Archive: May 2017

May 20, 2017

Friday 19 May 2017.
STEVE HACKETT live at The Palladium,London.
Steve plays the last night of his two month UK & European tour to promote his recent album 'The Night Siren'.
Steve was a guitarist with Genesis from 1971 to 1977.
I saw him play with Genesis at Hammersmith Odeon in 1976.
Steve Hackett released a few albums with Genesis and a lot more albums as a solo artist.
The tour is titled 'Genesis Revisted with Classic Hackett'.
Expect solo tracks in the first set and Genesis tracks from his stint in the band in the 1970s in the second set.
The Genesis set will feature the best tracks from the 'Wind & Wuthering' album to celebrate it's 40th anniversary.
Steve Hackett was the main songwriter on that album.
This was the last album that Steve Hackett played on before he departed Genesis.
This was the second Genesis album to feature Phil Collins on lead vocals after Peter Gabriel‘s departure.
That album came out at the height of punk rock.
I saw him at The Royal Albert Hall October 2013 which is now available on CD and DVD.
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I have a perfect seat which is third row from stage in the stalls centre for this sold out show.
It is a 90% middle aged male crowd tonight who like their Prog rock.
A nice lengthy show that lasted around 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 85 mins.
With his trademark haircut Steve Hackett looks much younger than his 67 years.
The sound on stage is perfect and Steve is playing some effortless sublime guitar.
The highlight of the first set is the full version of “Shadow of the Hierophant” from Steve’s first solo outing “Voyage Of The Acolyte” (1975) with Amanda Lehmann on vocals, admirably handling Sally Oldfield’s input on the original.
A top notch band who included Nick Beggs (ex 80s pop act Kajagoogoo) on bass who wore a kilt.
He is the most animated of the band and even sits cross legged banging away at pedals and stuff.
Many tracks ended with a great thunderous crescendo.
For the first set Steve Hackett was on vocals but for the second set Nad Sylvan performed vocals.
He looked like and had the stage mannerisms of Ronnie James Dio but did have echoes of Phil Collins type vocals.
Drummer Gary O'Toole was dressed in full suit and tie for the whole show and sang vocals on one track.
A very respectful crowd who absorbed what was going on in front of them rather than getting their phones out.
Steve has a polite and easygoing stage manner between songs.
It was a family affair as Steve was joined by his brother for one song and dedicated another to his wife
and mum who were sitting upstairs.
The show closed with the powerful instrumental 'Los Endos/ Slogans' medley which had everyone
rise to their feet for a standing ovation.
A very enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
FIRST SET (Hackett Old & New):
Every Day
El Niño
The Steppes
In the Skeleton Gallery
Behind the Smoke
Serpentine Song
Rise Again
Shadow of the Hierophant
SECOND SET (Genesis Revisited):
Eleventh Earl of Mar (Genesis song)
One for the Vine (Genesis song)
Blood on the Rooftops (Genesis song)
...In That Quiet Earth (Genesis song)
Afterglow (Genesis song)
Dance on a Volcano (Genesis song)
Inside and Out (Genesis song)
Firth of Fifth (Genesis song)
The Musical Box (Genesis song)
Encore:
Los Endos / Slogans (medley)
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10.45pm to 11.30pm...Aftershow party...
Sanctum Soho Hotel,20 Warwick Street,London W1.
This venue was just a few mins walk from The Palladium.
Around 70 or 80 guests in the basement area...pay bar...
It was a family affair as Steve was here with his wife,mum and brother.
All the band members were here.






Friday 19 May 2017.
CHRIS CORNELL seemingly had it all with a successful career and worldwide success.
Rock star Chris Cornell cause of death confirmed.... he hanged himself in his hotel room after a show...
It is being treated it as a suspected suicide.
He leaves a wife and three children...two with his current wife and one with his ex wife.
Soooo sad.




Friday 19 May 2017.
Happy Birthday to guitar legend Pete Townshend who is 72 today.





Thursday 18 May 2017...I went to two events today...
5.45pm to 7.15pm
MARKS & SPENCER - AW17 PRESS DAY - Conduit Street,London W1.
Famous brand showcase ranges for their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection.
Upstairs is female clothing,kids clothing,home furnishings but oddly no male clothing.
I am mainly here to see their MODERN HERITAGE female collection which is a fantastic
set of 1940s / 1950s inspired dresses,tops,shoes etc which is very fashionable these days.
On the ground floor was a bar area with complimentary M & S Prosecco, Gin Cocktails,
Coffees,Juices,different cheeses and donuts.
All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen female cosmetic items.
www.marksandspencer.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
THE BEACH BOYS live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
The Beach Boys play the first of two shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
I have seen them several times over the last 20 years but before that they rarely visited the UK.
In Sept 2003 i saw them in Phoenix,Arizona which was a couple of days after The Sex Pistols gig
i saw in Tempe,Arizona....I saw half a dozen Sex Pistols shows on their American Tour.
Hard to believe it is nearly five years since i saw The Beach Boys mega re-union shows with Brian Wilson
at The Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena in Sept 2012.
For this concert tonight the line-up will be led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, with Jeffrey Foskett,
Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten.
These are the first shows on a massive 100 date tour of Europe and North America.
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Like the day before it is pouring with rain all day in London so what do i do?
Go and see a band who sing about California and surfing at the beach.
THE BEACH BOYS play a mammoth set of 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 80 mins each.
It finished at 11.05pm which is way past bedtime for some of the older folks here.
An incredible 49 songs played during the evening.
Loads of classic Beach Boys hits played along with some cover versions and a couple of tracks
they said they have not played for many years.
Fourteen musicians on stage including six playing brass.
There is a big screen showing great videos and photos from their 1960s and 1970s heyday.
There was loads of fantastic five part harmonies on stage with their younger band member vocalists
taking over duties for the higher notes.
The second set had more of the big hits as the crowd got up and had a dance and a singalong.
Maybe it was not as stunning compared to a Brian Wilson show but it was a totally great show.
FIRST SET
Do It Again
Surfin' Safari
Catch a Wave
Little Honda
Surfin' U.S.A.
Surfer Girl
Wendy
Getcha Back
Please Let Me Wonder
Kiss Me, Baby
Dance, Dance, Dance
You Still Believe in Me
Here Today
Caroline, No (Brian Wilson song)
I'm Waiting for the Day
Aren't You Glad (First time since 1971)
Darlin'
Good to My Baby
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Cotton Fields (Lead Belly cover)
Don't Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
409
Shut Down
I Get Around
SECOND SET
California Dreamin' (The Mamas & the Papas cover)
Let Him Run Wild
Then I Kissed Her
Sloop John B ([traditional] cover)
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (The Four Freshmen cover)
Disney Girls
All I Wanna Do
I Can Hear Music (The Ronettes cover)
The Warmth of the Sun
God Only Knows
Pisces Brothers (Mike Love song)
Summer in Paradise
Lady Lynda (First time since 1993)
California Girls
Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)
Kokomo
Good Vibrations
Encore:
Wild Honey (sung by the drummer)
Barbara Ann (The Regents cover) (with a dozen female fans on stage dancing)
Fun, Fun, Fun





Thursday 18 May 2017....shock news of another rocker who has sadly passed away.
Soundgarden and Audioslave singer CHRIS CORNELL has died, aged only 52.
The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Cornell was best known for fronting Seattle grunge band Soundgarden from 1984 to 1997
and again from 2010 to the present day. The band’s most successful album, 1994’s ‘Superunknown’,
charted at Number One in the US and sold nine million copies worldwide.
Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery told the Associated Press that Cornell had passed away last night (May 17).
Bumbery said Cornell’s death was “sudden and unexpected”, and no cause has been offered yet.
Just hours earlier, Cornell had played a full, 20-song Soundgarden gig at the city’s Fox Theatre venue.
I saw him play several times with Soundgarden,Audioslave and solo.
I saw him last year solo acoustic at The Royal Albert Hall...Jimmy Page was in the crowd...
That show on 03 May 2016 would be his last ever show in the UK.
I saw Soundgarden play the opening night party at Shepherds Bush Empire in 1994 when it became a gig venue.
Chris Cornell also did a James Bond film soundtrack song...'You Know My Name'...
The power-driven track helped launch a new era of James Bond, starting with the Daniel Craig-starring
2006 film...Casino Royale...






