Archive: May 2018

May 13, 2018

Sunday 13 May 2018.
BBC Radio 2 4pm to 5pm - Johnnie Walker Show with guest NILS LOFGREN.
A great interview with Nils with a mix of songs and stories including a great one on how
his guitars got stolen over Easter and how he got them back.
He starts a full UK tour tomorrow and promises to sign stuff after every show.
Check out the list below of the first four times i saw Nils live.
Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 09.05.1976
Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 10.05.1976
Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers...Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1977
Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren... Wembley Stadium, London 18.08.1979





Sunday 13 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder who is 68 today.

Saturday 12 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to KISS drummer Eric Singer who is 60 today.



Friday 11 May 2018.
NICKELBACK live at The 02 Arena, London.
Nickelback have said they will be playing tracks from all nine of their studio albums.
Nickelback are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 9th album 'Feed The Machine' from 2017.
Nickelback are one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups of all time
and their song "How You Remind Me" was a massive best-selling rock song all over the world.
They are one of those bands that are continually slagged off by critics and rock fans,
but doubt that worries them when they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
The video of 'How You Remind Me ' has been viewed over 350 million times on YouTube.
I have seen Nickelback a few times since 2002 when they headlined Shepherds Bush Empire
on the back of the success of 'How You Remind Me' when it became a mega hit.
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There are half a dozen unsold blocks upstairs in Level 4 but their loyal fans are here in force
even though their heyday period was a decade ago.
NICKELBACK arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for two hours 10 mins.
I am floor standing half way back in front of the mixing desk.
They have a great stage production with three big screens and a barrage of lights.
The pyros and confetti have been left at home this time.
It was a perfect visual treat to look at when the lights were at full tilt.
Plenty of females here swooning over lead singer Chad who stills chats too much between songs with
some banal banter about getting drunk on Jägerbomb's as the stage hand gave him cups of it throughout the show.
Some songs plodded a bit but there were plenty of great rockin' tunes.
Twice they got fans on stage for some audience participation which was very entertaining.
For 'Rockstar' it was a male and female to sing the great lyrics to this excellent song.
The guy got himself noticed in the crowd by wearing a naff lime green t-shirt.
He actually looked like one of The Inbetweeners but did a good job.
Loads of big songs for the crowd to sing loudly along to.
Their anthem 'How You Remind Me' at the end of the main set was mega.
A really good show.
Full Nickelback setlist played tonight...
Feed the Machine
Woke Up This Morning
Photograph
Far Away
Something in Your Mouth
Someday
Lullaby
Figured You Out
Leader of Men
Million Miles an Hour
Rockstar (with two fans onstage helping out on vocals)
When We Stand Together
Side of a Bullet
Animals (with a male fan playing guitar)
Hero (Chad Kroeger song) (from the 2002 Spiderman film)
If Today Was Your Last Day
How You Remind Me
Encore:
Gotta Be Somebody
Burn It to the Ground





Friday 11 May 2018.
A new Rolling Stones tv advert is being shown on ITV to promote their upcoming tour.
It features the names of the big support acts they have recently announced.
There were also full page adverts in The Standard and Metro newspapers today.
They need to shift some more tickets as it starts within a couple of weeks.





Thursday 10 May 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...
FORTNUM & MASON Food & Drink Awards 2018 at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, London W1.
Now in their sixth year, the annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards celebrate the very best writers, publishers, broadcasters, photographers and personalities working in food and drink today. An independent panel of professional judges, led by Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, selects the winners from work published or broadcast during 2017.
I have been a few times before so i know it's a great event with a perfect mix of nice food & drinks
along with celebrities and goodie bags.
We are in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Room on the fourth floor of this historic store that dates back to 1707.
Must be at least 250 guests here and it's a nice buzzy atmosphere.
Claudia Winkleman hosted the awards from 7.15pm for around 30 mins.
Lots of celebrity chefs and other well known names including Piers Morgan, Jimmy Carr,Mary Berry,
Kelly Hoppen, Nadiya Hussain, Tom Parker Bowles, Rick Stein, Frank Cohen,Lisa Snowdon,
Jose Pizarro, Fergus Henderson, Nick Ferrari, Ronni Ancona, Rosemary Shrager,Stephen Webster,
Wilnelia Forsyth, Fay Ripley and no doubt a couple more.
I had my photo taken with Piers Morgan and as he is a big Arsenal fan i suggested to him
'how about John Lydon to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal'...he agreed with a big laugh.
A nice random sighting of a guest wearing a MEGADETH t-shirt in this posh venue needed investigating.
I had a chat with him and he was a shortlisted author Zeren Wilson from www.bittenandwritten.com
Complimentary Fortnum's champers, Gin & Tonics, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen nice food items from the Fortnum & Mason store.
www.fortnumandmason.com/awardsVisit their website here for more info and the list of winners.





Wednesday 09 May 2018...6.30pm to 9.15pm...
VEUVE CLICQUOT Business Women Of The Year Awards at Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair , London W1.
Over 300 guests here in the ballroom of this famous five star hotel.
Lots of very smartly dressed females here as expected.
Erin O'Connor was one of the guests.
Honouring women impacting different aspects of business today.
Since 1972, the awards have honoured women impacting different aspects of business today and celebrates those who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot, an original trailblazer: her enterprising spirit, her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her business goals.
The flagship Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is the longest running award for female business leaders and has recognised some of the UK’s most prolific female business leaders.
At 7.20pm BBC TV presenter Emily Maitlis hosted for the 30 mins awards presentation.
The winner of the main award...Liv Garfield, the FTSE 100's youngest female CEO, has won Veuve Clicquot's prestigious Business Woman Award. Liv is the 42-year-old chief executive of water company Severn Trent.
A nice surprise sighting here was Matt who is a massive Rolling Stones fan and collector.
Check The Stones fan website www.iorr.org for info on his ROLLING STONES MUSEUM in SE London
where you can view his £100,000 plus memorabilia collection.
He even mentioned that The Stones had reserved The Electric Ballroom for a club gig in May
but this is not now happening.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot Rose champers before the awards then Veuve Clicquot 2006 Vintage
champers after the awards along with gin cocktails, lots of different sushi and canapés for all guests.
A very nice event.
www.veuveclicquotaward.comVisit their website for a 50 mins video of highlights from the event.





Tuesday 08 May 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
Lyon & Turnbull Gallery - private view - 11/12 Pall Mall, London SW1.
This was for their 'Five Centuries of Old Masters ' sale.
Lyon & Turnball are based in Edinburgh & London and specialise in old
Scottish paintings which looked great here.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.lyonandturnbull.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.15pm to 9.30pm
ROYAL ASCOT VILLAGE ENCLOSURE PREVIEW - Ham Yard Hotel, London W1.
Over 100 guests here on the rooftop terrace of this five star hotel.
A lovely sunny evening so the girls are all out in their very nice summery dresses.
Guests included Olivia Grant, Rosanna Falconer, Lady Sabrina Percy and Sarah Ann Macklin.
This event is to celebrate the fashion,the vibrant food scene and eclectic entertainment
during ROYAL ASCOT week in June at The Village Enclosure end of the course.
A pair of female djs are here on the decks.
Complimentary Bollinger champers, Ayala champers, Pimms, Rum Cocktails,
Gin Cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.ascot.co.ukVisit the ASCOT website here for more info and to buy tickets.




Tuesday 08 May 2018.
THE ROLLING STONES are to have a pop up store at Selfridges to coincide with their tour.
Selling ' No Filter' tour merchandise etc.
It will be there from 14 May to 03 June.




