Archive: March 2017

March 12, 2017

Sunday 12 March 2017.
Sad news that Joni Sledge from Sister Sledge has passed away.
Sledge and her sisters – who hailed from Philadelphia – formed Sister Sledge in 1971,
but had their first big success in 1979 with the smash hit 'We Are Family'.
The dance song became an anthem of unity and girl power.
The hit track was written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.
Other hits included 'Lost in Music' and 'He's the Greatest Dancer'.
Rodgers offered condolences on Twitter, saying: “#RIPJoniSledge #WeAreFamily My heartfelt condolences to your family because they are my family too. We did something pretty amazing together.”
I saw them play a few times over the years including a headline show at Hammersmith Odeon in 1985.

Friday 10 March 2017.
Northern Irish punk legends SLF play their annual March UK tour which this year is their 40th anniversary.
17 March 2017 is the 26th anniversary of their annual St. Patrick's Day shows at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom.
Yes on this date for the last 26 years SLF have played in Glasgow.
They still feature two original members from 1977.
I have seen SLF around 20 times since 1978 when they were a support act.
In the second half of 1978, they toured with the Tom Robinson Band, and in 1979, they released their first album on the Rough Trade Label, Inflammable Material. The band signed a contract with Island Records, but it fell through, leaving the band to release the album on their existing label.Despite the album's independent release, it reached number 14 in the UK Albums Chart and reached Silver status, selling over 100,000 copies.Inflammable Material was the first album distributed by Rough Trade records, and the first independent album to chart in the UK.
I saw Theatre Of Hate in 1981 and 1982.
Theatre Of Hate singer Kirk Brandon i have also seen sing with The Pack,Spear Of Destiny and
Dead Men Walking.
A good turnout of mainly middle aged punk rockers here tonight.
Lots of folks here i know which is always nice.
I catch the last 20 mins of THEATRE OF HATE support set.
They feature a sax player which was quite unusual back in the day of post punk rock.
They finish their set with their best known track 'Do You Believe In The Westworld' which skimmed
the single charts at No 40 in 1982.
I watch Theatre Of Hate from the stalls standing but it is totally rammed sold out down here so i sneak
upstairs to the front circle for a great view in a nice comfy seat.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for 1 hour 40 mins.
From the start the front stalls area is a heaving mass of bodies jumping around.
SLF are always great live but tonight they really are on fire.
They have some mega catchy punk tunes that are totally lethal when played live.
'Nobody's Hero' was an early fave with those great punk lyrics of
'Don't wanna be Nobody's Hero,don't wanna be Nobody's Star'.
The second half had loads of older gems with some nifty guitar riffs and lyrics.
They finish off with their debut album classic 'Alternative Ulster'.
An excellent show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Straw Dogs
Just Fade Away
My Dark Places
Safe as Houses
Nobody's Hero
Each Dollar a Bullet
Guilty as Sin
At the Edge
Barbed Wire Love
The Roaring Boys
When We Were Young (a song Jake wrote after a boozy night with Phil Lynott)
Roots, Radicals, Rockers & Reggae
Piccadilly Circus
Wasted Life
Tin Soldiers
Suspect Device
Johnny Was (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)
Encore 2:
Gotta Getaway
Alternative Ulster

Thursday 09 March 2017.
RUSSELL HOWARD + STEVE HALL live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Comedian Russell Howard plays show number NINE out of TEN shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
As part of a massive world tour that continues until July including these London shows then UK arenas,
mainland Europe, North America,Australia ,New Zealand ,Dubai etc.
Not sure how he has become so popular in countries where English is not the first language.
Perhaps his shows are shown on BBC Worldwide or viral internet views.
Russell Howard's Good News was voted the Best Ever BBC Three show on 9 February 2013
as part of the channel's 10th birthday celebrations.
Most bands would dream to play here the once yet a comedian can play ten shows on the trot.
It is an 'in the round' stage production which works well for comedy and we have five big screens.
Support act STEVE HALL was on stage for around 25 mins and does a decent set.
Some good tunes played in the interval including The Clash 'London Calling'.
RUSSELL HOWARD was on stage for around 85 mins.
He starts off with a great intro - he says "I often get asked what's the difference between playing
small warm up gigs to less than 500 and playing big venues like this one?" and then we had a full
monty pyro display that surprised everyone and he said "that's the difference,you can do all that stuff".
He rapped on politics,sex,family members etc and it was non-stop without a breather.
Like all comedy there was some very funny bits and some ok funny bits.
An enjoyable evening.

Thursday 09 March 2017.
This week sees the 40th anniversary of THE SEX PISTOLS signing with A&M Records in 1977.
9th March The Sex Pistols sign to A&M records at the offices of Rondor Music.
10th March Malcolm re-stages the previous day's contract signing outside Buckingham Palace for the benefit of the media. It was followed by an uneventful press conference at the Regent Palace Hotel.
12th March The Sex Pistols get involved in a skirmish at London's Speakeasy Club. Unfortunately it involves Bob Harris, presenter of BBC-2's 'The Old Grey Whistle Test" and results in one of the show's engineers needing 14 stitches in his head.
16th March Bob Harris's solicitors send a heavy note to Derek Green at A&M. Harris's management also manage Peter Frampton, one of the top acts at A&M. Green discusses the matter with the company's two founders Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert and the decision is made to cancel the Pistols contract and halt production of their first single, 'God Save The Queen".
The few singles that were produced are now some of the rarest in music as they have been sold at auction for
between £8,000 to £12,000 each.

Wednesday 08 March 2017...6.15pm to 9.30pm...
DUTCH IMPACT PARTY at Bodo's Schloss, 2a Kensington High Street,London W8.
Bodo's Schloss is situated next to The Royal Garden Hotel.
It is an Alpine themed venue that was formerly a casino.
Around 200 music industry folks here at this invite only showcase where four of the best new
bands from Holland all play short sets of 25 mins each.
All of the acts have at least one album out and are aiming to break out internationally.
I had a nice chat with legendary promoter JOHN CURD who promoted loads of great punk gigs at
The Roundhouse,The Rainbow ,The Lyceum and other venues that I attended in the 1970s and 1980s.
Also here was STEVE ZAPP from ITB who is the agent for Biffy Clyro and many more.
At 6.30pm NAVARONE took to the stage.
Navarone are a Dutch alternative rock band, who were formed in 2008.
They have supported Dutch rock legends Golden Earring.
They had a hi-energy rock sound with powerful vocals and were my fave band of the four acts tonight.
Great tracks like 'Snake' and 'Lonely Nights' deserve more exposure.
I was was kindly given a copy of their third album 'Oscillation' by their manager
who was giving them out to anyone that wanted a copy.
www.navaronemusic.comVisit their website here for more info.
At 7.20pm DOOL took to the stage.
Dool have a female singer and blend classic hard rock, gothic pop and psychedelic metal.
At 8.10pm PACESHIFTERS took to the stage.
A Dutch Noise Rock trio with energy and some nifty guitar solos.
At 9.05pm AMBER ARCADES took to the stage.
Amber Arcades is the stage name of Annelotte de Graaf, a Dutch singer-songwriter from Utrecht.
Her band were more indie sounding than the other more rock based acts tonight.
They support Grandaddy on their upcoming UK tour.
Complimentary wines,beers and lots of bowl food for all guests.

Wednesday 08 March 2017.
I came across an interesting pass today while looking for something else.
It says ADELE live at The Bush Hall on 25 July 2008.
She is now one of the biggest acts on the planet but back then she was just another
singer playing this small 350 capacity venue.

Tuesday 07 March 2017.
THE WHO released one of their greatest tracks 48 years ago today.
Happy 48th birthday to 'Pinball Wizard' which was released on 7 March 1969. It reached #4 in the UK charts.

Tuesday 07 March 2017.
Despite high ticket prices the GUNS N' ROSES World Tour of stadiums is doing great business.
GUNS N' ROSES sold a whopping 353,000 tickets during its recent tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The band also became the first international act to sell out the 74,000-capacity MCG in Melbourne.
In addition, 85,000 people saw the band perform over two nights in Sydney.
GUNS N' ROSES "Not In This Lifetime Tour" attendance figures for New Zealand and Australia:
Feb. 02 - Westpac Stadium, Wellington - 33,000
Feb. 04 - Western Springs Stadium, Auckland - 50,000
Feb. 07 - QSAC Stadium, Brisbane - 40,000
Feb. 10 - ANZ Stadium, Sydney - 50,000
Feb. 11 - ANZ Stadium Sydney - 35,000
Feb. 14 - MCG, Melbourne - 74,000
Feb. 18 - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - 36,000
Feb. 21 - Domain Stadium, Perth - 35,000
The tour arrives in London on Fri 15 June and Sat 16 June at The London Stadium in
Stratford,East London where West Ham United play footie.
This was the same venue i saw Axl Rose with AC/DC last summer.

Monday 06 March 2017.
ELBOW live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Elbow play the last of three sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo on their UK tour.
All seven of their albums have been Top 20 hits and the last two have got to number one.
The critics love them and the four reviews for this tour i have seen all got great four stars.
Elbow take to the stage at 8.45pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
It is floor standing tonight so a nice atmosphere.
Elbow were a pretty average indie band for their first couple of albums but then took off big time.
They have headlined The 02 Arena in the past so this venue is smallish by their standards.
The band tonight are backed by two female backing singers/violinists.
Singer Guy Garvey has that 'your best mate down the pub' persona that the fans love as he sips
pints on stage and his warm friendly likeable stage personality is a big appeal.
After a couple of songs 'Happy Birthday Guy' appears on the big screen as singer Guy Garvey
is 43 today and the crowd sing Happy Birthday to him a couple of times tonight.
Guy gets the crowd to sing or wave along when needed.
He talked about some of the artists that have played this legendary venue and even joked about
The Guardian review that said 'he prowled the stage like a bruised bear'.
All the band are top notch musicians who deliver careful beautifully crafted unhurried quality music.
They have some mega tracks in their setlist including 'Lippy Kids' , a stunning eight minute version
of their anthem 'One Day Like This' and the equally rousing 'Grounds for Divorce'.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Gentle Storm
The Bones of You
Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
All Disco
New York Morning
Great Expectations
Little Fictions
Lippy Kids
The Birds
Magnificent (She Says)
One Day Like This
My Sad Captains
Grounds for Divorce

Monday 06 March 2017.
Happy Birthday to David Gilmour who is 71 today.

