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That was the Quo month that was ... March 2006



2nd - Rick Parfitt announced as driver in the Bahrain F1 GP pro-celebrity race

The following article appeared on the official Formula 1 web site in regards the pro-celebrity race to precede the season-opening Grand Prix in Bahrain on March 12th.

"Famous faces from the worlds of sport, entertainment and media will make their racing debuts at the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix when they take part in two pro-celebrity support races.

Among the celebrities confirmed are five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, American sprinting legend Michael Johnson, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Grammy Award-winning musician John Legend, Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, British motoring journalist Emma Parker Bowles and Egyptian singing sensation Anoushka.

"I'm really excited,” said Redgrave. “The race represents a new sporting challenge for me and I'm keen to see I can perform as well on the track as I do off it. Of course it will be fun but I have a very competitive nature and I don't enjoy losing so I will be giving it my all out in Bahrain!"

The celebrities will race identical Chevrolet V8 SS Luminas. With 380-horsepower, the cars aren’t the easiest to drive, so each celebrity will be partnered by an accomplished race driver. Among the ‘professionals’ will be Formula One veterans Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert and Christian Danner. Narain Karthikeyan will also be taking time out from his Williams testing commitments to take part in the event.

There will be two races: one on the Saturday and one on Sunday before the Bahrain Grand Prix. Each ten-lap event will consist of 16 cars with the professional drivers driving the first five laps. They will then pit to hand over to their celebrity partners for the remainder of the race. "

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2nd - "Piledriver" cover band gig at The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne

Melbourne-based Quo cover band Piledriver had another live outing, in the form of a gig at The Ding Dong Lounge tucked away in a city laneway off Chinatown. The smallish dingy venue hosted a small but enthusiastic crowd of Quo fans and neutrals as Piledriver took to their impressive stage at a shade after 10.30pm. As we've come to expect, they belted out nigh on 90 minutes of a vast array of Quo tunes, from early material like "Down The Dustpipe" to the very latest in "Bellavista Man". The band are improving with every gig and more dates are planned for the Melbourne Quo faithful to enjoy in April.

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8th - Rhino writes and produces a tribute to Brentford FC striker, Lloyd Owusu

Rhino's well-reported dedication to the Brentford soccer team reached new heights, with him writing and producing a tribute song - entitled "Owusu (The One And Only)" - to their star striker, Lloyd Owusu. The following article - entitled "Quo Man's Rocking Tribute To Lloyd Owusu" and penned by Dave Lane - appeared on the Beesotted fanzine website and the song can be downloaded here.

"Status Quo bass player and Bees fan Rhino Edwards has written and produced a rocking tribute to Brentford striker Lloyd Owusu which can be downloaded free exclusively through beesotted.com right now.

The song has been penned to celebrate Lloyd's return to the club. Rhino has been so impressed with Owusu's work-rate and positive attitude in a red and white shirt this season that he locked himself away in his home studio for well over a week to produce this rocking tribute.

The Quo-man says of our number nine; "It's been brilliant to have him back at Griffin Park, you can see he is playing his heart out for the team. Some people get on his back for not scoring enough goals but they ignore everything else he does, I can't fault him since he came back. I hope he stays at Griffin Park until he retires, Lloyd Owusu is a fantastic player, a Brentford legend."

If you would like to sing-along with Rhino, the words are as follows!

OWUSU (THE ONE AND ONLY)

VS1 HE DID HIS TIME IN THE WILDERNESS
BUT NOW HE'S BACK WHERE HE BELONGS
IT MADE ME SO HAPPY TO SEE HIM AGAIN
I HAD TO WRITE ME A SONG
JUST LIKE A FINE WINE OF BORDEAUX
BETTER THE OLDER IT GETS
WE ALL KNOW THE BEST IS YET TO COME
YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN YET
FROM THE ONE AND ONLY

