Archive: October 2017

October 10, 2017

Tuesday 10 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to Midge Ure who is 64 today.
He is currently on a massive month long UK tour.




Monday 09 October 2017...7.15pm to 12pm...
BMI LONDON AWARDS live at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
BMI LONDON AWARDS: Annual London ceremony which recognises European songwriters and publishers of top songs played on US radio and TV in the past year. Legendary songwriter and lead singer of Jamiroquai, Jay Kay will receive the President’s Award in recognition of his profound influence on songwriting within the music industry.
I have been to this awards event a few times with past President's Award winners including
John Lydon, Yoko Ono and last year was Sting.
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Arrived at 7.15pm for an hour of complimentary Laurent Perrier champers reception at this five star hotel.
TITO JACKSON was here as he is in the UK to promote his new solo album and he picked up an award later.
I had a nice chat with him and got a photo with him.
FOALS are here as they picked up an award later.
JAY KAY arrived late with two personal security guys staying close all through the night.
Not sure why security stayed so close when it was an invite only private music industry event.
I got my photo taken with him.
From 8.15pm to 10pm was the three course dinner for the 300 guests.
We were part of the 20 or 30 press folks standing at the back and just outside the main room with champers.
At 10pm some 30 awards are handed out quickly to songwriters and publishers.
Ed Sheeran won two but sent a video message from Nashville.
At 10.40pm there was a 10 mins video highlights of Jamiroquai's career.
Jamiroquai have sold 27 million albums worldwide.
Jay Kay then gave a thank you speech.
At 10.50pm Jamiroquai played a two song semi-acoustic set with the full band.
'Love Foolosophy' and 'Space Cowboy'.
From 11pm was the post show party with full complimentary bar including Jack Daniels and Baileys.
An excellent event.





Sunday 08 October 2017.
THE PRETENDERS live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
I have seen The Pretenders around 20 times since 1979 when they played The Nashville Pub.
I saw them earlier this year at a one off UK show at The Royal Albert Hall.
To coincide with their UK tour they will release a two-CD ‘special edition’ of their recent album 'Alone'
that features a bonus CD of 15 tracks performed live around the world.
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It had to happen i suppose...Hammersmith Apollo now has airport type body scanner arches as you enter.
They have followed The 02 Arena, Wembley Arena and others by stepping up security.
We have great stalls seat down the front in Row H , just half a dozen rows from the stage.
In my row is Paul Cook (Sex Pistols/The Professionals drummer) and punk & reggae dj Don Letts.
Don was the dj at the legendary Roxy punk club in early 1977.
He was also in Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones when he departed The Clash.
Also here sitting just behind was Patti Palladin who recorded a great album with Johnny Thunders in 1988.
THE PRETENDERS arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
Chrissie Hynde now aged 66 , still looks a proper rock chick in tight jeans and slender frame.
Drummer Martin Chambers is wearing a Mott The Hoople t-shirt from when I saw him drumming
with them on their fantastic reunion shows a few years ago.
The stage production with half a dozen lamps is the same as The Royal Albert Hall show earlier this year.
There was a warning that no photos to be taken during the show and Chrissie noticed a couple and said
"get rid of your camera' to them.
Half the folks got up and started dancing after 30 mins but security were telling them stand to the side.
Chrissie said "If I can stand up here at 66 then they can stand and dance wherever they want".
Chrissie talked fondly of all the great shows she had seen at this venue including two of the Kate Bush.
The new songs were good but the oldies went down a storm
Tracks including 'I'll Stand By You" and 'Brass In Pocket' and many more were excellent.
A great show.
Full Pretenders setlist played tonight...
Alone
Gotta Wait
Message of Love
Talk of the Town
Private Life
Down the Wrong Way. (Chrissie Hynde song)
Let's Get Lost
Hymn to Her
Kid
Back on the Chain Gang
Tequila
Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)
I'll Stand by You
Don't Get Me Wrong
Night in My Veins
Adding the Blue
Encore:
I Go to Sleep (The Kinks cover)
Middle Of The Road
Thumbelina (with four Pretenders male roadies on backing vocals)
Second Encore :
Mystery Achievement
Brass In Pocket





Sunday 08 October 2017.
American movie mogul fired by his own company.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN has been fired by The Weinstein Company "in light of new information
about misconduct that has emerged in the past few days"
The New York Times reported that Weinstein has over the years reached at least eight legal settlements
with women over alleged harassment.
On the day before news officially broke of alleged sexual harassment stretching back decades, Harvey Weinstein, the 65-year-old movie mogul, offered this comment: “The story sounds so good I want to buy the movie rights.”
Entertainment journalists have also spoken about the ways in which the media might
have enabled him over the years, declining to publish stories about the allegations due to Weinstein’s immense power.
The last few years I have attended the Weinstein BAFTA after party which was always mega.
I wonder if Weinstein Co will still hold it without him?




Saturday 07 October 2017.
The first issue of SOUNDS music magazine came out this week in 1970.
Who remembers buying music papers every week before the internet came along?
Sounds was a UK weekly pop/rock music newspaper, published from 10 October 1970 to 6 April 1991.
It was well known for giving away posters in the centre of the paper (initially black and white, but colour from late 1971) and later for covering heavy metal (especially the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM)) and Oi! music in its late 1970s–early 1980s heyday.Sounds was the first music paper in its coverage of punk and bands including Iron Maiden.
One of the "trinity" of British music weeklies, along with NME and Melody Maker, Sounds folded in 1991.
A legacy of Sounds was the creation of the heavy metal/rock magazine Kerrang!, which was originally issued as a supplement before being spun off as a separate publication and is still going today.
Sounds, Melody Maker , Record Mirror are all long gone due to falling sales.
NME is now a freebie mag that barely resembles it's former life.





Mon 02 Oct to Fri 06 Oct---BBC Radio 6 Music.
Morrissey, Robert Plant, and Alt-J have been announced among the massive names taking part in this year’s
BBC Radio 6 Music Live at Maida Vale.
The Maida Vale sessions, which are returning for the sixth consecutive year, will take place from Monday 2 – Friday 6 October and will see performances being broadcast live from 10am-1pm every day.
The line-up will be completed by Mercury Prize nominated rapper Loyle Carner and post-rock icons Mogwai.
You can listen/watch to these five special shows live on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Also on BBC iPlayer and The Red Button for 28 days.
All five acts will play for around 60 mins starting at noon.
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Friday 06 October 2017.
ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS live at
BBC Maida Vale Studios ,Delaware Road, London W9.
Rock legend Robert Plant plays an intimate show for just 200 people.
35,000 people entered the ballot for the 70 pairs of tickets for competition winners.
Production guests and press are let in first so I have a perfect second row centre view.
Just before the show started Robert Plant and dj Lauren Laverne are sitting on stools for 10 minutes
as Robert is talking excitingly about the new album and the great musicians in his band.
He said the album features Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde on a duet of the Ersel Hickey rockabilly classic
"Bluebirds Over the Mountain," as well as Albanian cellist Redi Hasa and Seth Lakeman playing fiddle and violin.
His 11th solo album "Carry Fire" arrives Friday 13th Oct 2017.
Robert Plant lived in Texas for a time before returning to England three years ago.
I was lucky enough to have attended the epic Led Zeppelin reunion show in Dec 2007 and you have
to respect Robert Plant for shunning a multi millions pay day for more shows to stay focused on his solo career.
ROBERT PLANT and his top notch band arrive on stage at noon and play for 65 mins.
Robert now aged 69 still looks like a proper rock star with his long wavy curly mane of hair.
They debut some really good songs from the new album along with some mega Led Zeppelin classics.
Robert and the band are very tight and real craft is put into all of the songs.
Looks like fiddle & violin player Seth Lakeman is now a full time member of the band.
Pretty stunning to see Robert Plant up close like this.
Full setlist played tonight...
What Is and What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin song)
Turn It Up
New World (live debut)
Misty Mountain Hop (Led Zeppelin song)
The May Queen (live debut)
Carry Fire (live debut)
In the Light (Led Zeppelin song)
Rainbow
Bones of Saints (live debut)
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down ([traditional] cover)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin song)
Encore:
The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin song)
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After the Robert Plant show I walked to the nearby Little Venice as it was a lovely sunny day.
I had a couple of hours down here...without doubt a very pretty area with the canal boats etc.
Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCK lives in the area so we met up for a coffee and catch up chat by the water.
He told me some of his future plans that involve a lot of travel including...
Mon 09 Oct - he will be in Paris that evening for a gallery private view event.
Fri 13 Oct - Glen will be playing The Bungalow , Paisley.
Sat 14 Oct - Glen will be playing Smash, Edinburgh.
Sun 15 Oct - Glen will be playing The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.
For two weeks in November he will tour Australia & New Zealand then a week playing in America.
In Feb 2018 he will be supporting The Dropkick Murphy's on their European Tour.
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then...
6pm to 7pm
LAUREN BAKER 'The Colour Of Energy' - private view - 18 Floral Street,Covent Garden,London WC2.
This new gallery has a smallish space in the re-generation of this street.
Around a dozen works of art here on the walls.
Complimentary Tequila cocktails for all guests.
www.laurenbakerart.comVisit the Lauren Baker website here for more info and images.