Sunday 05 March 2017...I went to three events today...
12.15pm to 3pm
Phillips Gallery ,Berkeley Square,Mayfair,London W1.
A bit unusual to have a private view on a Sunday lunchtime but it could become more common.
A big crowd of around 300 folks over this massive gallery that is over three floors.
Lots of different nationalities from the around the world here.
Works on display include some by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.
The auction itself is held during this week.
A string quartet called THE XAVIOR QUARTET are playing some good covers including
a great version of 'Bittersweet Symphony'.
As it was a brunch all guests had complimentary Bloody Mary's,coffees,teas,juices,
hot and cold canapés,croissants, pastries,yogurt and honey pots.
www.phillips.comVisit the PHILLIPS website here for more info.
3.30pm to 5pm
HILLSONG CHURCH live at The London Palladium.
Hillsong Church is a Pentecostal megachurch in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, which is affiliated with Australian Christian Churches, the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God. The church was founded in 1983, originally called Hills Christian Life Centre in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie.
It has spread around the world and has six locations in the UK.
In 1987 I saw American Christian rockers Stryper at Hammersmith Odeon when they threw out bibles.
I still have the one I got on the night which was in their black & yellow trademark colours.
A popular Briitish Christian act called Delirious ? headlined Shepherds Bush Empire and Hammersmith Apollo
before they split up in 2009.
I am a catholic but have always wanted to visit one of their church sessions.
The many volunteers are greeting everyone nicely with "welcome to church".
There is a full band on stage with six musicians and nine singers and there is a full stage production.
Loads of great uplifting ,joyous songs are sung with the lyrics on the big screen for everyone to sing along too.
For the band the full house is on its feet the entire time.
We only sit down for the sermon in the middle which focused on 'being a servant'.
The whole experience was very enjoyable.
Their next London date is Sunday 12 March 2017 at The Dominion Theatre.
The tickets are free via their website for the four sessions.
www.hillsong.comVisit the HILLSONG website here for more info.
GILBERT O'SULLIVAN live at The Barbican,London.
Since his debut single ‘Disappear’ launched his career in 1967, O’Sullivan has built a back catalogue of dramatic, piano-led Pop songs, ranging from the wistful melancholy of ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’ to the disco rhythms of ‘Get Down’. A tribute to Jazz singer - and his biggest influence – Peggy Lee, his new album 'Latin ala G' infuses his melody-driven songs with the Latin sounds that she so loved.
In the early 70s Gilbert was a regular when i first started watching Top Of The Pops.
Between 1970 and 1973 he had 7 x Top 10 hits including two number ones.
I first saw him in 1995 at The Jazz Cafe in Camden.
A contract with MAM Records greatly favoured the label's owner, Gordon Mills. A lawsuit followed, with prolonged argument over how much money his songs had earned and how much of that money he had actually received.Eventually, in May 1982, the court found in O'Sullivan's favour, describing him as a "patently honest and decent man", who had not received a just proportion of the vast income his songs had generated.They awarded him £7 million in damages (worth £20 million at 2011 prices). He had won, but the court battle had put his recording career on hold for five years and the hits dried up.
Tonight he was backed by a six piece band and two female backing singers.
Needless to say a mainly older crowd are here tonight.
A nice long show of 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 65 mins.
We have a big screen showing old videos and images.
Gilbert is now aged 70 but still looks like he did 45 years ago in his heyday with his big curly hair.
Surely that has to be some sort of wig?.
He played his first hit 'Nothing Rhymed' which Morrissey has played in his live shows and Gilbert
always maintains that Jimmy Page was the session guitarist used on it.
Some of the non hits were a bit average and new album tracks were the same.
Great to hear and see all those 70s hits in an enjoyable show.
Setlist tonight included...
Disappear....his first single in 1967 that was a flop...
Nothing Rhymed....was a number 8 hit in 1970...
Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day.....was a number 8 in 1972...
Clair....a number 1 hit from 1972....
Happiness is You and Me......a number 19 hit from 1974...
What's In A Kiss....a number 19 hit from 1980...
Alone Again (Naturally) ....a number 3 hit in 1972....
All the crowd are up and dancing for the encores...
Matrimony...a popular live favourite...
Get Down....a number 1 hit in 1973...(Gilbert stands on his keyboard for the second half of the song)
A few mins after the show Gilbert happily signed stuff and posed for photos with over 100 fans in the foyer.

Saturday 04 March 2017.
THE DANDY WARHOLS live at The Roundhouse,London.
Super cool American indie band return to the UK for more shows.
Becoming a fan of the band after seeing them play at the Glastonbury Festival in 2000, David Bowie personally selected them to play at the 2002 Meltdown festival. Bowie and the Dandy Warhols played a rendition of "White Light/White Heat" together as an encore to the July 29 gig, which was billed as The New Heathens Night.The band also supported David Bowie on his 2003 A Reality Tour.
I was at the above shows and a couple of others by them.
Check out the great video on YouTube for their 1997 track 'Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth'.
The Dandy Warhols took to the stage just after 9pm and played for around 1 hour 45 mins.
Somehow i end up in the front row in front of the pa right of stage.
They are as cool as ever with their psychedelic fuzzy feedback tinged sound.
The drummer keeps a simple beat on a small drum kit that looks like it come from Toys R Us.
The best songs came in the second half of the set.
They did not play my fave song of theirs 'Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth' which was a shame
as i was really looking forward to seeing it played live again.
A good gig.
Full setlist played tonight...
Get Off
Crack Cocaine Rager
(Tony, This Song Is Called) Lou Weed
I Love You
Everyone Is Totally Insane
Catcher in the Rye
Plan A
Holding Me Up
You Are Killing Me
Thick Girls Knock Me Out (Richard Starkey)
We Used to Be Friends
Bohemian Like You
Every Day Should Be a Holiday
All the Money or the Simple Life Honey (with The Specials brass section)
Godless (with The Specials brass section)
Horse Pills
Pete International Airport
Boys Better
Zia keyboard outro solo

Friday 03 March 2017.
PROCOL HARUM with full orchestra and choir live at The Royal Festival Hall,London.
This is a special one-off show for their 50th anniversary - with a full UK tour to come in May.
They have had five Top 40 hits in the UK including a No 1 with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' in 1967.
Original member and vocalist Gary Brooker still leads the band.
Procol Harum supported Jimi Hendrix back in 1967.
Procol Harum contributed to the development of symphonic rock, and by extension, progressive rock. Their best-known recording is their 1967 hit single "A Whiter Shade of Pale", which is considered a classic of popular music and is one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies.Although noted for its baroque and classical influence, Procol Harum's music also embraces the blues, R&B, and soul.
I am not a big fan of Procol Harum but i did see them in 1976 and I have seen Gary Brooker
when he has done short solo sets.
Fri 03 March---Dave Mason plays The Union Chapel,Islington.
Co-founder of Traffic plays a rare UK tour.
I saw him twice in 1975 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Fri 03 March---Mandoki Soulmates play Hammersmith Apollo.
A mixed bunch of older rock musicians are playing at this show.
One of those nights where there is a choice of three gigs for the older rock fans.
We have a full house for PROCOL HARUM and there are regular rock gig-goers here including
Dave Ling from Classic Rock and David Stark from Song Link who have chose the same gig as me.
Procol Harum play for two hours over two sets of 60 mins each.
Each inch of the massive stage is taken up as there must be 70 or 80 musicians on stage.
They played older songs and a few off the upcoming new album.
All bands sound great with a big orchestra and choir at full tilt.
Needless to say final song 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' was a big highlight.
Lots of fun stage banter from Gary and the guitarist between songs.
A worrying accident happened at the end of the first set as Gary Brooker tripped over side of stage
and fell flat on his face/head and blood was on the floor as he lay motionless.
We were told there would be an extended interval that ended up being around 50 mins.
Gary returned to the stage with his head and bridge of his nose covered in bandages and he was
wearing a beret.The crowd gave him a standing ovation and he carried age 71...What a trooper...
Some songs were a bit proggy and average sounding to me but a good gig overall.
Full setlist played tonight...
Shine On Brightly
Grand Hotel
Toujours l'amour
Sympathy for the Hard of Hearing (Gary Brooker song)
A Salty Dog
In Held 'Twas in I
Neighbour (with Sam Brown)
I Told On You
Man With a Mission
Whaling Stories
Into the Flood
Sunday Morning
A Whiter Shade of Pale

Friday 03 March 2017.
ALISON KRAUSS releases her new solo album 'Windy City' today.
This is her first solo album for 17 years.
As of 2016, she has won 27 Grammy Awards from 42 nominations, tying her with Quincy Jones as the most awarded living recipient, second only to classical conductor Georg Solti, who holds the record for most wins with 31.She is the most awarded singer and the most awarded female artist in Grammy history.
The new album features 10 classic songs carefully selected with producer Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard’s final solo album) - panning different eras and musical genres original/previously recorded by artists including: Willie Nelson,The Osborne Brothers, Glen Campbell, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles and more.
The production on these classic songs is top notch and Alison's voice sounds great.
1. "Losing You" - Brenda Lee 2:55
2. "It's Goodbye and So Long to You" - The Osborne Brothers and Mac Wiseman 3:11
3. "Windy City" - The Osborne Brothers 3:15
4. "I Never Cared for You" - Willie Nelson 2:45
5. "River in the Rain" - Roger Miller 3:52
6. "Dream of Me" - Vern Gosdin 4:03
7. "Gentle on My Mind " - Glen Campbell 3:34
8. "All Alone Am I" - Brenda Lee 3:26
9. "Poison Love" - Bill Monroe 2:55
10. "You Don't Know Me" - Eddy Arnold. 4:18
Here is the video for the single "Losing You".

Thursday 02 March 2017.
On this day in KISSTORY - March 2, 2010 - KISS performed at a special intimate promotional gig for
800 fans at the packed O2 Academy Islington in London
The show was a rare chance for fans to see one of the world's biggest bands in an intimate venue.
I went to this mega gig.

