Archive: June 2018

June 26, 2018

Monday 25 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
KENNY SCHARF : BLOBZ - private view - Opera Gallery, 134 New Bond Street, London W1.
Kenny Scharf makes a come-back in London this summer, bringing his street artistry and pop-up surrealism
through works that haven't been seen before.
Complimentary Pommery champers and soft drinks for all guests.
www.operagallery.comVisit their website here for more info on visiting this free exhibition.
then
UB40 live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
There are two versions of UB40 these days as the at war Campbell brothers have rival bands.
I saw one version at this venue a few months ago and now the other version play this venue.
I first saw UB40 in 1980 when they were the support act to The Pretenders.
Eight members in the original band with five in this line-up and three in the other line-up.
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The venue is hot and humid as it is a totally sold out show.
Floor standing for those who want to dance to the gentle pop reggae sounds of UB40.
UB40 arrived on stage at 9pm and played for a full two hours.
Nine musicians on stage including the five original members.
I would imagine many fans are still confused by the two bands using the same name.
Both bands can play big venues like this so everybody is happy i suppose.
Great to hear the big hits but tracks in the middle felt a bit average as they plodded along.
Great to see Paul Young join them for one song.
The last half a dozen songs were good as they got all the rest of the crowd up and dancing.
An enjoyable show.
Full UB40 setlist played tonight...
Food for Thought
Maybe Tomorrow
Come Back Darling
Cherry Oh Baby (Eric Donaldson cover)
Midnight Rider (The Allman Brothers Band cover)
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (Roy Acuff cover)
Sing Our Own Song
Love of the Common People ( with Paul Young who had a hit with it in 1983)
Impossible Love
Sweet Sensation (The Melodians cover)
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Reggae Music
Baby (The Heptones cover)
Boom Shaka Lacka (U Roy & Hopeton Lewis cover)
Johnny Too Bad (The Slickers cover)
Here I Am (Come and Take Me) (Al Green cover)
Red Red Wine (Neil Diamond cover)
Encore:
Don't Break My Heart
Kingston Town (Lord Creator cover)
Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley cover)




Another milestone for me as this was my 6800th gig.
Sunday 24 June 2018.
THE CURE live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
CUREATION - 25 is the name of this special evening to celebrate the end of Robert Smith
as curator for this years Meltdown Festival at The Southbank Centre complex.
I have seen The Cure over a dozen times since 1979 when they were the support act to
Siouxsie & The Banshees at Hammersmith Odeon.
Also shows at a Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena in recent years.
During the interval the loyal hardcore fans all stand at the front and security do not move them so
i pop down there and i end up in the second row from stage on the right side with a perfect close up view.
THE CURE arrived on stage at 8.32pm and played for 2 hours 30 mins.
There are five big screens that cover the entire back of the stage , showing images and live footage.
Robert Smith keeps a low profile these days but The Cure are still a massive live atraction.
Roberts vocals are still great and his facial expressions are the same.
Simon Gallups rumbling dirty bass lines from his low slung instrument are fantastic.
The band create a superb wall of sound in their own unique way.
The show ended with 'A Forest' and 'Boys Don't Cry' which were fab.
More hits will no doubt be played at their massive Hyde Park show in a couple of weeks.
Really great to see them up nice and close.
Full setlist played by The Cure tonight...
FROM THERE TO HERE section.
Three Imaginary Boys
At Night
Other Voices
A Strange Day
Bananafishbones
A Night Like This
Like Cockatoos
Pictures of You
High
Jupiter Crash
39
Us or Them
It's Over
It Can Never Be the Same
FROM HERE TO THERE section.
Step Into the Light
The Hungry Ghost
alt.end
The Last Day of Summer
Want
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
Disintegration
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
Sinking
Shake Dog Shake
One Hundred Years
Primary
A Forest
Boys Don't Cry





Saturday 23 June 2018.
BILLY IDOL + THE PROFESSIONALS live at Brixton Academy, London.
This was the last of three UK shows by Billy Idol...this show sold out in April...
I have seen Billy Idol several times with Generation X and several times as a solo act.
I last saw Billy Idol at Download Festival in 2015 when he supported KISS and Motley Crue.
I saw Generation X four times in 1977 before their debut album came out in 1978.
With support from The Professionals who include Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
I saw The Sex Pistols three times in 1976 and many times since.
Earlier this year Vive Le Rock magazine gave their Best Album award to
The Professionals 'What In The World' album.
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I was really looking forward to seeing both bands tonight.
It is hot and humid inside the venue as it is fully sold out.
THE PROFESSIONALS arrived on stage at 7.55pm and played for 35 mins.
I am front right of stage in stalls standing with a good view.
Not sure how many of the crowd know the history of The Professionals.
It was the band Steve Jones and Paul Cook started when The Sex Pistols split up.
Steve is committed to his dj work in Los Angeles so Paul has got the band up and running.
Great to hear older Professionals gems along with newer ones from the current album.
They finished with a great version of 'Silly Thing' that got the crowd singing along.
They definitely made a few more new fans tonight.
Full Professionals setlist played tonight...
Payola
Good Man Down
Join the Professionals
Going Going Gone
Just Another Dream
Rewind
Hats Off
Let Go
Silly Thing (Sex Pistols cover)
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BILLY IDOL arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
Billy Idol is looking incredibly youthful for his 62 years.
It does not take long for him to expose his chest for his female fans.
He still has many female fans half his age screaming for him.
Guitarist Steve Stevens is wearing a dodgy looking bacofoil suit.
The second guitarist is Billy Morrison.
Great to hear Generation X hits and his solo hits but some of the tracks plodded a bit
and Steve Stevens had too many guitar solos during the evening which lost the vibe.
Also the overall sound quality could have been a lot better.
Very good overall but the Hammersmith Apollo show in 2014 was better.
Full Billy Idol setlist played tonight...
Shock to the System
Dancing With Myself (Generation X song)
Pumping on Steel
Can't Break Me Down
Cradle of Love
Scream
Prodigal Blues
Eyes Without a Face
Guitar Solo
Don't Need a Gun
King Rocker (Generation X song)
Blue Highway
Instrumental Jam (Possibly Top Gun)
Rebel Yell
Encore:
White Wedding
Mony Mony (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)
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After-show party from 10.45pm to 11.30pm.
Around 70 or 80 guests are here in the backstage bar.
It is a pay bar here.
All The Professionals are here.
Sex Pistols/Professionals drummer Paul Cook told me they were driving straight down to
Isle of Wight Festival after as they were due on stage Sunday afternoon.
Also here was Tony James who was in Generation X with Billy Idol.
Billy Idol & band were doing meet & greet stuff in the dressing rooms area so not sure
if they made it here...my sore throat & chesty cough was playing up so headed off home...




Friday 22 June 2018.
THE FOO FIGHTERS live at The London Stadium, Stratford, East London.
The Foo Fighters play the first of two massive sold out stadium shows at the same venue
where i saw The Rolling Stones twice in the previous month.
I have seen The Foos over 20 times since 1998 when they were support at a Milton Keynes Bowl
show that featured headliners Black Sabbath (featuring Ozzy and all original members)
and Ozzy Osbourne Band (yes Ozzy sung with both bands on the same day).
Also a few secret gigs including at The Underworld , Camden in June 2006.
The Foos are one of those great rock bands that always put on a fantastic show.
THE FOO FIGHTERS arrived on stage at 8.08pm and played a nice long set of 2 hours 40 mins.
No gold circle today but i am still on the pitch standing right with a good view.
The Foos have some nice big screens to keep those at the back happy.
The lasers came out in the final hour when it got darker.
There is no doubt that singer Dave Grohl is a perfect rock frontman who has every box ticked.
The energy, enthusiasm and charisma from Dave is pretty incredible.
He knows how to work the crowd throughout the evening.
Drummer Taylor Hawkins is a great drummer who gets the most screen time footage after Dave.
I saw Taylor play three times with Alanis Morissette in 1995/1996 when her classic debut album came out.
In 1997 Taylor would join The Foo Fighters.
Rock photographer Ross Halfin is here and Taylor Hawkins is wearing one of his t-shirts.
This world tour is to promote their recent album release 'Concrete and Gold' so some of the stage equipment
is a gold colour and three female singers join them for the few tracks they play from that album.
A blistering start as they tore into 'All My Life', 'Learn to Fly' and 'The Pretender''.
Some very entertaining cover versions in the middle of the set including 'Jump' by Van Halen
sung along to the piano of John Lennon's 'Imagine'.
Then back to more uptempo older classics including 'Monkey Wrench' , 'Breakout' ,'Best of You' and
encores of 'Times Like These' and 'Everlong'.
An excellent show that finished with a fireworks display.
Will surely be in with The Rolling Stones in my Top 10 gigs of the year.
Full Foo Fighters setlist played tonight...
All My Life
Learn to Fly
The Pretender
The Sky Is a Neighbourhood
Rope
Sunday Rain
My Hero
These Days
Walk
Under My Wheels (Alice Cooper cover) (Chris Shiflett on lead vocals)
Another One Bites the Dust / It's So Easy / You're the One that I Want / Foreplay (snippets played during band intros)
Jump (Van Halen cover) (mashed up with John Lennon's "Imagine")
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Under Pressure (Queen cover) (Taylor Hawkins on vocals, Dave Grohl on drums & vocals)
Monkey Wrench
Wheels
This Is a Call
Breakout
Dirty Water
Run
Best of You
Encore:
Times Like These
Everlong





