LOVE them or hate them — you can’t argue with the success of Status Quo.
With more hit singles than any other band, more hit albums than The Beatles and more Top of the Pops appearances than anybody else, they are the undeniable cockroaches of British rock n’ roll.
While pretenders to the crown have come and gone, “The Quo” have fought their way to the claim of being Britain’s best-loved rockers through sheer perseverence, selling more than 120 million albums worldwide during their more than 40-year-history.
Known for their bluster, Quo have never done anything by halves, and their continuing that by hosting the inaugural QuoFest tour, touching down in Glasgow’s SECC on Saturday night.
The evening sees the mighty Quo joined by Roy Wood and Kim Wilde, coming together to make the ultimate Christmas party.
Roy Wood is one of the UK’s most treasured songwriters; he created hits for The Move, ELO and of course Wizzard (a certain Christmas track among them!)
Fellow support act Kim Wilde became an instant new wave phenomenon in the ’80s and was ever present in the charts with smashes like ‘You Came’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ and of course the smash ‘Kids In America’.
Between them this trio of hardened music veterans has released almost 170 chart singles.
Although Status Quo will play a number of new songs from their latest studio album Quid Pro Quo, which was released in May this year, fans through the years can be assured they won’t hear without leaving the biggest hits, including “whatever you want” and “rocking all over the world”.
Joint frontmen Rossi and Parfitt as always remain the main focus but the other Quo members; the excellent Andy Bown on keys since 1976, John Rhino Edwards on bass since the mid ’80s and relative newcomer drummer Matt Letleyare the backbone which allows Francis and Rick to please the crowd.
n QuoFest begins at 7pm on Saturday at the SECC. Tickets are £37.50 from 0844 395 4000 or www.ticketsoup.com.