Archive: September 2016

September 29, 2016

Thursday 28 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to Jerry Lee Lewis who is 81 today.




Thursday 28 September 2016.
Kate Bush is to release a new live album, taken from the singer's 22-show run at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014.
Billed as The KT Fellowship rather than as a solo Bush release, 'Before The Dawn' is out on November 25.
It is available as a 3CD or 4LP set.




Thursday 28 September 2016.
Another musician sadly passes away.
Mike 'Taffy' Taylor, the former vocalist for Quartz, sadly passed away on September 27th 2016.
Quartz were a rock band that played many shows in the late 1970s.
I saw them play three times in 1979/1980.
They supported Black Sabbath on one tour.





Wednesday 27 September 2016.
Rolling Stones historic concert in Cuba earlier this year is to be released.
Fans will get the chance to own the package when Havana Moon is released on on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, DVD/3LP, Digital Video, Digital Audio plus special Deluxe Edition on November 11.
For some reason it is five songs short of the actual show.
Dropped from the show for the DVD are ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘All Down The Line’, ‘Before They Make You Run’,
'Miss You’ and ‘Start Me Up’.





Wednesday 27 September. 2016.
Stone Roses play a massive show at Wembley Stadium on Sat 17 June 2017.





Tuesday 27 September 2016...I went to three events tonight...
5.15pm to 5.45pm
HALFORDS - Christmas Collection 2016 - showcase - London W1.
Halfords Group plc is a British retailer of car parts, car enhancement, camping and touring equipment and bicycles operating in the UK and Ireland. They also provide MOT, service and repairs in the United Kingdom, through Halfords Autocentre.
They are showcasing products they think will be strong sellers for Christmas.
Lots of bikes,items for your car,children's toys etc.
There was a full Star Wars selection including a very nice designer Star Wars Drone for £200.
Also a basic drone for a mere £70.
Chris Boardman and Victoria Pendleton were here earlier and Irish Fashion Designer Orla Kiely was here.
They have all designed bikes for Halfords.
I had a complimentary glass of presecco.
All guests got a nice goodie bag of Halfords products.
www.halfords.comVisit the Halfords website for more info.
then
6.30pm to 8pm
SHEILA ROCK - From Punk to the English Sea - private view - Chelsea College Of Arts Space,
16 John Islip Street,Pimlico,London SW1.
Some nice photos here with most taken during the punk heyday of 1976 to 1978.
There is a section dedicated to Jordan...old and new photos.
A nice gathering of older punk rockers here tonight with quite a few folks i know.
Faces here included...
Sheila Rock was here...as was Jordan.
Glen Matlock
Don Letts
Phil Strongman (director of current docu film. 'Anarchy! The McLaren Westwood Gang'.
Ray Stevenson (punk photographer)
John (bass player with The Moors Murderers who was in a photo being displayed)
Joe Corre (was doing some interviews and filming to coincide with his 25 Nov 2016 event).
The son of the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren is planning to burn his collection of
punk memorabilia,estimated (he says) to be worth around £5m.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
It is on until 28 Oct 2016...free admission...
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SHEILA ROCK came to the UK from America in 1970, and began a series of successful careers; firstly as a primary documenter of the punk era, then as a successful commercial photographer in advertising and editorial and more recently as the author of photographic books featuring works of her own private passions. The Face magazine launched her career, and she later contributed to a variety of diverse titles including German Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Architectural Digest, Sunday Times, Telegraph Magazine, Brides, Time Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine. Her book PUNK +, published in 2013, is a document of the London 1970s punk scene that was also accompanied by a series of exhibitions in London, Paris and Berlin and later, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
JORDAN (Pamela Rooke) is from Seaford, East Sussex. She was a model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique in the Kings Road, London in the mid-1970s that formalised the punk movement in terms of its style and attitude. Manager of Adam and the Ants in 1977, Jordan also starred in various films made by Derek Jarman, including Jordan’s Dance (1977) and Jubilee (1978).
www.sheilarock.comVisit the Sheila Rock website for more info.
www.chelseaspace.orgVisit the Chelsea Space website for more info.
then
8.30pm to 9.30pm
CALLY JANE by SOLEWISH - launch party - Juju,316 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.
Ex Miss UK Cally Jane launches her footwear designs for this shoe brand.
Lots of glammed up females here from reality shows including Made In Chelsea.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary wines and beers (cocktails had finished)
All guests got a goodie bag with female items in.
www.solewish.comVisit the Solewish website for more info.






Tuesday 27 September 2016.
Bruce Springsteen’s 500-page autobiography, ‘Born to Run,’ will be released internationally today.
Bruce Springsteen opens up about depression battle.
Veteran singer Bruce Springsteen has revealed he suffered from 'crippling' depression for years. In his new autobiography Born to Run, The Boss, 67, said 'I was crushed between 60 and 62, good for a year and out again 63 to 64".
A companion album 'Chapter and Verse' has five unreleased tracks on it.






Monday 26 September 2016.
Although 1976 was the beginnings of Punk Rock it's heyday year was 1977 so
we can expect lots of great events going on through 2017 for it's 40th anniversary.
This was announced a couple of days ago on Steve Jones radio show in America.
Never Mind The Bollocks complete album show in Los Angeles January 2017.
Band:
Steve Jones - Sex Pistols - guitar
Paul Cook - Sex Pistols - drums
Duff McKagan - Guns N Roses - bass
and guest vocalists tba?
Exact venue and date to be confirmed soon.







Sunday 25 September 2016.
DAVID GILMOUR live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
David Gilmour returns to The Royal Albert Hall to play another five shows.
David is spoiling us in London as his 2015/2016 world tour for his 'Rattle That Lock' album
now means he will be playing 11 shows at this legendary venue in total.
These shows are the last dates on his world tour.
I went to four of the previous six shows including one with an amazing front row centre view.
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Tonight was the second of his five shows at this venue this week.
Like all the others it is totally rammed sold out.
I have a great £100 seat on the arena floor, around 20 rows from the stage.
David Gilmour is on stage for around 2 hours 50 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 100 mins.
As expected the setlist is changed around a bit with a couple of songs added and a couple dropped.
The band is also a bit different for this leg as Phil Manzanera has been replaced by Chester Kamen.
Chuck Leavell played some of the shows in the summer but I presume he has gone back to The
Rolling Stones camp to rehearse for their October shows.
The band and the sound is superb and the backing vocals soar when needed.
Needless to say David Gilmours guitar playing is fantastic all night.
Nicely paced with most of the big classic Pink Floyd tracks in the second set.
The circular big screen is again stunning as it's mixes flashing lights around the edge along
with live gig footage and pre-recorded images.
The second set was pretty special as it really was top notch gig heaven perfection.
All the crowd is standing up from 'Run Like Hell' onwards.
Very impressive lasers come out above our heads during a mega 'Comfortably Numb'.
A superb show.
A lot of laminates floating around tonight but i did not see any other musicians.
Folks spotted tonight included David Gilmours promoter Harvey Goldsmith,David Gilmours
leading live music booking agent Neil Warnock and DG long-term security guy Barrie Knight.
Full setlist played tonight...
Set 1:
5 A.M.
Rattle That Lock
Faces of Stone
What Do You Want From Me (Pink Floyd song)
The Blue
The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd song)
A Boat Lies Waiting
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd song)
Money (Pink Floyd song)
In Any Tongue
High Hopes (Pink Floyd song)
Set 2:
One of These Days (Pink Floyd song)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd song)
Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd song)
Coming Back to Life (Pink Floyd song)
On an Island (followed by band introductions)
Us and Them (Pink Floyd song)
Today
Sorrow (Pink Floyd song)
Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd song)
Encore:
Time (Pink Floyd song)
Breathe (Reprise) (Pink Floyd song)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd song)






Saturday 24 September 2016...I went to two events today...
11.30am to 12.30am
Punk 1976-78 - The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk music, The British Library showcases exhibition exploring the genre and sub culture's early days and how its influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide.
Not sure why it has taken me so long to get along to this exhibition.
It was pretty busy as it was a Saturday and a very sunny day.
A very nice display of original punk clothing,posters,fanzines,lyrics,flyers,vinyl singles covers etc.
The exhibition includes the Glen Matlock resignation letter to leave The Sex Pistols.
Also The Sex Pistols termination of their recording contract with EMI.
We have some visual and audio clips including The Bill Grundy interview.
Well worth a visit.
Punk 1976-78 - exhibition (13 May 2016 to 2 October 2016)
The exhibition is free entry...also open on Saturdays and Sundays...
The British LibraryCheck out their website for full info.
then
1.10pm to 2.10pm
SHARKS - filming - Concourse @ Kings Cross Station,London NW1.
Sharks have commissioned the D2D Dance Company to create a dance routine in the grand tradition of the Twist, the Locomotion and the Hully Gully for the Ya Ya Pop track from their forthcoming Killers of the Deep album.
They will be launching and filming the new dance craze with live performances by the band and 20 dancers in the main concourse of Kings X station.
In addition Chris Spedding and Steve Parsons ( Snips) will perform the title track from Chris's Joyland
album with choreography from D2D and pre-recorded voice over from actor Ian McShane.
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A bit of an usual location to say the least as Sharks play before some hardcore fans and passers by.
As stated it was not a proper gig as such but the band including Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook are playing live.
Next Friday they play their first proper London show in over 40 years at The Borderline.
They play four versions of the track 'Ya Ya Pop' with 20 female dancers in front of the band.
It's a great little tune with hints of The Rolling Stones and with a nifty Chris Spedding guitar riff.
Singer Steve Parsons (Snips) weaves in and out between the dancers for a few seconds.
Each version is filmed so should look good when it comes out.
There is a short break then singer Steve Parsons (Snips) and Chris Spedding playing Chris's recent track
'Joyland' over a rhythm backing track and the dancers again are front of stage.
They played the track three times.
A nice lunchtime event.





