Archive: October 2018

October 02, 2018

Monday 01 October 2018....I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 8pm
BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters and publishers.
I have been here several times over the past decade with the main BMI Icon Award going to Jay Kay last year
and previous years included John Lydon, Sting, Bryan Ferry and Yoko Ono.
Around 300 guests here at this black tie event at this famous five star hotel.
Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah , Right Said Fred, Naughty Boy, Bernie Marsden and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2017.
Harry Gregson-Williams, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers, received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. On receiving this award, Gregson-Williams joins an elite group of composers and songwriters who have been named BMI Icons for their exemplary contributions to the art of music.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for the arrivals reception.
We came back later for the awards after the dinner.
www.bmi.comVisit the BMI website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 10pm
Frieze London 2018 Party - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.
Frieze is London's biggest week of art showcases as most galleries have events & parties this week
and the main event is held in Regents Park.
Over 200 guests here.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, Cosmopolitan Cocktails, wines , beers and bowl food.
www.phillips.comVisit the Phillips Gallery website here for more info.
then
Back to BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
10.15pm to 11.45pm
We came back here to see most of the awards being given out.
At 10.40pm the BMI Icon Award was given out Harry Gregson-Williams and for 15 mins
on the big screen it showed the many films he has been involved with and thanked
Hans Zimmer and Trevor Rabin.
The awards finished at 11pm but Liam Payne and Tinie Tempah left before then.
The others were all here including James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield,Right Said Fred and Trevor Rabin.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers was still flowing along with a full bar so i had a couple
Disaronno with ice and Baileys with ice.




Monday 01 October 2018.
French music legend passes away.
French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at 94 after a career lasting more than 80 years.
The star died at one of his homes in the south east of France.
The performer, born to Armenian immigrants, sold more than 180 million records and featured in over 60 films.
He was best known for his 1974 hit 'She'and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.
Aznavour married three times and had six children.
He was named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998.
I saw him live back in 1974 when he played Hammersmith Odeon on the back of the success of 'She' and
also more recently at The Royal Albert Hall.




Sunday 30 September 2018.
SOFT CELL live at The 02 Arena, London.
Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time ,in their first UK show for 15 years.
Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘One Night, One Final Time’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003.
The show will be beamed live to some 250 cinemas around the UK and overseas.
I have seen Soft Cell several times including their early 1980s heyday and the first time was a bizarre one
as it was 1982 for a recording of The Old Grey Whistle Test where they supported Edgar Winter.
Soft Cell had ten Top 40 hits in the UK including a number one with 'Tainted Love' in 1981.
Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years to coincide with the show.
Marc Almond has had a full solo career outside of Soft Cell.
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I would not have thought Soft Cell were big enough to play this massive venue but it is totally sold out.
Despite front stalls seats costing £100 a pop.
A few faces here including Jarvis Cocker, Alex Kapranos (lead vocals Franz Ferdinand),
Rusty Egan (dj and ex drummer of The Rich Kids and Visage), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound Records),
Neil X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and no doubt a few more I did not see.
SOFT CELL arrive on stage at 7.50pm and play a mammoth set of 2 hours 40 mins.
Before the show I was thinking how are a synth duo going to project themselves in this huge space?
The answer is to the the big production boys in - Stufish.
U2, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the London and Beijing Olympics, Pink Floyd, Cirque du Soleil – all their jawdropping extravaganzas have emerged from the small but skilled team at the Studio Fisher.
The main feature is three larger than usual big screens which excellently mix live footage with
great pre-recorded images, along with a small stage extension that Marc used.
Lots of lights including neon strips , lasers and flames.
Marc Almond is looking good for his age of 61 and Dave Ball is surrounded by a bank of synths/keyboards.
On some some songs they use percussion, trumpet, sax and four backing singers.
Sooo many great songs played in a long set.
Marc messed up the lyrics a couple of times and but just laughed it off.
The highlight was the last 30 mins where all the big hits were played and the crowd sang loudly.
A great show.
Full Soft Cell setlist played tonight...
Memorabilia
Monoculture
Darker Times
Together Alone
Torch
Forever the Same
Baby Doll
Insecure Me
Where the Heart Is
Numbers
Barriers
Loving You, Hating Me
Last Chance (with Mari Wilson)
Frustration
Youth
The Best Way to Kill
Meet Murder My Angel
Surrender to a Stranger
Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
So [whilst off stage]
Martin
Heat
The Art of Falling Apart
Northern Lights
Soul Inside
What?
Bedsitter
Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)
Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes cover)
Sex Dwarf
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (ticker-tape falling over the front floor area)





Saturday 29 September 2018.
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE + BLACK GRAPE + ECHOBELLY live at Brixton Academy, London.
This all day event was billed as Star Shaped Festival where seven Brit Pop bands from the 1990s played.
I missed the first four bands and focused on the three headliners who all played 60 mins each.
My sources at the venue said over 500 freebie tix given out for this gig due to lack of ticket sales.
Huge guest lists for the press/guests/various website comps etc.
The A-List bands from the era including Oasis, Blur, Suede and Pulp were played by the djs between bands.
ECHOBELLY arrived on stage at 7pm.
The most prominent part of Echobelly's success formula was vocalist Sonya Madan, who is still with them.
I saw Echobelly twice in the 1990s.
They were one of the support bands when i saw The Sex Pistols play a stunning set in 1996
at The Phoenix Festival on their 'Filthy Lucre' reunion tour.
The band drowned out the vocals on some songs but they played a good set.
Great to hear tracks 'Great Things' and 'Dark Therapy' again.
Full Echobelly setlist played tonight...
Mouth Almighty
Car Fiction
Hey Hey Hey
We Know Better
Faces in the Mirror
I Can't Imagine the World Without Me
Anarchy and Alchemy
Bulldog Baby
Great Things
If the Dogs Don't Get You, My Sisters Will
King of the Kerb
Dark Therapy
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BLACK GRAPE arrived on stage at 8.40pm.
Black Grape feature former members of Happy Mondays and Ruthless Rap Assassins. Their musical style fuses funk and electronic rock with electronic programming and samples.
Shaun Ryder ex Happy Mondays is still one of their two vocalists who bounce off each other well.
They still seem to be glorifying taking drugs as usual, but they created a nice indie dance vibe.
The set included their Top 10 hits and a couple of tracks from their new album.
Full Black Grape setlist played tonight...
In the Name of the Father
Tramazi Parti
Nine Lives
A Big Day in the North
Set the Grass on Fire
Reverend Black Grape
Yeah Yeah Brother
Pop Voodoo
Shake Well Before Opening
Little Bob
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OCEAN COLOUR SCENE arrived on stage at 10.05pm.
I have seen OCS several times before as they play loads of gigs each year.
Steve Cradock is their guitarist and also he plays the guitar in Paul Weller's band, having appeared on all of Weller's solo records following his self-titled debut solo album.
They have the most fans here tonight and play a good set including hits 'Profit in Peace',
'The Riverboat Song', 'You've Got It Bad' and 'The Day We Caught The Train'.
Full OCS setlist played tonight...
Profit in Peace
The Riverboat Song
One for the Road
The Circle
July
Drive Away
Up on the Downside
Better Day
You've Got It Bad
Get Blown Away
Travellers Tune
Hundred Mile High City
The Day We Caught the Train





Saturday 29 September 2018.
Sad news that MARTY BALIN has passed away.
Marty Balin, best known for his role as co-founder and vocalist for San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane,
has died at the age of 76.
I saw him play three years ago at Brooklyn Bowl @ The 02 Arena complex.




Friday 28 September 2018.
ZICO live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Zico, aged 26, is a South Korean rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter and leader of the boy group Block B, signed under the label KQ Entertainment. He has released two solo albums, ' Gallery ' and ' Television '.
Acts from countries including Korea, Japan, Taiwan are getting more and more popular in the UK.
I saw Babymetal from Japan headlining Wembley Arena a couple of years ago.
Mayday from Taiwan headlined The 02 Arena in March 2018.
I will be going to this show as a friend has a plus one guest list place for me.
This is part of Zico 'King of the Zungle' European Tour.
A couple of days ago he was in Madrid and two days after London he is Berlin.
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It is pretty full tonight as maybe 1600 out of 2000 tickets sold.
Amazing cobsidering only fans of K-Pop music know who he is.
They search it out on YouTube i presume.
The video for Zico track 'Bermuda Triangle' has had 33 million views.
We have a 95% female crowd here tonight with many from Asia.
Fans claim their spot quickly and stay there and hardly anyone buys any booze.
Ticket prices are steep as 180 fans have paid £190 for VVIP early entrance to the front four rows
and 'a high five' after the show with Zico ...yes just 'a high five' only , no photographs or signing etc.
It was £90 for stalls standing general which was also steeply priced.
There was no support and ZICO was on from 7.30pm to 9pm...so 90 mins on stage.
An early finish to allow for the meet n greet 'high five' after.
A crazy atmosphere as the excitable crowd are screaming loud throughout the show.
The know most of the words to most of the tracks.
A basic production with two big screens showing live footage and pre-recorded images along
with half a dozen male dancers on some some songs but there is no band...it's all sung to a backing track.
His sound has got elements of Eminem to it as he mixes K-Pop and Hip-Hop.
The lyrics seem to be a mix of English and his native tongue.
A better than expected show.





