Archive: July 2017

July 28, 2017

Thursday 27 July 2017...I went to two events tonight...
4pm to 5.15pm
MASH PR - Christmas in July showcase - 91 Wimpole Street,London.
Around a dozen brands are showcasing their various products in the alfresco garden area.
Some of them will send me samples next week to do a full review.
My fave was a couple from Manchester who produce their own unique quality fragrances.
They were a bit surprised when I told them I had been to legendary Manchester club Pips
a couple of times in the early 80s which was pretty much the main club pre Hacienda. their website here for more info.
Complimentary Prosecco,Pimms,beers and canapés for all guests.
6.30pm to 11pm
ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM - vip/press launch party - Bonhams,101 New Bond Street,London W1.
Rolls Royce Phantom 2018 was unveiled tonight in London.
The next-generation Rolls Royce is widely-tipped to push the boundaries of bespoke luxury.
Phantom is arguably in a class of its own when it comes to luxury automobiles and the brand has challenged perceptions since it was first introduced back in 1925.
This latest generation follows the VII, which was introduced 14 years ago.
In January, the last ever Rolls Royce Phantom, as we know it, rolled out of factory after 13 years in production.
We arrive at the venue and there is a film crew covering the stream of Rolls Royce Phantoms
and their owners arriving for the event.
Around 200 guests here and it is a black tie event so most men are wearing one.
JO WOOD the ex wife of Ronnie Wood was here.
We have the seven classic Phantom cars on display that are in perfect condition and look amazing.
Their previous owners include John Lennon, Fred Astaire and Aga Khan.
At 8pm there are speeches then we all go down to the ground floor which is all dark
and the stunning new Rolls Royce Phantom is unveiled.
We had a great chat with guy that was looking after John Lennon's old car.
He was from Canada which is where the car was shipped over from for this exhibition.
I got a couple of good photos of me with the car.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers,Gin cocktails and canapés for all guests.
A great event.
It is open to the public from Sat 29 July to Tues 02 admission...
John Lennons psychedelic Rolls-Royce to go on display at Bonhams,101 New Bond Street,London W1.
An exhibition of some of the most notable Rolls-Royce Phantoms will be held at Bonhams from 29 July till 2 August, in celebration of 92 years of the illustrious model. Eight of the most historically significant Phantoms will be displayed at Bonhams international flagship saleroom on New Bond Street, London, including the long-awaited New Phantom.
Seven cars will travel from various corners of the globe to tell the story of The Phantom
and the enduring legacy of Rolls-Royce.
www.bonhams.comCheck the Bonhams website here for more info.

Thursday 27 July 2017.
COLDPLAY world tour now the 5th biggest grossing of ALL TIME.
The British band’s continuing A Head Full of Dreams Tour has now grossed $412 million.
Coldplay has passed Madonna to claim the No. 5 highest grossing tour of all time, according to
ticket sales data reported to Billboard Boxscore.
The British band’s continuing A Head Full of Dreams Tour has now grossed $412 million, pulling ahead of
Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour, which earned $408 in revenue in 2008 and 2009.
The all-time highest grossing tour remains U2’s 360 Tour, which tallied a massive $736.4 million
during its run from 2009 through 2011.

Tuesday 25 July 2017...I went to three events tonight...
5.15pm to 6pm
CADBURY - Christmas in July showcase - 19 Greek Street,Soho,London W1.
Cadbury, formerly Cadbury's, is a well known and much loved British multinational confectionery company
that operates in more than 50 countries worldwide. It is famous for its Dairy Milk chocolate, the Creme Egg
and Roses selection box, and many other confectionery products.
Cadburys have done a stunning job of transforming this three level space into a Christmas Wonderland
with artificial snow,Christmas trees,tinsel and decorated wallpaper throughout....and Chocolate everywhere...
Every family gets Cadbury tins and selection boxes at Christmas I reckon.
They also have 14 mixed tree decorations mixing Cadbury chocolate wiith Oreo biscuit.
A neat touch is for their tins of 'Heroes' assortment where for each tin bought ,Cadbury
will make a donation to the charity 'Help For Heroes'.
I had a nice cup of Caburys Hot Chocolate with rum along with some canapés.
All guests got a huge goodie bag of Cadburys treats including large tins of chocs and assorted selection boxes. the CADBURY website here for more info.
SMITH & WOLLENSKY , 1 John Adam Street, Off The Strand,London WC2.
Smith & Wollensky is a very popular restaurant chain in America
Chophouse chain outpost serving prime steaks & seafood in a clubby, power-dining setting.
This London branch is just off The Strand and a few yards from The Savoy Hotel.
Ideal location for all the many theatres nearby.
The decor looks fantastic with many cosy leather seats and the staff are dressed 'proper'.
The service and overall ambience is top notch.
It is over two floors and they have a nice long bar if you want drinks only.
I am using a £25 gift card that I recently got from a goodie bag.
I have a couple more gift cards that need to be used before the end of August.
I opted for starter and mains.
Sea Bass Ceviche with bread & butter - £8
Wollensky's Butcher Burger (smoked bacon,cheddar and french fries) - £16
They have set meal offers at lunch including a 'dish of the day' mains for £10.
The food was very tasty and well presented and I look forward to coming back here. their website here for more info.
PROM 15 'The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-1970) live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
An icon of the 1960s, Scott Walker has travelled from Walker Brothers teen idol to avant-garde contemporary musician, influencing artists from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen to Goldfrapp along the way.
Tonight’s Prom tribute presents tracks from his four self-titled albums with live orchestral backing for the very first time.
Among the special guests are Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley and John Grant.
Also performing is Susanne Sundfør who is a female singer from Norway who is popular in her homeland.
She also recently headlined The Scala in London.
On 6 June 2017, Sundfør announced her sixth studio album Music for People in Trouble will be released on 25 August 2017 through Bella Union. The first single from the new album "Undercover" was released on the same day of the announcement.
She released the second single "Mountaineers" featuring John Grant on 24 July.
Scott Walker is now aged 74.
Walker continues to release solo material and is currently signed to 4AD Records. As a record producer or guest performer, he has worked with a number of artists including Pulp, Ute Lemper, Sunn O))) and Bat for Lashes. Walker's success has largely been in the United Kingdom, where his first three solo albums reached the top ten. Walker has lived in the UK since 1965; he became a British citizen in 1970.
Arrive at the venue and Richard Hawley is having a sneaky fag outside the artist door.
The venue is totally sold out is a hot and humid evening in here...
The show lasted around 85 mins with the four artists taking it in turns to sing the songs.
I don't really know much of the Scott Walker song catalogue to be honest.
Each artist performed two songs each then they went round again.
The crowd appeared to applaud each artist more than the actual song itself.
The 80 plus strong orchestra sounded fantastic throughout with many sweeping violins.
JARVIS COCKER sung four songs overall.
Backed by conductor Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra, Cocker sang ‘Boy Child’,
‘Plastic Palace People’, 'The War Is Over (Sleepers)’ and ‘Little Things (That Keep Us Together)’.
JOHN GRANT sung four songs overall.
RICHARD HAWLEY sung four songs overall and played acoustic guitar.
SUSANNE SUNDFOR sung four songs overall.
For the encore they all came back and sung a song together.
Some nice vocals from each artist and Jarvis did some of his trademark dancing.
An enjoyable show but would have been better if i knew Scott Walker songs more.

Monday 24 July 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.15pm
LONDON RESTAURANT FESTIVAL - press launch party - Magpie,10 Heddon Street,London W1.
This event is normally held in September as London Restaurant Festival is in October where hundreds
of restaurants have special offers going on but they have moved it forward to July to coincide
with the opening of this restaurant this week called Magpie.
The Pidgin restaurant duo are rolling up their sleeves to get creative with the theme of dim sum in their first Zone 1 restaurant. Trolleys of dim sum at your table, and imaginative ingredients like fennel pollen,
gjetost and nukazuke pickles. Magpie officially opens 26 July.
Around 100 guests here in this restaurant that is not that big so was a bit tight for space.
Complimentary presecco,Remy Martin cocktails,gin and tonics,wines,beers,canapés and ice-cream
Not much food here for some reason which was odd considering it was a restaurant event.
10pm to 11.45pm
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF - press/vip opening night party - National Gallery,Trafalgar Square,London WC2.
Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell star in Tennessee Williams' searing masterpiece. Set on a steamy night in Mississippi, Benedict Andrews directs in the West is on at The Apollo,Shaftesbury Avenue.
It runs until 07 Oct 2017.
Sienna Miller marked her return to the West End at the opening night of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, as she joined celebrities including Charlotte Tilbury, Fiona Shaw, James Purefoy, Richard Madden, Bruno Tonioli, Kelly Hoppen, Dougie Poynter, Dan Gillespie (singer with The Feeling) at the show's afterparty. The actress's mother, Jo Miller, was also at the Apollo Theatre, as the star - dressed in Chanel - celebrated alongside co-stars Jack O'Connell, Hayley Squires and Brian Gleeson, who had his brother Domhnall Gleeson in the audience at the latest adaptation of Tennessee Williams's drama. Director Benedict Andrews raised a glass with other cast members Colm Meaney and Lisa Palfrey at the party, held at the National Cafe, following the opening night of the gritty play about a Southern family on a cotton plantation.
Around 300 guests here with complimentary Cava,wines,beers and lots of tasty food including
chicken skewers,salmon fish cakes and onion bhajis.
It was still lively when i departed as it was due to finish at 1am.

Sunday 23 July 2917.
MUNGO JERRY + ROBERT HOKUMS BLUES BAND live at Walpole Park,Ealing,London W5.
This was Day 2 of The Ealing Blues Festival.
A capacity of 3000 folks outdoors with food and drink stands.
Mungo Jerry had their main success in the early 1970s, with a changing line-up that has always been
fronted by Ray Dorset.
They had eight Top 40 UK hits including two numbers ones 'In The Summertime'(1970)
and 'Baby Jump' (1971).
I have seen them a couple of times before but they do not play London that often as they
seem to be more popular these days in countries including Germany and Holland.
Other 70s bands including Slade,Sweet,Smokie and others are still very popular in those countries.
Thankfully the main stage is in a big tent so folks are sheltered from any possible rain.
I caught 30 mins of the support set by ROBERT HOKUMS BLUES BAND.
Robert has been playing blues venues in West London for many years.
They played some decent blues based songs.
For Mungo Jerry we went down the front to the second row right of stage with a perfect view.
MUNGO JERRY arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 90 mins.
Singer Ray Dorset is now aged 71 but still has that big grin, big curly hair and sideburns.
Plenty of good vibes banter from Ray between songs.
Only 12 or 13 songs played as many were extended blues jam versions and Ray had some sound
problems with his amp that played up a bit during a few songs.
I had forgot they were more good-time blues band rather than part of the glam rock brigade.
They actually only played two of their big hits 'Lady Rose' and 'In The Summertime' in the set
which were great as they focused on good-times blues tracks.
An enjoyable show...
This was most of the setlist with a couple of songs missing...
Let's Roll Baby
Rock Me Mama
Touch The Sky
The Wind Is Blowing
One More Night Without You (from a 1985 album he recorded with Peter Green)
Lady Rose
Feels Like I'm In Love (Ray wrote this song and Tina Charles had a UK number one hit with it in 1980)
Everybody Wants To Know Why I Sing The Blues
I Just Wanna Make Love To You
In The Summertime
I'll Be A Hippy Til I Die

Sunday 23 July 2017.
Happy Birthday to David Essex who is 70 today.

