Archive: August 2018

August 28, 2018

Tuesday 28 August 2018.
A pub in hipster area Hoxton, East London is selling a pint of beer for over 20 quid.
A trendy pub is selling possibly the country's most expensive draft pint - that costs an astonishing £22.50.
The Craft Beer Co, which has bars across the UK, sell pints of Speedway Stout for more than FIVE TIMES the cost of an average beer.
But drinkers certainly do get a bit more bang for their buck, because the US-brewed stout is a pokey 12% ABV.
Per millilitre, the stout works out as more expensive than a bottle of luxury Belvedere vodka - which cost £45 each.
A barman in the chain's Old Street pub said that the beer, which they are happy pouring as a third of a pint for £7.50, is pricey because of the ingredients.
The beer, which is made in California by San Diego-based AleSmith Brewing Company, contains Blue Mountain Coffee from Hawaii, as well as other expensive ingredients.




Monday 27 August 2018.
Happy Birthday to original Sex Pistols bass player GLEN MATLOCK who is 62 today.
Glen and his band featuring Earl Slick on guitar play The 100 Club this coming Friday to
promote his new solo album 'Good to Go'.




Sunday 26 August 2018...1pm to 7.15pm.
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL...Day One...
Given that an estimated two million people each year, Notting Hill Carnival totally deserves its reputation as
Europe’s biggest street festival....second in size worldwide to the famous festival in Rio , Brazil...
The annual event is a vivid and thrilling spectacle.
Look out for RED BULL MUSIC x MANGROVE FLOAT on Monday.
and my fave sound systems Mighty Jah Observer and Gaz's Rockin' Blues on both days.
FREE ENTRY GIG on Sunday 26th August / 12pm-7pm
Location: Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park
Nearest tube : Westbourne Park (exit only on Carnival days)
Line up for the RED BULL SOUND SYSTEM STAGE
KONSHENS
MALEEK BERRY
AFRO B & TEAM SALUT’S AFROWAVE SOUND
HOODCELEBRITYY
LISA MERCEDEZ
TRILLARY BANKS
SEANIE B’S BRUK OUT
ALICAI HARLEY
IQ
SIR DJ COREY
plus many more acts to be announced on the day...
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At 1pm we get off at Notting Hill Gate tube and slowly walk past the floats,costumes, colour
and loud sounds blaring out and eventually arrive at the RED BULL SOUND SYSTEM STAGE.
It is drizzly rain for most of the day but the crowds are still everywhere.
Despite the 'not very Jamaican weather' the crowd soon fill up the RED BULL stage standing area.
We are right of stage in the RED BULL hospitality area for their guests and press.
We watch half a dozen (see the above list) very lively dancehall acts perform.
Konshens' (who stepped in for Popcaan) dancehall anthems made sure the carnival spirit leaped to an all-time high. His high-octane set-list constructed of fan favorites such as ‘Bruk Off Yuh Back’ and ‘Hard Drive’ showcased an artist who’s at his prime.
Elsewhere, a blinding live set by South London’s Maleek Berry became proof as to why the British-Nigerian sage is rising above the noise of the buzzing global scene right now. Afro wave pioneer Afro B returned to stage for a special performance alongside production trio Team Salut. The collective presented their ‘Afrowave Sound’ session for the masses.
Mixpak bossman Dre Skull also dropped a seamless set, featuring the newest sounds in bashment and reggaeton. He was joined by Tony Matterhorn, Shenseea, and MC Fox who was flying the flag for Manchester.
The line-up’s female talent delivered in force. Rising dancehall voice HoodCelebrityy brought her spitfire lyrics to proceedings. Lisa Mercedez took to the mic – a reminder of why she’s one of the leading figures of the dancehall diaspora. Leicester-based rapper Trillary Banks held her own with a confidence that many established artists can only dream of– a performance which primed the heaving crowd for the day ahead.
Also getting in the carnival spirit, well-known faces in the crowd included Ella Eyre, Clara Amfo, Rebecca Dudley, Yasmin Evans and Snoochie Shy.
All the acts are good at working the crowd up by getting them to 'jump, jump, jump'.
All the acts have a full light show and some flames and smoke shooting up in the air but oddly enough
the stage is not covered which left the artists and equipment open to the elements.
Nice for us to have some shelter and those all important toilets with no queues in the RED BULL area.
Complimentary drinks and food all afternoon including six different RED BULL cocktails,
Red Stripe Lager and some tasty jerk chicken dishes.
A great day.
www.redbull.comVisit their website here for more info.
www.redbullmusicacademy.comVisit their website here for more info.




Saturday 25 August 2018...5.30pm to 9.30pm...
KAISER CHIEFS live at The Royal Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire.
The Kaisers will take to the stage after a full afternoon of horse-racing....seven flat races....
I have seen The Kaisers around a dozen times since when their debut album came out.
They have had nine Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
Their six studio albums have all made the UK Top 10 charts including two that were number ones.
www.windsor-racecourse.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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I got to the venue at 5.30pm and watched 5 of the 7 horse races.
An afternoon of horse races followed by a name band is certainly a winning combination.
It has become more and more popular over the last few years.
A big crowd of 8000 here with many groups of folks drinking heavily...only saw one fight...
Lots of females here in lovely dresses and heels.
KAISER CHIEFS were on stage from 8.15pm and played for 75 mins.
Seemingly headed for the indie-rock afterlife, the Leeds band had their fortunes resurrected
following frontman Ricky Wilson’s star turn on TV show The Voice a couple of years ago.
Ricky is full of energy and good at getting the crowd on his side.
Loads of their hits played for the crowd to sing along to.
They were a good choice for this beer sodden crowd.
A great show.
Full Kaiser Chiefs setlist played tonight...
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Everything Is Average Nowadays
Ruffians on Parade
Modern Way
Parachute
Ruby
Hole in My Soul
Good Days Bad Days
Never Miss a Beat
The Angry Mob
I Predict a Riot
Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
Misery Company
Coming Home
Encore:
Na Na Na Na Naa
Oh My God




Saturday 25 August 2019.
Happy Birthday to KISS bass player Gene Simmons who is 69 today.



Friday 24 August 2018.
BRITNEY SPEARS + PITBULL live at The 02 Arena, London.
Britney Spears plays the first of three sold out shows at The 02 Arena.
Britney Spears is bringing her iconic show 'Piece Of Me' straight from her Las Vegas residency to Europe.
Britney has sold over 100 million records worldwide (albums and singles combined).
I saw her on her last UK tour which was visually great with multiple costume changes
but she only sung one song live.
That one song was a ballad which was the only song where she stood still.
The rest was mimed as she got stuck into some great dancing with her dancers.
Britney has over 20 million followers on Instagram.
Earlier this month she pulled a massive 57,000 crowd for her outdoor gig at Pride, Brighton.
Support comes from American rapper Pitbull.
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One of those shows that is pretty much a mix of all females and gay men.
Steep ticket prices as front floor blocks and Level 1 front blocks are £125 a ticket.
I catch the final 15 mins of the planned 45 mins by the support act PITBALL.
He is backed by a dj with decks and half a dozen scantily clad female dancers.
He had use of the three big screens.
He did a decent job of working the crowd up before Britney with some club tunes.
After a long interval BRITNEY SPEARS took to the stage at 9.05pm and played for 90 mins.
The crowd are all up dancing & screaming from the start.
Many are dressed in Britney stage outfits from her career...including some of the men.
A massive stage production with two side screens showing live footage and a big one in the middle
showing pre-recorded images...along with a few scenery changes and loads of lights and lasers.
There were 16 dancers...8 male and 8 female...
For EVERY song Britney was doing a full dance routine with them...her energy was boundless....
There was a catwalk extension that Britney used often.
A few quick skimpy costumes changes backstage were the only time Britney had a breather.
She is instantly forgiven for things that would would normally sink other stars, such as her
well-known aversion to live singing.
Britney had a head piece microphone on tonight but it was still all clever miming.
Her loyal fans were not bothered by all the miming at all.
Some songs were great and some songs were average but it was a visually mega show.
Full Britney Spears setlist played tonight...
Work Bitch
Womanizer
Break the Ice / Piece of Me
Darkness
...Baby One More Time / Oops!... I Did It Again
If I'm Dancing
Me Against the Music
Gimme More
Clumsy / Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)
Scream & Shout
Boys
Do You Wanna Come Over?
Work It / Get Ur Freak On / WTF (Where They From)
Get Naked (I Got a Plan)
I'm a Slave 4 U
Make Me...
Freakshow
Do Somethin'
Magic Circus
Circus
If U Seek Amy
Breathe on Me
Jungle Fever
Toxic
Stronger / (You Drive Me) Crazy
Encore:
Till the World Ends ( with ticker- tape falling over the floor sets)




