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That was the Quo month that was ... August 2007

5th - Quo concert at Bedford Park, Bedford

On one of the hottest days of the year, about 6000 fans turned out to see al fresco Quo at Bedford Park on August 5th. Supported by local act, The Quireboys, the familiar festival set was reeled out once more but the crowd didn't seem to mind at all and the band got a great reception. Snap happy fans were out in force, so photos are available here, here, and here!

The following review appeared in Bedford Today, entitled "Quo & the Quireboys rock Bedford" and written by Paul Fisher.

"Getting down, deeper and down, more than six thousand frans were rocked by Status Quo and the Quireboys as the grandfathers of rock & roll came to Bedford Park.

The crowds on the grass were up and dancing from the moment Francis Rossi played the opening chords of Caroline to the very last beat of Bye Bye Johnny.

Although they didn't play two of their classic hits, Pictures Of Matchstick Men and In the Army Now, Quo still put other bands to shame after more than 40 years with their energetic and, at points, mesmerizing performance.

Quo rocked through a medley of their back catalogue with all their usual artistry and humour - and the hip movements their adoring crowds have become used to over the years.

Their classic Gerdundula provided the highlight of the evening as Rossi, Parfitt, Bown and Edwards lined up, linked arms and played the chords of each others guitars.

Great support came from Bedford's very own hellraisers the Quireboys who, in true rock fashion, destroyed the lead microphone before the end of their opening number.

Guitarist Guy Griffin's homecoming gig showed why the band have spent the last year getting their satisfaction with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Guns & Roses.

For many it was the first time they had seen Griffin's denim and bandana-clad motley crew, but their rifling riffs and screeching vocals were the perfect start to the evening.

Feel like you have missed out? Then get along to Cambridge Corn Exchange on November 14 as Quo continue their world tour."

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10th - Quo concert at The Bulldog Bash, Shakespeare County Raceway, Warwickshire

Quo headlined the Bulldog Bash bikie festival, held at the Shakespeare County Raceway near Stratford-Upon-Avon, on August 10th. With support from the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Aynt Skynnard and Hells Bells, Quo took the main tent stage to a packed house of Hells Angels, other bikers and Quo fans and proceeded to blow them all away! Photos of this triumphant Quo appearance can be found here and here.

The following coverage appeared on the Motorcycle News website on August 13th, written by Chris Newbigging.

"The Bulldog Bash celebrated its 21st anniversary last weekend. 25,000 visitors made for a spectacular party on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The 21st Bash was headlined by rock band Status Quo who, in a quiet moment of reflection backstage, admitted they’re not man enough to ride bikes!

The Hells Angels-ran event at Long Marston Raceway, Warwickshire is dominated by the night-time entertainment, and the organisers secured Status Quo to play their only UK gig this year.

The band arrived on Friday afternoon and fitted in an evening’s entertainment before moving on to their next gig in Holland. The main stage tent was rammed full of partying bikers, with the crowd spilling out into the open just trying to get a glimpse of the Quo. MCN got the exclusive interview with lead singer and guitarist Francis Rossi just before they hit the main stage.

"The Angels have been very hospitable, we’ve really been looked after and they’ve been really welcoming. It seems like a really great atmosphere, and the stage looks alright – it reminds me of playing in France in the 1970’s, how it’s in a tent that size. We haven’t changed what we do just because we’re here with the Hells Angels – a gig’s a gig. We’d probably do it again, the only reason we don’t do gigs is if we don’t like the venue – our accommodation is nice, so it all depends on how we go down on stage.

"We don’t ride bikes – my housekeeper keeps trying to sell me a bike, but I don’t think I could handle a big bike like these guys. I’m too much of a wimp! Maybe a little bike, but I don’t think I could handle a big bike."

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10th - Quo appearance on The Richard Arnold Show (ITV1, UK)

After a brief studio intro, Richard Arnold was shown interviewing Quo on London's Millenium Wheel on August 10th. The interview with Rick and Francis took place in one of the pods and also included clips of the filming of the video for the forthcoming single, "Beginning of the End" (also filmed at the Wheel).

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11th - Quo concert at Pink Pop Classic Festival, Landgraaf, Netherlands

Quo headlined the large Pink Pop Classic festival on August 11th at Landgraaf in the Netherlands. The festival was kicked off by local act, Janse Bagge who got an excellent reception, then followed by the somewhat more familiar Wishbone Ash. Obscure Belgian act, Raymond van het Groenewoud came up next, with the more popular Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel then getting the crowd going again. To make way for Quo, Willy De Ville & Band played next before festival mainstays Marillion completed the line-up.