Sunday 06 May 2018.
Ellen's 80th Birthday Party at North Greenford United Football Club.
We are at the 80th birthday party of the mum of my best friend from secondary school - Billy.
A big family as there were five boys and three girls and now they are all grown up with partners and kids.
From 1973 to 1975 I would go around the house some days after school and at weekends.
The house was in Clematis Street, Shepherds Bush.
This was when we went to Christopher Wren School nearby.
Hemlock Road was the next street and another school friend called Ronnie Evans lived there.
One of his neighbours was called Wally Nightingale who was three years older.
His school mates were Steve Jones and Paul Cook who would all start a band together with Wally
with practise being done at Wally's parents house.
Later on Wally would be kicked out of the band to make way for a certain Johnny Rotten.
The band would start using a new name - THE SEX PISTOLS.
In 1976 word was coming out they were playing venues in Chelsea and The West End
and i was pretty impressed by that.
That would explain why i saw the band play three times in 1976 before their notorious Bill Grundy interview
on 01 Dec 1976 which rocketed the Sex Pistols to national infamy overnight, simply because of a few swear words.
The rest they say is history and the band would end up recording the greatest album of all time.
Wally would sadly die a drugs related death on 06 May 1996...aged just 40.
Oddly enough it happened just before The Sex Pistols 'Filthy Lucre' reunion tour of 1996.
I remember talking to members of the band about Wally's death when i saw them at
Le Zenith, Paris on 04 July 1996.
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Billy & myself have been good friends for over 45 years, in the same class at school,
going to gigs in the 1970s together, getting motorbikes together in the late 1970s,
both working on front stage security at Hammersmith Odeon all through the 1980s.
Still meet up with him and his brothers at odd gigs even to this day.
His mum Ellen is a total diamond of the old school , who just gets on with everything.
So many nice memories of her warm hospitality.
Like my mum, she must have made many thousands of cups of tea for everyone over the years.
Let's hope we have another party for her in ten years time when Ellen reaches 90.




Friday 04 May 2018.
BETH HART + DAVY WATSON live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
American blues rocker Beth Hart announced this show 18 months ago back in Nov 2016
when i saw her play a sold out show at The Royal Festival Hall.
Beth Hart has released around a dozen albums over her career.
Her most recent album 'Black Coffee' is the third cover album recorded by Beth Hart
and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, released on January 26, 2018.
With support from Davy Watson who is a singer, songwriter and musician from Belfast.
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Tonight is Beth Harts biggest ever show in London.
The corner balcony blocks are unsold but it is still a good 95% capacity.
DAVY WATSON arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.
He performed half a dozen good songs that went down well with the crowd.
BETH HART arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played a nice long 2 hours 20 mins set.
Her show 18 months ago was great but tonight was even better.
Like the Royal Festival Hall show she sung the first song while walking through the crowd
by entering from the mixing desk end, quite an entrance.
She would do it again later on in the show.
Beth is rockin' a hot little black dress and heels and her tattoos are on full display.
It isn’t just her remarkable voice and emotive songs, let alone her vivacious stage presence that marks Beth Hart out as special, it’s much more than that. She’s a force of nature and a previously troubled soul who has dragged her self up by the bootstraps to channel all her experiences – both good and bad – into a catalogue of songs that range from the deeply autobiographical to imagined narratives, both well suited to her marvellous phrasing ability.
Beth sinks every ounce of herself into her breathtaking two-hour plus musical marathon.
She dedicates songs to her mum, sister and husband with tears in her eyes.
An ex drug addict who is still taking the medication, you can tell Beth was a wild child in the past.
Her band sounded great and the guitarist played some deft licks.
Beth's stunning vocals were great as she mixed belting it them out standing up or sat behind the piano.
Highlights included 'Bang Bang Boom Boom','As Good As It Gets', 'Spirit of God','Baddest Blues',
'The Ugliest House in the Street', 'Boogieman' , 'Take it easy on me', 'Leave the light on', 'My California'
and encores including 'Monkey Back', 'Picture in the Frame' and 'Caught out in The Rain'.
A great show.
The cameras were here to record it for a future DVD.





Thursday 03 May 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 6.45pm
MAI 68 : POSTERS FROM THE REVOLUTION - private view -
Lazinc Gallery, 29 Sackville Street, London W1.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the revolutionary student protests that kicked off the Mai 68 Paris riots,
this May Lazinc will present over fifty posters created and employed during the revolution.
Also here are films, imagery and memorabilia from the Mai 68 riots. The gallery will even be recreating a screen-printing room from one of the Atelier Populaire studios, showing the working space in which the posters were created.
They look simple but bold, a bit like the punk posters that would follow a decade later.
Performance artist Pandemonium was here in her full 7 foot tall Lady GaGa type latex outfit.
Classic tunes from the late 1960s were being played in the background.
Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.
www.lazinc.comVisit the LAZINC gallery here for more info.
then
7pm
RUMBLE : THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD - UK film premiere -
Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1.
Tonight was the Gala opening evening of the CANADA NOW weekend of films at this cinema.
The film is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.
Featuring MARTIN SCORSESE ,QUINCY JONES ,STEVEN TYLER , STEVEN VAN ZANDT , IGGY POP , LINK WRAY , BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE , ROBBIE ROBERTSON , JESSE ED DAVIS , JIMI HENDRIX ,
GEORGE CLINTON , SLASH , RANDY CASTILLO AND MORE.
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Around 200 guests here for this very enjoyable and informative film...103 minutes long...
The films director and producer introduce the film and had a Q & A after the film was shown.
The film opens with a piece on the legendary guitarist Link Wray.
Link Wray (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005) was a Native American Shawnee rock and roll guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who became popular in the late 1950s.
Building on the distorted electric guitar sound of early records, his 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" by Link Wray & His Ray Men popularized "the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists",facilitating the emergence of "punk and heavy rock".Rolling Stone placed Wray at No. 45 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Check a YouTube clip where Jimmy Page is at home playing 'Rumble' on vinyl.
I saw Link Wray play a rare London gig at The Garage in 1997.
You kind of don't realise which musicians had Native American parents which included a great few minutes on
Randy Castillo who i saw play with Ozzy Osbourne a few times.
Randy Castillo (December 18, 1950 – March 26, 2002) was best known as Ozzy Osbourne's drummer during the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, and later as drummer for Mötley Crüe, from 1999 to his death in 2002.
Also a nice few minutes on Redbone who had a classic track called 'Come and get your love'.
See YouTube for a nice video from 1974 on The Midnight Special where they are all dressed Native Indian.
Also a nice few minutes on Jimi Hendrix who was part Cherokee Native Indian.
A great film that could easily end up on BBC4 tv in the future.
then
9.15pm to 11.15pm was the after-party at The House of St Barnabas, at 1 Greek Street, Soho, London W1.
This venue is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in London notable for its rococo plasterwork interiors
and for other architectural features.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all the guests.
www.canadanow.co.ukVisit their website here for full info on Canada Now 2018 films shown over this weekend.





Wednesday 02 May 2018...6.30pm to 11.30pm...
NAMCO FUNSCAPE - showcase - County Hall, Riverside Buildings,
Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1.
This venue is on the riverside, around 100 yards from The London Eye.
It is open to the general public as well as available to corporate groups.
Over 100 guests here in this massive space behind the small entrance.
Here you can you find six lanes of bowling, video games, pool tables, bumper cars,
table tennis tables, pinball machines, simulators and live sport on the big screen and a dj.
We had great fun trying out most of the activities to do and for the last hour we were ten pin bowling.
In the background we kept an eye on the mega Roma 4 Liverpool 2 football game on the big screen.
My friend won the main raffle prize of £250 Gordon Ramsey restaurant vouchers.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food here as it was a full bar except champers so
i pretty much stuck to Jack Daniels, Baileys and Disaronno amongst others.
Also lots of canapés, fish n chips and mini-burgers for all guests.
We had a fantastic evening here.
www.namco.co.ukVisit the NAMCO website here for more info.






