Archive: April 2016

April 05, 2016

Monday 04 April 2016...7.15pm to 11.30pm...
The Rolling Stones EXHIBITIONISM - private view - at The Saatchi Gallery,Kings Road, Chelsea,London.
Around 500 guests at this hot ticket invite only event.
I have been to many events at The Saatchi Gallery but even by their standards this is a major event.
Ever since i saw four of their shows at Earls Court in 1976 and at Knebworth the same year The Stones
have always been a big deal whatever they have done.
I arrive at the venue at 6.40pm and a couple of hundred fans are outside the venue lining the barriers.
Doors open at 7pm and an early arrival is legendary New York photographer Bob Gruen.
The security then hold invitees back as The Stones are due to arrive for the photographers.
All of The Rolling Stones turn up by car at 7.10pm and spend five mins signing stuff and posing for photographers.
This was carefully staged as they were at the venue already in the afternoon giving interviews for
the various tv stations to get the 6pm news.
We then all go in and most have a laminate that is checked and scanned at the main entrance then
a visual check is done on laminates at the entrance to the building itself.
The laminate said 'Please bring photo ID with you' but this was not asked for on the door.
I saw Mick and Charlie in the exhibition but not Keith or Ronnie but so many different rooms
it was quite easy to miss people and some I saw just the once through the evening.
Each member of The Stones had their own security guy to stop any unwanted attention.
Guests included Glen Matlock,Donovan(I took a couple of photos of Glen with Donovan as Glen is a big fan).
I had a lovely chat with Donovan about the Reading Town Hall gig I saw him at last year.
I had a nice chat with film & video director Julien Temple (The Rolling Stones,The Sex Pistols and many others),
He said he is currently working on a Keith Richards documentary.
Jeff Beck,Bill Wyman and family,Sir Bob Geldof,Bobby Gillespie,Pam Hogg,Tommy Hilfiger,
Spice Girl Geri Halliwell(Horner) is here with her hubby Christian Horner (Red Bull Formula One Boss),
Kenney Jones,James Bay,Georgia May Jagger,Fearne Cotton with Jesse Wood,Sally Humphries (Wood),
Trinny Woodall,Chris O'Donnell(Thin Lizzy manager in the 1970s),Annie Nightingale,Chris Jagger.
Pattie Hansen,Theodora Richards,Alexandra Richards,Tyrone Wood.
The exhibition itself was fantastic and I will go back to see it a second and third time for sure.
We see the mock up of their very untidy Edith Grove flat with piles of unwashed plates along
with empty milk and beer bottles and the old style gas meter.
There is a mock recording studio where you can mix your fave Stones tracks as you like to hear them.
A stunning collection of their guitars and basses.
A stunning collection of their stage wear over the years.
Different setlists and other interesting paperwork.
There are some fantastic replica models of their stadium tours over the years.
We saw the band performing on the big screen with 3D glasses.
At the end of the tour is the massive Rolling Stones gift shop stocking some expensive rock memorabilia.
An Exile on Main Street tuxedo by Turnbull & Asser is on sale for £1500 while a
Ligne 2 cigarette lighter will set customers back £1250.
All the band and most of the celebs have departed by 10pm but Scottish chums Bobby Gillespie and
fashion designer Pam Hogg (Pam also designed this years BRIT Award trophy) are still here at the end.
A female dj was playing tracks all night in the bar areas.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food for all.
Drinks were Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines while walking around the exhibition then on the top floor
were the bar areas with a full bar including whiskey,vodka,gin,wines,beers etc and my fave which was a
doughnut dipped in a flat white martini.
Food was bowl food,burgers,canapés and desserts.
At the end guests could take a copy of Arts & Music magazine which has the whole edition on the exhibition
with photos,interviews and reproduction of iconic Stones tour posters.
Needless to say it was a great event.
After the event Mick Jagger had a private party for Stones band members and The Stones inner sanctum
back at his Cheyne Walk,Chelsea home.
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Taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, EXHIBITIONISM combines over 500 original Stones' artefacts, with striking cinematic and interactive technologies offering the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band's fascinating fifty year history.
It's from now until 04 Sept 2016.
They are saying you should allow 90 mins to see all the exhibition.
www.saatchigallery.comVisit the Saatchi Gallery website for more info and to buy tickets.
UPDATE---on Friday 01 April Keith Richards told The Sun Newspaper that the band planned to play
four or five songs on the lawn outside The Saatchi Gallery for the opening party but
The Chelsea Residents Association poo-pooed the idea.
Keith said that the re-creation of the flat in Keith Grove ,Chelsea is the thing he looking forward to see most.
Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards moved into this flat in Edith Grove late summer 1962 and shared it throughout 1962 and 1963. Also sharing the flat was James Phelge, who would later become a successful photographer.
Phelge's name is used in some of the bands writing credits and he would also later write a book on the Rolling Stones called Phelge's Stones, describing the very young Stones
Brian and Keith would spend days playing guitar while listening to blues recods and Jones taught Jagger how to play the harmonica in this flat.
The flat was far from the luxury the Stones would experience later in their career, it was famously squalid with rising damp and peeling wallpaper. Keith’s mother Doris would visit weekly to take away mounds of dirty clothes to wash for them.
UPDATE - on Sunday 03 April - Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor has slammed the
Rolling Stones for not inviting him to the opening of their Exhibitionism exhibition in London this week.
“It appears they are using my name and likeness for another multi-million dollar making exercise. I can’t help wondering why nobody has invited me to the opening at Saatchi Gallery?,” Taylor said in a Facebook post.
Taylor joined the Stones as Brian Jones replacement following the death of Jones at age 27. He played with the band 1969-1974 contributing to what is generally considered their greatest works, including the albums ‘Let It Bleed’, ‘Sticky Fingers’ and ‘Exile On Main Street’ as well as the lesser-well received ‘Goats Head Soap’.








Sunday 03 April 2016.
The Olivier Theatre Awards were held at The Royal Opera House,London.
Below are some of the main winners...
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Best New Musical...nominees
Bend It Like Beckham
In the Heights
Mrs Henderson Presents
Kinky Boots (music & lyrics by Cyndi Lauper)
WINNER = Kinky Boots
Cyndi Lauper and Michael Ball performed 'True Colours' on the night.
Best Actor In A Musical was won by Matt Henry - Kinky Boots.
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Best Musical Revival...nominees
Gypsy
Bugsy Malone
Guys and Dolls
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
WINNER = Gypsy
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Best New Opera Production...nominees
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci = WINNER
The Force of Destiny
Morgen Und Abend
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Outstanding Achievement in Opera...nominees
English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and The Queen of Spades
Felicity Palmer for The Queen of Spades = WINNER
Antonio Pappano for conducting Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Guillaume Tell and Krol Roger
Tamara Wilson for The Force of Destiny
www.olivierawards.comCheck their website for full list of winners.






Saturday 02 April 2016.
BabyMetal live at Wembley Arena,London.
Consisting of three all-singing, all-dancing female Japanese teenagers who don't play any instruments.
Musicians in the background who wear robes and face paint provide the soundtrack.
They come under the novelty factor of metal/pop singers who combine tutus with battle wear.
This is the opening show on a world tour to promote their second album 'Metal Resistance'.
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Not sure how BabyMetal have got themselves headlining this big venue so quickly.
Just a couple of years ago they played their first shows at the main rock festivals then they headlined
The Forum,then Brixton Academy and now here...and the venue is full.
An indication of their popularity was a couple of videos posted on YouTube around 2pm on the afternoon
of the gig where a few hundred were already queuing up for the merch stand.
Lots of Japanese folks here as they are massive back home where they headlined Tokyo Budokan last year
and this year they will headline the 55,000 capacity Toyko Dome.
Tonight's gig was beamed back live to venues in Japan.
The video for the track 'Gimme Chocolate ' from their debut album has had over 45 million views on YouTube.
I have seen their videos so I am expecting a visually great show with some average songs and that is
pretty much what I got.
BabyMetal arrive on stage at 8.45pm and perform for 1 hour 45 mins.
It is a nice stage production with two big screens and columns at the back and plenty of pyros and flames and
a few songs are performed from a second b stage in the middle of the area.
A barrage of red and white lighting (the colours of the Japanese flag).
Plenty of fans dressed up like the girls and there are lively circle pits on the floor standing area.
The three girls are doing their funny robotic stage routines non stop.
The vocals were a bit squeaky and the speed metal backing was a bit samey.
They are however a very unique act.
The best tracks were at the end of the main set with 'Gimme Chocolate' and 'The One'.
For the latter song everyone brought out their national flags and many different countries were covered.
So an enjoyable visual show but I won't be buying any of their albums.







