Quo – Concert Review Gibraltar - 10-9-09
Some bands just
seem to last forever and “The Quo” as known affectionately
by fans is definitely the textbook definition of the eternally
straight forward, rock and rolling band.
Formed by Francis
Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962 originally as “The Scorpions”,
and after a transitional period in members and style, they
finally settled on “Status Quo” in late 1967.
Lancaster later left the band and was replaced by John “Rhino” Edwards who is
their bassist to this day. Rick Parfitt
then joined in 1965 to form the famous Rossi and Parfitt
dual guitar swinging front for the band and the rest is history.
Back to the concert, we arrived
with plenty of time and got off to a good start with the support
act “Natura” who received a very warm and welcoming reception from
the crowd. Natura provided us with
a pleasing selection of original material and well known covers
from acts such as AC/DC, Kiss and Bad Company. The band came
across as tight and professional, and in particular the lead
singer/guitarist whose voice was more than appropriate for
the likes of AC/DC!
After the supporting
act, the stage was cleared and swiftly prepared as the crowd
eagerly looked on with growing anticipation.
Then the Quo came on to dimmed
house lights and a thunderous applause from the crowd. They
each took their stance, as if waiting for ‘lift-off’ and as
they exploded into playing “Sweet Caroline”.
The crowd, the
sound and the atmosphere was vibrant and energetic; with the
sound of raw Marshall Tube and overdriven Telecasters in full
The Quo then
played a selection of all their greatest hits such as “Down
Down”, “In the Army Now”, “Rockin
all Over the World” plus some newer tunes such as the “Oriental”.
My personal favourite
was “Don’t Drive My Car” with Parfitt
taking the limelight for the legendary guitar intro.
Gear wise Francis
and Rossi were touting there usual signature Telecasters,
now in service with Quo for many years. Parfitt also used
some of his “facelift” Telecasters which he is now commercialising
and Rossi changed to the production version of his guitar
for some songs.
Andy also sported a pair of Telecasters for a few songs, a
white 60s thinline and a very elegant dark silver three pickup
After a frenetic
hour and a half the band finished there set to a cry from
the crowd for more, the Quo then came back on to play a short
encore which pleased an ecstatic crowd..
It is clear that the Quo after
so many years together, are definitely still the rock legends
they always where and reminded us that deep down its all about
good music. Truly a concert to remember.
H Slade – www.gear-review.co.uk