Wednesday 02 May 2018.
I was in Paris for four nights.
The pros and cons of being at two different types of hotel.
Two nights at a four star hotel in a Central area of Paris - Millennium Hotel Paris Opera - Boulevard Haussmann -
They upgraded us to a junior suite which was very palatial.
It is situated in one of the main areas for shopping and entertainment.
The Grand Rex cinema/concert venue is nearby.
My friend in Paris said some of the bands that play there stay at this hotel.
See the PARIS ROCKER link on the right of this page for his gig reviews in Paris.
then two nights in a three star hotel on the outskirts of East Paris - Hotel Reseda - Avenue du General de Gaulle - Bagnolet
You could certainly call this place 'a small room for a small price'.
The 76 bus took just 35 mins to The Louvre area.
Also near the hotel was Gallieni (Parc de Bagnolet)...a station on Paris Métro Line 3.
It will be my first time back there since 2003 when i saw two Rolling Stones shows
including one which was this same venue when it was called The Bercy Arena.
I suppose the main reason has been how sterling has dipped so badly compared to the Euro.
Thanks to Eurostar we were Business Premier going out and Standard Premier coming back.
A very nice three course meal designed by Raymond Blanc and drinks each way.
From April - Eurostar trains are going to Amsterdam.
www.eurostar.comVisit the Eurostar website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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Saturday 28 April 2018.
ARCADE FIRE live at Accor Hotels Arena, Paris, France.
Will be an 'in the round ' stage production like the recent UK shows earlier on the tour.
Arcade Fire are on a UK and European tour to promote their recent album from 2017.
'Everything Now' is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire.
I saw them play Earls Court Arena in 2014 on their previous UK tour.
Check out this nice video on YouTube - Arcade Fire & David Bowie - Wake Up | HQ | Fashion Rocks 2005.
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A big crowd here as this venue is pretty much the Paris version of The 02 Arena.
ARCADE FIRE were on stage from 9.15pm and played for around 2 hours 10 mins.
Concerts seem to be allowed to finish later in France or maybe just that it was a Saturday night.
The band enter through the crowd like boxers to their 'in the round' boxing ring type stage.
There are several members on stage and other members come and go.
They all swop sides of the stage during the show and the drummers kit rotates.
There are four massive screens above each side of the stage along with lots of lights and two glitter balls.
It was a top notch indie pop disco extravaganza.
A few newer mid-tempo songs sagged a bit but there were many joyous big tunes played.
Gems including 'No Cars Go ' , 'The Suburbs' and 'Ready to Start' were all great.
The final song of their anthem 'Wake Up' was totally mega.
It was a visually great show by a passionate band who really did pull out all the stops.
Full setlist played tonight...
Tape intro - Everything Now (Continued) (instrumental version with boxing intro)
Everything Now (with Patrick Bebey)
Rebellion (Lies)
Here Comes the Night Time (with Patrick Bebey) (Haitian dancers on stage)
Haïti (with Patrick Bebey) (Haitian dancers on stage)
No Cars Go
Electric Blue
Put Your Money on Me
Neon Bible
My Body Is a Cage
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Ready to Start (Damian Taylor Remix outro)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Reflektor
Afterlife
Creature Comfort
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) (with 'I Give You Power' snippet)
Encore:
We Don't Deserve Love
The Coffee Cola Song (Francis Bebey cover) (with Patrick Bebey)
Everything Now (Continued) (with Patrick Bebey) (with Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
Wake Up (with Patrick Bebey) (with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and dancers)






Friday 27 April 2018.
BBC4 tv 9pm - JEFF BECK : Still on the Run
For many, he is the UK’s greatest ever guitarist and a maverick musical trailblazer. This profile begins by looking at Beck’s formative years in Surrey and teenage friendship with Jimmy Page, before continuing through to success with The Yardbirds and his current album and sell-out live shows. Rock luminaries who’ve played alongside Beck such as Page, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Batten, Beth Hart, Joe Perry and Slash pay testament to his ever-evolving guitar style and enduring influence.
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This was a very enjoyable 90 mins documentary on this guitar legend.
Showed highlights from his 50 year career.
Shows footage of when he played six shows over five evenings at Ronnie Scott's club in London
where he was joined by Eric Clapton...Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were both in the crowd.
The clip is also up on YouTube.
Also shows Jeff in his garage still tinkering around with his collection of Hot Rod cars & motorbikes.
It will get a DVD release on 18 May...the DVD will have have extra 15 mins of footage.
Jeff plays The Royal Hospital, Chelsea on Friday 15 June.




Friday 27 April 2018.
Happy Birthday to ex KISS guitar legend ACE FREHLEY who is 67 today.
It is always quite good fun seeing audience participation with bands on stage.
Check this one out by searching on YouTube.
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench - Kiss Guy - Austin, TX. 4-18-18 (Yayo Sanchez)





Thursday 26 April 2018.
THE BOOTLEG BEATLES live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
The worlds most famous Beatles tribute band return to play this iconic venue.
They are now in their 36th year.
The Bootleg Beatles have become an institution in their own right, with their note-perfect recreation of hits
from every era of the world’s most famous songbook.
Every tiny detail is meticulously covered, from costumes to authentic period instruments;
from Liverpudlian banter to their inflection-perfect vocal mimicry.
I have seen them several times since 1996.
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It is pretty full here tonight, maybe 95 % of tickets sold.
The band were on stage for 2 hours 20 mins over two sets of 65 mins and 75 mins.
The band members certainly look and play like the original Fab Four.
We have a big screen showing Beatles footage and other footage from the 1960s.
A few costume changed throughout the show.
Must have been around 30 timeless Beatles classics played throughout the evening.
Early songs played included ''She Loves You' and 'Can't Buy Me Love'.
Half way through the first set they were joined by a sixteen member brass & string section for
Sgt Pepper songs and they were there in the second half as well.
Each member of the band were dressed as the Beatles appeared on the colourful Sgt Pepper album cover.
Some real ‘goosebumps’ moment was ‘A Day In The Life’ where the rising crescendo of the orchestra to the song’s climax was stunning. The band were having so much fun, as was the audience singing along to the album title track along with 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, a rousing ‘Getting Better’ and ‘When I'm Sixty-Four' – an age much of the night’s audience had already passed but they still knew how to enjoy themselves.
They ended the set with a perfect pose of the Sgt Pepper album cover which included the members
of the brass & string section wearing paper masks of celebrity guests that featured on the album cover.
Strange to think that for such a classic album the original band never performed it live.
The Sgt Pepper album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
Each member of The Bootleg Beatles played their part well by cracking cheeky jokes throughout the show.
Ringo managed to draw Thomas the Tank engine during the course of the evening.
During the second set the crowd got up more often for some dancing.
Gems played included 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' ,'Here Comes The Sun' 'Yesterday' ,'Hey Jude',
'Carry That Weight', 'Lady Madonna' and many more.
A great show.




