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Spear of Destiny

Spear of Destiny
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17 May 2018 7:30pm

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The Brudenell Social Club

33 Queen's Road, Leeds, LS6 1NY

Spear of Destiny was formed by Kirk Brandon and Stan Stammers from the wreckage of Theatre of Hate, and named, with characteristic grandeur, for the weapon with which the Roman centurion Longinus pierced the body of the crucified Christ. Much of the group's debut album was already in place before Lasette Ames and Chris Bell joined; released on the band's own Burning Rome label, The Grapes of Wrath echoed Theatre of Hate's final demos with astonishing precision.

This original quartet did not survive for long. The album had barely hit the street when Ames and Bell quit, the latter citing both personal and religious reasons (he subsequently resurfaced in Gene Loves Jezebel). Theatre of Hate's Nigel Preston, fresh from a stint with Sex Gang Children, and Diodes' saxophonist John Lennard were drafted in for live work, but by the time Spear began work on their second album, 1984's One Eyed Jacks, both had been replaced, by former Tom Robinson Band/Stiff Little Fingersdrummer Dolphin Taylor, Case sax player Nick Donnelly, Neil Pyzer, and guitarist Alan St Clair from Howard Devoto's first post-Magazine lineup.

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