After a (some might say welcome!) break from the Australian commercial TV networks, new Coles supermarkets advertisements featuring Quo were aired on 4th March. A number of different versions of the ad appeared, including those for garlic bread, ham, and pasta sauce! The tune was essentially "Down Down" still but with some "Whatever You Want" lyrics and "Every Day" slogans in line with the ad messaging.Revisit the March 2015 event list
The launch party for Rhino's second solo album, imaginatively titled "Rhino's Revenge II", took place the famous 100 Club in London on 6th March. This sold-out event (with all profits going to the Help For Heroes charity) also marked the start of a substantial Rhino's Revenge tour across the UK and Europe. Support for this show were top UK tribute band, State of Quo, then Rhino took the stage and played the following set.
Some professional photos from this gig can be found here.Revisit the March 2015 event list
In the only Scottish gig on his tour, Rhino headed to Paisley on 7th March to play a gig in aid of the Kilbarchan Pipe Band Association. First up were The Charge, featuring Freddie and Max Edwards, and they played a well-received 25-minutes of original rocking material.
Next up were local covers band 10 Bob Sliders who played a selection of familiar songs, before the Pipers took the stage for a couple of tunes before the main attraction.
The setlist was similar to the previous night at the 100 Club, with "Burning Bridges" added (and aided by The Pipers!).Revisit the March 2015 event list
Rick joined the 2015 Rock Meets Classic tour, kicking off with an arena show in Ingolstadt on 10th March. The tour featured a number of other stars, including Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, Asia's John Wetton and Mr Big's Eric Martin. Rick took centre stage for five Quo numbers, in the shape of "Whatever You Want", "In The Army Now", "Rain", "Down Down" and "Rockin' All Over The World".
Some excellent pro photos from this show can be seen here.Revisit the March 2015 event list
The fourth gig of the "Rock Meets Classic" tour took place on 14th March in Würzburg. A clip of Rick performing "In The Army Now", "Down Down" and "Rocking All Over The World" can be seen here, while an excellent backstage interview with Rick can be found here.Revisit the March 2015 event list
A short article appeared in the UK's Classic Rock magazine on 18th March, entitled "Status Quo Behind The Scenes".
"Status Quo have released a behind-the-scenes video shot on the day the band played their Aquostic show at London's Roundhouse last October.
The clip is released as Status Quo prepare for the release of Aquostic! Live At The Roundhouse on April 13 in a variety of formats, a release that will coincide with an Aquostic Live 2015 UK tour."
The very funny "Behind The Scenes" clip can be viewed here.Revisit the March 2015 event list
The following article, entitled "Status Quo superfan Alan lives out a dream after making video on stage with bass player Rhino" and penned by Andrew Fitchett, appeared in the UK's Eastern Daily Press on 19th March.
"Status Quo obsessive Alan Crook, from Brandon, has seen the band rocking all over the world and was such a well-known face at their shows that he ended up becoming a friend of the quartet.
The 53-year-old driver is also a singer-songwriter, and saw one of his tracks - Any Way You Like It - recorded by the Quo on their album Quid Pro Quo.
And last year he was given the chance to record the track Get Out of Denver with Quo bass player John Edwards - usually known as ‘Rhino’ - and his band Woodedz.
On Saturday, Mr Crook ticked another box on his fan’s checklist by getting on stage with the band in Wakefield and shooting a live video for the track.
He said the experience was “an honour”.
“They are such accomplished musicians and it’s great to be up there on stage with Rhino. Even though I’ve done it a few times, it’s still difficult to be up there because I’m startstruck, and you have to concentrate on performing too.
“Rhino is always coming up and sticking his guitar where it shouldn’t be to put me off and winding me up to perform better, but it’s great for the crowd,” he said.
Mr Crook said he has seen Status Quo more than 450 times, having followed them for decades.
He got to know Rhino after the bassist pulled him back stage with some other hardcore Quo fans to ask their opinion on how he was doing after joining the band in 1986.
“I was outside the Blackpool Opera House with some friends waiting for a show and he asked us to come back stage. We sat down and he started grilling us about how he was doing, and if he fitted into the band and had the Quo sound.
“As a fan, it was amazing to have him ask for our opinion and I’ve known him ever since,” he said."Revisit the March 2015 event list
Rhino's solo tour marched on and hit Sheffield on 21st March, with a gig at The Corporation. This particular gig on the tour was notable for the encore - in which Rhino joined State of Quo on stage for "Paper Plane", with the familiar figure of one Jeff Rich taking over the drum stool! A decent YouTube clip of this historical event can be seen here.
An excellent review of proceedings, complete with many photos, can be found here.Revisit the March 2015 event list
The "Rock Meets Classic" tour closed out a couple of days in Austria with a show in Vienna on 23rd March. Some fantastic professional photos from this show, including many of Rick, can be found here.Revisit the March 2015 event list
The "Rock Meets Classic" tour hit Frankfurt on 29th March and some excellent professional photos from this show, including some of Rick, can be found here.Revisit the March 2015 event list