Archive: February 2016

February 04, 2016

Wednesday 3 February 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.45pm
Esquire x Zoolander 2 - party at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1.
Men's fashion fashion mag hosts a party for this film which has its London premiere the following day.
Around 100 folks here with a dj playing some dance tunes.
Complimentary CIROC Vodka Blue Steel cocktails for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag which included the new issue of Esquire which has a multi page interview
with photos of Ben Stiller who plays model Derek Zoolander in the film.
then
8pm to 9pm
J&M Davidson - store launch party -- J&M Davidson, 104 Mount Street,Mayfair, London, W1.
Lots of well dressed upmarket young women at this event.
Half a dozen photographers outside the venue.
Guests here included Daisy Lowe,Jasmine Hemsley,Bip Ling and Marissa Hermer.
Also Roxie Nafousi, Zara Martin, Doina Ciobanu, Olivia Inge ,Zoe Hardman and Heather Kerzner.
Also Noelle Reno,classical singer Natalie Coyle ,presenter Natalie Pinkham and others.
A smallish store but a nice buzzing atmosphere.
Complimentary Nicolas Feuillatte champers,vodka and grapefruit cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag.
-------------------------------------
The story of John and Monique Davidson is one of romance, adventure and discovery. They met on a Spanish beach in 1969 and, a week later, John persuaded Monique to drive back to England with him. They have been exploring the world ever since, collecting treasures that have inspired the bags, belts and clothes of their 30-year-old brand.
After a three-week sojourn in London, Monique returned to France. She and John continued to write letters to each other over the course of four years, before John arrived in Paris and asked her to move to the UK with him.
At the time, John was working as a photographer and Monique was a designer. In 1984 J&M Davidson was born after Monique picked up a studded dog collar and remarked that it would look good as a belt. They tracked down the factory and started making belts in bridle leather. Handbags and wallets followed, with ready-to-wear launched in 1994.
The couple have now been married for over 40 years, have stores in Japan and London, two daughters, and still regularly hit the road in search of inspiration.
www.jandmdavidson.comVisit their website here.






Tuesday 2 February 2016...I went to two events in Knightsbridge tonight...
6.45pm to 8pm.
Conde Nast Traveller Spa Awards at Bulgari Hotel,171 Knightsbridge,London SW7.
Over 200 folks at this luxury five star hotel and spa.
As expected it is 75% females here.
This year the winners came from India,Italy,Portugal,Maldives,Spain,Thailand and Germany.
They all looked and sounded amazing although no doubt with prices to match.
All the winners have a full feature in the new Conde Nast Traveller Magazine out this week...£4.10...
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.cntraveller.comVisit the Conde Nast Traveller website here.
then
8.05pm to 9.15pm.
Simon Sebag Montefiore: The Romanovs - book launch party at
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel,66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1.
An upmarket mainly suited crowd of around 300 folks here tonight.
Guests included political tv presenter Andrew Neil and Richard Osman from Pointless tv programme.
I had a nice chat with Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran here.
I asked him "Will there be much rehearsals for their upcoming North American tour?".
He said "Only a couple of days needed really as we just finished the UK tour in Dec so we are ready to go".
He said "Our first show will be in Niagara Falls to iron out any teething problems"
I then told him about visiting Niagara Falls in 1979 when we stayed at a Motel for a few days
that had a vibrating water bed.....We both had a laugh over that...
Complimentary mojitos,wines and canapés for all guests.
The Romanov dynasty reigned for just over 300 years, from 1613 to 1917, and while they expanded their empire at a spectacular rate (an average of 20,000 square miles a year), not one of their 20 monarchs slept easy — with good reason. Few died of natural causes.







Tuesday 02 February 2016.
Check out the amazing videos of this young drummer who is now aged nine but has been
drumming along to classic drum tracks since he was FIVE.
He does a mega 'Tom Sawyer' by Rush when he was aged just seven.
www.averydrummer.com




Monday 01 February 2016.
An Evening With Brian Pern - A Life In Rock at The Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1.
Tonight was a one off special live show for the BBC spoof rock tv show --- Brian Pern.
The main stars are Simon Day as Brian Pern whose character is loosely based on Peter Gabriel.
Rhys Thomas asks the questions.
The show was on for two hours over two sets of 70 mins and 50 mins.
It was Q n A sessions mixed with a live band and footage on the big screen.
Lots of silly answers in the Q n A sections and hilarious lyrics in the songs.
Based on the ups and downs in Brian's 45 year career.
He plays some songs from his prog rock band Thotch and his solo career.
Thotch included cameos by Nigel Havers and Paul Whitehouse.
Some of the material used was taken from the tv episodes and some of it was brand new material.
Mark King from Level 42 played a couple of songs with his funky bass including his own hit 'Running In The Family'.
Brian's Mexican wife sang a neat version of 'Proud Mary'.
It has obvious hints of Spinal Tap and is very funny with many laugh out loud bits.
Folks in the crowd included comedian Josh Widdicombe and leading live music booking agent Neil Warnock.
A very enjoyable evening.
--------------------------------------
Brian Pern: A Life in Rock is a British comedy spoof-documentary series about ageing rock star Brian Pern, the former frontman of the 1970s progressive rock group Thotch. Series 1, titled The Life of Rock, with Brian Pern, was originally broadcast in three weekly parts on BBC Four from 10 February 2014. A second series of three episodes was promoted to BBC Two and broadcast from 9 December 2014, retitled Brian Pern: A Life in Rock. A third series of three episodes Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll is currently being broadcast on BBC Four.
The series is written by Rhys Thomas and Simon Day, and stars Michael Kitchen, Paul Whitehouse and Nigel Havers in supporting roles alongside Day. The character of Brian Pern is an affectionate parody of Peter Gabriel.







Monday 01 February 2016.
Monday newspapers all have Sir Terry Wogan on the front covers.
I think it's safe to say he was to British tv/radio what David Bowie was to British music.
Terry had been in our lives for 50 years and everybody loved him.





Sunday 31 January 2016.
Very sad news that tv and radio presenting legend Sir Terry Wogan has died of cancer aged 77.
Wogan was a leading media personality in the UK from the late 1960s and was often referred to as a "national treasure".
He was known in the United Kingdom for his BBC One chat show Wogan, presenting Children in Need, Wake Up to Wogan, the game show Blankety Blank and Come Dancing and as the BBC's commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1971 to 2008. Wogan used to present a two-hour Sunday morning show, Weekend Wogan, on BBC Radio 2.
Wogan was granted a knighthood in 2005. He held dual British and Irish citizenship and was thus entitled to use "Sir".
He was one of the original djs from 1967 when BBC Radio 1 and 2 started.
Terry also had two Top 40 hit singles.
His Wogan chat show in the late 1980s had massive audience ratings as he had all the big names of the day.
Most of the shows were recorded at the BBC Theatre which is now The Shepherds Bush Empire.
Before he retired from his BBC Radio 2 weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan in 2009,
it had eight million regular listeners,making him the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.
He lived up the road from me and every now and then I would see him and his wife at our local Catholic Church.
He was a great supporter of local community events and in Oct 2015 he handed out awards to winners of
art competitions held at our local library.





Sunday 31 January 2016.
Happy Birthday to John Lydon who is 60 today.
Hard to believe that the punk rock icon has reached the grand old age of 60.
Get out your copy of the greatest album of all time 'Never Mind The Bollocks'
and PLAY LOUD.
'Anarchy In The UK','God Save The Queen' ,'Pretty Vacant','Holidays In The Sun',
'Bodies','EMI' and all the rest on the same incredible album.
Go on youtube and check out The Sex Pistols stunning DVD from Brixton Academy in 2007.
'There'll Always Be An England' which features fantastic crowd scenes and those amazing tunes.
I was at all five of the Brixton shows.





Friday 29 January 2016...Another sad death in the music world...
Paul Kantner, co-founder and guitarist for Jefferson Airplane and spin-off band Jefferson Starship,
has died from organ failure at the age of 74.
Kantner had suffered the heart attack earlier this week and had previously had a heart attack in March 2015.
He had been in poor health for a number of years.
I saw him play at their last London show a year ago on 30 Jan 2015 at Brooklyn Bowl.





Thursday 28 January 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
Bulgari - 'Goldea' - fragrance press launch at Bulgari,153 New Bond Street,London W1.
Bulgari is an Italian jewellery and luxury goods brand that produces and markets several product lines
including jewellery, watches, fragrances, accessories, and hotels.
They are launching their new female fragrance 'Goldea'.
I must admit it still does smell of pure quality and luxury.
It is in Harrods and Harvey Nichols now and Nationwide from 15 Feb 2016.
Retail prices are as follows but could be cheaper in certain places.
EDP 25ml---£37
EDP 50ml---£74
EDP 90ml--£102
Complimentary J. De Telmont champers served in golden goblets along with canapés.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
------------------------------
Goldea is a tribute to the golden goddess of beauty and sun. Gold is the divine interpretation of the splendor of the sun on earth. Unique expression of Bulgari perfumes, Goldea is a sensual and oriental fragrance that pays tribute to the olfactory richness and the infinite nuances of a palette of stylised white musks.
A profusion of luscious sweet sparkles mingled with the intoxicating scent of Ylang-Ylang and Orange Blossom and, finally, a caressing addictive base note, radiating splendor.
Olfactory family: Floriental musk
Top notes: Orange Blossom Absolute, Bergamot Absolute, Sun-filled Raspberry
Heart notes: Precious Ylang-Ylang from Comoros Islands, Golden Jasmin Petals, Luscious Sweet Sparkles
Base notes : Golden Patchouli, Papyrus from Egypt.
www.bulgari.comVisit the Bulgari website here for more info.
then
7.15pm to 8pm
Moregasm Move Rabbit - press preview at Ann Summers, 104-106 Oxford Street, London, W1.
Very popular UK lingerie and sex toy brand have a press preview of their latest Rampant Rabbit sex toys.
There are three new sex toys in this Moregasm Move Rabbit range.
The PR info sheet says they sell for £75,£60 and £45 but their website has them all for £5 cheaper.
As expected it is a 90% female crowd here.
A couple of topless male waiters serving the complimentary prosecco,cocktails,canapés and cup cakes.
There are a couple of Ann Summers reps giving demos of the new vibrator to the girls at one end of the room.
Ann Summers have also just launched their own free dating app called...Rabbit.
All guests got a goodie bag with one of the Moregasm Move Rabbit sex toys inside.
------------------------------
The first Ann Summers shop was opened in 1970 in Marble Arch, London, from which it grew to six shops.
Ann Summers was purchased in 1971 by brothers Ralph and David Gold,who turned it from a standard sex shop into an established high street brand and lingerie boutique. In 1981, David Gold installed his daughter Jacqueline Gold (who is the current Chief Executive of Ann Summers) and she introduced the Party Plan concept.
Ann Summers has 138 stores throughout the UK.
The shops offer lingerie, underwear, cosmetics, swimwear and sex toys.
The stores sell 2 million Rampant Rabbits, a kind of vibrator exclusive to Ann Summers, per year.
Jacqueline Gold initiated the Party Plan concept in 1981. Initially, the Ann Summers parties were as much a way of circumventing regulations restricting the display of sex toys as they were a marketing tactic, but their popularity quickly grew and Ann Summers now employs over 5,000 Party Organisers,coordinated from the Head Office in Surrey.
There are around 2,500 Ann Summers Parties every week in the UK.
The Ann Summers parties are exclusively women-only, and include the presentation of sex toys and lingerie in the informal setting of someone’s home; usually the home of one of the attendees. It can also involve the perusal of a catalogue, and often there are party games.
www.rampantrabbit.comVisit the Ann Summers website here for more info and to find your local store.





