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Amy Winehouse’s London | Evening Standard

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The Roundhouse (Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH, roundhouse.org.uk) was another local Winehouse loved. Iconic in its own right — Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and The Clash all played it, among countless others — Winehouse performed a number of gigs there, though the appearance most often spoken of is the one that came only three days before her death, her last public outing. She appeared on stage to surprise her 15-year-old godchild, soul singer Dionne Bromfield, who was on stage that night. Winehouse, seemingly a little worse for wear, danced in the background but didn’t sing as the mic was put to her. It was a far cry from the family-and-friends gig she had played only a week or so before at the 100 Club (Century House, 100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL, the100club.co.uk), when she was said to be “back on track”. It came after she had been in rehab again; everything seemed on the up, until a disastrous gig in Belgrade that came two nights before the Roundhouse. A show utterly unlike that took place in 2007, for the I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London album, which was recorded in Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT, academymusicgroup.com). It is worth seeking out.

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