Saturday 22 July 2017.
Happy Birthday to Don Henley from The Eagles who is 70 today.

Saturday 22 July 2017
A concert marking the 50th anniversary of the The Windsor Jazz, Pop, Ballads & Blues Festival of 1967.
Space rockers Hawkwind headline this outdoor event at Windsor Racecourse.
Original singer Dave Brock is still fronting them at age 75.
With support acts including....
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
The Doors Alive
This gig was on my radar but the weather forecast said rain all day and i did not fancy standing all
day outside in crap fun at all...
A couple of friends went and text me to say only 400 to 500 tickets were sold for this outdoor gig
space that holds well over 5000.
The gig was not that well advertised.
It did rain all day and there was pretty much nowhere to sit down or any covered shelter.
Sounds like a bit of a damp squid event.

Thursday 20 July 2017...I went to two events tonight....
5pm to 6.30pm
CARLUCCIO'S - Christmas in July showcase - St Christopher's Place,London W1.
CARLUCCIO'S is a very popular authentic Italian restaurant chain.
This branch is located north of Bond Street tube station.
With 96 Carluccio's restaurants all over the UK, there should be one near you.
For Christmas they have beautifully packaged gifts and treats from Italian producers.
These are available from October in-store and online.
Different Panettone ,different chocolate treats,biscotti and many more.
All guests here enjoyed complimentary presecco and tasty CARLUCCIO'S canapés etc.
All guests got a nice goodie bag jar of chocolate treats.
www.carluccios.comVisit the Carrluccio's website here for more info.
7pm to 11.30pm
THE WILD WEST ENTERTAINMENT PARTY - Claridges Hotel,Brook Street,Mayfair,London W1.
Always nice to be in the ballroom of this famous five star luxury hotel.
Around 300 guests here from music,tv and film companies including Warner Music,
Sony Music and Netflix.
Around three quarters of the crowd are wearing some type of cowboy and cowgirl clothing.
Incredibly the ballroom has been transformed into a full scale Wild West Saloon.
Staff are dressed up as dancing girls and cowboys and gunfighters.
The saloon here was divided into two rooms which had the duel wooden doors that swung open.
Also here was a wide wooden boardwalk along the side which was a step higher than floor level.
Lots of saloon type table and chairs...and there was even a jail in the corner.
Also saloon games like Cactus Ring Toss ( hoopla ) and Bean Can Alley ( knocking the tin cans over).
Lots of wagons giving out non stop complimentary drinks & food all evening.
Laurent Perrier champers,different cocktails including EIGHT different whiskeys n bourbons,
Espresso Martinis,wines,beers and loads of different bowl food and canapés.
7.45pm there was line dancing on the floor.
8pm a band played can hour of cowboy related tunes including 'Walk The Line','Ring Of Fire',
'Nine To Five' and a nice rendition of 'Sweet Home Alabama'.
9pm the dj got folks on the dance floor until the end of the evening.
9.30pm the floor was cleared as we had a four man cowboy shoot out.
An excellent party.

Thursday 20 July 2017.
Album signed by John Lennon for his killer up for sale.
An album that John Lennon autographed for Mark Chapman, who went on to murder the former Beatle later that day, has gone on sale. Lennon signed the Double Fantasy record for his killer outside his New York home on 8 Dec 1980, in the same spot he was shot four times by Chapman that evening, and the record is expected to fetch around £1.15m.

Thursday 20 July 2017.
Hard to believe that we have another rock n roll suicide.
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of celebrated Nu-metal band Linkin Park has been found dead
at his home in California after apparently taking his own life.
The 41-year-old was discovered inside his residence in the Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles.
Incredibly i saw him singing with Linkin Park at Brixton Academy on 04 July...just two weeks ago...
At that show they played a tribute to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who had died of a suicide
by hanging earlier this year.
Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, and six children – three from his relationship with
Bentley and three from two prior relationships.
The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered
committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Thursday 20 July 2017.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook who is 61 today.

Wednesday 19 July 2017...I went to four events today...
Many major stores & brands have showcase events in July for what they think
will be strong sellers in the pre-Christmas period...some are better events than others...
3.30pm to 4.30pm
HARRODS - Christmas in July showcase - Harrods,Knightsbridge,London SW3.
Always nice to be at this world famous store....which is full of tourists.
The gypsy women beggars outside the store like the tourists.
One young teenage Arab boy took a flower from one of them...she held out her hand for money...
he did not know what was happening...he ended up giving her a £10 note...
Harrods is one of the better displays of course with some great items here.
Complimentary Harrods champers and canapés for all guests.
www.harrods.comVisit the Harrods website here for more info.
5pm to 5.15pm
NARS - Christmas in July showcase - Unit London ,147 Wardour Street,London W1.
This was very girly as expected but it was on my way to the Liberty event so popped in quickly.
The press girls ask me. "Am i a make-up artist?"...err "No"....
Using a matte black background with thin white lettering, NARS created a look that is instantly
recognisable while remaining unobtrusive.
They had a fun photo section in the corner which was great as it was a full drum kit and Flying V
guitar with Marshall Amps in the background so i got a cool photo done.
www.narscosmetics.comVisit the Nars website here for more info.
5.30pm to 6pm
LIBERTY LONDON - Christmas in July showcase - Liberty,Regent Street,London W1.
A selection of clothes and gifts for Christmas.
Not as good a presentation as last year i thought.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.libertylondon.comVisit the Liberty London store website here for more info.
NICK HEYWARD + Gary Crowley (DJ) live at 229 Great Portland Street,London W1.
Nick Heyward with band play this mainly standing venue with a capacity of 620.
Special show to launch his first solo album in 18 years titled 'Woodland Echoes'.
The album is set for release on 4th August via Gladsome Hawk.
The singer-songwriter has successfully completed the pre-order Pledge Music campaign from which
fans ordered signed CD, deluxe mediabook CD and vinyl copies of the album.
Nick was the singer in Haircut 100 who had four UK Top 10 singles in 1981/1982.
I saw them FIVE times at Hammersmith Odeon in 1982 including a special NYE show.
In the 1990s Nick along with the likes of Sex Pistol Glen Matlock had a solo album deal with
Creation Records who of course had Oasis as their biggest selling act.
Dj Gary Crowley warmed the crowd up nicely with some classic tunes from the 1960s,1970s & 1980s.
NICK HEYWARD and his full band arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
Nick now aged 56 but he still has that great smile and youthful looks.
Very friendly stage banter from Nick between songs.
Nick still has that distinctive guitar sound.
Great to hear those Haircut One Hundred hits again.
Several tracks from the new album were played tonight which were really good.
I have the album and after a couple of plays they really do stick in your mind.
My faves are recent single 'Baby Blue Sky ' and 'Perfect Sunday Sun'.
A rousing 'Fantastic Day' with everyone singing along was a great ending.
A very enjoyable show.
Here is the full setlist played tonight...
Love Plus One (Haircut One Hundred hit single)
Take That Situation
On A Sunday
Whistle Down The Wind
He Doesn't Love You Like I Do
Blue Hat For A Blue Day
Love Is The Key By The Sea
Baby Blue Sky
The Stars
Surprise Me Again
Perfect Sunday Sun
Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) (Haircut One Hundred hit single)
Encore :
Traffic In Fleet Street
Take That Situation (reprise)
Fantastic Day (Haircut One Hundred hit single)
Reminder - Nick Heyward new album 'Woodland Echoes' is out on 04 Aug 2017.
Here is the full track list for the album.
1. Love Is the Key by the Sea
2. Mountaintop
3. The Stars
4. Beautiful Morning
5. Who?
6. Forest of Love
7. Baby Blue Sky
8. I Can See Her
9. Perfect Sunday Sun
10. New Beginning
11. I Got a Lot
12. For Always

Tuesday 18 July 2017....6pm to 9.30pm...
BUNGA BUNGA - summer showcase party - 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11.
I have been to this popular Italian themed venue a few times.
Bunga Bunga is a name for an area of Australia dating from 1852. By 2010 the phrase had gained popularity in Italy and the international press to refer to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's sex parties, which caused a major political scandal in Italy.
Bunga Bunga, a bar and pizzeria was controversially painted in the colours of the Italian flag in June 2016.
Around 150 guests here and it got very lively around 8pm with folks dancing on the floor.
There is a dj and a singer performing cover versions from the 1970s and 1980s.
Every 30 mins the staff would starting banging saucepans and stuff and start dancing on the bar tops
for their 'Bunga Bunga' dance and chant.
There was a fun photo booth here.
Complimentary Italian wines,Peroni beers,Italian canapés and of course lots of Pizza.
A fun evening.
www.bungabunga-London.comVisit the Bunga Bunga website here.

Monday 17 July 2017...I went to three events tonight...
5.15pm to 6pm
APSLEY TAILORS - showcase - 13 Pall Mall, St James's,London SW1.
Apsley bespoke tailoring, Stock & Bailey fine food & drink and Paul Stephens Porsche host a joint event.
Around 100 folks here with some out on the pavement looking at the three classic Porsche cars on display.
Complimentary prosecco,Cobra beers,juices and canapés for all guests.
www.apsleytailors.comVisit the Apsley Tailors website here for more info.
6.15pm to 7.45pm
AFTERNOON TEA AWARDS at Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.
Around 200 guests here from all the hotels & venues that put on afternoon tea events.
'Afternnon Tea at The Ritz' is world famous but there are many more doing top notch afternoon tea.
At 7.15pm the five awards were given out.
The awards were presented by Martha Collison, the youngest ever contestant on 'Great British Bake Off'.
Keith Newton, Managing Director of said "The standard was extremely high and we are delighted that the hard work that venues put into their afternoon tea has been recognised by the judges".
This venue has laid on a typical 'afternoon tea' so we have complimentary Lanson champers,
various finger sandwiches and various pastries.
All guests got a goodie bag with five boxes of different teas from NEWBY Fine Teas of London.
www.newbyteas.comVisit the Newby Teas website here for more info on their products.
8.15pm to 10.30pm
EVENING STANDARD - summer drinks party - Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place,London SW1.
Always nice to be at this luxury five star hotel where big name musicians and actors have stayed at.
Around 150 guests here in the conservatory area which is a great space.
Not a big event as expected but more a formal drinks party.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.