Friday 24 August 2018.
Sad news that guitarist ED KING has passed away aged 68.
Ed King was an American musician. He was the guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock and guitarist and bassist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1996.
He co-write many of their great songs including 'Sweet Home Alabama'.
I saw Lynryd Skynyrd five times in the period 1975 to 1977 before their fatal plane crash in Oct 1977
that killed original members including their singer.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Hammersmith Odeon ,London 27.10.1975
Lynyrd Skynyrd (BBC Theatre O.G.W.T Special ) Shepherds Bush Empire,London 11.11.1975
Old Grey Whistle Test TV Special at this venue that was BBC owned in the 1970s and 1980s.
Lynyrd Skynyrd,Steve Gibbons Band Hammersmith Odeon, London 15.02.1976
Rolling Stones,10 CC,Lynyrd Skynyrd,Todd Rundgren , Knebworth Music Festival 21.08.1976
Lynyrd Skynyrd,Clover Rainbow Theatre, London 29.01.1977






Thursday 23 August 2018...6pm to 8.30pm...
Vogue X Reserved - party - 252 / 258 Oxford Street, London W1.
A big crowd here as there must be at least 300 guests.
Around 50 male waiters handing out and topping up the drinks.
A dj is playing club tunes in the background.
Oddly for such a big store they do not have any toilets for customers.
Complimentary Nicolas Feuillatte champers and popcorn for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a Reserved Tote cloth bag and a copy of the latest Vogue magazine.
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This store was opened by Kate Moss last year.
As BHS fades into the sunset, fast-growing Polish fashion chain Reserved have taken over one of the failed department store’s most high-profile sites for its maiden outlet in the UK.
The fashion chain, which offers clothing for men, women and kids in much similar a vein to H&M or Zara, has 30,000 sq ft (2,790 sq metre) outlet on the site of BHS’s former Oxford Street store in London.
It may be almost unknown in the UK, but Reserved is part of LPP, one of the fastest growing fashion chains in Europe. Since opening the first Reserved store in 1998, the group has expanded into 18 countries via six chains; from the more upmarket Tallinder to youth brand Cropp....over 450 stores worldwide...
www.reserved.comVisit the Reserved website here for more info.





Thursday 23 August 2018.
Another interesting interview to watch on YouTube
MITCH MALLOY : Van Halen's Lost Boy
The legacy of Van Halen has never had a shortage of drama or die-hard fans...and rocker Mitch Malloy has a unique place within the still-unfolding drama. Following the ousting of Sammy Hagar from the band Malloy was tapped as the lead singer replacement, but subsequently declined this rock royalty position. For years Mitch Malloy's story was touched on but never fully revealed, mostly by Malloy to avoid conflict with his current musical pursuits. After the publication of "Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga," which mentions Malloy, fans and media continually asked about his Van Halen experience. This is Mitch's story. Mitch Malloy: Van Halen's Lost Boy.





Wednesday 22 August 2018.
August is one of the quieter months for quality indoor gigs.
This old ROLLING STONES documentary is worth watching when you have a spare hour.
It is up on YouTube over five parts of 10 mins each
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"Tip of the Tongue," is a documentary chronicling the conception and preparations for the innovative 3 show/ 3 venue concept from the recording studio in Paris to Toronto where the band prepares for their "Licks" World Tour.





Monday 20 August 2018...6.30pm to 9.30pm...
CELEBS ON THE FARM - launch party - The Fable, 52 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1.
CELEBS ON THE FARM new series starts on Channel 5 tv (tonight Monday) at 10pm....
Also daily at 10pm on 5Star...
In case you missed out on the early-'00s spectacle that was The Farm, Celebs on the Farm sees eight celebrities learn the ropes and (literally) muck in while staying at a Sussex farm.
Farmer Chris Jeffery puts the stars through their unprepared paces, including TOWIE's Bobby Norris and Megan McKenna, dancer Louie Spence and Gogglebox's Sandi Bogle.
Former Strictly pro Gleb Savchenko is also in his wellies, along with actress Lorraine Chase, British Judo Champion Ashley McKenzie and Ex on the Beach's Charlotte Dawson.
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The Fable is a fairytale-inspired bar and restaurant from Drake and Morgan.
The venue is nicely furnished with straw bales for everyone to sit on.
Former TOWIE star and country singer Megan Mckenna stepped out to celebrate her part in another reality show, joining Ashley McKenzie, Charlotte Dawson, Gleb Savchenko, Lorraine Chase, Louie Spence and Sandi Bogle for the Celebs on the Farm TV launch party. The group posed with farmhouse animals including goats and rabbits, before watching a preview of the new Channel 5 show.
The clips we were shown had many hilarious moments that had the crowd laughing & cheering.
Megan McKenna looked great as she posed for the several photographers outside the venue.
Charlotte Dawson is the daughter of comedy legend Les Dawson and his widow Tracy was here.
Also here was farmer Chris Jeffrey and stand-up comedian Stephen Bailey who is hosting the new series.
Complimentary cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers, burgers , canapés and desserts for all guests.





Monday 20 August 2018.
Happy Birthday to ROBERT PLANT who is 70 today.
I saw Led Zeppelin in 1975 at Earls Court as well as their big re-union show at The 02 Arena in 2007.
I have seen Robert Plant solo over 15 times since 1983.
PHIL LYNOTT would have been 69 today.
I first saw Thin Lizzy in 1975 when they supported Bachman Turner Overtime at Hammersmith Odeon.
Amazingly i saw Phil with Thin Lizzy 23 times which included their final show with Phil
when they headlined The Reading Festival in August 1983.




Saturday 18 August 2018..3pm - READING 0 BOLTON 1.
Looks like i will be watching Reading more than QPR this season.
Both Reading and QPR have had a bad start to the new season.
It's the third game of the Championship season and Reading lose again after back-to-back defeats against
Derby County and Nottingham Forest.
Reading had a couple of good chances but Bolton were the better team today.
Today's attendance before kick-off was 13,318 with 856 away fans.
QPR got slaughtered 7-1 by West Brom so they go bottom instead of Reading.
QPR and Reading managers must be thinking they could be sacked soon, if results don't improve.
They play each other on 02 Oct so that game should be very interesting.




Friday 17 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 8.30pm
STREET FEAST at Hawker House - showcase - Surrey Quays Road, London SE16.
Around 300 guests here at this massive space that is outside as well as inside.
There are several street food vendors and several bars offering different drinks.
You can play table tennis, pool , shoot hoops etc.
There is a dj playing in the background.
Complimentary rum cocktails, wines, beers and full portions of food for all guests.
I had some very tasty fried chicken and fries from MOTHER CLUCKER (buttermilk soaked, twice battered )
Also some very nice beef steak strips with peppercorn sauce from SALT SHED.
The Canada Water street food mega-market open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to Late.
Food, booze and grooves – Families welcome.
It is three minutes walk from Canada Water tube station.
www.streetfeast.comVisit the Street Feast website for more info on their six sites around London.
then
THE TEARAWAYS live at Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington, London W14.
The Tearaways were part of the New York power pop scene of the early 1980s.
The Tearaways featuring Clem Burke, John Finseth, John Ferriter, Greg Brallier & Dave Hekhouse.
CLEM BURKE of course is the legendary drummer with Blondie.
Blondie drummer Clem Burke has been playing them a couple of years and is with them tonight.
Pretty amazing the amount of bands Clem has drummed with over the years besides Blondie.
I saw him with The Plimsouls who are another American power pop band when I was on holiday
in Barcelona in May 1997.
The Tearaways released this debut single “Sounds like…” in 1981. After a hiatus the band started again in the 1990’s releasing a series of CD’s and released “The Early Mankey Sessions” in 2014.
Influenced by 1960's counterculture, The Tearaways combine the rock music subgenre of the British Invasion, lead most notably by the Beatles with the sunshine pop and surf music of the likes of the Beach Boys.
I was at their debut London show at The 100 Club this time last year.
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For a low key club there was a lot of well known names here including Glen Matlock, Chris Spedding,
Tony Hadley and major showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit is with Lizzie Cundy and Bruno Tonioli.
THE TEARAWAYS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for around 85 mins.
Mainly their own catchy power pop material along with a few covers.
Songs from the new “Anthems” album, coupled with “Esquire” and the “Earle Mankey Sessions” albums.
Great melodies and harmonies throughout and plenty of stunning drumming from Clem Burke.
An enjoyable show.
Setlist tonight included...
Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio? (Ramones cover)
Name That Tune
I Love My Life
John Wayne
Call Me (Blondie cover)
Girls Who Love Cars
Encore :
You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees cover)





