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#317 Fish @ London Islington Assembly Hall (December 8th 2018)

Support: Doris Brendel

The last time I was at the Islington Assembly Hall it was only a quarter full (and unfortunately, that's been pretty generous). That night the artist in question did their very best but it was a tough gig for them and the venue did not seem particularly impressive (like a disused creaking school hall). Tonight there were no such ticket struggles for Fish and the Islington Assembly Hall took on a whole new life.

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#315 Elle King @ London Bush Hall (October 2nd 2018)

Support: Mega

How you come to hear about an artist can vary greatly. It can be via the radio, TV or increasingly of course, social media. The latter is pretty much the same as the traditional word of mouth. For me, with Elle King, it was through a Stephen King tweet in March 2015. Six months later, I was stood watching her on stage in London at the very cool Lexington, and again a month later at the equally cool Electrwerkz.

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#314 Garbage @ London O2 Academy Brixton (September 14th 2018)

Support: Dream Wife

When a mate asks ‘do you want to go and see Garbage, in your favourite venue, I’m paying and all I want is a bed for the night’. Hell…I ain’t gonna argue. The fact that he then bought Mrs Rock a ticket as well…well ok that was too much. I gave him money for that one…I mean our spare bed is actually only an old fold out sofa…not exactly luxury…I didn’t tell him that bit.

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#313 Queen and Adam Lambert @ London O2 Arena (July 2nd 2018)

An A- Z of Queen and Adam Lambert

A is for ADAM: Lambert showing yet again what a performer he is. Such a strong voice. The perfect front man to play the classic songs

B is for BICYCLE RACE: Adam on a bike. With flowers. Why the hell not

C is for CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE: The band huddled together at the front playing the Freddie classic

D is for DRUM BATTLE: Roger at the front and Tyler Warren on stage for one of the better drum solos you will see

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#312 Billy Idol @ London O2 Academy Brixton (June 23rd 2018)

Support: The Professionals

Mr Bily 'F*cking' Idol. Saw him first supporting Bon Jovi 25 years ago (Cyberpunk era...not great) and then just three years ago at Download Festival (pretty magnificent). This though was the first time seeing his own headline show.

"Is there anyone under 40?" is the first thing we hear upon entering a packed Brixton Academy tonight (we got in at 8.30 and it was rammed...fantastic to see at the 5000 capacity venue).

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#311 Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott @ Thetford Forest (June 9th 2018)

Support: Billy Bragg 

Thetford Forest gigs rock. Zero hassle. Turn up. Park the car. Take note of car park name (Rabbit). Walk 5 minutes. Say hello to the cheery volunteers. Nip to the toilet (clean port-a-loos). Wander to the front of the the arena. No pushing. No groans. No annoying stares. Why? Everyone is already where they want to be. Most are in place with smug looks on their faces sitting in deckchairs with picnics out, waterproofs on (5% chance of rain) and are happy as Larry. Donington this is not but it certainly is bloody well organised.

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#310 Hot Press - Covered In Glory (Hothouse Flowers) @ London Nell's Jazz and Blues (June 6th 2018)

Line Up: Hothouse Flowers / Damien Dempsey / Seamus Fogarty / NC Grey

This 'Covered in Glory' gig celebrated 40 years of Ireland's Hot Press magazine (more than just a music mag). Turns out the venue, the 400 capacity Nell's Jazz and Blues in London's West Kensington, is a bit of a hidden gem. The signs on the wall say 'shhh...during the performance'. That is good to see as too often smaller venues with a big bar are full of noisy folk not looking in the direction of the stage. It's not too bad here though, a nice venue with great staff and an attentive crowd.

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#309 Volbeat @ London House Of Vans (Tunnel 3) (May 30th 2018)

Support: N/A

A slightly different take on what turned out to be a great gig at the House of Vans...

Tunnel 3 tonight not 2. 850 people. Aim to get in about 8.30, loads of time, they wont be on until 9 after all. Yay wrist bands, feeling pretty smug. What's that you say? Free ticket no guarantee of entry...didn't know that. Oh wow hang on, we can't get in? Too full you say? Why the fuck is that? We got tickets, hell we got wrist bands. No one telling us what is going on. Will we get in? Shall we leave? Yes let's leave. Ah no hang on Ella looks upset.

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#308 Common People Festival @ Oxford South Park (May 27th 2018)

Line Up: James / Ride / Sparks

Festival crowds can be the worst. People drinking all day, too pissed to watch any of the bands on display, barging into everyone around them, spilling drink on those sat down as they stumble by. The joys. At least the sun was shining (although thunder and lightning were on show in the distant sky) and Oxford looked its magnificent best.

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#307 Rolling Stones @ London Stadium (May 22nd 2018)

Support: Liam Gallagher

I had almost forgotten how much I hate stadium crowds. Thankfully tonight was there to remind me in full...an A-Z of things that annoy me at gigs...you may want to take a deep breath: Pissed teenagers, pissed 'this is my only night out this year' 50 somethings, pissed pensioners angrily admonishing anyone near them, the very strong smell of joints, twenty somethings pissing in plastic cups, loud Argentinians, girls getting on shoulders of every guy directly in front of me and the general feeling that half the crowd had never been to a concert in their lives.

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#306 Wayward Sons @ London O2 Academy 2 Islington (April 25th 2018)

Support: Pete K. Mally

Toby Jepson is a bit of a hero of mine. Fronting the Little Angels back in the late 80s and early 90s coincided with a burgeoning love of rock music for the 16 year old me. The group originated from Scarborough meaning they were a local band just up the road from my home town of Hull. That made them all the more exciting. Local lads doing what we all dreamt of.

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#305 Def Leppard @ London Royal Albert Hall (March 25th 2018)

Support: Slydigs

I'd always meant to get to one of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts (the first one being way back in 2000) but for some reason never did. That is not to say I have never been at the Albert Hall. Back during the 6 months or so when I was reasonably cool (sometime in the the mid 90's) I saw the Little Angels and Eric Clapton here (although in truth it is harder to not see Mr Clapton at this venue). Those two shows seem like a lifetime ago although I did have afternoon tea here with my lovely wife a few years back...not very rock n roll admittedly.

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#304 Then Jerico @ London Troubadour (February 4th 2018)

Support: N/A

Tonight started a little oddly...however, what initially promised to be a rather strange and cold evening, ended up being a reminder of what an excellent performer Mark Shaw is. Why strange? Well the venue may be full of character and music history (Dylan played London for the first time at this very place) but with the stage in the corner at a right angle (splitting the venue in two) and with the crowd dynamic a little unusual, it really did feel that like this was going to be an odd one.

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