Friday 01 April 2016.
The Sessions - The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
This was the second ever performance of this touring show after a premiere in Liverpool the night before.
Between 1962 and 1969, The Beatles recorded some of their best-known albums at London's Abbey Road Studios, including Revolver, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the White Album.
Now, these recording sessions are being recreated for a new stage show, The Sessions at Abbey Road, which will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall on April 1 2016 at the start of a UK tour.
Period equipment, and a team of 45 will be used during the show, which will span the band's entire recording career at the studios, and will feature a full-sized reconstruction of Abbey Road's Studio Two.
After other shows in the UK and mainland Europe they play Wembley Arena May 14 and 02 Arena May 15.
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A nice long show of around 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 70 mins.
The first set was Beatles tracks up to 1966 and the second half was tracks from 1967 onwards.
The show was dedicated to Sir George Martin.
This audio-visual extravaganza is without doubt the closest you will get to being a fly on the wall while The Beatles were creating their timeless masterpieces at Abbey Road studios.
It’s an ambitious concept which tells the story of the Fab Four through their recording career,
from the early days of 'Please Please Me' and 'She Loves You' right up to the final sessions for the 'Abbey Road' album.
The show itself is part dramatic representation - with the figure of Sir George acting as narrator - and part live concert. It is set in a replica of the legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road, where the vast majority of The Beatles’ recordings were made.
With the audience seated on three sides, the mock-studio was surrounded by transparent screens which acted as a canvas on which text and images were projected, including details about each of the recordings (such as the date, and number of takes needed). Occasionally, these screens would be raised to give us a direct view inside the studio.
You kinda forget how many many Beatles classics clocked in just over two minutes.
There were two actual Beatles tribute bands tonight who looked and sounded like the real thing
and clever use of lighting was used when The Beatles played on one area of the floor then in a blink
the other Beatles were in a different area with different clothing.
There is a scrupulous attention to detail throughout, which is not surprising given that the creative consultant was former Abbey Road sound engineer Geoff Emerick, who worked on nearly all of these recording sessions.
The emphasis is on re-creating the classic singles and album tracks as faithfully as possible, which involves no fewer than 45 people taking to the stage in total - with vocal duties shared between two “Johns”, two “Pauls”, two “Georges”, but only one “Ringo”.
The second half was more colourful and had more use of the orchestra as The Beatles experimented with sound.
It was hard to find fault with any of the performances, but special mention should go to a spine-tinglingly accurate version of 'She’s Leaving Home', and a powerful rendition of 'A Day in the Life',
complete with a 21-piece orchestra to replicate the song’s dramatic arrangement.
An encore of 'Hey Jude' got the crowd singing and swaying along.
A great show that all the crowd loved by giving it a full standing ovation.






Friday 01 April 2016.
Sir Paul McCartney to release 67 track greatest hits album,
The four cd package will cover the period 1970 to 2014.
Sir Paul McCartney has revealed he's to release a post-Beatles album of 67 songs, all of which he has handpicked. The album is available June 10, and McCartney said 'Maybe it is to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home or at a party with friends? So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse playlists from various periods of my long and winding career'.






Thursday 31 March 2016...I went to four events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
Gered Mankowitz photos - private view - at Snap Galleries,12 Piccadilly Arcade,London SW1.
British music photographer revisits archive of Rolling Stones images taken from the height of their early fame.
'Off The Hook: The Rolling Stones' exhibition and limited edition book, 'Backstage: The Rolling Stones',
which will feature unpublished images. Runs from 01 April until May 28.
A small gallery here that can only hold around 50 people at most.
Gered is here along with Peter York and celebrity photographer Richard Young.
There are 25 great photos of The Stones from the 1960s on the walls.
Both colour and black n white.
The prices to buy them are pretty mental as they start at £1750 and upwards.
The huge book retails for £395 but you can buy on the website for the next month for £250.
All guests got a nice colour brochure that featured all the photos from the exhibition.
Complimentary presecco and beers for all guests.
www.snapgalleries.comVisit the Snap Galleries website for more info.
then
7.15pm to 8.15pm
Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition / Ted Hughes Award - reception at
The Savile Club, 69 Brook Street,Mayfair, London, W1.
Around 200 folks here at this stunning building that has been a private members club since 1868.
Over 12,000 poems from 73 countries entered for this years award...winner was Eric Berlins 'Night Errand'.
All the shortlisted poems are up on their website.
Complimentary wines and some nice hot canapes for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag of poetry books.
www.poetrysociety.org.ukVisit the Poetry Society website for more info.
then
8.30pm to 9.45pm
boohooMAN - party - at Rah Rah Rooms, 215-217 Piccadilly, London, W1.
Scotty T has been unveiled as the new face of Boohoo Man as the Manchester based online retailer launches
a separate website for its menswear range.
The reality TV star swapped partying for posing as he modelled for the brand and showed off the new collection that is packed with skinny jeans, stylish bomber jackets, plain tees and comfortable tracksuits.
Over 200 folks here with a nice buzzy nightclub vibe as the dj played the tunes.
Lots of glammed up females here including Lizzie Cundy,Vicky Pattison,Bianca Gasgoine and Megan Rees.
Complimentary presecco for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag when leaving.
www.boohooman.comVisit the BooHooMan website for more info.
Use the code BMLAUNCH to get 30% off until 30 April 2016.
then
10pm to 12pm
How the Other Half Loves - press night & afterparty -
Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Suffolk Place, Haymarket, London, SW1.
This was the afterparty for the play that was held earlier nearby at The Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Gloria Hunniford, Stephen Way,Kate Thornton and Don Black were out to show their support as Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicholas Le Prevost, Jenny Seagrove, Jason Merrells and Gillian Wright graced the West End stage in How the Other Half Loves, Sir Alan Ayckbourn 1969 comedy of marital manners and the drama between three different couples.
A nice surprise to see England football manager Roy Hodgson who was in deep conversation with
Bill Kenwright who is chairman of Everton Football Club as well as a leading West End theatre producer.
A very lavish affair here as the 200 guests were all seated for a three course dinner which is pretty unheard off.
A selection of small dishes for starters and a lovely Tandori Smoked Chicken Masala with rice and veg for mains.
Complimentary presecco,wines,beers and soft drinks with the meal.







Thursday 31 March 2016.
Very sad news that we have lost yet another great entertainer.
Ronnie Corbett has passed away aged 85.
He was always on the tv on various shows as his career spanned over 50 years.
His BBC television comedy show with Ronnie Barker, The Two Ronnies, lasted from 1971 to 1987. Barker and Corbett performed sketches and musical numbers. Corbett presented a monologue. Sitting in a large easy chair (emphasising his small size), and usually wearing a Lyle & Scott golfing V-neck sweater, he would tell a simple joke over several minutes, often allowing himself to appear to lose his train of thought.





Wednesday 30 March 2016...7.15pm to 11.15pm...
CONVERSE - Celebrates 40 Years Of Punk --- at The 100 Club,London W1.
Invite only event hosted by this well known sneakers brand.
When this famous venue got threatened with closure a few years ago CONVERSE
stepped in to sponsor the venue.
Converse have recently brought out the Chuck Taylor All Star Sex Pistols Collection.
Most of the crowd are seated for the film with a few at the back standing.
At 8pm we have on the big screen a showing of the superb Sex Pistols documentary
'The Filth And The Fury'.
I went to the premiere of this film in 2000 at The Screen On The Green,Islington.
I still have the paper razor blade invite somewhere.
So much happened in the two years The Sex Pistols were together.
Julian Temple's documentary charts the rise, decline and fall of the Sex Pistols from their humble beginnings in London's Shepherd's Bush to their disintegration at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Temple puts the band into historical context with Britain's social situation in the 1970s through archival footage from the period. This film was seen in some ways as an opportunity for the Pistols to tell their side of the story, mostly through interviews with the surviving members of the group, footage shot during the era, and outtakes from The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.
I have seen the film many times but always good to see it on the big screen.
The Pistols soundtrack still sounds amazing as it blasts through the speakers with such classics as
'Anarchy In The UK','God Save The Queen','Pretty Vacant','EMI','Bodies' and many more.
I am in it a few times as they show fans jumping around at The Sex Pistols Notre Dame Hall gig from 1976.
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On the panel afterwards for a Q n A were Sir Tom Baker (Soho fine tailoring with a punk influence )
Viv Albertine(ex Slits) and a couple of members from all girl punk band Skinny Girl Diet who are from London.
The discussion lasted around 45 mins but it was not the film they discussed but how punk attitude
and punk fashion has changed and became a bit corporate etc and their feelings on punk nostalgia.
Politician Jeremy Corbyn came out well as despite looking and dressing like a 66 year old teacher
his general attitude is very punk which is why many young people like him despite the way he looks.
On the decks was dj Ray Gange playing a great mix of punk,soul,disco etc.
A complimentary bar all through the evening along with popcorn.
I had a few JD and cokes along with Baileys with ice.
A nice event.
www.converse.comVisit the CONVERSE website here.
www.tombakerlondon.comVisit the SIR TOM BAKER website here.





Wed 30 March---Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton who is 71 today.
Wed 30 March---Johnnie Walker BBC Radio 2 dj (70s rock show on Sundays) is also 71 today.





Tuesday 29 March 2016.
Punk legend JOHN LYDON is losing his sight and fears he will go completely blind.
The Sex Pistols star, 60, now wears glasses on stage “so I don’t fall off the edge”.
His sight was affected by a bout of meningitis in ­childhood.
He said: “My eyesight is going – it started from the meningitis but it’s getting worse.
“I can’t read anything. Even newspaper headlines are very blurry".
John says he wears glasses now so he doesn't fall off the edge of the stage.
“If I lose my eyesight , I lose my life. I’d rather give up my ears than my eyes, which might sound unusual
for a musician"
“If I couldn’t see the world around me that would be a terrific loss".
“If I lost my vision completely, that would be something I’d have to analyse in my mind".
“It’s gloomy but I can enjoy depression.”






