Status Quo Stockton Globe Theatre 3 March 2022

Status Quo. A band I have a long, enduring history and friendship with. A night of nostalgia and emotionSTATUS TIX on many fronts. I will recount these below.

The Venue. Stockton Globe is a legendary theatre. I remember hearing of it in the late 60s and the early 70s. Many, many great bands played there before it closed: The Globe is a Grade II listed Art Deco theatre, in Stockton-on-Tees, England. From the 1950s to the 1970s the Globe was a premier venue hosting many famous acts, such as Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Cilla Black, Lonnie Donegan, Cliff Richard and Chuck Berry. The Beatles twice played at the Globe, the first on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. As late as the 1970s, bands such as Mud, Showaddywaddy and the Bay City Rollers played there. Whilst the theatre played host to these famous bands, it was also a cinema. One strange coincidence, the guy a few seats along mentioned to us: Status Quo were the final rock band to play there in December 1974, which is confirmed by Wikipedia. It is strange Francis didn’t mention this. Maybe he was not aware of the fact. The doors of the Globe closed only to re-open as a bingo venue for a few years until closing for good in 1997. However, it has recently undergone a £4 million renovation, maintaining its wonderful art decor features and reopening a few weeks ago. It holds around 3000 people. (Some of this courtesy of Wikipedia).

STATUS 3Status Quo. I must’ve seen Status Quo more than 50 or 60 times since the first time I was lucky enough to witness them close up in Sunderland Locarno in 1971. Since then I have seen them again in the Locarno, Sunderland Top Rank Suite, Sunderland Empire, graduating to Newcastle City Hall where I saw them many, many times on their annual tours, several festivals including Lincoln 1972, Reading many times (including at least one headline appearance), headlining Donington Monsters of Rock, opening Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, splitting up and reforming, and then seeing them at Whitley Bay ice Rink, the Sage Gateshead, back to the City Hall many times, open-air summer shows, Harrogate centre, the return of the frantic four at Manchester Apollo, Newcastle Arena, Birmingham NEC and so many other places over 50+ years. I love this band and their music and they never let me down. Some people view them as a “joke”. But they are a great rock ‘n’ roll band; the best UK boogie band there is.

Francis Rossi. This guy is one of my heroes. His banter with the crowd is well-known; the cheeky Cockney chappie comes through and he always has a bit crack on and joke with the audience, talking to us as if we are old friends (which of course, many of us are). Tonight is no different. He talks about being off the stage for the longest time ever because of that “dodgy cold” (his words, not mine). A few years ago, when STATUS 2Rick Parfitt sadly passed, I felt strongly that Francis should not continue without his old mate. Rick was simply the best rhythm guitarist and one man boogie machine that has ever lived. In many ways I felt the soul of the band was gone; after all it was always about those two friends together. However, I now believe he was right to continue. Francis has assembled a lineup with old and new members, which does continue the rocking soul of the band and plays tribute to Rick and his legacy. It is strange to see new people sing old favourites such as “Rain “, but somehow it works. So more power to your elbow Francis; please do keep this band going for as long as you can. The loud, rocking boogie machine which is Status Quo continues.

STATUS PROG 22Andy Bown. Andy joined Status Quo in the early 1970s and became a full member during the 1980s. He has been playing keyboards and sometimes guitar for the band for almost 50 years. As such, he is the longest serving member after Francis.It was great to see him coming up front alongside Francis and the others. He was up front more this time than usual, I think, which is a good thing; it felt right seeing him up and more in the spotlight. Andy was, of course, a member of the classic 60s band The Herd, alongside Peter Frampton; who produced a wonderful trio of singles; the quite strange, psychedelic, proto-Gothic “Paradise Lost” and “From the Underworld”, along with the much more pop oriented “I Don’t Want Our Loving to Die”. Now wouldn’t it be great if Andy sang one of those songs with Status Quo? What do you think Francis?

The Performance. It was as good as ever. The set list was predictable, but so what! Yes, they started with the usual “Drone” intro, followed by “Caroline” and finished with “Rockin’ All over the World”. In between they played the usual mix of old and new, four from the latest album, some very old tracks such as “Softer Ride”, a medley of greatest hits, “In the Army Now”, “Down Down”, and others. The place was packed, which I found quite surprising to be honest; the fan base continues to be strong, all decked in denim and STATUS 1Quo patches. And they were loud, very LOUD: great! Sadly, but understandably, everyone stood up. We were right down the front but I couldn’t see much from my wheelchair with everyone standing around me. But such is life. The encore was “Paper Plane”. Status Quo were simply first-class, as good as ever; everyone strolled out of the theatre into the cold, dark night; happy and satisfied. Another great night with an old friend and a great band. Happy days.