Friday 23 September 2016....7.45pm to 1.30am...
ThE RITZ HOTEL 110th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - The Ritz Hotel,Piccadilly,London SW1.
Famous five star luxury hotel hosts a black tie party.
Most of the 250 guests have paid £350 to be here.
Guests included David Sullivan - the current owner of West Ham football club.
Ex Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher lived here for the last months of her life.
For the reception we had complimentary Laurent Perrier champers along with some
yummy food stations which included lots of seafood including lobster,salmon,oysters etc.
Loads of great stuff fussing over all the guests.
At 9.15pm THE BBC BIG BAND played a 75 mins set in the seated ballroom.
Around 20 musicians on stage with singers Claire Martin and Iain McKenzie sharing vocals.
They played some old classics including Sweet Georgia Brown,Fly Me To The Moon,
Luck be a Lady Tonight,That Old Black Magic,Puttin' On The Ritz ,Come Fly with Me and
The Lady Is A Tramp.
After the band we had dessert food stations and cheese food stations.
Superb cakes and pastries including some amazing pancakes cooked in front of you.
The complimentary bar continued with champers,cocktails,wines and beers.
There was an all girl group singing covers in one room and a male singer singing some Rat Pack covers.
Then some dancing.
An excellent event.
www.theritzlondon.comVisit their website here for more info on The Ritz Hotel.






Fri 23 Sept---Happy Birthday to Bruce Springsteen who is 67 today.
50 years ago on Sept 24th 1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London for the first time.




Thursday 22 September 2016.
RICKY MARTIN + dj support live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Ricky Martin plays the first of two shows at this venue for the charity AUTISM ROCKS.
These are the only UK shows on his European Tour...as part of his year long World Tour.
His first English-language album (also titled Ricky Martin), has sold 22 million copies and
is one of the best selling albums of all time.
Ricky Martin has sold over 70 million albums worldwide.
He has had five Top 10 hits in the UK including his massive number one hit 'Livin' la Vida Loco'.
I saw him play The Royal Albert Hall in 2000.
Click on the Hammersmith Apollo link on the right for more info and to buy tickets for Friday.
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There are accents and flags here from countries from all over the world.
The dj played 30 mins of dance tunes then 30 mins of Latin tunes which got all
this excited crowd up and dancing before Ricky even came on.
Ricky and his band take the stage at 9.05pm and played for around 1 hour 40 mins.
You can see why there is a dj as support rather than a band as Ricky has a massive stage
production that covers the stage and there is simply no room for support band equipment.
Multi big screens are showing a mix of live footage and pre-recorded images.
Lots of lights along with walkways and podiums.
Ricky is joined by 9 band members and 7 dancers (4 sultry F and 3 M).
A very uptempo high energy show by Ricky and the dancers.
Ricky's voice could have been louder and clearer as the band drowned him out a bit.
A great atmosphere as the crowd are up and dancing and really getting into the Latin vibe.
Ricky tirelessly flirts with both sexes. Sex is the driver of most of the English language songs:
'Livin' la Vida Loca','She Bangs' and 'Shake Your Bon-Bon' are all choreographed to vigorous coital writhing.
During 'Frio', a dominatrix with a whip lassoes him.
Half the set was songs in Spanish to please his Latin fans.
It was visually fantastic to watch and the street-party rhythms got a joyous reaction from the crowd.
Ricky may be seen by some as a bit naff but his show was much better than expected.
AUTISM ROCKS are selling signed music memorabilia from various artists on their website.
www.autismrocks.comSee their website for more info.






Thursday 22 September 2016.
After the Ricky Martin show i bumped into Sex Pistol Paul Cook and his wife in King Street,Hammersmith.
Reminder - Paul is playing drums with The Sharks at The Borderline on Fri 30 Sept.





Thursday 22 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to David Coverdale who is 65 today.
Happy Birthday to Joan Jett whom is 58 today.






Wednesday 21 September 2016.
BJORK live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
A rare UK show from this very creative and innovative Icelandic singer.
I first saw her play live in 1994 and 1996 but she does not play live that much these days.
Coincides with her Digital exhibition at Somerset House.
Bjork has had a recent album out to promote titled 'Vulnicura' with its companion album 'Vulnicura Strings'.
Also extra show added at Hammersmith Apollo on Sat 24 Sept.
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The venue is rammed solid sold out as tonight is a very hot ticket.
As expected Bjork always gets a cool looking crowd.
A few of the girls in the audience are dressed up in wacky Bjork type outfits.
Tonight Bjork is playing with an orchestra of around 25 musicians...no live band.
Bjork is on stage for 95 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 50 mins.
A minimal light show kept the production simple.
Bjork arrives on stage to massive cheers to a crowd who clearly adore her.
A hardcore respectful crowd who stayed very quiet during songs then burst into huge applause after each track.
The first set was based around tracks from last years album.
Performing in a winged dress and glowing headpiece by James Merry, she revisited last year’s heart-rending
'Vulnicura' album, which chronicled her break-up with artist Matthew Barney.
After an interval, dressed in a fibre-optic lampshade and mask that showed more of her face, she dipped back into her back catalogue, getting wilder and wilder reactions each time a song intro sparked recognition in the audience. In particular two tracks from 1997's Homogenic – “Joga” and, in an encore, “Pluto” – worked brilliantly shorn of the heavy dance music production.
Bjork avoided playing her biggest hits as expected.
Bjork is always one who does what she wants rather than the obvious.
Not much chat apart from during the encore.
The critics love her and the show has got plenty of five and four star reviews.
It was a good show from an artist who takes her craft seriously.
Full setlist played tonight...
Stonemilker
Lionsong
History of Touches
Black Lake
Family
Notget
Aurora (Tour debut; First time since 2011)
I've Seen It All (Tour debut; First time since 2003)
Jóga (Tour debut)
Pagan Poetry (Tour debut)
Quicksand
Mouth Mantra
Encore:
The Anchor Song (Tour debut; First time since 2008)
Pluto (Tour debut)






Wednesday 21 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to Leonard Cohen who is 82 today.





Tuesday 20 September 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.15pm
TELEVISION CENTRE - showcase - Wood Lane,Shepherds Bush,London W12.
This used to be the famous BBC Television Centre.
Being born and bred in the area this iconic venue is close to my heart as i went to see
David Cassidy back here in 1974 at the old White City Stadium which is now part of their extended area.
Also I saw a few tv shows here including some Top of The Pops , some Jools Holland and various others.
It is now a massive building project but BBC Worldwide are still here.
The huge signs say 'They called it the home of British television, you can call it home'.
By the end of 2017 it will be one of the capital’s most exciting and creative live-work-play superhubs.
The £8 billion redevelopment includes not just flats and offices but restaurants, a gym, a cinema, a new Soho House, the Imperial College campus and the biggest branch yet of John Lewis in an expanded Westfield shopping centre.
Property developer Stanhope’s Televison Centre project is part of a greater development in the neighbourhood, from Westfield in the south to the new Imperial College campus in the north. In terms of scale it’s a mind-boggling proposition: a city within a city which will have far-reaching effects throughout west London when finished.
There will still be three of the tv recording studios here which will be used anyone that wants to hire them out.
There is a huge model village of their plans set up which looks amazing.
Great location in Zone 2 and a short walk to White City and Wood Lane tube stations.
We had a look at a 1 bed flat - price around £750,000...as expected a bit pricey.
Complimentary presecco,wines and beers for all guests.
www.televisioncentre.comVisit their website for more info.
then
8pm to 10.30pm
FRENCH DESIGN FORUM - showcase - Cafe Royal Hotel,Regent Street,London W1.
Around 200 folks here in the main room of this luxury hotel...half the crowd are French.
There are 15 French masters of design and craftsmanship showcasing their savior-faire.
A nice vibe so we stayed here until the end.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,wines and canapés for all guests.
www.frenchdesignforum.comVisit their website here.
www.frenchdesigntrail.comVisit their website for French designers in London.






20 Sept / 21 Sept 1976.
40th anniversary of the legendary Punk Rock Festival at The 100 Club.
I was there both days to see The Sex Pistols,Clash,Siouxsie and the Banshess (with Sid Vicious on drums),
Chris Spedding,Vibrators,Damned and Subway Sect etc.
A picture of me front of stage from that gig is hanging at the 100 Club now.
Rare Sex Pistols live in Paris 1976 recording surfaces...
According to YouTube promo , www.partnersincrime.fr. are posting Sex Pistols Chalet Du Lac 3rd Sept 76
concert on 20th September.





Monday 19 September 2016...I went two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9.30pm
THE COMMITMENTS - 25th anniversary edition DVD and BLU-RAY - launch party -
The Borderline, Orange Yard, Off Manette Street, London, W1.
I saw this great music based film when it was first released in the cinema in 1991 and many times after on tv.
It is a funny ,uplifting,gritty film based on Roddy Doyle's book and has a fantastic soundtrack of classic soul tracks.
The cd album of the films soundtrack has sold over a staggering 12 million copies.
I also went to see the musical based on the film a couple of years ago when it was in The West End.
In the Northside of Dublin, Ireland, Jimmy Rabbitte is a young music fanatic who aspires to manage an Irish soul band in the tradition of 1960s African-American recording artists. He places an advert in the local newspaper and holds auditions in his parents' home. After being deluged by scores of disastrous performers, Jimmy decides to put together a band consisting of friends and people he encounters—lead singer Deco Cuffe, guitarist Outspan Foster, pianist Steven Clifford, saxophonist Dean Fay, bassist Derek Scully, drummer Billy Mooney, and female backup singers Bernie McGloughlin, Natalie Murphy and Imelda Quirke. Jimmy then meets Joey "The Lips" Fagan, a veteran musician who offers his services, and has unlikely stories about meeting and working with famous soul musicians. Joey names the band "The Commitments".
They plan to launch the greatest Irish Soul band in the world.
At 8pm The Stars of The Commitments band played a full 80 mins of songs from the film and their two albums.
They do a great job of transporting us back to a sweaty rowdy pub in Dublin around 1991, just like in the film.
They still have the full band with brass section and female backing singers.
We have two or three original cast members from the film on stage tonight.
Lots of the usual fun Irish banter on stage from all the members who are clearly enjoying themselves.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Show Me
I Can't Stand The Rain
Chain Of Fools
The Happy Song
Hard To Handle
Destination Anywhere
Nowhere To Run
The Dark Side Of The Street
Mustang Sally
Mr Pitiful
Grits Ain't Groceries
Take Me To The River
Try A Little Tenderness
In The Midnight Hour
Bony Moronie
Treat Her Right
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All guests enjoyed complimentary beers ( including Guinness of course) ,wines and a hearty buffet from
the folks at MY PIE.
All guests got a nice goodie bag that included a copy of the film,a copy of the first cd, a copy of
Roddy Doyle's book....and a copy of The Irish World newspaper which was a nice touch.
The RRP for the DVD is £19.99 and the RRP for the Blu-ray is £24.99.
It includes bonus features and interviews with the cast and director Alan Parker.
Click on my Amazon link at the top of this page to get it a bit cheaper.
A very enjoyable evening.
then
9.45pm to 10.45pm
CALL OF DUTY : Infinite Warfare & Modern Warfare Remastered - VIP preview -
The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1.
Very popular gaming series gets the 'remastered ' treatment.
Around 25 gaming consoles are spread around the room with the guests playing them.
Guests included Thomas Turgoose who played the lead role of Shaun in the excellent
Channel 4 tv series 'This Is England'.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all.