Monday 28 March 2016.
Some of you may have seen this tv clip before that was shown again tonight but it always makes me chuckle.
Guitar legends met The Queen in 2005 and they all had to wear name badges.
Pundits pronounce almost daily on the workings of the Queen’s mind, but few people really know her likes and dislikes.
However, there is at least one certainty: Her Majesty has quite clearly never been a fan of virtuoso electric guitar.
This fact became painfully obvious as the monarch engaged in conversation with some of the greatest exponents of the art produced by Britain during a reception at Buckingham Palace celebrating the country’s music industry.
It started when Brian May of Queen pointed out that it had been his honour to play the national anthem during the rock concert held at the palace in 2002 to mark the Golden Jubilee. “Oh! That was you was it?” replied a surprised monarch, before moving swiftly on to Jimmy Page.
Quite a lot of people would swoon in the presence of such a talent, but the Queen managed somehow to control her excitement. “Are you a guitarist too?” she asked of the Led Zeppelin megastar, as if addressing a member of the 1st Haywards Heath Scouts Band. He nodded.
Eric Clapton was taking no chances and, shaking the Queen firmly by the hand, introduced himself by name. “Have you been playing a long time?” the Queen asked, obviously none the wiser. “It must be 45 years now,” replied a non-plussed blues giant.
Next was Jeff Beck, like Clapton and Page a former Yardbird. Her Majesty was duly informed of the fact. “We’re all from Surrey,” added Clapton, grasping for some point of commonality. Luckily, the Queen had heard of Surrey. Clapton was philosophical as he munched his canapé.
“It’s great to meet her - and it doesn’t matter at all that she did not know who we are or what we do. I wouldn’t expect her to.”






Sunday 27 March 2016.
ABC are to release The Lexicon of Love 2 in May 2016.
Usually the sequel album follows its predecessor by a few years, with rare exceptions.
Now add 80s act ABC to the list of rare exceptions.
According to ABC collaborator Marcus Vere, ABC will be releasing The Lexicon of Love 2 in May ,
or 34 years after the Martin Fry-led band released the stunning original, The Lexicon of Love.
The 1982 album, ABC’s first, featured classics,
"The Look of Love (Part 1)” "All Of My Heart" and “Poison Arrow.” The new edition will feature no
re-orchestrated versions of songs from The Lexicon of Love, and Fry as the sole original member.
The Lexicon of Love album from 1982 is one of my fave albums from that decade.






Saturday 26 March 2016.
Happy Birthday to Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler who is 68 today.
Happy Birthday to Diana Ross who is 72 today.







Friday 25 March 2016.
STATUS QUO announce their last ever electric shows.
One of the hardest working live bands who always seem to be touring.
I have seen them play live around 50 times since 1974.
Status Quo have confirmed that their 2016 live shows will represent their last ever full on Electric tour. Following a final high profile European tour, which will start in October and include UK dates in December 2016, no further electric tours will be booked for this legendary band.
Francis Rossi said, “We’ve talked about it for some time and have decided that it’s time for us to hang up the electrics. It’s getting harder and harder for us to play those shows. It’s 30 years since we last said we were stopping but this is a final decision. It doesn’t mean we won’t do other things, perhaps the odd special, but we’re agreed that the moment has come. There’s more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won’t tour the electric set ever again”.
The London show will be at The 02 Arena on Sunday 11 December 2016.
They always have a great support act on their annual UK Dec tour and this time it's REO SPEEDWAGON.






Friday 25 March 2016.
Happy Birthday to Sir Elton John who is 69 today.






Wednesday 23 March 2016...7pm to 11.30pm...
BARRIO BRIXTON --- press launch --- Barrio Brixton, 30 Acre Lane,Brixton,London SW2.
Following on from the success stories of their Angel, Shoreditch and Soho venues, the latest Barrio site sees a shift towards Peruvian fare. Highlights from the kitchen include Mi Corazon (ox skewers) and The Way to Amarillo (salmon ceviche with Amarillo chilli), while there's to be a brand new cocktail menu featuring a back bar loaded with mezcals, piscos, rums and tequilas. The 200-capacity space will feature an outside 'El Patio' for the warmer months, and it'll of course be open 'til late (2am at weekends) for drinking and debauchery.
Barrio has a long and proud history of offering London's most adventurous revelers an exotic spot to let loose in. Back to combine the fun-loving vibes of South America with that vibrant Brixton spirit, standing out won't be an issue here, either. Brixton’s latest neighbourhood hangout looks ideal for everything from weekend brunch to a late-night session.
We get a nice table at the far end of this very brightly coloured interior, using up-cycled and
reclaimed materials to create a fun and playful environment.
The staff did a great job as it was very full and busy during the entire evening.
We had several small plates of food that were all yummy with the crispy chicken my fave.
We had half a dozen great cocktails from their extensive list and we decided are fave was the
Ol' Dirty Bastard (Bourbon and Rum head to head with a hint of orange for a full flavoured old-fashioned style drink).
A close second was the Voodoo Mama (rum, coffee liquor and fresh pineapple).
We had such a great time here we were one of the last ones to leave the venue.
BARRIO BRIXTON is just two minutes from Brixton Electric gig venue and Brixton Ritzy Cinema.
BARRIO BRIXTON is just a few minutes from Brixton Academy so you can easy pop in here before a gig.
They are doing 50% off offers on food during their opening period and 2-4-1 cocktails before 9pm.
www.welovebarrio.comVisit the BARRIO websites for more info.
www.barriobars.com






Tuesday 22 March 2016...I went to three events today...
2pm to 4pm
London Transport Museum --- press showcase --- Covent Garden Plaza,London WC2.
This popular tourist venue is showcasing how it can be used for corporate entertaining.
It has a new 121 seater cinema in the basement that will be screening Euro 2016 games
and they can host 180 folks for dinner and 500 folks standing.
In the museum you are taken on a journey through the past,present and future of London's
transport development,with striking displays of iconic posters,vintage vehicles and
interactive exhibits.
For the first hour here we have complimentary prosecco,wines and coffees along with
bowl food,canapés and desserts.
For the second hour we tour the museum where it is great to see all the different buses used etc.
Lots of great film and pictures from the past.
Tickets are £17 to go in here and kids go free.
You can save £1 by booking online in advance.
All tickets are valid for the whole year so you can go along multi-times.
All guests got a goodie bag on the way out.
www.ltmuseum.co.ukVisit The London Transport Museum website for more info and to buy tickets.
then
6pm to 7.45pm
IET showcase at 2 Savoy Place ,London WC2.
This huge venue is next to The Savoy Hotel and overlooks The River Thames.
This venue has recently undergone a £30 million refurbishment, it offers cutting edge technology.
A big crowd of around 300 folks here with 75% of those females who book events for their companies.
The venue has many different sized rooms including a very plush 400 plus seater theatre/cinema.
It also has a terrace that looks out to The Royal Festival Hall across the River.
We have complimentary prosecco,wines and lots of bowl food and canapés.
There is a racing car simulator and a hand held racing car track that were both very popular.
www.ietvenues.co.ukVisit the IET website for more info.
then
8pm to 11pm
Dennis Morris: Public Image Ltd - First Issue to Metal Box - Private View - The ICA,The Mall,London SW1.
Exhibition exploring the evolution of music band Public Image Ltd through the photographs of designer and photographer Dennis Morris. Showcase features rare pictures relating to the early stages of the band.
Dennis Morris is a British photographer best known for his images of Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols. In 1979, he created the logo for the company Public Image Limited and the innovative Metal Box album packaging.He then became Art Director of Island Records and designed album covers for the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Marianne Faithfull (Broken English) and Bob Marley.
The exhibition runs from Wed 23 March to Sun 15 May.
A £1 day ticket gets admission to all the exhibitions at The ICA.
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A big crowd of around 300 folks here including Dennis Morris himself and fashion designer Pam Hogg.
Really good to see so many of my gig going punk rock chums here tonight.
The exhibition was smaller that expected but like it said on the (metal) box it was solely early PIL.
We had images from the PIL debut album and the Metal Box album was here in a glass cabinet.
We had a few PIL posters and music paper covers and interviews featuring his PIL photos.
Also a ticket stub from their first ever gig on 25 Dec 1978 at The Rainbow (I was there).
We have a live band called Skinny Girl Diet who play a good 30 mins set with a punky/grunge type sound.
Skinny Girl Diet is a British political punk band female trio formed in London.
We have three djs listed as playing 45 mins sets who were Dave Dorrell,Craig Richards and playing last
was the legendary Andrew Weatherall.
Complimentary spirits n mixers,wines and beers for all guests.
A nice buzzing event.
www.ica.org.ukVisit the ICA website for more info.
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Graffiti scrawled by Johnny Rotten in a run-down house in Denmark Street, London, is being 'honoured by the British state' today (21 March 2016) as an item of cultural importance, in a move that's described as the 'establishment sticking up two fingers at the Sex Pistols'. Historic England has recommended that the building where Rotten wrote 'obscenities' and 'cruel caricatures', should be grade II* listed, saying it is a vital part of Britain's heritage and should be preserved.
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Monday 21 March 2016.
We got in early to the historic area of Greenwich at 4.30pm for a bit of a mooch about before the dinner
as i only get over this way every couple of years.
Greenwich sounds like it would be near North Greenwich where The 02 Arena is, but that's
actually around 30 mins away by DLR/tube or bus.
There are always plenty of tourists floating around here even on a chilly afternoon.
The Cutty Sark is here along with The Old Royal Navy College and the High Street has not one
but two stores selling second-hand vinyl albums.
The Old Royal Navy College has a week of shows every July and this year the headliners are
Joe Bonamassa,Seal,2Cellos,10cc,Roxette and Jamie Cullum.
then
6.15pm to 8.15pm
Bill's Restaurant --- press preview --- 13 Nelson Road,Greenwich,London SE10.
Fast growing Bill's Restaurants now have around 75 locations in the UK.
With their long hours from breakfast through lunch to late dinners a recent trade report said that the
average Bill's Restaurant takes an impressive £30,000 a week in takings.
This Bill's will face plenty of competition as there are many well known restaurant brands in the high street.
The restaurant has great decor with candles on tables and low lighting overall.
Huge lampshades hang from the ceiling and it just has that nice buzzy vibe about it.
The restaurant is over two levels ,with the upstairs a bit more luxurious.
The staff were attentive and there were no food delays.
I had Sweet Ginger and Chilli Chicken Wings for starters.
My mains were Slow Cooked BBQ Style Pork Ribs with sides.
Dessert was Warm Cinnamon Doughnuts.
All the food was tasty and the meat slipped off the ribs nice and easy.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
www.bills-website.co.ukVisit the Bill's Restaurants website here for more info and locations.