Thursday 16 August 2018....I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.45pm
KISS x Billie Faiers - launch party - Marylebone Hotel, Welbeck Street , London W1.
KISS Nails & Lashes announce Billie Faiers as their new brand ambassador.
Around 150 guests here with maybe 90% female as expected.
Thankfully i am with a couple of female friends as it was very girly here.
Billie Faiers was the star of the party as she celebrated her new role as ambassador of KISS Nails and Lashes at The Marylebone Hotel. The former TOWIE star was joined by her co-star Jessica Wright, as well as Love Island's Laura Crane, Francine Lewis, Annaliese Dayes, Hayley Palmer, Georgie Clarke, Annabel Giles and Lizzie Cundy.
A band in the corner played several cover versions and there was a dj too.
Girls can get their nails and lashes done for free.
Complimentary prosecco, rum cocktails, vodka cocktails , canapés and ice-cream for guests tonight.
A huge goodie bag here with their full range of nails & lashes inside so over 20 items worth over £100,
so i will put it to good use for friends & family.
then
9.15pm to 10.30pm
CRISPIN - launch party - Whites Row, Spitalfields, London E1.
The duo behind the Lundenwic coffee shop and Borough Market’s Scotchtails take things to the next level with their latest project, an all-day eatery housed in an East London ‘zinc and glass kite’, with low intervention wines, local produce and even a ‘listening bar’.
This stand alone venue is stunning in design.
Maybe 60 guests here.
Opening offer in August of £1 coffees and 50% off food.
Complimentary wines, beers and canapés for guests tonight.
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I was on the guest list for this one but sadly it was the same time as above girly event so did not get along.
Proud Central - private view of Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen.
Photography by Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson, Bob Willoughby, Eva Sereny, Mark Shaw and Douglas Kirkland will all be featured in the exhibition, which marks 25 years since Hepburn’s death at the age of 63.
Proud Central Gallery
32 John Adam Street
London
WC2N 6BP





Thursday 16 August 2018.
ARETHA FRANKLIN has sadly passed away aged 76.
Aretha Franklin, 'The Queen of Soul" known for hits like Respect and Think, has died in Detroit aged 76.
The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.
Franklin won 18 Grammys, and had 17 Top Ten US chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades.
Aretha was one of the few legendary artists I never saw live which was mainly due to her fear of flying
after an incident in 1984 when she vowed she would never leave North America again by plane.






Thursday 16 August 2018.
Happy Birthday to MADONNA who is 60 today.
Tomorrow (Friday) BBC4 tv are dedicating two programmes to her in tribute.
10pm
Documentary charting Britain's relationship with Madonna, examining the influence Madonna has had on British music and fashion, and how she provoked a debate over sexual and gender politics - inspiring a generation of women, whilst remaining a huge gay icon. The film follows a group of fans on their journey to Barcelona for the first night of Madonna's Drowned World Tour and finds out what Madonna means to them. Contributors include backing singer Donna DeLory, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rosanna Arquette, Mel C, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Hear'Say and Janet Street-Porter.
11pm
Madonna live in concert - Rebel Heart World Tour 2015/2016.
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Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is recognised as the best-selling female
recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records.
I have seen Madonna live around a dozen times since 1987....always a fantastic visual show....





Wednesday 15 August 2018.
AEROSMITH have confirmed that they will play a total of 18 shows in Las Vegas in 2019.
The band will take to the stage at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort in the city throughout April, June and July next year for a run of performances under the 'Deuces Are Wild' banner.
Aerosmith are one of the rare bands with all five members still there from their 1970s line-up.
Aerosmith celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019.




Tuesday 14 August 2018.
We went for a drive out to Berks and Bucks to visit Windsor and a showcase at Hedsor House, Taplow.
1pm to 5pm...Windsor, Berkshire.
We had a very nice afternoon in Windsor including a visit to Windsor Castle.
Even more tourists than usual here due to The Royal Wedding a couple of months ago.
We walked across the bridge to Eton.
Always great to have a proper wander around Windsor every so often.
then
5.30pm to 7pm...Hedsor House - showcase - Taplow, Bucks.
A right Royal history. This manor house was originally designed by Sir William Chambers, the architect of Somerset House, with the help of King George III and Queen Charlotte. They were captivated by Hedsor's picturesque position high above the River Thames and its proximity to London..the current house on the site was completed in 1868.
Hedsor House remained as the Boston family's country house until early in the 20th century, during which time Queen Victoria was said to be a frequent visitor to the house and its beautiful surrounding parkland.
It is available to hire for corporate events and weddings...it has also been used in film and tv.
It featured Tom Hardy in the 2015 film Legend and in 2016 as the mansion George Clooney is kidnapped to in a Nespresso advert.
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The Taplow area has many large country estates including Cliveden House and Taplow House.
A stunning entrance with a long drive as we wind half a mile or so to the car park and entrance.
A stunning house over three floors with over a dozen rooms, a ballroom, sunken gardens etc , set in 85 acres.
Everything here looks luxurious and immaculate.
Folks with a few extra quid hold their weddings here...would be pricey.
Would be very tricky to get here without a car.
Complimentary prosecco, coffees, teas and canapés for around 100 guests.
www.hedsor.comVisit the Hedsor website here for more info.





Monday 13 August 2018.
Some facts about IRON MAIDEN who i have seen over 30 times including just a couple of days ago.
In the 1980s they would always rather play multi-nights at Hammersmith Odeon than play Wembley Arena.
In Nov 1986 I saw all six of their Hammersmith Odeon shows on that tour.
Oddly enough that the support band for those shows were Samson who were Bruce Dickinson's band
before he joined Iron Maiden.
I saw Bruce Dickinson sing with Samson in 1979 and 1980.
I saw Iron Maiden in 1980 when Paul Di'Anno was their singer before Bruce Dickinson.
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I was at this mega gig 30 years ago this month.
Iron Maiden,KISS,David Lee Roth ,Megadeth,Guns And Roses,Helloween Monsters Of Rock Festival , 20.08.1988
Iron Maiden did a superb full 2 hour set. KISS did 75 mins set ( no make up ) David Lee Roth did a mega 60 mins . sadly a death when GnR played .




Sunday 12 August 2018.
Any regulars that go to events at The 02 Arena in London will know that
drinks & food are a total rip-off but they have defied belief by having yet another price increase.
They now charge £7 for a pint of lager, yes £7...total thievery.
Best to drink outside the venue or not at all if you can.




Friday 10 August 2018
On this day in KISSTORY - August 10, 1973 -KISS auditioned for their soon to be manager Bill Aucoin at the Crystal Ball Room of the Hotel Diplomat in New York City.
Bill Aucoin: When I first saw KISS at the Hotel Diplomat in 1973 they didn't have much of a show. They had the red beacons, a couple of amps. They were wearing black jeans. No one could afford leather. The show was just a regular rock 'n' roll show except they had spontaneity. They wanted to do something different and they wanted it very badly. That kind of devotion is worth more than anything. It's so special and you start picking up on it. I saw that magic in them.
When i first went to New York in Sept 1979 i headed for a two week stay at Hotel Diplomat as KISS and
The New York Dolls had played there.
During my stay there i saw The Buzzcocks playing in the same ballroom KISS had played in.
Hotel Diplomat is no longer there.