Thursday 05 October 2017...I went to two good FRIEZE ART related events tonight...
6.30pm to 9pm
DAN REES - exhibition showcase - ETRO, 43 Old Bond Street,London W1.
Around 200 guests at this upmarket Italian designer clothing store that is over three floors.
Must be all least a dozen people here that I know.
There is a dj playing in the corner.
Complimentary presecco, rum cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
then just around the corner to...
9.05pm to 11.45pm
Simon & Michaela de Pury and Carl Kostyal - Frieze Art Showcase -
Maison Assouline, 196a Piccadilly, London W1.
The showcase features the work of New York artist AUSTIN LEE.
Around 200 guests at this very lively party.
Half of them were at the party I was earlier.
There is a dj upstairs overlooking the crowd below.
This venue is normally pretty reserved but tonight is a full on late night party event.
It was still very lively when I departed.
Complimentary Pommery champers, vodka cocktails, canapés and eclairs with the artist name on them.





Thursday 05 October 2017.
Listen to BBC Radio 2 today as throughout the day they will announce
five big names for their In Concert series...free tickets by ballot on their website...




Thursday 05 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to ex AC/DC singer Brian Johnson who is 70 today.




Wednesday 04 October 2017.
TORI AMOS + BELL X1 live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
BELL X1 are on stage for around 35 mins.
They have released several albums since 2000.
They have the same booking agent as Tori Amos so have got the support slot on the whole European Tour.
Bell X1 are festival and arena headliners in their native Ireland and play to ever growing numbers on their
regular North American tours.
Major success has eluded them in the UK but they played Islington Assembly Hall in 2016.
Aside from U2, they are the Irish band with the most airplay in their native country and, according to Billboard,
also the second biggest live performers.
They played some gentle warm songs with nice lyrics and harmonies.
They are a three piece with no drummer.
They went down well with the crowd.
TORI AMOS arrived on stage at 8.40pm and played for around 95 mins at this sold out show.
This performance is Tori’s eighth at the Hall, a venue she first performed at in 1996.
I have seen her once before at this venue.
Tori Amos released her new album (her 15th), 'Native Invader' in September, accompanied by a world tour.
Produced by Amos, the album explores topics like American politics and environmental issues, mixed with mythological elements and first-person narrations.
Tori arrives on stage in a red Kimono style dress.
A simple production as Tori is on her own between a piano on one side and a keyboard on the other.
Some interesting light projections and some fairy lights used on some songs.
Great to hear a tribute to Tom Petty with a few lines of his classic 'Free Fallin'.
Tori Amos certainly has hints of her heroes Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell in her songs and stage presence.
Tori is a proper respected artist who ploughs her own path regardless of current trends.
A good show.
Full Tori Amos setlist played tonight...
i i e e e
Little Earthquakes
Pancake (with "Ohio" bridge and lyrics from "Mary's Eyes")
Cloud on My Tongue
Beauty Queen
Horses
Josephine
Russia
Fake Muse Network on the big screen
Silver Springs (Fleetwood Mac cover) (with elements of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'")
River (Joni Mitchell cover)
Reindeer King
Ruby Through the Looking-Glass
Silent All These Years
Breakaway
Bliss
Encore:
Precious Things
A Sorta Fairytale





Tuesday 03 October 2017...6pm to 9.30pm...
RETNA - private view - Maddox Gallery , 9 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Tonight at this contemporary art gallery was one of the highlights of the Frieze Art week in London.
This impressive gallery over different levels is showcasing and selling works by RETNA.
RETNA (born 1979) is a contemporary artist, primarily recognised for graffiti art. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, and started his career in the early 1990s.He developed a distinctive constructed script which is derived from Blackletter, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Arabic, and Hebrew calligraphy, as well as more traditional types of street-based graffiti. In addition to exhibiting at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles, Miami, London, New York and Hong Kong, Retna has done advertising work for brands such as VistaJet, Louis Vuitton, and Nike. His artwork adorns the cover of Justin Bieber's Purpose album that debuted in 2015.
Lots of photographers here both inside and outside the venue.
Over 200 smart looking guests from art ,fashion , film and music are here.
Guests included Tamara Ecclestone (one of Bernie's daughters) and her husband Jay Rutland.
Also Lady Victoria Hervey and American Actress Meredith Ostrom.
Also Harif Guzman ( New York street artist), Lily Fortescue and Laura Pradelska.
A very nice buzzy party atmosphere with a dj playing in the background.
A great event.
Complimentary Moet champers, a choice of three CIROC Vodka cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.maddoxgallery.co.ukVisit the MADDOX GALLERY website here for more info and images of RETNA art.






Monday 02 October 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7pm
CATHERINE OPIE: PORTRAITS AND LANDSCAPES - private view -
Thomas Dane Gallery , 3 Duke Street, St James's,London SW1.
Around 15 paintings here at this gallery near Christie's.
It is on from 3 OCT - 18 NOV 2017
Complimentary white wines and Peroni beers for all guests.
www.thomasdanegallery.comVisit their website here for more info on all their galleries.
7.15pm to 11pm
FEEDER live at The Hard Rock Cafe, London W1.
Been to loads of great gigs here over the years including Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Bad Company,
Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs and others.
Absolute Radio and Kerrang are hosting this intimate invite only gig for just 150 guests.
Around 100 competition winners along with 50 guests and press.
The gig is to launch their ' Best Of ' album that was released on Friday just gone.
Feeder have had 20 x Top 40 hits over the past 20 years.
'The Best Of Feeder' will celebrate the band’s 21st birthday, by putting together a comprehensive collection of all their greatest hits, with new songs thrown in for good measure.
The release will include classics like Buck Rogers, Lost & Found, Feeling A Moment and more.
At 8.30pm Feeder took the stage for a 55 mins set featuring 11 songs.
The band are nice and loud as they mix the hits with a couple of new tracks.
Singer Grant Nicholas thanked Absolute Radio and Kerrang for still supporting guitar bands.
Everyone singing along to the hits and 'Buck Rogers' was mega as usual.
Great to see Feeder again.
Full setlist played tonight...
Universe of Life
Insomnia
Come Back Around
Eskimo
Feeling a Moment
Figure You Out
Veins
Just the Way I'm Feeling
Buck Rogers
Just a Day
Sweet 16
Lots of complimentary Hard Rock Cafe food including Cheese Burgers, Chicken Burgers,
canapés and brownies for all guests.
Also complimentary wines and beers for competition winners and our wristbands were also valid for
spirits including Jack Daniels and coke so we had a few of those.
Feeder will play a UK tour in March 2018 including a show at Brixton Academy.
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At around 10pm we both started getting shock texts about TOM PETTY.
Legendary artist Tom Petty has died aged 66, his family has confirmed. Confusion surrounded the singer over conflicting reports of his wellbeing, which emerged after he experienced a heart attack at the age of 66. The singer-songwriter was reportedly rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica and sadly passed away.
I had seen him play on every visit to the UK he made since the late 1970s.
I first saw him in 1977 when he was a support act at Hammersmith Odeon.
He only played four UK shows in the last 15 years which were 2 shows at The Royal Albert Hall in 2012
and a massive Hyde Park show just 3 months ago in July 2017...I was at all three of them...
Also Isle Of Wight Festival headline show in 2012.





Monday 02 October 2017.
Shock news of a mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas in America.
Fifty plus people have been killed and more than 200 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in
modern U.S. history after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Hundreds of shots were reportedly fired over several minutes, causing festival goers to immediately flee
the Route 91 Harvest Festival at around 22.30 (05.30 GMT).
The gunman, who has been named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, with eyewitnesses reportedly seeing gun flashes before police stormed the building.
Let's see how Donald Trump deals with this and the current gun control laws over there.






Sunday 01 October 2017...I went to two gallery preview view brunch events...
12.15pm to 2.15pm
PHILLIPS - private view brunch - 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.
20th Century & Contemporary Art.
Over 200 guests here in this massive gallery over three levels.
Guests here included Tracey Emin - well known English contemporary artist.
Also here was Dougie Poynter - from the band McFly who goes out to loads of events.
There is a string quartet playing some great covers including 'Perfect Day' , 'Starman',
'One Day Like This' and 'Uptown Funk'.
The paintings price range from 10k to £2m (Andy Warhol).
A huge wool tapestry by Grayson Perry was my fave.
A small Tracey Emin 'Thank You For All The Loving' which had an estimate price of £30.
Complimentary Bloody Mary's,coffees, teas, juices, breakfast pots,canapés and pastries.
then
2.20pm to 3pm
SOTHEBY'S - private view brunch - 34 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Half a dozen exhibitions on here but i am mainly here to see the Bauhaus one.
Staatliches Bauhaus , commonly known simply as Bauhaus, was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicised and taught.
Some of you may remember the band called Bauhaus from the early 1980s.
I saw them play live once back in 1980...supporting Gary Glitter of all people...
Not as busy here as the previous gallery.
There was a Banksy here for £200k and an Andy Warhol for £450k.
Complimentary wines,coffees and pastries for all guests.






Saturday 30 September 2017.
NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS HERE'S THE SEX PISTOLS on LIQUID VINYL.
There are so many different versions of this album it is unreal, both official and counterfeit but surely
this one takes the biscuit as the most bizarre and unusual.
Never Mind The Bollocks (Virgin V2086)
Notes. Counterfeit surfaced July 2017.
Origin seems to be Germany, possibly via Russia.
Number manufactured in single figures, possibly as low as 2.
The clear vinyl record contains a red/rust coloured liquid mixed with glitter. The liquid moves freely when the record is tilted. The colour shade varies depending on light and angle of view.
See the amazing pictures of it on my link for www.sex-pistols.net on the right.
I must keep an eye out for it at the next record fairs i get along too.




Saturday 30 September 2017.
Marc Bolan would have been 70 today.



Friday 29 September 2017.
Happy Birthday to Jerry Lee Lewis who is 82 today.