Thursday 21 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.45pm
MISS EUROPE CONTINENTAL - press launch - Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1.
We are here for the Official Press Launch of Miss Europe Continental United Kingdom and
to celebrate the UK arrival of one of Europe’s most exciting, glamorous and professional pageants, that is already well established in over 40 European countries, with a big International final in Naples, Italy.
This event has been very popular over the past six years in mainland Europe and now for the
first time , the UK is taking part.
Some of the judges are here as well as some of the glamour girls who attended interviews that day.
They told us auditions will be held at all the major cities around the UK over the coming months.
Complimentary prosecco for all guests.
www.misseuropecontinental.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
8pm to 9pm
THOMAS SABO CHARM CLUB - collection showcase - 65 South Molton Street, London W1.
Since 2006 a new Charm Club collection has appeared twice a year with lovingly designed creations.
Silver charms are more popular than ever these days and Thomas Sabo are one of the leaders.
They are showcasing their latest collection.
A dj is playing tunes in the background.
Complimentary vodka cocktails and prosecco.
All guests got a goodie bag with a silver charm inside that they retail for £69.
www.thomassabo.comVisit the Thomas Sabo website here for more info.




Wednesday 20 June 2018...7.30pm to 10.30pm...
V & A SUMMER PARTY - Exhibition Road Entrance ,South Kensington, London SW7.
Victoria & Albert Museum hold their third summer party in their new outside space.
Another busy night of events in London including gigs by The Hollywood Vampires,
Public Image Limited, Deftones, David Bryne and others but i have chosen this party as it's always good.
This is one of the BIG THREE summer parties along with the Royal Academy and The Serpentine Gallery.
I have been to all three of them for each of the past three years.
A big crowd here as I was told some 900 are on the guest list.
Lots of well known faces here including David & Samantha Cameron, Jeremy Clarkson, Janet Street Porter.
A day after the Serpentine Summer Party, Ciara stepped out again with her American footballer husband Russell Wilson to attend the annual V&A Summer Party, joining an A-list crowd including Gwendoline Christie, Ellie Bamber, Arizona Muse, Erin O'Connor, Claudia Winkleman and Laura Bailey. Armed with a camera, Brooklyn Beckham turned photographer before heading to the John Madejski (he was here) Garden to join Edward Enninful, Grayson Perry, Lisa Snowdon, Amber Le Bon, Charlotte Tilbury, Princess Beatrice, Gary Kemp, Stephen Webster, Basia Briggs,Peter York, Corinne Bailey Rae,
Camilla Rutherford, Alice Naylor - Leyland, Amanda Wakeley, Caprice Bourret, Lady Victoria Hervey,
Lady Kitty Spencer, Lady Mary Charteris, Lady Emilia Windsor , Harold Tillman and no doubt a few others.
There was an official photographer by the glittery V & A sign by the red carpet entrance who took some
quality photos of us and emailed them over during the night which was a nice touch.
At 9pm TOM GRENNAN and his band performed a 30 mins set on the stage structure on the water here.
Tom played tracks from his upcoming album 'Lighting Matches' due for release in 06 July 2018.
The rising star will perform in 10 small towns on July 11 - is yours on the list?
Tom Grennan has announced that he’s going for a Guinness World Records title – attempting to perform the most live shows in 12 hours across various small towns.
The rising artist is set to release his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ next month. Ahead of appearances at Reading & Leeds, Y-Not Festival, and Kendal Calling, the singer has given himself quite the challenge to celebrate his first LP.
The sponsor tonight was HARROD'S so we had complimentary HARROD'S champers, gin cocktails , beers
and lots of bowl food, canapés and desserts from HARROD'S.
Lots of people here i knew and it was a great party.




Tuesday 19 June 2018...7.30pm to 11.15pm...
SERPENTINE GALLERY SUMMER PARTY - Kensington Gardens, London W2.
One of those June nights with many mega clashes on including The Rolling Stones at Twickenham.
I saw The Stones twice at The London Stadium from the gold circle area three weeks ago so decided
to opt to go here as it is one of the BIG THREE of the summer parties for London's social crowd.
The traffic is gridlock outside the venue as they have closed one lane of traffic for arrivals.
Must be at least 50 photographers outside and inside the venue.
Around 1000 guests here with most of them paying £450 a ticket.
A nice mix of guests from art, fashion, design, music etc.
Lots of women in very glamourous designer dresses.
Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott were here in 2013, just a few months before her shock suicide.
Like last year the main sponsor and host is CHANEL.
It is a perfect sunny evening which is handy as the event is outdoors.
Guests included Adwoa Aboah and fellow model Lara Stone along with Ciara, Jenna Coleman, Natalie Dormer, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Edward Enninful, Ellie Goulding, David and Samantha Cameron, Alexa Chung, Suki Waterhouse, Charli XCX and Edie Campbell among further guests. Michael Bloomberg, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Yana Peel were on hosting duties and welcomed Nile Rodgers and his band Chic to stage, along with rising stars Cosha and NAO.
Also here were Bianca Jagger, Jon Snow, Lady Kitty Spencer, Lady Amelia Spencer,Basia Briggs,
Russell Tovey, Tamara Beckwith, Lorraine Pascal, Ella Purnell, Ellie Bamber, Clara Amfo ,
Yasmin & Amber Le Bon , Suzi Menkez , David Linley and others.
Architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space,
has got the commission to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018.
There is also a great floating sculpture in the nearby Serpentine itself.
Like last year there is Coco's pop restaurant at the back so at 7.45pm we have a two course sit down meal
of Courgette Flowers with truffle honey and a Roast Cod dinner.
They always have a good live act and this year they deliver again as at 9.15pm
NILE RODGERS & CHIC take to the stage for a brilliant 75 mins set.
I first saw Chic at Hammersmith Odeon for two gigs in 1979 at the height of the disco boom.
I am front row leaning on the left of stage with a glass of Laurent Perrier champers in my hand.
It doesn't get much better than that.
It is a full stage production with a big screen and Niles & band all dressed in white.
The setlist is a mix of Chic hits and the many bands he has produced over the years and a couple
of new songs with up and coming singers that will be on his new album.
Niles has been involved with a staggering 300 million records sales wise.
Full CHIC setlist played tonight...
Everybody Dance (Chic cover)
Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Chic cover)
I Want Your Love (Chic cover)
Medley : I'm Coming Out / Upside Down / He's the Greatest Dancer / We Are Family
Notorious (Duran Duran cover)
Boogie All Night (with Nao)
Till The World Falls (with Cosha)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)
Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)
Le Freak (Chic cover)
Good Times / Rapper's Delight (Chic cover) (with Niles and backing singers in the crowd)
A dj played tunes after the show.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, bowl food ice-cream etc.
On departure all guests got a print of a painting by Karl Lagerfeld.
An excellent party.





