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Status Quo at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 2015 - Review

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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
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Britain's best boogie band are back
While Winter Storm Desmond howled outside, veteran rockers Status Quo whipped up a storm of their own inside Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena.

The band have been making music for six decades and now perform like a well oiled machine – a great show is always guaranteed.

Status Quo, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Accept No Substitute, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
All white: Status Quo at Barclaycard Arena


In Birmingham it was 'all white' on the night as the five members each wore a white shirt, guitarist Rick Parfitt and drummer Leon Cave opting for T-shirts and the others choosing dressier attire.

With so many hit singles on their CV Quo always face a dilemma about what to include in the setlist and what to omit. Experience has shown them that you can't please everyone.

Status Quo, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Accept No Substitute, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Tweaked: Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi


For the 2015 tour they also have a greatest hits package, Accept No Substitute, to promote so they tried to cram in as many fan favourites as possible. They did, however, tweak the usual setlist as little. Burning Bridges, normally saved for the encore, came early in the set so the audience was bouncing along enthusiastically near the start of the gig. Paper Plane was used as the first encore, followed by a revived Junior's Wailing and Rock and Roll Music/ Bye Bye Johnny.

There was also a medley to cover a few more numbers – What You're Proposing, Down the Dustpipe, Wild Side of Life, Railroad and Again and Again.

Status Quo, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Accept No Substitute, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Joker: Francis Rossi entertains in Birmingham


Frontman Francis Rossi was in a jokey mood. He made a few comments about his age (he's 66) and that of the audience but he admitted that the band members were having fun, even so far as playing 'tag' on stage, especially with bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards.

Status Quo, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Accept No Substitute, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Rockin' & rollin': Status Quo's Rick & Francis


Keyboard player Andy Bown moved front of stage for a couple of tracks, strapping on a guitar for Beginning of the End and Gerdundula. Leon Cave also moved from behind his drum kit for the latter.

After Quo's last UK tour, which saw them seated with an orchestra for acoustic shows, it was great to see them dashing around a big stage rockin'and rollin' again.


Status Quo, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Accept No Substitute, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
No substitutes: Status Quo's Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt


SETLIST

Caroline
The Wanderer
Something 'bout You Baby I Like
Rain
Little Lady
Burning Bridges (On and Off and On Again)
Beginning of the End
What You're Proposing/ Down the Dustpipe/ Wild Side of Life/ Railroad/ Again and Again
Big Fat Mama
The Oriental
Creepin' Up on You
Gerdundula
In the Army Now
Drum Solo
Roll Over Lay Down
Down Down
Whatever You Want
Rockin' All Over the World

Encore:

Paper Plane
Junior's Wailing
Rock and Roll Music/ Bye Bye Johnny

Status Quo, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Accept No Substitute, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Classic pose: Francis Rossi


Status Quo's remaining 2015 UK dates:

December 7: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield;
December 8: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff;
December 10: BIC, Bournemouth;
December 11: Brighton Centre;
December 13: O2, London.
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Why? Britain's best boogie band are back - so accept no substitutes
When: Until December 13, 2015
Phone: 0844 338 8000
Where: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, then touring
Cost: From £44.44 plus fees
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