The Quireboys Celebrate their 30th Anniversary

.@TheQuireboys as they celebrate their 30th Anniverary. Feature by .@louelladeville_ @Planetmosh

The London Quireboys
The London Quireboys

To celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year The Quireboys announced a special 30th Anniversary gig at The Half Moon in Putney, where they began their Rock ‘n’ Roll journey in April 1984. When the gig tomorrow (23rd April 2014) sold out within 24 hours a further gig was added tonight (22nd April 2014) another sell out! The Quireboys will also be peforming at Hard Rock Hell Ibiza next month.

Mark Wylie, who runs The Quireboys Fans Worldwide group on Facebook, wrote a brief history of the band up until the release of This is Rock ‘n’ Roll: –

‘After violent incidents at early live shows, this UK band altered their name from The Queerboys to (The London Quireboys before settling on just) The Quireboys, to avoid further trouble. Comprising Spike Gray (vocals), Nigel Mogg (bass, nephew of Phil Mogg of UFO), Chris Johnstone (keyboards), Guy Bailey (guitar), Ginger (David Walls) (on guitar) and Coze (drums), they were all originally drinking buddies in London pubs.

Spike: Pint Raised Aloft
Spike: Pint Raised Aloft

Drawing musical inspiration from the Faces, Rolling Stones and Mott The Hoople, they specialized in barroom boogie, beer-soaked blues and infectious raunch ‘n’ roll. Gray’s rough-as-a-gravel-path vocal style, closely resembling Rod Stewart’s, added fuel to accusations of the band being little more than Faces copyists.

After releasing two independent singles the Quireboys signed to EMI Records and immediately underwent a line-up reshuffle. Coze and Ginger (who went on to form the Wildhearts) were removed and replaced by Ian Wallace and Guy Griffin, respectively. They recorded A Bit Of What You Fancy in Los Angeles, under the production eye of Jim Cregan (former Rod Stewart guitarist). It was an immediate success, entering the UK album charts at number 2 in February 1990. Hey You, lifted as a single, also met with similar success, peaking at number 14 in January 1990. An eight-track live album followed, which duplicated most of the numbers from their first album, as a stopgap measure to bridge the long period between successive studio releases.

The Quireboys 2012
The Quireboys 2012


However,when Bitter Sweet & Twisted failed to ignite, Gray left to form his own band, God’s Hotel, denying rumours that he had been invited to replace Axl Rose in Guns N’Roses (after having contributed to Slash’s solo album). The Quireboys had come to a natural conclusion, or, as Gray preferred to put it, ‘we were past our sell-by-date’. Bass player Nigel Mogg put together his own project, the Nancy Boys, in New York.

Gray, Griffin and Mogg re-formed the band in the new millennium with additional members Luke Bossendorfer (guitar), Martin Henderson (drums) and Simon Rinaldo (keyboards). The quintet recorded the excellent This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll for the Sanctuary Records label.’ in 2002.

Guy Griffin tells us in my interview with him, at Sheffield Corporation on 8th February 2014, about how the band came to reform: –


The Quireboys: Beautiful Curse (Album Artwork)
The Quireboys: Beautiful Curse (Album Artwork)


1990 – A Bit of What You Fancy

1993 – Bitter Sweet & Twisted

2001 – This is Rock ‘N’ Roll

2004 – Well Oiled

2008 – Homewreckers & Heartbreakers

2009 – Halfpenny Dancer

2013 – Beautiful Curse

Read our review of Beautiful Curse here:

Today’s core line-up consists of Spike, Guy Griffin, Paul Guerin and Keith Weir. There have been numerous Quireboys over the years and Spike jokingly said at their gig at Sheffield Corporation that he couldn’t remember half of the drummers! With more tour dates and an album due out later this year here’s to another 30 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll with The Quireboys.

For a more detailed history see what their website and Wikidepia have to say:-


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About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!