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That was the Quo month that was ... June 2004

12th - Quo concert at Brauerei Open Air festival, Wiehl-Bielstein, Germany

This annual open air gig at the Bielstien brewery, near Cologne, drew a good crowd of about 3000 - even with some rain. The support bands were "Dirty Deeds 79", the premier German AC/DC coverband, and Gary Howard (ex-Flying Pickets). There were no setlist surprises during this first live outing since March in Ireland and Denmark.

The festival received plenty of media attention - click here for a review of the event from the Bielstein web site or here for a review from the Oderberg Aktuell newspaper. A translation of this second review follows, courtesy of Juergen from the excellent QuoTicker web site.

Status Quo delivered a hot night to more than 3000 fans at the Bielstein brewery

"Fantastic Rock 'n' Roll evening in Biehlstein’s Wiehlauen. The legendary Status Quo, one of the most successful bands in the world, amazed more than 3000 fans. What a big atmosphere at the start of this year’s Open Air spectacular in Bielstein. Status Quo rocked with power through the stage, so that the rainy clouds drifted away this Saturday evening. And real fans of the five British men didn’t care about the weather. At the kick-off of their “Riffs” 2004 tour, “QUO” - who is still regarded by the critics as one of the best live bands - started like a rocket. And the lads around bandleader Francis Rossi and original Rick Parfitt don’t need a highly-technical stage show. They only need their speedy, catchy guitar solos which are enough to attract hordes of fans.

50 hit singles in the British charts and 5500 live shows attended by an estimated 24 million people are the trademarks of their success. There are many people who think that they recognise Status Quo on the three chords. But these chords were played so cleverly that no-one can escape. Francis Rossi, Quo’s lead-guitarist and frontman, the 55-year old man still plays with a passion you really could feel it. And alongside him, Rick Parfitt is like his musical twin. Both are the perfect pair and know each other very well. Parfitt, who already had a quadruple bypass, is playing the rhythm of Quo with a unique certainty.

So Status Quo had no problems to get the crowd going. "Down Down", "4500 Times" or "Wild Side of Life" – Bielstein shattered at this Rock 'n' Roll party. And the band knew how to get the good atmosphere even better. First with “Whatever You Want” and then the phenomenal finish with their hymn “Rockin' All Over The World”. But without an encore the band couldn’t leave the venue.

At least with the medley of old songs (“Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny Be Good”) the crowd went wild. After 110 minutes a memorable live show had come to an end., which many fans will never forget.

The opening band of this evening were “Dirty Deeds” who proved their reputation as the best German AC/DC coverband. Only Gary Howard, the second act, was a disappointment. This was not a matter of his music, but this evening wasn’t prepared for slow bluesy songs at all.

All in all a brilliant musical event in Bielstein, which offered four hours of the best entertainment with good value for money."

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13th - Quo concert at Festplatz, Teisnach, Germany

Supported by ex-Flying Pickets man, Gary Howard this gig took place inside a large tent and was attended by 2700 fans.

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16th - Quo concert at Campusalle, Flensburg, Germany

This concert was the smallest so far on the German tour, attended by only about 1000 eager fans.

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17th - Quo concert at Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany

Rhino has a rest... The support band for the rest of this short German tour changed, from Gary Howard to stalwarts Who's That Girl. Their unique brand of covers always seems to go down well and was better suited to the German Quo audiences than the more virtuoso style of Gary Howard.

Another change also surfaced at this gig, this time to the set list. "Little Lady" was dropped and the ever-popular (and why wouldn't it be?!) "Big Fat Mama" replaced it.

At one point during the gig, Rhino beckoned a young boy fan onto the stage and Rhino gave him his bass (almost as big as the kid!) to play - the rest of the band looked on and laughed, what a great experience for this little fella! Another great photo of this moment can be seen at Rhino's Tourlog 2004 - Part 2.

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18th - Quo concert at Emslandhalle, Lingen, Germany

An excellent selection of photos from the Lingen gig (including lots of fans meeting Rick!) can be found here.

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20th - Quo concert at Tollwood Festival, München, Germany

Some 4500 fans saw Quo play the Tollwood Festival in München on June 20th and you can see some great photos of this gig courtesy of Munich Online.

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21st - Quo concert at Freilichtbuhne, Heppenheim, Germany

Another gig in a tent! A good crowd of 5000 saw Quo play the following set at Heppenheim:

A set of 42 photos from this gig can be seen here.

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26th - Quo concert at Alton Towers, UK (British Telecom staff gig)

The Alton Towers theme park once again played host to the annual British Telecom staff day, unfortunately marred by very wet weather in 2004! Introduced by Tony Blackburn and Cheryl Baker, other acts on the day's bill included Spandau Ballet, the Tweenies and Human League.

Quo followed the League, appearing on stage at just after 4pm to play the following set:

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27th - Quo concert at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire

The grounds of 17th century mansion Ragley Hall would be home to Quo for the second outdoor performance in as many days, on Sunday 27th June. Luckily, the wet conditions of the previous night were nowhere to be seen and Quo performed to a good crowd of between five and six thousand - finishing off with an enormous fireworks display. Supported by the well-received Glass Onion and despite some problems with the lighting, the gig was a success (although not sold out primarily it would seem due to a lack of promotion).

An excellent set of photos from this gig is available here.

The following review, written by Andy Coleman, appeared in the Birmingham Evening Mail on June 28th, entitled "Rockin' All Over The Stage".

"Ragley was well and truly rocked as Status Quo hit the stage in the shadow of the historic stately home. The band have been off the road for a few months so last night they were raring to go, launching into their usual opener, "Caroline", as if it was the very first time. Even the weather was kind and the rain stayed away.

With frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt set to celebrate 40 years in the business, the wide age range in the audience was noticeable. As grannies boogied, youngsters strummed blow up guitars, watched enviously by dads.

SQ return indoors for their annual Birmingham NEC show on Saturday December 18."

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