Sunday, October 13, 2019

Rhino's Revenge - Saturday 12th October - Half Moon, Putney

One Liner: A tribute evening celebrating the life of Quo legend Rick Parfitt. "State of Quo" opened the evening to a packed house with Rhino's Revenge as headliners. Excellent from start to finish!

Two Way Traffic 
Belavista Man 
Gravy Train 
Busy Doing Nothin'
One Note Blues
Obstruction Day 
Old Time Rock & Roll 
Get Out of Denver 
Before You Accuse Me (Jim Kirkpatrick on vocals)
Mony Mony
Jungle Love
The Madness 
This Is Me 
The Strange One
Never Too Old (To Rock 'n' Roll)
My Name Is Stan
Bad News 
Jam Side Down 
Paper Plane (with "State of Quo")
Back in the U.S.S.R. 
Once Bitten Twice Shy 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Danny & Luke (Thunder) - Wednesday 9th October - St Albans Arena

One Liner: Theatre show Q&A hosted by Mick Wall (one of my most-seen "artists" this year) interspersed with some excellent acoustic version of Thunder tracks. Featured an unscheduled appearance from drummer Harry James.

Backstreet Symphony
Low Life in High Places
Does It Feel Like Love?
A Better Man
Amy's on the Run
The Devil Made Me Do It
Like a Satellite
Love Walked In

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Scouting For Girls - Tuesday 1st October - Fighting Cocks, Kingston

One Liner: Small pub gig and Q&A session with 2 of the boys from SFG in support of their new album. Another excellent Banquet records show and great to meet and chat with Ray and Greg afterwards.

Grown Up
Posh Girls
The Trouble With Boys
This Ain't a Love Song
Dancing With You
She's So Lovely
lots of Q&As

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thunder - Thursday 26th September - The Garage, Highbury & Islington

One Liner: Amazingly hot gig in a small venue for the classic rockers. One -off show to celebrate their new Greatest Hits album. Did I mention how hot it was?

River of Pain
Higher Ground
On the Radio
Low Life in High Places
Wonder Days
The Devil Made Me Do It
In Another Life
The Thing I Want
Backstreet Symphony
Love Walked In
I Love You More Than Rock 'n' Roll
She's So Fine
Dirty Love

Friday, September 20, 2019

T'Pau - Thursday 19th September - Royal Vauxhall Tavern

One Liner: An all too short acoustic set at the legendary South London venue.

Heart And Soul
I Will Be With You
Secret Garden
Wing and a Prayer
Read My Mind
Bridge of Spies
China in Your Hand
Made of Money (with "Gimme Shelter" snippet)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Belinda Carlisle - Wednesday 18th September - Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke

One Liner: Belinda's first night of the tour celebrating 30 years since the release of her "Runaway Horses" album. Beautifully performed with excellent vocals and setlist choice. Glad to have decent 3rd row seats for this one.

Runaway Horses
(We Want) The Same Thing
Whatever It Takes
I Get Weak
Circle in the Sand
Deep Deep Ocean
Fool For Love
Vision of You
La Luna
Summer Rain
Our Lips Are Sealed
Mad About You
Leave a Light On
Live Your Life Be Free
(It's Too Real) Big Scary Animal
Heaven Is a Place on Earth
Shades of Michaelangelo

Monday, September 16, 2019

Johnny Warman - Sunday 15th September - Cheam Food and Drink Festival

Stage View from The Sutton Guardian
One Liner: A scarcely believable 17,000 people turned up to the Food and Drink Festival in Cheam Park. Many would have seen or heard Johnny Warman as the headline music act. We were towards the back, but Johnny sounded in good form ripping through the best of his 60's and 70's revue. Even finishing (surprisingly) with Hi Ho Silver Lining.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

SAS Band - Saturday 14th September - Shepherd's Bush Empire

One Liner: Spike's All Star band celebrate their 25th Anniversary. I'm a big fan of the concept, but have to say the guests and the songs they sing are becoming a little familiar.  After a very slow start, things got more energised when Toyah appeared and "surprise" guest Roger Taylor sang some unexpected tunes, but somehow this wasn't as fun as it should have been.

The Jam
Don't Stop Me Now (Patti Russo)
Unchain My Heat (Patti Russo with Laurie Wisefield)
Battle Without Honour or Humanity (Hotei)
Freedom in the Dark (Hotei)
Since You Been Gone (Kip Winger with Neil Murray)
I'm in Love With My Car (Kip Winger)
Suffragette City (Toyah)
Sweet Child O' Mine (Toyah / Justin Hawkins)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Justin Hawkins)
I Want It All (Justin Hawkins)
For Your Love (Graham Gouldman)
Dreadlock Holiday  (Graham Gouldman)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Madeline Bell)
Melting Pot (Madeline Bell)
Heroes (Roger Taylor)
Under Pressure (Roger Taylor / Justin Hawkins)
Rock and Roll (Roger Taylor)
29 Riff Overture
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Ensemble)
With a Little Help From My Friends (Ensemble)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Glitter Band / Slady - Saturday 31st August - Dublin Castle, Camden

One Liner:  Slady (all female Slade tribute) had a guest (male) drummer and exceeded all expectations - they were really good. The Glitter Band were not the version we had seen previously with a decent vocalist (John Springate). This was John Rossall's version. Whilst a key member back in the early 70's, John played trombone - and there's a reason for that I'd suggest. A fun singalong due to the crowd, but otherwise not great.


