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ConcertsStatus Quo - The Frantic Four @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 04/10/2014

Posted on Friday, April 11 2014 @ 03:40:12 CDT by Dean Pedley
Heavy Metal "Tonight…We have the number one rock 'n' roll band in the land…Will you welcome…The magnificent STATUS QUO!"

The classic Frantic Four line-up returns for one final fling. Sea of Tranquility reports from Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Twelve months ago the returning Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan were more than a little rung rusty, the bassist looking frail and the drummer a beat or two off the pace. But this time around their rehabilitation is complete and Quo are tighter and more purposeful with the rhythm section no longer taking their cues from Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt. With his trademark swing shuffle holding down the backline Coghlan, drenched in sweat as the temperature inside the Civic soars, does a marvellous job in rolling back the years. The other three regularly draw together to play directly in front of his kit, emphasising that this is a close-knit unit once again. The set list is much the same and centred around 1977's Live, featuring just a handful of their 60-odd hit singles, 'In My Chair', 'Rain' and the obligatory 'Down Down' and 'Caroline'. Elsewhere they dig deep into the back catalogue across a ninety minute set that is drawn entirely from the years 1970 – 76, and with not a keyboard anywhere in sight.

Back in the day Quo were a band of three vocalists with Lancaster very much a fixture behind the mic and he sounds in remarkably good voice on 'Junior's Wailing' and 'Roadhouse Blues' that bookend the main set. As for Rossi and Parfitt then they appear rejuvenated and revitalised, playing songs that could simply never be possible with the modern day line-up. The Frantic Four reunion has proven to be a glorious reminder of just how hard this band rocked in the dim and distant past and no matter your views on what Status Quo became in later years, this is what they sounded like when it truly mattered.

And so, after all these years, are Status Quo still the number one rock and roll band in the land? Probably.

Set List:
1. Junior's Wailing
2. Backwater
3. Just Take Me
4. Is There A Better Way
5. In My Chair
6. Blue Eyed Lady
7. Little Lady
8. Most Of The Time
9. Rain
10. (April) Spring, Summer And Wednesdays
11. Railroad
12. Oh Baby
13. Forty-Five Hundred Times/Gotta Go Home
14. Big Fat Mama
15. Down Down
16. Roadhouse Blues
Encore:
17. Caroline
18. Bye Bye Johnny

Words by Dean Pedley
Images by Rich Ward of Classic Rock Photography
Thanks as always to Chris Hewlett


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