Monday 18 June 2018...I went to two events today...
3.45pm to 6.45pm
GOFFS LONDON SALE - Perks Field, Kensington Palace Gardens, London W2.
Over 500 guests here outside in the sunshine by Notting Hill Gate/ Queensway tube stations.
Many horse racing owners and trainers that will be at Ascot are here.
Golfer Lee Westwood was here as he owns horses.
From 5pm for an hour we had the auction of the 33 horses who were all here in stables.
There was a big screen showing live footage of the auction.
A jazz quartet were playing cover versions.
Complimentary Pimms, Rose wines, beers, cheeseburgers, chicken burgers, canapés and strawberries & cream.
Guests got a small goodie bag with half a dozen items inside.
then
PEARL JAM live at The 02 Arena, London.
First of two totally sold out shows at this venue, and their only UK shows on their European Tour.
Pearl Jam have sold over 60 million albums worldwide and in 2017 they were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I have seen Pearl Jam around a dozen times since 1992 when they supported The Cult in Finsbury Park
when Pearl Jam debut album 'Ten' was out.
Pearl Jam arrived on stage at 8.25pm and played for around 2 hours 30 mins.
There is 360 seating tonight as there are seats behind the stage...the place is rammed solid...
The floor standing area is full up with their loyal fans.
Tonight's massive crowd must surely rival Metalica's 21,000 record breaking attendance here.
The two big screens are high up in the ceiling as to not get in the way of folks view behind the stage.
There are a dozen circular lanterns that hover up and down throughout the evening.
Going into a Pearl Jam show, you never know what to expect, and that mystery mostly stems from their uncanny setlists.
Their loyal hardcore fans sing along to obscure album tracks and between songs it is very quiet as they listen to Eddie.
It's like Eddie Vedder is the grunge version of Bruce Springsteen as he moans about Donald Trump and
even stuffs a wine cork in a rubber face mask of Donald Trump to the delight of the crowd.
He knows exactly what to say to the crowd as he mentions the first two Pearl Jam gigs in the UK
which were a small club in Southend and then The Borderline Club in London in Feb 1992 and i would see
them a few months after that for the first time.
His Seattle drawl seems more laid back rock & roll than ever.
Many flags from countries around the world are held up during a couple of songs.
The last two songs played were highlights, 'Alive' and 'Rockin' in the Free World'.
A great show.
Full Pearl Jam setlist played tonight...
Of the Girl
Low Light
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Animal
Brain of J.
Even Flow
Wishlist
Deep
Severed Hand
Love Boat Captain
Can't Deny Me
Do the Evolution
Down
Daughter (with "W.M.A." tag)
You Are
Parting Ways
Porch
Encore:
Off He Goes
Sleeping by Myself (Eddie Vedder song)
Footsteps
Mind Your Manners
Why Go
Better Man
Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)
Black
Alive
Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young cover)





Monday 18 June 2018.
Happy Birthday to SIR PAUL McCARTNEY who is 76 today.




Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June 2018.
THE STONE FREE FESTIVAL returns to The 02 Arena complex in London.
The main stage is at The 02 Arena in the evenings.
Second stage at Indigo and two smaller stages during the afternoons.
Sat 16 June---Day 1 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena.
Scorpions + Megadeth play their only UK shows on their European Tours.
A very nice triple bill of rock acts from promoters KILIMANJARO as Buckcherry open the show.
I first saw Scorpions in 1979 and have seen them play around 15 times since then.
I first saw Megadeth in 1987 and seen them play around 10 times since then.
I first saw Buckcherry in 1999 at Paris Bercy and Wembley Arena when they supported KISS.
On the Saturday afternoon there is record fair in the foyer of The 02 Arena complex.
Sun 17 June---Day 2 of The Stone Free Festival at The 02 Arena.
Yes feat Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman + Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) (his only UK this year).
I saw Yes feat ARW at Hammersmith Apollo in 2017 and i also saw Roger Hodgson play last year
at The Royal Albert Hall.
Joanne Shaw Taylor will play a powerful guitar based blues set.
A great full weekend of quality bands....and no need for camping or wellies.
www.stonefreefestival.comVisit the STONE FREE website here for full info on the line-up and to buy tickets
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DAY ONE - Saturday 16 June 2018.
I get to the venue at 4.30pm and mooch around at the record fair and all the great vinyl rarities.
ORANGE GOBLIN arrive on stage at 5.15pm and play for around 45 mins.
They are headlining The Indigo stage.
Orange Goblin are a good rock band from London that have hints of Motörhead and Sabbath.
Their singer Ben Ward is a great frontman with a big voice and big stage charisma.
Their set included a couple of tracks from their ninth studio album 'The Wolf Bites Back ' ...out now.
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I then head into the main arena and have a great seat in the guest/press block right of stage.
Live music booking agent legend Rod MacSween is here as he represents Scorpions and Megadeth.
It is floor standing tonight which creates a great atmosphere.
BUCKCHERRY arrive on stage at 6.25pm and play for around 40 mins.
Back in the late 1990s Buckcherry were one of the hottest new bands when their debut album came out.
Their great single 'Lit Up' with its upfront reference to cocaine made them the new Guns & Roses.
When they split up after two albums singer Josh Todd was on the shortlist to be singer for
Velvet Revolver with Slash but was pipped at the post by Scott Weiland.
All three bands get to use the 25ft catwalk extension but Buckcherry only have a backdrop, no screens.
Singer Josh Todd is still full of rock & roll swagger and great to see them play gems including
'Ridin', 'Lit Up', 'Say Fuck It (Icona Pop cover)' and 'Crazy Bitch'.
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MEGADETH arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for 75 mins.
Dave Mustaine arrives on stage with his trademark Flying V guitar and the crowd clearly still adore him.
They have one big screen which has some nice pre-recorded images.
They are of course one of 'The Big Four ' thrash metal bands that put the genre on the map.
More of a fast brutal riffing guitar based sound rather than catchy rock tunes.
A nice mix of newer tracks with some older classics that went down well with the crowd.
Full Megadeth setlist played tonight...
Hangar 18
The Threat Is Real
Rattlehead
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
The Conjuring
Sweating Bullets
Take No Prisoners
Tornado of Souls
Dystopia
Symphony of Destruction
Mechanix
Peace Sells
Encore:
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
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SCORPIONS arrive on stage at 9.20pm and play for 1 hour 40 mins.
Scorpions promised their full stage production and boy did they keep to their word.
A stunning visual treat with big screens and small screens across the whole of the stage showing
live footage and pre-recorded images along with a ton of lights...it was mega...
German rock legends Scorpions are still going strong , 50 years after their formation.
It was not an obvious greatest hits set but there were plenty of gems in there along
with tracks that do not get played that often.
There were three songs semi-acoustic in the middle of the set which were played on the catwalk.
You kinda forget that ex Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee is now in their line-cup and a highlight
of the show is a tribute to Lemmy with a great version of Motorheads classic 'Overkill'.
A nicely paced show with most of their big songs in the second half of the show.
Nice simple singalong lyrics and catchy guitar riffs are the backbone of their songs.
An excellent show.
Full Scorpions setlist played tonight...
Going Out With a Bang
Make It Real
Is There Anybody There?
The Zoo
Top of the Bill / Steamrock Fever / Speedy's Coming / Catch Your Train
We Built This House
Delicate Dance
Follow Your Heart / Eye of the Storm / Send Me an Angel
Wind Of Change
Tease Me Please Me
Overkill (Motörhead cover) (dedicated to Lemmy with pictures of him on the big screens)
Drum Solo by Mikkey Dee
Blackout
Big City Nights
Encore:
Still Loving You
Holiday (Chorus and 1st verse only)
Rock You Like a Hurricane
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DAY TWO - Sunday 17 June 2018.
Like yesterday i managed to catch the headline act on the Indigo stage.
RICHIE KOTZEN and his band were on stage from 4pm for 45 mins.
Richie Kotzen is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Kotzen has a prolific solo career, with a back catalogue of more than twenty album releases, was a member of the glam-hard rock band
Poison from 1991-1993 and Mr. Big from 1999-2002.
Richie & his band are a powerful rock trio that feature Richie's strong vocals and plenty of nifty
guitar solos played with his fingers only style.
You can see his sound is influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
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then over to the main arena.
It is floor seating tonight for this mainly older Prog crowd.
ANATHEMA arrived on stage at 4.50pm and played for 40 mins.
All four bands on the main stage tonight have use of the big screens for live footage
which was odd as Megadeth and Buckcherry did not use the live screens yesterday.
They played some Prog based songs with male & female vocals that the crowd liked.
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JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR arrived on stage at 5.45pm and played for 40 mins.
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".
Joanne played some cool blues guitar with her band.
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ROGER HODGSON arrived on stage at 6.45pm and played for 60 mins.
Roger Hodgson normally plays a two hour show including solo material when he headlines so tonight's
shorter set works very well as a greatest hits for the gems he wrote for Supertramp.
I saw Supertramp twice at Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 when Melody Maker voted then
'Band of The Year'.
There are plants and foliage on stage between all the equipment.
Clever lyrics with great vocals and a nice stage sound meant his set was perfect.
Full Roger Hodgson setlist played tonight...
Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp song)
School (Supertramp song)
Breakfast in America (Supertramp song)
Hide in Your Shell (Supertramp song)
The Logical Song (Supertramp song)
Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp song)
Dreamer (Supertramp song)
Fool's Overture (Supertramp song)
Give a Little Bit (Supertramp song)
It's Raining Again (Supertramp song)
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YES feat ARW arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
They have a big stage production with big screens and loads of lights.
Some of it was used in the Scorpions show last night.
Like last time Rick Wakeman is wearing a huge sparkly cape.
Singer Jon Anderson is on the short side so sings on a platform several inches off
the ground that is hidden behind his sound monitor.
The overall sound quality is perfect and all the musicians are top notch
The first hour was great with many good tunes then it went a bit proggy for a bit.
All the crowd were up and dancing for the last three songs.
Halfway through 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' , Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin went for a wander
in the front stalls while still playing their instruments.
The big stage production really suited their sound and I think this made it a better
show than the Hammersmith Apollo gig I saw last year.
A vey enjoyable show.
Full Yes feat ARW setlist played tonight...
Cinema (Yes cover)
Hold On (Yes cover)
Perpetual Change (Yes cover)
I've Seen All Good People (Yes cover)
And You and I (Yes cover)
Changes (Yes cover)
Rhythm of Love (Yes cover)
I Am Waiting (Yes cover)
Heart of the Sunrise (Yes cover)
Awaken (Yes cover)
Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes cover)
Sunshine of Your Love (Cream cover)
Encore:
Roundabout (Yes cover)
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STONE FREE FESTIVAL was a great weekend of live music...see you there next year...





