Archive: February 2020

February 02, 2020

Sunday 02 February 2020.
SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.
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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.
Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL
I was at all five Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.




Saturday 01 February 2020.
THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.
The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.
I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands
for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.
I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.
I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.
The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.
A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.
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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.
CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.
They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.
They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.
Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.
BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.
A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.
These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.
Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.
Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...
Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)
Good Morning Midnight
Th1rte3n or Nothing
Shovin' Rocks
Nomadic
Heaven 2.9
Highlights
Painkiller
Roads
Yes to All No
Star War
Abandon
Encore:
Look at You
Dysfunctional Professional
Minus Celsius
Brand New Hate
People Like People Like People Like Us
THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.
The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.
Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.
Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.
Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.
Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.
This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.
Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...
Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me
Everlone
Diagnosis
Vanilla Radio
Caffeine Bomb
Let 'Em Go
The Revolution Will Be Televised
TV Tan
Top of the World
Dislocated
Sick of Drugs
My Kinda Movie
I Wanna Go Where the People Go
Encore:
Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me
My Baby Is a Headfuck
Love U 'til I Don't
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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.
Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...
I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.


Friday 31 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.
A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.


Sunday 02 February 2020.
SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.
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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.
Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL
I was at all five Harvey Weinstein BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.




Saturday 01 February 2020.
THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.
The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.
I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands
for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.
I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.
I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.
The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.
A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.
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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.
CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.
They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.
They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.
Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.
BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.
A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.
These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.
Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.
Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...
Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)
Good Morning Midnight
Th1rte3n or Nothing
Shovin' Rocks
Nomadic
Heaven 2.9
Highlights
Painkiller
Roads
Yes to All No
Star War
Abandon
Encore:
Look at You
Dysfunctional Professional
Minus Celsius
Brand New Hate
People Like People Like People Like Us
THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.
The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.
Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.
Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.
Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.
Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.
This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.
Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...
Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me
Everlone
Diagnosis
Vanilla Radio
Caffeine Bomb
Let 'Em Go
The Revolution Will Be Televised
TV Tan
Top of the World
Dislocated
Sick of Drugs
My Kinda Movie
I Wanna Go Where the People Go
Encore:
Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me
My Baby Is a Headfuck
Love U 'til I Don't
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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.
Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...
I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.


Friday 31 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.
A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.



Thursday 30 January 2020....I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 8pm
DAFYDD JONES - The Vanity Fair Years - private view - Leica Store, Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1.
Around 70 or 80 guests including Basia Briggs here in Leicas new store.
Leica is an Iconic name in cameras and some retail for over £10,000.
Dafydd has been a regular photographer at major social events in London , New York and Miami for
over the past 30 years.
Lots of great photos of Mick Jagger, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Bryan Ferry, Tony Curtis etc are here.
Complimentary Nicolas Courtin champers, gin & tonics and wines for all guests.
then
8.15pm to 10pm
ASTON MARTIN - car launch party - Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.
Over 100 guests at this prestigious showroom of this Iconic brand.
The new car is on display and it looks stunning.
The Aston Martin DBX SUV will go on sale in the UK from £158,000.
The car, which is Aston's first high-riding model and will arrive with the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 as the DB11 supercar. Orders from overseas will face a $189,900 asking price in the USA and €193,500 in Germany.
Complimentary vodka cocktails, wines, beers, different bowl food and sushi for all guests.
www.astonmartin.comVisit their website here for more info.
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Happy Birthday to PHIL COLLINS who is 69 today.
Happy Birthday to PETER CROUCH who is 39 today.



Wednesday 29 January 2020...I went to two events tonight...
7pm to 9.30pm
GP-MANAGEMENT - 2020 events showcase - The Court, Kingly Street, Soho, London W1.
Around 150 guests at this plush basement private members club.
GP Management are launching their "Adventures & Experiences" calendar of events for 2020.
This includes Yacht hospitailty at The Monaco Grand Prix, Fighter jet experience, various bespoke car days,
private plane trip to Antartica, ,experience Iceland in a 4x4, various bespoke skiing trips etc.
Complimentary Ruinart champers, vodka & orange, gin & tonic drinks for all guests.
www.gp-management.comVisit their website here for more info.
then
9.45pm to 11.15pm
Theatre after-party at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1.
Around 200 guests here along with the cast after the opening press night.
John Kani’s highly acclaimed play Kunene and the King marks the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa with a strictly limited London run at the Ambassadors Theatre following on from its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and the sold-out run in Cape Town.
Jack Morris is a celebrated classical actor who has just been given both a career-defining role and a life-changing diagnosis. Besides his age, Jack has very little in common with his at-home nurse, Lunga Kunene, however, the two men discover their shared passion for Shakespeare, which ignites this ‘rich, raw and shattering head-to-head’ (The Times).
A very appropriate venue as the play is based around apartheid in South Africa.
We had a couple of speeches from the stage.
Complimentary wines, beers and a huge hot buffet including roast chicken ,roast cod, cottage pie, veg, rice
along with desserts.
www.theambassadorstheatre.co.ukVisit their website here for more info and to buy tickets.
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This is good news for The 100 Club.
Westminster Council has today acted to secure the long-term future of London’s legendary 100 Club with an announcement that the venue will be offered 100% Business Rate Relief from 1 April 2020. The decision reduces the overhead costs at one of the world’s oldest and most famous venues by over £70,000 per year. It follows a long-term campaign to attempt to keep the venue at the heart of London’s nightlife on Oxford Street stretching back over a decade and which included a concert by Sir Paul McCartney (I was there - 10 Dec 2010) aimed at raising funds.




