Sound: (Francis) Rossi's vocals wereat his usual standard. He sang all songs effortlessly. Rick (Parfitt) and Andy (Bown) provided brilliant Harmony vocals throughout. Rick, however, is certainly beginning to show weakness in his lead vocals abilities. If all those years of heavy-rock vocals, drugs, booze and cigarettes weren't enough, the throat cancer scare a few years back must have been the final straw. He could hold the tunes 100% and failed to reach a few highnotes here and there. Regardless, the most part of his performance was good.
On the musical side, the band were on top form. Nearly all of the guitars were Telecasters (but not all Fenders). Rick did use an open-tuned Esquire on a couple of songs though, and a different guitar on '4500 Times'. Rhino (John Edwards) used his signature Status Graphite 'Charger' throughout. All players showed fantastic musicianship through the entire performance; Rhino gave brilliant, strong basslines, Rick provided relentless rhythm guitar, Francis with whacky solos, Andy provided nice keyboard lines, guitars and harmonica (sadly, not all at once). Matt (Letley) showed off just how talented he was by breaking away from his 4/4 rhythms and giving a kick-ass drum solo that blew everybody in the room away. // 10
Perfomance: During the show, the band like to interact with the audience and each other. It's nice for the band to take notice of the audience in such a way - I think 4/5 of the band members took notice of myself and the others in my little group of friends. Rossi even flirted with some of the female members of the crowd, in his own comic way.
The stage was set up with a fair amount of lights/lighting rigs, screens and strobes that enhanced the show just that much more. It's safe to say that everybody in the room loved the show. My girlfriend and drummer friend both enjoyed the show a lot too, which says something considering they don't even like Status Quo. // 10
Overall Impression: This was the third time I'd seen Status Quo live, and it was the best yet. The set was interesting and filled with surprises. It is as follows...
2. Something 'Bout You Baby I Like
3. Break The Rules
4. Mean Girl
5. Softer Ride
6. 4500 Times
8. Beginning of the End
9. Mystery Medly (Mystery Song/Railroad/Spinning Wheel Blues/Wild Side of Life/Rollin' Home/Again and Again/Slow Train)
10. The Oriental
11. Creepin' Up On You
12. For You
13. In The Army Now
14. "Killer" (Drum Solo)
15. Paper Plane
16. Roll Over Lay Down
17. Whatever You Want
18. Down Down
19. Rockin' All Over The World
20. Don't Waste My Time
21. Rock N Roll Music/Bye Bye Johnny
I think that's right anyway. The band put on a fantastic show/performance that satisfied all. The support band (The Crave) were also a pleasant surprise, being fantastic players with fairly good songs too.
Another highlight of the night was meeting keyboardist Andy Bown and bassist Rhino before the show - great guys! Plus Rick threw me one of his guitar picks during the performance (albeit I missed catching it and it nearly flew into my eye). It's definately worth going to see them if they're ever in your local venue. Well worth the money. // 10