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  BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO 'LIVE AT THE NEC' TO BE REPRESSED AFTER ERROR
26th October 2017



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Back in SePtember we told you about the imminent release of Status Quo's famous 1982 show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC), which was set to be re-released in it's entirety, as a standalone release for the first time, on both double CD and triple vinyl.

Our resident Quo expert Johnny Main reviewed the disc here and noted a loss of sound during 'Roadhouse Blues' on CD2 and it seems there was indeed a manufacturing fault on the disc.

A Status Quo spokesman told us:

"Due to a production fault on 'Status Quo – Live At The NEC', 2-CD deluxe edition, on 'Roadhouse Blues' (CD2, track three) where the track has suffered a loss of sound between 00.42 and 02.04, this product has been withdrawn from the market while replacement discs get made up.

"All customers wishing to receive a replacement disc will need to send an email to infoumc@umusic.com, showing proof of purchase along with their postal address.

"Universal apologise for any inconvenience caused and will endeavour to send out replacements as soon as available."

The release was originally recorded on 13th and 14th May 1982 at the NEC, the latter show performed in front of HRH Prince Charles in aid of the Princes' Trust charity, and this show was the very first rock event to be performed in front of a member of the immediate British Royal Family.

At the time the band consisted of Francis Rossi (vocals/guitar), Rick Parfitt (vocals/guitar), Alan Lancaster (bass guitar/vocals, Andy Bown (keyboards/backing vocals) and Pete Kircher on drums, and the performance has been widely regarded as one of the finest that Quo have ever committed to record.

Selected tracks from the show were originally released on vinyl and cassette as part of the band's 1982 box set, 'From The Makers Of...', which also included a double album of all Quo's UK Top 20 hit singles up to that point from 1968s 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men', up to and including 1982s 'Dear John' single which was the first appearance of Kircher in the band after original drummer John Coghlan quit in late 1981.

A further standalone version of the live NEC material which was included on the 'From The Makers Of...' release was later made available on vinyl and cassette on it's own in 1984 and this album, titled simply 'Live At The NEC', was included as part of Quo's 2006 standard album re-issue programme.

The landmark NEC show was also recorded on video tape by BBC Pebble Mill and in 1982, fourteen tracks, including 'Rockin' All Over The World', 'Johnny B Good', 'Whatever You Want' and 'Over The Edge', were released on home video, however large chunks of the show including the legendary 'Forty-Five Hundred Times' which clocks in at an impressive twenty-three minutes, remained unreleased until Quo brought out their 'Live At The BBC' box set in late October 2010.

This set included the full NEC show in audio format as part of the highly sought after seven-disc set along with eleven tracks on DVD (confusingly, not all originally included in the VHS release) taken from the original BBC television broadcast which was introduced by rock legend Tommy Vance.

This new CD and vinyl release makes the entire show available once again as a standalone audio release and, as with the recent influx of Status Quo Deluxe Edition releases, these releases are re-mastered by Andy Pearce and include a brand new set of liner notes from Dave Ling.

The Status Quo of today still continue to tour after the loss of guitarist Rick Parfitt, and their previously announced acoustic UK Winter Tour was changed to the full-on electric show back in July due to popular demand. Full details of the change can be found right here.

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'Live At The NEC' CD tracklist:
Disc 1:
Caroline
Roll Over Lay Down
Backwater
Little Lady
Don't Drive My Car
Whatever You Want
Hold You Back
Rockin' All Over The World
Over The Edge
Don't Waste My Time
Dirty Water

Disc 2:
Forty-Five Hundred Times
Big Fat Mama
Roadhouse Blues
Rain
Down Down
Bye Bye Johnny

'Live At The NEC' Triple Vinyl tracklist:
Side 1:
Caroline
Roll Over Lay Down
Backwater
Little Lady

Side 2:
Don't Drive My Car
Whatever You Want
Hold You Back

Side 3:
Rockin' All Over The World
Over The Edge
Don't Waste My Time
Dirty Water

Side 4:
Forty-Five Hundred Times

Side 5:
Big Fat Mama
Roadhouse Blues

Side 6:
Rain
Down Down
Bye Bye Johnny

You can see Status Quo live here:
Friday 27th October: Dubai Opera House, Dubai*
Thursday 16th November: The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA, Norwich**
Friday 17th November: Stadsschouwburg, Antwerpen**
Saturday 18th November: Donau-Arena, Regensburg**
Tuesday 21st November: Bielefeld, Stadthalle**
Wednesday 22nd November: Hannover Kuppelsaal**
Thursday 23rd November: Poppodium 013, Veemarktstraat, Tilburg**
Sunday 26th November: O2 Apollo, Manchester*
Monday 27th November: City Hall, Sheffield*
Wednesday 29th November: St David’s Hall, Cardiff*
Thursday 30th November: Hexagon, Reading*
Saturday 2nd December: International Centre, Bournemouth*
Sunday 3rd December: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton*
Tuesday 5th December: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow*
Wednesday 6th December: City Hall, Newcastle*
Thursday 8th December: Eventim Apollo, London*
Monday 11th December: Friedrich-Stadt-Palast, Berlin**
Tuesday 12th December: Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle**
Wednesday 13th December: Baden Baden, Festspielhaus**
Friday 15th December: Stuttgart, Liederhalle**
Saturday 16th December: Halle/Saale, Friedrich Händel Halle**
Monday 18th December: Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle**
Tuesday 19th December: Hamburg, Mehr! Theater**
Wednesday 21st December: Nürnberg, Meistersingerhalle**

* - Electric
** - Acoustic

Tickets for UK and some European shows are available right here.

Status Quo's current line-up is:
Francis Rossi – Vocals/Guitars
Andrew Bown – Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals
John 'Rhino' Edwards – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Richie Malone – Guitars/Vocals
Leon Cave – Drums/Backing Vocal













 


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