Review: Spear of Destiny, The Wedgewood Rooms

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You know you are getting old when bands you grew up with start having 30th Anniversary tours.

It didn’t stop Portsmouth’s punk glitterati, who were out in force on a blustery Saturday night for Spear of Destiny at The Wedgewood Rooms.

Lead singer Kirk Brandon, dressed in white shirt with sleeves rolled up was certainly ready for business as they rocked into a surprising version of Joy Division’s Transmission.

The former post-punk idol has certainly retained his boyish good looks and the face that launch a thousand haircuts, most of which were sadly missing among the follicularly-challenged men of a certain age in the audience.

Kirk’s pipes were in fine fettle as well with his soaring trademark vocals as were the crowd with the acapella parts of World Service with a mass sing-along.

It was left to their biggest hit Liberator to finish the night with some nostalgic ‘wrecking’ (dancing) going on in the mosh pit (ask your dad) among the brave in the audience.

With an alarmingly early start of 8.30pm (Kirk – the clocks don’t go back till later!) I was even home in time for Match of The Day.

A fine end to a fine evening.