Archive: June 2019

June 19, 2019

Tuesday 18 June 2019.
FLEETWOOD MAC + THE PRETENDERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.
I am back to see Fleetwood Mac play the second of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.
Even though it is a Tuesday there is a huge crowd of over 55,000 here tonight.
It was pouring with rain at 6pm but luckily for those on the pitch it never rained when the bands were on.
THE PRETENDERS swopped the setlist order a bit and Ali Campbell did not join Chrissie tonight on stage.
They added an extra song called "Thumbelina" near the end so 60 mins on stage tonight.
Chrissie dedicated a song to Paul McCartney as it was his birthday today and dedicated a track to
Ray Davies whose birthday it is next week.
FLEETWOOD MAC came on stage five mins later than on Sunday.
Fleetwood Mac have one of the most turbulent band histories in the music business.
Their acrimonious split with guitarist/ songwriter Lindsey Buckingham in 2018 after 43 years together
will soon be debated in the courts as Lindsey is suing the band.
There will always a few that say that the Lindsey Buckingham Fleetwood Mac was not as good as
the Peter Green line-up and the new line-up was not as good as the Lindsey Buckingham line-up.
Stevie Nicks got the most cheers as her weaving and spinning around the stage in her black couture drapery, below a chandelier went down well. Quite a few of the females here were wearing "Stevie type" lace dresses.
Stevie's voice is a lower register these days but she is certainly still bewitching.
The two new members did a great job but Lindsey Buckingham was more exciting to watch.
Mick Fleetwood's extended drum solo went on a bit too much
The encore of "Free Fallin'" with a photo montage of Tom Petty on the screens was mega.
Their set had sooooo many great songs that the crowd sang along to.
A downside of big outdoor shows in daylight is that the light show only fully kicks for the last
30/45 mins of the headline act when it gets darker.
Fleetwood Mac, still going strong after more than 50 years since their formation.





Tuesday 18 June 2019.
Happy Birthday to PAUL McCARTNEY who is 77 today.
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This week will see Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures make its Top 40 debut on the Official Albums Chart, exactly 40 years after it was released.
The record - acclaimed from the moment it was released - came out on June 15 1979 has been re-released to mark its 40th anniversary. It's often considered one of the greatest British albums ever made.
The collection is at Number 5 on the latest Official Chart Update - an early glimpse of how the Official UK Charts are shaping up ahead of their final positions, announced on Fridays.
I bought it in the first week of release in 1979 from the original Rough Trade store.




Monday 17 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...
4pm to 8pm
GOFFS & QIPCO London Sale - Perks Field, Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8.
The weather is perfect as the sunshine has come out for this outdoor event.
GOFFFS is Ireland's premier thoroughbred auction house.
This horse auction is always held on the eve of Royal Ascot in this superb location.
Over 500 guests here with most coming from the Horse Racing community.
Also here were Jackie St Clair, Alistair Guy and a nice surprise to see football manager Barry Fry (now aged 74).
He has managed Dunstable Town, Bedford Town, Maidstone United, Southend United, Barnet, Birmingham City and, most recently, Peterborough United. Fry is currently director of football at Peterborough.
A couple of tv presenters were interviewing guests.
All the horses were paraded in the field next door before the auction.
From 5pm to 6pm the 23 horses were auctioned off.
From 6pm to 7pm was an acoustic covers band playing whose name was Fairvue.
Complimentary gin & tonics, Pimms, Rose wines and beers.
Complimentary fish tacos, mini-hotdogs , finger sandwiches, canapés, mini-doughnuts and pastries.
A very nice event.
www.goffslondonsale.comVisit their website here for more info.
then a walk through the park to...
BRYAN FERRY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
I have seen Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry solo many times since the 1970s.
Chris Spedding is still playing guitar for Bryan's tour.
Chris was playing guitar for Bryan Ferry when i saw him at this same venue in 1977.
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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.
BRYAN FERRY & band arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
Hard to believe that Bryan is now aged 73 , as he still looks so good in his smart suit.
He is the unflappable king of cool, so stylish he should be hanging in the Tate.
For several songs in the first half he was sat behind keyboards.
Bryan was great on mouth organ a couple of times.
Chris Spedding is now aged 75 and still playing lots of nifty guitar licks.
His band also included two backing singers.
"In Every Dream Home a Heartache" was a perfect opener and "Oh Yeah" was superb.
The second half was full of Roxy Music classics.
"Virginia Plain" may have come out in 1972 but it still sounds incredible today.
That got the crowd up and dancing for the last few songs.
A great show.
Full setlist played by Bryan Ferry tonight...
In Every Dream Home a Heartache (Roxy Music song)
Out of the Blue (Roxy Music song)
The Space Between (Roxy Music song)
The 39 Steps
Slave to Love
Don't Stop the Dance
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Bob Dylan cover)
Oh Yeah (Roxy Music song)
Boys and Girls
Can't Let Go
My Only Love (Roxy Music song)
Take a Chance With Me (Roxy Music song)
To Turn You On (Roxy Music song)
If There Is Something (Roxy Music song)
Dance Away (Roxy Music song)
More Than This (Roxy Music song)
Avalon (Roxy Music song)
Love Is the Drug (Roxy Music song)
Virginia Plain (Roxy Music song)
Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
Encore:
Let's Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)




Sunday 16 June 2019.
FLEETWOOD MAC + THE PRETENDERS live at Wembley Stadium, London.
Fleetwood Mac play the first of two massive shows at Wembley Stadium.
Lindsey Buckingham has been replaced by with two new members: Mike Campbell, longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn.
Their album "Rumours" is in the Top 20 best selling albums of all time.
Having won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, "Rumours" has since sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
I have seen Fleetwood Mac a few times before at Earls Court and The 02 Arena.
I have seen The Pretenders around 20 times since an early gig at The Nashville Pub in 1979.
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Tonight is pitch seating so there is a reduced capacity of 65,000 and there are around 57,000 here.
Pretty impressive when you see the best seat ticket prices are a whopping £200 and £155.
Ticket prices for this show were £75, £90, £125, £155 and £200 + fees.
THE PRETENDERS arrived on stage at 6.30pm for their 55 mins set.
A good thing about massive gigs at Wembley Stadium is that the support act will always be a big name.
They had use of the three big screens and some of the lights.
They played many of their classic tracks in their set.
For "I Got You Babe" Chrissie duetted with UB40s Ali Campbell.
A mega rendition of "I'll Stand By You".
For "Brass in Pocket" Chrissie took off her jacket to reveal her still slender 67 year old frame.
A very good set.
Full Pretenders setlist played tonight...
Hate for Sale
Gotta Wait
Message of Love
Kid
Down the Wrong Way (Chrissie Hynde song)
Talk of the Town
I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher cover) (with Ali Campbell from UB40)
Back on the Chain Gang
Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)
I'll Stand By You
Don't Get Me Wrong
Cuban Slide
Brass in Pocket
Middle of the Road
FLEETWOOD MAC arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 2 hours 5 mins.
Their stage production is pretty average compared to visual spectaculars here recently including
BTS, Capital Radio Summertime Ball and The Spice Girls.
They have three big screens but the two smaller side ones are the size that most bands use for
indoor arenas rather than huge outdoor stadium gigs like this.
However the sound quality overall was excellent considering it's a big open air show.
Loads of their greatest hits played in the set, with great harmonies.
They did a nice version of "Oh Well" and dedicated it to original member Peter Green.
Drummer Mick Fleetwoid took charge of most of the on stage banter.
The added advantage of having the new members is that Fleetwood Mac can now play
classics by Crowded House and Tom Petty in their set.
A great evening with two quality bands.
Full Fleetwood Mac setlist played tonight...
The Chain
Little Lies
Dreams
Second Hand News
Say You Love Me
Black Magic Woman
Everywhere
Rhiannon
World Turning
Gypsy
Oh Well
Don't Dream It's Over (Crowded House cover)
Landslide
Hold Me
Monday Morning
You Make Loving Fun
Gold Dust Woman
Go Your Own Way
Encore:
Free Fallin' (Tom Petty cover)
Don't Stop
Tape outro - Albatross





Saturday 15 June 2019.
SPICE GIRLS + JESS GLYNNE live at Wembley Stadium, London.
I am back again to see this show for a second time.
I am nearer to the stage so i enjoy it a bit more than last night.
JESS GLYNNE was on stage again on at 7.15pm for her good 45 mins set.
A nice busy weekend for Jess with three support sets for The Spice Girls on Thurs, Fri, Sat
and then The Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday.
A couple of side blocks unsold but still an enormous crowd here of around 75,000.
Nearly all female crowd here again...and a few blokes dressed in Spice Girls outfits.
SPICE GIRLS on stage again at 8.30pm for two hours.
This was the last night of their UK tour tour so they are milking that by saying
"We are saving the best to last".
The times they were again off the stage(interludes for costume changes) confused a lot of people at the show.
Plenty of stage banter that the crowd loved, and they do appear to be a real gang of female best friends.
Geri said this tour has sold an incredible 700,000 tickets.
Geri said of her departure during their heyday "sorry for leaving the band, i was just being a brat".
The last 45 mins is again a highlight with thousands of wristbands lighting up the stadium as darkness fell.
For "Mama" they invited their mums and kids on stage - three generations.
"Girl Power" has certainly come along way in the past 25 years.
See both acts setlists below in the previous review.





