Status Quo rock Thetford Forest

Status Quo performing in Thetford Forest.

Status Quo performing in Thetford Forest.

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HALF a century and not out – the grandad generation of rock, Status Quo showed their is plenty of life in them yet with a sensational performance at Thetford Forest last night.

Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt belted out their hits to a crowd of fans spanning three generations, and showed that even after nearly 50 years performing together they are still at the top of their game.

And still enjoying themselves and having a laugh doing it, grinning widely as Rossi and Parfitt repeated their now iconic synchronised guitar dance, and as Andy Brown emerged from behind the keyboards picked up a guitar and alongside bassist John Edwards came to the front of the stage for a four guitar performance.

The forest performance opened with Caroline – from the outset the crowd joining in and clapping to the beat.

Parfitt could not have timed his singing of Rain any better – as he reached the chorus a mild summer shower ensued.

Quo continued to command the stage throughout, even the songs I did not recognise had the crowd tapping, clapping, singing, and swinging their hips, while a few took to the air guitar.

And Quo saved the best till last as they belted from In the Army Now, into the classic Down Down, before a finale with anthems Whatever You Want, and Rocking All Over the World.

Warm up band The Last Republic meanwhile showed a lot of promise with tracks like Perfect Stranger and Emergency – it should not be too long before the young Welsh lads command a headline billing of their own.