Thursday 28 January 2016.
Punk legends celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk rock in style.
Fri 13 May---Iggy Pop plays The Royal Albert Hall.
Fri 20 May---The Damned play The Royal Albert Hall.





Wednesday 27 January 2016...7.15pm to 10pm...
UKAI - restaurant launch party at UKAI, 240 Portobello Road, London, W11.
This venue used to be an old school boozer that no doubt was frequented by the likes of
The Clash and Lemmy back in the day when they lived in the area.
Over 100 folks at this new Japanese restaurant and bar.
A nice contemporary feel with the bar on the left and the eating area on the right.
Half a dozen photographers outside the venue as a few glammed up girls are here
including Lizzie Cundy,Casey Bachelor,Zara Holland,Naomi Isted and Tallia Storm.
Complimentary prosecco,gin cocktails and sushi for all guests.
www.ukai.co.ukVisit the UKAI website here for more info.





Wednesday 27 January 2016.
Colin Vearncombe, professionally known as the singer Black, has died following a car crash at Cork, Ireland
on January 10, 2016.
Verncombe was near Cork Airport when he was involved in the accident that left him unconscious
and in a coma until his death.
The 53-year old singer was best known for the 1988 hit ‘Wonderful Life’.
I saw him play a couple of times when he supported The Thompson Twins at Hammersmith Odeon in 1983.





Tuesday 26 January 2016...7.15pm to 9.30pm...
Costa Book Of The Year Award 2015 at Quaglino's, 16 Bury Street, St James's,London, SW1.
Around 300 folks here including a few well known names.
This was the event where last year we had a lovely long chat with David Gilmour who told us exclusive
news about his album 'Rattle That Lock' that would come out over six months later.
Sadly David Gilmour was not here tonight.
A nice surprise was Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet was here.
Others here included Jenny Agutter, Simon Mayo, Maureen Lipman, Anneka Rice, Helen Lederer,
Esther Rantzen, Kate Adie,Angela Rippon, Andrew Neil, Mary Nightingale, Ian Hislop,
Sian Williams,Sir Tim Rice and Jenny Eclair.
From 8pm to 8.30pm presenter Penny Smith hosted the five category awards and the main award.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of the books that won tonight along with a £5 Costa gift card.
Amazingly the last couple of years the Costa gift card has been £10 and now it's down to a measly £5.
Barely enough to get a coffee and cake.
A nice event though.
----------------------------------
Novelist Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree was named the Costa Book of the Year last night, becoming only the second children's book to win the prestigious literary prize. Set in a male-dominated Victorian scientific community, The Lie Tree tells the story of Faith, a 14 year old who wants to study natural science. The judges described the novel as 'a fantastic, page-turning read, but also an important book'.
www.costabookawards.comVisit their website for more info on all the winners.






Tuesday 26 January 2016.
Happy Birthday to Edward Van Halen who is 61 today.
I first saw Van Halen back in 1978.
First time as a support to Black Sabbath at Hammersmith Odeon then a few months
later they headlined The Rainbow.





Monday 25 January 2016...7pm to 11.30pm...
Debrett's 500 Party at The Rosewood Hotel,High Holborn, London, WC1.
Around 300 smartly dressed folks at this plush hotel for the main event which ran until 10pm.
Guests here included the two main speakers who gave speeches from the stage about how
they came from working class backgrounds and going to comprehensive schools etc
and the folks that mentored them and now they fully believe in mentoring.
They were Roy Hodgson(current England football manager/coach) and Adam Crozier(Head of ITV).
Other guests here included Tracey Emin,Stephen Webster,Robert Peston,Kelly Hoppen,
Jamal Edwards and Shami Chakrabati.
There was a jazz band walking through the crowd playing cover tunes.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers including Rose,Plymouth Gin cocktails,bowl food and canapés.
A very nice event.
----------------------------------
Debrett's 500 features the most influential people in the UK from around 20 different categories.
The music category included record co folks,promoters,agents,radio station folks.
Musicians on the list were Adele,Benjamin Clementine,Jess Glynne,Calvin Harris,
Sir Elton John,Naughty Boy,Ed Sherran,Sam Smith and Jamie XX.
The full list was in The Sunday Times.
Debrett's was founded way back in 1769 and is known as a posh folks bible.
Debrett's has published a range of guides on traditional British etiquette, dating from the mid 1900s. Those now out of print include Debrett's Correct Form in the Middle East, Debrett's Guide to Entertaining, Debrett's Guide to the Season, Debrett's Etiquette and Modern Manners, The English Gentleman, Debrett's Guide to Correspondence by Rolf Kurth, and a range of guides to families and counties in England and Scotland, histories of royal engagements and weddings, and cookery books.
www.debretts.comVisit the Debretts website here.
---------------------------------
10pm to 11.30pm
Afterparty for the above event was at The Scarves bar at this hotel.
Around 60 or 70 folks here.
This luxurious bar has cosy chairs and an open fire is going in the corner.
We have a female jazz singer signing a few songs.
Complimentary whiskey cocktails and gin cocktails for all guests.






Monday 25 January 2016.
The music world has suffered another loss. Jimmy Bain, best known for his work as the bassist for Dio and Rainbow and more recently with Last in Line, has reportedly passed away at the age of 68.
I had seen Jimmy play with all these three bands.





Sunday 24 January 2016.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL --- AMALUNA --- live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
I went back to see it for a second time tonight.
The production is on the floor arena and my tix tonight are Stalls Block K...so best seats in the house.
It's always good to see it for a second time as you see it from a different angle etc.
From 16 Jan to 06 March---Cirque du Soleil returns to The Royal Albert Hall for its annual six week stint.
Cirque du Soleil returns to the Hall with one of its newest touring shows, Amaluna.
Amaluna has never before been seen in the UK and will mark Cirque du Soleil’s 20th year at The RAH.
Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women, with female performers making up the majority of the cast, and all eight members of the band also women.
www.cirquedusoleil.comClick here for more info and to buy tickets.
-------------------------------
The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins each.
As usual a visual treat mixing circus,theatre,colourful costumes and loud pulsating music from the live band.
And so there are jugglers and clowns and lots and lots of people dangling high above the stage from hoops and straps. Men who can bounce each other off a teeterboard with fearless ease. Women who can spin light-up versions of an ancient Chinese weapon called a meteor, and then get spun themselves. Mesmerizing contortionist Iuliia Mykhailova does her thing dripping wet after taking a dip in a clear, giant onstage bowl of water; Evgeny Kurkin offers equal-opportunity eye candy climbing up, swinging around and sliding headfirst down a Chinese pole.
These are impressive feats, but nothing that was breathtaking and death-defying like the
heart in your mouth 'Wheel of Death' that was here last year.
Lara Jacobs gingerly and precisely assembled and balanced 15 palm leaf ribs of various sizes -- from two feet long to twice her height -- into a gigantic tree-like structure held together by the vagaries of physics. The routine started in the wash of sound that accompanies all Cirque shows and ended in pin-dropping silence before the audience responded to Jacobs' feat with sustained -- and deserved -- applause.
Always nice to see the legendary Cirque du Soleil perform.







Saturday 23 January 2016.
The Corrs + The Shires live at The 02 Arena,London.
The Corrs are an Irish band that combines rock with traditional Celtic Irish folk themes within their music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle); Sharon (violin, vocals); Caroline (drums, percussion, piano, bodhrán, vocals) and Jim (guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals). They are from Dundalk, Co. Louth, in Ireland.
The Corrs are playing their first UK tour for around a decade.
I saw them play a couple of times back in 2001.
They have had six Top 10 hits including 'Breathless' that topped the charts.
They sold a few million albums and singles in their heyday.
They released their sixth album 'White Light' in Nov 2015.
I saw their comeback show in Sept 2015 when they supported Rod Stewart in Hyde Park.
That was just a 30 mins hits set but this tour will be their full length headline show.
Support comes from UK Country superstars, The Shires, who in 2015 became the first ever
UK Country act to break into the UK album chart Top 10 with their album 'Brave'.
The Shires are the first British act to sign to a major US country label (Decca Nashville, one-time home to Loretta Lynn).
Not bad going for a group who only formed in late 2013.
The Shires are the UK’s leading country duo, featuring songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Ben Earle and
vocalist Crissie Rhodes.
The Shires sold out Shepherds Bush Empire on their 2015 UK tour.
www.theshiresmusic.comVisit The Shires website here for more info.
---------------------------------------
I have a great Block B seat on the floor by the mixing desk.
The Shires arrive on stage at 7.30pm for an eight song 35 mins set.
The Shires have been very busy the past couple of years with loads of gigs and interviews on tv and radio.
This hard work has paid off with a top 10 debut album in the UK.
The venue is pretty full when they come as most the crowd know who The Shires are and have arrived early.
In fact it's a perfect booking to get them as the support act for The Corrs.
The Shires have been given a small space in front of The Corrs stage production curtain.
Five of them on stage with all the best tracks from their debut album played and a cover version.
They play their take on radio friendly country rock with Crissie on fine clear vocals.
Ben's warm stage personality comes over as he says "thank you to everyone that bought the album ".
Their set is over far too quickly but the band went down great tonight and made some new friends.
They should be 'Brave' and slot in a headline show at Hammersmith Apollo before the year is out.
Full setlist played by The Shires tonight...
All Over Again
Nashville Grey Skies
State Lines
Brave
Friday Night
Jekyll And Hyde
Islands In The Stream (Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers cover)
Tonight
---------------------------------------
By the time The Corrs come on the venue is totally full up.
The Corrs arrive on stage at 8.40pm and are on stage for 1 hour 45 mins.
The setlist is all the hits along with a few tracks from their new album.
We have a nice arena stage production with three big screens used.
The three sisters all still look great and i always love seeing a female drummer.
Andrea on vocals skips and twirls at every opportunity and the female harmonies are superb.
They may have away a bit but the show is slick with no sign of ring rust.
A very enjoyable evening with two great live acts.
Full setlist played by The Corrs tonight...
I Do What I Like
Give Me a Reason
Forgiven, Not Forgotten
Bring on the Night
What Can I Do
Radio
Lough Erin Shore / Trout in the Bath / Joy of Life
Runaway
With Me Stay
Ellis Island
Buachaill Ón Éirne
Love to Love You
Only When I Sleep
Queen of Hollywood
Dreams(Fleetwood Mac cover)(this cover was one of The Corrs top ten hits)
Kiss of Life
I Never Loved You Anyway
So Young
Encore:
White Light
Breathless
Toss the Feathers([traditional] cover)