Monday 21 March 2016.
An amazing feat completed by Eddie Izzard.
Comedian Eddie Izzard has completed his challenge in South Africa to run 27 marathons in 27 days
for Sport Relief.
The 54-year-old needed to run a double marathon on Sunday to complete his challenge beneath a statue of
Nelson Mandela, in Pretoria.
He finished under a giant statue of Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in prison.
Izzard attempted a similar feat in South Africa in 2012 but had to pull out for health reasons.
The comedian's endurance feat raised more than £1.35m. The 2016 Sport Relief total stands at £56,984,007.





Monday 21 March 2016.
TWITTER is 10 years old today.
This was when the first tweet was sent.
Six months later,they bought the domain name twitter.com from a bird-watching website





Sunday 20 March 2016.
Happy Birthday to Vera Lynn who reaches the amazing age of 99 today.
Known as the "Forces' Sweetheart," singer Vera Lynn had a popular radio show during World War II and
sang such songs as "The White Cliffs of Dover" and "We'll Meet Again."





Friday 18 March 2016.
39 years ago today
On March 18, 1977, The Clash, four black-clad lads from Notting Hill, London released their first single
"White Riot" ...It went to 38 on the charts.
They didn't yet know how their politically charged lyrics and adrenaline-fueled performances would help define the emerging punk genre. Though the Sex Pistols had kicked in the door of the punk movement, by 1978, they had disbanded, leaving the Clash to lead an inspired generation. Frontman Joe Strummer had plenty to say and penned their punk-rock manifestos, while lead guitarist Mick Jones composed the majority of the music.
I first saw The Clash in Sept 1976 at the legendary 100 Club Punk Rock Festival.





Friday 18 March 2016.
Forty years ago this month.
March 1976 - KISS‬ released their classic album, Destroyer.
Track Listing: Detroit Rock City / King of the Night Time World / God of Thunder / Great Expectations /
Faming Youth / Sweet Pain / Shout It out Loud / Beth / Do You Love Me.
I saw them play Hammersmith Odeon twice in May 1976 to promote this album on their debut UK tour.






Thursday 17 March 2016...7.10pm to 11pm...
Terrence Higgins Trust - The Auction - Christie's London, 8 King Street, St James's,London, SW1.
I have been to this event a few times over the past decade.
Around 400 smartly dressed folks here with a high percentage of gay men.
Most had paid £160 to be here.
Girl about town Nancy Dell'Olio is here and is a regular attendee.
Also a regular is Leee John who was the singer in 80s band Imagination.
They had massive success and I saw them several times at Hammersmith Odeon and Hammersmith Palais.
I had a nice chat with him about me working at Hammersmith Odeon when they played there.
Leee said "there is a DVD out of those shows and he is currently playing solo shows along with a film project".
In 2015 this auction raised a staggering £316,000. Over its history the event has raised £3 million to
make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.
A standing reception for an hour then at 8.15pm we are seated in their main auction room for an hour
as the 25 or so lots are auctioned.
Tracey Emin donated an item and sent a video message from Hong Kong.
One of the final lots were two tickets to see Leee John in Paris with a meet and greet.
Leee went up on stage and sung a great few lines from his big hit 'Just An Illusion'.
This fetched £1800.
Another music lot was two tickets to see The Pet Shop Boys at their next London show with a meet and greet.
This went for £3500.
After the auction we had a jazz band playing some cover versions and for the second half of their set
they played in the middle of the room which was great fun as folks sung along to some classic tunes.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food all night including champers,a choice of two cocktails,
bowl food,canapés and desserts.
This event is always really good.
www.tht.org.ukVisit the Terrence Higgins Trust website for more info.
www.leeejohn.comVisit the Leee John website for his future gigs and projects.







Thursday 17 March 2016.
Paul Daniels has died at the age of 77, his publicist has confirmed.
The magician and TV personality had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February. According to The Mirror, Daniels had been undergoing treatment at the Royal Berkshire Hospital but decided to return to his home in Henley-on-Thames on Sunday (March 13) to spend his final days with family.
He was one of those who was always on the telly when I was growing up.
He achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show,
which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.
Current popular magician Dynamo said he was a major inspiration.
Also....
BBC presenter Cliff Michelmore dies.
The broadcaster, whose career spanned four decades, has died in hospital at the age of 96. Described as one of TV's best loved presenters, Michelmore interviewed The Prince of Wales, Harold Wilson, and a 17 year old David Bowie during his time, as well as fronting Twenty-Four Hours and Holiday. He's survived by his children Guy and Jenny.







Thursday 17 March 2016.
Malcolm McLaren's son to burn punk collection.
Joe Corré, the son of Vivienne Westwood and the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren is planning to burn his collection of punk memorabilia, estimated to be worth £5m, in protest at the way 'punk's legacy has been co-opted by the mainstream'. The founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur says the ceremonial burning will take place in Camden, London, November 26, to coincide with the anniversary of the Sex Pistols single Anarchy in the UK.




Wednesday 16 March 2016...I went to two events tonight....
6.30pm to 9pm
ZIMA launch party at ZIMA ,45 Frith Street,Soho,London W1.
ZIMA is the Russian word for Winter.
ZIMA is a Russian Street Food & Bar in the basement of Jean-Jacques Brasserie with a great location
as it is right next to the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.
ZIMA is a totally new concept that combines Russian street food and drink in a kitsch speakeasy atmosphere,
and it will open to the public on the 31st of March.
Street and gourmet food combine in an array of tapas-style creations featuring classic ingredients
from all corners of this vast country : sturgeon, herring, scallops, crab, venison and, of course, caviar.
Also there are several Vodka infusion drinks along with prosecco,wines and Russian beers.
They are aiming for a more casual way of having caviar as ZIMA.
Looking like a Soviet-era speakeasy vodka bar, the restaurant is adorned with
propaganda slogans and symbols embossed on porcelain.
The staff did a great job of explaining the ingredients and areas that all the food came from.
The company that owns ZIMA also runs a few English pubs in Moscow.
We enjoyed a great selection of plates of food and drinks here tonight.
Well worth a visit when you are in Soho or pop in before Ronnie Scott's.
www.zimabar.comCheck out the Zima website here for more info or tel 0207 494 9111.
www.theupcoming.co.ukCheck out their website under the Food & Drinks section which features great
pictures of the event showing the food and guests and if you look closely you will see me in a couple of them.
then
PURSON live at The 100 Club,London.
Purson are a psychedelic rock band from London, England. Founded by Rosalie Cunningham. Purson formed after Cunningham disbanded her previous project Ipso Facto.They are signed with Spinefarm / Universal.
Rosalie Cunningham describes the sound as "vaudeville carny psych".
I saw them a year ago supporting Alan Parsons Live Project at Shepherds Bush Empire.
The band are on a UK tour to promote their second album 'Desires Magic Theatre'...out April 2016...
Purson arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played a 70 mins set.
It is pretty full in here as the band are gradually making a name for themselves.
They certainly looked the part as all of them are dressed in early 1970s attire.
They played a decent set that ticked along nicely and the highlight for me was their new single
'Electric Landlady' with its Hendrix vibe that has also got a great official video up on YouTube.
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Sadly i was on the guest list for this but I could not get along as the same time as the ZIMA event.
Michael Gaffney: The Champ: My Year with Muhammad Ali - launch party
Proud Gallery Camden, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1.
The beautiful photographs show Ali, the first boxer ever to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World three times, during the later years of his career, around 1977 - 78.
They will be on show until 15 May 2016.