Friday 29 September 2017.
CHAS & DAVE + JACKIE LYNTON BAND live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes, Middlesex.
Chas Hodges, one half of music duo Chas & Dave, had cancer of the oesophagus earlier this year.
The 73-year-old had treatment "immediately" after the illness was caught "at an early stage".
Shows from the first six months of this year were postponed to the last six months of this year.
Cockney chaps Chas & Dave were one of the support acts to Led Zeppelin at Knebworth in 1979.
In the late 70s/early 80s they had ten top 75 hits including three top tens.
Support comes from Jackie Lynton who is still rockin' at age 77.
Jackie Lynton – was vocalist for a stint with Savoy Brown (1972–1974).
I saw Jackie Lynton Band in 1981 supporting Budgie at Hammersmith Odeon.
Jackie provided the great spoken word intro to Status Quo's live album in the 1970s.
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It is a sold show tonight at this cosy 600 capacity all seated venue.
JACKIE LYNTON BAND arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played for 40 mins.
Jackie Lynton starts his set by telling a couple of funny saucy jokes.
He then proceeds to tell a saucy joke before the start of each song.
His band played rock n roll covers by the likes of Joe Cocker,Rolling Stones and BB King.
His was an ideal support act for tonight's crowd who really liked him.
CHAS & DAVE arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 65 mins.
Chas & Dave are most notable as creators and performers of a musical style labelled "rockney" (a portmanteau of "rock" and "cockney"), which mixes "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll".
A uniquely British sound that they play on stage with a drummer to make up a trio.
65 mins on stage seemed a bit short but they whizzed through around 20 songs.
All the main hits were played as the lively crowd all sang along.
A few started dancing front of stage for the last few songs and it was great fun.
Full setlist played tonight....
Gertcha
London Girls
The Banging in Your Head
When Two Worlds Collide
Our Old Lodger (Harry Champion cover)
Snooker Loopy
My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin cover)
That Old Piano
You're Just in Love (Perry Como cover)
Rocking Gloworm
Margate
Dry Bones
Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major / We're Going To Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line / Roll Out The Barrel
I Wonder in Whose Arms
Diddle Umma Day (Diddlum Song)
Rabbit
The Bollocks Song
Ain't No Pleasing You
The Sideboard Song





Thursday 28 September 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
JOVOY PARIS - store opening launch party - 21 Conduit Street, London W1.
Paris-based perfumery, Jovoy, have opened a new store in London. As well as the company’s own perfumes, the store also has fragrance brands which haven’t been available in the UK before such as Rania J and Begim.
Jovoy founder, François Henin, says “the new London store will offer a unique customer experience both in terms of choice and service. The selection of fragrances will include a number of London — and occasionally world — exclusives and customers will be encouraged to experiment and sample in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”
“I would like to think of Jovoy London as a fragrance hub in the centre of this vibrant and exciting city. A place where perfume lovers can get together to exchange ideas and explore what is new in the world of scent.
Around 100 guests here.
Downstairs you can mix and make your own fragrance.
Complimentary Deutz champers and canapés for all guests.
I was given a small goodie bag here.
www.jovoyparis.comVisit the JOVOY website here for more info.
then
7.30pm to 10pm
TIMEX - 160th anniversary party - Beat London,48 Margaret Street,London W1.
This venue has a very rich & hallowed history, first opening its doors in 1966 as The Speakeasy Club.
This venue was a major after hours hangout for rock stars in the 1960s and 1970s
I was lucky to have been there three times in early 1978 just before it closed in June 1978.
The bands always came on stage after midnight.
Johnny Thunders Allstars feat Hot Rods And Snatch members 31.01.1978
Depressions 22.03.1978
Johnny Thunders Allstars feat Steve Jones and Paul Cook (ex Sex Pistols) 25.03.1978
TIMEX are a popular watch brand from America.
They are showcasing their INDIGLO range of watches to the 200 guests.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary spirits (rum,whiskey,gin,vodka) with mixers ,wines,beers and lots of bowl food
including fish & chips.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.timex.co.ukVisit the TIMEX website here for more info.





Thursday 28 September 2017.
Story of the day...
Frances Bean Cobain gets a staggering 100,000 dollars (£70,000) a month from her late fathers estate.
I don’t know if it’s because of who her parents are, or because her Instagram handle is @space_witch666, but I never really imagined Frances Bean Cobain, the 25-year-old daughter of rockers Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, dealing in something as pedestrian as money. Rather, I pictured her floating ethereally into stores and offering the cashier a loose joint or a spell in exchange for some sort of semi-sheer, floor-length black dress. As it turns out, though, Frances Bean both earns and spends money, and a great deal of it.
According to documents from her ongoing divorce proceedings against her estranged husband, Isaiah Silva, Frances Bean Cobain earns over $100,000 a month from her late father’s estate, People reports. Of that, over $95,000 comes from publicity rights, and over $6,500 comes from dividends. In all, she is reportedly worth more than $11.2 million.
Her estranged husband is looking for a $25,000 a month divorce settlement.





Wednesday 27 September 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
QUAGLINO'S - showcase - 16 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.
Quaglinos was a famous restaurant in the period 1930s to 1950s.
In 1956, Queen Elizabeth II dined at Quaglino's, making her the first reigning British monarch to eat at a public restaurant. The restaurant was said to have a table permanently reserved for the regular visits by Princess Margaret, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
They are showcasing their venue to get bookings in the pre-Christmas period.
A couple of years ago they had a refurbishment which included a stunning oval shaped bar in the middle
and a stage at the far end for live acts every now and then.
Complimentary prosecco,wines and canapés for all the guests.
www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.ukVisit the Quaglino's website here for more info.
then just a couple of mins walk away to...
7.05pm to 9pm
FORTNUMS x FRANK AW17 - launch party - Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1.
Always nice to be at this upmarket store that has been here on this site since 1707...yes 310 years.
Over 200 guests in their fourth floor restaurant & bar area.
Melissa Hemsley, Lisa Snowdon and Kelly Hoppen were among an eclectic crowd to join Fortnum & Mason's CEO Ewan Venters and art collector Frank Cohen as they marked the launch of a temporary showcase of works from the Frank Cohen Collection at the luxury department store. The pop-up exhibition marks the second time pieces from the modern art collection - regarded as one of the most important in private hands - has gone on show at Fortnum's, and this year's display celebrates the works of Scottish artist John Bellany. Jewellery designer Stephen Webster, painter David Remfry and author Howard Jacobson were also among guests to admire paintings dotted around the Piccadilly department store.
Complimentary Fortnum's champers and lots of lovely food including fresh salmon and crab and yummy desserts.
All guests got a nice goodie bag with a few Fortnum's food and drinks items in each.
www.fortnumandmason.comVisit the Fortnum & Mason store here for more info.







Wednesday 27 September 2017.
Sad news that Playboy founder HUGH HEFNER has died at the age of 91.
He began the international adult magazine in 1953
Playboy Enterprises Inc said he passed away peacefully at home in the early hours from natural causes.
Hefner began publishing Playboy in his kitchen at home in 1953.
It became the largest-selling men’s magazine in the world, shifting seven million copies a month at its peak.
I was at an event at the London Playboy Club only last week.





Tuesday 26 September 2017...I went to two events tonight.
6.30pm to 7.45pm
El Greco to Goya - Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum - private view -
The Wallace Collection,Manchester Square,London W1.
The Wallace Collection presents El Greco to Goya - Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum: the first London exhibition of Spanish art from The Bowes Museum in County Durham, including works by Goya and El Greco.
This collaborative exhibition between the Wallace Collection and The Bowes Museum celebrates the partnership between these two great museums. Like the Wallace Collection, The Bowes Museum is the product of one family’s obsession with collecting great works of art. John Bowes and Richard Wallace – both illegitimate sons of aristocratic fathers – bequeathed collections of international significance to the nation.
The exhibition spans three centuries and explores one of the largest collections of Spanish art in Britain.
Admission is Free.
It is on until Sun 07 Jan 2018.
There are other free exhibitions on here too.
Around 300 guests in this very nice space.
We have a full Spanish theme for the complimentary drinks and food as we have
Cava,Spanish wines and a full buffet of Spanish food.
www.wallacecollection.orgVisit The Wallace Collection website here for more info.
then
WILKO JOHNSON BAND + DR JOHN COOPER CLARKE live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
2017 is certainly a special year for Wilko Johnson: not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the
Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday...(12 July 2017)...
Given the events of recent years, when Wilko was diagnosed with, and overcame, terminal pancreatic cancer,
this celebration at the Royal Albert Hall is all the more meaningful.
I saw Wilko playing with Dr Feelgood three times at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975/1976 before he left them.
I have seen him a few times as a solo artist.
I first also saw punk poet support Dr John John Cooper Clarke in the late 1970s.
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Wilko had terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012.
He was initially given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy, but had radical surgery.
Before his health problems he was playing small venues like 100 Club and 229 Great Portland Street
then when he toured after he played bigger venues including Koko and Shepherds Bush Empire.
Folks wanted to see him playing live in case "he popped his clogs".
They say "death sells"...also it seems so does "near death".
Tonight he is playing his biggest ever show...although the circle is 75% unsold.
Support act DR JOHN COOPER CLARKE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and was on for 45 mins.
This Mancunian was very entertaining as usual with jokes between his great poetry.
Setlist tonight included...
The Official Guest List
Hire Car
Get Back On Drugs You Fat Fuck
Beasley Street
I've Fallen In Love With My Wife
Evidently Chickentown
I Wanna Be Yours
WILKO JOHNSON BAND arrived on stage at 9.40pm and played for 75 mins.
A simple stage set up with just the three band members arriving on stage to big cheers.
Wilko Johnson is still doing his jerky movements on stage (his so-called "duck walk")
with a choppy guitar style, occasionally raising his guitar to his shoulder like a gun.
He great playing style is the same as he is not using a pick but instead relying on fingers.
Wilko is one of those guitarists who do not use any type of effects pedals.
Nice rock n roll blues boogie mixing their own material with a few Dr Feelgood classics.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
All Right
If You Want Me, You've Got Me
Dr. Dupree
Going Back Home (Dr. Feelgood song)
Roxette (Dr. Feelgood song)
Sneakin' Suspicion (Dr. Feelgood song)
Keep on Loving You
When I'm Gone
Cairo Blues
Paradise (Dr. Feelgood song)
Everybody's Carrying a Gun
Back in the Night (Dr. Feelgood song)
She Does It Right (Dr. Feelgood song)
Play Video
Encore:
Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry cover) (with Dr John Cooper Clarke)
Route 66 (Bobby Troup cover)





Tuesday 26 September 2017.
Update.
The Vivien Leigh Collection auction sale took place on Tuesday.
The items went for a total of £2.2m.





