London W1.
This new multi-screen luxury cinema that opened last year is Londons coolest new cinema.
About the film...
The Danish Girl is a 2015 British biographical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by David Ebershoff and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener, Matthias Schoenaerts as Hans Axgil, and Ben Whishaw as Henrik.
The film lasts nearly two hours and is a very moving love story.
Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander are both superb in the lead roles.
The film/actors has been nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards and no doubt will get Oscar nominations too.
Well worth seeing.
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Tuesday 05 January 2016.
Another sad death to report.
Legendary Australian music mogul Robert Stigwood has died.
Stigwood, the man behind the careers of the Bee Gees and Cream, among others, was 81.
As well as becoming one of the rock world’s most revered agents and managers, Stigwood also produced musicals like Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, and movies including Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
He also co-produced The Who's rock opera film Tommy.
He also produced the film Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a 1978 American jukebox musical film that starred
Bee Gees,Aerosmith,Peter Frampton and others.
The film tells the loosely constructed story of a band as they wrangle with the music industry and
battle evil forces bent on stealing their instruments and corrupting their home town of Heartland.
Robert Stigwood began his long business friendship with Eric Clapton and Cream in the mid-1960s and produced the supergroup’s self-titled debut album.
He also briefly worked with The Who before merging his Reaction Records label with NEMS, which was founded by the Beatles manager Brian Epstein. After Epstein’s sudden death, Stigwood formed the Robert Stigwood Organisation, where he managed the Bee Gees and oversaw Clapton‘s post-Cream career.
RSO also produced musical theatre hits like Hair, Oh! Calcutta!, Pippin and Evita.
Sunday 03 January 2016...My best gigs and events in 2015...
Another great year as London was totally buzzing.
I went to 146 gigs in 2015 bringing my total to 6403 gigs seen by me since 1973.
On top of the gigs there was even more product launches,restaurant launches,bar launches,store launches,
gallery private views,fashion shows,theatre first nights,awards shows etc.
I will highlight a few of my faves here which could be for a variety of reasons...
My Top 20 gigs of 2015
1.Paul McCartney live at The 02 Arena on May 23 and 24.
Macca was my gig of the year with a lengthy setlist played each night with loads of Beatles classics played.
2.Prince live at Koko on 02 Feb.
A Prince secret gig.I was in balcony box vip area with freebie champers all night.
3.U2 live at The 02 Arena on Oct 29,Oct 30 and Nov 03.
Three mega shows with a stunning stage production and loads of great tunes.
4.KISS + Motley Crue + Slash + Billy Idol live at Download Festival on June 04.
The best bill of the year even though the big outdoor venue was not to my liking.
5.AC/DC live at Wembley Stadium on July 04.
A mega show by AC/DC even though the big outdoor venue not to my liking.
6.The Who live at the 02 Arena March 22 and The Royal Albert Hall on March 26.
Two brilliant shows but the Hyde Park show on June 26 not as good as outdoors.
7.David Gilmour live at The Royal Albert Hall on Sept 23 and 25 and Oct 03.
Three superb shows by DG with half the setlist Pink Floyd classics.
8.Rod Stewart & The Faces live in Surrey Sept 05 and Rod Stewart live at Hyde Park Sept 13.
Rod plays his first proper show with The Faces for over 30 years.
9.Motley Crue + Alice Cooper live at Wembley Arena on Nov 06.
Motley Crue play their last ever UK show with a stunning stage show and great support act.
10.Def Leppard + Whitesnake + Black Star Riders live at Wembley Arena on Dec18.
A fantastic three band classic rock package.
11.Queen with Adam Lambert live at Wembley Arena on Feb 24.
11.Sham 69 live at The 100 Club on Feb 27.
11.Fleetwood Mac live at The 02 Arena on June 27.
11.Lionel Richie live at The Henley Festival on July 09.
11.Scorpions + Saxon + Blue Oyster Cult live at Mote Park,Maidstone on July 25.
11.Jeff Lynne's ELO live at Porchester Hall on June 09.