Friday 28 September 2018.
My security friends at The Roundhouse told me that Brian Johnson (AC/DC) was at the
Nick Mason show there on Monday night.




Friday 28 September 2018.
Billy Idol's Vital Idol gets a modern day upgrade with his new release of
Vital Idol: Revitalized OUT NOW on CD & DIGITAL and on 16th November (Vinyl) through Virgin EMI/UMC.
Lending their hands to the Revitalized proceedings are electronic dance luminaries including Moby, Paul Oakenfold and The Crystal Method together with current innovators including Tropkillaz and Shiba San.




Thursday 27 September 2018.
KYLIE live at The 02 Arena, London.
Kylie plays the second of three shows at this big venue.
Kylie Minogue has dropped her surname for live performances so is now just Kylie.
Kylie is on a UK arena tour to promote her number one country tinged album 'Golden'.
The CASSETTE version of her album is the best selling cassette this year selling over 2800 copies.
Kylie is still looking amazing for age 50 as she celebrates 30 years of hit singles and albums.
To date, Minogue has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. She has sold over 10.1 million singles in the United Kingdom alone, making her the 12th best-selling singles artist and the 3rd best-selling female artist in UK history.
I have seen her over a dozen times since 1998 when she played at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Kylie is always excellent live and i would make her my fave female artist in concert after Madonna.
I have already seen her twice this year for the launch gig for the new album at Cafe de Paris and the
BBC Radio 2 show in Hyde Park just over a fortnight ago.
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A large gold circle standing area that takes up the front half of the floor standing.
Kylie now charging £150 plus booking fees for that....yikes!
Lots of gay men here down the front who can afford those silly prices.
KYLIE is on stage for two hours over two sets of 55 mins and 65 mins.
We have a nice big stage production with big screens showing live footage and pre-recorded images
along with lots of lights, lasers, ticker-tape, disco ball, streamers and eight dancers ( 6 male and 2 female).
Kylie had a full band with two female backing singers.
Kylie made several costume catches including a great tight leather black biker catsuit outfit.
Not as visually incredible compared to previous tours such as the 2011 tour 'Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour (also known as Aphrodite Live) but still visually great to look at.
The 'pop princess with the heart melting smile' was on top form tonight.
A nicely paced set with the first set a bit of a slower vibe and the second set was more uptempo.
Loads of her many classic hits played as the crowd sang along loudly to them.
The setlist featured several tracks from her recent album 'Golden'.
An excellent show.
Full KYLIE setlist played tonight...
FIRST SET
Golden
Get Outta My Way
Better the Devil You Know
Blue Velvet (Tony Bennett cover)
Confide in Me
I Believe in You
Where the Wild Roses Grow (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover) (Snippet)
In Your Eyes
A Lifetime to Repair
Shelby '68
Radio On
Wow
Can't Get You Out of My Head
The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover) (instrumental outro snippet)
SECOND SET
Slow
Kids (Robbie Williams cover)
The One
Stop Me From Falling
Wouldn't Change a Thing
Especially for You (Jason Donovan & Kylie Minogue cover)
Lost Without You
All the Lovers
New York City / Raining Glitter / On a Night Like This
The Loco-Motion (Carole King cover)
Spinning Around
Encore:
Love at First Sight
Dancing





Wednesday 26 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 6.45pm
SHARA HUGHES -private view - The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.
Always nice to be at this plush private members club.
Around 70 or 80 smartly dressed guests here.
Shara Hughes is a contemporary Brooklyn based American painter known for her colorful invented landscapes. Employing varied marks, the artist loosely depicts floating moons, gnarled trees, and blazing sunlight. As in the paintings of David Hockney and Charles Burchfield, Hughes’s works defy conventional depictions of space and light while still adhering to a pictorial logic. “Texture, pattern, and perspective is something I like to use to describe a space in ways that maybe don't always make sense,” she has explained.Today, her works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Denver Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.
Around a dozen colourful paintings here.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
then
7pm to 9pm
ZEBRANO CARNABY - 15th birthday party - 14/16 Ganton Street, London W1.
This bar & restaurant is located just off Carnaby Street.
It is over two floors with the larger space down in the basement.
A very buzzy lively crowd as over 200 guests here.
Guests included Vanessa Feltz and Tallia Storm.
A trio played some cover versions.
The floor downstairs had some guests dancing to the dj sounds.
They have a daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 8pm for reduced price drinks.
Complimentary prosecco, three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.zebranolondon.comVisit the Zebrano website here for more info on their bars.




Tuesday 25 September 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...
OCEANIA - private view - Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.
A real buzz for this one as Royalty is on the guest list so there is extra security and
all the 500 guests have to show photo id to match their name on the guest list.
Around 30 photographers and tv crews are here in the courtyard waiting.
MEGHAN MARKLE stepped out for her first solo royal engagement tonight.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, geared up for her tour Down Under with Prince Harry, 34, next month by
attending the opening of a Pacific art exhibit.
In her second public outing of the week, Meghan headed to the Royal Academy of Art in London’s Piccadilly to see “Oceania,” an exhibit featuring some 200 artifacts from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, a huge ocean area encompassing New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand.
Meghan chose to wear a black Givenchy dress with billowing sheer sleeves (her wedding dress designer!) and her go-to black pumps by Aquazzura for the milestone moment. She kept her long hair straight and sleek and carried a Givenchy clutch.
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A dozen native dancers and singers in national costume performed for us on arrival.
The exhibition is spread over a dozen rooms and celebrates 250 years since Captain Cook
embarked on the first of his three voyages across the Pacific Ocean , an area that was
largely unknown to Europeans at the time.
At 7.10pm we had a couple of speeches but not from Meghan.
Meghan had the full Royal treatment as she went through the exhibition room by room but the
general public were only allowed in when she had moved on to the next room.
I got a few glimpses of her but she was kept away from the peasants.
Downstairs was complimentary Bouvet sparkling wines along with canapés, cheeses and hams etc.
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.



Tuesday 25 September 2018.
BLONDIE classic album 'Parallel Lines' was released 40 years ago this week.
Parallel Lines contains several of Blondie's best-known hits, including "Heart of Glass", "Hanging on the Telephone", "Sunday Girl" and "One Way or Another". Six of the twelve tracks were issued as singles, either in the US or the UK.
The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
I remember buying it when it first came out and also buying the
American version in 1979 when i went to New York.



Monday 24 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 7.45pm
BEST Hero Awards at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych , London WC2.
BEST is a weekly woman's magazine in the UK.
We are here for the red carpet press/VIP drinks reception in the stunning ballroom of the luxury hotel.
Only 110 guests with 11 tables with 10 guests on each.
Some tv celebrities here to give out the awards later after the dinner.
Eamonn Holmes, Gloria Hunniford, Linda Lusardi, Lizzie Cundy, Ola and James Jordan.
A few others too.
Complimentary champers for all guests.
then
BIFFY CLYRO live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
A smallish gig for these Scottish rockers as they have headlined Wembley Arena and The 02 Arena
and headlined big festivals in the past so this show sold out pronto.
Biffy Clyro are playing an acoustic tour to accompany the summer release of their ‘MTV Unplugged’ album.
Biffy Clyro were on stage for around 1 hour 45 mins.
It is more semi-acoustic rather than acoustic as there are still drums and bass etc.
Half a dozen big spotlights around the stage at low level to give it an intimate feel.
Great to hear classics like 'Bubbles' and 'Many of Horror' played in this way with all the crowd singing.
However , i still prefer them as a full on electric rock band.
An enjoyable show.
Full Biffy Clyro setlist played tonight
The Captain
Biblical
Saturday Superhouse
Re-Arrange
Drop It
Black Chandelier
As Dust Dances
Folding Stars
Different People
Different Kind of Love
The Rain
Mountains
Adored
Opposite
Justboy
Medicine
Small Wishes
Bubbles
Machines
Encore:
Friends and Enemies
God & Satan
Many of Horror
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When I got out of the gig i switched my phone back on and a friend had sent me a message that said
"Photos on the internet of Led Zeppelin book launch tonight".
Did not have that on my radar for September as i thought it was happening in October.
'Led Zeppelin' by Led Zeppelin, the official illustrated book marking the 50th anniversary of their formation, at
The National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London.
Looks like JIMMY PAGE was the only member of Led Zeppelin in attendance and no other musicians
from any other bands were there as it looked a small event.




