Archive: February 2019

February 14, 2019

Wednesday 13 February 2019...8pm to 10pm...
Champions League Game - Last 16 - First Leg.
SPURS 3 B.DORTMUND 0
Spurs win again even though Harry Kane is still out with injury.
A fantastic atmosphere here as there is a massive crowd of over 71,000 here including 4,000 noisy Germans.
Mauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward helped to move the team to within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Son volleyed Spurs into a 47th-minute lead against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in the first leg of the last-16 tie before late goals from the stop-gap left wing-back, Jan Vertonghen, and the substitute Fernando Llorente sealed a memorable 3-0 win.
Son has now scored 16 goals in all competitions – he has 11 in his last 12 matches – and, whenever he has found the net this season, Spurs have won. “Next time when Son scores, I go to the dressing-room, shower and wait for the game [to end],” Pochettino said with a smile. “Sonny was fantastic again. He translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving.”
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Before the game there was a minute tribute to remember Gordon Banks and Emiliano Sala.
The half-time interview was with Dimitar Berbatov who had great spells at Spurs and Man United.
As usual over 100 Korean fans are waiting for Son Heung-min at the players entrance after the game.




Tuesday 12 February 2019.
RIP IT UP - THE 60s - press / VIP night - Garrick Theatre, London WC2.
The ultimate Strictly boy band of dance bring the 60s smashing into the 21st century, in an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics and amazing visuals!
What shines through is the incredible dancing talents of our awesome foursome Aston Merrygold (JLS), Jay McGuiness (The Wanted), Harry Judd (McFly), and Louis Smith (Olympian), who also sing, drum and perform some amazing gymnastics that will have you out of your seat dancing and singing the night away!
The boys are joined by an incredible cast of dancers, singers and musicians, to celebrate the iconic sounds, sights and events of the decade which transformed the 20th Century. One of the most energetic shows to ever hit the West End stage, just watching will leave you exhausted.
Dance the night away with music from the legends who shook a generation including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, The Mamas & The Papas, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, James Brown Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and many more.
With celebrity contributions on screen, footage from the era and a host of other visual delights, the show celebrates everything there is to love about the 60s.
The 60s are back with a bang!
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Celebrity guests in the crowd included Lulu , Paul Young and Lizzie Cundy.
Also here were Jonathan Shalit, Rhydian Roberts, Richard Arnold, Kate Garraway, Leo Green, Tom Fletcher,
Dougie Poynter, Darcey Bussell, Ashley Roberts, Kimberley Wyatt, Melvin Odoom and Danny Jones.
The show was on for around 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins.
There is a big screen which acts as a television screen from the 1960s which showed video clips chat
from the likes of Lulu, Roger Daltrey, Tony Blackburn, Dionne Warwick, Zandra Rhodes and others.
Lots of great songs from the 60s including segments from The Beatles, Burt Bacharach and Motown/Soul.
All four of the guys have been on Strictly Come Dancing so there is a dance routine for every song.
The energy they burn up through the evening will keep them fit for their stint here.
Leggy girl dancers in tight shorts and mini skirts were nice to look at.
Lots of colourful costumes from the boys and the dancers.
The crowd were up an dancing for the last few songs.
The last song was 'Shout' and the cast pointed to Lulu who was sitting a few rows back.
A very enjoyable show.
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I was at the after-party for this event at The Cafe de Paris from 10pm to 11.30pm.
Around 300 guests are here.
The cast and some of the celebs are here but didn't see Lulu, Paul Young or Lizzie Cundy.
Complimentary wines and beers but oddly there was no food here for the guests.
A dj played all classic tunes from the 1960s.
www.ripituptheshow.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.



Tuesday 12 February 2019.
Very sad news.
Gordon Banks dead: Legendary England World Cup 1966 winner passes away, aged 81.
Regarded as one of the game's greatest in his position, Banks was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.
Remember that amazing save by him from Pele in the 1970 World Cup.