Thursday 02 March 2017...6pm to 9.30pm...
PIZZA PILGRIMS - launch party - 136 Shoreditch High Street,London E1.
Pizza Pilgrims open another London branch in super trendy Shoreditch.
They make traditional Neapolitan pizzas – using ingredients sourced from in and around Naples.
Around 100 guests here over the two levels.
Like last night some great music played over the pa...nothing from the last 20 years.
We got there early to get a table near the window.
Lots of hot fresh slices of different pizza being given out all through the evening.
My fave was Portobello mushroom, Coppa, buffalo mozz & truffle oil.
We had beers and a choice of two cocktails through the evening.
Including "The DIY Americano". Martini Rosso with ice & a slice and Campari soda.
They have not got a license so it is Bring Your Own Booze if needed when it opens.
SPECIAL OFFER : When they open on Monday 06 March they are having a
'Pay What You Want' offer with all monies going to The Samaritans.

Wednesday 01 March 2017...I went to two events tonight...
7.15pm to 9.15pm
THOMASINA MIERS - book launch - at Wahaca,19-23 Charlotte Street,London W1.
Thomasina Jean "Tommi" Miers is an English cook, writer and television presenter.
She is the founder of the Wahaca chain of Mexican street food restaurants.
Wahaca have 25 branches in the UK with most in London.
She is launching her new book 'Home Cook - Live Well & Eat Well'.
Around 150 folks standing here in this Wahaca branch that has most of the seating taken out tonight
but we find some seats in the far corner.
Faces here include John Torode from Masterchef and Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Venters.
At 8pm Thomasina gave a speech and thanked everyone for coming.
We enjoyed complimentary Margarita's,Mojito's,wines,beers and bowl food,lamb tacos,fish tacos,
canapés and Mexican brownies. the WAHACA website here for more info.
9.45pm to 11pm
World Premiere of The LAND ROVER VELAR at The Design Museum,Kensington High Street,London W8.
A big crowd of around 500 folks at the new Design Museum....mainly men in suits...
A few faces here including Piers Morgan,Damian Lewis,Poppy Delevingne and singer Rag n Bone Man.
Also David Gandy,Zara Tindall,Jimmy Carr and Sharleen Spiteri.
Back in the day I went to this site when it was The Commonwealth Institute.
The SUV car is on display and looks should do as the price tag is from £45,000.
This, the fourth Range Rover model, fits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in size and price. It's also the acme of the stripped-down style evinced by Land Rover's design department under Gerry McGovern. Even the door handles sink back into the doors and the headlamps are super-narrow LED slits.
Guests enjoyed Ruinart champers,gin cocktails,vodka cocktails,wines,beers, bowl food and canapés.
All guests got a big hard book on departure that was all about the car. the LAND ROVER website here for more info.
11.15pm to 1am
LAND ROVER VELAR after-party at Mr Foggs,15 Bruton Lane,Mayfair,London W1.
Selected folks are taken by cars and mini buses to the after-party in Mayfair.
We get in a nice luxury Mercedes and are dropped at the door of Mr Foggs.
Mr Foggs has lots of interesting items on the walls and hanging from the ceiling.
Around 150 guests are here including a rare sighting of Gordon Smart.
He was for six years at the helm of the famous Bizarre column in The Sun paper.
He moved on to be the editor of The Scottish Sun.
A dj duo were playing some decent tunes...nothing from the last 20 years.
Guests enjoyed Moët champers,a choice of three cocktails including a nice whiskey sour,
wines,beers and some ham n cheese toasted sandwiches.
It was still lively when we departed.

Wednesday 01 March 2017.
Happy Birthday to Roger Daltrey who is 73 today.

Tuesday 28 February 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.30pm
MOD Pizza - pizza school experience showcase - 17/18 Irving Street,Leicester Square,London WC2.
MOD Pizza is a chain of fast casual pizza restaurants based in the United States.Founded in Seattle, Washington in 2008, MOD currently has more than 200 locations worldwide.
They now have five locations in the UK and this is the first in London.
It is a large venue by the cinemas in Leicester Square that is spread over three levels.
Around 40 of us start in the basement area by the kitchen.
In groups of 6 or 8 we are brought into the kitchen to make our own pizza.
We are handed the 11" base then I put around a dozen toppings on of the 34 available.
We then back to our table for wines,beers,soft drinks.
We had garlic bread and dips for starters.
The pipping hot pizza came back and it was the best pizza I have had for ages.
Their usual pizza price is good value as it is £7.87 with as many toppings as you like.
The pizza school experience is from £20 per person.
All guests got a goodie bag of a MOD satchel and MOD beanie hat. the MOD pizza website here for more info.
9pm to 12.30pm
SUSHISAMBA x Cool Earth Carnival Party - SushiSamba ,Heron Tower,Liverpool Street,London E1.
Sushisamba's glass-walled express lift hurtles up the outside of Heron Tower, taking you
38 storeys above the City in under 30 seconds with some stunning views of London.
This massive Brazilian & Japanese restaurant is very popular with the City folks.
A big crowd of around 500 folks are here over the different levels.
The carnival was in full swing as VIPs joined host PAMELA ANDERSON at SUSHISAMBA's Cool Earth Carnival Party. Jamie Campbell Bower, Vanessa White, Ashley James, Charlotte de Carle, Dougie Poynter and Oliver Cheshire were greeted by Brazilian dancers shaking their stuff at Heron Tower as environmental charity Cool Earth threw the fundraising party. Anderson - currently rumoured to be dating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - cosied up to Cool Earth's director, her pal Matthew Owen, before introducing Kelis to the stage for an energetic performance which had the likes of Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Clara Paget, Laura Pradelska and Jack Guinness taking to the dance floor.
Also here were striking looking fashion designers Joshua Kane and Daniel Lismore.
At 10.40pm we had three Brazilian & Japanese dancers in full costumes.
At 10.45pm KELIS arrived on stage for her 40 mins set...she sang along to a backing tape...
A decent set that included her big hit 'Milkshake'.
Complimentary champers,different cocktails,wines,beers,sushi,canapés,fried chicken and chocs for all.
Dj sounds kept the buzz going and a great party.
www.sushisamba.comVisit the SUSHISAMBA website here for more info.

Sunday 26 February 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 11pm
The 5th British Kebab Awards at The Park Plaza Hotel,Westminster Bridge,London SE1.
Yes you read it correct...I am at The Kebab Awards...along with a massive crowd of over 800 guests at tables.
The British kebab industry is constantly growing and contributes more than £2 billion to Britain's economy every year. The British Kebab Awards aim to celebrate the best of the industry and improve the public image of the kebab. The awards are sponsored by the UK's largest takeaway website JUST EAT.
There are over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling over a million kebabs a day.
We had a couple of singers do a song each.
BBC Radio 1 hosts Scott Mills and Chris Stark were the presenters.
The awards are given out by region.
We had a prosecco reception then wines and Cobra beers with our three course kebab balls dinner.
All guests got a goodie bag with full size kebab sauces and bottles of Bira beer. their website here for a full list of winners.
11.30pm to 5.30am
The 89th Academy Awards (The Oscars) ceremony - live screening - Ham Yard Hotel,London W1.
Luxury watchmakers ROLEX are hosting a lavish party for around 300 guests at this luxury hotel.
The red carpet arrivals and interviews were until 1.30am and then the awards started.
We are part of the 200 watching it in the main cinema and there is another 100 watching it on smaller screens
just outside the cinema including over the bar area.
We missed the champers reception but there is lots of complimentary food and drink through the night.
Espresso Martinis,Bloody Mary's,bowl food ,canapés and later bacon butties and scrambled eggs at 3am.
Justin Timberlake performed a great musical dance routine introduction number.
Host Jimmy Kimmel did a good job and Matt Damon was his main target for ribbing.
The Trump word did not get mentioned as much as expected.
The main talking point was at the very end.
Just when we thought it was all over... Warren Beatty had to apologise after he and Faye Dunaway
managed to read out the wrong winner of the Best Picture Oscar.
Everyone thought ‘La La Land’ had won, but it turned out it hadn’t, it was actually ‘Moonlight’.
Yes, that really happened - after 200 minutes plus of Oscar gotta laugh...
They were given the wrong envelope...DOH!....
As expected La La Land bagged the most awards with six...
The main winners were...
Best Picture: Moonlight
Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Animated Feature: Zootopia
Cinematography: La La Land
Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Direction: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
www.rolex.comVisit the ROLEX website for more info.

Sunday 26 February 2017.
Happy Birthday to Rock n Roll Legend Fats Domino who is 89 today.
Five of his records released before 1955 sold over a million copies and were certified as gold records,
and he has had 35 hit records in the U.S. Top 40.
Fats has had 16 hit records in the UK Top 40.
I saw him headline two shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1981.

Saturday 25 February 2017.
The Beatles guitarist and singer George Harrison would have been 74 today.

Friday 24 February 2017...6.15pm to 9.15pm...
DIRTY HARRY'S SOHO - launch party - 203 Wardour Street,Soho,London W1.
This building was formerly Peter Stringfellows 'Angels' lap dancing club.
It was never as popular as the original Stringfellows which is still open.
It is now split in two with Dirty Harrys on the ground floor and the club Paper will be downstairs.
In 1977/1978 this site was a punk club called THE VORTEX where i saw a few gigs.
Punk gigs were Mondays and Tuesdays and i would also go there at the weekend when it was a cool
soul club called Crackers.
Dirty Harry’s, an American-style cocktail lounge and diner, will open in Wardour Street in Soho on Saturday.
The female bartenders will get on the bar and crank up the music before dancing —
sometimes spraying guests with beer for good measure.
The bar will have live bands and dance shows throughout the night and host a team of street food chefs operating on a pop-up basis. From February to April, Cajun chicken specialists Otherside Fried and Burger and Beyond, a gourmet burger outfit, will be providing the food. The team behind the bar described it as a “rock ‘n’ roll blue collar bar”.
We got there on time to grab a table and some 200 guests eventually came in.
It does have the feel of a saloon and the Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry film catchphrase of
"Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk? adorns each of the walls.
The sound system was blasting out some decent tunes.
Blues rockers THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT played a good 45 mins set with a hint of Black Crowes/Quireboys.
They are a great band i have seen before and they played tracks from both their albums and a cover of
David Bowies 'Ziggy Stardust'.
For a few songs at the end of their set they were joined by half a dozen female bartenders who danced sexily
on the bar in their Coyote Ugly style clothing/dancing.
All guests enjoyed complimentary prosecco and mini cocktails in shot glasses.
Also burgers and some very yummy Cajun chicken.
www.dirtyharryssoho.comVisit the Dirty Harry website here for more info.

