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That was the Quo month that was ... August 2020

2nd - Richie Malone "Rockin' All Over The World" radio documentary (RTE Radio 1 Extra, Ireland)

An excellent hour-long radio documentary on Richie Malone was aired on RTE Radio 1 Extra in Ireland on 2nd August. The documentary was put together by Heather MacLeod and covered the story of his journey from Quo fan to playing with the band. There were some interesting contributions from his father Karl, bandmate Jay and also Rhino.

The documentary description captures it well: "'Rockin' All Over The World' explores the fascinating story of how one Irish, Status Quo fan became a member of his favourite band. For this programme, Radio Producer Heather MacLeod got unparalleled access to Dublin musician, Richie Malone, and in the documentary explores his life and story. From his first experience of hearing Status Quo played in the house via his mega fan dad Karl, to performing around the world in venues such as Hyde Park, Wacken Festival and Dublin's 3 Arena. As Richie's friend Jay says in the programme of his story, "It just has that Hollywood feel about it."

The documentary is available in full on Heather's podcast.

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4th - John Coghlan interview (BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

John Coghlan was interviewed by Steve Kitchen on "Afternoons on BBC Radio Gloucestershire" on 4th August. The 15-minute interview saw John in good form, covering topics as diverse as parents, pubs & Pam Ayres! He spoke fondly of his experience with John Coghlan's Quo recording the "Lockdown" single and hinted at the strong possibility of a JCQ album in 2021.

You can listen to the interview online thanks to BBC Radio Gloucestershire here.

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12th - Official announcement of cancellation of UK & Europe "Backbone" tour

The following announcement was made on the 12th August to notify fans of the unsurprising cancellation of the UK and European "Backbone" tour scheduled for Winter 2020.

"With great reluctance we are forced to announce the cancellation of the forty date UK and European tour that was planned for winter 2020 in support of the 'Backbone' album release. This is in line with public health requirements and advice relating to Covid-19.

Due to various commitments for next year, the band are unable to reschedule these shows for 2021. This cancellation is not what the band wanted, but they are very mindful of the wellbeing of band, audience and crew. Despite the fact that many shows have already sold out, an outright cancellation will allow our valued fans to receive a refund on tickets purchased.

All UK and EU dates scheduled for October, November and December are now cancelled - However this cancellation announcement currently does not include three French dates scheduled for November - as current French Government advice is that indoor shows can go ahead during November. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a further announcement about these shows in due course.

Quo is a band largely defined by their live performances and we cannot wait for the next time that we can perform safely, securely - and loudly!"

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21st - Tickets on sale for "A Night In With Francis Rossi" virtual show

Francis decided to take his spoken word show online for one night only, with tickets going on sale on 21st August for the show on 8th October. The official Quo website announcement of this show follows.

"Fancy a night in with Francis Rossi?

Francis had just started his 50-date spoken word tour when Covid-19 hit in March. He was on the road in support of his best-selling autobiography, I Talk Too Much, which features some of the most remarkable rock 'n' roll tales of all-time.

While his tour has been rescheduled to 2021, Francis will catch up with fans during this intimate broadcast on October 8 at 18.30 GMT.

Tickets are just £7 for an hour of hosted chat, with plenty of questions from fans.

If you'd like a VIP package, which includes Royal Mail tracked delivery of a personally signed book, it's just £39.50 for UK fans and £49.50 for fans who live outside the UK.


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29th - "Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon" 50th anniversary re-issue released as part of Record Store Day (UK)

As part of the UK's annual Record Store Day on 29th August, "Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon" was released as a 50th anniversary re-issue. The release saw the album produced on exclusive yellow and white "fried egg" vinyl!

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29th - Alan Lancaster interviewed on the CATtales podcast (UK)

Alan Lancaster was interviewed for the CATtales podcast and the interview was published on 29th August.

The interview ran to almost 40 minutes (which included playing "Is This The Way To Say Goodbye" from the recent Bombers live album midway through) and can be found here.

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