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Johnny Main
27th March 2017

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"Is There Anybody Out There That Wants To Rock?"

The official Status Quo Fan Club have announced their second ever International Status Quo Fan Club Convention which is due to take place back where it all started for the band - Butlins in Minehead – between Friday 13th and Monday 16th October 2017.

It was in 1965 that Quo stalwarts Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt first met at Butlins in Minehead with Rossi inviting Parfitt to join the band shortly after, so where better to celebrate Quo's longevity than with a Quo weekend at Butlins.

The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton (who famously introduced them on Quo's 'Live!' album) also scheduled to appear. An act recently announced for the event is Young And Moody, which features long-time Quo cohort Bob Young along with ex-Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody.

A number of tribute bands have also been lined up to provide entertainment including Scotland's own Quo tribute band Backwater along with Quo-Incidence, Quo No!, Dog Of Two Head as well as Sound Of Status who are travelling all the way from Sweden for the event. Other acts set to take the stage include a special appearance by Glam Rock and 1970s tribute band Glamdads and a performance from hard rockers Predatur.

Tickets are on sale now and can be bought exclusively from the Butlins website at along with onsite accommodation, though you’d better be quick as some accommodation options have already sold out.

For those using public transport to get to the event, there will be mini buses/coaches from Bristol Airport, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Coach Station leaving at 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Friday 13th October for the two hour trip to Butlin's and a return coach will be on Monday 16th October, leaving at 9.30am.

The Convention will be held at Butlin's Resort, Warren Road, Minehead, TA24 5SH.

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In other Quo News, Universal Music are pressing ahead with their 7" singles box sets with the news that the second box, 'The Vinyl Singles Collection 1980 – 1984', which features all the 7" singles from the first half of the eighties including major hits like 'What You're Proposing', 'Something 'Bout You Baby I Like', 'Dear John' and 'Ol' Rag Blues' has been scheduled for release.

Due on Friday 2nd June 2017, this is the second in a series of five limited edition sets which takes the listener through the output of the truly seminal band in a transitional period that saw them play the opening of Live Aid and become one of the nation's favourite bands.

All the singles, mastered from original tapes, will be presented in their original sleeves (picture and house bags) and offers twelve 7" black heavyweight vinyl records housed in a rigid lift-off lid box. Each set will also contain a digital download code included inside each box.

The box set which also features a booklet with quotes and chart history on each single along with a selection of rare foreign covers and memorabilia is fully supported by the band, and is a phenomenal collection that will be cherished by Quo fans the world over.

'The Vinyl Singles Collection 1980 – 1984' tracklist:
Disc One: What You're Proposing/A B Blues
Disc Two: Lies/Don't Drive My Car
Disc Three: Something 'Bout You Baby I Like/Enough Is Enough
Disc Four: Rock N' Roll/Hold You Back/Backwater
Disc Five: Dear John/I Want The World To Know
Disc Six: She Don't Fool Me/Never Too Late
Disc Seven: Jealousy/Calling The Shots
Disc Eight: Caroline (Live At The N.E.C.)/Dirty Water (Live at the N.E.C.)
Disc Nine: Ol' Rag Blues/Stay The Night
Disc Ten: A Mess Of Blues/Big Man
Disc Eleven: Marguerita Time/Resurrection
Disc Twelve: Going Down Town Tonight/Too Close To The Ground

You can see Status Quo live here:
Tuesday 18th April: Nordea Concert House, Tallinn*
Wednesday 19th April: Kultuuritalo, Helsinki*
Thursday 20th April: Logomo, Turku*
Saturday 22nd April: Partille Arena, Partille*
Sunday 23rd April: Fryshuset Arena, Stockholm*
Tuesday 25th April: Sentrum Scene, Oslo*
Friday 28th April: Naestved Arena, Naestved*
Saturday 29th April: Lillebaeltshallen, Middelfart*
Tuesday 2nd May: Salle Pleyel, Paris* (Re-scheduled show from December 2016)
Tuesday 20th June: Inverness Leisure Centre, Inverness**
Wednesday 21st June: York Barbican, York**
Sunday 25th June: The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA, Norwich**
Thursday 29th June: Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Barcelona**
Saturday 1st July: Royal Albert Hall, London**
Thursday 7th July: Zwickau, Freilichtbühne*
Sunday 9th July: Freilichtbühne, Loreley, St Goarshausen* (with ZZ Top)
Monday 10th July: Junge Garde, Dresden*
Wednesday 12th July: SparkassenPark, Mönchengladbach* (with ZZ Top)
Thursday 13th July: Sommersound Marktplatz, Schopfheim*
Saturday 15th July: Brentwood Festival, Brentwood*
Wednesday 26th July: Schloss Kapfenburg (open air), Lauchheim*
Saturday 29th July: Festival Benatska, Ski Areal Liberec*
Sunday 30th July: Suikerrock, Tienen*
Thursday 3rd: Saturday 5th August: Wacken 2017 Open Air Festival, Wacken*
Friday 4th August: Schlossgarten, Schwetzingen*
Sunday 6th August: Rewind North Festival, Capesthorne Hall*
Sunday 20th August: Rewind South Festival, Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames*
Friday 25th August: Summerdays Festival, Arbon*
Saturday 26th August: Seaside Festival, Spiez*
Thursday 31st August: Platz vor dem Bischofspalais, Rottenburg*
Wednesday 11 October: Vector Arena, Auckland*
Friday 13 October: The STAR Gold Coast (Jupiters)*
Sunday 15 October: Opera House, Sydney*
Saturday 21st October: Rock The Boat 2017** (Departs Sydney, Australia on Monday 16th October 2017)
Tuesday 24 October: Hamer Hall, Melbourne*
Friday 27th October: Dubai Opera House, Dubai*
Tuesday 21st November: Bielefeld, Stadthalle**
Wednesday 22nd November: Hannover Kuppelsaal**
Thursday 23rd November: Poppodium 013, Veemarktstraat, Tilburg**
Monday 11th December: Friedrich-Stadt-Palast, Berlin**
Tuesday 12th December: Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle**
Wednesday 13th December: Baden Baden, Festspielhaus**
Friday 15th December: Stuttgart, Liederhalle**
Saturday 16th December: Halle/Saale, Friedrich Händel Halle**
Monday 18th December: Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle**
Tuesday 19th December: Hamburg, Mehr! Theater**
Wednesday 21st December: Nürnberg, Meistersingerhalle**

* - Electric
** - Acoustic

Tickets for UK shows are available right here.

Status Quo are:
Francis Rossi – Vocals/Guitars
Andrew Bown – Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals
John 'Rhino' Edwards – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Richie Malone – Guitars/Vocals
Leon Cave – Drums/Backing Vocals

Please Note: Tickets for the show on 4th December 2016 at Zénith de Paris will not be valid for 2nd May concert at Salle Pleyel. People who are unable to attend the concert on 2nd May can get a refund for their tickets only at the point of sale where the tickets were originally purchased. If you wish to attend the show, you must return the ticket for the 4th December concert at the point of sale where it was purchased, and buy a new ticket for the 2nd May show.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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