Wednesday 22 February 2017...6.30pm to 10.15pm...
THE HOP EXCHANGE - showcase - 24 Southwark Street,London SE1.
Tonight started so well...then got very very very read on.
This stunning building near London Bridge station has got a lot of history.
The Hop Exchange is a Grade II listed building at No. 24 Southwark Street, London, in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark. Opened in 1867 and designed by R.H. Moore it served as the centre for
hop trading for the brewing industry.
Hops, introduced to England from the Netherlands, are still used in the brewing industry. They are harvested from farms (known as "hop gardens") in Kent, and in the 19th century they were brought by railway to London Bridge Station, or by boat up the River Thames. They were then stored in the many warehouses in the Borough area.
Over 200 folks in their main entertaining room which looks very grand i must say with its high ceiling.
We got there on time so bagged some cosy armchairs and sofas.
We had a jazz quartet playing some tunes.
Complimentary prosecco,different cocktails including a yummy whiskey & amaretto,
wines,beers,canapés and a dessert station.
Very enjoyable. the Hop Exchange website for more info.
Just a few mins walk and then it got a bit make that very very messy.
SONY MUSIC BRITS after-party at Aqua at The Shard,London SE1.
Sony again have chosen the best venue out of the three main record company parties.
31 floors up at this iconic building is Aqua.
Around 500 guests here over the two levels.
The rest is what others have told me as I REMEMBER NOTHING.
I had been behaving 'loudly' during the walk to The Shard.
We arrived at the same time as Craig David and went in the lift with him.
I am now singing out loudly "I'm in the lift with Craig David on repeat".
I get in the party and folks are telling me to wake up as my eyes are closing.
After 30 mins someone brings me to the bathroom...I am sick everywhere..
I go out of the building for some fresh air...I am sick again in a nearby alley...
Feel dreadful and in no condition for a party so i had to go home.
Not sure what caused it...maybe a reaction to tablets I am taking.
I drank normally at the previous event...all a bit worrying but there you go.
I spent most of the following day in bed recovering...messy...

Wednesday 22 February 2017.
The mobile operator O2 has struck a deal thought to be worth about £125m to keep the naming rights to the
London venue the O2 until at least 2027.
The 10-year deal, announced the day after the venue played host to the 2017 Brit awards, means the Telefonica-owned mobile operator’s relationship with what was once the ill-fated Millennium Dome will stretch to at least 20 years.
Under the agreement with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) – the US company that purchased the site five years after it was shut after the millennium celebrations – O2 is thought to be paying between £10m and £15m a year in a wide-ranging partnership deal.
A key component of the deal is a doubling of the number of priority tickets that will be made available to O2 customers, giving them access to tickets to events 48 hours before they go on sale to the public. The number of tickets to be made available each year has not been disclosed.

Tuesday 21 February 2017...5.45pm to 9.15pm...
DARBAAR - showcase - 1 Snowden Street,Broadgate West,London EC2.
Darbaar by Abdul is a temple to modern Indian cuisine reinstating the sharing experience which once use to be the charm of the Royal houses of India. The shared dining experience is inspired by the rich history and traditions of the banquets of the Indian Royal Court – Palace of India. Authenticity is everything and no dish or detail is without a link to the great Royal Houses. Techniques and ingredients are as true to the spirit and traditions of Indian gastronomy as it is possible to be – only the finest spices are imported from the markets of India, marinades and preserves are exclusively made in-house from first principles and each dish has a story to tell. Being at once steeped in history and strikingly modern, it’s no accident that Darbaar is poised on the edge of both the City of London and vibrant Shoreditch.
Set over a sweeping and majestic 5,500 feet, Darbaar plays host to a 220-cover restaurant and bar, including an interactive grill seating area, 20-cover private dining room and a bespoke chef’s table for entertaining up to 12 people.
The skyline is changing in this area as new high rise office developments are everywhere.
Top notch restaurants & bars like this one are competing for the spare cash of high earning city folks.
It is hidden away a bit as the street of old is more a path that is easy to miss like i did.
Around 100 folks here in their ground floor bar area.
We have a choice of three different cocktails,wines and Cobra beers.
Also some tasty canapés and bowl food including Tandoori Salmon with green spices and lemon rice.
Also Chicken Biryani with tempered yoghurt raita.
Indian music is playing in the background.
The head chef makes a speech and chats to all guests.
Very nice here.
www.darbaarrestaurants.comVisit the DARBAAR website here for more info.

Monday 20 February 2017...6.45pm to 10.45pm...
FRANCO MANCA - launch party - Nova Victoria,London SW1.
Nova Victoria is the new bar & restaurant complex opposite Victoria Station.
Nova Victoria is on the site where a great gig venue called The Venue Victoria was located in the
late 70s/early 80s which was a late night hang out for musicians as some gigs were midnight starts.
I went there around 20 times from 1978 to 1983 and watched some great acts including
Alex Harvey Band,Adam & The Ants,David Johansen,Ramones,Iggy Pop,Hanoi Rocks and others.
See the full list on the venues search on my website.
The venue is smaller than expected compared to other restaurants nearby as only seats around 30.
Lots of young enthusiastic young staff fussing over all the guests.
We each had a nice three course meal including my mains - large pizza with chorizo.
Lots of Italian drinks here including Aperol Spritz Cocktails,Amaretto over ice,wines,beers,coffees.
Nice and relaxed here as no rush to leave after you finished your meal so the drinks flowed.
Well worth a visit.
Franco Manca was founded in 2008 in Brixton market by Giuseppe Mascoli and since then his sourdough pizza has been taking London by storm. With its seriously good value, it’s easy to see why Franco Manca has earned a cult following. Their minimum 20 hour slow-risen sourdough bases are topped with high-quality ingredients like homemade mozzarella, organic tomato and cured organic chorizo, resulting in genuine, Neapolitan-style pizzas. Watch out for daily changing specials.
This latest branch at Nova will offer organic wine and an open kitchen from 22nd February.
www.francomanca.comVisit the FRANCO MANCA website here for more info.

Sunday 19 Februay 2017.
Bon Scott sadly died 37 years ago today.
The legendary AC/DC frontman had been out drinking with friends in London — but the casual evening
took a terrible turn as Scott passed out in his car, and ultimately choked to death on his own vomit.
He was only 33 years old.
I was lucky to have seen him sing with AC/DC many times.

Saturday 18 February 2017.
BRIT FLOYD live at The Cadogan Hall,Chelsea,London.
Top notch Pink Floyd tribute act play the opening night of yet another UK tour.
I have seen them before at The Royal Albert Hall and Hammersmith Apollo so this is a smallish gig
by their recent standards as this venue only holds 900 folks.
Most here have paid a whopping £47.50 for their ticket which is very steep for just a tribute act.
They played a long show of 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 90 mins.
They have Floyd type film projections on the back wall along with some nice lights and lasers.
A full band with lots of equipment along with three female backing singers.
Always great to hear those Floyd classics and each tour they drop and add certain songs.
I think their visuals work better on a big screen at a big venue rather than on the wall here.
The crowd were all up dancing and singing along for the last two songs.
Enjoyable show.
Setlist tonight included...
Coming Back To Life
Another Brick In The Wall Part 2
Us and Them
Syd Barrett era songs
The Great Gig In The Sky
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Comfortably Numb
Run Like Hell
After the show most of the band were sat at a table signing their CDS and DVDs.
Oddly enough the lead member of the band thought he was above doing it.

Friday 17 February 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.30pm
Coys of Kensington - auction private view - Olympia Historic Automobile Fair and Auction
at Olympia, Kensington,London W14.
Around 100 stunning classic cars here to look at and admire.
Porsche,Bucatti,Rolls Royce, Ford Mustangs,Cameros,Bentley,Ferrari , etc.
Pretty amazing the top condition these cars are in even though some built in the 1960s and 1970s and earlier.
The auction is being held the following day at noon (Saturday).
Complimentary Lanson champers for all guests. their website here for more info.
8.15pm to 11.15pm
Fashion Film in Partnership with River Island x Serpentine Future Contemporaries Party
at The Serpentine Sackler Gallery,Kensington Gardens,London W2.
A massive London Fashion Week party as over 500 folks are on the guest list.
Faces here included Daisy Lowe,Lady Victoria Hervey,Erin O'Connor,Amber le Bon,
Dougie Poynter,Laura Jackson,Millie Mackintosh and others.
River Island showed their three minute film on the big screen in one of the rooms.
At 9.45pm PIXIE GELDOF and her band took the stage for a 20 mins set.
Pixie released a solo album titled 'I'm Yours' in 2016.
A dj kept things lively after Pixie left the stage.
Complimentary drinks included a very nice Cherry & Black Pepper Tom Collins Gin Cocktail,
Other Gordon's Gin cocktails,beers and fresh slices of pizza all night.
A great par

March 30, 2017

Thursday 30 March 2017.
Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton who is 72 today.
Happy Birthday to Radio 2 dj Johnnie Walker who is 72 today.

Wednesday 29 March 2017.
SUNNY AFTERNOON live at The New Wimbledon Theatre,London SW19.
Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Sunny Afternoon is an irresistible musical with slick theatricality and ingenious storytelling at its heart. It tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom.
Featuring over a dozen of their Iconic hits.
It got loads of great five and four star reviews when it was in The West End.
It had a two year run in The West End from Oct 2014 to Oct 2016 and is now on a full nationwide tour.
I went to the big party at The Cafe De Paris after the opening night but for some reason I never got along
to see the musical itself.Guests at the party included Ray Davies and Tony Banks (Genesis).
The show tonight is on for 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 75 mins each.
There are are no scenery changes as such as the band equipment stays at the rear of the stage.
We have a stage extension which is unusual for a musical but it works well.
We have several male and female dancers for some songs.
It starts with the boys growing up in Muswell Hill and getting their first record contact in the early 1960s,
dealing with dodgy managers and getting banned from America after their first tour there.
You forget how much in-fighting there was was between Dave Davies and the other band members.
The actor who plays Dave Davies steals the show with loads of crazy rock n roll antics.
Some songs were played acoustic version and an electric version.
The crowd were all up singing and dancing for the last 10 mins.
A really great enjoyable evening.
Tracks played tonight included...
You Really Got Me
Sunny Afternoon
Dead End Street
A Well Respected Man
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
Stop Your Sobbing
I Go To Sleep
Waterloo Sunset
This Time Tomorrow
All Day And All Of The Night
Set Me Free
It is at Wimbledon until Saturday 01 April 2017 then continues it's nationwide tour.
www.sunnyafternoonthemusical.comCheck their website for more info on tour dates and to buy tickets.
I saw The Kinks with Ray & Dave in 1978,1993 and 1994 but they have not played together
for around 20 years.I also have seen Ray Davies solo several times and as i was at Dave Davies
first UK show in a decade a couple of years ago at The Barbican.