Friday 10 August 2018.
IRON MAIDEN + KILLSWITCH ENGAGE live at The 02 Arena, London.
Iron Maiden play the first of two sold out shows here.
These are the final dates on their European Tour.
Expect a nice big stage production.
I have seen Iron Maiden over 30 times since 1980 when they were a support band to Judas Priest at
Hammersmith Odeon and throughout the 1980s they headlined Hammersmith Odeon many times.
Not sure why , but I did not see their shows at The 02 Arena in May 2017 on their last UK tour.
Iron Maiden are one of the biggest metal bands in the world with over 100 million album sales worldwide.
Support band are Killswitch Engage who are an American metalcore band.
They have released seven studio albums and sold over 4 million albums worldwide.
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Get to the venue and as per usual with Maiden fans the merch stands are doing a roaring trade.
Every other person seems to be wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt.
I caught the last 15 mins of support band KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.
Heavy metal guitar riffs were ok but the shouty aggressive vocals were not my cup tea.
They finished with a cover of 'Holy Diver' so not sure what Ronnie James Dio would have thought of that.
The majority of Maiden fans did not seem that impressed and the band barely got applause when they finished.
IRON MAIDEN had the great full tape intro of UFO's 'Doctor Doctor ' then a famous Churchill speech and
then they came on stage at 9pm and played for around 1 hour 50 mins.
There is a big screen showing great pre-recorded images and two side screens showing live footage.
Iron Maiden’s Legacy of the Beast tour has to be one of their most visually extravagant show ever. Their mascot, Eddie, appears first as a 12-foot trooper, swordfighting with singer Bruce Dickinson, and then as a stage-dwarfing demon. There are pyrotechnics, a giant noose and a vast model of Icarus. Most eye-popping of all is the 90% lifesize model of a second world war Spitfire, which “flies” over the stage for the opening track and almost takes out drummer Nicko McBrain with its tailfin.
Lots of lights as usual as Bruce sweats his nuts off running around the stage and the other members
swop positions on stage throughout the evening and Janick Gers does his funny guitar theatrics.
The first half had a few lesser known tunes but the second half was a superb batch of Maiden anthems.
An excellent show from Iron Maiden.
Full Iron Maiden setlist played tonight...
Tape intro : Doctor Doctor (UFO song)
Video intro : Churchill's Speech
Aces High
Where Eagles Dare
2 Minutes to Midnight
The Clansman
The Trooper
Revelations
For the Greater Good of God
The Wicker Man
Sign of the Cross
Flight of Icarus
Fear of the Dark
The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden
Encore:
The Evil That Men Do
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Run to the Hills
Tape outro : Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)
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Amazingly a fan has put this entire show up on YouTube the following morning.




Thursday 09 August 2018...I went to three events today...
2.30pm to 6pm.
Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London.
I went back here for the second time...it is on until Saturday.
Britain's flagship beer festival returns to Olympia London. Living up to its reputation as ‘Britain’s ultimate beer festival,' The Great British Beer Festival will showcase over 900 real ales and other craft beers including ciders, perries, fine wines and gin.
Greene King - Great British Beer Festival’s headline sponsor is set to bring its iconic 5X brew to the festival.
Live entertainment on each day for the big crowd of 5000 expected.
Thursday is Planet Rock Day and i saw two of the six bands who played throughout the day.
Mollie Marriott and Danny Bryant.
Around 500 of the 5000 crowd are watching the bands play at one end.
MOLLIE MARRIOTT and band were on at 3.20pm and played for 40 mins.
Mollie is the daughter of rock legend Steve Marriott (Humble Pie and Small Faces) who sadly
died in a house fire back in 1991.
With long blonde hair and thigh high black suede boots , she looked the part.
Mollie played some decent tracks from her album 'Truth is a Wolf'.
Mollie also played cover versions by Aretha Franklin and Tom Petty.
DANNY BRYANT and band were on at 4.30pm and played for 45 mins.
Danny Bryant has released several albums over his career.
He played some really good blues guitar and his band included nice boogie woogie piano.
A couple of blues covers in the set as well.
www.gbbf.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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then
6.30pm to 7.30pm
arc. - private view - Herrick Gallery,93 Piccadilly, London W1.
Around 100 guests here inside and outside the gallery.
arc. brings together the work of Fani Parali, Victor Seaward, Mark Corfield Moore and Nathaniel Faulkner and is Kristian Day Gallery’s second collaboration with Herrick Gallery.
Incorporating film, tapestry, installation, 3D printing and sculpture arc. explores notions of communication, code, ritual, material and process.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
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then
7.45pm to 11pm
1883 magazine 'Royalty' issue party - Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street, London W1.
This was the venue where i saw Guns & Roses play a 75 mins set in 2006 after they played Wembley Arena.
Around 150 guests here including Martin Chambers from The Pretenders.
Martin played drums on the soon to be released new Razorlight album.
1883 magazine celebrates all that is new & exciting in the world of fashion, music, film & arts.
RAZORLIGHT arrive on stage at 9.40pm and played a five song hits based 20 mins set.
Four hit singles and a new track.
There is no stage and Razorlight are playing on the floor in the corner.
We are just a few feet from them as they played a lively set that went down well.
1.In The Morning
2.Golden Touch
3.Before I Fall to Pieces
4.Carry Yourself
5.America (dedicated to President Trump)
Fat Tony was the dj after Razorlight finished their set - he is Kate Moss fave dj.
It got very lively so we had a boogie on the dance floor.
Complimentary prosecco, Stoli vodka cocktails, Cenote tequila cocktails, Bayou rum cocktails for guests.
A great event.
www.1883magazine.comVisit their website here for more info.





Tuesday 07 August 2018...I went to two events today...
3.30pm to 5pm
Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London W14.
Britain's flagship beer festival returns to Olympia London. Living up to its reputation as ‘Britain’s ultimate beer festival,' The Great British Beer Festival will showcase over 900 real ales and other craft beers including ciders, perries, fine wines and gin.
Greene King - Great British Beer Festival’s headline sponsor is set to bring its iconic 5X brew to the festival.
Live entertainment on each evening for the big crowd of around 5000 daily.
Today was the opening day for trade and press until 5pm.
All the beers have a description so you can read before you try and part of the fun is buying a third of a pint.
Lots of street food vendors here that are selling all types of food.
Lots of traditional pub games to play including skittles etc.
Lots of pub merch and memorabilia on sale.
Lots of seating all around the venue.
www.gbbf.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
then
STEVEN TYLER & THE LOVING MARY BAND live at The Forum, London.
Legendary singer of rockers Aerosmith plays a one off UK show at the end of his European Tour.
This will be his first ever solo show in the UK.
The setlist will mix Aerosmith classics, choice cover versions and tracks from his country tinged solo album.
I have seen Aerosmith over a dozen times since 1976 at Hammersmith Odeon when they played
their first ever London show.
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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this show as this was a 'must see gig'.
Steven Tyler live at The Forum for just 2300 fans is one of those ' I was there' gigs.
Apart from a secret gig at The Marquee Club in 1990 after a Monsters of Rock show , Aerosmith
have only played arenas and big festivals in the UK over the past 30 years.
The show was slow at selling out due to steep ticket prices of £130 and £100 but it sold out a couple of days
before the show and as it was scorching during the day the venue is very hot & humid inside.
STEVEN TYLER & THE LOVING MARY BAND arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for around 80 mins.
On stage for only 80 mins seemed a bit short but this was a classic case of quality over quantity as
Steven Tyler oozed A-list rock star charisma for the entire show as he played a crowd pleasing set featuring
loads of Aerosmith classics and covers that Aerosmith play live and not too many tracks from the new album.
Even at the grand old age of 70, Steven Tyler still looks incredible.
Long hair, big mouth, all his nails painted, rock n roll jewellery...along with his trademark scarves on the microphone.
Kind of odd not seeing Joe Perry and co backing him and his band tonight included
females playing drums and bass and most songs had three guitars but a few had two guitars...and a banjo.
Thankfully the band sound 'more rock than country'.
We have three big screens showing live footage including great close-ups of Steven Tyler.
Steven Tyler on piano for a stunning version of 'Dream On'.
Encore was a mega version of 'Walk This Way' and a minute of 'Whole Lotta Love'.
He could have played a full version of the classic Led Zep cover to make the set a bit longer.
A short but excellent show.
Full Steven Tyler setlist played tonight...
Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith song)
Cryin' (Aerosmith song)
I'm Down / Oh! Darling (The Beatles cover)
Come Together (The Beatles cover)
Rattlesnake Shake (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Jaded (Aerosmith song)
Only Heaven
Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin cover)
Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)
We're All Somebody From Somewhere
Livin' on the Edge (Aerosmith song)
Janie's Got a Gun (Aerosmith song)
Dream On (Aerosmith song) (followed by band introductions)
Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
Encore:
Walk This Way (Aerosmith song)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover ) (one minute snippet as outro)





Monday 06 August 2018.
The Official Top 8 biggest VINYL albums of 2018 so far...
Amazing how many classic older albums are still selling on vinyl.
1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS
2 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
3 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
4 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
6 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
7 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA
8 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS





Sunday 05 August 2018...6.15pm to 8.45pm...
My band from the early 1980s - Gun Control - are having our 5th rehearsal in North Acton.
It was our first rehearsal for over a month due to holidays and stuff.
Things going a bit slow as we cannot get our original singer up from Southend where he now lives.
Our new singer is doing a good job.
Hopefully there will be a couple of gigs just before Christmas.








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August 07, 2018

Monday 06 August 2018.
The Official Top 8 biggest VINYL albums of 2018 so far...
Amazing how many classic older albums are still selling on vinyl.
1 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS
2 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
3 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
4 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
6 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
7 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA
8 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS





Sunday 05 August 2018...6.15pm to 8.45pm...
My band from the early 1980s - Gun Control - are having our 5th rehearsal in North Acton.
It was our first rehearsal for over a month due to holidays and stuff.
Things going a bit slow as we cannot get our original singer up from Southend where he now lives.
Our new singer is doing a good job.
Hopefully there will be a couple of gigs just before Christmas.