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 

Friday, May 31, 2019

From The Jam - Thursday 30th May - Under The Bridge

One Liner: Bruce Foxton and friends with an excellent acoustic evening of Jam hits and rarities. Always surprised at how many I recognise.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Rhino's Revenge - Friday 24th May - Half Moon, Putney

One Liner: Another fun evening with Rhino's Revenge. A good mix of their own stuff, a few Quo tracks and some well chosen covers.

Two Way Traffic
Belavista Man 
Busy Doing Nothin'
Back In The USSR
Before You Accuse Me (Jim vocals)
Old Time Rock & Roll 
Gravy Train 
One Note Blues
Mony Mony (snippet)
Jungle Love
Jam Side Down 
Spend Spend Spend
Never Too Old (To Rock'n'Roll)
Bad News 
My Name Is Stan
Mine All Mine
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Friday, May 24, 2019

Warner E Hodges - Thursday 23rd May - Hope & Anchor, Islington

One Liner: New venue for me and it was tiny! And Warner was loud! Decent set including some AC/DC, Pink Floyd and sing-a-long John Denver!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Francis Rossi - Sunday 19th May - Orchard Theatre, Dartford

One Liner: Another evening with Francis. 85% the same stories as Richmond which was slightly disappointing, otherwise an interesting evening.

Pictures of Matchstick Men (snippet)
Hey Joe (snippet)
In My Chair
Spinning Wheel Blues
Theme from "Coronation Street"

Friday, May 10, 2019

Quadrophenia Live! (The Goldhawks) - Thursday 9th May - Epsom Playhouse

One Liner: Decent Live run through of the mod classic from the Goldhawks with a couple of Who classics thrown in for good measure at the end. Good sound and vocals.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Mott The Hoople - Friday 26th April - Shepherd's Bush Empire

One Liner: Ian Hunter and the 1974 vintage of 'Hoople including Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor) and Morgan Fisher. A nice nostalgic evening with guests Joe Elliot (of course!) and Brian May. Not sure how much of the show Ariel actually played his guitar and couldn't help but feel that Hunter and the backing Rant band were very much holding this together. Can't see them all being fit for action to come around again.

American Pie / The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll
‪Lounge Lizard ‬
Honaloochie Boogie
Morgan Fisher piano solo (Prelude #1 in C by J.S.Bach)
Rest in Peace
I Wish I Was Your Mother
Pearl 'n' Roy (England)
Sweet Jane 
Walking With a Mountain
Roll Away the Stone (with Joe Elliott)
Jerkin' Crocus / One of the Boys
Medley: Rock 'n Roll Queen / Crash Street Kids /  Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mean Woman Blues / Johnny B. Goode / Violence / Cleveland Rocks / You Really Got Me
Saturday Gigs
All the Way From Memphis (With Brian May)
All the Young Dudes (with Brian May and Joe Elliott)

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Kris Roe (The Ataris) - Monday 8th April - New Cross Inn

One Liner: Really impressed by the venue (not been here before) and enjoyed the show. Also had a quick chat with Kris afterwards who was very engaging. An Ataris show is promised for next year.

In This Diary 
My Hotel Year 
Unopened Letter to the World 
The Hero Dies in This One 
Fast Times at Drop-Out High 
New Year's Day 
San Dimas High School Football Rules 
Car Song 
Your Boyfriend Sucks 
Eight of Nine 
Beautiful Mistake 
Losing Streak 
Broken Promise Ring 
The Saddest Song 
The Cheyenne Line 
I.O.U. One Galaxy 
So Long, Astoria 

Friday, April 05, 2019

UFO - Thursday 4th April - Shepherd's Bush Empire

One Liner: UFO's farewell tour after 50 years and as I'd never seen them I thought it was "now or never". And I was impressed. Phil Mogg's vocals were excellent and the band really good. My attention was held even during the many numbers that I didn't know.

I enjoyed it so much more that the "Schenkerfest" last year.

Mother Mary
We Belong to the Night
Run Boy Run
Lights Out
Baby Blue
Only You Can Rock Me
Burn Your House Down
Love to Love
Makin' Moves
Too Hot to Handle
Rock Bottom
Doctor Doctor
Shoot Shoot

Update: Sadly, guitarist Paul Raymond passed away a week after the show.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Francis Rossi - Wednesday 3rd April - Richmond Theatre

One Liner: Mr Rossi's Speaking tour with Mick Wall ("I Talk Too Much"). Promised to be different each night. Some good stories from Francis (mainly told in his new book of the same name). And the bonus of a couple of acoustic versions of Quo classics. Also pleased to shake his hand afterwards and get the new CD signed.

Pictures of Matchstick Men (snippet)
In My Chair
Spinning Wheel Blues
Theme from "Coronation Street"

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Joanne Shaw Taylor - Wednesday 20th March - Shepherd's Bush Empire

One Liner: From the opening bars of the new opener "In The Mood" to the end, this was another high class evening of guitar based rock 'n' blues. Check out her new "Reckless Heart" LP.

