Archive: April 2019

April 11, 2019

Wednesday 10 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to BRIAN SETZER of The Stray Cats who is 60 today.
I am looking forward to seeing The Stray Cats in the summer when they play the UK.



Monday 08 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to Fashion Icon Dame Vivienne Westwood who is 78 today.



Monday 08 April 2019.
Very sad news that well known security guy JERRY JUDGE has passed away.
Jerry was Johnny Depp's longtime personal security guy for 22 years.
Jerry was by his side as Johnny toured Europe last summer with his band The Hollywood Vampires.
As well as the Pirates of the Caribbean star he also guarded Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts.
Judge also had cameos in several of Depp’s films including “Sweeney Todd" and appeared several episodes of “Dr. Who” between 1979 and 1984.
The bodyguard was the managing director of Music & Arts Security Ltd.
Music & Arts looked after most of The West End film premieres up until a couple of years ago when a couple
of staff left to set up their own company called Pace & Prestige which has taken over many of the contracts.
Jerry currently worked for Noble Protection.





Sunday 07 April 2019....4pm kick-off...
FA CUP SEMI-FINAL at Wembley Stadium.
Watford 3 Wolves 2.
Just over 80,000 here and the atmosphere is spine-tingling.
We are in the Wolves end.
Rock legend ROBERT PLANT is a massive Wolves fan and the announcer said he was in the crowd today.
Many years ago i went to a Robert Plant gig and afterparty and the pass had a picture of Steve Bull on it.
Steve Bull was a Wolves striker from 1986 to 1999.
Yesterday's game was pretty average but this one was full of drama along with an incredible comeback.
In a scarcely believable day that will live long, long in the memory, Watford somehow came from two goals down with 12 minutes to play to send this thrilling match to extra time with the most nerveless penalty from Troy Deeney. Not done there though, not by a long chalk, the Hornets came again and won it unbelievably in extra time through Gerard Deulofeu to reach the final of the FA Cup for only the second time in the club’s glorious history. It really was pinch-yourself stuff.
For Watford fans this will definitely go down as an " I was there" game.
Incredible stuff.




Saturday 06 April 2019...5.30pm kick-off...
FA CUP SEMI-FINAL at Wembley Stadium.
Man City 1 Brighton 0.
Over 71,000 are here and it is a fantastic atmosphere.
Oddly there are more Brighton fans here as a few Man City blocks are unsold.
Both sets of fans have been given a free flag by their seat.
We are up in Level 5 in the Man City end.
Many are drinking and getting a bit loud and it feels like you are an Oasis concert.
Man City fans smashed up one of the toliets.
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By the standards Manchester City set themselves these days, it is fair to say this was not the most shimmering or elegant performance from Pep Guardiola’s team. When, for example, was the last time they managed only four shots on target against an opponent? The official man-of-the-match award went to Anthony Knockaert of Brighton, rather than any of the players from the winning side, and the overall impression was that City peaked too early, scoring the game’s decisive goal after barely three minutes.
Not that those details should matter greatly to Guardiola when his team still managed to maintain their extraordinary winning sequence – 22 victories now from their last 23 games – and keeps open all manner of possibilities for the remainder of the season.
The quadruple is still on for Man City.



Friday 05 April 2019.
UFO live at The Forum, London.
UFO play the second of their two London shows on their farewell tour.
This means tonight is (as it stands) the last UK show by singer Phil Moog who is retiring.
They came on stage five minutes earlier than last night but the setlist was exactly the same.
I was hoping for some kind of extra song or special guest on stage but nothing.
Another great show though.
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Aftershow party in the balcony bar from 11pm to 12pm...
Surprisingly it is just a small gathering of around 30 guests.
The sounds are blaring out loud and it is a pay bar.
Only members of the band to turn up were Paul Raymond and Vinnie Moore.
No name musicians from any other bands.
My friend went to the afterparty at Shepherds Bush Empire the night before this.
He said again it was a small crowd of around 30 but all the band did turn up there.
Again no name musicians from any other bands.




Thursday 04 April 2019.
UFO + TARA LYNCH live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Singer Phil Moog will be playing his final UK tour with the band UFO after 50 years.
Because of this they are now playing two London dates at the end of their 'Last Orders' tour.
Both London shows sold out by Dec 2018...tonight was the first of the two shows.
A classic example of how bands can sell more tickets when they say it's their last ever shows.
I have seen UFO over 20 times since 1976 when Michael Schenker was playing guitar with them.
This was at the legendary Marquee Club in Wardour Street.
They still feature three original members from their heyday.
After the UK tour they play mainland Europe and North America but I got a feeling
there will be a final London show just before Christmas.
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Needless to say i was really looking forward to this classic rock show.
The crowd is 90% older males as expected.
A nice surprise to see a friend (Leon Lawson) who was in my secondary school class over 40 years ago.
Leon Lawson was Michael Schenker's ex-guitar technician in the 1990s.
TARA LYNCH arrived on stage at 8pm and played for around 40 mins.
Tara is from Los Angeles and is promoting her album " Evil Enough".
Tara fronts her band with some nifty guitar solos during most songs.
UFO arrived on stage at 9.20pm after the intro track and played for around 95 mins.
Singer Phil Mogg has lost all his hair and is totally bald.
Mogg’s little chats with the crowd are legendary, and tonight was no exception, but oddly
there was no real band interaction.
Paul Raymond has the same hair style as 40 years ago so surely that must be a wig.
UFO were one of the many rock bands that brought out double live albums in the 1970s.
I remember buying theirs "Strangers in the Night" in 1979 when it was released and they
played many of the rock classics from that album in the show tonight.
A great gig.
Full UFO setlist played tonight...
Intro music - Faith Healer (Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
Mother Mary
We Belong to the Night
Run Boy Run
Venus
Lights Out
Baby Blue
Only You Can Rock Me
Burn Your House Down
Cherry
Love to Love
Makin' Moves
Too Hot to Handle
Rock Bottom (including extended guitar solo)
Encore:
Doctor Doctor
Shoot Shoot




Thursday 04 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to SLADE guitarist DAVE HILL who is 73 today.



Wednesday 03 April 2019...6.45pm to 9pm...
MARY QUANT - private view - V & A Museum, South Kensington, London SW7.
A big crowd as around 500 are on the guest list for this event.
Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lewis and Lady Amelia Windsor led a fashionable crowd into the Victoria and Albert Museum for its new Mary Quant exhibition, joining veteran British designers Pam Hogg, Philip Treacy, Jasper Conran and Julien MacDonald at the show’s private view. VIP guests and influencers Gizzi Erskine, Henry Conway, Anne Robinson, Meredith Ostrom, Pearl Mackie, Zara Martin and Nell Hudson were among others previewing the iconic 1960’s designer’s fashion creations.
Also here were Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs.
Dame Mary Quant, now age 85 is an English fashion designer and fashion icon, who is of Welsh heritage.
She became an instrumental figure in the 1960s London-based Mod and youth fashion movements.She was one of the designers who took credit for the miniskirt and hotpants, and by promoting these and other fun fashions she encouraged young people to dress to please themselves and to treat fashion as a game.Ernestine Carter, an authoritative and influential fashion journalist of the 1950s and 1960s, wrote: "It is given to a fortunate few to be born at the right time, in the right place, with the right talents. In recent fashion there are three: Chanel, Dior, and Mary Quant."
At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches including one on the history of Kings Road, Chelsea.
King's Road derives its name from its function as a private road used by King Charles II to travel to Kew. It remained a private royal road until 1830, but people with connections were able to use it.
Mary Quant opened her first store in The Kings Road in 1955.
In the 1960s and 1970s it had many well known buildings including Tramp, Granny Takes A Trip,
The Chelsea Drugstore, Sex / Seditionaries, Swan Song Records (Led Zeppelin) and many more.
At 8.15pm we had a 20 minute walk around the exhibition.
Over 100 of her dresses on display along with a make-up section.
Fab black and white videos showing Kings Road in the 1960s were great to watch.
There is a live band playing an hour of classic 1960s cover versions.
Complimentary Bouvet Sparkling Wines, gin cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.vam.ac.ukVisit the website here for more info and to buy tickets which are £12 each.
It is on until 16 Feb 2020.



