Archive: November 2016

November 21, 2016

Sunday 20 November 2016.
Sex Pistol Glen Matlock attended The Olympia Music Fair today.

Sunday 20 November 2016.
The Steve Jones interviews and reviews related to his book are starting to come in.
The Daily Mirror and The Guardian newspapers gave it decent reviews.
Also a great transatlantic 20 mins plus phone interview on BBC Radio 5 live.
Check website link on the right to listen to it and read the reviews.

Saturday 19 November 2016...7pm to 10pm...
CLARIDGE'S - Christmas Tree launch party - Claridge's, Brook Street,London W1.
Always nice to be at this famous five star luxury hotel...cheapest rooms are £450 a night...
Over 250 folks here on the first floor area above the Christmas Tree that's set within the entrance staircase.
Sir Jony Ive the British designer behind many of Apple's iconic products will work with his chum and
collaborator Marc Newson to decorate the five-star Mayfair hotel for the festive season.
I have been to this annual event a few times over the past decade and it has always been on a
Wed or Thurs but this year for some reason it is held on a Saturday night.
A few well known faces here including...
NICK MASON - Pink Floyd drummer - told me he was busy with the 2017 Pink Floyd exhibition at the V & A.
WOODY HARRELSON - actor - told me he is in London to make his directorial debut with a film called Lost in London.
He talks just like he does in Cheers...very laid back....I saw him chatting to Nick Mason for a bit...
Also here were the tree's designers Marc Newson and Sir Jony Ive.
Also here were Sir Paul Smith,Suzy Menkez,Lily Cole,Stephen Jones,Lady Kitty Spencer,Matthew Freud,
Charlotte Tilbury,Laura Bailey,Nicolas Kirkwood ,Sam McKnight and no doubt a couple of faces i missed.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,Gin cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.
Always a good event. the Claridge's Hotel website here for more info.
The Rolling Stones were on Channel 4 tv Saturday night...
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America is a feature documentary that follows The Rolling Stones’ tour of early 2016 through 10 Latin American cities. The film combines electrifying live performances from across the tour and from their historic tour finale as the first ever rock band to perform in Havana, with an intimate insight into the world of The Rolling Stones.
A great mix of live footage and band member interviews.
The South American crowds are pretty crazy compared to jaded 'seen it all before' London crowds.
Great how Mick Jagger makes an effort to say a few words in the local language of each country.

Saturday 19 November 2016.
Another sad death to report.
Sharon Jones, lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, has died at the age of 60.
The singer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 but went into remission nine months later. However, at last year’s premiere of a film about her life, Miss Sharon Jones!, she revealed that the cancer had sadly returned.
I saw her perform at The Shepherds Bush Empire in 2012.

Friday 18 November 2016.
WILLIAM BELL + TONY MOMRELLE live at The Barbican,London.
Now aged 77 William Bell was a long-time recording artist for Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s.
He co-wrote Billy Idol's 1986 hit "To Be a Lover", which was first a hit for Bell under its original title "I Forgot to Be Your Lover", and the blues classic "Born Under A Bad Sign", popularised by both Albert King and Cream.
He had two top 40 hits in the UK which were both in 1968.
His new album 'This Is Where I Live' heralds William Bell's return to Stax, the label on which he made his name – and the “This” of the title is soul music itself. William Bell, 77, is of impeccable soul vintage.
This show was part of The London Jazz Festival.
TONY MOMRELLE and his band arrived on at stage at 7.30pm and played for 35 mins.
Tony Momrelle is currently one of the singers with Brit soul/funk band Incognito.
He released an album called 'Keep Pushing' last year which he is promoting tonight.
He is backed by seven musicians which included a brass section.
The set bounced along nicely with some catchy soul songs including...
Love Me Again
Keep Pushing
Remember (he performed it on Jools Holland tv show last month)
Pick Me Up
WILLIAM BELL and his band arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
He was backed by an eight piece band including a brass section and female backing singer.
William Bell’s voice and the warm Stax sound are intact. But – as is clear from the first lines of track 'The Three of Me', in which the narrator looks at past, present and future versions of himself – his mastery of the craft of songwriting is also undimmed. 'Poison in the Well' is quintessential Bell, addressing universal themes with simple words and familiar images. His tragic hero is fatally weakened by a lover: “She put poison in the well and I drank it.”
He told some stories on the ups and downs of his career including when he was called to join the military
in America just as he had some success and then he could only watch as other soul singers would get
more popular than he was.
He said "Born Under a Bad Sign" ( written by Booker T. Jones and William Bell ) was covered by
Homer Simpson on the album 'The Simpsons Sing The Blues' which he said sold over 3 million copies
and some wag in the crowd shouted out..."Kerching".
His soul vocals with a hint of blues were great and the overall sound of the band was top notch.
A really enjoyable show.
The crowd gave him a full standing ovation at the end.
Tracks played included...
The Three Of Me ( his new single)
Poison In The Well
Mississippi-Arkansaw Bridge
Trying To Love Two
I Will Take Care Of You
This Is Where I Live
Everybody Loves A Winner
Private Number
Every Day Is Like A Holiday
Eloise (Hang On In There)
You Don't Miss Your Water ( check out a nice video on YouTube where he sings it for President Obama at
The White House and his band features Booker T Jones on keyboards)
I Forgot To Be A Lover
Born Under A Bad Sign
After the show William Bell signed copies of his new album in the foyer.

Thursday 17 November 2016.
STEVE JONES (Sex Pistols guitarist) autobiography is released today.
'Lonely Boy : Tales From A Sex Pistol'.
Retail price is £20 but click on my Amazon link above to buy it for £13.60.
The publisher describes the guitarist's life as a "modern Dickensian tale." Jones was born in West London in 1955 and grew up not knowing who his father was, all the while facing abuse from his stepfather. He supported himself with thievery, but turned his life around after falling in love with the glam rock of David Bowie and Roxy Music.
Also his love for Rod Stewart & The Faces and Mott The Hoople.
In 1972, he decided to form a band – originally named Kutie Jones and His Sex Pistols – with drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Wally Nightingale. He served as the group's singer and would pick up guitar after Nightingale's departure at the insistence of manager Malcolm McLaren, who brought in a vocalist whom Jones dubbed "Johnny Rotten." They'd record Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols in 1977 and break up the next year.
He had some romps with Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders which i think was also mentioned in her recent book.
The book will chronicle Jones' "self-imposed exiles" in New York and Los Angeles, where he worked through alcohol, heroin and sex addictions. It will also touch on his solo recordings (1987's Mercy and 1989's Fire and Gasoline), and his work as a record producer (Joan Jett's Bad Reputation, Buckcherry) and as an actor (Californication, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains).
Also talking about Sex Pistols gigs from the old days up until their last shows in 2008.
Steve said that the amazing show at Hammersmith Apollo in 2008 was one of the best ever because
(like me) he had a lot of history related to that venue as he nicked equipment from bands there in the 1970s.
Steve said "he like many of the locals would sneak in for free through the maze of tunnels and fire exits".
I would say 9 out 10 shows in the 1970s at Hammersmith Odeon I got in that way...great days...
That's why i ended up seeing so many legends from different genres from rock ,punk,soul,jazz,country,blues,pop etc.
He insists that he has a different tour bus to John Lydon so he can avoid his tantrums.
Steve ,Paul and Glen travel in one tour bus and John and his manager Rambo are in another tour bus.
He has given up all his addictions...except eating...and it shows.
On The Sex Pistols possible re-union shows for 2017 he says "I cannot see us doing it for scraps
but if we get offered Rolling Stones type money we might do it, who knows".
Jones lives in Los Angeles and hosts the radio program Jonesy's Jukebox on 95.5 KLOS FM,
Mondays through Fridays, between noon and 2:00 p.m.
I went to the same school as Steve Jones and Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook in White City,Shepherds Bush.
They were three years old than me but I was aware they were in a band which is how I
saw them play three times in 1976.
I still report on Sex Pistols related topics for
The Sex Pistol classic single 'God Save The Queen' was released on 27 May 1977- my 18th birthday...
Many thanks to the publishers who sent me a copy of the book that arrived on the release date.
They confirmed that Steve will sadly NOT be coming to the UK for any signings etc.
Steve has signed 1500 inserts that will be making their way to UK stores.
Most are going to Waterstones stores and a few to Rough Trade East.

Thursday 17 November 2016.
41 years ago this week on 18 Nov 1975 and 24 Nov 1975 i attended both the
debut UK shows by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band which were at Hammersmith Odeon.
These shows have gone down in rock n roll folklore.

Thursday 17 November 2016.
Fred Perry filmed all of The Specials at The Troxy on Wed 16 November and have put
it all up on the Fred Perry Facebook page.

