This journal of the comings'n'goings and musings'n'enthusings of Dave Ling will be updated daily - except after days of stress and nights of excess.
Tuesday 25th December
Season’s greetings from all of the inmates here at Gentling Towers, including Bob.
Sunday 23rd December
People often ask why I am a fan of Crystal Palace. Well... it's because when nobody expects it, we can do things like this.
Saturday 22nd December
Thunder’s annual xmas party at the Roundhouse, where they were joined by Scott Gorham and Andy Taylor, a snow machine and an array of wobbling, giant inflatable Santas, elves and reindeer.
Friday 21st December
Sweet at Nell’s Jazz & Blues. A tiny venue. A great band. Your first love is always the deepest.
Wednesday 19th December
Def Leppard closed the 2018 leg of the ‘Hysteria’ anniversary tour at Wembley. A night of bombast, joy and celebration… I loved it.
Saturday 15th December
Heep played Shepherd’s Bush Empire and days after revealing an incurable cancer diagnosis they are joined by Lee Kerslake. Not a dry eye in the house.
Friday 14th December
Classic Rock magazine celebrated its 20th anniversary. As a co-founder I’m unbelievably proud of my involvement in this great title.
Sunday 9th December
Nightwish brought fire, pomp and brilliance to Wembley Area.
Tuesday 4th December
I interviewed James LaBrie and John Petrucci about Dream Theater’s 'Distance Over Time'. It's hard to believe that I've known these two fellas for more than a quarter of a century!
Monday 3rd December
The Wildhearts revisited 'Earth Vs The Wildhearts' and they put us in the Royal Box, no less!
Sunday 2nd December
Palace thrashed Burnley at Selhurst. Pick that one out of the net, Joe Hart you utter cock!
Saturday 1st December
Night Flight Orchestra played a brilliant gig at the Underworld. Not heard of them? Google search… NOW!!!