Monday 25 September 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
THE VIVIEN LEIGH COLLECTION - private view - Sothebys ,34 New Bond Street,London W1.
Hollywood icon and incandescent star of one of the most beloved films of all time, Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) captured hearts and minds with her fiery, luminous performance as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind in 1939. Her legendary status in the pantheon of all-time greats was assured when she secured what perhaps remains to this day the most coveted role in cinema history. Our perception of such legends is often imperceptibly entwined with the myths they come to embody. This September, a spotlight will reveal Vivien’s private side when Sotheby's London brings to auction ‘The Vivien Leigh Collection’.
Passed down through Vivien’s family, the collection comprises paintings, jewellery, couture, books from her private library, Hollywood memorabilia, furniture, objets d'art and further items celebrating all aspects of her life, from the pre-war years in London, to Hollywood and beyond, up to her death in 1967. Myriad pieces drawn from the city and country homes Vivien shared with her husband Laurence Olivier will give a new perspective on Vivien, from her appreciation of art and patronage of Modern British artists, to her passion for books and fondness for entertaining and interior design.
Around 450 smartly dressed upmarket folks are on the guest list here.
Designer Nicky Haslam (long time friend of Mick Jagger since the 1960s) and Lady Alice Manners were here.
Complimentary Ruinart champers,Vodka Martinis,Gin Martinis and canapés for all guests.
www.sothebys.comVisit the Sotheby's website here for more info.
then
8.30pm to 11.15pm
THE GREAT BRITISH POSTCARD COMPETITION , Design Awards & Art Auction ,Proud Gallery ,Camden,London NW1.
This event was put on by print giants SAXOPRINT from Germany.
THE BIG ISSUE are the main sponsors.
Around 200 guests are here.
Punk Icon JOHN LYDON (Sex Pistols/Public Image Limited) was here as the head judge.
There must be at least 200 great postcard designs on display in the middle of the venue.
Some are blown up to poster side and are hanging on the walls.
At around 9.15pm John Lydon arrived on stage for 20 mins to talk about the shortlisted postcards.
He also slipped in his thoughts on Brexit, Arsene Wenger etc.
The winner was 'End of the Road' by Helen Nodding.
After the awards were handed out there was an art auction and one piece was described as
'The first ever painting by John Lydon to go on sale"...it sold for £750...it was also signed by him...
I had a nice chat with John Lydon and John 'Rambo' Stevens afterwards and got a nice photo with Mr Lydon.
John Lydon's wife Nora was also here.
John Lydon stayed around for drinks after and chatted and posed for photos with the guests.
A full complimentary bar including Jack Daniels & Coke for all guests.





Sunday 24 September 2017.
THE FIZZ live at The Theatre Royal, Windsor,Berkshire.
Cheryl , Mike & Jay - formerly of Bucks Fizz play a UK tour to promote their first new single and album
for over 25 years.
They shot to fame after winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with hit single 'Making Your Mind Up'.
The routine for this song included the famous skirt ripping stint.
They sold millions of records in the 1980s which included three number one hit singles among seven Top 10s.
I saw them headline Hammersmith Odeon in 1982.
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My credibility has gone right out the window as i venture out to see The Fizz/Bucks Fizz.
Three of the four original members are here tonight looking good for their age and the new man
looks like a dead ringer for the departed member.
Cheryl Baker still has that great personality of hers.
THE FIZZ were on stage for 1 hour 45 mins over two sets of 45 mins and 60 mins.
Things take a turn for the worse when i realise there is no backing band but just a dodgy backing tape.
There is a big screen mixing old video footage with computer images.
The show included half a dozen tracks from the new album along with their 1980s hits.
They second set included a 15 mins plus medley of 80s cover songs that went down well as all
the crowd got up to dance along and it stayed that way for the following two big hits.
The band have basic dance moves that some of the crowd are copying.
It is only the second show on the tour so they do not look fully rehearsed.
Good to hear the hits again and an enjoyable enough show...despite the use of a backing tape..
FIRST SET HIGHLIGHTS
Piece Of The Action...a number 12 hit from 1981...
My Camera Never Lies...a number one hit in 1982...
Run For Your Life....a number 14 hit in 1983...
If You Can't Stand The Heat...a number 10 hit in 1982...
When We Were Young...a number 10 hit in 1983...
Dancing In The Rain...new single that has been played on BBC Radio 2...
SECOND SET HIGHLIGHTS
Raffle tickets sold at the interval to win a bag of Bucks Fizz swag...winner announced on stage...
Now Those Days Are Gone...a number 8 hit in 1982...
80s Medley: Prince Charming / Just Can't Get Enough/ You Spin Me Round / Girls Just Want To Have Fun /
Heaven Is A Place On Earth / Dancing On The Ceiling/ Since You've Been Gone/ Livin' On A Prayer
/ Come On Eileen
The Land Of Make Believe...a number one hit in 1981...
Making Your Mind Up...a number one hit in 1981...complete with skirt ripping off routine...





Saturday 23 September 2017.
VAN MORRISON live at Nell's Jazz & Blues Club, 3 North End Crescent,West Kensington,London W14.
Sir Van plays the second of two sold out shows at Nell's Jazz & Blues Club.
Incredibly Van has played this intimate 400 capacity venue over 20 times in the past three years.
This venue is owned by live music venue owner legend Vince Power who sold his Mean Fiddler Group for £38m in 2005.
Van how aged 72 has just released his 37th studio album 'Roll With The Punches'
which sees him re-visit his first love : The Blues.
The 15 track album blends R&B and soul gems with brand new material.
Produced by Van Morrison himself, collaborators on the record include Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame,
Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.
I have seen Van play live over 15 times since the first time in 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon.
Nells is two minutes from the site of the legendary venue The Nashville Rooms Pub( which is now called
The Famous Three Kings ) which was open from May 1975 to July 1980.
I saw 32 gigs there including AC/DC, Rich Kids,Joy Division,Damned and Pretenders.
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Great to finally get to this venue for the first time and it is totally buzzing inside from a full house.
A nice layout with seats in front of the stage and a raised platform at the back for standing.
I have a chat with owner Vince Power who tells me it is Van's 26th show ,yes 26th show at this venue.
I have a perfect view in the VIP seating area right of stage sitting near actor Bill Nighy.
After the show he ended up on the same District Line tube train as me.
VAN MORRISON and his band took to the stage at 8pm and played for around 85 mins.
As expected the set is a mix of tracks from the new album and some older classics.
Vans voice is sounding better than ever and he can still play a mean sax.
Vans band is top notch..and they need to be as the spontaneity of his performances, with his band, sometimes not knowing what song is coming next along with Van giving them a nod or glance to play louder or quieter / faster or slower.
A well deserved full standing ovation from the crowd at the end of a great show.
A real privilege to see this music legend up nice and close in this intimate club setting.
Setlist tonight included...
Roll With The Punches
Automobile Blues
Have I Told You Lately
Moondance
Carrying A Torch
It's All In The Game
Whenever God Shines His Light
And The Healing Has Begun
No Guru,No Method,No Teacher
Encore
Gloria
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Some future gigs at this venue include...
30 Sept---Yolanda Brown
04 Oct---The Men They Couldn't Hang
27 Oct---Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
29 Oct---Fairport Convention
04 Nov---John Illsley (Dire Straits)
08 Dec---Tom Robinson Band
16 Dec---John Otway
www.nellsjazzandblues.ukVisit NELLS website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Also you can buy via their FaceBook page.





Saturday 23 September 2017
American soul singer CHARLES BRADLEY has sadly died aged 68.
The artist had been diagnosed with cancer in October 2016, and the disease returned earlier this year
Bradley had been suffering from stomach cancer after first being diagnosed with the disease last year. Earlier this month, he was forced to cancel a string of live dates after the cancer returned and spread from his stomach to his liver.
I saw him play live at Shepherds Bush Empire a couple of years ago.





Saturday 23 September 2017.
Happy Birthday to Bruce Springsteen who is 68 today.




Friday 22 September 2017.
RYAN ADAMS + KAREN ELSON live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Ryan Adams (not to be confused with Bryan Adams ) plays a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall
Ryan Adams sixteenth studio album 'Prisoner' picked up rave reviews, ahead of his return to the Hall.
He is a 42 year old prolific singer-songwriter in the alternative country rock vein.
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Before the support played and during the interval it was all AC/DC classic tracks over the PA.
Support act KAREN ELSON arrived on stage with her band at 7.50pm for a 40 mins set.
She is a singer-songwriter and model who was born in Manchester.
Decent enough songs that went down well with the crowd.
Elson has two children, Scarlett Teresa and Henry Lee, with former husband Jack White (White Stripes etc).
RYAN ADAMS and his great band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for two hours.
Lots of nice keyboard and guitar sounds through the evening.
There are 16 tv screens on stage as part of the stage production.
I have seen Ryan live a couple of times before but I only know a couple of his songs.
I prefer his rock side to the mid paced material.
Karen Elson came on stage for backing vocals on a couple of songs.
A good show.