Sunday 18 September 2016.
ILLEGAL EAGLES live at The Richmond Theatre,Surrey.
Although I have seen the real Eagles half a dozen times or so this is the
first time I have seen the UK's number one Eagles tribute act.
They are on a massive UK tour until Christmas.
This venue has a 840 capacity but some dates are twice the size of this cosy all seated theatre.
They are on stage for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 65 mins.
They play the best of The Eagles along with the best of the members solo material.
The sound is excellent and the six musicians are top notch with some great guitar playing
and pitch perfect vocal harmonies.
Versions of 'Life's Been Good' and encore 'Hotel California' were stunning.
A very enjoyable show.
They greeted the crowd at the merch stand at the end of the show as they are selling live CDS and T-shirts.
Highlights included...
Take It Easy
Tequila Sunrise
One Of These Nights
Life's Been Good
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Lyin' Eyes
Take It To The Limit
Desperado
The Heat Is On
Life In The Fast Lane
Heartache Tonight
Encore :
Hotel California
www.illegaleagles.comVisit their website for more info and full tour dates.






Tonight was gig number 6500 for me since 1973.
Saturday 17 September 2016.
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT live at The Forum,London.
Peter Hook & The Light perform Joy Division's and New Order's legendary Factory Records
compilation albums "Substance" live, sequentially and in their entireties.
Peter Hook was of course the bass player for both bands until he left New Order.
This is their last UK show before a massive tour of North America & South America.
I saw Joy Division a few times as well as New Order a few times.
I saw New Order at this very same venue in 1981 which i think was their first ever London show.
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I have seen Peter Hook & The Light playing shorter sets of 60/70 mins but tonight we get the
full monty 'Substance' tour with two full sets of New Order and Joy Division gems.
They were on stage for 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 85 mins and 60 mins.
Legendary dj Arthur Baker spun some tunes before they came on and during the interval.
Peter Hook is a fantastic bass player with his low slung style and plenty of the riffs in Joy Division
and New Order were bass led...ie Joy Division's classic 'She's Lost Control'...
We had gems from New Order including 'Ceremony' and 'Blue Monday'.
We had gems from Joy Division including the final six songs on the bounce 'Transmission',
'She's Lost Control','Incubation','Dead Souls', 'Atmosphere' and 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'.
Lots of dancing in the front stalls standing.
A great show.
FIRST SET : New Order: Substance
Lonesome Tonight
Procession
Cries and Whispers
Ceremony
Everything's Gone Green
Temptation
Blue Monday
Confusion
Thieves Like Us
The Perfect Kiss
Subculture
Shellshock
State of the Nation
Bizarre Love Triangle
True Faith
1963
SHORT INTERVAL
SECOND SET : Joy Division: Substance
No Love Lost
Failures
From Safety to Where...?
Komakino
These Days
Warsaw
Leaders of Men
Digital
Autosuggestion
Transmission
She's Lost Control
Incubation
Dead Souls
Atmosphere
Love Will Tear Us Apart...(dedicated to Ian Curtis)






Friday 16 September 2016.
Led Zeppelin : 'The Complete BBC Sessions ' is released today.
Disc 2 is all from their Paris Studios recording in London on 01 April 1971.
Paris Studios was in Lower Regent Street and was all seated - around 350 to 400 capacity.
I went to over 30 shows there from 1979 onwards.
The advance tickets were free but many shows were half empty on the night if ticket holders
did not know the band or like the band.
Some of the shows I saw here included...
Simple Minds- 1980
Undertones - 1980
Ultravox - 1981
Gen X - 1981
Stray Cats - 1981
U2 - 1981
Auto Da Fe - 1983 - with Phil Lynott on bass
Sade - 1984
Type in Paris Studios in my venue search to see the full list.






Thursday 15 September 2016...I went to four events today...
4pm to 5pm
Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
This event was to launch The Charitable Bookings App.
Book restaurants ,happy in the knowledge that £1 per diner will be donated by the restaurant
to a charity of your choice at no extra cost.
Over 200 folks standing in the ballroom of this luxury five star hotel.
Complimentary tea,coffee and pastries for all guests.
www.charitablebookings.orgVisit their website for more info.
then
5.30pm to 7pm
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years - Leicester Square Odeon,London WC2.
PREMIERE - BLUE CARPET ARRIVALS.
The Fab Fours journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg
to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966.
Director Ron Howard, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are expected to attend the world premiere.
Event to be broadcast live from Leicester Square to cinemas nationwide.
Expect a good amount of well known musicians to attend.
There will also be a big event tonight in Liverpool.
Steven Van Zandt will be hosting the New York premiere.
The London afterparty is from 9.30pm at The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1.
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As expected it is a full blown West End film premiere with barriers and security everywhere.
1000 fans must be here already waiting for the arrivals.
Paul McCartney's main security guy is checking out the crowd.
They are playing clips from the film on the big screens.
Producer of the film RON HOWARD is here...remember him from Happy Days tv show.
I saw some big names attending including ERIC CLAPTON,LIAM GALLAGHER and MADONNA.
Eric Clapton and Liam Gallagher both not interested in posing for official photographers.
Also here were YOKO ONO , OLIVIA HARRISON,STELLA MCCARTNEY and LEE STARKEY.
Yoko Ono had to be held up by her pr guy to avoid any type of Hilary Clinton type stumble.
Also here were Sir Bob Geldof,Jools Holland,Petula Clark,Ian Broudie from The Lightning Seeds.
Monty Python stars Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam were here.
Actor Simon Pegg was here.
There were probably a few other faces that went in the general entrance and not the VIP entrance.
At 6.43pm PAUL MCCARTNEY and RINGO STARR arrived in two cars with their wives.
Macca rushed half a dozen signings for the tv cameras here.
Fellow Scouser John Bishop interviewed Macca,Ringo and Ron Howard on a podium for a few mins.
then
7.10pm to 9pm
Mimi's Bar - showcase - 19 Newman Street,London W1.
The epitome of Fitzrovia nightlife, Mimi's, a private members bar and lounge, is a discreet, top-notch basement haunt with a lush cocktail bar. Mimi's bar and lounge is the ideal spot for an after work drink or a night of celebrating with friends.
Mimi's enviable location - a short distance from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road - is within easy reach of the whole City. Sleek, chic and tasteful, Mimi's is the perfect balance between Soho's edginess and Mayfair's taut sophistication.
Mimi's is also available for private events.
The rear entrance to The 100 Club is 100 yards away.
It is very plush here with nice cosy seating and low level lighting.
We have a female vocalist sing a few songs to a backing track.
Complimentary vodka cocktails,presecco,different spirits including JD n cokes,wines,beers
and lots of yummy sushi.
www.mimisbar.comVisit the Mimi's website here for more info.
then
At 9.45pm I saw Madonna going in to 100 Wardour restaurant instead of going to The Beatles party.
10pm to 11.30pm
Charlie's - 1st Birthday Party - 15 Berkeley Street,London W1.
This club is inspired by the legendary Charlie Chaplin and there are photos of Charlie on the wall.
This club used to be called Funky Buddha.
It is more of a late night club rather than an evening bar.
The dj is playing some dance tunes.
Complimentary Ciroc vodka cocktails and canapés for all guests.






Thursday 15 September 2016.
Rick Parfitt has been ordered to have a year's rest after his recent near fatal heart attack.
This means he will not be playing on Status Quo's final Electric UK arena tour in December.
The London date is Sunday 11 Dec at The 02 Arena.






Wednesday 14 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to my eldest son Marc who was 28 today.
We had family drinks,cakes and snacks to celebrate indoors.
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Eye of a Generation -private view - Proud Gallery,Camden,London.
I was on the guest list for this private view but did not go because of the above.
‘Eye of a Generation’ is a major retrospective from renowned British photographer Michael Putland. This exhibition will celebrate an illustrious career spanning over half a century, offering a unique and candid view into some of the most famous faces and iconic moments in music history. Proud Camden will exhibit the artists that changed popular music from the ‘60s through to the current day including an unseen photograph of Marc Bolan at the height of his fame during a two day shoot at the famous recording studio, Le Château d'Hérouville, in France; a laid-back and loved-up John and Yoko relaxing together in the White Room where the famous ‘Imagine’ video was shot and the iconic moment when Pete Townshend launched his electric guitar six-feet into the air at Madison Square Gardens; David Bowie in a cat suit decorating his home in Haddon Hall and the famous photograph of Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh captured backstage at the Palladium Theatre, New York in 1978. ‘Eye of a Generation’ will reveal a rare and honest look at the most prominent faces of the 20th century, shot through the lens of one of Britain’s most influential music photographers.
www.proudonline.co.ukVisit the Proud Galleries website for more info.








