Are the Quireboys all grown up?
With the Peter Pan-esque Spike still fronting one of the UK’s favourite rock n roll bands and light-hearted anthems Sex Party and Hey You still central to a hit-laden set it’s difficult to believe this band has matured.
However, look beneath the surface and long-term fans of the Geordie favourites will recognise an unfamiliar professionalism underpinning Sharon Osbourne’s former charges.
Perhaps the band’s advancing years have forced a period of self-reflection. Maybe the quality of new album Beautiful Curse has focused minds. Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt something has changed – and for the better.
Spike still revelled in his role as the entertainer-in-chief – rolling out the same old lines guaranteed to get the usual laughs.
But – and whisper it quietly – this was the most professional Quireboys performance in years. Slick, energised and incredibly tight it cast the band in an unexpected new light.
Clearly enthused by the new album, Spike sang his heart out.