Quireboys Hook Up with FM, Bad Touch & Vega for Wakefield Date

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by Victoria Holdsworth

Veteran hard core rockers the Quireboys and will be playing Wakefield Warehouse 23 on April 4 – and will be joined by very special guests, FM, Bad Touch and Vega.

There’s a genuine buzz in the Quireboys’ camp as the master rock and rollers ready their most ambitious album to date. “It’s never been black and white where The Quireboys are concerned,” said frontman Spike. “There have always been shades of the blues. And now we’ve got the perfect chance to put a new twist on some old classics.” But why now?

After a successful foray into the world of Americana and the release of their most raucous album to date (2016’s Twisted Love), the decision to record a raft of iconic blues tunes might seem like a surprise – almost sideways – move. Far from it.

“When Spike and I met Chris Ingham from Ramblin’ Man Fair he floated the idea of doing a blues set at this year’s festival and we loved the idea,” said guitarist Guy Griffin. “Why not do something different to the norm? And at that point we sensed an opportunity to make a blues record. All of the guys are great musicians – as a band we can play anything. I suppose the trick was giving these blues classics a unique twist and that’s what we’ve tried to do.”

quireboys uk tour preview 2019 poster“Leftfield choices”

White Trash Blues contains the genre’s legends of, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry and Billy Boy Arnold which are all afforded a unique Quireboys makeover. Never has Spike sounded so authentic and the band so audibly confident.

“The album came together very organically but they are songs everyone has played at different times over the years and they feel like they’re part of our history,” said guitarist Paul Guerin. “There are a few leftfield choices and we love that but it’s always great to give the classics a go. We’re naturally suited to playing the blues but let’s be honest, once Spike starts singing they all sound like they could be Quireboys songs. And they can be!”

Joining the Quireboys will be FM, who are almost a super group in their own right. Since their sixth studio album Metropolis was released in 2010, FM have hardly stopped. With headline tours both in the UK and overseas, special guest slots touring with Foreigner, Journey, Thin Lizzy and Heart; festival appearances including Download, Planet Rockstock, Sweden Rock, Graspop, Steelhouse Festival, Frontiers Rock Festival, HRH and HRH AOR, Cambridge Rock Festival to name but a few.

Quireboys play Wakefield Warehouse 23 with FM, Bad Touch and Vega on April 4, 2019

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