Quireboys always give ya a bit o' what ya fancy....
Quireboys, Robin2, Bilston, 23 September 21.
(Support voodoo Sioux, Conner Emms)
Live review by Faye Farmer for ROX Network.
The main course was not
disappointing; Spike fell on to the stage in that charming way we just all
adore. “How ya all doing”, and with a wicked smile got the party started. First
song hit and you could feel they were going to be on fire but do you never
expect less? The lads have a sterling reputation and never fail to deliver.
The band just
make it look so easy. They work together like a fully programmed, well-oiled
machine; Guy Griffen’s captivating guitar work accompanied by sensational
keyboard and rhythm offering the crowd a mix of high energy songs and ballads
such as Sweet Mary Ann, I Don’t Love You Any More, Hey You, Whippin Boy and of
course the much loved 7. O’Clock.
Between songs Spike egged on the
ladies in the front row, showing off the rose he claimed he got from Bilston
market and promising it to one of them. Spike has a great skill of making the
crowd feel like they are out visiting him in his humble abode, with talks of the
local pub (The Swan) closing and having an afternoon pint in The Market
Tavern…. We, the crowd, don’t doubt he has more than likely been supping pints
in the town that very afternoon.
dance moves, banter and excellent crowd interaction with some added “yeeeehahs”
kept the crowd going through from song to song linking the performance
seamlessly. Seeing those beers in the air on spikes command was a sublime
sight, that mystical charm rasping out songs that feel like old friends
visiting us after years apart.
The lads left
the crowd chanting and a little confused with a lengthy wait for the encore but
it was certainly worth it, finishing the party with the 1989 classic and fan
pleasing favourite Sex Party with the swagger and energy it had right from the
The night was
full of great music, good beers flowing, dancing and singing, the only downfall
was the bad head and aching limbs that inevitably follow a fantastic night!
Images courtesy of Faye Farmer.