From Planet Rock.
After the Coldstream Guards band opened with the Royal Salute and a brief version of ‘God Save the Queen’, at one minute past midday on a gloriously sunny Saturday 13th July 1985, Status Quo were the first band to grace the Wembley stage.
Live Aid was Status Quo’s first concert since the conclusion of the End of the Road Tour in Milton Keynes in July 1984, which, in Francis Rossi’s own words, ended with everybody “coked-up and hating each other.”
Despite these fraught tensions within the band, Status Quo triumphed during their 14-minute set at Live Aid and had the 72,000 strong Wembley crowd bouncing as they performed ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, ‘Caroline’ and ‘Don’t Waste My Time’.
Ultimately it proved to be Status Quo’s only show of 1985 and their final gig with bassist Alan Lancaster (except the reunion Frantic Four tour in 2013-2014) and drummer Peter Kircher in their ranks.
Reflecting upon Live Aid on the event’s 35th anniversary today, Francis Rossi said:
“Whenever Quo step onto a stage we strive to give it our best, no one audience or gig is more important than another to the band, but it is undeniable that the 13th of July 1985 was special. There were serious tensions in the band at the time, I arrived in some ways wondering how I’d been persuaded to turn up.
“Some of the other acts were interested in who was going to play last, to headline, whilst we decided to go on first so that we could be done and dusted. Turned out to be a great decision, it was Quo’s music that kicked things off as seemingly the whole world’s attention came to bear to on what Live Aid was trying to communicate.
“It was over in a flash and, whilst I’m not one for nostalgia or dwelling on past glories, at the time it felt important and thirty-five years later it still does.”
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- Status Quo - Na Na Na - UK - vinyl LP - £18.00, $19.44, €20.16 (New Item) (arrived 25-Sep-2022 13:24)on September 26, 2022 at 10:35 am
STATUS QUO Na Na Na (1985 UK 12-track LP compilation in the Flash Backs series, featuring early Pye-era tracks, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minor shelfwear & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with little sign of play FBLP8082)
- Status Quo - Rollin' Home - BF15 - UK - shaped picture disc - £24.99, $26.99, €27.99 (New Item) (arrived 08-Sep-2022 15:00)on September 26, 2022 at 10:35 am
STATUS QUO Rollin' Home (2015 UK limited edition of 1986 UK 7" 'Q' Shaped Picture Disc single. The only Quo shaped picture disc to date reissued exclusively for RECORD STORE DAY 'Black Friday', alsoincluding Lonely. The disc appears unplayed nestled within the custom-stickered clear polythene bag!)
- Status Quo - If You Can't Stand The Heat... + Obi - Japanese - vinyl LP - £75.00, $81.00, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 22-Aug-2022 12:10)on September 26, 2022 at 10:35 am
STATUS QUO If You Can't Stand The Heat... (Hard to find 1978 Japanese issue 10-track vinyl LP on the Vertigo spaceship label, manufactured by Nippon Phonogram, die-cut gatefold picture sleeve with lyric inner, Japanese insert & obi-strip. The packaging displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played RJ-7530)
- Status Quo - Quo + Poster - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £18.00, $19.44, €20.16 (Back In Stock) (arrived 24-Aug-2022 11:45)on September 26, 2022 at 10:35 am
STATUS QUO Quo (1974 UK 'spaceship' label 8-track LP, also featuring guest musicians Bob Young & Tom Parker who play harmonica & piano respectively on the single Break The Rules, complete with fold-out illustrated lyric poster, picture sleeve.The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play)
- Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $10.80, €11.20 (Back In Stock) (arrived 24-Aug-2022 11:45)on September 26, 2022 at 10:35 am
STATUS QUO Rockin' All Over The World (1977 UK 12-track LP including the classic title track, complete with tracklisting inner, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play)