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23rd March 2017

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Taking time out from Status Quo's hectic touring schedule, bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards has announced a headlining tour of the UK and Europe for his band Rhino's Revenge, this coming May.

The tour is in conjunction with the 'II' album that was released in late 2015 and was reviewed by our resident Status Quo expert, Johnny Main right here.

The tour kicks off at The Iron Road in Evesham on Friday 5th May before shows at the 100 Club, London (12th), The Holbrook Club, Horsham (13th), Bootleggers, Kendal (18th) and Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (20th). After that, the band head across to mainland Europe for two already sold out shows, the first at Ma Kelly's, Frieschepalen on Thursday 25th May and then the next day they're scheduled to appear at Das Parkhaus in Duisburg.

A previously announced show at in Lambres-lez-Douai in France on Saturday 27th May has been cancelled due to a Quo show at the PGA Championships at Wentworth being scheduled on the same date.

In addition to general admission tickets, VIP packages are available and they include admission, a meet and greet with Rhino' Revenge, a memento laminate and lanyard, a Rhino-branded gift and a voucher offering a 25% discount on anything - other than CDs - bought from the merchandise stand.

Massive Wagons Pay Tribute To Quo Star Parfitt With Charity Release

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As previously reported on, Lancashire noise monsters Massive Wagons have written a new single, 'Back To The Stack', in tribute to one of their musical heroes, Status Quo legend Rick Parfitt. A studio version of the single is now scheduled for release on Monday 24th April, with all proceeds from the sale of the track going directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

'Back To The Stack' is, musically and lyrically, packed full of deft nods to the late Status Quo legend and is a truly fitting homage to Parfitt. Frontman Barry Mills urges everyone to get involved, saying: "Why don't you raise your glass for Rick, cos I'm raising mine!"

The single will be available to buy from the official Massive Wagons site at

'Back To The Stack' is the first tasty musical morsel to emerge from the writing sessions for Massive Wagons' fourth studio album, which follows on from the success of 2016s critically lauded third album, 'Welcome To The World'.

The band have just completed a UK Tour and MetalTalk caught up with them at the show in Glasgow and you can see what happened right here.

Massive Wagons still have a handful of dates confirmed, culminating with an appearance at the Stone Free Festival at London's O2 Arena in June where they'll perform on the Big Entrance Stage. The Stone Free Festival is headlined by Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and the event also boasts performances from Blue Öyster Cult, Sweet, The Answer, Gun and many more.

John Coghlan To Join British Rockers Walkway Onstage

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British rockers Walkway recently recorded a version of the evergreen Status Quo track 'Rain' as a very special tribute to Rick Parfitt, with none other than original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan.

The band, who were formed in 2007 and hail from Diss in Norfolk, have supported Black Stone Cherry, Slade, Bernie Marsden, Graham Bonnet and Status Quo themselves over the years and are quickly gaining momentum as one of the UK's most exciting young bands.

Walkway exclusively spoke to MetalTalk saying: "We can't wait to release this new record, and it is by far our best and contains our strongest material to date - we're sure rock fans are going to love it.

"We're really pleased to have a tribute to the great Rick Parfitt on the album, who we played with many times and who was a fan of our band.

"We wanted to do something special so thought what better way than cover 'Rain' and we were very happy to have John Coghlan playing on the track to give the song a more authentic stamp, and make the tribute that little more special. We'd like to thank both John and Gillie Coghlan for making this possible and for their time."

Following on from the recording, Coghlan has arranged to attend Walkway's upcoming show at Fat Lil's in Witney on Friday 31st March where he'll get up on stage and perform with the band.

Walkway/John Coghlan pictures – © Walkway 2017 (with permission) John Rhino Edwards photo – © Carlan Brain Main exclusively for Main Stage Photography 2017 (with permission).

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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