Tuesday 02 April 2019...6.30pm to 9.30pm...
MARKS & SPENCER FOOD - launch party - Unit 6, 6 Langley Street, London WC2.
Tonight was to celebrate the World Preview to celebrate their new tv advertising campaign.
After 12 years they are bringing back their iconic slogan "this is not just food, this is M & S food".
Over 200 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.
A nice surprise to bump into my journo mate PAT GILBERT who over the years has written for many
music mags including Q, Mojo, Classic Rock and others.
He is gonna get the ball rolling regards me doing an interview for one of the mags to celebrate
my 7000 gigs which i will hit sometime over the summer....at the moment I am on 6915...
There are televisions dotted around the venue showing the new advert.
There was a fun photo booth in the corner that was popular.
Complimentary prosecco, two different cocktails,Rose wines and lots of tasty M & S food including
bowl food, slices of pizza, canapés, tubs of trifle and hot cross buns.
Guests got a goodie bag of a M & S branded baseball cap, mug, sunglasses and
25cl bottles of M & S Rose wine.
www.marksandspencer.comVisit their website here for more info.



Monday 01 April 2019.
MIKE + THE MECHANICS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Looks like the setlist will include three Genesis gems and the great Roachford hit "Cuddly Toy" from 1988.
I have seen them around a dozen times since they headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1989.
Having been founded in 1984 by Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford (guitar), the band reformed in 2010 with Andrew Roachford, one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers, and Canadian-born singer Tim Howar. Tim shares vocal duties with Roachford and they both add a new soulful dimension to the band’s already established sound.
The massive six week Looking Back Over My Shoulder Tour will include tracks from their highly acclaimed latest album Let Me Fly, as well as hit singles including The Living Years, and the unforgettable Over My Shoulder.
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The band have a full house tonight for their big London show on their UK tour.
The band are on stage for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 50 mins and 80 mins.
A nice stage production that had five hot air balloons of different sizes hovering over the stage
which were used on their latest album cover.
The band have two male lead vocals which works really well, mixing rock with soul.
Highlight of the first half was a stunning extended version of "Cuddly Toy".
The second half featured many of their radio friendly singalong tracks including
the superb "The Living Years" and encore of "Word of Mouth".
The crowd were up and dancing for the last few songs.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight....
FIRST SET
The Best Is Yet to Come
Another Cup of Coffee
A Beggar on a Beach of Gold
One Way
Try to Save Me
Let Me Fly
Land of Confusion (Genesis cover)
Cuddly Toy (Roachford cover) (extended version)
Out of the Blue
SECOND SET
Follow You Follow Me (Genesis cover) (Acoustic)
Don't Know What Came Over Me (Acoustic)
What Would You Do (Acoustic)
Everybody Gets a Second Chance (Acoustic)
Silent Running
Get Up
The Living Years
I Can't Dance (Genesis cover)
All I Need Is a Miracle
Over My Shoulder
Encore:
Word of Mouth (extended version included band introductions and solos)
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I bumped into girl about town Jackie St Clair at the gig.
I will bump into her at many of the big London social summer events in May and June for sure.
Her previous boyfriends included Prince and Simon Cowell.





Sunday 31 March 2019....I went to two events today.
CHECKATRADE Cup Final at Wembley Stadium...2.30pm kick-off.
Well supported Portsmouth and Sunderland bring their legions of fans to Wembley.
Both have sold their 40,000 allocation and there is an incredible 85,021 here.
Bear in mind both teams are in the THIRD tier of English football (League One).
We were in the Sunderland end and the atmosphere was electric.
There will not be a better advert for the Checkatrade Trophy than this. A clash between two former Premier League clubs trying to claw their way back on to an upward curve, settled on penalties at the end of a pulsating, thrilling contest in front of the second largest crowd in Europe over the weekend.
It was a special occasion, in front of a record crowd, as supporters from England’s south and north east coasts poured into the capital, turning the final of this largely mocked and derided competition into a stunning spectacle, both inside and outside the stadium.
The game did not let it down, the balance of power shifting one way and then the other, the sense of drama unrelenting, the plot twisting and turning, leaving both sets of supporters exhausted by the end.
Portsmouth 2 Sunderland 2....Portsmouth win 5-4 on penalties.
A great game.
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then
Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall continue THIS WEEK.
Levellers with special guests Dreadzone, and a DJ-set from film-maker, ,broadcaster and founding member of Big Audio Dynamite Don Letts.
Often political, occasionally angry but always big-hearted, Levellers have had 11 Top 40 albums, including a number one with 1995’s Zeitgeist, 38 weeks in the charts with 1991’s Levelling The Land, and their 2018 release We The Collective.
I saw both Levellers and Dreadzone back in 1997.
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This was the final night of the seven TCT shows at RAH and my second show of the seven.
DREADZONE arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 40 mins.
They have use of the big screen showing live footage.
One of their singers is sitting on a stool as he has crutches.
A good dance set.
Full Dreadzone setlist played tonight...
Life, Love & Unity
Iron Shirt
Mountain
Walk Tall
16 Hole
Music Army
Captain Dread
Don Letts played some great dub reggae cover versions during the breaks.
At 9.20pm we had the TCT film and 20 of the teenagers getting treatment came on stage to big applause.
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LEVELLERS arrived on stage at at 9.30pm and played for 80 mins.
They had a fantastic stage production with loads of lights and lasers.
Also a nice big screen showing live footage.
They are a very lively uptempo loud band that feature electric violin.
They have a long time touring musician to play the Didgeridoo on a couple of tracks.
There is plenty of moshing front of stage as the crowd are really getting into it.
Highlights included their hit singles "One Way" and "Beautiful Day".
A very enjoyable show.
Full Levellers setlist played tonight...
England My Home
Fifteen Years
100 Years of Solitude
The Fear
World Freak Show
Truth Is
Julie
Didgeridoo solo
Three Friends
One Way
Too Real
Men-an-Tol
Carry Me
Dirty Davey
Far From Home
The Cholera Well
The Riverflow
Encore:
Beautiful Day
What You Know
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I go to two or three RAH TCT shows every year since TCT shows started in 2000.
Not as good a line-up as previous years for my liking.
Last year i did FIVE of the seven shows...
UB40
Chic feat Nile Rodgers
Roger Daltrey
Kasabian
Def Leppard




Sunday 31 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to AC/DC guitarist ANGUS YOUNG who is 64 today.
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A couple of days ago Sex Pistol STEVE JONES interviewed DAVID COVERDALE for his radio show.
It is well worth watching for 36 mins...
Two British rockers shooting the breeze and David talking about Jon Lord and making up with Richie Blackmore.
Whitesnake have finally finished recording their 13th studio album 'Flesh & Blood' which comes out 10 May.
Go to Google and type in Jonesy's Jukebox David Coverdale in the search to view the footage.
I saw David Coverdale singing with Deep Purple in 1974 along with many times when he fronted Whitesnake.
Whitesnake only UK show this year is planned for The Download Festival in June.
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Saturday 30 March 2019.
The Rolling Stones American stadium tour has been postponed as Mick Jagger has a medical problem.
Jagger wrote on Twitter: “I’m so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.”
The band were due to kick off the US and Canada leg of their No Filter tour at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on 20 April , finishing at the Burl’s Creek Even Grounds in Ontario, Canada, on 29 June.
You feel sorry for all The Stones fans who have booked flights and hotels.
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Happy Birthday to ERIC CLAPTON who is 74 today.
Happy Birthday to JOHNNIE WALKER who is 74 today.
Johnnies BBC Radio 2 70s show on Sundays 3pm to 5pm is a fave of mine.



