Leon Bridges on The Graham Norton Show

Now I’ve only ever heard Leon Bridges a few times in passing conversation but never actually heard any material from this guy until now. What a voice!!! Seriously this man has an incredible voice which is absolutely soothing and packed with melody. Beyond is one of those songs is the perfect blend of smooth R&B and soul with a little bit of acoustic. I’ve caught a performance of his on TV a few moment ago with his band and he just oozes charisma and is hypnotic to say the least. Leon has just got a loving voice which unless you’re a fan of Soul it’d take you a while to truly appreciate. Seriously, America definitely knows how to create some great artists.¬†

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On The Radio: Bruno Mars ft Cardi B

I’ve heard this quite a bit on the radio recently, and seen the video on sky TV music channels a couple of times and my god it’s officially grown on me, BIG TIME!!! Finesse (Remix) featuring Cardi B which has also been nicknamed The 90’s Song is just fantastic listening and for anyone who grew up listening to hip-hop and R&B in the early-mid 90’s this song is a direct through back to that era. For me this might as well be my early childhood memories played back to me on the radio as it’s a complete dead-ringer for that era. The energy, fast-paced lyrics, everything, seriously it’s all there. Bruno Mars has got one of those voices that just gets your attention from the moment he opens his mouth, and I openly admit that although I’m not a huge fan of his he has done some musical gems. Cardi B has got a fast-paced, energetic voice which you probably can’t help but sing/mime to if you can keep up the pace, in many ways her vocal talents remind me of the amazing late Lisa Left-Eye Lopes. Seriously America I don’t know how you’re even doing it but you are churning out some incredible artists, please, please, please, please, please keep it up

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Adele in New York City

Am currently watching some of Adele’s performance at the Radio City¬† Music Hall in New York City, definitely good viewing, she’s performing several of her biggest hits including ‘Hometown Glory’, ‘When We Were Young’ and ‘Hello’ as well as her breath taking ‘Skyfall’. As always Adele wears her heart on her sleeve and interacts with her audience in a casual manner.

Adele finishes as she to start, one a high, with the ground breaking ‘Rolling in The Deep’.

Adele, you are amazing, we’ll always love you!!!!!!

 

America’s Hate Preachers: On BBC3

This is a documentary I watched via the BBC iPlayer on TV a couple of weeks back and I was disgusted by what I saw.¬†The only thoughts I can¬†use to describe this¬†are¬†that it’s absolutely shaming that these people depicted in the documentary are even allowed to go out onto the streets, let alone preach their toxic, bigoted views at sermons. In one part of the documentary one of the so-called ‘messengers of the lord’ claims that the people who¬†were killed at the Bataclan massacre had it coming because they were listening to death metal; “there’s something about when you go to a concert of death metal somebody might get killed”, even claiming that if you’re a fan of death metal you’re somehow¬†worshiping both¬†death and Satan. Seriously, what a load of complete rubbish. This very same man¬†and others like him take to the streets to preach hate about the LGBT communities claiming that they’re disgusting people and even harass them at given opportunities. A group of them launched verbal attacks¬†during a Pride march.¬†During the documentary¬†one of them attacks Islam and harasses American Muslims, racially abusing them calling them terrorists, like they’ve not got enough rubbish to deal with already. What I find annoying about this is that they claim that they’re practising their right to free-speech. As many others would tell you that when you use free-speech to¬†attack minority groups it¬†isn’t actually free-speech but¬†hate-speech.¬†You’re¬†attacking them¬†and in doing so encouraging others to do the same.¬†I’m saying this openly both as a gay man and supporter of the LGBT community¬†that these sort of people don’t need to be so much as challenged but stopped from spreading their hateful, toxic rhetoric. For me, I’ve always thought of America (and Canada) as land of the free where people can be who they truly are, but with these bigots spewing their hate-filled messages that’s not the case. Until authorities can actually learn the difference between free-speech and hate-speech¬†many of these problems won’t be going away¬†and things won’t be getting any better for minority groups anytime soon.

Kings of Leon on The Graham Norton Show

Not long finished watching Kings of Leon perform their latest single “Waste a Moment” on The Graham Norton Show, with a nice glass of JD & coke in my hand (tasty combo). Absolutely amazing and just another reminder why I love these guys so much. Jared, Caleb, Nathan and Matthew may you never change. The live performance was as good as you’d expect, raw and¬†energised, worth those 3 minutes (and anyone else’s who watched) Thank you America for giving us the Kings.

Give the video a try, it’s like a mixed medical and cop drama with a couple of abstract scenes inbetween, featuring both a woman with a blindfold, a crashed car and three cheerleaders.

WhatsOn: Beyonc√© dominates MTV Award Nominations

This was written in the run up to the MTV Awards in the U.S on the 28th August. To all those who have been nominated and to all those who will also be in attendance have a great night. Have a great night America. Good luck Adele, all the way from the UK

http://uk.whatson.uk.com/beyonce-dominates-the-mtv-award-nominations/

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Global superstar leads the way in the MTV Awards with an astounding 11 nominations, though

Massacre at LGBT nightclub in Orlando

This is an article I did for WhatsOn in response to the horrifying homophobic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in June, and I say homophobic because that’s what it was. And I say this as unashamedly as a member of the¬†LGBT community,¬†to all those affected by the ordeal you have my full love and sympathy.¬†If you’re¬†living in America or Canada feel free to Like and¬†Share this article.

http://uk.whatson.uk.com/massacre-at-lgbt-nightclub-in-orlando/

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There will be no doubt you‚Äôve all heard about the massacre at Pulse gay club in the state of Orlando, Florida, which has left the region in a state of shock and …

 

 

 

 

T in The Park 2016: Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Not long finished watching Red Hot Chilli Peppers close the second day of T in The Park on BBC4 as presented by Edith Bowman, they were as energised as ever and have lost none of their touch. Over two hours filled with one of the hottest bands to come from the States , (thank you America) their performance was electrifying and worth staying up till the wee (early) hours for. During their two they¬† many of their infamous hits including Under The Bridge, By The Way, Universally Speaking, Go Robot, Goodbye Angels including their one of their earlier hits, Give it Away. There are a few words I can use to describe tonight, ‘well and truly amazing guys, come back soon’. As a fan of RHCP I absolutely loved tonights’ gig.

America, thank you for giving us one of the coolest bands tonight. We, or at least I salute you.