DVD review: STATUS QUO – The Frantic Four’s Final Fling

STATUS QUO – The Frantic Four’s Final Fling

Abbey Road/ Universal [Release date 01.09.14]

On the 12th April 2014 in Dublin the last chords of the Frantic Four’s second and final reunion tour rang out and with it closed another chapter in the long history of Status Quo, the cameras were there to record the historic night for posterity.

Three days prior to this I was lucky enough to catch the band live in Glasgow and what a night it was. I had seen Quo many times but nothing prepared me for the intensity and heaviness of the Frantic Four in full flight. This DVD and CD package perfectly captures the energy of the tour and it also has that special something as this was the last performance by the guys.

The set list was little changed from the first Frantic Four tour and was based around the Quo ‘Live’ album so there is something here for the die-hard fan and the casual listener alike. From the opening chords of ‘Junior’s Wailing’ to the final bars of ‘Bye, Bye Johnny’ the band don’t put a foot wrong. The one thing that comes across is how much fun the guys appear to be having, not that John Coghlan shows much emotion but I am sure he was smiling on the inside.

The DVD is of the full concert and there is a bonus CD included which contains 14 of the 16 tracks featured. There is a double CD available separately which does contain the whole show if you only want the audio package. There are no extras on the DVD version but if you get the Blu-Ray version you also get a documentary on the tour made by Sky News, I can’t comment on the content though as I only had the DVD.

If you bought last year’s DVD of the Frantic Four at Wembley Arena then isn’t much more here to be honest, less actually if you go for the straight DVD version. If however you want to see them at their rocking best one last time then this is an essential purchase.

The Mighty Status Quo?  Don’t doubt it for a minute!  ****

Review by David Wilson

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One Response to DVD review: STATUS QUO – The Frantic Four’s Final Fling

  1. JANELVIS says:

    I have been a STATUS QUO fan for years. My view: “sack the sound engineer that made this DVD”. It is flat and unclear and very poor quality. This is the year 2014 and the songs are good, but the sound is absolute rubbish, I am very dissappointed.

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