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Thursday, September 07, 2006

London Legendary Concert Venues: the Shepherds Bush Empire

The Shepherds Bush Empire (the first word is sometimes spelled Shepherd's) is a music venue in Shepherd's Bush, West London, England, run by the Academy Music Group.
It was built in 1903, designed by Frank Matcham, who designed several theatres. The first performers at the new theatre were The Fred Karno Troupe. The Empire staged music-hall entertainments, such as variety performances and revues, until the early 1950s, by which time the popularity of these forms of entertainment was declining.
In 1953, the Empire was sold to the BBC, which put it to use as a television studio–theatre, renaming it the BBC Television Theatre. Among the programmes produced there were Crackerjack, Hancock's Half Hour, The Old Grey Whistle Test, That's Life!, and Wogan.
The BBC vacated the building in 1992. It was taken over and, in 1994, again became the Shepherds Bush Empire.
Since then, it has become best known as a music venue and has hosted such acts as The Bangles, The Levellers, Blur, Sheryl Crow, Howard Jones, Kylie Minogue, Goldfrapp and Radiohead. The Empire has a capacity of only 2,000, but it has been chosen as a venue for small gigs by such leading performers as David Bowie, Elton John, and The Rolling Stones. In 2003, the Empire was the site of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines's famously controversial remark against United States President George W. Bush.
Khaled - Live At The Shepperd Bush Empire, London 2006
Khaled [خالد], born Khaled Hadj Brahim, is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Oran. He was born on 29 February 1960 in Sidi-El-Houri, Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (Arabic for "Young Khaled") and has become probably the most internationally famous Algerian singer. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title "King of Raï".

Bon Jovi - Shepherds Bush Empire 18.09.02

Bon Jovi is an influential rock band from New Jersey, USA. Fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, the group originally achieved large-scale success in the 1980s as a hair metal band.
However, Bon Jovi has proved far more durable than most groups so labeled, blending elements of hard rock, heartland rock, and the "MTV Unplugged" style together to sustain a creative and commercially successful career well into the 2000s.
Bon Jovi has sold more than 35 million albums in the United States, and over 105 million albums worldwide, and has played live concerts in major cities in Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada,South Africa, and South America, in addition to a large number of cities in the U.S.

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