Wednesday 16 November 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.30pm
SKETCH - Christmas installations launch party - 9 Conduit Street,London W1.
After her exhibit at Sketch's first Mayfair Flower Show, florist Carly Rogers return to create a forest-inspired entrance called 'Hollow Way'. She last blanketed sketch's iconic bathroom with a woodland creation, building an ecosystem of moss, shrub, ferns and plants together. For winter, the restaurant will echo the chill by carpeting the bathroom with snow-covered shrubs in 'Let It Snow'. Another welcome return is JamJar, a bespoke florist duo made up of i-D magazine designer, Jocelyn Lloyd and former Take 2 Models Director, Melissa Richardson. After designing an upside down meadow for Sketch's champagne bar at the flower show, they're back to create a woodland bar at the Glade, where afternoon tea or cocktails are served in the duo's 'The Faraway Tree'.
Sketch is a great venue I have been to a few times before.
A big crowd over two rooms ,with a dj in their circular bar area.
Complimentary Pommery champers and canapés for all guests.
sketch.londonVisit the Sketch website here for more info.
DEACON BLUE live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Scottish band Deacon Blue play a sold out London show on their UK tour to promote new album 'Believers'.
They had 16 Top 40 hits in the UK.
They were massive in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I saw them several times at Hammersmith Odeon in their heyday when i worked there.
Deacon Blue arrive on stage at 8.30pm and play for 2 hours 10 mins.
A great atmosphere here as half the crowd seem to be Scots folks who now live in London.
Also they have sold four rows behind the stage which does not happen that often at rock/pop gigs here.
After a few songs all the crowd are standing up and singing along to their big catchy hits.
Singer Ricky Ross is mingling with fans down the front.
Their big 'Dignity' is played with the house lights on.
A really good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Come Awake
Your Town
The Rest
Chocolate Girl (with The Human League's Human snippet)
Your Swaying Arms
This Is A Love Song
Real Gone Kid
The Believers
Twist and Shout
Cover From the Sky
Love and Regret
Delivery Man
Bethlehem's Gate
Wages Day
Fergus Sings the Blues
That's What We Can Do
Born in a Storm
When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)
Covers medley
Queen of the New Year
Encore 2:
Dream Baby (Roy Orbison cover)

Tuesday 15 November 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.45pm
LYON & TURNBULL - Auction highlights private view - La Galleria , Pall Mall, London SW1.
Operating since 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are one of the longest established fine art and antiques
auction houses in the United Kingdom.
They are showcasing paintings,jewellery and watches that will be in their next auction.
Around 100 guests here including Nancy Dell'Olio.
Complimentary Springbank whisky drinks,wines and canapés for all guests.
www.lyonandturnbull.comVisit their website here for more info.
8.30pm to 11pm
KITTY HAWK - Restaurant launch - 11 South Place, Moorgate ,London EC2.
The Kitty Hawk designed by the internationally renowned Russell Sage Studio. An elegant and sophisticated mix of bar, restaurant, casual dining and café culture, with a ‘touch’ of retail.
Offering 450 covers, with two bars, an all-day dining counter, open grill restaurant,
separate coffee / deli shop and private dining room.
Kitty Hawk is a huge space with the main bar at ground level and the main dining room downstairs.
This multi-million pound building looks amazing i must say.
As it is near Liverpool Street the area is full of top notch restaurants & bars to attract The City crowd.
For starters i have a Duck Salad and a Crab Salad.
For mains i have a Steak with sides of Boulangere Potatoes and Grilled Mushrooms with Garlic.
For dessert i have Lemon Cheesecake & Ice Cream.
The quality of the food was excellent and the staff did a good job.
The ambience,decor and vibe was great and the background music was just at the right level.
A very enjoyable evening.

Monday 14 November 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 9.30pm
SAKAGURA - restaurant launch party - Sakagura, 8 Heddon Street,London W1.
This Japanese restaurant is a few yards from the Blue Plaque that is in this street
in tribute to the David Bowie album cover picture for 'Ziggy Stardust' which was taken in Heddon Street.
Sakagura is the latest London restaurant from The Japan Centre Group (they're also behind Shoryu Ramen).
This new place also sees them linking up with some other partners - including The Araki so it'll be a much
more high-end venture for them than before.
Serving a Southern Japanese menu, by their Executive Chef Kanji Furukawa and Head Chef Jin Yackshin. It'll primarily be serving ‘Washoku’ which uses rice, miso and fish in each meal.
They'll also have Hakata yakitori, grilled skewers, hand-made udon and soba noodles and freshly made sushi.
As for what's on the menu? First up is the Hakata yakitori, including:
Kurobuta – Berkshire black pork belly with halen mon sea salt
Tuna Nigiri Sushi – freshly prepared tuna sushi hand brushed with soy sauce
Wagyu Steak – Japanese wagyu beef steak served with hojiso
Next up is the sushi and sashimi and larger dishes including:
Maguro Avocado Tartare with Cotswold Legbar yolk and yuzu lemongrass
Kampachi Carpaccio – yellowtail served with house sudachi dressing
Tiger Ebi – tiger prawns with moshio salt & lemon
Lobster – fresh lobster served on individual Japanese shichirin stoves.
They also have Shokado Bento which has seven dishes: sashimi, agemono, tofu, salad, yakimono, seasonal rice & miso soup
For the drinks, there will be a sake bar run by sake company Gekkeikan - so expect a big range there served in masu cups - and there will be sake-based cocktails there too (including Whisky Risky – a herbal blend of Hakushu 12-year whisky, green Chartreuse, Namazake, citrus fruits and mint leaves).
And as for the look of the place, they're going for contemporary Japanese, with small booths or a large kappo counter to sit at, watching the chefs in action.
All the seats got taken pronto as it was a 6pm start and it got pretty crowded for standing folks.
We had Japanese drummers playing a couple of short sets.
At 7.15pm we had speeches from the owners.
Lots of Japanese folks here...and a lot of bowing.
Lots of complimentary champers,sake based cocktails,wines,beers and very tasty food.
All guests got a complimentary bottle of Gekkeikan Sake on departure.
Really enjoyable evening here.
www.sakaguralondon.comVisit the SAKAGURA website here for more info.
10.15pm to 11.30pm
SCHOOL OF ROCK - afterparty - Tropicana Beach Club, Parker Street,London WC2.
This party was held after next door to the main event which was at The New London Theatre.
Based on the iconic, hit movie, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight –A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?
A big crowd of around 400 folks here including lots of school kids from the show.
TV presenter Mylene Klass was among VIPs out to celebrate the opening night of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest hit theatrical production, School of Rock: The Musical at New London Theatre. The musical maverick was joined by his wife Madeleine Gurdon and co-creator Lord Julian Fellowes as well as a host of high profile guests including, notably, Sir Cliff Richard, as well as Jimmy Carr, David Baddiel, Arlene Phillips, Jodie Kidd, David Haye, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Sophie Ellis-Bextor ,Vogue Williams and Janet Street-Porter.
I chatted to leading live music booking agent John Giddings (U2,Madonna,Iggy Pop and others) here.
I said "Surely Sting will be playing more than one London show?'.
John replied "You should be writing the script for my next Sting press release".
We had a live band playing some covers.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
Also outside the venue were trendy street food trucks with full size portions of Mac n Cheese,
Pie & Mash and BBQ Pulled Pork Rolls.
It was still in full swing when we left as it was due to finish at 1am.
uk.schoolofrockthemusical.comVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.

Monday 14 November 2016.
David Gilmour 'too old' to tour.
Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour says he's 'too old' to tour any more. The musician played his last concert to promote his solo album Rattle that Lock, at the Royal Albert Hall in September
and told The Daily Mail 'I have finished touring and I'm now in retirement, and very happily so.
I'm 70 and you just can't do this sort of thing for ever'.

Sunday 13 November 2016.
Another sad death to report.
Leon Russell, who played anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a much-in-demand studio pianist in the 1960s before emerging in the '70s as one of rock 'n' roll's most dynamic performers, died on Sunday at the age of 74, according to his website.
Russell, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, his wife said in a statement on the website.
I saw Leon Russell play live at The Jazz Cafe in London in August 2010.
Sir Elton John left tributes to American singer/songwriter Leon Russell who died in his sleep at the age of 74 over the weekend. The Rocket Man, who wrote the 2010 album The Union with Russell, said 'My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. Thank God we caught up and made The Union... I loved him and always will'.

On 13 November 2015 tragedy forced the Paris venue Le Bataclan to close its doors. The venue was a target of a series of organised terrorist attacks which took place across the French capital and resulted in the deaths of 130 people.
89 people died at Le Bataclan while attending The Eagles of Death Metal concert.
The venue re-opens this week on the first anniversary of the attacks.
We remember the music fans that went out to see a live band and never came back.

Saturday 12 November 2016.
JIM DAVIDSON live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Jim Davidson plays the second of two shows at The Beck Theatre.
62 year old 'old school' comedian and tv presenter who was very popular in the late 1970s,1980s and 1990s.
Jim is on a '40 Years in Showbiz' UK tour.
Jim Davidson is firmly established as one of Britain's top stand-up comedians and he was well known to TV viewers as host of BBC TV game shows Generation Game and Big Break. He received an OBE for his services to charity and has three coveted Showbusiness Personality of The Year' Awards - from the Variety Club of Great Britain; The Grand Order of Water Rats and Comic Heritage.
Jim Davidson is now on wife number five.
Jim Davidson was on stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 75 mins.
Obviously this show comes under 'if you are easily offended please stay away'.
It was not just jokes as we had pretty much his entire life story punctuated with some hilarious jokes.
Sure it was very smutty and a bit racist at times but also quite emotional as he went through
the ups and downs of his life and career with complete honesty.
Themes covered included...
His childhood days growing up in South East London.
His Scottish dad being a heavy drinker, as were many of his relatives.
His career taking off in the mid 1970s with the New Faces tv talent contest.
In the early 1970s Jim was a big fan of Emerson,Lake & Palmer and Tomika.
When he became famous Jim said he hung out with Keith Emerson and Bill Wyman at Tramp night club.
Keith Emerson ended being Best Man at two of Jim's weddings.
Jim Davidson hosted The Generation Game (UK TV family quiz show) for several years and got
ELP more exposure as he got the ELP track Welcome Back My Friends used as the show's theme tune.
In the 80s Jim had huge parties at his Wentworth mansion with various rock stars attending.
Jim was one of the first people Keith's wife called when Keith Emerson passed away recently.
Jim said a few words at the funeral.
Jim has given a house to all his ex wives.
On 2 January 2013, as Davidson was set to become a housemate in the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother, he was arrested at Heathrow Airport by police officers working on Operation Yewtree.On 20 March, he was arrested again over new allegations of sexual offences. On 21 August, however, it was announced that no further action would be taken in relation to the allegations of historic sex abuse, due to insufficient evidence.
The following year he would eventually go on Celebrity Big Brother and win it.
Surprisingly Brexit and Donald Trump barely got a mention tonight.
Some of the jokes were very naughty but overall a very enjoyable evening.
This has to be mentioned as it is a huge gesture.
During the interval Jim signs his cds and books and ALL THE MONEY from these sales goes
to a charity which supports war heroes rehabilitation.
www.careaftercombat.orgVisit the Care After Combat website here for more info.

