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That was the Quo month that was ... January 2009



16th - Woodedz gig at The Rising Sun, East Twickenham

Rhino's band Woodedz, featuring Fred Edwards on guitar and Mae Edwards on drums and vocals, played at Club Acoustica at The Rising Sun in East Twickenham on Friday 16th January. Photos of the band in action can be found here.

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23rd - Francis interview on Midlands 103.5FM (Irish radio)

Francis appeared on Irish radio on January 23rd, as part of the promotion for the Irish tour in February. Appearing on the afternoon show, hosted by Roy Jennings, on Midlands 103.5FM, he talked extensively about the Portlaoise Heritage hotel gig, as well as the usual interview fodder of "Live Aid".

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23rd - John Coghlan's "Five B's Band" gig at The Four Crosses, Bicton, Shrewsbury

John Coghlan's Five B's Band played to a sell-out crowd at The Four Crosses, Bicton, Shrewsbury on Friday January 23rd. The setlist consisted of a mix of Quo classics and rock standards, with John Coghlan in fine form:

Photos of the band in action can be seen here.

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26th - Quo concert at Manchester Apollo

Quo played the first of two nights at the Manchester Apollo Theatre on January 26th. Playing to a full house, the band were a little rusty after their Christmas break, but soon warmed up and knocked out the familiar 'Pictures' set again. The following review of the show appeared in the Manchester Evening News, titled "Fan-Fare of Feelgood Rock from the Quo" and penned by Glenn Meads.

"The Quo are a British institution, like fish and chips, and you cannot imagine the country without them. So, here they are again in Manchester performing their greatest hits for their devoted fans.

These rescheduled dates were supposed to take place in October, but drummer Matthew Letley fell ill, so fans went home disappointed at the last minute.

Francis Rossi explains that he is a “bit rusty” due to lack of rehearsals.

Rick Parfitt is on the ball, though. His bluesy vocals and superb guitar playing definitely bring this gig to life and has the crowd performing their signature air guitars.

Rossi, on the other hand, often forgets lyrics and plays the wrong chord (there are only 3 to choose from!) but, like a real trooper, laughs at his mistakes.

Opening with a classic Caroline, Status Quo do exactly what it says on the tin. They entertain the fans, young and old, and the atmosphere is so feel good and welcoming that they would convert an opera fan.

Families rock out together and sons sit on their dads shoulders, singing along to the Wanderer. Cynics claim that every Quo track sounds the same and, to a certain extent, this is true, particularly with regards to the last 20 years.

But its easy to forget classics like Pictures of Matchstick Men and just how memorable and original they can be. Live, this one is tremendous and a real welcome change from the Argos tune, Whatever You Want.

I love Parfitt's Creeping Up On You, as it really showcases his superb, lived in vocals.

The video screens play footage of fans loving their rock through the ages and this is mirrored by the Manchester audience in 2009.

As a band, they still have it and as they close with a rousing version of Bye Bye Johnny, you get the feeling that they will be digging out their skin tight jeans and guitars again, this time next year."

Photos of the band on stage can be seen here.

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27th - Quo concert at Manchester Apollo

Quo played the second of two nights at Manchester's Apollo Theatre on January 27th. After warming up on the previous night, the performance was a little more slick, but the set remained the same. Photos of the band on stage can be seen here.

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