Monday 17 July 2017.
21 years ago today was one of the greatest gigs of all time.
THE SEX PISTOLS played the 2000 capacity Shepherds Bush Empire on 17 July 1996 on their re-union
'Filthy Lucre' world tour which were their first shows since 1978.
This gig was a month after their massive Finsbury Park show which was also mega.
I also them in Paris,Milan and The Phoenix Festival,Stratford,England on that tour.

Saturday 15 July 2017.
JAMES + THE SHERLOCKS live at Kew Gardens,Surrey.
I have seen James a dozen times since 1997 when i saw them at Shepherds Bush Empire.
I have seen them headline Wembley Arena and Brixton Academy in the past.
James have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
James have had 19 Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
Kew the Music is a week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of the
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew....a capacity of 8,000 per night...James show is sold out...
We are lucky to have some stunning outdoor venues to watch a band...and this is one of them.
Incredibly this venue lets you bring in glass bottles so there are wine bottles and beer bottles everywhere.
THE SHERLOCKS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played a 45 mins set.
Must be harder than ever to get noticed as an indie guitar band but The Sherlocks are getting there.
Following on from an endless line of Sheffield bands, The Sherlocks are an emerging young four piece
making crashing rock n roll that's made to be heard live.
Full of sprawling guitar lines and galloping drums they really are a band to keep an eye on.
They've already played over 1000 live shows and supported The Libertines on their 2016 UK arena tour.
They have a confident swagger as they punch their way through tight uptempo catchy tunes with great choruses.
Without doubt they will be headlining The Roundhouse or The Forum within the year and arenas will follow.
The only way for this band...IS UP.
Can't wait to see them play a headline show in front of their own fans.
Their setlist included...
Last Night
Nobody Knows
Live For The Moment
Chasing Shadows (check the great official live video for this single on YouTube)
The Sherlocks debut album 'Live For The Moment' is released 18 Aug 2017.
Look out for them if you are attending Reading/Leeds Festivals.
The Sherlocks will set out on their own UK headline tour in September.
This includes a London show at Heaven on 22 Sept 2017. out The Sherlocks website here for more info on live dates etc.
JAMES arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
I get a great view a few rows from the stage on the left side.
Singer Tim Booth is still flailing himself into a hypnotic trance for most songs.
After a few songs he wanders into the crowd to sing a whole song from that area.
He then comes back to the pit and sings the next song standing on the pit rail held up by fans.
They played a nice mix of material from throughout their career with the biggest songs in the second half.
The loyal James fans are singing loudly to all of their songs.
Sadly they do not play their big hit 'Sit Down' tonight although all the crowd were
singing it on the tube after and a couple actually sat down in the train carriage floor as they sung it.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Johnny Yen (Andy Diagram solo trumpet)
Moving On
Hymn From a Village
How Was It For You
Backwards Glances (introduced as new song written this week; Tim reading lyrics from the page)
Born of Frustration
She's a Star
Of Monsters and Heroes and Men
Getting Away With It
Come Home
Nothing But Love

Saturday 15 July 2017.
Some very sad news to report about a punk rock chum that some of you may know.
John 'Ribs' Vick who was a massive Iggy Pop and Sex Pistols fan has passed away.
He committed suicide earlier in the week aged just 51.
He used to sell punk t-shirts at festivals all over the place including Camden Market.
A combination of manic depression and other things has sadly taken its toll.

Friday 14 July 2017.
MERCURY REV with The Royal Northern Sinfonia + LOWLY live at The Barbican,London.
After a seven year hiatus, Mercury Rev released the cinematic The Light In You in 2015, their first album for Bella Union. This performance revisits work from that album, and filters their other work through its soundworld, as they are joined by label founder and ex-Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde and Royal Northern Sinfonia as part of Bella Union’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
I have seen Mercury Rev a few times with the first time in 1998.
Most recently was in 2015 for a special lunchtime show for BBC Radio 6 at Maida Vale.
The 1998 release of the acclaimed 'Deserter's Songs ' made Mercury Rev unexpected pop stars. In the UK, NME magazine made 'Deserter's Songs' their Album of the Year.Donahue's earnest, high-pitched vocals and concentration on relatively concise, melodic songs gave the band's material an entirely new feel and much increased popularity (Deserter's Songs spawned three UK Top 40 singles).
The next album 'All Is Dream' was issued in 2001. It included their classic track "The Dark is Rising,"
which reached No. 16 in the UK Singles Chart.
LOWLY arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for around 40 mins.
Considering the rather short lifetime of the Danish noise pop band Lowly (formed 2014) they already seem to be a band to watch. Their dreamy and wavy debut single ‘Daydreamers’ was acknowledged by The Guardian as a must buy.
They played a decent set with female vocals and keyboard based tracks that the crowd appreciated.
By the time Mercury Rev arrived on stage the venue was still only three quarters full.
Amazingly a dozen seats in the front row on the left are unclaimed so we move down there for a perfect view.
MERCURY REV with The Royal Northern Sinfonia arrived on stage and played for 95 mins.
Mercury Rev are an American indie band with psychedelic leanings.
Singer Jonathan Donahue is a cool front man with a great voice and friendly stage chat.
Mercury Rev songs are well suited to the lush sounds of the 20 piece orchestra.
Most songs finish with a crescendo of noise from the orchestra.
The best songs were in the second half that included a mega 'The Dark Is Rising'.
For this song Jonathan gave in to his desire to be a conductor and brought out his Star Wars
type sword to 'conduct the orchestra' for the last minute of the song.
An enjoyable show.
Full Mercury Rev setlist played tonight...
Central Park East
A Drop in Time
Downs Are Feminine Balloons
Tonite It Shows
I Wish I'd Never Loved You (Dusty Springfield cover) (written by Simon Raymonde father)
Racing the Tide
There You Are (The Flaming Lips cover)
Spiders and Flies
Opus 40
When You Wish Upon a Star (Cliff Edwards cover)
The Dark Is Rising
Encore :
A Drop in Time (Reprise; orchestra only)
After the show the main three members of the band signed vinyl albums and prints in the foyer.

Thursday 13 July 2017...7pm to 11.15pm...
JAGUAR E-PACE - car launch party - Excel Exhibition Centre,East London.
Quite a trek to get here but the last Jaguar launch in Sept 2014 at Earls Court Arena (now demolished)
was a really good massive event where i got my picture taken with Brian Johnson ex AC/DC singer.
This was a full on 'money no object' launch event by this Iconic British car brand.
Around 800 guests here along with an army of serving staff and technicians.
Guests here included the UKs number male model David Gandy and GQ Editor Dylan Jones.
The event is being broadcast live around the world on their website.
At 8pm Radio 1 dj Nick Grimshaw unveiled the new car and then a curtain was pulled back as
we have a full quarter mile race track as other Jaguar cars and the new car race along.
They showed a video of stunt driver Terry Grant performing a great stunt in the car
which was recorded in the afternoon earlier.
Jaguar E-Pace revealed to take on small SUV rivals from BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
The basic model will sell for £28,500.
At 8.20pm PETE TONG & THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA played a five song 25 mins set.
They magically appear from behind a curtain on wheels and the orchestra has 50 plus musicians.
Legendary dj has had a lot of success this year with this unique project as only a month
ago they headlined The Royal Albert Hall.
Their set is based on dance anthems of the 1990s and the highlight was final song 'Insomnia' by Faithless
which had a full laser show....short but sweet set...
There are around 100 virtual reality headsets in booths at the back featuring the new car.
Complimentary drinks and food all night long.
Veuve Clicquot champers all night plus two different cocktails,wines and beers.
Canapés before the presentation and full buffet including desserts after the presentation.
Goodie bag included a hard cover book about the car and a couple of Jo Malone products.
We departed at 11.15pm and the champers was still flowing.
Excellent event.

Wednesday 12 July 2017.
Blues legend Buddy Guy plays Hammersmith Apollo tomorrow - 13 July 2017.
I have seen Buddy Guy a couple of times but how about this for the first time in 1992.
Mick Jagger Allstar Blues Band feat Gary Moore , Ronnie Wood ,Buddy Guy , Jimmy Rodgers , Otis Rush .
Hammersmith Odeon , London 28 June 1992.
Mick Jagger looked fantastic .I blagged the aftershow party as well .one off show for charity .

Tuesday 11 July 2017... I went to two events tonight...
I have been lucky with sunny days for all my outdoor events this summer but the rain poured down today.
Thankfully this rain did not happen this past weekend for big outdoor gigs by U2 on Saturday (Twickenham)
and Tom Petty on Sunday (Hyde Park) that i attended.
7pm to 8.45pm
LOUIS VUITTON - Tambour Horizon Connected Watch - launch party - 17/20 New Bond Street,London W1.
Around 200 guests here in this stunning designer store where everything is immaculate.
Guests included Tom York,Tess Ward and Isaac Horizon.
Designer handbags at two grand a pop along with other expensive items.
The smartwatch industry hasn’t taken off the way we all hoped it would, but it seems luxury brands haven’t gotten the memo. Today Louis Vuitton announced the Tambour Horizon Connected Watch, coming in at the low, low price of £1905....yikes....
.....and the strap will cost an extra £200 plus as there are 30 different ones to choose from.
There is a dj (Hugo Heathcote) playing tunes in the background and there is a fun photo booth.
Complimentary Ruinart champers and canapés for all guests.
9pm to 10.45pm
Cafe NESPRESSO - launch party - 32 Broadwick Street,Soho,London W1.
Capsule coffee brand Nespresso opens a second café in Soho as part of a “big plans” for expansion across the UK.
The Broadwick Street site follows the success of its City branch, which serves up cocktails and coffee-inspired dishes alongside its drinks.
Guests included Donna Air,Lisa Snowdon,Izzy Bizu,Samantha Banks ,Louise Thompson and Rick Edwards.
Also here was Tess Ward who was at the Louis Vuitton event earlier.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers,Espresso Martinis,wines and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag that included a £10 voucher to use at this Cafe Nespresso.