Fruday 14 June 2019
SPICE GIRLS + JESS GLYNNE live Wembley Stadium, London.
The Spice Girls play the second of three massive sold out shows at this venue.
The Spice Girls UK tour will be thirteen stadium shows including three at Wembley Stadium.
Expect a big production with lots of costume changes and dancers.
Victoria Beckham is not involved but the other four Spice Girls are here for these enormous gigs.
During a five year spell at the end of the 1990s , The Spice Girls had a staggering NINE number one UK hits.
I saw them in 1997 and 1998 during their heyday as well as their reunion tour a decade ago.
Their classic video for debut single "Wannabe" has now passed 400 million views on Vevo/YouTube.
Several music legends are playing Wembley Stadium this summer but only Spice Girls are playing three nights.
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A massive crowd here of around 80,000.
Must be at least 90% female as expected.
Many are dressed as their fave Spice Girl for a girls night out party.
We have had rain in London the last few days but it stayed dry tonight.
JESS GLYNNE on stage at 7.15pm for her 45 mins set.
Jess Glynne is an ideal support act as she has had loads of hit singles.
Full Jess Glynne setlist played tonight...
Hold My Hand
No One
These Days (Rudimental cover)
Thursday
Don't Be So Hard on Yourself
One Touch (Jess Glynne & Jax Jones cover)
Take Me Home
So Real (Warriors) / Real Love / My Love / Rather Be
All I Am
I'll Be There
SPICE GIRLS on stage at 8.30pm for two hours.
A fantastic stage production with two big screens and a circular stage walkway that acts as the gold circle.
The Spice World circular stage featured Spice Girls slogans above it on the mini-screens.
Half a dozen costume changes, along with lasers and strobes and pyros.
The vocals overall could have been a bit louder.
The crowd were given wristbands that lit up in different colours which looked nice when it fell dark.
The show was a bit mixed really as the first 15 mins and last 45 mins were great but the middle hour plodded.
Emerging to fireworks and launching into "Spice Up Your Life", each member encircled by their own
dance crew, it felt like very little time had elapsed since their heyday.
With the exception of Mel C’s contributions, vocals were often weak, while the frequent costume changes were masked by lengthy dance interludes that lacked any narrative.
A Seventies disco-covers section mid-set felt incongruous, and when the quartet strayed into their own deep cuts they unwittingly exposed the flimsiness of their back catalogue.
Basically this crowd were really only interested in hearing the hits.
The last half dozen hit songs were very enjoyable and a finale of "Wannabe" was great.
So a show that was great for an hour, and pretty average for the other hour.
Full Spice Girls setlist played tonight....
Spice Up Your Life
If U Can't Dance
Who Do You Think You Are
Do It
Something Kinda Funny
Move Over
Sound Off (Dance interlude)
Holler/Sound Off (reprise)
Queer Tango (Dance interlude)
Viva Forever
Let Love Lead the Way
Goodbye
Car Wash (Dance interlude)
Never Give Up on the Good Times
We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)
Love Thing
Band introductions/We Will Rock You/Park Life cover snippets
The Lady Is a Vamp
The Last Waltz (Dance interlude)
Too Much
Say You'll Be There
2 Become 1
Girl Power (Video)
Encore:
Stop
Mama
Wannabe



Thursday 13 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 9pm.
APPLEBY'S FISH - launch party - Queens Walk, Hungerford Bridge, London SE1.
Graham Applebee and his team of fishmongers offer the catch of the day and prepare it to their customers’ requirements. Applebee’s Fish has everything on ice, from lobster and large Madagascan prawns to halibut, snapper, sea bass, salmon and crab. Produce is wild and line caught whenever possible.
This is a pop-up that will be here throughout the summer to September.
The venue is open air and it's a bit noisy as it's directly under the railway bridge near The Royal Festival Hall.
Lots of complimentary food and drinks for the 150 guests here tonight.
Collet champers, five different cocktails including Espresso Martinis, prosecco, wines, beers.
Full size cod & chips & mushy peas, oysters, large prawns in batter, sea bass , salmon, crab and more.
Oddly though they do not serve desserts here.
A male singer/ guitarist performed an hour of cover versions.
A dj played tunes in the background after the singer performed.
A very nice event.
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then
MUNGO JERRY live The 100 Club, London.
Ray Dorsey , now aged 73 , still fronts the band who had number one UK hits with
"In The Summertime" (1970) and "Baby Jump" (1971).
I saw them last year in Ealing but Mungo Jerry don't play London as often as you would think.
Jona Lewie was here, best known for his 1980 UK hits "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties"
and "Stop the Cavalry".
Also here were Del and Mannie from West London punk legends - The Satellites.
I caught the last 60 mins of Mungo Jerry planned 80/90 mins set.
Ray Dorsey still has the big afro hair and big smile.
Plenty of good time lyrics that has everyone singing along.
Highlights included....
Lady Rose
Alright, Alright, Alright
Long Legged Woman
In The Summertime
Baby Jump
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A few minutes after the show Ray Dorsey came out to sign CDs and pose for photos.




Wednesday 12 June 2019.
STEREOLAB + VANISHING TWIN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Stereolab play the first of two shows at this venue on their UK tour.
10 years on from their hiatus, Stereolab are returning to the stage to coincide with their seven-album reissue campaign.
Stereolab are an English-French avant-pop band formed in London in 1990. Led by the songwriting team of Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, the group's music combined influences from krautrock, lounge and 1960s pop music, often incorporating a repetitive motorik beat with heavy use of vintage electronic keyboards and female vocals sung in English and French. On stage, they played in a more feedback-driven and guitar-oriented style. The band also drew from funk, jazz and Brazilian music, and were one of the first artists to be dubbed "post-rock". They are regarded among the most innovative and influential groups of the 1990s.
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Both bands have their equipment pushed to the front of the stage.
Both bands have a minimal light show.
VANISHING TWIN arrive on stage at 8pm and play for 35 mins.
The band members may come from Belgium, Japan, Italy, France and America but they have all made England their home. The Age Of Immunology album (which is sung in all the primary languages of the musicians who made it as well as English).
A bit too low-fi boring for me.
STEREOLAB arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 90 mins.
I know their name but I am going in blind as i do not know any Stereolab material.
The critics have always loved their arty niche sound.
French female vocals and a dreamy indie low-fi sound.
The hardcore crowd know all the songs and nod along studiously.
It ticked along nicely but nothing really excited me that much.
The merch stands were very popular tonight as this crowd like their vinyl and t-shirts.
Full Stereolab setlist played tonight...
Come and Play in the Milky Night
Brakhage
French Disko
Baby Lulu
Miss Modular
Fluorescences
Metronomic Underground
Anamorphose
Need to Be
Ping Pong
Percolator
Crest
Lo Boob Oscillator
Encore:
The Extension Trip
Blue Milk
Contronatura




Wednesday 12 June 2019.
Sad news that Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy great Phil Lynott has died at the age of 88.
Hot Press report that she had been battling cancer for a number of years, and had made the decision not to
go through chemotherapy.
She famously wrote the best-selling 1995 book My Boy detailing her early life with her son and his rise to fame as the frontman of Thin Lizzy, and was instrumental in the campaign to have the Phil Lynott statue erected in Dublin’s Harry Street.
I met her a couple of times at The Classic Rock Awards when she represented Phil.



Wednesday 12 June 2019.
This is a nice article about a little known English Prog band called CZAR.
In 1970 they brought out one album on Fontana Records.
One of their tracks "Today" has been sampled by rapper Tyler the Creator for the track "Puppet"
for his number one album in America titled IGOR.
Their guitarist and songwriter Mick Ware is now in line for a nice chunk of royalties.
Tyler, the Creator's 'PUPPET' sample of Czar's 'Today' | WhoSampled
"PUPPET" by Tyler, the Creator sampled Czar's "Today". Listen to both songs on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes.