11.Simple Minds + Stranglers live at The 02 Arena on Nov 26.
11.Judas Priest + Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock live at Brixton Academy on Dec 01.
11.Prodigy + Public Enemy live at Wembley Arena on Dec 05.
11.Kylie Minogue live at The Royal Albert Hall on Dec 11.
Special mention to all these bands i saw who played their first shows in London for over 30 years.
Rod Stewart & The Faces live at Hurtwood Park Polo Club,Surrey on Sept 05.
The Professionals live at The 100 Club on Oct 19.
Cherie Currie live at The Underworld,Camden on Nov 18.
Bay City Rollers live at Hammersmith Apollo on Dec 30.
Other great live bands just outside the Top 20 included 999,Slipknot,Jefferson Starship,Elbow ,Kaiser Chiefs,
Spandau Ballet,Stereophonics,Placebo,Korn,Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds,Saxon,UDO,Michael Monroe,
System Of A Down,Lynyrd Skynyrd,Status Quo - Aquostic,Nick Cave,Mike + The Mechanics,Eric Clapton,
Mark Knopfler,Toto,Glen Matlock,Beach Boys,The Professionals,Cherie Currie,Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga,
FFS,Richie Ramone,Morrissey,Public Image Limited,Leo Sayer,Mercury Rev,Tom Jones,Squeeze,
Bob Dylan and his band - 2 shows,Sunshine Of Your Love- Jack Bruce tribute evening,Godfathers,
ZZ Top,Thunder,Pet Shop Boys,Chaka Khan,Pete Townshend Quadrophenia Live,Nazareth,Monkees,
New Order,Bryan Ferry,Ronnie Spector,Waterboys,Duran Duran,Bay City Rollers,Bryan Adams,
Bernard Fowlers Allstars feat Glen Matlock,Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor,
Ronnie Wood book launch and QnA,an evening with Al Pacino,Joe Strummer Foundation event with
Jools Holland,Glen Matlock,Mick Jones,Chrissie Hynde,Suggs and others.
Also NME Awards,Warner Music Brit Awards afterparty,Q Awards,BMI Awards,
Top 6 other events that were not gigs...
1.Tom Ford 'Noir' fragrance launch party at The Chiltern Firehouse,Marylebone on 12 Jan...10.30pm to 2.30am..
A mega party at this celebrity haunt with a full open bar and great food and lots of celebs and nice goodie bag.
Celebs included Graham Norton,Paloma Faith,Lily Allen,Dermot O'Leary and Alexa Chung.
2.Harvey Weinstein BAFTA afterparty at Rosewood Hotel,Holborn on Feb 08...11.45pm to 4.30am...
A-list film producer hosts a massive party for 500 guests with a full open bar including champers and lots of great food.
Celebs included many actors plus Noel Gallagher,Kasabian,Nick Cave and others.
3.Mademoiselle Prive x Chanel exhibition preview at Saatchi Gallery,Chelsea on Oct 12...7.45pm to 12.30 pm...
A much bigger event than expected with 500 guests with a full open bar including champers and nice food.
The djs were Lily Allen and Jarvis Cocker.
Guests included Karl Lagerfeld,Rita Ora,Vanessa Paradis and Lily Rose Depp.
Cara Delevingne and St Vincent sung a few songs.
4.Sushisamba 3rd birthday at Sushisamba,Bishopsgate,London EC2 on Nov 10...9pm to 12.30pm...
A massive party for over 700 folks over floors 38,39 and 40 of this skyscraper by Liverpool Street station.
A full open bar including champers and lots of nice food and Grace Jones sung four songs.
5.Sunday Times Style Magazine Party at Tramp,Jermyn Street,London W1 on Dec 09...9pm to 2am...
Like last year this was a very lively party for over 300 folks at this famous club.
A full open bar including champers and lots of nice food.
Lots of dancing and a few celebs here including Graham Norton and Erin O'Connor.
6.Lanesborough Hotel re-launch party,Knightsbridge,London SW1 on Nov 25...6.15pm to 10.30pm...