Thursday 21 January 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.45pm.
Rock Art by Geronimo AKA Jumping Bull - a tribute to The Rolling Stones - private view - at
Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, London, W1.
A big crowd of around 300 folks in the first floor bar area that overlooks the dining area at this plush hotel.
Lots of cosy armchairs to sit on in this spacious area.
None of The Rolling Stones are here as they are on the other side of the pond rehearsing for their
upcoming shows in South America.
Geronimo is here and walking around introducing himself to everyone and he was very friendly.
The rock artist Geronimo, a friend of the Rolling Stones, is opening a new exhibition today at the gallery of The Club in Cafe Royal. His works include the tongue logo, made from flattened drinks cans, that became synonymous with the band.
Geronimo, who is self-taught, also goes by the name Jumping Bull. He met Keith Richards by chance when The Rolling Stones were touring and they became good friends.
The band had a big influence on Geronimo's work, inspiring much of his art, including paintings, portraits and sculptures.
Some great tongue logo art made of flattened coke cans and flattened vinyl singles and the tongue logo sofas were great...but very expensive.
Around 30 items are here to see.
www.clubcaferoyal.comVisit the Club Cafe Royal website here.
www.geronimotheartist.comVisit the Geronimo website here.
Complimentary presecco,vodka cocktails,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
There were a few photo catalogs of the exhibition lying around so I had one of those.
then
Nahko and Medicine For The People live at The Electric Ballroom,London.
They are on a UK and European Tour.
Their American tour in 2015 included a sold out show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.
US sensations Nahko and Medicine For The People will be making their breakout album ‘Dark As Night’ available in the UK for the first time on December 11th. The release comes ahead of their January tour and the eagerly anticipated new album, recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly), which is due in spring 2016 via Side One Dummy.
The US word-of-mouth sensations first came to prominence with their song ‘Aloha Ke Akua’ which has gained over a whopping 4.7 million views to date. Lead by Nahko, the musical collective are on a musical mission to spread awareness of living in harmony with Mother Nature, evident in the fan-made video for ‘Aloha Ke Akua’ featuring a spectacular collection of footage which was part of Mexico’s Bicentennial celebration, reflecting the natural beauty of that spectacular country to the world.
-------------------------------
Nobody i had spoken to the past fortnight had heard of this band yet here they are playing to a pretty full Electric Ballroom.
The super tight band are on stage for around 1 hour 50 mins.
Their uplifting medley of folk, urban and world music, as well as their hypnotizing videos, have enchanted activist-minded music fans across the world in the relatively short time they have been creating music together.
There is a good vibrations communal vibe here as fans are singing along with their arms in the air.
The frontman Nahko Bear has nimble fingers on the keyboard and guitar which match the strength of his faultless vocals.
A significant portion of the audience look like they’ve been on a yoga retreat to India at least once
in their lifetime and cite The Beach amongst their favourite films.
Budding Trees, with its “body talks and meditations helps” chorus, unites the whole room in the way that listening to Counting Crows does. Warrior People’s reggae sways continue the band’s message of spiritual journeys plus hints of indigenous patriotism (Bear has Native American roots). The talent of the four musicians is never more on show than during the huge mid-set medley that dexterously blends No Diggity into Bills, Bills, Bills through to Get Up, Stand Up.
Clan solidarity permeates the place – everyone here is described as “family” – and the performance is certainly given with a lot of love. But songs do have a tendency to drag on, one seemingly ending about three times before actually concluding.
The near two-hour set length feels like it doesn’t know when to finish either.
A good show.







Thursday 21 January 2016.
It's a funny old world.
A 10-year-old Muslim boy was quizzed by police after mistakenly writing that he lived in a "terrorist house"
rather than a "terraced house".
The youngster made the error during an English lesson at a Lancashire school, and the following day
police arrived at his home to interview him and examine the family laptop.





Wednesday 20 January 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.45pm.
L S Hilton: Maestra - book launch party at Sotheby's,New Bond Street,London W1.
Lisa Hilton releases her latest book and she is here tonight.
Around 100 guests here in a smaller set of rooms compared to the usual bigger layout at this venue.
Complimentary presecco and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a complimentary copy of the book.
Lisa Hilton has written an erotic novel to rival Fifty Shades Of Grey and Hollywood studio Columbia Pictures
has already snapped up the rights.
‘History will always be a passion, but I’m thrilled to have the chance to write something so different,’ says Lisa.
It tells the story of Judith Rashleigh, an assistant at a London auction house who is fired after she discovers a forged painting.
She suspects a conspiracy, fears for her life and flees to the French Riviera, where lashings of racy encounters take place.
The film will be produced by Amy Pascal, who left Sony after the leaked emails scandal.
Pascal describes Rashleigh as ‘one of the most memorable females in recent fiction’.
then
7.50pm to 8.30pm.
Russell Young 'Superstar' --- private view at Halcyon Gallery,New Bond Street,London W1.
Around 100 cool looking art folks here tonight.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers for all guests.
Two particular faces are to be celebrated in this pop up exhibition, British supermodel Kate Moss and the ever alluring Marilyn Monroe. The Kate Moss pieces are especially evocative. Based around some of the most risqué pictures of the model taken when she was just sixteen years old, the art pieces see Moss in lingerie and high heels, covering her bare chest with a teddy bear.
It is on until 14 Feb 2016.
www.halcyongallery.comVisit the Halcyon Gallery website here for more info.






Tuesday 19 January 2016.
Cirque du Soleil - Amaluna - vip/press night at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
From 16 Jan to 06 March---Cirque du Soleil returns to The Royal Albert Hall for its annual six week stint.
Cirque du Soleil returns to the Hall with one of its newest touring shows, Amaluna.
Amaluna has never before been seen in the UK and will mark Cirque du Soleil’s 20th year at The RAH.
Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women, with female performers making up the majority of the cast, and all eight members of the band also women.
www.cirquedusoleil.comClick here for more info and to buy tickets.
--------------------------------
6.45pm to 7.45pm.
I did the red carpet arrivals along with 30 photographers,30 media folks and 30 autograph hunters.
Rod Stewart and his wife Penny turned up in their gleaming chauffeur driven Rolls Royce.
Concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith was also here.
Also here was Bond girl Naomie Harris ,Katherine Jenkins,Tom Fletcher ,Jo Wood and Brix Smith-Start .
Arlene Phillips, Anita Dobson, David Jason, Deborah Meaden, Lesley Manville, Samantha Bond and Suzi Perry caught up at the drinks reception ahead of the show.Also Kelly Holmes, Kelly Hoppen, Laura Whitmore, Lily Cole, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Maisie Williams, Myleene Klass, Naughty Boy, Noomi Rapace,Tom Daley,Ashley James, Brendan Cole, Dave Berry, Ella Woodward, Joe Swash, Linzi Stoppard, Ola and James Jordan and Stacey Solomon.
then inside for the show from 8pm.
The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins each.
As usual a visual treat mixing circus,theatre,colourful costumes and loud pulsating music from the live band.
And so there are jugglers and clowns and lots and lots of people dangling high above the stage from hoops and straps. Men who can bounce each other off a teeterboard with fearless ease. Women who can spin light-up versions of an ancient Chinese weapon called a meteor, and then get spun themselves. Mesmerizing contortionist Iuliia Mykhailova does her thing dripping wet after taking a dip in a clear, giant onstage bowl of water; Evgeny Kurkin offers equal-opportunity eye candy climbing up, swinging around and sliding headfirst down a Chinese pole.
These are impressive feats, but nothing that was breathtaking and death-defying like the
heart in your mouth 'Wheel of Death' that was here last year.
Lara Jacobs gingerly and precisely assembled and balanced 15 palm leaf ribs of various sizes -- from two feet long to twice her height -- into a gigantic tree-like structure held together by the vagaries of physics. The routine started in the wash of sound that accompanies all Cirque shows and ended in pin-dropping silence before the audience responded to Jacobs' feat with sustained -- and deserved -- applause.
Always nice to see the legendary Cirque du Soleil perform.
I will be back at the weekend to see it again.






Tuesday 19 January 2016.
Enjoying an idyllic location in the ancient village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond, the Luss Smokehouse is the natural inheritor of a centuries old Highlands craft that has long given Scotland pride of place on the global map of epicurean excellence as home to the finest smoked salmon in the world.
The smoked salmon arrives in the post in special packaging that keeps it super fresh and it tastes fantastic.
www.luss-smokehouse.comVisit their website for more info and to buy.