Tuesday 28 March 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8.15pm
RYDGES HOTEL - Open House Showcase - 61 Gloucester Road,London SW7.
Rydges Hotels & Resorts is an Australian hotel chain who currently operate 37 hotels across Australia,
New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
They are showcasing their cosy bar,restaurant,rooms,gym and meeting rooms in this four star hotel.
The location is two minutes from the tube station and 10 mins to The Royal Albert Hall.
At 8pm there was the business card raffle for three nice prizes but alas i was not a winner.
I had some lovely complimentary Espresso Martinis and there was also prosecco,wines,beers,
burgers and canapés for the 100 guests. the Rydges Hotel website here for more info.
8.45pm to 11pm
DSTRKT - YOSHIAKI - Restaurant Launch Party - 9 Rupert Street,London W1.
The Pan-Asian restaurant and bar is set on very attractive split level surroundings offering a wide range of dishes and drinks.
Over 200 folks here at this massive DSTRKT club venue that is very lively.
A few photographers outside the venue to photo glammed up girls including Bianca Gasgoine,
Holly Rickwood,Kayleigh Norris and Naomi Isted.
We have some performance artists dressed up as Angels and there is a dj playing tunes.
Complimentary choice of three different cocktails,prosecco,wines,beers and canapés.
www.dstrkt-London.comVisit the DSTRKT website for more info.

Tuesday 28 March 2017.
Punk songs given opera 'makeover'.
Classic punk tracks have been given a makeover by some of Britain's best known opera singers and musicians. Favourites by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Buzzcocks have been covered by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a 13 track album, The Anarchy Arias which is released on 09 June 2017.
Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock is involved with it.
Matlock reveals the album was inspired by his string quartet version of Pistol’s track Pretty Vacant which he recorded in 2015.
He says: “About a year and a half ago I got involved with doing Pretty Vacant with a string quartet. I really enjoyed it.

Monday 27 March 2017.
MARIO LANZA 'The Best of Everything' DVD released today.
Mario Lanza was the most famous tenor the world had ever known. His voice was big and powerful, rich and golden, with a dazzling top that thrilled everyone. The greatest tenors of the modern era Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo and Bocelli all trace their inspiration back to Lanza. Trained for a career on the opera stage, Lanza instead became the first true crossover artist when MGM made him a matinee idol during the 1950s with box office hits such as The Toast of New Orleans, The Great Caruso, and Because You re Mine. A superstar before the word was even coined, Lanza s recordings of The Loveliest Night of the Year, Because You're Mine, and his signature ballad, Be My Love sold in their millions. Mario Lanza had it all: a voice blessed by God, Italian good looks and a passionate zest for life. But within ten years, the star that glowed so brightly had burned itself out. Lanza s sudden passing in 1959 at age thirty-eight was one of the first tragic deaths of the modern pop and rock era a precursor of what was to come for many great artists battling to live with fame and its darker side. Lanza was a film and recording star supreme, but the most dramatic role he ever played was that of Mario Lanza himself. It was a life of fame and passion, incredible successes and incomprehensible tragedies. And it was played to a soundtrack of one of the most beautiful singing voices ever heard. This is the story of the great Mario Lanza.
A very enjoyable 85 mins documentary which is split between footage of Mario along with interviews with
family members and the likes of Russell Watson,Lesley Garrett and Steve Hackett.

Monday 27 March 2017.
Sad news that Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium has shut up shop this past weekend.
Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium's meet on Saturday was its last one having been home
to the dogs since 1928.
The famous dog track will no longer host racing as it's levelled to make way for
AFC Wimbledon's new stadium.
During the stadium's 89-year history it became host to the sport's biggest race - the English Greyhound Derby.
It has been described as a working class cull and with Wimbledon closing the number of dog stadiums
in the capital has plummeted from 33 to none.
After the stadium is flattened, it will make way for AFC Wimbledon's return to Plough Lane, where they plan to build an 11,000-seater stadium on the land.
I went there a few times in the late 70s and early 80s as well as watching the dogs locally at White City Stadium.

Monday 27 March 2017.
Monday to Sunday this week The Teenage Cancer Trust Shows are at The Royal Albert Hall.
Since 2000, over 225 bands and artists have played for TCT at the Royal Albert Hall,
raising over £24 million for young people with cancer.
I have been to at least a couple of the shows each year it has been held.
ALDI, are sponsoring this year’s shows and as part of that they’re going to be matching text donations for the week!
This means that when you donate £5 by texting REACH to 70500 between 27 March – 2 April, Aldi will give another £5.

Sunday 26 March 2017
MIKE & THE MECHANICS + BEN MCKELVEY live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Mike & The Mechanics are coming towards the end of their massive six week UK tour.
They have had 7 Top 40 hits including a number two with 'The Living Years' in 1989.
They feature Mike Rutherford from Genesis on guitar and Andrew Roachford on vocals so expect
a couple of Genesis classics and the Roachford solo hit gem 'Cuddly Toy'.
I have seen Mike & The Mechanics several times since 1989.
I have seen Roachford a few times since 1988.
Mike & The Mechanics support Phil Collins + Blondie in the summer in Hyde Park on Friday 30 June.
We have great seats left of stage in those nice swivel seats here just a few feet from the stage.
BEN MCKELVEY arrives on stage at 7.30pm and plays for 35 mins.
Him and his mate ,both on acoustic guitar playing decent tracks from his debut album.
This type of crowd are all in on time so he is thankful he is playing to a full house.
MIKE & THE MECHANICS arrive on stage at 8.30pm and play a full two hour set.
A mainly greatest hits show with most of them played in the second half of the show.
Also a few new tracks from their upcoming album that is released on 07 April 2017.
A great thing about this band is they have two lead singers with Andrew Roachford the more soul sounding
and Tim Howar is the more rock sounding.They sing separate and together which works superb.
Their catchy sound is very BBC Radio 2 friendly.
Andrew Roachford sang a superb version of his own hit 'Cuddly Toy'.
We had a couple of Genesis classics as well.
The crowd were up and dancing for the last 30 mins.
The two songs in the encore 'The Living Years' and 'Word of Mouth' were a big highlight.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Are You Ready
Another Cup of Coffee
Get Up
Silent Running
Save The World
The Best Is Yet To Come
Land of Confusion (Genesis cover)
High Life
Let Me Fly
Don't Know What Came Over Me
A Beggar on a Beach of Gold
Cuddly Toy (Roachford cover)
I Can't Dance (Genesis cover)
Over My Shoulder
All I Need Is a Miracle
The Living Years
Word of Mouth
Band introductions and solos

Sunday 26 March 2017.
Happy Birthday to Steven Tyler from Aerosmith who is 69 today.
Happy Birthday to Diana Ross who is 73 today.

Saturday 25 March 2017.
STARMAN - The David Bowie Story live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middx.
Michael King is David Bowie for this tribute show.
Around 400 tickets sold out of 600 capacity at this cosy all seated tiered venue.
It is a two hour show over two sets of 60 mins each.
There is a big screen showing mainly pictures of David Bowie and a few videos.
We have five musicians backing Bowie who sounded really good.
Bowie had five costume changes and the 80s pastel period suit worked best for him.
At times he looked and acted more like Martin Fry than David Bowie.
It was pretty much a greatest hits collection of Bowie classics tonight.
The crowd are all singing along and some are up and dancing.
Perhaps the show was not as top notch a tribute like Sex Pistols Experience or TRextasy
but really great to hear all those Bowie gems again.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Space Oddity
Moonage Daydream
Young Americans
Suffragette City
Ashes To Ashes
Sound And Vision
Let's Dance
China Girl
Loving The Alien
Life On Mars
Rebel Rebel
Hang Onto Yourself
Drive In Saturday
The Man Who Sold The World
This Is Not America
Under Pressure
All The Young Dudes
Modern Love
Five Years
The Jean Genie
Encore :
Ziggy Stardust
www.bowiestarman.comCheck their website for more info and future tour dates.
March 2017 update....Plans to create a huge lightning bolt memorial to David Bowie in South London
have been scrapped after a crowdfunding campaign fell short of its target.
The 9m (30ft) tall red and blue statue, dubbed the ZiggyZag, was proposed for middle of Brixton, Bowie's birthplace.
The campaign needed to raise £900,000 but had gathered £50,000 in pledges by its four-week deadline,
so no funds will be taken from people.

Saturday 25 March 2017.
Happy Birthday to ELTON JOHN who is 70 today.
Sir Elton John is holding a massive party in Los Angeles.
Elton John celebrated his 50th birthday at a lavish party at Hammersmith Palais.
I was one of the many fans outside waiting to watch Elton arrive at it back in 1997.
There had been much speculation about what the extrovert singer would wear
But when his giant white truck finally arrived, the crowd knew that he wasn't going to disappoint.
But on the night, nobody could have anticipated the opulence and absurdity of his final selection.
Stunned party goers looked on in amazement as Elton and his entourage stepped out of their vehicle.
The rock star's incredible eight foot high eighteenth century outfit came complete with a giant silver wig
and a sweeping silver brocade coat and a 15-foot feather train.
It took several assistants to help Elton inside the party, where he sat on a huge velvet throne.

Thursday 23 March 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8.30pm
LAMBORGHINI PROSECCO - launch party - Gran Cafe,34 - 36 Hans Crescent,Knightsbridge,London SW3.
Around 150 guests are at this classy Italian venue next to Harrods that gets very lively tonight.
GQ Editor Dylan Jones is here amongst a very Italian crowd.
Parked outside the venue are three great looking Lamborghini cars.
There is a catwalk here which was used for a male fashion show.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary Lamborghini prosecco along with canapés and a cheese station for all guests.
9pm to 11pm
MERCEDES-BENZ x M.I.A. - launch party - Store Studios,180 The Strand,London WC2.
Mercedes-Benz launched “Generation Now, Generation Next” — a new fashion campaign and series by
filmmaker Luke Gilford.
British rapper M.I.A., rapper Tommy Genesis, and a shiny new Concept EQ star in the first installment of the three-part series, with the other two coming later in the year. Each installment explores the brand’s core values and electric vehicle strategy.
Always a big crowd at this venue as there must be over 300 fashion folks here including M.I.A.
Also here were Oliver Proudlock, Reggie Yates, Vanessa White, Siobhan Bell, Conor Maynard, Pips Taylor and Alistair Guy.
Vancouver born ,Atlanta based female rapper Tommy Genesis performed a 30 mins set with backing tapes.
They had a fun photo booth from here and a dj played tunes either side of the live set.
Complimentary prosecco,a choice of three cocktails including Rye Manhattan's,wines,beers and a buffet.