Wednesday 17 May 2017.
ADAM ANT + GLAM SHANKS live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Adam Ant is playing a month long UK tour titled.....Anthems: The Singles Tour...
I have seen Adam Ant around a dozen times since 1979 when he was a support act to The Lurkers.
After his decade off i one of his comeback gigs at The 100 Club.
Before that in 1978 i saw him in the film 'Jubilee' when it came out.
He was very popular in the 1980s.
Pretty amazing how many gigs Adam is playing every year these days as from 1997 for around
a decade he went totally off the radar and stopped playing live when he suffered depression & mental illness.
Adam has had over a dozen Top 40 hits in his career...including three number ones...
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Bleeding typical that some friends flew out today to the sunshine of The South of France for
The Cannes Film Festival as it pissed down with rain in London...ALL DAY LONG...
GLAM SHANKS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 40 mins.
From California they are fronted by three females...and a male drummer who dresses like a female.
They are dressed in 1970s style sparkly glam outfits.
They have a shouty singer and they play some decent glam pop tunes including 'Roxy Roller' and 'Bad Bitch'.
Lots of Adam Ant fans around the venue are dressed up like him.
ADAM ANT arrives on stage at 8.45pm and plays for 1 hour 50 mins.
It is floor standing so his loyal fans are pushing up against the front of the stage.
Adam is wearing a cowboy hat and black leathers and looks great for his 62 years of age.
He had two drummers on a raised platform behind him just like the old days.
A dream setlist combining Adam & The Ants and his solo career focusing on The Singles,
both the A-Sides and the B-Sides from his first single onwards.
Adam barely keeps still as he does his little dance moves and slaps his thighs.
The big hit singles get everyone up dancing and singing along.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight.
Beat My Guest (Adam and The Ants song)
Vive Le Rock
Dog Eat Dog (Adam and The Ants song)
Apollo 9
Friend or Foe
Antmusic (Adam and The Ants song)
Room at the Top
Desperate But Not Serious
Cartrouble (Adam and The Ants song)
Zerox (Adam and The Ants song)
Young Parisians (Adam and The Ants song)
Prince Charming (Adam and The Ants song)
Gotta Be a Sin
Puss 'n Boots
Can't Set Rules About Love
Wonderful
Strip
Kings of the Wild Frontier (Adam and The Ants song)
Greta X
B-Side Baby (Adam and The Ants song)
Goody Two Shoes
Stand and Deliver (Adam and The Ants song)
Encore:
Lady/Fall In (Adam and The Ants song)
Red Scab
Physical (You're So) (Adam and The Ants song)





Wednesday 17 May 2017...in stores now...
Spirit of 76: London Punk Eyewitness, a revelatory collection of photography and fly-on-the-
wall reportage showcasing the punk movement from its most raucous beginnings.
Author of the book is John Ingham.
He was the first journalist to interview The Sex Pistols.
Johns feature appeared in the April 24th 1976 issue of Sounds.





Tuesday 16 May 2017.
DAVID GILMOUR was supported by his wife Polly Samson and kids Charlie and Sara Gilmour as they donned a pair of headphones, receiving a personal tour around the exhibition of Pink Floyd memorabilia at the V&A.
A small group of friends were there with him but the only other musician was his bass player Guy Pratt.





Tuesday 16 May 2917...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.45pm
BLOOMSBURY AUCTIONS - Fine Photographs and Photobooks - private view -
16/17 Pall Mall, St James's,London SW1.
One of those gallery privare views that was much better than expected.
A great collection of iconic photos from the last 100 years on display.
My faves included Frank Sinatra,Marilyn Monroe,Madonna,Kate Moss,Raquel Walsh,
Brigette Barbot,David Frost,Mick and Bianca Jagger in 1976.
Complimentary Chassenay D'Arce champers,wines,beers and some very nice canapés
from WWW.CANAPEBOX.CO.UK
www.bloomsburyauctions.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
8pm to 9.15pm
CHESTERTONS 'Polo in the Park' - launch party - Mandarin Oriental Hotel,Knightsbridge,London SW1.
Always nice to be at this luxury five star hotel.
Many big name music acts have stayed here including KISS and Bon Jovi.
Some of the male and female polo players are here in their polo playing gear.
Polo in the Park is the only polo event that is held in Central London.
This year it is held on June 9,10,11 at Hurlingham Park in Fulham.
I have been a couple of times to it and it is a very nice day out.
Complimentary Lanson champers,gin cocktails,wines,beers and nice canapés for all guests.
www.polointheparklondon.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.





Tuesday 16 May 2017.
Rock singer Ronnie James Dio sadly died seven years ago today on 16 May 2010.
Ronnie James Dio, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.
He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.
I saw him live many times with all of the above bands.





Monday 15 May 2017...6.15pm to 9.45pm...
PJs Bar & Grill - party to celebrate the start of 2017 Polo Season -
PJs Bar & Grill, 52 Fulham Road,London SW3.
I come to this event every year and it is always a really good party.
Over 300 guests here over the two levels of this cool bar & restaurant.
Bill Wyman and Kenney Jones have turned up here in the past but not tonight.
Just after 8pm owner Brian Stein gave a speech and thanked everyone for coming.
This time of year is the start of 'The Season' where outdoor events start for the summer.
These include polo events,Chelsea Flower Show,Ascot,Henley and other events.
Going to The Polo is actually a very enjoyable social day out.
Venues like Cowdray Park in West Sussex is set in stunning English countryside 50 miles from London.
There is even one event in London called Polo In The Park at Hurlingham, Fulham on June 9,10,11.
Ham Polo Club is situated near Richmond Park.
Lots of very nice complimentary drinks and food including Taittinger champers,vodka cocktails,
gin cocktails,wines,beers and top notch food including lobster rolls,burgers,king prawns etc.
A great evening.
www.pjsbarandgrill.co.ukVisit the PJs website for more info.







Monday 15 May 2017.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. played their last game at their White Hart Hart ground on Sunday after
118 years there from 1899 to 2017.
They will play at Wembley Stadium until their new ground has been built.
Spurs have always been my second club after Q.P.R. which was mainly due to their great 1970s team.
Around 40 ex players attended the farewell roll of honour celebration after the game including my
fave who is goalkeeper Pat Jennings.
No Jimmy Greaves, Steve Perryman, Jurgen Klinsmann, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, Jermaine Defoe,
or Gareth Bale. Real Madrid were playing but Bale was injured.
The fans chanting "There's only one Paul Gascoigne which was a nice touch".
It was raining so it was fitting that a Rainbow appeared over the ground as Spurs finished second in
The Premiership to Chelsea.
Type in google the following for a great 40 mins video of the celebrations...
LIVE! The Lane The Finale | Farewell Ceremony





Sunday 14 May 2017.
MARTY WILDE and The Wildcats live at The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Now aged 78 , Marty Wilde along with Cliff Richard was one of the first UK rock n roll stars in the late 1950s.
On 05 May 2017 he was awarded an MBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Marty had 11 Top 40 hit singles in the late 1950s/early 1960s.
Singer Kim Wilde is one of his children.
His set will include his own hits and covers of rock n roll hits from his late 50s/early 60s era.
He had six Top 10 hits with four of them in 1959 alone...
ENDLESS SLEEP - DONNA - TEENAGER IN LOVE - SEA OF LOVE - BAD BOY - RUBBER BALL
He also wrote hits for other artists in the 1960s.
This would be the first time I have seen him perform a full show as the only time before was when he
performed a few songs as part of a package.
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No surprise that it is a mainly older audience tonight.
I have a great seat just six rows from the stage.
Marty and his band are on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 60 mins.
In the middle of each set Marty Wilde takes a 10 mins break and the band play on without him.
That means Marty Wilde himself is on for 1 hour 30 mins which is good for age 78.
He looks fantastic for his age i must say and looks dapper in his knee length suit and bootlace tie.
His backing band are not the original Wildcats but most of them have been with him for over 30 years.
Lots of friendly stage banter from Marty.
The first set included his hits 'Endless Sleep' and 'Bad Boy' along with covers from the likes of
cowboy film themes,a trio of Buddy Holly hits,Billy Fury ,a couple of Elvis Presley and others.
The second set included his hits 'Donna' and 'Teenager in Love' and a few songs by The Shadows,
Cliff Richard,Elvis Presley and others from that era.
During 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' he changed the lyrics to included rock n roll stars from his era
that have sadly passed away ending with Chuck Berry.
The encore was a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Roll Over Beethoven'.
A full standing ovation from the crowd for this original rock n roll pioneer who is still rockin'.
An enjoyable trip down memory lane.






Sunday 14 May 2017.
Paul Rodgers + Deborah Bonham live at The New Theatre,Oxford.
This gig was on my radar as his London gig clashes with KISS in Birmingham.
Decided it was a bit far in the end and decided to stay more local with Marty Wilde.
My mate Malc who was at the gig tells me that Robert Plant and Brian Johnson ex AC/DC singer
came on for the first song of the encore which was...
Money (That's What I Want) (Barrett Strong cover)...watch the video on YouTube.com...






Saturday 13 May 2017.
Like rock? Introducing a new magazine from radio station Planet Rock that is now in selected stores.
Issue One of Planet Rock Magazine features a mirrored and embossed collectors' cover, and
celebrates Motorhead via a gargantuan 17-page cover story which includes eye-witness accounts
and a new interview with legendary guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke.
Elsewhere, you'll find an all-revealing interview with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, plus celebrate the 30th anniversary of Def Leppard's blockbusting album Hysteria as the band revisit an astonishing tale of tragedy and triumph. And there's loads more on Guns N' Roses, The Magpie Salute (aka the 'new' Black Crowes), Black Star Riders, UFO, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Blues Pills, Van Halen and Joanne Shaw Taylor, to name but a few, while a reviews section brings you all the music you need to know about right now. That means in-depth reviews of new albums by Roger Waters, Royal Blood, Inglorious, The Dead Daisies, Royal Thunder and more, plus live action from The Who, Joe Bonnamassa and Broken Witt Rebels.





Friday 12 May 2017.
KASABIAN have released six albums and FIVE of them have hit the number one spot.
Kasabian have scored their fifth straight number one record as they put an end to Ed Sheeran's
two-month reign at the UK album charts summit.
The Leicestershire band's sixth studio album 'For Crying Out Loud' collected 52,000 combined chart sales
in its opening week, some 5,000 ahead of Sheeran's Divide.
The new BLONDIE album 'Pollinator' entered the charts at number four.