Tuesday 11 July 2017.
Promoters AEG confirm all six Hyde Park shows were sold out.
While The Killers provided the only quickfire sell-out, all six concerts were filled to 65,000-capacity
by showtime - the first BST to achieve such a feat. Five years in after taking over from Live Nation,
new organisers AEG look to have found their winning formula.

Tuesday 11 July 2017.
A new study from UK Music revealed that live music audience's are growing all the time.
The study has revealed that attendances at UK gigs and festivals in the UK reached 30.9 million in 2016.
The findings, which were collated by UK Music as part of their ‘Wish You Were Here’ study, also point to a 12% increase in live music audience figures last year, which contributed £4 billion to the country’s economy.

Monday 10 July 2017.
Time for an evening in for me after 13 nights out on the trot.
This time of year in London is always really great for quality indoor and outdoor gigs / events.

Sunday 09 July 2017.
Tom Petty plays his biggest ever UK headline show.
This is Tom Petty's only show in Europe which is in the middle of his North American tour.
The main support act is Stevie Nicks who is also playing her only show in Europe.
I saw her a few years at this same venue supporting Rod Stewart.
I saw both of Tom Petty's last London shows in June 2012 at The Royal Albert Hall.
They were his first UK shows for 13 years.
I first saw Tom Petty live in 1977 at Hammersmith Odeon when he was a support act.
Back to Hyde Park for another massive show...this was my third of the six BST shows here.
Regards big outdoor gigs i think i prefer stadiums to parks like this.
I caught 30 mins of THE LUMINEERS set...they are American and play folk rock.
The Lumineers have released two albums and both have sold well.
Their second album, ' Cleopatra ' was released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200,
and also Number One on the Canadian and British album charts.
Their sound is a bit like Mumford & Sons...not very rock n roll but decent enough..
STEVIE NICKS arrives on stage at 6.10pm and plays for 85 mins which is quite long as she is more
a special guest than a support act.
Her band feature her old chum Waddy Wachtel on guitar.
In 1973, he played with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks on the album 'Buckingham Nicks'
(credited as 'Waddy', no surname), and on tour.
Stevie arrives on stage all dressed in black with fingerless black gloves and during the show she
does a few of her trademark twirls when she dances.
A couple of her own tracks were a bit average but those Fleetwood Mac gems went down a treat.
Encore of 'Rhiannon' and 'Landslide' were mega.
An enjoyable set.
Full setlist played tonight...
Gold and Braid
If Anyone Falls
Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac song)
Outside the Rain
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac song)
Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)
Stand Back
Crying in the Night (Buckingham Nicks song)
Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac song)
Wild Heart
Bella Donna
Edge of Seventeen
Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac song)
Landslide (Fleetwood Mac song)
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS arrive on stage around 8.15pm and play for two hours.
Tom arrives on stage and his laid back Southern drawl is still there for all to hear.
His band feature original members and newer members...
Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair, Scott Thurston, Steve Ferrone.
Tom played all his big tracks and some not so well known.
An early gem was 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' which was superb.
Also top notch were 'I Won't Back Down' and 'Free Fallin'.
Petty seemed genuinely thrilled by the response (and the size) of the crowd relishing the call and response during “Learning To Fly” and inviting Stevie Nicks to join him for a duet on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, a solo hit for her in 1981 that was penned by Petty and Heartbreakers lead guitarist Mike Campbell.
The big screen mixed great images with live footage.
The show was never going to have such a big impact like the U2 production the night before
but in the Tom Petty way of doing things it was still great.
Full setlist played tonight...
Rockin' Around (With You)
Mary Jane's Last Dance
You Don't Know How It Feels (Tom Petty song)
Forgotten Man
I Won't Back Down (Tom Petty song)
Free Fallin' (Tom Petty song)
Don't Come Around Here No More
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (Stevie Nicks cover) (with Stevie Nicks)
It's Good to Be King (Tom Petty song)
Crawling Back to You (Tom Petty song)
Wildflowers (Tom Petty song)
Learning to Fly
Yer So Bad (Tom Petty song)
I Should Have Known It
Runnin' Down a Dream. (Tom Petty song)
You Wreck Me (Tom Petty song)
American Girl

Saturday 08 July 2017.
U2 + NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS live at Twickenham Stadium.
U2 play the first of two massive shows at the home of English rugby.
These are their only UK shows on their European Tour.
With support from Noel Gallagher who i have seen many times solo and with Oasis.
I have seen U2 over 15 times since 1980 when they were support act to The Talking Heads at Hammersmith Odeon.
On their last UK tour in 2015 i went to three of the 02 Arena shows which were mega.
U2 are playing 'The Joshua Tree' album in full for the first time ever on this tour for its 30th anniversary.
The heart of the show will be the eleven songs from 'The Joshua Tree' album.
They will be performing in front of a gigantic screen that covers the entire area behind the band.
I saw U2 three times on the original Joshua Tree tour in 1987 at Wembley Arena,Wembley Stadium.
and Cardiff Arms Park.
Pretty amazing how U2 have stayed at stadium level the past 30 years.
A massive crowd here as the venue looks full.
I am floor standing and get a good view front left of stage.
NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS arrive on stage at 6.30pm and play for 50 mins.
Noel and his band look a bit lost as they play in front of the massive U2 big screen production.
They are given a section of the screen on the right which is around a quarter of the size of the entire screen.
Noel wisely plays a few Oasis classics that get everyone singing as they are perfect for stadiums.
A good set.
Full setlist played tonight...
Everybody's on the Run
Lock All the Doors
In the Heat of the Moment
Champagne Supernova (Oasis cover)
You Know We Can't Go Back
Half the World Away (Oasis cover)
The Mexican
Wonderwall (Oasis cover)
Little by Little (Oasis cover) (first since 2012)
AKA... What a Life!
I get a couple of Joshua Tree celebration beakers that folks got when buying draught beer.
At 8.15pm U2 intro music begins...the perfect 'Whole Of The Moon'..and everyone sings along...
U2 arrive on stage at 8.20pm and play for two hours 15 mins.
A great entrance as one by one the band head down the walkway to play the first few songs
away from the main stage.
As usual Bono knows exactly what to say to the audience throughout the show.
Pretty incredible the amount of superb songs U2 played tonight.
Openers 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' and 'New Year's Day' were great.
The monster big screen mixed classic images with live footage.
It reminded me of the monster screen they use at the Hyde Park shows...but better.
The screen is set up front of stage and wraps around the drums.
At 9.30pm it started getting darker and the big screen and lights fully kicked in.
Stunning encores included 'Elevation' and 'Vertigo'.
Bono and Noel Gallagher have developed a bit of of bromance recently so it was great to see Noel
came back on stage for the last song to sing a great version of 'Dont Look Back In Anger'.
Needless to say one of the best gigs of the year for sure.
Intro track - The Whole of the Moon (The Waterboys song)
Full U2 setlist played tonight...
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year's Day
Bad (with "Heroes" snippet)
Pride (In the Name of Love)
THE JOSHUA TREE ALBUM with all 11 tracks played.
Where the Streets Have No Name (with "California (There Is No End to Love)" snippet)
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With or Without You
Bullet the Blue Sky
Running to Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God's Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Mothers of the Disappeared
Miss Sarajevo (Passengers cover)
Beautiful Day (with Elvis Costello"Alison" snippet)
Vertigo (with David Bowie "Rebel Rebel" snippet)
Happy Birthday (Mildred J. Hill cover)
Ultraviolet (Light My Way) (Dedicated to MP Jo Cox who was murdered)
One (with "Hear Us Coming" snippet)
The Little Things That Give You Away
Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis cover) (with Noel Gallagher on vocals)
Note: Show dedicated to ex U2 manager Paul McGuinness

Friday 07 July 2017.
GLEN MATLOCK and his band + FECKIN LATCHICOS live at The 100 Club,London.
In aid of Crohns & Colitis UK OPG & DtB present Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids) &
Neal X on guitar (Sigue Sigue Sputnik) & Chris Musto on drums (Johnny Thunders, Philistines).
This will be the debut show by Glens new five piece band.
As expected quite a few folks here that i know.
Those here included Gaye Advert, Jordan , Gaz Mayall
and Steve English (Roundhouse and punk bands security in the 70s).
FECKIN LATCHICOS were on stage for around 30 mins.
They played a good set of classic punk covers.
GLEN MATLOCK and his band were on stage for around 65 mins.
As usual they play a set mixing tracks by Sex Pistols,The Rich Kids, covers and solo material.
No messing about as the pace was uptempo from the start and stayed that way.
Glen got the crowd singing and dancing along and drummer Chris Musto sweated his nuts off.
Some nifty guitar licks from Neal X.
The main set finishes with the anthemic 'Pretty Vacant' which still sounds as mega as ever.
A great show.
Most of the setlist played tonight...(three song titles missing)
Open Mind
Burning Sounds
God Save The Queen
Hook In You
Blank Generation
Rock Chick
(I'm Not Your) Steppin Stone
Born Running
Pretty Vacant
All Or Nothing

Thursday 06 July 2017...2.30pm to 11pm...
HOUSE FESTIVAL 2017 at Marble Hill,Twickenham,Middlesex.
This festival always gets fantastic sunny weather and today is no exception.
Not as good headliners tonight as previous years which had Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys.
Around 7000 folks have paid £240 to be has been sold out over a month...
ALL DRINK AND FOOD INCLUDED ALL DAY...and there is a lot of it.
Collet champers,prosecco,different cocktails,wines,beers,ciders ,soft drinks,coffees,water.
Along with 20 top quality food vendors inc seafood including lobster,burgers,pizza,meat balls,
pork burgers,roast chicken,fruit,churros,ice-cream and more...also complimentary suntan lotion.
Also half a dozen funfair rides which are also complimentary.
Girls can have their nails done and guys can have a hair trim..all complimentary.
The other thing that you pay for is cigarettes...if only all festivals were like this.
12 acts play short sets over two stages so there is always someone playing.
The main stage has six name acts and the second stage has six acts for the future.
We avoid the second stage to focus on the booze and food.
Each act has a tv or radio presenter introducing them so there is Rob Brydon,Jo Whiley,
Alex Zane,Judge Rinder,Johnny Vaughn etc.
THE SUGARHILL GANG arrive on stage at 4.20pm and play for 30 mins.
The Sugarhill Gang are an American hip hop group, known mostly for their 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight,"
the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
‎They played this classic track alongside rap covers including "White Lines" and "The Message".
RAG N BONE MAN arrives on stage at 5.20pm and plays a 40 mins.
He has had a fantastic past 12 months with his debut album and singles.
He has a great white pop soul voice and his two big hits 'Human ' and 'Skin' were really good.
CRAIG DAVID arrives on at 8pm and plays a 50 mins dj set.
Everyone loves him these days and he gets a much bigger crowd than headliners Erasure.
He sings his own tracks and classic dance cover versions that the crowd love.
ERASURE arrive on stage at 9.35pm and play a 50 mins set of their disco pop tunes.
They have a big screen and full light show as it is dark when they start their show.
From 1986 to 2007, Erasure achieved 24 consecutive Top 40 hits in the UK.
The duo are most popular in their native UK and mainland Europe (especially Germany, Denmark and Sweden) and also in South America (especially Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Peru). The band is also popular within the LGBT community, for whom the openly gay singer Andy Bell has become a gay icon.
To date, they have penned over 200 songs and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
Andy Bell is wearing a sparkly jacket and tight shorts.
They played many of their hits including 'Oh L'Amour','Sometimes','Stop!' and 'A Little Respect'.
A great day out.