Tuesday 11 June 2019.
LENNY KRAVITZ + Corinne Bailey Rae live at The 02 Arena, London.
Lenny on a world tour to celebrate 30 years since his debut album "Let Love Rule" was released in 1989.
I have seen Lenny Kravitz several times since 1990.
Lenny Kravitz is an American rock star who has been touring and releasing music albums since the end of the 1980s. His unique style is a fusion of several music genres including rock, blues and soul, as well as jazz and pop. During four years in a row, from 1999 to 2002, he won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Male Vocal.Lenny has sold over 40 million albums worldwide including 10 million copies of his "Greatest Hits" album.
Support comes from Leeds pop soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae.
Her first two albums have together sold over five million copies worldwide.
Her third album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, was released on 13 May 2016.
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Level 4 is closed off tonight as unsold, which may have been deliberate as Lenny played
Wembley Arena only 12 months ago.
I didn't go to that show as annoyingly it clashed with The Foo Fighters at The London Stadium.
Must be at least 8000 or 9000 here though.
CORINNE BAILEY RAE arrived on stage at 7.45pm for her 30 mins set.
Nice to her on stage again as she has been a bit quiet after her early success.
She played her cool summery breakthrough hit "Put Your Records On".
Her uptempo songs were a bit Beverley Knight and the ballads were more Sade.
LENNY KRAVITZ arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played a mammoth 2 hours 25 mins set.
At the start , Lenny said "I have been told there is a 11pm curfew here and if i go over i will be fined",....
Lenny then said "Well, i had better write the cheque out now"...and he did go over 11pm by 10 mins.
Sunglasses wearer Lenny is still one of the coolest looking / acting rockers out there.
A great band who included Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and a three man brass section.
The first 30 mins was brilliantly full tilt then it calmed down a bit in the middle.
There were no big screens but the light show was stunning.
Lenny still oozes sex appeal so there are plenty of swooning rock chicks in the crowd.
Throughout his career Lenny has resolutely held true to his unique blend of psychedelia, funk and soul, a jet-setting rock that transcends the boundaries of musical trends.
He played all his biggest tunes.
Amazing finale with Lenny walking through the crowd around the whole venue during an
extended version of "Let Love Rule".
An excellent show.
Full Lenny Kravitz setlist played tonight...
We Can Get It All Together
Fly Away
Dig In
Bring It On
American Woman (The Guess Who cover)
Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)
Fields of Joy
Freedom Train
Who Really Are the Monsters?
Stillness of Heart
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Can't Get You Off My Mind
Low
I Belong to You
5 More Days 'Til Summer
Mr. Cab Driver
Bank Robber Man
Where Are We Runnin'?
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Love Revolution
Encore:
Here to Love
Let Love Rule (Lenny went for a full wander in the crowd around the venue)





Monday 10 June 2019...6.45pm to 11.30pm...
THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS at Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London.
Many different awards are given out on the night.
On the night of the awards, they reveal the list of the 100 best restaurants in the UK.
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I have been to this great event a few times before.
Usually for this event it is lovely spring sunshine but today it is pissing down with rain all day so some
of the food stations are inside but the food vans are still outside and there are marquees put
up outside for punters to protect them from the rain, wind and cold.
Safe to say nobody is playing tennis, bowls or croquet at this private members club today.
Around 500 guests including top level chefs like Fergus Henderson.
Lots of top notch complimentary drinks and food for all the guests here.
Piper-Heidsieck champers and cocktails including Espresso Martinis and Jack Daniels based.
Also wines along with beers from sponsors Estrella Damm.
Full size cheeseburgers from Burger & Beyond
BBQ Chicken portions from Bayou New Orleans
Pizza from Born & Raised.
Also BBQ Ribs, French pastries, ice-cream, chocs etc.
Guests got a goodie bag with beers and glasses from sponsors from Estrella Damm.
From 8.15pm to 9.15pm we were seated indoors for the individual awards and Top 100 restaurants.
The 100 best restaurants had a one by one countdown on the big screen.
More than 50 of the Top 100 were in the London area.
Here are the Top 20.
1.Moor Hall
2.Brat, London
3.Cornerstone, London
4.Core by Clare Smyth, London
5.Sabor, London
6.L’Enclume
7.Mere, London
8.Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London
9.Ynyshir
10.The Ledbury, London
11.A Wong, London
12.The River Café, London
13.The Sportsman
14.Restaurant Sat Bains
15.Kiln, London
16.Paul Ainsworth at No. 6
17.Lyle’s, London
18.Forest Side
19.Casamia
20.House of Tides



Monday 10 June 2019.
The first video from our gig last night is now up on YouTube.com
"Do I Need You?"
Search Gun Control The Rocket Acton reunion 9/6/2019 Do I Need You



Sunday 09 June 2019.
GUN CONTROL live at The Rocket Pub, Churchfield Road, Acton, London W3...free entry...
My band from the early 80s played a successful comeback gig on 10 Nov 2018.
This will be our second comeback gig and first gig for us this year.
Four original members still there including me on drums...along with our new singer.
Tonight will also double up as a 60th birthday celebration for me.
As it is a Sunday we will be off the stage early so folks with travel can get home ok.
Check the band search in www.raysgigs.com for Gun Control gig list 1980 to 1982.
GUN CONTROL with me on drums are now up on YouTube.
Check out some footage from our little shindig on 10 Nov 2018
Go to google and type in - YouTube Gun Control At The Rocket 10/11/18
Type in exactly as above as there are many Gun Control related videos up.
It's done on a phone so not perfect quality but it gives you an idea how it was.
Two videos - one of 23 mins and one of 3 mins...
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Here we are just three minutes from Acton Town Hall where in Nov 2002 i attended
Joe Strummer's last ever London show before he sadly passed away just six weeks later.
When we played here last year we had to play on the floor but now they have a proper stage
which is a foot or so off the floor.
Around 50 or 60 watching us tonight with many I have known for 40 years or more.
GUN CONTROL take to the stage at 9.15pm and play for around 50 mins.
Great for me to see quality bands every week but you cannot replicate the feeling when people are
clapping and cheering for our own original songs.
All the songs we played tonight, including the covers were in our early 1980s set.
It was thrilling to be playing in front of an audience again.
A little bit of nerves but plenty of excitement too.
My hi-hat and backing vocal microphone was playing up by moving away from me but dealt with that ok.
It all came together on the night well and the feedback from everyone after was positive.
Pretty good considering we only had one rehearsal for this gig.
A great result for all concerned so a pretty amazing night.
Full setlist played tonight...
Teenage Kicks (cover )
Cheap Publicity
No Mercy
Wasted Youth
No Tomorrow
You Mean Nothing To Me
On Parole
Victim
Do I Need You?
Steppin' Stone ( cover)
Open Your Heart ( extra song added to the set from the last gig in 2018)
Encore :
All the band and crowd sing happy birthday to me.
Teenage Kicks (cover ) (reprise)
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Two more of the band members will be 60 in November so we are a planning a special show at
The Shepherds Bush Club in Goldhawk Road , which is where The Who played a few times in the 60s.



Saturday 08 June 2019...2.30pm to 10pm...
CAPITAL RADIO Summertime Ball live at Wembley Stadium.
Over a dozen pop acts will be performing short sets opening with Mark Ronson at 2.30pm.
Also there performing in no particular will be...
Halsey
Anne-Marie
Jonas Brothers
Jess Glynne
5 Seconds Of Summer
Khalid
Ellie Goulding
Sigala
Rita Ora
Jax Jones
Mabel
Jonas Bue
Sigrid
Ava Max
Tom Walker
Lauv
Maroon 5
Calvin Harris (in 2007 I saw him dj at a clothing launch party for 150 people and now to date he has been
involved with 26 Top 10 UK hits including a staggering 10 number ones).
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Amazingly a very gloomy morning did not produce any rain at all during the day.
CAPITAL RADIO is a popular radio station that plays commercial pop.
A massive crowd of maybe 80,000 are here.
Loads of young women but there are quite a few adults around.
A large gold circle area where folks have paid £125 to be there.
The huge stage looks fantastic with the two side screens showing live footage and the middle bit
showing eye-catching pre-recorded images.
All the acts were on stage for two songs (10 mins) to six songs (30 mins) apart from
headliner Calvin Harris who took the stage at 9.15pm for his 35 mins set.
Some had just backing tapes and some had their own bands (not 100% sure they were plugged in).
A walkway to the b-stage in the middle...along with dancers, pyros, flames, ticker-tape, streamers.
Lots of quick changeovers and Capital Radio djs talking between some acts.
Many of the acts can headline The 02 Arena on their own and have sold a few million singles.
I didn't really see anything mega but plenty of good performances.
Mark Ronson , Jess Glynne and Anne-Marie came on early as they had other gigs in the evening.
All did good sets and Mark Ronson set included "Valerie" and "Uptown Funk".
Rita Ora was good and newer females Mabel and Halsey were good.
Jonas Brothers and 5 Seconds Of Summer got the girls screaming but not my cup of tea.
Tom Walker only did two songs but his big hit "Leave a Light On" was great.
Ellie Goulding arrived on stage at 6.45pm and did a good 30 mins set.
I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris cover) (extended intro)
Close to Me (Ellie Goulding, Diplo & Swae Lee cover)
Sixteen
On My Mind
Love Me Like You Do
Burn
Maroon 5 were on from 8.35pm for 30 mins and played their catchy hits "This Love" ,
"She Will Be Loved" and "Move Like Jagger".
Dusk fell for Calvin Harris as the light show kicked in for his dj based set.
An enjoyable day.
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After a decade at Wembley the pr girl told me the event would next year be held at Spurs new ground.




Friday 07 June 2019.
THE SEX PISTOLS Jubilee boat trip gig was 42 years ago today in 1977.
The Sex Pistols boat trip down the Thames on 7 June 1977 was to herald the release of their classic single
"God Save the Queen".
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Happy Birthday to TOM JONES who is 79 today.
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Sad news that DR JOHN has passed away.
Dr. John, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a six-time Grammy winner, died Thursday morning from a heart attack, said publicist and social media manager Karen Beninato...he was aged 77.
The first time I saw him live was in 1997 when the support act was......Dr. Robert.