Oh, and a special mention for the excellent support act Laurence Jones, who performed a fine set of blues rock, finishing with an excellent version of Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”.

Setlist: Caroline; Rain; Little Lady; Softer Ride; Beginning of the End; Hold You Back; Backing Off; Get Out of My Head; What You’re Proposing / Down the Dustpipe / Wild Side of Life / Railroad / Again and Again; Mystery Song; The Oriental; Cut Me Some Slack; Liberty Lane; In the Army Now; Roll Over Lay Down; Down Down; Whatever You Want; Rockin’ All Over the World

Encore: Paper Plane

Many thanks to Jackie the photographer and Chris for turning out late to help get me into my bed for the evening, my ears still ringing and memories of Quo swirling through my head.

16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Les on March 8, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the Quo memories Peter. Saw them twice in the early 80’s with a mate who is possibly the biggest Quo fan on the planet -but I think all Quo fans are the biggest on the planet!
    The energy in the Quo peformances were second to none!

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  2. Unlike you, Peter, I only saw the Quo once in 1968 when they supported Gene Pitney and I went along with my closest friend, Alan Hunter. Like your most recent experience, however, that concert (actually a package tour) was at the Globe in Stockton (then called the ABC). The ABC was the scene of all of my earliest ‘big’ concerts and of my first experience of a pop band in a pantomime (Dick Whittington) featuring the Shadows and Frank Ifield. Glad they’re still rocking!

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    • Posted by vintagerock on March 9, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Alistair sounds like you saw some great concerts at Stockton ABC! I would have loved to see Status Quo in 1968. Still, I have tried to make for it since! Happy days

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  3. Posted by John Moses on March 9, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Great to see Stockton’s Globe Theatre back and Rockin’ too. John.

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  4. Posted by John Johnstone on March 14, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Peter, I saw Quo twice in 1974, firstly at Newcastle Odeon, supported by Montrose – man, were the bands loud! My ears were singing for days. I remember all the jigging and thinking that the balcony was going to fall in. I then saw them at Sunderland Empire supported by SNAFU and they were so loud that flakes of paint from the ceiling started to float down! Great songs, great gigs, great memories!

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    • Posted by vintagerock on March 14, 2022 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Jon. Yes those were great gigs, I was at both of them. However I remember the gig with Montrose support as being at the City Hall, not the Odeon. Could I be going mad? My memory is not good these days. Happy days Peter

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      • Posted by John Johnstone on March 14, 2022 at 2:38 pm

        Hi Peter, you’re absolutely correct – just checked my ticket and it was the City Hall (seat L9), your memory is spot on!

      • Posted by vintagerock on March 14, 2022 at 2:40 pm

        Hi John Cheers. My memory is better than I think!

  5. Posted by Colin WHALEY on March 17, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    I was at the 1974 Globe gig. The staff didn’t tear the ticket stubs off on entry so people were going up to the toilet on the first floor and throwing the tickets out to those ticketless fans outside. Inside we were all sat two to a seat! So, as you can imagine, the place was absolutely rocking by the time Quo came on. Happy days!

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  6. Hah will anyone ever stop the boogie. My dad was a huge status quo fan and I did see them with him on quite a few occasions, city hall 84 on the ‘farewell’ tour my first time, Whitley bay ice rink I recall once, Newcastle arena, city hall a fair few times, supporting queen, best time was with my dad I took him for his 60th birthday to see them at Hammersmith on the ‘frantic 4’ reunion jaunt which was awesome even though I’m not a die hard fan, I just appreciate those times with my dad, I’m still really grieving his loss so thinking of those times helps a lot. Ps most bizarre occasion seeing them was at temple park leisure centre almost across the road from where we lived in South Shields!

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    • Posted by vintagerock on March 18, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Connor you simply can’t beat them for some good old rock ‘n’ roll boogie! Cheers Peter

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  7. Its weird, when I was a teenager Status Quo were this awful band who seemed to have always been around 40 playing the same song and turning out increasingly more embarrassing new material, rock n roll novelty mixes and the like, but then I heard things like Piledriver and was shocked by what an amazing and heavy band they’d been. But I never could be bothered seeing them exactly, thinking they’d be well past it, but I did go and see them on the reunion tour with Alan and John, at Wembley Arena, and they exceeded all my expectations I must say, and great to report it was really really loud! I think now Alan and indeed Rick have gone I’ll keep that as my memory of the Quo!

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    • Posted by vintagerock on April 3, 2022 at 11:40 am

      Yes Simon you saw the best lineup. You can’t beat the original rocking Frantic Four. But some of that remains in the latest lineup. I’m afraid I’m not going to break my Status Quo addiction now! Happy days Peter

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