Status Quo are 'Out Out Quoing' in 2022

Status Quo are ‘Out Out Quoing’ in 2022

Status Quo are 'Out Out Quoing' in 2022 with support from Blues-Rock Laurence Jones Band Ange Cobham reviewing Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Status Quo ‘Out Out Quoing’ Tour – 14th March 2022, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
With support from Laurence Jones.


I arrived at the iconic Bridgewater Hall excited about tonight’s shoot for two reasons:-
firstly, it is my first time shooting at this venue;
secondly, It’s with the mighty Status Quo!

I made sure I got there in time for the support act which was Laurence Jones Band, whom I’ve seen before and I’m a fan of their music. His music is bluesy rock, mixed with heavy riffs. I set up on the row just behind the sound desk as I learned that was where I have to shoot from. I brought the longest lens I own and was ready.

Status Quo are 'Out Out Quoing' in 2022

I made sure I got there in time for the support act which was Laurence Jones Band, whom I’ve seen before and I’m a fan of their music. His music is bluesy rock, mixed with heavy riffs. I set up on the row just behind the sound desk as I learned that was where I have to shoot from. I brought the longest lens I own and was ready.

Laurence, often labelled ‘the future of blues’, promptly enters the stage with his band launching into their opener ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ the title track of his 2015 album, very bluesy, packed with guitar riffs. Occasionally going to the front of the stage to showcase his talent, Laurence is on fire! His band consists of bassist Jack Alexander Timmins, drummer Sam Jenkins and keyboard player Bennett Holland, who together certainly make this a strong band that deserve to share a stage with big artists such as Quo. Their half-hour set seemed to fly by but was full of bluesy rockin’ songs including ‘Foolin Me’ and ‘Can’t Keep From Loving You.’
We were treated to a cover of Hendrix’s Purple Haze’ to which they did him proud with their perfect version of the hit. Bennett on keys was on top form, with big smiles and he rocked them keys! The crowd loved these guys and they went off stage to huge applause. Definitely a great crowd-pleasing set.

Status Quo are 'Out Out Quoing' in 2022

With over 500 weeks on the charts,  25 top 10 albums and forming in 1967, Status Quo are one of the longest-running and most successful bands in the UK. Following a dramatic intro and huge applause, Status Quo enter the stage and sure looked ready to rock. Francis Rossi sporting his trademark waistcoat and jeans. The venue is all seated, but the crowd were on their feet from the intro and were dancing immediately to their first song Caroline.  

Quo rocking the stage already and carried on their nostalgia fest with Rain, Little Lady and Softer Ride.
Rossi had a few chats with the crowd telling them how they missed performing during the pandemic and that was the longest time they’ve not performed for in 50 years! Wow!
They also feared they would never perform again. Rossi also joked a lot and made the fans laugh, he has a great sense of humour and due to the age of some of the band, made a joke about helping the aged. You sure would not think he was 72 years old the way he rocked out!  The band kept the fans bouncing with Hold You Back then a few tracks taken from their 2019 album.
The guys look pretty strong together and have a great dynamic between them all, clearly, they were loving performing again. There is obviously a huge void that Rick Parfitt left, and many take to socials to highlight this. Quoting “It’s not the same without Rick”  However his replacement Richie Malone proved to be a fine guitar player and certainly exercised his fresh youthful energy alongside Rossi, drummer Leon Cave, guitarist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and the ever-versatile Andrew Bown who was going between keyboard, guitar and harmonica.


As I glance to my right, I see a young girl and boy with their Dad wearing their Quo t-shirts and rocking out. The girl must have been about 10 years old and was singing songs word for word! Just shows the legends still attract fans of all ages, was brilliant to see.
There were loud cheers and applause between songs and the singing increased when they blasted out In The Army Now. What a track and is one of my faves, the crowd were loving joining in with the chorus. The last medley of Whatever You Want, Down Down and Rockin All Over The World is what brought the house down. The atmosphere was electric at this point, with many air guitars swinging around. They performed an encore of 1972’s Paper Plane, a perfect round off to a fabulous evening proving the Quo are back in business.

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