Friday 12 May 2017.
Sad news of the death of a tv actor who i watched every week in the early 70s.
Beloved British actor Geoffrey Bayldon has died aged 93, after battling respiratory problems.
Bayldon was known for his role as Catweazle in the 1970s' children's TV show,
and later for the role as Crowman in Worzel Gummidge.






Thursday 11 May 2017...6.30pm to 9.15pm...
FORTNUM & MASON FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS 2017 at Fortnum & Mason,181 Piccadilly,London W1.
This was the fifth year of these awards and i have been to all five of them.
Fortnum & Mason is an upmarket department store with over 300 years of history.
Around 300 folks are in the restaurant area on the fourth floor.
Presenter Claudia Winkleman hosted the awards from 7.20pm to 7.45pm.
A few top chefs and celebs are here.
Hugh Bonneville who is best known for playing Robert Crawley in the ITV period drama series
Downton Abbey and has been nominated for BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
He gave out an award to tv chefs The Hairy Bikers who were both here.
Also here were Mary Berry,Antonio Carluccio,Stephen Webster,Dylan Jones.
Actor and cookbook writer Stanley Tucci ,Tom Parker-Bowles, Emma Freud and Ronni Ancona.
Tess Daly, and her husband Vernon Kay, Lisa Snowdon and her partner George Smart.
Food critics William Sitwell and Jay Rayner were also at the ceremony alongside Pierre Koffman,
Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley and Mark Hix.
Sir Bruce Forsyth's wife of 34 years Wilnelia was seen for the first time at a public event
since his recent health scare.
The Puerto Rican former beauty queen, now 59 ,showed off her timeless elegance and beauty.
Lots of complimentary food & drink including Fortnum's champers,whiskey cocktails,gin cocktails,
wines and lots of yummy food and desserts from Fortnum's kitchen.
All guests got a Fortnum's goodie bag with several items including chocs,loose tea,marmalade,tea towel etc.
Value of goodie bag items would be around £50 in Fortnum's.
Always a very nice event.
www.fortnumandmason.comVisit the Fortnum & Mason website here for a list of the winners.






Wednesday 10 May 2017.
Sid Vicious would have been 60 today.




Wednesday 10 May 2017...I went to two events today...
4pm to 5.30pm
F & F Autumn / Winter 2017 showcase - Carousel,71 Blandford Street,London W1.
F & F are the TESCO clothing brand found in their stores.
They are a sponsor of this site so i always turn up at their presentations and showcases.
They do actually have good clothing at great prices.
Over this building one floor had male clothing and another floor had female and kids clothing.
Some nice Jackets,shirts,trousers,shoes etc.for men
A pop-up bar area where there is complimentary Tesco Finest Prosecco,canapés and first time I have
tasted or seen Rainbow Bagels with salmon which were very tasty...also teas,coffees,soft drinks.
All guests got a £30 F & F / Tesco gift card for attending.
www.f-f.comVisit the F & F website here for more info.
then
6.15pm to 10.30pm
ANNA DE CODORNIU - launch party - Terrace on The Thames,Doubletree by Hilton Docklands Riverside,
265 Rotherhithe Street,London SE16.
ANNA, Barcelona's Gourmet Sparkling Wine of Choice arrives in London.
Guests are asked to 'wear something white' as Anna Cava comes in a white bottle.
At 6.15pm we arrive at Savoy Pier for a 20 mins boat ride down The Thames that left at 6.40pm.
Around 100 on the boat and it's a lovely sunny evening although a bit windy when we start moving.
Always great to see the many London iconic buildings that line The River.
The Anna Cava is flowing in white glasses.
At 7pm we arrive at at the hotel terrace bar that is by The River.
There were another 150 folks there who made their own way to the venue.
There are magicians,jugglers and a live sax player who joins in with the dj.
A Spanish theme tonight so it is complimentary Anna Cava,sangria,beers and plates of paella and
Spanish style canapés.
We stay outside until 9pm then head inside.
All guests got a goodie bag with a couple of bottles of Anna Cava.
Not the easiest of venues to casually come across.
The hotel's river ferry provides complimentary access to Canary Wharf as well as connecting Guests to water taxi fleets for a voyage on the Thames, straight into central London. The hotel is ideally located for the O2, Canary Wharf Business and Shopping Centre, Green Park and Oxford Street and only a 10-minute drive from Tower Bridge. Take the C10 bus outside the hotel to Canada Water Station for the Jubilee Line and London Overground, offering quick access to tourist attractions and shopping.
www.doubletree3.hilton.comVisit the hotel website for more info.
www.annadecodorniu.comVisit the Anna Cava website here.






Tuesday 09 May 2017...6.45pm to 9.30pm...
THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION 'Their Mortal Remains' -private view - The Victoria & Albert Museum,
South Kensington,London SW7.
Iconic and the V&A present The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the first international retrospective of one of the world's most pioneering and influential bands who are recognised as one of the top selling artists of all time. The exhibition is an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960's through to the present day. It has been produced with active involvement and collaboration from the three surviving band members, and includes artefacts such as instruments, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, hand-written lyrics, graphics and artwork.
Some 350 exhibits will be on display.
The original mixing desk for the recording of 'Dark Side Of The Moon' is here.
Their is a replica desk here where you can make your own mix of their classic track 'Money'.
There is a concert experience room at the very end, where you can see and hear the briefly reunited
Pink Floyd’s one-off performance in Hyde Park of Comfortably Numb at Live8 in 2005 on four big screens.
I was at Hyde Park for their four song set and also the same four songs in Hyde Park for rehearsals the day before.
I went to the David Bowie exhibition opening launch party at The V & A in 2013.
Will be interesting to see if Pink Floyd sell more tickets as David Bowie had an incredible 312,000 visitors.
The exhibition opens to the public from Saturday 13 May 2017.
www.vam.ac.ukVisit the V & A Museum website here for more info and to buy tickets...£20 or £24 peak times...
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A massive crowd here as must 700 or 800 guests here.
NICK MASON gave a speech as he was the main Floyd member involved with the exhibition.
David Gilmour personal security guy was here and he confirmed DG would not be coming.
QUEEN members BRIAN MAY and ROGER TAYLOR were here.
I got my photo with Brian May who is always soooo friendly and chatty.
Queen have a lot to answer for regards my gig addiction as seeing them supporting supporting
Mott The Hoople for a mega gig at Hammersmith Odeon in Dec 1973 as a fourteen year old
was my one of my earliest gigs and was the first of over 2000 shows seen by me at that venue alone
and over 6600 gigs since.
LED ZEP guitar legend JIMMY PAGE was one of the first to arrive and leave and he was in front of me
checking out the exhibition with great interest.
Others here included NOEL GALLAGHER, BOB GELDOF,SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR,JO WOOD,
BILL CURBISHLEY (manager of The Who),GUY PRATT (David Gilmour Band bass player),
GRAHAM COXON (Blur guitarist),JOHNNY MARR (ex The Smiths guitarist),ANNEKA RICE,
NICK RHODES from Duran Duran and comedian RORY BREMNER.
JOHN GIDDINGS (leading booking agent and Isle of Wight Festival promoter) told me that despite
being agent to many legendary acts it was Pink Floyd who were his fave band.
Girl About Town JACKIE ST CLAIR got the photographers attention as seemed to be the only
person here tonight wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt.
LEO GREEN (musician and curator of The London Blues Fest),
DUGGIE FIELDS ---After an American visit Fields went to live in Earls Court Square
and shared a flat with Syd Barrett, who had just left Pink Floyd.
Fields still lives in the same flat and he works in Barrett's former room.
GERALD SCARFE,PATRICK COX and PAULA WILCOX were all here.
SIR JOHN MADEJSKI, the business tycoon and chairman of Reading FC, who has sponsored the
new wing and garden area at this museum.
From 7.45pm i spent 45 mins visiting the dozen or so rooms of the exhibition.
You could easy spend 90 mins or two hours here when it's a bit quieter and will go again i hope.
Make sure you take the headphones as each room has music and interviews to be heard on them.
Amazingly one of the rooms has a punk rock corner with a few Sex Pistols items including a feature
about when John Lydon wore his 'I HATE PINK FLOYD' t-shirt in the early days of punk and they have
Sex Pistols 'Never Mind The Bollocks' album artwork and posters etc.
Of couse at the end is a massive range of merch to buy.
It is a great exhibition to rival the David Bowie and Rolling Stones recent exhibitions.
Complimentary Saint-Hilaire sparkling white wine and canapés for all guests.





