Rocked to the core

Status quo concert at Alnwick Pastures.
Status quo concert at Alnwick Pastures.

AGE appears to be no barrier to the hard-rocking members of Status Quo if their energetic, crowd-pleasing set at Alnwick Castle on Saturday night is anything to go by, writes Ben O’Connell.

Thousands of people from across the North East and further afield gathered in the impressive surrounds of the Pastures for a night of great entertainment.

And while the nature of the acts leaned towards the middle-aged, the evening was enjoyed by young and old alike, a tribute to both the performers and the organisers.

Scottish band Big Figure opened the proceedings with a short but sweet set that suggested that the band could have a successful career ahead.

The songs were catchy and they didn’t seem overawed by playing before two legends with plenty of experience between them.

10cc were the support act and their polished pop rock was a perfect accompaniment for the crowds to finish eating their picnics and have a few drinks.

The hits were all present and correct, including the 1975 number one hit I’m Not In Love and a joyful rendition of Dreadlock Holiday.

But the night was really all about the Quo – loved by some, dismissed by others as three-chord bores – on a night such as this they were the perfect performers.

With a varied set mixing up tracks from across their career right up to new album Quid Pro Quo, rounded off with the crowd favourites Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want, Francis, Rick and the gang definitely delivered.

For full report and photos see this Thursday’s Gazette.