One of my first loves along with music was the Theatre.
So much so that when I was at school I studied Theatre /Theatre History as a subject.
I even joined the Arts Theatre in London and the Young RSC.
I don’t know why but over the past couple of years it seems that I don’t go as often as I used to.
However, a couple of weeks back I went to see Judas Kiss which had Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox.
It’s about the beginning of the end for Oscar Wilde.
Rupert plays Oscar; he captures all of his sharp wit and stubbornness perfectly, his performance is majestic.
Freddie as Bosie, with his ruthless selfishness petulance is also a great performance.
Need to go and see more, maybe a new year’s resolution?
I met up with Bruno for lunch. He and I used to work together Mercury/Fontana/Vertigo, he was a brilliant radio promotion manager for me. Amazingly he is still at the labels, now as head of the department. It is great that someone who is charming, warm and enthusiastic is doing well and is being appreciated. A lovely man.
James, who is doing some great scouting, work tipped me off to a band called Ellen and the Escapades who I went to see at the Louisiana in Bristol.
Man, it has been a while since I stepped inside this great legendary gig.
As I am about to go thru the door, a voice mumbles out my name.
There was the legendary Mig Schillace original drummer of Portishead and booker for the Louisiana.
It was so nice to see him again. He has drumming in a band called Black Submarine, previously known as The Black Ships. The band were formed by former Verve members Nick McCabe and Simon Jones, and Coldplay/Goldfrapp collaborator Davide Rossi . So keep an out for them.
Anyway apart from catching up I went to see Ellen and the Escapades, accompanied by another legendary drummer, Jon Harper (CSS and Cooper Temple Claus) and a bright young A&R scout Jack.
So, a good crowd inside, the Louisiana was full, mind you that don’t take much.
Let’s say it’s a cosy room.
She has a great voice and I loved the harmonies from matey boy on the keyboards.
Drummer was a little heavy handed.
The conclusion, no hit songs and they seem to lack widespread appeal. But….keep on writing.
Again a lifetime love, the wonderful James Bond is…back.
Skyfall, the latest instalment in the Bond adventures.
I was lucky enough to have spent some time with Pierce Brosnan on a holiday many years ago. He had wrapped up his debut performance and was taking a break with his family. He became my second favourite Bond after Sean. Then along came Daniel and Casino Royale, one of the greatest ever opening Bond opening sequences ever!
But then came the awful Quantum Solace..urghh. No story no plot no good.
Thankfully, Bond is back… Humour is back and a great baddy too.
Tim Oliver, the excellent Engineer of some renown, has volunteered his services in helping me compile this year’s Finestkind. We have made a great dent and hopefully by next week, all will be done.
After some ridiculous number of years I finally met up again with Valerie Potter in Hammersmith.
She worked with me back in the Mercury/Phonogram days and left to become a journalist for various
music magazines. She specialized in Rock band journalism and has met and interviewed every important major rock artist ever!!!!
Then she went into theatre PR and is now working on a musical about or called ‘Carnaby Street’.
All being well it will start in 2013.
As I mentioned to her, I used to go down there back in the early days. When there were only a couple of shops doing ‘gear’ and on the street were warehouse, workshops and stall.
Now it’s a tourist tacky destination, nothing like its time in the ‘60’s.
A Paddy Ashdown talk held in an amazing bookshop ‘ Toppings’, he is a very cool guy.
He’s Very charismatic bloke. His new book is about the Cockleshell Heroes. The amount of research he has done, unbelievable and the side stories were great. He is a hero in Bosnia with the way he worked to bring everyone together. He didn’t take sides, he told it as he was it. Great politician, how often does the word great and politician come together? Well he was one of the best, should have had a shot. There you go.
Now talking of great.
I went to see and hear one of my old boys Tom Mcrae at the Chapel in Bath.
He is so good live; if you get a chance …..go see him. He really knows how to work a room. Great stories, great singing great songs and great entertainment.
I think he should be signed to a major. He certainly should be on TV, Jools Holland or a Channel 4 show.
One of Britain’s best singers and songwriters.
Its time to go out to a gig.
So I will do another blog next week and catch up with
Etc etc etc