Which is London's poshest hotel? The Ritz,The Dorchester,Claridge's...or maybe it's The Lanesborough.
Where as the other hotels hold events The Lanesborough rarely gets involved.
It it is super posh in here with an army of staff fussing over the 300 folks here.
A full open bar including champers and lots of lovely food in this amazing hotel.
Best new bar opening of 2015
Drake & Morgan , 6 Pancras Square,London N1.
Location is by St Pancras/Kings Cross.
A huge bar with a great vibe, great drinks,great food,great staff,a dance floor and alfresco area.
Saturday 02 January 2016.
Vive Le Rock magazine have listed their best re-issues of 2015.
1.Slade---When Slade Ruled The World 1971 - 1975...box set.
2.The Professionals 'The Complete Professionals'...3cd box set.
(The Professionals were the band Paul Cook and Steve Jones formed after The Sex Pistols split up).
In the shops from 29 Dec is a 40th anniversary of Punk special of Mojo magazine....£4.99.
With new interviews with the scene’s innovators, influencers and more, they examine how that seismic change in music came about with a month-by-month look at the fateful year, including Glen Matlock recalling the moment he first set eyes on the future Johnny Rotten.
Around 20 pages of interviews and pictures along with a classic Sex Pistols cover photo taken by Richard Young.
The magazine comes with a free 15 track cd by 1970s bands that influenced the early punk bands.
Expect loads of articles ,special events and gigs celebrating 40 years of Punk throughout 2016.
I saw plenty of punk gigs in 1976 when it all first kicked off.
Click on 1976 on the top left gigs list button for full info on bands,venues,dates etc.
Friday 01 January 2016.
Another sad death to report.
Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole, whose biggest hit came in a virtual duet with her late father, pop legend Nat King Cole, of his decades-old hit "Unforgettable," has died at the age of 65, her family said on Friday.
The family's statement said Cole died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles from "ongoing health issues."
Cole's career spanned five decades in the R&B, soul, jazz and pop genres. In 2015 she had cancelled appearances citing medical reasons.
Cole, who had struggled in the past with drugs, died from congestive heart failure following complications
from a kidney transplant and Hepatitis C, diagnosed in 2008.
I saw her live in concert in 1988,1989 and 1994.
Friday 01 January 2016.
Blur and Gorillaz star Damon Albarn has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal for services to music. The singer/songwriter joins the likes of Universal Music UK Chair and CEO David Joseph and actors James Nesbitt, Idris Elba, David Oyelowo, Barbara Windsor and Imelda Staunton among those saluted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Thursday 31 December 2015.
Bryan Adams live at Central Hall,Westminster,London.
Bryan Adams plays a NYE show across the road from Big Ben.
Tickets are £100 each and include two drinks vouchers.
This is the same 2000 capacity event where last year i saw Queen + Adam Lambert.
Most of the show will be live on BBC1 tv.
I have seen Bryan Adams over 20 times since 1985 including headline shows at Wembley Stadium in
1992 and 1996.
Like the Queen show last year it was a good advert by promoters Live Nation to flog a few more tickets
for follow up shows as Bryan Adams plays a full UK arena tour in May 2016.
It is a late start late finish here as it is a NYE gig.
I get to the venue at 10.30pm and most folks are already inside.
I pick up my ticket and two drinks vouchers for a bottle of beer and a glass of wine in the huge bar area.
At 11pm i go into the main room.
It is a great venue to see a band in although it does have its drawbacks tonight.
The floor standing area is rammed like last year as the tv cameras have taken up so much space.
Maybe 15 rows are squashed in like sardines and latecomers get a dodgy view at the sides.
Folks have to stand for over an hour like statues shoulder to shoulder in the middle section.
Not much fun when the BBC lights are blaring down at you.
I have a fantastic front row balcony dead centre seat in the vip reserved area for guests of the BBC,
promoters Live Nation and the band.
I am sitting next to the Live Nation rep for Bryan Adams who also looks after The Download Festival.
I mention to him that Black Sabbath or KISS would be great here for the next NYE show.
