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Status Quo live in Dumfries

"Please please pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease..." I threw myself onto the floor in front of Andrea - commissioning editor of Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine - reached out and squeezed her ankles then looked up pleadingly while trying to make my small grey eyes as large as possible, and begged her to set me up with a press pass.

Undignified, perhaps. But it worked.

A couple of my photos in Dumfries and Galloway Life

A few weeks ago legendary rockers, Status Quo, played at Palmerston Park in Dumfries - the football grounds of Queen of The South - to a crowd of over 5,000 people. It might not sound much when you think of stadium filling concerts of many big named bands, but this is Dumfries we're talking about, so was on a scale virtually unheard of.

As a teenage headbanger, I had the longest hair of any boy in the school, and my school bag was covered in carefully scribbled names of as many rock and metal bands as I could think of. Status Quo may not have been the heaviest of metal, but they knew how to rock and have a good time, and I was a fan.

These days they might look a bit like your granddad, and their famous wide-legged stance when playing the guitars is considerably less wide as you fear for the state of their hips, but they can still work an audience to perfection, playing everyone's favourite songs with just the right level of banter to keep the crowd cheering.

Leg stance not quite as wide as it once was

And while there were people of all ages at this rare local event, it has to be said the majority were definitely over 45...

With a small handful of other press photographers, I was given free reign of "the pit" - the space between the audience and the stage, allowing us to get in close with the cameras.

With support from Big Country and Reef, it was great night out.

And it didn't even rain.

Here are a selection of my favourites, but you can find many more on my Facebook page here:

There's nothing phallic about a guitar...

"It's the wrong trousers, Gromit, and they've gone wrong!"

Dedicated Fans

Dedication taken to a whole new level

Rockin' All Over The World


savannah said...

it will be a long time before i forget the image of you begging and pleading for a press pass, sweetpea! LOL i'm glad you got the chance to not only bethisclose as a fan, but to capture them on film for all of us! (love the wallace & gromit "image") xoxoxo

neena maiya (aka guyana gyal) said...

Ah, "I was asked by Dumfries & Galloway Life Team to take some photos"...

Great pics, Kim. You're part of rock history now.

If young people didn't know the age of older musicians, and the songs were played in some hip movie, just watch dem young people go wild for the music!

Pat said...

I have a soft spot for their weathered looks (along with Paul Weller.)
I have a feeling their fame started at Minehead's Butlins. They have stood the test of time. Good job.

Kim Ayres said...

Savannah - dignity was never my strong point... :)

Guyana-Gyal - it seems that when bands are around for decades they go through different stages - first they're cool, then they're really uncool, then they become a national treasure :)

Pat - you look considerably younger than them :)

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