any one be in any doubt, Status Quo still rock. Quite why anyone
should be in any doubt is surely a mystery, this is a band that
have never forgotten how to give their fans what the product says
on the tin.
set list for a Quo gig changes little. Like the style of the bands
music it evolves, but essentially retains those key characteristics:
start with Caroline, mix in a few album tracks from the early 70s
to keep the hard-core happy, chuck in four songs from the last album,
do a medley of eight songs you would not have time to do in their
a breath during Gerdundula and then crack on with the classics,
closing down the main part of the show with 'Whatever You Want'
and 'Rockin All Over The World'. Then come back for more in
the encore: drop in a couple more of the old 'uns, a bit of Chuck
Berrys Carol for good measure and finish with another Berry
track Bye Bye Johnny.
a strong set list and it works, but changes - albeit subtle - have
been made: Wanderer, In The Army Now and Anniversary Waltz have
disappeared while Break The Rules, Big Fat Mama and Hold You Back
have returned. The
head-bangers are happy.
are the bare bones, but with any performance theres more to
it than that and GL1 was no exception.
Camilleri is supporting Quo on the first half of the tour. Never
heard of him? Well he can play a bit and loves his solos, arguably
too much but is inoffensive enough. It is though always worth watching
the support act just to really appreciate what Quo do.
minutes before Quo came on people were queuing in the isles to get
past the stewards and in front of the front row of seats and as
the lights went down it turned into a mini stampede, I even hurdled
two rows of seats to get right down the front.
Quos rhythm guitarist Rick Parfitt thundered through the opening
riffs of Caroline, the main hall of GL1 came alive what had been
polite and reserved suddenly became a proper gig.
old became middle aged, the middle aged became young and the young
struggled to keep up as frontman Francis Rossi, Parfitt and co.
set the pace to follow.
one point Rossi stared straight at me from all of ten feet away,
recognised me from interviewing him earlier in the day and with
a surprised look on his face realised when I said I would be jumping
up and down in the third row, I was not joking.
the sound was bouncing around the sports hall, off the solid side
walls and aluminium roof, but any echoes were fought back by what
was coming out of Quos sound system and so the sell-out crowd
rocked on regardless.
score - a solid victory for the Quo team!
by Paul Furley
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