Bryan and the band arrive on stage all wearing jackets instead of their usual t-shirts.
There is a big screen showing live footage.
Like last year with Queen,Bryan Adams plays a much shorter set than usual.
It works out to a measly 60 mins on stage over two sets of 25 mins and 35 mins.
If i had paid £100 for a ticket I would feel well cheated for sure.
Lots of great simple catchy pop rock songs played that everyone can singalong too.
British soul singer Beverley Knight joins Bryan for a song and looks and sounds great.
Overall a great show but way too short for punters who had paid good money to be here.
Full setlist played...
Played in 2015
Do What Ya Gotta Do
Can't Stop This Thing We Started
Run to You
It's Only Love(with Beverley Knight)
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
When You're Gone
FIREWORKS DISPLAY FOR 15 MINS ON THE BIG SCREEN FROM THE RIVER THAMES.
Played in 2016
Brand New Day---ticker-tape cannons used for this song over stalls standing.
Summer of '69
You Belong To Me
Cuts Like a Knife
The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You
All for Love(Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting cover)
C'mon Everybody(Eddie Cochran cover)
Note: on stage for 60 mins over two sets of 25 mins and 35 mins
Wednesday 30 December 2015.
Bay City Rollers + Dirty Harry live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Scottish boy band who were massive in the 1970s re-unite with three original members.
This was the last show on the tour after dates in Glasgow,Edinburgh and Manchester.
They had ten Top 10 hits in the UK including two that topped the charts in the 1970s.
In their heyday The Bay City Rollers were to tartan what Status Quo were to denim.
The band rose to fame producing numerous top-10 hits, sellout tours and their own TV show before splitting in 1978, with bitter battles over money between band members and managers dragging on for decades.
Singer Les McKeown has been performing as “Bay City Rollers Starring Les McKeown,” who I have seen
a couple of times.
I pick up my seat ticket...it is Stalls H13...exactly the same seat where i first saw KISS at this venue in 1976.
Up first we have Dirty Harry who are a Blondie tribute act from Scotland.
They play a good 35 mins set of Blondie gems that went down well with the crowd.
The singer had some skimpy outfits and thigh high boots that looked the part.
During the interval 1970s classics are played over the PA and there is a great party atmosphere.
Bay City Rollers are on stage for 85 mins.
We have a big screen showing great videos and photos from their 1970s heyday.
The crowd stand up and rush down the front of stage from the start.
Their setlist was a great mix of all their hits,a few covers and even a new track was played.
During the show singer Les said "It's great to be back at this venue".
They headlined here a few times in the mid 1970s.
Back then as i lived 15 mins walk away i popped along to see what the Rollermania fuss was all about.
Screaming teenage girls wearing tartan everywhere,lots of police,barriers and overall pretty chaotic.
The girls are more middle aged now but there is still some screaming and plenty of tartan being worn.
I would say as expected maybe 90% females making up the crowd tonight.
Les teases the crowd asking "how many of you lay in your bedroom in the 70s staring at posters of us?".
The crowd are singing along to all the songs and the tartan scarfs are being waved.
Les shakes hands non-stop with girls down the front.
A new album will be out for Mothers Day and i would imagine more UK shows later in 2016.
A really enjoyable show and the BCR comeback was a total success.
Full setlist played tonight...
Summer Love Sensation
I Only Want to Be With You(Dusty Springfield cover)
Remember (Sha La La La)
Keep On Dancing(The Gentrys cover)
Love Me Like I Love You
Be My Baby(The Ronettes cover)
Give a Little Love
Rock 'n' Roll Honeymoon
The Bump(a b-side for BCR and this was a hit for Kenny)
Boomerang(upcoming new single from upcoming new album)
Loch Lomond(Traditional cover)
Too Young to Rock and Roll
All of Me Loves All of You
Have I the Right?(The Honeycombs cover)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling(The Righteous Brothers cover)
Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)(The Four Seasons cover)
Wednesday 30 December 2015.
After a couple of years of rumours looks like it will happen.