Tuesday 28 January 2020...6.45pm to 9.15pm...
COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD , Quaglino's , Bury Street, St James's, London SW1.
Around 250 guests at this restaurant & bar that has been here since 1929.
Pennie Smith was the host and a few well known faces were here including
ex BBC newsreader Michael Buerk and comedian Helen Lederer.
I have been to this award ceremony several times and Pink Floyd legend DAVID GILMOUR has turned up
a couple of times to support his wife Polly who is an author.They are both here tonight.
I have a nice chat with him for a few mins while Polly is talking to someone else.
I told him" i saw him three times (including one show in the front row) at The Royal Albert Hall on his last tour".
He said how much he loved The Royal Albert Hall and mentioned some great venues in France and Italy.
I told him i went to see his guitar collection at Christies last year that he donated to charity.
(The David Gilmour Collection, the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction, sold for $21,490,750 at Christie's in New York).
I said " by selling most of his guitars does that mean he is retiring a bit?".
David said "Not really ,as i am still writing and recording and hopefully there will be an album and tour".
"The problem is writing and recording an album can easily take two or three years".
I asked him if he would tour without a new album to play tracks from?...David said "No".
Jack Fairweather won the £30,000 prize.
The former war reporter Jack Fairweather has won the Costa book of the year award for The Volunteer, his biography of a Polish resistance fighter who voluntarily entered Auschwitz in order to reveal its horrors to the world.
Fairweather’s life of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Warsaw resistance who infiltrated the concentration camp and encouraged rebellion, was hailed as “a book that needs to be read” by the chair of judges, Sian Williams.
Complimentary champers, wines, whiskey & cokes, mini-cheeseburgers and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag with a shortlisted book inside along with a few Costa items.
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Very sad news that tv and radio legend NICOLAS PARSONS has passed away.
Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.
Parsons had hosted Radio 4's Just A Minute since its inception in 1967.
"Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January," said a statement issued on behalf of his family by his agent Jean Diamond.



Monday 27 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to rock legend NICK MASON who is 76 today.
I am hoping to see his band again in May when they play another UK tour.
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THE STRANGLERS are to play a "Final Full UK Tour" in Oct/Nov.
They intend to take a step back from extensive tours with a full production in the UK and have released the details of a ‘Final Full UK Tour’ which will consist of a mammoth 21 date itinerary spanning from late October through to late November.
Special guests on the tour will be Ruts DC.
I have seen The Stranglers play around 20 times since 1976 which was with their original line-up.
www.thestranglers.co.ukVisit their website here for a full list of their tour dates.




Sunday 26 January 2020....6pm to 9pm...
My band GUN CONTROL, with me on drums had a rehearsal tonight.
We went though our setlist a couple of times.
A bit rusty as expected but great fun.
We have our next gig in a couple of weeks.
The set will be a couple of songs shorter as we are sharing the bill with a covers band.
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Happy Birthday to guitar legend EDDIE VAN HALEN who is 65 today.
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Very sad news about the death of an American basketball legend...
NBA legend KOBE BRYANT and his oldest daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in California.
The 41-year-old and his daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the private helicopter went down.
Type this sentence in Google search to see this 5 mins docu and see what a huge name he was in America.
Kobe Bryant - "KOBE" (Short Film 2017)
In the past week LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA's third-highest scorer of all time.
James, 35, scored 29 points to move to 33,655 career points, 12 more than former Laker's star Bryant.
Kobe Bryant retired in 2016 after winning five NBA championships.
KISS frontman Paul Stanley, Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael, Whitesnake's David Coverdale are among the rock stars who have reacted to the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died on Sunday at the age of 41.




Saturday 25 January 2020.
A BOWIE CELEBRATION live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
A slightly different line-up to the one i saw this time last year.
Long time Bowie keyboard player Mike Garson is still there, and most of the band have had links with Bowie.
Band members include Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs plus
vocalists Corey Glover (Living Color), Sass Jordan and Mr Hudson.
I was lucky enough to have seen the real David Bowie around 20 times since Wembley Arena in 1976
and i was at both his last ever London shows at Wembley Arena in Nov 2003.
I also got his 'Heathen' album signed by him at HMV London in Sept 2002 when it came out.
In 1997 i reviewed David Bowie at Shepherds Bush Empire for the local paper.
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It is a near sell out tonight (around 1800 out of 2000 tickets sold) as all levels are pretty full.
A BOWIE CELEBRATION arrived on at 8.05pm and played for around 2 hours 20 mins.
The first half had several lesser known tracks and the second half had most of the Bowie classics.
Four different vocalists where used throughout the evening.
The vocalists did a good job but none had the pure rock n roll charisma of a big name vocalist.
It was great to hear so many Bowie gems played tonight.
Bowie tunes , like Prince tunes will live on forever, such is the quality of them.
A very enjoyable show.
Full setlist played by A Bowie Celebration tonight....
Future Legend
Diamond Dogs
Sweet Thing
Candidate
Sweet Thing (Reprise)
Rebel Rebel
Rock 'n' Roll With Me
We Are the Dead
1984
Big Brother
Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family
Space Oddity
Moonage Daydream
Young Americans
Five Years
Let's Dance
Starman
Lady Grinning Soul
Time
Life on Mars?
Ziggy Stardust
Suffragette City
All the Young Dudes (David Bowie wrote this classic for Mott The Hoople)
Encore :
Loving the Alien / Andy Warhol
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
"Heroes"



Friday 24 January 2020.
DAVID SINCLAIR FOUR live at The Old Station House , 2 Grove Park Road, Chiswick, London W4.
It is FREE ENTRY for all tonight as this pub in leafy Chiswick has free entry gigs on most Fridays.
Around 70 or 80 folks here , with most sitting in the pubs comfy chairs & sofas.
DS4 are on stage for around 90 mins over two sets of 45 mins each.
DS4 played a set featuring tracks from all their five albums.
They are joined on several tracks by a superb harmonica player.
Plenty of great lyrics and nifty guitar playing.
David is very comfortable on stage talking to the crowd as he has interviewed many big name musicians
as one of the main music critics of The Times for many years.
We get a couple of anecdotes from a couple of the many legends he has met.
A superb cover of "Sweet Jane" went down well with the crowd.
A really good show.
The David Sinclair Four setlist tonight included...
Give me a Rose
Life Gone Cold
Sweet Jane (Lou Reed cover)
World Turns Around
Hip-Hopping
Go Johnny Go (Johnny B Good) (Chuck Berry cover)
My Blue Suede Shoes
Little Rock & Roll
Stevie Ray Vaughn cover with some nice guitar
Eight Rounds Later
Perfect in Every Way
Coming off The Rails
Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry cover)
www.davidsinclairfour.comVisit their website here for more info.
All 51 of their tracks are up on Spotify and many are up on YouTube.
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Fact of the day...
Some of you older rock fans may be remember a band called TEN YEARS AFTER.
They played the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 and toured relentless around that time.
Nevertheless, the relentless schedule continued – successfully, too. The 28 US tours (yes an incredible 28 US tours in 7 years) they notched up between ’68 and ’74 was unequalled by any other British band.
Alvin Lee left the band in the 1970s to focus on his solo career.
I saw him play solo shows in 1978 and 1988 at Hammersmith Odeon.
I saw Ten Years After (with Alvin Lee) reunions in 1983 and 1990.
I saw Ten Years After with new singer Marcus Bonfanti a few years ago.





