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Status Quo - Last Night Of The Electrics - 2CD -

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Anyone here seeing us for the first time?” asked Francis Rossi. When a small cheer was raised in response, the leader and last surviving original member of Status Quo admonished his new fans. “Don’t be so pleased with yourselves. We’ve been around a long time.”

That they have. Status Quo are a British rock and roll institution. They have been plying their very particular brand of heads-down, no-nonsense, twin-guitar 12-bar boogie for nearly 50 years. “Maybe you should have made an effort to see us when we were younger,” Rossi mockingly continued. “We might have been better.” 

Actually, they would probably have been almost exactly the same. For nearly two hours, the five piece delivered hits and fan favourites with Rossi’s clear, direct vocals and sharp, repetitive yet effective lead solos riding taut and high over tinkling piano, heavy drums, driving bass and chunky rhythm guitar.

The concert’s production was about as basic as they come, with a brightly lit stage and no video screens. All emphasis was on the band’s cheery interactions as they charged energetically about, throwing practised poses, and chugged with surprising enthusiasm through super-honed versions of familiar blues rock songs, driving home their point “again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again” (to quote the lyrics of their 1978 hit, Again and Again). 

“This is a song from a long time ago,” announced the 67-year-old Rossi. “Well, most of this stuff is from a long time ago. Everything we’re playing is from the last century. And so are all of you.”

The name Status Quo chose when second guitarist, co-vocalist and co-writer Rick Parfitt joined in 1967 turned out to be prophetically apposite. They are a group who became a byword for effective, unimaginative, formulaic consistency.

But it seems even the Status Quo can’t be maintained forever. The 67-year-old Parfitt had a heart attack after a concert in Turkey in June and has officially retired. This tour, billed as The Last of the Electrics, marks Quo’s final, full on, hard rocking excursion, before Rossi turns down the volume to continue in a more laid back acoustic form under the guise of Status Quo Aquostic. Like so much that has happened in 2016, this concert marked the end of an era. Yet it was peculiarly devoid of sentiment. 

The blend and interaction of Parfitt and Rossi has been the charismatic centre of this band for five decades. Yet the absent Parfitt did not even warrant a mention during the evening. Bassist John Edwards and keyboard player Andy Bown (long serving but not original band members) adequately took over Parfitt’s vocals. Hired Irish guitarist Richie Malone playe

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