Quo get rocking all over the Eisteddfod

Published date: 14 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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ROCK icons Status Quo had the Royal International Pavilion bouncing last night as they blasted through a set of their best known hits.

‘Quo’ have been doing what they do best for nearly 50 years but the an International Eisteddfod audience is not their usual demographic.

But the show went down a storm with loyal fans and first-timers alike.

Such was the seminal band’s pulling power their closing night concert was sold out within days – with the sought-after tickets snapped up months ago.

And they showed they can still riff with the best of them as they had the Pavilion audience on their feet and boogieing along to Rockin’ all Over the World, Get Down, Whatever You Want, Caroline and all the rest.

The Quo, who opened Live Aid back in 1985, were inspired to play the International Eisteddfod after a meeting with pianist and BBC music guru Jools Holland, who played the closing concert at last year’s eisteddfod.

Singer and guitarist Francis Rossi said: “Jools Holland told me he did the eisteddfod this year and what a brilliant place and atmosphere it was. He also explained about the occasion and the event’s history. That got my attention.

“When we started out in the ‘60s we used to look at anyone over 30 and think how they were dead old.

“But like everyone else we have changed and matured with age.”

And so have the Quo’s fans, as most of the Llangollen audience knew most of their songs by heart and sang along and clapped and chanted through the stirring set.

Rossi formed The Scorpions, which became The Spectres, with fellow schoolboy Alan Lancaster way back in 1962 and they have played more than 6,500 live shows to a combined audience estimated at well over 25 million.

After a number of line-up changes they became The Status Quo in 1967, although they dropped ‘The’ to become simply Status Quo two years later.

And after they wowed yet another crowd and left them chanting for more last night, their climactic finale was matched by another – the traditional firework display which lit up the Llangollen sky to bring the week-long cultural feast to an end.

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