Thursday 23 January 2020.
THE TESKEY BROTHERS + WILSN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Australian blues-rock group, The Teskey Brothers, are embarking on a world tour in support
of their second album," Run Home Slow"....which went to number 2 in Australia and number 77 in the UK...
The show sold out in advance, with the help of cheapish £20 tickets.
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WILSN arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.
Soulful white female Aussie singer who was backed by piano and drums.
"Do This" and "Home" showed off her powerful loud voice during a good set.
THE TESKEY BROTHERS arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 95 mins set.
There are seven musicians on stage including keyboards, trumpet, trombone.
Recent London shows were at The Jazz Cafe and Union Chapel so this is their biggest London show to date.
I did not know any material by The Teskey Brothers in advance of this show.
For some reason i was expecting more uptempo blues rock rather than their slow-paced Americana songs.
The brass duo did a good job of lifting the songs to loftier heights.
The singer has a lovely white soulful voice.
Final encore of "Hold Me" was the best song for me as the crowd sang loudly along.
The setlist was a bit samey and not very lively but it was an enjoyable show.
Full Teskey Brothers setlist played tonight...
Man of the Universe
Let Me Let You Down
Carry You
Say You'll Do
I Get Up
Rain
San Francisco
Sunshine Baby
So Caught Up
Paint My Heart (included a long guitar solo)
Louisa (included a drum solo)
Right for Me (included two brass solos)
Encore:
Pain and Misery
Hold Me (extended version with all the crowd singing along loudly)
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In the current edition of Vive Le Rock mag i came across this little known fact.
NODDY HOLDER the ex singer from Slade has again said he was asked to join AC/DC before Brian Johnson.




Wednesday 22 January 2020...I went to two events today...
1pm to 3pm
LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE AWARD at The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London NW1.
Around 200 guests at this plush five star hotel, including some big sporting names.
Frankie Dettori (probably the worlds top jockey)
John Gosden ( British racehorse trainer. He has trained over 3,000 winners worldwide, including winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Derby, the Arc, the King George,the Eclipse, and over 600 winners in the United States).
Victoria Pendleton ( British jockey and former track cyclist)
Andre Fabe (French thoroughbred horse racing trainer).
Rosie Tapner (Model and ambassador for the British Equestrian Federation).
Three horses have jointly earned the title of Longines World’s Best Racehorse for 2019, a first since the award was created in 2013. Equally rated at 128, Crystal Ocean, Enable, and Waldgeist share the 2019 title after a year of compelling competition.
The trio of European runners competed against each other throughout the year, trading victories as they did so. Crystal Ocean won the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, while Waldgeist was third; Enable beat Crystal Ocean by a neck in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes with Waldgeist in third; and Waldgeist turned the tables on Enable when he defeated her in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (which won The Worlds Best Horserace).
Frankie Dettori and John Gosden hope to get Enable running again at Royal Ascot.
Complimentary champers, wines and canapés for all guests.
All guests got a goodie bag on departure.
then
6pm to 8pm
SONY MUSIC SHOWCASE , The Arts Club, Dover Street, London W1.
Around 100 guests here at this cool private members club.
Sony have flown in a few of their staff from around Europe so they must have high hopes for him.
At 7.15pm SAM FISCHER & his band performed four songs.
Australian-born singer/songwriter who relocated to L.A. to pursue a solo career with his R&B tracks.
This was his first time on a UK stage but Sam and the band sound really good and showing no sign of any nerves.
He finished the set with "This City" which the audio version has had over a million listens on YouTube.
He had a bit of a Sam Smith vibe about him and could easily have big success in the future.
Complimentary Moscow Mule cocktails, wines, beers and canapés for all guests.
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Very sad news that TERRY JONES has passed away.
The death of a close friend is not traditionally the occasion for a joke. But when that friend is a fellow Python, it seems entirely appropriate.
It was announced on Wednesday that Terry Jones, founder member of Monty Python, had died at 77. He was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia in 2016.
John Cleese’s response? A statement that ended: “Two down, four to go,” referring to the deaths of Jones and Graham Chapman, and the remaining members of the troupe.




Tuesday 21 January 2020.
STEREOPHONIC'S + ASH live at The Forum, London.
Absolute Radio host a special warm up sold out show for the Stereophonics UK & European Tour.
I have seen Stereophonic's a dozen times since 1999 when they supported Aerosmith at Wembley Stadium.
Stereophonic's have had 11 x Top 10 hits in the UK including a number one with "Dakota"
Their 11th studio album "Kind" was released Oct 2019 and was another number one album for them.
I have seen Ash several times since 1996.
Ash have had 4 x Top 10 hits in the UK.
Check out this YouTube clip where U2 represented Southern Ireland and Ash represented Northern Ireland.
UTV Live Ash U2 Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Referendum Live Press Conference
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Tv presenter Charley Boorman was in the VIP seated at table area in the balcony.
I have seen Ronnie Wood join Stereophonic's on stage a few times, but he is not here tonight.
ASH arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 45 mins.
The trio from Northern Ireland played a good set full of their best tracks.
Singer Tim Wheeler is still playing his trademark Flying V guitar.
Full Ash setlist played tonight...
A Life Less Ordinary
Kung Fu
Oh Yeah
Darkest Hour Of The Night (Live debut)
Goldfinger
Shining Light
Orpheus
Buzzkill
Girl From Mars
Burn Baby Burn
STEREOPHONIC'S arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 55 mins.
A nice stage production with loads of lights.
Singer Kelly Jones is now aged 45 but somehow looks the same as he did 20 years ago.
Loads of their catchy singalong radio friendly hits played in their set.
Kelly gave a thanks to Absolute Radio (was previously Virgin Radio) who always play their songs.
They finished off with a mega version of "Dakota".
A great show.
Full Stereophonic's setlist played tonight...
Catacomb
Superman
I Wanna Get Lost With You
Geronimo
Maybe Tomorrow
Bust This Town
Fly Like an Eagle
Mr and Mrs Smith (superb drumming for the last 60 seconds of this track)
Sunny
Boy on a Bike
Just Looking
Don't Let the Devil Take Another Day
Have a Nice Day
Indian Summer
Make Friends With the Morning
Mr Writer
Hungover for You
Local Boy in the Photograph
This Life Ain't Easy (But It's the One That We All Got)
The Bartender and the Thief
Encore:
C'est La Vie
Dakota




