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Hello Quo

By – Scott Bradley – With global record sales of almost 130 million units, seven and a half years in total in the British singles chart,

By – Scott Bradley

With global record sales of almost 130
million units, seven and a half years in total in the British singles chart, a
record 108 appearances on Top Of The Pops, countless sold out world tours, two
OBEs and even an appearance on Coronation Street, Status Quo have consistently
achieved almost every conceivable dream since two young lads from Catford
decided to form a band almost 50 years ago but until now they have never
appeared on a cinema screen.

Released
in cinemas for just one day prior to its appearance in an exhaustive Blu-ray
and DVD package, Hello Quo mixes 65
years of anecdotes and live performances in almost two and a half hours,
ostensibly to mark the first time that the original line up had played together
in more than twenty five years.

To a
constant soundtrack of toe-tappers, director Alan G. Parker (Who Killed Nancy?, Monty Python: Almost The
Truth
) has stuck to the tried and trusted approach of the expected mix of
archive footage and talking heads which is in keeping with Quo’s
fashion-defying consistency and features memorable contributions from rock
royalty including Paul Weller, Thin
Lizzy’s Scott Gorham and Ricky Warwick, Ginger Wildheart, Sir Cliff
Richard
, Jeff Lynne, Brian May,
Noddy Holder
and many more, plus less memorable ones from Chris Tarrant and
Jim Davison.

Unfortunately
this is also the main drawback from the film becoming a perfect two-hour
crowd-pleaser for both Quo fans and general rockers alike; the first ninety
minutes have a kinetic narrative feel and move along entertainingly but from
the mid-eighties period to the present day the film becomes bogged down with
less interesting sound bites and video footage, as well as behind the scenes
footage from their Corrie cameo which outstays its welcome (and is commonly
available to fans anyway) and the promised reunion is sidetracked for a while
only to appear at the end in a most unspectacular and anti-climactic fashion at
a rehearsal studio in Shepperton (perhaps because they’re saving that for the
DVD of the proposed reunion shows next year) but that fault aside it leaves no
musical stone unturned and leaves the audience with collective smiles on faces
and a head full of riffs. Hello Quo is essential for fans, good enough for
everyone else.

And as
for becoming big screen legends, a bona fide movie entitled Bula Quo! has
recently lensed in Fiji starring the band with support including Craig
Fairbrass & Jon Lovitz, from the producers of (gulp!) Kill Keith.
There’s no stopping them now.

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