By Chuck Cox
Most times I head to Trees to see a metal band I spent tons of time listening to in my teenage years, it’s to see the one headlining band not the three or four local acts. Thursday’s L.A. Guns show was a major exception to the rule.
The Quireboys, who have also gone by the London Quireboys, were also on hand for their first Dallas appearance in 25 years.
I don’t know a whole lot about the Quireboys, but I did own a cassette single for the band’s moderate hit “7 O’Clock.” I also liked the ballad “Pretty Girls” on the flip side. Heck, I might even still have that single somewhere.
L.A. Guns took the stage just before midnight and was playing with two of its four core members (singer Phil Lewis and drummer Steve Riley) from the band’s heyday, which included a pair of stellar early albums and a Top 40 hit in “The Ballad Of Jayne.”
After Lewis inexplicably came out sporting a pig nose for the opener, “No Mercy,” the band played a good, tight 80-minute set that culled heavily from those first two albums. In fact, the band rattled off some of the biggies from those albums early on, including “Sex Action,” “I Want to Be Your Man” and “Never Enough” very early on.
Lewis had a great time with the crowd, interacting with fans and moving around on stage like he was still 25 years old. The band did a nice job covering Black Sabbath’s “Ferries Wear Boots” and closed the main set with “The Ballad of Jayne” and “Rip and Tear.”
Spike, the lead signer of the Quireboys, came back out to sing “Jayne” with Lewis, which would have been pretty cool if Spike would have known any of the words. Instead, Lewis had to quickly tell him the upcoming line throughout the song. For me, that kind of ruined the tune.
L.A. Guns added “Vampire” and “Gypsy Soul” for the encore. It was really great to see the band after such a long time.
The Quireboys were also very solid. The band uses lots of keyboards to give it a rich, lively sound that is the backbone of its music.
Spike and guitarist Guy Griffin are the only two original band members, but the entire group sounded great. Although the Quireboys had a full set list on stage, the band got a little less than an hour and played just 10 songs. “7 O’Clock” was the closer.
Local bands Junk, Honey and Legacy opened the show. I missed Legacy, but Junk and Honey, which I have seen numerous times, both did a nice job.