July 06, 2017

Wednesday 05 July 2017....7pm to 11pm...
WARNER MUSIC & GQ SUMMER DRINKS PARTY, Nobu Hotel,Shoreditch,London EC2.
Over 500 guests at this party at this newly opened Nobu Hotel.
The Nobu Hotel Shoreditch follows on from their famous site near The Hilton Hotel,Park Lane.
It promises to embrace London’s “artistic quarter” by recognising and utilising the “creative and industrial energy” of Shoreditch. While the Nobu Hotel is a first of its kind for the UK, there are already two restaurants in the capital.
Of course, co-founder of Nobu, Robert De Niro, is no stranger to the London hotel scene. Just last year, the celebrity entrepreneur, who provides Nobu with “creative direction”, won approval to open an 83-room luxury boutique hotel in Covent Garden for a separate business.
At one end of the bar is a huge outdoor area and at the other end is the dj and dance floor.
It was very busy and lively.
I have been to this party a couple of times before and it does not attract their older acts on the label
but more the younger acts on the label.
Guests included Myleene Klass,all of Busted,Brix Smith Start,Jodie Harsh,Charli XCX,
Henry Holland,Alex Zane,Grace from Clean Bandit,Emma Willis, Gizzi Erskine,Dua Lipa,
Dougie Poynter,Jamie Winstone,Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud,
GQ editor Dylan Jones, Alan Edwards Head of Outside Org pr,Laura Whitmore and others.
Complimentary presecco,a choice of three different cocktails,tequila shots,wines and beers.
Some top notch canapés from Nobu's famed kitchen but there is not enough to around this big crowd.
It was still going strong at 11pm when i departed.

Tuesday 04 July 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7pm
HAAGEN-DAZS x BJORN BORG - launch party - Bjorn Borg ,15-19 Great Titchfield Street,London W1.
Fresh from a brand retune, Häagen-Dazs is weaving its updated positioning into its ongoing
Wimbledon sponsorship, inking a deal with Swedish fashion brand Björn Borg.
The sports fashion brand, best known for its underwear, has collaborated with the luxury ice cream company to create the bespoke packaging for Häagen-Dazs' strawberries and cream range.
The bright illustrations featured on the packaging were inspired by Björn Borg's roots in tennis, having taken its name from the Swedish former world number one champion of the same name.
Häagen-Dazs signed a five-year sponsorship deal with Wimbledon in 2016, kicking proceedings off with an Instagram campaign which captured reaction from the Centre Court during the tournament.
As part of the latest deal, Björn Borg and Häagen-Dazs will host a summer tennis pop-up at the brand’s fashion showroom in Oxford Circus from the 5 to the 7 July to bring the collaboration to life. Visitors will be able to purchase products from the fashion brand, while Häagen-Dazs' will be dishing out free until 6pm daily...
Is it available to purchase at Wimbledon and on Amazon Prime Now and Sainsbury's until the end of July.
This store is located a few minutes North of Oxford Circus tube.
The guests including TV & Radio Presenter Olivia Cox Model Felicity Hayward and
web influencers The Wade Twins.
All guests enjoyed complimentary prosecco,nibbles and i had a couple of the yummy ice-creams.
7.15pm to 8.15pm
LALIQUE - launch party - Lalique Boutique,47 Conduit Street,London W1.
Lalique is a French glassmaker, founded by renowned glassmaker and jeweller René Lalique in 1888.
Lalique is best known for producing glass art, including perfume bottles, vases etc.
They are launching Signature - a capsule furniture and lighting collection and
Nature Sauvage - the new Autumn / Winter 2017 collection.
Around 100 guests here including BBC tv antiques show presenter Eric Knowles.
There was a business card draw for three bottles of perfume...nothing for me this time.
Complimentary champers and canapés for all guests.
www.lalique.comVisit the Lalique website here for more info.
LINKIN PARK live at Brixton Academy,London.
Nu-metal pioneers Linkin Park play an intimate show here the day after their 02 Arena show.
Linkin Park are on a world tour to promote their new album 'One More Light'.
Seventh album ' One More Light', is a more electronic and pop-oriented record, was released May 2017.
The new album has been getting some dodgy reviews for being 'too poppy'.
Their classic debut album from 2000 'Hybrid Theory' has sold over 15 million copies.
They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide in their career.
They have had several Top 20 singles in the UK.
I have seen them a few times in the past 15 years.
They are one of the biggest live rock bands around the world.
It is hot and sweaty in here tonight and plus because of the earlier events I attended i must be the only person
in the venue wearing a suit....I must be one of the oldest ones here too...
LINKIN PARK are on stage for around 2 hours 5 mins.
Lots of lights in the stage production and like previous tours there are podiums at the front of stage.
There are no big screens but they are filming it for something down the line.
I would imagine most fans are here for the old classics rather than the new album.
It is to their undoubted credit that they have reinvented themselves in this manner while maintaining a ferociously loyal following and losing none of the primal intensity of their live show. Tonight’s opening track, 'Talking to Myself' is a sleek Justin Bieber-style pop-R&B nugget, but flailing singer Chester Bennington, a blur of muscle and tattoos, still delivers it as if bleeding every word.
In a long show there were lulls but the crunching anthems from their debut album still sound mega.
'One Step Closer' was great and then UK Grime star Stormzy joined them for a track.
The drum sound was a bit muffled at times or maybe that was just where i was standing.
Chester Bennington went down to touch hands with the crowd down the front during a couple of songs
including a brilliant piano based version of the anthemic 'Crawling'.
Encores included big hitters 'Numb','Papercut' and 'Faint'.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Talking to Myself
Burn It Down
The Catalyst (Shortened)
One Step Closer
Castle of Glass
Good Goodbye (with Stormzy)
Lost in the Echo (Shortened)
Nobody Can Save Me (with Jon Green)
Points of Authority
New Divide
Invisible (with "Hands Held High" acapella)
Waiting for the End
Breaking the Habit
One More Light
Crawling (Piano version)
Leave Out All the Rest (Piano Intro/Band Intro And Outro With Solo)
A Place for My Head
What I've Done (New Intro/Looped Guitar Solo)
In the End
Bleed It Out
Sharp Edges (Acoustic; Brad, Chester and Rob)
Numb (with Numb/Encore Intro/Outro)
Faint (white balloons with Linkin Park logo fall from ceiling)

Tuesday 04 July 2017.
Tony Hadley has left Spandau Ballet.
The split was announced by Hadley with a simple statement:
''Due to circumstances beyond my control, it is with deep regret that I am no longer a member of the band
Spandau Ballet and as such I will not be performing with the band in the future".
Spandau re-united for a couple of big tours even though they fell out big time over songwriting payments.
Tony Hadley is doing pretty well as a solo artist as he can headline The Royal Albert Hall.

Monday 03 July 2017...I went to three events today...
3pm to 5pm
IMBIBE LIVE 2017 at Olympia,London.
This was day one of this massive two day event.
Major showcase for the drinks industry with over 5000 visitors per day.
Over 100 stands with spirits,wines,beers,ciders etc.
All the stands are giving out free tasters.
It got a bit hot and stuffy inside so my fave area was outside in the sunshine where
Southern Comfort with Peach Iced Tea were giving out full size drinks
Chairman's Reserve Rum had some nice drinks.
The just in the shops Jack Daniels Tennessee Cider are here.
My faves inside included...
Westerhall Estate Rum.
Dead Man's Fingers Rum.
Plenty of interactive games to play including table football, ping pong and
The Art Of Mixing where you can learn to how be a dj.
www.imbibe.comVisit the Imbibe website here for more info.
6.30pm to 8.45pm
SOTHEBY'S - private view - 34 New Bond Street,London W1.
30 June to 07 July is London Art Week so most galleries are having drinks events.
Fresh flowers are all over the entrance,staircase and the bar area...looks amazing...
Loads of stunning paintings here for their Old Master Sculpture & Works Of Art.
Our faves were those of Venice and Berlin which have not changed much over centuries.
A big crowd of around 500 smartly dressed folks here.
The male and female serving staff were all models.
Complimentary Sotheby's champers,three different cocktails,canapés,strawberries & cream.
www.sothebys.comVisit the a Sotheby's website here for more info.
9pm to 11.30pm
COLNAGHI - private view - 26 Bury Street,St James's ,London SW1.
This 255-year-old gallery relocated from Old Bond Street to open a larger gallery here in 2016.
Colnaghi will present international Old Master paintings, sculptures and drawings, with the company’s celebrated and treasured library sitting at the heart of the building.
Lots of folks here I know as it was the younger art crowd..maybe 200 guests here...
Very buzzy here with a dj playing and complimentary Laurent Perrier champers,different cocktails,
wines,beers and canapés.
It was still very lively when i departed...not sure how they managed to stay open so late...
www.colnaghi.comVisit the Colnaghi website here for more info.

