John Coghlan was a guest on Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show on January 16th. Ken played "Rain" in John's honour and John competed against actor Martin Freeman (of "The Office" fame) in the Popmaster quiz. John didn't do very well - but was engaging, amusing and self-effacing at all times... and he seemed to genuinely enjoy the experience. He also got a plug in for his appearance with Alan Lancaster at the forthcoming Bon Scott memorial gig in Perth, Western Australia, in February.Revisit the January 2008 event list
The following article appeared on ContactMusic.com on January 24th, entitled "We nearly lost unborn twins".
"STATUS QUO rocker RICK PARFITT and his wife LYNDSAY feared a miscarriage just one week after discovering they were expecting twins. The couple were overjoyed when they discovered they were expecting last October (07) after undergoing IVF treatment - but just a week later Lyndsay was taken to hospital suffering from a suspected miscarriage.
Parfitt says, "Talk about one extreme of emotion to another. We went back to the clinic terrified that this most precious of gifts was being snatched away from us. "But the doctor pointed to the screen and there they were - two little heartbeats as strong as ever. "He put up the volume full blast so we could hear them - a beautiful rich thud thud sound. We just clung to each other with relief. I told Lynds it was as if the heartbeats were in time to a Quo shuffle."
The guitarist, 59, already has two sons, Harry, 18, and Richard, 29, from previous marriages. The couple married in a secret ceremony in Gibraltar in August 2006."Revisit the January 2008 event list
Rhino appeared with sons Max and Freddie as the Woodedz at the Ma Kelly's music club on January 26th, as the second gig of a two-night stint at the popular club. First up were German rockers, Railroad, who performed a short set of heavy rock influenced by Quo and AC/DC. Woodedz were up next and they played a great set of about two hours including such classics as Gravy Train, Spend Spend Spend, The One and Only, Bad News and The Republican. Mike Paxman and Mike Hrano were both in the audience and Rhino spent plenty of time after the Woodedz set interacting with the substantial Quo fan presence in the audience.
With the crowd warmed up, it was time for experienced Quo tribute band, Quotation, to take the stage and blow them away with Quo classics like Spinning Wheel Blues, Rolling Home and 4500 Times. As a highlight, Rhino joined them on stage for a great version of Don't Waste My Time! (Ma Kelly herself was in residence throughout, seen still rocking away on a bar stool at well after midnight!)
Photos of the Woodedz in action at Ma Kelly's can be found here.Revisit the January 2008 event list