Tuesday 13 September 2016...I went to three events today...
4.30pm to 5.30pm
Audio Roundhouse interview at The Roundhouse to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
I went to this iconic venue to chat about the punk gigs I went to there from 1976 to 1978.
The 20 plus gigs I saw here included the first UK shows by Patti Smith and The Ramones in 1976.
I chatted about most shows being on a Sunday ,usually 3 band packages promoted by John Curd.
Also meeting Sid Vicious at a Ramones gig and asking him if the band had any gigs lined up
"Yes we are playing a Jubilee gig on a boat on The River Thames tomorrow " he said.
We went along but got there too late ... so we went to see Queen at Earls Court Arena instead.
The Roundhouse was a different venue then,a bit unloved and shabby but they had some great gigs.
It was closed for over 15 years which included all through the 1980s.
It is very different now with rehearsal rooms for bands and young creatives along one side.
Also more recent shows included the two in one night by Prince here I saw in June 2014.
A fun hour that will be up on their website in October.
then
6.30pm to 8pm
War Horse at Bonhams - charity auction & party - Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Original puppets from the smash-hit play, War Horse – Joey, Topthorn, the Goose and a pair of crows –
are sold at an evening charity auction in aid of the Handspring Trust.
Joey and Topthorn will make a special appearance on the night for guests.
They looked so lifelike it was pretty amazing to see them up close as they were paraded around.
This is the only time a full set of these famous puppets will be made available at auction.
The original Joey was sold here for £35,000.
Around 200 guests enjoyed complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés.
www.bonhams.comVisit the Bonhams website for more info.
then
8.05pm to 9pm
Town&Country x Holland & Holland - launch party - Holland & Holland, 33 Bruton Street, London, W1.
Stella Tennant features as the cover star of the Town & Country Autumn issue to celebrate the launch of her glorious new clothing collection for Holland & Holland. Including an in-depth interview and collection of images shot in Scotland.
Writer Nick Foulkes was here in this historic store that sells country clothing and sells shooting guns too.
Around 150 smartly dressed folks enjoying complimentary champers,gin n tonics and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag on leaving.
www.townandcountrymag.co.ukVisit their website here.
www.hollandandholland.co.ukVisit their website here.







Tuesday 13 September 2016.
Roy Harper played The Royal Festival Hall last night to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Over his 50-year career, he has collaborated with Pink Floyd and Kate Bush, and even had a Led Zeppelin
song named after him.
As with his previous London shows his good friend Jimmy Page turned up but did not join him on stage.





Monday 12 September 2016...7pm to 9.15pm.
FORTNUM x FRANK - VIP private view - Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1.
This September, Fortnum & Mason will be opening its doors to one of the most original art events in London when it becomes the temporary home of works from the Frank Cohen Collection, one of the most important collections of Modern British art in private hands.
Fortnum’s X Frank, opening on 13 September 2016, is conceived as a provocative art installation with more than 60 works displayed across the entire store – from the award-winning windows facing the Royal Academy to the wine bar, shop floor and through to the board room.
Every year Frank is in ARTnews magazine’s list of ‘The World’s Top 200 Collectors’ and is often referred to as
the Medici of the North.
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Over 200 folks here in their 4th floor restaurant & tea room area.
Most of Londons celebrity photographers are here as Frank Cohen is making a rare appearance in
London away from his Manchester roots.
Key art world figures including Charming Baker, Maggi Hambling, Jake Chapman and Philip Colbert gathered as British entrepreneur Frank Cohen unveiled his art collection - one of the most important collections of Modern British art in private hands - at Fortnum & Mason. GQ's Dylan Jones, restaurateur Mark Hix and politician Paul Myners were also among guests to celebrate the new display of 60 works by artists including Frank Auerbauch, Tracey Emin, Howard Hodgkin and Leon Kossoff. Surrounded by his wife Cheryl Cohen and daughter Georgina Cohen, the art collector took to the stage to present the free pop-up exhibition at the iconic Piccadilly store.
Also here were Alan Yentob,Sir David Tang,Stuart Rose,Viscount David Linley,Sir Norman Rosenthal and
Jean Pigozzi.
Lots of very nice hospitality here as usual for all guests including Fortnum's own champers
and yummy food including a seafood station,a cheese station and canapés and desserts.
All guests got a goodie food filled with Fortnum's food items.
A very nice event.
www.fortnumandmason.comVisit their website here for more info.








Sunday 11 September. 2016....1.30pm to 10pm...
BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - The Festival In A Day.
Elton John, Madness, Status Quo (Aquostic set), Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes, Jamie Lawson, Andreya Triana and Travis performed live on BBC Radio 2 and in vision via BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.
Rick Parfitt will not be playing with Status Quo due to ill health.
I have seen Elton John over 30 times since 1974.
I have seen Madness over 20 times since 1979.
I have seen Status Quo over 50 times since 1974.
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A lovely full day of sunshine today for this massive 55,000 capacity annual event.
Always sells out pronto as the bill is always top notch and tickets are priced at only £42.
Most folks arrive early as the first band on is always well known.
Very handy for me to have vip/press wristbands for the backstage area with loads off seating,
a covered area,their own big screen and the all important luxury loos with no queues.
Most of the artists stay in the portacabin area but a few venture out.
I see LeAnn Rimes and Suggs close up in the press tent as they do interviews between bands.
Others that were seen included Gregory Porter,Lulu,Status Quo bass player all the BBC Radio 2 djs
here today introducing the bands including Jo Whiley,Johnnie Walker,Bob Harris,Vanessa Felz and more.
Also John Inverdale,Murray Chalmers (Elton John pr) and Neil Warnock (Status Quo and others booking agent)
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TRAVIS arrive on stage and 1.30pm and play for around 35 mins.
I saw them a couple of months ago at The Hard Rock Cafe for Absolute Radio.
A mix of hits and new tracks in their enjoyable set.
Alfie Boe joined them for a song.
Full setlist played tonight...
Sing
Animals
Driftwood
Paralysed (with Alfie Boe)
Side
Idlewild (with Josephine)
Play Video
Flowers in the Window (Acoustic)
Magnificent Time
Why Does It Always Rain on Me?
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ANDREYA TRIANA arrived on stage at 2.25pm and played for around 30 mins.
Never heard of her before but was nicely surprised as the songs were cool mixes of
pop,soul and funk with great vocals that were really good.
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We had a tribute to Sir Terry Wogan who was of course a Radio 2 presenter.
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JAMIE LAWSON arrived on stage and played for around 25 mins.
Jamie Lawson is a British singer-songwriter who was the first artist to be signed by Ed Sheeran's new record label, Gingerbread Man Records.Lawson is best known for his hit single, "Wasn't Expecting That", and
his self-titled album which peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart in 2015.
A decent enough set.
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LEANN RIMES arrived on stage at 4.10pm and played for around 30 mins.
She is a massive Country star who has has sold over 20 million albums worldwide which has included
two greatest hits albums.Her slender frame glides across the stage.
She was joined by David Gray on piano for a song....a good set...
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GREGORY PORTER arrives on stage at 5pm and played for around 30 mins.
Gregory has had a successful past two years and his voice is just soul/jazz voice is great.
His set included 'Holding On','Liquid Spirit','Take Me To The Alley' and 'Hey Laura'.
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Video tribute to David Bowie as they play 'Starman' from TOTP in 1972.
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STATUS QUO arrived on stage at 6pm and played for around 50 mins.
Very odd not to see Rick Parfitt playing on stage with them.
Tonight was Quo semi-acoustic with a full 16 musicians on stage which included a mini orchestra,
female backing vocals,drums ,bass,acoustic guitars but no electric guitars.
The opening track 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men' was fantastic as the string section really suited the song.
Lots of classic oldies mixed in with a couple of new tracks.
Enjoyable show but Quo electric will always be better for me.
Full setlist played tonight...
Pictures of Matchstick Men
Paper Plane
Caroline
What You're Proposing
Claudie
That's a Fact
Hold You Back
Rollin' Home
Down Down
Whatever You Want
Rockin' All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)
Burning Bridges
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Time to brave the crowds as i went down the front of stage for the final two acts.
MADNESS arrived on stage at 7.10pm and played for 60 mins.
It was only two weeks ago I saw Madness play their own headline show in Clapham Common.
Tonight was even better than that as they got rid of the average tracks and tonight they were superb.
So many great songs on the trot really got the crowd singing and dancing.
They played a song in tribute to Prince Buster who died a couple of days ago.
Suggs was on top form ,both his singing and his on stage fun banter.
As usual for the last song of the main set there was a stage invasion from family and friends and singer
David Gray also had an energetic bop around.
A really fantastic set.
Full setlist played tonight...
One Step Beyond (Prince Buster cover)
Embarrassment
The Prince
Life Has Just Begun
NW5
My Girl
Can't Touch Us Now
Wings of a Dove
Herbert
House of Fun
Baggy Trousers
Our House
Madness (Prince Buster cover)
Night Boat to Cairo
Encore :
Mr. Apples
It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre cover)
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ELTON JOHN arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 90 mins.
His band still feature two original members and legendary percussionist Ray Cooper is back with him.
Elton has had so many superb singles and albums since 1970 in his incredible career.
Sir Elton John now aged 69,has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling
music artists in the world.
In a sparkly jacket he played a fantastic set that the crowd loved.
A couple of new album tracks were played but otherwise loads of his classics.
An excellent show and a great finale to a great day of music.
Full setlist played tonight...
The Bitch Is Back
Bennie and the Jets
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
Philadelphia Freedom
A Good Heart
Rocket Man
Tiny Dancer
Levon
Your Song
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I'm Still Standing
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Crocodile Rock






Saturday 10 September 2016.
BILLY JOEL live at Wembley Stadium,London.
Billy Joel now aged 67 plays a massive outdoor show at Wembley Stadium.
Only two shows in Europe---this one at Wembley and the week before in Frankfurt,Germany.
He has a current contract to play one show a month for three years at Madison Square Garden....36 shows...
He has sold over 150 million records.
He has not produced any new music for over 20 years.
Is Billy Joel still popular enough to play a massive show at Wembley Stadium?.
Ticket update...the day before the show The Standard had a full page ad saying the show was SOLD OUT.
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It was raining on the way to the show but thankfully no rain at the venue while he played.
Amazingly it is like the promoters said, a full house tonight.
This weekend is pretty much the last of the outdoor shows season so at 8pm
it was pretty dark from the start of the show so that helped the light show.
Billy Joel and his band arrive on stage just after 8pm and play for 2 hours 30 mins.
The stage is circular with no part of it in front of the PA system.
He has three big screens that come in handy tonight as for all the show except four songs
he is sitting at the piano (two songs in the middle and the first two songs of the encores).
He has had his hips replaced so he is no Mick Jagger running around stage all night.
Lots of on stage banter from Billy between songs.
In a recent interview Billy said 'I get fed up with gold chain guys down the front so I send my road crew
out to the cheap seats and find the cutest girls to bring down the front'.
The film cameras certainly focused on these girls tonight whenever they could.
He played all his greatest hits which were really great.
Other tracks seemed a bit average and there were a couple of cover versions too.
For a few songs he got the audience to vote for their fave of the two song choice.
It was not a typical all bells and whistles Wembley Stadium show and the production was more suited
to Madison Square Garden indoors than here so maybe he should have played three or four nights at The 02.
Or maybe he could played in the middle of the pitch on his circular stage.
A very enjoyable show overall.
Full setlist played...
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
Prelude/Angry Young Man
Just the Way You Are (Audience vote over The Stranger )
The Entertainer
Zanzibar (Audience vote over Big Man On Mulberry Street)
My Life (with "Ode to Joy" and "Rule Britannia")
Vienna (Audience vote over Summer Highland Falls)
The Longest Time (Audience vote over Say Goodbye to Hollywood and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" snippet)
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
Leningrad (Audience vote over And So It Goes)
Allentown
New York State of Mind
With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover)
Don't Ask Me Why
Sometimes a Fantasy
Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover) (sung by a road crew member)
We Didn't Start the Fire
She's Always a Woman
Keeping the Faith
The River of Dreams / A Hard Day's Night
Nessun dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover) (sung by a guest opera vocalist)
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
Piano Man
Encore:
Uptown Girl
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
Only the Good Die Young
You May Be Right




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September 11, 2016

Saturday 10 September 2016.
BILLY JOEL live at Wembley Stadium,London.
Billy Joel now aged 67 plays a massive outdoor show at Wembley Stadium.
Only two shows in Europe---this one at Wembley and the week before in Frankfurt,Germany.
He has a current contract to play one show a month for three years at Madison Square Garden....36 shows...
He has sold over 150 million records.
He has not produced any new music for over 20 years.
Is Billy Joel still popular enough to play a massive show at Wembley Stadium?.
Ticket update...the day before the show The Standard had a full page ad saying the show was SOLD OUT.
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It was raining on the way to the show but thankfully no rain at the venue while he played.
Amazingly it is like the promoters said, a full house tonight.
This weekend is pretty much the last of the outdoor shows season so at 8pm
it was pretty dark from the start of the show so that helped the light show.
Billy Joel and his band arrive on stage just after 8pm and play for 2 hours 30 mins.
The stage is circular with no part of it in front of the PA system.
He has three big screens that come in handy tonight as for all the show except four songs
he is sitting at the piano (two songs in the middle and the first two songs of the encores).
He has had his hips replaced so he is no Mick Jagger running around stage all night.
Lots of on stage banter from Billy between songs.
In a recent interview Billy said 'I get fed up with gold chain guys down the front so I send my road crew
out to the cheap seats and find the cutest girls to bring down the front'.
The film cameras certainly focused on these girls tonight whenever they could.
He played all his greatest hits which were really great.
Other tracks seemed a bit average and there were a couple of cover versions too.
For a few songs he got the audience to vote for their fave of the two song choice.
It was not a typical all bells and whistles Wembley Stadium show and the production was more suited
to Madison Square Garden indoors than here so maybe he should have played three or four nights at The 02.
Or maybe he could played in the middle of the pitch on his circular stage.
A very enjoyable show overall.
Full setlist played...
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
Prelude/Angry Young Man
Just the Way You Are (Audience vote over The Stranger )
The Entertainer
Zanzibar (Audience vote over Big Man On Mulberry Street)
My Life (with "Ode to Joy" and "Rule Britannia")
Vienna (Audience vote over Summer Highland Falls)
The Longest Time (Audience vote over Say Goodbye to Hollywood and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" snippet)
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
Leningrad (Audience vote over And So It Goes)
Allentown
New York State of Mind
With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover)
Don't Ask Me Why
Sometimes a Fantasy
Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover) (sung by road crew member)
We Didn't Start the Fire
She's Always a Woman
Keeping the Faith
The River of Dreams / A Hard Day's Night
Nessun dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover) (sung by guest opera vocalist)
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
Piano Man
Encore:
Uptown Girl
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
Only the Good Die Young
You May Be Right






Saturday 10 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to Aerosmith guitartist Joe Perry who is 66 today.





Friday 09 September 2016...9pm to 11.30pm
'ANGELS' closing down party at STRINGFELLOWS, 16-19 Upper St Martin's Lane,
Covent Garden, London, WC2.
A bit odd to have a celebration for a club that is CLOSING DOWN but Angels Gentlemans Club has closed
after 10 years in Wardour Street,Soho and merged with its big sister club Stringfellows.
Owner Peter Stringfellow is now aged 75 and is here tonight greeting all the guests.
LEMMY was a good friend of Peter's and was a regular here over the years.
A bit quiet at 9pm but by 10pm it was maybe 25 girl dancers and 75 guests including a couple of girls.
Always nice to see pretty young girls dancing topless in their underwear and heels.
Those that wanted could pay £20 for a nude private dance.
Both the clubs were very similar in design with a bar area upstairs and a bigger space downstairs.
Complimentary glass of Moët champers on arrival then complimentary spirits (including JD n cokes),
wines and beers.
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The old Angels club had a special place in my heart as that building used to be a venue i visited as a
teenager when it was a disco (Crackers) and then a punk club (Vortex).
Here are the gigs I saw there back in the day....
Adverts + Johnny Moped + Rezillos --- at Crackers on 15 July 1977
Slits + Prefects --- at Vortex on 15 Aug 1977
Penetration + New Hearts --- at Vortex on 12 Sept 1977
Slaughter And The Dogs --- at Vortex on 14 Nov 1977
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers + Depressions --- at Vortex on 21 Nov 1977
Sham 69 - at Vortex on 03 Jan 1978





Friday 09 September 2016.
After the success of The Shires another British Country act have done the business.
Country duo Ward Thomas have become the first British country act to top the UK album chart.
Cartwheels, their second album, entered the chart at number one - improving on their debut, which peaked at 41.
The band comprises twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas, who grew up on a farm in Hampshire.
Inspired by the Dixie Chicks, they started writing in their teens and got a break when their singing teacher
sent a demo tape to friends in Nashville.





Thursday 08 September 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9pm
HACKETT x ASTON MARTIN launch party - Hackett, 193-197 Regent Street, London, W1.
Standing the test of time as one of fashion and racing’s greatest partnerships, Hackett London and Aston Martin Racing’s long-standing relationship is a thing of true class.
As the team’s longest continual sponsor, having started the collaboration in 2005, Hackett are the official clothing partner to the team with a rich history of racing inspired garments in the archive.
A big crowd of around 200 folks here over the two levels of this huge store.
Most guests are men in smart suits which is the ideal crowd for me.
A nice surprise to see Spice Girl Geri Halliwell-Horner here with her hubby Christian Horner from Formula 1.
I had a chat with Geri and mentioned i saw The Spice Girls twice in their heyday of 1997 and 1998.
Also here was Olympics rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave.
Fashion designer Jeremy Hackett was here with Jack Savoretti and male models Paul Sculfor and Robert Konjic.
There was an iconic Aston Martin car in the front window...they must have taken the window out to get it in.
Complimentary Nyetimber English sparking wines,three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
A very nice event.
www.hackett.comVisit the Hackett website here for more info.
then
THE MEMBERS live at The 100 Club,London.
The Members play a special show to celebrate 39 years since they first played this famous venue.
I have seen them around 15 times since 1978.
They had two Top 40 hit singles in the UK in 1979.
Original singer Nicky Tesco is not there due to ill health but three original members still in the band.
They are promoting their recent album 'One Law'.
This is a great lyric from one of their best tracks...Same old boring Sunday morning, old men out washing their cars...
Tickets on the door will be around £14.
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While the likes of The Sex Pistols,The Clash,The Buzzcocks and The Damned get all the praise
for being punk legends there were plenty of great underrated bands from the punk/new wave heyday
of the late 1970s and one of those is definitely The Members.
The band arrived on stage just after 9.30pm and played for 65 mins.
They had plenty of great tunes and they were all played tonight.
The band sound nice and tight and JC has some nice on stage banter.
The crowd are all singing along to gems like 'Solitary Confinement' and 'Sound Of The Suburbs'.
A really good show.
Setlist played tonight...
(Unknown)
Soho a Go-Go
Offshore Banking Business
New English Blues
(Unknown)
Solitary Confinement
I Ain't Gonna Be Your Bitch No More
One Law
At the Chelsea Nightclub
Working Girl
Sound of the Suburbs
Encore:
Police Car (Larry Wallis cover)
Muzak Machine
www.themembers.co.ukVisit their website for more info and upcoming gigs.






Thursday 07 September 2016.
Sad news that Ska legend Prince Buster has died at the age of 78.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, as Cecil Bustmante Campbell, he became a legend of the ska music genre
in the 1960s under the stage name Prince Buster.
British ska revival groups including Madness and The Specials have said the musician
was an influence on them.
Madness actually named themselves after Buster’s song of the same name and titled
their first single The Prince in tribute.





Thursday 08 September 2016.
Some stunning sales results from the auction - I attended the preview this week.
RECORDS TUMBLE IN RM SOTHEBY’S HISTORIC £21.6M ANNIVERSARY LONDON SALE
RM Sotheby’s realizes £21.65 million with 76 per cent of all lots sold at its 10th anniversary London sale,
7 September at Battersea Evolution.
1960 Aston Martin DB4GT is the evening’s top seller, making a record £2,408,000.
Single-owner Porsche Collection steals the show, breaking multiple world records.
An incredible £1,848,000 is paid for a 1995 Porsche 911 GT2, while a 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight
achieves £974,400.
Bidders hail from 33 countries; over a third of bidders represent first-time clientele.