Saturday 12 November 2016.
The auction of David Bowies art collection at Sotheby's on Nov 10 and Nov 11 has been a massive
success with total sales totalling an incredible £32.9m.

Friday 11 November 2016.
Ian Hunter & The Rant Band + Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwarz live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Ian Hunter still rockin' at the grand old age of 77.
He is promoting his new album 'Fingers Crossed' which includes the great single 'Dandy'
which is dedicated to David Bowie who of course wrote the 1970s classic 'All The Young Dudes'.
As a fourteen year old I saw his band Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon (now Apollo)
with a support band called Queen...yes that Queen.
This was the first of over 2000 shows i have seen at this legendary venue.
I have seen Ian Hunter solo around a dozen times and i was at all of Mott The Hooples five
re-union shows at Hammersmith Apollo in 2009.
The venue is all seated in the stalls which is pretty rare.
They must think the mainly over 50s folks here don't like standing up for three hours...ain't that the truth...
We have special guests who are only playing on the London show of Ian Hunters UK tour.
In the summer of 1975, Graham Parker joined forces with ex-members of three British pub-rock bands to form Graham Parker and the Rumour. The new group included Parker (lead vocals, guitar) and Brinsley Schwarz (lead guitar).
I saw Graham Parker as a headline act and as a support act to the likes of Thin Lizzy and Bob Dylan.
GRAHAM PARKER DUO Feat BRINSLEY SCHWARZ arrive on stage just after 8pm and play for 50 mins.
They play a Graham Parker Best Of set to promote his recent box set 'These Dreams Will Never Sleep 1976-2015'.
Highlights of the good set included...
Fools Gold
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Stick To Me
Under the Mask (Of Happiness)
Long Emotional Ride
Heat Treatment
New York Shuffle
Don't Let It Bring You Down/Here Comes The Sun
Hold Back The Night
Hey Lord,Don't Ask Me Questions
IAN HUNTER & THE RANT BAND arrive on stage at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.
Ian Hunter looking much younger than his age of 77 and still wearing his trademark shades.
He plays a great mix of tracks from his current band as well as Ian Hunter solo and those
fantastic Mott The Hoople classics from the 1970s.
All the crowd stand up from their seats from the third song onwards.
His recent David Bowie tribute single 'Dandy' really is a brilliant tune.
He was joined by Graham Parker for the last two songs including a stunning 'All The Young Dudes'
with all the crowd singing along.
A great show.
Full Ian Hunter setlist played tonight...
That's When The Trouble Starts
Once Bitten Twice Shy (Ian Hunter cover)
When I'm President
The Truth, the Whole Truth, Nuthin' but the Truth (Ian Hunter cover)
Cleveland Rocks (Ian Hunter cover)
All American Alien Boy (Ian Hunter cover)
Fingers Crossed
Honaloochie Boogie (Mott the Hoople cover)
Just Another Night (Ian Hunter cover)
Bow Street Runners
Shrunken Heads (Ian Hunter cover)
American Spy (Ian Hunter cover)
Michael Picasso (Ian Hunter cover)
23A, Swan Hill (Ian Hunter cover)
Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground cover)
All the Way From Memphis (Mott the Hoople cover)
All the Young Dudes (David Bowie cover) (with Graham Parker)
Goodnight, Irene (Lead Belly cover) (with Graham Parker)

Friday 10 November 2016.
Very sad news that Leonard Cohen has passed away.
Leonard Cohen, the baritone-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter who seamlessly blended spirituality
and sexuality in songs like Hallelujah, Suzanne and Bird on a Wire, has died at age 82,
his son said late on Thursday.
I first saw him live in 1985 at Hammersmith Odeon but like Brian Wilson he played quite a few times
over here in the past was always must see show of total quality...

Thursday 09 November 2016...I went to two events in East London tonight...
6.30pm to 7.45pm
GRAND TRUNK ROAD - Restaurant launch - 219 High Road,South Woodford,London E18.
It's the first solo venture from Rajesh Suri, formerly of Mayfair's Tamarind, plus Imli and Zaika,
who'll be joining forces once more with head chef Dayashankar Sharma.
Authenticity and traditional cooking methods will be the focus here, with an emphasis on regional dishes that would have been consumed in the towns that line the Grand Trunk Road, a 1600 mile long route that spans from Bangladesh to Afghanistan. "I want to remind people of the intricate, fragrant roots of Indian food," said Rajesh.
Diners will be able to choose from the crusted scallops with roasted red pepper, garlic and tomato chutney, or the ground lamb with mint, ginger and seven spice mix. You'll also be able to try Cornish lobster with three types of pepper, mixed mushrooms and fenugreek, while vegetarians have been promised a "lusciously fragrant take on healthy eating". Or, if you're in a big group and in the mood to really go all in, try the Sikandari Raan, a whole slow-braised leg of lamb served at your table, with sweet onion, cashew nut and almond sauce and side dishes.
All guests enjoyed complimentary prosecco,Cobra beers and tasty canapés. their website here for more info.
8.30pm to 10.30pm
COLLETTE COOPER 'Perfect Girl' - Single release launch party - at
Gresham Blake Shoreditch Atelier ,143 Commercial Street,London E1.
Collette Cooper is a singer/songwriter/actress currently working on her debut album, City of Sin,
and has completed several music videos.
Collette has performed at several fashion, charity and awards shows.
Collette is here tonight and the video of the single is being shown on big screens.
BBC Radio 1 morning show presenter Nick Grimshaw was the dj here tonight.
A cool looking crowd at this menswear store who included actress Sadie Frost.
Complimentary drinks included my fave drink - Jack Daniels with honey and ice.
Also Ridgeview English sparkling wines,Brighton Gin & Tonics and beers.

Wednesday 09 November 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.45pm
PISTE WINTER BAR - Launch Party - 3/4 Archer Street,Soho,London W1.
This venue is located just behind all the theatres in Shaftesbury Avenue.
Decked out with all the luxuries of a ski lodge, Piste bar offers the perfect après-ski environment for all those missing the slopes during the winter season. Cosying up next to the fire on the fur-lined loungers with a festive cocktail, this venue provides the perfect wintry escape from the cold outside. Piste is an unforgettable destination for events, with its perfect balance of luxury and comfort.
The banquette style booths and alcoves set alongside the reclaimed rafter boards give the venue its rustic-chic feel. The quirky mirrors and wall coverings compliment the long reclaimed metal bar, which provides a stunning focal point to the room.
With a maximum capacity of 250 people, the flexible floor plan of Piste Bar provides the perfect venue for both intimate and large scale events.
We take up a nice cosy position in one of the alcoves.
The dj is playing popular 80s hits.
The talented team of drinks servers and bar staff entertain guests sporadically throughout the evening
with live singing performances of show tunes,Disney tunes and well known covers.
We enjoy complimentary Billecart-Salmon champers and a choice of five different cocktails with
ski-ing related names along with some canapés.
A nice buzzy atmosphere and the staff were great at getting drinks for you so you did not leave your seat.
The cocktails are normally priced around £12....and there is no Happy Hour. their website here for more info.
9pm to 11pm
DUM BIRYANI HOUSE - Restaurant launch - 187 Wardour Street,Soho, London W1.
A small entrance leads us down to this casual dining restaurant in the basement.
It is decked out in an Indian Art Deco style with Indian paintings and drawings on the walls.
Owner is Dhruv Mittal who's got a good background behind him, having worked at The Fat Duck, Hibiscus and Sat Bains. The food itself is mainly focused on Telugu Cuisine from the regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in South India. And the Hyderabadi Biryani is at the centre of it. The name of the restaurant comes from the cooking of that dish - kept on "Dum" which means it is steamed on a low heat for a few hours until the rice and meat is cooked together to perfection.
We shared all of the five starter dishes with our two faves being....
Kodi Veppudu (Chicken Wings in a spicy and sour masala) £4.95
Andhra Fried Shrimp with Coconut and Chilli at £4.95
We had a different mains lamb biryani and one chicken biryani...both were massive portions.
As for the main event - there's "Lamb Shank Biryani served with a Mirch Unda Salan (Hyderabadi curry served with a Green Chilli and a Half Boiled Egg) and Smoked Aubergine Raita priced...priced at £15
For desserts we each had a Rabdi (Indian Milk Pudding) £3
The food was hot and tasty and very filling...and good value for the Soho area...
They also have a full drinks menu.
www.dumlondon.comVisit their website here for more info.

Wednesday 09 November 2016.
TODAY The Simpsons saw the most absurd prediction in its 27-year history come true –
correctly forecasting Donald Trump would be president.
In an episode aired in 2000, the show portrays a grown up Lisa as the incumbent, who refers to
“inheriting quite a budget crunch from President Trump”.

Tuesday 08 November 2016.
PAUL SIMON + ROTHWELL live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
ROTHWELL the support act played the same 30 mins set as the previous night.
I went back again to see PAUL SIMON play another totally rammed sold out show.
Remember he is now aged 75 so tonight could easily be his last ever London show.
Last nights show got rave five star reviews from both The Standard and The Independent but
tonight was EVEN BETTER as we got a full three extra songs at the end including Simon & Garfunkel
classics 'Mrs Robinson' ,'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and an instrumental track...pretty incredible...
Earlier in the show Paul joked " the second night at the same venue is always better"...but it was.
It was exactly the same setlist as last night for the first 2 hours 15 mins of the show.
It started a bit later than yesterday but we had a full 2 hours 30 mins set that finished at the
very late (for this venue) time of 11.15pm.
I think one of the reasons the show was so good was the choice of venue.
I have seen Paul Simon at The 02 Arena,Wembley Arena and Hyde Park outdoors but none
had the impact of the more intimate setting of this iconic venue.
This is why other rock legends including David Gilmour and Bob Dylan play multi-nights here
rather than at bigger arenas.
His sublime quality multi-racial band are about as good as it's gets...pretty spellbinding...
The between song chat was the same and the setlist was the same...until the added extra songs.
Easily the best Paul Simon shows I have ever seen...Superb.

