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 - Who Gets The Love? - History Pack Part 2 - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.55, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 20-Sep-2021 09:10)on September 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm
STATUS QUO Who Gets The Love? (1988 UK Limited Edition History Pack, includes the 7" vinyl single with Halloween on the B-Side, in a glossy picture sleeve, Part 2 of the fold-out family tree poster, and housed within the outer card picture envelope QUOH23)
- Status Quo - If You Can't Stand The Heat - Gatefold - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.70, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 06-Sep-2021 12:20)on September 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm
STATUS QUO If You Can't Stand The Heat (1978 UK 10-track LP, filled with electric guitars & boogie spirit, housed in a die-cut gatefold picture sleeve complete with lyric inner. The sleeve has a small nuber sticker in one corner and shows only light shelf wear, while the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with few signs of play)
- Status Quo - Dog Of Two Head - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $41.10, €35.10 (New Item) (arrived 17-Aug-2021 13:28)on September 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm
STATUS QUO Dog Of Two Head (1971 UK 10-track LP on the powder blue label, the fourth album from The Quo which spawned one UK Top 20 hit, Mean Girl [although that didn't happen until 1973]. The gatefold picture sleeve shows just a little lightshelfwear with a little light fading & the vinyl remains Excellent with light cosmetic wear & just a little sign of play NSPL18371)
- Status Quo - Piledriver - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 17-Aug-2021 15:23)on September 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm
STATUS QUO Piledriver (1972 UK 8-track Vertigo 'swirl' label LP, the fifth studio album by the English rock band, their first to be produced by the group themselves & first on the Vertigo label after their departure from Pye Records, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some light shelfwear, with a little discolouration and general storage wear, but nothing to excess, whilst the disc has only a few small scuffs to show age)
- Status Quo - Golden Hour Of Status Quo - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.70, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 17-Aug-2021 17:13)on September 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm
STATUS QUO Golden Hour Of Status Quo (1973 UK 21-track compilation LP, embossed picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only light signs of shelf wear with a little age discoloration and the vinyl looks barely played GH556)