Thursday 06 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 9pm
SUMMER GARDEN PARTY - Mount Street Gardens, Mayfair, London W1.
Most of the 500 guests have paid £50 to be here...and thankfully the rain has stayed away.
I have been here a few times before so i know it's a great event.
Guests enjoyed top notch complimentary food & drinks from half a dozen restaurants in the area including
Indian food from Chutney Mary
Cheeseburgers from Morton's Club
Oysters from Wilton 's of St James
Desserts from Annabel's
Canapés from The Connaught , The Westbury and The Hide.
Two different cocktails, prosecco, wines and beers.
At 8pm there was a raffle and Chesterton's lucky dip (i won five pairs of tickets for future Royal Academy events).
There is a jazz band playing for an hour then a pop covers band play for an hour.
A fun casino from Palm Beach
Guests were dancing in front of the stage for the last 30 mins at this very enjoyable event.
then
9.30pm to 11.30pm
SOHO RADIO x FORA - building opening party - 33 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1.
Despite starting at 6pm , this party was still in full flow in their bar and space downstairs.
Around 150 guests here and some are dancing to the cool dj sounds.
Complimentary drinks including two different cocktails, prosecco, wines, beers and doughnuts.
Pioneering online radio station Soho Radio – with its global audience, live to vinyl sessions and a huge array of DJ royalty – will expand into the very front of Fora’s newest building, redefining the use of lobby space and giving Soho Radio a central Soho location to be seen and enjoyed by all.
‘Pro-working’ provider Fora is excited to announce a partnership with world-famous, London celebrated brand Soho Radio in its new space at 33 Broadwick Street, Soho. The partnership will create three state-of-the-art podcast studios alongside a radio station, catering to Soho Radio’s 4 million listeners.
The partnership between Fora and Soho Radio will take place in the former Hearst Magazines London Headquarters, a company that has been a linchpin of the traditional print media industry since 1910 and publishes titles including Esquire, ELLE and Cosmopolitan. Fora will breathe new life into the iconic and internationally renowned building by offering an inspirational and collaborative space for Fora Residents, celebrated musicians, cultural figures and thought leaders to come together to create.
www.sohoradiolondon.comVisit their website here for more info and to listen online.



Wednesday 05 June 2019.
LIAM GALLAGHER live at The Round Chapel, Hackney, London.
Liam is playing an intimate gig at The Round Chapel, Hackney.
Liam Gallagher has announced his new single ‘Shockwave’ will be released on 7th June through Warner. The single is the first taste of Liam Gallagher since his mega-successful ‘As You Were’ comeback album.
Needless to say all the cheapish £30 tickets sold out pronto.
This will be Liam's opening show of his summer tour schedule which includes Glastonbury Festival.
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Liam is playing a special show for sponsors ADIDAS SPEZIAL.
Adidas are filming the show and all the bar staff are wearing white Adidas sports shirts.
A proper trek across London for me to get here.
A stunning venue that i have never been to before as it rarely gets used by big names but both
Blondie and Coldplay have played special shows here over the years.
Around 500 folks here with 350 floor standing and 150 guests in seats upstairs.
I spotted Miles Kane here.
Guests were from Live Nation / Adidas / Warner Music / press / Liam's friends & family.
Classic tunes over the pa before Liam came on stage including The Stone Roses.
Liam & band arrived on stage at 8.35pm and were on stage for 60 mins.
Man City flags hang over the amps and oddly there is picture of Leo Sayer on the bass drum.
Liam arrives on stage in one of his long macs and keeps it on all through the show, despite sweating buckets.
A fantastic pair of Oasis songs open the show and the crowd go bonkers.
It eases down a bit for his solo material which will never match the best Oasis classics.
The crowd are chanting "As You Fucking Were" , "As You Fucking Were".
Finale of "Cigarettes & Alcohol" and "Champagne Supernova" were mega.
A shortish set but that was reflected in the ticket prices.
Really great to see him up close at this venue.
Full Liam Gallagher setlist played tonight....
Tape intro song - Fuckin' in the Bushes (Oasis song)
Rock 'n' Roll Star (Oasis song)
Morning Glory (Oasis song)
Wall of Glass
Greedy Soul
For What It's Worth
Shockwave (Live debut)
Columbia (Oasis cover) (Live debut by Liam solo, first time since 2013 when was played with Beady Eye)
Some Might Say (Oasis song)
Soul Love (Beady Eye song)
Lyla (Oasis song) (Live debut by Liam solo, first time played by an Oasis member since their last gig at The V Festival)
Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis song)
Champagne Supernova (Oasis song)




Tuesday 04 June 2019...7pm to 9.30pm...
RICHARD ORLINSKI - gallery opening party - 106 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Richard Orlinski is a French pop-art artist born in Paris (now aged 53) .A sculptor since 2004, his work, is conceived around the concept "Born Wild" in a style and with contemporary materials available for a large audience, including children. His creations act on archaisms. His works are exhibited both at FIAC on the slopes of Courchevel and in 90 galleries worldwide. Since 2011, he has been ranked in the Top 10 of the best selling French artists in the world by Art Price; one of his works was sold for €680,000.
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Around 150 guests here including KELLY OSBOURNE at this buzzing gallery opening.
Playing loud tunes is Kate Moss fave dj FAT TONY.
Richard is here and looks cool in a leather bomber jacket and def has rock star / actor looks and vibe.
He even has a personal security guard following him close everywhere he goes.
He went behind the dj console for a couple of tracks and the venue turned into a full on dance club vibe.
He was joined by a couple of female singers/dancers for his dance track "Heartbeat" which has had
over 9 million views on YouTube.
Many of his sculptures feature his trademark Kong Gorilla.
A couple of them have music acts emblazoned on them including AC/DC and David Bowie.
There was a fun photo booth in the corner.
There were a couple of guys filming the event for him so expect it be on his website soon.
Amazingly there were three different complimentary champers brands throughout the evening along with canapés.
First it was Taittinger, then Veuve Clicquot , then Laurent Perrier.
All guests got a goodie bag of a baseball cap with his Kong logo and a six inch Kong chocolate box.
www.galerie-orlinski.comVisit the gallery website here for more info.





Monday 03 June 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.45pm
The Hexagon Society for United Artists For Europe - auction - Hotel Cafe Royal, Regent Street, London W1.
Hexagon is a pro-European Franco-British charitable organisation promoting the values of democracy.
Around 150 guests here in the second floor space of this famous hotel...with 50 of them seated.
At 6.45pm we have speeches from Bernard-Henri Lévy, Simon de Pury and Thaddaeus Ropac.
At 7pm the 30 lots were auctioned.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, wines and canapés for all the guests.
www.artistsforeurope.orgVisit their website here for more info.
then
8pm to 11pm
MONTBLANC x KIPLING - launch party , Annabel's, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.
Always nice to be at this well known luxury members club...in their "Jungle" bar.
Montblanc fountainpens are world-renowned for their quality in both aesthetic and design.
Montblanc are launching their new fountain pen - The 2019 Writer’s Edition Rudyard Kipling.
They have a couple on display...they will retail for a few hundred pounds.
Around 150 guests here in their stunning basement including Lottie Moss, Anais Gallagher and Rafferty Law.
Also the actors Cressida Bonas and Gala Gordon, models Leomie Anderson and Betty Bachz.
We had a duo performing a dance routine in leopard skin costumes , a nod to The Jungle Book.
We also had a couple of poetry readings , one was from George The Poet.
There was a fun photo booth in the corner.
All guests got a Montblanc Rudyard Kipling Notebook that retails for around £30.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers, three different cocktails and canapés for guests.
www.montblanc.comVisit the Montblanc website here for more info.



Monday 03 June 2019.
Happy Birthday to IAN HUNTER who is 80 today.
Happy Birthday to SUZI QUATRO who is 69 today.



Sunday 02 June 2019...6pm to 9pm...
My band GUN CONTROL (with me on drums) had a rehearsal today in North Acton.
We ran through the set a couple of times.
Save the date...Sunday 09 June 2019...
We are playing The Rocket Pub, Churchfield Road, Acton....free entry...
We are on 9pm to 10pm so folks can get home if they come a long way.
Full info above in my gig list.



Saturday 02 June 2019.
BTS live at Wembley Stadium, London.
BTS play the first of two massive gigs at Wembley Stadium.
They are pretty much the Asian One Direction as they are playing huge stadiums worldwide.
BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that is capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally.
A meteoric rise to stardom as they were playing free gigs back home for 200 fans just 5 years ago.
How have they become so popular in the UK?...youtube & streaming i suppose...
They were the first K-pop act to win a Billboard Music Award and to perform at the American Music Awards. They just released their seventh album, "Map of the Soul: Persona."
20 April 2019 update---BTS debut at Number 1 on this week's Official Albums Chart with " Map of The Soul: Persona".
The seven-member group are the first Korean act to score a chart-topping album in the UK.
Map of The Soul is BTS's fourth collection to chart in the UK Top 40, following their three part Love Yourself album series.
Their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour, which kicks off on May 4 and reaches the UK on June 1 for two shows at London's Wembley Stadium.
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Just how did K-Pop get so popular in the UK?
Many K-Pop bands having success playing theatres, arenas and now bleeding Wembley Stadium.
The crowd is pretty 90% girls aged 10 to 30.
There is best seating on the pitch with prices of £160 (for Block A) and £130 (for Block B).
Must be at least 50,000 fans here tonight.
Many of the young girls are no doubt going to their very ever concert...and are very excitable.
At 7.30pm we have BTS videos on the big screens and there is plenty of screaming.
At 7.40pm BTS arrive on stage and play for a mammoth 2 hours 35 mins.
Seven of them on stage with a visually stunning production that included massive screens, pyros,
a staircase and a huge B-stage in the middle of the pitch at the end of the walkway.
There is no backing band...IT IS ALL SUNG TO BACKING TAPES , but this crowd don't care.
Plenty of dance routines and costume changes...and girl fans screaming every 30 seconds.
For some songs all of them were all on stage and other songs had solo spots and four of them etc.
A few songs had 20 male dancers joining them.
The lyrics seem to mainly Korean but they use some English.
Some of you may have gone to the Coldplay tour where there gave out tecky wristbands that light up
in sync with the music for a stunning visual stunt, well BTS get their fans to pay for it.
Globe light sticks at a whacking £45 each have been bought by over 5000 fans here.
As darkness fell the torches changing colour with the music and looked incredible.
The songs were decent enough and there was much talking and video clips between songs.
Some songs were uptempo and some were ballads...a piano on stage but not sure if it was plugged in.
Visually a surprisingly enjoyable show.
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Sat 01 June---Happy Birthday to RONNIE WOOD who is 72 today.
Sun 02 June---Happy Birthday to CHARLIE WATTS who is 78 today.


