No song warrants a drum solo. Especially when that tune is Status Quo’s ‘In the Army Now’. The only battles Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt have ever fought are their well documented list of addictions. Their fondness for ‘Columbian Marching Powder’ is legendary. As are their riffs. Five minutes on from the dubious drum solo, Rossi straps on the most famous battered green guitar in British rock history and unleashes one of those riffs. The cavernous hall that is the Brighton Centre is filled with the sound of ‘Down Down’, The Quo’s, (as they will now be referred to), only number one single from 1974. People say if the ravens ever left the Tower, the crown would fall, and Britain with it. If they pissed off with ‘Down Down’ in their beaks, then we are really in the shit.
December 11th 1982 and I witness the final curtain call of The Jam. 33 years later, to the day, and in the same venue, I witness my first live experience of Woking’s second favourite sons. Nearly fifty years on from their psychedelic beginnings, The Quo, live, are no laughing matter.