Friday 29 March 2019.
The Sensational 1960s Experience package tour live at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex.
Six legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night you won’t forget. Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers) Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits,The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost.
The Fourmost were part of the Brian Epstein roster of acts in the 1960s.
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Always nice to be at this cosy all seated tiered venue on the outskirts of West London.
Freddie Mercury’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody crew were here for a couple of days filming for it.
Around 500 tickets sold out of the 600 capacity, and it's a mainly older crowd.
The six acts all played between 20 and 30 mins.
Quick changeovers as they used the same drum kit for everyone.
I am mainly hear to see the legend that is Chris Farlowe who is now aged 78... yes 78.
I have seen him a few times before with the first time in 1982 when he headlined Hammersmith Odeon.
A few original members from the 1960s are here tonight but not many as most have retired or died.
THE FOURMOST arrived on stage at 7.30pm and played for 20 mins.
No original members but a drummer who was "affiliated" with the original band.
Looking very smart in their 60s suits and ties.
The Fourmost had its roots steeped in the eclectic 1960’s Mersey beat boom and was part of the Brian Epstein stable along with The Beatles, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and others. The band played some 1960’s chart hits of their own such as Hello Little Girl (no.9) and A Little Loving (no.6).
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SWINGING BLUE JEANS arrived on stage at 7.55pm for their 20 mins set.
They are all wearing faded blue jeans, white trainers and identical striped jackets.
They have no original members but play the hits "Hippy Hippy Shake", "Good Golly Miss Molly", and "You're No Good".
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HERMAN'S HERMITS arrived on stage at 8.20pm for their 30 mins set.
They still feature original drummer Jan Barry “Bean” Whitwam, now age 72, 55 years behind his drum kit.
Hits played included "Sunshine Girl", "No Milk Today", "I'm Into Something Good" and "There's a Kind of Hush".
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THE NEW AMEN CORNER arrived on stage at 9.10pm for their 20 mins set.
No original members here and later they would back both Chris Farlowe and Mike Pender.
They played their hits including "Bend Me Shape Me" and "If Paradise Is Half As Nice".
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CHRIS FARLOWE arrived on stage at 9.35pm for his 30 mins.
He still has that big frame and big voice.
Great stage banter as he slagged off PJ Proby and made fun of his recent ill-health.
He ended his great set with his two biggies "Handbags and Gladrags" (he had a hit with it before
Rod Stewart and The Stereophonic's) and his Jagger/Richards classic "Out of Time".
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MIKE PENDER was on stage for 25 mins.
He looks in great shape for age 78.
The Searchers were second only to The Beatles in the Merseybeat era of the 1960s.
Hits played included "Sweets for my Sweet", "Sugar and Spice", "Goodbye My Love",
"Needles and Pins" and "When You Walk in the Room".
Encore
All the acts on stage and Chris Farlowe on vocals for "Hold On, I'm Coming".
After the show all the acts came out to the foyer to chat and sign stuff.
An enjoyable evening of 1960s nostalgia.




Friday 29 March 2019.
Another sad death to report.
JOE FLANNERY, who was known as the "Secret Beatle" due to his close association with The Beatles
during their early years, has passed away aged 87.
The Beatles' booking manager, who was often regarded as the "Secret Beatle", passed away at his home in Aigburth, Merseyside, north west England, after being unwell "for the past month".
Joe's nephew Norman Meek said in a statement: "He had been unwell for the past month but he was still making plans for the future".
"Fans from all over the world would call at his home and he was always happy to speak with them".
I had a nice chat with Joe a few years back at Beatles photos exhibition private view in Kensington.




Thursday 28 March 2019...6.15pm to 8.30pm...
THAMES LUXURY CHARTERS - showcase - Butler's Wharf, Shad Thames, London SE1.
A nice sunny afternoon to walk by The Tower of London and London Bridge which is just five mins
away from our departure point for our cruise along The River Thames.
Around 200 guests over two levels are on this superb looking boat "The Elizabethan".
A beautiful replica of an 1890s stern-wheeled Mississippi paddle steamer which is one of the
most desirable boats for hire on the River Thames.
Whether you're seeking a venue for press receptions, film shoots, product launches, seminars, dinner dances, sightseeing, luncheons, wedding receptions, or simply to celebrate, the Elizabethan is in a class of her own.
We have a duo playing some acoustic cover versions.
At 7pm we leave for an hour's journey to The Houses of Parliament then back to Canary Wharf then back to dock.
Always great to see London at night from The River Thames.
Complimentary prosecco, vodka cocktails, gin cocktails, wines, beers and lots of different
bowl food, canapés, desserts and ice-cream.
www.thamesluxurycharters.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
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I was invited to the press launch for this event but could not make as it was the same time as the above.
The Halal Guys - 14 Irving Street, London WC2.
American chain opens a store in Leicester Square.
Its restaurants offer either a sandwich or platter in four different versions – chicken, beef, chicken & beef or falafel. They are served with a selection of toppings and sauces.
Check it out when you are up The West End.



