The first gig of Rhino's Revenge's support job for King King took place at the famous Shepherds Bush Empire in London on 17th January. Some excellent professional photos of Rhino and co. in action (by Robert Sutton) can be found here, while the following short review also penned by Robert Sutton appeared on the AfterDark website.
"I did initially wonder why there were nearly more professional photographers in the photo pit than there were members of the public in the audience for the opening act, but then I remembered that Rhino’s Revenge comprises of John ‘Rhino’ Edwards from Status Quo (bass and vocals), Jim Kirkpatrick from FM (guitar) and Richard Newman from Paul Rodgers band (drums), so I guess that may explain it. Rhino played a good opening set of ten songs with one song being about his dog! and finished with a cover of Status Quo’s ‘Two Way Traffic’. I cannot help thinking that it must be really strange for him to play as an opening act to a relatively small audience that doesn’t know the songs, after all these years being part of a headline super group. I wonder if he enjoys it as much? anyway it was great to see these three musicians out playing as a band and enjoying themselves on-stage and entertaining us as well."Revisit the January 2018 event list
Quo played a private show in Northern Ireland on 26th January. The event was reported by the Belfast Telegraph in the following article on 29th January, titled "Status Quo and Rory Bremner top the bill at Northern Ireland businessman's birthday bash" and written by Ivan Little.
"Legendary rockers Status Quo have flown in to Northern Ireland to play a surprise birthday gig for one of Northern Ireland's top businessmen and his daughter.
Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner was also on the bill at the 'no expense spared' joint celebration for insurance magnate Leslie Hughes and his daughter Nicola Thompson at the luxury Culloden Hotel in Cultra.
The West End Jerseys, a tribute act to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, also entertained the 100-plus guests at the weekend.
Mr Hughes, who is the founder of the hugely successful Hughes Insurance Company, was toasting his 70th birthday while Nicola was celebrating her 40th.
Guests were treated to a champagne reception and dinner at the five star Culloden, and it is estimated that the cost of the party ran into six figures.
The star-studded entertainment was organised by a Belfast company Callow Events who brand themselves "dynamic and creative".
They regularly organise high-end functions, weddings and festivals.
In a tweet they said the Hughes party was "the best surprise our client could have wished for".
And they also posted a clip of the Quo's Francis Rossi and the other four members of the band playing their hit What You're Proposing as guests danced in the packed function room.
Rossi's fellow founder member of Status Quo, Rick Parfitt, died over a year ago but the band have now returned to playing gigs all around the world.
After the party, Nicola Thompson tweeted a message to the entertainers. It said: "Thank you so much to all of you. I had the most amazing night celebrating mine and my dad's birthday. It's a night I'll never forget."
On social media the West End Jerseys said: "After months of keeping it a secret it was our absolute pleasure to share a stage with the incredible Status Quo."
Rory Bremner said he too enjoyed the night and posted a picture of Francis Rossi on stage, calling his music "classic, raw and addictively entertaining".
Leslie Hughes was awarded an OBE for services to the insurance industry and to the Northern Ireland community in 2015.
Mr Hughes, who lives in Newtownards, was instrumental in changing the local insurance market at a time when many national brokers viewed Northern Ireland as 'no-go' area because of the Troubles.
He set up Hughes Insurance in 1977 and it grew into NI's largest independent broker.
The company was bought for tens of millions of pounds by Liberty Mutual Insurance in 2014.
One report said the deal was worth $73m."Revisit the January 2018 event list
Ex-Quo drummer Jeff Rich and his trio, Triple J, released their debut album on 26th January. Titled "Chapter 1", snippets of the songs from this album can be heard here.Revisit the January 2018 event list