Post Number: 954
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 2:57 am: |
I took Mrs J to see Status Quo in Glasgow last night. I haven't seen them live since 1979 and they haven't changed a bit. Parfitt and Rossi look and play exactly the same now as they did back then. There's nothing like a dose of loud'n proud rock and roll to put a smile on your face, especially when it's coming from 14 4x12 marshall cabinets (plus a few 2x15s to keep Rhino edwards happy). - my ears are still buzzing (alot to do with the capacity crowd singning along to all the old favourites).
Post Number: 1106
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 3:05 am: |
Wow, that's a name I haven't heard in many, many years. I wish I still looked like I did in 1979.
Post Number: 239
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 3:14 am: |
They were the opening act of the very 1st Live-Aid concert in the 80s. I picked up the DVD not long ago ... a must have for we baby boomers!
Post Number: 1190
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 3:34 am: |
I thought the bass player left after 1979, but I could be wrong.
Roll over, lay down. (No, not you.)
Post Number: 955
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 3:46 am: |
That's right Adriaan. Alan Lancaster left just after Live aid to be replaced by John 'rhino' edwards. Parfitt and Rossi are the only two original members left although Andy Brown (keys) has been with the band since 1976 (he also played on 1973's Hello as a side man).
Post Number: 1892
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 6:34 am: |
Don't be so sure you were hearing 14 4x12's. A number of years ago, some musician friends and I rented the "Big Room" at my old studio for a New Years Eve jam party. (The owner generally didn't allow such things at the studio, but we were a bit older and all had jobs, so he knew we could and would pay if anything got damaged). The one fly in the ointment was that we were required to move the 'wall of sound' that was set up on the stage. Testament was rehearsing in the room and had a stack of more than a dozen Marshall 4x12 cabs. What we expected to be a pain-in-the-ass quickly became a piece-of-cake when we realized that three quarters of the Marshall cabs were actually empty and placed in the 'wall' merely for show! It's only rock 'n roll, but I like it. LOL
Post Number: 956
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 7:09 am: |
You might be right Bill. I do know that the four end cabinets, (two each side in an 8x12 stack) only had 2 drivers each. the other two (on the diagonals) were cunningly disguised stage lights. Looks like I might have miscounted anyway, there's a decent picture of the stage setup in this link.
I have to say they had a superb sound, easily the best I've heard at that particular venue. It's a vast aircraft hanger of an exhibition centre that must really give the sound guy a headache. I saw Yes and Rush there a couple of years back and the Bass barely cut through. Last night, you could hear everything really well with the exception of some superfluous Bass noodling towards the 20th fret.
Post Number: 639
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 1:57 pm: |
I looked at some of the other concert pictures from the site. I will say it is impressive to see all of those white Marshals. In a couple of the shots they show the backs of the amps and cabinets. I noticed not everything is plugged in. In addition to being showy I suspect they are used as backups. I also saw some pictures with the lights lit up in the cabinets. Must look cool in person.
Post Number: 4641
|Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 7:42 pm: |
"Pictures of Matchstick Men" is the tune folks in the US would most likely be familiar with.
Post Number: 1192
|Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 1:53 am: |
I'm not a great fan of the Quo, but I never grow tired of "Roll Over Lay Down". Or did I already mention that?
Post Number: 148
|Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 12:16 pm: |
Heh, every once in a while I slip that Matchstick Men opening riff in a solo to see if anyone's paying attention. Actually I am more familiar with the Camper Van Beethoven cover from the late 80's.