Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Spear of Destiny

Spear of Destiny is a British rock band, established in 1983 by singer and songwriter Kirk Brandon (born on 3 August 1956, in Westminster, London) and bassist Stan Stammers (born on 19 May 1961). It had an ever-changing line-up through the years. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spear_of_Destiny_%28band%29)

Saturday, 3 September 1983, "Grote Zaal", 21:30 - 22:30

Line up
Kirk Brandon – guitar, vocals; Stan Stammers – bass; rest of line-up uncertain.

In early January 1983 Kirk and Stan set out to find new band members, they came in the form of Chris Bell on drums and Lascelles James on sax. (http://www.stanstammers.com/bio3.html)

Arising from the grave of bleak post-punkers Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny was formed in 1983 by Hate singer/guitarist Kirk Brandon and bassist Stan Stammers, also including drummer Chris Bell and saxophonist Lasettes Ames. (...) Following the group's debut, Grapes of Wrath, Bell and Ames both left, mostly due to differences of opinion with Brandon over religious issues. Two former Theatre of Hate members served as their replacements -- saxophonist John Lennard (also formerly of the Diodes) anddrummer Nigel Preston (ex-Sex Gang Children). Unsurprisingly, this lineup quickly self-destructed, just as it had with Theatre of Hate; the band was reconfigured with Brandon, Stammers, additional guitarist Alan St. Clair, drummer Dolphin Taylor (formerly of the Tom Robinson Band and Stiff Little Fingers), and keyboardist/saxophonist Neil Pyzor (formerly of Case). This lineup recorded One Eyed Jacks in 1984, which is generally regarded as their best work. (

Set list
01 Forbidden planet
02 Everything you ever wanted
03 (Do you believe in the) Westworld
04 Rosy

I have a radio recording of tracks 01 - 04. Get them here:

Other info

Kirk Brandon live at Pandora's 83 (Vinyl magazine 1983/9)

Brandon used to be in Theatre of Hate with Billy Duffy who played Pandora's 83 with Death Cult.

It's possible that Spear of Destiny's line up at Pandora's included Nigel Preston on drums. He would go on to join the (Death) Cult shortly after Pandora's. According to http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/The-Cult-Biography/566B4CAC061246AE48256B060007DC0D, Preston replaced Death Cult drummer Ray Mondo after the Futurama gig (Sunday, 4 September 1983).

Article from festival booklet

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