Sunday 02 July 2017.
KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND live at Koko,London.
KC and The Sunshine Band play Koko as part of their first UK shows for 18 years.
The group was formed in 1973 by Harry Wayne Casey (KC) who still heads the band.
In the UK they had 10 Top 40 hits in the 1970s/1980s including a number one with 'Give It Up' in 1983.
They never toured the UK much and i have never seen them live before.
After two massive outdoor gigs in a park it was nice to be in a proper live music venue.
I first came here in 1977 when it was called The Music Machine.
In 1978 i saw The Clash and Motörhead amongst others play here.
At 8pm a dj on stage plays great disco tunes for an hour to get the crowd in party mood so tracks by
Chic, Earth Wind & Fire, McFadden & Whitehead etc get everyone dancing.
KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND take the stage at 9.05pm and play for 1 hour 55 mins.
Incredibly they have brought their full American touring entourage with them so there are
15 people on stage including a four piece brass section and four female dancers.
Even more incredible was how KC at aged 66 was so nimble on his feet.
He may be a slightly overweight white man but thanks to his radio facial microphone he sweated
his nuts off as he got stuck into the dance routines with his dancers.
The effort he puts in he should be as slim as Mick Jagger.
KC also did a few outfit changes.
Plenty of fun stage banter from KC...sometimes a bit too much.
Loads of their classic disco dance hits played along with a few soul covers and a few new tracks.
A really entertaining & enjoyable show.
Highlights included...
Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)
Boogie Shoes
Sound Your Funky Horn
Please Don't Go
I'm Your Boogie Man
Rock Your Baby ( KC wrote this massive 70s hit for George McCrae that sold 11 million copies)
Queen Of Clubs
Give It Up
That's The Way (I Like It)
Get Down Tonight

Sunday 02 July 2017.
Sir Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster renewed their wedding vows at a 'star-studded ceremony at home' this weekend to mark their tenth anniversary, with Stewart's former Faces bandmates Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones among guests, as well as Lancaster's former Strictly partner Ian Waite. The couple gave their fee for Hello! magazine's coverage of the party to victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Saturday 01 July 2017.
GREEN DAY + THE STRANGLERS + RANCID live in Hyde Park,London.
I have seen Green Day several times before with the first time being at Brixton Academy in 1995.
I have seen The Stranglers over 20 times since 1976 when they supported Patti Smith.
I have seen Rancid twice before with the first time being at Reading Festival in 2001.
Another massive crowd here in Hyde Park and thankfully another perfect sunny day.
RANCID arrived on the main stage at 6pm and played for 60 mins.
Rancid are a ska tinged punk band from California.
They played tracks from through their career and a few from their recent ninth studio album, 'Trouble Maker'.
All the band are covered in tattoos including on their bald heads, cheeks,necks etc.
Each song is dedicated to someone they like...or hate.
They played loads of short uptempo gems including 'Time Bomb' and 'Ruby Soho' in a good set.
THE STRANGLERS arrived on a smaller stage at 7pm and played for 45 mins.
They draw a huge crowd of older punks to their short set.
'The Men In Black' are dressed all in black.
Jean Jaques on rumbling bass is great as usual.
The hits heavy set was really good.
Setlist played tonight...
Five Minutes
(Get a) Grip (On Yourself)
Nice 'n' Sleazy
Golden Brown
Bear Cage
Hanging Around
Something Better Change
No More Heroes
GREEN DAY arrived on stage at 8pm and played for a nice long 2 hours 30 mins.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong urged fans “rock and roll music can change the world” as he hit out at
US president Donald Trump during their headline performance in Hyde Park.
The lively frontman invited three fans on stage, led raucous sing-a-longs and hosed the crowd
with water during a whirlwind and nostalgia-tinged set.
As he thanked the 60,000-strong crowd for supporting the band throughout their 30-year career,
Armstrong said he “doesn’t need any politicians telling me what to think”.
From the first song it was all systems go as they got the first of three fans on stage.
Energy levels from Billie Joe remained stratospheric throughout the show.
He knows exactly what to say to the crowd to hype them up.
The wraparound big screen was great and the band had plenty of flames,pyros and lights.
Green Day remain a top live draw as they are one of those bands that blow you away live and then
you make sure you see them again the next time they come to town.
As usual Billie Joe asks those at the front "who can play three chords on the guitar?" and
200 eager teenage hands go up....a girl goes up and does a decent job...and gets to keep the guitar.
Mind you not half as good as the female fan singer a few songs earlier who took over the stage.
Green Day played a hits heavy set that the crowd loved.
Needless to say the front of stage is a pit of heaving moshing bodies.
Green Day are always great live.
Full Green Day setlist played tonight...
Know Your Enemy
Bang Bang
Revolution Radio
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
2000 Light Years Away
Hitchin' a Ride
When I Come Around
Welcome to Paradise
Are We the Waiting
St. Jimmy
Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
Basket Case
King for a Day (with Careless Whisper snippet)
Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / Teenage Kicks / (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude
Still Breathing
Forever Now
American Idiot
Jesus of Suburbia
Encore 2:
Ordinary World
21 Guns (Acoustic)
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Saturday 01 July 2017.
The classic Sex Pistols track 'Pretty Vacant' was released 40 years today in 1977.
Stills of me at The Sex Pistols - Notre Dame Hall gig in 1976 were used in the promo poster for it.
The same still is also on the cover of the New Zealand release of 'Pretty Vacant'.
I have a nice counterfeit copy of it but an original is worth over £500.

Saturday 01 July 2017.
Happy Birthday to Debbie Harry who is 72 today.

Saturday 01 July 2017.
Sad news that BBC tv film critic Barry Norman has passed away aged 83.
Barry Leslie Norman, CBE was a British film critic, writer and media personality. He was best known for presenting Film… on BBC One from 1972 to 1998, the programme's longest-running host.

Friday 30 June 2017
I have seen Phil Collins,Genesis and Blondie many times over the past 40 years.
I have seen both Phil Collins and Blondie earlier this year.
www.bst-hydepark.comBuy tickets here for BST Hyde Park shows.
As some of you I am not a big lover of massive outdoor gigs these days as they can be hard work
for older folks like me.
The stage is in the distance ,you stand up for hours and you worry where the nearest toilets are.
Bands should be seen in a darkened theatre and not broad daylight.
As far as I am concerned all bands are better seen indoors than outside.
However Hyde Park is a great location for me so we head into the huge 50,000 plus crowd.
Also you can see up to half a dozen good bands all in the same place.
THE NEW POWER GENERATION were on a smaller stage from 6.15pm for 45 mins.
The New Power Generation, also known as The NPG, was the backing band of musician Prince. They first came about around 1990 and were last active in 2013 before Prince made a return to music with 3rdeyegirl as his backing band.
In 2015, the New Power Generation reunited as Prince's backing band for his final studio album
before his death, Hit n Run Phase Two.
They still feature some of the original members.
A great funky set of Prince classics played by them which ended with a superb 'Purple Rain'.
BLONDIE were on the main stage from 7pm and played for 60 mins.
The wraparound big screen here on the main stage is always pretty stunning.
For the first three or four songs Debbie is wearing crazy headwear and the T-shirt she wore at The Roundhouse.
The T-shirt she wore, made by designer friends Vin and Omi, read: “Stop Fucking The Planet.”
Credit to Blondie who could have opted to play an all hits festival set to please the Phil Collins fans but they
managed to squeeze in a few songs from their recent 'Pollinator' album.
Clem Burke on drums was fantastic as usual...always good to watch Blondie live...
Another odd thing about festivals...why do people spend big money on a ticket then pay to go on funfair rides
while the main bands are playing?
While Blondie were on folks were queuing for reverse bungee jump and even for Phil Collins folks
were queuing for an Ariel swing ride.
Full Blondie setlist played tonight...
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves cover)
Call Me
Rapture (coda of "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" by the Beastie Boys)
Fragments (an Unkindness cover)
Long Time
Too Much
Heart of Glass
PHIL COLLINS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for 90 mins.
This meant it was a full 45 mins shorter than The Royal Albert Hall show i saw earlier this month.
The Royal Albert Hall shows had 22 songs and tonight only 14 songs...quite a difference...
The reason could be to focus on the big hits or maybe it is due to his obvious health problems
where he still has to sit on a stool for all of the main set due to back and leg problems.
Also RAH was over two sets and you cannot really do that at this venue.
Around halfway through it got darker and the wraparound screen visuals looked mega
as his biggest hits kicked in.
'In The Air Tonight' was a highlight again due to the moody red lighting.
An enjoyable show but not as mega as The Royal Albert Hall shows I saw.
A good trio of live bands seen though on the same evening.
Full Phil Collins setlist played tonight...
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
Wake Up Call
Follow You Follow Me (Genesis song)
I Missed Again
Hang in Long Enough
Separate Lives (Stephen Bishop cover)
In the Air Tonight
You Can't Hurry Love (The Supremes cover)
Dance Into the Light
Invisible Touch (Genesis song)
Easy Lover (Philip Bailey cover)
Take Me Home ( Phil stood up and sung a song on his feet without sitting)

Thursday 29 June 2017...6pm to 9.30pm...
Over 500 folks here in this exclusive square off Pall Mall.
Most have paid £50 for their tickets.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food from great restaurants in the area.
Fine sparkling wines from 67 Pall Mall, different cocktails , Pimms and juices.
Full size cheeseburgers from Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa ,lobster burger rolls and lamb burger rolls from
The RAC Pit Stop , Indian food from Chutney Mary, also Aquavit and Duck & Waffle were here.
The Game Bird and Cafe Murano were also here along with Wilton's Oysters.
Fortnum & Mason The Parlour Cafe giving out ice-cream, Eton Mess, donuts and champagne Popsicles.
At 8.15pm celebrity guest Christopher Biggins called out the winning numbers for the raffle.
Before the raffle we had a pop rock covers band for 45 mins and after the raffle there was
a jazz funk band for 45 mins.
There was a fun casino from The Ritz.
A really nice event and the rain kept away.
I was due to pop in to the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Tennis Party at The Roof Gardens ,Kensington which was due to finish at midnight but bailed out as there was so much food and drink at the above event and i needed
an early night after a late one the night before at The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party which left me whacked.

Thursday 29 June 2017.
Sir Paul McCartney's 'ticket to Rye',
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney proved he didn't need his entourage yesterday, as he was pictured reading the newspaper on a train to Rye. The multi-award winning singer sat alone in a first class carriage on his way home to Peasmarsh, near Rye, East Sussex.

Thursday 29 June 2017.
Fact of the day.
43% of all online sales in America go through Amazon.

Thursday 29 June 2017.
Foo Fighters one off show at The 02 Arena on Tues 19 Sept 2017...sold out in 5 minutes...

Thursday 29 June 2017.
APPLE brought out their first Smartphone 10 years ago today.