Monday 08 May 2017.
THE QUO EXPERIENCE live at The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
The Quo Experience is a band with an impressively experienced line-up including Shaun Michaels (as Francis Rossi) and Dave Crawte (as Rick Parfitt), who have both featured in quality Quo tribute acts in the past. Shaun and Dave have spent years studying every detail of Rossi and Parfitt’s looks, playing styles and stage performances.
www.thequoexperience.co.ukVisit their website here for more info including future gigs list.
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We get to the venue and the amount of folks here is very low for whatever reason.
I reckon 100 folks here max at this cosy old all seated theatre that holds 633.
The band are on stage for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 60 mins.
They have clearly been looking at Quo videos as they have Quo type white amplifiers and they
are all wearing white trainers and they have all their mannerisms.
The bass player may be bald but he has a headless bass and a stage stance just like Rhino.
Loads of the usual Quo classics are played....and a couple of the dodgier ones.
We get a nice surprise at the end of the main set as ex Status Quo drummer MATT LETLEY
joined the band for two great hits 'Whatever You Want' and 'Rockin' All Over The World'
He was the drummer with Status Quo from 2000 to 2012.
His final concert was on 19 December, at The O2 Arena as the final date of the band's 2012 winter tour.
An enjoyable show.






Sunday 07 May 2017.
Look at the amazing list of gigs i was going to 40 years ago this month.
It would be my 18th birthday on 27 May 1977.
On my 18th birthday The Sex Pistols released their classic single 'God Save The Queen'.
Elton John Rainbow Theatre, London 06.05.1977
Clash,Jam,Buzzcocks Rainbow Theatre, London 09.05.1977 all the seats at the front got smashed
Slade,Liar Rainbow Theatre, London 12.05.1977
Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1977
Clash,Buzzcocks,Slits St Albans City Hall 21.05.1977 superb 3 band punk package
Judas Priest,Magnum New Victoria Theatre, London 22.05.1977
Television,Blondie Hammersmith Odeon, London 28.05.1977 punk double bill from new york
Rush,Stray Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.06.1977 First UK tour by Rush
Ramones,Talking Heads,Saints Roundhouse. London 05.06.1977 fantastic triple band package
Ramones,Talking Heads,Saints Roundhouse. London 06.06.1977 met sid vicious at this show
Queen Earls Court Arena, London 07.06.1977 tried to get on Sex Pistols Boat Gig before we went here.





Thursday 04 May 2017....I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.45pm
BELSTAFF x VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE - collection launch party - 135/137 New Bond Street,London W1.
Belstaff is a cool and iconic British brand known for its jackets and boots.
David Beckham opened this flagship store in 2013 on a Sunday evening when they closed off
New Bond Street for a motorbike parade and display.
The British luxury clothing brand Belstaff is partnering with the online fashion-resale platform Vestiaire Collective to sell ten vintage motorcycle jackets from the brand’s 1960s and ‘70s archive. Launching today, the collection pays tribute to the Scottish Six Days Trial — the world’s oldest motorcycle event, which inspired Belstaff’s signature hand-waxed Trialmaster jacket.
One of the jackets I looked at had a £1100 price tag.
Around 150 guests here with many wearing their Belstaff jackets.
Guests included Cheryl's ex-husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez Versini,Alistair Guy ,Henry Conway,
Paul Sculfor, Oliver Cheshire and Oliver Proudlock.
Dj sounds being played in the background...nice and buzzy atmosphere....
Complimentary Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine, Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktails,
beers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
www.belstaff.co.ukVisit the Belstaff website here for more info.
then
8pm to 10pm
FRANCESCA SEGAL - The Awkward Age - book launch party -
Boyd's Grill & Wine Bar,8 Northumberland Avenue,London WC2.
Around 100 folks here at this bar which has recently had a nice refurbishment.
Complimentary drinks included Passionfruit Martinis,Mojitos,Rum and Ginger, wines,
beers including Guinness and canapes.
All guests got a signed copy of the book to take home.
About the book...
In a Victorian terraced house, in north-west London, two families unite in imperfect harmony. After five years of widowhood, Julia is deeply, unexpectedly in love. If only her beloved daughter, Gwen, didn’t hate James so much. At the very least, she could be civil to his son, Nathan. Bringing together two households was never going to be easy, but Gwen’s struggle for independence, and the teenagers’ unexpected actions, will threaten Julia’s new happiness.






Wednesday 03 May 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8pm
JACKIE COLLINS - estate auction private view - Bonhams,101 New Bond Street,London W1.
Jackie Collins OBE who died in Sept 2015 aged 77 was an English romance novelist. She moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and spent most of her career there. She wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages.Eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen, either as films or television miniseries. She was the younger sister of Dame Joan Collins.
Over 200 guests here at this auction house space including her sister Dame Joan Collins.
Also Christopher Biggins, Shakira Caine,Nancy Dell'Olio,Nicky Haslam,Melanie Sykes,
Michael Brandon,Glynis Barber,Katy Kass,Tara Newley,Jonathan Shalit,
Mark Francis Vandelli,Andrew Pierce,Eve Pollard and others.
On display are paintings,jewellery,watches etc from her Beverley Hills mansion.
The main auction will be held at Bonhams,Los Angeles on May 16 and 17.
Got a couple of Jackie Collins books in the goodie bag on departure.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all the guests here.
www.bonhams.comVisit the Bonhams website here for more info.
then
BLONDIE live at The Roundhouse ,London NW1...sold out...
Blondie play a special one-off show to launch their studio album 'Pollinator' which comes out 05 May.
It features collaborations with Johnny Marr and Charli XCX.
Blondie drummer Clem Burke has been saying Debbie Harry is feeling that this could be their last ever tour.
I have seen Blondie around 20 times since 1977 when they supported Television at Hammersmith Odeon.
I have also seen Deborah Harry solo a few times headlining Hammersmith Odeon ,Royal Festival Hall
and The Jazz Cafe when Blondie split up.
A pop-up shop in Camden Market will be selling official Blondie merchandise from April 29.
Blondie return in the summer to support Phil Collins in Hyde Park on Friday 30 June 2017.
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I get to my balcony seat and look around the venue which is totally rammed.
Don't think i have ever seen this venue so packed.
BLONDIE arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for around 85 mins.
There is a nice big screen showing some arty images.
Debbie Harry is still looking cool at age 71 and for the first four songs she is wearing an oversized
shirt that says "STOP FUCKING THE PLANET".
The new album tracks mix in well with loads of Blondie classics played tonight.
Drummer Clem Burke is visually great to watch as always.
A great show and hopefully they will be back in the UK later in the year for a full tour.
Full setlist played tonight...
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves cover)
Fun
Call Me
My Monster
In the Flesh
Rapture / "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" by the Beastie Boys)
Fragments
Long Time
Atomic
Gravity
Heart of Glass
Encore:
Maria
Too Much
Dreaming
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10.20pm to 11.45pm
Aftershow party in the balcony bar.
A big crowd of over 100 guests i reckon....pay bar...
Did not see Debbie Harry or Chris Stein here as they probably stayed backstage.
Drummer Clem Burke and other band members were here.
Other folks here included John Giddings (Blondie booking agent) ,Alan Edwards (Blondie pr),
Steve English (security at The Roundhouse in the 1970s punk heyday ),
Patti Palladin, Brix Smith, Jeni Cook (wife of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook),
Mark Jones ( Wall of Sound records),guitarist James Stevenson,Jen(singer with The Priscilla's).
Also here was fashionista Daniel Lismore who the previous night was at an event in London
and got Jo Wood to write the word "C***" on his arm and then got a photo taken with politician
Nigel Farage with his arm and fingers pointing at him...see the picture in Wednesdays Standard paper...







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May 05, 2017

Wednesday 03 May 2017...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8pm
JACKIE COLLINS - estate auction private view - Bonhams,101 New Bond Street,London W1.
Jackie Collins OBE who died in Sept 2015 aged 77 was an English romance novelist. She moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and spent most of her career there. She wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages.Eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen, either as films or television miniseries. She was the younger sister of Dame Joan Collins.
Over 200 guests here at this auction house space including her sister Dame Joan Collins.
Also Christopher Biggins, Shakira Caine,Nancy Dell'Olio,Nicky Haslam,Melanie Sykes,
Michael Brandon,Glynis Barber,Katy Kass,Tara Newley,Jonathan Shalit,
Mark Francis Vandelli,Andrew Pierce,Eve Pollard and others.
On display are paintings,jewellery,watches etc from her Beverley Hills mansion.
The main auction will be held at Bonhams,Los Angeles on May 16 and 17.
Got a couple of Jackie Collins books in the goodie bag on departure.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers and canapés for all the guests here.
www.bonhams.comVisit the Bonhams website here for more info.
then
BLONDIE live at The Roundhouse ,London NW1...sold out...
Blondie play a special one-off show to launch their studio album 'Pollinator' which comes out 05 May.
It features collaborations with Johnny Marr and Charli XCX.
Blondie drummer Clem Burke has been saying Debbie Harry is feeling that this could be their last ever tour.
I have seen Blondie around 20 times since 1977 when they supported Television at Hammersmith Odeon.
I have also seen Deborah Harry solo a few times headlining Hammersmith Odeon ,Royal Festival Hall
and The Jazz Cafe when Blondie split up.
A pop-up shop in Camden Market will be selling official Blondie merchandise from April 29.
Blondie return in the summer to support Phil Collins in Hyde Park on Friday 30 June 2017.
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I get to my balcony seat and look around the venue which is totally rammed.
Don't think i have ever seen this venue so packed.
BLONDIE arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for around 85 mins.
There is a nice big screen showing some arty images.
Debbie Harry is still looking cool at age 71 and for the first four songs she is wearing an oversized
shirt that says "STOP FUCKING THE PLANET".
The new album tracks mix in well with loads of Blondie classics played tonight.
Drummer Clem Burke is visually great to watch as always.
A great show and hopefully they will be back in the UK later in the year for a full tour.
Full setlist played tonight...
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves cover)
Fun
Call Me
My Monster
In the Flesh
Rapture / "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" by the Beastie Boys)
Fragments
Long Time
Atomic
Gravity
Heart of Glass
Encore:
Maria
Too Much
Dreaming
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10.20pm to 11.45pm
Aftershow party in the balcony bar.
A big crowd of over 100 guests i reckon....pay bar...
Did not see Debbie Harry or Chris Stein here as they probably stayed backstage.
Drummer Clem Burke and other band members were here.
Other folks here included John Giddings (Blondie booking agent) ,Alan Edwards (Blondie pr),
Steve English (security at The Roundhouse in the 1970s punk heyday ),
Patti Palladin, Brix Smith, Jeni Cook (wife of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook),
Mark Jones ( Wall of Sound records),guitarist James Stevenson,Jen(singer with The Priscilla's).
Also here was fashionista Daniel Lismore who the previous night was at an event in London
and got Jo Wood to write the word "C***" on his arm and then got a photo taken with politician
Nigel Farage with his arm and fingers pointing at him...see the picture in Wednesdays Standard paper...