Wednesday. 22 March 2017.
MARC ALMOND + THE FLICKS live at The Roundhouse,London.
Marc is promoting his new album ' Hits and Pieces ' a two-CD summary that includes solo material,
Soft Cell and miscellaneous collaborations.
Marc Almond has had over ten Top 40 hits both with Soft Cell and as a solo artist.
This current UK tour celebrates Marc Almond’s 60th birthday year.
I have seen Soft Cell and Marc Almond solo a few times each over the past 35 years.
THE FLICKS arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for around 30 mins.
They are a scantily clad all female trio who play shouty Brit pop rock.
They are pretty basic in their playing but they play their own instruments (guitar,bass,drums)
which is more than can be said for most other young all girl groups.
They played a cover of 'Stop Your Sobbing'.
They got the gig as they have the same management as Marc Almond which is no doubt
why they came on stage for a couple of songs in Marc's set.
MARC ALMOND arrives on stage at 8.30pm and plays for 1 hour 50 mins.
His band included two female backing vocalists and guitarist Neil X who was in Sigue Sigue Sputnik.
We had a nice big screen showing videos and pre-recorded images.
There were two disco glitter above the stage and one above floor standing area.
Marc played a fantastic setlist that covered all aspects of his career.
Marc is full of on stage charisma.
His loyal fans are singing along to all of the songs.
In previous tours he has kept Soft Cell hits to a minimum but for this tour he said he would be playing them.
Great to hear old those classic Soft Cell classics again.
Marc is a quality artist who has carved his own path performing music he likes rather than chasing
the easier option of commercial returns.
A great show.
Some of the highlights played included...
Adored and Explored
Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart (Gene Pitney cover)(number one hit in 1989 for Marc and Gene)
The Days of Pearly Spencer (David McWilliams cover)
Torch (Soft Cell song)
Jacky (Jacques Brel cover)
Bedsitter (Soft Cell song)
Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover) (with Wigan Northern Soul video from the 70s)(number one hit in 1981)
Where Did Our Love Go? ( The Supremes cover)
Memorabilia (Soft Cell song)
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Soft Cell song)

Wednesday 22 March 2017.
A lone terrorist has returned to London to create carnage this afternoon around 3pm.
I suppose it was just a matter of time that it would happen again.
Five dead including a policeman and the attacker himself.
I always felt that Houses of Parliament gate was an easy target as politicians cars would come and go
all the time and some of the police manning it appear not to be armed.
The policeman should not have been in a situation to be stabbed at this location.
They should all have been armed and shot him on the spot as the attacker came towards them.
They should have a double gate with an area between so one gate is always closed.
Thoughts are with the family and friends of the dead and many injured.
Odd thing was i was due to go to Westminster tube and walk across Westminster Bridge around 6pm
that same night for a showcase near The London Eye for an hour before the Marc Almond gig.
I was told this was postponed an hour after the attack as the whole area was in lockdown.

Tuesday 21 March 2017.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - press/vip night - Dominion Theatre ,London W1.
The Blue Carpet is rolled out for the celebrities arriving for the gathered photographers.
It is a totally buzzy atmosphere before the show at this large theatre that holds around 2000.
Brian May from Queen was here with his actress wife Anita Dobson.
Hollywood actress Salma Hayek was among a plethora of VIPs for the greatly anticipated An American in Paris press night at the Dominion Theatre. Elizabeth Hurley arrived arm in arm with friend and legendary fashion designer Valentino and her son Damien, where they were joined by Prince Michael of Kent and Lord Frederick Windsor at the Waldorf Astoria following the performance. Acclaimed director Christopher Wheeldon welcomed guests including Arlene Phillips, Nigel Lythgoe, Simon Russell Beale, Samantha Barks, Harriet Thorpe, Sophie Winkleman, Anthony Andrews and Tina Hobley.
Also here were Nicky Haslam, Daisy Lowe,Elaine Paige and Patricia Hodge.
A nice surprise to see Leslie Caron who played the lead role alongside Gene Kelly in the 1951 film.
They gave a standing ovation for the cast, which stars Jane Asher, Julian Forsyth, David Seadon-Young and Ashley Day.
The show was on for around 2 hours 10 mins over two sets.
Christopher Wheeldon’s theatrical revival of An American in Paris,
is based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly, is a riot of colour
and movement,with irresistible dance routines and an eclectic range of Gershwin classics.
The musical includes the classic hit songs "I Got Rhythm", "'S Wonderful" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me".
The musical is set in Paris and tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American GI trying to make it as a painter
in post-war Paris.
The scenery changes were dazzling,very slick,very colourful and very detailed.
Loads of fantastic dance scenes mixing ballet and modern dance.
Many funny moments with a lot of it based on 'lost in translation' type humour.
Robert Fairchild from The New York Ballet is simply a stunningly graceful dancer.
Jane Asher ( a girlfriend of Paul McCartney in the 1960s) still looks and acts fantastic.
There are many references in the Academy Award-winning film “La La Land” to "An American in Paris".
A hugely enjoyable visually superb musical and dance show and you must get along to see it.
They have reduced price tickets until 31 March and it runs until 30 Sept. their website for more info and to buy tickets.
10.30pm to 2.15am
AFTER-PARTY at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel,Aldwych,London WC2.
A massive crowd of 1000 guests here at this lavish party in this luxury five star hotel.
I have been to after-party events here for 500 folks but never this many.
They have opened all three side rooms as well as the main floor area.
In the centre of the floor is a huge ice sculpture of The Eiffel Tower.
Most of the cast and celebs turn up here including Brian May but i don't think
Liz Hurley and Valentino turned up here.
At midnight the dj gets all the folks dancing in one of the rooms.
All guests enjoyed complimentary prosecco,vodka Martinis,wines,beers along with five different bowl food
dishes including roast duck,canapés and desserts.
We stayed until the end as it was totally buzzing.
It has got some rave reviews from this opening night...
The Guardian - 5 stars
The Stage - 5 stars
What's On Stage - 5 stars
The Standard - 4 stars
The Telegraph - 4 stars
Metro - 4 stars

Monday 20 March 2017...6.30pm to 8.45pm...
Bonhams Spring Sales - private view - Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street,London W1.
Over 200 guests here at this well know gallery.
Over 50 paintings are on display here.
The auction for them is on Wednesday afternoon.
There was a silent auction and raffle tonight to raise monies for MARIE CURIE charity.
They provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.
Last year they cared for over 40000 people across the UK.
Complimentary prosecco,Sipsmith gin cocktails,wines and hot & cold canapés for all guests. the Marie Curie website here for more info.
www.bonhams.comVisit the Bonhams website here for more info.

Monday 20 March 2017.
Happy Birthday to Dame Vera Lynn who reaches the grand old age of 100 today.
The forces sweetheart had some great wartime songs including 'We'll Meet Again'
Pink Floyd makes reference to this song and the performer in "Vera", a song from their album The Wall: "Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?/Remember how she said that we would meet again some sunny day?". A short clip of "We'll Meet Again" can also be heard at the beginning of the first track on the Pink Floyd album Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81.
On the last Sex Pistols world tour of 2007/2008 the intro they used before coming on stage was
'There'll Always Be An England' by Vera Lynn.
The BBC documentary at the weekend featured Paul McCartney speaking highly of her and how
The Beatles supported her once in their early days.
Her singing career started way back in the 1930s and Vera Lynn is also notable for being the only artist to have a chart span on the British single and album charts reaching from the chart's inception to the 21st century – in 1952 having three singles in the first ever singles chart, compiled by New Musical Express, and having a No. 1 album with We'll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn in Sept 2009...aged 92.

Monday 20 March 2017.
Nick Mason in '£3m skid'.
Pink Floyd musician Nick Mason crashed his McLaren F1 GTR yesterday while on a demo lap at Goodwood. The £3m sports car hit a bank at the circuit's St Mary's corner but Mason, 73, was not hurt in the low-speed accident.
A massive Pink Floyd exhibition is coming up soon at the V & A Museum in May.

Saturday 18 March 2017.
ARW live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
ARW play the first of two shows at Hammersmith Apollo.
Three members of Yes play together for the first time since 1990.
Jon Anderson,Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman.
They will joined by a bass player and a drummer to play a full set of Yes songs.
While Rick is associated with the '70s "prog era" of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the '80s "pop era" of the band (which furthered the band's popularity - including the band's biggest chart success), Jon is the bridge between both factions as he was a member of both eras.
I have seen Yes a few times over the years with different line-ups.
I don't even like Yes that much but i went to see them first time at QPRs Loftus Road stadium in 1975.
In the 1970s i was much more interested in glam rock and punk rock bands
than prog rock bands like Yes and ELP.
Rick Wakeman has promised to wear his massive stage capes from the 1970s.
Rick Wakeman like Jimmy Page played on many tracks in the the 1960s as a session musician.
His early sessions included playing on "Space Oddity", among others, for David Bowie and songs by
T. Rex, Elton John, and Cat Stevens.
Adam Wakeman (Rick's son) played keyboards and guitar off-stage for Black Sabbath on their recent tour.
Next month in New York on 07 April---Four years after their own induction, Rush are to welcome
fellow proggers Yes into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
I get inside the venue and have a mooch about...the upstairs is half unsold tonight...
Faces here included Steve Hackett ex Genesis and the guitar & bass players from Marillion.
ARW are on stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 85 mins.
The band arrive on stage and the first thing you notice is Rick Wakeman on the right who
is surrounded by a dozen different types of keyboards and wearing one of his famous capes.
The band have a nice backdrop that works well with the lighting.
Singer Jon Anderson is short of height so he is standing on a six inch platform for most of the show.
Rick Wakeman towers over everyone else in the band when they take their bows.
The first set is really good with some nice vocals from Jon Anderson and some nice band harmonies
and did not feel too Prog at all and the overall sound quality was just right.
The first hour of the second set Prog rock hell for me as the band got stuck into technical showmanship
(muso twaddle) and long songs 'The Fish' and 'Awaken' bored me silly and actually gave me a headache.
This is why punk rock came along and kicked their arses out of town back in 1976.
They mentioned the sad passing of their bass player Chris Squire in June 2015.
The last two songs of the night were their most popular which were their 80s hit 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart'
and encore of 'Roundabout' with all the crowd standing at this all seated event.
Perhaps i just prefer their pop rock era to their Prog rock era.
One of those shows with good bits and boring bits.
Cinema (Yes cover)
Perpetual Change (Yes cover)
Hold On (Yes cover)
I've Seen All Good People (Yes cover)
Drum Solo
Lift Me Up (Yes cover)
And You and I (Yes cover)
Rhythm of Love (Yes cover)
The Meeting (Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe cover)
Heart of the Sunrise (Yes cover)
Changes (Yes cover)
Long Distance Runaround (Yes cover)
The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (Yes cover)
Awaken (Yes cover)
Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes cover)
Roundabout (Yes cover)

Saturday 18 March 2017.
Very sad news that rock & roll legend CHUCK BERRY has died at the grand old age of 90.
Chuck Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and music featuring guitar solos and showmanship that were a major influence on subsequent rock music.
I saw him live around 10 times with the first time being in 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon
and the most recent time at The 100 Club in 2008 where he played a low key club gig where tickets were £125 each.