Wednesday 25 April 2018.
G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Uli Jon Roth live at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
Three leading rock guitarists are on a European Tour.
I first saw Joe Satriani in 1990 at Hammersmith Odeon.
Joe Satriani was the first act I saw at this venue in Feb 1993 under its new Hammersmith Apollo name.
I saw Uli Jon Roth at Hammersmith Odeon in 1983 and 1985.
I have seen a G3 show before in 2004....G3 Joe Satriani + Steve Vai + Robert Fripp ,Royal Albert Hall.
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Lots of empty seats upstairs as maybe only two thirds sold up there.
There is a big screen used by all three acts with pre-recorded images but oddly enough live footage
of the show was only used during the last 30 mins for the G3 Jam session.
Lots of guitar solo wizardry as expected with just a few songs having vocals during the evening.
Lots of nice lights used by all three acts.
ULI JON ROTH - ex Scorpions.
Uli & band arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 40 mins.
Full setlist played tonight...
Sky Overture
Sun in My Hand (Scorpions song)
We'll Burn the Sky (Scorpions song)
Fly to the Rainbow (Scorpions song)
The Sails of Charon (Scorpions song)
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JOHN PETRUCCI - founding member of Dream Theater and still playing with them.
John Petrucci & band arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played for around 45 mins.
His band include current Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini.
Full setlist played tonight...
Wrath of the Amazons (Rupert Gregson-Williams cover)
Jaws of Life
The Happy Song
Damage Control
Glassy-Eyed Zombies
Glasgow Kiss
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JOE SATRIANI - before his solo career , he was a guitar instructor , with students including Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett.
Joe Satriani & band arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for around 50 mins.
Joe is more of a showman than the other two guitarists.
G3 Jam - at 10.20pm all three members playing extending versions of three classic rock covers for 30 mins.
Full setlist played tonight...
Energy
Catbot
Satch Boogie
Cherry Blossoms
Thunder High on the Mountain
Super Funky Badass
Circles
Always With Me, Always With You
Summer Song
Encore : G3 Jam
Highway Star (Deep Purple song) (with John Petrucci) (also with Uli Jon Roth)
All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) (with Uli Jon Roth) (also with John Petrucci)
Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover) (with Uli Jon Roth & John Petrucci)
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A very enjoyable evening.




Wednesday 25 April 2018.
Happy Birthday to ex Marillion singer and solo artist Fish who is 60 today.
Happy Birthday to acting legend Al Pacino who is 78 today.




Tuesday 24 April 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 6.30pm
BOOM - ART & INDUSTRY IN 1960s ITALY - private view - Tornabuoniart , 46 Albemarle Street, London W1.
Taking as a starting point Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 film Il boom, Flavia Frigeri’s exhibition explores the relationship between post-war Italian art and the economic miracle in the 1960s. The show focuses on how artists envisioned, represented and reacted to the boom, through the works of Carla Accardi, Franco Angeli, Mariana Apollonio, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Mario Ceroli, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Tano Fes- ta, Lucio Fontana, Piero Gilardi, Pino Pascali, Francesco Lo Savio, Sergio Lombar- do, Mimmo Rotella and Mario Schifano. In order to highlight the link between art and industry, iconic design objects such as the Olivetti 'Valentine' typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass will also be on display.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.tornabuoniart.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.45pm to 9.15pm
PINK LADY FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - The Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London SW1.
A big crowd of at least 250 guests are here.
The world's leading awards recognising the art and diversity of food photography with a top prize of £5000.
They get thousands of entries from around the world.
There are over 150 images on display showcasing from more than 20 categories.
At 7.45pm host Prue Leith hosted the awards that went on for around an hour.
Prue was responsible for the infamous moment in 2017 when the Bake Off tv presenter
went into 'panic mode' after naming the winner on Twitter hours before final was broadcast.
Guests here included Pierre Koffmann who is a French-born professional chef who until recently
had a nice restaurant in Knightsbridge.
The photos will be on display for a couple of weeks at the gallery and are all for sale.
Complimentary Taittenger champers, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.




Monday 23 April 2018...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 9.15pm
Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds - private view - Sotheby's , King Street, St James's, London SW1.
Around 200 guests here at this well known gallery.
Viscount Linley was here .He is a furniture maker with his own store and is the son of Princess Margaret
and Antony Armstrong-Jones, and the nephew of the Queen.
Lots of oriental carpets and rugs are hanging on all the walls and other items too.
In the main room there is a quartet playing music from Iran,Persian, Arabic Kurdish etc.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, Gin cocktails, wines and tasty canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag of a box of dates & chocolates from BATEEL who are exclusively
available in Selfridges Ground Floor, Food Hall.
www.christies.comVisit their website here for more info on the auction on 26 April 2018.
then
9.30pm to 10.30pm
TRADER VICS - 55th anniversary , Hilton Hotel, Park Lane,Mayfair, London W1.
Trader Vic's celebrate their 55th anniversary as the bar in this famous five star hotel.
Trader Vic's are offering their signature 'London Sour' cocktail that was created for the
opening event of Trader Vic’s London back in 1963.
Available throughout April for only 55p instead of the usual £11.
(Please note that this offer is limited to only one cocktail per person per night).
Where can you get a quality cocktail in Mayfair for just 55p???
We had a couple of the very nice 55p drinks each...proper freshly made with a free GB flag in it.
Well worth popping into if you are in the area.
Available from 5pm each evening.
www.tradervicslondon.comVisit their website here for more info.





Monday 23 April 2018.
My review of The Joe Corre 'Ash from Chaos' exhibition from last week is now up on
The Sex Pistols website along with several nice photos.
www.sex-pistols.netVisit the website here to check out the photos.




Monday 23 April 2018.
Punk rock guitar legend JOHNNY THUNDERS sadly died today in 1991 - 27 year ago...
I saw him live 18 times with the first at The Roxy Club in 1977 and included a gig on home turf in 1979
when he played at Max's Kansas City in New York.




Sunday 22 April 2018...6pm to 9pm...
My band had our fourth rehearsal in North Acton tonight.
Just the three of us this time but good fun.




Saturday 21 April 2018.
In my review of Friday nights Chas & Dave show i mentioned that they had a much bigger
stage production than they usually have and that there was a huge circular light rig above them
like David Gilmour uses and a massive wraparound screen behind them.
There was an explanation for that.
Basically they were using the production that was in situ for The Queen's 92nd birthday concert
at The Royal Albert Hall the following evening that was shown live on BBC1 tv.







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May 29, 2018

Tuesday 29 May 2018.
The planning row between ROBBIE WILLIAMS and JIMMY PAGE goes to court today.
Robbie Williams wants to build a basement with a swimming pool.
Jimmy Page has opposed the work saying 'there would be major disruption'.
They are neighbours in Holland Park.
Happy Birthday to NOEL GALLAGHER who is 51 today.
Wanna see a picture of me with my security mate Ian at The Rolling Stones , London Stadium.
Visit my FaceBook page for Ray Morrissey.




