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#303 Queen and Adam Lambert @ London SSE Arena Wembley (December 15th 2017)

Support: N/A

I’m a big Queen fan. Have been since I was a little kid. Growing up the house was always filled with Freddie's voice whether it was played by my elder brothers or parents. Queen always did appeal to a wide range of age groups and the makeup of tonight's crowd showed that was still very much the case.  Indeed men and women of all ages where here at London's Wembley Arena. The band's music has meant so much to me over the years and seeing May and Taylor live is always a thrill. Now they sing with an American Idol runner up. 

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#302 T'PAU @ London Islington Assembly Hall (November 23rd 2017)

Support: Scarlet / John Adams

You get a feeling a concert is not going to be anywhere near full when you can wander in and hardly anyone bothers asking you for your tickets. We pretty much walked straight in. Ok so we got to the venue over an hour before T'Pau were due to stage but to say the turnout was low is a massive understatement. Why there were so few people is mystifying as the crowd that were here were lucky enough to see a band, in particular Carol Decker and Ron Rogers, put on a trip down memory lane in the fab Islington Assembly Hall.

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#301 H.E.A.T. @ London O2 Academy Islington (November 21st 2017)

Support: Degreed / Black Diamonds

Before this gig, I knew very little about H.E.A.T. I was dragged along by a big fan of the band...that can be really awkward...what if I think the band are utter I say so? Things could get a little icy. I really should not have worried as it turns out the band know how to put on one hell of a show. Musically brilliant and with a front man who gives his all. Throw in it being the last night of the tour and the Academy really was rocking.


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#300 Blondie @ London O2 Academy Brixton (November 16th 2017)

Support: Mustang

Gig 300 for me. Love Blondie. Love Debbie Harry. Love London. Love Brixton and love Brixton Academy. All the music Gods came together to help me celebrate my third century in style. I've always loved live performance of any kind and since going to my first gig in 1989, on a cold December night in Birmingham, I have loved live music. Of the 300 some have been poor, some have been ok, some good and some absolutely magnificent...300 goes firmly in the latter category.

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#299 MTV Presents @ London Trafalgar Square (November 11th 2017)

Line Up: David Guetta, U2

Standing, freezing cold, in Trafalgar Square on a Saturday night drinking £5 bottles of Fosters is not normally my idea of fun. However tonight, for 45 minutes we saw a set of old and new songs from one of the world's biggest bands. Here as part of the build up for the MTV EMAs (first time in London since 1996) the band play on a stage with Nelsons column overlooking.

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#298 Living Colour @ London Student Central (October 1st 2017)

Support: Stone Broken

It's 29 years since Cult of Personality blasted on to MTV screens. Earning Living Colour a Grammy and multiple MTV awards the song was a huge success and put the band firmly in the spotlight. They were a welcome change from much of the usual MTV fare at the time which, in the late 80's seemed to show just ten videos on repeat....and eight of those were Phil Collins (actually I just checked and that's a complete lie...would love to see these on MTV now).

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#297 Struts @ London Electric Ballroom (September 18th 2017)

Support: Bang Bang Romeo

The Struts attract a variety of fans, from Little Mix loving teenage girls (bass player Jed Edwards is the boyfriend of a Little Mixer), to ageing rockers (with an alarming variety of hair styles). Noticeably though the Derby band's crowd seems to be gradually turning into a more typical rock audience. This may, in part, be due to the ever growing American support slots with the likes of the Foo Fighters, Motley Crue, The Who and The Stones.

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#296 Stereophonics @ London Student Central (August 25th 2017)

Support: N/A

Some 20 years ago the Stereophonics played the ULU. Two decades later they were back celebrating the anniversary of their debut album, released this very day in 1997. Word Gets Around being 20 years old is pretty scary. So much has happened to the band since its release. The success they have had has been one of consistency with huge highs (2002 at Slane Castle) and occasional gut wrench lows (the untimely death of former drummer Stuart Cable).

