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That was the Quo month that was ... January 2015



5th - Quo notch up 500 weeks in the official album charts

Quo reached yet another milestone, with "Aquostic" helping them to notch up a total of 500 weeks in the official UK album charts. This milestone was covered widely in the media, with the following article from the UK's Daily Mail newspaper on 5th January being one example.

"Rock veterans Status Quo are celebrating a rare milestone as they clock up 500 weeks on the Official Albums Chart today.

The band, whose hits include Rockin All Over The World and Whatever You Want, will hit the figure when the latest chart is published later today on the strength of their latest release Aquostic (Stripped Bare).

Guitarist and singer Francis Rossi, 65, said it felt "incredible" and said the band were "very proud".

Quo first charted with their fifth album Piledriver which went top five in 1973 - five years after their debut was released.

Over the years the band - which also features Rick Parfitt - have been helped by Blues For You which spent 30 weeks in the chart, and 12 Gold Bars which has notched up 48.

The band's progress towards the total has slowed in recent years with a number of their releases achieving just one, two or three weeks on the chart, but Aquostic - a collection of acoustic versions - today achieves its tenth week.

Rossi said: "To be celebrating 500 weeks in the album charts - that's almost 10 years - feels incredible. It's almost surreal that this band that we formed all those years ago could reach this point.

"It's a tangible achievement though, and a milestone we're very proud of. Aquostic (Stripped Bare) is itself our highest charting album for 18 years, and has just been certified gold - so it's not been a bad few weeks.

"I rarely believe in looking backwards though, we're by no means done yet - 2015 will be another interesting year for Quo."

Other acts which clocked up colossal levels include Pink Floyd with 968 weeks and The Beatles who have exceeded 1,300.

Quo have issued more than 30 studio albums, plus hits compilations and live releases. Coldplay recently broke through the 500 barrier on the strength of six studio albums.

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company - which compiles the album chart, said: "This is a fantastic achievement by Status Quo. It is one thing to achieve a hit album, but to do so in 500 weeks, across a span of six decades, is a track record any act would be proud of. Congratulations to Francis, Rick and the boys."

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5th - Quo article in the West Briton newspaper (Cornwall, UK)

The following Quo article appeared in the West Briton newspaper on 5th January, titled "Status Quo return to Cornish town that spawned a classic single" and written by Lee Trewhela.

"ROCK legends Status Quo will return to the Cornish town that spawned one of their biggest hits in the spring.

The band – featuring Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt – will play the Tunes In The Dunes festival on Perranporth beach on Saturday, May 23.

It was while holidaying in the resort in the early 1970s that Quo wrote the evergreen rocker Caroline, a Top 5 hit in 1973.

Rossi told me in 2013: “Cornwall, like the whole of England, was good to us in the early days. We started writing Caroline in Perranporth and finished the lyrics on the drive home. I said to Bob Young (co-writer), you can’t say ‘together we can rock’n’roll’. How hackneyed and clichéd is that? But it worked. It shows how wrong you can be.”

Bob Young, who co-wrote many of the early Status Quo songs, has written about the experience.

“We started writing Caroline, and then we all went to Perranporth in Cornwall for our holidays. We stayed in a right grotty hotel because it was all we could afford and continued writing the song there – in the dining room on a rainy day, when we couldn't take the kids anywhere and everybody was miserable.

“The hotel manager wasn’t impressed that there were two members of Status Quo staying at the hotel. He was even less impressed when I leant against the dining room window and fell through it. But I managed to finish the lyrics – on a napkin.”

This will be the first time the band have played in Cornwall since a memorable performance at Falmouth’s Pendennis Castle in 2006.

Quo recently reinforced their position among the all-time great British album acts by chalking up their 500th week on the Official Albums Chart.

The band reached the landmark with their latest, critically acclaimed, album Aquostic (Stripped Bare).

The achievement puts Quo among a select group of only 50 acts with 500 weeks or more on the chart.

In recent times the band have reclaimed their title as one of Britain’s best rock bands after a period of being snubbed by the likes of Radio 1.

Expect to hear such classics as Paper Plane, Down Down, Rockin’ All Over The World, Whatever You Want and What You’re Proposing when they headline the event, organised by Perranporth bar The Watering Hole, on Saturday May 23.

The festival runs from May 22 to 24 and other names announced for the weekend include Backbeat Soundsystem, Donavon Frankenreiter and Dub Pistols.

Status Quo are also the subject of a Crowdfunder bid to play Trereife House, Penzance, later in the year."

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