Tuesday 02 May 2017.
SHAKIN' STEVENS + DANNI NICHOLLS live at Shepherds Bush Empire,London.
Shaky is on a massive 34 date UK tour in April/May to promote his recent album 'Echoes Of Our Times’.
I saw Shaky , now aged 69 , several times at Hammersmith Odeon in his 1980s heyday.
For shows in the mid 1980s the local council were worried about Shaky hysteria and insisted on extra security.
When i worked on security through the 1980s at Hammersmith Odeon which act needed most security?
Motörhead?, David Bowie? ,Iron Maiden?, Duran Duran?....none of those as it was Shakin Stevens.
The funny thing was there was not enough security working in the team so we were asked to get girlfriends,
wives and sisters along to make the numbers up and they did security upstairs.
In the UK alone, Stevens has charted 33 Top 40 hit singles including four chart-topping hits "This Ole House", "Green Door", "Oh Julie", and "Merry Christmas Everyone"; his last Top 40 single was "Trouble" in 2005 apart from his Christmas song, which has re-entered the UK Top 40 chart each December since 2007.
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DANNI NICHOLLS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 30 mins.
Some nice Americana style tunes from her new album 'Mockingbird Lane'.
Shaky still gets a mix of older and younger fans with a few in vintage rock n roll type clothing.
SHAKIN' STEVENS arrived on stage at 8.05pm and was on stage for 1 hour 40 mins over
two sets 45 mins and 55 mins.
Shaky looks great for age 69 as he strolls on stage to big cheers and screams.
Shaky fronts a full band with 10 people on stage including two female backing singers.
We have a big screen showing some stylish pre-recorded images.
For some reason the stalls is all seated but you can see quite a few are twitching to dance and
they stand at the sides to have a boogie.
By track four Shaky has been given some flowers by a female fan and he still gets a few female screams
when he does his rock n roll dance shuffle.
The setlist is a nice mix of a few new album tracks with lots of hits from his heyday period.
The second set had most of the hits including a great re-working of his big hit 'This Ole House'
with lots of delicious slide guitar.
For the last 30 mins from 'Marie,Marie' onwards the crowd rushed to the front of the stage.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight....
FIRST SET
Down In The Hole
Echoes of Our Times
How Could It Be Like That
Turning Away
To Spread The Word
Behind Those Secrets and Lies
You Never Talked About Me
Hot Dog (Corky Jones cover)
Don't Lie to Me
One Way Out
It's My Own Business (Chuck Berry cover)
So Long Baby Goodbye
SECOND SET
Now Listen
Down Into Muddy Water
Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
Radio
Suffer Little Children
The Fire In Her Blood
This Ole House (Stuart Hamblen cover) (new version)
Marie, Marie (The Blasters cover)
Lipstick, Powder and Paint (Big Joe Turner cover)
Train of Time
Last Man Alive
ENCORE
Love The World
Green Door (Jim Lowe cover)
Fire Down Below
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10.15pm to 11.15pm...Aftershow drinks in the Level 1 bar.
Around 30 guests are here including Shaky who very friendly and chatty to everyone.
I tell him about the story above where we needed more security for him when he played
Hammersmith Odeon in the 1980s than any other band.
He said ' I must remember that as I never as knew as it was such a busy period back then'.
Also here was the support act Danni Nicholls and Sir Tim Rice.
Also here was Paul Sexton who has done many great BBC 2 Radio music specials.
We were all given copy of the new Shaky album which was nice.
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A testament to his popularity is that Shaky has left the stage an hour ago but there are still 40 hardcore fans
waiting for Shaky by the backstage entrance when I departed the venue.
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www.shakinstevens.comVisit his website here for more info including full tour dates.





Tuesday 02 May 2017.
Canadian singer and musician Bryan Adams is composing the music for a stage adaptation of the
much-loved romantic comedy Pretty Woman.
It will open on Broadway in 2018 and then The West End in London the following year.





Tuesday 02 May 2017.
The Sex Pistols are number five in best selling Record Store Day albums of 2017.
TITLE ARTIST
1 CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE IN LOS ANGELES 74) - DAVID BOWIE
2 BOWPROMO - DAVID BOWIE
3 GREATEST HITS - THE CURE
4 HAMMERSMITH ODEON LONDON '75 - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & E ST BAND
5 GOD SAVE SEX PISTOLS - SEX PISTOLS





Monday 01 May 2017.
MICK JAGGER has paid tribute to his late girlfriend L’Wren Scott on what would have
been her 53rd birthday on Friday.
The fashion designer was found dead in her New York City apartment on 17 March, 2014
after committing suicide.
The Rolling Stones frontman, who was in a relationship with L’Wren from 2001 until her death, takes to his rarely-used Instagram account every year to remember her on her birthday and he continued the tradition on Friday.




Monday 01 May 2017.
Tonight KISS play the opening show of their European Tour in Moscow,Russia.
I will be seeing them play live at the end of May.





Saturday 29 April 2017.
Boxing Megaclash---Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko --- Wembley Stadium.
- IBF, IBO & WBA Super Heavyweight Championships of the World.
A staggering 90,000 boxing fans sell out Wembley Stadium.
Over 140 countries around the world showing the fight live.
Both boxers will get a payday of between £10 million to £15 million each.
This is a bigger crowd than the gigs played here as for boxing there can sell seats on the pitch as
it is in the round and there is no end closed off for a bands stage production.
Anthony Joshua has retained his IBF world heavyweight title and won the vacant WBA and IBO belts by defeating Wladimir Klitschko in a pulsating, tospy-turvy fight in front of the biggest boxing audience in the UK for almost 80 years.
Joshua had to get off the canvas to do it after being knocked down in the sixth by the 41-year-old former champion and for a long troubling spell afterwards he looked on the brink of imminent defeat as he wobbled and clung on without counter-punching.
I watched it on the big screen.
It certainly did live up to the pre-fight hype.
Rounds 5 and 6 were pretty incredible.
Despite being aged 41, Klitschko looked in superb condition the longer the fight went on
until Joshua caught him in the 11th round and the fight was stopped.
A great fight.




Friday 28 April 2017.
SAM BAILEY + Niki Loy + Hollie Aires live at The Beck Theatre,Hayes,Middlesex.
Sam Bailey was the X Factor winner from 2013.
She had a number single and album on the back of it.
Her recent album 'Sing My Heart Out' reached number 33 last year.
Sam worked professionally as a singer before appearing on The X Factor.
Prior to auditioning for The X Factor, she worked as a prison officer at HM Prison Gartree
near Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Obviously X Factor is a mainly a naff load of old tosh but Sam Bailey was in her mid 30s when she won
and beat off all of the much younger opposition.
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Hollie Aires arrived on stage at 7.30pm and was on for 20 mins.
She started with a cover of 'Torn' then played some of her own songs.
Niki Loy arrived on stage at 7.50pm and was on for 30 mins.
Another female with an acoustic guitar who played songs from her album.
SAM BAILEY took to the stage at 8.45pm and played for a lengthy 1 hour 55 mins.
Sam had a full band including three great backing vocals ( 2 female & 1 male).
The crowd is pretty much 75% middle aged females.
Sam has a fantastic Whitney Houston type voice and a stage personality to match.
Sam admits to being a bit of a Tom Boy whose first love in life was football. She played professionally
for a number of clubs including Millwall Lionesses, West Ham, Crystal Palace and London Women.
Sam sung some of the songs she performed on X Factor as well as solo material and superb covers of
'(Something Inside) So Strong ' and 'The Living Years'.
Sam had plenty of entertaining stage banter where she she said 'I can't reach the high notes unless I open
my legs ' and gave us a demonstration and also how badly she walks in high heels with
another demonstration.
Also she mentioned she only entered X Factor because a girl she knew got £50 extra at her
pub gigs because she had been on X Factor and her gig poster could say 'as seen on X Factor'.
She thanked Simon Cowell for giving her a house extension and AstroTurf.
She said ' I am just a normal bird who sang in pubs then won X Factor'.
This should have been just a pretty average gig but it was surprisingly really good and very entertaining.
Full setlist played tonight...
Somebody Else's Guy (Jocelyn Brown cover)
I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt cover)
Echo
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Barbra Streisand cover)
No Greater Love
No Tomorrow
Sun Above the Clouds
Sam Bailey plays the drums
Dirty Laundry (Don Henley cover)
Clown (Emeli Sandé cover)
And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going (Henry Krieger cover)
Take It Out On the Dancefloor
(Something Inside) So Strong (Labi Siffre cover)
Never Again
The Living Years (Mike + The Mechanics cover)
Sing My Heart Out
Encore:
Medley of covers with Sam and backing vocalists taking it it turn to sing.
Alone / Right Here Waiting / Take My Breath Away / China in Your Hand / After All That We've Been Through
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship cover)
Note: Sam was joined by a 25 piece Rock Choir for last four songs of the main set