Monday 24 September 2018.
METALLICA are playing a European Tour of massive venues in 2019 including two UK shows.
The Metal icons will play Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 18.
London’s Twickenham Stadium on June 20.




Sunday 23 September 2018.
EUROPE + KING KING live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Europe are touring to promote their 11th studio album Walk the Earth!
Europe have sold over 25 million albums and the band’s all-conquering ' The Final Countdown '
album has alone sold over 15 million copies worldwide and the single of the same name was No 1 in 25 countries.
The official video for 'The Final Countdown' has been viewed over 500 million times on YouTube.
I have seen Europe around a dozen times since 1987.
Support band , King King are a British blues rock group, formed in 2008.
On their last UK tour King King headlined Shepherds Bush Empire.
King King have released four studio albums and one live album to date.
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EUROPE have been touring the UK a lot over the last few years with London shows at
Shepherds Bush Empire and The Roundhouse but this time it is a venue twice their size
which has resulted in the circle being 75% unsold tonight.
KING KING arrived on stage at 7.40pm and played for 50 mins.
I was looking forward to seeing King King as i have never seen them play live before.
The burly singer is from Glasgow and is wearing a kilt and desert boots.
Some good melodic blues rock songs that featured nifty guitar solos and nice Hammond organ.
They went down well with the crowd tonight.
EUROPE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for one hour 40 mins.
There is floor standing tonight so there are plenty of females down the front drooling over singer
Joey Tempest who still looks like a proper rock star.
A nice stage production with loads of lights on and above all the amplifiers, along with some pyros.
The new album tracks ticked along nicely but it was still the three big hits from 30 years ago,
'Rock The Night' , 'Carrie' and the pop rock perfection of 'The Final Countdown' that went down best.
A very enjoyable show.
Full Europe setlist played tonight...
Walk the Earth
The Siege
Rock the Night
Hole in My Pocket
Prelude
Last Look at Eden
Pictures
Firebox
Ready or Not
Turn to Dust
Sign of the Times
Vasastan
GTO
Carrie
Nothin' to Ya
Drum Solo (The William Tell Overture)
Scream of Anger
War of Kings
Superstitious (with snippet of "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake)
Encore:
Cherokee
The Final Countdown





Saturday 22 September 2018...I spent a full day in Reading today.
3pm to 5pm
READING 3 HULL CITY 0
A very damp rainy day but Reading at last win a home Championship game.
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then a bit later...
Wall Of Sound showcase @ Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading.
Mark Jones, pioneer behind Wall Of Sound Records, invites you to experience some of his favourite new discoveries in Love Love Live, the first in a series of new music happenings.
HOT SAUCE PONY head up tonight, as they unleash their sound of explosive and brutal beauty. Described as a “a collision of the crushing and the delicate” by Soundblab, the sound is their own self-styled genre of ‘avant hard’ with echoes of hardcore, grunge and punk and topped off with the exquisite, sultry vocals of Caroline Gilchrist. Imagine Deerhunter and Mudhoney facing off while Marianne Faithful grabs the mic.
Their debut album is due for release early next year, recorded and engineered with Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago with his trademark sound very much apparent. It follows the success of their controversial debut HSP single Fenced In, a raucous and heartfelt protest against gentrification and social apartheid. With their recent track ' Burnt Ends ' debuting at BBC 6Music, they’ve been described by Marc Riley as “Pretty Special”.
CHINA BEARS return to Reading with their self-styled soirée of alt.indie rock, as they combine ambient guitars, choral vocals and raw lyrical talent. Picking up attention across the board from Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and BBC Introducing, they have been called upon to support bands from Declan McKenna to The Big Moon and have been booked for a whole host of festivals this summer, with their recent track Night Calls and their live sound commented on as “A bunch of strong sounding melodies” by Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music
Kicking off this evening are THE PURPLE LIGHTS as they deliver a sound clash of rock and reggae topped off with loopstation magic within a sound that reflects the upbeat buoyancy of Vampire Weekend, Reginald Omas Mamode IV's distinctive take on Afrobreat to the free-flowing wig outs of Fuck Buttons. Watch as an “atmosphere of studied cool turns into glorious carnage” (GIITTV)
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My first visit to this intimate venue.
The Rising Sun Arts Centre is an award winning, independent arts centre, which for 27 years has been staffed and run by volunteers. The Rising Sun started as a squat, created by a group of intrepid artists who saw a need for ground-level arts development, for and by, the people of Reading. The centre gained charity status in the mid-90s, and has been at the heart of Reading’s cultural life ever since.
The stage is nicely decorated with fairy lights everywhere along the back and sides of the stage.
All three bands tonight play sets of around 35 mins.
Up first were THE PURPLE LIGHTS who were a great sounding duo...Guitar, synth and vocals and drums and vocals.
Their very danceable psychedelic groove rock tunes were great.
Dj Mark Jones from Wall of Sound Records played some cool dance tunes between the bands.
CHINA BEARS are a four indie band who played a good set of tunes with some nice harmonies.
Headliners HOT SAUCE PONY had hints of hardcore and grunge in their sound along with vocals
that had hints of Alison Goldfrapp on some songs...a good set.





Saturday 22 September 2018.
Very sad news.
CHAS HODGES - one half of the musical duo Chas and Dave - has died at the age of 74.
The duo's Twitter account said he recently received treatment for oesophageal cancer but
died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours.
Known for their rock and cockney style, Chas and Dave enjoyed the height of their fame in the
1970s and 1980s with hits such as Rabbit and Snooker Loopy.
Their 'rockney' sound was totally unique.
They also performed four FA Cup final songs with Tottenham Hotspur FC.
I saw them live several times with the first time back in 1976 as well as their recent big headline show at
The Royal Albert Hall just a few months ago in April 2018.
Worth a view on YouTube is Chas and Dave - This Is Your Life - from 1985.




Friday 21 September 2018.
SEX PISTOLS legend GLEN MATLOCK releases his new solo album 'Good to Go' today.
I have an advance copy of the album which is full of great catchy tunes.
The Amazon link above have the cd for £10.99 and the vinyl version for £14.99.
1 Won't Put the Brakes on Me
2 Wanderlust
3 Sexy Beast
4 Speak Too Soon
5 Piece of Work
6 Hook in You
7 Montague Terrace (In Blue)
8 Cloud Cuckoo Land
9 Strange Kinda Taste
10 Chill
11 Couldn't Give a Damn
12 Keep on Pushing




Thursday 20 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.15pm
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - party - The Conran Shop ,Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3.
With a heritage spanning over 50 years, the Conran name has established itself as a brand synonymous with all areas of design. As a collection of design led entities founded by Terence Conran, the principal activities of the Conran Group are architecture, interior, product and graphic design, brand licensing and the operation of shops. Improving the lives of their customers is the aim and lifeblood of the Conran Group – whether it be creating a range of cookware or running and furnishing shops in major cities around the world, or large scale urban master planning.
A big crowd of around 500 guests here at this massive store that is over two levels.
A dj is playing some tunes.
Complimentary prosecco and Peroni beers for all guests.
www.conranshop.co.ukVisit the Conran Shop website here for more info.
then
7.30pm to 11pm
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - opening launch party - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.
This was the big opening party for London Design Festival which started at Olympia earlier.
LDF brings together more than 400 international design brands as well as a range of innovative projects from the likes of Tesla and Riko by Starck. The highly coveted Talks with 100% Design will return for 2018, featuring keynote sessions by industry heavyweights, panel discussions, trend forecasts and more.
LDF is the destination for architects and designers to source the latest products, discover new interior design trends and emerging brands.
It is open to the public this weekend.
Another massive crowd as there must be 600 or 700 guests here as they are using the outdoor garden space
out the back as well as the normal front reception area.
There are different djs every hour playing tunes.
Complimentary drinks and food here including two different gin cocktails, white wines, beers,
tasty canapés and big tubs of ice-cream.
www.londondesignfestival.comVisit their website here for more info.




Wednesday 19 September 2018...7pm to 10pm...
TIMOTHY OULTON - flagship gallery launch party - 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.
During London Design Festival 2018, daring furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton will launch its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, Chelsea. The 7,200 square foot space will feature the brand’s most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs including a custom-designed spaceship to look like a very comfy seated bar space.
Timothy Oulton have over 30 stores/galleries worldwide.
A full red carpet was here along with flowers all over the entrance area.
Over 200 guests here in their massive space next to Bluebird restaurant & bar , Chelsea.
Timothy Oulton was here as was interior designer Kelly Hoppen.
Inside is a treasure trove of great furniture that includes part of one of the world’s largest collections of customised Louis Vuitton trunks. A giant fish tank housing a Yellow Submarine.There’s Apollo, a custom designed ‘spaceship’, showcased at this year’s Milan Design Week, along with 200 vintage cricket bats behind the bar,20 vintage typewriters on another wall and many other visually spectacular one off items.
A dj playing tunes in the background.
All the staff are dressed in white outfits with black bowler hats as they top up your drinks.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, red wines, beers, canapés , cheese table buffet
and mini ice-creams for all guests.
A great party , and much better than expected.
www.timothyoulton.comVisit the Timothy Oulton website here for more info.




