Gig review: Status Quo at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Status Quo at the First Direct Arena. Picture: Anthony Longstaff
Status Quo at the First Direct Arena. Picture: Anthony Longstaff
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With only a handful of people who are able to say they are still going strong in the music industry after 40 years of playing, Status Quo stormed into Leeds and set up their camp at the First Direct Arena.

Originally formed in the early 60s under a variety of different names, the band officially arose in 1969 and introduced their own brand of rock ’n’ roll to the masses.

As they progressed through the decades their fame increased with the release of anthems Rockin’ All Over The World, Whatever You Want, What You’re Proposing and In The Army Now.

Now, as a household name, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and the boys are back on the road for a series of shows following on from their feature film Bula Quo.

This is my first time of seeing the mighty Quo and I’m massively looking forward to it, more so on the basis of a bit of a singalong to many of their songs. Many times have I stood at a karaoke crooning away at Rockin’ All Over The World, picking away at the strings of my air guitar.

Support for tonight comes from 10cc, another band that technically haven’t split but remain on tour every so often. Famous for tracks I’m Not in Love and Dreadlock Holiday, 10cc are in pretty good form for a crowd of seated revellers and surprisingly enough I find myself, stageside, singing away to tracks that I thought weren’t theirs.

As the house lights fade, the anticipation flickers throughout the arena and at my 37 years I seem to be the baby of the crowd. The Quo burst on stage to Caroline and soon start smashing out hits like Andy Murray at a Wimbledon convention.

For a band of their spritely age, they dominate every part of the huge stage and continue rolling out the hits – Rock ‘n’ Roll’n’ You, What You’re Proposin, Big Fat Mama and In the Army Now.

The majority of the crowd are on their feet, some dancing like dads at a Christmas party.

The set draws to a close inevitably with Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want.

It’s been a hearty nostalgic night, filled to the brim with boogie rock, some mobile phone torch waving through 10cc ballads and the odd laugh with a few of the ‘oldies’.

One off to tick off the bucket list.

Gig date: December

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