CHORUS OWUSU OWUSU X2 COMING OUT FIGHTING IN THE RED AND WHITE CORNER THE ONE AND ONLY LLOYD OWUSU

VS2 HE DON'T PLAY THE AIR GUITAR
HE DON'T PLAY THE BLUES
BUT HE PLAYS HIS GAME LIKE A HURRICANE
THERE AIN'T NO TIME TO LOSE
JUST WHAT YOU WANT FROM A LEGEND
COS HE ALWAYS GIVES ONE HUNDRED PERCENT
THEN HE TAKES IT ALL AND ROLLS WITH THE PUNCHES
THAT'S DESERVING OF YOUR BIG RESPECT
THE ONE AND ONLY

CHORUS x2

SOLO

VS3 WELL I CAN'T WAIT TIL SATURDAY COMES THE NEXT ATTACK OF THE KILLER BEES
LEADING THE LINE THE MAN FROM GHANA
THE ONE AND ONLY X3

CHORUS

EXTRA CHORUS

OWUSU OWUSU X2
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE BE UPSTANDING FOR THE ONE AND ONLY LLOYD OWUSU

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12th - Rick Parfitt drives in the Bahrain F1 GP pro-celebrity race

Rick on the grid in Bahrain (courtesy Formula1.com Rick enjoyed his stint at the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix, by taking part in the pre-F1 pro-celebrity race teamed up with Tiff Needell. He was seen before his race mixing with Jay Kay on the grid and was also interviewed by Nick Mason.

Rick started in 4th spot and was seen sporting his new hair style!

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17th - Rhino article in The Sun (UK)

The following article - entitled "It's Status Quowusu" and written by Paul Jiggins - appeared in the UK's The Sun newspaper on March 17th.

"LLOYD OWUSU is rocking all over the internet — after a member of Status Quo recorded a musical tribute to the Brentford star.

Quo bassist and Brentford fan John ‘Rhino’ Edwards has paid homage to his favourite player in a new song called ‘Owusu (The One And Only)’.

And the striker is as big a hit on the A-side as he is on the Bees side. The catchy track has been downloaded more than 8,000 times since it was released on a supporters’ website 11 days ago.

Owusu said: “The response has been unbelievable.

“If the same number of people had downloaded the song from a music website it would be in the Top 20. But downloads from a football website don’t count.”

Owusu, 29, has been on-song for the promotion-chasing Bees since rejoining the League One side from Reading last summer.

He spent four years at the Bees from 1998-2002 before moving to Sheffield Wednesday. He admitted: “I’ve never been a Quo fan — I’m more into R ’n’ B and funky house — but John’s song is wicked.

“Most footballers have had abuse chanted at them but not many have had songs written. The only other player I can think of is George Best, so I’m very flattered.”

The song starts with the lyrics: “He did his time in the wilderness but now he’s back where he belongs. It made me so happy to see him again I had to write me a song.”

Edwards said: “I’ve been a Brentford fan for 42 years and it’s been brilliant to have Lloyd back. He plays his heart out.

“I’ll miss the last few games of the season because we’ll be touring Australia. “So I want us to go up before I go Down Under.”

To download Owusu (The One And Only) log on to www.beesotted.com"

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18th - Rhino & sons (aka "Woodedz") supporting "4 Bills And A Ben" at the Boom Boom Club, Sutton United FC (UK)

Rhino teamed up with songs Max and Freddy to form a new band called "Woodedz" and they performed their first gig as support to "4 Bills And A Ben" on March 18th. Their set included Rhino's new footy song "Owusu (The One and Only)" as well as more familiar Rhino fodder like "Jungle Love", "Lucinda" and "Secretary".

Photos of the Edwards family on stage at the Boom Boom Club can be found here.

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undated - Reservations begin for "Status Quo 40" limited edition book

A hefty new Quo book for the 40th anniversary will be published in 2006, with online reservations for copies starting in March. The new book will come in two forms:

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undated - Francis Rossi's Top 10 British rock albums in "Classic Rock" magazine

Francis revealed his Top 10 British rock albums in the April edition of the UK's Classic Rock magazine. His selection was as follows.

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