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Leisure Centre, 11 November 2010
couple of weekends beforehand at a rock disco after the Firefest, I was
sitting down enjoying my beer just listening to the DJ play some
favourite rock tunes when I suddenly burst into life as soon as he put
on Quo's 'Down Down' quickly followed by 'Caroline'.
were on my hips and I was strutting from side to side in perfect unison
with my female friend who wouldn't have normally dared dancing to the
lies the rub, love them or loathe them you can't deny yourself from
liking the Quo with their infectious good time jiving rock 'n roll. Your
foot starts tapping without you even realising it. So why don't we
do it again and again?
So it's a
must to head off to the depths of Essex to see the mighty Quo in live
action. Tonight is the second night of the 'Quo Quid' tour which
will see the band coining it yet again from their legion of Quo Army
Brentwood Leisure Centre is not exactly my first choice to attend a rock
concert. My trustee partner in grime, photographer Noel Buckley
and myself feel a little out of place here at a leisure centre.
The only time we do a bit of keep fit is running for the bus.
Not only is
the place packed with Quo fans but also many are here to use the
amenities, including some outside playing football on the floodlit astro
turf, joggers running around, some using the swimming pool (placed
nicely next to the bar.) or over-sized women trying to keep themselves
in their in leotards.
myself felt out of place and out of breath watching everyone so the
first thing we do is stand outside and light up a fag before heading to
the first half of this tour comes from The Crave who some of you may
remember from supporting Deep Purple last year. The young rockers win
themselves many new friends with their happy-go-lucky rock friendly
Nickelback infected rock. I only caught the last two numbers but
will definitely see them again.
Quo came on stage I immediately thought that maybe they themselves had
been running on the leisure centre's tredmills as the band were all
wearing brand new white designer trainers.
All eyes are
on Rossi and Parfitt as they strum the chords to 'Caroline' before the
band give it some oomph. From then on it's all Quotastic.
There are so
many classic tracks that some are short changed into medleys, but full
versions of tracks like 'Forty-Five Hundred Times' and 'Mystery Song '
may give Parfitt a heart attack if played at their full speed for the
complete length. A hundred metres was enough for the leisure centre
tracks like 'Beginning Of The End' and the swinging 'The Oriental' sit
comfortably with any of those seventies greatest hits. One golden nugget
was dusted down: the chilling 'For You ' from 'Rockin' All Over The
World' LP was a welcome addition.
From then on
it was heads down all the way with all the classics you'll expect to
hear at a Quo show. I personally would love to see some Cogs in
the wheel or Lancasters flying around but nothing was gonna spoil the
party. You should check out the band on the rest of the tour and
you too can be in the Quo army now.
Set List :
Caroline/ Something 'Bout You Baby I Like/ Break The Rules/ Mean Girl/
Softer Ride/ Forty-Five Hundred Times/ Rain/ Beginning Of The End/
Mystery Song/ Railroad/ Spinning Wheel Blues/ Wild Side Of Life/ Rollin'
Home/ Again & Again/ The Oriental/ Creeping Up On You / For You/ In The
Army Now/ The Killer(drum solo)/ Paper Plane / Roll Over Lay Down/ Down
Down/ Whatever You Want/ Rockin' All Over The World...encores: Don't
Waste My Time /Bye Bye Johnny
Photos by Noel
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