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Friday 31 May 2019.
MARY BLACK live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Mary Black now aged 64 , has released a dozen albums over the last 40 years.
I saw this popular & respected back home in Ireland folk singer a couple of times back in 1997.
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It is stalls seated tonight so a near capacity crowd of around 1000 here.
I would guess that 75% of the crowd are from Ireland or whose parents come from there.
Mary Black and her five piece band were on stage for 1 hour 50 mins over two sets.
Mary is looking good and you can hear every word of her nice vocals.
Lots of references to Ireland as you can imagine that went down well with the audience.
There were a few covers in her set along with her own material.
Highlights included "A Song For Ireland " and "Only a Woman's Heart".
Encores included...
No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley cover)
Man in The Mirror (Michael Jackson cover) ( with her daughter Roisin O )
A good show.
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The Who + Eddie Vedder live at Wembley Stadium on Sat 06 July 2019.
2 for 1 tickets up in Level 5.... £77 tickets are now £38.50 for this weekend only.
Janelle Monae at Wembley Arena on 02 July 2019.
2 for 1 tickets standing or seats...£55.50 tickets are now £27.75 for this weekend only.
Ticketmaster Flash sale is from 09:00 Friday 31 May 2019 to 23:59 Sunday 2 June 2019.



Thursday 30 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 8.15pm
RUSS KANE - book launch party - The Wellington Club, 91 Jermyn Street, St James's, London SW1.
Russ Kane is launching his book "The Gatekeeper".
For 20 years Russ was Capital Radio's airborne traffic reporter, keeping London's drivers up to date with the latest tailbacks from his vantage point 1,500ft in the air. "It was everything I didn't like," he said. "Early mornings and small planes."
Two weeks' trial turned into two decades. He had great rapport with Breakfast Show presenter Chris Tarrant.
Around 100 guests here in this nice members club and there is a buzzy atmosphere.
Guests here included Tony Blackburn , Vicki Michelle, Lizzie Cundy, Liz Brewer, Patty Parfitt (Ricks wife),
Neil Fox was here (he told us he still rides his Harley Davidson daily).
A nice buzzy atmosphere and a few people here i know.
At 7.15pm Russ Kane gave a speech and started signing copies of the book.
Complimentary prosecco,wines and canapés for all guests.
About the book...
Four unrelated brutal deaths. No motive. No clues. But this a mere harbinger of the horror waiting to be unleashed. The Gates of Hell are opening and only The Gatekeeper can close them and prevent Lucifer inspired global carnage. With the countdown to Armageddon fast approaching, Nick Gold, TV’s cynical, irreligious ‘Paranormal Detective’ must face his own, and some very real, demons in a race across the world in the not-always helpful company of an American ball-busting lawyer, Lesley-Ann Trobe. The chase, as they say, is on!
then
8.30pm to 11.30pm
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 LONDON - launch party - May Fair Hotel, London W1.
Around 300 guests here from the film industry to celebrate the film festival
that takes place this weekend at Picturehouse Central in the West End.
AMERICAN AIRLINES are the sponsors tonight and they have brought in lots of comfy chairs
and other airline items with their logo on.
Complimentary food and drinks here including SIX different Jack Daniels cocktails,
prosecco, wines, beers,different bowl food and desserts.
www.picturehouses.com/sundanceVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.



Wednesday 29 May 2019...I went to two events today...
4pm to 6.15pm
World Cup Cricket opening celebration party - The Mall, London SW1.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, will to be hosted by England and Wales, from 30 May to 14 July 2019.
The hosting rights were awarded in April 2006, after England and Wales withdrew from the bidding to host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord's. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.
The format for the tournament will be a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end of the group phase progressing to the semi-finals.
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We had a couple of hours of light rain here then thankfully it stopped.
This summer’s Cricket World Cup opened with an eye-catching party on The Mall — right outside Buckingham Palace.
The night before England, the favourites to win the tournament, play the first match against South Africa at The Kia Oval on May 30, 4,000 people (free tickets via ballot) pack onto The Mall for a “party”.
The main show took place between 5-6pm and broadcast globally. The timing will be friendly for south Asia, cricket’s biggest market.
To close The Mall on a work day afternoon...The Cricket World Cup certainly is a big deal.
They are expecting a worldwide tv audience of a billion viewers.
The two main areas by the stage require wristbands and laminates which is where we were.
There are big screens all along The Mall.
Presenters Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness introduced the 10 captains on the stage.
On the same day all the captains met the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Rudimental feat John Newman performed their hit "Feel The Love".
We have a celebrity fun cricket match which included cricket legends and faces including
Sir Viv Richards, Pat Cash, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Hughes (Love Island), Bret Lee, Yohan Blake,
Sean Fitzpatrick,David Boon,Michael Clarke,Graeme Swann and others.
Finale was Rudimental performing The Cricket World Cup song with pyros and ticker-tape.
There is a nice 19 mins highlights video up on YouTube.
then
9pm to 11.45pm
DIOR - magazine launch party - Two Temple Place, London WC2.
This lavish fashion party was for "A magazine curated by by Kim Jones".
Kim Jones, creative director of Dior Men, has edited the new issue of fashion publication “A Magazine Curated By.”
Two Temple Place, known for many years as Astor House, is a building situated near Victoria Embankment.
It is known for its architecture, and contains notable works by the likes of William Silver Frith, Sir George Frampton RA, Nathaniel Hitch and Thomas Nicholls.
Around 300 guests here over the two floors of this stunning historic venue.
Guests included Bella Hadid, Giorgio Moroder, Kelly Osbourne, Jefferson Hack, Ozwald Boateng,
Lottie Moss, Alfie Allen, Princess Julia, Lady Mary Charteris, Jamie Winstone and others.
Lots of female and male models here that Dior use in their fashion shows.
Loads of amazing outfits worn by many of the fashion crowd here.
Around 25 male models in immaculate full tails are serving us the drinks.
It was a full on party vibe as at 10pm the dj and dance floor got very lively with dancing.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champers, five different cocktails and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag which included the book that is now in selected stores for £20 / 20 Euros.
Kim Jones artist “letter” pages that make up the hefty 248-page tome.
The designer’s approach for the issue takes the form of an alphabet retracing his inspirations and eclectic circle of friends: Subjects range from “A” for Naomi Campbell’s Africa, “P” for punk with a photo shoot by Jackie Nickerson, and ending with “Z” for Amanda Lear, whose song “Alphabet” was one of the inspirations for the magazine.
An excellent party.




Wednesday 29 May 2019.
Happy Birthday to FRANCIS ROSSI who is 70 today.
Halley Birthday to NOEL GALLAGHER who is 52 today.
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Tuesday 28 May 2019.
Happy Birthday to KYLIE MINOGUE who 51 today.



Monday 27 May 2019.
Play-off final at Wembley Stadium kick-off at 3pm.
The Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County. The prize ? A place in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season, estimated to be worth around £170million.
The last time i was at a Championshop play-off final was May 2014 when QPR beat Derby 1-0.
A massive crowd of 87,348 was at that game.
ASTON VILLA 2 DERBY 1
A full house crowd of over 85,000 here for this very important game.
ASTON VILLA ended their three-year Premier League exile after goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn secured a deserved 2-1 win over Derby at Wembley.
A great atmosphere with both teams fans waving their free flags before the kick-off.
The Aston Villa fans were louder and rowdier than the Derby fans.
We were in the Derby end today.
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Mon 27 May---This day 42 years ago, one of the greatest singles of all time was released.
The Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen".
I bought it on the day of release which was my exact 18th birthday.
You cannot imagine the furore when this incredible record was released back then.
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Sat 25 May---Happy Birthday to PAUL WELLER who is 61 today.
Mon 27 May---Happy Birthday to SIOUXSIE SIOUX who is 62 today.



