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It's been a topsy turvy year for Status Quo, exciting the hard core with the reunion of the Frantic Four line-up with Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan back on board with some exhilarating live shows back in March before returning back to the business as usual current day line-up and shocking the film world and rock press alike with the 'Bula Quo' film which had some fans burying their heads into their popcorn cartoons in sheer disbelief.

After witnessing those Frantic Four shows I vowed I would never see Status Quo again as I had finally seen the real deal of what made them so famous back in the seventies. However the Quo have gone on to make a whole new army of new friends since then with likeable hummable tunes that have constantly been denting the charts for these past few decades now with their brand of Chas 'N Dave heavy rock.

Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are loveable Cockney geezers and in the eyes of many they can do no wrong. They make us smile and deep down we want to be just like them.

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I've witnessed Status Quo on numerous occasions since 1986 and I've never decided whether I actually like them or not, but they always put on a good jolly show and the fact that the concert was being held in my birthplace of the Medway Towns, on the grounds of the historic and beautiful Rochester Castle, how could I refuse to go one more time, especially on a hot summer's night.

This is the fourth time the Quo have played here and once again tickets sold out months in advance. Some come through the gates early to pitch their deck chairs and open up their picnic baskets whilst others carry on drinking in the many public houses on offer just down the hill in Rochester High Street and arrive just in time in high spirits.

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The chords to 'Caroline' are struck and the castle is rocking. Bassist Rhino Edwards and keyboardist Andy Bown seem to be playing harder than ever before knowing that their work is cut out after what went on back in March. Bown's swirling keyboard work is highly evident on the boogie 'tastic 'Big Fat Mama'. New drummer Leon Cave does an amiable job.

Surprisingly there is no new material from the 'Bula Quo' film soundtrack which is a shame as I'm sure both the singles from it would be raucous rockers live.

The set list is very similar to what the band were playing last year but no one was complaining. Later material like 'Rock 'N Roll 'N You', 'Beginning Of The End' and the quirky 'Oriental' sit neatly amongst the heads down classics of 'Roll Over Lay Down', Whatever You Want' and 'Down Down'.

This was an highly enjoyable gig of shameless fun of tunes you know inside out. Status Quo were rocking all over the Medway Towns. Just like young Caroline in the 'Bula Quo' movie, I came away thinking to myself: "Oh! My God, I think I'm starting to like them."

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Set list:
Paper Plane
Hold You Back
Rock 'N Roll ' N You
Beginning Of The End
What You're Proposing/Down The Dustpipe/ Wild Side Of Life/Railroad/Again And Again medley
Big Fat Mama
The Oriental
Creepin' Up On You
In The Army Now
Roll Over Lay Down
Down Down
Whatever You Want
Rockin' All Over The World

Don't Waste My Time
Rock And Roll Music / Bye Bye Johnny

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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