Thursday, 24 July 2014

‘The Frantic Four’s Final Fling’

When the last notes rang out in the Dublin o2 on Saturday 12 April 2014, the 9000 fans packing the venue knew that they were witness to the end of something special.  The reunion that nobody thought would ever be possible did happen, but now the itch was scratched and that particular book was closed.  On 1 September 2014, the band will commemorate one very special night with the release of ‘The Frantic Four’s Final Fling’ on 2CD, double vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray formats, through Abbey Road / Universal. As well as the full concert, the visual formats will contain a bonus fourteen track CD made of highlights recorded across the final tour of March / April.  The Blu-ray format also has, as a bonus feature, the documentary made by Sky News’ Ian Woods entitled ‘The Final Fling?’

When the original line-up of Status Quo reunited for a 9-date UK tour in March 2013 the outpouring of approval and raw emotion from the fans was incredible. public demand made the final tour of 2014 mandatory and it was just as emotional – and by now the band were an even tighter unit.  Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster and Coghlan received a rapturous response; the band clicked straight back into their groove, the chemistry obvious, the music stunning and the volume almost overpowering.  It all led to Dublin; the final show of the final tour. Ever.

Junior’s Wailing, Backwater / Just Take Me, Is There A Better Way, In My Chair, Blue Eyed Lady, Little Lady / Most Of The Time, Rain, (April) Spring Summer & Wednesdays, Railroad, Oh Baby, Forty Five Hundred Times / Gotta Go Home / Big Fat Mama / Down Down / Roadhouse Blues / Caroline / Bye Bye Johnny

The Frantic Four tours were highlights in a career that has seen Quo achieve more than anyone dreamed possible.  The Times said, “It sounded fantastic.  And they, like us, were clearly getting a tremendous kick out of revisiting these long-neglected songs.”  Classic Rock said, quite simply, “Fuck me, dreams can come true”! Dublin was a genuine milestone on the incredible road that Quo have travelled, and it’s captured in all its glory here. ‘Frantic Four The Final Fling’ – effin’ fantastic. Collectors should also note the release of the forthcoming “Status Quo Live” Box Set, issued by UMC, on 8 September 2014.

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