Tuesday 19 January 2016...another sad death...
Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, has died aged 67.
He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when he was 58.
The band's keyboard player Verden Allen tells the Hereford Times: "I can't believe it. Dale was like family, we were very close. We went through a lot together.
He was a founder member of the group, best known for classic tracks Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes.
The latter was written and produced by David Bowie, who sang backing vocals on the track.
The band, who made eight albums during their five-and-a-half year existence, reformed to mark their 40th anniversary in 2009 - but Griffin was too ill to take part as the main drummer.
Martin Chambers from The Pretenders filled in for him.
I was at all five of their re-union shows in 2009 where Dale joined in as second drummer for the encore.
Mott The Hoople were the first headline band i saw at Hammersmith Odeon way back in Dec 1973.
The support band that night were Queen.






Monday 18 January 2016...6.30pm to 9.15pm....
Belgravia Awards at The Berkeley Hotel,Belgravia,London SW1.
There is a gentle rivalry...Mayfair v Belgravia.
Which is the poshest place to live and work in London?
Around 300 smartly dressed upmarket folks here at this plush five star hotel.
A nice surprise is CHRISTINE MCVIE from FLEETWOOD MAC is here to present an award.
Christine said she was a local resident.
Fleetwood Mac world tour last year must have put more than a few quid in her bank account.
Just three awards tonight and three shortlisted for each award.
Focusing on stores and people in the local community.
Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers,wines and canapés for all the guests.
For the last hour it was Laurent Perrier champers when the champers from the sponsors run out.






Monday 18 January 2016.
Last week i said which rock legend would be the next to pass away...
Glenn Frey, Eagles guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, passed away Monday. He was 67. "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016. Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia," the Eagles wrote in a statement Monday.
In the 1970s they were one of the biggest bands in the world.
The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records —100 million in the U.S. alone—including 42 million copies of Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and 32 million copies of Hotel California. "Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)" was the best selling album of the 20th century in the U.S.
They are the fifth-highest-selling music act and the highest-selling American band in U.S. history.
In 1994 The Eagles reunited for the first time in 14 years to kick off their Hell Freezes Over Tour at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
Glenn and the others embarked on solo careers during their hiatus.
Glenn Frey was a founding member of the Eagles. Frey played guitar with the Eagles as well as piano and keyboards and sang lead vocals on songs such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight".
I saw The Eagles live in concert around half a dozen times since 2001.
One was a one-off show to launch their new album ‘Long Road Out of Eden’ in Oct 2007.
The band played the Indigo venue – with a capacity of 2,300 – two days after their first album of new material
in 28 years is released on October 29.
Tickets for this invite only show were £1000 each face value...yes £1000.
Tickets were only available to bankers and city folks and the music industry.






Monday 18 January 2016.
Click on The Sex Pistols link on the right for Steve Jones radio show where his guest was Dave Grohl
on the day that David Bowie passed away.
The first hour is them talking about memories of David Bowie and Lemmy and at the end is a great
acoustic version of 'Heroes' by Steve Jones.





Sunday 17 January 2016.
London 4-piece The Hunna continue their rapid ascent, taking over the UK indie-rock scene with a crusading zeal and a fan base growing exponentially by the day.
Having already sold out THREE London headline shows 2,3,4 March at The Boston Arms Music Room off the back of their debut track ‘Bonfire’ they have just announced a headline show on 01 June 2016 at London’s iconic Electric Ballroom in Camden, following the release of their second single on New Year’s Day.
That new single - ‘We Could Be’ - has already notched up over 1.5 million video views in less than a fortnight and is sitting pretty at number 15 on Spotify’s UK Viral Top 50 and number 22 on the iTunes Alternative Chart. The track is also blowing up globally, charting in territories including North America, mainland Europe, Australia and Asia.







Saturday 16 January 2016.
Happy Birthday to my dear mum.
We had a family party in the early afternoon then a nice touch by my eldest son Marc
who hired out a Black Rolls Royce Phantom with a chauffeur for five hours to show my mum the sights of
The West End and have a couple of hours at The Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly for late afternoon tea.






Friday 15 January 2016.
The Smyths live at Sub 89 ,Reading.
The UKs top Smiths tribute act are on another massive UK Tour.
They formed the band back in 2003 because of their passion for The Smiths.
As the band says "we didn't just want to be a tribute band - we wanted to play the music of The Smiths and recreate what is was to see and hear The Smiths live - it just happens that when you do that, the world calls you a tribute. For us that was a world of silly wigs and props - everything we felt a homage to The Smiths shouldn't be. So we spent a year rehearsing every week to make sure that when we launched we sounded genuine - The Smiths and their fans (like us) demand nothing less. We focussed on the sound and spirit of The Smiths live. Fast forward over a decade later and some 500 shows later and we see and hear ourselves now spoken of as being in the top tier of tributes globally. The years in between have seen us play throughout the UK, overseas and at major festivals such as Glastonbury".
They will be highlighting the classic album "The Queen Is Dead" plus playing loads of other Smiths classics.
www.sub89.comBuy tickets for this gig and other gigs at Sub 89.
www.thesmyths.netVisit their website for more info on remaining dates on their tour.
-----------------------------------------
Although i have seen Morrissey over a dozen times i never got to see The Smiths.
This was mainly due to me working gigs at Hammersmith Odeon through the 1980s on front of stage security
and The Smiths never played that venue when when they were active in the 1980s.
The 600 capacity tonight is very full with a buzzy Friday night atmosphere.
A few fans have brought some daffodils along to throw on stage.
To take on the mantle of such an iconic band like The Smiths is not for the faint-hearted but
The Smyths really did do them justice.
The band are on stage for around 1 hour 45 mins over two sets.
Singer Graham Sampson, or “Morrissey”, even looked the part. Remarkably dressed in true Mozzer style,
from the quiff to the hearing aid to the cardigan which was mixed in with typically awkward Moz style stage banter.
His Morrissey mannerisms were so spot on it was unreal.
The guitarist played those classic riffs well and the band sounded solid.
So many classic songs played and the crowd are singing along loudly and dancing too down the front.
A great show so catch them if you can.
They play The Half Moon,Putney,SW London on Friday 04 March 2016.
This was the full setlist played...
FIRST SET
The Queen Is Dead
Panic
Ask
London
What She Said
These Things Take Time
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
I Know It's Over
Frankly Mr. Shankly
Never Had No One
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
SECOND SET
Cemetery Gates
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Reel Around The Mountain
Pretty Girls Make Graves
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Shakespeare's Sister
Girlfriend In A Coma
William It Was Really Nothing
What Difference Does It Make?
This Charming Man
Encore
How Soon Is Now?





Friday 15 January 2016.
MÖTLEY CRÜE's one-and-a-half-year "The Final Tour" saw the band perform across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows in 72 markets, grossing $100 million.





Friday 15 January 2016.
Andrew Loog Oldham now aged 71 is an English record producer, talent manager, impresario and author.
He was manager and producer of The Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1967.
BBC4 tv tonight had a programme on Music Managers and features a great rare recent interview with
Andrew Loog Oldham from his home in Columbia where he has lived for many years.
The interview with Malcolm McLaren also included the footage of me jumping around front of stage for
The Sex Pistols at Notre Dame Hall from 1976 that was on a London Weekend tv special on Punk Rock
back then and the stills of me from that were used on the posters for The Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant single.
The cover of the New Zealand 7 inch vinyl version of Pretty Vacant has a still picture which includes me.







Friday 15 January 2016
David Bowie has scored an astonishing nineteen top 100 albums in the UK charts, the first charts listing to be released following his death on Sunday, January 10.
Bowie's new album 'Blackstar' - released just two days before his death on January 8 - becomes his tenth number one album, and the fastest selling release of 2016 so far, with 150,000 copies sold in week one. The Official Charts have revealed Bowie was already on course for the number one spot before he passed away from cancer earlier this week.
The re-entry of a host of the Brixton artist's past albums have flooded the charts, though, with re-charting albums including 'Hunky Dory', 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' and 'Nothing Has Changed'. The latter - a best of - is the second highest charter, in at number five.
Bowie's singles have also gone big this week, with 'Heroes' at number 11, 'Life On Mars' at number 16 and eleven other singles to be found inside the UK top 100.








Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

February 27, 2016

Friday 26 February 2016.
Chas & Dave live at The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
I first saw them in 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon supporting 10cc.
I saw them headline The Royal Albert Hall in April 2014.
Chas & Dave are an English pop rock duo, most notable as creators and performers of a musical style labelled "rockney" (a portmanteau of "rock" and "cockney"), which mixes "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll".For a time, "Rockney" was also the name of their record label, and they achieved several British chart hits, their major breakthrough being "Gertcha" in 1979, which peaked at No. 20 in the UK Singles Chart, and was the first of eight Top 40 hit singles the duo played on. They also had nine best-selling albums. In October 2013 they released That's What Happens, their first studio album in 18 years.
------------------------
Got in the area around an hour before the gig to have a wander by the nearby Eton College which is just
5 mins over the bridge from Windsor.
Funny to see the Eton boys at 7pm still in their full uniforms in the shops as they live-in at the college.
Windsor & Eton is a lovely place to visit...even more so in the summer down by the riverside pubs.
I get to the venue and the cosy 600 plus all seated historic venue is sold out.
Chas & Dave gigs always have groups of boozed up blokes sinking loads of pints.
Chas & Dave were on stage for 1 hour 40 mins over two sets of 40 mins and 60 mins.
Three of them on stage including a drummer.
The first set was mainly songs they played on the pub circuit in the early 1970s including tracks by
Chuck Berry,Jerry Lee Lewis and Lonnie Donnegan.
They ended the first set with their big hit 'Gercha'.
The second set got some folks up and dancing at the sides as there were plenty of hits in it
with tracks played including 'London Girls','Margate','When Two Worlds Collide',
'Thats What I Like','Roll Out The Barrel','Rabbit','Ain't No Pleasing You' and
'The Sideboard Song (Got My Beer In The Sideboard Here)'.
An enjoyable show.