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April 19, 2016

Monday 18 April 2016...6.45pm to 9pm...
NAOMI CAMPBELL - book launch party - at Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street, 5 Vigo Street, London W1.
Around 200 folks here at the massive Burberry store.
This is the private entrance area at the side of Burberry that has its own bars on both levels.
A glitzy event as a dozen photographers are outside the venue and a few more are inside.
NAOMI CAMPBELL is now aged 45 and still looking great.
Naomi is an English model. Recruited at the age of 15, she established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s,and was one of six models of her
generation declared "supermodels" by the fashion industry.
Lots of Naomi's celebrity friends are here and she is making sure all the photographers get photos
of her with all her mates as she stays at the event the entire evening.
Boy George is here with his 80s chum Marilyn.
Singer Tinie Tempah is here after headlining Brixton Academy a couple of days before.
Other guests included Eva Herzigova, Erin O'Connor, Christopher Bailey and Manolo Blahnik who joined forces as Naomi Campbell celebrated the launch of her new eponymously named coffee table book. The iconic model, who arrived with her mother Valerie Campbell, was spotted embracing friends including make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, Mary Greenwell, Bernie Ecclestone and legendary photographer Mario Testino - whose shots are featured in the book. Inside the party at Thomas's at Burberry, Charlotte and Alice Dellal, Kara Rose Marshall, Giancarlo Giammetti and German publisher Benedikt Taschen took turns to pose with the book, packaged in a bust of Campbell's likeness by sculptor Allen Jones. High street mogul Sir Philip Green, fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and acclaimed photographers Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas were also in attendance at the star-studded event.
Also here was Anthony Hamilton (father of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton),Heather Kerzner,David Tang and Harold Tillman.
Also here was Michelle Gayle who was a fellow student at the same stage school that Naomi attended.
A dj upstairs is playing great tunes from the 1980s including hip-hop anthems.
Complimentary Nyetimber English sparkling wines,two different cocktails and canapés.
Her pair of books are on display for folks to browse.
One is a large coffee table sized book of glossy photos and the other has text about the photos and is smaller.
Each one also comes with a full size bust of Naomi which is also here.
The whole collection is limited to 1000 numbered and signed copies with a very hefty price tag of £1250.
A great event.
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“The book is a culmination of my life’s work. It includes all that I’ve done in the fashion business for the past 29½ years. The book is a timeline of my career, and has allowed me to remember and give credit to all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. Because of this, it’s very special to me. It took quite a few years to put this book together, because we didn’t want to rush it. It was important both to Benedikt Taschen and I to find all of my pictures and compile them into two really beautiful books…Working with Benedikt was a great experience – I love and respect him, and I wouldn’t have wanted to create a book like this with anyone else. For me, it was a dream come true.”
— Naomi Campbell speaking in GARAGE Magazine, London







Monday 18 April 2016.
Elton John and JK Rowling top list of most benevolent celebrities.
Sir Elton John and JK Rowling have been revealed as Britain's most benevolent celebrities, with each donating large parts of their fortunes to charities. John gave £26.8m to charity last year, mainly to his AIDS foundation in Britain and the US, while the Harry Potter author came second in the celebrity giving list, donating £10.3 to charities including the Lumos foundation and the Volant charitable trust.





Sunday 17 April 2016.
Some Guys Have All The Luck---The Rod Stewart Story live at The Swan Theatre,High Wycombe.
A brand new theatre production celebrating the life and career of Rod Stewart.
Starring Paul Metcalfe and featuring a four piece live band either side of a big staircase.
The first half of the show takes the audience through Rod's incredible story from his
humble beginnings playing in the r 'n b clubs of the 60's through to The Faces.
The second half of the show featured all the big hits we know and love.
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The show was on for around 2 hours 5 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 65 mins.
Paul Metcalfe as Rod was fantastic as he had the Rod gravel voice and looked and acted like Rod.
Lots of entertaining banter between the songs which included telling the story of Rods life.
Many different pictures of Rod,albums n singles covers and other images on the big screen.
A few outfit changes too and Rod went walkies through the crowd during one song.
Loads of classic tracks from Rods lengthy career were played tonight.
Most of the crowd are up dancing and singing along in the second half.
Straight after the show the singer came out to meet and greet the crowd.
A very enjoyable show.
The setlist tonight included...
Ooh La La
Stay With Me
You Wear It Well
Handbags & Gladrags
This Old Heart Of Mine
Some Guys Have All The Luck
Hot Legs
Tonight's The Night
Downtown Train
You're In My Heart
The First Cut Is The Deepest
Rhythm Of My Heart
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy( included kicking out some footballs just like Rod does)
Baby Jane
Sailing
Encore
I Don't Want To Talk About It(with Rod draped in a tartan flag)
Maggie May
www.someguyshavealltheluck.comVisit the website for more info and to buy tickets.
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The real Rod Stewart is to play UK Stadiums in the summer and UK Arenas in the winter.






Sunday 17 April 2016.
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young joined GUNS N' ROSES on stage earlier tonight (Saturday, April 16) at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival to perform the AC/DC classics "Riff Raff" and "Whole Lotta Rosie".
Video fan footage can been seen on YouTube.





Saturday 16 April 2016.
Ex KISS guitar legend ACE FREHLEY released his new solo album on 15 April 2016.
'Originals Vol 1' features cover versions of his fave songs and KISS covers.
No. Title Writer(s) Original artist/arranger Length
1. "White Room" Jack Bruce, Pete Brown Cream 5:04
2. "Street Fighting Man" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards The Rolling Stones 4:01
3. "Spanish Castle Magic" (featuring John 5) Jimi Hendrix The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3:35
4. "Fire and Water" (featuring Paul Stanley) Andy Fraser, Paul Rodgers Free 4:11
5. "Emerald" (featuring Slash) Phil Lynott, Brian Robertson, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham Thin Lizzy 4:29
6. "Bring It On Home" Willie Dixon Sonny Boy Williamson II 4:26
7. "Wild Thing" (featuring Lita Ford) Chip Taylor The Troggs 3:45
8. "Parasite" (featuring John 5) Frehley Kiss 4:03
9. "Magic Carpet Ride" Rushton Moreve, John Kay Steppenwolf 3:43
10. "Cold Gin" (featuring Mike McCready) Frehley Kiss 5:18
11. "Till the End of the Day" Ray Davies The Kinks 2:27
12. "Rock and Roll Hell" Gene Simmons, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance Kiss 6:31
Total length:
51:33







Friday 15 April 2016...6.30pm to 9pm...
ROBA Bar & Restaurant --- preview--- 34 Norfolk Place,Paddington,London W2.
Helping to raise the gastronomic bar in Paddington is this grill restaurant in the Norfolk Towers Hotel. As the name suggests, the menu is built around the robata grill, where well-aged steaks and burgers are cooked alongside prawns, corn-fed chicken and lamb. Head chef Andrea Secchi may be of Italian heritage but he’s spent enough time on the London restaurant scene to fall in love with British cooking and produce: the beef comes from Scotland, the seafood from the British coast. Aside from the grill, Secchi does a pretty good turn with British classics: fish & chips or a traditional pie say, while Asian-influenced dishes come in the form of chicken curry, squid tempura, and wild mushroom bruschetta with poached eggs will suit those after something a bit lighter.
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Paddington has quite a few traditional pubs near the station and certainly needs a decent contemporary bar.
I am in The Sussex Arms up the road quite a lot and I have kept an eye on this hotel which has had a full
refurbishment the past year and is now a very nice looking four star hotel.
You can still smell the newness of the venue with its smart lighting and cosy furniture.
There is an extensive drinks list and the food comes under the casual dining umbrella.
The staff were very attentive and friendly and made a fuss over everyone.
All guests enjoyed complimentary wines and small plate samples of their nice food.
Opening offers will include half price drinks every Friday 5pm to 7pm so that's a good excuse
to give it a try if you are in the area.
Roba is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffees and teas, afternoon tea, drinks and dinner from
Monday to Saturday 7am to 10.30pm and Sunday 7.30am to 10.30pm.
www.robarestaurant.co.ukVisit the Roba website for more info.






Thursday 14 April 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.45pm.
ISSEY MIYAKE - party - Issey Miyake, 10 Brook Street, London, W1.
Around 100 fashion folks here at this cool store.
Always nice to bump into Anthony Fawcett.
Anthony Fawcett is a British writer, art critic, and a former personal assistant to John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1968 till 1970.He took over the role briefly held by Lennon's boyhood friend Peter Shotton, after Shotton's resignation from Apple Corps, and Fawcett's role was later filled by May Pang.
Complimentary Georges Cartier champers,pear n sake cocktails and canapés for all.
Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer.
He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances.
He also developed a friendship with Apple's Steve Jobs and produced the black turtlenecks which would become a part of Jobs' signature attire. Jobs said, "So I asked Issey to make me some of his black turtlenecks that I liked, and he made me like a hundred of them."
All guests got a goodie bag on the way out.
www.isseymiyake.comVisit the Issey Miyake website here for more info.
then
9pm to 11.30pm.
BVLGARI - flagship re-opening party - Bulgari Store London ,153A New Bond Street, W1.
This was a full monty party that must have cost a fortune to put on.
Bulgari have closed this end of the street to traffic to make way for their red carpet.
A small army of security staff and waiting staff are all over the venue...inside and outside...
All the main London celebrity photographers are here.
Around 300 very smartly dressed folks are here over the two floors of this immaculate store.
Guest of honour is Carla Bruni who is an Italian-French singer-songwriter and former model.
She is married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Bringing Italian glamour to London, Bulgari ambassador Carla Bruni turned heads in a 14 carat Columbian
emerald necklace as launched the luxury jeweller's new boutique on New Bond Street.
Other guests included David Furnish(Elton John husband) and actor Luke Evans.
The store looks totally stunning with Italian marble everywhere.
Opera singer Carmen Giannattasio performed a couple of tracks.
A dj is spinning tracks upstairs.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,Negroni cocktails and Italian bowl food,small plates and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag on the way out.
An excellent event.
www.bulgari.comVisit the Bulgari website here for more info.