Monday 07 November 2016.
Paul Simon + Rothwell live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
American singer-songwriting legend Paul Simon now aged 75 is saying this could be his final world tour.
He has been given 12 Grammy Awards during his career, both as a solo artist and with Simon & Garfunkel.
These concerts will see Simon play classic songs spanning his illustrious career,
as well as a selection of tracks from his recent album 'Stranger to Stranger'.
The album got lots of great reviews and went straight in at number one in the UK album charts.
The lead single track from the new album is called 'Wristband' which rings an apt bell with me.
The hilarious lyrics are about a rock star not being recognised by security at his own show.
The last time i saw him was that big outdoor show in Hyde Park in 2012 to celebrate 25 years since
the release of his classic album 'Graceland' but The Royal Albert Hall is much better suited to his style.
ROTHWELL and her band arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for 30 mins.
23 year old Rothwell is a singer-songwriter from Bristol based in London who is clearly happy to be here.
A decent enough set that went down well with the crowd.
PAUL SIMON and his band arrive on stage at 8.40pm and play for 2 hours 15 mins.
There is a whole mass of band equipment all over the stage.
His band feature nine top notch musicians with a couple of them playing multi-instruments.
Lots of different instruments played to create an a unique dance vibe.
They make an incredible sound as they mix African and Latin rhythms with blues,jazz,country & electro.
A sound that makes most folks shimmy in their seats and get up and dance a bit more later on.
So many classic songs played from his solo career and Simon & Garfunkel days in a lengthy set.
A great show.
Full Paul Simon setlist played tonight...
Gumboots (Band Instrumental)
The Boy in the Bubble
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Dazzling Blue
That Was Your Mother
America (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Mother and Child Reunion
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Spirit Voices
The Obvious Child
Stranger to Stranger
Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel song)
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) (Simon & Garfunkel song) (instrumental)
The Werewolf
The Cool, Cool River
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al
Proof (Band instrumental)
Wheels (Chet Atkins cover)
Still Crazy After All These Years
Encore 2:
Late in the Evening
One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Encore 3:
The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel song) (Paul Simon on his own)

Monday 07 November 2016.
Sad news that Sir Jimmy Young has passed away at the age of 95
The long-serving host retired in 2002 after having been one of the
first presenters on Radio One when it launched in 1967.
After six years on the station, he moved over to the sister radio channel Radio Two in 1973,
and remained there until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife Alicia, who was with him when he passed away.

Sunday 06 November 2016...I saw two films at the cinema today...
Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and
recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.
I used to see James and his amazing cat a few years ago when they were in Covent Garden.
Bob his ginger cat would just sit quietly by his side or on the bend of his guitar as he played
or on his shoulders...nothing would make him run off.
Before he had the cat busking was tough then with the cat the money started coming in.
Clips were put on YouTube then a local paper did an article then a best-selling book came out in 2012
and now we have the feature film and from being homeless James now owns his own home.
A very enjoyable film.
Dr. Stephen Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Benedict Cumberbatch does a good American accent in this film and the film has got stunning special effects
but the storyline was not my cup of tea.

Saturday 05 November 2016.
SAXON + FASTWAY live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
NWOBHM icons Saxon support their 21st studio album, 'Battering Ram' with a world tour.
After their 40th anniversary tour with Motorhead was cut short by the tragic passing of Lemmy,
the band are eager to return to the stage with more passion and noise than ever.
I have seen Saxon around 25 times since 1979 when they supported Motörhead.
Support act Fastway feature guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, who was an ex member of Motörhead.
Of Motörhead's classic lineup, which consisted of Lemmy, himself and Phil Taylor, he is the only surviving member.
I saw him play around a dozen times with Motörhead before he left them in 1982 to start Fastway.
I saw Fastway a couple of times in the early 1980s.
Eddie Clarke joined Saxon on stage at Newcastle and Glasgow
in the past week for a very special rendition of 'Ace Of Spades' which should happen again in London.
Everyone has arrived early to see Fastway at this totally rammed sold out show.
I have a great view in Level 1 seats looking down on the floor standing folks crammed very close together.
FASTWAY arrive on stage at 8pm and play for around 40 mins.
Eddie Clarke has been pretty quiet since Fastway disbanded many years ago.
Great to see him as he has a nice guitar sound and playing style.
On drums is Steve Strange who is a leading live music booking agent with X-Ray Touring.
The songs tick along nicely and the crowd give Eddie and the band a good reception.
Full Fastway setlist played tonight...
All Fired Up
Another Day
Deliver Me
Feel Me, Touch Me (Do Anything You Want)
Easy Livin'
SAXON arrive on stage at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
Biff Byford & co deliver a great set as normal.
A few songs off the new album were played along with older classics.
Lots of catchy rock tunes with nifty guitar riffs.
A stunning four song encore included Eddie Clarke joining them for a tribute to Lemmy
with the Motörhead classic 'Ace of Spades'.
I always really enjoy seeing Saxon play live.
Full Saxon setlist played tonight...
Intro tape song--It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (AC/DC song)
Battering Ram
Let Me Feel Your Power
Solid Ball of Rock
Never Surrender
Stand Up and Be Counted
The Devil's Footprint
Strong Arm of the Law
Killing Ground
The Eagle Has Landed
Queen of Hearts
And the Bands Played On
Dallas 1 PM
Wheels of Steel
Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover) (with Eddie Clarke)
747 (Strangers in the Night)
Encore 2:
Denim and Leather
Princess of the Night

Friday 04 November 2016.
There are lots of videos up on YouTube and elsewhere showing the speeches and songs played at the
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical launch event i attended on Thursday.
The producers contacted Harley Davidson owners clubs and The Ace Cafe to get the bikers
to show up in return for a pair of tickets when the show opens in June 2017.

Thursday 03 November 2016...I went to three events tonight...
4.30pm to 7pm
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical - launch party - The Coliseum,St Martins Lane,London WC2.
This was one of those massive West End theatre launch events as they have closed the street off to cars
and there is a stage set up in the street and 60 Harley Davidsons and their riders are here to make a glorious noise.
It is an early kick off so they can get the event shown on the 6pm tv news.
By 5pm there must be around 1000 folks watching with many not knowing what is actually going on.
The producer of the show and Meat Loaf say a few words about the show.
Meat Loaf is a bit frail these days so will not be performing in the show.
The show is based on that classic album and the songs of Jim Steinman.
The 69 year old Meat Loaf was pictured with cast members who then performed three songs.
There were eight singers on stage along with the live band.
Bat Out Of Hell
Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Dead Ringer For Love
It sounds like it will be a must see theatre event with a massive production promised.
Their will be a warm up season of the show in Manchester.
The show will kick off at the London Coliseum from June 5 to July 22, 2017.
From 5.40pm to 7pm was the after party up the road at Browns where 200 folks joined
the cast (but not Meat Loaf) for complimentary wines,beers and canapés.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comClick here for more info and to buy tickets.
7.15pm to 9.15pm
All Bar One Leicester Square - re-launch party - 48 Leicester Square,London WC2.
Massive bar re-opens in a prime position looking out to where they hold the film premieres.
All Bar One, one of the UK’s largest bar and restaurant chains with 51 venues nationwide.
Around 300 guests here over two floors with celebrity guest DJ Laura Whitmore here playing tunes.
They have pushed the boat out as there is complimentary Moët champers,different cocktails,
wines,beers and canapés for all guests. their website here for more info.
9.30pm to 1am
JinJuu - restaurant launch - JinJuu ,39 Albermarle Street,Mayfair,London W1.
Following on from Jinjuu Soho and Hong Kong, the 76-cover restaurant will serve up modern Korean street food with a mix of classics and unique-to-Mayfair dishes. Open for lunch and dinner the menu will feature new offerings such as Joo’s Hoe Dup Bab – slices of raw and fresh seafood with signature Korean dressing; Iberico pork and prime rib-eye steak barbecued skewers marinated in classic Korean barbeque style and, for pudding, shaved ice Bing Su, if you have no idea what that is, we’re told it’s raisins soaked in rum served with brownie bites and mango.
Award winning Group Bar Manager and mixologist Kristian Breivik (previously Trailer Happiness) has created an extensive cocktail menu which focus on the typical Korean spirit Soju. Highlights to include the classic Soju Sour, Kimchi Mary and new drinks such as X.P Plum Snap and Double Truffle made from white truffle-infused Soju, yuja sake, clove and smoked sea salt. And the best part; they’re low-calorie – so you don’t have to worry about drinking your calories as well as eating them. Joining the cocktails will be an extensive wine list, Asian beers and whiskies from around the world including many from the East such as Togouchi, Nikka, Suntory, Kavalan and Hwayo X.P.
Albermarle Street is getting more and more top quality restaurants,bars,shops and galleries.
This Korean restaurant & bar has a late night vibe so it starts and finishes later than normal.
The place is totally buzzing with cool sounds playing in the background and every table is full.
Footballer DAVID LUIZ is here with one of his Chelsea team mates.
We had around a dozen very yummy dishes to share and a few cocktails.
Our fave dishes were the JinJuu Signature Korean Fried Chicken and The Wagyu Beef with Korean spices.
The staff were fantastic here by making a full fuss of everyone.
An excellent restaurant & bar.
www.jinjuu.comVisit the JINJUU website for more info.

Wednesday 02 November 2016.
Q AWARDS 2016 live at The Roundhouse,London.
Check previous page for a full review and list of winners and who attended.