Monday 11 February 2019.
The rise of Greta Van Fleet continues.
Shortlist for Best Rock Album Grammy
Rainier Fog, Alice In Chains
M A N I A, Fall Out Boy
Prequelle, Ghost
From The Fires, Greta Van Fleet (winner)
Pacific Daydream, Weezer



Monday 11 February 2019.
Tonight - KISS play a special club show at LA's famed Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The exclusive performance will air on KISS' exclusive SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio.
Hopefully clips will end up on YouTube alongside the early dates on their American tour that has just started.



Sunday 10 February 2019...midnight to 5.30am...
NETFLIX BAFTA PARTY - Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1.
Chiltern Firehouse is an Andre Balazs luxury hotel and restaurant in Marylebone, London. The 5 star hotel features 26 suites and an award winning restaurant & bar with Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes.
Over the past few years it has become one of London's coolest celebrity hangouts.
This party was one of the five parties that were held after the BAFTA event earlier at The Royal Albert Hall.
It is a big deal as the BAFTAs are the British equivalent of The Oscars in America.
Around 250 guests are here and it is nice and buzzy.
Glenn Close, Andy Serkis, Viola Davis, Charlotte Tilbury and actors from the film Roma were here with their BAFTA trophies.
Roma co-stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira join Best Director Alfonso Cuarón at Netflix party after film triumphs with FOUR wins at annual ceremony.
Cast-members let their hair down after a successful night at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards
The Mexican language Netflix film won in the categories for best picture, director, cinematography and foreign-language film.
A dj was playing classic disco & pop from the 1980s and folks were dancing.
Complimentary Ruinart champers and different cocktails including espresso Martinis and whiskey sours.
Lots of delicious food throughout the night.
The service here from the staff was top notch.
The bar closed at 5am and we were one of the last ones to leave at 5.30am.
An excellent party.
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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody movie has won two awards at this year's BAFTA ceremony in London. Rami Malek won the Best Leading Actor award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, while the film also picked up the prize for Best Sound.
In accepting his award, Malek said, "Thank you so very much to Queen. To Brian May, to Roger Taylor, to the entire Queen family. I wouldn't be here without you. And to the greatest outsider of them all, for being so unwavering and unflinching and uncompromising in every which way: Thank you Freddie Mercury again."
Brian May and Roger Taylor attended the awards with their wives.
Bohemian Rhapsody had been nominated for seven awards, but lost out in the Best Film category to the Netflix drama Roma.
Two very different movies have won big at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards in London.
While costume romp The Favourite took seven awards, Netflix black and white feature Roma won the Best Film and Best Director prizes.




Sunday 10 February 2019...1.30pm to 3.30pm...at Wembley Stadium.
SPURS 3 LEICESTER 1
We are up in Level 5 as usual where there are lots of unsold seats.
An announcement said around 47,000 tickets sold here including 3,000 Leicester fans.
Tottenham battled to a 3-1 victory over Leicester City to close to within five points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.
A first goal for the club from Davinson Sanchez and a fine strike from Christian Eriksen were enough to give Mauricio Pochettino's side the win at Wembley.
Jamie Vardy, who missed a penalty with his first touch as a substitute, halved the deficit with 14 minutes to go but Son Heung-min struck a third on the break to seal the three points in injury time.
A very enjoyable game.
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London rapper AJ Tracey gave an interview on the pitch at half-time.




Saturday 09 February 2019.
On this day 55 years ago THE BEATLES appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in America.
The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 to great anticipation and fanfare as "I Want to Hold Your Hand" had swiftly risen to No. 1 in the charts. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered also along with the appearance of Elvis Presley a few years earlier on that show a milestone in American pop culture and furthermore the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.




