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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Legends The Quireboys getting ready to rock

Playing with legends such as David Bowie, Whitesnake and Guns n Roses were just some of the highs for English rock band The Quireboys.

They were formed in 1985 and the group, who perform at Workington’s Decades festival tonight, built up a following at London’s famous Marquee Club.

Guitarist Paul Guerin says: “It was a really great time for rock n roll music back then. London was buzzing, everyone had great style and passion for music. “We got to tour with some legendary bands.”

The Quireboys supported Guns n Roses at the Hammersmith Odeon in the late 1980s before releasing 7 O’Clock, which reached the Top 40.

Former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne took over as the band’s manager and they released debut album A Bit of What You Fancy, which reached number two in the charts.

The Quireboys went on to tour with Iggy Pop, LA Guns, Soundgarden and The Cramps in the USA.

They also played in front of 72,000 people at Monsters of Rock at Donington, along with Whitesnake, Aerosmith and Poison.

Guerin adds: “Its been a rollercoaster.

“There were great highs when the first album reached number two and then when grunge hit, bands like ourselves suffered and we did split up for a bit.

“The music industry is ever changing and you’ve got to keep ahead of the game because you never know what it’s going to throw at you next.”

The band reformed for concerts in the mid-1990s.

The new line-up includes Guy Griffin on guitar, Keith Weir on keyboards, Matt Goom on drums and Dave Boyce on bass.

The Quireboys will perform a variety of hits tonight at the Vine Bar.

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