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Spike's Free House: The All-Star Tribute Band That Became A Nightmare

What began as an homage to Frankie Miller ended up as a tribute to a late rock icon

It’s Thursday afternoon at Sweden Rock festival, and the final, familiar, evocative notes of Free’s All Right Now are drifting out across the Baltic Sea. The irony of the song’s title isn’t lost on the five members of the band playing it. Spike’s Free House is a collective of musicians from such rock’n’roll mainstays as The Quireboys, Thunder, Magnum and Free themselves, brought together through a love of cult singer Frankie Miller. But not so long ago, this musical love-in was almost as far from being all right as it gets.


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