Wednesday 27 March 2019...I went to two events today...
3pm to 4pm
THE DAVID GILMOUR GUITAR COLLECTION - preview - Christie's , King Street, London SW1.
Does this mean David Gilmour has retired from playing live???...DG is now aged 73.
Pink Floyd star David Gilmour’s collection of over 120 guitars is set to go under the hammer, including one
with a Juicy Fruit wrapper left inside.
It includes his most well known guitars including his Black 1969 Fender Strat.
The guitarist is auctioning off his enormous personal collection for charity, saying it is a “wrench” to let them go.
It is officially estimated that the collection of more than 120 instruments will fetch over one million dollars during the sale in New York but it is likely it will make much more than that.
It is a pretty amazing collection which is spread over five rooms.
Each room has Pink Floyd classics being played over the Sennheiser Sound Systems.
In the main room is a big screen showing two tracks from his "Live in Pompeii 2016" DVD.
The two tracks were "What Do You Want From Me" and "Comfortably Numb".
The later of course has that stunning section where the lasers kick in for the iconic guitar solo.
I was lucky to have seen him a few times at The Royal Albert Hall performing this - stunning.
The guitars are shown in Los Angeles in May before the New York auction on 20 June 2019.
It is on every afternoon until this Sunday and free to get in.
They ask to reserve a space if you are coming at the weekend...nobody checked me today.
www.christies.comVisit their website here for more info and photos of the guitars.
then
7pm to 11.15pm
VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS at The Islington Academy, London.
Around 500 downstairs and 200 guests upstairs where i am.
A great buzzy vibe and great to see so many punk rockin' chums here.
The wacky and hyper ED TUDOR POLE was tonight's host.
At 7.30pm the house band with TOM SPENCER (The Professionals) played three cover songs.
At 7.45pm GLEN MATLOCK arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played three songs with the house band.
"Sexy Beast" , "Keep on Pushing" and "Pretty Vacant"....totally excellent.
At 8.05pm Surprise additions tonight were THE RICH KIDS who played three songs.
Glen Matlock , Midge Ure and Rusty Egan were joined by Neal X (ex Sigue Sigue Spuknik).
They played three Rich Kids classics that went down a storm.
"Sounds of Marching Men" , "Ghosts of Princes in Towers" and "Rich Kids".
At 8.50pm STEVE DIGGLE played three Buzzcocks classics "What Do I Get?", "Harmony In My Head"
and "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" .
9.25pm SUZI QUATRO with the house band performed "Sweet Little Rock n Roller".
At 9.30pm BARRIE MASTERS sung three songs with the house band..."Teenage Depression" ,
the glorious anthem "Do Anything You Wanna Do" and "Get Out Of Denver".
At 9.45pm Ed TUDOR POLE performed two great tracks with the house band.
"Who Killed Bambi?" and "Swords of a Thousand Men".
THE STRANGLERS arrived on stage at 10.30pm and played a six song 25 mins set.
A nice mix of older classics and more recent material...
5 Minutes
Tank
Unbroken
This Song Will Get Me Over You
Get A Grip On Yourself
No More Heroes
Others in the crowd who did not appear on stage included Gaye Advert and Stuart Pearce.
Award winners and presenters...
Pioneer - Barrie Masters (presented by Rat Scabies)
New Band - The Blue Carpet Band (presented by Glen Matlock)
Roots/Ska/Rock n Roll/ Blues - The Beat feat Ranking Roger (presented by Neville Staple)
Rock in Peace - Pete Shelley (presented by Pauline Murray to Steve Diggle )
Icon - Suzi Quatro (presented by Girlschool)
Live Band - SLF (presented to SLF drummer Steve Grantly by Jim Jones)
Album - Idles (presented by Tom Spencer from The Professionals).
Reissue - Burning Britain UK Punk 1980 to 1983 (presented by Animal ANL to Knox Vibrators)
Film - Lee Thompson : One Mans Madness (presented by Pauline Black).
Maverick - Killing Joke (presented by Chumbawamba chap)
Band of The Year - The Stranglers (presented by The Ruts DC)
A totally excellent punk rockin' evening.




Tuesday 26 March 2019.
Comedy Evening at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Day two of the seven Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs at The Royal Albert Hall this week.
Host Kevin Bridges will be joined by fellow British comedy heavyweights: John Bishop,
Kerry Godliman, Romesh Ranganathan , Seann Walsh ,Tommy Tiernan and Susie McCabe.
Kevin Bridges is Scotland's most popular comedian since Billy Connolly.
I saw him at Hammersmith Apollo last year when he performed six sold out shows at that venue.
That tour included an incredible 19 night residency at the Glasgow Hydro Arena.
John Bishop has also played a UK arena tour recently.
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A full house for this comedy evening that lasted 2 hours 30 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 80 mins.
Kevin Bridges performed around 30 mins in total and the others performed 15 to 20 mins each.
There was a big screen showing live footage.
FIRST SET
Kevin Bridges was the host and did routines between the acts.
Kerry Godliman
Seann Walsh
Tommy Tiernan
SECOND SET
Kevin Bridges did his main set along with routines between the another acts.
Susie McCabe
Romesh Ranganathan
John Bishop
Lots of funny routines from all of the acts.
At the start of the second set ROGER DALTREY came on to introduce a TCT film and 20 of the
young people with cancer who got a massive round of applause.
Roger Daltrey has done an amazing job with the TCT shows over the past 20 years.
There are now 28 purpose-built TCT units thanks to £27m being raised during the shows history.
Donate £5 by texting REACH to 70500 and LIDL will match your donation with another £5.




Tuesday 26 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to STEVEN TYLER who is 71 today.
Happy Birthday to DIANA ROSS who is 75 today.
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Very sad news that The Beat vocalist RANKING ROGER has died, aged 56.
The musician, real name Roger Charlery, passed away earlier today (March 26). A post on The Beat’s Facebook page confirmed his passing, adding: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.
“Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time,” the post concluded. See it below.
I saw him with The Beat 40 years ago as well as a couple of years ago at BBC 6 Radio Christmas Show.
How come so many musicians don't live to see their 60th birthday???



Monday 25 March 2019...6.45pm to 10.30pm...
HARD ROCK CAFE - showcase - Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.
Around 150 guests at this iconic venue that opened back to June 1971.
I have seen some pretty amazing secret gigs here over the years including Aerosmith,
Deep Purple, Bad Company and a few others.
At 7pm had a welcome speech which told us the history of the stunning music memorabilia on the walls.
The first two items were guitars from Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
At 7.15pm we had a fashion show for 10 mins as they showed off some t-shirts etc from their retail store.
BANG BANG ROMEO arrived on stage at 8.50pm and played for 50 mins.
Bang Bang Romeo are starting to get themselves noticed.
Lead singer Anastasia Walker’s dramatic powerhouse blues-drenched vocal takes centre stage amid crashing guitar riffs and driving percussion.
Great songs played included "Bag of Bones" and "Shame on You".
See for yourself when the band support Pink on her stadium tour this summer.
After the band played there was a business card raffle for three prizes of Isle of Wight Festival tickets,
dinner at Hard Rock Cafe , Hard Rock merch voucher but none of us won anything this time.
Many companies hire out The Hard Rock Cafe for their Christmas parties as they have two levels here.
Complimentary wines, beers, burgers, chicken strips, brownies etc.
www.hardrock.comCheck out the Hard Rock website here for more info.



Monday 25 March 2019.
Happy Birthday to SIR ELTON JOHN who is 72 today.
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Sad news that SCOTT WALKER has passed away.
Hugely influential singer Scott Walker has died at the age of 76.
His death was confirmed by record label 4AD – who hailed him as “a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”




Sunday 24 March 2019.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS + Eddie & The Hot Rods + The Vapors live at The Forum, London.
SLF are playing their annual March UK tour with special guests Eddie & The Hot Rods.
I have seen both bands many times over the past 40 odd years.
Eddie & The Hot Rods are saying 2019 will be their final year of performing live.
Original singer Barrie Masters is still on vocals for classics including " Do Anything You Wanna Do".
In the long hot summer of 1976 i saw many shows at The Marquee Club by Eddie & The Hot Rods and AC/DC who were vying for who could break the house attendance records at the famous Marquee Club in London.
First band on will be The Vapors who had a big hit "Turning Japanese" in 1980.
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Needless to say i was really forward to see this triple bill of bands.
Lots of folks here i know and respect to my Bristol punk rockin' chums who were
getting the midnight coach at Victoria after the gig to get back home.
I had a great third row centre seat view upstairs so i could rest my legs.
THE VAPORS arrived on stage at 7.20pm and played for 30 mins.
A short set but great to hear their catchy hit "Turning Japanese".
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EDDIE & THE HOT RODS arrived on stage at 8.10pm and played for 45 mins.
It looks like this will be their second last ever London show before Barrie Masters calls it a day.
Barrie singing their classic track "Do Anything You Wanna Do" was superb with all the crowd singing.
Great to see them again.
Full Eddie & The Hot Rods setlist played tonight...
Get Across to You
I Might Be Lying
Teenage Depression
Quit This Town
Telephone Girl
The Power & The Glory
Why Should I Care?
Life on the Line
Hard Drivin' Man ( J. Geils Band cover)
Do Anything You Wanna Do
Gloria (Them cover)
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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 85 mins.
SLF have a big curtain of flames along the back of the stage.
Lots of their punk classics played including "Suspect Device", "Wasted Life", "Nobody's Hero",
"Gotta Getaway" , "Tin Soldiers" and of course their anthem "Alternative Ulster".
It got lively down the front stalls as folks jumped and danced away.
They whizzed through their set for a great show.
Full a SLF setlist played tonight...
Go For It (Intro)
Law and Order
At The Edge
Suspect Device
Guitar and Drum
Strummerville
16 Shots
Silver Lining
Harp
Guilty as Sin
Wasted Life
Can't Get Away With That
Listen
State of Emergency
My Dark Places
Just Fade Away
Nobody's Hero
Gotta Gettaway
Encore:
Drinkin' Again
Tin Soldiers
Alternative Ulster