Saturday 04 August 2018.
Visit The Sex Pistols website link on the right to see my review of Glen Matlock @ Boisdale,
along with a nice photo of Glen Matlock and Earl Slick.
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Jimmy Page never let anyone in his Holland Park Grade 1 listed house that he bought back in 1972.
That has now changed.
Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page invited Channel 4 news into his house for a look around.
This follows a couple of articles in newspapers & magazines.
William Burges, who designed the house, entertained his arty friends there in the 1870s.
'The Tower House' has stunning rooms with some incredible looking features.
You can see why it looks a bit delicate if neighbours start excavating.
No doubt this is to gain public sympathy in the planning row with his neighbour Robbie Williams
who wants to build a basement complex including a swimming pool.





Friday 03 August 2018... I went to three events tonight...
4.30pm to 6.30pm
RENAULT CLIO : Play, Pause, Rewind - I Love The 90s Party, 136 High Holborn, London WC1.
Renault are hosting a '90s throwback party ' to celebrate their popular Clio car.
The Renault Clio is a supermini car, produced by the French automobile manufacturer Renault. It was launched in 1990, and was in its fourth generation in 2012. The Clio has had substantial critical and commercial success, being consistently one of Europe's top-selling cars since its launch,and it is largely credited with restoring Renault's reputation and stature after a difficult second half of the 1980s. The Clio is one of only three cars, the others being the Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra, to have been voted European Car of the Year twice, in 1991 and 2006.
On display is a Renault Clio from 1990 and the latest model that is in showrooms now.
A full 1990s theme going on here with family games from that time, posters everywhere from The Spice Girls,
Friends, Wayne's World etc, a dj playing tunes from the 1990s.
A couple of girls with Polaroid cameras are taking photos of guests and handing them out.
The girls here can get their nails done for free.
Complimentary canapés, snacks, soft drinks, desserts,lollies, sweets etc from the 1990s but no alcohol here.
then
6.45pm to 8.15pm
COCKTAILS IN THE CITY - Bedford Square Gardens, London WC1.
Around 500 folks are here in this private outdoor garden space.
It was scorching during the day but it was nice and cool in the evening outside.
Over 20 quality bars are here showcasing their cocktails.
Entry is £20 and includes a cocktail.All other cocktails after that are £7.50 each.
Lots of top notch food here too....although a bit expensive.
Our press invite got us two complimentary cocktails each so we had a couple of cocktails at COTTON'S
RUM SHACK and then BARRIO BARS (they have four London bars in Angel, Soho, Shoreditch, Brixton).
There is a dj here and cocktail making classes etc.
www.cocktailsinthecity.comFor more info and to buy tickets for Saturday 05 August 2018.
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GLEN MATLOCK + EMILY CAPELL live at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.
Sex Pistols legend Glen and his band play the final night of his five shows at this venue.
Back to see Glen for the second time this week as it is a great show.
Again there are lots of folks here i know which is nice.
Singer Patti Palladin is here who recorded a great album with Johnny Thunders.
'Copy Cats' is a 1988 album by Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin.
It is a set of rock and roll oldies, originally recorded from 1954 to 1969.
Chris Musto's current band mates from The Bermondsey Joyriders are here.
EMILY CAPELL played a few sings again before Glen came on.
As it was the last night, Earl Slick joined her on guitar for one song.
GLEN MATLOCK & band arrived on stage at 9.50pm and played the same 80 mins set as Monday.
He came on stage later tonight as it was a Friday.
We are standing left of stage with a great close up view.
As it was a Friday night the crowd were a bit more livelier than on Monday.
Glen tears into the tracks from the new album which is out in September.
Earl Slick guitar playing is sublime and stunning.
Needless to say 'God Save The Queen' and 'Pretty Vacant' were mega.
Another great show.
Glen chatted to fans and signed stuff just a few minutes after the show.
Glen gave me a signed copy of the new album.
More shows are planned for the rest of the year...hopefully Earl Slick can make them.





Thursday 02 August 2018...6.30pm to 10.30pm...
SOUL OF ANGOSTURA - press showcase - Cottons Rum Shack & Restaurant, 55 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1.
COTTONS is a colourful laid-back environment offering a taste of island life with Caribbean dishes and drinks.
It is just two minutes walk from The Roundhouse and bigger than it looks from the outside.
ANGOSTURA is one of the Caribbean's leading rum producers with a superb collection of rum brands and is the world's market leader for bitters.
ANGOSTURA bitter is a concentrated bitters, or botanically infused alcoholic mixture, made of water, 44.7% ethanol, gentian, herbs and spices,by House of Angostura in Trinidad and Tobago. It is typically used for flavouring beverages including cocktails such as Bloody Mary, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Pink Gin, Pisco Sour, Rum Swizzle, Singapore Sling etc.
It is also used in food.
The bitters were first produced in the town of Angostura (Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela) (hence the name), but do not contain angostura bark. The bottle is easily recognisable by its distinctive oversized label. 'Angostura' is Spanish for 'narrowing', the town of Angostura having been located at the first narrowing of the Orinoco River.
The award winning Angostura can be bought in stores including Tesco.
We are sat in the upstairs area (they have a basement area too).
At 7pm we had an introduction on the history of ANGOSTURA rum & bitters.
We had a fantastic selection of drinks and Caribbean food here tonight that was hugely enjoyable.
Jerk Buffalo Chicken Wings
Salt Fish Fritters
Chana Dhal Doubles with mango & Angostura dressing
Angostura Bitters Battered Cod with cassava fries & pineapple rum tartar sauce
Ginger Cake served with Angostura jelly and pomegranate rum reduction
Cottons Bitter Sweet cocktails including Angostura No. 7
Camden Swizzle cocktails including Angostura No.7
Tastings of their premium rums that were smooth and delicious
Cottons Rum Week is held Mon 13 Aug to Sun 19 Aug and will include special events,
rum tastings and masterclasses.
www.cottons-restaurant.co.ukVisit the COTTON'S website here for more info.
www.angostura.comVisit the ANGOSTURA website here for more info.





Wednesday 01 August 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 7.45pm
HORIZN STUDIOS - pop up store launch party - 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1.
Premium travel luggage and smart accessories brand with meaningful features.
Innovative design products created for everything the modern traveller needs.
They come with a big price as the smallest suitcase costs around £300.
Around 150 guests here with many outside as it was too hot inside the venue.
Faces here included Pam Hogg and Brix Smith-Start.
Female dj Henri was playing tunes in the corner.
Complimentary drinks included two different cocktails and beers along with canapés.
www.horizn-studios.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
then
7.50pm to 9.30pm.
MR FOGGS - opening launch party - 48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1.
Mr Foggs open their fourth bar.
Mr Fogg’s is a very British heritage brand based around the Victorian traveler, Phileas Fogg. The Jules Vernes novel, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, is the cornerstone of the Mr Fogg’s narrative brought to life in all its venues. Whilst there is a clear sense of eccentricity and fun, Mr Fogg’s is an award winning brand famed for the high quality of its innovative drinks, food and immaculate service standards.
Mr Fogg’s menu is a unique interpretation of ‘Victorian Cocktailian Culture’.
They have converted the tired old pub that was here up to their standard look with staff dressed from
the Victorian period.
Around 50 guests are upstairs for the launch party as at ground level it is for paying punters.
Complimentary drinks included two different cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers, along with some canapés.
www.mr-foggs.co.ukVisit the Mr Foggs website here for more info.





Wednesday 01 August 2018.
Iconic music group Sister Sledge have announced plans for a feature film based on the lives of the legendary four sisters from Philadelphia, who rose to prominence and found worldwide success with the release of the remarkable We are Family album. Entitled Life Song, based on the memoirs of one of the founding members Kim Sledge, the biographical film will delve into the story behind music’s most famous sisters.
Boasting an abundance of timeless classics, Sister Sledge are behind decade defining hits such as ‘Lost In Music’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, ‘Thinking of You’ and the seminal classic ‘We are Family’. Originally formed of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim Sledge, Sister Sledge’s genre diverse discography spans jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B.





Wednesday 01 August 2018.
Happy Birthday to Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot who is 59 today.



Tuesday 31 July 2018.
New York Doll guitarist Sylvain Sylvain turned up at Glen Matlock's Tuesday show at Boisdale.