Saturday 16 June 2018.
At The Scorpions gig i bumped into my Russian mate Iggy.
He was at The Jeff Beck show at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea gig on Fri 15 June.
He told me he spotted Jimmy Page and Joe Perry watching the show from the right of stage.




Friday 15 June 2018.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS + THE CHURCH live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
This was the opening show of Robert Smith 'Meltdown Festival' at The Royal Festival Hall.
The line-up for this years Meltdown Festival is the best for many years.
Robert Smith said that he asked The Rolling Stones to appear...but they knocked him back.
I have seen Psychedelic Furs over 15 times since 1979 when they were a support act.
The Furs only had two Top 40 hit singles in the UK and a few that made the Top 75.
Their albums on CBS in the 1980s were great , with many good tracks on each album.
The Furs are one of those bands from the 1980s that are still popular in America.
Original members Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass) are still there.
Mars Williams on sax has been with them since 1986.
Support act The Church are an Australian psychedelic rock band formed in Sydney in 1980.
I saw them twice in 1982 when they supported Duran Duran at Hammersmith Odeon.
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THE CHURCH arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 45 mins.
My seat is in front of the mixing desk for The Church and then head down the front when
Psychedelic Furs fans all stand up at the start of the fourth song.
Great to see The Church play live again. They played a couple of tracks from their new album
and it was good that some of the audience knew a couple of their older tracks.
They finished nicely as halfway through the last song the roadies started to dismantle the
equipment so that they finished the song acoustically.
Full setlist played by The Church tonight...
Block
Myrrh
Another Century
Reptile
Day 5
Under the Milky Way
Miami
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PSYCHEDELIC FURS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for around 95 mins.
The band played a perfect setlist that included all their best known songs.
Richard Butler looks fantastic for age 62 and still has hints of Bowie mannerisms.
With his wide-lapelled tailcoat, oversized shades and impressive repertoire of vaudeville hand twirls, Richard Butler looks every inch the regal new wave rock singer.The band sound tremendous, a seamless six-piece creating a dense wall of noise reinforced by righteous saxophone from the seemingly indefatigable Mars Williams that is featured in many songs.
These art- rockers were always under-rated but just like The Forum show i saw last year they
are better than ever as they played great track after great track, an excellent show.
Full Psychedelic Furs setlist played tonight...
Dumb Waiters
Into You Like a Train
Highwire Days
President Gas
The Ghost in You
Mr. Jones
Sister Europe
Heartbreak Beat
No Easy Street
Love My Way
Only You and I
Don't Be a Girl
Angels Don't Cry
Imitation of Christ
Heaven
Encore:
India
Pretty in Pink
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10.30pm to 11.20pm.
Afterparty for around 80 guests in one of the many bars here.
It is a pay bar but all the band turn up after they have towelled themselves down.
No sign of Robert Smith so perhaps he is only going to certain shows.
Jordan was here .She is an English model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique in the Kings Road area of London in the mid-1970s, and for being a fixture at many of the early Sex Pistols performances.
She also was in the punk film ' Jubilee ' that came out in 1978.
She went AWOL by the seaside for 30 years but since the 40th anniversary of punk in 2016 she
has been going to loads of gigs again.
Singer Richard Butler left at 11.15pm and i left a few minutes after him.





Thursday 14 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 8.15pm
MOUNT STREET GARDENS - summer garden party - Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1.
A perfect sunny evening to be outside.
Most of the 300 guests have paid £50 to be here.
A nice relaxed atmosphere with several of the local residents bringing their dogs with them.
This garden space is hidden behind all the buildings on all four sides.
There are two live acts playing 30 mins sets...a jazz/swing band and a soul covers band.
There was a fun casino from Crockfords in one corner and at 8pm the raffle was drawn.
There is lots of complimentary food & drinks from some of the top notch restaurants & bars in the area.
Bouvet sparkling wines, cocktails, wines and beers.
Cheeseburgers from Morton's, Oysters from Wilton's, Desserts from Annabel's, Doughnuts from
The Mount Street Deli and various canapés from The Connaught Hotel and Delfinos.
Chocolates from The Westbury Hotel.
then
8.30pm to 9.30pm
TOY ROOM CLUB - showcase - 8/9 Argyll Street, London W1.
This club is situated next door to The Palladium and has had various names including Movida.
With room for only 180 people at capacity it is a club at the weekend and can be hired out at other times.
From the team behind Chakana in Mayfair and Project close to Oxford Street, Toy Room is a R&B only club.
There is graffiti style art with toy themes on the walls of the rooms here....a dj is playing tunes loudly...
Complimentary cocktails, JD n cokes, wines and beers for all guests.
We missed the food as it was a 6pm start.
www.toy-room.comVisit their website here for more info.





Thursday 14 June 2018.
Google these two versions of Toto 'Africa' for your viewing pleasure.
1...Weezer 'Africa' Jimmy Fallon Live....(with guest Steve Porcaro)
2...Young Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake Sing "Africa" At Summer Camp





Wednesday 13 June 2018...7pm to 9.15pm...
FRIDA KAHLO : Making Her Self Up - private view - V&A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.
Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was an iconic Mexican artist who painted portraits and self-portraits.
Clothes including her trademark dresses,jewellery, personal letters, lottery tickets, makeup and a defiantly red-leather-booted prosthetic leg with bells on to announce her arrival belonging to Frida Kahlo, which were sealed in her house for more than 50 years, are to be shown at the V&A in London, the first time they will have been seen outside Mexico.
A lot of advance publicity for this exhibition with a full page review in the Metro on Tuesday
and a full page review in The Standard on the Wednesday.
A lengthy queue here when i arrived at venue at 6.45pm , but eventually got in at 7pm.
I was told there were a massive 800 folks on the guest list.
Many of the women here are dressed Latino style like Frida was back in the day.
Guest of honour is the actress SALMA HAYEK (who played Frida in 2002) who is given the full rock star treatment with personal security and is in a private roped off area with all the photographers.
At 7.15pm we had speeches from The V & A spokesperson and SALMA HAYEK.
Biopic of the bold and controversial life of artist Frida Kahlo. Set in Mexico City, this visually evocative film traces her lifelong, tempestuous relationship with her mentor, along with her illicit affairs with Trotsky and various women. Her forward-thinking artistic, political and sexual attitudes are explored as we witness a hard-drinking, passionate woman of the early 1900s, which earned an Oscar nomination for Salma Hayek.
Also here were ANNIE LENNOX , Philip Treacy , Alice Temperley and the Mexican Ambassador to the UK.
Also David Downton, Basia Briggs, Donna Air and Holly Vallance were here.
A female dj was playing Latin tunes in the background.
Complimentary Luc Belaire sparkling wines, four different cocktails including Patron Tequila and canapés.
A very nice event although with such a big crowd they should have had a 10pm finish.
www.vam.ac.ukVisit the V & A website here for more info and to buy tickets.
It is on until 04 Nov 2018...tickets are £15...
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www.vamos-london.comVisit the Vamos website here for a full list of Latin gigs and events held in London this summer.