Monday 20 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to rock legend PAUL STANLEY from KISS who is 68 today.
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40 years ago this week i visited Amsterdam for the first time.
On 23 Jan 1980 I popped along to a famous live music venue to see popular Dutch band called The Scene.
The singer sadly died of cancer in 2015.
The Paradiso Club is still going strong.



Sunday 19 January 2020.
DRAG SHOW BATTLE at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
It’s the US vs the UK as queens from both sides of the Atlantic deliver a night of non-stop entertainment, hosted by the sensational Danny Beard and Victoria Secret.
Adore Delano, Miz Cracker, Meatball, Yuhua Hamasaki,Joe Black, Juno Birch, Vinegar Strokes, Lydia L'scabies, Chiyo Gomes, Ginny Lemon will also be performing.
Many of the acts will be at Olympia this weekend for RuPaul's DragCon.
Daily Mail reported this the following day after Saturday at Olympia...
Furious fans have branded drag icon Ru Paul's DragCon UK convention a 'shambles' after being forced to queue for hours outside the venue amid reports the event has been overbooked.
Those attending the event being held at Olympia London have taken to social media to share their anger after waiting to enter convention for up to four hours.
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For whatever reason the ticket sales for this show were a disaster as only 400 tickets sold in total
for stalls and Level 1 out of the 2000 capacity.
The show was on for 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 85 mins and 75 mins.
The two hosts did most of the on stage bitchy banter and introduced the acts.
All the acts mimed a couple of songs each in their outrageous costumes & routines.
One track in each set so they could do a full change of costume.
One girl did a great routine based around a Spice Girls medley.
One girl did a great Amy Winehouse impersonation.
She finished her routine by taking her shoes off and doing a full crowd-surf over the front rows.
Plenty of entertaining bits and plenty of pretty average bits throughout the evening.





Saturday 18 January 2020.
CHASE RICE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Level 3 is closed tonight so maybe 1200 are here.
OWEN DAVIES arrived on stage at 7.45pm and played for 30 mins.
Owen is a young male country singer-songwriter from the UK who sung some decent tunes.
He told an amazing story where he was busking in Liverpool and Chase Rice walked past him,
liked what he heard and asked him " would you like to support me at Shepherds Bush Empire".
MADISON KOZAK arrived on stage at 8.20pm and played for 30 mins.
Canadian female country singer-songwriter played a decent set.
She said she has been living in the Nashville the last few years.
Songs like “Little Bit Of You”, which neatly segues into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are about her own life experiences. The unreleased “Loud House” discusses growing up in a large family, “Phases” is about the boy that broke her heart (“this one’s for you Kyle”, she says, still smiling) but best of all is “First Last Name” the one she dedicates to her dad. Truly heartfelt, to the man who started her off on this path, and and a nice cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gets all
the crowd singing along loudly.
CHASE RICE arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
Chase Rice is an American country music singer-songwriter who has had success back home.
Chase arrives on stage wearing a baseball cap, and is the spitting image of Prince Harry.
He has a great band who all hail from South America , and were much more rockier than expected.
Chase has nice clear catchy vocals and he has two songs with Jack Daniels in the title which is great by me.
He gets a girl on stage for some flirting during the song "Ride".
He sung his big country hit "Eyes on You" that had all the crowd singing along.
He also sung "Cruise" which was the big country hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line.
After the first mega hit of his career “Ready Set Roll” from back in 2013, he’s done. But not before he goes down to meet his people, sign autographs, shake hands and have selfies with most of the front rows. All the while the band plays a metal riff, as if they are finally glad to. The band finish the song and join him in the pit to sign stuff and pose for selfies.
He played Bush Hall last time and it is pretty clear Chase Rice will be getting bigger success in the future.
A really good gig that ticked all the right boxes.
Full Chase Rice setlist played tonight...
Lions
Jack Daniel's Showed Up
Take It to the City
Beautiful Blur
Gonna Wanna Tonight
On Tonight
Unforgettable
Lonely If You Are
Three Chords & the Truth
Ride
Carolina Can
Best Night Ever
Jack Daniel's & Jesus
Eyes on You
Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover) (Chase wrote this song that was a massive hit in America)
Band introductions and covers medley - All the Small Things / Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Caroline
Ready Set Roll




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February 17, 2020

Monday 18 February 2020.
It was 40 years ago this week that I attended these very nice gigs...
Madness,Modettes Hammersmith Odeon, London 16.02.1980 11am start Saturday morning special
Clash,Joe Ely Electric Ballroom, London 16.02.1980 the clash played 3 venues in 3 days
Clash,Joe Ely Lyceum Theatre, London 17.02.1980
Clash,Joe Ely Lewisham Odeon, London 18.02.1980 all 3 nights were incredible
Athletico Spizz Marquee Club, London 19.02.1980
Joy Division,Killing Joke,Certain Ratio Town Hall , High Wycombe 20.02.1980 well worth the drive up the A40/M40
Ramones,Boys,Ten Pole Tudor Electric Ballroom, London 22.02.1980
Only Ones,Simple Minds,Martha And The Muffins Lyceum Theatre, London 24.02.1980




Sunday 16 February 2020.
Comedy night at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
The Comedy Warehouse presents seven comedians...
SLIM
WILL E ROBO did not appear and who was replaced by SHABBA
KANE BROWN
AXEL
QUINCY
GLENDA JAXON
KEVIN J
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As it is a comedy show it is stalls seated but there must 800 or 900 here over all levels.
A long show of 2 hours 45 mins over two sets of 1 hour 40 mins and 1 hour 5 mins.
Seven acts perform great routines of around 20 mins each.
KANE BROWN starts off with his set them he does a bit between each as he acts as the host.
Six black acts ( 5 male and 1 female)
One white guy
The crowd were a nice mix of 50/50 black & white.
Lots of topics covered and lots of audience interaction.
Tonight was the best comedy night i have been to for ages...loads of hilarious LOL moments from all the acts.
It was like watching Richard Pryor in the current day.
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Their next promotion is at The Broadway Theatre, Catford on 22 March 2020.
Several comedians will be there including Richard Blackwood.




