Review and photo gallery: Status Quo at Thetford Forest

You always know what you are going to get at a Status Quo gig. Classic hits by the shed-load, 12-bar blues, a very polished performance and lots of banter with the crowd.

And on their return to Thetford Forest, the Quo did not disappoint a substantial crowd of all ages.

As always opening with the mesmerising Caroline, then Something 'Bout You Baby I Like led into Rain, just as it indeed started to fall on a very good-natured crowd.

Front duo Francis Rossi – wearing a hoodie no less – and the ever-youthful Rick Parfitt, have played an amazing 6,000 live shows in front over more than 25 million people.

Bass player Rhino Edwards, keyboards and guitarist Andrew Bown and drummer Matt Letley have all fitted comfortably into the line-up – each in a different decade of the five that Quo have been together in, producing hit after hit.

Don't Drive My Car slowed the pace of the evening down for a short while but Mean Girl speeding it right up again and there were four guitars in a row rocking away for Softer Ride.

Hold You Back is always a crowd pleaser and one of my personal favourites and had all ages bouncing up and down. A What You're Proposing medley, The Oriental and In the Army Now got the audience dancing along in fine style.

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Quo have had more UK chart hit singles – 64 – that any other band, so they have plenty to choose from. Roll Over Lay Down and Down Down are classic perennials at any Quo gig and led into a rousing finale of Whatever You Want and the song that opened Live Aid and just about any other big occasion you care to mention – Rocking All Over The World.

What could you possibly do as an encore to top that? Well, a version of Rock 'n' Roll Music and, as always, ending with Bye Bye Johnny, did just fine.

Support act, The Last Republic, also went down well with an appreciative crowd and are appearing at the Download Festival this weekend.

*Erasure continue the Thetford Forest concert season on Friday night and a review will on www.edp24.co.uk on Saturday and in the EDP on Monday.

Simple Minds complete the first half of the summer gigs programme on Saturday night. A review will be on www.edp24.co.uk on Sunday and in the EDP on Monday.

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