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That was the Quo month that was ... September 2012



8th - "Bula Quo" article in The Argus newspaper (Sussex, UK)

The following article, entitled "Status Quo get deeper down in Sussex" and penned by John Herring, appeared in Sussex's The Argus newspaper on 8th September.

"Rock legends Status Quo went Down Down as they filmed underwater scenes in Sussex.

Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt were at Hastings Blue Reef aquarium to film shots for their new movie 'Bula Quo'.

The film, due for release next year, was mostly filmed in Fiji and will feature 12 of the band's popular songs and will also star former EastEnders actor Craig Fairbrass.

Chris Ireland, general manager of the Blue Reef, said: "It was amazing to have two music legends on site and it certainly caused quite a stir among staff and visitors."

He added: "It will be great to see what makes it into the final cut and if we can spot the shots taken here."

Rossi and Parfitt worked with local underwater cameraman Patrick Shier, a regular visitor to the aquarium.

He said: "It was great. It was absolutely brilliant and the filming went really well."

The film is being directed by Stuart St Paul, who wrote the script with the band specifically in mind.

He has worked on projects including Aliens, Batman and three Bond movies.

Rossi and Parfitt were awarded OBEs in 2010 for their services to music.

They have also been involved with the Prince's Trust, British Heart Foundation and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy."

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9th - Rick and Francis interviewed on Weekend Wogan (BBC Radio 2)

Rick and Francis were interviewed by Terry Wogan in a makeshift studio in Hyde Park in the run up to their appearance at Radio 2's Festival in a Day on 9th September. They talked about the effort it takes to keep the live show energetic and fresh as well as their longevity. Francis did mention the dreaded "retirement" (in perhaps "a couple of years") but then said he couldn't really imagine not doing Quo either (phew!). Rick also mentioned his lessening locks and the "Quofest" idea. Francis reiterated his love of Muse and Terry played "Down Down".

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9th - Quo concert at Radio 2 Festival In A Day, Hyde Park, London

Quo performed at Radio 2's "Festival In A Day" event in London's Hyde Park on 9th September. Good weather ensured a healthy crowd of around 30,000 and Quo played a storming 40-minute set (Caroline, Something 'bout You Baby I Like, Rain, Rock 'n' Roll 'n' You, In The Army Now, Roll Over Lay Down, Down Down, Whatever You Want and Rockin' All Over The World). Their set was broadcast live on Radio 2 and also on BBC digital TV and the Quo performance drew lots of positive audience and critical acclaim. Other artists appearing on the day included Mick Hucknall, Paloma Faith, Emeil Sande, The Average White Band, Perry, Jessie J and Tom Jones.

Some excellent quality photos of Quo in action in Hyde Park can be found here.

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