November 04, 2016

Thursday 03 November 2016...I went to three events tonight...
4.30pm to 7pm
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical - launch party - The Coliseum,St Martins Lane,London WC2.
This was one of those massive West End theatre launch events as they have closed the street off to cars
and there is a stage set up in the street and 60 Harley Davidsons and their riders are here to make a glorious noise.
It is an early kick off so they can get the event shown on the 6pm tv news.
By 5pm there must be around 1000 folks watching with many not knowing what is actually going on.
The producer of the show and Meat Loaf say a few words about the show.
Meat Loaf is a bit frail these days so will not be performing in the show.
The show is based on that classic album and the songs of Jim Steinman.
The 69 year old Meat Loaf was pictured with cast members who then performed three songs.
There were eight singers on stage along with the live band.
Bat Out Of Hell
Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Dead Ringer For Love
It sounds like it will be a must see theatre event with a massive production promised.
Their will be a warm up season of the show in Manchester.
The show will kick off at the London Coliseum from June 5 to July 22, 2017.
From 5.40pm to 7pm was the after party up the road at Browns where 200 folks joined
the cast (but not Meat Loaf) for complimentary wines,beers and canapés.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comClick here for more info and to buy tickets.
7.15pm to 9.15pm
All Bar One Leicester Square - re-launch party - 48 Leicester Square,London WC2.
Massive bar re-opens in a prime position looking out to where they hold the film premieres.
All Bar One, one of the UK’s largest bar and restaurant chains with 51 venues nationwide.
Around 300 guests here over two floors with celebrity guest DJ Laura Whitmore here playing tunes.
They have pushed the boat out as there is complimentary Moët champers,different cocktails,
wines,beers and canapés for all guests. their website here for more info.
9.30pm to 1am
JinJuu - restaurant launch - JinJuu ,39 Albermarle Street,Mayfair,London W1.
Following on from Jinjuu Soho and Hong Kong, the 76-cover restaurant will serve up modern Korean street food with a mix of classics and unique-to-Mayfair dishes. Open for lunch and dinner the menu will feature new offerings such as Joo’s Hoe Dup Bab – slices of raw and fresh seafood with signature Korean dressing; Iberico pork and prime rib-eye steak barbecued skewers marinated in classic Korean barbeque style and, for pudding, shaved ice Bing Su, if you have no idea what that is, we’re told it’s raisins soaked in rum served with brownie bites and mango.
Award winning Group Bar Manager and mixologist Kristian Breivik (previously Trailer Happiness) has created an extensive cocktail menu which focus on the typical Korean spirit Soju. Highlights to include the classic Soju Sour, Kimchi Mary and new drinks such as X.P Plum Snap and Double Truffle made from white truffle-infused Soju, yuja sake, clove and smoked sea salt. And the best part; they’re low-calorie – so you don’t have to worry about drinking your calories as well as eating them. Joining the cocktails will be an extensive wine list, Asian beers and whiskies from around the world including many from the East such as Togouchi, Nikka, Suntory, Kavalan and Hwayo X.P.
Albermarle Street is getting more and more top quality restaurants,bars,shops and galleries.
This Korean restaurant & bar has a late night vibe so it starts and finishes later than normal.
The place is totally buzzing with cool sounds playing in the background and every table is full.
Footballer DAVID LUIZ is here with one of his Chelsea team mates.
We had around a dozen very yummy dishes to share and a few cocktails.
Our fave dishes were the JinJuu Signature Korean Fried Chicken and The Wagyu Beef with Korean spices.
The staff were fantastic here by making a full fuss of everyone.
An excellent restaurant & bar.
www.jinjuu.comVisit the JINJUU website for more info.

Wednesday 02 November 2016...5pm to 11pm...
The Q AWARDS 2016 at The Roundhouse,London.
As usual The Q Awards gets a stunning bunch of music legends.
In the house tonight were members of Muse,U2,Coldplay,Blondie,The Sex Pistols,The Rolling Stones,
The Smiths,Madness along with the likes of Meat Loaf and Ray Davies.
I have been to most of The Q Awards over the past decade but to celebrate its 30th birthday
Q have moved to a bigger venue with big screens,a stage and general public allowed in for the first time.
5pm...the drinks reception is in full flow.
Complimentary drinks all night including Jack Daniels,Conker Gin and Red Stripe Lager.
5.30pm to 6.30pm...500 vip guests have dinner on the floor and 50 folks are standing at the back.
Ronnie Wood is here on the same table as Glen Matlock,Midge Ure and Carl Barat.
Music biz legends here include live music booking agent John Giddings (U2,Blondie etc),
Alan Edwards (pr for Bon Jovi,Meat Loaf etc) , Bernard Doherty (pr for The Rolling Stones etc)
and Barbara Charone (pr for Ray Davies etc).
Other musicians here apart from those mentioned below included Jonny Buckland and
Will Champion from Coldplay,Ratboy......and Rick Astley.
Nice to meet up with friends who work for Q Mag and others.
200 paying punters are let in to the balcony to watch the awards.
6.30pm to 8pm...the awards are handed out.
Hosted by Absolute Radio dj Christian O'Connell.
The tables and chairs then taken away and VIPs go upstairs to corner balcony bar for more drinks.
The only musician i saw up here was Suggs.
1000 paying punters are allowed on the main floor to watch The Charlatans.
8.30pm to 9.30pm we had a dj set from Stephen and Gillian from New Order.
At 9.40pm The Charlatans played a full 80 mins set.
A good greatest hits set played.
As always The Q Awards was a totally excellent event.
Full Charlatans setlist played tonight...
With No Shoes
North Country Boy
Tellin' Stories
So Oh
Just When You're Thinkin' Things Over
Let the Good Times Be Never Ending
How Can You Leave Us
One to Another
Can't Get Out of Bed
In the Tall Grass
The Only One I Know
Jesus Hairdo
How High
This Is the End
Sproston Green
Full list of winners...
Best Act in the World Today: Muse...award given by Glen Matlock
Best Solo Artist: James Bay
Best Breakthrough Act: Jack Garratt...award given by Melanie C
Best Track: Bastille for ‘Good Grief’...award given by Midge Ure
Best Album: The 1975 for ‘I Like It When You Sleep’
Best Video: PJ Harvey for ‘The Community Of Hope’
Best Live Act: U2...just The Edge and Adam Clayton here to collect
Hero Award: Meat Loaf
Classic Songwriter: Ray Davies
Classic Album: The Charlatans for Tellin’ Stories...award given by The Vaccines
Innovation in Sound: MIA
Gibson Les Paul Award: The Edge...award given by Ronnie Wood
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Blondie...award given by Johnny Marr
Hall Of Fame: Madness...award given by Ranking Roger from The Beat

Tuesday 01 November 2016...I went to two events tonight...
Both of them on at the same time so only had time to spend an hour at each.
6.45pm to 7.45pm
Spears Wealth Management Awards 2016 at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
Always nice to be at this famous luxury hotel.
Over 300 guests here with 90% being males in suits.
Spear’s Wealth Management Awards, acknowledges and honours entrepreneurs, philanthropists and others for their innovation, success and outstanding contribution to the wealth management world and beyond. An A list networking cocktail party and awards ceremony, the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards provide a platform for over 650+ of Europe’s most influential and wealthiest individuals to celebrate and meet the best and most innovative individuals and companies across the high-net-worth world.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,Copperhead gin cocktails,wines and beers for all guests.
www.spearswms.comVisit their website for a list of winners and those that made the shortlist.
8pm to 9pm
C.E.W. (Cosmetic Executive Women) 2016 Achiever Awards at
The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1.
From one five star hotel to another.
Over 300 guests here with 90% being females.
This awards event is pretty much 'The Oscars' of the beauty industry.
A dozen awards are given out to prime achievers in the beauty industry.
Complimentary presecco for all guests but missed the canapés reception.
All guests got a very nice goodie bag that included a dozen female beauty products. their website for a list of winners.

Monday 31 October 2016.
I went to all three days of BluesFest at The 02 Arena complex including all the main shows.
It was an excellent weekend of quality live music.
Even went there Saturday and Sunday afternoon to see the new bands playing free shows
for all on the two small stages outside of the main ticketed events.
What with three days of travel there and back i feel totally whacked out as if I had been to Glastonbury.

Sunday 30 October 2016....I went to one and a bit gigs tonight...
VAN MORRISON + JEFF BECK live at The 02 Arena,London.
After receiving a knighthood, Van The Man is playing The 02 ,turning 71 years old and the
Northern Irishman has released his 36th studio album called, ‘Keep Me Singing’. Not a bad year...
Up first is Jeff Beck who arrives on stage at 7.15pm and plays for 75 mins.
We are in row E of the vip/guest/press block on the right of stage with a perfect view.
In row A in front of us is Led Zep legend Jimmy Page.Here to support his mate Jeff Beck.
Also spotted here was Roger Taylor(Queen) and songwriting legend Don Black.
Rock photographer Ross Halfin was taking photos of his mate Jeff Beck in the pit.
Guitar legend Jeff Beck is still looking cool and playing some sublime guitar playing.
Half the set was guitar based instrumentals and others had a male or female singer.
A bit rude of Jeff not to introduce them and their names to the crowd.
A good set.
Full Jeff Beck setlist played tonight...
The Revolution Will Be Televised
Freeway Jam
Live in the Dark
The Ballad of the Jersey Wives
You Know You Know (Mahavishnu Orchestra cover)
Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson cover)
A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover)
Big Block
Cause We've Ended as Lovers (Syreeta cover)
Scared for the Children
Beck's Bolero
Superstition (Stevie Wonder cover)
A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover)
Level 4 is closed as unsold but still a healthy 8000 folks here.
Van Morrison arrives on stage at 9pm for a 90 mins set.
The musicians are positioned close to Van as if he is playing a small club like Ronnie Scott's.
Some nice vocals from Van as well as good sax and harmonica from him.
Jeff Beck and Chris Farlowe joined him for 'Call It Stormy Monday'.
For this song and a couple of others either side of it we had Steven Van Zandt and Richie Sambora
watch it from front row stalls seats instead of the side view where they had been.
A weird thing happened at the end of the set where 'Gloria' ended up having 10 mins of band solos
as folks waited for Van and possible guests come back for another song but nothing happened.
A good show.
Full setlist played by Van Morrison tonight...
Too Late
Have I Told You Lately
Magic Time
Every Time I See A River (his new single with lyrics by Don Black who was in the crowd)
Baby, Please Don't Go / Don't Start Crying Now
Here Comes the Night (Them song)
Cleaning Windows / Be-Bop-A-Lula
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad) (T‐Bone Walker cover) (with Chris Farlowe) (also with Jeff Beck)
Sometimes We Cry (with Chris Farlowe)
Lonely Avenue (Ray Charles cover)
In the Afternoon / Ancient Highway / Joe Turner Sings / Raincheck
Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson cover)
Encore :
Gloria (Them song)
WALTER TROUT live at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex,London.
We managed to catch the last 30 mins of Walter's set after Van Morrison finished.
Some nice blues rock from this guitarist who was very ill recently.
For a couple of songs they were joined by Steven Van Zandts harmonica player.
Also the singer from The Temperance Movement sung a song.
He talked about his illness and the importance of folks carrying a donor card for body organs.
He had to wait eight months for his liver transplant.
A decent set.