Saturday 15 February 2020.
This was very sad news to hear.
Love Island presenter CAROLINE FLACK has died after taking her own life.
The presenter, 40, previously spoke of her struggles with mental health, writing online: "Be nice to people. You never know what’s going on".
Caroline took her own life at her London flat three weeks before she was due in court for what her management called a "show trial" for an alleged assault on her boyfriend.
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BOB DYLAN Bourbon/Whiskey is now for sale in the UK.
Dylan launched the Heaven’s Door brand in April 2018 in collaboration with Angel’s Envy Bourbon founder Marc Bushala.
The Heaven’s Door range includes Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Double Barrel Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey.
The trio of whiskeys will be available in the UK and Ireland through Drinksology Group’s distribution and marketing arm, When We Are Giants.
“This is an exciting milestone for us as we bring Heaven’s Door to the UK where Bob Dylan kicked off his first ever European tour more than 55 years ago,” said Bushala, CEO of Heaven’s Door Spirits.




Friday 14 February 2020.
Sex Pistols guitar hero STEVE JONES is the interviewee.
A 35 mins interview from a few days ago.
Steve talks about...
growing up in Shepherds Bush
nicking equipment from bands who played Hammersmith Odeon
The Bill Grundy interview
The Professionals
Moving to LA and recording solo albums
his drug abuse
Neurotic Outsiders
The Fabulous Stains film
Phil Lynott
and more...
Type the following into Google search...
Jonesy Says Sex Pistols Fell Apart After Becoming an Overnight Success | Jonesy's Jukebox
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THE FACES are to reform.
There will be more than just young pop stars on the stage at Tuesday’s Brit Awards – one act will be older than all of the eight other performers combined.
The Faces will reunite at London’s O2 Arena, with drummer Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood joining Rod Stewart to be part of his set, which will close the ceremony.
I would imagine The Faces will play just one or two songs.




Thursday 13 February 2020.
STARSET + SICK JOY live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Starset are promoting their third album "Divisions" that came out in Sept 2019.
All three of their albums have made the Top 50 album charts back home in America.
Their critics in America call them " the American Muse" and "cinematic rock".
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Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight but stalls standing and Level 1 are full.
SICK JOY arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set.
They played a decent set of Nirvana type tunes.
I enjoyed watching the drummer as he had his cymbals set high and his hair covered his face
as he bashed away like Dave Grohl did in Nirvana.
STARSET arrived on at stage at 8.30pm for their 90 mins set.
There are six musicians on stage including two females playing violin & cello.
They are all wearing the same cloth attire with hoods.
There is a huge screen mixing pre-recorded images and live footage.
Those mini-cameras dotted around the stage are pretty amazing.
The show kicks off with A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, which sets the scene of a dystopian future divided by technology and the war for human consciousness. It plays like a radio transmission that has
been interrupted by singer Dustin Bates speaking his vocals.
‘MANIFEST’ is next and it hits you like a punch in the guts around the 20 second mark with their crunching Linkin Park sound.
Like the band, some of the crowd look like space/astrology geeks.
They play a very nice pair of cover versions.
After an hour there is a costume change where the guitar, bass and drums don space suits and helmets.
For the final song the singer walked through the stalls standing area to the delight of fans.
A very enjoyable rock show.
Full Starset setlist played tonight...
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
MANIFEST
Monster
ECHO
WHERE THE SKIES END
Ricochet
It Has Begun
Kashmir (Led Zeppelin cover)
TELEKINETIC
PERFECT MACHINE
TRIALS
Thunderstruck (AC/DC cover) (with extra drums on stage)
Carnivore
Bringing It Down
OTHER WORLDS THAN THESE
Unbecoming
My Demons (Dustin sings final chorus in the crowd)
Outro Song (Africa - Toto : sung by all the crowd)
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A few minutes after the show the band were signing stuff by the merch stand.
I have seen various merch over the years but this is a new one on me.
Of course it is related to the bands fascination with space.
For £80 you could buy a TELESCOPE with the bands logo and signed by the band.




Wednesday 12 February 2020.
ASGEIR + ZELAH live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight but stalls standing and Level 1 are pretty full.
ZELAH arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 25 mins.
A female fronted London band who had some decent tunes.
They cannot believe they are playing this big venue, compared to their usual tiny venues.
ASGEIR arrived on stage at 9pm for their 85 mins set.
Icelandic folk singer, Ásgeir, is back with new single, ‘Youth’ from his fourth album,"Bury The Moon".
All the band are playing within a nicely lit up triangle , that looked like a giant pool/snooker triangle.
Asgeir is front middle , sitting behind his keyboards.
The songs were pleasant enough to listen too, but not enough visual excitement.
A few tracks were sung in Icelandic, that got big cheers from the crowd.
A decent enough show.
Straight after the show, Asgeir met fans at the merch stand in the foyer.