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April 30, 2019

Monday 29 April 2019...6.15pm to 8.30pm...
MNKY HSE - showcase - 10 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1.
This was my first time at MNKY HSE which is a stylish Latin American restaurant & bar & nightclub.
Dover Street is a cool destination these days as The Arts Club and Victoria Beckams store are opposite.
It has one of those small entrances that lead to a much bigger than expected area.
Around 150 guests here over the two floors with the ground floor being the biggest space.
Everyone is seated at tables which is always a plus.
A dj is playing tunes in the background and it is nice and buzzy.
Complimentary prosecco , four different cocktails, wines, beers and lots of tasty bowl food,
canapés & desserts.
A really nice venue and event, just a shame the event wasn't on for another hour or so.
Al guests got a small goodie bag which included a MNKY HSE t-shirt.
www.mnky-hse.comVisit their website here for more info.
Bear in mind we are in Mayfair so drinks prices are steep when it is a normal night as a bottle of beer is £7.50
and most cocktails are £15 each.




Monday 29 April 2019.
The video is now up on YouTube from Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday 26 April.
MOTT THE HOOPLE "All The Young Dudes" with Brian May and Joe Elliot.



Sunday 28 April 2019.
A couple of friends told me that rock legend JIMMY PAGE turned up at The Record Fair
in Victoria yesterday...Jimmy has been a regular at Record Fairs over the past few years...




Saturday 27 April 2019.
MOTT THE HOOPLE + TAX THE HEAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
I am back again to see their second show here.
Mott The Hoople along with bands like T.Rex, Sweet and Sparks were my first purchased records.
All these bands were regulars on Top Of The Pops when i hit my teenage years.
Not as glitzy as last night regards the celeb count but there were a couple.
JOE ELLIOT was again watching from the side of the stage and came on for the encore.
Rock photographer ROSS HALFIN was again taking snaps all night.
STAN TIPPINS was also watching the show from side of stage.
TRACIE HUNTER was up in Level 1 again.
TAX THE HEAT again arrived on stage at 7.55pm for their good solid 45 mins set.
MOTT THE HOOPLE again arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for around 1 hour 45 mins.
The same songs played but the first and second songs of the encore were swopped back to the
usual tour setlist as BRIAN MAY was not here tonight.
Ian Hunter held everything together at the front with his superb vocal style.
The gloriously eccentric Morgan Fisher on piano and the even more gloriously eccentric Luther Grosvenor AKA Ariel Bender on guitar and angular madcap shapes were both very entertaining.
They finish off the show again with their anthemic classic "All The Young Dudes" which was mega.
Another great show.
Roll Away The Stone (with Joe Elliot for a couple of lines)
Encore :
All The Way From Memphis
Saturday Gigs
All The Young Dudes (David Bowie cover) (with Joe Elliot, Stan Tippins and Tax The Heat)




Saturday 27 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to ex KISS guitar legend ACE FREHLEY who is 68 today.
Happy Birthday to ex Adam & The Ants guitarist MARCO PIRRONI who is 60 today.



Friday 26 April 2019.
MOTT THE HOOPLE + TAX THE HEAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Mott The Hoople play the first of two shows at this venue.
Mott The Hoople '74
Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople are regrouping once more, for a performance focused on the 1974 albums, The Hoople and Live, plus other greatest hits.
They had five Top 20 hit singles in the UK between 1972 and 1974.
I first saw Mott The Hoople in Dec 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon...where the support band were QUEEN.
They were the first of over 2000 shows i have seen at that legendary venue.
Mott The Hoople still feature three 1970s members including vocalist Ian Hunter (he will be 80 in June).
I was at all five of their re-union shows at Hammersmith Apollo in 2009.
They usually get a few well known musicians turn up so will be interesting who attends?
Brian May , Joe Elliot, Mick Jones (The Clash) all turned up to see them play in the past.
Sex Pistols members who live in London usually attend but both are in Europe at the same time.
Glen Matlock is touring Sweden and Paul Cook is touring Spain.
Support comes from Bristol rockers TAX THE HEAT.
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Needless to say I was really looking forward to seeing both these Mott gigs.
A mainly older male crowd as expected.
TAX THE HEAT were on stage from 7.55pm for 45 mins.
The band arrive on stage and look like they are trendy Shoreditch barbers.
They played some good solid rock tracks from their two albums.
They are pretty happy that most of the crowd have arrived early to see them.
JOE ELLIOT and BRIAN MAY watched Mott The Hoople from side of stage.
Stan Tippins was also watching side of stage...he was the bands singer before Ian Hunter.
Guests up in the Level 1 VIP seats included a rare sighting of Mick Jones (The Clash).
Also here were Bobby Gillespie, James Stevenson, Kris Needs and Tracie Hunter(Ian's daughter).
In 1973 Kris Needs was the secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club before he became a music journo.
Also here was guitarist Dave 'Bucket' Colwell who has had stints with Bad Company , Humble Pie and others.
Rock photographer Ross Halfin was taking photos all the way through Mott's show.
MOTT THE HOOPLE arrived on stage at 9.10pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins.
A nice big sound as there are seven musicians on stage.
All their classic tracks were played which were superb but a few of the album tracks plodded a bit
for those who were not hardcore fans.
Ian Hunter on vocals was as cool as ever.
Aerial Bender on guitar was pretty eccentric.
The last 45 mins of the show was top notch with an incredible finale of "All The Young Dudes" which
had Brian May , Joe Elliot and Stan Tippins join them as the crowd sang the words loudly.
An excellent show.
Full Mott The Hoople setlist played tonight...
American Pie (cover)/ The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll
‪Lounge Lizard ‬
Alice
Honaloochie Boogie
Morgan Fisher piano solo (Prelude #1 in C) (J.S.Bach cover)
Rest in Peace
I Wish I Was Your Mother
Pearl 'n' Roy (England)
Sucker
Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground cover)
Rose
Walking With a Mountain
Roll Away the Stone (with Joe Elliott singing a couple of lines)
Marionette
Jerkin' Crocus / One of the Boys
Medley: Rock 'n Roll Queen / Crash Street Kids / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mean Woman Blues / Johnny B. Goode / Violence / Cleveland (England) Rocks / You Really Got Me
Encore:
Saturday Gigs
All the Way From Memphis (with Brian May)
All the Young Dudes (David Bowie cover) (with Brian May / Joe Elliot / Stan Tippins)





Thursday 25 April 2019...6.45pm to 11pm...
RICHMOND HILL HOTEL - restaurant & bar re-launch - Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey.
Just a few minutes walk from Richmond Town Centre up the hill to this perfect English countryside
setting of The River Thames, lots of greenery and Richmond Park is just two minutes away.
You can why Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall lived in the area and Pete Townshend still lives here.
Around 150 guests at this stunning four star hotel for their restaurant & bar re-launch.
It has 142 rooms and you can stay here for under £100 thanks to special offers on the internet.
A few celebs here including Lizzie Cundy who always looks incredible for her 50 years.
Also Richard Blackwood, Tim Lovejoy and Glynis Barber.
144 On The Hill provides an iconic setting for an eclectic combination of locally sourced ingredients, selected by the Chef to create a ‘Turf to Table’ inspired menu that changes with the seasons. From inspirational cocktails and fine wines served in the bar, to the truly indulgent traditional 144 On The Hill afternoon tea.
There was a dj playing dance tunes and a duo played several acoustic cover versions.
Lots of complimentary food and drinks for the guests...
Chapel Down English sparkling wines, four different cocktails, wines and beers.
Lots of delicious bowl food, canapés and desserts.
Now the sunshine is coming out you definitely must head here at some point over the next couple of months.
Really enjoyable evening and the staff were great as they welcomed everyone and fussed over them.
www.richmondhill-hotel.co.ukVisit their website here for special lunchtime deals and happy hour cocktails.