Monday 28 May 2018.
NILS LOFGREN live at The Barbican, London.
Nils Lofgren is on a UK tour titled '50 Years...Up The Road'.
An intimate acoustic evening of songs and stories with Nils Lofgren
Celebrating his 50th year of touring professionally, Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band Member and solo artist Nils Lofgren makes his first return to the UK in three years for a 15 city tour, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta. The UK has become his most frequent touring stop outside of the U.S. for half a century. Drawing from an expansive repertoire of a lifetime in Rock and Roll, and sharing many memorable stories along the way, Nils will pick up on the magical experience of his last critically acclaimed UK run.
Nils started his career early as a 16 year old...he is now aged 66...
I have seen Nils solo over 15 times since 1976 and many times as part of The E Street Band.
These were the first four Nils Lofgren gigs i went to...
Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 09.05.1976
Nils Lofgren,Unicorn... New Victoria Theatre, London 10.05.1976
Nils Lofgren,Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers...Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.05.1977
Who,Stranglers,AC/DC,Nils Lofgren... Wembley Stadium, London 18.08.1979
Nils has released a 'Live in the UK' cd album as well as a 10 cd/DVD box set.
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In interviews Nils has been saying he will be signing things at meet & greets at every UK show.
I get to the venue at 7pm and Nils is signing before the show as well as after the show.
I have my 1977 American Import double vinyl album of his 'Night After Night'.
I get the front cover signed before the show and the inside cover signed after the show.
I had a quick chat with him about his gigs in the 1970s and he told me that
Roger Daltrey had come to the Tunbridge Wells , Kent show a few days ago.
NILS LOFGREN takes to the stage just after 7.35pm and plays for a nice long 2 hours 20 mins.
His most well known solo songs were in the second half of the set.
Lots of great stories between songs including how he joined Neil Young's band at just age 19, playing piano and guitar on the album After the Gold Rush.Lofgren maintained a close musical relationship with Young, appearing on his Tonight's the Night album and tour among others.
Also joining The E Street Band in 1984 for the 'Born In The USA' tour and still there after 34 years.
In the 1970s he thought he needed a stage gimmick and that's where his legendary 'trampoline back flip' would come in.
I saw him do this a few times and Bruce asked him to do it on early E Street Band tours.
Nils said he had his hips replaced a decade ago and the doctor told him 'no more trampolining'.
Nils was playing mainly acoustic guitar but electric guitar was used on three songs.
Greg was playing mainly keyboards but also played acoustic guitar and trumpet on a few songs.
They both did a full on tap dancing routine during one song which was great to watch.
Lots of very nifty guitar from Nils who really is a musicians musician.
The main highlights were 'Keith Don't Go', 'I Came To Dance', 'No Mercy',
and encores of 'Because the Night' and 'Shine Silently'.
A full standing ovation at the end for this great show.
Full Nils Lofgren setlist played tonight...
Wonderland
Rock 'n' Roll Crook
Like Rain (Grin song)
Black Books
Sticks and Stones
Code of the Road
Rusty Gun (Grin song)
You
Life
Girl In Motion
Believe (Grin song)
Goin' Back (Carole King cover)
Too Many Miles
Keith Don't Go
I Came To Dance
No Mercy
Encore:
Because the Night (Patti Smith Group hit written by Bruce Springsteen) (Nils on electric guitar)
Shine Silently (Nils on electric guitar)





Sunday 27 May 2018.
THE CHRISTIANS + HUE & CRY live at ULU Live at Student Central, Malet Street ,London WC1.
A nice double bill of acts who had big success in the late 1980s / early 1990s.
The Christians are on a 30th anniversary UK tour.p
The Christians had 10 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
I first saw The Christians in 1988 when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
Hue & Cry are promoting their great new album 'Pocketful Of Stones'.
I first saw Hue & Cry in 1987 when they supported Madonna at Wembley Stadium.
Hue & Cry had 4 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
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This was my first show at this venue since it re-opened last year after refurbishment
with a slightly different name change and now with a 850 capacity.
It is only a few minutes walk North of the sadly missed Astoria.
HUE & CRY arrived on stage and 8pm and played for 55 mins.
As they are not headlining it is just the two brothers with keyboards rather than the full band.
Pat Kane is a great lyricist with a strong clear voice and you can make out every word.
A great mix of their older hits and tracks from the new album.
Each song had a nice introduction about how it came about including the touching
'The Way She Flies' which was about Pat's daughter leaving home and forging her own path.
They finished with their mega classic Top 10 hit from 1987 'Labour of Love'.
Full Hue & Cry setlist played tonight...
Ordinary Angel
I Refuse
Pocketful of Stones
Looking For Linda
It Happened Here
Violently
Heading For a Fall
My Salt Heart
Mother Glasgow
The Way She Flies
Labour of Love
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THE CHRISTIANS arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 65 mins.
Garry Christian is still on lead vocals.
A hits packed set as they played seven of their Top 40 singles.
Lots of Scouse banter from Garry between songs including a bit of moaning
as there was a whistle/buzzing sound that he could hear in the monitors but when they
started playing the crowd couldn't hear it but he could.
An enjoyable evening with two good bands.
Full Christians setlist played tonight...
I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan cover)
Born Again
Greenbank Drive
Words
Forgotten Town
Ideal World
When The Fingers Point
Hooverville (and they promised us the world)
Encore:
Harvest For The World (Isley Brothers cover)
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Both acts did a meet & greet after their sets and signed albums etc.





Sunday 27 May 2018.
Those who share the same birthday as me include...
Happy Birthday to punk legend SIOUXSIE SIOUX who is 61 today.
Happy Birthday to footie legend PAUL GASCOIGNE who is 51 today.
Happy Birthday to THE SEX PISTOLS classic 'God Save The Queen' which was
released 41 years ago today on my 18th birthday.
Monday 28 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to KYLIE MINOGUE who is 50 today.




Friday 25 May 2018.
THE ROLLING STONES + Florence & The Machine live at The London Stadium, East London.
I was chatting to my Russian chum Iggy outside the stadium before the show so i only caught the
last three songs by support act Florence & The Machine.
Like the first Stones show i watched the support from the seated area on the right of stage and
for The Stones i was in the gold circle , but a bit more to the left side.
Florence was barefoot as she was like a female Mick Jagger as she never kept still as she
skipped, twirled and pogoed around the stage in her full length dress.
The Stones even let her use their catwalk stage extension which Liam Gallagher didn't use.
Florence , like Liam G was given partial use of the big screens.
A good set that finished at 7.45pm and i hope to see a full headline show of hers sometime this year.
Full Florence & The Machine setlist played tonight...
Between Two Lungs
Only If for a Night
Hunger
Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris cover)
Dog Days Are Over
You Got the Love (Candi Staton cover)
Ship to Wreck
What Kind of Man
Shake It Out
Florence & The Machine make a powerful return with the excellent new single 'Hunger'.
Ahead of new album 'High As Hope' which is set to be released on June 29.
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THE ROLLING STONES arrived on stage at 8.20pm and were on stage for two hours.
By the time The Stones came on stage the stadium looked a very full 80,000 capacity crowd.
Again it was 19 songs played but as expected there were a few songs added and left out.
Mick Jagger dominates the stage as usual and he keeps the local knowledge info up between tracks
as he says "we came here on the Jubilee Line" and 'anyone else here from Dartford?".
Keith was wearing a t-shirt and open shirt that were in the claret and blue of West Ham F.C.
Great to see them play 'Dead Flowers' tonight and both Keith songs were different to Tuesday.
Support act Florence Welsh was great on co-vocals for 'Wild Horses'.
During 'Paint It Black' some guys were pointing at the general standing area behind me so i
looked around and a young girl was topless on someone's shoulders.
Mick changed his shirt several times and threw one into the pit crowd during 'Brown Sugar'.
Some nifty bottle neck guitar from Ronnie Wood.
Always great to see Keith and Ronnie giving each other little smiley grins.
An odd sighting was the continuous flow of people going to buy drinks when The Stones were on.
This included the folks in the gold circle who had paid £250 to be there...each to their own i suppose...
Another excellent show by these music legends.
Full Rolling Stones setlist played...
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Let's Spend the Night Together
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
Tumbling Dice
Just Your Fool (Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra cover)
Dead Flowers
Wild Horses (with Florence Welch)
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Paint It Black
Honky Tonk Women (followed by band introductions)
The Worst (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Happy (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Sympathy for the Devil
Miss You
Midnight Rambler
Start Me Up
Brown Sugar
Encore:
Gimme Shelter
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (followed by some fireworks)




Friday 25 May 2018.
There has been so many stories on music artists losing money over the years...
This rock n roll business is not as easy as it seems.
How many ways can artists lose money? Let us count the ways. Bad management, promoters and/or agents; spending on unnecessary services; poor or no legal advice; failure to register with the proper collection agencies; failure to determine ownership splits early in the songwriting and recording processes; not having a solid business manager; and, a more recent addition to the long list: incomplete metadata.



