The Quireboys - LIVE: The Forum, London 2009

A Bit of What You Fancy 20th Anniversary Tour
December 11
Capacity 2,350

Following a quite remarkable turn-out for their set at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Prestatyn, Wales on the previous Saturday The Quireboys embarked on a UK tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their recently re-issued debut album.

A reunited Wolfsbane opened the tour, playing together for the first time since supporting The Wildhearts in 2007. Despite having a catalogue packed with groove-metal riffs Blaze Bayley and company chose to stick to their more straight-forward tracks and as a result the set was reasonably dull. Most of the songs chosen were the faster, more punk-influenced ones, and coupled with the poor sound mix, it made them sound a lot more one-dimensional than they really are. The small collection of Wolfsbane fans enjoyed themselves though.

The Quireboys stated when they announced this tour that they would play the whole A Bit of What You Fancy album every night in the name of its 20th anniversary, but before that they opened with six of the songs from other albums they regularly include in their standard setlist. Spirited, lively versions of Don't Bite The Hand, The Finer Stuff and This Is Rock 'N' Roll quickly showed they were suffering from none of the mix problems Wolfsbane had

Then came the whole A Bit of What You Fancy album in order minus Sex Party, which was saved for the encore. The highlights here, for the discerning Quireboys fan at least, were the tracks that rarely make their normal tour setlists. The unbeatable groove of Whippin' Boy in particular sounds fantastic in a live environment, and although catchy radio singles Hey You and 7 O'Clock consistently get the warmest receptions, it's tracks Misled and Roses & Rings which highlight the real qualities of the album.

The encore of Sex Party saw the band bring out original members Guy Bailey (guitar), Chris Johnstone (keyboards) and Nigel Mogg (bass), reuniting the line-up who recorded the album in 1990. It wasn't the most polished rendition of the song fans will ever be treated to, but underlined the party atmosphere of the show and the high spirits of both the band and the crowd. Certainly in the live arena The Quireboys are never a let-down.

“ Spirited, lively ”

Wolfsbane Setlist: Steel / Load Me Down / Loco / Totally Nude / Money to Burn / Ezy / Kathy Wilson / Temple of Rock / I Like It Hot / Manhunt / Paint the Town Red / // Born To Run

The Quireboys Setlist: Mayfair / Don't Bite The Hand / The Finer Stuff / Tramps And Thieves / This Is Rock 'N' Roll / Mona Lisa Smiled / 7 O'Clock / Man on the Loose / Whippin' Boy / Sweet Mary Ann / I Don't Love You Anymore / Hey You / Misled / Long Time Comin' / Roses & Rings / There She Goes Again / Take Me Home // Sex Party

Written by Andy Lye
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