Thursday 27 April 2017.
GUTTERDAMMERUNG + STEAK NUMBER EIGHT live at The Palladium,London.
A special one off film screening with a live band at The Palladium.
The loud and dark fairytale Gutterdämmerung is a rock ‘n’ roll / film / gig concept from the mind of Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose. Gutterdämmerung is part rock show part immersive cinema experience featuring some of the biggest rock names on the planet including Grace Jones, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes, Motörhead’s Lemmy, Tom Araya, Mark Lanegan, Volbeat, Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Justice, Nina Hagen and Slash.
Much in the tradition of classic movies of 1920’s Hollywood, the film is mostly silent but instead of a lone piano a live rock band express the emotions and action whilst special effects from the film explode to life all around the audience. Think of a deafening rock ‘n’ roll version of Secret Cinema taking place in hell and you might just begin to have an idea of what Gutterdämmerung is.
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We have front row royal circle seats in the guest/press block in the middle of the royal circle.
The support band STEAK NUMBER EIGHT arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for 30 mins.
Steak Number Eight are a post-metal/sludge metal band based in Belgium.
They were much better than expected as they played crunching heavy metal riffs with mainly instrumental
based songs and a singer who jumped in the crowd during the final song.
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After the interval we get the film on the big screen along with the band and it lasted around 90 mins.
The band play live behind the screen,sometimes hidden and sometimes you can see them due to lighting
and sometimes they venture out in front of the screen...except the drummer of course.
The plot and storyline is a bit bonkers as expected.
It is pretty much a "Heaven vs. Hell" story.
Iggy is a spoilt angel who didn’t get into heaven because God doesn’t trust him and, instead, gives him a guitar.
In his defiance, Iggy throws the guitar down to earth as he doesn’t agree with rock’n’roll being taken away
from the planet and everything becoming peaceful.
Rollins, meanwhile, is an evil priest chasing down a couple who discover the guitar in the desert, while Lemmy is a general who leads the rock’n’roll army and Josh Homme plays his bazooka-toting henchman. He has a bazooka which is called Death Dominion. Meanwhile Grace Jones is the gatekeeper of purgatory. Imagine her like Cleopatra in a big chair with either giving a thumbs up or thumbs down.
Every time a rock legend appears on screen ,big cheers come ring out loud from the crowd.
The band do a great job on the songs especially on a couple of Black Sabbath classics.
Also pukka versions of Ted Nugent 'Motor City Madhouse' and Motorhead 'Ace of Spades'.
An enjoyable evening.







Thursday 27 April 2017.
Happy Birthday to ex KISS guitar legend Ace Frehley who is 66 today.





Wednesday 26 April 2017...8.30pm to 5am...
THE NED - launch party - 27 Poultry,Bank,London EC2.
Hotly anticipated five star luxury hotel from Soho House finally opens with a stunning lavish party.
The transformation of London’s former Midland Bank into one of the city’s most spectacular heritage hotels.
London-born Soho House & Co has partnered with US Sydell Group (behind boutique properties such as The NoMad in New York and The Line in Los Angeles) to create a 252-room hotel and members’ club in The City.
The advance press had mentioned 'this will be the biggest opening event of the year in London'.
Quite a big statement but this venue really was the full monty and has the wow factor.
A massive crowd of around 1500 guests here and there are 800 staff waiting on us tonight
The main room on the ground level which is enormous is split up into different restaurants to suit all tastes.
A-listers Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Eddie Redmayne joined names from the worlds of fashion, art and music.
Also Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Alexandra Shulman, Poppy Delevingne, David Walliams, Jemima Khan, Tracey Emin ,Claudia Winkleman ,Idris Elba,Sophie Ellis-Bextor,
George Lamb,Angus Deayton,Chris Moyles,Nick Grimshaw,Ozwald Boateng,Pam Hogg,
Sadie Frost ,Gary Powell (The Libertines drummer),Sinitta.
Different levels including a roof top bar and swimming pool on the 9th floor.
During dinner there was a jazz band and orchestra in the background.
The host tonight on stage introducing the acts was comedian JACK WHITEHALL.
From around 11pm we had short 15 mins sets from some big names who were backed by the in-house orchestra.
GARETH MALONE and a 100 piece choir sang a medley of tracks including 'Hey Jude'.
Pretty amazing as half the choir were on stage and the other half spread around the floor area.
TINIE TEMPAH played three of his biggest tunes including 'Pass Out'.
PALOMA FAITH played her first gig tonight since giving birth.
Her three songs included my fave track of hers 'Can't Rely On You'.
GARY BARLOW played three tracks including a pair of Take That hits.
We then had a female singer sing James Bond theme tunes and the orchestra played tv theme tunes.
When it was a bank the vault was used in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.
The last couple of hours were spent in the basement Vault bar which had a dj and got very lively.
Respect to Gareth Malone as he was still here at 4.30am...but maybe they gave him a room upstairs.
Most had departed by 3am but there were a couple of hundred here until the end.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food all night including Perrier Jouet champers,different cocktails,
JD n cokes,wines,beers...and we sat down for a three course dinner in the Japanese/Asian restaurant
area and there were lots of other food throughout the evening.
A totally mega party.
www.thened.comVisit THE NED website here for more info.






Wednesday 26 April 2017.
This day in 1976 I saw AC/DC play for the first time at The Nashville Pub,West Kensington.
This was only their third ever gig in the UK.
In 1976 I would see AC/DC 10 times in the one year.
They played a staggering 25 shows in London that year and got popular very quickly.
Pub gigs at the start of the year and later i saw them play Hammersmith Odeon in Nov 1976.





Tuesday 25 April 2017... I went to two events today...
THE ROXY - blue plaque unveiling and gallery private view - Neal Street,London WC2....2.30pm to 6.30pm...
The Legendary 'Roxy' punk club that was in Covent Garden gets some deserved recognition.
It was London's first club dedicated to punk.
The Sex Pistols never played there but The Clash,The Buzzcocks ,The Damned and many others did.
On Tuesday 25 April at 3pm, the ROXY plaque will be unveiled at 41-43 Neal Street by a series of special guests, which will then be followed, on Wednesday 26 April, by a two-week free exhibition open to the public at 35-37 Neal Street.
The ‘Fear and Loathing at the ROXY’ exhibition, curated by artist and historian Jane Palm-Gold, will showcase iconic moments of the ROXY club through a series of photographs and historic club posters from Derek Ridgers, Jeremy Gibbs, Rebecca Hale and more.
Exhibition runs daily from Wednesday 26th April - Wednesday 10th May - 11am - 7pm - Free entry
I went to five gigs at The Roxy Club in early 1977...it was only open for a couple of years.
The main period was the first four months of 1977 when Andrew and Susan were running it.
The venue changed hands when they could not work with the then landlord.
The creatives of the ROXY, including Andrew Czezowski and his partner Susan Carrington, have recently launched the world’s first duography book earlier this year based on their personal experiences and memories of the infamous club including over 100 rare and previously unseen personal archive photos, flyers, artwork, media clippings and quotes.
Damned,Boys - Roxy Club. London 17.01.1977 ---- first gig I went to at this punk club
Damned,Rejects - Roxy Club. London 31.01.1977 ---- Damned played five mondays at roxy club
Damned,Johnny Moped - Roxy Club. London 21.02.1977
Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers,Siouxsie And The Banshees - Roxy Club. London 02.03.1977
Cherry Vanillas Police,Chelsea - Roxy Club. London 03.03.1977
Today the site is the flagship store for the swimwear brand Speedo.
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I arrive in Neal Street at 2.30pm.
It is a bit different to 40 years ago as there are trendy stores and tourists everywhere.
Gradually folks arrive and there must over 200 in the street by the unveiling time of 3pm.
Great to see so many old punk rock mates and punk band members here.
At 3pm Andy and Susan who ran the club in early 1977 make speeches and an old guy who
i presume was from The Seven Dials Trust or Heritage Trust makes speeches and the unveiling
happens to big cheers from the crowd below.
We had a punk poetry reading of 'An Ode to The Roxy Club'.
Then 3.30pm to 6.30pm is the drinks reception and private view at the gallery nearby.
It is over two floors with repro posters and flyers (originals are worth many £££).
I particularly liked the gig list of all the gigs that happened there.
Folks here included Jordan,Peter Perret (The Only Ones),Pauline Murray (Penetration),
Jock McDonald (The Bollock Brothers),Gaye Advert (The Adverts),Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants),
Alan Edwards who was pr for many of the punk bands including The Stranglers back in the day and
is now one of the main music pr in London by looking after David Bowie and many more.
Tessa Pollitt(The Slits),Andy Blade (Eater) and other members of Eater,
Eugene Butcher (Vive Le Rock mag) - check his Facebook for videos and comments,
Photographer Ray Stevenson who took many iconic punk photos in the 1970s,
Members of The Rejects,Richard England (Cadiz Music),Tony Holton,
Shanne Bradley from The Nipple Erectors,
Steve Diggle (The Buzzcocks) turned up late after 5pm.
Great dj punk dj sounds from Jeffrey Munday in the basement.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests...a totally great event...
then
KINKY BOOTS --- The Adelphi Theatre,Strand,London WC2...7.30pm to 10pm...
Bizarrely I went to the huge lavish opening night for this musical in Sept 2015 but was not at the show itself
so this was my first time seeing it.
Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this fabulous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
Harvey Fierstein’s book closely follows the outline of the movie. It remains the story of Charlie Price, who turns an ailing Northampton shoe factory into a roaring success by catering for a niche market: that of drag queens demanding thigh-high red boots that offer “two-and-a-half feet of irresistible tubular sex”. At the same time, we see how Lola, the project’s design consultant, overcomes the prejudices of Charlie and his co-workers to the sight of men in frocks. All ends happily at a Milan shoe fair where the collapsing business is glamorously rebooted.
The show was on for around 2 hours 5 mins over two sets.
Lots of camp humour ,dancing and great songs.
A hugely enjoyable musical.
www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.ukVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.





