Status Quo at Stansted House
Status: still rockin'
By Andrew Woodger, Nov 2006
The Quo kicked-off their Just Doin' It UK tour in Cambridge & Suffolk and I caught them at the first of their two shows at the Ipswich Regent. They're immune to fads and criticism - they do what they do and they do it with a smile!
First up was Australian support band the Twenty Sevens who looked like they wouldn't be out of place playing at The Milestone pub just behind The Regent. A fairly uninspiring blues rock trio who included a cover of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love." They seemed fairly desperate to sell their CDs - repeatedly mentioning their price and when they'd be signing them in the foyer. A large audience watched them, but they didn't set the place alight.
Status Quo, of course, are preaching to the converted and I have a theory that even those who deride them probably have a guilty pleasure hidden somewhere in their record collections. Is it possible to dislike something as raw and basic as "Down, Down" or the opener "Caroline"? If you do then you probably don't like rock & roll.
I first saw Quo supporting Queen at Knebworth in 1986 and the set's pretty much the same apart from a few numbers from "Heavy Traffic" although curiously they didn't play this year's single "The Party Ain't Over Yet." Not much long hair and denim in evidence in the audience these days - in fact the circle remained seated until "Bye, Bye Johnny." Lots of old rockers brought their kids along - and it didn't seem to be under protest - which was nice!
It's a seemless set of melodic and driving rock songs including all the classics they always play - although I was a bit disappointed that Forty Five Hundred Times only had a brief run-out in a medley. And, God preserve us, there was a 45 minute drum solo. Well, it was probably only 5 minutes but it seemed to go on forever. Laws should have been passed against this sort of thing after "Moby Dick."
Francis Rossi's sense of humour kept the bonhomie rolling. He also kept a shoe-fetishist down the front happy by throwing him his old pumps. Who knows what that was all about?!
We can now look forward to their appearance on BBC1 on Children In Need day on Friday 17th November. The dynamic dusting duo Kim and Aggie are doing a spoof called "How Clean Is Your Gig?" The answer would be ship-shape and bristol fashion if they're looking at the sound of a legendary rock band enjoying their autumn years. Click on the Children In Need link on the right or on Quo's own website for details of this never-to-be-repeated moment which will probably go down in rock history.
last updated: 23/04/2008 at 13:51
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