Sunday 26 May 2019...I went to two events today....
League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium kick-off at 3pm.
Sunderland will take on Charlton Athletic at Wembley Stadium, for a place in the Championship.
SUNDERLAND 1 CHARLTON 2.
Charlton recover from a nightmare start to win it dramatically in injury time.
Sunderland were gifted the lead through Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips’ calamitous error which allowed Naby Sarr’s backpass to find the net with less than five minutes on the clock.
Comedian JIM DAVIDSON was here as he is a life-long Charlton fan.
We are up in Level 5 with the Sunderland supporters.
A few empty blocks in their end but their must be nearly 80,000 here in total.
then
MARIAH CAREY live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Mariah plays the second of three shows at this venue.
Carey’s Caution World Tour comes in support of her 15th studio album, Caution, which features lead singles GTFO, With You and A No No.
Mariah Carey is one of the worlds biggest selling recording artists with 200 million album/singles sold.
Mariah has had 24 x Top 10 hits in the UK including two number ones.
I have seen Mariah play a couple of short sets on multi-act bills but this will be the first time i see a full show of hers.
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It is not sold out tonight but near capacity as 95% sold.
Pretty good when you consider it costs £200 for the best seats down the front.
MARIAH CAREY arrived on stage at 9.20pm for her 90 mins set.
A very nice stage production with two big side screens showing live footage and smaller screens
in the middle are showing pre-recorded images...there is a staircase too.
Mariah has three backing vocalists and four very camp male dancers...lots of gay men in the crowd...
Mariah looks every inch the glamour queen and i counted Mariah in five different outfits.
She still belts out that high range of hers every now and then.
She brought her two kids on stage to introduce to the crowd.
The final two songs of the show "Hero" and "Without You" were a highlight.
Musically it ticked along ok and it was an enjoyable show to watch.
Full setlist played tonight....
A No No
Dreamlover
You Don't Know What to Do
Emotions
Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) (Morales Club Mix Edit)
Fantasy (Def Club Mix/Bad Boy Fantasy)
Endless Love (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie cover) (with Trey Lorenz)
Always Be My Baby (with elements of So So Def Remix)
Caution
GTFO
Stay Long Love You
My All
Love Takes Time
Never Too Far
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (Indeep cover)
Loverboy
Didn't Mean To Turn You On
Heartbreaker (Desert Storm Remix/Album Version)
Touch My Body
We Belong Together
Encore:
Hero
Without You (Badfinger cover)




Saturday 25 May 2019.
ALICE IN CHAINS + BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB live at Wembley Arena, London.
ALICE IN CHAINS remains one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time. Over the course of their remarkable career, ALICE IN CHAINS has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard international fan base whose members number in the millions. Alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, ALICE IN CHAINS was one of the Big Four to emerge from Seattle in the 1990s.
I have seen Alice In Chains a few times over the last 30 years.
Get there early to see special guest support band BRMC who i have seen a few times since 2002.
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A nice double bill of rock bands tonight.
It is not sold out so maybe 75% of tickets sold.
I have a perfect view in the guest list block, looking at the stage right from Block N6.
BRMC arrive on stage at 7.45pm and play for 40 mins.
I love their scuzzy guitar tribal sound that's laden with feedback.
Minimal lights on stage that created a cool vibe.
A really good set that included "Beat the Devils Tattoo" and "Spread Your Love".
Full BRMC setlist played tonight...
Red Eyes and Tears
King of Bones
Beat the Devil's Tattoo
Berlin
Shade of Blue
In Like the Rose
White Palms
Spread Your Love
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ALICE IN CHAINS arrive on stage at 9pm and play for 1 hour 50 mins.
The floor standing area is very lively tonight and creates a great atmosphere.
The band always seem to attract a fair amount of dressed up "rock chicks".
The band have a great light show including banks of lights either side of the drummer
than turn into screens showing pre-recorded images throughout the evening.
It is nice and loud and guitar hero Jerry Cantrell is getting plenty of chants "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry".
My eyes wandered many times to the drummer and his gleaming drum kit.
The show started off great for a few songs then it got a bit samey but the big hardcore crowd and the
big production really suited them well and an expected good show ended up being a great show.
Highlights included "Check My Brain", "Them Bones", "Down in a Hole", "Man in the Box"
and final encore "Rooster".
Full Alice In Chains setlist played tonight...
Bleed the Freak
Check My Brain
Again
Never Fade
Them Bones
Dam That River
Hollow
Your Decision
Rainier Fog
Down in a Hole
No Excuses
Stone
Red Giant
We Die Young
Nutshell
Angry Chair
Man in the Box
Encore:
The One You Know
Got Me Wrong
Would?
Rooster





Friday 24 May 2019.
THE WATERBOYS live at The Roundhouse, London.
The Waterboys are promoting their new album "Where The Action Is".
The title track, which opens Where the Action Is, is a vamp on Robert Parker’s Northern Soul classic “Let’s Go Baby” and makes it clear that Scott and his crew won’t be revisiting the band’s Raggle Taggle folkie years this time around. Instead, Brother Paul Brown’s soulful organ takes control while Scott yearns for something that reaches beyond mere artifice and digs considerably deeper. Elsewhere, “London Mick” is a fanboy homage to Clash guitarist Mick Jones.
“Ladbroke Grove Symphony”, on the other hand, is an ode to a bohemian West London.
The album has received lots of great four star reviews in the press this week.
I may head for The Waterboys this time as have seen Little Steven (The Forum) twice in the past three years.
I have seen The Waterboys several times since 1984 when they supported U2 at Brixton Academy.
I also saw his pre-Waterboys band Another Pretty Face in 1980 when they supported Stiff Little Fingers at
Hammersmith Odeon and their own headline set at the sadly missed Fulham Greyhound.
Mike Scott signs copies of the album at Fopp Records, Covent Garden...Sat 25 May 2019 at 1pm...
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Not sold out tonight but i reckon 90% of tickets sold.
THE WATERBOYS are on stage for around two hours over two sets of 60 mins.
A great band who include electric fiddle and two female backing singers.
The new album comes out today and it's the opening night of their UK tour so many of the
new album tracks are getting their first ever live outing.
The album title track and newies "London Mick" and "Ladbroke Grove Symphony" are top quality.
The band have a big soulful joyous sound that is fab and Mike swops guitar for piano as and when.
Mike has a great vocal style and his lyrics are top notch.
Oldies "Fisherman's Blues" and "A Girl Called Johnny" went down a storm.
Final song of the show was their spine tingling anthem "The Whole of The Moon" which was mega.
A great show.
FIRST SET
Where the Action Is (Live debut)
London Mick (Live debut)
All the Things She Gave Me
If the Answer Is Yeah
Old England
The Right Side of Heartbreak (the Wrong Side of Love) (Live debut)
Nashville, Tennessee
Still a Freak
Medicine Bow
Ladbroke Grove Symphony (Live debut)
SECOND SET
Out of All This Blue (Live debut)
When Ye Go Away
Dunford's Fancy
Nearest Thing to Hip
Fisherman's Blues
The Raggle Taggle Gypsy ([traditional] cover)
Let It Happen
In My Time On Earth (Live debut)
Encore:
A Girl Called Johnny
The Whole of The Moon





Friday 24 May 2019.
Happy Birthday to the legend that is BOB DYLAN who is 78 today.
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An interesting turn of events...
RICHARD ASHCROFT has regained rights to his song Bitter Sweet Symphony after more than two decades, after Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to hand over their legal entitlement to royalties.
The Verve singer lost the rights to his most recognisable song in 1997 thanks to a four-second orchestral sample of Rolling Stones song The Last Time used as a backing track.
On Thursday at The Ivor Novello Awards, Ashcroft disclosed that Jagger and Richards had returned them to him as a “truly kind and magnanimous thing to do”, after his management approached them directly to appeal.
All future royalties that would have gone to the pair for Bitter Sweet Symphony will now go to Ashcroft, and they have removed their names from the credits for the track.



Thursday 23 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...
6pm to 7.30pm
BRUTON PLACE 'SPRING PARTY' , Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1.
Bruton Place is a quiet road off of Berkeley Square.
Tonight half a dozen upmarket stores are having drinks celebrations.
We focus on two large stores that have entrances in both Bruton Street and Bruton Place.
Established in 1835, HOLLAND & HOLLAND are world-renowned gunmakers, shooting school and creators of the finest English countryside clothing. Complimentary prosecco, wines and canapés in here.
Next door was a similar store WILLIAM & SON for complimentary Laurent Perrier champers.
Top quality items in both stores that are very expensive.
There is a trio playing covers in the street for guests as few cars come down this road.
then
ROGER HODGSON live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Roger Hodgson plays the first night of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall.
These are Roger's only UK shows on his European Tour.
I have seen Roger with Supertramp twice in 1975 before he left the band in 1983.
Supertramp were massive for a decade as they sold 60 million albums worldwide.
Their 1979 album 'Breakfast in America' sold more than 20 million albums.
He departed Supertramp in 1983 and moved his family away from the Los Angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle close to nature and be home with his children as they were growing up. Hodgson returned to touring in 2001.
I have seen him solo a few times as well , including his last tour which was also at this venue.
Roger wrote their hits “Dreamer”, “Give A Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast In America”, “Take The Long Way Home” and “It’s Raining Again" and others.
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The venue is full tonight and the choir seats behind the stage have also been sold.
Roger Hodgson and his top notch band are on stage for two hours over two sets.
This is a couple of songs shorter ( 15 mins ) than his show here in 2017.
A crowd pleasing set with 14 Supertramp songs played in the 18 song setlist.
The production was very similar to when i saw him here in 2016 and 2017 as Roger is again wearing an
all white suit and shoes and the trees behind him are still being used from those shows.
For some songs three musicians played keyboards...and some nice sax too.
So many catchy radio friendly songs had all the crowd singing along.
In the second half he walked through the crowd to play the famous Royal Albert Hall organ for one song.
Mega encore of "Give A Little Bit" and "It's Raining Again" as the crowd got up from their seats.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp song)
School (Supertramp song)
Breakfast in America (Supertramp song)
Easy Does It (Supertramp song)
Sister Moonshine (Supertramp song)
Hide in Your Shell (Supertramp song)
Along Came Mary
The Logical Song (Supertramp song)
INTERVAL
Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp song)
Death and a Zoo
Even in the Quietest Moments (Supertramp song)
Had a Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy)
Child of Vision (Supertramp song)
Say Goodbye (with Roger playing The Royal Albert Hall organ)
Dreamer (Supertramp song)
Fool's Overture (Supertramp song)
Encore:
Give a Little Bit (Supertramp song)
It's Raining Again (Supertramp song) ( over a dozen umbrellas opened in the audience)