Wednesday 28 June 2017...7.45pm to 12pm...
Always gets a big crowd of A-Listers from music,film,theatre,fashion,tv,the arts etc.
The designer of this year's pavillion is Francis Kere...and co-hosts are Chanel.
Inspired by his roots in Burkina Faso, Kéré’s pavilion is a tree-like space in which to enjoy in all weathers.
Must at least 50 photographers outside the venue as we arrive plus security everywhere.
Another dozen photographers inside the venue.
Ten foot high black boards all around the venue so nobody can see in.
Around 1000 guests here with most paying £500 for their ticket.
So many glamorous females here in stunning designer dresses.
Musicians here included Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Nick Rhodes ( Duran Duran) and
Johnny Marr (ex The Smiths).
Also Claudia Schiffer, Adwoa Aboah, Anaïs Gallagher and Dame Shirley Bassey joined an A-list crowd at the annual highlight of the summer social calendar, The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, which doubled up as date night for celebrities including Helen McCrory and husband Damian Lewis, and Guy Ritchie and his wife Jacqui Ainsley. Newlywed Arizona Muse and actresses Ella Purnell and Ellie Bamber led the fashion stakes as they paid homage to host Chanel wearing designs hot off the catwalk. Meanwhile, Grayson Perry was predictably flamboyant as he joined Laura Bailey, Erin O'Connor, Alice Dellal, Edie Campbell and Mario Testino at the Kensington Gardens party. Brooklyn Beckham and Princess Eugenie continued their week of non-stop social events, with Beckham taking a break from his book promotion to admire Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also put in an appearance, while socialites Mary Charteris, Tamara Beckwith, Princess Beatrice, Lady Kitty Spencer, Lady Violet Manners and Lady Alice Manners partied away.
Also Charlotte Tilbury,Kelly Hoppen,Claudia Winkleman,Suzy Menkez,David Furnish,Lady Victoria Beckwith,
Leon Max,Samantha Cameron,Dean Caten and Dan Caten from DSQUARED and a few others.
RITA ORA played a 30 mins set from 9.50pm with her band and four energetic dancers.
Rita was dressed head to toe in clothes and jewellery from tonight's sponsor CHANEL.
CHARLIE XCX joined her for the last two songs.
JAMIE XX was the dj after the live set by Rita Ora.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers ,different cocktails and wines.
Not as much food as previous years but we had a two course dinner in Coco's pop up restaurant.
This only held 50 or 60 so soon got booked up so many guests never had any food whatsoever.
Desserts of strawberries covered in chocolate were at a couple of the bars.
Needless to say a mega evening.
This means i have done 'the big three' summer parties both this year and last year.
Royal Academy Summer Party
V & A Summer Party
Serpentine Gallery Summer Party.

Tuesday 27 June 2017....I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7pm
SYNAESTHETIC EXOTICISM -private view - Roland Mouret, 8 Carlos Place,London W1.
We are at the stunning six floor headquarters and flagship store of French fashion designer
Roland Mouret who has worked with Victoria Beckham in the past.
The photography here is by Vianney Le Caer...with prices starting from £350.
Complimentary sparkling wines for all guests.
www.vlecaer.comVisit their website here for more info.
7.15pm to 10pm
THE WAYS OF THE UNDANDY - book launch - Home House,Portman Square,London W1.
Always nice to be at this luxurious private members club.
Quite a few folks here I know including one of my celebrity photographer mates Andy. his website and to hire him out for your event.
The book calls itself "a manual for the modern gentleman on life,love and style through shoes".
Complimentary Belaire sparkling wines,Hennessy Cognac over ice along with bowl food and canapés.
All guests were given a copy of the book on departure.
www.undandy.comVisit the Undandy website here for more info.

Monday 26 June 2017.
Happy Birthday to ex The Clash guitar legend Mick Jones who is 62 today.

Sunday 25 June 2017... I went to three events today...
1pm to 3pm
20TH CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE - private view & brunch -
Philips Art Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.
The paintings are all over the three levels of this massive gallery.
Lots of smartly dressed folks even though it is a lunchtime event.
Complimentary Bloody Mary's, juices,coffees, canapés, pastries, yogurt pots etc for all guests.
www.philipsartgallery.comVisit the Philips Art Gallery website here for more info.
4pm to 6pm
RADIO ALICE PIZZERIA - press opening - 67 Venn Street,Clapham,London.
Traditional sourdough pizzeria called Radio Alice is coming to Clapham, tucked away on
picturesque Venn Street,just around the corner from north end of Clapham Common.
It's the second Radio Alice in London, coming fairly soon after the first opening in Hoxton. As before, Italian brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe will be whipping up their special sourdough pizzas using top notch dough, made with type 1 organic flour and wild yeast before being fermented for a full 24 hours. You can expect toppings are of the classic and simple variety, and Italian where possible. And, as before, lots of these toppings are added after the pizza comes out of the oven.
The Gold Coin Campaign will give guests at both Hoxton and Clapham branches of the pizzeria the chance to buy any second pizza for £1 between June 26 and the end of July. All proceeds from this will be donated to Libera Terra, a co-operative who produce organic wine in Sicily on land liberated from mafia control.
We had an enjoyable three courses here...starters then full size pizza (pork sausage) with sides...
and a really yummy dessert with coffee poured over vanilla ice-cream...a nice vibe here with good food...
JACKSON BROWNE live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Jackson Browne plays the second of two shows at The Royal Albert Hall on his UK tour.
I saw Jackson Browne seven times at Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s when I worked front stage security.
I have seen him a couple of times at The Royal Albert Hall over the past decade.
Jackson Browne now aged 68 was a massive act in America & The UK in the 1970s and 1980s.
He has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
JACKSON BROWNE plays a lengthy show as he is on stage for 2 hours 45 mins over two sets of
65 mins and 100 mins.
Jackson still looks great for his age as he still has his foppish hairstyle.
Jackson was backed by a top notch band including some nice pedal steel guitar.
Jackson played piano on a few tracks.
He had some nice friendly laid back stage banter with the crowd.
Some of the songs sounded a bit samey as they were the same acoustic type pace and it only got really
lively later on for the last 20 mins when some of his most well known songs were played.
An enjoyable show overall.
Full Jackson Browne setlist played tonight...
Just Say Yeah
The Long Way Around
Before the Deluge
Looking East
A Piece of the Pie (Randy Newman cover)
I'm Alive
For Everyman
Walls and Doors (Carlos Varela cover)
The Pretender
Your Bright Baby Blues
Late for the Sky
These Days
Something Fine
Farther On
Carmelita (Warren Zevon cover)
The Barricades of Heaven
Sky Blue and Black
Rock Me on the Water
For a Dancer
In the Shape of a Heart
Running on Empty
Take It Easy (Eagles cover) ( song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey)
Our Lady of the Well
Encore 2:
Doctor My Eyes

Saturday 24 June 2017.
JEFF LYNNE'S ELO + TOM CHAPLIN live at Wembley Stadium,London.
Jeff Lynne returns to the UK after the huge success of his UK arena comeback tour in 2016.
This show was announced after his Glastonbury Festival 2016 performance...a full year ago..
ELO were very successful in the 1970s and 1980s with many hit singles and hit albums.
During ELO's original 13-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records worldwide.
I saw ELO in 1976 and 1978 (one of their eight shows at Wembley Arena) and a warm up show in 2016
at the 500 capacity show at Porchester Hall, London.
In 1978 the band set out on a nine-month, 92-date world tour, with an enormous set and a hugely expensive space ship stage with fog machines and a laser display. The band played at London's Wembley Arena for eight straight sold-out nights during the tour, a record at that time.
During 1979 Jeff Lynne also turned down an invitation for ELO to headline the August 1979
Knebworth Festival concerts. That allowed Led Zeppelin the chance to headline instead.
Jeff Lynne has handled production work on many albums over the years including co-producing solo
albums by George Harrison,Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
Jeff was also in all-star band The Traveling Wilburys.
The venue is not sold out but has be at least 95% sold which is impressive considering most of the seats
on the floor and the first level are a whopping £125 and £110.
TOM CHAPLIN (ex singer of Keane) arrives on stage at 7.15pm for plays for 40 mins.
Tom looks a bit silly in a garish gold and silver sparkly jacket.
He has been given the big side screens to use.
His solo album tracks are a bit average but good to hear a couple of those Keane hits.
Full setlist played tonight...
Still Waiting
Hardened Heart
The River
Silenced by the Night (Keane song)
Hold On to Our Love
Somewhere Only We Know (Keane song)
Bedshaped (Keane song)
See It So Clear
During the interval I spend 30 mins in the Bobby Moore Club Wembley area right of stage.
For this show it is named 'Balance of Power' hospitality.
Incredibly around 300 folks have paid £500 which includes best seats and food and drink for 6 hours.
I sit down for a meal and have a couple of drinks.
I also bring out a couple of drinks to have during the show.
Each guest gets a comp £15 tour programme so i got a couple of those.
Before Jeff Lynne comes on there is an announcement that tonight is being recorded for a live DVD.
There was also a helicopter getting some nice ariel views.
JEFF LYNNE'S ELO arrive on stage at 8.35pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.
Jeff said his long time band member Richard Tandy was ill so would not be doing these UK shows.
They are not your typical stadium band like The Stones or Foo Fighters but they make up for that
with a stunning stage production that has a spaceship at the top of the stage and loads of
big screens showing live footage and great computer images along with a barrage of lights and lasers.
For the encore there was flames and fireworks.
After an hour it got darker and the stage show looked even better.
Loads of their great catchy radio friendly singalong hits played as the crowd danced away.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Standin' in the Rain
Evil Woman
All Over the World
Livin' Thing
Do Ya (The Move cover)
When I Was a Boy
Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys cover)
Last Train to London
Can't Get It Out of My Head
10538 Overture
Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
Shine a Little Love
Wild West Hero
Sweet Talkin' Woman
Telephone Line
Turn to Stone
Don't Bring Me Down
Mr. Blue Sky
Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry cover)

Saturday 24 June 2017.
Ten years ago this weekend i was at these mega gigs.
24 June 2007 --- Aerosmith + Chris Cornell - Hyde Park,London.
26 June 2007 --- Aerosmith + Chris Cornell - Marlay Park,Dublin.

Friday 23 June 2017.
KRAFTWERK live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Kraftwerk play the last of three sold out shows at this venue on their UK tour.
I went yesterday and am back again tonight.
I saw comedian Frank Skinner going in.
KRAFTWERK again start dead on 8pm for another 2 hours 15 mins set.
I use my 3D glasses off and on during the show...don't really notice the difference.
As expected the setlist and show is exactly the same.
Scroll down for the full setlist.
Again it is pretty much half the show is good and the other half a bit average.
It is more like watching an art film with synths playing the soundtrack in the background.
Great to hear 'The Model' and 'Autobahn' again.
Also good were 'Tour de France' (with lots of old good black n white video footage of the cycling)
and 'Trans Europe Express'.
Some other synth instrumentals plodded along in an average way.
A good show in parts.
I must say a word about the bootleg t-shirt sellers at this venue at the end of the show.
They have upped their game as all the t-shirts feature The Royal Albert Hall design logo.