Thursday 25 February 2016...8.15pm to 11.15pm
Ferrari 488 Spider - launch party - at Watches of Switzerland, 155 Regent Street,London, W1.
We arrive at the store which is all lit up in Ferrari Red.
Around 250 smartly dressed folks here over the two levels of this venue.
We have a random sighting of footie manager Mick McCarthy who is currently at Ipswich Town F.C.
Mick stuck to bottles of beer all night rather than the champers or cocktails.
Made In Chelsea stars Lucy Watson, James Dunmore, Oliver Proudlock and Mark Francis Vandelli joined Tallia Storm at Watches of Switzerland for Ferrari's new 488 car launch party.
Also Jamie Campbell-Bower joined the party with Becky Tong, Vogue Williams and Sarah Ann Macklin.
Husband and wife Alex Goward and Laura Hamilton were also here.
We have a Ferrari Racing Car parked outside the venue and the new Ferrari 488 Spider is inside the store.
We have a demo where the car is started up to get that amazing Ferrari purr.
There is a big screen in one corner showing tv adverts and feature film clips featuring Ferrari cars.
Lots of fantastic Italian hospitality with lots of complimentary drinks and tasty Italian food including
Veuve Clicquot champers,different cocktails,wines,beers and canapés.
All guests got a large print of the new Ferrari 488 Spider.
A very nice event.






Wednesday 24 February 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
RICS - Roux at Parliament Square - Showcase ,12 Great George Street,Westminster,London SW1.
Roux at Parliament Square is fronted by Michelin-starred chef Michael Roux Jr.
Chef Michel Roux Jr is here chatting to everyone.
The building has a first class restaurant as well as meeting rooms that can be hired out for
private parties and conferences.
It also has a 5th floor terrace with stunning views over Parliament Square.
Guests tonight enjoyed complimentary presecco,wines and lots of their tasty food.
www.parliamentsquare.orgVisit their website here.
www.rouxatparliamentsquare.co.ukVisit their website here.
then
11pm to 3.30am
The BRIT Awards 2016 (BRITs) - Sony Music party - The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, Mayfair,London, W1.
The BRIT Awards is the one time where the record companies splash the cash like the old days.
The last two years i attended the Warner Music BRITs party but this year i am at Sony.
A massive party with 600 on the guest list over all the floors of this plush private members club.
Adele was here to celebrate her four BRIT wins...but did not stay long...
Others included Louis Tomlinson(One Direction),Craig David, Fleur East, Olly Murs and Labrinth.
Mark Ronson and Ellie Goulding were also here.
Other guests and music lovers at the event were Simon Pegg, Gary Oldman, Jessica Wright, Mark Wright and Sinitta.
Paloma Faith and Rebecca Ferguson both took to the stage to perform short sets during the evening.
There was a fun casino in the basement.
Some of the artists stayed only a short while before going to other parties.
Djs playing on each floor with the first floor the liveliest and totally buzzing.
Loads of complimentary drinks and food all night including Lanson champers,different cocktails,wines,beers.
Loads of food including sushi and oysters.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
An excellent party.







Tuesday 23 February 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.15pm
Ron Arad Rocks - private view - Louisa Guinness Gallery, First Floor, 45 Conduit Street, London, W1.
This gallery is a few yards down the road from the Vivienne Westwood store.
Ron Arad now aged 64 is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect.
He has been designing for over 30 years which included the now iconic Rover Chair.
Some stunning jewellery here from his 'Rocks' series.
Prices start from £1500 upwards.
One of the guests here was one of The Rolling Stones personal security guys from the 1980s.
Either it was Jim Callaghan or one of the other ones...not sure..
Complimentary wines for all guests.
www.louisaguinnessgallery.comVisit the website for more info.
then
7.30pm to 10.15pm
Alt:Ego - showcase - Salmontini Le Resto, 1 Pont Street, Belgravia,London SW1.
Very nice to be at Salmontini - The Award Winning Sushi and Sashimi Restaurant in Belgravia.
We are here to see the art from IAIN ALEXANDER where they are around 20 portraits of
David Bowie and other icons of music and the silver screen including Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.
I looked at one for the price...£12,000...they are very colourful and vibrant...
They will be on display for eight weeks.
The artist Iain Alexander is here as is 80s pop star Sinitta.
A nice buzzing atmosphere as the tables have been cleared away in the middle as we have a singer
playing a few tunes and the dj is playing tunes including David Bowie.
Complimentary Moët champers,vodka cocktails and some great food.
www.salmontini.co.ukVisit their website for more info.






Tuesday 23 February 2016.
40 years ago today on Monday February 23, 1976, AC/DC, complete with bagpipers, played ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll) on the back of a flatbed truck down Swanston Street, Melbourne and made their historic music video.
Check out the video on YouTube





Monday 22 February 2016.
The Daily Mail reported this today.
'Time to rewind' as cassette tapes make comeback.
After LPs and record players made a return recently, it's the turn of the cassette tape, as music fans on both sides of the Atlantic are returning to the format two decades after CDs replaced tapes. Sales of music tapes are rising so fast in the US that the Recording Industry Association of America is investigating ways to track sales for the first time since the 1990s.






Sunday 21 February 2016.
Whatsonstage.com Awards and Concert at Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1.
Tonight's host was Steve Furst.
Major theatre ticket selling website holds it's annual awards.
Stage and screen awards for some of the best theatrical performances of the past twelve months.
Hamlet at the Barbican and Gypsy both won four awards (Hamlet – Best Actor in a Play for Benedict Cumberbatch, Best Play Revival, Best Set Design and Best Lighting and Gypsy – Best Actress for Imelda Staunton, Best Supporting Actress for Lara Pulver, Best Direction and Best Musical Revival) and Kinky Boots took three (Best New Musical, Best Actor for Matt Henry and Best Choreography).
Nicole Kidman won Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Photograph 51 and the show also won Best New Play. Other winners included Judi Dench, Mark Gatiss and David Bedella. Mary Poppins won Best Regional Production, Carrie – Best Off-West End Production and Les Miserables took Best West End Show.
Nicole Kidman was here but Benedict Cumberbatch sent a video.
Shame there was not an award for best name of a musical as an off-west end production nominee was called
'You Won't Succeed On Broadway If You Don't Have Any Jews'.
The event was two hours in length over two sets and between the awards we had some live songs performed
by cast members of various musicals including Pixie Lott singing 'Moon River' from the upcoming stage
production 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' which she stars in from June 2016 at Theatre Royal,Haymarket.
Amelia Lily sung a song.
www.whatsonstage.comVisit their website for more info and winners list.
------------------------------------
then the afterparty for this event...9.45pm to 11.45pm at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel,
31-36 Leicester Square, London, WC2.
A big crowd of around 300 folks here.
Cast members from the show including Pixie Lott and Amelia Lily were here.
Also Sarah Hadland (Stevie in the Miranda tv show) and leading theatrical booking agent Jonathan Shalit.
Also Claire Sweeney,Arlene Phillips and Kimberley Walsh were here.
Complimentary presecco,wines,soft drinks and canapés for all guests.







Saturday 20 February 2016.
Thunder + Terrorvision live at Wembley Arena,London.
Thunder play their biggest ever London headline show at the end of their five date UK arena tour.
I have seen Thunder around 15 times since 1990.
Thunder have had 18 Top 40 UK hits.
I have seen Terrorvision around 10 times since 1994.
Terrorvision have had 13 Top 40 UK hits in their 1990s heyday.
-----------------------------------
The venue was around three quarters full tonight.
Terrorvision arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
Most of the crowd are in early as they are a well known band.
They are given two big screens at the sides to show live footage.
Terrorvision hail from Bradford and were part of that 'lad rock' era of the 90s.
The singer does a good job of getting the crowd involved.
Nice to hear most of their hits played live here tonight.
Full setlist played...
Discotheque Wreck
Pretend Best Friend
Celebrity Hit List
My House
Some People Say
Josephine
D'Ya Wanna Go Faster
Middleman
Babylon
Oblivion
Bad Actress
Alice What's the Matter
Perseverance
-----------------------------
Thunder arrived on stage at 8.55pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
Thunder have three big screens and a decent light show.
The band attract a lot more females than bigger name rock bands.
Lots of catchy good time rock n roll tunes played.
Singer Danny Bowes gives off that 'your mate down the pub' vibe to the crowd.
Danny said "it's really great to finally play Wembley without someone else coming on after them"
A really good show.
Full setlist played...
Intro(video:Wonder Days)
Wonder Days
Black Water
River of Pain
Resurrection Day
Like a Satellite
The Devil Made Me Do It
Empty City
Backstreet Symphony
I'll Be Waiting
The Thing I Want
When the Music Played
Love Walked In
I Love You More Than Rock 'N' Roll
Encore:
Serpentine
Dirty Love







Friday 19 February 2016...5.15pm to 8.30pm...
Bukowski Grill - Restaurant launch - 10 D'Arblay Street,Soho,London W1.
D'Arblay Street is off Berwick Street and Wardour Street,
Soho is totally buzzing on this Friday evening with its abundance of restaurants,bars and pubs
all doing great business.
We have another addition with Bukowski Grill.
A seriously hearty new menu from the charcoal grill specialists at their new flagship restaurant.
For starters we had some yummy short ribs and wings covered in their homemade sauce.
Also some tender Swaledale Lamb Chops.
For mains we had a Smokey Beast Burger that was massive along with some amazing large chips roasted
in beef dripping along with Buffalo Cauliflower Fritters with Blue Cheese Sauce.
We were so full that we just had ice cream for dessert along with a milk shake and a coffee.
Lots of great drinks too with my fave being the Cherry Bourbon Cocktail.
The staff here were all really nice and eager to serve and please.
A fine addition to Soho that will be very popular for sure.
------------------------------
BBQ Bukowski Grill open their biggest restaurant to date - this one in the heart of Soho. Their 70 seat D'arblay Street spot will be their third restaurant (following Boxpark in Shoreditch and a second one in Brixton Market).
Turns out to be a bit of a homecoming for chef/owner Robin Freeman who used to work down the road at Blacks. His third, all-day restaurant will kick off with weekday breakfasts for the work crowd, serving up burgers and ribs for lunch. Heading into the evening there'll be a huge list of beer from London breweries, as well as wine and cocktails
New to the menu in Soho you'll find:
Pork Nuggets with kimchi remoulade
Buffalo cauliflower fritters with blue cheese sauce and Reuben hash
Swaledale lamb cutlets with smokey chilli jelly
Deep-fried cream cracker coated smoked haddock with clam chowder
There'll also be a new weekend brunch menu featuring, alongside the classics, cornmeal-crusted soft shell crab, poached eggs and hot sauce Hollandaise along with a breakfast Margarita and some special Bloody Mary’s.
Bukowski Grill will open on 22 February 2016 at 10 D’arblay Street, London W1F 8DS. They'll be on soft launch for the first three days with 50% off food only from breakfast through to dinner, opening officially on Thursday 25 February.
www.bukowski-grill.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.








