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That was the Quo month that was ... April 2022



13th - Announcement of Francis's solo acoustic "Tunes & Chat" UK tour in 2023

The following press release was made on 13th April to announce Francis's next solo venture, a mammoth 100+ date tour of the UK in 2023 called "Tunes & Chat"!

"Status Quo legend Francis Rossi is taking up his acoustic guitar to bring you a selection of well-known hits and some previously not-performed-live-before tunes. He will be undertaking a massive 101 date tour next year that kicks off on 24 March 2023 in Wimborne and closes on 11 November 2023.

For full details and ticket sales please visit francisrossi.com

It'll be a unique evening in which Francis will reprise fan favourites from a remarkable 50+year career. Expect original-style, acoustic versions of Quo classics, threaded together with chat in this music based evening.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 15 April. VIP packages are available for those wishing to meet Francis before the show."

The full set of dates for the "Tunes & Chat" 2023 tour can be found at https://www.francisrossi.com/tunes-chat-2023.

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15th - Good Friday "Quo Night" on BBC4 (UK)

It really was a Good Friday for Quo fans on 15th April, when BBC4 devoted their evening programming to Quo! They included the BBC "Top of the Pops 2" special from 2000, the "Hello Quo!" documentary and the "Live & Acoustic" gig from 2014.

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16th - Quo Night and John Coghlan interview on the Nick Prince Show (RNI Radio)

Nick Prince on RNI Radio gave his show over to Quo on 16th April. The first two hours were solid Quo, including a half-hour interview with John Coghlan, while the third hour was mainly Quo plus a few other tunes.

To kick things off, Nick played "Pictures of Matchstick Men", "Black Veils of Melancholy", "Ice In The Sun", "Down The Dustpipe", "Paper Plane", "Caroline", "Break The Rules" and "Down Down" before it was time to hear from John Coghlan.

John talked about how he ended up joining the band and his excitement about performing "Pictures of Matchstick Men" on Top of the Pops at the BBC studio in Manchester. He mentioned the "lean times" after their first big hit until Bob suggested they change their image and sound - the shuffle suited him and he said "Francis loved a shuffle" too. John said that the Frantic Four was all about working together and that became harder with outside producers rather than doing it themselves.

Discussing his departure, John said that changing the drummer meant Quo were never the same again. Putting the Diesel Band together "was great fun" and he also spoke findly of John Coghlan's Quo and their "Lockdown" song. He talked about his last few gigs coming up with JCQ through the Summer of 2022 (wrapping up at the FTMO fan club convention at Butlin's in September), noting that the band abandoned their European gigs after many cancellations/rebookings and COVID worries. Interestingly, he mentioned a "jazz project" he'll be working on after the JCQ tour!

It was back to the Quo tracks after the interview, playing the hits in chronological order: "Rockin' All Over The World", "Whatever You Want", "What You're Proposing", "Lies", "Something 'Bout You Baby I Like", "Rock 'n' Roll", "Dear John", "A Mess of Blues", "Ol' Rag Blues", "Marguerita Time", "Going Down Town Tonight", "The Wanderer", "Rollin' Home", "In The Army Now", "Ain't Complaining", "Running All Over The World" and "Burning Bridges".

For the final hour (the "Chill Out Zone"), Nick included "Fun Fun Fun", "The Party Ain't Over Yet", "Beginning of the End", "It's Christmas Time", "Bula Bula Quo", "The Anniversary Waltz - Parts One and Two", "Roadhouse Medley - The Anniversary Waltz Part 25" and "In The Army Now (2010 version)" before closing the show with, of course, "Rockin' All Over The World"!

The three-hour show can be found in full here.

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