IS THERE a band on the planet that’s been around as long as Status Quo?
Well, one, I suppose — the Rolling Stones have never actually broken up.
The Stones are a band much like a twitching corpse which, when you try to bury it, sticks its head up and says: “I’m not dead!”
But there is life in the Quo — and how!
Rocking since the mid 60s, only Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi remain as the original members, which is fitting as they are the only ones 90 per cent of the general public associate with the band.
They’ve come a long way since Pictures of Matchstick Men was a chart hit in 1968.
It was the 70s when Quo really hit their stride with a string of hits including Down Down, Paper Plane, Caroline, Rockin’ All Over the World, and Whatever You Want.
But it was 1977s Rockin’ All Over the World which would become the band’s defining anthem.
In fact, it was that very song which opened Live Aid in 1985, the 16-hour marathon gig in London and Philadelphia.
Given the nature of a one-nig-gig set-up, the song could not have been more apt.
Over the years there have been changes, some major fall outs with band members, lawyers involved — but the band remains to this day a legacy of basic, good-ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.
It was once said, by me if no-one else, that if Quo wrote a song with four chords, that was them trying to crack the classical market.
But many stars of the past have made terrific hits with three chords — check out the careers of 50s rock gods who managed quite nicely, thanks very much.
Now, the band are back in Glasgow and stand proud on their achievements: more hit singles than any other band, more hit albums than The Beatles, most appearances on Top of the Pops, the list goes on.
Guesting on the show at the Clyde Auditorium will be Bonnie Tyler — the gravel-voiced sweetheart from the 80s.
All this makes for more than three hours of Quofestive fun as the band continue Rockin’ All Over the World.
Status Quo perform at the SECC on December 6. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets cost £37.50 from 0844 395 4000.
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