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STATUS QUO/Roy Wood/Kim Wilde
O2 Arena, London 11 December 2011
bunch of wannabees were performing at Wembley, across in the east at the
O2 Arena, the real X Factor was happening. Status Quo,Roy Wood and
Kim Wilde bought the Quofestive show to town.
the ultimate Christmas show, this was a boast that lived up to its name.
Wilde, who took to the stage first, was like a breath of fresh air,
from the opening chords of "Chequered Love" she treated the packed arena
to the very best of 80s rock/pop....Her enthusiasm was infectious and
she was simply outstanding on tracks like "You Keep Me Hanging On".
slipped a couple of tracks from her new album "Snapshots" the highlight
for me was a full on version of the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love".
As expected she finished with "Kids In America" which brought the whole
crowd to its feet. Kim Wilde is a must to see again next year.
was Roy Wood, kicking of with "California Man" this was very much
a greatest hits set, spanning this man's great career.
like the Move and Wizzard, Wood has some great material to fall back on.
Songs like "Blackberry Way", "Flowers In The Rain" were just what the
crowd wanted....perfect singalong.
Kim Wilde everyone knew what the last song would be......"I Wish It
Could Be Christmas Everyday" and of course Mr Wood did not disappoint.
Quo....what can one say, that has not been said before. I
first saw this band in about 1971 at the old Marquee Club in Wardour
Street, and I have yet to see them do a bad show.
opening strains of "Caroline" the band had the crowd eating out of their
hands. All the hits as expected were played, still sounding as
fresh today as the day they were written. "Down Down" was awesome.
from the new album "Quid Pro Quo" like "Two Way Traffic" and "Let's
Rock" are going down as well as the more established songs. The
success of "Quid Pro Quo" seems to have breathed new life into the band.
Wilde and Wood joined Quo for the Xmas encore of "Walking In A Winter
Wonderland" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and to be honest it
A superb night's entertainment.
photos by Noel Buckley
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