Friday 19 February 2016.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band confirm UK tour dates.
May 2016
Wednesday 25 Manchester Etihad Stadium
June 2016
Wednesday 1 Glasgow Hampden Park
Friday 3 Coventry Ricoh Arena
Sunday 5 London Wembley Stadium
(Two shows at Dublin Croke Park already confirmed for May 27 and May 29)





Thursday 18 February 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.45pm
Bernard Buffet - private view and book launch - at Opera Gallery,134 New Bond Street,London W1.
French artist Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) was born into a rather dysfunctional family (his father divided his time scrupulously between his mistress and his wife and children) and was brought up in a second-floor apartment in the Batignolles district of Paris. His childhood was not a very happy one due to the difficult atmosphere at home, and his adolescent years were spent in a city under the occupation of the Nazis. Academically Buffet struggled, but he could certainly draw and his work was so impressive that at the age of fifteen he was accepted into the famous École des Beaux-Arts. Affected by the years of wartime deprivation and haunted by disturbing images, Buffet's post-war art was 'spare and cheerless', his colour palette various shades of greys and browns, his lines angular, and his characters emaciated, stick-like beings often caught in moments of disenchantment or despair. His bleak images captured the feeling of the times, and before Buffet was in his mid-twenties, he was famous. A hugely prolific painter whose canvases fetched very large sums of money, Buffet was soon part of the Saint-Tropez scene and one of the Gallic 'Fabulous Five' - the others being Francoise Sagan, Roger Vadim, Brigitte Bardot and Yves St Laurent. After a short and unsuccessful first marriage, Buffet's lover and constant companion for eight years was Pierre Bergé (who later became the long-term partner of Yves St Laurent) and it was Bergé who helped Buffet make the transition from scruffy, paint-splattered young artist to the suave and elegantly groomed celebrity painter he rapidly became. Several Rolls Royces, various chateaux, his own island and a beautiful second wife later, Bernard Buffet experienced a complete fall from favour when he fell foul of the art establishment, and Nicholas Foulkes' detailed biography informs the reader how this huge change of fortune came about.
----------------------
Around 150 smartly dressed folks here at this gallery with many of them French.
We have the paintings of Bernard Buffet over the two floors and there is a book launch on the artist.
Bernard Buffet - The Invention Of The Modern Artist by Nicholas Foulkes.
The author Nick Foulkes is signing copies of his book.
Guests here included girl about town Nancy Dell'Olio.
Complimentary Pommery champers for all guests.
then
8pm to 9pm
Victoria Grant's Hat Hall of Fame - private view - at Cafe Royal Hotel,Regent Street,London W1.
Around 100 folks here and many are wearing amazing head wear.
Soho punk and fashion legend Phillip Salon was here.
Quintessential London Milliner, Victoria Grant, scales the heights of luxury headwear, exciting and
shocking designers and customers alike.
VOGUE Italia: – "She has “dressed” the most stylish heads of fashion: from Kate Moss to Cara Delevigne: so many celebrities are hat-addicts and appreciate Grant’s style never missing a chance to show off one of her creations"
16 of her most show-stopping pieces are on display that were worn by Cara Delevigne,Sienna Miller,
Lady Gaga,Madonna,Paloma Faith,Dita Von Teese,Beyonce,Katy Perry and others.
The Rolling Stones tongue exhibition is still on at the other end on the first floor.
Complimentary presecco,wines and beers for all guests.
www.victoriagrant.co.ukVisit the Victoria Grant website here.







Wednesday 17 February 2016..I went to two events tonight...
Ones of those miserable February days where it rained all bleeding day.
5.30pm to 8.30pm
Low,Slow & Juke - restaurant and bar launch - 1 Abbey Orchard Street,Victoria,London SW1.
A basement smokehouse nestled in between Westminster and Victoria on Abbey Orchard Street.
Just a few mins walk from Big Ben and The Houses Of Parliament.
Serving up low and slow cooked meats alongside the finest smoked cocktails and craft beers
whilst you soak up the sounds of the soulful south.
A buzzing atmosphere here with some lovely food and drinks.
My fave food was the Maple Glazed Baby Ribs and the Chilli & Caramel Chicken Wings.
Some great cocktails here with my fave being the Smoked Cherry Manhattan.
Well worth a visit.
www.lowslowandjuke.comVisit their website for more info.
then
10pm to 11.45pm
The War of the Worlds - press night & afterparty - Rosewood Hotel,High Holborn,London WC2.
This was the party for the musical theatre event earlier at The Dominion Theatre.
A massive crowd of around 500 folks here including cast members and other celebs.
Jimmy Nail, Heidi Range, Daniel Bedingfield, Michael Praed and Madalena Alberto took to the stage at the Dominion Theatre to present Jeff Wayne's musical production of the War of the Worlds, adapted from HG Wells' classic. After the curtain fall, Wayne and his ensemble cast headed to the afterparty held at Rosewood London, where Beverley Knight, Alex Partakis, Matt Cardle, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Daniel Boys and Jenny Seagrove helped raise a glass to the American musician, who was supported by his wife Geraldine Wayne, his daughters Anna-Marie and Jemma, and his daughter-in-law Olivia Wayne.
Also here were Sophie Ellis Bextor and her husband Richard Jones(The Feeling).
A jazz band are playing in the corner.
Complimentary wines and beers but i stuck to Diet Cokes here.
Also lots of bowl food,pulled pork rolls,canapés and various desserts
The show is at The Dominion until 30 April 2016.







Tuesday 16 February 2016....I went to three events tonight...
5.30pm to 6.30pm
Soho Square Restaurant & Bar showcase at 11 Soho Square,London W1.
A nice cosy venue over four floors on the corner of Soho Square,just off Oxford Street.
The venue is a couple of minutes from Ronnie Scott's and The Borderline Club so you
can easy pop in here for a drink or two before a gig.
Paul McCartneys MPL HQ is across the square at number one.
Tonight we had a female singer and then a male singer perform a couple of songs each.
A dj also played dance tunes here.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
www.soho-square.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.45pm to 8.45pm
Jaguar - fragrance launch party - The London EDITION Hotel, 10 Berners Street, London, W1.
Around 100 smartly dressed folks at this very nice luxury hotel.
There is a stunning huge ice sculpture of the new fragrance in the middle of the room.
Jaguar launch their latest fragrance to add to the many that have already come out.
Luxury car maker Jaguar has launched a new men’s fragrance Jaguar Pace in celebration of the arrival of the new Jaguar F-Pace family sports car. The launch of the new fragrance was held at the ultra-trendy London Edition hotel attended by the connoisseurs of the fragrance world who were given talks about the new fragrance by the CEO of Jaguar fragrances Roger Von Der Weid and Perfumer at Drom Alexandra Monet while sipping on complimentary Ruinart Champagne.
Also vodka punch cocktails and canapés.
The light but sensual and masculine fragrance is perfect for the style driven, cosmopolitan man that is passionate about cars comes in a grey and blue bottle designed to look like the front of the new jaguar F-Pace car with a compact base that is covered in a sophisticated webbed design that resembles the famous jaguar radiator. Displayed at the centre of the bottle with a shiny round silver emblem is the legendary cat that is unmistakably the signature of the Jaguar brand.
Top notes: Black Pepper, green apple and rosemary
Heart notes: Cashmeran, French Lavender, Orris
Base note: Woody Amber Accord, Patchouli, Crystal Moss
The fragrance will be available in selected department stores and perfumers globally from April 2016.
RRP retailing at £29 for 60ml and £45 for 100ml but shop around to get it cheaper.
www.jaguar.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then
10pm to 11.30pm
Mrs Henderson Presents - press night - party at The National Gallery Cafe,Trafalgar Square,London WC2.
This was the opening night party for this musical theatre event held earlier at The Noel Coward Theatre.
MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, the hilarious, brand-new, five-star musical based on the much loved film that starred Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, as it makes its West End debut in February 2016 having left critics in raptures at the Theatre Royal Bath.
It’s London, 1937, and recently widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money. After acquiring and renovating the Windmill Theatre, she hires feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office... Mrs Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls – glamorous young women posing as nude statues - and audiences flock!
A massive party with over 300 folks here including a few well known faces.
Songwriting legend Don Black is here as he wrote the lyrics for tonight's show.
Holly Johnson ex Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer was here.
Also here were Dame Barbara Windsor, Barry Cryer, Gloria Hunniford, Lesley Joseph, Paul O'Grady,
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.






Tuesday 16 February 2016.
Alabama Shakes won FOUR Grammy Awards last night in Los Angeles.
ROCK-RELATED GRAMMY WINNERS 2016
Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones
Best Metal Performance: Ghost, Cirice
Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes, Don’t Wanna Fight
Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes, Don’t Wanna Fight
Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar
There were live tributes at the awards to David Bowie,Lemmy and Glenn Frey.






Sunday 14 February 2016.
The BAFTAS were held at The Royal Opera House,London.
The UK's version of the Oscars so many big name film A-listers attended.
With a slight timing delay it is on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday.
The main winners were...
Best Film : The Revenant
Leading Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Leading Actress: Brie Larson (Room)
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Fellowship Recipient: Sir Sidney Poitier(accepted via video)
Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Original Music: The Hateful Eight
Documentary: Amy
Cinematography: The Revenant
----------------------
11.30pm to 4.30am.
BAFTAs: Weinstein Company Party - at Rosewood Hotel,252 High Holborn, London, WC1.
This was the main party of the four that were held after the awards.
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein holds his annual BAFTA party.
This was the third time on the trot for me attending.
A massive crowd of around 500 film folks and a few other celebs.
The main A-lister name here was Leonardo DiCaprio complete with a small army of security.
Harvey Weinstein was holding court and floating around the party.
Also here were Stephen Fry,Eddie Izzard,Ricky Wilson,Idris Elba,Dermot O'Leary,Matt Smith,
Cuba Gooding Jr,Taron Egerton,Gemma Chan,Jack Whitehall and others.
BBC film critic Jason Solomans was here.
A nice surprise to see one of those behind the scenes chaps i really admire who was Stephen Woolley.
He collected tickets and sold ice cream at The Screen On The Green cinema in Islington, North London in the late 70s and managing The Scala Cinema near King's Cross railway station in the early 80s before it was turned into a club.
Woolley established Palace Video in the early 1980s to distribute the types of cult cinema and international art films that had been the core of his cinema programmes. He has since produced and directed many films
including the Brian Jones biopic 'Stoned' and his recent success 'Carol'.
A dj is playing classic dance tunes and a sax and trumpet duo are wandering around the room.
The dance floor was packed and half the crowd were still there at 4am.
We have loads of complimentary drinks and food including Ruinart champers, a choice of SEVEN
Grey Goose Vodka Cocktails,Whiskey Cocktails,Wines,Beers,Bowl Food and Canapés.
And the desserts room in the far corner was very popular.
Needless to say an excellent event.







