(For those who can’t watch – Here’s the brief)
Spike is interviewed by Oliver Schwarzer of Rock Cafe radio in Hamburg on November 4th, 2014. The interviewer starts out with “30 years of The Quireboys?” …Spike notes that the 30 years is not from the time A Bit Of What You Fancy came out, but it has been 30 years since he started the band when he first came to London when he was 17. Management thought it would be good to create something to give back to the fans after 30 years. He mentions that he’s been all over the world for the 30th Anniversary Tour and that they will continue on touring beginning in 2015 which will begin the 31st anniversary he jokes. Spike describes the new Black Eyed Sons double CD/DVD package and it’s bonus tracks. The package includes two CD’s and a DVD, which includes a live recording from Sweden Rock Festival when they were supporting Rush. He says the package is well worth the money. He mentions that Sweden Rock is one of the best festivals to play. The interviewer asks about it taking them so long to release new albums and then all of a sudden there are two out. Spike jokes comparing their album releases to waiting on London buses; you wait hours for one and then three come along all at once, he laughs. The interviewer asks if the writing sessions were separate for the two albums or were all of the songs pre written before recording both albums. Spike says no, they were all completely separate. 100% Pure Frankie Miller is brought up and Spike talks about it being about four years since the beginning of the project. That Frankie Miller and his wife, Annette, had approached him about going through 350 or so odd songs to see if there is anything Spike wanted to record. Many of them were rough demos or partially finished songs. Spike says it’s not a tribute album, it’s a solo album, and mentions all the great musicians that have collaborated on the album. He talks about everyone being great friends and that they have known each other for years. The interviewer asks about whether the the 100% Pure Frankie Miller album will be played live and Spike says that he is trying to pull it together, that it is hard to coordinate everyone, but everyone seems up for playing live with it, so maybe later on in the year. It will have to be when The Quireboys aren’t playing and the schedule works for everyone. Ronnie Wood obviously can’t play when he’s with the Rolling Stones and Simon Kirke can’t play when he’s doing Bad Company so he has to pick his moments and hopefully he can pull it off. Spike mentions that in December the other members of The Quireboys will be off playing with The Down n Outs and then beginning next year they are planning to do another acoustic album and hopefully begin playing that in February/March, but he hopes somewhere in that period he’ll get to organize the Frankie Miller album live. The interviewer asks Spike if there are other things he’s up to and brings up Tyla and albums Spike has collaborated on. Spike says that he has talked about doing another album together if they get time, but that Tyla is very busy with his art as well. He explains how Tyla was at his father’s funeral and that he and Spike ended up talking albums and ended up deciding to do one together, so that’s how that came about. The interviewer brings up A Bit of What You Fancy and that it was very, very successful right from the start and that after that it went quiet for The Quireboys. He questions what happened? Spike says, you have to remember that he started the band when he was only 17, before they got the record deal, they were playing non-stop. They were doing what a lot of bands don’t do anymore, which is travelling around in the back of a van old school. When they got the record deal, recording the album, they just hadn’t stopped. He and Guy Bailey hadn’t stopped since day one. By the time they got management with Sharon Osborne, she was lovely and everything was fine, but she moved on. Then they ended up with another manager who had managed AC/DC, but they hadn’t stopped, they hadn’t had any time, they hadn’t been home, they didn’t have anywhere proper to live, just living in hotels, everyone was to the point that they just couldn’t function anymore. It wasn’t the grunge thing. Their second album did really well. They didn’t get dropped from EMI. It was just that they had been played out. It was just too much. We could have played on, it was just too difficult. The interviewer brings up King Of New York, and why it wasn’t released as a single. Spike acknowledges that he’s asked that a lot. Spike says it was his fathers’ favorite. He agrees it’s a beautiful song. The album, From Tooting To Barking was brought up. Spike says that when they did their first album, there were some really rough demos out there and someone put out a bootleg album. It had nothing to do with Spike. Homewreckers And Heartbreakers is brought up. Spike says, if you notice tonight, you can’t get This Is Rock n Roll either, you couldn’t get all the albums, so they’ve been getting the rights back for all their albums. So, the first album they got the rights back for was This Is Rock n Roll, which you can buy now. They’ve re-released the album, re-recorded some of the songs on it. But, all of the older albums are being re-released next year. They’ve had to work on getting them back, but they are all coming back and you will be able to buy them without spending a small fortune. The interviewer asks if there is a secret to keeping his singing voice in tact over so many years. Spike says he’s not sure he will have a voice tonight because he’s exhausted. They talk a bit about how many great large bands that The Quireboys have played with. Spike says the great bands treat you really good, and so The Quireboys treat their backup bands really good too, give them respect and hopefully get that back. He talks about his best memories being playing with the Rolling Stones in Newcastle, it doesn’t get much better than that he says and that he’s now done an album with Ronnie Wood. Spike says his evening now will be to go have a drink at the pub, a wee sleep and then perform that night. Ten shows, then back into the studio. Spike thanks everyone for listening.