Six songs into their late night set at Blackthorn 51 in Queens, The Quireboys - back in the NYC area for the first time in over two decades - played the title track to their 2001 album "This is Rock 'N' Roll" and it was fitting indeed. This current six piece lineup (featuring Spike on vocals, Guy Griffin and Paul Guerin on guitars, Keith Weir on keyboards, Gary Ivin on bass and Dave McCluskey on drums) is a tight hard rockin unit which brought the goods for all those in attendance on this night.
The whole band was hanging out during the two opening acts and chatting with the fans who have been waiting a long time for their return or (such as in my case) to see them for the first time.
They hit the stage a few minutes after midnight and played a great 90 minute set with a solid mix of songs from their debut "A Bit Of What You Fancy" through their just released "Black Eyed Sons".
Here's the setlist and photos from the show:
Encore: Sex Party
In the last day or two, Gene Simmons of Kiss announced that he felt rock is finally dead...well Gene isn't out in the clubs seeing bands like The Quireboys (and the next night Tom Keifer - review coming soon) just killing it with old classics and great new material.
I'm happy to report rock is surely still alive and well and if you're reading this, I bet you know that already, but next time tell your friend and bring them along - I can't imagine anyone going home from The Quireboys show not looking forward to the next one. Let's hope an annual tour of the US is in the cards (and hey M3 Festival! nudge nudge hint hint...would love to see the boys there the first weekend of May along with Tom Keifer who already let the cat out of the bag that he'll be attending. I'd love to relive this 24 hours of hard rock goodness to end the summer!)
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