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That was the Quo month that was ... September 2002



13th - Quo on 2000th "Top of the Pops" show (BBC1)

To celebrate their 2000th show, "Top of the Pops" ran a special show featuring the stalwart acts from its history. Quo, of course, were included via "Rockin' All Over The World" - the following promo appeared on the Top of the Pops website in the week leading up to the show.

"There was simply NO way we were gonna have a 2000th show without the indestructable Quo and their tri-chord magnificance, so stick your thumbs in your beltloops and rock out (as much as your corset will allow) to Rocking All Over The World.

Rick and Francis have racked up over 100 TOTP performances over the last thousand years, and God knows how they do it but they're still belting 'em out to the army of guitar-hungry fans.

In a recent Pops interview, Rick said: "To be here doing Top of the Pops again, I mean, you just can't imagine how when we first heard that we've got Top of the Pops. I was in my car and nearly smashed it up!" Easy tiger!"

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19th - Quo interviewed by Simon Mayo (Radio 5)

Rick and Francis appeared with Simon Mayo on September 19th, to be interviewed about the forthcoming new album, "Heavy Traffic".

The half-hour slot also included extracts from the new album, in the shape of "Blues and Rhythm", "All Stand Up", and "Heavy Traffic".

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21st - Quo on The Richard and Judy Show

Quo appeared on the ever-popular "Richard and Judy" daytime TV show on September 21st. A brief interview was followed by a stage performance of "Jam Side Down".

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22nd - Broadcast of "The One and Only" (ITV)

The Quo TV special, as recorded at the BBC studios on Wood Lane in July (click here for more details of the recording), was aired on ITV on Sunday 22nd September at 4.30pm.

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23rd - "Heavy Traffic" released in Europe

The long-awaited new album, "Heavy Traffic", hit the shelves in Europe on Monday 23rd September. Released on Universal (catalogue number 018 790-2), UK 'special edition' copies include the bonus track "Money Don't Matter", whilst Dutch copies have "Anniversary Waltz" as a less interesting bonus track.

Full-length album promo CDs are worth getting hold of, as are any of the promo CD singles from previews for the album and its singles. Note that early copies of the album will show track 2 as simply "Never Say Never".

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23rd - Francis Rossi on The Album Chart Show with Simon Mayo (Radio 2)

Francis was interviewed by Simon Mayo on the album chart show on Monday 23rd September, following the release of "Heavy Traffic". The 12-minute slot included playbacks of "Do It Again" and "Solid Gold".

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24th - Francis & Rick interviewed by Danny Baker (BBC Radio London Breakfast Show)

Francis and Rick appeared on the BBC Radio London Breakfast Show, to be interviewed by Danny Baker as part of the promotion for the new album, "Heavy Traffic". The 18-minute interview can be found on the interview archive for this show, click here to visit the archive.

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25th - Francis & Rick interviewed by Mike Osman (Capital Gold Breakfast Show)

Francis and Rick appeared on the Capital Gold Breakfast Show, to be interviewed by Mike Osman as part of the promotion for the new album, "Heavy Traffic". Alongside the interview were included playbacks of "Rockin' All Over The World", "All Stand Up" and "Rock 'n' Roll".

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30th - Francis Rossi on The Album Chart Show with Simon Mayo (Radio 2)

Francis again appeared on the Album Chart Show, to be interviewed by Simon Mayo following the entry of "Heavy Traffic" into the album chart at number 15. The 4-minute slot also included playback of "Diggin Burt Bacharach".

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undated - Rick interview in Classic Rock magazine

An interview with Rick Parfitt appeared in the September issue of Classic Rock magazine. A good quality scan of the article with great new photos can be viewed here.

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undated - Oasis article in NME credits Quo

The following article about Oasis appeared in the UK music paper NME. Note the interesting credit of Quo here!

After being branded 'OASIS-QUO' by their detractors for years, OASIS have finally teamed up with veteran rockers STATUS QUO and will release a single in the New Year - courtesy of DEATH IN VEGAS.

The track 'Scorpio Rising', from the Death In Vegas album of the same name, features Liam Gallagher on vocals. The album sleevenotes carries a songwriting credit for Status Quo's Francis Rossi and says the song "contains elements of 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men'". The song, a psychedelic number written, Rossi claims, when he was on the toilet, was Status Quo's first hit in 1967. It went Top Ten in the UK and climbed to Number 12 in the US.

During the height of the Britpop Oasis v Blurwars of 1995, Damon Albarn said that due to their repetition of simple chords and phrases, Oasis should call themselves Oasis-Quo. Noel Gallagher took the slight on the chin and began wearing a T-shirt bearing the legend ‘Quoasis’. The Quo references faded during the last few years... until now.

'Scorpio Rising' looks likely to be released in January 2003.

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undated - Quo featured on "Top of the Pops Supersites" (BBC web site)

Quo were honoured by Top of the Pops and given their own 'supersite' on the BBC web site. You can visit the supersite by clicking here.

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