Excellent photo coverage of the entire festival can be found here.

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12th - Quo concert at Smukkeste Festival, Skanderborg, Denmark

Quo headlined their favourite festival on August 12th, the massive Smukkeste Festival at Skanderborg in Denmark. The standard festival setlist was played again to a large crowd and Rhino walked up to Francis's microphone at the end and said "I wanna say this on my part: Skanderborg is the best festival ever!"

Photos from this renowned festival are available here.

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17th - Quo concert at Foire aux Vins Festival, Colmar, France

The ten-day long Foire Aux Vins D'Alsace fesitval at Colmar in France featured Quo headlining on August 17th. Supported by Ten Years After and Marillion, there were not setlist surprises but the 10000-strong crowd didn't seem to mind and who could blame them with the bargain ticket price of 25 Euros here?!

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18th - Quo concert at Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland

Quo played a blinder to an encouragable sell-out audience of 12000 at Zurich's Hallenstadion on August 18th. Photos of the band having a great time on stage are available here, here, and also here!

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22nd - Quo videos added to The Mirror website (UK)

The UK's Mirror newspaper website added exclusive Quo video content on August 22nd. The "Beginning of the End" promo clip (filmed aboard the Millenium Wheel in London) was first up. Next came "The Ticket" - this twelve-minute promo, featured Rick and Francis as guest presenters and was filmed backstage at the Zurich gig on August 18th.

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27th - Quo concert at Trentham Park, Stoke-on-Trent

Quo played in the beautiful surroundings of Trentham Park on August 27th. The fine day ensured a good-sized crowd and the audience were warmed up nicely by local support outfit, Never Sed (who, despite their youth, knocked out plenty of classic rock tunes to keep the crowd happy). The Quo set was the usual festival fodder and photos from the gig can be seen here.

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27th - "In Search of the Fourth Chord" released in France

The first territory to receive the new album, "In Search of the Fourth Chord", was France on August 27th, some three weeks before the UK release. The CD was released on XIII Bis Records with catalogue number B000SB4SLI and the track listing was as follows:

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31st - Quo concert at Fantasy Island, Skegness

Quo played to a sizeable crowd at Skegness's Fantasy Island complex on August 31st. Supported by The Animals, Quo played the usual Summer festival set and this show officially marked the end of the "Just Doin' It" tour.

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31st - Dudley Castle show article in Birmingham Mail (UK)

The following article - titled "The Quo get ready to storm the castle" and penned by Andy Coleman - appeared in the UK's Birmingham Mail newspaper on August 31st.

"STATUS Quo frontman Francis Rossi is looking forward to hooking up with his pals Hayseed Dixie when they perform on the same bill at Dudley Castle on Sunday (September 2nd).

The bluegrass band, who shot to fame playing country versions of AC/DC songs, have included their interpretation of Quo's chart-topper Down Down on their latest album.

"I played guitar on it for them and I really like what they've done to it," says Francis. "They're a great bunch of lads.

"When we were working on the track, they rearranged it so it was completely out of time. I told them it meant that I didn't know when to come in and they just said 'Don't worry, it'll work out!'."

Francis and the rest of Quo have made the Midlands their second home in recent weeks with gigs at Worcester's Sixways Stadium and Stratford's Bulldog Bash.

"The Bulldog Bash was tremendous and it was such a shame that it was overshadowed by the shooting on the motorway after the event," he says, referring to the murder of biker Gerry Tobin.

"The organisation and security at the Bash was first class and we were given a great welcome. There was less trouble on that site than anywhere we've been but because of the shooting it makes everyone see them as lawless."

Following Sunday's Dudley show Quo will be gearing up for their annual pre-Christmas UK tour which visits Birmingham NEC on December 8.

"We now have two sets of fans - a summer audience and winter audience. The summer audience like to see our outdoor shows and enjoy a bottle of wine, while the winter audience just come to the indoor shows. Of course, there's also the hardcore following who like to see all our shows!"

At the NEC the band plan to include a few songs from their new album, In Search Of The Fourth Chord, released on September 17. It's preceded by a single, Beginning Of The End, available as a download or CD/DVD on September 10.

The release of the album means there's a whole heap of promotional activities lined up for Francis and bandmate Rick Parfitt."

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