- Format: DVD-Video, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: UMC
- DVD Release Date: 30 Sept. 2013
- Run Time: 166 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00DVH4AAK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Status Quo: The Frantic Four Reunion 2013 [DVD]
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Full coverage of Status Quo's March 2013 gig at Wembley Arena. The show saw the band's original line-up of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, John Coghlan and Alan Lancaster reunite to perform a number of hits from their 1970s heyday including 'Down Down', 'Is There a Better Way', 'Junior's Wailing' and 'Little Lady'.
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No need to talk much this band. Wonderful the Show. Sound quality of the DVD is indescribable. Highly recommend to all.
But when I first saw Lancaster he looked like a Broken Man and fragile as a Paper Plane. I thought is he Too Far Gone to tour? It's obviously been a Hard Time for Alan having to cope with his stress related illness, as it would be for anyone, but he was always one of the Wild Ones and a bit of a High Flyer, so I thought, I Don't Think It Matters about his seeming fragility; in the face of adversity it's a case of saying Enough Is Enough and strive to do Whatever You Want or Roll Over Lay Down. Watching Alan play at that first rehearsal at the end of Parker's film, it was evident Lancaster was far from Over The Edge.
Alan opens the set with the first four songs and it's so good to see him looking strong and singing and playing his bass as good as he used to do; obviously this time round it's a Softer Ride, but when all four of them are on stage doing what they do best nothing is going to Hold You Back. Parfitt is driving the rhythm like a precision machine, Rossi is soloing note perfect like I've never heard him before, and Coghlan can still power the band like a Runaway Slow Train. And the brilliant Bob Young takes to the stage to play harmonica, giving us a rare chance to hear Railroad performed through to its entirety.
I think for this tour Rick and Rossi had to up their game and had maybe forgotten just how frantic it was with just the four of them. There is no Andy Bown backing up the rhythm, it's just pure raw guitar and four Rockers Rollin'. There are a few timing issues at the end of `Big Fat Mama' and `Down Down' and there might be a few stray notes from the guitars too, but they all played exceptionally well and look to be really enjoying themselves watching this Wembley show.
It all started Long Ago with the four of them living the Wild Side Of Life, and a lot of Dirty Water has passed under the bridge since they parted company, but thankfully it's Never Too Late to change it... This show at Wembley is a magnificent performance from The Frantic Four Quo Tour 2013. Lets hope they do it Again And Again.
*Documentary: (68 mins)
*Rehearsals: Backwater/Just take Me (Live at Shepperton Studios)
*Coghlan Cam: Oh Baby (Live at Wembley Arena)
*Voxpops: Fan Interviews (25 mins)
*Blu-ray Audio only: Every track from every show of the reunion tour 2013. (All 9 shows in full)
It's not the band's fault but the tour documentary in the extras on the single DVD have annoying and distracting blue flashes which have caused the disc to be withdrawn while new copies are made. I didn't send mine back, as I want to watch the main feature (unaffected by the fault).
Includes CD of show with all but two final songs on it. Recommended,
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