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Borderline, London 3 May 2012
o'clock and its time for a party. The Quireboys roll into town with 'The
One For The Road' tour.
Supported by the excellent Pat McManus, the ex Mama Boys guitar
player is a joy to watch, ably backed by Gordon Sherian on bass and Paul
Faloon on drums.
fiddled his way through his comprehensive back catalogue, plus tracks
from his 2011 album 'Walking Through Shadows'.
moment when brother John joined Pat on stage for 'Runaway Dreams' and
'Needle in the Groove'. A couple of tributes to fellow Irishmen Gary
Moore and Rory Gallagher in the shape of 'Belfast Boy' and 'Return of
the G Man'. I for one will be back in October, when McManus headlines
A sold out
Borderline welcomed The Quireboys like conquering heroes, from
the opening chords of 'Tramps & Thieves' Spike and gang had the crowd
eating from their hands.
The band was
on top form, I think this has to be the best time I have ever seen The
Quireboys. The venue suited the band down to a tee, packed, hot, and
very sweaty, perfect for their bar room style of rock n roll, as Spike
quipped, we must do this again. New boys David Boyce and Matt Goom fit
You tend to forget what a great album their 1990 release 'A Bit of What
You Fancy', 'There She Goes Again' 'Hey You' and 'Roses & Rings'
sound as fresh today, as the day of release.
In Spike the Quireboys have one of rock n rolls great front men, his
charisma is infectious, and you can't help but warm to him. With his
buccaneering style I could see him playing Johnny Depp's part in
'Pirates of the Caribbean' or at least his understudy.
gig had that end of term feel about it...it was party time...Pat
McManus, joined the band on numerous songs, 'One For The Road' 'Mona
Lisa Smiled' and 'Sweet Mary Jane' spring to mind. When spotting Tyla
from Dogs D'Amour in the crowd, Spike literally got him to leap on stage
for the classic '7 o'clock'.
A fantastic Thursday night's entertainment, a band well on their way to
becoming national treasures and who said rock is dead?
Set list: Tramps & Thieves/ There She Goes Again/ Hey You / Misled / Too
Much Of A Good Thing/ Roses & Rings / White Thrash Blues / One For
The Road/ Last Time/ Loader/ Mona Lisa Smiles/ This Is Rock n Roll/
Mother Mary/ Sweet Mary Jane/ 7 O'clock/ encores...I Don't Love You
Anymore/ Dirty Down
photos by Noel Buckley
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