Live Review

Live Review: The Quireboys – Brisbane 2020

Artist: The Quireboys with Palace Of The King
Date: 23rd February 2020
Venue: The Triffid, Brisbane
Reviewer: Andrew Treadwell
Photographer: Hang Me On Your Wall Photography

Quireboys have been at the forefront of rock music for nearly four decades. Following the band’s inception in London in 1984 – originally as The Choirboys, then The Queerboys, before settling on the less controversial name of The Quireboys – there followed 6 years of hard graft and personnel changes before the inevitable happened – a UK number 2 album. Spike and Guy have been the backbone of this quintessential British rock’n’roll band ever since – a journey that has seen them play to 72,000 at 1990’s Monsters of Rock at Donington with the likes of Whitesnake, Aerosmith and Poison – supporting The Rolling Stones that same year, and joining Guns N’ Roses again a couple of years later on their “Use Your Illusion” tour. The Quireboys are enjoying a revival – selling out venues around the world including their headline show at London Forum in 2018, also taking in The Monsters of Rock Cruise, Hard Rock Hell, Sweden Rock and Wacken Festivals. On a rainy Sunday night they set their sites on Brisbane.

Starting out the evening are Melbourne’s Palace Of The King. Easily one of Australia’s hardest working bands, the boys waste no time between songs, the 4 piece showcased tracks from their upcoming album, mixed with songs from their entire career. Tim Henwood and the boys continue to forge a path winning new fans each stop along the way.

The Quireboys waste no time in getting the party started. Front man Spike commands the stage, the crowd and the songs. Honestly within a minute of them coming on I couldnt help but wonder why these guys were not as big as their contemporaries. They are a great straight up rock band with unbelievable presence, a great look and most of all great songs. Guy Griffin is the perfect foil with solid yet slimy guitar playing. These guys are lifers in the terms of rock bands.

Songs off the new album like “Seven Deadly Sins” and “Original Black Eyed Son” fit perfectly with the older material like “There She Goes Again” and “Sex Party”. Spike accepted drinks from the audience that he shared with the other members while asking the audience to scream their lungs out.

They make you remember when rock music was fun, loud and full of attitude. They really love what they do and the passion is evidently shared by the Brisbane Crowd. I didn’t see one person leave unhappy. The band were appreciative of everyone who attended and made no bones about showing their love. Lets hope they have another tour here soon.

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