Friday 08 February 2019.
BUCKCHERRY + HOOBASTANK + ADELITAS WAY live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Three band American rock package is touring the UK.
I first saw Buckcherry in 1999 supporting KISS at Wembley Arena and Paris Bercy Arena.
Singer Josh Todd is the only remaining original member of Buckcherry.
Their best songs include 'Lit Up' and 'Crazy Bitch'.
Hoobastank is a multi-platinum selling American rock band, formed in 1994 in California.
They have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide from their six albums.
Their sixth album, 'Push Pull', was released on May 25, 2018.
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Again Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold but there must be al least 1000 folks here.
ADELITAS WAY arrive on stage at 7.15pm and play for 30 mins.
Their singer said they have released five albums.
Some great crunching rock tunes played including 'Invincible' and 'Notorious'.
HOOBASTANK arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for 65 mins.
Hoobastank have sold a lot of records in America but I thought their set was pretty average.
They have their own fans and around 100 left the venue at the end of their set.
BUCKCHERRY arrive on stage at 9.45pm and play for 65 mins.
It is a co-headline tour so both the headliners play 65 mins each.
Singer Josh Todd certainly looks the part with his chiselled face and tattoos galore.
His constant reference to getting high and taking cocaine wore a bit thin.
His voice cannot reach the high notes like other rock singers.
A few tracks in we get their early classic ‘Lit Up’ , then a great cover, declaring ‘Say Fuck It’, to the tune of
Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ .
They finished their set with a rockin' 'Crazy Bitch'.
A good show overall.
Full Buckcherry setlist played tonight...
Head Like a Hole (Nine Inch Nails cover)
It's a Party
Somebody Fucked With Me
Don't Go Away
Lit Up
Say Fuck It (Icona Pop cover)
Warpaint
Out of Line
Too Drunk...
Sorry
Bent
Gluttony
Crazy Bitch




Thursday 07 February 2019...7pm to 12pm...
BIG CHILL BRICK LANE - re-launch party - Dray Walk,off Brick Lane, London E1.
This cool bar is situated right next door to Rough Trade East.
They have djs until late every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
They have a sister branch near The Scala in Kings Cross.
Around 150 guests are here and it is a totally buzzing atmosphere.
The djs are playing an hour set each and many folks are dancing by the consoles.
Lots of complimentary drinks here including five different cocktails such as Espresso Martinis,
Spiced Rum & Redbull along with spirits, prosecco and different beers.
Tasty burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, cheesy fries etc from their in-house foodies CHUCK BURGERS.
We had a great evening here.
All guests got a goodie bag with small bottles of spirits and beers in.
www.bigchillbar.comVisit their website here for more info on both their bars.



Wednesday 06 February 2019.
Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
The world famous Cirque du Soleil are on their annual six week stint at this iconic venue.
It is on from 12 Jan 2019 and ends 26 Feb 2019.
TOTEM takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, TOTEM explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher…
The reviews from the press have been a mix of 4 ,3 and 2 stars.
www.royalalberthall.comVisit the venue website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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I have been to see CDS at this venue most years over the past decade.
CDS is pretty much " a circus for posh folks " as tickets in the stalls cost over £100.
The show tonight was on for 1 hour 55 mins over two sets of 55 mins and 60 mins.
The production is visually great with lots of colour and great costumes and the stage is spread over
the usual stage area as well as all the floor arena space.
There’s a giant, skeleton-like acrobatics structure, a mechanised bridge that unfurls into different shapes, stage-level projections of lapping water.
Around a dozen acts who each have a several minutes routine.
A male & female trapeze duo, trampoline team, contortion, bouncing on balancing beams etc.
A team of five uni-cyclists who flipped bowls on to each other's heads were fantastic.
Some Italian clowns in Speedos were not that funny.
Apes coming across and playing with a mobile phone were not that funny.
A loud pulsating band playing in the background throughout helped things along nicely.
A few years ago CDS had a 'Wheel of Death' routine which really had the jaw-dropping wow factor
but there is nothing like that in this show but there is still plenty of good things to watch.
Always enjoyable to see CDS.