Tuesday 11 February 2020.
KIM PETRAS + DJ ALEX CHAPMAN live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
German pop singer-songwriter Kim Petras who is based in Los Angeles has raked in millions of Spotify plays on her songs, along with garnering the undivided attention of a predominantly LGBTQ fan base.
Part of the reason she has gained so much attention from the community is due to her transgender identity. Petras underwent gender confirmation surgery at the age of 16, making her one of the youngest people to undergo the process.
This is the last show on her European Tour in support of her first studio album from 2019, "Clarity".
This show was sold out in advance.
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The venue is totally rammed sold out and it has a nice buzzy atmosphere.
DJ ALEX CHAPMAN arrived on stage at 8pm for his 55 mins set.
The dj played just the right retro tunes including The Spice Girls and S Club 7 to warm the crowd up.
KIM PETRAS arrived on stage at 9pm for her 85 mins set.
You can see why there is a dj support as the show is a big production and there is no space for another band.
There are loads of lights and platforms and mini-staircases.
Petras appeared under full lights looking mega in a monochrome Barbie doll, tutu-style number. The 27 year old, German singer looked and sounded every bit the pop princess. Her hair was part blonde, part black in a sleek ponytail and she looked a combination of naughty but nice.
Kim Petras is a pop artist who also makes electronic dance music (EDM), dance-pop and electro-pop.
The only real downside was that all the music came from backing tapes as there was no band.
The crowd know the words to every song even though the album or singles never made the UK Top 40 chart.
There were four or five nice costume changes that all involved thigh high platform boots.
Lots of energetic dance routines too.
The uptempo poptastic tunes reminded me of Charli XCX.
There was a great cover of The Killers "Human".
A very enjoyable show.
There was a film crew filming all the show.
Kim Petras will be supporting Camila Cabello on her 2020 European Tour.
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Promoters Live Nation have taken out another full page advert in The Standard paper for Madonna shows
in the hope of flogging a few extra ( very expensive) tickets for Feb 12, 13, 15, 16,.
Many of the shows did not sell out.




Monday 10 February 2020.
MARC ALMOND with CHRIS BRAIDE live at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
The inimitable singer performs a selection of hits and new material on the release of a collaborative album with songwriter and producer Chris Braide.
In their first performance together, the pair premiere material from Chaos and a Dancing Star, due for release in February 2020, alongside selected works from Almond’s celebrated career.
Marc Almond has released over 20 solo albums.
Marc Almond has sold over 30 million records (albums and singles) over the past 40 years.
I have seen Marc several times before - with Soft Cell and solo.
Chris Braide is a British songwriter, record producer and singer based in Malibu, Los Angeles. Braide is known for being a pianist.
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I bumped into Sex Pistols legend GLEN MATLOCK and drummer CHRIS MUSTO here at this one-off show.
A nice long show of 2 hours 40 mins over two sets of 80 mins each.
A good sounding band featuring Neal X (ex SS Sputnik) on guitar and four backing singers (2 m , 2 f).
A big screen showed pre-recorded images.
Both sets featured mainly tracks from the new album along with a couple of Soft Cell classics.
Jethro Tull's IAN ANDERSON joined Marc for five songs for some nice flute playing.
FIRST SET HIGHLIGHTS...
"Hollywood Forever" was a ballad recalling faded stardom, and whose title is the name of a famous Los Angeles cemetery that Marc recommends to us as a place to visit.
Ian Anderson joins him for three songs including "Witches Promise" and a mega "Bedsitter".
"Slow Burn Love" the most pop-heavy track on the new album, which is also released as a single, is great.
SECOND SET HIGHLIGHTS...
"Torch" is another pukka Soft Cell gem.
A bunch of several songs with just Marc singing along to Chris Braide superb piano playing.
Marc forgets the lyrics a couple of times but it is the first time he has sung many of these songs live.
"Dandy in the Underworld" (T.Rex cover)
"Children of The Revolution " (T.Rex cover)
Ian Anderson back on stage to play flute along to two Soft Cell classics.
"Tainted Love" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"
A great show.




Sunday 09 February 2020...9.15pm to 4.30am...
BAFTA OSCARS VIEWING PARTY , Annabel's , Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1.
The 92nd Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Despite more than a decade of the Oscars being given out towards the end of February, this year's ceremony has been moved forward.
The nominations for this year's Academy Awards have been announced, with Joker leading the pack with 11 nods.
The comic book villain origin story is up for best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, plus eight other awards.
The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood follow with 10 nominations each.
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I was at Ham Yard Hotel for this event the last few years and they have now moved it to another venue.
The new venue is one of London's most exclusive members clubs....Annabels.
Around 200 guests at this luxurious venue.
Complimentary Piper-Heidsieck champers for the first hour.
Then it was a sit down dinner in their fabulous restaurant area, with wines.
Buffet style including salmon, beef, chicken curry, lamb etc and various desserts.
The staff are amazing here and fussing over all the guests.
At 11.30pm we go upstairs to the viewing area to watch the red carpet arrivals and awards on the big screen.
Here we had complimentary Espresso Martinis , Vodka Martinis , Bloody Mary's and later, bacon rolls and doughnuts.
Chris Rock and Steve Martin opened up Sunday night's Oscars by taking jabs at the biggest stars in the building at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. The 92nd Academy Awards marks the second year in a row the show had no host.
After an awards season marked by its predictability, the Oscars delivered a spectacular final-reel twist on Sunday evening, naming capitalist satire PARASITE best picture.
Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrate the household of a wealthier one is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film.
Great to see Brad Pitt win Best Supporting Actor.
A few top notch music acts performed including Janelle Monae, Eminem, Billie Eilish, Randy Newman and
Elton John ( Elton won the Oscar for Best Original Song).
An excellent evening.




Saturday 08 February 2020...7pm to 1am...
GUN CONTROL live at The GAA Sports & Social Club, South Ruislip.
Gun Control , with me on drums play a 60th birthday party for our bass player (Pep) in Ruislip.
This means that all four original members on stage in the band are now 60 years young.
Our original singer is down in Southend and couldn't make it.
7pm to 7.30pm - we had a band soundcheck (the equipment was all set up already).
Around 80 or 90 guests are here tonight for the complimentary wines & beers bar.
Many of whom i have known for 40 years or more.
Guests quickly made use of the fun photo booth.
Pictures on the big screen of Pep included old photos of Gun Control from the early 1980s.
At 8.30pm - guests and band were all seated for the huge buffet.
At 9.30pm - we had a 30 mins set from THE BROTHERS.
The Brothers were a UK-based band that scored a top ten hit on the British chart with the song, "Sing Me." The sprightly, reggae-inflected song reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in the Spring of 1977. The band consisted of 5 real brothers...3 will be here tonight...check out their TOTP appearance on YouTube...
They played their hit single and a few catchy pop reggae classics to a backing tape to warm the crowd up.
At 10.30pm - we had a 30 mins set of Italian traditional folk music as Pep's family are Italian.
GUN CONTROL arrived on stage at 11.30pm for our ten song 40 mins set.
A friend of the band helped out as second vocalist and banged his tambourine.
The band with twin guitars were nice and loud.
As usual the start or finish to a couple of sings were slightly messed up but overall it went superb
as folks were dancing and clapping down the front.
Bearing in mind too that we only had the one rehearsal a couple of weeks ago.
I don't really wanna blow my own trumpet , but we rocked.
Full Gun Control setlist played tonight...
Teenage Kicks (cover version)
Cheap Publicity
No Mercy
Wasted Youth
No Tomorrow
Yoy Mean Nothing to Me
On Parole
Do I Need You?
Steppin' Stone (cover version)
Open Your Heart
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After we finished our set the dj played a few more dance tunes.
It was an excellent evening.




