Francis had recovered enough for the gig at Cardiff International Arena to go ahead on December 4th. For the first time this tour, support came from the legendary Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band and they did a great job of warming up the crowd before Quo appeared to belt out the now familiar Winter set. Some photos of the band gracing the Welsh stage can be seen here.Revisit the December 2009 event list
Quo rolled into Birmingham on December 5th for a show at the revamped LG Arena. Support again came from the Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band and they were exceptionally well-received by the crowd of about 8000. Some photos of the band in action in Birmingham can be seen here and here.
The following review appeared in the local Express And Star newspaper, entitled "Rock solid Quo put on cracker of show" and penned by Phil Lawrence.
"The venue may look completely different and Francis Rossi may have lost his trademark ponytail, but Status Quo were as steadfast and rock solid as ever at the LG Arena.
The Quo in Birmingham marks the start of the festive season as surely as the first door of an advent calender – and fans were delighted from the outset. Inconceivably, a number of shows have recently been cancelled due to Rossi’s ill health but he and Parfitt seemed to be in fine form as they delivered their distinctive chords on Saturday night.
The ecstatic crowd, which had been gathering steadily while Roy Wood and his Rock and Roll Band provided some warming support, went wild for Caroline before the Quo went on to deliver their now familiar set of festive cheer.
Indeed The Roy Wood Band were in fine form themselves, recovering from some early technical sound problems with a host of hits including See My Baby Jive, Blackberry Way, and Angel Fingers before leaving the arena standing to rapturous applause after the Christmas classic I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.
Back to the Quo, the crowd bounced to Hold You Back and nothing was going to dampen the party atmosphere.
Time had seemingly stood still for ninety minutes as the old masters of rock and roll mesmerized the crowd with a mix of tracks old, new and classic with a notable drum solo from the impressive Matt Letley and a rousing rendition of Rocking All Over the World bringing the show to a climax.
Within the blink of an eye Quo were lining up their last hurrah including Paper Plane, Juniors Wailing, Rock and Roll Music and of course the now customary Bye Bye Johnny.
Times may be a changing, but not that much for these veteran rockers, which is just the way we like it.
The group will now go on to play Manchester Apollo tonight and tomorrow, followed by Brighton Centre on Friday and then Wembley Arena and Glasgow Secc, where they will be reunited with Roy Wood and co.
The Quo are now synonymous with Christmas and today sees Rick Parfitt release a festive single with non-other than Rolf Harris.
The Australian legend penned Christmas in the Sun – a tribute to the holiday season in Oz – and approached Parfitt to record a duet.
The Christmas concerts round off an incredible year for the band, which also performed at Glastonbury."Revisit the December 2009 event list
Sheffield provided the next stop on the "arena leg" of the Winter tour on December 6th. Many fans opted to enjoy an afternoon of Quo before the main event, with tribute band Staid As Quo performing at the Noose & Gibbet pub just across the road from the Arena. They finished up just in time for fans to enjoy Roy Wood as support before the Quo gig.Revisit the December 2009 event list
Quo hit the South Coast with the annual pilgrimage to the Brighton Centre on December 11th. A sizeable crowd enjoyed Roy Wood as support before Quo played a complete set, as follows.
Some good fan photos from this gig can be found here.Revisit the December 2009 event list
The annual all-day event that is Quo's Wembley gig took place on December 12th. Eager fans spent the afternoon in good company at The Greyhound pub, with an excellent long set of classic Quo material being provided by tribute outfit, Stated Quo (even Rhino paid a visit to check them out). A short wander down to the Arena later and the fans were rewarded by top performances both from Roy Wood as support and Quo themselves.Revisit the December 2009 event list
Quo rocked into Blackpool on December 17th for a packed gig at the Opera House. Supported by Carousel Vertigo, the band played a familiar set to an enthusiastic crowd - with one bloke taking his chance at the end of the encore to jump on stage and give Francis an impromptu hug! Photos of the band in action can be seen here.Revisit the December 2009 event list
Quo finished off their 2009 tour schedule with the now traditional gig at the Bournemouth International Centre, on 21st December. Roy Wood was back to fill the support slot and got the crowd rocking, before Quo took the stage to blow them away, one last time. Despite the terrible weather conditions, a good crowd managed to fight their way through the snow to see Quo give it their all.Revisit the December 2009 event list