Saturday 14 February 2016.
Very sad news about an up and coming indie rock band from Warrington.
Four members of a British band and their manager have been killed in a horrific car crash in Sweden.
Indie group Viola Beach were said to be driving over a bridge when their Nissan Qashqai smashed through a barrier and plunged 25m (82ft) into a canal.
Their manager Craig Tarry was also in the vehicle when it crashed in the Södertälje area of the capital
Stockholm in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Craig, 32, was killed along with musicians Kris Leonard, 19, River Reeves, 19, Jack Dakin, 24, and 27-year-old Tomas Lowe.






Saturday 13 February 2016.
The Who + Barns Courtney live at Wembley Arena,London.
One off show by The Who in Europe before their American tour.
I have seen The Who play around 25 times since 1975.
I was lucky enough to have seen Keith Moon play with them three times before his death.
Support tonight is the hotly tipped Barns Courtney who is signed to Virgin EMI.
His short 20 mins solo acoustic set included his great track 'Glitter & Gold'.
The venue is totally rammed sold out tonight which is no real surprise.
Lots of middle aged blokes sinking back a few beers.
Guests here included Sex Pistols members Glen Matlock and Paul Cook.
Also here were Ian Broudie(Lightning Seeds) and Gem Archer(Oasis/Beady Eye).
The Who arrive on stage around 8.30pm and play a two hour set.
They have three big screens with the side ones showing live footage and the main one
behind the stage is mixing live footage and brilliant pre-recorded images.
The sound is nice and loud and the band sound great.
Pete and Roger are on top form and Zak Starkey provides powerful drums.
Great fun stage banter mainly from Pete who jokes about "working off the Christmas Pudding"
and how "he cannot see the print on his setlist sheet".
Loads of their mega classic songs played from their 50 year career.
A great show as usual from these rock legends.
Full setlist played tonight...
Who Are You
The Seeker
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
My Generation
Pictures of Lily
Behind Blue Eyes
Bargain
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I'm One
The Rock
Love, Reign O'er Me
Eminence Front
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again
-----------------------------------------
At this show i bumped into the KISS UK tour manager.
KISS have had a few mainland Europe dates up on their website but over the past week the
shows have been taken off the bands website without any explanation.
I asked him about the tour...he said "yes it has been cancelled".







Friday 12 February 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9.30pm
Pre-BAFTAS Party - Hackett x GQ - at The Savoy Hotel,The Strand,London WC2.
Always nice to be at this famous five star luxury hotel.
British menswear brand and mens monthly magazine co-host a party before the BAFTAS.
Around 150 folks here in one of the many entertaining areas of this hotel.
Guests here included Jeremy Hackett,David Gandy,Alan Yentob,Oliver Cheshire,Luke Evans,
Freddie Fox,Sam Webb,Poppy Jamie and Roxie Nafousi.
A dj is playing some classic dance tracks.
Complimentary Taittinger champers,Green Tea Gin Cocktails,Whiskey Sour Cocktails and nibbles.
All guests got a goodie bag.
www.hackett.comVisit the Hackett website here.
www.gq-magazine.co.ukVisit the GQ website here.
then
9.45pm to 11pm
Nell Gwynn - press night afterparty - St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2.
The was the party after the show held earlier at The Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.
A big crowd of 300 folks in this basement venue.
The cast and other guests here included Gemma Arterton,Jessica Swale,David Suchet,Sarah Hadland,
Nigel Harman,Lady Colin Campbell,Patricia Hodge and Jay Taylor.
A jazz quartet are playing in the corner.
Complimentary wines for all but i stuck to orange juice.
Lots of different bowl food too.







Thursday 11 February 2016.
Quadrophenia - The Immersive Cinematic Experience - at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
British movie classic Quadrophenia tonight is a fully immersive cinematic and theatrical experience, plunging fans into the sights and sounds of 1964 and capturing the spirit of the era.
Many of the film’s key stars took part in the event for the Q & A session including Phil Daniels who took the central role as disaffected Mod teenager Jimmy Cooper. Joining Daniels were other major names from the cast including Toyah Wilcox, Trevor Laird, Garry Cooper and Daniel Peacock, who together shared their memories in a Q&A to add an extra dimension.
In addition to a screening of the 1979 film, based on The Who’s double-album rock-opera released six years earlier, and the Q&A session, there will be staged re-enactments throughout the night of scenes from the film to conjure up the feel of the mid-60s era in which it is set. The all-important sounds of the day will be performed live by leading Who tribute act Who’s Who, and there will be an exclusive VIP after party with appearances from all the Q&A special guests, plus memorabilia including original Vespas and their real life Mod owners. As any self-respecting Mod knows, it is important to look your best at all times and there will be awards with great prizes for the guests in the “best threads”.
Director Franc Roddam’s film is seen as a classic tale of alienation, disillusionment and escapism, as well as an important document capturing an important part of British youth history and rebellion. Watching the movie has been a rite of passage for millions since its release and the Mod era has been a source of fascination for generations - its fashions and music continuing to resonate.
In the film Daniels stars as bored teenager Jimmy who finds excitement and escape from his undemanding job by seeking thrills with his Mod pals, popping drugs, chasing girls, riding his Lambretta and fighting. After the thrill of a weekend in Brighton, which ends in a riot and a court appearance, he decides to leave his old life behind and head to the coast but finds the reality a harsh letdown!
Significantly for this event, the venue is actually featured in the original artwork for the 1973 Quadrophenia album release, with a photograph of The Who standing in front of the building, then known as the Hammersmith Odeon. It is also mentioned in the sleeve notes, in which Jimmy recalls seeing Who posters being pasted outside the building after he sleeps rough in Hammersmith.
---------------------
A great atmosphere tonight for this massive Mod event with many folks wearing parkas,crombies
and other Mod clothing.
There are 50 scooters parked outside the venue and as a very nice touch all the venue staff are dressed up
as Bell Boys just as Sting was in the movie.
There is memorabilia from the film in the foyer and the dj is playing tunes.
I have a great seat three rows from the front.
The venue is full apart from a couple of the rear corner blocks in the balcony which are unsold.
7.20pm to 9.20pm was the film screening of Quadrophenia which is a brilliant film.
The front few rows were taken out for a dozen actors to act out live scene performances every few mins.
The actors got involved in some of the more sexual scenes that got big cheers from the crowd
including Jimmy having a fiddle on his bed and Jimmy having nookie in the alley.
Best of all was the scene in the film where Jimmy was dancing on the balcony and dives into the crowd.
Tonight we had an actor who did the same as he danced in the balcony and then jumped down
to some discreet cardboard boxes under a black sheet...it was a fantastic stunt.
Chants of 'We Are The Mods,We Are The Mods' ring out from the crowd all through the evening.
9.20pm to 9.50pm...Interval
9.50pm to 10.15pm was the Q & A with Phil Daniels,Toyah Wilcox and others including the director.
Toyah confirmed she gave Sex Pistol John Lydon acting lessons as he was one of three actors
screen tested for the main role of Jimmy that Phil Daniels finally got.
No matter how many times I have seen the film,Phil Daniels does a totally superb job.
The film is close to my heart as a few scenes were filmed in my manor of Shepherds Bush
by Goldhawk Road and at the sadly now closed Cookes Pie n Mash shop.
For many of the cast it was their first acting experience as teenagers and it's always interesting to
see who has gone on to bigger things...and those who have passed away which include
Heavy Metal Kids singer and actor Gary Holton.
10.15pm to 10.20pm was the Best Threads Awards.
10.30pm to 11pm was Who's Who tribute band who played a great 30 mins set of Who classics
including tracks '5.15', 'Bell Boy' and a final gem 'Won't Get Fooled Again'.
Their Keith Moon was the star as he looked,played and acted like him.
All the mods are down the front having a dance.
11pm to 11.30pm I was at the party in the balcony bar.
A big crowd of around 200 guests here with a dj playing some loud tunes.
Three quarters of this crowd had paid extra for a premium ticket that included a goodie bag of merch
and a laminate for the party.
The cast here tonight would nip in and out from the vip room near the party room.
It was a pay bar and I left after around 30 mins.
It was still in full swing when I left.
A great evening.






