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That was the Quo month that was ... May 2013

4th - Quo concert at Harley H.O.G. Euro Festival, Golfe de St Tropez, France

Quo kicked off the month of May with a gig at the Harley Davidson Eurofestival in St Tropez on the 4th. This would also be the final live performance by Matt Letley, marking the end of thirteen years on the Quo drumstool! Some excellent professional photos from this gig can be seen here.

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13th - Premiere of Bula Quo movie in Suva, Fiji

The new movie "Bula Quo" was premiered on 'home turf' in Suva, Fiji, on 13th May. The following article about the premiere appeared on Fijilive on 14th May, by Reginald Chandar.

"A comedy and action flick ‘Bula Quo’ which stars rock legends Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt premiered in Fiji last night.

The movie which has been entirely shot in Fiji’s Western Division drew movie goers, prominent business figures and dignitaries to Village 6 cinemas.

The production team, co-actress Jean Heard and the local crew of the movie were also present to share their experience.

FijiLive caught up with Heard who plays the role of a TV news presenter in the movie and heard about her experience.

The British film and television actress said she was excited when she found out that they were going to shoot the movie here.

“It was truly an awesome and amazing experience for me as Fiji and its people have given us a lot of memories and the beauty of this country adds a totally new dimension to the film,” she said.

“This movie will surely promote Fiji in a big way and I am more than confident that more people from Hollywood will come here for their shoots in the near future.”

Executive producer Stuart St Paul said despite facing the 2012 March floods which nearly shut the movie shoot, they came a long way to relive their dream and complete the movie successfully.

“The floods threatened our project and at one point we almost seized production but the amazing support from the locals here just kept us going. Our local crew was amazing and the people of Fiji were always by our side to see that things were running well.”

“The whole team had a fantastic experience here and I would surely love to return someday to shoot more movies.”

Film Fiji acting chief executive Florence Swamy congratulated the production team for a wonderful job and said she would love to see the movie go a long way.

“This is a great movie, it features the world famous Status Quo and our wonderful Fiji has been portrayed so nicely in this film,” she quipped.

“Film Fiji always assists production teams which shoot here and we are looking forward to seeing more Hollywood and English movie makers in our country soon.”

The 90 minute long movie sees the Status Quo visit Fiji to complete their 50 year Celebration tour.

After performing their gig at Churchill Park in Lautoka, the pair come off stage to thunderous applause and slip away for a quiet drink.

Suspecting a bigger party is going on in the back bar, Rossi and Parfitt slip through security and gate crash the event. They witness a gambling ring forcing competitors to play Russian Roulette. The winner gets dinner. The other loses their head.

They grab evidence of the murder and create a commotion so they can get away. The ring leader catches sight of them and orders their heads.

Parfitt and Rossi are on the run. Simon, their manager and Caroline a cheeky intern, are tasked with keeping the press in the dark while protecting Status Quo.

An ambitious reporter, Dave senses there is a story. Caroline holds him off as long as possible, but as the situation escalates, enlists his help.

Using sea-planes, speed boats, jet skis, golf carts and scuba gear, Status Quo and their entourage evade capture and manage to leave Fiji Islands in the end.

Bula Quo will be screened in cinemas from May 20."

The premiere was also covered in the Fiji Sun on 14th May, by Rachna Lal.

"Stuart St Paul took a bold move coming all the way from UK to Fiji to shoot action comedy ‘Bula Quo’ with legendary Status Quo’s rockers, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt.

But the locations in Fiji seemed to provide exactly what Mr St Paul was after and the warmth and friendliness of the Fijians enhanced this further.

The movie had a world premiere at Village 6 Cinemas in Suva last night. It starts with a short introduction about Fiji (ideally for those abroad who don’t know where Fiji is) accompanied with a bit of our ancestral history. It then goes on to see the arrival of Francis and Rick at the Nadi International Airport. The movie captures the beauty of Fiji really well when the legendary band members go sightseeing. The way the scenes have been captured on camera, nobody would be able to tell Fiji had just been through two floods just before the shooting for the movie started.

The storyline

Francis and Rick, who are on a World Tour, after a concert at Churchill Park in Lautoka, slip away for drinks. They end up going to the wrong bar on the wrong night.

The two witness a murder in a game of Russian Roulette which is orchestrated by an American gangster who runs a gambling ring where the loser literally loses his head. They escape the scene and then begins the game of cat and mouse with comedy which shows the two evading capture and trying by all means to stay alive.

Their entourage also gets involved in trying to protect Francis and Rick who just seem to have a neck for trouble finding them.

The 90-minute action comedy keeps you focused on what is happening and wanting to know more.

Attractions of the film

Especially for all Fijians, they would be eagerly and keenly looking at the scenes and the locals who acted to recognise everyone and everything.

The roles played by the locals are not entirely flawless, but with an influx in movies being shot here, very soon people will be catching on and it would be a natural thing.

One of the most catchy things of course is the music which is sure to rock all Status Quo fans. The light effects were just perfect and seemed to provide great ambience to the film.

The use of Bula costumes added to the effects of the film giving it more of a Pacific feel. Don’t be surprised if after the release the Bula-wear becomes the fashion for summer in the UK.


