The Garage, Glasgow.
Newcastle and Glasgow are two cities with a lot in common, an industrial heritage based on ship building, football, hard drinking and a reputation for hard living. Another thing the two places share is a love for The Quireboys. Musically the band are tailor made for a Glasgow crowd, no nonsense rock ‘n’ roll, played loud, with songs, as Spike pointed out several times during the night, about ‘drinking and women’, sounds like a party to me!
Before the main event though we were treated to an entertaining set from The Burning Crows. The band are prodigies of The Quireboys and are managed by drummer extraordinaire Matt Goom. The guys put in a good rocking set, playing numbers which will appear on their debut album which they hope to release soon. The aptly named frontman Whippz ably managed to whip up support throughout the crowd with his infectious enthusiasm. He didn’t stand still for a minute during the set, dancing around the stage and pulling some classic rockstar poses throughout which he backed up with a great vocal delivery. By the time the band reached their final number, ‘Time’, success was ensured, but just in case there were dissenters left, the guys brought out Keith Weir from The Quireboys to play piano on the track which went down a storm. Hopefully the guys will get their album out early in 2013 and could be ones to watch for in the future.
One band though that have success ensured in Glasgow before they even strike a note are The Quireboys. With The Garage packed to capacity, the age old question of whether you should party on a Thursday night was irrelevant as any night spent in The Quireboys company is most definitely a party night. After a low key entrance Spike and the boys got things started with ‘Tramps and Thieves’ which was quickly followed by ‘There She Goes Again’ with the whole crowd on backing vocals.
Ever the genial host, Spike was in good form, saluting the crowd with pint in hand whilst introducing more songs about ‘ drinking and women’ naturally. Next up was ‘ Too Much Of A Good Thing’ the first of two new numbers aired which will be on the band’s forthcoming album. Judging by the quality the track and the other, ‘Mother Mary’ which was played later in the set, the new album should be well worth waiting for.
It was though the live standards that raised the loudest cheers of the night, ‘Roses and Rings’, ‘This Is Rock N Roll’, ‘Hey You’, ‘Mona Lisa Smiled’, all were perfectly executed and warmly received. As always, the playing throughout was faultless. Guy Griffin and Paul Guerin on guitar were on fantastic form with the rhythm section of Matt Goom on drums and Dave Boyce on bass laying down a solid foundation whilst pianist Keith Weir went about his business with little fuss.
Burning Crows frontman Whippz joined the band onstage to sing dual vocals with Spike on ‘Sweet Mary Ann’ before Spike asked the inevitable question of ‘what time is it ?’ before the band finished off the main set with a rousing version of ‘7 o’clock’. Encores followed in the shape of an amazing rendition of ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’ followed by ‘I Love This Dirty Town’ which Spike dedicated to both Glasgow and his hometown of Newcastle.
Once again The Quireboys showed what a fantastic live unit they are, with great playing and songs that you can’t help but sing along to. Above all the band always look as if they are enjoying the show as much as the crowd and surely that is what a party is all about, everyone together, having a good time. In that case this was a job well done, see you same time next year guys !
Review and Photos by David Wilson
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