Wednesday 07 September 2016...I went to two events in South Kensington tonight...
7pm to 9pm
YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION: Records And Rebels 1966-70 - private view -
Victoria And Albert Museum, South Kensington,London SW7.
Outside the venue are a couple of cars from the 1960s - an E Type Jaguar and Volkswagen Painted Van.
A massive crowd here as 800 folks are on the guest list.
Guests here included Glen Matlock,Jarvis Cocker,Gary Kemp,Brix Smith Start,Charli XCX,Gizzi Erskine.
Alan Aldridge - who in 1968 became closely involved with graphic images for The Beatles and Apple Corps.
During the 1960s and 1970s, he was responsible for a great many album covers.
He made a big impression with his illustrations for the Beatles Illustrated Song lyrics.
John Giddings - Isle Of Wight Festival promoter and leading live music booking agent.
Alan Edwards - Head of music pr Outside who look after The Who and many others.
We had speeches from Roger Daltrey and Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Festival).
We had a song by SIMON NICOL from FAIRPORT CONVENTION.
He is a founding member of British folk rock group Fairport Convention who played the original
Isle Of Wight Festival in 1968.
I went around the exhibition for around 45 mins which was really great.
One of the highlights was near the end where you have a huge room dedicated to Woodstock.
There are instruments and costumes from the event by some of the musicians who played
and you can lie back on bean bags and stare at the big screens showing Woodstock footage.
For the final hour we had a dj playing some great sounds from the 1960s.
All guests enjoyed complimentary prosecco,Gin sour cocktails,vodka cocktails and canapés.
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The exhibit will also feature a range of over 300 items from the era including posters,artwork,clothing etc.
This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.
More than 200 LPs from the collection of the late Radio 1 DJ John Peel will be displayed in the show.
Come along and explore the fabulous music, the avant-garde films, the drugs, the miniskirts, the flares, the hair, the nudity, the sex, the riots, the humour, the absolute refusal to dress anything like your mum or dad.
Open to the public from Saturday 10 September 2016.
www.vam.ac.ukVisit the website for more info and to buy tickets for £16.
then
9.05pm to 10.15pm
THE EVENING STANDARD Progress 1000: London's Most Influential People 2016 - party -
Science Museum, Exhibition Road,South Kensington, London, SW7.
Londons very popular Mon to Fri daily free newspaper holds it's annual event.
Another big crowd as there must be at least 500 folks here.
As we were at the other event earlier when this event started we missed The Prince of Wales.
The Prince received a special award for Londoner of the Decade.
New London Mayor Sadiq Khan is still here and is being friendly and chatty to all.
Sadiq was named as the number one Most Influential Person on their list.
Also here was Richard Chartres (The Bishop of London) who was number 22 on the list.
Also here was actor John Malkovich,actress Joanna Lumley and high profile businesswoman Karren Brady.
Nigel Farage was leaving as we were arriving.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,wines and very nice bowl food for all guests.
On the way out all guests got a book with biographies of all those on the list.
www.standard.co.uk/the1000Visit their website to see the full list.






Tuesday 06 September 2016...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 7.45pm.
RM Classic Cars Auction - private view reception - Battersea Evolution,London SW11.
Today was the day before the auction itself on Wednesday.
There must around 100 stunning cars here...most seem to be from the 1970s and 1980s...
Featuring Edwardian to modern era supercars and a hearse that was used as John Lennon's limousine.
It is a converted 1956 Austin Princess.
There was a John Lennon lookalike standing near the car helping to promote it.
A few cars here had a auction estimate price of £500,000.
Even a couple of 'Rusty Project' cars had a £20,000 estimate value.
Complimentary sparkling wines,wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
www.rmauctions.comVisit their website for more info and tickets.
then
8.15pm to 9pm.
Bella Freud - fragrance launch party - Fenwick,3rd floor, 63 New Bond Street, London, W1.
Bella Freud launches her new fragrance ' Close to my Heart'.
Around 100 folks here with most being, as expected female.
A nice surprise was to see Sshh Liguz who fronted the band I saw last night.
She told me Zak Starkey will be joining up with The Who in the coming week for Euro shows.
She said Sshh will hopefully play more shows before the end of the year.
A dj was playing tunes in the background.
Guests enjoyed a choice of two different cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag with the fragrance in.
www.bellafreud.comVisit the Bella Freud website here for more info.
then
9.15pm to 11.45pm.
QP Lounge - launch party - Quattro Passi, 34 Dover Street, London, W1.
We arrive at this classy Italian restaurant & bar and it is totally buzzing as there must be maybe 300
folks over the two levels and the outside area.
Ex Chelsea player manager GianLuca Vialli was here.
They have hired gorgeous models dressed in Dolce Vita style black and white flowing dresses.
The restaurant offers fresh, high-quality ingredients and inventive Italian cooking beautifully presented
in a relaxed and vibrant setting.
Lots of fantastic Italian hospitality here as the staff are working their socks off to keep guests happy
with a non stop supply of food & drinks and keeping a smile on their faces.
There is a dj playing some tunes in the corner.
It was still rockin' when I departed.
An excellent event.
Complimentary Vueve Clicquot champers,cocktails,wines,beers and lots of yummy bowl food & canapés.
www.qprestaurants.comVisit the QP website here for more info.







Tuesday 06 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to Roger Waters who is 73 today.





Tuesday 06 September 2016.
Check out some photos of Ringo Starr,Glen Matlock,Paul Cook ,Zak Starkey,
Sshh Liguz and others from last nights SSHH album launch party.
www.gettyimages.co.ukType in SSHH in their search menu.






Monday 05 September 2016...7.30pm to 11pm...
SSHH live at The Box ,Walkers Court ,Soho,London W1.
This was an invite only secret gig at this cool 150 capacity Soho club venue.
It was to launch their debut album 'Issues'.
Lots of folks here i know here and there is a great buzz tonight.
Complimentary passion fruit vodka cocktails from 7.30pm to 9.15pm before the band came on.
SSHH are the band formed by Sshh LIguz and Zak Starkey who have played a few gigs
with various members but tonight for the first time they are with The Sex Pistols ryhthm section.
I saw Glen Matlock play a one off show in 2010 with Zak Starkey in a band called Silver Machine
which also featured three members of Primal Scream.
GLEN MATLOCK - Bass
PAUL COOK - Drums
ZAK STARKEY - Guitar
SSHH LIGUZ - Vocals
The band arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play a seven song 35 mins set.
The album is a covers album of their fave tracks so the setlist tonight was seven covers
which included six that are on the album.
The band sound tight and well rehearsed.
Zak is of course the current drummer with The Who but he plays some great guitar tonight.
Sshh the female singer has got some pure rock n roll stage presence.
Pretty amazing to see Glen and Paul on stage playing together in a non Sex Pistols gig.
A great gig.
Full setlist played tonight...
1.Private Life - (Pretenders cover that was a hit for Grace Jones)
2.One Way Or Another - (Blondie cover)
3.Jah War - (The Ruts cover)
4.Shoot Speed,Kill Light - (Primal Scream instrumental cover but with added Primal Scream lyrics)
5.(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone - (Paul Revere & The Raiders cover that The Sex Pistols also played)
6.Problems - (Sex Pistols cover)
7.All The Young Dudes- (Mott The Hoople cover) (joined by Hollie Cook on vocals)
Really great to see RINGO STARR here to support his son Zak
Other faces here included
Martin Chambers - The Pretenders
Neal X - Sigue Sigue Sputnik
Terry Edwards---currently in PJ Harvey's band
Jay Mehler - ex Kasabian and Beady Eye (goes out with Lee Starkey)
Rhoda Dakar - Bodysnatchers
Steve Connelly, aka Roadent - Former roadie for The Clash and The Sex Pistols
Javier Weyler - was drummer with The Stereophonics for 8 years
Also Jeni Cook,Hollie Cook,Barbara Bach,Lee Starkey,James McCartney,Mary McCartney.
Producer YOUTH was the dj playing mainly reggae tunes.
The show was filmed so keep an eye out for clips.
A white vinyl limited edition copy of the album was for sale at the gig for £35.
It was signed by all the band members and proceeds go to The Teenage Cancer Trust.
www.sshh.co.ukVisit the bands website for more info.







Monday 05 September 2016.
Meat Loaf is in the UK this week for promo for his new album 'Braver Than We Are'.
Includes BBC Radio London today (Monday) lunchtime on The Robert Elms show.
Thursday evening he has an album signing at HMV Oxford Street.





Saturday 03 September 2016.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES who is 61 today.
Looks like Steve will be in London for a long overdue visit in November when his autobiography
'Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol' comes out.
Steve lives in Los Angeles and has a radio show over there.







Friday 02 September 2016....I went to two events today...
11am to 4.30pm.
CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE - owners & vip private view - Windsor Castle,Berkshire.
With the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen the 2016 Concours of Elegance will take place from
2-4 September at Windsor Castle.
The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 and last year the Concours took place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland).
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection over 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour ‘The Great West Tour’ in the days running up to the main Concours event.
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The tourists are still flocking to the Windsor area as usual as we make our way to The Castle.
We are in the stunning garden of Windsor Castle with its incredible 3 mile drive.
The public are only allowed in the garden here for two or three times a year.
This venue really has the wow factor and is a perfect location for these beautiful cars.
Not much sunshine today but thankfully the rain stayed away.
Visitors have the unique opportunity to see how top level British motorsport began, with a
Delage 155B, Talbot 700, Thomas Special and Halford Special each lining up here.
We also have a few cars from The Royal Household from the past 200 years.
Also loads of models from the UK’s best car clubs, including the Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Jaguar
and Bentley owners’ clubs.
Pretty incredible how well the classic cars have been kept in such tip top condition for presentation.
The classic cars really are visually stunning.
We have a few faces here including...
Prince Michael of Kent...who is taking a keen interest in the cars as he is one of the judges.
Olivia Harrison...George Harrison 1966 Mini with psychedelic paintwork was here...
Ross Brawn...Formula 1...his personal 1960 Ferrari 250 GT was on display...
Adrian Newey...Formula 1
We have a jazz band playing at one end and a mini orchestra playing at the other end.
A very enjoyable day and well worth a visit this Saturday or Sunday.
At noon we had complimentary Taittinger champers and nibbles for an hour.
At 3.30pm we had complimentary afternoon tea with coffee,sandwiches,pasties and
scones with jam & clotted cream.
www.concoursofelegance.co.ukVisit their info for more info and to buy tickets.
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then
7.30pm to 10pm.
BOBBY DAVRO live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Bobby Davro now aged 57 is an actor and comedian best known for his work as an impressionist.
He made his television debut in 1981 and been on our screens on and off ever since.
Up first we have PETE FIRMAN who performs a very enjoyable 30 mins set.
The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic with funny one liners
mixed in with some good magic tricks and some audience participation.
Tonight this cosy all seated 600 capacity venue is three quarters full.
Younger comedians from the telly are playing big arena gigs but 80s stars are reduced to small venues.
Such was Bobby's popularity back in the day he had a 'This Is Your Life' special for him in 1987.
He was due to play for 70 mins but ended playing for 90 mins as he said ''i don't get out much these days".
It was a very 80s type show as it was racist in places,sexist in places and very rude in places.
He was very fast paced with jokes being rifled off non stop as he mixed the jokes with some impressions
and some singing.
He had a big screen at the back where he showed some of his tv highlights.
It was a bit sad in a way as Bobby knows he will never hit these heights again as all the tv companies
have turned their back on 80's comedians it seems.
There were soooo many funny bits in this show.
The mainly over 40s crowd loved it.