Tuesday 18 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
JIM MOIR (VIC REEVES) - private view - Grosvenor Gallery, 35 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.
Jim Moir is better known by the stage name Vic Reeves, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer as Vic and Bob. He is known for his surreal sense of humour.
Jim is showcasing 200 small drawings/sketches which are for sale at £250 each.
Various themes including pop stars, footballers and wrestlers from the 1970's.
Jim (Vic) is here with his wife Nancy.
There are three or four lesser known comedy faces here as well that I can't put names too.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.grosvenorgallery.comVisit the gallery here for more info and photos.
then
DIONNE WARWICK with orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
'The Queen of Easy Listening Pop Soul' returns to London.
Dionne's hits have included Walk On By, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Do You Know The Way to San José, and Heartbreaker.
Dionne, now aged 77 first appeared at the Hall in 1970 and this special orchestra evening
will mark her 10th date at the venue.
In America , Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 56 of Warwick's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998 and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.
Many of them were with legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach.
Dionne also performed some easy listening covers in the set.
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JON ALLEN took to the stage at 7.30pm for a brief 20 mins.
Jon is a folk rock guitarist who has brought out four albums.
He is best known for the songs "In Your Light" and "Going Home", the latter of which featured
in a worldwide advert for the Land Rover Freelander.
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An older crowd as expected to see Dionne whose career spans over 50 years.
DIONNE WARWICK took the stage at 8.15pm and was on stage for 2 hours 5 mins.
For Dionne there are around 30 musicians on stage including band & orchestra.
It was her own band and the string section sounded great when at full tilt.
A pretty long set for someone of her grand old age of 77.
For some songs she stood up and for some songs she sat on a stool.
Dionne comes from the era of great songs that had great melody.
The crowd hang on her every word and Dionne got a full standing ovation at the end.
The crowd sing along to each song as everyone knows the words to these classic songs.
An enjoyable show.
This setlist has most of the songs performed tonight...
Don't Make Me Over
Walk On By
Anyone Who Had A Heart
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Always Something There To Remind Me
Message to Michael
Close to You
This Girl's in Love With You
I Say a Little Prayer (with David Elliott her son on vocals, he is also on drums tonight)
Aquarela do Brasil
Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Heartbreaker
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Love's (Still) the Answer
99 Miles From L.A.
I'll Never Love This Way Again
The Look of Love
Alfie
Love Will Find a Way (with Cheyenne Elliott)
Let There Be Love (with Cheyenne Elliott)
What the World Needs Now is Love
That's What Friends Are For





Tuesday 18 September 2018.
Guitar legend JIMI HENDRIX died 48 years ago today aged just 27 in London.
Jimi Hendrix died at the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 early on 18 September 1970. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party, was picked up by his girlfriend Monika Dannemann, and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel.This average looking hotel is still there with the same name.
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STEVE PERRY ex original singer of Journey (1977 to 1987) is in London to promote his new solo album.




Monday 17 September 2018...I went to two events tonight...
5.15pm to 6.25pm
BLOWN AWAY - private view - Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1.
This event was part of London Design Week opening day.
Always nice to be in this stunning venue with its iconic 'pod loos'.
Design research gallery Matter of Stuff returns to iconic London venue sketch in September with a new site-specific exhibit for London Design Festival 2018 - Blown Away. Six international designers will showcase a series of innovative hand-blown glass works and movement, including a new chandelier by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass. For the first time in London, WonderGlass will present Echoes chandelier – a never seen before illuminated speaker sculpture by studiopluz. The show will also feature a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted exclusively for sketch.
The six stunning glass works and movement are in the entrance area before you get to the main rooms.
It is on until 14 November 2018.
They also have a bigger exhibition on at their sister gallery in Kings Cross at 5 Lewis Cubitt Walk.
Complimentary Venetian rum cocktails, wines and Peroni beers for all guests.
www.matterofstuff.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.30pm to 9.15pm
The Frank & Lorna Dunphy Yellow Ball Collection : private view -
Sotheby's , 34 New Bond Street, London W1.
This September, Sotheby’s is delighted to celebrate one of the most extraordinary art world collaborations of our times: that of Damien Hirst and his unstoppable business manager, mentor and ‘partner in crime’, Frank Dunphy. Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection - a two-part sale and exhibition of over 200 artworks that charts the iconoclastic 1990s art scene of which Frank and Lorna Dunphy were at the very heart.
Over 300 guests here at this major art event.
Many of the items are on display here are by Damien Hirst.
The sale is this week and will certainly reach many millions in overall sales.
Frank and Lorna Dunphy were here but there was no sign of Damien Hirst.
Other guests here included Sir Peter Blake and Mark-Francis Vandelli.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.
www.sothebys.comVisit the Sotheby's website here for more info.





Sunday 16 September 2018.
2pm to 5pm
I bashed the drums for a bit with my band GUN CONTROL.
This was our sixth rehearsal.
We are trying to arrange a free admission gig in Acton in November.
We will play ten songs...eight originals and two covers.
then
8pm to 10pm
AADNEVIK - Spring / Summer 2019 Show - Royal Horseguards,
One Whitehall Place, London SW1.
Day 3 of London Fashion Week.
AADNEVIK is a London based luxury womenswear label as a design partnership between Hila and Kristian Aadnevik, whose defining themes are a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom. The brand is currently at a steady growing position with a strong customer base amongst the celebrity and elite society, stocking in key cities worldwide. Celebrities include: Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and many more.
The company’s essence is driven by values such as tradition, passion, nature, vision and hard work, but above all by family ideals. Hence, the designers incorporated their workplace into their home when their baby Silver was born, keeping their production line very close. The pair works at hand with their couture team at their London Atelier to create the luxury handcrafted garments.
A very nice choice of venue for this catwalk show with it's swirling staircase up to the show area.
Complimentary De Watere champers at the reception for an hour then at your seats as well.
It is a proper catwalk show area with 200 seated and 200 standing...and 20 photographers...
200 seated with four rows of 50...two rows of seats either side of the catwalk show.
We have a seat in the second row.
Only those seated get the goodie bags of a few items including Moroccan Oil and 250ml champers.
One end of the catwalk is nicely dressed as the theme for their collection...'Alice in Wonderland'.
The show was on from 9.10pm for 20 mins and featured stunningly sexy dresses in vibrant colours.
A nice soundtrack that included a couple of songs by The Cure.
www.aadnevik.comVisit the Aadnevik website for more info and photos.




Sunday 16 September 2018.
MARC BOLAN sadly died 41 years ago today.
Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at the age of 29 in a car accident a fortnight before his 30th birthday.
Amazingly another T.Rex album 'Gold' has entered the charts this week at number eight.
It is a budget priced three cd box set that is only £5.99 on Amazon.
I saw Marc with T.Rex last ever London show at The Rainbow in March 1977 with The Damned as support.
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KENNEY JONES ex drummer with The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who is 70 today.
Kenney Jones is the sole surviving member of the Small Faces.
Kenney recently brought out his biography.




Friday 14 September 2018...7.30pm to 10pm...
NINA NAUSTDAL - AW18/19 London Fashion Week catwalk show -
Maddox Club, 3/5 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Upmarket designer Nina Naustdal is showcasing her latest creations.
Nina recently featured in the Channel 4 tv documentary 'Too Posh to Parent'.
Nina got plenty of press attention when she mentioned she hired a 'LEGO THERAPIST' for her three kids.
And there’s always a nanny on hand, if you can afford to employ one per child (and put them on pooper-scooper duty to pick up after the seven Chihuahuas) , not to mention two tutors, a personal assistant, chef, butler and chauffeur-cum-bodyguard.
Staff wages are £200,000 a year but that's peanuts when your husband is a big hedge fund manager and
they own big houses in Chelsea and Monaco.



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October 18, 2018

Wednesday 17 October 2018.
These things happen i suppose...
I could not get along to The Q Awards at The Roundhouse in the afternoon
as my trains were all down into Paddington due to massive damage caused by a high-speed Class 802 Hitachi train which was being tested between London and Bristol ahead of its handover to GWR.
Also didn't fancy getting stranded coming home.
My friend Malcolm updated me with some of the guests there as it happened...
Bono, Noel Gallagher, Roger Daltrey, Ian McCulloch , Duane Eddy, Jarvis Cocker, Paul Weller,
Ray & Dave Davies, Brett Anderson, Nile Rodgers, Don Letts and a few others.
Noel Gallagher won Q Best Solo Artist and Q Outstanding Contribution To Music at the awards.
Singer-songwriter Paul Weller, was named Best Act In The World Today.




