Quo played a warm-up for their big Hyde Park appearance with an "Aquostic" show at the stunning Union Chapel in Islington on 9th September.
The venue was incredible, the atmosphere from the big crowd (there were 30 tickets left) was awesome, and the band played very tightly with this mix of Aquostic 1 and 2 songs. I realise it's not everyone's cup of tea but played live it's very enjoyable and surprisingly heavy in parts (and was very loud in such a small venue). The reception from this crowd was fantastic and I had a great time (again).
Rhino and Freddie mingled with fans in the bar for an hour or so after the gig, so that was a nice chance for people to meet them. Dave Ling (from Classic Rock) was also in the bar.
Thanks to FTMO for organising it and giving us the chance to see a great performance in an incredible setting. Another great Quo night, simple as that for me.
The setlist follows and note that they played "That's A Fact" and "Hold You Back" again at the end for a video recording, so they ended up playing for about an hour.
A couple of excellent reviews - with good photos - are available here and here.
On a stunning warm and clear Sunday, Quo played to a crowd of 60,000+ in London's Hyde Park on 11th September. They played the same set as at the Union Chapel gig and got an amazing reception from this big - and largely neutral -audience. They were followed by Madness and Elton John as part of this Radio 2 "festival ina day", which was also broadcast on TV and radio. A fine performance to a big crowd and the Quo fans among the 60,000-odd punters had a great time.
The following press release appeared on the official Quo website on 15th September, sad news for Quo fans!
"Status Quo regret to announce that guitarist Rick Parfitt has been ordered to rest for the remainder of the year at the very least following on from his heart attack and associated complications following a Quo show in Turkey on June 14th.
This means, of course, that he will be unable to take part in the forthcoming ‘Last Night Of The Electrics’ European and UK tour which commences in Vienna, Austria on October 12th.
Simon Porter, the band’s manager comments, “Although Rick is recovering well and is now able to lead a relatively normal day to day life, he is far from being fit enough to undertake the rigours of Quo’s touring schedule. Perhaps now is the time to reveal that Rick actually ‘died’ for several minutes directly following his heart attack which resulted in mild cognitive impairments for which he continues to receive neuropsychological support. His medical team continue to be confident of a full recovery, but Rick’s absolute priorities for the foreseeable future are for his health and wellbeing and to be able to see his eight year old twin children Tommy and Lily grow up. To this end, Rick may well have performed his last show with Quo, but no final decision will be made until next year. Regardless, it is his wish that the band continue to tour as planned and he will always be a part of Quo’s numerous other off stage activities”.
Rick has given his full blessing for the band to continue to honour their touring schedule in order to not let down the fans. Until the end of 2016, Status Quo will continue to utilise guest musicians. Irish guitarist Richie Malone, who is currently playing with the band, will continue in this role at least until the end of Quo’s European schedule which concludes in Paris on December 4th. Freddie Edwards, son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards also stepped in for Rick during some of the Summer shows.
Rick will also use his convalescence period to compose songs for a long overdue solo album which he plans to record early next year. In the meantime, both Rick and the band would like to thank the fans for their continued understanding and support."Revisit the September 2016 event list