Friday 17 March 2017.
Depeche Mode album launch gig live on the internet.
It's Depeche Mode live in a @streetgigs concert on Twitter in full HD. The band is taking the stage at Berlin's Funkhaus for this one-of-a-kind show to launch their new album "Spirit", dropping this Friday, 3/17.
Tune in and turn up. It's happening on 7pm in the UK and 8pm CET.
They played a set of old and new tracks in the hour long set which was good to watch.
The stream was perfect quality with multi-cameras and no cutting out etc.
I would imagine they will put it up on YouTube at some time.
Friday 17 March 2017.
BBC4 at 10.30pm is showing a documentary on UK Country stars The Shires 'New Country'.
The Shires are the UK’s most successful Country act - 2 GOLD ALBUMS IN 12 MONTHS –
Second album ‘My Universe’ certified Gold alongside debut ‘Brave’.
This means they have both sold over 100,000 copies each.
The UK country scene has become really popular over the past couple of years.

Thursday 16 March 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.55pm
JIM MARSHALL 'JAZZ FESTIVAL' - book launch party - LEICA, Bruton Place,London W1.
Legendary American photographer whose heyday period was in the 1960s and 1970s.
The book and photos on display are from American Jazz Festivals in the 1960s.
He then moved on to more well known music names.
Around 70 guests here in this quality brand camera store.
Classic rock photographer ROSS HALFIN is here so i presume he owns a couple of Leica cameras.
Jim Marshall and Leica Camera are synonymous.
Jim bought his first Leica in 1959, this purchase lead to a lifelong fascination with the iconic image maker and to a private collection of over 50 Leica pieces including various M bodies and Leicavit lenses.
Every time Jim walked out of his front door, he reached for a Leica to put on his shoulder. It was a ritual he performed every day of his life. Every iconic photograph Jim took was captured with his Leica camera. As he once said, “it’s never been just a job, it’s been my life”. Jim used his much-loved Leica cameras until his death in 2010.
His photos of 1960s and 1970s musicians, taken both on stage and off without any direction or posing, were possible because of the exceptional access musicians allowed him. His pictures of The Beatles,Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, the Allman Brothers, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, Guns N' Roses and Santana "helped define their subjects as well as rock ’n’ roll photography itself."
He was hired by Atlantic Records and Columbia Records to photograph their musical artists. His photos appeared on the covers of over 500 albums and even more were published in Rolling Stone.
He photographed Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival, and Johnny Cash at San Quentin.
Jazz sounds being played here in the background.
They were selling the book here for £45.
The exhibition is on until 28 March 2017.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests. the LEICA website here for more info.
8pm to 9pm
JEROME DREYFUSS - Spring / Summer 2017 collection launch party - 22 Berkeley Square,London W1.
French designer who focuses on very cool mens & women's leather bags and leather accessories.
Around 100 folks here with a dj playing sounds in the background.
Complimentary Cattier champers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.jerome-dreyfuss.comVisit the JEROME DREYFUSS website here for more info.
9.30pm to 11.45pm
ANOTHER MOTHER'S SON - film premiere after-party - Cafe De Paris,3 Coventry Street,London W1.
This was the party after the film premiere that was held in Leicester Square earlier.
Over 300 folks are here at this venue a couple of minutes walk from where the film was shown.
WWII drama Another Mother's Son, cast members Ronan Keating, Jenny Seagrove and Julian Kostov are here to celebrate the release of the film in aid of military charities Mane Chance, Armed Forces Fund, The Royal British Legion, War Child, Everton in the Community and Help for Heroes. Others here included Christopher Biggins,Tallia Storm, Jasmine Walia,
Tony Blackburn, Vanessa Feltz, Ben Ofoedu, Sophie Skelton, Sam Callahan and Chloe Paige.
Heavyweight boxer Tony Bellow is here who beat David Haye a couple of weeks ago.
Also here was the films producer and Everton F.C. co-owner Bill Kenwright.
One of those events were there was more food than booze.
The drinks were just wines and soft drinks but there were tables everywhere for a full buffet dinner for all.
Beef Stroganoff,Roast Moroccan Lamb,Salmon Teriyaki,Wild Mushroom Risotto,sides and desserts.

Thursday 16 March 2017.
The Kinks‘ Ray Davies was knighted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace today.
It was announced in the New Year Honours List that Davies would receive a knighthood for services to the arts.
Davies, who previously received a CBE from the Queen in 2004, said at the time: “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”
Ray looked a bit frail on tv today when he was interviewed in the Palace grounds.

Wednesday 15 March 2017...6.30pm to 8.30pm...
THE BEATLES UNSEEN - private view - Proud Gallery, Kings Road,Chelsea,London SW3.
I felt totally whacked out today from the midnight gig finish by Nigel Kennedy last night which
left me getting home after 1am.
Over 100 folks here in this smallish gallery with great photos over the two floors.
Around 50 photographs are here and most are on sale for £1000 each.
Nice surprise to see HUGH CORNWELL here who is still having a successful solo career after leaving
The Stranglers in 1990.I have seen him many times live with The Stranglers and solo.
We chatted about gigs at The Roundhouse in the 70s where The Stranglers were the support act
for Patti Smith and The Ramones.I told him I bumped into Roundhouse promoter from back then
John Curd last week and he was well pleased he is still active.
He chatted about the American tour he did with Glen Matlock and Clem Burke.
Hugh was a total gent...
Photographer David Magnus bore witness to some of the Beatles greatest moments and the set of previously unseen photographs, which were taken at the world famous EMI Studio 1 in Abbey Road, offer a fascinating and candid insight into The Beatles during a historic time.
In 1963, at the age of 19, David Magnus was invited to photograph the band, who were relatively unknown at the time, during a concert at Stowe School.
This early work with the group allowed him unprecedented access throughout their rise to fame and, as such, his portfolio is chocked full of rare and unique images.Paul and John at rehearsals.
The broadcast was the world’s first live, international, satellite television production.
The photographer’s close relationship with the band and their publicist, Tony Barrow, granted him exclusive access to record a pivotal moment in their career 50 years ago – on the weekend of June 24 and June 25 1967, when The Beatles recorded their song ‘All you need is Love’ for the first time during a live broadcast for the BBC’s Our World.
The broadcast was the world’s first live, international, satellite television production and reached over 400million people across the globe.
David’s collection of wonderfully frank photographs feature images of the band relaxing backstage away from the recording studio, enjoying cigarette breaks and even chilling out with Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones.
Complimentary presecco for all guests.
www.hughcornwell.comVisit the Hugh Cornwell website here for more info the Proud Galleries website here for more info.

Tuesday 14 March 2017...I went to three events today...
4.30pm to 6pm
CLEMENTINE COMMUNICATIONS - Brands showcase- 2nd floor,Heals ,Tottenham Court Road,London W1.
PR agency with a touch of Parisienne 'je ne sais quoi' are showcasing the clients they look after.
They look after French & UK brands.
There are around a dozen of them here at different stands at this upmarket household designer store.
All are giving out complimentary items from their range.
COINTREAU - Cointreau Fizz Cocktails
SUSHI SHOP - Upmarket French owned brand who have 88 outlets in France and 33 internationally
including three in prime locations in London.
They are the European leader in sushi creativity and delivery.
BERNARD MAGREZ - Luxury wines from Bordeaux...and wine tasting school...
EDGERTON PINK GIN - a choice of three nice cocktails...British...
STURIA - French caviar
CORKERS - Hand cooked British crisps
All guests got a goodie bag with items from all the brands.
www.clementinecom.comVisit the Clementine Communications website here for more info on the brands.
7pm to 9pm
IMAGINE MOSCOW - Private view - Design Museum ,Kensington High Street,London W8.
The exhibition explores what remained as the largely imaginary landscapes and phantoms of Moscow, the ideal Soviet capital, which never came into existence but which still haunts the city as we know it today.
Around 200 folks here including Sir Terence Conran whose restaurant is here and a random sighting of
politician Lord Peter Mandelson who was with Tony Blair in New Labour in the late 1990s.
The launch of the new Land Rover car at this venue a couple of weeks ago was a big lavish event
but tonight it is a much tamer event...more like a gallery event.
Complimentary wines,beers and nibbles for all guests.
www.designmuseum.orgVisit the Design Museum website here for more info and to buy tickets.
9.30pm to 11.55pm
NIGEL KENNEDY & FRIENDS live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Violinist with a punk rock attitude plays a special show at this venue with a full orchestra.
We are expecting a late finish as the venue website said 11.15pm finish and his Birmingham
show a couple of days earlier finished at 11.30pm.
Tonight was three sets with two intervals.
We missed the first set which was Nigel with the orchestra playing Bach & Vivaldi.
We came in during the second set where Nigel & orchestra were joined by
French violinist JEAN-LUC PONTY.
Every piece seemed to be 10 to 15 mins each which included 'Cosmic Messenger'.
Nigel is now aged 60 but is still pretty madcap as ever as he fist pumps members of his band and orchestra
after every piece and jokes with the crowd in his very laid back scatty manner wearing an Aston Villa shirt.
Rock legend ROBERT PLANT from Led Zeppelin was advertised on the gig poster and he joined
Nigel & orchestra during the THIRD SET which started at 11pm...yes 11pm...
A few folks had departed but most are staying put to witness Robert Plant.
First Nigel and orchestra played a Jimi Hendrix cover of 'Little Wing'.
Then Robert Plant came on stage for around 25 mins from around 11.10pm.
He brought his guitarist with him and also his ex guitarist Doug Boyle who used to be in his band in the 1990s
and currently plays in Nigel Kennedy's band.
Robert actually is on for just two songs but they are both extended versions.
A cover of The Leaves/Jimi Hendrix 'Hey Joe' which was a great 10 mins with orchestra and vocals at full tilt.
Then we get Led Zep classic 'Kashmir' for a full 15 mins as Robert's vocals and Nigel's violin
bounced of each other to stunning effect along with superb backing from the band & orchestra.
Robert departed the stage and the band played another track for 10 mins or so.
Update from who have put both the tracks up on SoundCloud.
Plant joined Kennedy on stage after 11pm in London, and they launched into an extended cover of “Hey Joe.” Justin Adams and John Baggott, two members of Plant’s band The Sensational Space Shifters, joined them on stage for the song.
The second song played by Plant on Tuesday night was an extended cover of “Kashmir,” complete with a string section, guitar, drums, and Kennedy on violin. Plant introduced the song by mentioning that he worked with Kennedy in 1992 to record his “Fate of Nations” solo album.
Tight But Loose editor Dave Lewis reported on Facebook that it was the first time that Plant has performed “Kashmir” since Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion performance, and it was also the first time he has performed it in full without Jimmy Page.