Wednesday 17 October 2018.
Anglo French singer Anne Pigalle releases her new album 'Ecstase' with a drinks launch.
'Ecstase' : the odyssey of a woman through the underground of Paris, London and Los Angeles.
Glen Matlock and Terry Edwards play on the album.
Venue = 01zero-one, Hopkins Street, Soho, London W1....6pm to 9pm



Tuesday 16 October 2018...I went to two events tonight.
7.45pm to 9.45pm
FENDI x FILA - launch party - Fendi, 141 New Bond Street, London W1.
A big party as around 300 guests are here over the three floors of this designer store.
Rio Ferdinand made a rare public appearance with girlfriend Kate Wright for The Fendi Mania Drop party, and was joined by face of the brand Jamie Campbell Bower, Lottie Moss, Amir Khan, Neelam Gill, Blondey McCoy and Naughty Boy. The event, which showcased Karl Lagerfeld's new sports collaboration, also saw DJ to the stars Fat Tony at the decks, with Tallia Storm, Kyle De'volle, Zara Martin , Jodie Harsh and Sascha Bailey among further VIPs at the New Bond Street store.
Complimentary Moët champers, Ruinart champers, vodka cocktails, very tasty full size cheeseburgers,
sweet potato fries and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a small goodie bag with a Fendi notebook and a Fendi metallic drinking bottle.
www.fendi.comCheck the Fendi website here for more info.
then
10pm to 11.30pm
HUAWAI MATE 20 PRO - phone launch party - One Marylebone, London NW1.
Arriving fashionably late to the 2018 contest for super flagship phones, Huawei’s newly unveiled Mate 20 Pro combines basically every desirable feature of modern smartphones into a sort of spec-checklist device. Like the LG V40, the Mate 20 Pro has three cameras on the back, each offering a different focal length. Like the Vivo Nex, the Mate 20 Pro has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Like the iPhone X and Oppo Find X, the Mate 20 Pro has a so-called 3D face unlock for more secure authentication. And like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, the Mate 20 Pro has a high-resolution 6.4-inch OLED display.
We arrived late so missed the visual unveiling of the new phones.
A few have left but there are still over 200 guests here.
Nick Grimshaw is playing tunes with a full laser light show.
There are three dancers in the corner performing.
Ashley Roberts was here.
Complimentary Rimbaud champers and canapés for all guests.




Monday 15 October 2018...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
ALED JONES & RUSSELL WATSON - album launch party - The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, London W1.
Around 150 guests here in the basement of this private members club in Mayfair.
Guests included Jonathan Shalit (leading talent agent), Alan Edwards (head of Outside Org pr) and
Dave Hogan (long time celebrity photographer for The Sun newspaper).
Two of the best known classical voices, Aled Jones and Russell Watson are set to release their debut duet album 'In Harmony' on 9 November 2018. The album will include well-loved arias and hymns like ‘Ave Maria’, as well as modern classics such as ‘You Raise Me Up’.
And they’ve just announced that they will be touring the UK in 2019 to perform songs from the album.
This will include a London headline show at The Palladium on 21 Sept 2019.
No doubt they have been encouraged by the success of Michael Ball & Alfie Boe.
At 7.05pm the duo performed four tracks from the new album over 20 mins.
1.Where Have All the Flowers Gone / Here's to the Heroes (Medley) --- the first single off the album
2.???
3.Silent Night
4.Volare ( with all the crowd singing along)
At 7.25pm there was a 10 minute Q & A session with ITV presenter Richard Arnold.
Aled and Russell do seem genuinely relaxed and happy in each other's company.
They have sold between them a very impressive 17 million albums.
They both were friendly & chatty to the guests after their performance.
Complimentary wines, beers and tasty canapés for all guests.
All guests got a complimentary copy of the new album on departure.
Full album track-list...
How Great Thou Art
Where Have All the Flowers Gone / Here's to the Heroes (Medley)
Cinema Paradiso
May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
Ave Maria
Where Should This Music Be? (Nimrod)
A Hymn Medley
You Raise Me Up
Mattinata
In Christ Alone
Bright Horizons
Cilfan Y Coed
Volare
Silent Night
www.aledandrussell.comVisit their website for full info on the album and their 2019 tour dates.




Sunday 14 October 2018.
GUN CONTROL band rehearsals in North Acton 2pm to 5pm.
Our 7th rehearsal ticked along nicely....not perfect but getting there..
We have confirmed a live date so come along....
SAVE THE DATE - Gun Control free gig at The Rocket Pub in Acton on Sat 10 Nov.
We are hoping to play 8 original songs and 2 cover versions.
then
CLIFF RICHARD + FLYBOYS live The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Cliff plays the first of two sold out shows at this famous venue.
Cliff is playing a UK tour to celebrate his 60 years in the music biz.
The show on 14th Oct will be celebrating his 78th birthday.
Sir Cliff made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 1959, and has appeared at over 100 occasions since, including representing the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968.
Sir Cliff has sold over 250 million records ( albums/singles ) in his career.
Cliff has had 124 Top 40 hits and 14 number one hits.
He is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Cliff Richard's debut single "Move It" was released 60 years ago in August 1958 and reached number 2.
This tour is his first since winning his privacy court case against the BBC.
His next studio album ‘Rise Up’, which is due on November 23.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, ‘Rise Up’ will see Richards tackling “the bad period I went through in my life” during the aforementioned investigation and subsequent legal battle. It’ll also see the singer express his “renewed feeling of freedom”.
I have seen Cliff Richard over 15 times since a charity show in 1979 at The Royal Albert Hall when
a few artists played three songs each including a young lady called....KATE BUSH.
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The mainly older crowd of senior citizens are all in early to see the support act.
FLYBOYS were on stage from 7.45pm for 25 mins.
A four man vocal harmony group from the UK who sung swing versions of modern songs,
so we had covers of Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran and Bon Jovi etc.
CLIFF RICHARD arrived on stage at 8.15pm for two sets of 55 mins and 65 mins....two hour show...
Cliff is looking pretty good on the day of his 78th birthday.
His band are on six raised platforms behind him...we have lasers and lights through the show...
A few costume changes and cue screams from the older women here.
I preferred his many hit songs to the cover versions he performed.
Bonnie Tyler came on sing 'It's a Heartache' and sing Happy Birthday to Cliff.
An enjoyable show.
1950s
Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover)
Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly cover)
Wake Up Little Susie (The Everly Brothers cover)
Move It (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
Living Doll (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
1960s
Love Me Do (The Beatles cover)
Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
The Next Time (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
The Young Ones (Cliff Richard & The Shadows cover)
The Minute You're Gone
Congratulations
1970s
Bright Eyes (Mike Batt cover)
Miss You Nights
Devil Woman
INTERVAL
1980s
Beat It (Michael Jackson cover)
The Best of Me
Daddy's Home (Shep & The Limelites cover)
Mistletoe & Wine
1990s
From a Distance (Julie Gold cover)
The Millennium Prayer
It's A Heartache with Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler sings Happy Birthday to Cliff
All I Have to Do Is Dream (The Everly Brothers cover) (Cliff sung it with them in this decade)
2000s
The Miracle of Love
Rise Up
Reborn
Reelin' and Rockin' (Chuck Berry cover)
Encore:
We Don't Talk Anymore
Reborn {Reprise}[Outro as hundreds of white balloons fall from the ceiling)





Saturday 13 October 2018.
SUEDE + THE HORRORS live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
I am back again to see Suede play their second of two shows at Hammersmith.
I manage to see a few songs by support act THE HORRORS.
The band have released five studio albums: Strange House (2007), Primary Colours (2009), Skying (2011),
Luminous (2014) and V (2017) all of which charted within the UK Top 40.
They are an ideal support act for Suede.
Their stage is very dimly lit along with some psychedelic images in the background.
Their moody art rock sound ticked along nicely and 'Still Life' still sounds great.
Full setlist played by The Horrors tonight...
Hologram
Machine
Who Can Say
Sea Within a Sea
Endless Blue
Still Life
Ghost
Something to Remember Me By
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SUEDE again arrive on stage just after 9pm and play an excellent 1 hour 45 mins set.
Like last night I have a superb view left of stage at the front.
Singer Brett Anderson gives it 100% as he is covered in sweat within a few songs.
As expected there are a few different songs added & dropped tonight compared to yesterday.
Brett again says how much he loves this venue in "W6".
The band sound was perfect and it was another really great show.
Full setlist played by Suede tonight...
As One
She
Outsiders
Killing of a Flashboy
We Are the Pigs
So Young
This Hollywood Life
Europe Is Our Playground
Tides
I Don't Know How to Reach You
Cold Hands
It Starts and Ends With You
Filmstar
Metal Mickey
Trash
Animal Nitrate
The Power (Brett on acoustic guitar with no microphone )
Still Life (Brett and Richard leading into full band )
The Invisibles
Flytipping
Encore:
Beautiful Ones
Life Is Golden




