Monday, August 05, 2019

Tyla's Dogs D'Amour - Sunday 4th August - The Lexington, Angel

One Liner: Very enjoyable show from the Black Country rocker and chums. The Lexington was a new venue for me and it was one of the shows where not knowing 90% of the songs made little difference to how enjoyable it was. Most of the people standing around us seemed to know every word to every song, so someone out there must have the setlist!?


Monday, July 22, 2019

Ealing Blues Festival - Sunday 21st July - Ealing

Nick Lowe
Second festival of the weekend - in Ealing for some "blues". Bad Influence get things off to a decent start. I also get to see a bit of Tim Stafell (ex Smile - pre Queen) and The Eel Pie All Stars before the early evening headliner - Nick Lowe.

The affable Mr Lowe jokes about getting the bus to the festival and about feeling a bit of a fraud, because "although I love the blues, I just write pop songs. Is it OK if I play some?". Of course it is and his acoustic performance enthrals the crowd for the next 75 minutes. Highlights include "I Knew the Bride" and "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding". All good stuff.

Bad Influence (with daughter Jess Hayes)
Evening headliners were "Who's Next". I have seen them before, but was surprised that they ventured toward the more "hardcore" elements of a Who set, based around "Live At Leeds" at a festival. To be fair, "Tattoo", "Fortune Teller" and "Heaven and Hell" can be heavy going for all but the hardened Who fans.
Tim Stafell & Paul Stewart Band
Anyway, after 7 hours on my feet, I headed to the exit as they approach their encore. Regrettably this meant I apparently missed "Long Live Rock". Ho, hum... next time maybe. And I will be back for the Ealing Festival - really impressed by layout and organisation.

Who's Next

The Eel Pie All Stars

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Scouting For Girls - Friday 19th July - Reigate Festival

One Liner: First festival of the weekend and it's a goodie. First year of the Reigate Festival and Scouting for Girls are headlining. Similar format to the Oxted Beer festival last year - a decent tented stage area and good food and drink (and lots of beer) available around the outside. Family friendly too. A decent fun set - looking forward to their full show later in the year.

Still Thinking About You
This Ain't a Love Song
I Wish I Was James Bond
Bad Superman
Posh Girls
Elvis Ain't Dead / (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You
It's Not About You
She's So Lovely

Sunday, July 07, 2019

The Who - Saturday 6th July - Wembley Stadium

One Liner: Up in the Gods for this one at affordable "half price" seats. Bit too far away to feel involved, this was a decent, if not great show. I applaud Roger and Pete for trying something different, but 99% of the crowd don't really want an orchestra, they just want a small bunch of aging blokes belting out Who classics - ideally in a venue small enough where they can see them without the aid of a screen.

[With Orchestra]
Amazing Journey
Pinball Wizard
We're Not Gonna Take It
Who Are You
Eminence Front
Imagine a Man
Hero Ground Zero 
Join Together

[Band Only]
The Seeker
Won't Get Fooled Again (acoustic - Roger & Pete only)
Behind Blue Eyes (with strings)

[With Orchestra]
The Real Me
I'm One
The Punk and the Godfather (with Eddie Vedder)
Drowned (acoustic - Pete only)
The Rock
Love, Reign O'er Me
Baba O'Riley

Friday, July 05, 2019

Bucket's Rebel Heart - Thursday 4th July - Half Moon, Putney

One Liner: Excellent show from Dave "Bucket" Colwell featured tracks from his new album, decent oldies and a smattering of Bad Company, Free and Humble Pie classics. Joined by Jimmy Kunes on vocals (helped by Ilona on backing vocals for 3 songs) this was a really good evening. Anyone got the setlist please?


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Lynyrd Skynyrd / Status Quo - Saturday 29th June - Wembley Arena

One Liner: Decent support slot from Quo including 2 new songs from the upcoming "Backbone" album. Hilarious mistake in "Whatever You Want" - first time I've ever seen that messed up to that degree. And good entertainment from what is left of the headliners, who are allegedly on their farewell tour. We shall see!

