John Coghlan gave the first of his "An Audience with John Coghlan" presentations in Aldershot on September 19th, the event also coinciding with his birthday! The event was sold out and the lucky few got to enjoy a real treat from John. Firstly, he answered questions about his time in Status Quo along with some excellent archival Quo footage. After a brief break, John was back (playing his original 60s drum kit!) with the boys from Predatur (Baz, Mick and Pete) to play an hour-long heaven-sent Quo set, as follows:
The first gig of the much-anticipated "Pictures" tour took place on September 27th at Newcastle's City Hall. The packed crowd would be the first to witness the new stage set (which included three huge video screens as a stage backdrop) and the fantastic new setlist, as follows:
Photos of the amazing new stage set and the band in action in Newcastle can be found here and here. The following review of the show appeared on Chronicle Live, written by Gary Beckwith of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
"HAVING witnessed another dismal display at St James’s Park I was looking forward to being uplifted by a different cockney Mafia outfit, of sorts, who were in town on Saturday night.
This year sees the Quo on the road for a UK and European tour as they unleash their latest release – Pictures: 40 Years of Hits, a multi-format collection spanning their incredible chart career.
The band has been rocking all over the world in some shape or form since the late 60s.
In this time they have achieved numerous musical records, such as: performing to an estimated total audience in excess of 25 million; travelling some four million miles; spending 23 years away from home; playing 40 Wembley gigs; enjoying more hits than any other group in rock and roll history (more than 60 as of 2007); surviving a quadruple heart by-pass operation (Rick Parfitt); a cancer scare (Parfitt again); the first rock band to appear in Coronation Street; and switching on the Blackpool illuminations, the list is impressive and endless.
Of course there’s also their music and, to a brimming City Hall of young and old, the band pounded out four decades of hits.
Opening with Caroline, the two-hour set was a whirlwind of energetic boogie and infectious rock and roll which had the audience on its feet all night.
Exhibiting the energy and passion normally reserved for younger bands, the lads ploughed their way through the night, engaging the crowd with tracks such as Whatever You Want, In The Army Now, In My Chair, Down Down and Pictures Of Matchstick Men.
The as-ever waistcoat-clad Rossi was immaculate on every song and even found time to crack jokes in his cockney twang with the crowd, as well as letting us take over the singing on numerous occasions.
Parfitt and his blond flowing rock locks exhibited his more-than-capable rock crooning abilities on a few occasions and there were some rousing harmonica sections from keyboard/guitarist and backing singer Andy Brown.
Bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards swaggered his way through the night and prompted the legion of Geordie fans to clap, sing and dance to every tune.
A medley of older hits seemed to last forever, not that the crowd were complaining.
The five-piece hardly stopped for breath all night, the only interim being a short five minutes which was filled with a solo effort from drummer Matt Letley.
Bathed in a healthy rock sweat, the band graciously performed a rousing encore and as they left the stage you couldn’t help but think they’ve got another four decades left in them.
Pictures: 40 Years Of Hits is released on November 3 followed swiftly by the Quo’s first ever Christmas single It’s Christmas Time, amazingly their 75th UK single.
Still going strong and giving what everyone wants. Come on the Quo!"Revisit the September 2008 event list
A new interview with Alan Lancaster was published on the Association Quo France website during September - you can read the full interview here.Revisit the September 2008 event list
The Australian band Twentysevens who supported Quo on their 2006 Winter tour in the UK have released a DVD-based documentary of their experiences, called "Keeping (Up With) The Status Quo". The DVD "is a fascinating insight into life on the road with Quo as seen through the eyes of their Australian support act" and is available for order online from here.Revisit the September 2008 event list