Review: Status Quo at Portsmouth Guildhall

Status Quo at Portsmouth Guildhall. Picture by Martin Cox of gigshot.com
Status Quo at Portsmouth Guildhall. Picture by Martin Cox of gigshot.com
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Status Quo have sold 120m albums in their 48 years together and could have continued touring mid-sized venues showcasing their 40 top 20 singles.

However, a spoof of the Elvis ’68 comeback special for an Australian retailer’s TV advert created the spark of an idea to try some of their material in acoustic form.

Fast forward almost two years and they’ve got the very well received Aquostic album behind them and a full house at the Guildhall anticipating the new-look Quo.

Seated at the front of the stage with backing singers and a string section behind them they may have been out of their comfort zone but their usual enthusiasm was still infectious.

Whilst the arrangements with strings and accordion were new, the songs still had their sing-along, foot tapping hooks.

For me, they drifted a little in the middle of a long set and I started hankering for an intermission and the electric Quo in part two.

However, Whatever You Want and Rockin’ All Over The World got the audience on their feet and the Irish jig version of Burnin’ Bridges with addictive fiddle closed the show on a triumphant, dancing high.