Friday 25 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to PAUL WELLER who is 60 today.



Thursday 24 May 2018...I went to FIVE events tonight...
5.30pm to 6.30pm
FIFTY9 - press view - 59 Berkeley Square, London W1.
This bar has a great location on Berkeley Square with Sexy Fish a few yards away on one side
and Annabel's on the other side.
It is always busy with suits after work and has an outside space where you can watch the world go by.
We each had a couple of complimentary Pornstar Martinis here which were very nice.
They have a happy hour daily from 5pm to 7pm.
www.fifty9bar.co.ukVisit the FIFTY9 website here for more info.
then
6.45pm to 7.30pm
MISTER LASAGNA - 2nd Birthday Party - 53 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1.
A nice buzzy atmosphere here for some Italian hospitality.
They have 21 , yes 21 different types of lasagne here.
We tried a few different small plates of lasagne which were very nice and washed down with prosecco.
www.misterlasagna.co.ukVisit the Mister Lasagne website here for more info.
then
7.40pm to 8.45pm
HUNTSMAN by Pierre Lagrange - private view - Sotheby's, 34 New Bond Street, London W1.
Huntsman are top quality mens tailors who have a store at 11 Savile Row.
They are auctioning some bespoke items including motorbikes and cycles and clothing etc.
Around 200 guests here including many smartly dressed guys.
Complimentary Coates & Seely English Sparkling Wines, Negronis and canapés for all guests.
www.sothebys.com/huntsmanVisit their website for more info on the auction.
then
8.50pm to 9.50pm
ART NIGHT PARTY - Phillips Gallery, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.
Around 300 guests here at this lively party.
The party was hosted by Home & Urban Landscape along with Lombard Odier.
There is a dj playing tunes at the far end.
Complimentary Elephant Gin Cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food and canapés for all guests.
then
10pm to 11.15pm
ARTS FOR INDIA - gala charity evening - BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.
This was the party after the auction and awards earlier in the evening.
They are raising money to help young artists back in India.
Lots of stunning Indian women here in great traditional dresses.
Dj playing a mix of dance tunes and Bollywood tunes as folks danced on the floor.
Complimentary prosecco, wines , beers and Indian canapés for all guests.
www.artsforindia.orgVisit their website here for more info.




Thursday 24 May 2018.
Happy Birthday to BOB DYLAN who is 77 today.




Tuesday 22 May 2018.
THE ROLLING STONES + LIAM GALLAGHER live at The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.
THE ROLLING STONES are playing their first UK & Irish shows for five years.
I have seen The Rolling Stones over 20 times since 1976 when i saw four of their six shows at
Earls Court Arena.
Despite the high ticket prices there are only a couple of unsold blocks at the back.
For Liam G i am in the press/vip block seats right of stage.I spotted Ronnie Woods snooker mate
Jimmy White and fashion designer Pam Hogg...also the guys from Classic Rock and Metal Talk.
For The Stones i am in the gold circle dead centre, just a few feet from the stage walkway extension.
Only The Stones could get a few thousand fans to pay £250 for gold circle tickets.
LIAM GALLAGHER arrived on stage at 7.10pm for his 35 mins set.
I saw Oasis live loads of times but this is my first time seeing Liam solo.
Liam is full of rock n roll attitude on stage as usual.
He is given two sections of the big screens.
He made the wise move of playing a few Oasis classics that the crowd loved and sang along to.
His solo material is decent enough but not nowhere as good as those mega Oasis tunes.
He was joined by Oasis guitarist Bonehead for a couple of songs.
Liam was a perfect support act for The Stones tonight.
Full Liam Gallagher setlist played tonight...
Rock 'n' Roll Star (Oasis song)
Morning Glory (Oasis song)
Greedy Soul
Wall of Glass
You Better Run
Some Might Say (Oasis song) (with Bonehead)
Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis song) (with Bonehead)
Live Forever (Oasis song) (dedicated to the city of Manchester)
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THE ROLLING STONES arrived on stage around 8.25pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
A very nice and new stage production which featured four gigantic longways big screens.
When they were lit up in the second half they looked like massive mobile phones.
The setlist was a staggering collection of mainly classic hits along with a couple of lesser known tracks.
Mick Jagger danced away in that voice that was unweakened by age, hitting a sweet falsetto during a rare outing for the 1976 ballad ' Fool to Cry'. Keith Richards’ two lead vocals were less memorable, but he led the charge with raw guitar work on a drawn-out 'Midnight Rambler'.
Hard to believe that Mick Jagger will be 75 in July as he struts his stuff around the stage.
The Dublin show oddly opened with 'Sympathy With The Devil' but thankfully tonight it is back in the
second half of the set with the full red lighting which worked a treat in the darkness.
Two or three intros to the songs sounded a bit too loose so to speak.
The bottom line is that their catalog of songs is so incredible.
They really put on a stunning show tonight.
I have seen over 50 shows this year including many big names but this was the best gig so far of 2018.
Full Rolling Stones setlist played tonight...
Street Fighting Man
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
Tumbling Dice
Paint It Black
Ride 'Em on Down (Jimmy Reed cover)
Under My Thumb
Fool to Cry (first time played since 17 March 1999)
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Honky Tonk Women (followed by band introductions)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith on vocals)
Slipping Away. (Keith on vocals )
Sympathy for the Devil
Miss You
Midnight Rambler
Start Me Up
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Brown Sugar
Encore:
Gimme Shelter
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (followed by some fireworks)





Tuesday 22 May 2018.
One year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist bombing where 22 innocent victims
were killed at the end of a Ariana Grande concert.
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Happy Birthday to MORRISSEY who is 59 today.
He is five days older than me.



Monday 21 May 2018...I went to two events today.
3.45pm to 6.15pm
LONDON WINE FAIR 2018 at Olympia, West London.
This was day one of this massive three day event.
Some 14,000+ wines from 40 countries on the main floor and upstairs with 5000 guests expected daily.
Whether you're looking for old world classics from the Rothschild Collection to the Rhône, new world stars from Australia to Napa, or emerging wine regions from Romania to Uzbekistan.
Some of my faves were here including TAITTINGER champers and NYETIMBER English Sparkling Wines.
Can you taste the difference between bottles of wine that cost £50 or £25 or less than £10?
We had a bit if fun doing this...and got it wrong quite a lot...good fun though.
www.londonwinefair.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
MAGIC RADIO AT THE MUSICALS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
For one night only leading cast members from London’s best loved shows will perform at Magic at the Musicals with Cadbury Dairy Milk in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, complete with 60 piece orchestra.
Hosts Ruthie Henshall and John Owen Jones will be joined by leading cast members from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Cilla The Musical, School of Rock, Motown The Musical, Wicked, Bat Out of Hell, the stunning King and I, Little Shop of Horrors and a special performance of This Is Me from the smash hit movie musical The Greatest Showman.
Magic Radio has also announced that Company, Dreamgirls, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, MAMMA MIA! The Musical, Chicago , Disney’s The Lion King & Disney’s Aladdin will all take part, as well as performances from West End giants Louise Dearman & Laura Tebutt.
Get ready to sing-a-long to songs from The Wizard and I (Wicked), Bring Him Home (Les Misérables), Little Shop of Horrors, You’re All I Need to Get By (Motown The Musical) and Being Alive (Company) and many more.
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Most of the theatres in the West End are dark (closed) on a Monday evening so that explains
why there are so many big name musicals here tonight.
The show was on for around 2 hours 30 mins over two sets.
I must admit i much prefer musicals to plays when it comes to West End theatre.
I have seen a few of the musicals on show tonight but still have to visit some of them.
Tonight was pretty much one or two songs from each of the musicals listed above.
Songs like 'Bring Him Home' from Les Mis are always mega.
An enjoyable evening.