Saturday 29 Oct 2016...I went to two gigs tonight...
BAD COMPANY + RSO ( Richie Sambora + Orianthi) live at The 02 Arena,London.
Bad Co play the final date on their UK arena tour.
They currently feature three original members including vocalist Paul Rodgers.
Bad Co were formed in 1973 by two former Free band members—singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke—as well as Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.
Peter Grant, who managed the rock band Led Zeppelin, also managed Bad Company until 1982.
I have seen them a few times including three times in their 1970s heyday and a secret gig for
press at The Hard Rock Cafe in London in 2009 which was to announce and promote their 2010 tour.
Richie Sambora departed Bon Jovi three years ago after a disagreement with Jon Bon Jovi.
I saw RSO a couple of years ago when they supported Aerosmith at their big gig in Clapham Common.
Arrive at the venue and Level 4 is 75% unsold but still a very healthy 10,000 folks here.
Most are in early to catch Richie Sambora.
Richie & the band hit the stage at 7.50pm and play for around 60 mins.
They are given the two big screens at the sides.
His band feature Orianthi who is a female guitarist who looks and plays amazing.
Richie looks like he has had a bit of plastic surgery done on his face.
A cover of 'I Got You Babe' was not a good idea but really great to hear some Bon Jovi classics
and Steven Van Zandt came on for 'Livin' In A Prayer' with everyone singing along.
A good set.
RSO feat Richie Sambora full setlist played tonight...
When Love Comes to Town (U2 cover)
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)
Heaven in This Hell (Orianthi song)
Midnight Rider (The Allman Brothers Band cover) (Snippet)
Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi cover)
How Do You Sleep? (Orianthi song)
Lay Your Hands on Me (Bon Jovi cover)
I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher cover)
Stranger in This Town (Richie Sambora song)
Livin' on a Prayer (Bon Jovi cover) (with Steven Van Zandt)
Bad Company arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for 85 mins.
They have loads of big screens at the back and sides.
A nice big rock sound booms out from the stage.
Paul Rodgers is sounding good and tells that Bryan Adams and Roger Taylor (Queen) are here.
Great to hear those 1970s classics again including 'Feel Like Makin' Love' and 'Can't Get Enough'.
A really good set...even though it could have been a bit longer.
Bad Company full setlist played tonight...
Live for the Music
Gone, Gone, Gone
Feel Like Makin' Love
Burnin' Sky
Run With the Pack
Ready for Love (Mott the Hoople cover)
Crazy Circles
Movin' On
Shooting Star
Can't Get Enough
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
Bad Company
Encore 2:
LITTLE STEVEN & THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL live at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex,London.
Little Steven plays a one-off European show as part of BluesFest.
Little Steven is not playing any American shows so quite a coup for BluesFest.
American musician, record producer and actor Steven Van Zandt, AKA Little Steven, and guitar player in
Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band plays first London headline show since 1990.
I saw him with this band four times in the 1980s.
Thankfully they made it an 11pm show so folks at Bad Company could go to it with a separate ticket.
Little Steven and his band arrive on stage at 11.15pm and play a nice long set of 2 hours 5 mins.
They were introduced by Dave Clark from The Dave Clark Five.
I think it was 15 musicians backing Steven including five brass and three female backing singers.
The brass section was English but he said the band were a mix of American and British.
They sounded amazing as they tore up the stage with an uptempo mix of rock n soul.
Half a dozen Southside Johnny tracks were played as Steven was a member before he joined
The E Street Band.
A version of Jimmy Barnes 'Ride The Night Away' was stunning.
Richie Sambora joined them for a rousing finale of 'Can I Get A Witness'.
A brilliant show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Soulfire (The Breakers cover)
Killing Floor (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
Coming Back (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Inside of Me
I Played the Fool (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
The Blues Is My Business (Etta James cover)
Until the Good Is Gone
Ride The Night Away (Jimmy Barnes cover) (co written by Steven Van Zandt and Steve Jordan)
Groovin' Is Easy (The Electric Flag cover)
All I Needed Was You (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Love Disease (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band cover)
She Got Me Where She Wants Me (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Some Things Just Don't Change (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Trapped Again (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Down and Out in New York City (James Brown cover)
Walking By Myself (Jimmy Rogers cover)
I Don't Want to Go Home (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Bitter fruit
Can I Get a Witness (Marvin Gaye cover) (with Richie Sambora)

Friday 28 Oct 2016.
BILL WYMAN 80th Birthday Gala celebration live at Indigo @ The 02 Arena complex,London.
Bill's Rhythm Kings with guest vocalists confirmed in advance as Robert Plant ,Bob Geldof ,Mark Knopfler,
Mick Hucknall and Imelda May...along with surprise guests.
This gig sold out a month ago even though it was steep ticket prices from £65 to £250.
Lots of great gigs on in London tonight including a big clash between two major gigs.
This gig and Brian Wilson at The Royal Albert Hall.
Brian Wilson back in London only a few months after i saw him play a great show at The Palladium.
I have seen Brian Wilson over 20 times over the past decade since he returned to playing live shows again.
As Bill Wyman's show was a special one off event it got my attendance tonight.
I have a great stalls seat a dozen rows from the stage.
Steven Van Zandt takes his seat near us to watch the first half from there.
At 8pm we have some clips of Bill on the big screen and old blues rock n roll tunes over the pa.
At 8.15pm Bill Wyman takes to the stage and says a few clearly emotional words.
FIRST SET was 65 mins from 8.18pm to 9.23pm
Bill Wyman did not play bass until near the end of the first set.
A few Stones tracks played but lots of old and blues n soul n rock n roll covers.
A nice touch was the original 7 inch single sleeve from each track came up on the big screen.
Joe Brown sung the first three songs 'Ruby Tuesday' ,'Tulsa Time' and 'Summertime Blues'
which was dedicated to 'bald teddy boys'.
Mark Knopfler performed three songs including some nifty guitar playing.
Andy Fairweather-Low was playing on a couple of tracks.
Van Morrison was on top form for three songs including Ray Charles 'I Believe To My Soul'.
Bill Wyman on stage for 'Harlem Shuffle' and 'I Shall Not Be Moved'.
Bill on vocals for Chuck Berry 'You Never Can Tell'.
At the end of the first half Bill shakes hands and signs stuff for a few mins from the stage.
INTERVAL featured great tv clips of Bill over the years including with Rik Mayall and Kenny Everett.
SECOND SET was 90 mins from 9.55pm to 11.25pm
Opening segment was Rhythm Kings guitarist Martin Taylor playing some great melodic jazz guitar instrumtals.
Bill was on stage for most of the second set and watched the rest from side of stage.
Youngster Hollie Stephenson sung 'Beast of Burden' and 'Time is on My Side'.
Bob Geldof and Steven Van Zandt gave glowing tributes to Bill and gave him an award from BluesFest.
Bob sung 'Little Red Rooster' and 'Route 66' backed by Bill and Steven.
Bill Wyman sung his hit solo single 'Jeff Suis un Rock Star' (said it was FIRST ever time he has sung it live).
Mick Hucknall sung three tracks with Bill on bass - 'I'm A King Bee' , 'Reconsider Baby' and ' 634-5789 '.
Beverley Skeete from The Rhythm Kings sung ' It's a Man's World '.
Mike Sanchez sang 'Moving On Down The Line'.
Imelda May sang ' Let The Good Times Roll' and 'I'm Crying' (the Animals' song).
Led Zep legend Robert Plant sang three tracks 'I Feel So Bad','Let The Boogie Woogie Roll'
and ' I Need Your Loving ' with Imelda May.
At the end of the crowd most of musicians except Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler came on stage
to sing 'Happy Birthday ' to Bill and Bob Geldof suggested three cheers for Bill and everyone joined in.
A fantastic evening.
No members if The Rolling Stones here but they sent a video message.
They were playing in America just a couple of days ago so tight to get back in time I suppose.
It was all filmed so hopefully will eventually come out somewhere.
11.30pm to 1am was the after-party in the venues balcony bar for around 150 folks.
A bit of a surprise in that it was a pay bar.
Most of the musicians turn up but I did not see Van Morrison,Mark Knopfler or Steven Van Zandt.
Bill was here was here with his family - still feeling a bit emotional about how well it all went.
I got a nice photo with him and he chuckled when I said 'same again for your 90th'.
I had a nice chat with Mick Huchnall about his stint singing with The Faces a few years ago.
Others here included Robert Plant,Bob Geldof,Imelda May,Joe Brown,Hollie Stephenson and
members of The Rhythm Kings.
Also promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Mike Batt and Bob Geldof said there were a couple of Boomtown Rats here.
A late finish so my first experience of the weekend NIGHT TUBE from North Greenwich back to West London.
It went pretty well and loads of people on all the trains...many worse for wear and asleep.

