Quo played their second gig in Switzerland on the Summer European tour with a gig in Erlach at the Lakeland Festival on 12th August. They played to a big crowd and the bill also included Foreigner. The first thirty minutes of the Quo set can be viewed in a high quality video clip here.Revisit the August 2016 event list
Quo headlined an excellent sold out gig in pretty Vivary Park in Taunton on the lovely Summer evening of 26th August. A packed house of 6000 enjoyed every minute of the Quo performance I think, I certainly heard no complaints and Quo played very well. Richie Malone did a fine job and the rest of the band cover where needed, including more vocals from Andy and Rhino than I've seen before. Francis was a legend and seemed in a very playful mood, even though the dressing room facilities (provided at a nearby school) were a bit below par in his opinion!
The support from Steve Harley was musically strong but not very exciting and only his familiar closing number got the crowd rallied behind him.
It was a big Quo day, with local tribute "Quo No" playing at the Winchester Arms in the afternoon. They drew a decent crowd and even got a bit of TV coverage thanks to BBC Somerset interviewing me (both for radio and TV) as a crazy world travelling Quo fan!
The second gig of 2016 for me was in Wales on 27th August with Quo playing at Parc-y-Scarlets in Llanelli. This big rugby stadium, with an area of seating and large standing area, was well organized for the gig with easy entry and a barrier spot secured on Rhino's side of the stage. Two hard rock supports passed the waiting time, in the shape of The Departed and The Jokers, and both got the crowd going. It was a good-sized crowd (not as big as Taunton the night before, but 3-4000) by the time Quo appeared on stage, fairly late by their standards at 9pm.
No surprises in terms of the set (with Burning Bridges staying in the encore), but the vibe on stage was something else. Rarely have I seen the band having this much fun amongst themselves, definitely a very enjoyable gig for all of them with a lot of joking around from everyone and Richie being very much made part of it all (and a special moment for him having his Dad in the audience).
A great gig and it seemed like a really fun gig for the band too, brilliant night.
Quo headlined the CarFest South event on 28th August. This large festival takes place at Laverstoke Park Farm, an organic farm in the Hampshire countryside. Some good official event photos including Quo can be found here.Revisit the August 2016 event list
I was lucky enough to slot in John's gig at his local pub, The Rose & Crown in Shilton, on Sunday afternoon, 28th August. It was a last-minute decision to head to this gig after the Llanelli Quo show, but it was a great decision. I'd last visited the pub about 20 years ago to meet up with John and it really hasn't changed, as you'd expect of a 17th century pub in this historic Cotswolds location.
The band set up in the front room near the bar and that left room for a few fans to cram in, with the rest of us enjoying the sunshine outside watching the band through the open side window (there was no problem hearing them!). It was a varied and interesting set, with plenty of audience interaction both inside and out. John was clearly enjoying playing on home turf and mingled with the crowd before and after the gig (as well as during their half time break). John and Gillie even did a royal moment, peering out of an upstairs window to wave to the crowd and take some photos!
A great fun afternoon with good friends and live Quo music, simple pleasures.