LIVE: The Quireboys – York Fibbers 13/4/2017
I’ve been meaning to catch Last Great Dreamers live for quite a while now, ever since hearing their excellent “official bootleg” album Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven and its rather brilliant 21st century glam rock follow-up, last year’s Transmissions From Oblivion, and I’m happy to say they don’t disappoint. They swagger through tonight’s set like a band who know they’ve got a whole arsenal of great tunes, it’s just the world’s loss that it hasn’t quite discovered it yet, which is pretty much the truth to be honest – the likes of Last Great Dreamer, Glitterball Apocalypse, White Light Black Heart and frenetic closer Dope School would comfortably have been hits in the hands of a more fortunate band. If you’re still unaware of this rather fantastic group, you really owe it to yourself to put that right as soon as possible.
With headliners The Quireboys, you pretty much know what you’re going to get from the off which is a rollicking collection of good time rock ‘n’ roll to down some pints to, and they certainly don’t disappoint on that front tonight with the set being a good mix of old classics like Misled and Tramps And Thieves and newer songs such as Torn And Frayed, Gracie B and a sublime Mona Lisa Smiled, which more than hold their own against the classics. The only downpoint tonight is a very muddy sound mix at Fibbers which rendered Spike borderline inaudible at times, but even when that happens the crowd are more than capable of carrying the songs on their own, be it the lighters-aloft I Don’t Love You Anymore or the old chart-botherers like Hey You and There She Goes Again.
As 7 O’Clock, Sweet Mary Ann and Sex Party bring the evening to a close all too soon, it’s safe to say that this writer’s record of never having attended a bad Quireboys gig since I first went to see ’em 15 odd years ago is very much still intact, and even the sound gremlins couldn’t sink that. Barman, if you please…