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October 26, 2017

Wednesday 25 October 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8.15pm
BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRITS - reception - Burberry Store , 121 Regent Street, London W1.
Over 300 guests here in the huge impressive ground floor space at the Burberry flagship store.
I saw Kaiser Chiefs play at a launch event here a couple of years ago.
Victoria star Jenna Coleman stepped out in head to toe Burberry as a juror for this year's BAFTA Breakthrough Brits ceremony, sponsored by the luxury fashion brand. Presenter of the moment Maya Jama was on hosting duties, sharing the stage with British actors Vicky McClure, Suranne Jones and Joe Dempsie as they announced the latest selection of up and coming UK talent featured in this year's list. Chewing Gum star Susan Wokoma, Three Girls actress Molly Windsor, The Last Post star Jessie Buckley and both director (Francis Lee) and star (Josh O'Connor) of acclaimed film God's Own Country were among those in the 2017 list to celebrate at Burberry's flagship store, alongside some Breakthrough Brits from previous years including Florence Pugh, Nell Hudson, Clara Paget, Malachi Kirby, Ray Panthaki and Greta Bellamacina.
Most of the 20 actors and actresses tipped for bigger things on the list are paraded on the stage.
Complimentary Nyetimber English sparkling wines, beers, mini burgers, mini fish n chips and canapés.
www.bafta.orgVisit the BAFTA website here for more info and the full list of Breakthrough Brits.
then
8.30pm to 10pm
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - Christmas Ice Rink - launch party, London SW7.
Over 300 guests here at one of the many ice rinks that open up in London for Christmas.
We had a quick skate for 15 mins...good fun even though I am a novice.
We had a couple of goes on the carousel (usually £3.50 a go).
Complimentary prosecco, wines,beers and canapés in their restaurant & bar area.
It's on until 07 Jan 2018.





Wednesday 25 October 2017.
Sad news of the passing of another music legend.
FATS DOMINO, Rock and Roll Pioneer, Dead at 89.
Genial singer behind "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame" helped popularise early rock and roll.
I saw him play Hammersmith Odeon twice in 1981.




Tuesday 24 October 2017.
METALLICA live at The 02 Arena, London.
Back again here to see heavy metal overlords Metallica second show at this venue.
Some shows are soooo good you have too see it at least twice if you can.
It could be years before Metallica play London indoor arenas again instead of far away stadiums.
Like Sunday , tonight is totally rammed sold out to the rafters.
Again there is a massive gap between the end of the support act and Metallica's arrival on stage.
I have a perfect view as i am stalls standing just a few yards from a microphone.
METALLICA arrive on stage at 9pm and play for around 2 hours 20 mins.
This was five minutes longer than the Sunday show as there was a couple of songs setlist change.
Again they arrived by walking through the floor standing area like boxers.
Their heavy, heavy guitar riffing sound is just fantastic.
Great to see Lars Ulrich pound the drums relentlessly from different angles.
The band rotate themselves around the stage so everyone sees them all up close.
They all work their nuts off so no wonder they always have a rest day after gigs these days.
The 'in the round' stage production definitely made the evening a more special event.
The 50 mini drones stunt hovering over the band for 'Moth Into Flame' was again spellbinding.
The use of the 50 odd video cubes displaying images above the band were also pretty amazing.
Again i will see over 100 gigs this year but this show will be one of the best.
A stunning show.
Full Metallica setlist played tonight...
Tape intro - The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone song)
Tape intro - Hardwired Intro
Hardwired
Atlas, Rise!
Seek & Destroy
Leper Messiah
Fade to Black
Now That We're Dead (with extended middle drum solo with all members of the band)
Confusion
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Halo on Fire (followed by Kirk and Rob's solos incl. Phantom of the Opera, Ace of Spades, and Anesthesia)
Last Caress (Misfits cover)
Creeping Death
Moth Into Flame
Sad but True
One
Master of Puppets
Encore:
Spit Out the Bone (live debut)
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman (with 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity' outro)
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Again the band stayed behind for five minutes milking the applause and throwing loads of guitar plectrums.
Funny being up close as Metallica fans are pushing, scrambling and trampling over each other for them.
By the time they left it was approaching 11.30pm which is far too late for fans with travel connections.





Tuesday 24 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to ex Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman who is 81 today.




Monday 23 October 2017.
PLACEBO live at Brixton Academy, London.
First of two shows at Brixton for Placebo on their 20th anniversary UK tour.
I have seen Placebo over a dozen times since 1997 when they were support act to Prodigy.
Most records these days I forget where I bought them but I always remember where I bought
Placebo debut album when it came out some 20 years ago.....Acton car boot sale for £3.
Placebo utilise androgynous images and lyrical content.To date, they have released seven studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, and have sold around 11 million records worldwide.
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Lots of folks here tonight from mainland Europe countries where Placebo are very popular.
At 8.40pm...Video intro of Every You Every Me ("Early Cut") and Placebo video history montage.
PLACEBO arrive on stage at 8.45pm and play for 95 mins.
Placebo were initially a trio, but today there are just two original members, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal,
alongside four other musicians which creates a heavier sound.
A massive big screen which superbly mixes live footage and pre-recorded images.
A full light show and a great overall sound.
They open with one of their many great songs 'Pure Morning'.
Brian said his voice was not 100% so the middle section of the show was not as lively.
The term 'transgender' is everywhere these days but Placebo were there many years before.
Gems like 'Special Needs' , 'Special K' and 'The Bitter End' were played from their 20 year career.
For the encore the band returned with Olsdal carrying a rainbow coloured guitar and they launch into' Nancy Boy' , an acknowledgement to Placebo's roots with the LGBT community. As they play' Infra-red' images of Donald Trump on a cigarette packet appear with the caption 'seriously hurts you and others around you', showing the band still have relevance and mean a lot to alternative communities today.
A great show.
Full Placebo setlist played tonight...
Pure Morning
Loud Like Love
Jesus' Son
Soulmates
Special Needs
Too Many Friends
Twenty Years
I Know
Devil in the Details
Exit Wounds
Protect Me from What I Want
Without You I'm Nothing (with video featuring Placebo playing with David Bowie)
For What It's Worth
Slave to the Wage
Special K
Song to Say Goodbye
The Bitter End
Encore:
Nancy Boy
Infra-red





Sunday 22 October 2017.
METALLICA live at The 02 Arena, London.
Metallica play five sold out UK shows as part of their European Tour.
This was the first of two London shows at this venue.
I have seen Metallica over a dozen times since 1986 when they played Hammersmith Odeon.
That concert for the classic album 'Master of Puppets' tour has been released by Metallica as a live album.
They will be promoting their recent album 'Hardwired... to Self-Destruct' that was released Nov 2016.
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The last times I saw Metallica it was indoors in London 2008 and 2009.
This tour is their first indoor UK tour since then.
Since then they have played huge outdoor gigs including Glastonbury, Download,Reading/Leeds Festivals.
Metallica are still one of the biggest live rock acts in the world.
Seeing Metallica outdoors is great but seeing them play indoors is just totally mega.
METALLICA arrived on stage around 8.15pm and played a stunning 2 hours 15 mins show.
I have a perfect seat in Level 1 dead in line with one of the corners of the stage.
The show is 'in the round' with the band playing in the middle of floor standing area.
Several years ago was similar with a rectangle stage and tonight is more of a squared one.
There are eight microphones as the band use them all as they move positions.
A superb stage production with 50 cubes hovering up and down above the stage showing great images and live footage.
We had some flames and pyros on a few songs.
Singer James Hetfield says "we are gonna play a bunch of new stuff and a bunch of old stuff".
Drummer Lars is in the middle and rotates his drum kit every few songs.
Lars talked about coming to play in London at The Marquee Club for the first time in 1984.
They dedicated 'Moth Into Flame' to Amy Winehouse.
For 'Moth Into Flame' we had an amazing visual treat as 50 mini drones (moths) hovered over the stage.
Loads of older colossal rock anthems played in the second half.
A stunning show.
Full Metallica setlist played tonight...
Tape intro - The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone song)
Tape intro - Hardwired intro
Hardwired
Atlas, Rise!
Seek & Destroy
Through the Never
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Now That We're Dead (with extended middle drum solo with all members of the band)
Dream No More
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Halo on Fire (followed by Kirk & Rob's solos incl. London Calling, Immigrant Song and Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth))
Die, Die My Darling (Misfits cover)
Fuel
Moth Into Flame
Sad but True
One
Master of Puppets
Encore:
Damage, Inc.
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman (with 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity' outro)
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After the show finished the band spent five minutes milking the applause and throwing out
hundreds of guitar plectrums to the crowd.






Sunday 22 October 2017.
Another sad death to report.
AC/DC producer and Easybeats guitarist George Young has died at the age of 70.
Young, who was the brother of AC/DC’s Malcolm and Angus Young, found fame as a member of 1960s group
The Easybeats.
George co-produced AC/DC's early albums, including "TNT", "Dirty Deeds Done Cheap" and "Let There Be Rock". He started his own production company when THE EASYBEATS split in 1970 and was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 1988 and again as a member of THE EASYBEATS in 2005. He returned to co-produce AC/DC's 1988 album "Blow Up Your Video" and 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip".