Tuesday 05 February 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
Private View - Phillips Gallery , 30 Berkeley Square, London W1.
Phillips is pleased to host an exhibition dedicated to the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass.
Co-curated by historian Fulvio Ferrari and collector Charles Zana, "Fragile, Ettore Sottsass, Ceramics and Enamels 1955-1970" showcases a comprehensive selection of ceramics and enamels from throughout Sottsass' career. Hailing from two private collections, this exhibition marks the first time these museum quality works will be shown alongside each other.
Around 200 guests here at this large gallery space.
Lots of Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan tracks are being played in the background.
Complimentary gin & tonics, wines and Peroni beers for all guests.
www.phillips.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
8.30pm to 11.30pm
ICE London - opening party - Cafe de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, London W1.
ICE London is the only gaming event that truly brings together the international online and offline gaming sectors. The next ICE London will be on 5-7 February 2019 at ExCeL London.
A massive event as some 600 exhibitors from 60 countries will be showcasing.
Around 5000 visitors a day are expected there.
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Over 400 guests are here at this annual event, with 90% being male.
On display are The Premier League and The Champions League Trophies that you can pose with.
We have card magicians walking amongst us.
There is a act on stage that involved a laser show.
A dj is playing dance tunes.
The event was put together by Sports Betting Community.
Complimentary food and drinks including a full range of spirits including JD & cokes, prosecco,
wines, beers and lots of different bowl food, canapés and churros.
It was still in full flow when we departed.
www.icelondon.uk.comVisit their website here for more info.



Tuesday 05 February 2019.
Canadian firm Sunrise Records has emerged as the buyer of collapsed music chain HMV, beating competition including Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.
The firm will buy 100 stores out of administration, securing 1,487 jobs.
But 27 stores will close, resulting in 455 redundancies.
Sunrise Records chief executive Doug Putman said he was "delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK."
No price was given.
The administrators KPMG announced that the company's flagship Oxford Street store in London is among the 27 outlets set to close....and will close this week.
Doug believes that vinyl will feature strongly in his future plans.




Monday 04 February 2019.
TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL live at The Aldwych Theatre, London WC2.
The musical is based on the life & songs of music legend Tina Turner.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Tina Turner, and depicting her life from her youth in Nutbush, Tennessee, through her tumultuous relationship with Ike Turner, and comeback as a rock 'n roll star in her 40s.
Opening press night on 17 April 2018 got loads of great four and five star reviews.
Tina Turner and Rod Stewart turned up on the opening night.
The run has been extended until 21 Dec 2019 due to public demand.
Not many people in the UK can say they have seen Ike & Tina Turner on stage but I saw them
at Hammersmith Odeon in 1974 when i was aged just 15.
I saw Tina Turner several times as a solo artist including Live Aid in 1985 and when she headlined
a massive show at Wembley Stadium in 2000.
Tina Turner is now aged 79 and is pretty much retired from ever performing again.
www.tinathemusical.comVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets
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Despite it being nine months into its run here and it's a Monday, tonight is at least 95% full.
The musical has been incredibly popular since it opened.
Not sure why i have left it so long to get around to seeing it.
We have great seats in the Dress Circle Row G in this 1200 capacity theatre.
The show is on for around 2 hours 25 mins over two sets of 75 mins and 70 mins.
The first set is pretty much Tina's life with Ike and the second set is pretty much life after Ike.
Tina had massive luck by bumping into her Australian manager Roger Davies.
After Turner told Davies of her plans to fill in rock arenas like Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones, Davies advised Tina to drop her old cabaret act and remodel the band into a modern rock outfit, taking the new band to perform in small clubs and bars throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 1981, Davies booked her at The Ritz in New York City.
Her comeback album 'Private Dancer' went on to sell over 20 million copies.
Tina formed a long term relationship with a guy at her record company.
Plenty of great songs from her career all the way through the show including
'River Deep Mountain High', 'Private Dancer' and 'What's Love Got To Do With It'.
A stunning finale with Tina in full rock show mode with live band, lights, staircases for
''The Best', 'Nutbush City Limits' and 'Proud Mary'.
An excellent show that got a full standing ovation from the crowd at the end.



Monday 04 February 2019.
Happy Birthday to rock legend ALICE COOPER who is 71 today.