Friday 23 June 2017.
Sex Pistol guitarist Steve Jones to get Hollywood Walk Of Fame star in the Radio category...
Congratulations Steve!
Steve: “I love my job and I love doing it two hours a day. Very grateful to
The Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce and The Walk Of Fame Selection Committee.”

Thursday 22 June 2017.
KRAFTWERK live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Kraftwerk play the second of three sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Kraftwerk played eight shows at The Tate Modern in 2013 but these shows are part of their
first full UK tour for over a decade.
I saw them play at Hammersmith Odeon on their debut UK tour in 1975 and again in 1981.
German synth pioneers are down to one original member these days.
On May 26, the band released 8-CD and 9-LP sets of their last world tour, but the real gem will be the 4-disc Blu-Ray set which was filmed in high definition 3D and will be viewable in both 3D and 2D. Two-discs have the concerts while the other two contain tour films and concert projections. That special edition will also include a 228-page book with photos from throughout the shows.
I must admit when i saw Kraftwerk in 1975 as a 16 year old I was not that impressed.
I was too much into guitars and bands and four German blokes standing static behind keyboards
seemed more like a weird gimmick from 1970s pop svengali Jonathan King than a serious music project.
These days they are highly regarded by the British press and always get great reviews.
As you take your seat everyone is given a pair of 3D glasses to use for a certain few songs in the show.
I do not use mine at all....maybe I will put them on at Fridays show...
KRAFTWERK arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 2 hours 15 mins.
The curtain pulls away and the four musicians take their positions behind their keyboard podiums.
We have a big screen showing great graphics and some of the lyrics to the songs.
Some neon strips of lighting but not much else.
It was one of those shows were half of it was good but the other half was pretty average.
It was great to hear gems like 'The Model' and 'Autobahn' but some of the tracks just plodded a bit.
They were dance pioneers but the audience just sat and watched and only a few actually got up and danced.
Some songs have lyrics but they are as simple as you can get and Ralf's vocals are unremarkable.
For the first encore 'The Robots' they were actually replaced by four Robots on stage.
The sound was the same which made me wonder how much of the show was just tapes.
So a good show in parts but some of the tracks were not that exciting.
For half of the show I wish i was back watching Phil Collins at this venue.
Full Kraftwerk setlist played tonight...
Computer World
It's More Fun to Compute / Home Computer
Computer Love
The Man-Machine
The Model
Neon Lights
Intermission / News
Geiger Counter / Radioactivity
Electric Café
Tour de France Etape 1 / Chrono / Tour de France Etape 2
Trans Europe Express / Metal on Metal / Abzug
The Robots
Encore 2:
Aéro Dynamik
Planet of Visions
Boing Boom Tschak / Techno Pop / Musique Non Stop

Wednesday 21 June 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
THE CALEDONIAN CLUB - showcase - 9 Halkin Street,Belgravia,London SW1.
We have a bagpiper welcoming us as we arrive.
My first time inside this historic club that was founded back in 1891.
Around 100 guests in their garden area in the sunshine.
Many old boys from Scotland are working here.
A little bit of Scotland in the Heart of London for Scotsman living in London was its original purpose.
The building is one of those magnificent Grade II listed buildings in this Embassy heavy area.
They have eight different private areas for hire.
Guests enjoyed Pimms,wines and bowl food including haggis.
All guests got a goodie bag that included 12 year old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
www.caledonianclub.comVisit their website here for more info.
7.45pm to 10.30pm
V & A SUMMER PARTY - Victoria & Albert Museum,Cromwell Road,South Kensington,London SW7.
Over 500 folks at this major event that was held mainly in the John Madejski Garden at the back.
This is one of the 'big three' summer parties in London...I went to all three last year.
Like last year Harrods have sponsored all the food and drinks so complimentary Harrods champers,
different cocktails,wines and lots of nice food including lobster rolls ,salmon, canapés,cheeses,desserts.
Guests included Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) and Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet).
Bianca Jagger(with a walking stick) and Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran were here.
Also 70s and 80s man about town Philip Sallon...and comedian Rory Bremner...
Elizabeth Hurley, Ellie Bamber, Samantha Cameron and Alexandra Shulman welcomed summer in style as they attended The V&A's annual fundraiser, where Alice Dellal, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Erin O'Connor and Neelam Gill donned flowery summery dresses. Back from Royal Ascot, royals and socialites Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Donna Air and Lady Violet Manners also headed to the benefit, joining leading figures in the art and fashion world including Grayson Perry, Twiggy,
Ron Arad,Billie JD Porter,Claudia Winkleman,Rachel Johnson,Norman Lamont,Leon Max,
Patrick Cox , Brix Smith-Start, Suzy Menkez and Alan Edwards.
At 9.15pm we had a live act for 30 mins in front of the water...NAO...
NAO is a British singer-songwriter and record producer from East London. Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B....Nao coined the term 'wonky funk' to describe her style.
Her debut album came out on RCA last year and went to number 17 in the UK charts.
She played some cool laid back tunes including 'Zillionaire'.
A great event.

Tuesday 20 June 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9pm
CARLY PAOLI - album launch party - at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly,London W1.
We are here at the headquarters for British Film.
Carly Paoli aged 28 is a classically trained singer/lyricist born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
After leaving college she performed in concerts and for corporate events. Performing at an event in Malaysia, she was spotted by the Geneva watchmaker Bedat & Co. In 2014, she was appointed as brand ambassador for the company and, as a direct result, appeared at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala.
In November 2014, Paoli made history as the first artist to perform at the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) Awards in Los Angeles, hosted by Hollywood actresses Olivia Wilde and Kate Hudson.
In June 2015, Paoli sang a duet with Three Tenors legend José Carreras in a unique performance at
Windsor Castle, for HRH The Prince of Wales.
Paoli’s song, ‘Ave Maria’ composed by Romano Musumarra with lyrics by Grant Black, was played on Vatican radio as the theme for Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016.
In July 2016, Paoli was the headline singer in ‘Music for Mercy’, a concert staged in the historic, Roman Forum.
On 30 June 2017, Paoli will release her eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’.
Over 100 guests here including musical theatre group Collabro and baritone singer Rhydian.
At 7.20pm we go into the seated area as CARLY PAOLI performed several songs from her album
in a 40 mins set with over a dozen musicians.
The album is a mixture of classic and classical pieces. Some compositions have lyrics penned by Paoli, including ‘Memory of You’ (Theme from ‘Legends of the Fall’) with music by multi Academy Award winner composer James Horner and ‘Se tu Fossi’ (Cinema Paradiso) by Ennio Morricone and Andrea Morricone.
Carly has a stunning voice as she can reach the high notes yet somehow keep her winning smile intact.
The set finished with a great version of her fave track from her album 'One Bright Star'.
Guests were given a copy of the album.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
Once Carly gets on tv a couple of times I think she will take off big time.
Carly is supporting Collabro on an extensive UK tour later in the year which includes a show at
The London Palladium on Thurs 16 Nov.
www.carlypaoli.comVisit her website here for more info and to buy the album.
10pm to 12.30pm
JIM STEINMAN'S BAT OUT OF HELL - VIP/press opening night party - at
The Institute of Directors,116 Pall Mall,London SW1.
Time flies - I went to the press launch for this event six months ago when they closed the road outside
The Coliseum to traffic as 60 or so Harley Davidson's revved up their bikes before Meat Loaf himself
gave a speech and the cast sung a few songs from the musical.
The musical was held earlier tonight at The Coliseum and it features the greatest hits of Meat Loaf.
We approach the venue which is all lit up in flames to look very impressive.
Over 500 guests here in this stunning venue which is an iconic landmark of London’s Georgian heritage.
The function rooms in this John Nash-designed Grade 1 listed building have huge ceilings and paintings everywhere.
Harvey Weinstein and Petula Clark were at the show but not at the after party.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and his wife were here.
Also here were Tom Fletcher , Gary Kemp, Jimmy Carr, Dr Christian Jessen, Liz McClarnon, Ali Bastian, Lesley Garrett and Gizzi Erskine. Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood enthusiastically mounted a motorbike, used as a key motif in the new rock musical, with current and former co-stars from the BBC dance show, including Arlene Phillips, Bruno Tonioli, Rob Rinder, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry.
Also Faye Tozer, Lee Latchford-Evans, Lisa Scott-Lee, Richard Fleeshman, Jonathan Antoine and Danny-Boy Hatchard.
Also Sara Dallin from Bananarama and well known oldies dj and tv presenter Mike Read.
There was a covers band at the end of one of the rooms and a dj was playing tunes too.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
www.batoutofhellmusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.

Tuesday 20 June 2017.
It was 30 years ago this day on 20 June 1987.
I saw David Bowie + Big Country live at Wembley Stadium.
This was on David's Glass Spider world tour.

Monday 19 June 2017... I went two events today...
4pm to 6.30pm
GOFFS LONDON HORSE SALE at The Orangery,Kensington Palace Gardens,London W8.
I got a courtesy golf cart the 200 yards from the main road to the main entrance...a nice touch...
Another scorching hot afternoon for this pre Ascot event for at least 500 guests.
Thankfully there are plenty of covered areas.
Serious buyers from the racing world are here along with a few trainers and jockeys.
Guests included racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott (over 1300 winners to his name).
Also Jonjo O'Neill who is another very successful racehorse trainer.
Lady Alice Manners and her new beau Otis Ferry were here together.
This venue pretty much backs on to William & Kate's royal residence.
Rolls Royce have half a dozen new cars on display including convertibles you can sit in.
From 5pm to 6pm was the auction of 22 horses in the parade ring.
All the horses have been entered to run at just register it under your own colours.
We had complimentary Pimms, Leoube sparkling wines,coffees along with finger sandwiches,
hot & cold canapés,desserts.
A very nice summer garden party event.
7pm to 9pm
SOTHEBY'S SUMMER PARTY & PRIVATE VIEW at Sotheby's ,New Bond Street,London W1.
Around 300 guests at this world famous auction house.
There are fresh flowers all over the front entrance and all up the stairs...looked fantastic.
They have air-con which is nice.
There are lots of big name artists on display here including a couple of Damien Hirst with
estimated guide price of £500,000 each.
Complimentary Sotheby's champers,two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.sothebys.comCheck the Sotheby's website here for more info.

Sunday 18 June 2017.
Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney who is 75 today.