Wednesday 22 May 2019...I went to two events today...
CHARITY FOOTBALL EVENT at Chelsea F.C. Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London.
2.30pm to 7pm
Over 200 guests are watching in the lower stand here.
Sixteen five-a-side teams from the casino and betting industry are here.
Companies represented here included HiPay, Checkout, SBC Gaming, Optima, Playtech,
Sporting Index, Trustly, Play N Go, Betway ,BetContruct and the winners Catena Media.
We have group games, then quarter-finals, then semi-finals then the final.
Most of the teams have a female included which was nice to see.
The final was good as both teams had some great players and Catena Media goalie got best player.
Full trophy presentation after the end of the final.
Complimentary Pimms, wines, beers and a nice BBQ with huge cheeseburgers, grilled chicken breast,
pulled pork, jacket potatoes and sides in the stand as you watched the football.
The final finished around 5.30pm , then it was drinks at Frankie's bar within the stadium complex.
then
MARK KNOPFLER BAND live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Mark Knopfler plays the second of two sold out shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Mark has sold over 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career.
His set will include a few Dire Straits classics including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Money For Nothing".
Mark is on a world tour to promote his latest album "Down The Road Wherever".
I have seen Dire Straits around 20 times since 1978 when they supported Talking Heads at
The Roundhouse and i have seen Mark playing solo a few times, including this same venue.
Looks like there will be just four or five Dire Straits songs in the set.
The Rolling Stones recent "Blue & Lonesome" album was recorded at Mark Knopflers studio in Chiswick.
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As expected we have a middle aged crowd who remember how popular Dire Straits were in the 1980s.
Mark and his top notch band were on stage for around two hours.
There is a decent light show behind the stage.
Mark now aged 69, is bald on top and grey at the sides and looking a bit like a school teacher.
His guitar tone sounds great but he does not really project excitement on stage.
Like Eric Clapton he does not say much and lets his guitar do the talking.
His solo material mixes Americana/Celtic//Blues/Jazz and is a bit too laid back at times.
Flute and fiddle were played on some tracks along with sax and trumpet.
He plays a few Dire Straits classics that are easily the highlights of the evening.
The crowd are pretty quiet until they get up for the encores.
A good show.
Full setlist played tonight...
Why Aye Man
Corned Beef City
Sailing to Philadelphia
Once Upon a Time in the West (Dire Straits song)
Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits song)
My Bacon Roll
Matchstick Man
Done With Bonaparte
Heart Full of Holes
She's Gone
Your Latest Trick (Dire Straits song)
Postcards From Paraguay
On Every Street (Dire Straits song)
Speedway at Nazareth
Encore:
Money for Nothing (Dire Straits song)
Encore 2:
Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits song)
Going Home: Theme from Local Hero




Wednesday 22 May 2019.
Happy Birthday to MORRISSEY who is 60 today.
He is a few days older than me.



Tuesday 21 May 2019...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 8.30pm
MONTY DON - book launch party - Christie's , King Street, London SW1.
"Japanese Gardens : A Journey ".
Bestselling author and BBC gardening presenter Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore explore the exquisite beauty of Japanese gardens on a personal journey to complement the BBC2 series, Monty Don's Japanese Gardens.
It is beautifully produced with over 200 original photographs by Derry Moore and written by Monty Don, the duo behind the highly-acclaimed Paradise Gardens.
Good timing as the book is out in the week of Chelsea Flower Show.
We are greeted by Japanese drummers as we enter the venue.
Around 100 guests here and there were a few well known faces.
I got my picture taken with OLIVIA HARRISON (widow of George Harrison)
Jon Snow (long time Channel 4 news presenter)
Nigel Slater ( food writer, journalist who also has his own tv food show)
Mark-Francis Vandelli ( who is best known for his role on the E4 series Made in Chelsea)
Guests were buying the book and Monty Don was signing copies.
At 8pm Monty Don and Derry Moore gave a speech.
You can buy the book a bit cheaper via my Amazon link at the top of this page.
Complimentary wines and canapés for all guests.
www.montydon.comVisit his website here for more info on Monty Don.
then
8.45pm to 10.45pm
LOLA'S UNDERGROUND CASINO -press launch - Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, London WC2.
Around 200 guests here in the basement of this very popular casino.
The Hippodrome are launching their new "curved digital big screen" which looks very impressive.
On the stage in front of it we have circus & theatre acts performing their routines including a magician,
an acrobat, a trapeze act, a contortionist, showgirls, hola hoop girl , a couple of singers etc.
You can watch the show from a table or the bar or from your gambling table.
Upstairs they also have a great show venue called The Matcham Room.
Complimentary bar including spirits n mixers (so i had some JD n cokes), prosecco, wines, beers,
canapés, fried chicken drumsticks and desserts.
www.hippodromecasino.comVisit their website here for more info.



Tuesday 21 May 2019.
Happy Birthday to NOEL FIELDING who is 46 today.
I used to work with his Dad Ray in the 1980s and 1990s and saw a couple
of Noel's first ever comedy shows including when i surprised him when i turned up
to see him at The Melbourne Comedy Festival a dozen years ago.



Tuesday 21 May 2019.
Sad news that F1 racing legend NIKI LAUDA has died aged 70 after health problems.
Lauda, who famous rivalry with British F1 legend James Hunt inspired the Chris Hemsworth film Rush, won three world championships in 1975, 1977 and 1984.
During his battle with Hunt, Lauda was left with severe burns to his face, body and lungs after a near-fatal crash in 1976 but amazingly not only came back to the sport but won the world title the following year.
He was instrumental in helping Lewis Hamilton over his F1 career.



Monday. 20 May 2019...7pm to 9.30pm...
Chelsea Flower Show - Charity Gala Preview Evening - Chelsea, London.
The world famous RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW returns for its annual stint - May 21 to May 25.
All 168,000 tickets have now been sold as it is always a very popular event.
The Queen and other members of The Royal Family were here during the day.
Tonight was a charity evening where most of the 1000 plus guests have paid £520 to be here.
It is a well known networking event for all the banking and finance CEOs to meet up for a chat.
A few faces here including.....
Ewan Venters (CEO of Fortnum & Mason)
Matt Dawson MBE (who was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side)
Robert Peston (ITV Political Journalist)
Sir Stuart Rose (former M&S chairman)
Lord March ( British aristocrat and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex)
We had a nice wander around the display gardens which all looked amazing.
Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers and canapés at stations all over the huge venue.
The station with various salmons and oysters was very popular.
A nice goodie bag with half a dozen items inside from sponsors Fortnum & Mason.
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Many stores and other venues will have amazing flower displays outside their front doors in
Chelsea & Mayfair over this week.



Sunday 19 May 2019.
STING & SHAGGY live at The Roundhouse, London.
Following this year's GRAMMY’s, where Sting & Shaggy were awarded Best Reggae Album for their collaborative UK Top Ten hit record 44/876, the pair have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 Tour.
The setlist will mix tracks from their album as well as from their own classic hits.
Sting has a new Best Of album out on 24 May to coincide with the tour.
Sting has announced My Songs, a new album comprised of the 17-time Grammy Award winner's most celebrated hits from his unparalleled career. Sting says: "My Songs is my life in songs. Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus."
I have seen both The Police and Sting solo a few times each over the years.
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Just the one show in London so no surprise that it is sold out and rammed inside.
Guests spotted here included Sir Bob Geldof, Jemima Khan, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Charles Dance.
STING & SHAGGY arrived on stage at 8.05pm and played for a mammoth 2 hours 15 mins.
At first you think they make an odd couple but when you remember how many of the classic Police hits
had reggae vibes to them it all makes perfect sense.
The band with two backing vocalists sounded top notch.
The setlist was a perfect mix of hits from The Police, Sting and Shaggy along with their album tracks.
The evening started with a couple of tracks from the recent album. The title track led on to the sunsplash-tinged vibes of "Morning is Coming". It set the tone for the evening. Shaggy (50) was the showman dressed in a flowing white shirt, hat and shades. He roamed and gyrated freely around the stage while Sting (67), looking remarkably buff in his t-shirt, stayed rooted to the spot. His bass guitar became the musical anchor.
As Shaggy sung "Englishman in New York" he riffed about being a Jamaican in NYC with "a big spiff in his hand". He turned out to be a better singer than you might imagine.
On "Crooked Tree" they hammed it up in costumes to play out a court scene. Another highlight was "So Lonely"/"Strength of a Woman", where Shaggy exercised some of his iconic priapic banter.
The whole show was fun, warm and joyous.
Lots of cameras were filming the show for future release.
An excellent show.
FULL SETLIST PLAYED...
44/876
Morning Is Coming
Englishman in New York (Sting cover)
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (The Police cover)
Oh Carolina / We'll Be Together
If You Can't Find Love
Love Is the Seventh Wave (Sting cover)
To Love and Be Loved
Message in a Bottle (The Police cover)
You (with Alexander Stewart)
Brand New Day (Sting cover)
Waiting for the Break of Day
Gotta Get Back My Baby
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Sting cover)
Don't Make Me Wait
Angel (Shaggy cover)
Dreaming in the U.S.A.
Crooked Tree
Shape of My Heart (Sting cover)
Walking on the Moon/Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover)
So Lonely / Strength of a Woman
Hey Sexy Lady (Shaggy cover)
Roxanne / Boombastic
Encore:
I Can't Stand Losing You (The Police cover)
Desert Rose (Sting cover)
It Wasn't Me (Shaggy cover)
Every Breath You Take (The Police cover)
Encore 2:
Next to You (The Police cover)



Sunday 19 May 2019.
Happy Birthday to GRACE JONES who is 71 today.