The movie was fun-filled comedy – something to watch with your entire family. And if you are a Status Quo fan, you will surely love Francis and Rick in their roles. Fingers crossed the duo from a band which rocked the music world, will now rock the film world with their appearance in a film for the first time. With Fiji a star."

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18th - Quo appearance on The National Lottery Draw Show (BBC1)

Quo appeared on the National Lottery Draw show on 18th May to promote the 'Bula Quo' movie. Francis and Rick were interviewed at length and then helped release the balls! To close out the show, the band performed the single "Bula Quo" (including the Fijian female singers) and were joined by Matt Letley on drums again.

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24th - Leon Cave announced as the new Quo drummer

The long-awaited announcement of Matt Letley's successor on the Quo drum stool was made via the official Quo website on 24th May, as follows.

"We are pleased to announce that the new addition to Quo's engine room is Leon Cave, who played on Francis's solo tour.

Leon has been in rehearsal with the band and will be playing his debut show on Saturday May 25th at the Wolkenkratzer Festival in Frankfurt, Germany.

34 year old Leon is a talented multi-instrumentalist who also plays guitar and bass. Apart from The Francis Rossi Band, he has toured extensively worldwide and recorded with a wide range of artists and producers."

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25th - Quo concert at Wolkenkratzer Festival, Frankfurt, Germany

Leon Cave's first gig with Quo took place at the Wolkenkratzer Festival in Frankfurt on 25th May. Leon did a fine job and the sizeable crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy Quo's set. Some stunning official photos of Quo in action (including some of Leon) are available here.

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undated - Quo article on Weekend Notes website

The following Bula Quo article appeared on Weekend Notes, entitled "Veteran rock band make it a Quo-tastic year" and written by Andy Coleman.

"Status Quo fans are having a year to remember.

Hot on the heels of shows by the reunited classic line-up of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan, there is news of a new album and tour by the current incarnation of the band, Rossi, Parfitt, Rhino Edwards, Andy Bown and a yet to be announced drummer.

Rossi and Parfitt will also appear on the big screen in the comedy drama movie Bula Quo which opens in cinemas nationwide on July 5. Songs from the film, a mix of new tracks and versions of Quo classics, will be released on a double album on June 10.

The tour, which begins on December 6 at Liverpool Echo Arena and concludes at Newcastle Arena on December 19, is also dubbed Bula Quo and has 10cc as special guests.

Frontman Francis Rossi recalls that even though the film was made on location in Fiji it almost felt like having a proper job.

"We were up at five most mornings, left at six, on the set at seven, and we didn't clear till around 6.15 when the sun went down. It was like proper work, I was falling asleep at half past eight at night. We did three weeks like that, then we did nights, working 6pm till 6am.

"But I enjoyed it immensely. The idea is that John Lovitz, that strange LA comedian, is the baddie, a kind of gangster, who gets tramps off the street to play Russian Roulette, then their organs are nicked and sold. We find the gang and start chasing them, then they chase us. It's supposed to be funny in a ridiculous spoofy way – but one can never tell."

Francis says that he and band member Rick, whose previous acting experience was appearing in episodes of Coronation Street, play themselves in the film.

"We go over there to do a show and we look for this girl called Caroline, played by Laura Aikman from Keith Lemon The Movie, who looks after us over there. Craig Fairbrass is in it; I remember him from London's Burning, but others remember him from Eastenders, he was kinda fun."

As you would expect, the movie features plenty of music.

"There are some originals that we've redone and nine new tracks," Francis says. "There's a good one from Rick and his partner called Go, Go, Go and there's one I did with Bob Frost called Bula Bula Quo (Kua Ni Lega). The bloke who drove us around everywhere, whatever you said to him he replied 'Kua Ni Lega' which is like 'No Worries'. It's quite a good song."

He adds that the soundtrack is very diverse, as opposed to the band's last studio album, Quid Pro Quo, which, he claims, features songs with similar BPM - Beats Per Minute - and in similar keys.

The new songs are all quite different, more like the On The Level album or Piledriver, which had Don't Waste My Time but it also had A Year. A lot of people tend to think the old Quo albums were all just duh 'duh duh duh duh' and they weren't."

The Bula Quo soundtrack album tracklisting is:

CD1 - Looking For Caroline/ Go Go Go/ Run and Hide (The Gun Song)/ Running Inside My Head/ Mystery Island/ All That Money/ Never Leave A Friend Behind/ Fiji Time/ Bula Bula Quo (Kua Ni Lega).

CD2 – Living On An Island (Fiji Style)/ Frozen Hero/ Reality Cheque/ Rockin' All Over The World/ Caroline (live)/ Beginning Of The End (live)/ Don't Drive My Car (live)/ Pictures Of Matchstick Men (live)/ Whatever You Want (live)/ Down Down (live).

The Bula Quo December tour dates are:

Liverpool Echo Arena (6); Birmingham LG Arena (7); Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (8); Plymouth Pavilions (10); Bournemouth BIC (11); Brighton Centre (13); Nottingham Arena (14); London O2 Arena (15); Leeds Arena (17); Glasgow Hydro (18); Newcastle Arena (19)."

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