Wednesday 24 April 2019.
JOE BONAMASSA live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Joe Bonamassa plays the first of three shows at this venue.
Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
I have seen Joe a few times before including previous shows at this venue.
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Joe back at this venue , which like his hero Eric Clapton, is his port of call when he plays London.
The venue is over 90% sold which is pretty good considering the high ticket prices.
Arena / Stalls are £160 , £110 and the circle is £110 , £85 and £65.
Not sure why Joe has the cheek to charge Eric Clapton type ticket prices.
Perhaps Joe fans have too much cash as one couple who had perfect seats in the middle of the
second row stalls (£160 per ticket) turned up a staggering 75 mins into the show.
JOE BONAMASSA arrived on stage prompt at 7.30pm and played for 2 hours 15 mins.
He has a top notch band who include bass, drums, keyboards, sax, trombone & 2 female backing vocals.
When they were all playing together at full tilt, it sounded really great.
Most songs were several minutes long as they included stunning guitar solos by Joe.
Joe used many different guitars from his massive guitar collection.
At home he had a collection of over 300 guitars which has been recently pruned to 90.
On one song he was joined by a 14 year old guitarist who did a good job.
The stalls were up and standing by the front of the stage for the last 30 mins.
A great show.
Full JOE BONAMASSA setlist played tonight...
Tiger in Your Tank (Muddy Waters cover)
King Bee Shakedown
Evil Mama
Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should
Self Inflicted Wounds
This Train
Blues of Desperation
How Deep This River Runs
Sloe Gin (Tim Curry cover)
Don't You Lie to Me (with 14 year old guitarist Toby Lee)
Well, Well (Delaney & Bonnie cover)
Nobody Loves Me but My Mother (B.B. King cover)
Little Girl (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers cover)
Last Kiss
Encore:
Woke Up Dreaming
Mountain Time





Wednesday 24 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to legendary record producer TONY VISCONTI who is 75 today.
Tony is an American record producer, musician and singer. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers. His lengthiest involvement was with David Bowie: intermittently from Bowie's second album in 1969 to the 2016 release Blackstar, Visconti produced and occasionally performed on many of Bowie's albums.
He also produced classic T.Rex albums and many more artists over the years.



Tuesday 23 April 2019.
CLUB TROPICANA - THE MUSICAL - press night - at New Wimbledon Theatre, London.
The star cast is led by Joe McElderry (X Factor winner, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Neil McDermott (EastEnders, Eugenius!), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, ITV’s The Imitation Game, Dinnerladies), Emily Tierney (Eugenius! Wicked, The Wizard of Oz); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah, making her musical theatre debut.
It’s a time when hair was big, shoulders were padded and mobile phones were shaped like bricks and weighed a tonne! Take a fun-packed trip back in time to the electric 80’s with the world premiere of Club Tropicana The Musical UK Tour, a summer adventure of love in the sun, with a soundtrack of smash-hit pop classics – it really is the feel-good musical of the year!
When our budding bride and groom get cold feet, they decide to jet off separately to sunnier climes and feel the heat – but little do they know they’ve checked into the same hotel… the vibrant Club Tropicana!
With drinks flowing and tans glowing, will our young lovers decide to finally go through with the wedding? Will hotel inspectors get their way and close the resort, or will the staff save the day?
All will be revealed in hilarious style, to an irresistible soundtrack of over 20 of some of the most iconic, chart-topping pop anthems of the decade all performed live on stage, including....
Look of Love
Fantastic Day
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Oops Upside Your Head/Too Shy/Physical
Addicted To Love
Temptation
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
She Drives Me Crazy
Feels Like I'm in Love
Don't Go
Blind Date Theme
Call Me
Just Can't Get Enough
I Could Be So Good For You
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Only You
Making Your Mind Up
Take On Me
Jump (For My Love)
Relax
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Always nice to be at this large theatre that has a 1500 plus capacity.
The show was on for around 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 50 mins.
Lots of dance routines and costume changes from the energetic cast.
The 1980s soundtrack was nicely woven into the storyline.
Lots of laugh out loud moments throughout the show.
Kate Robbins as Consuela stole many scenes with her actions and impersonations.
The crowd stood up a few times to dance away to the classic tunes.
A very enjoyable feel-good musical with a great soundtrack that all the family would enjoy.
www.clubtropicanamusical.comVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
It is on until Saturday 27 April 2019 at this venue and then continues it's UK tour.
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Complimentary wines and beers for 50 guests during the interval then after the show
from 9.50pm to 11pm was complimentary prosecco, wines and beers for 100 guests
which included all the cast in the dress circle bar.
Ex Sugababes member Heidi Range was here to support her band mate.





Monday 22 April 2019.
Check out this video on YouTube that was taken 29 March 2019.
A nice warm up for the Shepherds Bush Empire gigs later this week...see you there...
2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Finale - ALL THE YOUNG DUDES -
Featuring Ian Hunter, Brian May, Def Leppard, The Zombies , Little Steven & others.




Sunday 21 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to punk rock Icon IGGY POP who is 72 today.
The musical genius that was PRINCE died three years ago today.
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Fact of the Day...
It was 50 years ago today.
On 21 April 1969, American rock icon JANIS JOPLIN electrified English audiences at what would be her only headline solo concert in England, at the Royal Albert Hall as part of her European Tour.
With English prog rock band Yes supporting.



Saturday 20 April 2019.
THE CLONE ROSES + OASISH + THE SMITHS LTD live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
A triple bill of tribute bands from 'Madchester'.
I love going to see good quality tribute acts.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed off tonight and only 50 or so in Level 1 but the floor stalls standing is pretty full
so maybe 800 are here.
THE SMITHS LTD arrive on stage at 7pm and play for around 50 mins.
They have a great Morrissey lookalike and soundalike and he even threw out some flowers.
The mainstream singles taking priority in the set including, “This Charming Man”, “Panic", Girlfriend In A Coma” and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”, however, a sharp U-turn thrown in every track or so of less obvious tracks, a la, “Reel Around The Fountain”, kept the audience on their toes, and delighted them into the bargain.
A nice finale of "How Soon Is Now" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again".
OASISH arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for around 60 mins.
The floor standing became a heaving mass of bodies for the two headline acts.
The singer does a good job of singing and looking like Liam.
Sadly he and Noel didn't have an authentic full scale fight on stage.
Those classic Oasis songs are getting the boozed up crowd singing along loudly and it's proper amazing.
Highlights included "Rock & Roll Star", "Roll With It", "Cigarettes & Alcohol" , "Wonderwall",
"Don't Look Back In Anger" , "Live Forever" and "Champagne Supernova". A great set.
THE CLONE ROSES arrive on stage at 9.40pm and play for around 80 mins.
Was it a good idea to put the Oasis tribute band on before the Stone Roses tribute band?
Clone Roses hold their own with a nice dance vibe and they had the best guitarist of the night.
Oddly the singer looked like another Manc legend - Steve Diggle from The Buzzcocks.
The crowd are throwing beer in the air and it's a full on indie dance party atmosphere.
Highlights included ""I Wanna Be Adored" , "Sally Cinnamon" , "Waterfall", "She Bangs The Drums",
"This Is The One" and "I Am The Resurrection ".
A great evening.




