Spike is interviewed by Guy Bellamy as part of the Great Music Stories show on Meridian FM in September 2016 following the release of The Quireboys latest album, Twisted Love. Spike talks about the new songs, how they are written and how they record and rehearse them.
RAW, ROUGH AND BRILLIANT IN 1988/89: Ever wish you could say..”I saw The Quireboys before they went big..before they recorded all their albums and before they had been playing and recording for 30 years!”? Well, here’s your chance. Here’s a 47 minute VHS rescued gem from a show back in 1988/89 recorded at a pub in the U.K. (thanks to Michael Max John Wormald) just prior to the release of their debut album “A Bit Of What You Fancy”. Band members were Spike, Nigel Mogg, Guy Bailey, Ginger, Chris Johnstone and Nick Connell. The songs are in the raw…rough…brilliant!! Enjoy.
Sunday, July 26 – Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone, UK – Sunday Main Stage
Wednesday, July 29 – Magic Blues Festival, Valle Maggia
Thursday, July 30 Wacken Open Air 2015 Germany 21:45-22:30 WET Stage
Friday, July 31 Wacken Open Air 2015 Germany 12:25-13:20 WET stage
Saturday, August 1 – Helgea Festival Sweden
Saturday, August 8 Brienzersee Rock Festival, Switzerland
Wednesday, August 12 – Dudenhofen, Germany at City Hall
Thursday, August 13 – Pratten, Switzerland at Z7 Konzertfabrik
Friday, August 14 – Finkenbach, Germany at Finiki Open Air
Saturday, August 15 – Essen, Germany at Turock
Thursday, August 27 to Monday, August 31 – Full Metal Cruise, Germany
Friday, September 4 – Rural Life Centre, Tilford, UK
Saturday, September 5 – The Square, Harlow, UK
Sunday, September 6 – Weyfest, Farnham, UK
Friday, September 11- Raismes Fest, France at Chateau De La Princesse d’Aremberg
Thursday, October 8 – Casino Acapulco, Gijon, Spain
Friday, October 9 – Capital, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Saturday, October 10 – Jimmy Jazz, Vitoria Spain
Sunday, October 11 – Calella Rockfest Calella, Spain
Saturday, October 17 – Fabrik – Cagliari, Italy
Wednesday, October 28 – Club Pacific Rock – Cergy, France
Saturday, October 31 – Holmfirth Halloween Rock Splash – Holmfirth Picturedome, Holmfirth, UK
(Photo credit to concert photographer: Bjorn Olsson )
Paul Hornby, one of the original drummers for The Quireboys has passed away at age 56 after a long battle with cancer. Spike recalls that despite Paul’s condition, when The Quireboys played The Whiskey Go Go back in August of 2014, Paul came out and celebrated an evening with the band as if he were perfectly healthy, despite being terribly ill. Spike is completely devastated at the loss of one of his dearest friends and he has asked that this video be re-posted on SpikeGray.com in memoriam.
Interview with The Quireboys – Lucas H Gordon Show 2014 – Spike Gray, Guy Griffin, Paul Guerin, Nigel Mogg and Paul Hornby (original drummer). At Whiskey A Go Go. Lucas asks about The Quireboys playing in Latin America and Spike defers the memories to Paul. Lucas implies Spike might have been drunk? Paul asked “whatever would make you wonder that?” and laughs. Spike mentions he’d like to get back in the studio to do another acoustic album in Jan/Feb 2015 but it will depend on what is happening. The Quireboys and management thought it would be a nice idea to give back to the fans with a double cd/dvd to celebrate the 30th Anniversary. Then they discuss the Queer and the Quire. As Nigel Mogg and Paul Hornby join the interview, a little mayhem ensues. Nigel invites Lucas to sit on his lap. Nigil is guest playing on the stage that night and asks Spike what he will be playing tonight? Spike says “Nigel didn’t know what he was playing back then, let alone tonight” he jokes to Nigel. Nigel jokes he’ll play depending on what he’s being paid. Paul Guerin talks about getting back in the studio to do Halfpenny Two. Spike talks about his new solo 100% Pure Frankie Miller with Ronnie Wood, Simon Kirke, Andy Fraser, Ian Hunter and Bonnie Tyler. Lucas asks Spike how he feels about being compared to Rod Stewart. Spike struggles to comment but is gracious about it, complimenting Rod. Lucas enquires about the beginning of the band. Spike talks about starting the band with Guy Bailey and jokes about there being 26 drummers to date. Paul is the new guy in the band being 12 years in. Guy Griffin joins in the conversation. They talk about 2001 when the Quireboys reformed and played the Viper Room as their first gig. Lucas asks what fans are in store for that tonight, Spike says ‘pure English rock n roll’. They talk football which bores Guy. Paul and Spike are Newcastle football fans. Guy tells fans thank you and that he and the boys love the fans. Spike encourages people to pick up the new album ‘Black Eyed Sons’.
Spike’s Free House is confirmed and scheduled for two shows coming up in June! First the band will be performing at the Sweden Rock Festival 2015 on Thursday, June 4th on the Festival Stage. They are scheduled to perform from 13:15-14:15 and will be playing a set from Spike’s new solo album, 100% Pure Frankie Miller, as well as some Free songs in honour of the late Andy Fraser. Next up, they will be playing at The Borderline in London on Sunday, June 7th at 7pm. Spike’s Free House band members include: Spike, Simon Kirke (Free/Bad Company), Luke Morley (Thunder), Mark Stanway (Magnum) and Nick Mailing (The Quireboys). If you can’t make it to a show be sure to visit the 100% Pure Frankie Miller page on this site for information on the album and links to purchase it. Spike will also be performing with The Quireboys at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 3rd on the Sweden Stage from 21:00-22:15. See links below for ticket information.
Sweden Rock: http://www.swedenrock.com/en/festival/artists-tickets/schedule
The Borderline (London): http://theborderlinelondon.com/…/spikes-free-house-featuri…/
The widely anticipated newest album by The Quireboys has finally arrived. After an extensive 30th Anniversary Tour, the Quireboys took some time off of touring to record a new album. They have been basically on the go touring for the past year non-stop solid. A typical day meant running from airport, to hotel room, throw down a meal, then on to sound check, then perform, get back to the hotel to sleep a couple winks, then back to the airport and on to the next city. There is very little time to be creative at this pace. In a remote recording studio in Sweden, they spent a much needed solid week isolated from the world and focussed on writing and recording. From this session came a batch of 10 new and fresh songs. This new material has been packaged together in a 4 disc box set along with the previously sold-out and unavailable acoustic album, Halfpenny Dancer. Included in the package is both the studio and live versions of Halfpenny Dancer. This is a massive box set with a whopping 40 songs with art and extras. It is available today in the U.K. and available in Canada and the U.S. on Amazon beginning April 21st.
Only ten dates remain on the U.K. leg of the Quireboys very popular Unplugged & Personal tour. Following that, they head over to the United States for the U.S. leg of the tour where they will be part of the Monsters Of Rock Hangover Cruise and performing at a handful of dates in New York and Philadelphia. The unplugged tours are performances where The Quireboys perform acoustic versions of their songs in smaller more intimate venues. The band members include Spike, Guy Griffin, Keith Weir and Paul Guerin. These performances are very popular and sell out fast, so it is advised to book early. (click on the posters to see them in a larger size). Don’t forget The Quireboys latest album, St. Cecilia And The Gypsy Soul is out at the end of March, so you may be able to pick up a copy at the U.S. shows.