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That was the Quo month that was ... August 2011

3rd - Quo concert at Rockin' The Dock, Marina, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Quo played the Rockin' The Dock festival at Cowes Marina on the Isle of Wight on August 3rd. A large crowd of locals and ferried imports enjoyed three support bands in the lead up to the main event with the last one, 'Til Dusk', going down very well and warming the audience up nicely for the usual Summer set from Quo.

Photos of Quo rockin' on an island are available here and here. The following review of Quo's show appeared on the Vectis Radar site and was penned by Dennis Jones.

"IT’S QUITE common to see many “legendary” bands from yester-year touring decades from the origins, just look at Motörhead and The Stanglers. The gags of these groups ambling onto the stage with zimmer frames and oxygen tanks are far too predictable and cruel.

But on the basis of tonight’s performance, Status Quo could, in fact, write a song about their zimmers and it would still rock your socks off into next week.

Caroline and Rain are near perfect openers, allowing the familiar 'Quo chug-ta-chug-ta-chug-ta-chug' to sit nicely on the crowd’s ears before breaking into newer material - Two Way Traffic and Let’s Rock. That typical twin guitar attack still throws two fingers at the modern jingly indie tones that have made modern rock so dire.

But it’s the classics that people are here for. Living On An Island was always going to be a crowd wower and In The Army Now is the real crowd and voice breaker. Francis Rossi’s voice is, for a singer that has belted out numbers since the mid-sixties, strong throughout but can’t quite manage the song’s focal point leaving an uncomplaining audience to take up the slack. The guitarist is looking every part the ideal front man, smartly dressed for a rocker with black waistcoat, tucked in shirt and neatly rolled up sleeves, he toys and jokes with the audience throughout showing his decades of gigging experience.

Mean Girl leads into an epic drum solo and then the proper hits begin. Down Down is a true force of nature, despite obvious guitar problem with Francis’ traditional green Telecaster. Straight away, Whatever You Want bursts at the seams with Francis, wearing his guitar like a victory necklace declaring he has tamed his beast. Fellow guitarist, Rick Parfitt, is the Ying to Rossi’s Yang, with a mop of curly blonde hair and untucked white shirt, he spends the majority of the set fighting his axe into the correct three chord progression.

“I love this shit!” declares an evidently excited Rossi as he coaxes the crowd into a final mass sing along during their rock ’n’ roll medley including Rock ’n’ Roll Music and Johnny B Goode and then that’s it. Ears ring to the sound of Marshall amps ringing out the final strum and the dock is left well and truly rocked."

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5th - Quo concert at Lytham Proms, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

Heading North from the Isle of Wight gig, Quo played the Lytham Proms festival on August 5th. Diehard Quo fans were in for a big day as top UK Quo tribute band, State of Quo, played a pre-Quo gig in the afternoon at The Hansom Cab pub in Lytham. Rhino popped in to enjoy some of their classic set and the band were also filmed by Granada television!

Fine weather ensured a large crowd for the outdoor evening show and the usual set was lapped up by the masses, with Quo supported by locals "Next Stop Atlanta". Official photos from the festival organizers (including Quo's meet & greet) can be seen here. Fan photos are available here, here and here. The entire gig can be watched song-by-song on YouTube.

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6th - Quo concert at Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

Quo played the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza festival on August 6th. Supported by the fantastic 'Bootleg Beatles', the band reeled out the usual Summer festival set to an audience of about 8000 in this beautiful venue. Photos of the event are available here, here and here.

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11th - Quo "In Concert" for Radio 2

Quo performed an exclusive show for Radio 2 at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, London, broadcast live on August 11th. Introduced by Johnnie Walker, 310 lucky fans (winners of ticket lotteries) packed the theatre with thousands more enjoying the show on FM radio and internet streaming. The band played for exactly one hour, with the set meant to close with "Rockin' All Over The World" but instead finishing with "Whatever You Want" due to the strict time constraint. Some photos of the band in action in this most intimate of settings are available here and here. The amazing photos below were taken from the front row by Hazel Langstone.

Francis and Andy bashing their guitars at the BBC Rick belts it out while Francis concentrates at the BBC The Francis and Rhino show at the BBC Francis doing his thing at the BBC Rick doing his thing at the BBC Rhino singing at the BBC Francis doing his thing at the BBC The Rocker at the BBC Francis, erm, gesturing at the BBC Francis gets intimate with Matt at the BBC Rick doing his thing at the BBC Francis and Rhino rocking out at the BBC Francis and Rick doing their thing at the BBC

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12th - Quo concert at The Bulldog Bash, Shakespeare County Raceway, Long Marston

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Bulldog Bash, Quo headlined on Friday August 12th. Held at the Shakespeare County Raceway at Long Marston Airfield in Long Marston (near Stratford-upon-Avon), the event drew massive crowds for the Silver Jubilee. The Friday evening session saw Quo in good company, being preceded by Gun and Bad Manners before hitting the stage at 9.30pm. Francis commented, "We love playing the Bulldog and it's fair to say that we are delighted to be back. It's one of the liveliest shows that the band play anywhere on the circuit and we're looking forward to giving the crowd a serious Quo rocking!" By all accounts that's exactly what they did on the night!

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13th - Quo concert at Folkets Park, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Quo headed to Sweden for a gig in Örnsköldsvik on August 13th. The venue was a park on a hill and the lovely weather meant a crowd of about 5000 enjoyed an evening of fine music, kicked off by Slade (albeit without Noddy of course) as support. Quo played the usual Summer set and some photos and a review (in Swedish) can be found here.

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15th - Quo concert at Foire Aux Vins Festival, Parc des Expositions, Colmar, France

Quo headlined the final day of the Foire Aux Vins Festival in Colmar on August 15th. Supported by Saga and Barclay James Harvest, Quo knocked out the Summer set to a large crowd (about 6000 tickets were sold by the day of the gig and the promoters were expecting another 1000-1500 "walk up" because of the general wine festival).

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20th - Quo concert at Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, UK

Quo fans were treated to a magnificent location for the gig on August 20th, with the band heading to Harry Potter territory in the shape of Alnwick Castle. A good crowd enjoyed the support offerings of Scottish newcomers The Big Figure and the well-received 10cc, before Quo took the stage to perform their usual set. A fireworks display rounded out the event, just before the heaven's opened and the Quo Cloud made a somewhat belated appearance! Some photos of the band in action in this beautiful spot can be seen here.

The following review of the show appeared in the Northumberland Gazette on 24th August, entitled "Rocked to the core".

"AGE appears to be no barrier to the hard-rocking members of Status Quo if their energetic, crowd-pleasing set at Alnwick Castle on Saturday night is anything to go by, writes Ben O’Connell.

Thousands of people from across the North East and further afield gathered in the impressive surrounds of the Pastures for a night of great entertainment.

And while the nature of the acts leaned towards the middle-aged, the evening was enjoyed by young and old alike, a tribute to both the performers and the organisers.

Scottish band Big Figure opened the proceedings with a short but sweet set that suggested that the band could have a successful career ahead.

The songs were catchy and they didn’t seem overawed by playing before two legends with plenty of experience between them.

10cc were the support act and their polished pop rock was a perfect accompaniment for the crowds to finish eating their picnics and have a few drinks.

The hits were all present and correct, including the 1975 number one hit I’m Not In Love and a joyful rendition of Dreadlock Holiday.

But the night was really all about the Quo – loved by some, dismissed by others as three-chord bores – on a night such as this they were the perfect performers.

With a varied set mixing up tracks from across their career right up to new album Quid Pro Quo, rounded off with the crowd favourites Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want, Francis, Rick and the gang definitely delivered."

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