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#294 Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott @ London All Saints Church Kingston - Show 1 (July 31st 2017)

Support: N/A

Show 1: 7:45-8:35

Haven't been in church in a while...even after living in Ireland for 12 years I managed to go with the exception of a few funerals. £8 to go an see Paul and Jacqui sing a few songs though. Why the hell not. Ok so it was only a 50 minute show but to hear them sing acoustically in a church was something we couldn't pass up.

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#293 Ian Hunter & The Rant Band @ London Student Central (June 28th 2017)

Support: Worry Dolls

Do you remember Mott the Hoople? I thought everyone did, however in the lead up to this show anybody I mentioned it to had no idea who they or Ian Hunter was. Crazy right? Admittedly the people I talked to were not 43 year old wannabe rockers like myself...but still. How can you not know?

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#292 Guns n Roses @ London Stadium (June 16th 2017)

Support: The Kills / Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

There are some bands that mean more than others. Both globally and personally. For me Guns were one of the most exciting bands on the planet. I saw them a number times in the early '90s when I first discovered there were bands other than Queen (my first and biggest love). Nothing has come close to the feeling of anticipation I felt back in the day when waiting for a GNR gig. They lived breathed rock n roll. They WERE rock n roll.

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#291 Download Festival @ Castle Donington Donington Park (June 11th 2017)

Headliner: Aerosmith

Who I Saw: Aerosmith / Alter Bridge / Steel Panther / Airbourne / In Flames

Sunday is normally my day. Pretty much classic rock all the way. That of course meant an earlier start. Despite this I wasn't early enough to see the Dead Daisies who were on at the ridiculous time of 12.30. Love their albums but hey I need my sleep. I did though manage to make it to the site around 14.30 with a few delays on bag checking slowing my entrance (although only for a short while. Again the security were excellent all

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#290 Download Festival @ Castle Donington Donington Park (June 10th 2017)

Headliner: Biffy Clyro

Who I Saw: Biffy Clyro / Wednesday 13 / Sick Puppies / The LaFontaines 

Day two and the festival really kicks into gear. Staying in a hotel this year helps (camping is for wimps as we all know). The Holiday Inn near Derby train station may not sound glamorous but it is really ideal for travel with a fantastic shuttle bus service taking you to and from the site.

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#289 Download Festival @ Castle Donington Donington Park (June 9th 2017)

Headliner: System Of A Down

Who I Saw: System Of A Down / Prophets of Rage / Suicidal Tendencies

You would think the times we live in would make people feel like hiding away but the spirit shown this weekend at Download was truly heart warming. Yes there may have been more bag checks, longer queues (but really not bad at all) and more security including armed police

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#288 Quireboys @ London O2 Academy Islington (April 23rd 2017)

Support: Last Great Dreamers

The Quireboys know how to have a good time. They enjoy themselves and never take themselves too seriously. Don't be fooled though, they are a very, very good rock n roll band.

They have always been a great live unit with hooks everywhere and a singer with a voice that still sounds strong after all these years. That they have released four excellent rock albums in four years

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#287 Monster Truck @ London Electric Ballroom (March 22nd 2017)

Support: The Picturebooks

It seems silly to post this in the light of the days tragic events...but London keeps on rolling. Nothing will stop it. Fuck everyone that tries. Camden Town is such a vibrant place, although understandably a little more sombre than usual tonight. In the middle of Camden, surrounded by pubs and tattooists, is the Electric Ballroom. It was packed and defiant. Life really does go on.

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#286 Ladyhawke @ London Koko (February 15th 2017)

Support: Isle

I like a lot of music styles. At least I think I do. Then again most people that say they have an eclectic taste in music...really don't. The gigs I go to usually involve loud guitars and over long drum solos. Ladyhawke (Pip Brown) definitely doesn't fit into that category. She ain't no Whitesnake. There are similarities though. Both have dodgy hairstyles and wear clothes that were stylish in 1976.

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