Saturday 02 February 2019....12.30pm to 2.30pm...
Star player for Spurs Harry Kane is out injured for all of Feb 2019.
SPURS 1 NEWCASTLE 0
We were as usual up in Level 5 where there are loads of spare seats.
Someone said 42,000 were at Wembley including 3,000 Newcastle fans.
Respect to all the noisy Newcastle fans that trekked all that way when the game was live on satellite tv.
The first half was a bit average but the second half was much better.
With a late, scrappy, fortunate winning goal against a battling Newcastle side, Tottenham moved into second place in the Premier League, just four points behind leaders Liverpool. It might only be a temporary station but for Mauricio Pochettino it offered timely refutation of the suggestion that his season had expired following cup defeats at Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
The brilliant Son Heung-min scored yet another goal to give Spurs the three points.
The South Korean forward benefitted from a Martin Dubravka error with seven minutes left as his powerful 20-yard shot went under the Newcastle goalkeeper's body.
It was a wintry scene at Wembley: panes of ice were falling from the roof, just missing players and fans.
It was that cold some of the Newcastle fans were even wearing coats.




Saturday 02 February 2019.
SID VICIOUS died 40 years ago today....02 Feb 1979...
Back in the punk heyday i saw The Sex Pistols with original bass player Glen Matlock three times in 1976
and just the once with Sid Vicious in 1977.
Sex Pistols - Sundown Club, London 10.07.1976 (venue was more recently known as Astoria 2 downstairs)
Sex Pistols, Clash ,Siouxsie with Sid Vicious - 100 Club, London 20.09.1976 legendary punk rock festival
Sex Pistols - Notre Dame Club, London 15.11.1976 one of the greatest gigs of all time .
Sex Pistols,Slits - Screen On The Green Cinema , Islington.London 03.04.1977 secret gig with sid playing bass
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I also saw Sid Vicious with his own band....they only played this one show in the UK....
Vicious White Cats - Electric Ballroom , London 15.08.1978 feat sid vicious and glen matlock
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On the first anniversary of Sids death on 02 Feb 1980 i was one of 300 punk rockers
who met at Sloane Square at 2pm and walked to Hyde Park.




Friday 01 February 2019.
INGLORIOUS + CITY OF THIEVES+ BLIND RIVER live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Inglorious are a London based rock band on a UK tour to promote their third album 'Ride to Nowhere'.
Singer Nathan James feels most heavily influenced by Whitesnake singer David Coverdale.
I saw them a year ago supporting Steel Panther at Hammersmith Apollo.
Main support comes from London based hard rock trio City Of Thieves who released their debut album, ‘Beast Reality’, in mid- October and will tour to promote it in early 2019 with Frontiers labelmates Inglorious.
A new single from the album entitled ‘Control’ will be made available in mid-January.
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BLIND RIVER arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 30 mins.
They played a decent set of rock tunes.
CITY OF THIEVES arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.
They played a decent set of rock tunes.
INGLORIOUS arrived on stage at 9.30pm and played for 85 mins.
Every six months Inglorious are playing a bigger London venue than the last time.
Level 2 and 3 are closed tonight as Inglorious are another band who are quite happy to sell
900 or so tickets out of a possible 2000 just to say "we've headlined Shepherds Bush Empire".
They had someone film it as well.
Though very much a band project, former reality show hopeful and Trans Siberian Orchestra vocalist Nathan James will always be the focal point with his leonine appearance and a voice that combines the deep throaty blues of a prime time Coverdale with effortless high pitched screams.
They have some great songs and Nathan's rock vocals really are top notch.
A very enjoyable show.
Full Inglorious setlist played tonight...
Where Are You Now?
Taking the Blame
High Flying Gypsy
Read All About It
Glory Days
Warning
Making Me Pay
Freak Show
Breakaway
Unaware
Ride to Nowhere
Uninvited (Alanis Morissette cover)
Liar
Faraway
I Don't Know You
I Don't Need Your Loving
Encore:
Holy Water
Until I Die
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I popped into the aftershow in the Level 1 bar for 30 mins.
Around 70 or 80 people here and it was a pay bar.
Amazingly Inglorious singer Nathan James has his own personal suited security guy with him.