Saturday 21 October 2017.
I am always being asked when are The Sex Pistols playing live again?
To celebrate 40 years of the NMTB album this year would be perfect but it ain't happening.
You can never say never but it looks increasingly unlikely.
This is what guitarist Steve Jones told NME a couple of days ago.
Steve recently said that Sex Pistols would only get back together if they were offered Rolling Stones’ amount of money.
When asked...What else could sway you? Would you want to headline Glastonbury, for example?
“To be honest with you, I wouldn’t even do it for Rolling Stones’ money at this point. I just can’t be bothered. I’m over it, you know? Doing them songs again – yeah, it’d be great to get a bunch of money but it’s just knackered, you know what I mean?”






Friday 20 October 2017.
Suzi Quatro + David Essex + The Osmonds + Hot Chocolate live at Wembley Arena.
Four big name acts from the 1970s play a massive arena show.
There is no way they can fill this 12,500 capacity venue so expect i it to be around 50% sold.
I saw all four of them in their 1970s heyday.
Hot Chocolate had 14 Top 10 hits including a number one.
The Osmonds had 5 Top 10 hits including a number one.
David Essex had 10 Top 10 hits including two number ones.
Suzi Quatro had 5 Top 10 hits including two number ones.
The Osmonds will not have Donny with them on this tour.
Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown sadly died in May 2015 so they have a lookalike in place.
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Lots of unsold tickets tonight but there is still a respectable 6,000 plus folks here at £50 a pop.
All four acts play shorter than usual sets so plenty of hit singles played.
A great evening remembering the fab pop music of the 1970s.
HOT CHOCOLATE arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for 30 mins.
Their singer really does look and sound like Errol Brown.
Nice to hear their hits again.
Full Hot Chocolate setlist played tonight...
Every 1's a Winner
No Doubt About It
Emma
You Could've Been a Lady
So You Win Again
It Started With a Kiss
You Sexy Thing
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THE OSMONDS arrive on stage at 8.10pm and play for 30 mins.
Three of the brothers are on stage tonight including Jimmy along with a backing band.
They open with their mega track 'Crazy Horses'.
They are the only act to make use of the big screen by showing excellent 70s video clips.
Full Osmonds setlist played tonight...
Crazy Horses
Down by the Lazy River
The Proud One
Let Me In
One Bad Apple
Yo-Yo
Long Haired Lover From Liverpool (Jimmy Osmond song)
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (Kelly Gordon cover)
Love Me for a Reason
Goin' Home
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DAVID ESSEX arrives on stage at 9.05pm and plays for 40 mins.
In the early 70s boys wanted to be David Essex and the girls wanted to be with him.
Now aged 70, he is going a bit bald and grey these days but the girls are still swooning over him.
I would actually say he is more popular than Suzi Quatro judging by tonight.
His solo tours are much bigger than anything Suzi Quatro does.
Great simple lyrics than everyone can easily sing along to in a very enjoyable set.
Full David Essex setlist played tonight...
Beautiful Day
Hold Me Close
If I Could
Imperial Wizard
Rock On
Lamplight
A Winter's Tale
Oh What a Circus
Gonna Make You a Star
Silver Dream Machine
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SUZI QUATRO arrives on stage at 10pm and plays for 50 mins.
Now aged 67 she still looks great in her trademark black jumpsuit.
This image of Suzi certainly made an impression on this 14 year old back in 1973.
Suzi is more livelier than David Essex on stage which is maybe why she headlines.
Full Suzi Quatro setlist played tonight...
The Wild One
Mama's Boy
Tear Me Apart
Stumblin' In
48 Crash
Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young cover)
She's in Love With You
Can the Can
Devil Gate Drive (Suzi on drums for intro )
If You Can't Give Me Love
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Thursday 19 October 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.45pm
REIGN LONDON - showcase - 217 Piccadilly, London W1.
Reign Club London is the exclusive members nightclub that arrived in London in mid September 2017. It features exquisite interior design built to impress and is located at Piccadilly Circus. In an era where crowds are demanding more from high end nightclubs, Reign guestlist and Reign table booking club fits the bill with a unique premise of being London’s first ‘Showclub’. Reign London was founded by the team behind other successful London high end nightclubs Cirque Le Soir and Drama.
Reign is situated off Piccadilly Circus – the former site of Rah Rah Room, Werewolf and The Pigalle Club.
The venue has been completely revamped and redesigned to fit the ‘Showclub’ description.
Around 200 folks here so there is a nice busy buzzy vibe.
We manage to get seats with a table and a good view of the stage.
The best thing about the refurb is they used to have the stage hidden in a corner but now it's at the far end.
There are a lot of things going on the stage tonight.
We have a four girl burlesque troupe, aerial acts, dancers, fire artists, acrobats and a singer.
There is complimentary presecco, spirits with mixers including JD n cokes,wines, beers and canapés.
The idea was to leave after an hour to catch all of The Corrs show but it was too good to leave early.
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THE CORRS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
The Corrs play a special one off show to launch their upcoming album.
'Jupiter Calling' is the upcoming seventh album by The Corrs, set to be released on 10 November 2017 by East West Records. It is their first new material in two years, following White Light (2015).
It was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded at RAK Studios in London.
The Corrs are an Irish band that combine pop rock with traditional Irish themes within their music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle); Sharon (violin, vocals); Caroline (drums, percussion, piano, bodhrán, vocals) and Jim (guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals). They are from Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland.
They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide in their 25 odd years together.
They have had six Top 10 singles in the UK including a number one with 'Breathless' in 2000.
I have seen them four times before including a charity show at this venue in 2001
with Prince Charles attending.
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THE CORRS were on stage for two hours over two sets of 70 mins and 50 mins.
I missed the first set as i was the venue showcase earlier so I just saw the second set.
The three sisters are all looking good in sparkly outfits and full of Irish sweetness.
Singer Andrea Corr is skipping and twirling around the stage.
The set was a mix of older hits and a few tracks off the new album.
The crowd were all up and dancing for the last 30 mins.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
FIRST SET
Bulletproof Love
Forgiven, Not Forgotten
Radio
What Can I Do
Road to Eden
Bring On The Night
Son of Solomon
Little Wing (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
Lough Erin Shore
Summer Sunshine
Ellis Island
Dear Life
Runaway
Joy of Life
SECOND SET
Butter Flutter
Only When I Sleep
Queen of Hollywood
SOS
White Light
So Young
I Never Loved You Anyway
Encore :
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Breathless
Toss the Feathers ([traditional Irish folk song instrumental cover)






Wednesday 18 Oct 2017....5pm to 11pm...
THE Q AWARDS 2017 live at The Roundhouse,London.
Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher lead this year’s 2017 Q Awards nominations with three nods each.
All three are up for Best Solo Act, while Liam and Ed will go up against each other in the Best Track category, while Stormzy will face Liam, along with The Killers, Lorde, and Radiohead for Best Live Act.
Kiwi pop queen Lorde, punk-hop heroes Sleaford Mods and rap phenomenon Kendrick Lamar are also up for two awards each, and this year’s ceremony will be Kendrick’s first year nominated.
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We arrived at the venue at 5pm just as the 500 guests were finishing their one course main meal.
We join the 50 or so press folks standing at the rear stalls of the venue.
We start on the complimentary 808 Whiskey Cocktails and Red Stripe Lager which flowed all night.
The two big names here tonight are Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher.
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From 5.30pm to 6.30pm were the awards...hosted by Absolute Radio dj Christian O'Connell.
All the winners turned up unless stated...
The full list of 2017 Q Award winners...
Breakthrough Act – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.....presented by Paloma Faith
Best Track – “You’re In Love With A Psycho” – Kasabian.....presented by Biffy Clyro
Best Album – Humanz – Gorillaz.....presented by Benjamin Clementine
Best Live Act – Liam Gallagher.....presented by Richard Ashcroft
Best Solo Artist – Stormzy.....presented by
Best Act In The World Today – Ed Sheeran.....presented by Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)
Best Film – Bunch Of Kunst (Sleaford Mods).....presented by Tim Burgess (The Charlatans)
Maverick – Viv Albertine (The Slits) (daughter picked it up due to illness).....presented by Don Letts
Innovation in Sound – Wiley.....presented by James Lavelle
Icon – Liam Gallagher...presented by Skepta
Gibson Les Paul Award – Kelley Deal (The Breeders).....presented by The Horrors
Inspiration – Manic Street Preachers.....presented by Welsh actor Michael Sheen.
A nice well deserved full standing ovation for The Manics
Tonight proved that grime really is the new punk rock as both Wiley and Skepta won awards.
Other guests hanging out included Example, George Ezra, Shane Richie and Joshua Kane.
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A few folks here I know...I had a quick chat with Don Letts as I have not seen Mick Jones for a while.
Don said 'he is fine but is a bit of a recluse these days by staying in his house'.
Then a big gap as the tables are cleared and taken away as they let folks in to see the gig.
Guests go up to the vip area left side of the balcony for more beers and 808 Whiskey Cocktails.
None of the artists were here as they headed to the press room or left the building.
Dj playing tunes 7pm to 9pm
SLEAFORD MODS arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 30 mins.
Q Magazine and NME have been talking a lot about this band so good to see them for the first time.
Sleaford Mods are an English electronic punk music duo formed in 2007 in Nottingham. The band features vocalist Jason Williamson and, since 2012, musician Andrew Fearn.They are known for their abrasive, minimalist musical style and embittered explorations of austerity-era Britain, culture, and working class life, delivered in Williamson's thick East Midlands accent. The duo have released several albums to critical praise.
They were mildly interesting and a bit different but not really my cup of tea.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 9.45pm and played for 75 mins.
The Manics are joined by two extra musicians and a third on some songs.
Each song has a different slogan in big letters on the big screen behind them.
Loads of classic Manic tunes played in a great set.
Full Manics setlist played tonight...
Motorcycle Emptiness
Everything Must Go
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
Walk Me to the Bridge
Kevin Carter
You Stole the Sun From My Heart
A Song for Departure
No Surface All Feeling
Little Baby Nothing (with The Anchoress)
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (streamers fired over the audience)
Faster (Acoustic, First Performance since 2015)
You Love Us
Tsunami
Ocean Spray
Show Me the Wonder
A Design for Life (ticker-tape fired over the audience)