Setlist (Status Quo)
Something 'bout You Baby I Like
Medley: What You're Proposing / Down the Dustpipe / Wild Side of Life / Railroad / Again and Again
Mystery Song
The Oriental
Cut Me Some Slack
Liberty Lane
In the Army Now 
Roll Over Lay Down
Down Down
Whatever You Want
Rockin' All Over the World

Setlist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Workin' for MCA
Skynyrd Nation
What's Your Name
That Smell
I Know a Little
Gimme Back My Bullets
The Needle and the Spoon
Saturday Night Special
The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Tuesday's Gone
Don't Ask Me No Questions
Simple Man
Gimme Three Steps
Call Me the Breeze 
Sweet Home Alabama
Free Bird

Friday, June 28, 2019

Paul Young - Thursday 27th June - Richmond Theatre

One Liner: I have only seen Mr Young as a guest previously, but a celebration of his classic "No Parlez" album was enough to tempt us to Richmond. We were rewarded with a decent show (the last of the tour), a great view and a near-fight in front of us in the grand circle! Jamie Moses (SAS Band) and Pat Davey (Cregan and Co) were in Paul's band.

No Parlez
Behind Your Smile
Love of the Common People 
No Parlez
Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Ku Ku Kurama
Iron Out the Rough Spots
Love Will Tear Us Apart 
Tender Trap
Oh Women
Come Back and Stay 

Part Two
Some People
Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love 
Senza Una Donna 
Get 'em Up, Joe 
I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Everytime You Go Away 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Stray Cats - Wednesday 26th June - Hammersmith Apollo

One Liner: I've seen Brian Setzer and "Slim" Jim Phantom before, but not the full Stay Cats with Lee Rocker. An excellent evening of rockabilly in London's premier mid size venue. Good chat with some fellow punters on the bus home about other music venues through the years around South West London.

Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)
Runaway Boys
Double Talkin' Baby 
Three Time's a Charm
Stray Cat Strut
Mean Pickin' Mama
Gene and Eddie
Cry Baby
I Won't Stand in Your Way
Guitar Improvisation / Misirlou
When Nothing's Going Right (Lee Rocker on lead vocals)
(She's) Sexy + 17
Bring It Back Again (Lee Rocker on lead vocals)
My One Desire
Blast Off
Lust n Love
Fishnet Stockings
Rock This Town
Rock It Off
Built for Speed
Rumble in Brighton

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Billy Joel - Saturday 22nd June - Wembley Stadium

One Liner: Another big UK stadium show for the New Yorker. Decent set with a few lesser played numbers and basically no "dross" like "Big Man On Mulberry Street" or "Zanzibar". Decent seats in the front block made for an excellent show.

A Matter of Trust
My Life (preceded by Ode to Joy)
The Entertainer
The Downeaster Alexa
Say Goodbye to Hollywood
Don't Ask Me Why
She's Always a Woman
The Ballad of Billy the Kid
The Magnificent Seven Theme 
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
New York State of Mind
Rule, Britannia! 
We'll Meet Again (snippet)
I Go to Extremes
Sometimes a Fantasy
Only the Good Die Young
The River of Dreams / I Feel Fine
Nessun Dorma (Sung by Mike Delguidice)
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Piano Man
We Didn't Start the Fire
Uptown Girl
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
Big Shot
You May Be Right (with snippet of Rock and Roll)

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Dr Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band - Monday 3rd June - 100 Club, London

One Liner: A charity bash for the all-star covers band - last seen supporting Roger Daltrey at the Royal Albert Hall. Even got some non-Beatles songs this time around. Sold out in about a nano-second, but we managed to snag a pair of tickets. Expensive, but good fun.

I Saw Her Standing There 
Please Please Me 
Have Love, Will Travel 
Money (That's What I Want) 
Back in the U.S.S.R. 
You Really Got Me 
Can't Buy Me Love 
Hey Bulldog 
I Can't Explain 
My Generation 
Bad Boy 
Sunshine of Your Love 
Twist and Shout 
Paint It Black 
Why Don't We Do It in the Road? 
Helter Skelter