Thursday 31 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7pm
LUMAS GALLERY - private view - 57 South Molton Street, London W1.
A small space at ground level but they have a massive space downstairs.
Some good value prints including David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe and Kate Moss.
Complimentary prosecco and nice canapés including salmon & cream cheese.
then
7.05pm to 9pm
CARTIER - store relaunch party - 175-177 New Bond Street , London W1.
This luxury designer store in its prime location has been closed the last 9 months for refurbishment.
A very impressive entrance as they have eight bellboys outside waiting to open car doors etc.
Inside there is a small army of around 20 male models serving trays of drinks.
Around 200 guests are here over the two floors.
A dj is playing on both floors and there is a nice buzzy vibe.
The ground floor must stretch out 100 yards as the rear entrance is now in Albemarle Street.
Rapper Tinie Tempah was here , very noticeable in all white attire.
Also ex One Direction member Liam Payne and British Vogue‘s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.
Complimentary Ruinart champers , three different cocktails and canapés.
A very nice event....shame it was on just for two hours...
www.cartier.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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I was on the guest list for another event but it clashed with Cartier so sadly did not get along to it.
Twin X - private view - 180 Strand, London WC2.
Art exhibition focusing on emerging talent.
www.twinfactory.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.





Thursday 31 January 2019.
Happy Birthday to punk icon JOHN LYDON who is 63 today.

Thursday 31 January 2019.
Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones interviewed legendary record producer/engineer Eddie Kramer this week.
Over the past 50 years Eddie Kramer has worked with many incredible music legends.
He was involved in all four of Jimi Hendrix albums before he passed away.
Also The Beatles, KISS, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin and many more.
Type in Google - Jonesy's Jukebox Eddie Kramer - for the very enjoyable 47 mins interview.



Wednesday 30 January 2019...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
CHRISTIAN DIOR - Designer of Dreams - private view - V and A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.
A massive event as 800 folks are on the guest list with many of the women wearing Dior.
Lottie Moss stepped out in a long burgundy leather trench waistcoat for the private view of the highly anticipated Christian Dior exhibition. The younger sister of Kate Moss was joined by Mabel, Alexandra Shulman, Anais Gallagher, Nicola Roberts, Josephine De La Baume, Lady Mary Charteris, Rachel Johnson and Tanya Burr.
Also here were Nick Rhodes, Nicky Haslam, Jackie St Clair and David Downton.
We had a 30 mins wander through the dozen rooms of the excellent exhibition from 7.30pm to 8pm.
The V&A opens the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the house of Dior. Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will trace the history and impact of the couturier, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him at his namesake brand, in what will be the museum’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, follows an exhibition of the same name that was held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris last year, with the addition of a section documenting the designer’s fascination with British royalty and cultural figures.
A highlight of this segment includes a gown created for Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday celebrations in 1951. The one-shoulder off-white tulle gown, decorated with asymmetric gold embroidery, was immortalised in Margaret’s official birthday portrait taken by Cecil Beaton.
Items worn by high-profile clients including Nancy Mitford and the ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn will also be exhibited. The designer’s love of London landmarks such as Savile Row, where he bought his suits, and the Savoy, where he hosted his first show in the capital in 1952, will be celebrated, as will his many collaborations with British manufacturers including Dents, the glovemaker, and Lyle & Scott, the knitwear brand.
Complimentary Moët champers, three different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
It is open to the public from Saturday 02 Feb but has already sold over 36,000 tickets.
www.vam.ac.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.




Wednesday 30 January 2019.
Happy Birthday to PHIL COLLINS who is 68 today.



