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That was the Quo month that was ... August 2004

7th - Quo concert at Audley End (near Saffron Walden), Suffolk

On a very warm Summer's day, a good crowd of some 6500 assembled outdoors at Audley End in the Suffolk countryside to see Quo live on their short Summer 'picnic tour'. A friend of Rick's provided the first support slot, a bizarre ukelele-based act of George Formby classics, which by all accounts was actually very well-received!

Next up as support were Toothpaste Factory - their set included Rhino faves "Jungle Love" and "Spend Spend Spend", a few originals and classic covers like "Born To Be Wild". Again, their set was warmly received by the Quo crowd.

Quo played their usual set (even if Rick made hard work of "Caroline"!) but, somewhat unusually (!), Francis and Rhino were seen hoovering the stage in what must have been a comedy moment! Some good photos of all the day's action can be found by clicking here and here.

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28th, 29th & 31st - Serialisation of "XS All Areas" book in Daily Mail

A first glimpse of what fans can expect from the forthcoming "XS All Areas" book appeared over three days of the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK. Sadly the newspaper's web site did not include this serialisation.

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28th - Quo concert at Powderham Castle, Exeter

The Red Arrows made their first appearance over a Quo gig at this impressive Castle-staged event, quite a surprise for the Quo fans! The Hamsters once again provided good support and Quo played the familiar Summer show set.

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29th - Quo concert at Wicksteed Park, Kettering

A fly past by the Red Arrows was the opening gambit of an impressive show at Wicksteed Park. The crowd was warmed up well by the appreciated efforts of The Hamsters, before Quo took the stage. The show hardly ran without incident though, with the generator deciding to give up during "Hold You Back", resulting in over five minutes of delay to the gig.

Photos from this gig can be found here (under "Photos").

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30th - Quo concert at Lincoln Castle

This final show of the UK Summer tour officially marked the end of the Riffs tour. A Red Arrows fly past once again stirred up the crowd and support was provided by local outfit Classik, who dished out a predictable set of Beatles and Shadows covers.

Whilst Quo performed the usual set, fans got a bonus here as they filmed the footage for the video for the upcoming new single, "You'll Come Round".

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30th - Ultimate Anthology DVD released in UK

Released as part of series under the "Ultimate Anthology" title (including Barclay James Harvest, Caravan, Slade and Uriah Heep), this bizarre DVD (with catalogue number DVDL024D) appeared in the UK on August 30th. Originally advertised as being yet another Anniversary Waltz DVD clone, it in fact contains only a few tracks from that DVD along with some interesting and previously unseen footage. The tracklisting is:

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31st - John Coghlan interview published on The Loyal Family website

A fantastic interview with John Coghlan was published on the Loyal Family website on August 31st - this is a must read!

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