Famed 1982 Status Quo Show For CD, LP Revival

July 27, 2017

The celebrated show by Status Quo at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, which became one of the most talked-about gigs in their history, is to be released in its entirety for the first time. The new version will be out on Mercury/USM on 20 October.

Quo 82

The show took place on 14 May 1982, in aid of the Prince's Trust and in front of Prince Charles and other members of the royal family. It was originally released in two parts, with an album on Vertigo and a broadcast by the BBC. The two parts now come together in 3LP and 2CD formats.

Quo's performance that night came just after they had entered the UK charts at No. 1 with their studio album of the time, 1982, and had just been in the top ten with the single 'Dear John.' The set list featured hits such as 'Caroline,' 'Roll Over Lay Down' and 'Rockin' All Over The World' and many of their best-loved album tracks,. These included an epic, 23-minute version of 'Forty-Five Hundred Times,' the Francis Rossi-Rick Parfitt song that first appeared on Quo's sixth studio album Hello! in 1973.

Quo Prince Charles

Status Quo meet Prince Charles at the NEC show

With remastering for CD and vinyl by Andy Pearce, Live At The NEC will feature new liner notes by journalist Dave Ling, who has conducted new interviews with band members. The notes are part of a 28-page booklet full of memorabilia.

Track listings are as follows:

CD1:
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

CD2:
Forty-Five Hundred Times
Big Fat Mama
Roadhouse Blues
Rain
Down Down
Bye Bye Johnny

LP1:
A1 Caroline
A2 Roll Over Lay Down
A3 Backwater
A4 Little Lady
B1 Don't Drive My Car
B2 Whatever You Want
B3 Hold You Back

LP2:
A1 Rockin' All Over The World
A2 Over The Edge
A3 Don't Waste My Time
A4 Dirty Water
B1 Forty-Five Hundred Times

LP3:
A1 Big Fat Mama
A2 Roadhouse Blues
B1 Rain
B2 Down Down
B3 Bye Bye Johnny

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13 comments

  1. Paul Rowlands
    Reply

    The was my first Quo gig. Just hope that they include all of the Rossi banter between songs unlike when the show was released on the Live At The BBC compilation a few years ago. The whole concert isn’t just the songs it’s the interaction between band & audience in between. The boys were on fire that night !!

  2. Mikel
    Reply

    Next the whole NEC show in DVD-Bluray.

    And of course… The End of the road full versión… It would be a present for all rockers all over the world!!!!!!!.

  3. mygit
    Reply

    “Don´t waste my time” was played before “Roadhouse blues”
    I hope this will be corrected on the final product.

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