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Over 800 gigs. 100+ venues. Over 1,500 bands. Rock on.

I have been going to gigs for over 50 years, and when sober enough I have kept all the tickets and set lists.

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The Sex Pistols for £1.75 anyone? Iron Maiden for £3.00? Extraordinary stuff.

To celebrate what can happen when you go out to listen to live music, check out this YouTube clip. I went out to see Diesel Park West at the Half Moon in Putney, discovered the bassist was ill, and ended up filling in: LIKE PRINCES DO. You never know….

I was asked back for the encore:



Rock on, and let me know your experiences.

On the blues front, it was good to be featured in the same set list as Bonnie Raitt and Mose Allison

And here is my old band Fastback, showing how a Flying V should really be used.

Laurence Archer of Grand Slam, April 8, 2022, Islington Assembly Hall. And below at Camden Underworld September 21 2022. Check out the Flying Vs Hall of Fame

Big Boy Bloater And The Limits

Date: July 12, 2024

Venue: The Lexington

Price: £20.00

The Saturday Night Desperation Shuffle/I Love You (But I Can’t Stand Your Friends)/Insanely Happy/Ugly Way Of Thinking/Every Path Has Its Puddle/Leonard Cohen/Friday Night’s Alright For Drinking/Luxury Hobo Blues/Oops Sorry/The Devil Went Down To Rehab/Nasty Little Rash/Dirty Disco Blues/Robot Girlfriend/Kensington Gore/I Don’t Miss You As Much…/Pills/It Came Outta The Swamp/Devils Not Angels


Date: July 5 2024

Venue: Forge Camden

Price: £25.00

This Is Pop/Statue Of Liberty/No Language In Our Lungs/Love On A Farmboy’s Wages/Real By Reel/Towers Of London/Paper And Iron (Notes And Coins)/Senses Working Overtime/Jason And The Argonauts /Ball And Chain/The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead/Summer’s Cauldron/Grass/No Thugs In Our House/Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)/Rocket From A Bottle /Respectable Street/Living Through Another Cuba/Generals And Majors/Making Plans For Nigel/Stupidly Happy/Life Begins At The Hop

Very odd this. This was like a basic covers band knocking out old XTC material. Technically they could sing and play but all the details were wrong. In no particular order: no keyboards ( a critical component of many XTC tracks), a guitarist playing a Les Paul (the ultimate rock guitar and totally unrelated to the XTC sound), vocals that were admittedly in tune but had none of the dynamism and expression of Andy Partridge, and a somewhat perverse selection of songs that included obscure stuff and excluded some great stuff. To be avoided. No photos because the two front guys were distinctly non-XTC.


Date: July 3 2024

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Price: £130

If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)/Back In Black/Demon Fire/Shot Down In Flames/Thunderstruck/Have A Drink On Me/Hells Bells/Shot In The Dark/Stiff Upper Lip/Shoot To Thrill/Sin City/Rock ‘N’ Roll Train/Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap/High Voltage/Riff Raff/You Shook Me All Night Long/Highway To Hell/Whole Lotta Rosie/Let There Be Rock/T.N.T./For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

The Pretty Reckless

Death By Rock And Roll/Since You’re Gone/Follow Me Down/Only Love Can Save Me Now/Sweet Things/Witches Burn/Make Me Wanna Die/Going To Hell/Heaven Knows/Take Me Down


Date: May 25, 2024

Venue: Dingwall’s

Price: £27.00

Digging Up The Dirt/Tough It Out/Killed By Love/Someday (You’ll Come Running)/Don’t Need Another Heartache/Everytime I Think Of You/Out Of The Blue/The Dream That Died/Synchronized/Say It Like It Is/Closer To Heaven/Does It Feel Like Love/That Girl/Bad Luck/Hot Wired/Turn This Car Around/Story Of My Life/Burning My Heart Down/Other Side Of Midnight


Run And Hide/Bad Choices/Guilty Love/Fairytale/Five Years On/Sink Or Swim


Date: May 14 2024

Venue: Half Moon

Price: £16.00

Houdini/After The Storm/Time Machine/Better Day/I Am/Jericho/1600 Pennsylvania Avenue/Shout/Living The Dream/Black Sun/Percy The Pimp/I Believe It/The Bear/Leave It Out/All In Your Mind/One Night In Texas


Date: May 11, 2024

Venue: The Dome

Price: £15.00

Outbreak/Ready To Go/Atomic/Girls Gone Wild/Someday/Hardest Heart To Break/One Step Away/Good Time Music/Summer Of Our Lives/You Don’t Understand Me/Like There’s No Tomorrow/SONIKKU TO NAKKURU/Raise The Dead/They Only Come Out At Night/Girls Of Tokyo/Can’t Wait For The Nights/Give Me Love/We Belong


St. Joan/Tape Deck/Paraffin Lips/Really Doesn’t Matter/The Girl/Outta Sight/Wedding Song/Make The Connection/Tattered Star/Let’s Go Out Tonight


Date: May 4 2024

Venue: Half Moon Putney

Price: £15.00

Run And Hide/Bad Choices/Guilty Love/Damn Your Eyes/Fool Of You/Five Years On/Heart Attack/On The Next Round/Insane /Fairytale/Stars Upon My Scars/Sink Or Swim/What’s Your Name Again?


Date: May 3 2024

Venue: The Dome

Price: £20.00

Euthanasia/Keeping Me Alive/Love Don’t Stay/Gangland/Edge Of The World/Destiny/Back For Good/Paris By Air/Only The Brave/Do It Good/Insanity/Fire On The Horizon/Slave To Freedom/A New Heartbeat/Suzie Smiled/Hellbound/Love Potion No. 9

Star Circus

Love Is The Enemy/Times Get Tough/Just Like In A Movie/Chained To You/Circles/Bridges/Gina In A Bottle/Before The Song Is Over/Save Your Life


Date: April 30 2024

Venue: Half Moon Putney

Price: £20.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy/Rock Steady/Fire And Water/Ready For Love/Deal With The Preacher/Movin’ On/Davy’s On The Road Again/Blinded By The Light/Simple Man/Mr. Big/Feel Like Makin’ Love/Shooting Star/Wishing Well/Can’t Get Enough/All Right Now

Harry James from Thunder played drums/Luke Morley joined to encore.


Date: April 27 2024

Venue: The Grace

Price: £20.00

The Circle Is Complete/The Distance/Joyful Sky/Peace Of Mind/Hometown Girl/Ain’t Got No Money/Demolition Man/Ordinary Life/Damn The Reason/Aunt Hazel/Beautiful/Highway 69/Valentina/Maybe I’m Fooling/Black Betty/I Just Want To Make Love To You/Rock & Roll

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny

Never Get Away From Love/All The Gods/Promised Land/From Here To The Moon/Bring It All To Me/A Better Way/King Of The World/Scarecrowing/Oh Well