Wednesday 13 April 2016...I went two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm.
Michael Lindsay-Hogg and Glauco Della Sciucca: State of Minds - private view
at Lacey Contemporary Gallery, 8 Clarendon Cross, London, W11.
Around 100 folks here at this smart gallery in the posh backstreets of Holland Park.
Actor Tom Conti is here and it is a nice buzzy atmosphere.
The actor, who was engaged in a long planning dispute with ex-footballer neighbour Thierry Henry, recently put his Hampstead mansion on the market for £17.5million – 30 years after he bought the five-bedroom property for £165,000.
Both the artists are here.
Michael Lindsay-Hogg did some amazing work with THE BEATLES and THE ROLLING STONES.
Complimentary presecco for all guests.
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This Spring 2016 Lacey Contemporary Gallery is proud to present a joint exhibition from Michael Lindsay-Hogg and Glauco Della Sciucca. In this exciting new collaboration by two renowned figures of the creative arts, STATE OF MINDS will present a selection of original works from Lindsay-Hogg and Della Sciucca in their first ever exhibition together in London. Worldly-wise characters meet “monsters” of the vertical city, the sometimes odd colour combinations of Lindsay-Hogg are shown against the black and white of Della Sciucca in this provocative and original exhibition.
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Michael Lindsay-Hogg could be called the father of Rock’n’Roll videos working from the mid-60s onwards with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones (for 15 years), and The Who. He directed the documentary, ‘Let It Be’ with The Beatles and ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus‘. Lindsay-Hogg has received 5 BAFTA nominations and one win, for ‘Brideshead Revisited’. He directed ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway’ and ‘Agnes of God’ on Broadway and the original production of Larry Kramer’s ‘The Normal Heart‘ at The Public Theatre in New York. ‘The Object of Beauty’, which he wrote and directed, won Best Director and Best Film at the Cairo International Film Festival. His memoir, ‘Luck and Circumstance’ is available at John Sandoe in Chelsea and on Amazon. Lindsay-Hogg has been drawing all his life and painting for 20 years. He invents faces or characters, juxtaposing seemingly mismatched people in unresolved situations. In the past 3 years, he has had three solo shows in Los Angeles, one in Hudson, NY, and in Austin, Texas.
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Glauco Della Sciucca, acclaimed international illustrator and designer, is also a writer and professional journalist, who has published his drawings, sketches and oversize illustrations in Rome, New York, Lugano, Shangai and Milan. He recently designed a new Swatch – “The Black and White Special“, a watch presented in China and available worldwide, and HarvArt”, a Luxury Bag by MyStyleBags presented in Swiss. After his first debut for the The New Yorker magazine in 2004 (with a work about the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) he designed illustrations and covers for Linus – the historical Monthly Magazine of “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. He also designed illustrations for The Brooklyn Rail, L’Unità, Il Manifesto, Columbia Journalism Review (published by the Columbia University in New York City), and for The New York Review of Books (the edition published by Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso). He’s the author of the book of tales and illustrations “Central Park West Stories” (published in Milan by Baldini Castoldi Dalai) and conducts workshops for Scuola Holden in Turin.
The exhibition is on until 25 April 2016...Free admission..
www.laceycontemporarygallery.co.ukVisit the gallery for more info.
then
8pm to 10pm.
WE KOKO - launch party - at Sketch, 9 Conduit Street,London W1.
Online fashion website hosts a launch party.
A young fashion crowd are here with lots of glammed up females.
A dozen photographers are flashing away outside the venue.
Guests here included Damien Hirst which was a bit of a surprise.
Multi-millionaire artist Damien Hirst, 50, was with his gorgeous new girlfriend Katie Keight, 25
who was wearing a stunning gold lame dress.
Other guests included Kimberley Wyatt(ex Pussycat Dolls),Nicola Roberts ( ex Girls Aloud)
and Sid Owen (played Ricky in Eastenders).
A dj is playing in the raised platform area and its a nice clubby atmosphere.
Complimentary CIROC vodka cocktails and Jägermeister drinks for all guests.
www.wekoko.comVisit the We Koko website for more info.







Wednesday 13 April 2016.
Happy Birthday to Soul Legend Al Green who is 70 today.






Tuesday 12 April 2016.
Muse live at The 02 Arena,London.
Muse play the third of their five nights at The 02 Arena.
'The Drones World Tour’ will see the band perform for the first time “in the round” from the middle.
In Feb 2016 Muse won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for 'Drones' album.
I have seen Muse around a dozen times since 2000 when they were the support act to Bush
at Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Muse always put on a great show and this tour has been getting rave five star and four star reviews so
i was really looking forward to it.
The venue is totally rammed sold out and there is floor standing to create a great atmosphere.
Muse arrive on stage at 8.45pm and are on stage 1 hour 55 mins.
A very impressive entrance as the band walk through the floor standing like champion boxers do
as a dozen globe drones float around the venue.The drones come out a couple of times later on as well.
It is a stunning stage production which was a bit like the U2 production from last year as it is all
on the floor and in the round and stretched out sideways with two catwalk extensions so everyone has a great view.
The circular stage rotates slowly during most songs.
Judging by previous setlists on this tour the band are changing it around a bit each night.
Muse’s career has been built on extravagance and over statement. For almost two hours the Devon band
roared and soared around the O2.
Live Muse are still hard to match. For three blokes to make this much noise (with a little assistance from programming,guitar and keyboards from a chap carefully partly hidden lower down in the stage) is impressive.
Top notch musicians offering up soaring falsettos and incendiary guitar licks.
They are mixing rock,Prog and funk which creates an awesome sound.
A few songs were a bit too serious and pompous but overall they totally rocked the venue.
The bass players popping of some giant confetti-filled balloons with the neck of his bass
delivered a moment of fun.
At the end of the main set the show goes very Pink Floyd, as a Thunderbird-like spaceship flies around. You’re expecting giant inflatable pigs at any moment. While the visuals impress, the music does too, with 'Time Is Running Out', now scarily 13 years old, sounding superb as it bounces and soars around the O2, while 'Knights of Cydonia' closes the show.
"Hello London” is about all we hear from Bellamy all night, but like Floyd’s shows, seeing Muse in concert
is not about hearing the meaning behind 'Hysteria' or 'Uprising', it’s about taking everything in, if you can!
I have seen around 30 shows this year and this Muse show and The Who are the best so far.
An excellent show.
Full Muse setlist played tonight....
Reapers[Drill Sergeant]
Psycho
Plug In Baby(Extended outro)
Dead Inside
The 2nd Law: Isolated System(Shortened)
The Handler
Supermassive Black Hole(The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 'Voodoo Child' intro)
Prelude
Starlight
Sunburn
Munich Jam
Madness
Map of the Problematique('Who Knows Who' riff outro)
Interlude
Hysteria(Led Zeppelin's 'Heartbreaker' riff outro)
Time Is Running Out
Uprising(Extended outro)
The Globalist
Encore:
Take a Bow
Mercy
Knights of Cydonia(Ennio Morricone's 'Man With a Harmonica' intro)






Tuesday 12 April 2016...Another sad death...
Entertainer, producer and reality television star David Gest has died in a London hotel aged 62.
Gest, who is a former husband of singer Liza Minnelli, died at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf.
He had suffered health problems over the past couple of years.
His friend and ex-bodyguard Imad Handi confirmed the news in a statement.
American Gest was best known in the UK for his appearances on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and
Celebrity Big Brother.
He had made the UK his home the past few years splitting his time between London and York.
He had worked with Michael Jackson and Cliff Richard amongst others.
I went to a couple of his 'Philly Soul' shows feat Billy Paul and others that he promoted and hosted.
I also went to a memorabilia auction he hosted at The Royal Garden Hotel,Kensington.






Monday 11 April 2016...6.45pm to 9pm...
House & Garden's Hotels By Design Party at The Kensington Hotel, 109-113 Queen's Gate, London, SW7.
Around 200 folks at this plush boutique hotel in the South Kensington area.
Guests included the well known interior designer and socialite Nicky Haslam.
Still looking good for age 76, he was a bit of a party animal in the 1970s and 1980s.
In June 2009, Haslam performed for five nights singing Hart and Cole songs at Bellamy's Restaurant in London. To celebrate the launch of the new Beaufort Bar at the Savoy in London in November 2010, Haslam performed two nights of cabaret, singing Cole Porter songs to a private audience that included Kate Moss, Jerry Hall and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. In March 2014, Haslam performed cabaret at the Spectrum Ball at the Globe Theatre, hosted by Francis Boulle, to benefit the National Autistic Society. In 2013 he released an album celebrating his singing and memories with his friends, Helena Bonham Carter, Tracey Emin, Amanda Eliasch, Bob Geldof, Bryan Ferry and Mick Jagger; called "Midnight Matinee", it was produced by his friend David Ogilvy.
Only the one award tonight for Outstanding Contribution to Interior Design which went to Martin Brudnizki
who has designed in hotels and bars around the world including Sexy Fish ,The Ivy and
Scarves Bar at The Rosewood Hotel.
Complimentary champers,gin & tonics and canapés for all guests.








