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Status Quo - The Last Night Of The Electrics album review

Far from boogie no more

Cover art for Status Quo - The Last Night Of The Electrics album

This could never be Quo as we love them. It was filmed and recorded at their O2 Arena show in London on December 11 last year, with Rick Parfitt having left the band (he’d sadly die 11 days later).

So, it’s tough to believe this is true Quo. However, there’s an energy and thrust here that shows the Francis Rossi-led new line-up, with Richie Malone stepping into the Parfitt gap, is not just going through the motions. In fact, they do a good job of representing the band’s heritage.

Opening with Caroline, it’s a set list that offers what you would expect. But then, for Quo fans, that’ll do nicely. Standout tracks are Hold You Back, Down Down, Paper Plane and Rocking All Over The World – the usual suspects.

Available in various formats – CD, DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl – this is not Quo Live!, but it’s still enjoyable.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.