Sunday 20 May 2018...5pm to 7pm...
It is another sunny day so I get into Windsor a couple of hours early for a mooch about.
It's the day after The Royal Wedding where over 100,000 gathered in Windsor.
The tv coverage was superb and they had a perfect day.
There are still a few tv cameras and media folks floating around here.
The 1000 year old castle dominates the town.
Windsor is a very pretty and historic place to visit and the tourists are out in force today.
The River Thames and it's swans are big attractions.
The boat trips are very popular.
You walk across the bridge into Eton.
Windsor is a wealthy area but it has a big homeless problem.
It even has a Wetherspoons Pub in The High Street.
then
THE BOB DYLAN STORY live at The Theatre Royal, Windsor.
A two hour show featuring mainly his best songs from the heyday era in the 1960s.
Bob Dylan is played by Bill Lennon who for ten years was Keith Richards in the Counterfeit Stones.
There will be a back projection of Dylan photos and news clips from when the songs were written.
I have seen the real Bob Dylan around 25 times since 1978 when he played Earls Court Arena.
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This cosy all seated venue holds around 600 but maybe only half are sold.
Still 300 tickets sold is 'still pretty good for just for a tribute act'.
I have a nice view half a dozen rows from the stage.
The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.
The songs were split pretty much 50/50 with Bob solo acoustic and Bob with the young band.
Not a good start as Bob arrives on stage and he has a terrible wig that looks like a mop.
He says " Bob has written over 350 songs and we will do our best to play all your faves".
Recent Bob Dylan shows only have a couple of songs from his 1960s period so tonight we get
many of his classics that the real Bob Dylan has not played on stage for years.
Between songs we get the story of Bob's life and thoughts behind the songs.
Highlights included mega versions of 'Positively 4th Street' and a more recent track
'Make You Feel My Love' from 1997 which was a big hit by Adele a few years ago.
The show finished with the classic 'Like a Rolling Stone'.
Some nice harmonica on a few songs.
An enjoyable show.
First Set included...
The Times They Are a Changing
Blowin' In The Wind
All Along The Watchtower
She Belongs To Me
Tangled Up In Blue
A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
Mr Tambourine Man
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Lay Lady Lay
Story of The Hurricane
Knocking On Heavens Door
Second Set included...
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Positively 4th Street
Highway 61 Revisited
I Want You
The Mighty Quinn
Make You Feel My Love
Song to Woody
Just Like a Woman
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Everyone Must Get Stoned
Forever Young
Encore :
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Like A Rolling Stone
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www.thebobdylanstory.comVisit the website here for list of tour dates and to buy tickets.
On the way home I was thinking imagine if Bob Dylan announced his farewell tour and
confirmed he would only be playing songs from his 1960s period....that would be a hot ticket.





Thursday 17 May 2018...7pm to 10pm...
THE SHOP AT BLUEBIRD - launch party - Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.
The Shop at Bluebird, the premium concept store owned by the Jigsaw Group, has opened its
new Covent Garden flagship at grade-II listed building Carriage Hall on London’s Floral Street.
The 15,000 sq ft unit is home to a mix of contemporary labels including Rixo London, Ganni and Isa Arfen,
as well as luxury names such as Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Galvin and Peter Pilotto.
The shop designed by architect Dalziel & Pow, has a “playground of wonder” concept.
It features a triple-height atrium, hidden courtyard and a large restaurant.
The Shop at Bluebird closed its flagship on Chelsea’s King’s Road in March.
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A massive store so there must be around 300 guests over the three levels.
A mainly younger fashion crowd but i noticed a group of four older couples upstairs in the corner
and amazingly they included NICK MASON (Pink Floyd) and MIKE RUTHERFORD (Genesis and
Mike and The Mechanics). A bit tricky to butt in when they are all chatting but Mike Rutherford
was more talkative than Nick Mason. I asked Mike about the Foreigner show the night before
and he said "great songs are great songs whoever is singing" and he also mentioned a massive
Mike + The Mechanics UK tour planned for 2019.
To Nick Mason i said "shouldn't you be rehearsing for your gigs at the weekend?"
and he said "not tonight".
Other guests included Amber Le Bon, Richard E Grant, Rosanna Falconer, Reggie Yates , George Lineker ,
Alice Taylor-Leyland, Martha Ward, Alexis Knox, Doina Ciobanu and Victoria Clay.
There were some circus acts and an opera singing act performing.
Also a dj playing some cool tracks.
Complimentary Ciroc vodka cocktails, Negroni's, Rose wine, beers and lots of yummy food including
cheeseburgers, canapés and oysters.
www.theshopatbluebird.comVisit their website here for more info.





Wednesday 16 May 2018.
Foreigner + Joanne Shaw Taylor + John Parr live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
I have seen Foreigner several times since 1978 when I saw them at the legendary Rainbow Theatre.
Original Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones is still there as the only original member.
They have sold multi-millions of albums and singles over the past 40 years.
Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British blues rock guitarist and singer who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The British music publication Blues Matters! called Taylor "the new face of the blues".
John Parr had a big hit with 'St Elmo's Fire' in 1985.
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A nice three act package from promoters Live Nation and the show is sold out.
Mike Rutherford was in the crowd and told my friend that a concert featuring himself and Nick Mason
would be announced soon to benefit Diabetes UK.
JOHN PARR arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 25 mins acoustic set.
Nice to see John Parr on stage as he does not play live that much over here.
Just four songs in his set which included lots of chat and a guitar solo.
Naughty Naughty
The Best a Man Can Get (John wrote this track that was used for a tv ad by Gillette)
Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)
St Elmo's Fire
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JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR & band arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 30 mins.
Joanne has released a few blues rock albums in the past decade.
She is a nifty guitarist and played some nice solos in her good set.
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FOREIGNER arrived on stage at 9.10pm and were on stage for 1 hour 40 mins.
Foreigner played a great set full of their catchy radio friendly singalong pop rock songs.
The drums and keyboards are on a raised platform and we have lots of lights and lasers.
The first 30 mins of the show is pretty much a glorified tribute act as due to his health issues
solo original member Mick Jones now aged 73 only joins the band from track number seven.
This was the same as the last time as when i saw them in London.
And while the rest of the band aren’t original Foreigner members, they’ve all been there for a long time at this point. Lead singer Kelly Hansen joined when Jones resurrected the band in 2005 and has been there ever since. The other current members, Jeff Pilson (bass), Bruce Watson (guitar), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Chris Frazier (drums) and Thom Gimbel (sax/guitar), have all been in the band for many years, some for decades. So while this is not the original Foreigner, they sure do sound like Foreigner.
Singer Kelly Hansen is a front man who seems to possess unlimited energy. He never stopped moving, dancing and working the crowd as he hit all of the notes perfectly on demanding songs such as “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Feels Like the First Time.” Does he sound like original lead singer Lou Gramm? Absolutely so. The crowd didn’t seem to mind the absence of the original voice one bit. Why? Because it sounded so good and so close to the originals.
With his slim Jagger/Tyler frame and look he really is a gem of a rock singer.
Mick Jones got a bit emotional during the encore as he said ' I have always wanted to play this venue
and after 40 years it has finally happened'.
An excellent show.
Full Foreigner setlist played tonight...
Double Vision
Head Games
Cold as Ice
Waiting for a Girl Like You
That Was Yesterday
Dirty White Boy
Feels Like the First Time (Mick Jones joined them from this track onwards)
Urgent
Keyboard Solo
Drum Solo
Juke Box Hero
Encore:
Long, Long Way From Home
I Want to Know What Love Is (with children's choir from Notting Hill)
Hot Blooded