Friday 19 April 2019.
GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) + djs live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
GZA, the founding member of legendary hip hop crew Wu-Tang Clan, is coming to London for a very rare headline show. Performing his classic album, 'Liquid Swords' in full, amongst other Wu-Tang favourites.
The album was released on Geffen Records in 1995 and went Top 10 in North America.
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A regular email i get is how do I get along to gigs from all genres?
Ever since the 1970s i can easily mix going to classic rock gigs and punk gigs along with soul and funk
and i was at the first London gigs by the likes of Public Enemy, Run DMC and The Beastie Boys
when Hip Hop kicked off in the late 1980s.
Levels 2 and 3 are unsold but there is still over 1000 people here.
You may be surprised that the crowd is at least 90% white.
There were various support hip hop acts and djs playing sets whose names i did not catch.
All the acts are singing to backing tracks via a dj console behind them.
GZA was on stage from 9.50pm for 70 mins.
A pretty bare production for a headliner with just a few lights and GZA singing live to backing tracks.
A lively atmosphere for when GZA came on stage.
Lots of his best known tracks played including Wu-Tang Clan gems in his set.
Plenty of great lyrics even though some tracks sounded a bit samey at times.
He didn't seem that happy when someone threw half a pint of beer on stage.
A good show.




Wednesday 17 April 2019.
ALFIE BOE + HATTIE BRIGGS live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Alfie Boe (now aged 45 ) is an English tenor and actor, best known for performing in musical theatre.
He is best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre in London, the Les Misérables: 25th Anniversary Concert in October 2010, and in the Broadway revival. He played the lead role in Finding Neverland on Broadway beginning 29 March 2016.As well, Boe shared a Tony Award with the other members of the ensemble cast of Baz Luhrmann's 2002 revival of La bohème in 2003.He has sold over one million albums in the UK.
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We have a full house for the final night of Alfie's 21 date UK tour.
HATTIE BRIGGS arrived on stage at 7.30pm and was on for 25 mins.
Hattie told us the amazing story of how she got to be on this tour.
Alfie Boe saw her busking at Paddington train station last year and they kept in touch.
And hey presto , Alfie got her on the tour.
Hattie is a singer-songwriter with a great voice.
Her set included a cover of Stings "Fields of Gold".
ALFIE BOE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and was on for 2 hours 5 mins.
Alfie is of those musical theatre singers with a powerful voice that is crossing over to rock & pop.
There were only a couple of original songs but it is mainly all cover versions.
"As Time Goes By" is the tenth studio album by English tenor Alfie Boe. It was released on 23 November 2018 by Decca Records. The album mainly features recordings of songs from the 1930s. Boe has said of the album: "I knew from day one that I wanted it to be a New Orleans-style album with the vibe of the city".
There were a few tracks played from that album and more recent cover versions including jazzy versions of
Led Zep and Guns N Roses classics along with a final song of a Snow Patrol classic.
A stunning version of "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis is the song that rocketed his career.
A five man brass section was used on several tracks, who sounded great.
Alfie has a friendly patter of on stage banter
He had a couple of special guests join him.
British Comedian BEN MILLER joined Alfie for a song.
American tv legend KELSEY GRAMMER joined Alfie for a song.
Kelsey is in London rehearsing for his musical that opens in a fortnight.
The crowd were up and dancing for the last 30 mins.
An enjoyable show.
Full Alfie Boe setlist played tonight...
Sing Sing Sing
Stompin' at the Savoy
La Vie En Rose
My Funny Valentine
Someone to Watch Over Me
Keep Me in Your Heart
Bring Him Home
Ain't Misbehavin'
Bring Me Sunshine (with Rays of Sunshine children's choir)
Misty Mountain
The Way You Look Tonight
Soul Medley - Stand By Me / (Sittin on) The Dock Of The Bay / In The Midnight Hour / Gimme Some Lovin'
Mood Indigo
Wagon Wheel (with Ben Miller and Hattie Briggs)
Corinne Corinna'
Whole Lotta Love / Sweet Child 'o Mine
Minnie the Moocher (with Kelsey Grammar)
Mardi Gras Day
Encore:
As Time Goes By
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Tuesday 16 April 2019.
ABC with Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Performing their classic debut album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety in the second half of the show.
The album spawned the hits - Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough, and All Of My Heart.
I have seen ABC over a dozen times since 1982 which was their debut UK tour.
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ABC tonight is not sold out but is it pretty much over 90% sold.
ABC are on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets of 55 mins.
With band and orchestra added together there are over 50 musicians on stage.
The orchestra was conducted by Anne Dudley.
In 1982 Dudley made significant contributions to the Horn-produced 'The Lexicon of Love' album by ABC.
She went from fleshing-out keyboard parts to scoring the album's orchestration.
Martin Fry arrives on stage in a trademark lame jacket.
The first set was a mix of hits from other albums and tracks from their comeback album.
The second set was all of their classic Number 1 album "The Lexicon of Love".
Their debut album (and masterpiece) "The Lexicon of Love", made singer Martin Fry the Bryan Ferry of his generation.
The orchestra sounded fantastic and the lush strings really added to the sound.
The crowd danced more in the second half as the big hits kicked in.
Highlights included mega versions of "The Look of Love" and "All Of My Heart".
A great show.
Full ABC setlist played tonight...
FIRST SET
Overture
When Smokey Sings
Viva Love
The Flames Of Desire
(How to Be a) Millionaire
The Love Inside the Love
Be Near Me
Ten Below Zero
One Better World
Ocean Blue
The Night You Murdered Love
SECOND SET - The Lexicon Of Love album played in full.
Show Me
Poison Arrow
Many Happy Returns
Tears Are Not Enough
Valentine's Day
The Look of Love, Part One
Date Stamp
4 Ever 2 Gether
All of My Heart
Encore:
The Look of Love, Part Four
The Look of Love, Part One (reprise)



Monday 15 April 2019...7.15pm to 11.15pm...
TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST 'The Auction' at Christies, King Street, St James's, London SW1.
This charity auction is in support of people living with HIV.
Last year the online and live auctions combined raised over £200,000. Over its history, the event has raised over £4 million to make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.
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I have been to this event a few times before and it is always a great evening.
Around 500 guests here with maybe 75% gay men & women....with most paying £150 for their ticket.
A few well known faces are here including GRAHAM NORTON and WAYNE SLEEP.
From 8.15pm to 9pm we are seated in the main auction room as bidding for world-renowned artwork,
luxury travel lots and exciting luxury experiences takes place.
Around 19 lots are live in the room and another 52 lots are in the silent auction.
After the auction we had a standing quartet band roaming the room playing cover versions.
Lots of complimentary drinks and food for all guests throughout including Nicolas Courtin champers,
two different Gin cocktails along with different canapés and pastries.
www.tht.org.ukVisit their website here for more info.