Monday 30 July 2018.
GLEN MATLOCK + EMILY CAPELL live at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London E14.
Sex Pistols legend plays the first of five intimate full band shows, which will include Earl Slick on guitar.
He will play Sex Pistols classics alongside solo material and his fave cover versions.
Matlock will be promoting his new album 'Good to Go' which features his mates' Earl Slick from
David Bowie's band and Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats.
Glen & Earl will be joined by Chris Musto {The Philistines, Johnny Thunders} on drums
and Jim Lowe, who produces the Stereophonics, is going to play bass.
The new album is out on 21 Sept 2018.
Tickets are £25 general admission or extra to include a three course dinner before the show.
www.boisdale.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
Visit the Sex Pistols website link on the right for a full track by track album interview with Glen.
With support from Emily Capell.
Up and coming star Emily Capell, enjoys residencies at Camden Town's Proud Gallery and Dublin Castle, as well as a string of big festival appearances such as Glastonbury and Latitude. Her new single Joey very recently had its debut play on BBC 6 Music.
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My third visit to this venue that is getting more and more big name acts playing there.
They have one of the biggest collections of whiskies & cigars in the UK.
Support act EMILY CAPELL sung a few songs and played guitar before Glen come on.
Some good tunes there with hints of Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse.
Most are sat at tables but Glen arrives on stage and says "we may be in a supper club restaurant
but we are a rock & roll band so get up and dance if you feel like it".
GLEN MATLOCK & band arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for around 80 mins.
From the start the band are totally rockin' as Glen opens with the first of eight tracks
from the new album that will be featured during the evening.
Glen has been playing many of the new tracks live over the past couple of years so it is
great he has finally got them out on his new album.
Chris Musto and Jim Lowe are providing solid rhythm backing as legendary guitarist Earl Slick
plays amazing solos and deft licks pretty much during every song as he weaves his magic.
For those of you that don't know , Earl Slick replaced Mick Ronson in David Bowies band.
Glen in his Billy Fury style jean jacket and Earl in cool clothes and shades both still have plenty of
rock star swagger.
Glen gets the crowd to sing and clap along to many of the songs.
There were a few choice covers including a Bob Dylan gem in the encore.
No Rich Kids classics played tonight as Glen focused on new album tracks but superb versions of
Sex Pistols anthems 'God Save The Queen' and 'Pretty Vacant' brought the house down.
It is always good to see Glen acoustic but with a superb band like this the songs just sound bigger & better.
A great show that i will hope to get along to again on Thursday or Friday.
Full Glen Matlock setlist played tonight...
1.Wont Put The Brakes On Me
2.Wanderlust
3.God Save The Queen
4.Sexy Beast
5.Hook in You
6.Speak Too Soon
7.Couldn't Give A Damn
8.Chill
9.Montague Terrace
10.Happy
11.Blank Generation
12.Born Running
13.Pretty Vacant
Encore :
14.Everybody Must Get Stoned
15.All or Nothing
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After the show Glen chatted with fans and signed copies of the new cd which is not in stores until September.




Monday 30 July 2018.
Happy Birthday to KATE BUSH who is 60 today.
Today is the 80th birthday of The Beano comic.



Sunday 29 July 2018.
I went to two events at The Barbican Centre today.
3pm - first event was in the theatre - capacity 1156.
7.30pm - second event was in the hall - capacity 1943.
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BARRY HUMPHRIES - WEIMAR CABARET live at The Barbican Theatre, London.
Australian comedy legend Barry Humphries is better known as Dame Edna Everage.
Barry Humphries is our masterfully seasoned MC and cabaret diva Meow Meow our chanteuse in this risqué, sophisticated and seductive tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic.
Some describe it as cabaret’s golden age: the remarkable period in 1920s and 30s’ Berlin when hedonistic partying and social revolution turned nightclubs into hotbeds of decadent entertainment. Reawakening that spirit, our hosts acquaint us with the oft-forgotten composers of the time, many Jewish, whose art would be condemned as ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis, dancing as it did on the edge of a precipice.
This was the final performance of around 20 shows of the run in this venue.
The show was on for two hours over two sets of 60 mins.
I had a great view in the second row on the right side of the stage.
I was close enough to see Barry taking sneak views at his scripted words on the two stage monitors.
Between songs Barry laces the show with hilarious Dame Edna type banter.
Barry is now aged 84 but still briefly dances with Meow Meow a couple of times.
The sultry Meow Meow nicely sings the songs in German backed by a 17 piece orchestra.
A full five minute standing ovation at the end brought a tear to Barrys eyes.
A very enjoyable show.
then
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES + THE MASTERSONS live at The Barbican Hall, London.
THE MASTERSONS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.
The Mastersons, husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, are an American alternative country band from Brooklyn, New York who have released three albums together.
They were up introduced on stage by Steve Earle himself.
They played a decent set of songs and later would form part of Steve Earle's backing band.
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.
Tonight was the last night of their month long UK & European Tour.
Steve Earle, now age 63, is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor.
Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville in 1982 and has released over a dozen albums.
Steve has also received three Grammy Awards.
I first saw him play live a couple of times in 1997.
Steve is promoting his 2017 album ' So You Wannabe an Outlaw' so we got several tracks from that.
Steve is still a 'heartfelt country rock outlaw' with political views in his songs.
Steve said "tomorrow we fly back to California, so we are gonna dedicate this song to the fire fighters
who fighting the those terrible fires in California".
A great band that included some nifty pedal steel guitar on most songs.
Great to older gems including 'My Old Friend The Blues', 'Someday', 'Johnny Comes Lately' ,
a great version of 'Copperhead Road' and a cover of 'Hey Joe'.
The official video for 'Copperhead Road' has been viewed over 96 million times on YouTube.
Steve got a full standing ovation at the end.
A very enjoyable show.





Saturday 28 July 2018.
Reading 0 Crystal Palace 4...pre-season friendly...
My friend gave me use of one of his season tickets and we had a fun afternoon.
My first time at this nice stadium which is three miles from the city centre.
It is a friendly game so maybe 6,000 here out of a 24,000 capacity.
Wilfried Zaha may be dogged by transfer doubts off the pitch but on it he was his irrepressible self as he scored twice for Crystal Palace in a 4-0 friendly win over Reading.
The Ivory Coast international has rejected a new contract offer and told Palace he wants to leave for Champions League football.
Tottenham and Dortmund are leading the chase for Zaha but that did not stop Eagles boss Roy Hodgson naming him in a strong side at the Madjeski Stadium that also included Alexander Sorloth.
Reading fans were very quiet and the away supporters easily out-sung them.





Friday 27 July 2018.
LITTLE STEVEN & The Disciples of Soul live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
The final date on their current European Tour.
I saw them play a two hour show at Indigo in Oct 2016 for BluesFest.
I saw Little Steven play live four times as a solo artist back in the 1980s.
They release Soulfire Live!, a 24-track collection recorded last year in North America and Europe
during the legendary rock 'n' roller's first tour in nearly two decades.
He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, co-producing the seminal albums “The River” and “Born in the U.S.A".
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Level 3 upstairs is closed off as unsold which is maybe due to the fact Little Steven has played
London a bit too often recently as he was here in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Playing three hour plus sets with Bruce Springsteen has certainly rubbed off on Steve & his top notch
band who arrived on stage at 8.15pm and played a nice long 2 hours 50 mins set.
Little Steven clearly loves American Soul from the 1960s and American girl groups from the the 1960s.
The setlist was a mix of his own material and cover songs.
An excellent big soul band that included a five piece brass section and three black female singers
with big hair and plenty of energetic dance moves.
The first hour was a full tilt , uptempo ,big brassy soul sound then there several slower songs , then
back to full tilt for the last 30 mins or so.
It was a very impressive wall of sound when the band were at full tilt.
Near the end they were joined on stage by Ali McKenzie from The Birds who were Ronnie Woods
first band , back in the late 1960s.
Almost hidden by the fifteen in total on stage was Lowell Levinger of The Youngbloods who Steve namechecked during the night and a band who epitomised his influences in the full on soul revue.
The video cameras were here for a future release.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley cover)
Soulfire (The Breakers cover)
Lyin' in a Bed of Fire
Inside of Me
The Blues Is My Business (Etta James cover)
Love on the Wrong Side of Town (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Until the Good Is Gone
Angel Eyes
Under the Gun
Some Things Just Don't Change (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Saint Valentine's Day (Cocktail Slippers cover)
Standing in the Line of Fire (Gary “U.S.” Bonds cover)
I Saw the Light
Salvation
The City Weeps Tonight
Down and Out in New York City (James Brown cover)
Princess of Little Italy
Ride the Night Away (Jimmy Barnes cover)
Bitter Fruit
Forever
Encore:
Say Those Magic Words (The Birds cover) (with Ali McKenzie)
Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles cover)
I Don't Want to Go Home (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)
Out of Control (U2 cover)
Out of the Darkness