Saturday 18 May 2019.
FA CUP FINAL at Wembley Stadium....Man City play Watford...5pm kick-off...
This game will be my first time at an FA Cup Final since 1982...I went to both games...
Sat 22 May 1982 Spurs 1 QPR 1 - then the replay on 27 May 1982 Spurs 1 QPR 0....
Man City may be out of the Champions League but the treble is still on.
Having already won the Caraboa Cup and Premier League, powerhouse Manchester City are still in the running to scoop a domestic treble for the 2018/2019 campaign if they win The FA Cup.
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MAN CITY 6 WATFORD 0
We are up in Level 5 in the Man City end and their fans are making a lot of noise.
A great atmosphere just before the game as pyros galore hit the sky as the players arrive on the pitch
and the crowd are waving their flags and scarfs etc.
A massive capacity crowd of 85,854 are here.
The sheer class of favourites Man City easily beat Watford.
Shame that Watford did not get a goal or two.
They had a good chance to score before Man City started their goal avalanche.
Six goals scored (Silva, Sterling*3, De Bruyne, Jesus)
Man City thrash Watford 6-0 to become the first English team to do a domestic treble.




Friday 17 May 2019.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS + GWENNO live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Manic Street Preachers play the first of two sold out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire.
I have seen The Manics around 20 times since an early club show back in 1991.
They are celebrating 20 years of their album "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours".
It reached number one in the UK charts and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
The Manics have had 15 x Top 10 hits singles in the UK including two number ones.
GWENNO and her band arrive on stage at 7.30pm and played for around 40 mins.
Gwenno was a bit odd as performs mostly in Cornish, with some Welsh thrown in.
She was quite cool in a way but the songs drifted past without being memorable.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS arrived on stage at 8.45pm and played for one hour 50 mins.
James Dead Bradfield played some very nifty guitar from a big selection of guitars.
Nicky Wire was covered in glitter as usual.
Loads of their big anthemic hits were played which were great but some of the lesser known
album tracks seemed to plod a bit.
Excellent finale of "You Love Us" and "A Design For Life" had everyone singing loudly.
A great show.
Full Manics setlist played tonight...
THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS album played in full...but not track order.
The Everlasting
You Stole the Sun From My Heart
Ready for Drowning
Tsunami
My Little Empire
I'm Not Working
You're Tender and You're Tired
Born a Girl
Be Natural
Black Dog on My Shoulder
Prologue to History
S.Y.M.M.
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
HITS & OTHER TRACKS
Sleepflower
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
International Blue
Motorcycle Emptiness
Solitude Sometimes Is
People Give In
La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
You Love Us
No Surface All Feeling
A Design for Life (ticker-tape over the crowd)





Thurs 16 May 2019...a full day out at different events...
1.15pm to 4.15pm
FORTNUM & MASON 7th Food & Drinks Awards 2019 - 181 Piccadilly, London W1..
Around 250 guests on the fourth floor of this famous store that dates back over 300 years.
I have been to every one of their awards which are usually held in the evening.
It is earlier today as special guest is PRINCE CHARLES who received a lifetime achievement award.
Lots of well known chefs & restauranteurs are here along with a few other celeb faces
I got my picture taken with SHARLEEN SPITERI from Texas (who is married to a chef).
Other VIP guests included Chris Evans who handed Mary Berry her award, Judi Dench, Stanley Tucci, Jimmy Carr, joined celebrity chefs and restaurant critics Angela Hartnett, Jay Rayner, Mark Hix, Ken Hom, Candice Brown and Monica Galetti at Fortnum & Mason's for this year's food awards. Claudia Winkleman was on hand to present accolades to winners Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain, while other guests included Nigel Slater, Celia Imrie, Tom Parker Bowles, Fay Ripley and Felicity Blunt.
Also Ronni Ancona , David Mills , Helen Lederer, Wilnelia Forsyth, Nick Ferrari and Stephen Webster.
Awards were handed out from 2pm to 2.45pm with Prince Charles getting the first award after Fortnum's CEO
Ewan Ventners introduced Charles to the main celebrities here who were all stood in a line to greet him.
Prince Charles gave a great speech full of humour and interest on his 30 years of organic farming.
Complimentary Fortnum's champers, wines and lots of tasty food and desserts from Fortnum's kitchens.
Also guests got a nice goodie bag with five Fortnum's food items inside.
An excellent event.
www.fortnumandmason.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
6pm to 8pm
THE BENTLEY CENTENARY OPUS - book launch party - Jack Barclay, Berkeley Square, London W1.
Around 150 guests here in the car showroom to launch this huge tomb that celebrates 100 years
of the Bentley luxury car brand.
The guy opening the pages was wearing white gloves as not to mark the book.
Only 500 copies worldwide plus 100 copies special edition with extra bits and pieces.
Ex Formula 1 supremo BERNIE ECCLESTONE was here.
There were speeches at 7.15pm.
Complimentary Bentleys champers, three different cocktails and canapés.
All guests got a limited edition framed print (150) of a Bentley classic car.
www.thisisopus.com/BentleyVisit their website for more info.
then
8.30pm to 11.15pm
BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL - summer party - 75 Sloane Street, London SW1.
Nicely positioned between the high-end luxury stores of Knightsbridge and the boutique shops in Chelsea.
Around 200 here at this very nice luxury boutique hotel.
I got my photo taken with a singer / actress JANE BIRKIN who is now aged 72.
"Je t'aime… moi non plus" (French for "I love you… neither do I") is a 1967 song written by Serge Gainsbourg for Brigitte Bardot. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded the best known version with Jane Birkin. The duet reached number one in the UK, and number two in Ireland, but was banned in several countries due to its overtly sexual content.
Other guests here included Alex Zane, Alison Jackson, Betty Bachz ,Laura Bailey, Gala Gordon ,
Stephen Jones, Angela Scanlon, Alistair Guy, Mark Hix , Pam Hogg, Matthew Williamson, Rosanna Falconer,
Pips Taylor, Noelle Reno, Meredith Ostrom and a few others.
A female dj was playing dance tunes and it was a great party.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, three different cocktails, wines, beers, bowl food ,canapés, oysters, desserts.
www.belmond.comVisit their website here for more info.




Wed 15 May 2019....I went to two events tonight.
6.45pm to 8pm
FOOD : Bigger Than The Plate - private view - V & A Museum , London SW7.
From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.
Around 500 guests are here at this famous venue.
As expected it was not as glamourous as some of the previous private views here.
I spotted Jackie St Clair and Basia Briggs here.
At 7.15pm we had a couple of speeches.
Complimentary prosecco, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
www.vam.ac.ukVisit their website here for more info...it is on until 20 October 2019.
then
ERIC CLAPTON plays the second of three shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Eric has been swopping the setlist about these days from his Japan shows.The opening RAH show
did not include "Badge" or "Wonderful Tonight" or "Cocaine" but it did include a mega encore of "Purple Rain".
Eric Clapton announces his return to the Royal Albert Hall for a series of concerts in May 2019.
The three shows will be his only UK performances for 2019. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.
All three shows sold out by Dec 2018 even though best seats are £150 each.
Having first performed at the Royal Albert Hall with The Yardbirds in 1964, Eric Clapton has played at the venue more than 200 times including farewell and reunion gigs with Cream and numerous residencies.
I have seen Eric solo over 25 times since 1976 plus all four Cream re-union concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in 2005.
Eric is now aged 74.
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The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight.
ERIC CLAPTON and band arrive on stage at 8.35pm and play for 1 hour 45 mins.
Eric is standing on his usual stage rug.
The band are top notch and include two female backing singers.
Eric does not do much talking on stage but he lets the guitar talk for him.
He gets a delicious tone on his guitar all throughout the show.
It is nice he is changing the setlist around a bit.
His life long love of the blues is still there for sure.
The regulars run down the front on cue for the opening bars of "Layla".
For the encore he was joined by the support act, Jimmie Vaughan.
A great show.




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