Axl Rose will reunite Guns N Roses with Slash and Duff McKagan to headline Coachella in 2016.
Billboard reports that the band will headline the two weekends of Coachella on April in Indio, California.
A 25 date North American tour is expected to be announced soon as well.
Guns N Roses dropped their first official hint of a reunion on their website last week and had a cryptic trailer
running in movie theatres in the USA with the ‘Stars Wars’ movie.
The last show Slash played with Guns N Roses was on July 17, 1993 at River Plate in Buenos Aires.
They would be perfect as headliners for Reading/Leeds Festivals.
Looks like that the rest of the band will be Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Dizzy Reed and
not Matt Sorum, Steve Adler and Izzy Stradlin.
Adler and Stradlin played on the first GNR album ‘Appetite For Destruction’ in 1986. Dizzy Reed and
Matt Sorum surfaced for the ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums in 1991.
Tuesday 29 December 2015.
Another sad death to report.
John 'Brad' Bradbury, drummer of Two Tone group The Specials, has died at the age of 62.
The news was announced by the band via Twitter.
It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world's greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP.
Bradbury's family said in a statement, "It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John "Brad" Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28th of December.
"Brad's drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound. He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979.
"He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day. His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike. It is the family's sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately."
The Specials were another band I have seen over 20 times with the first time in 1978 supporting The Clash.
Tuesday 29 December 2015.
A bonafide rock legend passes away....Lemmy...
I suppose it had to happen sooner or later given the health problems he had over the past two years.
Some would say "how did he manage to get to age 70 given all the rock n roll excess he enjoyed".
Motorhead singer Lemmy Kilmister, whose gravelly vocals and bass playing helped define the British heavy metal sound of the 1970s and '80s, has died at the age of 70.
Born December 24, 1945, Kilmister played bass with space rock pioneers Hawkwind before forming Motorhead in 1975.
His death was confirmed on the band's official Facebook page.
"There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th... We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words," the post read.
Kilmister's death comes just a month after former Motörhead drummer Phil Taylor passed away at 61.
I saw Lemmy with Motörhead over 40 times since 1975.
So many amazing Motörhead shows at Hammersmith Odeon in their 1980s heyday.
Dig out your Motörhead albums in tribute and PLAY LOUD.
Monday 28 December 2015.
Lots of events and tv specials over the past week for the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra.
Frank passed away in 1998.
I saw Frank Sinatra live in 1980 at The Royal Albert Hall.
Monday 28 December 2015.
Basketball legend sadly passes away.
Meadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of basketball’s barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83.
Lemon’s wife and daughter confirmed to the team that he died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona. Globetrotters spokesman
Brett Meister said Monday. Meister did not know the cause of death.
Though skilled enough to play professionally, Lemon instead wanted to entertain, his dream of playing for the Globetrotters hatched after watching a newsreel of the all-black team at a cinema house when he 11.
Lemon ended up becoming arguably its most popular player, a showman known as much for his confetti-in-the-water-bucket routine and slapstick comedy as his half-court hook shots and no-look, behind-the-back passes.
A sign of his crossover appeal, Lemon was inducted to both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the
International Clown Hall of Fame.
“My destiny was to make people happy,” Lemon said as he was inducted into the basketball hall
as a contributor to the game in 2003.
Lemon played for the Globetrotters during the team’s heyday from the mid-1950s to the late-1970s, delighting fans with his skills with a ball and a joke. Traveling by car, bus, train or plane nearly every night, Lemon covered nearly 4 million miles to play in over 100 countries and in front of popes and presidents, kings and queens. Known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball,” he averaged 325 games per year during his prime, that luminous smile never dimming.
Monday 28 December 2015.
Just in case you have never came across this great website dedicated to the legendary Scottish venue
The Glasgow Apollo that ran from 1973 to 1985.
Many major acts played there as the bands i saw at Hammersmith Odeon back then would also include
playing The Glasgow Apollo on their UK tour.
Also listed are shows played there under its previous name of Greens Playhouse.
www.glasgowapollo.comVisit their website here.
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