Title - 'The Frantic Four Reunion Tour 2013'
Artist - Status Quo
When the original line-up of Status Quo reunited for a 9-date UK tour in March of this year, the outpouring of approval and raw emotion from the fans was incredible!
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan recived a rapturous response; the band clicked straight into their old groove, the chemistry obvious (even after all the troubles these original members had been through - against each other in court, usually!), the music stunning and the voume almost overpowering!
“Is there anybody out there that wants to rock,” says the voice from beyond, before introducing the “magnificent Status Quo” to the stage. The four chords strike up and we’re straight into ‘Junior’s Waiting,’ before ‘Backwater’ merges straight into the bouncy ‘Just Take Me.’ After the crowd has settled down, Francis Rossi asks the crowd if there are alright and then introduces both Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan. He then introduces ‘Is There A Better Way,’ a heavy guitar opening to their songs than usual (but then again, all these song are old school ones crafted before they found their pop groove).
They slow it down for the classic ‘In My Chair’ before ramping it right back up again with both ‘Blue Eyed Lady’ and ‘Little Lady.’ This then bleeds into the slower sing-along ‘Most Of The Time,’ before the methodical ‘(April) Spring, Summer and Wednesday.’ The first disc rounds out with both the harmonica-driven ‘Railroad’ and the stompin’ ‘Oh Baby’.
The second disc kicks-off with the crowd baying the Quo name, before Rossi introduces us to ‘Forty-Five Hundred Times.’ Then comes a barnstormin’ - if not overly-stretched out classic in the form of ‘Rain,’ which is backed by the hard-rockin’ ‘Big Fat Mama.’
By now Rossi’s vocals are being shredded, his singing getting more and more away from the mic at times. But the troupe carries on regardless and the Frantic Four then give us a rip-roaring, elongated fan-classic-favorite, ‘Down Down.’ With still not much talking in between songs, the band continue onwards with both ‘Roadhouse Blues’ and then ‘Don’t Waste My Time.’ The whole album is then rounded off by a seriously-stretched out guitar-special version of ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ - which is as all Quo fans know is a throwback to ‘Johnny B. Goode.’