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Johnny Main
6th February 2017

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Woking Borough Council have announced the return of their 'Party In The Park' event which is to be held at Woking Park on Saturday 8th July 2017. This year is being re-branded 'Rockin' All Over The Park' as a tribute to one of the towns most famous sons, Status Quo legend Rick Parfitt, who died on 24th December 2016.

The event promises an exciting programme, packed with music, dance, art and entertainment that's guaranteed to take you back in time to the delights of the swingin’ sixties and psychedelic seventies. The event will also honour another famous son of the town, Paul Weller of The Jam, and is expected to draw around 20,000 people to the town.

Woking Borough Council are currently seeking expressions of interest from various parties including musicians, workshop facilitators, traders and stallholders who want to be part of the event, and they can all register their interest via the council's website at

Details have also come to light that Universal Music are planning to give a third trio of classic Quo albums the deluxe edition treatment. The titles being readied for release are 1976s 'Blue For You', 'Just Supposin'' from 1980 and 1981s 'Never Too Late' album, the last studio album to feature original Quo drummer John Coghlan. No details have been released yet regarding any extra tracks that may be included or a release date, however, the albums are set to feature brand new liner notes from Classic Rock magazine scribe Dave Ling.

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In other news, ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan posted on his official Facebook page that producer John Schroeder had died on 31st January 2017, after a long battke with cancer. Schroeder was a producer/songwriter best known for co-writing the UK number one single 'Walkin' Back To Happiness' sung by sixties sensation Helen Shapiro before he moved to Pye Records in the mid-sixties.

At Pye, Schroeder worked with Quo where he produced the band's first hit single, 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men', in 1968 before going on to produce four early Quo albums 'Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo' (1968), 'Spare Parts' (1969), 'Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon' (1970) and 'Dog Of Two Head' (1971).

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**
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)
Saturday 15th July – Brentwood Festival, Brentwood*
Saturday 29th July – Festival Benatska, Ski Areal Liberec*
Friday 4th August – Schlossgarten, Schwetzingen*
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th August - Rewind North Festival, Capesthorne Hall*
Friday 18th - 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*
Saturday 21st October – Rock The Boat 2017** (Departs Sydney, Australia on Monday 16th October 2017)
Tuesday 21st November – Bielefeld, Stadthalle**
Wednesday 22nd November – Hannover Kuppelsaal**
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

Status Quo are:
Francis Rossi – Vocals/Guitars
Andrew Bown – Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals
John ‘Rhino’ Edwards – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Richie Malone – Guitars
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.

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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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