Time & Location
06 Apr 2023, 20:00
The Rigger , Marsh Parade, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 1BT, UK
About The Event
Spear of Destiny return to The Rigger... tickets on sale now!!!
£20 adv from gigantic 👇🎟
Set to mark forty years since their formation this year, Spear of Destiny have been making a stir with their punk-influenced power-rock since 1983. Emerging from the wreckage of iconic post-punk band Theatre Of Hate, the original duo — Kirk Brandon and Stan Stammers — named themselves after the weapon used by Roman centurion Longinus as he pierced the body of Jesus as he hung on the cross.
Gaining traction in the UK, and with Melody Maker enthusing that “by this time next year, [Spear] should be huge”, their debut album ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ was released in 1983 on Epic Records and they toured relentlessly across the next few years. After releasing ‘One Eyed Jacks’ in 1984, and almost cracking the UK Top 10 with 1985’s ‘World Service’, Brandon disbanded the existing lineup and Spear of Destiny vanished for much of the next two years. After bouncing back with a completely new lineup, Spear finally achieved the success that had evaded them for so long, with 1987’s ‘Outland’ spawning some of the band’s biggest hits to date including “Stranger In Our Town”, “Never Take Me Alive” and “Was That You”. They also toured with U2, eventually playing Wembley Stadium with the band that summer.
Still continuing to look toward the future, Brandon has penned fourteen new tracks for the latest Spear of Destiny album 'Ghost Population'. Both fan forums and music journalists alike have heralded the release of 'Ghost Population'. May 2023 will see the full commercial release of the album into the shops on Brandon's own Eastersnow recording Company via Code 7 Distribution. Spear of Destiny play 38 shows across the UK in April, May and June 2023, some as Special Guests to long term friends Big Country others as headline shows in their own right.