Live Review: Status Quo – Wolverhampton

Live Review: Status Quo - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
5th June 2024
Support: Laurence Jones
Words: Cat Finch
Photos: Tim Finch

Status Quo rocked the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton last night, delivering a high-energy performance that delighted fans of all ages. As we approached the newly refurbished Civic Hall the crowds lined the streets ready to witness Francis Rossi and his group bring the house down.

The all seated affair saw fans take up their padded saddles early as the evening began with an opening performance by Laurence Jones, a talented blues-rock guitarist who set the stage perfectly for the night ahead. Jones’ performance was well-received, his soulful guitar solos and powerful vocals leaving the crowd eager for more.

Photo Credit: Tim Finch Photography

When Status Quo took the stage, the atmosphere in the Civic Hall was electric, not a single person in their seat. The band, dressed in matching white shirts, exuded a sense of unity and professionalism that was reflected in their tight, polished performance. They kicked off the show with the classic hit ‘Caroline’, instantly captivating the audience and setting the tone for the night.

Throughout the concert, Status Quo showcased their musical versatility and enduring appeal with a well-curated setlist that spanned their extensive career. Highlights included ‘Rain’, a dynamic rendition of ‘Little Lady’, and the ever-popular ‘Softer Ride’. Each song was delivered with the kind of energy and enthusiasm that has made Status Quo legends in the rock world.

Photo Credit: Tim Finch Photography

One of the standout moments of the evening was the medley featuring ‘What You're Proposing’, ‘Down the Dustpipe’, ‘Something 'bout You Baby I Like’, ‘Wild Side Of Life’, ‘Rollin' Home’, ‘Railroad’, and ‘Again and Again’. This seamless blend of hits showcased the band's ability to keep the momentum going and the crowd engaged.

‘The Oriental’ and ‘In My Chair’ provided a brief, yet captivating, departure from the more mainstream hits, while ‘In the Army Now’ added a touch of nostalgia. The energy peaked with ‘Roll Over Lay Down’, ‘Down Down’, and ‘Whatever You Want’ each song prompting enthusiastic sing-alongs and vigorous applause.

Photo Credit: Tim Finch Photography

The night culminated with ‘Rockin' All Over the World’, a fitting prelude to the encore. Returning to the stage, Status Quo closed the show with ‘Burning Bridges (On and Off and on Again)’, leaving the audience with a lasting impression of a band that, even after decades of performing, still knows how to deliver an unforgettable live experience.

Rossi may be in his mid-70’s but he and his Status Quo cohort show no signs of slowing down!

Photo Credit: Tim Finch Photography

Photo Credits: Tim Finch Photography

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