Tuesday 17 October 2017...I went to two events tonight...
JOSS STONE with Live Orchestra live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
Joss seems to have been around for ages but is still only 30 years old.
Joss Stone rose to fame when she was only 16 with her multi-platinum debut album ‘The Soul Sessions’.
She has sold over 14 million albums worldwide, including five million copies for 'The Soul Sessions'.
Stone never quite reached those heights again. Over the past decade she has engaged herself in a lot of charity events and activities and at some point even considered a career as a midwife.
This was an early start early finish show as Joss was on stage 7.40pm to 9.20pm for 1 hour 40 mins.
Stone performed in a glamorous long navy (Princess Diana type) gown and barefooted.
Joss still has that great voice of hers.
Her show was personal and intimate and she connected well with the older respectable sold out crowd.
Around 25 musicians on stage when you add up orchestra , band and two female backing vocalists.
Joss performed with Burt Bacharach at this venue the last time around and there were a few of his songs
in the set played along with other covers that suited being played with an orchestra.
Joss handed out sunflowers to the crowd at the end.
A very enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Walk on By (Burt Bacharach cover)
Close to You (Burt Bacharach cover)
Who's Loving You (The Jackson 5 cover)
The Look of Love (Burt Bacharach cover)
In Between the Heartaches (Burt Bacharach cover)
This Ain't Love
Landlord
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Burt Bacharach cover)
Young Hearts Run Free (Candi Staton cover)
Medley - Midnight train to Georgia / I Say a Little Prayer / It's a Man's Man's Man's World
Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me?), Part 1 (Billy "Sugar Billy" Garner cover)
Don't Cha Wanna Ride
You Got the Love (Candi Staton cover)
Dirty Men (Acapella Snippet)
Bruised but Not Broken
Right To Be Wrong
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Carole King cover)
then
9.45pm to 11.30pm
LARSSON & JENNINGS - 5th anniversary party , Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.
Founded in 2012, Larsson and Jennings is a Swiss Made watch brand reimagining classic design through contemporary craftsmanship and style, creating harmony between art and precision.
Some djs are playing a stint each in this cool edgy basement space with its old exposed brickwork.
MURA MASA was the main dj name here...he had his debut album released in July 2017.
We got here late but there are still 100 guests here.
We were easily the two eldest here but we were one of the last to leave.
Complimentary Smirnoff Vodka & Cokes, Tanqueray Gin & Tonics and snacks for all guests.
www.larssonandjennings.comVisit their website here for more info.





Monday 16 October 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
'Taste : The Secret Meaning Of Things' - book launch party - Christie's ,King Street, St James's, London SW1.
Design-guru Stephen Bayley approaches the thorny and sometimes elitist topic of 'taste' with typical wit,
drawing on his expertise in a number of fields from fashion to food.
A new edition of a classic book, brought into the new millennia by Bayley's concise critique of modern design
How do we define taste? The only certainty is that it shifts and changes - sometimes abruptly. With the explosion of vulgar consumerism in the mid-nineteenth century, the Victorians seized upon the notion of 'good taste' as a way of codifying middle-class mores. A century later, to talk about taste had become almost taboo, since judgments made about dress, manners, food and art can often be painfully revealing. And today?
When this classic text was first published in 1991, Stephen Bayley illuminated the nuances and niceties of our mercurial understanding of taste. In this new edition, he ranges far and wide to bring us exquisitely up to date.
A lot of big name interior designers are here including David Linley (2nd Earl of Snowdon ) and Nicky Haslam.
Sir John Tusa was here ( formerly managing director of the BBC World Service and the Barbican Arts Centre).
The author gave a speech then we had a bit of a random happening as a burlesque dancer did her thing.
Complimentary red & white wines for all guests.
then
7.45pm to 10pm
THE TRAFALGAR HOTEL - press re-launch party - Spring Gardens ,Trafalgar Square, London SW1..
This four star hotel prides itself on being the only hotel actually on Trafalgar Square.
Welcome to The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton.
This luxury hotel blends innovative bold designs and thoughtful service with excellent dining and nightlife, entertaining both international visitors and Londoners under the same roof. The Trafalgar St. James is a true sanctuary to work, rest and play.
Trafalgar guest rooms are chic urban spaces with high ceilings and triple-pane windows for a quiet retreat in the city. Each room is generously sized with a range of amenities to add that something special to your stay, including an LED TV, a tablet for news/information, a Nespresso® coffeemaker, and books and décor that are distinctly London. Upgrade for more space, a seating area with sofa, and superior views over Trafalgar Square, or book one of our signature suites with truly iconic views of the square.
The event was held on the sixth floor where The Rooftop Bar is , open-air but with canopy's and heaters.
Great views of The Trafalgar Square area and further.
We had a couple of speeches and a dj was playing tunes at the far end.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, a choice of three cocktails, wines, beers , bowl food and canapés.
www.curiocollection3.hilton.comVisit their website here for more info.





Sunday 15 October 2017.
Nearly a fortnight ago we got the shock news of Tom Petty's death.
Go on YouTube and check out the following 12 mins plus video of magic.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers halftime show at Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona in 2008.





Saturday 14 October 2017.
THE WEDDING PRESENT + CINERAMA + THE MEMBRANES live at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea,London.
Vocalist and guitarist David Gedge hosted this evening.
He performed with both his bands.....The Wedding Present and Cinerama.
The Wedding Present performs its latest, ninth studio release,' Going, Going…'
I have seen them three or four times with the first time in 1996.
They are best known for their debut album 'George Best ' from 1987 and for releasing twelve 7" singles
for each month in 1992.
Each single had a limited pressing of 10,000 copies which all reached the Top 30 in the U.K. chart, equalling
Elvis Presley's record for the most U.K. Top 30 hits in one year.
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As it was a special evening all three bands played with a 12 piece choir and the two headliners
also had a five member string choir and each had films on the big screen throughout their set.
They all sounded great when choir and string section were at full tilt.
THE MEMBRANES played for 50 mins.
They are a post punk band formed by punk rock journo John Robb who has his trademark Mohawk hair.
They split up in 1990 but reformed a few years ago.
A good set that featured their highlight track 'Spike Milligan's Tape Recorder'.
CINERAMA played for 30 mins.
Cinerama originally formed in 1998 while David Gedge was on a break from The Wedding Present.
A good set played including the tracks 'Get Up and Go' and 'Health & Efficiency' .
THE WEDDING PRESENT played for 95 mins.
They play all 20 tracks off their new album 'Going, Going...' and finished with two older tracks.
The new album lyrics and the big screen images came from a road trip across North America.
I preferred the louder songs to the more laid back ones.
It was all filmed for future use.
The band signed CD's in the foyer straight after the show.
A good show
Full setlist played tonight...
Kittery
Greenland
Marblehead
Sprague
Two Bridges
Little Silver
Bear
Secretary
Birdsnest
Kill Devil Hills
Bells
Fifty-Six
Fordland
Emporia
Broken Bow
Lead
Ten Sleep
Wales
Rachel
Santa Monica
Perfect Blue
Bewitched






Friday 13 October 2017.
MARILLION live at The Royal Albert Hall, London....this show sold out months ago...
Marillion play the Royal Albert Hall for the first time, following the release of their 18th studio album.
I saw Marilion many times in the 1980s at Hammersmith Odeon when Fish was their great vocalist.
Fish was the singer with progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988 then he went solo.
He was replaced by Steve Hogarth who I have seen perform a couple of times with them before
and who still fronts them.
Extra London show added at The Palladium - Tuesday 7th November...and UK tour in 2018.
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The venue is totally rammed sold out tonight and there are flags from many different countries.
A major gig by Marillion and the fans know it.
MARILLION are on stage for around a nice long 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 85 mins.
There is a big screen showing great pre-recorded images and the light show is really good.
There are several film cameras here covering the show and the crowd cheers the intro to every song
and many give a standing ovation to each song at the end.
The first set was their recent album 'F.E.A.R.' and the second set was older material.
Singer Steve Hogarth is engaging with the crowd well.
The guitarist definitely has been influenced by David Gilmore's style of playing.
The crowd were given LED finger lights to use for a couple of songs in the second set.
Not quite as mega when Coldplay did it , but still very impressive visually.
A ticker-tape finale ended a very enjoyable show.
The DVD will look great when it comes out.
FIRST SET
All 17 tracks from their recent album 'F.E.A.R.' played.
SECOND SET with six classical musicians on stage with them.
The Space...
Afraid of Sunlight
The Great Escape
Easter
Go!
Man of a Thousand Faces
Encore:
Waiting to Happen
Neverland
The Leavers: V. One Tonight






Friday 13 October 2917.
As expected LIAM GALLAGHER has topped the Official Album Charts with his debut album, As You Were.
The former Oasis front man rose the the top spot with ease, outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined,
and gaining the biggest one-week vinyl sales in over 20 years.
An extensive pr campaign in the build up to its release with Liam seemingly everywhere.
Tv , radio, newspapers , magazines , online, twitter etc.