Tuesday 12 June 2018.
TRAVIS + TURIN BRAKES live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
Travis play the first of two shows at this venue.
Scottish indie rock band Travis will play their second album 'The Man Who' live in full for two limited runs this
June and December as part of a UK tour. The album was released 19 years ago in 1999.
The album would eventually spend a total of 11 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and went on to give the band international recognition. The album has sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK alone.
Travis have had 18 Top 40 hits including 6 that made the Top 10.
This would lead to the band headlining Glastonbury Festival (2000) and Reading Festival (2001).
I have seen Travis several times including the two massive headlining shows above.
Support act Turin Brakes are an English band, comprising original duo Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, and long term collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer. They had a UK top 5 hit in 2003 with their song "Painkiller (Summer Rain)".
Since starting out in 1999, the band have quietly sold around 1 million records worldwide.
Turin Brakes have had 7 Top 40 hit singles.
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TURIN BRAKES arrive on stage at 7.30pm and play for around 45 mins.
Turin Brakes played a good set that featured their hits and a couple of tracks off their new album
that is called 'Invisible Storm'.
They are an ideal support band to Travis as they have a similar sound.
Full Turin Brakes setlist played tonight...
Wait
State of Things
Lost In The Woods
Last Chance
Keep Me Around
Pain Killer (Summer Rain)
Fishing for a Dream
Black Rabbit
Underdog (Save Me)
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TRAVIS arrive on stage at 8.45pm and play for around 1 hour 55 mins.
A nice full stage production at this venue with loads of lights and a huge backdrop.
Fran on vocals is wearing a skirt/kilt and has plenty of fun and easygoing stage banter.
The guitarist is much more animated on stage these days , pulling some cool guitar poses.
Their catchy radio friendly songs were played all over the radio back in the day and everyone
knows the lyrics and sings along loudly and the crowd stand up after half a dozen songs.
A fun cover of a Britney Spears classic that they originally did for a radio show in their early days.
A great show.
Full Travis setlist played tonight...
THE MAN WHO album played in full for the first part of the show.
Writing to Reach You
The Fear
As You Are
Driftwood
The Last Laugh of the Laughter
Turn
Why Does It Always Rain on Me?
Luv
She's So Strange
Slide Show
Blue Flashing Light (final track on The Man Who album)
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Love Will Come Through
Last Train
Good Feeling
Side
Re-Offender
Closer
My Eyes
Flowers in the Window
All I Want to Do Is Rock
Sing (guitarist played part of the song in the crowd)
Encore:
...Baby One More Time (Britney Spears cover)
Happy (with 50 fans on stage for a dance)





Monday 11 June 2018...6.30pm to 11.30pm...
NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS 2018 at The Hurlingham Club, Putney Bridge, London SW6.
Always great to be at this venue that dates back to 1869 which is a world away from the outside hussle & bussle.
The Hurlingham Club is an exclusive sports and social club located in Fulham.
It has a Georgian clubhouse set in 42 acres of grounds.
It is one of the venues in the world that polo was first played.
Sports played here include croquet ,lawn tennis, cricket, bowls, skittles, squash and swimming (with both indoor and outdoor pools) as well as fitness facilities and a gymnasium. Games such as bridge, backgammon and chess are popular indoor pursuits.
There are peacocks walking around the grounds.
The club has 13,000 members and has a 30 year waiting list to join.
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A lovely sunny evening so the event as always is held outdoors before and after the awards.
Around 500 guests here with most of them paying £250 to attend.
Lots of restaurant owners here and a couple of well known chefs including Pierre Hoffmann.
Raymond Blanc was here as he picked up The Lifetime Achievement Award later.
At 8.20pm we are sat down indoors for an hour as they count down the Top 100 list.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food all throughout the evening including Devaux champers ,
half a dozen different cocktails,wines, Estrella Damm lagers and several food trucks giving out
cheeseburgers, wood fired pizza, seafood, fried chicken, tacos, churros, ice- cream and more.
All guests got a presentation box of beers and glasses from the main sponsors ESTRELLA DAMM.
An excellent evening.
The Top 10 were...
1---Kiln,Soho, London
2---Sabor, Mayfair, London
3---A Wong, Victoria, London
4---Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill, London
5---L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
6---Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire
7---Lyle’s,Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
8---Restaurant Sat Bains,Chelsea, London
9---The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
10---Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac, Cornwall
www.nationalrestaurantawards.co.ukVisit their website here for the full Top 100 list.






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June 11, 2018

Sunday 10 June 2018.
Paul McCartney hung out with talk show host James Corden in Liverpool at the weekend for what may be something special to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles ‘White Album’.
The word on the street (or in this case maybe Penny Lane) is that McCartney is working on a special edition of ‘The Beatles’ (aka The White Album) for the anniversary this year. ‘The Beatles’ was released on 22 November 1968.
McCartney visited the Philharmonic Dining Rooms at Hope and Hardman Streets in Liverpool
where he performed with his band for a free entry secret gig.
McCartney and Corden were spotted at locations around Liverpool throughout the day, leading to suggestions they may be also have produced a McCartney edition of Carpool Karaoke. The pair also popped up at Penny Lane in Liverpool, the subject of McCartney’s Beatles’ classic.
Full setlist played by Macca on Saturday...
A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles song)
Love Me Do (The Beatles song)
I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles song)
Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)
Birthday (The Beatles song)
I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles song)
Hey Jude (The Beatles song)




Saturday 09 June 2018.
10 years ago this weekend in June 2008 i made one of my maddest ever gig journeys.
Left West London in the Friday morning to see KISS headline Download Festival up in the Derbyshire area
that night ,then trekked down south to catch a ferry to see The Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop & The Stooges
play the Saturday evening at The Isle of Wight Festival.
Stayed down there for Sundays line-up that was headlined by The Police.




Friday 08 June 2018....I went to four events tonight...
The final three were related to London Fashion Week Mens.
6pm to 6.30pm
PALOMA VARGA WEISZ - private view - Sadie Coles Gallery , I Davies Street, London W1.
Woodcarver from Bavaria is showcasing a dozen of her sculptures.
A small gallery but a nice surprise to see actress EMMA THOMPSON here.
Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.
www.sadiecoles.comVisit the gallery website here for more info.
then
6.40pm to 7.40pm
KIRK ORIGINALS - launch party - at Private White VC, 73 Duke Street, London W1.
Kirk Originals presents a ‘Made in England’ collection, designed in London and handmade entirely in England
using the best materials and components...top quality sunglasses...
Around 100 guests here including some very smartly dressed gents.
X Factor presenter DERMOT O'LEARY is here as he is part of The British Fashion Council team.
Also here was the stores mascot dog, Brutus The British Bulldog who was cute and well behaved.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
www.kirkoriginals.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.50pm to 9.20pm
ASOS - menswear presentation - Ham Yard Hotel , London W1.
Around 150 guests here in the nice rooftop bar & garden of this boutique hotel.
There is a stage where a dozen male models are showcasing the clothes.
A dj is playing in the corner.
Complimentary summer cocktails, wines, beers, chicken & beef BBQ, canapés, desserts.
www.asos.comVisit the ASOS website here for more info.
then
9.30pm to 11.30pm
TOPMAN - party - Phoenix Arts Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London WC1.
Around 150 guests here at this party which very lively as a later start and finish.
The music played is much louder and it's a full party vibe.
JEREMY MEEKS was here who is better known as 'The Hot Felon' who shacked up
with Topshop heiress Chloe Green and they recently had a baby together.
For those who need a quick refresher: Jeremy became a star when his mug shot went viral following his arrest in June 2014 for assault, after Californian police posted it to Facebook.
At 10.15pm we had a 30 mins set by up and coming rapper JIMOTHY LACOSTE from Camden.
His dead pan lyrics and Jamiroquai type dancing were a good mix and went down well.
Complimentary prosecco, Negronis, wines, beers, burgers, fish n chips , canapés for all guests.
www.topman.comVisit the TOPMAN website here for more info.




