An Evening With Spike (Quireboys)

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Spike is the founder and former front man of The Quireboys - one of the UK's most enduring rock 'n' roll bands. A band that's been through different chapters and had different line-ups, but Spike is the constant throughout. Song writer, singer and leader of a band with which he has now become synonymous. With lifelong friend Guy Bailey, Spike penned the benchmark Quireboys songs - such as Hey You, I Don't Love You Any More and 7 O'Clock - tracks which have defined the band musically for decades and, to this day, remain the hallmark songs of any Quireboys show.

Spike has also had a succession of critically acclaimed solo records and treasured

When lockdown hit in March 2020, Spike's band The Quireboys were touring the USA. The tour was cut short as the band rushed to get home to their respective families in the UK. As weeks became months and then years, the Quireboys took a long, enforced break as a live act for the length of lockdown - and geography prevented the band from recording new music together. Never one to sit still, during lockdown Spike kept busy with some impromptu solo work. Some live streams evolved into to live sets for Dice FM. Unable to see his mum and play her songs on the acoustic guitar - which she always asked for when he visited - Spike set out to record his mum's favourite songs to send to her. Done in one take, these songs were a product of the limitations of lockdown, but Spike's friends suggested he release the songs as a solo album. Spike's Late Night Song Book album was born.

With the Quireboys still inactive as a live act, Spike booked some low-key acoustic shows to tour his Late Night Song Book album. He was one of the first acts, if not the first act back with live music as lockdown eased in the summer of 2021. It was the perfect setting to encourage people back to grassroots venues - low key, socially-distanced shows, evenings of music and storytelling.

Whilst the Quireboys band regrouped to play Steelhouse Festival that summer, the dynamic between the band had changed during two years of lockdown. Around the world, people were re-emerging from the pandemic era differently to how they went into it. By Spring 2022, the Quire-boys line-up of Spike, Griffin, Guerin and Weir was over.

As the world rebuilds and recovers from the COVID era, a new chapter in The Quireboys story will begin - something which is, after all, is a story of chapters and evolving line-ups. The one constant since day one is Spike. With his trademark bandana, song writing prowess and bigger-than-life stage persona, Spike will be back with a new line up to take The Quireboys into a new chapter of its story in 2022. There will also be more from his solo Late Night Songbook series and more collaborations with his great friends. The story continues...

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