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The Quireboys: Live In London

Rollin’ back the years – it’s party night at the Marquee!

Although the band themselves would rather you didn’t buy this, it’s nonetheless a lively reminder of a gig at the Charing Cross Road Marquee in 2002, when the line-up included Jason Bonham on drums and Nigel Mogg on bass and sunglasses.

It comes as a double-disc package with the same 12-song set also available on a (perfunctorily shot) DVD. But the slightly-edited CD is better, with Spike in canny form and Guy Griffin overcoming nerves and/or a hangover to play a blinder on guitar.

Keyboard player Keith Weir shines, as ever, and positively sparkles on I Don’t Love You Anymore. The presence of Bonham and Mogg dates it, but this works both as a hits package and a great night out revisited.

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush. Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.