[photo credit: Mandy Singleton Photography]
I had a couple of days off work mid-week, as I travelled up to the midlands to see a gig. Many moons ago, in the late-80s, my friend Dan and I met Paul, a Geordie guy visiting our uni to see his girlfriend-at-the-time. Turned out he was a professional rock guitarist and we got talking and went to see him in a few shows in the 80s and 90s when the band he was in at the time played London.
Fast-forward a few years and, huge coincidence, while staying in Worcester with some of my closest friends I spied a photo on the wall of my friend Nick in one of his bands, with Paul in it as well. Hence a “how do you know….” conversation ensued and it turns out Nick and Paul knew each other pretty well back in the day, and played together in a band for a while. Both of them brilliant musicians; Paul made it professionally but Nick stayed semi-professional with a “proper” day job as well as his music.
Fast-forward to this week, and the band Paul’s been in for about 15 years – the Quireboys – were playing a really intimate venue (200 capacity) on their acoustic tour. A group of us decided we definitely weren’t missing that opportunity and bought tickets months ago. The date finally arrived and we trooped off to the Iron Road in Evesham to see them.
They were amazing – playing acoustically really suits them, particularly in such a small venue. Spike, the lead vocalist, sounds fantastic, just the same as he did in the 90s – even though he was battling with a horrible virus. They played all the classics, including my personal favourite “I Don’t Love You Anymore” and some of their new material, which is also excellent. They really interacted with audience, and Nick got a name check, which pleased all of us!
Turns out Nick knows keyboard player Keith as well as Paul (the three of them were in a band together) so we got to hang out with them in the bar after the show while the boys caught up. We also got to meet Spike and have a chat with him. They are all really lovely guys, generous with their time and they seem to really care about their fans.
Go and see them if you like proper rock music – they are still touring, you can see their dates here: http://www.quireboys.com/on-the-road.html. Check out their back catalogue – and their new album, due out at the end of this month, is definitely on my wish list.
You can see them playing acoustically here: