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Seventies rocker Suzi still a Wild One

Review: Suzi Quatro at Waterfront Hall, Belfast

By Andrew Johnston

Published 31/05/2015

Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro

A lot of classic rockers may have mellowed with age, but Suzi Quatro isn’t one of them.

The Detroit-born glam star turns 65 next week, but there she was last night at the Waterfront, prowling the stage in a leather catsuit, shaking her behind like it was 1975.

Suzi is still very much in the business, frequently appearing on radio to host rock shows and endearing herself to another generation of listeners.

Opening with The Wild One last night, other statements of intent lobbed at the near-capacity crowd included I Don’t Do Gentle, Rock Hard and Your Mamma Won’t Like Me. It’s fair to say many in the audience will have long ago stopped worrying what their ‘mammas ‘ think about anything, but there were also some younger fans.

“You never forget your first time,” Quatro told one unsuspecting ‘Suzi virgin’ in the front row.

The singer was on good form all night, smiling widely as Belfast enthusiastically ate up every old song, new song and cover song she and her black-clad band delivered.

As well as singing her lungs out and beating the living daylights out of her bass guitar, Quatro played a bit of piano and even engaged in a pounding drum duet.

As ever, the Waterfront staff weren’t having any of people wanting to dance, but by the time of Can the Can and Devil Gate Drive, there was no stopping them.

The beloved hits brought the house down, as appealing today as they were 40-odd years ago — as was the lady performing them.

Four stars

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