Friday 07 February 2020.
BRETT ELDREDGE + LAUREN JENKINS live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Country artist Brett Eldredge is playing his first ever headline UK tour, following on from his 2019 set at C2C: Country to Country.Brett (age 34) has had hit albums and singles back home in North America.
He is signed to Atlantic Records and released his debut single, "Raymond" on September 27, 2010.
Support comes from Lauren Jenkins.
Big Machine recording artist Lauren Jenkins has been a touring musician since she was 15 years old. The Texas born, Carolina-raised singer-songwriter chose a life that would fit perfectly in the songs she writes: across countless smoky bars, fake IDs, and endless miles on the road, music has been her one constant companion.
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Level 3 is half empty but there must be 1700/1800 here out of 2000 capacity.
Tonight is the last night of the European Tour for both these acts.
LAUREN JENKINS arrived on stage at 8pm for her 30 mins set.
Lauren Jenkins played tracks from her debut album and covers by Bruce Springsteen and Oasis.
BRETT ELDREDGE arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 1 hour 40 mins.
There are a quite a few female fans down the front swooning at Brett.
While his looks are undeniable, so are his wide-ranging country and classic crooner voice, showmanship and goofiness, and emotional and personal storytelling.
Brett and his band are very polished and don't make a wrong move all night as they played their catchy
radio friendly "new country pop rock" with lyrics where you heard every word being sung.
Eldredge talked about growing up in the small town of Paris, Illinois, and penning his touching acoustic song “Raymond,” about his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. He followed up “Raymond” with a sweet and sentimental rendition of “The Long Way.”
Brett seems very pleased to be playing his biggest ever London show.
A very enjoyable show.
Full Brett Eldredge setlist played tonight...
Good Day
Somethin' I'm Good At
Don't Ya
Love Someone
Crowd My Mind
Drunk On Your Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover)
Raymond (solo Acoustic)
The Long Way (solo Acoustic)
When the party's over (Billie Eilish cover)
Lose My Mind
Magnolia
The Reason (with snippet The Temptations - My Girl)
Mean to Me
Fire
Wanna Be That Song
Encore:
One Mississippi
Beat of the Music




Thursday 06 February 2020.
A nice run of gigs i went to 40 years ago this week.
UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 04.02.1980
UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 05.02.1980
McGuinn , Hillman, Clark Hammersmith Odeon, London 06.02.1980
UFO,Girl Hammersmith Odeon, London 07.02.1980 last of 4 UFO ham odeon shows
Robin Trower,Samson Hammersmith Odeon, London 08.02.1980




Wednesday 05 February 2020....2pm to 10.15pm...
ICE LONDON is held at Excel, East London.
Today was Day 2 of this massive 3 day event.
10,000 folks are expected to attend each day.
Over 200 gaming related stands here from many different countries.
Slot machines with great graphics, roulette wheels, gaming technology, neon everywhere etc.
Lots of promo girls in various outfits.
It looks like a giant Las Vegas casino in here.
Usain Bolt was here at 11am on one of the stands, but we missed him.
Big names here include Clarion Gaming, Novomatic, Aristocrat, Synergy, Fantasy Sports Interactive,
Playtech, BetConstruct, EGT, Comtrade Gaming, Stakelogic, Amatic, Realistic Games and many more.
Pretty soon after arriving i come across a stand playing Twisted Sister , nice and loud.
The stand is PlaynGo and there have a bar with four different complimentary cocktails.
A very nice random surprise to see rock legend DEE SNIDER from TWISTED SISTER was actually here.
Dee is here as there will be a Twisted Sister game being developed with PlaynGo.
At first i go up to the VIp/press area upstairs then Dee comes downstairs to greet the public.
I have a lovely chat to him about seeing Twisted Sister at Hammersmith Odeon and we talked
about the sadness of Motörhead members and Ronnie James Dio not being around anymore.
Dee forthcoming projects include producing a film.
Dee said he was in London just for a couple days then flying back to America.
A massive plus here was the swag that they were giving away so i managed to get...
Twisted Sister "Stay Hungry" album from 1984 and that has been licensed by Music On Vinyl...signed by Dee.
Dee Snider photo from the 1980s and a more recent photo of Dee...both signed to me.
A Dee Snider t-shirt and of course i got a photo with him...Dee was so nice and friendly.
www.playngo.comVisit the PlaynGo website here for more info.
5pm - CasinoBeats drinks party
6pm - Spintec drinks party
7pm - Alfastreet drinks party
8pm to 10.15pm - Optimax drinks party (at a venue just outside Excel)
Throughout the day on every hour a couple of the stands are giving out complimentary drinks & food.
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Very sad news that screen legend KIRK DOUGLAS has passed away at the incredible age of 103.



