Support: Last Great Dreamers
The Quireboys know how to have a good time. They enjoy themselves and never take themselves too seriously. Don't be fooled though, they are a very, very good rock n roll band.
They have always been a great live unit with hooks everywhere and a singer with a voice that still sounds strong after all these years. That they have released four excellent rock albums in four years, including last years 10th studio album Twisted Love, is testament to the creative juices still flowing. As Spike (on sparkling form as ever) says tonight, they 'do have more than one album' you know.
The venue is ideal for the Quireboys. Indeed the O2 Academy's are usually good places for rock concerts and the O2 in Islington is definitely one of my favs. A bar either side could be disastrous for the acoustic gigs but for the Quireboys in full swing it is pretty much perfect. I'm not saying you need to be drunk to watch them but the atmosphere is a high spirited one and the audience is not the hardest to please. Plus with O2 priority you get free cloakroom and 2 for 1 pints at the bar. Admittedly the pints are either the horrible Tuborg or worse Somersby but still...2 for 1. Rock and Roll it maybe but everyone loves a bargain.
Despite the new material though it is hard to get away from that one album Spike refers to and sure enough they play eight tracks from it here (I think it was eight, my memory isn't quite what is was). Yet it is the new album title track that they open with and follow up with another recent song, the excellent, Too Much of a Good Thing. Indeed many of the tracks played during the first half of the set are from later on in their career. This certainly isn't a band relying solely on its past.
Hey You starts a hit filled second half including the timeless I Don't Love You Anymore. 7 O'Clock closes the set before a triumphant encore, including a riotous version of Sex Party (helped by the highly entertaining support band, Last Great Dreamers) finishes the show.
Here's to The Quireboys. Here's to Spike, Guy, Paul and Keith. Here's to them for making me happy. I've seen the band on five occasions now, going back as far as 1990. Each time I am reminded that Rock and Roll really is a wonderful thing and is there to be enjoyed.
Ticket: April 23rd 2017
Ticket Price: £18.00