Friday 13 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to Paul Simon who is 76 today.




Thursday 12 October 2017...I went to two events today...
4.30pm to 6pm
ESQUIRE TOWNHOUSE with DIOR - 10 - 11 Carlton Park Terrace, London SW1.
With striking period features, Carlton House Terrace was designed by architect John Nash.
Once the former residence of Prime Minister William Gladstone and overlooking St James’s Park, Whitehall and the Mall.
Esquire, the luxury men’s magazine brand, announces the return of Esquire Townhouse, with Dior confirmed as headline sponsor for the second consecutive year.
Taking place from 12-15 October, the four-day luxury brand experience will once again take over London’s 10-11 Carlton Terrace with a curation of live talks, interviews and masterclasses showcasing the very best in the world of style, sport, TV, technology, travel, food and film.
Activity planned for the event includes a talk with Russell Brand, an audience with Sir Geoff Hurst, an evening with Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy, an interview with Paul Smith, a ‘What I’ve Learned’ session with Mark Cavendish and a ‘My Life in Books’ talk with Alan Hollinghurst. The Townhouse will also host a series of wine tastings, supper clubs and fitness classes with leading trainers from Equinox, Third Space, Barry’s Bootcamp, F45, BXR and Triyoga. In addition to offering ticketed events, the Townhouse will be the ultimate pop-up members club for the Esquire audience.
LEXUS are showcasing half a dozen luxury cars outside the venue.
DOIR SAUVAGE have a stand showing their fragrances.
LEON are handing out complimentary coffees and chocs.
The highlight for me was RUFFIANS top notch barbers who are here offering a quality complimentary trim cut.
They are highly rated by Esquire and you can see why.
TOMMY did a great trim on me and offered friendly and knowledgable advice.
They have five branches in prime locations...
Shoreditch - 46/48 Rivington Street, London EC2.
Marylebone - 63 Wigmore Street, London W1.
Covent Garden - 27 Maiden Lane, London WC2.
Liberty Store - London W1.
Edinburgh - 23 Queensferry Street , Edinburgh.
www.ruffians.co.ukVisit the Ruffians website here for more info.
www.esquire.co.ukVisit the Esquire website here for more and to get tickets.
then
6.30pm to 12pm
THE BOTANIST - re-opening party - 7 Sloane Square , Chelsea, London SW1.
Very popular bar near Sloane Square tube station re-opens after a 10 week refurbishment by owners ETM.
Russell Sage Studio, the designers behind ETM’s Aviary, Greenwood and Botanist Broadgate Circle, as well as the Zetter Townhouse, Savoy Grill and Social Eating House, will create a new design featuring a focal 45-seater bar with an expansive brass overhead display.
A colour palette of navy, green and rose has been introduced, while the site’s heritage is acknowledged through prints and bespoke botanical tiles inspired by physician, naturalist and collector Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection providing the foundation for the British Museum.
Tom Martin, director at ETM Group, said: “The Botanist was one of our first ETM venues and is a much-loved piece of the Sloane Square landscape. As we enter our 10th year of trading, we feel it is a great time to revitalise one of our most successful venues, ensuring it continues to thrive by providing our loyal customers with a current and engaging offer.”
Around 150 guests here who I presume are regulars including a couple of Made In Chelsea girls.
There were stilt-walkers outside the bar as you came in and a dj was playing tunes.
We got here on time and like yesterday grabbed a nice table for four as friends came and went.
It was very lively and buzzy with a full complimentary bar of anything you wanted.
There was champers , four of their own cocktails, Jack Daniels n coke, whiskey sours, espresso cocktails etc
and lots of tasty food with my fave being the fried chicken.
Just two minutes from The Cadogan Hall so perfect to pop in here before or after a show there.
We left at midnight and it was still going strong as it was a 1am finish.
A great party.
www.thebotonist.uk.comVisit The Botanist website here for full info.





Thursday 12 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to Dave Vanium from The Damned who is 61 today.




Wednesday 11 October 2017...6.30pm to 11.30pm...
CANTINA LAREDO - re-opening launch party - at 10 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2.
Mexican restaurant and bar near Stringfellow's opens after a refurbishment.
Traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist, with signature choice of eight different guacamoles.
Along with a variety of Tequila cocktails.
We got there as it opened so grabbed a table opposite the dj corner.
Around 200 folks here and it was pretty amazing how it stayed a full on buzzy party vibe all night.
Guests here included Cleo Rocos (from The Kenny Everett show who fronts her own Tequila brand),
Jo Wood, Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud), Una Healy (The Saturdays), Lottie Moss and Tallia Storm.
Also Professor Green, Jamie Winstone , Alistair Guy and model Winnie Harlow were here.
Daisy Lowe turned up at 10pm...probably after attending another event.
Folks chatting loudly over the four djs playing an hour set each of tunes.
At 9.15pm fashion designer Pam Hogg took over the dj duties for an hour.
She played a few Blondie tracks as she is good mates with Debbie Harry.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food as a choice of six tequila cocktails, wines,
Mexican beers and a full range of Mexican food.
A great party.
www.cantinalaredo.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.





Wednesday 11 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to football legend Sir Bobby Charlton who is 80 today.
Happy Birthday to QPR football legend Rodney Marsh who is 73 today.
Happy Birthday to actress Dawn French who is 60 today.





Tuesday 10 October 2017...I went to three events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION - 25th anniversary party - RSM, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1.
We are at The Royal Society of Medicine building.
The Fragrance Foundation UK is a non-profit making educational organisation setting standards of
excellence for the fragrance industry in the UK.
Their Mission: To expand the appreciation, enjoyment, use and sale of fragrances amongst all people.
Around 200 folks here with maybe 75% females as expected.
Complimentary Harrods champers,wines, beers and canapés before and after the speeches and videos.
All guests got a small goodie bag.
www.fragrancefoundation.org.ukVisit the Fragrance Foundation website here for more info.
then
9.45pm to 11pm
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - opening night party - The Crypt, Trafalgar Square, London WC2.
The main event was held earlier at The Garrick Theatre.
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
It is now on stage in The West End and the legend that is MEL BROOKS age 91...yes 91
is here on the opening night as he has been overseeing rehearsals.
Over 300 guests here in this basement venue.
Leslie Joseph (looking great for 71) and Ross Noble are here as they star in this stage version.
Both Leslie Joseph's 'Birds Of A Feather' pals are here - Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke.
As expected there are lots of celebrity faces here including Dame Joan Collins ,Elaine Paige, Tim Michin,
Paul Merton,Katherine Ryan,Debbie McGee,Don Black, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Alan Yentob,
Maureen Lipman,Christopher Biggins, Anita Dobson, Kate Garraway and a few others.
Complimentary prosecco, wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
then
11.10pm to 12.10pm
SPECSAVERS SPECTACLE WEARER OF THE YEAR AWARDS - after party -
8 Northumberland Avenue , London WC2.
Around 200 guests are here at the after party downstairs but all the celeb faces have departed.
The celebs want their photos taken by the many photographers waiting outside the venue.
Celebs including host Rylan Clark-Neal and Spencer Matthews were leaving as we were arriving.
Others that were here earlier at the dinner included Twiggy, Vogue Williams, Joel Dommett, Lisa Snowdon, Nadine Coyle, Prue Leith, Martin Kemp and his son Roman. The event was not without drama as Rylan Clarke-Neal and Chris Hughes fell out after Hughes's girlfriend and Love Island co-star Olivia Attwood called the presenter 'Katie Price's lap dog'.
There was a dj and it was lively as guests were dancing.
A complimentary bar so I had a couple of rum and cokes...also desserts and ice-cream were here.
A nice goodie bag with half a dozen items including a seven pack set of socks from designer JEFF BANKS.






Tuesday 10 October 2017.
Happy Birthday to Midge Ure who is 64 today.
He is currently on a massive month long UK tour.




Monday 09 October 2017...7.15pm to 12pm...
BMI LONDON AWARDS live at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
BMI LONDON AWARDS: Annual London ceremony which recognises European songwriters and publishers of top songs played on US radio and TV in the past year. Legendary songwriter and lead singer of Jamiroquai, Jay Kay will receive the President’s Award in recognition of his profound influence on songwriting within the music industry.
I have been to this awards event a few times with past President's Award winners including
John Lydon, Yoko Ono and last year was Sting.
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Arrived at 7.15pm for an hour of complimentary Laurent Perrier champers reception at this five star hotel.
TITO JACKSON was here as he is in the UK to promote his new solo album and he picked up an award later.
I had a nice chat with him and got a photo with him.
FOALS are here as they picked up an award later.
JAY KAY arrived late with two personal security guys staying close all through the night.
Not sure why security stayed so close when it was an invite only private music industry event.
I got my photo taken with him.
From 8.15pm to 10pm was the three course dinner for the 300 guests.
We were part of the 20 or 30 press folks standing at the back and just outside the main room with champers.
At 10pm some 30 awards are handed out quickly to songwriters and publishers.
Ed Sheeran won two but sent a video message from Nashville.
At 10.40pm there was a 10 mins video highlights of Jamiroquai's career.
Jamiroquai have sold 27 million albums worldwide.
Jay Kay then gave a thank you speech.
At 10.50pm Jamiroquai played a two song semi-acoustic set with the full band.
'Love Foolosophy' and 'Space Cowboy'.
From 11pm was the post show party with full complimentary bar including Jack Daniels and Baileys.
An excellent event.





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