Thursday 01 September 2016.
4.30pm to 6.30pm.
ROLLING STONES Exhibitionism at The Saatchi Gallery ,Kings Road,Chelsea,London.
I went to the great launch party back in April for this exhibition when all the band turned up.
Lots to see here so you can easily spend a couple of hours mooching about.
Over 500 items of memorabilia over many different rooms.
I went back today for the second time to see it as the last day is THIS SUNDAY.
It is an excellent exhibition that covers around 10 rooms.
Starts off with a replica of their Chelsea flat when they first started out then it is posters,contracts,setlists,
instruments from all members,costumes from all members,a recording studio where you can mix tracks.
We have model replicas of their massive stage productions.
We have videos of The Stones including in one room where you are given 3D glasses.
Due to phenomenal demand, from 4 August every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the opening hours for
Exhibitionism will be extended to 9pm.
www.saatchigallery.comCheck their website for more info and to buy tickets.
The critically-acclaimed event finishes its UK run on 4 September.
Tickets are £20 Monday to Thursday
Tickets are £22 Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
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then
7pm to 9pm.
JOY by PORTCHIE - private view - La Galleria Pall Mall,London SW1.
Portchie is an unusual if not unique phenomenon in South African contemporary art. He paints between 800 and 900 pieces a year and each is snapped up. Ten years ago he was a transport economist with Spoornet.
For Portchie is that rarest of people, a man who discovered his calling fairly late in life and then there was no holding him back. He is arguably the most successful contemporary artist in South Africa.
“I paint universal themes; children hop-scotching, people riding bicycles, people reading – my art doesn’t know any languages and this means it is equally as popular in America, Germany, the United Kingdom or South Africa,” he says. “It is not difficult to understand or appreciate.”
Around 200 smartly dressed folks here with some spilling out on to the pavement.
One of those gallery private views that was much better than expected.
PORTCHIE art is very colourful,bright,simple and happy.
His prices are reasonable so many items are being sold on the night as he is signing everything.
There are paintings,cushions,plates,trays,bags,mugs with his art on.
Complimentary Mumm champers,wines and canapés for all guests.
The exhibition is on here until 14 Sept 2016.
www.portchie.comVisit the PORTCHIE website here.






Thursday 01 September 2016.
Freddie Mercury Blue Plaque unveiling at 22 Gladstone Avenue ,Feltham.
A memorial stone to Freddie Mercury is already in Feltham High Street .
Feltham was the area where he grew up in the 1960s but this plaque will actually be at his house where
Brian May used to visit him and they would listen to Jimi Hendrix and they would
set the foundations for forming the band.
Brian May attended and said a few words at this lunchtime event.
Freddie Mercury's sister also attended.
The Blue Plaque was unveiled days before Mercury would have celebrated his 70th birthday on 5 September.
He died in 1991 at the age of 45.






Wednesday 31 August 2016.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in South Kensington is hoping to replicate the success of its
David Bowie exhibition with a major retrospective of Pink Floyd.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, marking 50 years since the release of the band's first single,
will include a laser light show and previously unseen concert footage.
The "immersive" show will feature 350 objects and artefacts, including instruments and original artworks.
It will run from May to October 2017.
The V&A promised "an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary world" which will "chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day".






Wednesday 31 August 2016.
Check out this very funny 15 mins clip on YouTube.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have appeared on James Corden's popular 'Carpool Karaoke' segment,
which sees acts sing songs in a car while the TV host drives them around.







Monday 29 August 2016....4pm to 10.30pm...
MADNESS live at House of Common @ Clapham Common,London.
With support from David Rodigan (dj set) + Mike Skinner (dj set) + Toots And The Maytals +
Lee Scratch Perry + Spring King.
I have seen Madness over 20 times with the first being in 1979 when the ska two-tone boom kicked off.
Madness have had 31 Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
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A perfect sunny day with a massive crowd of around 20,000 here.
Madness are still as popular as ever as they appeal to all generations.
Lots of Fez hats being sold outside and inside the venue.
In the vip/press area during the day i spotted Jerry Dammers (ex The Specials founding member)
and Dave Robinson ( Stiff Records).
Two big screens were used for all the acts.
SPRING KING arrive on stage at 4.20pm and play a 45 mins set.
Spring King are a hotly tipped four-piece art-pop band from Manchester.
They were put together by Tarek Musa, who also sings the lead vocals and plays drums.
The band have had a great 2016 as their debut album came out and they appeared on Later With Jools.
Before this show they also played Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Lots of short uptempo songs which were pretty good.
They played their great track 'Rectifier'.
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LEE SCRATCH PERRY arrives on stage at 5.20pm and plays a 45 mins set.
The reggae and dub legend is now aged 80 and still playing lots of live shows.
He still wears his colourful outfit of bangles,badges,patches and jewellery.
He moves around the stage slowly and his voice is a bit frazzled but the crowd love him.
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TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS arrives on stage at 6.30pm and plays for 60 mins.
They are one of the most influential reggae bands ever.
They played classics including 'Pressure Drop','Monkey Man' and '54-46 Was My Number'.
Also a couple of reggae cover versions 'Take Me Home,Country Roads' and 'Louie Louie'
that ended up having all the crowd singing along.
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MIKE SKINNER (DJ SET)...I popped over to the dance tent to see 30 mins of his set.
Mike Skinner is better known as The Streets and his crew put on a bouncy show along with a full light show.
Blending a spectrum of garage,house,hip-hop and grime as they rapped and dance along to the tracks.
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DAVID RODIGAN (DJ SET)...I popped back to the main stage to catch 30 mins of his set.
A bit odd to see a dj as second headliner on the main stage but David Rodigan is a legendary white dj
who has been showcasing reggae sounds in the UK for over 35 years.
He played plenty of classic tunes including Bob Marley.
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MADNESS arrive on stage at 8.55pm and play for 90 mins.
For the opening song and a few others Madness have flames in their stage production
which I do not recall them ever using before.
Some recent songs and a couple of new tracks from their upcoming album went down well
but it was those classic oldies the crowd had come to hear.
Lots of hits with superb lyrics and excellent brass section got everyone dancing.
Suggs holding the show together with his fun on stage banter.
Chas Smash has left the band so they are down to six main members.
They mentioned the tv cameras there were from SKY ARTS.
A great show finished with a fireworks display.
Full Madness setlist played tonight...
House of Fun
Embarrassment
The Prince (with Toots Hibbert)
NW5
My Girl
Take It or Leave It
Wings of a Dove
Herbert
The Sun and the Rain
Don't Leave the Past Behind
Chase the Devil (Max Romeo cover)
You Can't Touch Us Now
Bed and Breakfast Man
Girl Why Don't You? (Prince Buster cover)
Shut Up
Chrissy Boy's Showtime (Livin' On A Prayer Karaoke )
One Step Beyond (Prince Buster cover)
Baggy Trousers
Our House
It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre cover)
Encore:
Mr Apples
Madness (Prince Buster cover)
Night Boat to Cairo (with family and friends stage invasion)
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Tonight reminded me of a competition I won on Virgin (now Absolute) Radio a decade ago.
It was dinner & drinks with Suggs hosting in Soho for me and three of my guests.
A great night with just the five of us and i still have the photos somewhere.
I remember giving him a couple of old Chelsea football programmes as he supports them.







Monday 29 August 2016....Very sad news that actor Gene Wilder has died aged 83...
Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn.
His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer's disease.





Saturday 27 August 2016...4pm to 10pm.
THE HUMAN LEAGUE live at Windsor Racecourse.
The Human League have had four Top 10 albums and eight Top 10 singles in the UK as well as two US Number 1 singles.
The Human League have sold more than 20 million records worldwide.
I have seen them live around 15 times since 1979.
Apart from the usual music festivals at the weekends more and more venues including racecourses,
forest's and country house estates are being used in the summer for live music events.
A lovely sunny day brings out a big crowd of around 10,000 folks.
It's Ladies Day so lots of girls are dressed up in their nice summer outfits.
I would say half the crowd stay behind to watch the concert.
A great atmosphere as you can wander around and check out the horses close up
in the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure.
From 4pm to 8pm we get several races...Frankie Dettori is riding today...
Big screens along the course so everyone can see all of each race.
Victoria Pendleton presented the trophy to one of the winners.
The two-time Olympic cycling champion recently demonstrated her capability as a jockey.
The Human League are on stage from 8.15pm to 9.35pm for an 80 mins set.
Their stage production is the same one they have been using the last few years.
Phil Oakey and the two female singers have been together now for over 35 years.
As expected it is pretty much a greatest hits set of their catchy electro pop gems.
They played a track 'Night People' from their most recent album 'Credo' which is the ninth studio album.
It was released in 2011 on Wall of Sound.
There were some costume changes too.
The biggest cheer was of course for 'Don't You Want Me' at the end of the main set.
A great day out.
Full setlist played tonight....
Mirror Man
Heart Like a Wheel
The Sound of the Crowd
Love Action (I Believe in Love)
Night People
Seconds
The Lebanon
Life on Your Own
Louise
All I Ever Wanted
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
Open Your Heart
Tell Me When
(Keep Feeling) Fascination
Don't You Want Me
Encore:
Being Boiled
Together in Electric Dreams (Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder cover)
www.windsor-racecourse.co.ukVisit their website here for more info on forthcoming events here.







