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That was the Quo month that was ... October 2020

1st - Richie Malone interview on Shouse Rules (US)

Richie appeared on the Shouse Rules show and the video of the interview was uploaded to YouTube on 1st October. It was a very entertaining seventy-minutes with the host, Phil Shouse, being an obvious fan and very knowledgeable about Quo (he is actually in a US Quo tribute band, The Fanatic Four)

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2nd - Announcement of cancellation of "A Night In With Francis Rossi" virtual show

The "A Night In With Francis Rossi" virtual show destined to take place on 8th October was cancelled, with an official announcement being made on 2nd October. Yet another victim of the coronavirus pandemic! The press release follows.

"Francis Rossi - Digital Show - Cancellation by Promoter

The Government this week introduced a new raft of restrictions in different parts of the UK. This covers the area in which Francis's digital show had been due to be filmed. Given the changes, the promoter has concluded that the broadcast should be cancelled to avoid any unnecessary risk to those involved and/or the wider community. Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of all.

We extend our apologies to those who had bought tickets, which will be refunded in full. Francis is looking forward to resuming his I Talk Too Much tour in Spring 2021 and to taking questions from fans, signing autographs and meeting people at the pre-show Meet 'n' Greets during it.

As an organisation, we have to adhere to Government guidance, frustrating though that might be and though it will cause disappointment to all who were looking forward to watching next week's show. We look forward to Francis's tour in 2021."

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13th - Alan Lancaster items in Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia auction

A number of Alan Lancaster's Quo-related items were offered in the Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia auction on 13th October. The results were as follows, with all prices being in UK pounds (and include the buyers premium on sold lots):

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22nd - Francis article in The Mirror (UK)

The following article about Francis's recent eye surgery appeared in the UK's Mirror newspaper on 22nd October, titled "Status Quo's Francis Rossi 'is a new man' after cataract operation saved his eyesight" and written by Jeremy Armstrong.

Status Quo star Francis Rossi is ready to rock all over the world again after a cataract operation saved his eyesight.

Rossi, 71, said: "Now I know why people wear sunglasses.

"I used to think everyone was just showing off with them. But after my cataract operation I was like, 'Oh, I see... it's really bright'."

The Rockin' All Over the World hitmaker spent lockdown at home in Purley, South London, but is back writing and recording music.

He says he is "enjoying the creative process" now he can see clearly.

Rossi had corrective laser eye surgery in 2015 but the cataracts became a problem late last year.

He said it looked like Vaseline was smeared on his glasses.

And he urged anyone beset by blurred vision to get their eyes checked, though he admits nerves before the procedure in January.

He said: "I was thinking, 'Don't f***ing explain it... I'll be out of here like a shot! Now I tell everyone they should have it done because it's such a big plus.

"I don't wear glasses any more."

His op at the London Cataract Centre involved replacing the clouded lens behind the iris with an artificial one.

Rossi added: "When you hear people talk about cataracts it's almost like someone saying, 'You're going to have your testicles cut off.

"But the thing people should realise is it's so bloody quick, it only takes a couple of minutes. If all surgical procedures were that quick I'd have everything done."

Eye surgeon David Allamby, director of the London Cataract Centre, said around 400,000 cataract operations were carried out in the UK every year.

He added: "Most patients return to having very good sight. The procedure is a simple one and can normally be carried out without the need for a general anaesthetic."

A private cataract op is £1,995 to £2,620 per eye.

Rossi's 60-date spoken-word tour I Talk Too Much, stopped by Covid, has been rearranged for next year."

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30th - Leon Cave performed "Rockin' All Over The World" with the Sweet Charity Choir Online (UK)

Leon took part in the Sweet Charity Choir's online (live streamed) event on 30th October. The hour-long performance included Rockin' All Over The World featuring Leon on drums and he really seemed to enjoy himself!

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