Tuesday 25 April 2017.
Happy Birthday to big screen legend Al Pacino who is 77 today.
Happy Birthday to rock vocalist Fish who is 59 today.





Monday 24 April 2017...I went to two events today...
3.45pm to 5.30pm
GLASS OF BUBBLY AWARDS 2017 - Le Meridian Hotel,Piccadilly,London W1.
Glass of Bubbly is a magazine and website that does what it says in the title.
A big buzzy crowd here as there are maybe 50 stands and over 300 different champers,prosecco,
cava and sparkling wines from the UK and abroad to taste.
The champers were lesser known brands including CASTELNAU.
There are 11 Categories that judges were giving points on.
There was a room where the experts gave advice on drink pairings etc.
www.glassofbubbly.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.15pm to 8.15pm
DAVID BEGBIE - 'Cutting Edge' - private view - Contini Art Gallery,105 New Bond Street,London W1.
Internationally renowned sculptor David Begbie has worked almost exclusively with the human form throughout his career. Since his first pioneering solo show in London 1984 a whole new genre of steel-mesh art has evolved and continues to grow. He is the master of wire mesh art and his work speaks for itself.
Begbie has a diverse practice that includes mono-prints, etchings, ink and charcoal drawings, mixed-media work and photographs but he is primarily known for his work with steel and bronze mesh.
David gave a QnA session for around 10 minutes to the crowd in the corner.
Now in his 60s he has the suntanned look of a rock star who spends half the year in somewhere sunny.
Around 150 guests enjoyed complimentary prosecco,wines and canapés.
www.continiartuk.comVisit their website here for more info.






Sunday 23 April 2017.
THE BEACH BOYS STORY live at The Theatre Royal,Windsor.
Learn how The Beach Boys began, how their songs were constructed and about the private lives of The Beach Boys.
A nice warm up for the real thing as The Beach Boys play in the UK in May and Brian Wilson
plays in the UK a few weeks after.
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The show was on for 2 hours 15 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 75 mins.
On stage they have some props including beach balls,fake palm trees and surf boards.
For each set they are wearing a different Beach Boys type outfit.
Three or four of them are the same age as the current Beach Boys and one looks a bit like
Mike Love in his baseball cap.
Over 30 Beach Boys classics played and an encore tribute dedicated to Chuck Berry.
The main singer did a great job of telling The Beach Boys story between songs.
A section on 'Pet Sounds' where he described Brian Wilson when he stopped touring with the band
and stayed in the recording studio to focus on that side of things.
All the band got involved in some great Beach Boys type harmonies and backing vocals.
An enjoyable show.
Some of the tracks played tonight...
Fun Fun Fun
California Girls
Wouldn't It Be Nice
God Only Knows
I Get Around
Surfin' USA
Barbara Ann
In My Room
Kokomo
Sloop John B
Good Vibrations
Encore
Johnny B.Goode (Chuck Berry cover)
www.beachboysband.co.ukVisit their website for a live video medley promo and full list of their UK tour dates.






Sunday 23 April.
Another sad death to report.
Erin Moran – best know for playing Joanie Cunningham in American 1970s sitcom Happy Days –
has passed away, aged 56.
Cause of death - a suspected heroin overdose.
Henry Winkler and Ron Howard led the tributes to their Happy Days co-star.
Happy Days was one of my fave tv programmes in the late 1970s.





Sunday 23 April 2017.
Bass player CHRIS GLEN has released his autobiography 'The Bass Business'.
Chris is a Scottish bass guitarist, who has played in The Jade, Tear Gas,The Party Boys, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB) (1972–78),John Martyn, and The Michael Schenker Group (1980–84, 2008-2010).
I saw him play live several times in his career including when The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
were the main support band to The Who at Charlton Football Ground in 1976.






Sunday 23 April 2017.
JOHNNY THUNDERS sadly died this day in 1991.
Johnny was a New York rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.
I saw him play live 18 times between 1977 and 1990.
He was always really great to watch on stage.





Saturday 22 April 2017 ---RECORD STORE DAY.
Limited edition releases by many artists including Sex Pistols,Prince,Pink Floyd,Iggy Pop and others.
Key releases this year include live albums from David Bowie, along with his collaboration with Placebo ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ being issued on picture disc vinyl for the first time. Other notable vinyl releases include a triple live album of Iggy Pop’s ‘Post Pop Depression’ show from Royal Albert Hall, The Cure’s greatest hits and acoustic hits on deluxe vinyl and even Toto’s ‘Africa’ on vinyl in the shape of the continent.
Also vinyl by The Smiths and The Cribs.
Lumineers release 'Seeds'. It's an exclusive 10” vinyl from the critically-lauded Denver-based outfit...showing the progression of two of the most popular tracks from their No.1 sophomore album ‘Cleopatra’ (‘Angela’ and ‘Long Way From Home’) from initial demo, through recording to the live entity.






Friday 21 April 2017.
JOE BONAMASSA live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Joe plays the second of two sold out shows at this iconic venue.
I am back to see it a second time to see how Joe will change the setlist about.
I enjoyed the show much more tonight as i have a perfect view seat left of stage in the stalls swivel seats.
Watching Joe play stunning guitar solos and riffs up nice and close was pretty amazing.
Again he was on stage prompt at 7.30pm and on stage for 2 hours 05 mins.
This was around 15 mins shorter than the night before as three songs were dropped but only one added.
Again he mentioned how The Royal Albert Hall gig in 2009 changed his life.
Again it was nice and loud and his band played great.
Again he got all the crowd to stand up around 30 mins from the end.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
This Train
Mountain Climbing
Blues of Desperation
No Good Place for the Lonely
How Deep This River Runs
Boogie With Stu (Led Zeppelin cover)
Never Make Your Move Too Soon (B.B. King cover)
Angel of Mercy (Albert King cover)
Drum Solo
Love Ain't a Love Song
Dust Bowl
Little Girl (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers cover)
Going Down (The Alabama State Troupers cover)
How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin cover) (with "The Hunter" snippet by Albert King)
Encore:
Hummingbird (Leon Russell cover)





Friday 21 April 2017.
PRINCE sadly died one year ago today...what a shock that was.
Happy Birthday to the legend that is IGGY POP who is 70 today.





Thursday 20 April 2017.
JOE BONAMASSA live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.
Joe Bonamassa plays the first of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Tickets ain't cheap to see Joe...Seats downstairs on the floor and stalls are £150 and £100.
Circle seats are £75 and even gallery standing up in the gods are £60.
Despite the high ticket prices both shows are sold out.
Joe burst on to the scene around a decade ago and critics called him "the new Eric Clapton' and in 2009
i saw Joe Bonamassa and Eric Clapton on stage together at The Royal Albert Hall and
now Joe is charging the same price for tickets as Eric Clapton himself.
Blues rock guitarist Joe will be playing his own material and covers including by Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton.
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Like other times I have seen Joe , he likes to come on early and finish early.
Tonight he arrives on stage prompt at 7.30pm and it is all over by 10pm.
Having said that Joe and his band play a nice long set for 2 hours 20 mins.
Top quality musicianship in his band, made up of drums, bass guitar, piano/keyboard, saxophone , trumpet
and two female backing singers.
Joe in his trademark slicked back hair,sunglasses,snazzy suit and shoes.
The first 30 mins is uptempo blues rock and it is nice and loud.
Then the pace slowed down for a bit.
Pretty much every song has a nifty guitar solo in it.
Joe used a few different guitars including a Flying V.
A recent article said he has amassed a staggering collection of 242 guitars.
As expected he plays his solo songs alongside some cover songs.
His own songs seem to blur into each other a bit as there are no real stand out tunes.
Tonight he does not play 'Sloe Gin' or 'Ballad of John Henry'.
The last 30 mins were a highlight and he got all the crowd up and standing for this section.
A good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
This Train
Mainline Florida (Eric Clapton cover)
Mountain Climbing
Blues of Desperation
No Good Place for the Lonely
How Deep This River Runs
Boogie With Stu (Led Zeppelin cover)
Never Make Your Move Too Soon (B.B. King cover)
Angel of Mercy (Albert King cover)
Drum Solo
Love Ain't a Love Song
Dust Bowl
Little Girl (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers cover)
Pretending (Eric Clapton cover)
Black Winter/Django
How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin cover) (with "The Hunter" snippet by Albert King)
Encore:
Hummingbird (Leon Russell cover)