Saturday 13 October 2018.
Happy Birthday to rock vocalist SAMMY HAGAR who is 71 today.
I saw Sammy play some great shows at Hammersmith Odeon in the early 1980s.
Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 19.04.1980 Loads of classic Montrose played
Sammy Hagar,Riot Hammersmith Odeon, London 20.04.1980
Sammy Hagar,Grand Prix Hammersmith Odeon , London 09.02.1982 Fantastic all red stage .
Sammy Hagar,Grand Prix Hammersmith Odeon , London 10.02.1982





Friday 12 October 2018.
SUEDE live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
I have seen Suede around a dozen times since 1993.
Suede recently released their new album, ' The Blue Hour', in September. It is the final part of the triptych of albums recorded by the band since they reformed and released 2013’s 'Bloodsports'. The record is also complemented by some of the subject matter of Brett Anderson’s recent memoir, 'Coal Black Mornings'.
Suede’s previous studio album 'Night Thoughts' was released to great critical acclaim in 2016. The record went on to reach number 6 in the UK album charts. The groundbreaking live presentation of the album was accompanied by a feature film, directed by Roger Sargent.
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I end up missing all of The Horrors support set of a planned 45 mins.
The venue is rammed sold out for Suede's first ever show at this venue.
Suede are one of those bands that attract a cool looking set of fans.
SUEDE arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
I get a superb view front left of stage.
The first two songs are performed behind a see through curtain.
Singer Brett Anderson is totally mesmerising tonight as he is in top form.
It is stalls standing so he spends nearly half the show in the photographers pit as he gets up nice
and close and sweaty to mingle with the hardcore fans down the front.
Now aged 51,Brett Anderson's posturing and increasingly exposed puffed out chest are great to watch.
His slim frame prowls the stage looking like a mix of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry.
Fab gems played included 'So Young, ‘Trash’, Animal Nitrate’, ‘Metal Mickey’ , 'Filmstar' and a
stunning encore of 'Beautiful Ones’ with all the crowd singing out the lyrics loudly.
A great show.
Full Suede setlist played tonight...
As One
Wastelands
Outsiders
We Are the Pigs
So Young
Heroine
The Drowners
He's Dead
Tides
Roadkill
Sabotage
Dolly
It Starts and Ends With You
Filmstar
Metal Mickey
Trash
Animal Nitrate
Pantomime Horse (Brett solo)
The 2 of Us
The Invisibles
Flytipping
Encore:
Beautiful Ones
Life Is Golden



Friday 12 October 2018.
Happy Birthday to The Damned singer DAVE VANIAN who is 62 today.



Thursday 11 October 2018...I went to three events tonight...
5.45pm to 6.15pm
JOE STRUMMER exhibition , Fred Perry , 9 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.
Passionate about keeping his own work, Strummer left an archive of over 20,000 items. Fred Perry have worked with the Creative Director of the Joe Strummer Archive, Robert Gordon McHarg III to curate an exhibition of never-seen-before possessions, including lyrics, set lists and notebooks, artwork, photographs and audio recordings.
Limited edition patches have been designed exclusively for the exhibition and will be available for you to take away. Each one has a unique story to tell.
I saw Joe many times with The Clash and 10 times solo in the period 1999 to 2002 when he started touring
a lot again including his last two ever London shows in November 2002...just a month before he died.
The exhibition coincides with the release of a 32 track compilation of Joe's career outside of The Clash.
It is a fairly small collection of items in the basement area of the store.
It includes 200 mainly DIY cassettes and the Beat Boxes that Joe used to own and play them on.
Memorabilia including lyrics ,photos, artwork , gig tickets and passes etc.
Some battered old musical equipment.
Well worth a visit for 20 or 30 mins if you are in the Covent Garden area.
It is on from 29th September – 14th October.....open on Sunday until 5pm.
www.fredperry.comVisit the Fred Perry website here for more info.
then
6.30pm to 8.30pm
BOB DYLAN - private view - Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London W1.
Halcyon Gallery presents a brand new Bob Dylan collection - Mondo Scripto - featuring the artist and songwriter’s most renowned lyrics, each handwritten by him in pen on paper and accompanied by an original pencil drawing by the artist. Mondo Scripto opens on Tuesday, 9th October, and will run through to 30 November.
The exhibition got a five star review in The Standard.
Around 150 guests here tonight including BILL WYMAN and his wife.
Also here was legendary live music booking agent BARRY DICKENS who co-founded ITB with
Rod MacSween and is long time UK & Europe booking agent for Bob Dylan , Neil Young, Paul Simon.
Pretty amazing how Bob's handwritten lyrics here as so neatly presented with each drawing next to them.
Bob has written out 60 of his finest songs from 1961 to 2006.
Downstairs from 7.30pm to 8.15pm we had a video presentation and discussion on Bob Dylan.
We were told that over 500 books have been written about Bob Dylan.
I managed to get a complimentary press copy of the superb 333 page book on the exhibition.
It includes copies of all the lyrics and drawings on display.
Free admission to this exhibition until 30 Nov so well worth popping in to see it.
Complimentary Taittinger champers and canapés for all guests.
www.halcyongallery.comVisit the Halcyon Gallery here for more info.
then
8.45pm to 11.15pm
THE CONDUIT - private members club launch party - 40 Conduit Street, London W1.
Mayfair is to be home to yet another new members' club - with the taking over of Washington House by the founder of New York-based, ethical fashion brand Maiyet. The eight-storey building at Conduit Street, next to the Westbury Hotel, was formerly home to Brasserie Chavot and a basement nightclub as well as providing event space and conference facilities. Expect the new club to feature dedicated work, lifestyle and social spaces as well as several open terraces.
The owners say they want members to be drawn from a range of industries, genders, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, and there will be tiered pricing to facilitate this: £800 as an annual fee to under-33s and those working in not-for-profit, less lucrative sectors, compared with the standard £1800.
A massive event as there must be 500 guests here spread out over all the different floors.
A dj is playing tunes on each floor.
Complimentary drinks and food included three different cocktails including Espresso Martinis ,
wines, beers, canapés, ham's and cheese's stations,desserts.
www.theconduit.comVisit their website here for more info.




Thursday 11 October 2018.
Happy Birthday to one of my earliest football heroes - Rodney Marsh who is 74 today.
From 1966–1972 he played with Queens Park Rangers.




Wednesday 10 October 2018...7.15pm to 10.15pm...
THE PROGRESS 1000 PARTY - 26 Leake Street, London SE1.
The Standard paper celebrates London's Most Influential People in 2018.
26 Leake Street is a brand new, 1,200 capacity, multipurpose venue underneath Waterloo Station.
It is in the edgy 'graffiti tunnel' which is where they celebrate street art all along the tunnel.
A massive crowd here as 800 folks are on the guest list.
At 7.50pm we have three songs performed by THE KINGDOM CHOIR including a great 'Lovely Day'.
They were the gospel choir who performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
They have recently signed a major record deal with Sony Music UK.
The Kingdom Choir performed in front of an estimated global TV audience of 1.9 billion people at the
royal wedding on 19 May....Prior to that, their biggest show had attracted about 200 people.
At 8.05pm we have a speech from The Standard's Editor and ex MP George Osborne.
He handed the main award to Sajid Javid (The Home Secretary).
A few faces here including leading showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit, Rachel Johnson, Peter Tatchell,
Harold Tillman and Nick Ferrari.
A dj was playing some good dance tunes.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, vodka cocktails, Negroni's , wines and beers.
Along with bowl food, canapés and desserts.
www.standard.co.ukVisit The Standard website here for more info on the list.




Wednesday 10 October 2018.
Happy Birthday to David Lee Roth who is 64 today.