Tuesday 14 March 2017.
U2 former manager Paul McGuinness tells of staggering figures for U2 tour.
McGuinness, who was grilled by raconteur Ed Bicknell of Damage Management for ILMC’s traditional Breakfast Meeting, recalled U2’s ground-breaking 360° tour of 2009-11, which remains the highest-grossing tour of all time ($736.42 million).
“So when we put together that production – which was playing in the round in stadiums – it was extraordinarily expensive to do. We were $30-40 million into pre-production before the tour started. That tour grossed three quarters of a billion – 110 shows - the net of course was rather less.”
Famous for its four-legged structure dubbed The Claw, 360° was attended by 7.2m people across the globe. Elaborating on the astonishing scale of the presentation, McGuinness revealed that days off effectively cost $300,000. “There were 200 trucks. There were 400 people travelling – but 200 of them were drivers," he said. "It was great fun in a way but it was a bit of strain waking up each day thinking, Oh god, even though we’re not playing today, we’re spending $300,000.”

Tuesday 14 March 2017.
David Bowie is to be honoured with a set of 10 Royal Mail tribute stamps..OUT TODAY...
Six of the stamps will feature images of Bowie album covers: ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Aladdin Sane’, “Heroes”,
'Let’s Dance’, ‘Earthling’ and ‘Blackstar’.
The remaining four stamps will feature images of Bowie performing live on different tours: 1972’s The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1978’s The Stage Tour, 1983’s The Serious Moonlight Tour and 2004’s A Reality Tour.
The Beatles in 2010 and Pink Floyd in 2015 are the only previous music acts to be honoured with an entire “stamp issue” of this kind. Bowie is the first solo music artist to be honoured by Royal Mail in this way.
Dating back to 1860 and running between 14th to 17th March this year, the Cheltenham Festival is a National Hunt meeting with prize money second only to the Grand National at a total of £4.1 million.
It has an average attendance of 62,000 people per day.
It is being shown live on ITV each afternoon.

Monday 13 March 2017.
Original Y&T guitarist Joey Alves has sadly died at the age of 63.
The news was confirmed by Y&T leader Dave Meniketti, who paid tribute to his friend, calling him “one of the finest rock rhythm guitarists.”
Meniketti says in a statement: “It’s with great sadness that I write this today. Y&T's original rhythm guitarist, Joey Alves, passed away at the age of 63. He suffered from ulcerative colitis and other complications that led to his passing.
I saw him first play with Y & T when i saw all four of their shows supporting AC/DC at Hammersmith Odeon in 1982.

Sunday 12 March 2017.
LITA FORD + ROCK GODDESS live at The Academy,Islington,London.
Ex guitarist from 70s all-girl American band The Runaways plays a rare London show.
It ties in with her headline show at a rock festival in North Wales.
I saw The Runaways in the late 1976 when they first came over to London and i was hooked.
I saw Lita as a solo act when supporting Twisted Sister in 1984 and Bon Jovi in 1988.
Amazingly her show with Bon Jovi at Wembley Arena in 1988 was the last time she played London.
Her recent album 'Time Capsule' was released in April 2016 on Steamhammer/SPV, to coincide with the
publication of her soul baring autobiography, 'Living Like A Runaway: Lita Ford, A Memoir'.
Lita is now aged 58 and this is a hometown show as she was actually born in London
before her family moved to America.
Last year i saw Runaways singer Cherie Currie play her first London show for many years where Suzi Quatro
joined her on stage and hopefully Runaways other guitarist Joan Jett will come back to the UK soon.
I saw Rock Goddess twice in 1983 at Hammersmith Odeon when they supported Def Leppard and Fastway.
Whenever i come to this venue i always think did I really see KISS with full make-up and pyros here in 2010.
It seems hard to believe that KISS actually played here in this just 800 capacity venue.
ROCK GODDESS arrived on stage at 8pm and play for around 55 mins.
The UK all female rock trio play a good set mixing older tracks and some new tracks from their new
EP that is released in May.
At 9.30pm we had Lita's intro music which was the full version of Accept 'Balls To The Wall'.
At 9.35pm LITA FORD and her band arrived on stage and play for 85 mins.
Lita still looks amazing for her age with long blonde hair and a tight red catsuit.
It was pretty much an evening of old school hair metal late 1980s style.
Most of the best songs were played in the second half of the set.
The only Runaways track played was their best known track 'Cherry Bomb' which was mega.
Lita played one of The Sex Pistols more unknown songs 'Black Leather' which is an outtake from The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle sessions. The only Sex Pistols members involved in the recording were Steve Jones and Paul Cook, and for this reason some people consider it a song by The Professionals rather than by the Sex Pistols.
Truth is, 'Black Leather' was written and recorded after the Sex Pisols split but before The Professionals were formed.
No doubt she played it as she hung out with Steve and Paul in London in the late 1970s.
In her autobiography Lita said she had some errr "special cuddles" with Paul Cook back then.
Really good to see her playing live again.
Full setlist played tonight...
Gotta Let Go
Larger Than Life
The Bitch Is Back (Elton John cover)
Playing With Fire
Relentless (Preceded by a snippet of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child")
Living Like a Runaway
Can't Catch Me (Incl. Bobby Rock drum solo)
Back to the Cave
Falling In and Out of Love
Cherry Bomb (The Runaways song)
Black Leather (Sex Pistols cover)
Out for Blood
Close My Eyes Forever
Kiss Me Deadly

Sunday 12 March 2017.
Sad news that Joni Sledge from Sister Sledge has passed away.
Sledge and her sisters – who hailed from Philadelphia – formed Sister Sledge in 1971,
but had their first big success in 1979 with the smash hit 'We Are Family'.
The dance song became an anthem of unity and girl power.
The hit track was written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.
Other hits included 'Lost in Music' and 'He's the Greatest Dancer'.
Rodgers offered condolences on Twitter, saying: “#RIPJoniSledge #WeAreFamily My heartfelt condolences to your family because they are my family too. We did something pretty amazing together.”
I saw them play a few times over the years including a headline show at Hammersmith Odeon in 1985.

Friday 10 March 2017.
Northern Irish punk legends SLF play their annual March UK tour which this year is their 40th anniversary.
17 March 2017 is the 26th anniversary of their annual St. Patrick's Day shows at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom.
Yes on this date for the last 26 years SLF have played in Glasgow.
They still feature two original members from 1977.
I have seen SLF around 20 times since 1978 when they were a support act.
In the second half of 1978, they toured with the Tom Robinson Band, and in 1979, they released their first album on the Rough Trade Label, Inflammable Material. The band signed a contract with Island Records, but it fell through, leaving the band to release the album on their existing label.Despite the album's independent release, it reached number 14 in the UK Albums Chart and reached Silver status, selling over 100,000 copies.Inflammable Material was the first album distributed by Rough Trade records, and the first independent album to chart in the UK.
I saw Theatre Of Hate in 1981 and 1982.
Theatre Of Hate singer Kirk Brandon i have also seen sing with The Pack,Spear Of Destiny and
Dead Men Walking.
A good turnout of mainly middle aged punk rockers here tonight.
Lots of folks here i know which is always nice.
I catch the last 20 mins of THEATRE OF HATE support set.
They feature a sax player which was quite unusual back in the day of post punk rock.
They finish their set with their best known track 'Do You Believe In The Westworld' which skimmed
the single charts at No 40 in 1982.
I watch Theatre Of Hate from the stalls standing but it is totally rammed sold out down here so i sneak
upstairs to the front circle for a great view in a nice comfy seat.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for 1 hour 40 mins.
From the start the front stalls area is a heaving mass of bodies jumping around.
SLF are always great live but tonight they really are on fire.
They have some mega catchy punk tunes that are totally lethal when played live.
'Nobody's Hero' was an early fave with those great punk lyrics of
'Don't wanna be Nobody's Hero,don't wanna be Nobody's Star'.
The second half had loads of older gems with some nifty guitar riffs and lyrics.
They finish off with their debut album classic 'Alternative Ulster'.
An excellent show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Straw Dogs
Just Fade Away
My Dark Places
Safe as Houses
Nobody's Hero
Each Dollar a Bullet
Guilty as Sin
At the Edge
Barbed Wire Love
The Roaring Boys
When We Were Young (a song Jake wrote after a boozy night with Phil Lynott)
Roots, Radicals, Rockers & Reggae
Piccadilly Circus
Wasted Life
Tin Soldiers
Suspect Device
Johnny Was (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)
Encore 2:
Gotta Getaway
Alternative Ulster