Sunday 14 April 2019.
This news is pretty unbelievable as i was at both the UFO last ever UK shows just over a week ago.
On those nights PAUL RAYMOND looked in pretty good shape for a 73 year old.
Paul Raymond, guitarist and keyboard player with UFO, has died at the age of 73. The news comes just eight days after UFO played their final UK show at London's Forum.
Raymond's death was confirmed by his life partner, Sandra, who posted the news on Facebook, writing "With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today"...... (due to a heart attack)
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Happy Birthday to guitar legend RICHIE BLACKMORE who is 74 today.




Sunday 14 April 2019.
WillNE and Stephen Tries Presents This Week On The Internet Live - Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
For the first time ever, YouTube personalities and friends (sort of) WillNE and Stephen Tries are going on a tour of the UK.
Comedians and commentators of the internet, sit back and enjoy a show from two of YouTube’s funniest (looking) men. Between the two of them, Will and Stephen’s videos have amassed more than 3 million subscribers and 355 million views, making them two of the fastest-growing channels in the UK.
So, come and see Stephen and Will live, and ultimately have a laugh at one another’s expense.
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The venue is stalls seated and it is a full house of over 1200.
Lots of teenagers here with their parents.
Mainstream comedians from the tv can play massive arena tours so it is no surprise that a
show by these "available on their internet channel only" pair can sell out this venue.
The Geordie duo were on stage for 80 mins over two sets of 40 mins which seemed a bit short.
Their production was a couch, a desk, a big screen and a third person on stage.
Their show mixed video clips along with on stage routines.
The first 20 mins was them taking the piss out of fellow big name YouTubers videos.
In the second half they had a mock game show called "Friendly Fortunes".
The Geordie accent seemed to help them to bounce off each other nicely.
At the end they kicked out some inflatable footballs.
There were enough funny bits to make it an enjoyable show.



Saturday 13 April 2019.
ELVANA + HAGGARD CAT live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Say hello to the world’s finest Elvis-fronted tribute to Nirvana. Rock & roll meets grunge as Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue, whilst splicing in sections of the King’s finest moments, culminating in a mash-up of overdrive and old school rockabilly.
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Level 3 is closed tonight but there must be at least 1200 folks here for this Nirvana tribute act.
HAGGARD CAT are on at 8pm and play for 40 mins.
They are a male rock duo of guitar/vocals and drums.
They play a loud racket, with some impressive aggressive drumming.
They played some decent rockin' tracks from their album.
ELVANA are on at 9.10pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.
I would say the crowd is over 90% Nirvana fans rather than Elvis fans.
The singer comes on dressed as Elvis in a bright pink stage suit.
He would change into two others later in the show.
He is a proper showman with plenty of entertaining stage banter.
During the show he gave out flowers and for the encore he pushed out a dozen large yellow balloons.
During the encore he sung a couple of songs from upstairs in Level 1.
There are two female backing vocals.
A lively atmosphere as lots of moshing stage front and the throwing of beers in the air.
All the classic Nirvana songs were played and most had some snippets of an Elvis gem in them.
A nice touch was to get the two backing singers on lead vocals for "Celebrity Skin" by Hole.
The encore section was a highlight...
A very enjoyable show
Encore :
Celebrity Skin (Hole cover)
Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana cover)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)
Come As You Are (Nirvana cover)
Been a Son (Nirvana cover)
The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover)




Friday 12 April 2019...6.15pm to 12.30am...
The 9th ASIAN AWARDS at The Grovenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.
Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel.
A very lavish event as most of the 700 guests here are paying £500 for their tickets.
Most men in black tie and lots of women wearing stunning dresses.
A dozen celebs are here including...
Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars actor etc) was the host for the awards
Beverley Knight ( soul singer)
Devon Malcolm (cricket legend)
Mushtaq Ahmed (cricket legend)
Naughty Boy (dj / music producer)
Manish Bhasin (BBC tv sports presenter)
Nitin Ganatra (Eastenders actor etc)
Nitin Sawhney (music composer)
Dr Ranj Singh (tv personality)
Dr Zoe Williams (tv personality)
Dominic Keating (actor)
Helen Lederer ( comedian / tv personality)
Lots of complimentary food and drink here including Perrier Jouet champers , different cocktails, wines, beers
all through the evening along with Indian canapés during the reception then a three course sit down dinner.
Starters - Sea Bass in curry sauce.
Mains - Tandori Chicken with sides.
Dessert - Chocolate & Caramel mousse and coffee.
At 10.15pm there was a very entertaining auction hosted by Jonny Gold.
The awards were on from 11pm to 12pm then it was the party after upstairs with a dj.
All guests got a nice goodie bag on departure that had a dozen items inside.
An excellent evening.



Thursday 11 April 2019...I went to three events tonight...
6.15pm to 7pm
MAL-ONE - private view and single release party - Westbank Gallery, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W10.
MAL-ONE is showcasing his punk art mixed media show of Decollages, Collages & Prints.
Punk fans would recognise the images related to The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, Damned etc.
His Record Store Day single "Punk Times" is in stores this Saturday.
We are in ' The Clash' heartland of under The Westway.
Lots of great prints with affordable prices.
Lots of punk rock chums here i know.
A dj is playing great punk rock tunes.
Complimentary Peroni beers for all guests.
Would have liked to stay a bit longer here but i had a tube journey to Moorgate to do.
It is on until 29 April - 11am to 8pm - closed Sunday & Monday - nearest tube is Ladbroke Grove.
then
7.45pm to 9.15pm
HARLEM SOUL - launch party - 205 City Road, Hoxton, London EC1.
New York-influenced restaurant and bar Harlem Soul opens after a complete overhaul of the site.
The site at 205 City Road, just off Old Street roundabout, will offer “American urban cuisine” – serving dishes drawing on soul food, Mexican and Korean styles. It replaces Boondocks, also operated by the brand, which served “American home cooking”.
Around 150 guests here and it is nice and buzzy.
The walls of the venue are covered in New York style graffiti and there is funky soul tunes being played.
Lots of complimentary tasty food and drinks for the guests....and staff are making sure the food is non-stop.
Prosecco, wines and beers.
Blackened Cajun Popcorn Shrimp
Gem Heart Dippers
Mac & Cheese Balls
Sassy Ajax Taco
BBQ Wings
Hot Harlem Sassy Wings
House Nachos
Classic Cheese Burgers
Fries
From Friday 12 April they have 50% off food until 18 April.
then
9.30pm to 10.30pm
Q - launch party - McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2.
Q is the new name for the refurbished basement floor of this trendy bar.
Around 150 guests here including Nick Ede and Jodie Harsh.
They have a couple of pool tables and casino tables.
A female dj is playing some good dance tunes and there is a cool buzzy vibe.
Complimentary prosecco and a choice of three cocktails for all guests.





Wednesday 10 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to BRIAN SETZER of The Stray Cats who is 60 today.
I am looking forward to seeing The Stray Cats in the summer when they play the UK.



Monday 08 April 2019.
Happy Birthday to Fashion Icon Dame Vivienne Westwood who is 78 today.



Monday 08 April 2019.
Very sad news that well known security guy JERRY JUDGE has passed away.
Jerry was Johnny Depp's longtime personal security guy for 22 years.
Jerry was by his side as Johnny toured Europe last summer with his band The Hollywood Vampires.
As well as the Pirates of the Caribbean star he also guarded Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts.
Judge also had cameos in several of Depp’s films including “Sweeney Todd" and appeared several episodes of “Dr. Who” between 1979 and 1984.
The bodyguard was the managing director of Music & Arts Security Ltd.
Music & Arts looked after most of The West End film premieres up until a couple of years ago when a couple
of staff left to set up their own company called Pace & Prestige which has taken over many of the contracts.
Jerry currently worked for Noble Protection.



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