Thursday 27 October 2016...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.15pm
MIKIMOTO - The Pearl Necklace - book launch party - Maison Assouline,196 Piccadilly,London W1.
Mikimoto Kōkichi (10 March 1858 – 21 September 1954) was a Japanese entrepreneur who is credited with creating the first cultured pearl and subsequently starting the pearl industry with the establishment of his luxury pearl company Mikimoto.
Around 100 folks here in this upmarket book store.
There are lots of stunning pearl necklaces on display with lots of security guys keeping an eye on them.
Complimentary Rose champers and canapés for all guests.
Guests got a copy of the big book on the way out. their website here for more info.
7.30pm to 8.45pm
DEBENHAMS HALLOWEEN PARTY - Sanctum Soho Hotel - London W1.
This was an event for 'digital influencers'.
There were four stations here from brands who have concessions at Debenhams including
Urban Decay and OPI Nails and the girls here can get full Halloween facial makeovers.
There is a video screen showing 'scary' videos including Michael Jackson 'Thriller'.
I missed the cocktails but the presecco and wines were still going.
Also bowls of fish & chips, hot dogs & burgers.
Guests got a goodie bag when leaving.
www.debenhams.comVisit their website for more info.
9pm to 9.30pm
#POPSUGARLIFE PARTY - 93 Mortimer Street, London W1.
Popular lifestyle website are hosting a party for around 200 folks.
Mollie King from The Saturdays is the guest dj here.
Other folks here included Bip Ling.
93 Mortimer Street is a stunning new unique event space.The venue has a striking blend of impressive period and modern architecture features including triple height in places and stunning circular rococo/baroque skylights.
Complimentary drinks included great whiskey sours....also burgers and canapés.
Guests got a goodie bag when leaving. their website for more info.

Wednesday 26 October 2016...I went to three events tonight.
6.15pm to 7.30pm
GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI - flagship store opening party - Giuseppe Zanotti, 46 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1.
Around 200 cool looking fashion folks at this Italian male & female footwear brand.
Some great looking shoes here with mental prices to match...some nice suede loafers i looked at were £565.
Set over three floors and over 2000 square feet it is their biggest store in the world.
The djs tonight are Lady Mary Charteris and musician hubby Robbie Furze (The Big Pink).
Back from filming Britain's Next Top Model in Cape Verde, Abbey Clancy put on Giuseppe Zanotti pumps to attend the opening of the Italian designer's flagship store. The 30 year old model joined singers and fellow fans of the brand Ella Eyre and Fleur East at the Mayfair store, where guests including Millie Mackintosh, Winnie Harlow and Neelam Gill were served with Moët champagne,whiskey sours,bellini cocktails and canapés.
Lots of glammed females including Betty Bachz, Rosanna Falconer ,Amber Le Bon, Lilah Parsons,
Camilla Kerslake, Sinead Harnett, Tess Ward and Portia Freeman.
Quite a few folks here i know including my old mucker Philip Sallon.
A nice buzzing store party.
www.giuseppezanottidesign.comVisit their website for more info.
7.35pm to 8.45pm
MARTINA COLE : Betrayal - book launch party - Aqua Nueva, 30 Argyll Street, London, W1.
Over 200 guests at this nice venue across the road from The London Palladium.
Martina Cole releases her latest book 'Betrayal'.
The book RRP is £19.99 but you can get it cheaper on my Amazon link above.
Guests got a complimentary copy of the book.
Complimentary wines,beers,bowl food and canapés for all guests.
As of 2015 she has released twenty two novels about crime, most of which examine London's gangster underworld. Four of her novels, Dangerous Lady, The Jump, The Take and The Runaway have been adapted into high-rating television dramas. She has achieved sales of over fourteen million in the UK alone and her tenth novel, The Know, spent seven weeks on The Sunday Times's hardback best-sellers list.
9pm to 10.15pm
DISARONNO WEARS ETRO - launch - Etro, 14 Old Bond Street, London, W1.
Around 200 folks at this upmarket Italian designer store.
DISARONNO is a very popular Italian liqueur brand.
Many of the crowd from the earlier party at Giuseppe Zanotti have turned up here.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
We have a choice of three DISARONNO based drinks with my fave being DISARONNO on the rocks.
Also lots of Italian pizza ,canapés and pastries.
www.disaronno.comVisit the DISARONNO website here.

Tuesday 25 October 2016...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
THE MAYFAIR AWARDS 2016 at The Ritz Hotel,Piccadilly,London SW1.
The Mayfair Magazine are hosting their annual awards at this famous luxury hotel.
Around 200 folks here from top notch establishments based in Mayfair.
It is held in three or four rooms away from the well known afternoon tea area.
There is a string quartet playing covers in the background.
I was there just a few mins when a young woman approached me for an illustration sitting.
She did a great drawing of me that took around 10 mins.
She told me she lived in Paris and the organisers had paid for her Eurostar return trip
and an overnight hotel stay so she must be doing ok over there.
Ayumi Togashi is based at 14 Rue Myrha,75018,Paris
www.ayumitogashi.comVisit her website here.
At 7.30pm actor Nigel Havers presented the 15 or so awards.
Complimentary Billiecart-Salmon champers,MaCallan whisky drinks,wines and yummy canapés.
All guests got a decent goodie bag with several items inside.
A very nice event. winners will eventually be listed on their website.
You can see the winners there from previous years.

Monday 24 October 2016...6.30pm to 8.45pm...
LORD MICHAEL HESELTINE and ANNE HESELTINE - Thenford - book launch party -
Grosvenor House Hotel , 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1.
A big crowd of around 300 smartly dressed folks in the smaller of the two ballrooms at this plush hotel.
Lots of suits here and a couple of politicians but I could not place their names.
Lord Michael Heseltine was the deputy Prime Minister to Maggie Thatcher in the 1980s.
At 7.15pm Lord Michael Heseltine and his wife Anne both gave nice speeches.
Anne talked about having to kill 350 squirrels - "awful things" she said.
The pictures in the book of their amazing country house and 1400 acres estate look stunning.
Today, there are about 13,000 varieties of plant catalogued , among them 3,000 trees and shrubs
in the arboretum, 400 different roses, 370 oaks and 342 snowdrops and many more.
Complimentary Lanson champers,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
This book is the story of one garden and one family, over a 40-year time period. In their own words, Michael and Anne Heseltine describe the ups and downs of how they set about transforming and expanding a wild, overgrown and often dilapidated woodland into the magnificent garden they have today.
Today, the garden at Thenford has an arboretum which contains more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs, including rare plants which were wild-collected by well known plantsmen including Roy Lancaster OBE, Allen Coombes, Keith Rushforth and Chris Chadwell. It is also well-known for its sculpture garden, which has an eclectic collection of work ranging from a white marble Tazza fountain to an enormous statue of Lenin.
Beautifully illustrated with both professional photographs and private family images, this personal story of the creation of an extraordinary garden will delight horticultural experts and novices alike.
About the authors.
MIchael Heseltine is a former Deputy Prime Minister for the United Kingdom. He has been married to Anne Heseltine since 1969. Their joint passion has been working on the garden at Thenford, their family home since 1977.
The book RRP is £40 but you can get it cheaper on Amazon etc.

Monday 24 October 2016...6.30pm to 8.30pm...
Bill Wyman: Around The World In 80 Years - private view -
Proud Gallery Chelsea, 161 King's Road, London, SW3.
Bill Wyman hosted the private view and party to celebrate his 80th birthday for 60 or so friends & family.
Guests included Kenney Jones ,Steven Van Zandt and Twiggy.
No members of The Roling Stones here as they were still on tour in America.
Bill chose this small gallery as it is just a few minutes from where he lives.
The photos have all been taken by Bill Wyman and feature rare Rolling Stones photos.
The exhibition is on until 27 Nov admission...

Monday 24 October 2016.
Very sad news that Pete Burns has passed away aged 57.
The 'You Spin Me Round' hitmaker's death was confirmed by his manager.In a statement released via social media on Monday, he said: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of (Dead Or Alive), died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest. All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star.
I saw Dead or Alive live twice in 1984 and 1985 in their heyday.
Pete had spent the last years having numerous operations for plastic surgery.
I would imagine this contributed to his death.

Sunday 23 October 2016.
PETULA CLARK live at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
This was the final night of Petula Clark's UK tour.
I have already reviewed the High Wycombe show earlier in the tour on 07 Oct 2016.
Petula now aged 83 on a UK tour to promote her new album 'From Now On' released on 16 Sept 2016.
The album is available on vinyl as well as cd.
Petula has been on stage since the 1940s and she appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in 1944 age 12.
She would later mix acting with singing and sell millions of records in multi-languages.
Petula had 12 Top 10 hits in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s with the first way back in 1954.
She was the subject of This Is Your Life in February 1964, and twice more, in April 1975 and March 1996,
becoming the only person to receive the television tribute three times.
Petula said this historic theatre was her fave venue in London and that she always loves playing here.
It was the same setlist as High Wycombe and the same chat between songs as she talked about
folks she had worked with over her career including Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin.
Petula lived and recorded many songs in France so we have a full song sung in French and a couple
were split between English and French lyrics.
Petula and her five piece band are on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.
The band include a piano player and Petula played a couple of songs on it.
Petula was standing up the rest of the time...pretty good going for an 83 year old...
Not many can say they have been around for several decades.
A nice mix of classic oldies,covers and newer material.
Great to hear brilliant gems including 'Don't Sleep In The Subway', 'Colour My World',
'I Couldn't Live Without Your Love' and of course 'Downtown'.
Another really good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
You and I / Meant To Be
Don't Sleep in the Subway
While You See A Chance (Steve Winwood cover)
Who Am I / Colour My World
Miracle To Me
My Love
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)
Pour Etre Aimee De Toi
Sacrifice My Heart (new single)
I Know a Place / Sign of the Times
This is My Song (Charlie Chaplin cover)
You're the One (Petula mentioned that Jimmy Page played on this track as a session musician in 1965)
Never Enough
Blackbird (The Beatles cover)
Fever (Peggy Lee cover)
With One Look (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover)
Look To The Rainbow / Gloccamora
60's Medley (dedicated to her regular hit songwriter in the 1960s Tony Hatch)
Living For Today
Kiss My Goodbye / Sailor
From Now On
I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
Here for You

Saturday 22 October 2016.
Released 40 years ago today.
"New Rose" the classic first single by British punk rock group The Damned was released on
22 October 1976 on Stiff Records. It was the first single by a British punk group.