Thursday 07 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
ARTISTS FOR ARTANGEL - launch party - 22 Cork Street, London W1.
Around 50 artists including Rachel Whiteread, Francis Alys, and Roni Horn are offering work in an online auction, as series, editions, & new commissions to help ensure that ArtAngel can produce ambitious projects well into the future.
This new gallery space is massive as there must be 300 guests here.
We had a speech at 7pm outlining ArtAngel plans for the future.
Complimentary Pommery champers, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
www.artangel.org.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then
8.15pm to 11.15pm
MOËT & CHANDON SUMMER HOUSE - opening party - Grosvenor Square, London W1.
Moët have taken over this very smart townhouse for four days of celebrations for their 275th birthday.
Over 200 guests with many well known faces here at this very lively party.
Jade Jagger, Samantha Cameron, Alice Temperley, Edith Bowman and Tinie Tempah were some of the first guests through the doors of Moët & Chandon’s exclusive Summer House for its VIP launch party. Billed 'the pop-up of the summer', Anya Hindmarch, Caroline Rush, Erdem Moralioğlu , Eric Underwood , Isaac Carew, Jenny Halpern, Patrick Grant and Ophelia Lovibond were also here.
Actor IDRIS ELBA was the dj from 10pm to 11pm and we had a boogie on the floor to his tunes.
Complimentary Moët champers was everywhere and lots of canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a 200ml bottle of Moët Champers and a 200ml bottle of Moët Rose Champers.
A great party.
www.moetsummerhouse.comVisit their website here for tasting sessions/live music sessions.





Thursday 07 June 2018.
Very sad news that 'King of Clubs' legend PETER STRINGFELLOW has died aged 77 due to lung cancer.
The businessman owned a string of clubs - named after himself - around the world, with his first opening in the sixties.
After starting out as music venues, by the 1980s they had became synonymous with topless girls and after-hours entertainment.
His most famous club was in London’s Covent Garden (Stringfellow's) and attracted an array of stars.
The likes of The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Prince , Boy George, Lemmy
and Stephen Hawking all enjoyed nights out at one of his establishments over the years.
Peter once said he fave photo was of him with Stephen Hawking.
I went to Stringfellow's several times and Peter would be there most nights....even when in his 70s.
I still have some VIP voucher invites for complimentary entry and a complimentary glass of champers
for Stringfellow's....maybe go down there and raise a glass to him.




Wednesday 06 June 2018...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 10pm
THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION - private view - Piccadilly, London W1.
This event is one of the BIG THREE summer social events in London this summer.
The other two , The V & A Summer Party and The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party are held in a fortnight.
I have been here every year for the past decade or so except in June 2014 when i saw two mega
short notice gigs on the same night by PRINCE at The Roundhouse.
Held every year since 1769, it is the worlds longest running annual showcase of contemporary art.
The Great Spectacle : Celebrating 250 Years Of The Summer Exhibition.
Over 1000 works of art on display and to buy.
Works of art on display over several rooms from many major names including Winston Churchill ,
Tracey Emin , JMW Turner, John Constable, Peter Blake, David Hockey and many more.
Annigoni's portrait of The Queen which was first exhibited in 1955 is getting a lot of attention.
Love him or hate him but a portrait of Nigel Farage was also getting a lot of comments.
A massive crowd of around 1000 guests with most paying £295 to be here.
Lots of glammed up women in stunning outfits.
Music guests here included Paloma Faith , Charli XCX and Luke & Danny from the rock group Thunder.
Many other well known names including Tracey Emin, Kelly Hoppen, Ron Dennis, Basia Briggs.
James Norton had girlfriend Imogen Poots on his arm as he joined an A-list crowd at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition VIP preview, including Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Colman, Florence Pugh, Jennifer Saunders, Graham Norton, Nick Grimshaw, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Dahl, Laura Bailey, Pam Hogg and Edie Campbell. Curator and host for the evening Grayson Perry didn't disappoint with his choice of outfit as he, his wife Philippa, and his daughter Florence welcomed guests in flamboyant purple outfits.
Also here were Peter York, Ron Arad ,Suzy Menkes , Sandi Toksvig, Anais Gallagher and others.
In one room there are three djs playing an hour session each.....Clara Amfo, Fat Tony and Henri.
In another room we had a semi-acoustic trio playing covers including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
At 9.35pm singer ANNE-MARIE sung a five song 25 mins set with her band in the stunning courtyard.
She has had a great past year and has been involved with some hit singles and her debut album
'Speak Your Mind' went to number three in the charts last month when it was released.
Essex girl Anne-Marie is supporting Ed Sheeran on his current UK & European stadium tour.
Her full setlist was...
1.2002
2.Ciao Adios
3.Rockabye (a big hit for Clean Bandit that featured co-vocals by Anne-Marie)
4.Friends
5.2002 (repeated for the tv cameras)
Lots of complimentary food and drinks including Laurent-Perrier champers, Fortnum & Mason champers,
four different cocktails,wines, beers, bowl food, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches,
canapés, oysters , desserts etc for all guests.
Needless to say a totally excellent party.
www.royalacademy.org.ukVisit The Royal Academy website here for more info and to buy tickets.
then
10.15pm to 11.15pm
WOLFSKIN TECH LAB - AW18 collection preview - Groucho Club, Dean Street, London W1.
Jack Wolfskin is one of the most popular sports brands in Germany, ahead of Nike and Puma and only overtaken by Adidas. Now the Idstein-based brand is putting the cherry on the cake: with its Wolfskin Tech Lab range, the brand has crafted a synthesis of high-end functionality and modern design.
In the words of its creators, the Tech Lab collection is “an upmarket, smart collection for a new, smart generation”. With its strong name, the range was developed for maximum performance blended with an urban look.
Their products include mountain and leisure clothing, footwear, rucksacks, sleeping bags, and tents. The brand is popular not only among hikers and mountaineers but predominantly worn in everyday situations; Jack Wolfskin clothes and accessories are fashionable amongst urban Germans Wilderness chic.
We are in one of the areas of this well known private members club in Soho.
We were at The Royal Academy event above so we missed the 30 mins set earlier by pop band BLUE.
Duncan James from Blue was still here when we arrived and was chatty & friendly to all.
A dj was playing tunes in the corner.
Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and beers for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with half a dozen items in.
www.jack-wolfskin.co.ukCheck the Wolfskin website here for more info.





Tuesday 05 June 2018.
THE THE + DJ FOOD live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
The The will perform at the Royal Albert Hall this year, as part of their first UK shows in 16 years!
Their last show before this tour was in June 2002 when The The made a sole live appearance at the
Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall as guests of David Bowie.
Also extra London shows added due to demand - Brixton Academy on 06 June and The Troxy on 07 June.
They had seven Top 40 singles in the 1980s and 1990s and critically acclaimed albums.
Five of their albums hit the Top 40 including two that were Top 10.
Their singer and sole original member Matt Johnson this week said "My beloved father passed away unexpectedly this morning whilst I was en route to Stockholm for tonight’s concert. i am unable to cancel THE THE’s concerts over the next week due to the massive financial implications, but also in recent weeks, as his health was starting to fail, my dad had made my brother Gerard and I promise that if anything were to happen to him we would both carry on with our careers and make him proud".
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DJ FOOD played tunes for 40 mins over two sets of 20 mins.
DJ Food is an electronic music project currently headed by Kevin Foakes (also known as "Strictly Kev").
Tunes consisted of collections of breaks, loops and samples.
Electronica, IDM, trip hop, breakbeat, downtempo, nu jazz, acid jazz are all in there.
The later DJ Food albums have developed with shades of Latin, dub, breakbeat, ambient, and drum and bass.
I spotted RUSTY EGAN (The Rich Kids, Visage and dj) here.
By the time The The arrive on stage the venue is fully sold out despite the high ticket prices
of £95 for seats in the front half of downstairs and £125 for a box seat.
THE THE arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
Not surprisingly Matt Johnson starts off by dedicating the show to his recently departed dad.
Pretty amazing how popular The The still are as all three London shows are sold out.
They always had a niche, arty, creative , hipster kind of following, similar to Nick Cave.
Just proves if you make interesting music, people will always come back to support you.
There was a massive big screen where they played pre-recorded images.
There were cameras there to film the show for a future DVD.
Matt and all his top notch band are dressed all in black.
The piano and drums at full tilt during the encore songs were great.
The setlist featured their best known hits and album tracks.
An enjoyable show.
Full The The setlist played tonight....
Global Eyes
Sweet Bird of Truth
Flesh and Bones
Heartland
The Beat(en) Generation
Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)
You Would Think I, By Now
We Can’t Stop What’s Coming
Phantom Walls
Love Is Stronger Than Death
Dogs of Lust
Helpline Operator
This Is the Night
This Is the Day
Soul Catcher
Bugle Boy
Beyond Love
Slow Emotion Replay
Like a Sun Risin Thru My Garden
Infected
I've Been Waitin' for Tomorrow (All of My Life)
Encore:
True Happiness This Way Lies
Uncertain Smile
Lonely Planet





