Quireboys Minus Spike at the Whisky: British bluesy rockers the Quireboys recently parted company with iconic singer Spike but they’re soldiering on regardless, with the guitarist fronting the band. Should be interesting. Mangusta, Juvenile Wrecks, BluHauz and Sisters Doll also perform.
The band recently released a statement explaining their decision to part company with Spike: “Further to our initial statement last week regarding The Quireboy parting ways with Spike, we’d like to address some of the questions and speculation that have arisen. Spike was informed of our decision to part ways with him via a phone call from the band’s manager two weeks prior to receiving the letter, which was just legal confirmation, as he refused to speak to us. Spike has consistently declined to meet and discuss band issues over the course of the past nine months.
“Our decision was not taken lightly and is the culmination of not just months but years of persistent problems, as many working in the music industry know. Most recently we had to deal with his last-minute nonappearance on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise as well as the double-booking of solo shows in a bid to jeopardise contracted Quireboys shows, including those in France this past weekend and our forthcoming US tour. There are many more instances of cancelled shows and systematically trying to undermine us thus causing stress and uncertainty to both our crew and ourselves. Spike’s solo performances are not and have never been an issue, but doing them without any consultation with the band or management is. Our shows are booked months in advance of being announced and all band members receive the dates in good time. It is up to us all individually to manage our calendars accordingly and to ensure that any other projects we have do not interfere with The Quireboys schedule. Ultimately, if we do not fulfil our contracted tour schedule, the band makes no money and any deposits would need to be refunded.”
Well, that explains that then. So just go in knowing what you’re getting. But still, the Quireboys have a ton of great tunes at the ready.
Quireboys Minus Spike at the Whisky: The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at the Whisky A Go Go.