Sunday 10 April 2016.
THE LUMINEERS release their second album 'Cleopatra' on Friday 08 April 2016.
Their Grammy nominated debut album sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
Like the first album it has hints of Mumford & Sons in the sound.
The first five tracks stand out more for me but the whole album ticks along nicely.
There is still something timeless about this band that links their songs to 18th century pastorals,
19th century work songs,20th century folk narratives and 21st century post-modern cinematic soundscapes.
One of those albums where you can hear every word due to the crystal clear production.
A good album that is certain to be a massive success like their debut album.
No. Title Length
1. "Sleep on the Floor" 3:31
2. "Ophelia" 2:40
3. "Cleopatra". 3:21
4. "Gun Song" 3:36
5. "Angela" 3:21
6. "In the Light" 3:51
7. "Gale Song" 3:13
8. "Long Way from Home" 2:32
9. "Sick in the Head" 2:31
10. "My Eyes" 3:36
11. "Patience" 1:35
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THE LUMINEERS HEADLINE UK 2016 TOUR DATES:
Thur Apr 14 – Bristol, O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
Fri Apr 15 – Glasgow, Barrowlands – SOLD OUT
Tue Apr 19 – Manchester, Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
Sun Apr 24 – London, O2 Brixton Academy – SOLD OUT








Sunday 10 April 2016.
Howard Marks has died aged 70 due to colon cancer.
Howard Marks was a Welsh drug smuggler turned author, who achieved notoriety as an international cannabis smuggler through high-profile court cases. At his peak he was supposedly smuggling consignments of the drug as large as 30 tons, and was connected with groups as diverse as the CIA, the IRA, MI6, and the Mafia. He was eventually convicted by the American Drug Enforcement Administration and handed a 25-year sentence to be served at Terre Haute; he was released in April 1995 after serving seven years. Though he had up to 43 different aliases, he became known as "Mr Nice" after he bought a passport from convicted murderer Donald Nice.After his release from prison, he published a best-selling autobiography, Mr. Nice, and campaigned publicly for changes in drugs legislation.
A feature film was also made of his life.
Before his illness he toured a lot playing venues including Shepherds Bush Empire to talk about his life.







Sunday 10 April 2016.
Brendan Grace live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
One of Ireland's top comedians visits the UK after his 3 month Irish tour.
Now in his 60s he has been performing for over 40 years.
He was also in the hit tv series Father Ted where he played the part of a drinking, smoking,
troublemaker extraordinaire Father Fintan Stack.
His 1975 song, "Combine Harvester", hit number one in Ireland, and the song would later become a
U.K. number one hit for The Wurzels in 1976.
Brendan was on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 60 mins.
His material owes more to traditional stand-up comics that is for all the family.
A bit like an Irish Les Dawson.
Lots of Irish folks in the crowd who cheer when mentions of Irish towns and cities are mentioned.
A lot of the jokes and tales had Irish themes.
He sung a few songs from his recent album that features old Irish tunes.
Sadly he did not sing "Combine Harvester".
An enjoyable evening.
Straight after the end of the show he was out the front selling and signing DVDs and CDs.






Sunday 10 April 2016.
Coldplay played the legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro ,Brazil.
Coldplay are playing stadiums all over the world the next few months.
Coldplay play four nights at Wembley Stadium in June.







Saturday 09 April 2016.
Save The Last Dance For Me live at The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Antony Costa, Lola Saunders, Wayne Robinson, Elizabeth Carter, star in rock 'n' roll musical based around the songs of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, including Sweets for my Sweet, Turn Me Loose, Viva Las Vegas, Suspicion , Save the Last Dance For Me , Can't Get Used to Losing You and (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame.
Doc Pomus, was an American blues singer and songwriter.He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits. Pomus was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer in 1992,
the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992),and the Blues Hall of Fame (2012).
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Pomus wrote several songs with Phil Spector.
There were 25 songs written by Pomus/Shuman for Elvis Presley.
In 1995, Rhino Records released a tribute album to Pomus entitled Till The Night Is Gone. Pomus songs are performed by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Dion, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke, John Hiatt,
Shawn Colvin, Aaron Neville, Lou Reed, The Band, B.B. King, Los Lobos and Rosanne Cash.
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Antony Costa is taking the leading role of Milton and performs most of the singing.
Costa, famous for being a member of the boyband Blue, returns to the stage after roles in Blood Brothers
(Phoenix Theatre) and Boogie Nights (UK Tour).
The show is on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.
Save the Last Dance for Me follows two teenage sisters through the summer of 1963 who live near the
American Airmen based at Lowestoft and the usual story of boy meets girl romance.
We have a live band on stage and all the classic Doc Pomus tracks listed above are played.
Also a few others of his and a few that were not written by him from that period.
An enjoyable enough evening.
Save the Last Dance for Me is at The New Wimbledon Theatre next week, after which it will tour to Malvern,Stoke, Glasgow, Sunderland, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Blackpool, Liverpool, Leeds, Cheltenham, Manchester, Tunbridge Wells, Swansea, Oxford and Cardiff.







Saturday 09 April 2016.
Sharks attack... again!...and the drummer is Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols.
British rock band Sharks have reformed with three original members – Chris Spedding (guitar), Steve (Snips) Parsons and Nicky Judd (keyboards). Also on board are Sex Pistol/Professionals drummer Paul Cook (drums) and Toshi Ogawa from Kingmob and Hey! Hello! on bass.
Sharks were originally formed in 1972 by Andy Fraser after the demise of Free, who left the band before their second album, Jab It In Yore Eye, which gained them a cult following amongst the punk cognoscenti, including The Clash, Chrissie Hynde and The Sex Pistols. The latter worked with Spedding on the demos for Never Mind The Bollocks.
Tour dates will be announced over the next couple of months.





Friday 08 April 2016.
Roy "Chubby" Brown live at The New Theatre,Wimbledon,London.
Roy "Chubby" Brown now aged 71 is a Yorkshire stand-up comedian, famous for his sarcastic blue humour. The controversial nature of his act means he rarely appears on major television channels, and Brown has attracted accusations that his comedy style is outdated but it is still very popular with working class folks.
He has brought out a live DVD virtually every year over the past 25 years.
Up first we have a blonde female singer singing cover versions for 30 mins.
Decent enough but this crowd would have preferred another comedian i reckon.
His shows are still billed as...if easily offended please stay away.
Earlier this year another venue had a change of mind after booking him and cancelled his show.
Roy arrives on stage at 8.20pm for his 75 mins set.
Brown's image is characterised by a clown-like stage costume consisting of a flying helmet and goggles, a multicoloured patchwork jacket and trousers, a white shirt, a red bow tie and moccasin slippers.
He is greeted with the usual term of endearment "You Fat Bastard, You Fat Bastard".
Plenty of filthy and crude tales which are mainly sex related and “wife” jokes.
Chubby is also a talented pianist and can sing. His renditions of Rolf Harris’s "Two Little Boys" and The Proclaimers "500 Miles" were hilarious. This time round I felt he was even more non-PC than usual, if that’s at all possible.
His sung his big hit single "Living Next Door to Alice (Who the Fuck is Alice?)", a cover version of "Living Next Door to Alice", recorded with Smokie. The record spent 19 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 3 in August 1995.
The finale of the show saw Chubby do a striptease which was incredibly funny - but it certainly
put me off getting anything to eat on the way home.
An enjoyable show as usual by Chubs.






Thursday 07 April 2016...6.45pm to 11pm...
KOJAWAN - restaurant launch party --- Kojawan, Hilton Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London, W2.
We are on the 23rd floor of this hotel situated at the Paddington end of Edgware Road.
Around 200 guests here and we have stunning views over West London.
Good fun here as there are a lot of people here I know.
A dj is playing some tunes in the background.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,brandy cocktails,sake,wines,Kirin beers and lots of their
very nice canapé versions of their dishes which are listed below.
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About KOJAWAN...
Named after the countries on the far side of Asia (Korea, Japan and Taiwan), Kojawan brings the soul food of each nation’s capital to the 23rd floor of London’s Hilton Metropole, in west London, minutes from Marble Arch. Offering unrivalled views of the metropolis, this seductively cool 21st century izakaya brings together innovative dishes from Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei.
The playful menu has been created by acclaimed chefs Bjorn Van Der Horst (of Greenhouse, La Noisette, Eastside Inn) and Omar Romero (of Rhodes Twenty Four, Rosewood). Expect compositions such as Rice Sandwiches, Glazed Lobster-dog and Sesame Seaweed Ponzu, Popcorn Prawns and Liquorice Fish Sauce, and Crab Turnip “Egg Cake” in a Crispy Shiso Leaf Bun. Innovative sweets include Kojawan’s own version of Eton mess with lychee green tea meringue and sake cream. A dynamic drink program features the first Kirin beer and raw bar in Europe, including the signature K-Slurpy, a cold beer with a frozen top. All are served by a knowledgeable service crew, dispatching creative drinks from bespoke airline trollies orbiting tables.
Inside Kojawan, a comfortable hi-tech future reigns. Modish furnishings, sci-fi materials, manga graphics, bespoke videos, and multiple art installations give the space a zany retro-futuristic vibe – a look that’s quite unique in London.
From clay barrel-aged cocktails to an affordable wine list (with a broad range from sake to champagne), the sky-high bar blends the best of all possible worlds from east to west.
www.kojawan.ukVisit the KOJAWAN website here for more info.







Thursday 07 April 2016.
An article in today's Standard newspaper...
The Rolling Stones said they were stopped from playing a few songs on the green outside
the Saatchi Gallery on Monday night but that is not entirely true.
John Hicks - director of The Chelsea Residents Association has said we would have enthusiastically
supported them playing but nobody contacted us about it.





