Seems as though The Big Blue Shed promotions company have delivered yet again, with the announcement today of an outdoor concert in Hove at the B.O.A.T (Brighton Open Air Theatre) by the legendary Spear Of Destiny who will be performing the whole of their second album ‘One Eyed Jacks’, as a 35th anniversary tribute.
The unique 425 capacity amphitheatre style venue is located in Dyke Road Park, Dyke Road, Hove, BN3 6EH, and will host the event on Friday 27th September 2019, with gates opening at 6:15pm and the performance will commence at 7pm.
B.O.A.T is open annually from 1st May through to 30th September and is now in its fifth year of operation and does not receive any public funding relying instead on ticket sales and private donations. You can check out the 140 performances due to take place in their 2019 season HERE.
Spear Of Destiny will not only be performing the ten tracks from the 1984 ‘One Eyed Jacks’, album which are: ‘Rainmaker’, ‘Young Men’, ‘Everything You Ever Wanted’, ‘Don’t Turn Away’, ‘Liberator’, ‘Prisoner Of Love’, ‘Playground Of The Rich’, ‘Forbidden Planet’, ‘Attica’, and ‘These Days Are Gone’, but they will also be performing a host of classic Spear Of Destiny songs from the band’s now staggering 15 album / 36 year career.
Fronted, as ever, by Kirk Brandon’s majestic voice, howling saxophone, triumphant keyboard lines and a star studded super-tight band, this event will rock the B.O.A.T.!
Spear Of Destiny were formed in 1983 after the demise of Kirk Brandon’s post punk iconic rockers Theatre Of Hate. (Brandon had also, before TOH, been the main man in every punk rockers favourite band of that era The Pack).
The current line up of Spear is the longest serving to date and features Adrian Portas (New Model Army / Sex Gang Children), Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy / The Cult / The Mission) and Phil Martini (Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind) on drums. Long time Brandon cohort Steve Allan-Jones will be covering the keyboards.
On April 6th 2018 Spear Of Destiny released their 14th studio album ‘Tontine’ which is available on CD, Vinyl and Download. Interestingly enough the opening track on this album is entitled ‘Brighton’.
Spear Of Destiny are a highly rated outfit, but don’t just take my word for it. Here are a few comments on Kirk Brandon and Spear of Destiny:
The BBC’s Jeremy Vine says, “@kirkbrandon is one of our greatest musical geniuses”
John Robb’s Louder Than War “Spear of Destiny are criminally underrated and are one of Britain’s best, Boys Own, punch the air, grandiose Rock’n’Roll bands”.
Mojo wrote: “Kirk Brandon is on of the UK’s best kept secrets”.
On SOD’s previous studio album ‘31’ (Thirty-One):
BBC Radio’s Jools Holland: “possibly [Spear of Destiny’s] best album in 20 years”
Louder Than War: “9/10 Brandon puts his all into every song with epic bombast, coming across as a tragic rock n roll anti-hero. He is the Wagner of rock n roll. And the haircut’s still pretty cool”.
Aberdeen Voice: “Thirty one years together makes for flawless instrumentals, a unique sound, and some remarkable riffs and harmonies”.
Grab your Spear Of Destiny live at B.O.A.T. tickets HERE.