Status Quo, The Sage Gateshead, 12.12.12

One of Her Ladyship’s favourite groups, it promised to be even better when Eddie and the Hot Rods were announced as support on the tour.  Sadly not here though, we got journeyman bluesers Bad Influence. Workmanlike and inoffensive but some way off the top flight.

So, to the strain of ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’, our heroes take the stage and launch into Rick Parfitt’s least favourite song, ‘Caroline’. ‘Rain’ gets an early outing, as does ‘Paper Plane’,  and the first 10 minutes promised much. But then, and I know not why, it seemed to fall flat. OK we got into medleyland, which given all their hits is a bit of a necessary evil. It just seemed like they were on automatic pilot. The last 10 minutes was as good as the first 10. with ‘Down down’, ‘Whatever you want’ and ‘Rocking all over the world’ but the hour in between did nothing for me. A couple of Christmassy songs in the encore and off. And Her Ladyship thought they were wonderful, and it was her birthday present so that was more important

Oh well, you can’t win ’em all.

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