Tuesday 09 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 9.15pm
THE TUSK RHINO TRAIL AUCTION at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1.
Following an enthusiastic response from the general public to the Tusk Rhino Trail displayed on the streets of London in August and September, this exciting initiative culminates in style on Tuesday, 9th October with the sale by auction of the rhinos at Christie’s Auction House. Each stunning rhino sculpture has been donated to Tusk by well-known and highly collectable artists, including Marc Quinn, Zhang Huan, Gavin Turk and the Chapman Brothers.
Around 200 guests at this well known auction house.
Rock legend RONNIE WOOD and his wife Sally are here as Ronnie has painted one of the rhinos.
They are friendly and chatty to all as i get a photo of me with Ronnie and he signed my catalog.
Others here included Katherine Jenkins, Zac Goldsmith & Viscount David Linley.
At 7.45pm we had a video & speech from Zac Goldsmith then the 21 rhinos were auctioned off.
Ronnie's went for a staggering £100k which was more than three times that of any of the others fetched.
Ronnie & Sally sat front row left and when his rhino came up for auction Ronnie Wood stood up and
threw in two vip tickets for a future Rolling Stones concert...a bit odd as they have none planned at the moment???
The auction raised over £500k tonight.
Complimentary Justerini & Brooks champers, whiskey cocktails and tasty canapés for all guests.
www.tuskrhinotrail.comVisit the Tusk website here for more info and pictures of each rhino.
then
9.30pm to 11.30pm
THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM - press/vip night party - Browns, 82-84 St Martins Lane, London WC2.
The performance was held earlier at Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2.
Florian Zeller's latest play The Height of the Storm is a compelling family drama revolving around André and Madeleine, a married couple of fifty years. The play takes place during one weekend on which their daughters visit.
Over 200 guests have taken over the entire ground floor of this restaurant & bar.
Star of the show Jonathan Pryce is here and so is Monty Python legend/film director Terry Gilliam.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and tasty canapés for all guests.
www.wyndhamstheatre.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.




Monday 08 October 2018...6.30pm to 11.30pm...
LEGENDS OF FOOTBALL AWARD to FRANK LAMPARD OBE at
The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Tonight raised monies for NORDOFF ROBBINS MUSIC THERAPY.
A massive event as 1200 guests (mainly men) are seated for dinner (120 tables of 10).
Even all the main record companies have a table,Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music
and nice to see Fiction Records here (best known for being the home of The Cure).
At 6.30pm was complimentary Laurent Perrier champers reception for an hour before dinner & wines.
Many well known footballers and football managers are here tonight and a couple of non footie celebs.
Frank Lampard was joined by wife Christine as he was honoured at this year's Legends of Football gala. Lampard's close friend and former teammate John Terry was also among guests at Grosvenor House, as well as his father Frank Lampard Senior, Harry Redknapp, Rachel Riley, Mark Foster, Claudio Ranieri, Sven Goran Erickson , Petr Cech, David Moyles,
Sam Alladyce, Roy Hodgson, Mark Hughes, Sammy Lee, Ainsley Harriott, Nicky Clarke, Avram Grant,
John Barnes, Garth Crooks, Chris Houghton, Jamie Carragher, Alan Pardew, Alan Smith,
Bill Curbishley ( manager of The Who) , Alan Curbishley (ex footie manager) and a few others.
Teams with players on tables here included Chelsea, Man City, Brighton, C Palace and Derby.
I got my photo taken with Harry Redknapp and Claudio Ranieri.
The rock band The Darkness were here as supporters of Nordoff Robbins.
Meal First Course = Crispy salt cod fritter
Meal Second Course = Pan-fried fillet of grass-fed beef with potatoes and veg
A comedian did great impersonations of guests not here including Jose Mourinho, Harry Kane, Roy Keane.
A nice result by them to get Roger Daltrey as this is one of only two shows outside of North America
that he has played this year, I was also at the other one - The Royal Albert Hall in March 2018.
ROGER DALTREY & band (feat Simon Townshend) arrived on stage at 9.20pm for a six song 25 mins set.
Roger Daltrey opened the set with a rare live version of 'Let My Love Open the Door' .He covered the song in 2015 for a campaign involving Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank.A full version was released in February 2016, with all proceeds going to Teen Cancer America....a great set...
Let My Love Open the Door (Pete Townshend cover)
The Kids Are Alright (The Who song)
Behind Blue Eyes (The Who song)
Pinball Wizard (The Who song)
Squeeze Box (The Who song)
Substitute (The Who song)
Meal Third Course = Coffee & mascarpone mousse with coffee & Petit Fours.
From 10.15pm to 10.35pm Harry Redknapp and John Terry paid tribute to Frank Lampard.
FRANK LAMPARD was given the main award for his glittering career.
Lots of video clips of Frank playing were on the big screens throughout the evening.
Frank is best known for playing for West Ham , Chelsea, England and others.
Frank won loads of trophies with Chelsea and is now manager of Derby County.
913 games with five clubs
274 goals
106 England Caps
4 FA Cup Wins
3 Premier League Titles
2 European Trophies
There was an entertaining auction of sporting lots.
A great evening.



Saturday 06 October 2018... I went to two events today,
3pm to 5pm
Spurs 1 Cardiff City 0...Spurs still playing home games at Wembley Stadium.
After QPR, Spurs have always been my second team.This is mainly due to their early 1970s
team that featured players including Pat Jennings, Cyril Knowles, Steve Perryman, Martin Chivers,
Alan Gilzean and others.
Did not get to see them for their last season at White Hart Lane but good to see them at Wembley.
We are upstairs in Level 5 where this huge stadium is 75% unsold with lots of empty blocks.
Only just over 43,000 here which is pretty low compared to Spurs usual big crowds at Wembley.
Eric Dier scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute, tapping in a loose ball.
Cardiff remain the only side Tottenham striker Harry Kane has faced but not scored against in the Premier League.
Not the best of games on a rainy afternoon, but three points for Spurs.
then
PINEAPPLE THIEF + LIZZARD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Following up on the unprecedented success of their 2016 album, 'Your Wilderness', progressive rock group Pineapple Thief are back with a UK tour, culminating in their biggest show to date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to showcase their newest studio album 'Dissolution'.
Tonight is the final night of their UK & European Tour.
Support comes from French art Prog band Lizzard.
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Level 3 is closed tonight but an impressive 1200 fans are here to witness the headliners.
Pretty good for a band that most rock fans have never heard of.
LIZZARD arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 45 mins.
Lizzard are a trio who have a female drummer.
Good musicians and their proggy sound went down well with the crowd.
PINEAPPLE THIEF arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
In the crowd was comedian Al Murray - The Pub Landlord.
The band are good musicians, though I do not know any of their songs.
The addition of drummer Gavin Harrison, from not one but two legendary progressive rock bands in
Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, has made a quantum leap in quality and reputation.
A decent enough show for me, but the crowd loved it.
Full Pineapple Thief setlist played tonight...
Try as I Might
In Exile
Alone at Sea
Threatening War
Far Below
No Man's Land
That Shore
All That You’ve Got
Shed a Light
3000 Days
Part Zero
White Mist
Nothing at Best
Encore:
Not Naming Any Names
The Final Thing on My Mind
Snowdrops




Friday 05 October 2018.
LUKE COMBS + ASHLEY McBRYDE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Luke Combs plays the second of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.
With gritty lyrics and brazen vocals, singer/songwriter Luke Combs took to the country music landscape with unbound ferocity and is now bringing his chart-topping talent to the UK. This North Carolina native will be performing his debut album, This One’s for You, with its multi-platinum singles and which Rolling Stone heralded as the “Best Country Album of 2017.”
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Lots of the crowd are dressed up country music style including checked shirts , boots , jeans etc.
ASHLEY McBRYDE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 55 mins.
Most of the crowd are in early to see her.
Ashley McBryde is a country music singer-songwriter from Arkansas.She has released one album, "Girl Going Nowhere", which includes the single, "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega", on Warner Bros. Records Nashville.
On her own with an acoustic guitar with some great stage banter, her songs went down well with the crowd.
LUKE COMBS & band arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 90 mins.
The crowd seem to know the lyrics to most of his set.
There is no doubt he is a great lyricist as the crowd sings along loudly.
Plenty of guitar driven country rock tunes.
Four of the six people on stage are wearing baseball caps.
At the age of 28 he appears grateful to bring his music around the world as he said " three years ago
i had not even been on a plane".
Highlights included 'Beer Never Broke My Heart', 'Hurricane', 'Honky Tonk Highway',
'When It Rains It Pours' and his current single 'She Got The Best Of Me' which was a great power ballad.
The encore was the moving ' Beautiful Crazy' , an ode to Combs’ girlfriend and the Southern rock sound of
'Let The Moonshine'.
The songs ticked along nicely and it was a good show.
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Adrians Bar & Bistro, showcase 6pm to 8pm,
50 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1.
I was on the guest list for this showcase but could not get along as I was committed to the gig above.
My friends took my place and it said it was a nice venue.
www.adrianbarbistro.comVisit their website here for more info.