Wednesday 10 February 2016...6.15pm to 8.45pm...
The Henley Festival - launch party - Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1.
Around 70 media folks in the upstairs bar area that is above the main club of this legendary venue.
I went to see Lionel Richie play Henley last year and it was a fantastic unique evening.
Henley is easy to get to on the train from Paddington and Ealing Broadway tube stations.
------------
Tonight we had a couple of cover songs including 'Hallelujah' by pop opera act Blake and
piano player Adam Kay who played a couple of his humorous lyrics based songs.
Blake are playing with Shirley Bassey at Henley and Adam Kay also plays at Henley.
We had a few words from the stage on would be playing this years festival.
------------
The black tie event Henley Festival billed as 'The UK's Most Magical Summer Party' returns to Henley On Thames bringing music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, comedy and fine dining for 5,000.
The 34th festival by the Thames takes place from Wednesday 6th until Sunday 10th July 2016, culminating in a firework spectacular.
HEADLINERS play on a floating stage.
Wednesday 6th July 2016...Elton John and his band.
Thursday 7th July 2016...Elvis Costello & The Imposters.
Friday 8th July 2016.... Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel performing with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
Saturday 09 July 2016...Dame Shirley Bassey and Blake.
Sunday 10 July 2016...Will Young will bring Henley Festival to a close on the Sunday night of Family Day, where kids can enjoy festival site and interact with children’s entertainers, musicians, comedians and street entertainers.
This year's comedy line-up and guest include Al Murray, Reginald D Hunter, Nina Conti, Dillie Keane, Richard Herring, Adam Kay, The Boy With Tape On His Face, Hal Cruttenden, Simon Evans, Frisky & Mannish, Lili La Scala, The Pin, Sam Simmons, Jonny Awsum, Eleanor Tiernan, Chris Kent, and Jess Robinson.
-------------
RONNIE SCOTT’S
Brand new for 2016, legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s will be making the festival their home for the full five days. Festival goers will be treated to the full Ronnie Scott’s experience, seated at cabaret style tables they will be able to watch performances by the stellar Ronnie Scott’s Allstars under the guidance of Jazz maestro James Pearson while waiters discretely serve cocktails and show stopping food.
-------------
NEW MUSIC STAGE
Also hugely exciting for 2016 is the arrival of the New Music Stage featuring 10 of the brightest names in new music. Taking over the newly erected big top, Henley Festival will showcase up and coming talent with a five day programme of unsigned acts taking place before the floating stage performance each night.
------------
PURE HEAVEN
Legendary nightclub Heaven will be bringing their sister club Pure to the festival, kicking off the dancing each night as soon as the headline act finishes on the floating stage
------------
A full complimentary bar along with canapés and bowls of chunky chips for all guests here tonight.
www.henley-festival.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets from £35.






Tuesday 9 February 2016...I went to two very nice events tonight...
7.15pm to 9.15pm
Vogue 100: A Century of Style - opening reception - National Portrait Gallery,St Martins Place,London WC2.
A major event as a dozen paparazzi photographers are outside the venue as we go in and leave later.
Around 300 guests here at this huge exhibition that is over a dozen rooms.
There is a Vogue magazine or print from every year in one of the rooms.
Loads of fantastic pictures and articles and prints from over the years.
Models Suki Waterhouse, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Eva Herzigova, Lara Stone, Laura Bailey, Lily Donaldson, Erin O'Connor and newly engaged Jerry Hall all headed to the National Portrait Gallery to catch a first glimpse of the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition. Elizabeth Hurley was seen posing in front of a few of the 280 commissioned pieces, as Dakota Johnson made a surprise appearance following her film premiere earlier, joining March cover girl Edie Campbell and Lottie Moss. Hosts Alexandra Shulman and Leon Max were congratulated as they brought together acclaimed figures from the fashion world including designers Christopher Bailey, Erdem Moralıoğlu, Christopher Kane, Alice Temperley, Bella Freud, Patrick Cox, Charlotte Dellal, Stephen Jones and fashion photographers Mario Testino and Juergen Teller whose work has been an integral part of Vogue's history. Other guests included Natalie Massenet, Donna Air, Amber Le Bon, Yasmin Le Bon, Simon Le Bon,Sophie Dahl, Jamie Cullum,Jillian Hervey,Alan Yentob, Amanda Wakeley and Dame Zandra Rhodes.
Also Lord Linley, Nicky Haslam and Nicky Clarke.
Also Dean and Dan Caten who are identical twin brothers, fashion designers, founders and owners of DSQUARED2, an international fashion house.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,vodka cocktails and canapés for all guests.
It is on until 22 May 2016.
www.npg.org.ukVisit the National Portrait Gallery for more info and to buy tickets.
then
10pm to 1am
Lexus RX - launch party - The Rumpus Room, Mondrian Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1.
Around 300 folks here for this car launch.
Actor Jude Law is here as he fronts their latest tv advert.
Great views of The River Thames from the 12th floor here.
We had a female fronted band sing a few cover versions and a dj is playing some tunes.
The Lexus RX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV sold since 1998 by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. Originally released in its home market of Japan in late 1997 as the Toyota Harrier, export sales began in March 1998 as the Lexus RX. Three generations of the Lexus RX have been produced to date, the first being compact in size, and the latter two classified as mid-size. Both front- and four-wheel drive configurations have been used on the RX series, and several gasoline powertrain options, including V6 engines and hybrid systems, have been offered. In the Lexus model lineup, the RX sits below the larger GX and LX body-on-frame SUVs, and above the smaller NX crossover. The RX name stands for Radiant Crossover.
Complimentary Perrier Jouet champers,different cocktails,wines,beers,bowl food and canapés.
www.lexus.co.ukVisit the LEXUS website here for more info.








Monday 8 February 2016.
Sex Pistol Steve Jones radio show Jonesy Jukebox featured Gene Simmons on Friday.
Click on The Sex Pistols link on the right to listen.
The two hour show has been trimmed to 56 mins of chat with the music taken out.







Sunday 7 February 2016.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band confirm return to Ireland in 2016.
The River Tour - Friday 27 May 2016 at Croke Park, Dublin.
On their last visit to Ireland, they played sell out shows around the country in Limerick, Cork and Belfast
before wrapping up their European Tour with 2 nights in Kilkenny.
Now Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have confirmed a return to Dublin -
last appearing in the city in 2012 - to play for the first time ever at Croke Park.
Tickets for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at Croke park on sale Thursday 11 February at 9am.
Ticket prices:
Seated: E65.45 / E116 / E131
General Admission: E98.50
Rumours in Ireland say second and third dates have been reserved for more Dublin shows.
I saw U2 at Croke Park in June 2005 which is a huge outdoor stadium venue.
No news on UK shows but i presume Wembley Stadium is where he is headed.
I have a hunch the London show will be on Saturday 04 June which means a mega clash with
AC/DC who are playing The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ,Stratford,East London on the same day.






Saturday 06 February 2016.
Saturday i watched a great documentary on Annabel's club in Berkeley Square which was shown on BBC4.
Annabel's has long been the playground for the rich and famous, and now its story comes to life in this 50-year history of the most celebrated nightclub in the world. Renowned for its discretion, and as a haunt of some of our greatest celebrities, the film offers a hitherto unseen glimpse into the rarefied worlds behind the doors of 44 Berkeley Square.
As London's very first members-only nightclub, Annabel's remains the only nightclub visited by the Queen, and once courted infamy for refusing entry to the Beatles. The documentary provides a cultural biopsy of London since the Second World War, and the club's history from inception through to the present day.
I have been there half a dozen times as they have the odd private event where non members are allowed.
Annabel's capacity is 200 at most but a few acts have played there including Bryan Ferry,Grace Jones and
Lady Gaga twice in 2011 and 2013...I saw her there in 2011 which was a mega party for Belvedere Vodka.
Kate Moss and all her gang were at the gig.
Lady Gaga footage from that gig was shown in the documentary.
You can check it out on BBC iPlayer.








Friday 5 February 2016...6.45pm to 9.45pm...
Zoom F1 - charity auction - at The Intercontinental Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
A big crowd of around 500 smartly dressed folks in the ballroom.
This event was to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
Zoom is the official charity for Formula 1 Racing.
It is a great event for Formula 1 fans as a few drivers and back room staff are here.
All are friendly and posing for photos and signing stuff.
The host tonight was BBC1 F1 presenter Suzi Perry.
Guests here included Spice Girl Geri Halliwell who is with her new hubby Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner.
Also here were Charley Boorman,Anthony Hamilton, James Allen, Jennie Gow, Nick Knowles,
Dominic Littlewood, Adrian Newey,Alexander Rossi,Jolyon Palmer,Maximillian Gunther and Charlie Webster.
Also a couple of music folks.....Danny Bowes who sings with Thunder and dj David Jensen.
Around 50 photographs in the auction that lasted over an hour.
Each year, the drivers and team principals of every F1 team are asked to take a photograph of their chosen subject. Images range from Fernando Alonso’s podium shot of the Monza crowd to Nico Rosberg at the wheel of a 1938 W154 and Bernie Ecclestone’s view from his window in Switzerland.
All the photographs were signed.
Most prices were around £1000 to £3000 but a few went for under £500.
Lots of complimentary champers and beers along with burgers,fish n chips,hot Chinese food and canapés
A very nice event.
www.zoom-auction.comVisit their website here.







Thursday 4 February 2016.
6.30pm to 8.15pm
Neuroblastoma UK - auction - at 6 Queen Square,Bloomsbury,London WC1.
Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that affects children.
Very nice to be at this historic venue that is owned by The Art Workers Guild.
6 Queen Square is a Georgian house in a quiet square built between 1716 and 1725.
The room is full of old portraits by the artists on the walls.
Camp Channel 4 tv host Alan Carr was the auctioneer tonight and was very entertaining.
Guests included Dame Jacqueline Wilson( children's author).
There were 31 items auctioned with 6 live and 25 in the silent auction.
Complimentary presecco and canapés for all guests.
www.neuroblastoma.org.ukVisit their website here.
then
8.50pm to 10pm
I was on BBC Radio today...The Mark Forrest Show 7pm to 10pm...recorded at BBC Maida Vale.
There were a couple of new acts in the studio and i was on 9.25pm to 9.40pm talking about gig going.
I was nicely introduced as "the country's most prolific gig-goer" by Mark.
I was told in advance it would be around 15 mins of chat.
It goes so quickly when i could have easily chatted for 30 mins or more.
Items covered included my number one gig ever which was Live Aid in 1985.
The amount of gigs I have been to...now 6408 since 1973...
We chatted about my first gigs and my love of glam rock as a 14 year old in 1973.
We chatted about Sex Pistols gigs and KISS gigs and meeting the bands.
The website got mentioned just the once.
It was over far too quickly but good fun.
The programme was broadcast on all 39 BBC local radio stations in England and the Channel Islands.
The show will be on BBC IPlayer Radio for a period after.






Thursday 04 February 2016...another sad music death...
Maurice White, founder of funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died aged 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. White, who died at his home in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with the disease in 1992. His brother and band mate Verdine White, 64, said 'While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected'.
I first saw Earth,Wind & Fire in 1975 when they supported Santana at Hammersmith Odeon.




Thursday 04 February 2016.
Veteran singer Sir Van Morrison was dubbed a knight by The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. After the ceremony, the 70 year old reflected on his 53 years in the music business - 'That's not bad for a blue-eyed soul singer from east Belfast', and adding 'It's amazing, it's very exhilarating, the whole thing'.







-------------------------------------------