The following review of the "Just Doin' It" DVD appeared in Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper on February 4th, written by Bryan Patterson.
"A long, long time ago, the boys in Quo figured out the secret of longevity was to keep playing uncomplicated boogie. Who cares if the Quo inspired the spoof film Spinal Tap?
Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi, the head-bobbing frontmen, are masters of the power riff. You hear the opening chords from Whatever You Want or Down Down and the world seems a better place.
This two-hour concert, filmed in Birmingham in front of an enthusiastic audience, includes all the memorable hits and a behind-the-scenes documentary.
Highlight: The exquisite lingering into to Whatever You Want that explodes into the big riff."Revisit the February 2007 event list
The following article about Jeff Rich's recent wedding - entitled "Drummer weds girl he nearly lost in tsunami" and written by Fiona Cummins and Pete Samson - appeared in The Mirror newspaper on February 8th. Best wishes to Jeff and his new wife, Roberta.
"FORMER Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich has married his girlfriend on a beach close to where they almost died in the Asian tsunami. Jeff, 53, and Roberta McDowell were sunbathing on an uninhabited island off Thailand when the giant wave struck on Boxing Day 2004.
Roberta suffered serious injuries as the wave hurled them around with terrifying force - and later needed emergency hospital treatment when infection set in.
Now they have wed in an emotional ceremony conducted by Buddhist monks on a beach in Phuket. As drums played, the couple exchanged gold rings engraved with Thai elephants - a symbol of luck. Jeff said: "It was a wonderful day. When I saw Rob in her wedding dress I cried tears of joy. After that wave I thought I'd never see her again. I vowed if I did I'd never let her go again."
Music teacher Roberta, 27, is still recovering from the physical and mental scars left by the disaster. She added: "If it hadn't been for Jeff I wouldn't be here today.
I'd have died if he had not looked after me. He saved my life." Jeff recalled his horror as he spotted the tsunami approaching.
He said: "We looked up and saw this enormous 30-metre-high wave heading straight for us. I just screamed 'Run, run!'
"All I remember is being picked up by the wave and whirling and rolling over and over like being in a giant washing machine.
"I was thinking 'I'm a goner.' I was knocked out and when I came to I was naked and hanging downwards - caught by my foot in between two tree branches. It had saved me from being sucked back out to sea and drowning."
Lying near Jeff was the body of a woman - and he feared Roberta had also died. After a frantic search he found her alive but in a terrible state.
He said: "Blood was pouring from her mouth. She was covered in gouges and scratches, had lost teeth and looked as though she'd been flogged.
"But the relief at seeing her was amazing."
The drummer had previously vowed never to marry again after 16 years on the road with Status Quo ruined his relationship with first wife Helen.
But Jeff, who left Quo in 2000, added: "It took that tsunami to bring me to my senses. Nearly losing someone so special makes you realise what's important."Revisit the February 2007 event list
Rick made a very rare solo appearance, to sign Facelifts and give a guitar demonstration, in the Harrods store on February 10th. The following press release was made to announce the event.
"As part of its exciting Harrods Rocks exhibition, Rick Parfitt will be giving an exclusive demonstration of some of his inimitable guitar techniques at the world-famous store.
The demo – which will be the first time Rick has ever revealed his playing style in this way – will take place on the Second Floor of Harrods, on Saturday, February 10, commencing at 3pm.
Rick’s solo demonstration promises to be totally unique and is unlikely ever to be repeated. It’s a one-off opportunity to see and hear him play, and talk about, his parts from Quo classics including ‘Whatever You Want’, ‘Caroline’, ‘Mystery Song’ and ‘Hold You Back’.
Immediately after his demo, Rick will conduct a signing session for his Facelift guitar accessory.
No tickets are required for either event, but please note that Rick will only autograph Facelifts purchased from Harrods – and which can be supported by a Harrods till receipt.
Under no circumstances, whatsoever, will Rick be able to sign any other items, whether photographs, CDs, records or any Quo memorabilia.
