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That was the Quo month that was ... July 2016



8th - Press release about Rick's health

The following press release appeared on the official Quo website on 8th July.

Simon Porter, the band’s manager said, "Rick is now making an excellent and steady recovery from an extremely serious life threatening situation following a Quo show in Turkey last month. He has now had a defibrillator fitted into his chest in order to regulate any future heart issues and has left hospital in order to recuperate with family and friends.

Although I am now happy to report that his medical team anticipate that Rick will make a full recovery, it will likely be a long and ongoing process.

To this end, Rick has given his full blessing for the band to continue with the current summer touring schedule utilizing guest guitarists. Freddie Edwards, son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards has successfully stepped in for Rick over recent gigs and will now continue for the majority of Quo's shows during July and August, the current exceptions being gigs in Leuven, Belgium and Edinburgh, Scotland on July 20th and 23rd where Irish guitarist Richie Malone will step in."

Rick’s family have said, "We would like to thank everyone including the fans for their messages of support during the last weeks and especially the kindness and care of all the staff at the Royal Brompton."

Both the band and Rick would like to thank the fans for their continued understanding and support and would like to stress that he will return to the fold as soon as possible, but in Rick's best interests any return will not be rushed until he makes a full and absolute recovery. No further comment will be made at this time."

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9th - Quo concert at Open Air Theatre, Scarborough

Quo returned to Scarborough on 9th July for another sold-out performance at the popular Open Air Theatre, with Freddie Edwards again standing in for Rick. The following article, titled "New York Tourists get call from Status Quo to support them at sold-out Scarborough show" and written by John Anson, appeared in the Lancashire Telegraph newspaper on 7th July detailing how the support band got their gig at this show.

"BLACKBURN band New York Tourists have been asked by rock legends Status Quo to support them at a major open air show on Saturday.

The Quo will be playing a sold-out show at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre in front of 6,500 fans.

Gary Taylor, lead singer of New York Tourists, said: "I got a call out of the blue at the weekend asking if we'd like to support Status Quo. It didn't take long to give them an answer that's for sure."

The Blackburn four-piece supported Status Quo at last year's Symphony at the Tower event at Hoghton Tower.

"It's brilliant that they remembered us," said Gary. "When we did the show at Hoghton Tower, Francis Rossi watched our soundcheck and then stood and watched our whole show before Status Quo went on. He was absolutely brilliant and really supportive."

Now New York Tourists are just hoping that guitarist Carl Rutherford can get to the gig.

"He's flying back from Korea where he's had to go with work," said Gary. "He lands in Manchester two-and-a-half hours before we're due on stage so we're just crossing everything that he doesn't get held up. But knowing that we've got a gig with Status Quo I know he'll do everything he can to be there."

Just in case the remaining three members - Gary, Joe Mooney on drums and bassist Adrian McKenzie have been rehearsing hard.

"We're having to put together two sets just in case Carl doesn't make it," said Gary. "I'm even taking my guitar into work as I need to learn some of Carl's guitar parts for certain songs."

Getting a personal invite to play with one of the biggest bands in the world is just the latest step forward for the band who got together in 2009. Earlier this year they launched their debut album You and Me with a special show at King George's Hall, Blackburn.

This summer they have a number of festival dates including Kendal Calling on July 29 and Ramsbottom Festival in September.

"It's all going really well at the moment," said Gary. "We're just so excited about Saturday, it's a great opportunity for us."

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13th - Quo concert at Rochester Castle, Rochester

Following the cancellation of the gig at Rochester Castle in 2015 (due to Rick being sick), Quo returned to play there on 13th July, albeit again without Rick (with Freddie Edwards standing in for him). The following review of the show was written by Mark Taylor and appeared on MetalTalk.net.

"This was an unprecedented fifth time that Status Quo had played to a sold out crowd at the historic Rochester Castle on the bank of the River Medway, having first performed here in 2005.

Just before scheduled showtime last year, guitarist Rick Parfitt suffered a bit of the ole Delhi-Belly, resulting in the performance being postponed until this year, however there was more serious news about the 67-year-old's health when Rick suffered a suspected heart attack last month when the band were in Antalya, Turkey leaving many Quo fans wondering if this show was on and off and on again.

But Status Quo are not a band to burn their bridges and in the words of Freddie Mercury, the show must go on.

Whilst Rick was understandably having some much needed recuperation time, resting at home in his silk kimono and comfy slippers, the task of playing those immortal chords went to Freddie Edwards, the son of Quo's bassist Rhino.

As promised from the year before, Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel were the special guests and their addition to the bill made for a value for money package.

On lively form, Harley played the bulk of tracks from his classic album 'Best Years Of Our Lives' which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Ending with the haunting epic 'Sebastian' and the jolly household known hit 'Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)' made for a jubilant finale.

As Quo took to the stage, it was the striking chords from the man off the sub's bench, Freddie Edwards, that were the first to be heard as he tore into the opening riff of 'Caroline' before the band thumped into life. It was evident that Parfitt had given the youngster some valid tuition, even though he only really needs to know four chords, but Freddie nailed it and Quo were back on form, firing on all cylinders.

When the songs are this well known and infectious you soon realise that the hits and the brand of Status Quo are bigger than any individual as the crowd at the Castle erupted into life, dancing and air guitaring happily and with glee, especially to such old rocking favourites such as 'Paper Plane' and 'Hold You Back' as well as the more recent thruster 'Beginning Of The End'.

In the absence of Parfitt, bassist Rhino Edwards took over the vocals for 'Creeping Up On You' and he has an earthy, bluesy voice. Keyboardist Andy Bown came out to play guitar for this number too adding some rich harmonica to the song's tail end.

All five members were out stage front for a stripped down Celtic flavoured jig on the fabulous 'Gerdundula'.

After a bouncy 'Roll Over Lay Down', Francis Rossi was left alone on stage with his green Telecaster to snatch out the opening chords to their storming Number One hit 'Down Down'. Rossi was in usual playful mood all evening with his jovial mutterings.

Freddie Edwards, who after these batch of dates will earn the nickname Steady Freddy from the Quo Army, performed the opening chords to 'Whatever You Want' before Rossi and Bown took over the vocals on what is another pulsating rocker of a tune.

'Rockin' All Over The World' naturally signalled the end of what was a triumphant gig in the face of adversity.

After the encores, Francis Rossi sat on the drum riser admiring his band as they took their well earned bows. Rossi then slipped off his white trainers and threw them into the crowd.

It was the son wot won it, but let's all wish Rick Parfitt a speedy recovery and hope to see him again soon rightly where he belongs, on stage for the December arena dates."

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20th - Quo concert at Het Groot Verlof Festival, Oude Markt, Leuven, Belgium

Quo headlined the Het Groot Verlof Festival in Leuven, Belgium, on 20th July. This was the first appearance of Irish tribute band guitarist Richie Malone standing in for Rick and he did a good job according to reports and the many YouTube clips that have emerged from this show. A brief statement from Rick was also read out just before the start of the gig (but it gave no details of if/when he would return to the Quo stage).

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23rd - Quo concert at Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh

Rescheduled from 8th August 2015, Quo finally appeared at the Royal Highland Centre near Edinburgh on 23rd July. They were supported by Big Country and drew a big crowd for this gig, which featured Richie Malone standing in for Rick.

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29th - Quo concert at Pula Arena, Pula, Croatia

Quo made a rare visit to Croatia for a gig in the magnificent amphitheatre of Pula Arena on 29th July. A fantastic set of professional photos from this gig are available here.

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