Tuesday 15 May 2018... I went to three events tonight...
5pm to 5.30pm
Signet Contemporary Art - private view - 378 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3.
AURA PURE OF CELEBRITIES : New exhibition focused on capturing the Aura Pure of Celebrities includes paintings of Kate Middleton, Prince William, Kim Kardashian, David Beckham, Kate Moss and Britney Spears amongst many others. First exhibition, by aura pure painter and founder of The Aetheric Movement.
It is on until 21 May 2018.
Complimentary drinks for all guests.
www.signetcontemporaryart.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6pm to 8pm
NEVER MIND THE PUNK 45 - private view - Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London W1.
This punk art exhibition comes from up and coming West London artist Mal-One.
Cutting back from the original 7” artworks to show snippets of related material from the bands back story. The use of press cuttings, promo badges, tickets etc, add to the group’s media information. Bands included in the show are Adam & The Ants, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Ian Dury, Generation X, The Jam, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stranglers and X Ray Spex.
It is on until 20 May 2018...nearest tube station is Green Park.
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A nice buzzy atmosphere here and great to see so many of my punk mates.
Paul Wellers sister Nicky is here...she has a coffee table book out called 'Growing Up with The Jam'.
Folks are spilling out on to the pavement outside as it's nice and sunny.
The punk art collages are fantastic to look at and nice bargain prices from just £250 each.
Complimentary prosecco , gin cocktails and beers for all guests
www.herrickgallery.comVisit the Herrick Gallery here for more info.
then
8.05pm to 10.15pm
THE NEW ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS - opening party - Burlington Gardens, London W1.
This was a massive party as there must be at least 1000 guests here tonight.
Guests included Alan Yentob, Jon Snow, Emily Maitlis and Basia Briggs.
The Burlington Gardens end of this building has been closed since 2015 for the major
refurbishment costing over £50 million to coincide with its 250th anniversary.
There is a new raw cool grey-white concrete bridge and corridor that links both ends of the building.
The Royal Academy is now 70 per cent larger so it's now a massive two acre site.
Oddly under the name of art there is a complete bathroom suite outside on one of the balconies.
The new space features the exhibition by Tacita Dean : Landscape.
At 8.25pm TOM ODELL with his piano played three tracks in one of the lecture rooms.
His short set included 'Jealousy' and 'Another Love'.
There was a dj on both sides of the building playing tunes.
Complimentary Louis Roederer champers, a choice of three different cocktails, wines, beers
and canapés and a seafood station including oysters for all guests.
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.





Tuesday 15 May 2018.
This week 42 years ago i saw KISS debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon.
15 May 1976
16 May 1976





Monday 14 May 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8.30pm
LAUNCH PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE START OF THE 2018 POLO SEASON -
PJ's Bar & Grill, 52 Fulham Road, London SW3.
Around 250 guests here with many coming from various polo clubs outside of London.
I have been to this great event several times in the past when Bill Wyman and Kenney Jones have
both turned up but sadly neither are here tonight.
At 8pm we had a speech from Brian Stein who owns PJ's and other restaurants.
He was followed by a 10 mins polo themed drag act from the Cafe de Paris.
Polo is a fun outdoor social day out in the summer if you have never been.
Most are on the outskirts of London including Hurtwood Park which Kenney Jones owns.
Cowdray Park in Midhurst, West Sussex is another one set in stunning countryside.
Polo in the Park, Hurlingham Park , Fulham on June 7 , 8 , 9 has gone to great lengths to make polo a
more accessible sport to a wider audience and generation in London.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, strawberry & cranberry vodka cocktails, gin & tonics, wines, beers
and lots of tasty food including mini-lobster rolls, mini-burgers, tempura, canapés and desserts.
www.pjsbarandgrill.co.ukVisit the PJ's website here for future info.
then
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR - album launch show - The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1.
Joining the DS4 on stage will be harmonica man Laurie Garman and vocalists Gemma Vaughan and Eleanor Hawley.
The new DS4 album ' Sweet Georgina ' is released on May 11.
Check out the video for the lead track from the album - 'Little Rock & Roll' - on YouTube.
David says "After three years of blood, sweat and tears, we're proud to say our fifth album, Sweet Georgina, is finally out in the universe. It's available to buy digitally and physically on Amazon and iTunes and to stream on Spotity and Deezer. We really hope you enjoy it.
Our singles Sweet Georgina, Little Rock & Roll and The Rolling People have been available for some time. If you have enjoyed them please go out and buy our new album. It will not disappoint".
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www.davidsinclairfour.comCheck out their website here for more info and to listen to the new album title track.
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My first time at this club venue that is full tonight.
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR were on stage for around 75 mins.
Songwriter, singer and guitarist David Sinclair has led his own band since 2005. With one foot in the blues and the other striding through the modern musical metropolis with a hint of Dire Straits in their sound.
Great lyrics in the well crafted songs that all tell a story with plenty of deft guitar licks throughout.
A nice mix of new album tracks and some older material.
Laurie Garman played some cool harmonica on a few songs.
Setlist included 'Life Gone Cold', 'Sweet Georgina','I'm Clean', 'Little Rock & Roll', 'World Turns Round',
'My Blue Suede Shoes', 'Eight Rounds Later', 'Loneliness Won't Leave Me Alone',
'Coming Off The Rails' and 'Crude Emotion'.
A great band who deserve more attention so go and check out their new album.




Friday 11 May 2018.
NICKELBACK live at The 02 Arena, London.
Nickelback have said they will be playing tracks from all nine of their studio albums.
Nickelback are on a UK & European Tour to promote their 9th album 'Feed The Machine' from 2017.
Nickelback are one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups of all time
and their song "How You Remind Me" was a massive best-selling rock song all over the world.
They are one of those bands that are continually slagged off by critics and rock fans,
but doubt that worries them when they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
The video of 'How You Remind Me ' has been viewed over 350 million times on YouTube.
I have seen Nickelback a few times since 2002 when they headlined Shepherds Bush Empire
on the back of the success of 'How You Remind Me' when it became a mega hit.
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There are half a dozen unsold blocks upstairs in Level 4 but their loyal fans are here in force
even though their heyday period was a decade ago.
NICKELBACK arrive on stage at 8.50pm and play for two hours 10 mins.
I am floor standing half way back in front of the mixing desk.
They have a great stage production with three big screens and a barrage of lights.
The pyros and confetti have been left at home this time.
It was a perfect visual treat to look at when the lights were at full tilt.
Plenty of females here swooning over lead singer Chad who stills chats too much between songs with
some banal banter about getting drunk on Jägerbomb's as the stage hand gave him cups of it throughout the show.
Some songs plodded a bit but there were plenty of great rockin' tunes.
Twice they got fans on stage for some audience participation which was very entertaining.
For 'Rockstar' it was a male and female to sing the great lyrics to this excellent song.
The guy got himself noticed in the crowd by wearing a naff lime green t-shirt.
He actually looked like one of The Inbetweeners but did a good job.
Loads of big songs for the crowd to sing loudly along to.
Their anthem 'How You Remind Me' at the end of the main set was mega.
A really good show that the crowd loved.



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