Harrods Rocks is a celebration of legends, their music and great guitar riffs. During the event, the spirit of rock ‘n roll is being channelled throughout the store in celebration of the most iconic instrument of all: the electric guitar.
The centrepiece and inspiration for the event is the extraordinary Born To Rock exhibition – also on the Second Floor – which spans 75 years of rock history with a stunning range of rare and vintage guitars, including the ‘Frying Pan’, the world’s first electric guitar. The collection also features instruments associated with some of rock’s greatest guitar icons, including Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Marc Bolan and an amazing selection owned by the legendary Rory Gallagher.
In addition, Rock Couture is a spectacular display of instruments customised by some of the biggest names in music, fashion and design. Treating the guitar as a blank canvas and using materials as diverse as diamonds, religious medals, snakeskin and photographic images, the results are as startling and individual as the artists themselves – among them photographer Peter Linbergh’s homage to Keith Richards, a design by Bryan Adams featuring Kate Moss and Chief Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane’s fabulous Swarovski crystal-encrusted Union Jack makeover of a Stratocaster (seen overleaf).
For more information about Harrods Rocks, go to www.harrods.com
The Facelift, a custom-cut removable and re-usable vinyl overlay for guitar bodies, is produced by Rick’s own company, Rockano Productions Limited. Launched at the London Guitar Show in May, 2006, the Facelift has been officially licensed by Fender and won distribution across the world, from the UK to the USA, from Australia to Austria.
It has quickly become the ‘must-have’ guitar accessory and will be stocked in the Pianos and Musical Instruments department of Harrods throughout the duration of the exhibition.
For more information about the Facelift, go to www.guitarfacelift.com"
Rick's appearance was very popular with a crowd of about 200 people in attendance. He demonstrated his style with the intros to "Caroline", "Whatever You Want" and "Hold You Back", with one lucky Dutch fan being given a brief chance to try "Caroline" for himself on Rick's white Tele!
As part of the large Bon Scott celebration concert held in Western Australia (as a fundraiser for a statue of Bon in Fremantle), Alan Lancaster made his first live music appearances for many years. He first appeared at the event's celebration dinner on Friday 23rd February in Fremantle, where he spoke about Quo's opening of "Live Aid", appearing alongside some of the other performers at the concert. He was also in action again on Saturday 24th February, when he rehearsed with The Party Boys at the Fly by Night Club in Fremantle.
The main event was on February 25th at the Claremont Showgrounds, to a sell-out crowd of about 15000. Early acts included Volcanics, Sure Fire Midnights, The Flairz, Kill Devil Hills and Dave Warner, before more major names like Screaming Jets, Party Boys, The Angels and Rose Tattoo took the stage. The Party Boys set included "Roadhouse Blues" and "Rockin' All Over The World" with Alan on vocals as well as thumping bass. The closing song of the event was, of course, "Long Way To The Top" and Alan again took the stage to close this incredible event.Revisit the February 2007 event list
The following five-star review of the "Just Doin' It" DVD appeared in Guitar Techniques magazine, written by Neville Martin.
"Having spent some time with RP at the recent Music Live Event at the NEC it seems only right to check out the new DVD. Rick could offer no insight and " I have not seen it yet mate" was all we got. Well, it's an NEC concert performance and as the lights come up on a Wall of White Marshalls and the opening strains of Caroline it can only be Status Quo. It's the first official live release for 15 years,but these guys love gigging and it shows. Francis and Rick are singing as good as ever and this is a great demonstration of just how powerful the band still is despite its longevity. All the best live stuff is here and the picture and sound quality is stunning. If the Status Quo phenomenon has yet to enter your life you should check this out to see what all the fuss is about. The extra documentary puts the whole thing into perpective following another health scare for Parfitt, but again he comes through it magnificently, setting an example to us all. Fans should opt for the limited box set, so check it out yourself Rick...it's a credit to you all."Revisit the February 2007 event list