'I hope we are still watching these legends in 2030 and they go on forever'
Imagine it is Christmas 2030 and we are at the Black Rock Centre, somehwere like that.
Status Quo have just come on stage and they are belting out the classics. We are all still rocking along to Whatever You Want, You’re In the Army Now and the like.
I love that idea.
Because this band, these songs, must go on and on. I’ve seen them before, when the legendary Rick Parfitt was still alongside Francis Rossi on stage. It’s a big shame he’s gone but the truth is they are doing him proud. Absolutely hammering away and causing GBH tour ears, as my dad described it.
Long live the kings of rock.
It was an amazing night at the Brighton Centre on Wednesday night. Shakin’ Stevens, the Welsh Elvis, was the support act and still has it at 74. He’s still got loads of fans ready to head to the front and dance away by the way.
His full nine-strong band, with a saxophonist, were a class act, bluesy and rocky. He played This Old House and Merry Christmas Everybody, too. Real crowd pleasers.
When the Quo came on it felt pretty much like they were playing the same buzz-saw song for a couple of hours. It was great.
Rossi’s voice shows no sign of fading. And when they played Rockin’ All Over the World at the end it felt like the highlight. Until they did an encore with my favourite - Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again).
I really do hope we are still watching them in 2030. Though I bet it’s still at the Brighton Centre. Not at some sort of new venue at Black Rock.