In the Mood
Let It Burn
Wrecking Ball
The Best Thing
I've Been Loving You Too Long
Dyin' to Know
No Reason to Stay
Time Has Come
New 89
Reckless Heart
Going Home
Bad Love
Mud Honey
White Sugar

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Doro - Wednesday 13th March - Underworld

One Liner: Few performers I see appear to enjoy their work as much as Ms Pesch. Her enthusiasm is infectious and whilst still not knowing too much of the material, this was another good evening with the Warlock Queen.

Now, what's german for Let's Rock!

Raise Your Fist in the Air
I Rule the Ruins 
Burning the Witches 
Fight for Rock 
Blood, Sweat and Rock ’n’ Roll
Soldier of Metal
The Night of the Warlock
Für immer 
Out of Control 
Metal Racer 
Drum Solo
All for Metal
All We Are 
Wacken Hymne (We Are the Metalheads)
East Meets West 

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Bryan Adams - Monday 4th March - Pryzm, Kingston (Late Show)

One Liner: Very pleased to get a ticket for this nightclub show (it sold out in 35 seconds) as part of Banquet Records album release. This featured the first ever live version of "Part Friday Night, Part Sunday Morning". Wish I'd also done to the earlier show which was added afterwards as it was a slightly different set.

All or Nothing
Part Friday Night, Part Sunday Morning
Shine a Light
You Belong to Me
When You're Gone (Acoustic)
Lonely Nights
When the Night Comes 
Cuts Like a Knife
I Could Get Used to This
Summer of '69 (with Adrian O'Neill on guitar)
Whiskey in the Jar (Acoustic)

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Bernie Marsden - Friday 1st March - Under The Bridge

One Liner: Bernie was in good humour and told some interesting anecdotes about Whitesnake, Peter Green and Gary Moore. Loved the Peter Green comment of "Who would want a guitar signed by you?". Excellent set and performance too in one of my favourite venues.

Till the Day I Die (Acoustic)
The Time Is Right for Love (Acoustic)
Ain't Gonna Cry No More (Acoustic)
Linin' Track 
Born Under a Bad Sign 
Walking in the Shadow of the Blues 
A Place in My Heart
Kinda Wish She Would
Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City 
Fool for Your Loving 
Oh Well 
Here I Go Again (including Is This Love)
Walking by Myself 
Come On 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bryan Adams - Wednesday 27th February - Wembley Arena

One Liner: Latest in Bryan's extensive Wembley Arena run over the years. Decent show and pleased to hear a cover of Whiskey In The Jar. The rear screens are impressive, but I can't help feeling that some of the videos that play along with the live performance are a bit too distracting.

Ultimate Love
Can't Stop This Thing We Started
Run to You
Go Down Rockin'
Shine a Light
It's Only Love
Please Stay
Cloud #9
You Belong to Me
Summer of '69
Here I Am (Acoustic)
When You're Gone (Acoustic)
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Back to You
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You
Cuts Like a Knife
18 til I Die
Hearts on Fire (Acoustic)
Please Forgive Me 
Brand New Day 
I Could Get Used to This
I Fought the Law
Whiskey in the Jar (Acoustic)
Straight From the Heart (Acoustic)
All for Love (Acoustic)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Quireboys - Sunday 10th February - Garage (Upstairs)

One Liner: Spike and the boys in a traditional "Sunday" London show. Moved to the cosier upstairs part of the Garage, the band were on good form as always. Set was a bit shortish though.

There She Goes Again
Roses & Rings
Devil of a Man
Mona Lisa Smiled
Beautiful Curse
Whippin' Boy
Have a Drink With Me
Late Nite Saturday Call
Sweet Mary Ann
7 O'Clock (with Rebecca Downes)
I Don't Love You Anymore / Fool to Cry
Sex Party

Saturday, February 09, 2019

AWOL - Friday 8th February - De Burgh Arms, West Drayton

One Liner: A trip to West Drayton to see Dave "Sniffa" Bryce (ex Spider) in is new band AWOL. I never saw Spider live, but always liked Dave's playing, so thought it would be good to see them play some classic rock covers. And it was.

Plus the added "bonus" of a double bus back home via Heathrow Central bus terminal!

Wishing Well
Run To You
Roll Away The Stone
Gerdundula (snippet)
Every Time That You Walk In The Room
Need Your Love So Bad
I Saw Her Standing There
Handle Me With Care
Crazy Horses
Mr Blue Sky
Wish You Were Here
You Shook Me All Night Long
Come Together
+ break (and missed songs)
Black Magic Woman
Don't Believe A Word
Hard To Handle
Get Out Of Denver
Waterloo Sunset
Keep Your Hands To Yourself
+ more (we had to leave!)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Johnny Warman - Friday 18th January - Boom Boom Club, Sutton

One Liner: Not seen Johnny for a while but, as expected, he was in good voice and performed an entertaining selection of well chosen covers from the 60's and 70's. He was joined by the excellent Marcus Flynn on lead guitar.