Tuesday 04 February 2020.
DEVENDRA BANHART live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Venezuelan-American lo-fi hipster folk singer-songwriter plays a sold out one-off UK show, as part of his
European Tour in support of new album (his 10th ) " Ma".
His fifth album "Cripple Crow" from 2005 on XL Recordings, is pretty good.
The cover is reminiscent of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
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VETIVER arrived on stage at 7.45pm for their 45 mins set.
Vetiver is an American folk band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic.
They are promoting their seventh album - "Up on High" (Mama Bird / Loose Music, 2019).
A very laid back set that went down well with the crowd.
DEVENDRA BANHART arrived on stage at 8.50pm for his 1 hour 40 mins set.
Devendra is here with a full band and he looks very much like a Shoreditch hipster.
Banhart did a great job of carrying mellow vibes throughout the show, but the audience’s excitement seemed to peak during the more upbeat songs of the evening.
He seems comfortable throwing out jokes as he delivered softly-spoken, dreamy heartfelt torch songs.
After an hour we had a full drum solo - but played with the drummer's bare hands.
Highlights included "Daniel", "Seahorse" and "Carmensita".
A pleasant show.
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Happy Birthday to rock legend ALICE COOPER who is 72 today.



Monday 03 February 2020.
6.45pm to 8.45pm
CHRISTIE'S - private view - King Street, St James's, London SW1.
Tonight was for Impressionist and Modern Art with the Evening Sale on 05 Feb.
Over 100 works of art here with prices ranging from £10k to over a million pounds.
Around 300 guests at this famous gallery auction house.
Complimentary Taittinger champers, gin cocktails, red wines and a huge buffet of hot & cold food.
www.christies.comVisit the Christies website here for more info.




Sunday 02 February 2020.
ROGER CHAPMAN + PAPA GEORGE live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
Roger Chapman (now aged 77), is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. His idiosyncratic brand of showmanship when performing and vocal vibrato led him to become a cult figure on the British rock scene.
I saw Roger with Streetwalkers in 1975 and with The Family reunion show at this venue a few years ago.
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It is stalls seated tonight as it is mainly an older crowd.
Level 3 is closed off so maybe 600/700 are here in total.
PAPA GEORGE arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins.
On his own with his steel guitar for some blues based songs including covers from the likes
of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
ROGER CHAPMAN arrived on stage at 9pm and played for 95 mins.
A minimal stage production with all their equipment at the front half of the stage.
Roger is tall in stature and his great Joe Cocker like voice still sounds top notch.
Roger has a lyric book on a stand and gives it glances every now and then to prompt him.
A nice seven piece band that featured some nifty guitar playing from Geoff Whitehorn.
I am not that familiar with his material but it was a good mix of solo material and Family tunes.
Highlights included...
Who Pulled The Night Down
My Friend The Sun
Sweet Desiree
Habits of a Lifetime
Top Of The Hill
Shadow On The Wall
Shortlist
Encore :
Weavers Answer
Let's Spend The Night Together ( The Rolling Stones cover)
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SID VICIOUS died 41 years ago today.
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On the day of Super Bowl , check out this amazing video on YouTube from 2007.
Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL
Paul McCartney was at The Super Bowl.
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1917, which tells the story of two young soldiers sent on a perilous, near-impossible mission to prevent an otherwise certain massacre, won seven Baftas including best film and outstanding British film, best director for Mendes, sound, production design, special visual effects and, for Roger Deakins, best cinematography – his fifth Bafta.
I was at all five HARVEY WEINSTEIN BAFTA parties in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
They were mega , but obviously not happening anymore.





Saturday 01 February 2020.
THE WILDHEARTS + BACKYARD BABIES + CKY live at The Forum, London.
The Wildhearts will head on a UK tour with Backyard Babies towards the end of January in support of their recent album "Renaissance Men", which was recently named the best album of 2019 by Classic Rock staff and writers.
I have seen The Wildhearts a few times including in 1996 when they were one of the support bands
for The Sex Pistols mega gig in Finsbury Park on their Filthy Lucre tour.
I saw them play a rockin' show in 2019 at Sub 89, Reading when they were supported by The Professionals.
I saw Backyard Babies three times around 20 years ago in 1998,1999 and 2001.
The 2001 show was when they supported Motörhead at this same venue.
A nice three band rock package tonight as all three have had a decent amount of success.
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Downstairs is full tonight but the rear corners of the balcony are closed off as unsold.
CKY arrived on stage at 7pm and played for 40 mins.
They have released five albums but their early success in America has dwindled.
They have a few of their own fans down the front and played a decent set.
Tonight was not really billed as a co-headline show but both the main acts played 70 mins.
BACKYARD BABIES arrived on stage at 8.05pm.
A nice surprise was that their walk-on track was a Sex Pistols tune.
These sleaze rockers have released several albums that have charted back home in Sweden.
Really good uptempo rock n roll tunes that went down well with me and all the crowd.
Full Backyard Babies setlist played tonight...
Tape intro walk-on song - Friggin in the Rigging(The Sex Pistols)
Good Morning Midnight
Th1rte3n or Nothing
Shovin' Rocks
Nomadic
Heaven 2.9
Highlights
Painkiller
Roads
Yes to All No
Star War
Abandon
Encore:
Look at You
Dysfunctional Professional
Minus Celsius
Brand New Hate
People Like People Like People Like Us
THE WILDHEARTS arrived on stage at 9.45pm.
The Wildhearts have been dedicated to hard rock and punk metal for almost 30 years. There have been ups and plenty of downs, break-ups, line-up changes, drink, drugs and almost hits.
Ginger on vocals still has his full length dreadlocks swinging as he headbangs away.
Ginger has rock n roll in his veins and was pretty much the Lemmy of the 1990s.
Their loyal fans lapped up the frantic uptempo pace of the tracks played in the setlist.
Plenty of crowd surfing as 20 or 30 fans ended up in the pit as front stage pit security earned their money.
This is still plenty of life in The Wildhearts.
Full Wildhearts setlist played tonight...
Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me
Everlone
Diagnosis
Vanilla Radio
Caffeine Bomb
Let 'Em Go
The Revolution Will Be Televised
TV Tan
Top of the World
Dislocated
Sick of Drugs
My Kinda Movie
I Wanna Go Where the People Go
Encore:
Intro Tape - Don't Worry 'bout Me
My Baby Is a Headfuck
Love U 'til I Don't
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Very sad news that ANDY GILL has passed away.
Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four, has died today following a short respiratory illness...he was 64...
I saw Gang of Four play a few times during their heyday period of the late 1970s/ early 1980s.


Friday 31 January 2020.
Happy Birthday to Punk Icon JOHN LYDON who is 64 today.
A good time to play some classic Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.



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