Monday 04 June 2018...I went to three events tonight...
6pm to 6.30pm
CHESTER BARRIE - spring / summer 2018 showcase - The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London SW1.
Always nice to be at this historic building that dates back to 1897.
Savile Row tailors Chester Barrie are showcasing their new collections in one of the rooms here.
Maybe 50 or 60 guests are here.
They use the best materials from Britain and Italy in their clothing.
Some great suits on display and some have a 20% reduction on price.
Complimentary champers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a pair of their cufflinks inside.
www.chesterbarrie.co.ukVisit the Chester Barrie website here for more info.
then
6.45pm to 8.30pm
RUSSIAN PICTURES & WORKS OF ART - private view - Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London W1.
The auction for these works will be on the following day on 05 June.
A big crowd of over 500 smartly dressed guests here, including many Russians.
Loads of stunning paintings, vases , vintage jewellery etc on display.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, three different cocktails and lots of nice Russian food including Caviar
& desserts from Russian Restaurant ZIMA..who are located at 45 Frith Street, Soho.
www.sothebys.comVisit the Sotheby's website here for more info
then
ELI PAPERBOY REED + MARCUS BONFANTI live at The 100 Club, London.
This show is part of the FUTURE JUKE FESTIVAL....check out their FaceBook page for more info...
Future Juke: A Festival Of 21st Century Blues presented by DMP UK and Balling The Jack.
The series of 5 gigs takes place between 29 May and 5 June in some of London’s top music venues.
Eli Paperboy Reed returns to this iconic venue to play a sold out show to promote his new album.
The new album is titled 'Eli Paperboy Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band'.
The soul blues don of the latter day. Eli Paperboy Reed honed his skills in Mississippi jukes and Chicago gospel choirs. He has the voice of a classic 1960s R&B belter with superb guitar and harmonica skills to boot. He is joined on this occasion by the wonderful, High & Mighty Brass Band to perform this heavenly racket.
 Blues-rocker Marcus Bonfanti one of Britain's very best, a young gun guitarist who will make for fine support.

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I got to The 100 Club at 8.45pm and caught the last 25 mins of MARCUS BONFANTI set.
Marcus is solo with his electric guitar and playing some nice blues rock tracks including 'Cheap Whiskey".
I saw him a couple of years ago when he was fronting Ten Years After.
ELI PAPERBOY REED arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for around 70 mins.
A great entrance as the five brass playing members of the High & Mighty Brass Band walk
from the dressing room to the stage while playing their instruments.
Eli has his leg in traction after jumping offstage in Madrid on Friday , so is not as frenzied as he normally is.
A great live sound mixing soul, gospel , funk and the brass section at full tilt were immense.
The setlist mixed new album tracks along with older material.
An enjoyable show.
Full setlist played tonight...
WooHoo
The Satisfier
Allright now
Your Sins
Cut Ya Down
Name Calling
As I Live and Breathe
Getcha Back
Walkin' and Talkin'
Come and Get It
Take My Love With You/Lovelight
Encore:
Explosion
Gospel Medley






Sunday 03 June 2018.
Happy Birthday to IAN HUNTER who is 79, yes 79 today.
Ian Hunter is a British singer-songwriter who is best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Mott the Hoople, from its inception in 1969 to its dissolution in 1974, and at the time of its 2009 and 2013 reunions.
In Dec 1973 i saw Mott The Hoople and Queen play Hammersmith Odeon (now The Apollo).
It was the first of the 2000 plus shows i have seen at that venue.
I have seen Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter solo many times over the years.






Saturday 02 June 2018.
FROM THE JAM + (acoustic) + GLEN MATLOCK (acoustic) live at Under The Bridge @ Chelsea FC., London.
From The Jam play the final show of three at this great 550 capacity club venue.
Get to the venue early to check out their great iconic music photographs on the walls.
The band feature original bass player Bruce Foxton...who actually was from The Jam.
They released a twelve track live album in Dec 2017.
The Jam had amazing chart success with 18 singles and 7 albums to make the top 40 in the United Kingdom from their debut in 1977 to their break up in 1982. Their last 5 albums were all top ten hits and their last 8 singles made it into the top 10. They were simply one of the most loved and important bands ever.
I saw The Jam six times at venues including The Rainbow, Hammersmith Odeon and Wembley Arena.
Support on the night comes from Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock.
I have seen Glen Matlock many times with The Sex Pistols and as a solo artist.
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GLEN MATLOCK arrives on stage at 8.15pm and plays for around 35 mins.
They have a nice big screen here so Glen and the headliners have their names in big letters behind them.
Glen played a perfect set of songs from his 40 year career including a couple of classics each from
his stints with The Sex Pistols and The Rich Kids.
Glen got everyone involved by asking them to 'keep the beat' by clapping along in time.
Full eight song setlist from Glen Matlock played tonight...
Won't Put The Brakes On Me (brand new track from Glens upcoming album)
Burning Sounds (Rich Kids song)
God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols song)
Sexy Beast
Ambition (Iggy Pop cover that Glen wrote when he was in Iggy's band)
Ghosts Of Prince's In Towers (Rich Kids song)
John I'm Only Dancing (David Bowie cover)
Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols song)
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FROM THE JAM arrive on stage at 9.15pm and play for around 90 mins.
The three of them were seated on stools but it was more of a semi-acoustic set as
it was acoustic guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.
Bruce Foxtons bass playing was superb and Russell Hastings did a great job with the PW lyrics.
The setlist mixed all their classic hits with lesser known album tracks and b-sides.
The high quality of Paul Weller's lyrics written by him in his late teens/early twenties are still incredible.
Paul Weller only plays three or four Jam songs in his shows these days so you can easily
see why From The Jam are so popular with hardcore Jam fans who sing along loudly to the songs.
A great evening with two quality acts.
Here is the list of 18 of the 21 songs played by From The Jam tonight...
David Watts (The Kinks cover)
Private Hell
Little Boy Soldiers
When You're Young
The Butterfly Collector
In The Crowd
Saturdays Kids
That's Entertainment
Monday
English Rose
Start!
Strange Town
The Eton Rifles
A Town Called Malice
Encore :
In The City
Pretty Green
Going Underground
Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
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From The Jam announced tonight that they will play Shepherds Bush Empire on 24 November 2018.
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www.underthebridge.co.ukCheck out the Under The Bridge website here for info on future gigs.





Friday 01 June 2018.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN + ENATION live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
I have seen Echo & The Bunnymen live over 15 times since 1979 when they were a support act at
the legendary Nashville Rooms Pub in West Kensington.
The band will play another batch of UK shows in October when they release their new album.
Echo & The Bunnymen, the legendary ’80s post-punkers, are looking to the past with the release of their first new album in four years. 'The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon', the follow-up to 2014’s Meteorites, will find the band revisiting their back catalogue by reinterpreting 13 songs from their decades-long career with “strings and things.”
The album — which also features two new compositions, “The Somnambulist” and “How Far?".
The band have had 15 x Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
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Tonight's show is totally sold out.
ENATION arrive on stage at 7.40pm and play for around 40 mins.
Must admit i have never heard their name anywhere before this show.
ENATION, is an American indie rock band who have released a few albums.
A decent sound from this trio that mixed 80's post punk with a bit of 90's grunge,
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN arrive on stage at 8.55pm and play for around 90 mins.
Echo & The Bunnymen were always one of the cooler 80's bands who had mainstream success.
This was mainly due to their frontman Ian McCulloch who is still with them.
He is supercool as usual, wearing shades and a black bomber jacket and isn't that keen on smiling.
The spotlight guy has been told not to light up his face.
Mac tries talking to the crowd, but he’s barely coherent when he isn’t singing. He prowls around like Liam Gallagher’s dad. “Come on Mac,” and "Give him a drink", people yell.
Doubt even a Liverpudlian can make out what he's mumbling ,let alone folks from London.
After every song he returns to the front of the drum kit where he has an assortment of drinks.
But that's part of his appeal, like John Lydon he ain't changing for anyone.
The stage production features candelabra and fairy lights hanging from above the stage.
The older hits still sound really great but the non hits are pretty average.
There was a four piece female string section which sounded really nice.
Halfway through the show the folks in the floor seats got up and danced a bit.
Overall a great show.
Full Echo and The Bunnymen setlist played tonight...
Rescue
Villiers Terrace (With Roadhouse Blues snippet at end)
All That Jazz
Stormy Weather
The Somnabulist
Nothing Lasts Forever
All My Colours
Angels and Devils
Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
Lips Like Sugar
Rust
In The Margins
Bring On the Dancing Horses
Seven Seas
How Far?
The Cutter
Encore:
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
Encore 2:
Ocean Rain




Friday 01 June 2018.
Happy Birthday to RONNIE WOOD who is 71 today.
Saturday 02 June 2018.
Happy Birthday to CHARLIE WATTS who is 77 today.
The Rolling Stones are playing Coventry on Charlie's birthday.