Friday 21 October. 2016.
The Buzzcocks + The Members live at The Roundhouse,London.
Mancunian Punk legends The Buzzcocks are on a 40th anniversary UK tour.
I have seen The Buzzcocks around 30 times since 1977.
I have seen The Members around 20 times since 1978.
The Members are special guests at the London show only.
As expected quite a few old punks here i know who still have the energy to go out.
DJ Gary Crowley was here as was Outside Org music pr CEO Alan Edwards who used to look after
press for The Buzzcocks in their early days.
Great to meet up with Mario and Pepe who were my band members back in the early 80s when we had a
band called Gun Control.....Type Gun Control in the search menu to see where we played.
THE MEMBERS arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for around 40 mins.
I saw The Members at The 100 Club just a couple of months ago.
Their original singer Nicky Tesco has not been with them for their re-union but it's great
to see them play some of their gems from the late 1970s.
Full Members setlist played tonight...
Handling the Big Jets
Flying Again
Offshore Banking Business
New English Blues
Solitary Confinement
Working Girl
I Ain't Gonna Be Your Bitch No More
Sound of the Suburbs
Chelsea Nightclub
THE BUZZCOCKS arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for around 75 mins.
The Buzzcocks as usual started with a few older gems then slipped in some
new tracks in the middle then finished with a flurry of their biggest pop punk classics.
They whizzed through the songs with the minimum of chat apart from when
guitarist Steve Diggle mumbled a few words.
Steve Diggle still has his lively stage manner compared to singer Pete Shelley.
The crowd seemed a bit quiet overall and i did feel that their club show I saw at
The Garage a year ago had a much better audience vibe to it.
They have so great songs in their set.
Full Buzzcocks setlist played tonight...
Fast Cars
Totally From the Heart
I Don't Mind
People Are Strange Machines
What Ever Happened To?
Why She's a Girl From the Chainstore
Moving Away From the Pulsebeat
Nothing Left
Sick City Sometimes
It's Not You
Love You More
Noise Annoys
You Say You Don't Love Me
Time's Up
What Do I Get?
Orgasm Addict
Ever Fallen In Love
Harmony In My Head

Thursday 20 October 2016...6.45pm to 11.45pm...
SHERATON GRAND London Park Lane - re-launch party -
The Ballroom, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London, W1.
This 90 year old five star hotel re-launches after a multi-million pound refurbishment.
A massive full monty lavish party as 650 folks are on the guest list.
Guests here included Jack Whitehall and singer Ella Eyre.
Also here were Olivia Grant,Sai Bennett and Doina Ciobanu.
Lots of entertainment going on in the different rooms.
We had a blonde burlesque girl doing her thing, there was a covers band,
a covers duo, a Rat Pack covers trio,stilt walkers,circus acts and much more.
At 10pm the main party started closing down and the 60 of 70 folks with wristbands
moved to the after party in their Smith & Whistle bar where there was a dj and bongo player.
I spotted Elle Eyre here but no sign of Jack Whitehall.
Complimentary Moët champers all night along with a choice of three different cocktails,wines,beers
and lots of different food stations with tasty bowl food,small plates ,canapés and desserts.
A great party.
www.sheratonparklane.comVisit their website here for more info.

Wednesday 19 October 2016....I went to two restaurant launches today...
1pm to 4pm
PISQU - press review - 23 Rathbone Place,London W1.
This cosy Peruvian restaurant is located two minutes from Oxford Street between
Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube station on the Northern side.
PISQU brings to London a Peruvian gastronomic experience showcasing mouth-watering flavours of modern day Lima.
Located at a corner position of a charming period building in Fitzrovia and steps from Theatreland and Soho.
Huge glass windows are good for people watching as workers walk past.
Pisqu is a Peruvian restaurant dishing up cuisine native to its capital city, Lima.
Boasting Japanese, Spanish and Chinese influences, Pisqu’s menu is a tribute to natural ingredients indigenous to the Andes and Amazon. There’ll be aji peppers, yuca, Peruvian potatoes and a whole host of South American herbs we’ve barely even heard of - camu and cedron, or maca and achiote anyone?
Signature dishes at Pisqu will include its chicharron - confit pork belly with sweet potato and rocoto pepper sauce, or lomo a la parilla steak served with corn grain cake. Nab one of the counter seats and watch your chef plate up their warm ceviche in spicy yellow aji. Pisco sour in hand, naturally.
Some really tasty food here with our faves being...
Hot Ceviche mixto...sea bass,cod,mussels,prawns,yuyu seaweed,yellow aji tiger's milk...£12
Seafood Chicharron...crispy battered seafood with grilled cassava,aji carretillero sauce...£11
Confit pork belly with sweet potato ,rococo sauce...£9
Lomo Saltado...Peruvian beer stir fry with rice & chips...£9
For desserts we each had PISQU chocolate mousse with Matcha ice cream...£7
Needless to say we had to have a couple of their very yummy PISQU Sour Clasico and
Chicha PISQU cocktails.
We had a lovely relaxed time here and our waitress Alexandria was excellent.
A nice classic rock soundtrack was played in the background.
They have a lower ground opening space opening soon.
Well worth a visit when you up The West End.
OPENING LUNCHTIME OFFER - set menu 2 courses for £9 and 3 courses for £12.
www.PisquLondon.comVisit the PISQU London website for more info.
7pm to 11pm
MANITOBA TIGELLA - launch party - 82 New Oxford Street,London WC1.
Italian kitchen & bar opens just two minutes from Tottenham Court Road tube station.
Manitoba Tigella brings about a brand new culinary experience.
The first Tigella Kitchen Bar in London is individualised by a welcoming environment with a unique identity where Italian tradition and innovation blend perfectly to present you with an extraordinary gastronomic experience.
“Tigella”, which is undoubtedly the main attraction of our kitchen, is a traditional stuffed bread from the regional countryside, whose exact origin has been lost in time, which is to be enjoyed, today just as it was long ago, with the best cheese and salami from its place of birth: Emilia Romagna. Fully prepared in accordance with rural customs, but also with reviewed with a modern light with the creation of a gourmet line thanks to the suggestions of chef Lionello Cera. The offer is complete with imaginative and innovative dishes that are, at the same time, simple and traditional.
TIgella is the size of a wagon wheel and served as a kind of small toastie.
We had a female singer and dj who took it in turns to play some tunes.
Complimentary drinks and food here including different Tigella and other tasty Italian canapés.
Also presecco,wines and beers.
After the speeches at 7.45pm we could have any of the 20 plus cocktails they serve so some
smokey whiskey sours and espresso martinis went down a treat.
Some very generous Italian hospitality ended up with an event that was due to finish at 9pm
continuing with us being part of the last ones to leave at 11pm.
A very nice event.
OPENING OFFER - Two Tigella's and a cocktail for only £8.50...Tuesday's only...
www.manitobatigella.comVisit the MANITOBA TIGELLA website for more info.

Tuesday 18 October 2016...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
TOM PARKER BOWLES The Cook Book - launch party - Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1.
A bigger event than usual for Fortnum's as they have laid out the red carpet at the front of the store.
That is because Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles (Prince Charles wife ) is arriving to support her son.
Also here was her ex husband Andrew Parker Bowles.
Tom Parker Bowles has put the book together and is signing copies of it later in the evening.
The book features 300 years of the store's most delicious recipes and secrets.
Around 200 folks are here in the 4th floor restaurant & tea room.
Other guests included Dylan Jones,Hugh Bonneville,Nick Ferrari,Claudia Winkleman,
Tess Daly,Lisa Snowdon and model Amanda Cronin.
Top chefs here included Pierre Hoffmann and Fergus Henderson.
At 7.45pm we had speeches from Fortnum's CEO Ewan Venters then by Tom Parker Bowles.
Then we had a five piece band mingling up close with the guests who were good fun.
Complimentary Fortnum & Masons champers,a choice of three different cocktails,wine,beer
and lots of delicious bowls of food and canapés and desserts from Fortnum's kitchen.
All guests got a nice goodie with Fortnum's food items and a Fortnum's tea towel.
A funny sight was Camilla making sure she got a goodie bag on her departure.
The book retails for £30 but you can get it cheaper on Amazon etc.
A very nice event.

Tuesday 18 October 2016.
Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry who reaches the grand old age of 90 today.

Monday 17 October 2016.
TONY HADLEY + DAMIAN WILSON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Spandau Ballet singer mixes solo material,cover versions and Spandau hits.
He will be backed by his band and The Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra.
I saw him here three years ago with the orchestra and it was really good.
DAMIAN WILSON is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist that has appeared on over 70 separate album releases. Damian is mostly known in the progressive metal genre, as the lead singer of Threshold, Headspace and (formerly) Landmarq. He also sang and toured with bands and projects such as for Star One, Ayreon, Praying Mantis and with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 4 solo albums and a live DVD.
Doubt if anyone in the crowd knew the background of this long haired Prog rock vocalist.
Damien was on stage for 30 mins and his powerful voice won the crowd over.
He even went for a walkabout for one song on the floor arena as he was singing and shaking hands.
I have a close-up view left of stage in this venues great swivel seats in the tiered stalls.
TONY HADLEY played a nice long 2 hours 25 mins on stage over two sets of 65 mins and 80 mins.
The first set was solo material and some cover versions.
The second set was all Spandau gems apart from the final song.
Lots of middle aged folks here with the females still swooning over Tony who still looks good for age 56.
Tony still has a strong powerful voice and a 'your mate down the pub' personality.
Between songs he sips his Jack Daniels like a Rat Pack member.
Around 40 musicians on stage with the lush orchestra sounding great.
20 violins playing on many songs sounded incredible.
FIRST SET included a few cover versions...
Life On Mars---David Bowie
Somebody Told Me---The Killers
Time In A Bottle---Jim Croce
New York Minute---Don Henley
Do It For Love (with Shane Richie) (first time performance of their upcoming Children In Need single)
Bridge Over Troubled Water---Simon & Garfunkel
To Cut A Long Story Short
Highly Strung
Only When You Leave
Soul Boy
Round and Round
I'll Fly For You
Through The Barricades
Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
Fight for Ourselves
My Way (Frank Sinatra cover)