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Status Quo Aquostic at Royal Albert Hall

Status Quo is a household name in English rock music, having formed over 50 years ago in 1962. Their numerous hits, spanning five decades, were presented in an intimate acoustic style at the Royal Albert Hall to back up their release of "Aquostic", the band's 31st album and first ever all-acoustic album to date.

For the live performance of Aquostic, the Status Quo band members swopped electric guitars for acoustic guitars, complete with string section and piano. With at least four acoustic guitars on stage at any one time, backed by a full band, as well as three main and four backing vocalists and a 6 piece string section, their live sound engineer Andy May had a challenge on his hands.

Andy close-miked the string instruments, percussion and drums with DPA d:vote™ 4099 instrument mics, among others, while the main vocalists were reinforced using DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal mics, provided by London-based Capital Sound. The sound was excellent and the seasoned rock ‘n’ rollers had the audience out of their seats, dancing in the aisles by the third or fourth song.

Photography ~ Caleb Hill

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