Thursday 31 May 2018.
ART GARFUNKEL live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Art Garfunkel now aged 76 returns to the Royal Albert Hall, performing a career retrospective, featuring
Simon & Garfunkel songs and solo hits, plus pieces from his new autobiography.
Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy Award winner has also enjoyed a successful film career.
Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They were one of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s and became counterculture icons of the decade's social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. Their biggest hits—including "The Sound of Silence" (1964), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "The Boxer" (1969), and "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1970)—reached number one on singles charts worldwide.
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I think the last time I saw Art Garfunkel solo was 15 years ago in 2003 at the same venue as tonight.
Oddly enough tonight i with my mate Malcolm who was with me watching him fifteen years ago.
ART GARFUNKEL arrived on stage at 7.50pm and played for 80 mins over two sets of 40 mins.
He was backed by a guitarist and keyboard player.
80 mins is not long for someone with so much material but his age is a factor and even by his own admission
his voice is not what it was a decade ago.
Great to hear a few Simon & Garfunkel classics along with some solo tracks and stories & poems.
Great to hear his massive number one hit 'Bright Eyes'.
The song was very successful in the UK staying at number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in 1979,
and selling over one million copies, becoming the biggest-selling single of that year.
Like the Joan Baez RAH show a couple of days before the audience were respectfully quiet during songs.
Some nice stories about his early days with Paul Simon and when they busked in New York.
He talked fondly about Paul Simon even though they have had arguments in the past.
He clearly loves playing at The Royal Albert Hall....all American acts feel the same way...
A very relaxed enjoyable easy going kind of show that got a full standing ovation at the end.
FIRST SET
April Come She Will (Paul Simon cover)
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Perfect Moment
A Heart In New York
Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel song)
The Side of a Hill (Paul Simon cover)
Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel song)
FIRST SET
Someone to Watch Over Me (George Gershwin cover)
Real Emotional Girl (Randy Newman cover)
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Bright Eyes (Mike Batt song that Art Garfunkel has a massive number one with)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Kathy's Song (Paul Simon cover)
The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Encore:
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep ([traditional] cover)





Wednesday 30 May 2018...I went to three events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE - private view - Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3.
Jacques Henri Lartigue (June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986) was a French photographer and painter,
known for his photographs of automobile races, planes and female Parisian fashion models.
There is also an exhibition of his photos at The Paul Smith Store, 9 Albemarle Street, London W1.
The photos focus on the period 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s with locations including London,
Paris , New York, St Tropez etc.
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The last time I was at this gallery was October 2010.
It was for a Mary McCartney book launch where both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr turned up.
Over 100 guests at this gallery tonight off The Kings Road, Chelsea.
Fashion designer SIR PAUL SMITH is here as he is the curator and sponsor of the exhibition.
A nice surprise to see Pink Floyd drummer NICK MASON.
I had a nice chat with him about his latest gigs with his own band.
I remarked it was pretty amazing that Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp was in his band.
I knew he loved David Bowie but Pink Floyd was a surprise to me.
Nick said " he is fantastic guitarist who slots in perfectly".
For those that do not know , Nick Mason and Gary Kemp are two of the musicians
who i see most at social events & parties in London.
I got a nice photo of me with Nick Mason.
Also was Peter (Kodik) Gravelle, the punk rock photographer responsible for many of the Stiff Records sleeves.
He was also a drug buddy of Sid Vicious and Keith Richards in the late 1970s.
Complimentary prosecco, wines and canapés for all guests.
www.michaelhoppengallery.comVisit the gallery website here for more info and opening times.
then
8pm to 9pm
Tanqueray Gin Garden - launch party - 100 Wardour Street, London W1.
This bar & restaurant is located on the space where the legendary Marquee Club was.
A mainly younger crowd with a dj playing tunes in the corner.
Britain's Next Top Model winner Victoria Clay was here.
The 23-year-old model displayed her ample cleavage as she donned a red triangle bikini top.
A choice of three different complimentary Gin cocktails along with burgers and canapés for all guests.
then
9.10pm to 10.30pm
BLUEBERRY TOAST - press/vip night - Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1.
We went to the party in the theatre bar after the show had finished.
A nice buzzy atmosphere here as all the cast are getting photographed by snappers.
The Crown star Gala Gordon celebrated the opening night of Blueberry Toast with friends and family.
Guests included Sadie Frost,Tuppence Middleton, William Oldroyd and Zawe Ashton.
Complimentary presecco, wines and beers for all guests.
www.sohotheatre.comCheck the Soho Theatre website here for more info.






Tuesday 29 May 2018.
JOAN BAEZ live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Joan Baez plays the second of two sold out nights at this iconic venue at the end of her UK tour.
Joan Baez (now aged 77) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice,Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music.
In 2017,Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Queen of Folk was presented the honour by her friend and collaborator Jackson Browne.
Joan Baez had five Top 40 hit singles in the late 1960s / early 1970s.
For a couple of years in the mid 60s Joan Baez was in a relationship with Bob Dylan.
Joan Baez does not play the UK much considering she has been around for 50 years which
maybe explains why I have never seen her live...or maybe i am not that keen on acoustic folk shows...
There will be a lot of cover versions in her set including a couple of Bob Dylan tracks.
Due to demand Joan Baez returns in 2019 for another UK tour including two nights at The Palladium.
Joan is saying this will be her last ever European Tour.
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Get inside the venue and it is totally sold out including choir seats behind the stage.
Pretty amazing how popular Joan Baez is as she is rarely on tv or the radio.
Perhaps the older generation just remember how important a figure she was in the 1960s.
Most of the crowd look like they have been on a few protest marches.
JOAN BAEZ takes to the stage at 7.35pm and plays for around 1 hour 40 mins.
In nearly 60 years in music, Joan Baez has been through it all. A mouthpiece for the oppressed, she is as notable for her relentless activism as for her folk songs, and has marched alongside Martin Luther King, and taken to the fields with Cesar Chavez. Now 77, she released her first album in a decade, 'Whistle Down the Wind', earlier this year.
Joan on acoustic guitar is backed by a semi-acoustic drummer and a guitarist/banjo/piano player.
The crowd are very quiet during the songs then big applause at the end of each track.
Any mention of protest or marching or campaigning gets a big cheer.
The songs that go down the best are the Bob Dylan covers as the crowd sing along to the chorus.
An enjoyable show and really good to see her before she retires from performing.
Full Joan Baez setlist played tonight...
There but for Fortune (Phil Ochs cover)
God Is God (Steve Earle cover)
Farewell, Angelina (Bob Dylan cover)
Whistle Down the Wind (Tom Waits cover)
Silver Blade
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan cover)
Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) (Woody Guthrie cover)
The Things That We Are Made Of (Mary Chapin Carpenter cover)
Diamonds & Rust
Another World (Antony and the Johnsons cover)
Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson cover)
The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan cover)
Henry Martin ([traditional] cover)
The President Sang Amazing Grace (Zoe Mulford cover)
Joe Hill (Earl Robinson cover)
Seven Curses (Bob Dylan cover)
The House of the Rising Sun ([traditional] cover) (a big hit for The Animals)
Darling Corey ([traditional] cover)
Gracias a la vida (Violeta Parra cover)
Encore:
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band cover)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Fisk Jubilee Singers cover)





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 in his house.
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)


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