Thursday 04 October 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
BODY WORLDS - launch party - The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1.
Dr Gunther von Hagens’ renowned exhibition of real human bodies has sparked curiosity and awe around the world with over 47 million visitors globally in over 100 countries.Journey through the human body and discover the magic and mysteries that lie underneath the skin. Expect a unique, exciting and interactive journey through the human body, described by many as ‘emotional’, ‘extraordinary’ and even ‘life-changing’.
A prime location as they have taken over the site that used to be 'Ripley's : Believe It or Not!'.
which was located right next to Piccadilly Circus tube station.
You take the lift up to the 5th floor as the exhibition is over the 5th floor and 4th floors.
You have headphones as well as descriptions as you wander the dozen different areas.
At 7.45pm we have a couple of speeches , including from Dr Gunther Von Hagens.
You may remember him from the major publicity he got in Nov 2002 when in Brick Lane, London E1
he performed the first public autopsy since 1830.
A Dj is playing tunes in the background.
On the 3rd floor is the drinks and entertaining space for the 200 guests.
Ticket prices seem steep as it is £24.50 for adults and £17.50 for children.
I would imagine it will be popular with classes of school children and their teachers.
Complimentary Cava, wines, Peroni beers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a few items from their gift store including the main book.
www.bodyworlds.comVisit the Body Worlds website here for full info and to buy tickets.
then
9.05pm to 10.45pm
SIMON DE PURY FRIEZE PARTY - Maison Assouline, 196a Piccadilly, London W1.
Around 100 guests here at this gallery a few yards from the Fortnum & Mason store.
Quite a lot of people i know here which is always good.
A lively party as Fat Tony is the dj on the balcony.
Complimentary Ruinart champers until 10pm , then it was prosecco.




Wednesday 03 October 2018.
A great evening with three good events related to FRIEZE ART LONDON 2018.
6.30pm to 8pm
21st CENTURY WOMEN -private view- Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, London W1.
A group exhibition at Unit London by curators Fru Tholstrup and Jane Neal. Featuring a host of British female artists, including work by Polly Morgan and Jenny Saville, among others, in a powerful exhibition celebrating 100 years of the women’s right to vote being passed in Britain.
Over 200 guests here over the two floors of this smart gallery including Anthea Turner, Alistair Guy and Kim Hersov.
Complimentary drinks and food including three different Patron Tequila cocktails including Old Fashioned and canapés.
The exhibition is on until 31 Oct 2018.
www.theunitldn.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 10.30pm
VANITY FAIR & CHRISTIES FRIEZE PARTY , Christie's , King Street, St James's, London SW1.
A massive party as 800 guests are here over all levels and rooms of this famous gallery.
Lots of accents from Italy, France, Spain etc who are over here for Frieze Week.
Lots of very elegantly dressed women here tonight.
On the decks is one of the 'go to' party girls - DJ Henri.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, Absolut Vodka Cocktails, Plymouth Gin Cocktails ,
cartoons of food and a cheese buffet table.
www.christies.comVisit the Christies website here for more info.
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10.45pm to 1am
THE ARTS CLUB FRIEZE PARTY , The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.
Over 200 guests here over the two top floors of this cool private members club.
Guests included Example, Professor Green and Ozwald Boateng.
Goldie was the dj here and played some great tunes including Maze 'Joy & Pain'.
American soul & funk act Maze used to play great shows at Hammersmith Odeon back in the 1980s.
A much bigger and better party than expected.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, two different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
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I did not get along to this event as other stuff on and i don't like the venue.
50 years of The Kinks photographs - private view - at Proud Gallery, John Adam Street, London WC2.
My mate Matt was there and he confirmed Ray & Dave Davies both turned up for it.
It is on until 18 Nov 2018.




Tuesday 02 October 2018... 8pm to 10pm - Reading play QPR .
Reading ( 5th from bottom) play QPR (6th from bottom).
Many QPR fans will be there as it's a direct route from Ealing and Paddington to Reading on the train
and easy to get there by car as only 30/35 miles each way.
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Around 1200 QPR fans made the journey.
These days i do support Reading a bit...but not when they play QPR.
A great 1-0 away win by QPR was good to witness.




Tuesday 02 October 2018.
Geoff Emerick, The Beatles audio engineer for ‘Revolver’, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘The White Album’ and ‘Abbey Road’ has died at the age of 72.
Emerick began work at Abbey Road as an assistant engineer when he was 15-years old. On his second day, he was working with The Beatles. He witnessed the first ever recording session by The Beatles at Abbey Road.




Monday 01 October 2018....I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 8pm
BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters and publishers.
I have been here several times over the past decade with the main BMI Icon Award going to Jay Kay last year
and previous years included John Lydon, Sting, Bryan Ferry and Yoko Ono.
Around 300 guests here at this black tie event at this famous five star hotel.
Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah , Right Said Fred, Naughty Boy, Bernie Marsden and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2017.
Harry Gregson-Williams, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers, received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. On receiving this award, Gregson-Williams joins an elite group of composers and songwriters who have been named BMI Icons for their exemplary contributions to the art of music.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for the arrivals reception.
We came back later for the awards after the dinner.
www.bmi.comVisit the BMI website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 10pm
Frieze London 2018 Party - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.
Frieze is London's biggest week of art showcases as most galleries have events & parties this week
and the main event is held in Regents Park.
Over 200 guests here.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, Cosmopolitan Cocktails, wines , beers and bowl food.
www.phillips.comVisit the Phillips Gallery website here for more info.
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Back to BMI Awards at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
10.15pm to 11.45pm
We came back here to see most of the awards being given out.
At 10.40pm the BMI Icon Award was given out Harry Gregson-Williams and for 15 mins
on the big screen it showed the many films he has been involved with and thanked
Hans Zimmer and Trevor Rabin.
The awards finished at 11pm but Liam Payne and Tinie Tempah left before then.
The others were all here including James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield,Right Said Fred and Trevor Rabin.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers was still flowing along with a full bar so i had a couple
Disaronno with ice and Baileys with ice.




Monday 01 October 2018.
French music legend passes away.
French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at 94 after a career lasting more than 80 years.
The star died at one of his homes in the south east of France.
The performer, born to Armenian immigrants, sold more than 180 million records and featured in over 60 films.
He was best known for his 1974 hit 'She'and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.
Aznavour married three times and had six children.
He was named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998.
I saw him live back in 1974 when he played Hammersmith Odeon on the back of the success of 'She' and
also more recently at The Royal Albert Hall.




Sunday 30 September 2018.
SOFT CELL live at The 02 Arena, London.
Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last time ,in their first UK show for 15 years.
Marc Almond and Dave Ball will perform together for a one-off show, ‘One Night, One Final Time’, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo with their first UK show since 2003.
The show will be beamed live to some 250 cinemas around the UK and overseas.
I have seen Soft Cell several times including their early 1980s heyday and the first time was a bizarre one
as it was 1982 for a recording of The Old Grey Whistle Test where they supported Edgar Winter.
Soft Cell had ten Top 40 hits in the UK including a number one with 'Tainted Love' in 1981.
Soft Cell have returned with ‘Northern Lights’, their first new song in fifteen years to coincide with the show.
Marc Almond has had a full solo career outside of Soft Cell.
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I would not have thought Soft Cell were big enough to play this massive venue but it is totally sold out.
Despite front stalls seats costing £100 a pop.
A few faces here including Jarvis Cocker, Alex Kapranos (lead vocals Franz Ferdinand),
Rusty Egan (dj and ex drummer of The Rich Kids and Visage), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound Records),
Neil X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and no doubt a few more I did not see.
SOFT CELL arrive on stage at 7.50pm and play a mammoth set of 2 hours 40 mins.
Before the show I was thinking how are a synth duo going to project themselves in this huge space?
The answer is to the the big production boys in - Stufish.
U2, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, the London and Beijing Olympics, Pink Floyd, Cirque du Soleil – all their jawdropping extravaganzas have emerged from the small but skilled team at the Studio Fisher.
The main feature is three larger than usual big screens which excellently mix live footage with
great pre-recorded images, along with a small stage extension that Marc used.
Lots of lights including neon strips , lasers and flames.
Marc Almond is looking good for his age of 61 and Dave Ball is surrounded by a bank of synths/keyboards.
On some some songs they use percussion, trumpet, sax and four backing singers.
Sooo many great songs played in a long set.
Marc messed up the lyrics a couple of times and but just laughed it off.
The highlight was the last 30 mins where all the big hits were played and the crowd sang loudly.
A great show.
Full Soft Cell setlist played tonight...
Memorabilia
Monoculture
Darker Times
Together Alone
Torch
Forever the Same
Baby Doll
Insecure Me
Where the Heart Is
Numbers
Barriers
Loving You, Hating Me
Last Chance (with Mari Wilson)
Frustration
Youth
The Best Way to Kill
Meet Murder My Angel
Surrender to a Stranger
Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
So [whilst off stage]
Martin
Heat
The Art of Falling Apart
Northern Lights
Soul Inside
What?
Bedsitter
Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)
Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes cover)
Sex Dwarf
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (ticker-tape falling over the front floor area)



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