Thursday 26 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.15pm to 7.30pm
MAHIKI MAYFAIR - showcase - 1 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Well known club destination is showcasing its venue.
Mahiki Mayfair celebrates traditional Polynesian style and encapsulates the Aloha spirit.
Around 50 guests here and each has been given two tokens for nice cocktails.
A summer cocktail and a winter cocktail...we also had some canapés here.
The club usually kicks in from 10pm so they are trying to get people in there after work when it's quiet
so they are offering various coconut rum cocktails for only £4 each.
www.mahiki.comVisit the Mahiki website here for more info.
then
PET SHOP BOYS live at The Royal Opera House, London.
Pet Shop Boys will return to the Royal Opera House for four special shows in July 2018, two years after their debut performances at Covent Garden.
The duo will return with their 'Inner Sanctum' show, which sold out in record time in 2016 and was staged by Es Devlin and choreographer/director Lynne Page.
I went to one of their shows here in 2016 which was fantastic...a top notch visual treat.
I have seen them play live a few times over their 30 year career.
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This was the second of their four sold out nights here.
The opening show got loads of great five and four star reviews.
Floor stalls seats were a hefty £110 each...lots of gay men here who can afford it...
Not many bands get to play this stunning venue.
PET SHOP BOYS arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
From the start it was a full on disco pop extravaganza with all the crowd up and dancing.
Again it was a visually stunning show with a big screen showing superb images ,lots of lasers,
lots of lights, bizarre headgear, a few costume changes and some dancers.
All their classic hits were played and a few of them were re-worked versions.
'Go West', which singer Neil Tennant introduces with a typically wry “We’re going to do another old song but in a new version. But which old song? There are so many to choose from".
Near the end for four songs we had over 20 telly tubby type dancers in inflatable costumes on stage.
A great show.
Full Pet Shop Boys setlist played tonight...
Inner Sanctum
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
The Pop Kids
In the Night
Burn
Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
New York City Boy
Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is)
Love Comes Quickly
Love etc.
The Dictator Decides
West End Girls
Home and Dry
The Enigma
Vocal
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show
It's A Sin
Left To My Own Devices
Go West (Village People cover)
Play Video
Encore :
Domino Dancing
Always on My Mind (Brenda Lee cover)
The Pop Kids (reprise for short outro)
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The Friday & Saturday shows are being recorded for a live DVD.



Thursday 26 July 2018.
Happy Birthday to SIR MICK JAGGER who is 75 today.



Wednesday 25 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 6.30pm
Natalie Dray and Moshekwa Langa - private view - Blain Southern Gallery , Hanover Square, London W1.
Each artist has a floor for their own collection of art.
Both exhibitions run until 15 Sept 2018.
Complimentary lagers for all guests.
www.blainsouthern.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.45pm to 9.45pm
Sager & Wilde at Bassoon Bar - launch party - Corinthia Hotel,Whitehall Place, London SW1.
Around 100 guests here including Laurence Fox, Basia Briggs , Betty Bachz and Henry Conway.
Always nice to be at this luxury five star hotel where many big name musicians & actors have stayed.
Designed by David Collins Studio, Bassoon is a London destination bar with attitude. Combining a relaxed and intimate ambience with a stimulating dash of theatre, Bassoon pays homage to the arts of the finest bartenders in the capital. Bespoke cocktails, fine Champagnes and boutique spirits are served in elegant glassware.
Corinthia Hotel London is partnering with Marcis Dzelzainis and Michael Sager from award-winning East London restaurant and wine bar Sager + Wilde. The collaboration will launch with pioneering bartender Marcis Dzelzainis managing the Bassoon Bar from July 2018, with the introduction of a new cocktail menu and a team spearheaded by head bartender, Joshua Joyce, previously of Satan’s Whiskers and the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy.
Not for the budget conscious as a few of the cocktails would normally be £16 each.
Nice funky tunes being played in the background.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers along with SIXTEEN , yes SIXTEEN different cocktails including
Pisco Sours, Mojitos, Negroni's etc along with wines, beers, burgers and canapés.
A very nice event.
www.corinthia.comVisit the Corinthia Hotel website here for more info.




Tuesday 24 July 2018...6.15 pm to 9.15pm...
AFTERNOON TEA AWARDS 2018 at The Hotel Cafe Royal, Regent Street, London W1.
Around 200 guests at this famous five star hotel that dates back to 1865.
They always choose a nice venue as all the best hotels offer Afternoon Tea events.
When David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust in July 1973 after a show at Hammersmith Odeon the party was held here.
Guests included Mick Jagger and Bianca, Paul and Linda McCartney, Lou Reed, and Barbra Streisand.
At 7.25pm the five awards were handed out.
After the awards we sat in the fresh air of their nice outdoor terrace.
Complimentary Lanson champers and Laurent Perrier champers throughout the evening and
various finger sandwiches before the awards and various desserts after the awards.
All guests got a goodie bag with five different boxes of tea from NEWBY fine teas.
They are the UK's premier fine tea company supplying hotels, restaurants and retailers worldwide.
www.afternoontea.co.ukVisit their website for list of venues around the UK hosting Afternoon Tea events.
Afternoon Tea Week is Aug 13 to Aug 19 where venues will have special offers.
www.newbyteas.comVisit the NEWBY Teas website here for more info.





Monday 23 July 2018.
The very first National Album Day has been announced.
A week of celebrations culminating on the 70th anniversary of the album on Saturday October 13 will take place, with all corners of the British music industry coming together to honour the format.
Organised by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Entertainment Retailer's Association (ERA) in association with BBC Music, National Album Day will explore the UK's love of the album, with new releases, classic albums and iconic album sleeves all receiving recognition.




Sunday 22 July 2018
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN + LONDON SS live at The Dublin Castle, Camden, London.
New York Dolls guitar legend now aged 67 is on a UK club tour to promote his autobiography.
I saw his last London show at The 100 Club in July 2013 which was great but not sold out so
i presume that is why he has chose this tiny 150 capacity venue.
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Not surprisingly tonight is sold out and it's hot and humid inside the venue.
Great to see so many of my older punk rock chums here.
Some faces here including...
Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream)
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
Chris Musto (has drummed with Johnny Thunders, Glen Matlock and others)
Knox ( The Vibrators)
LONDON SS were one of those bands that were about just before punk rock took off.
They were founded in March 1975 by drummer Geir Wade, bassist John Brown, guitarist Mick Jones(later of The Clash),and guitarist Eunan Brady (formerly of the Hollywood Brats). In 2012 Brady put together a new lineup, featuring himself along with Jimi McDonald, Taj Sagoo, Michael Kane, and Andi Emm. Other past members from the 70s included Tony James.
We caught 20 mins of their planned 45 mins set. They have a great front man and their good set
included covers of The Beastie Boys and New York Dolls.
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN arrived on stage at 9.35pm and played for around 65 mins.
Only 10 actual songs played but each one was introduced with a nice story about how the band was formed,
playing gigs at Mercer Arts Centre and Hotel Diplomat (I stayed there for a fortnight in 1979),
meeting Johnny Thunders for the first time and some of the chaos the band brought upon themselves.
Sylvain played an acoustic guitar for the first half of the show then he switched to electric guitar.
Johnny Thunders band singer from the late 1980s , Alison Gordy was on backing vocals.
The set included classic Dolls tracks, solo material and cover songs.
He was joined by Thurston Moore for 'Personality Crisis'.
Final song was the Johnny Thunders classic 'You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory' which was
superb as Sylvain and Alison shared vocals and remembered their sadly missed friend.
A great show.
1.Teenage News
2.Looking for a Kiss
3.Pills
4.Femme Fatale
5.Keep It To Yourself (brand new track)
6.C'mon Everybody
7.Jet Boy
8.Trash
9.Personality Crisis (with Thurston Moore and others)
10.You Cant Put Your Arms Around A Memory
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After a 10 mins break Sylvain Sylvain came back on stage for 25 mins interview with the promoter.
Sylvain has got a great memory for events from the late 1960s / early 1970s.
The New York Dolls split up in 1975 which was before punk rock kicked off and Sylvain said
"we were over before we had the chance to play the recently opened CBGBs".
After that was several questions from the audience.
After that he sold & signed copies of his book and there were 30 or 40 buying.
Luckily we got our books signed earlier in the week so no need to hang around for that
as it was approaching 11.30pm.




Sun 22 July---London Live tv at 10pm - "The Filth & The Fury'"...excellent Sex Pistols film documentary...
I went to the premiere of this film on 02 May 2000 at The Screen On The Green , Islington.
John Lydon and Glen Matlock did not attend but Steve Jones and Paul Cook were there along
with the likes of Robbie Williams and Boy George.
The Sex Pistols played this venue in 1976 and 1977...I was at the latter one...




