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Tina Turner- Portman Rd  stadium,  Ipswich, England 25/7/90

East Anglia was honoured to have Tina pay her first ever visit to the area for a two night stint at Ipswich Town’s handsome football ground for her Foreign Affair tour(also known as the Foreign Affair: European Tour 1990) It … Continue reading

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Lou Reed  Hammersmith Odeon, London, England Oct 18th 1979

Lou Reed was an enigma. A name associated with the Velvet Underground, some of whose records I owned, his wonderful Transformer album produced by David Bowie whom I admired. His Live albums “Rock n Roll Animal” and “Live” were, and … Continue reading

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Television / the Only Ones – Hammersmith Odeon London, April 17th 1978.

Television / the Only Ones – Hammersmith Odeon London, April 17th 1978. Much talk was made of American/ New York punk, in the Uk. With the exception of the Ramones and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, its impact was insignificant. … Continue reading

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Graham Parker & The Rumour – Leeds University, April 23rd 1978

The mid to late 70’s was an incredibly diverse time for music. The early 70’s was experimental and primarily featured disco building upon 60’s soul, prog rock developing hippy rock and hard rock, pop, and Rnb rock n roll. .  … Continue reading

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The Cher Show Musical Revue, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

I was fortunate enough to see Cher on her epic 326 date Farewell tour in 2004. It was one of the greatest rock and pop shows that I have ever seen. She introduced the show with these words: “Ladies and … Continue reading

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Cher- Birmingham NEC May 15th 2004

I didn’t own a single Cher single or album, yet somehow she has been omnipresent in my awareness of music. As a child I remember the tweeness of “I’ve got you babe”, but also the darkness of “Bang Bang”. I … Continue reading

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The Commitments – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

**** I saw the original Alan Parker film, but this represented my first time seeing the stage show. Its artistic credentials are impeccable. The Commitments film was released in 1991  as  a musical comedy-drama film based on  the eponymous  1987 … Continue reading

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Jekyll and Hyde- Derby Theatre

Jekyll and Hyde – Derby Theatre ***** This is not the first time that this story, originally a novella by  Robert Louis Stevenson,  first published in 1886 , has been presented as a play. It was  adapted for theatre in … Continue reading

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Black Sabbath live – Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th March, 1977.

Sabbath liked Marshall amps. The seventies was the apogee of Heavy Rock, the holy trinity were Deep Purple ( Smoke on the Water),Led Zeppelin ( Whole Lotta Love) and Black Sabbath ( Paranoid).  By the mid 70’s, Zep had become … Continue reading

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The King of Reggae- The Man- the Music – Birmingham Rep

The King of Reggae- The man- The music- Birmingham Rep ***** ‘The King of Reggae- the man- the music”  Is a  production by the Rush Theatre Company celebrating the life and music of Bob Marley. It features  live onstage musicians … Continue reading

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