Saturday 27 August 2016.
Rod Stewart's main fan club SMILER has put up my Kenney Jones review on their
front page along with some photos from the night.
www.rodstewartfanclub.comClick here to see how it looks.





Saturday 27 August 2016.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock who is 60 today.
Glen is the last of The Sex Pistols to reach his 60th.







Friday 26 August 2016.
KENNEY JONES & THE JONES GANG live at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.,London.
Legendary British drummer, who's played in the bands Small Faces, Rod Stewart's Faces and The Who.
His band for tonight are Mark Read, Johnson Jay, Robert Hart, Pat Davey and Nick Cook.
Singer Robert Hart was Bad Company's vocalist from 1992 to 1999.
A rare London show as they only seem to play a couple of gigs a year and most seem to be at
private events at Kenney Jones polo club in Surrey.
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Always nice to be at this stunning 500 capacity venue with seats and standing and a great house sound,
house lights and house big screen used behind all the bands.
Also all the rock photo memorabilia on the walls of the venue is also worth a look at.
Kenney Jones & The Jones Gang arrived on stage just after 9pm and played for 80 mins.
Kenney Jones is looking and sounding good for the age of 67.
He is the only member of The Small Faces still alive.
A great setlist that included tracks related to the band members which included gems from The Who,
The Small Faces,The Faces,Bad Company and a couple of tracks from their own album.
Robert Hart is displaying some fantastic old school rock singer vocals.
For a couple of songs they were joined by Dave "Bucket" Colwell on guitar who played with
Robert Hart in Bad Company.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
1.Cant Get Enough (Bad Company cover)
2.The Time Of Your Life (The Jones Gang)
3.Maggie May (Rod Stewart cover)
4.Substitute (The Who cover)
5.Feel Like Making Love (Bad Company cover) (with Dave "Bucket" Colwell on guitar)
6.All or Nothing (The Small Faces cover)
7.Tin Soldier (The Small Faces cover)
8.????? track by The Jones Gang or Bad Company????
9.Angel (The Jones Gang)
10.Itchycoo Park (The Small Faces cover)
11.Stay With Me (The Faces cover)
12.Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who cover)
Encore
13.All Right Now (Free cover) ( with Dave "Bucket" Colwell on guitar)








Thursday 25 August 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm.
SCALPERS - store launch party - Scalpers, 45 Carnaby Street, London, W1.
A small tie-maker’s shop is the origin of this Spanish menswear brand based in Seville.
Founded by the current Duke of Feria, Rafael Medina, a 21st-century aristocrat and dandy. This company offers the best in ready-to-wear fashion and an impeccable tailoring service using the best fabrics they can get their hands on.
Particularly known for its Black Label slippers, made from linen for summer and velvet for winter and evening wear. These are made in collaboration with Stubbs & Wootton.
We had a few songs from up and coming singer-songwriter/male model Ashley Radford.
He has that shaggy haired Taylor Hawkins look about him.
Complimentary Spanish beers and popcorn for all guests.
then
8pm to 10pm.
THE BRITISH COLLECTIVE - album launch party - The Library, 112 St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2.
This intimate members club is buzzing as the 150 capacity venue is rammed.
A nice mixed crowd of older black and white soul music fans who no doubt remember those great soul shows
at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s when i was working front stage security.
The British Collective bring together five of the United Kingdom’s finest ever male R&B artists, Junior Giscombe, Leee John, Omar, Don-E and Noel McKoy. Having sold millions of records worldwide over a period spanning 3 decades as artists, songwriters and musicians, there coming together as ‘The British Collective’ will raise the bar of british R&B to new levels and set the trend for a new era of quality soulful music on a global scale.
At 9.15pm three of the five members appear on stage.
Two are absent as they are on holiday ,but the three here are...
Leee John - lead singer of Imagination.
Junior Giscombe - had a big hit with the classic 'Mama Used To Say' in 1982.
Noel McCoy - he fronted the James Taylor Quartet in the early 1990s.
I was expecting a few live songs but instead we get 30 mins of chat as they discuss the tracks on the album,
how the band came about,their influences and memories of the 1980s British Soul heyday.
After that they sing the one song 'Love Me Tonight' to a backing track.
It's time for a British Soul Renaissance.
The album is released on Fri 02 Sept.








Wednesday 24 August 2016.
John Lydon's Public Image Limited have announced yet more UK shows even though
they played an extensive UK tour in May / June of this year.
First dates confirmed are...
Fri 18 Nov---Birmingham Institute
Sat 19 Nov---Leicester Academy
More dates to be confirmed soon.






Tuesday 23 August 2016...I went two events tonight...
5.30pm to 6.45pm.
Press view - The Real Greek, 54 St Martin's Lane,London WC2.
This popular Greek restaurant has branches in Covent Garden,Soho and a few other places.
We have been invited to check out their 3 dishes set dinner menu that they charge £10.95 for.
That is of course a bargain price for this very central area.
Our choice of main dish was a very nice grilled chicken on a bed of crushed new potatoes.
The other two dishes were more side plates of flatbread,crudités (veggie strips) and various Greek dips.
It is perfect for a pre-theatre visit as there are many theatres in the area.
www.therealgreek.comVisit their website for more info.
then a few yards up the same street to...
6.50pm to 9.30pm.
CELIA x Library - launch party - Library Club, 112 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2.
Launch party for this Premium Czech Lager.
Traditionally batch brewed in the heart of the world's most famous hop region. The local noble saaz hops create clean, spicy aroma. Ideal to accompany quality food. CELIA has a truly light feel thanks to the benefit of being gluten free and naturally carbonated.
Organic, Hand-crafted, Gluten-free, Suitable for coeliacs and vegans.
It is available in Waitrose,Whole Foods,Ocado,Oddbins and other selected stores.
There was a dj playing dance tunes by the bar.
A few folks we knew here so an enjoyable evening.
All guests enjoyed complimentary CELIA dark lagers (5.7% vol) and light lagers (4.5% vol).
www.celialager.co.ukVisit their website for more info.








Monday 22 August 2016.
BURBERRY - My Burberry Black - fragrance campaign unveiling & launch party -
Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street, 5 Vigo Street, London, W1.
It is big deal outside the venue as lots of Burberry staff & pr girls and security guys along with photographers
snapping away and around 50 gawping tourists wondering what is going on inside.
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Luxury fashion house Burberry has unveiled its new campaign for the launch of the My Burberry Black fragrance for women, featuring British actress Lily James. The campaign, shot by photographer Mario Testino, includes the track I Put a Spell on You performed by British singer/songwriter Duffy. The TV campaign will go live across multiple platforms globally, including Clear Channel's One Piccadilly and Coventry House screens in Piccadilly, London.
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Around 150 folks here in the Burberry entertaining space.
Both floors have been decorated amazingly with flowers everywhere that make up the fragrance.
Downstairs guests walk through a complete tunnel of flowers and all the way up the stairs and
all over the walls of the main first floor area there were flowers covering every available space.
It looked incredible and must have cost a small fortune.
I was told it was put up during the day and would all come down the following day.
Actress Lily James turned heads as she arrived on the arm of her actor boyfriend Matt Smith (a former Dr Who) to celebrate becoming the new face of My Burberry fragrances. The couple were surrounded by friends including Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox and Ellie Bamber, along with Smith's former Doctor Who colleagues Jenna Coleman and Arthur Darvill. Members of the Downton Abbey cast also came to support James, with Laura Carmichael and Michael Fox making their first joint public appearance together as a couple, and Elizabeth McGovern was spotted mingling with Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey. Party regulars Clara Paget, Cressida Bonas, Lady Alice Manners and Toby Huntington-Whiteley also descended upon Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street to catch a first look at the new ad campaign.
All guests enjoyed a couple of hours of complimentary cocktails,Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines and canapés.
All guests got a very nice goodie bag with a 90ml bottle of the fragrance that retails for £92.
UK.Burberry.comVisit the BURBERRY website here for more info.






Sunday 21 August 2016.
The Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Tonight.
It was great watching Team GB having a fantastic Olympics by winning so many medals.
They came second after America in the gold medal table.






Saturday 20 August 2016.
A photographer friend who i see often at West End events has revamped his website.
You can hire him out for events and weddings etc.
www.andybarnesphotographer.co.ukVisit Andy's website here.





Friday 19 August 2016...I went to two events tonight...
5pm to 7pm.
Press view - The BLOOM Gin Terrace at OXO Tower x Harvey Nichols ,London SE1.
I went to the opening of The BLOOM Gin Terrace a few months ago.
We have been invited back to celebrate its summer success.
Again it is buzzing here as it's a Friday night.
Drinks are brought to your table by the waiters and waitresses.
Stunning views along The River Thames from the 8th floor here.
We had four cocktails each here with my faves being the BLOOM Gin Day Dreamer
and The BLOOM Gin Honey Pot.
It is on here until Sunday 21st August.
A choice of six BLOOM Gin cocktails are £13 each.
There are many other drinks available along with food.
www.harveynichols.comVisit the website for more info and to reserve a table.
then
7.30pm to 9pm.
Casa Havana pop-up - Night Tube Party - 15 Bateman Street,Soho,London W1.
Havana Club Cuban Rum are hosting a party to celebrate the Night Tube.
Soho is totally buzzing with after work drinkers and tourists spilling out of every bar and pub.
The Night Tube will certainly benefit the venues in Soho.
Two different complimentary cocktails for all guests through the evening - Minty Mojito & Cuba Libre.
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The first Night Tube services will launch on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday 19 August, with services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines following in autumn. The Night Tube will offer a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays.
Up to 100,000 folks are expected to use the Night Tube over the weekend.





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