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That was the Quo month that was ... August 2015

4th - Quo concert at Lokerse Feesten, Lokeren, Belgium

Quo played at the 41st annual Lokerse Feesten in Belgium on 4th August. Some great pro photos from their gig can be found here.

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12th - Rhino's Revenge II article

The following article, titled "Status Quo Bassist Announces Solo Album" and written by Steven Lornie, was published on the metal site, Demonszone, on 12th August.

"John ‘Rhino’ Edwards of Status Quo has announced that his band Rhino’s Revenge is releasing their second album.

In a rare break from his day job as the bass player with Status Quo, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards releases his second solo album on October 23.

Released by Molano Music, Rhino’s Revenge II is an energetic and diverse album that celebrates music, and comes 15 years after the band’s debut album. “By any standards, that’s a long time between albums,” says Rhino, “but if you’re fortunate enough to be in bad like Status Quo, you don’t get too much spare time.”

Having previously been a member of acts including The Climax Blues Band, Space and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Rhino was invited to join Quo in 1987 and has been permanent in the line-up ever since.

Rhino’s Revenge lI was recorded in ’11 days of pure magic’ at The Chapel studios near Louth in Lincolnshire – “We went flat out, so we didn’t have time to get precious about anything,” – with his sons Max on drums and Freddie on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Starritt. Rhino’s daughter, Mae, also contributed backing vocals to the album, produced by Mike Paxman (Judie Tzuke, Uriah Heep, Asia, Status Quo).

“I play Rhino Rock, Thug Rock, Animal Rock, Heavy Rock, Pop Rock, but with the main focus on the lyrics and the songs. It’s rabble-rousing rock ‘n roll.”

Rhino’s Revenge II is an aural treat, with no calculated image or reliance on nostalgia: instead Rhino and the band have created an atmosphere based around strong material and succeed in immersing listeners into the ambiance they have made. The album is the perfect manifestation of John ‘Rhino’ Edwards’ immutable wit, sadness, quiet anger and charm. The cathartic ‘Tomorrow Is Today’, which opens Rhino’s Revenge II, was written about giving up drugs. A brace of keenly observed songs about the vacuous aspects of modern life follow – ‘Famous’ is a damning indictment “about people who think that that’s all there really is to life”, while ‘New New New’ lambastes our obsession with consumerism.

Rhino’s articulate and wickedly humorous lyrics permeate throughout the album on the ironic All The Girls Love A Bastard, along with powerful rockers like ‘Secretary’ and Cougar and the whimsical ode to man’s best friend Stan. While One Note Blues creates a“new dance craze.”

This quintessentially English album closes with the powerful pairing of Black Widows and Take ‘Em Down. The socio-political Black Widows about Chechen suicide bombers contains the prophetic line “what’s over there is coming over here” and the bass driven Take ‘Em Down, is a very serious song with B-movie overtones.

There’s something indefinable but very special about Rhino’s Revenge II that makes it irresistible. Rhino Edwards, a confessed musicoholic, has created a truly honest album which ‘kicks like a mule’, a rare commodity in today’s world.

Rhino’s Revenge will be playing their own shows around the release of the album and also supporting Hayseed Dixie on 5 of their tour dates this October. A headline UK and European Tour, with support from Eddie & The Hot Rods, among others, will follow in February, 2016."

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14th - Quo concert at Sporting Summer Festival, Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo

Quo were scheduled to play as part of Monaco's Sporting Summer Festival on 14th August, but Francis wasn't well enough to play the gig, as per the following press release.

"It is with great regret that Quo are forced to announce that Friday’s (14th August) show at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo has had to be cancelled due to Francis Rossi being taken ill.

He appears to have picked up a virus which has left him incapacitated and unable to sing. He is currently receiving medical attention and has left it to the last possible moment to cancel in the hope that he would be able to recover enough to perform, but unfortunately that has not been the case.

The band would like to sincerely apologise to the fans planning to attend the show."

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14th - "The Vinyl Collection 1972-1980" box set released (UK)

A nice new collectors' piece was released on 14th August in the shape of "The Vinyl Collection 1972-1980" box set. As its name suggests, it's a beautifully packaged box set of all ten albums originally released from 1972 to 1980 (namely, Piledriver, Hello, Quo, On The Level, Blue For You, Rockin' All Over The World, Live!, If You Can't Stand The Heat, Whatever You Want, and Just Supposin'). Each album was remastered from original tapes and pressed on heavy 180 gram vinyl, complete with the original covers and inserts. An exclusive poster accompanied each album and the whole collection was available as a digital download as part of the package. Although it contained nothing new for collectors, the packaging of this great era of Quo's recorded output was very nicely done with quality pressings and paper materials.

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