Sunday 22 July 2018.
Guns N Roses play the final show on their European Tour on Tuesday.
American rockers Guns N’ Roses will perform in Iceland this summer, and organisers say it will be one of the largest concerts ever held in the country.
On Tues 24 July they will perform at Laugardalsvöllur, Iceland’s largest football stadium.



Sunday 22 July 2018.
Happy Birthday to Don Henley from The Eagles who is 71 today.


Saturday 21 July 2018.
Happy Birthday to Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) who is 69 today.


Friday 20 July 2018.
Happy Birthday to Sex Pistols / The Professionals drummer PAUL COOK who is 62 today.



Thursday 19 July 2018....I went to three events tonight...
4.45pm to 6.15pm
CARLUCCIO'S - Christmas Press Preview and Party - St Christopher's Place, London W1.
Carluccio's is an Italian restaurant chain and food shop founded in London in 1999.
It has many restaurants across the UK.
Their food shop sells gift set boxes , with most retailing from £10 to £20.
Including various Panettone, various chocolates, advent calendars, cakes, biscuits etc.
Some very nice complimentary drinks and food here including Aperol Spritz, Negronis, Peroni beers
and lots of their very tasty Italian food.
All guests got a goodie bag with a 200g box of Clemente Chocolates that retails for £12.95.
www.carluccios.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6.30pm to 8pm
RIZE FESTIVAL - launch party - Pretty Green, 56/57 Carnaby Street, London W1.
Rize Festival is held in August at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and replaces The V Festival.
A good choice of venue as we are in Liam Gallaghers clothing store and Liam is playing the festival.
At 6.45pm TOM GRENNAN played a four song 20 mins set with his band.
His album 'Lighting Matches' went in the UK charts at number five last week.
I saw him play a 30 mins set at the V & A summer party at the end of June.
The festival has multi stages and a big crowd of around 50,000 a day.
I went to it a few times in the 1990s but the overall line-up does not appeal to me anymore.
Fri 17 August---Liam Gallagher plus support acts
Sat 18 August---Stereophonics plus support acts.
Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.
www.rizefestival.co.ukVisit their website for full line-up info and to buy tickets.
then
8.30pm to 10pm
ZUAYA - launch party - 35 Kensington High Street, London W8.
Despite the prestigious address it's actually 50 yards down a small side street.
Against a backdrop of lush greenery, hanging plants, bespoke pendant lighting and botanical artwork, this two-floor destination restaurant and bar transports guests to the Amazon. Latin American food is on the menu at Zuaya, the Kensington High Street restaurant owned by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi where head chef Francisco Lafee (who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in South America and London including Barrafina) presents colourful sharing plates of ceviche, robata octopus and vegetarian and vegan dishes. The green marble topped bar is the place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and live jazz and DJs play on the weekends, creating a lively atmosphere late into the evening. Valet parking is offered and in the summer diners can flock to the outdoor terrace and enjoy homemade ice cream which comes in interesting flavours like pumpkin, avocado, and tomate de India.
Over 100 guests here over the two floors and the terrace.
A female dj is spinning tunes in the background.
An electric cello player played a fun tunes.
Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers, different spirits and mixers, wines, beers and tasty canapés.
A cool venue and a nice party.




Wednesday 18 July 2018...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
OPPO - Pud & Prosecco Party - Farm Girl Cafe, First Floor, 1 Carnaby Street, London W1.
Around 100 guests here at this trendy healthy eating cafe.
Love Island tv show departee , Kieran Nicholls was here.
Oppo are launching two new cheesecakes - Madagascan Vanilla and Sicilian Vanilla.
159 calories per pot and very tasty.
Their ice-cream and cheesecake is available at many stores including Waitrose and Sainsburys.
Complimentary prosecco, beers , cheesecakes and healthy bites for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with bits n pieces including vouchers for their cheesecakes and ice-creams.
www.oppobrothers.comVisit the OPPO website here for more info.
then
7.45pm to 10.15pm
HUAWEI Phone Destruction Booth - launch party - 19 Greek Street, London W1.
This was one of those pretty crazy events.
Whether it’s poor battery life or sub-standard selfies, the nation’s smartphone gripes have been well-documented. To give people a chance to vent years of built-up frustration, Huawei is launching an ‘A Phone’ Destruction Booth in Soho, London, where consumers will get the chance to literally let it all out by smashing up smartphones.
This unique experience was created after research revealed that 63% of 2,000 British smartphone users are in a love/hate relationship with their phones, with poor battery life cited as causing more stress than arguing with a partner.
On entering the destruction booth, ‘smashers’ can pick which smartphone they’d like to destroy, and choose one of ten different weapons – including mallets, axes, baseball bats and frying pans – with which to vent their frustrations. Huawei staff will be on hand to capture each moment in every grizzly glory, ensuring that attendees leave with a stunning slow mo video of their experience – all captured on the HUAWEI P20 Pro.
Anyone who wants to smash all their troubles away in the A Phone Destruction Booth can head to www.aphoneparty.com to book their free 10 minute slot. Full protective gear will be provided, and all phones will be recycled – so at least their existence won’t have been completely futile...
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Around 120 guests are here at this Soho townhouse space.
Strictly star Mollie King was behind the decks at 19 Greek Street to help launch Huawei's latest phone range. Ashley James and Professor Green were among VIPs invite to smash up their old phones by the technology brand, joining the likes of Love Island's Samira Mighty, Frankie Foster, Ellie Jones and Georgia Harrison at the Soho launch.
On one floor there is a coconut ( replaced by old phones ) shy and a dj is on the top floor.
It was a bit crazy as there was proper phone destruction room with a see through glass.
The VIP guests signed a waiver, then put on overalls and goggles then went into the room.
A staff member would tell them to smash away for 30 or 40 seconds but if the phone falls off the table
do not go near it as he will come in and put in back on the table.
For one phone destruction some fumes came out and caused the fire alarm to go off and that
room had to be evacuated for around 15 minutes.
HUAWEI are showcasing their nice P20 phone with Leica camera...it retails for around £500.
Around 20 or 30 VIPs smashed up their old phones and got a brand new P20.
A friend i know got one so he was very happy...but sadly no new phone for me.
Other VIPs who had a nice iPhone or Samsung did no think it was worth the trade in.
Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests.
Like i said , a pretty unique and crazy but fun party.




Tuesday 17 July 2018...6.30pm to 9.30pm...
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN - book launch party - Omnibus Press, 14 Berners Street, London W1.
New York Dolls guitar legend brings out his autobiography 'There's No Bones in Ice Cream'.
Around 60 or 70 guests here in his publishers headquarters including...
Glen Matlock.....(Sex Pistols legend with a new solo album out soon)
Chris Musto.....(has played drums with Johnny Thunders , Glen Matlock and others)
Jordan.....(well known 1970s punk face who worked at Vivienne Westwoods Kings Road store)
Mick O' Shea..... (has brought out books on The Sex Pistols and others and is working on Echobelly book )
Barry Cain..... (has brought out books including punk eyewitness account '77 Sulphate Strip'.)
Barry will interview John Lydon at The Rebellion Festival, Blackpool in early August.
At 7.25pm SYLVAIN SYLVAIN played a three song 20 mins acoustic set along with a story about each track.
There is no stage so it is like he is playing in your front room.
On backing vocals is Alison Gordy who sung with Johnny Thunders just before he passed away.
1.Teenage News
2.Looking for a Kiss
3.Pills
Great to see so many of my older punk rock chums here.
Complimentary wines and beers for all guests.
I got a complimentary copy of the book that Sylvain signed for me.
A lovely evening.
I was too young to see The New York Dolls in the early 1970s but saw Sylvain Sylvain solo in 1986
and saw The New York Dolls many times when they reformed.
Sylvain Sylvain now goes on a UK club tour for the next two weeks to promote the book.





Monday 16 July 2018.
Meryl Streep and Cher will be joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia and Lily James for the world premiere of the Mamma Mia sequel.
The 2008 film version of the hit musical featuring Abba songs was a box office triumph and 10 years later the follow-up Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will premiere at London’s Hammersmith Apollo tonight.
Mamma Mia! the film is the biggest-selling DVD in the UK ever, according to the Official Charts Company.
Abba split up in the early 1980s so not many can say they saw them live but i saw them play in Feb 1977 at
The Royal Albert Hall....the gigs i went to in the week before that gig were Bryan Ferry and Frank Zappa
and in the week following that gig i went to see Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Damned...pretty eclectic..





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