Wednesday 19 April 2017.
Symfunny No 2 live at The Royal Albert Hall,London
A dozen musicians and comedians performing a night of music and laughter for Parkinson’s UK.
The musicians include Pete Townshend and Katie Melua.
Townshend said. "My beloved father-in-law Edwin Astley, who helped me break into orchestral arrangements for some of my songs in the ‘80s, suffered and eventually died from Supranuclear Palsy which is a horrible type of Parkison’s Disease. Together we collaborated on several songs, one very silly fugue called Football Fugue, which I will perform on the night.
If I’m allowed to speak, I can be funny too.”
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The show was on for 2 hours 45 mins over two sets of 90 mins and 75 mins.
JASON MANFORD was the host and his comedy routines throughout the night were great.
He also sang three musical theatre songs during the night as he has a surprisingly good voice.
There was an orchestra of around 70 musicians and a choir of 200 on stage...yes 200.
COLLABRO sung a couple of musical theatre tunes.
JOSH WIDDICOMBE did a good comedy set of around 12 minutes.
ALED JONES sung a song and a few lines of 'Walking in the Air'.
ROB DEERING did a good comedy set of around 10 mins.
KATIE MELUA has sold over 11 million albums worldwide.
Just the one song tonight which was her biggest hit 'The Closest Thing To Crazy'
Second half
JACK DEE was question master for the BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue routine tonight.
Two tables on stage for 25 mins and the trio answering questions were TIM BROOKE TAYLOR ,
JEREMY HARDY and BARRY CRYER....lots of funny bits and mad banter...
AGNES BROWN (Brendan O'Connell) from Mrs Brown's Boys did a good 15 mins comedy routine.
PETE TOWNSHEND was the main act for me to see tonight.
He was on stage from 10.15pm to 10.30pm.
He was the final artist on stage and sung three songs with the full orchestra behind him.
He performed two gems by The Who and a rare airing of 'Football Fugue'...really good...
I'm One (The Who song)
Football Fugue
Love, Reign O'er Me (The Who song)
Finale was all tonight's cast including Pete Townshend on stage for a singalong to
'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life'
An enjoyable evening with Pete Townshend the highlight for me.






Tuesday 18 April 2017...I went to two events in North London tonight...
6.30pm to 7.45pm
DOM PATTINSON - private view - Zebra One Gallery,1 Perrins Court,Hampstead,London NW3.
Dom is having his first exhibition in London for three years.
On Thursday he has a private view in New York.
Around a dozen large paintings by Dom on display here - full of vivid bright colours.
Dom is here and told me all the hidden Easter weekend art had been found surprisingly quickly.
Dom Pattinson rose to fame after George Clooney bought his work as a wedding gift for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, he is now an internationally known artist with many collectors, there will be a Dom Pattinson Treasure Hunt Easter Art Giveaway across London from Good Friday (14 April-15th) in the run-up to his exciting Zebra One Gallery exhibition, April 19th.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.zebraonegallery.comVisit the gallery website here for more info.
then
KASABIAN + CABBAGE live at The Forum,Kentish Town,London.
Kasabian play the first of three shows at The Forum...all sold out pronto..
Small gigs by their standards to promote the release of their new album.
Their sixth studio album, 'For Crying Out Loud' , is out on the 05 May 2017(postponed from 28 April 2017).
Four of the five Kasabian albums have hit the number one spot and they have had twelve Top 40 hits.
They headline Reading & Leeds Festivals in the summer and no doubt a TBA UK tour Nov/Dec.
I have seen Kasabian several times over the past 15 years.
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CABBAGE from Manchester are one of the most talked about new indie bands out there.
I saw the last 20 mins of their support set.
With hints of The Manics/The Libertines/The Fall in their edgy songs with attitude.
I thought the vocals were a bit messy tonight but i look forward to seeing them again.
They are playing many festivals and headline gigs over the next few months.
KASABIAN arrive on stage at 9.35pm and play for 90 mins.
An overlong gap between the support band and Kasabian coming on stage as i suspect they were watching
their beloved Leicester backstage in their big Champions League game - 2nd leg.
It was a 1- 1 draw so Leicester are knocked out as they lost the first game by a goal.
Needless to say the bars are busy and it is a buzzing sold out atmosphere.
Loads of lights and equipment more suited to an arena were crammed on the stage here.
Kasabian arrive on stage and their rock with a dance edge gets everyone bouncing.
Down the front is a heaving mass of bodies when the older classics are played.
There is a four piece female string section that are used on a few songs.
Tom (vocals) and Serge (bass and vocals) really do seem to have a special bond that not many bands have.
The pair do all the interviews together and know how to talk the talk when on stage.
New album track 'Bless This Acid House' (as played on Jools Holland last week) is superb
and sure to be a fan fave when the album comes out.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Comeback Kid
Bumblebeee
Underdog
Eez-Eh
Shoot the Runner
You're in Love With a Psycho
Club Foot
La Fée Verte
Re‐Wired
Bless This Acid House
Treat
Empire
Stevie
L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)
Encore:
III Ray (The King)
Vlad the Impaler
Fire






Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Mrs Merton's Paul Daniels jibe voted best TV put-down.
Mrs Merton's 'memorable quip' to Debbie McGee, the wife of magician Paul Daniels, has been chosen as the greatest comedy put-down in British TV history. The late comedian Caroline Aherne starred as the elderly host of mock talk show The Mrs Merton Show in the 1990s and her 'brazen' question, where she asked McGee 'So what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?', has been voted TV's best one-liner in a poll of 2000 fans.






Saturday 15 April 2017.
THE MAGPIE SALUTE live at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.,London.
The Magpie Salute play the last of four shows at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea F.C.
The band feature former THE BLACK CROWES guitarist Rich Robinson.
The band also includes former Black Crowes members Marc Ford and Sven Pipien as well as
Rich Robinson band members Matt Slocum, Joe Magistro, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.
After selling out their four-night New York residency at The Gramercy Theatre, The Magpie Salute
have announced their first ever shows on these shores...their first in Europe...
Together with songs by The Magpie Salute, the band will be performing tracks from
The Black Crowes back-catalogue, solo songs by Rich Robinson and more.
Like their debut shows in New York in January they will change the setlist around each night.
This 550 capacity venue is a superb venue to see a band with its mix of standing and seats for a perfect view
along with great music memorabilia on the walls.
I have seen The Black Crowes around a dozen times over the past 30 years including The Pantages
in Los Angeles in 1995 and supporting The Rolling Stones at Wembley Stadium in 1995 and Aerosmith
at Wembley Stadium in 1999.
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Always nice to be at this state-of-the-art venue.
Lots of The Black Crowes hardcore fans are here as when asked by Rich Robinson during the show
"how many had come to two shows or more?",many hands went up.
THE MAGPIE SALUTE arrive on stage at 8.30pm and are on for a nice long 2 hours 25 mins.
We have the full compliment of musicians as the New York shows with ten on stage including
three guitarists and three female backing singers.
The setlist is frankly incredible as only a handful of songs were played on any of the other nights.
They must have played over 60 different songs over the course of the four nights here.
Rich Robinson has a nice selection of guitars and is changing his guitar after every song.
As promised we get loads of The Black Crowes songs,solo songs and some covers.
After 30 mins there were a few slower paced songs and later on we had a couple of extended jams
with superb duelling guitars and keyboards at full tilt.
Their blues rock sound is just sooo cool.
How Rich and the band just play so many different songs each night is just amazing.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
No Speak No Slave (The Black Crowes cover)
Stare It Cold (The Black Crowes cover)
Let Me Share the Ride (The Black Crowes cover)
Down the Road (Rich Robinson song)
Call Me Faithful (Marc Ford cover)
Time to Leave (Rich Robinson song)
Oh Josephine (The Black Crowes cover)
Darling of the Underground Press (The Black Crowes cover)
Sister Luck (The Black Crowes cover)
Laila II (Agitation Free cover)
Goin' Down South (R.L. Burnside cover)
Eclipse the Night (Rich Robinson song)
I'm Free (Marc Ford cover)
Rollin' Over (Small Faces cover)
Every Picture Tells a Story (Faces cover)
Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (The Velvet Underground cover)
Good Morning Captain (The Black Crowes cover)
Paint an 8 (The Black Crowes cover)
Tied Up and Swallowed (The Black Crowes cover)
Rich Robinson said "pretend we have gone offstage and have come back for an encore".
(Only) Halfway to Everywhere (The Black Crowes cover)
Thorn in My Pride (The Black Crowes cover)
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www.underthebridge.co.ukVisit the venue website for upcoming gigs list info.
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This gig was number 6600 i have seen since 1973...yes 6600.