Thursday 07 April 2016.
Check out the picture i took of Glen Matlock and Donovan together at
The Rolling Stones exhibition private view on Monday evening just gone.
www.sex-pistols.net





Wednesday 06 April 2016...I went to two events tonight...
5pm to 6pm.
Braun - press launch - mens new styling range - Edition Hotel,Berners Street,London W1.
Braun offers high performance hair removal and hair care products for both male and female.
Today Braun are introducing six new products for the new mens Braun Beard,Hair and Body Styling Range.
Braun Beard Trimmer RRP £39.99
Braun Body Grooming Kit RRP £129.99
Braun Multi Groomer RRP £69.99
Braun Body Groomer RRP £39.99
Braun Hair Clipper RRP £39.99
Braun Precision Trimmer RRP £14.99
The Braun Styling range is available from Spring 2016 at Tesco,Argos,Amazon and major supermarkets.
Fact...55% of men restyle their look depending on the occasion.‎
Fact...20% of body hair removal products are bought by men.
www.braun.comVisit the BRAUN website for more info on their products.
Also here were NORTON & SONS from Saville Row.
Remember you have look groomed from head to toe and not just your face & hair.
A great quality suit & shirt is always a lasting investment.
Norton & Sons was established in 1821 by Walter Norton as tailors to the Gentlemen of the City of London. Originally located on the Strand, his business flourished and in 1859 then Guv'nor George James Norton was granted the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his services to tailoring. In the 1860's Norton & Sons moved to Savile Row to join the ranks of tailors in what was to become the home of bespoke clothing.
www.nortonandsons.co.ukVisit the NORTON & SONS website here.
Complimentary whiskey cocktails,wines,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a nice goodie bag.
then
6.30pm to 8.15pm.
ABC - The Lexicon of Love 2 album launch party - The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, London, W1.
Around 100 folks here at this plush private members club with cosy seats and standing.
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The Lexicon of Love classic album was released in 1982 and is one of my fave albums of the 1980s.
It is not a concept album but features repeated themes in which Martin Fry the singer experiences
heartache as he tries and fails to have a meaningful relationship.
It was produced by Trevor Horn, engineered by Gary Langan, and featured orchestrations by Anne Dudley.
"Tears Are Not Enough" (in its initial release produced by Steve Brown), "All of My Heart", "Poison Arrow", and "The Look of Love (Part One)" were all Top 20 hits in the UK; the latter two also charted in the US, peaking at No. 25 and No. 14 respectively. The album reached No. 1 on the British charts, and peaked at No. 24 in the US charts.
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Tonight we have a world exclusive playback on The Lexicon of Love 2 album.
It starts with 8 tracks from the album over the pa which all sound great.
The lush strings of Anne Dudley are present again and sound even better than the first album.
Then on stage BBC radio presenter Matt Everitt interviews ABC singer Martin Fry and Anne Dudley
for around five minutes or so.
Martin says the 30th anniversary show of The Lexicon of Love with full orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall
a few years ago was the reason that made him finally do a follow up to The Lexicon of Love.
I was at that fantastic show.
Martin decided it was time to revisit the style,sound and themes from the original album.
Then we have the rest of the album played over the pa.
Afterwards Martin Fry is posing for photos and being friendly and chatty to all the guests.
I had a nice chat with him and I mentioned how I was at Hammersmith Odeon for their three shows there
in Nov 1982 on their debut UK tour on the back of the success of their debut album.
The album The Lexicon of Love 2 is released on VIRGIN on 27 May 2016.
Complimentary drinks for guests as we have four different cocktails that are given ABC song titles.
The Lexicon of Love
Viva Love
Poison Arrow
Confessions of a Fool








Tuesday 05 April 2016.
Christy Moore live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
Christy plays the first of two shows at this venue.
I first saw this Irish singer-songwriter now aged 70 in 1986 at Hammersmith Odeon.
I have seen him several times including at this same venue two years ago.
Christy arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for two hours.
He had two other musicians on stage with him.
As usual most of the crowd have a bit of Irish in them.
Most of his lyrics have Irish themes and places so cheers go up when he mentions a place
and that person comes from that area.
His wry Irish humour between songs always goes down well.
He mixes his own songs with a few cover versions.
A respectful crowd who listen to the lyrics and sing along to his big tunes.
Christy is always enjoyable to watch.
Highlights included...
I'm A Bogman
Missing You
On Morecombe Bay
Delirium Tremens
City Of Chicago
A Pair Of Brown Eyes (The Pogues cover)
Ride On
Don't Forget Your Shovel
Lindoonvarna
Yellow Triangle







Monday 04 April 2016...7.15pm to 11.30pm...
The Rolling Stones EXHIBITIONISM - private view - at The Saatchi Gallery,Kings Road, Chelsea,London.
Around 500 guests at this hot ticket invite only event.
I have been to many events at The Saatchi Gallery but even by their standards this is a major event.
Ever since i saw four of their shows at Earls Court in 1976 and at Knebworth the same year The Stones
have always been a big deal whatever they have done.
I arrive at the venue at 6.40pm and a couple of hundred fans are outside the venue lining the barriers.
Doors open at 7pm and an early arrival is legendary New York photographer Bob Gruen.
The security then hold invitees back as The Stones are due to arrive for the photographers.
All of The Rolling Stones turn up by car at 7.10pm and spend five mins signing stuff and posing for photographers.
This was carefully staged as they were at the venue already in the afternoon giving interviews for
the various tv stations to get the 6pm news.
We then all go in and most have a laminate that is checked and scanned at the main entrance then
a visual check is done on laminates at the entrance to the building itself.
The laminate said 'Please bring photo ID with you' but this was not asked for on the door.
I saw Mick and Charlie in the exhibition but not Keith or Ronnie but so many different rooms
it was quite easy to miss people and some I saw just the once through the evening.
Each member of The Stones had their own security guy to stop any unwanted attention.
Guests included Glen Matlock,Donovan(I took a couple of photos of Glen with Donovan as Glen is a big fan).
I had a lovely chat with Donovan about the Reading Town Hall gig I saw him at last year.
I had a nice chat with film & video director Julien Temple (The Rolling Stones,The Sex Pistols and many others),
He said he is currently working on a Keith Richards documentary.
Jeff Beck,Bill Wyman and family,Sir Bob Geldof,Bobby Gillespie,Pam Hogg,Tommy Hilfiger,
Spice Girl Geri Halliwell(Horner) is here with her hubby Christian Horner (Red Bull Formula One Boss),
Kenney Jones,James Bay,Georgia May Jagger,Fearne Cotton with Jesse Wood,Sally Humphries (Wood),
Trinny Woodall,Chris O'Donnell(Thin Lizzy manager in the 1970s),Annie Nightingale,Chris Jagger.
Pattie Hansen,Theodora Richards,Alexandra Richards,Tyrone Wood.
The exhibition itself was fantastic and I will go back to see it a second and third time for sure.
We see the mock up of their very untidy Edith Grove flat with piles of unwashed plates along
with empty milk and beer bottles and the old style gas meter.
There is a mock recording studio where you can mix your fave Stones tracks as you like to hear them.
A stunning collection of their guitars and basses.
A stunning collection of their stage wear over the years.
Different setlists and other interesting paperwork.
There are some fantastic replica models of their stadium tours over the years.
We saw the band performing on the big screen with 3D glasses.
At the end of the tour is the massive Rolling Stones gift shop stocking some expensive rock memorabilia.
An Exile on Main Street tuxedo by Turnbull & Asser is on sale for £1500 while a
Ligne 2 cigarette lighter will set customers back £1250.
All the band and most of the celebs have departed by 10pm but Scottish chums Bobby Gillespie and
fashion designer Pam Hogg (Pam also designed this years BRIT Award trophy) are still here at the end.
A female dj was playing tracks all night in the bar areas.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food for all.
Drinks were Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines while walking around the exhibition then on the top floor
were the bar areas with a full bar including whiskey,vodka,gin,wines,beers etc and my fave which was a
doughnut dipped in a flat white martini.
Food was bowl food,burgers,canapés and desserts.
At the end guests could take a copy of Arts & Music magazine which has the whole edition on the exhibition
with photos,interviews and reproduction of iconic Stones tour posters.
Needless to say it was a great event.
After the event Mick Jagger had a private party for Stones band members and The Stones inner sanctum
back at his Cheyne Walk,Chelsea home.
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Taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, EXHIBITIONISM combines over 500 original Stones' artefacts, with striking cinematic and interactive technologies offering the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band's fascinating fifty year history.
It's from now until 04 Sept 2016.
They are saying you should allow 90 mins to see all the exhibition.
www.saatchigallery.comVisit the Saatchi Gallery website for more info and to buy tickets.
UPDATE---on Friday 01 April Keith Richards told The Sun Newspaper that the band planned to play
four or five songs on the lawn outside The Saatchi Gallery for the opening party but
The Chelsea Residents Association poo-pooed the idea.
Keith said that the re-creation of the flat in Keith Grove ,Chelsea is the thing he looking forward to see most.
Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards moved into this flat in Edith Grove late summer 1962 and shared it throughout 1962 and 1963. Also sharing the flat was James Phelge, who would later become a successful photographer.
Phelge's name is used in some of the bands writing credits and he would also later write a book on the Rolling Stones called Phelge's Stones, describing the very young Stones
Brian and Keith would spend days playing guitar while listening to blues recods and Jones taught Jagger how to play the harmonica in this flat.
The flat was far from the luxury the Stones would experience later in their career, it was famously squalid with rising damp and peeling wallpaper. Keith’s mother Doris would visit weekly to take away mounds of dirty clothes to wash for them.
UPDATE - on Sunday 03 April - Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor has slammed the
Rolling Stones for not inviting him to the opening of their Exhibitionism exhibition in London this week.
“It appears they are using my name and likeness for another multi-million dollar making exercise. I can’t help wondering why nobody has invited me to the opening at Saatchi Gallery?,” Taylor said in a Facebook post.
Taylor joined the Stones as Brian Jones replacement following the death of Jones at age 27. He played with the band 1969-1974 contributing to what is generally considered their greatest works, including the albums ‘Let It Bleed’, ‘Sticky Fingers’ and ‘Exile On Main Street’ as well as the lesser-well received ‘Goats Head Soap’.





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