Tuesday 29 January 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.30pm
Art private view - Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1.
This cool restaurant & bar launches it's new art that is on display in their rooms.
Complimentary cocktails for all guests.
then
7.35pm to 11.30pm
RADIO TIMES COVERS PARTY 2019 at Claridge's, Brook Street, London W1.
Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel in Mayfair.
Annual party that celebrates those that were on The Radio Times cover from the previous year.
Around 300 guests here in the ballroom with some well known faces from tv here.
Handing out the awards were Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney from the multi-award-winning comedy
Catastrophe who were hilarious throughout the 30 mins they were on stage.
Tv legends Sir David Attenborough (now aged 92) and Valerie Singleton (now aged 81) were here.
Also Jeremy Vine, Ian Hislop, Sian Williams, Bill Turnbull, Sheila Hancock, Stephen Mangan,
Christopher Dean, Carol Kirkwood, Janet Ellis and a few others.
Complimentary champers, wines, beers, burgers, fish n chips ,canapés and desserts for all guests.
This event always has a great big and bulky goodie bag and tonight was the same as around 20 items
inside including Bose full-size headphones, a 375ml bottle of Moët champers, Mary Berry latest cookbook,
cosmetic items , drinks , food items and of course a copy of next weeks Radio Times.
A struggle to carry it home but worth it.
An excellent event.




Monday 28 January 2019...7pm to 10pm...
THE ARTS FOUNDATION FUTURES AWARDS at The ICA, The Mall, London SW1.
Around 250 guests are here.
Well known contemporary artist TRACEY EMIN hosted the awards from 7.45pm to 8.30pm.
Five awards for designer-makers, poetry, experimental architecture, visual arts and hip-hop dance.
The winners got £10,000 fellowships each and the runners-up all receiving £1,000 towards their practice.
Complimentary wines and nice canapés including delicious portions of buttermilk chicken.
www.artsfoundation.co.ukVisit their website herd for more info.



Sunday 27 January 2019.
MARC ALMOND & THE LOVELESS + DOLLS live at The 100 Club, London.
Shake off the winter cold with a special, one-off night of blistering Rock ‘n’ Roll at the iconic 100 Club.
Marc Almond and long-term guitarist/sideman Neal X (ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik and others) have recruited Punk icon Iggy Pop’s stupendous rhythm section, Ben Ellis (bass) and Mat Hector (drums), to form “The Loveless”.
Drawing material from Marc’s immense back catalogue with nods to T. Rex, Iggy, David Bowie, 60s R&B and Garage Rock it’s a thunderous return to their primeval rock roots.
I saw have seen Marc Almond solo and Soft Cell perform live several times over the past 40 years,
including last years Soft Cell re-union show at The 02 Arena.
Needless to say this intimate club gig sold out pronto.
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Support act DOLLS arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 30 mins.
They were a female duo of vocals/guitar and drums who played some decent tracks from their EP.
MARC ALMOND & THE LOVELESS arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.
This show was mainly for Marc's hardcore fans as he said it would be full of rarities and b-sides etc
along with a few tracks from when he was in a rock covers band when aged 17.
However , some three quarters of the way in a tipsy blonde girl got on stage and put her arm
around Marc and said "I have paid 30 quid tonight to see you play songs like Tainted Love" to which Marc
curtly replied "you're at the wrong show love" and Marc got her ushered offstage.
Marc has all his tattoos on display and is a very charismatic performer and looks great for 61.
Plenty of nifty guitar riffs from Neal X.
They had a keyboard player and Marc got the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to him.
A great show.
Over 20 songs played tonight including...
Blond Boy
20th Century Boy (T.Rex cover)
On The Prowl
Eyes ( The Honeycombs cover)
Dead Eyed Child
I Got A Line On You (Spirit cover)
For Your Love ( The Yardbirds cover)
Hurt Me (Johnny Thunders cover)
The User
Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix cover)
Black Night (Deep Purple cover)
Blockbuster/Jean Genie (The Sweet and David Bowie covers)
Gutter Hearts
Joey Demento
Love Missile F1 - 11 (Sigue Sigue Sputnik cover that was a number 3 hit for them in 1986)
Sex Dwarf





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