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Status Quo to rock the Cilffs Pavilion

PUBLISHED: 11:39 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:09 11 August 2010

THEY ROCKED Dagenham on a wet afternoon in Central Park last year - now they re back to rock Southend as part of a tour celebrating 40 years of hits. Status Quo have been the tops for four decades now, and don t show any signs of relenting. At the Charity

THEY ROCKED Dagenham on a wet afternoon in Central Park last year - now they're back to rock Southend as part of a tour celebrating 40 years of hits.

Status Quo have been the tops for four decades now, and don't show any signs of relenting.

At the Charity Rock Concert in Dagenham last August, fans weathered the storm to see their rock heroes perform on stage.

But if you missed out on a chance to hear their act last summer, then make sure you pick up some tickets for what will undoubtedly be an evening of serious rock 'n' roll.

Live Nation are bringing status Quo to the stage once more for a tour covering the length and breadth of the country, during which the band will play at 24 venues across Britain, including The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, in two weeks' time.

Their tour Pictures - 40 Years of Hits is a chance to see one of the world's most enduring and successful live acts.

Quo have entertained and inspired generations of musicians and music lovers with their particular brand of rock.

Last year was huge for them; they performed to sell-out crowds in at least 12 countries around the world.

But as they begin their Pictures tour the veterans pay homage to their army of UK fans, calling them the 'bedrock' of their success.

Founding member of Status Quo, Francis Rossi, says: "The UK tour is going to be very special to us.

"It marks the 40th anniversary of our first ever hit single Pictures of Matchstick Men, and we are going to celebrate in style."

Before that hit, the band - originally named The Scorpions when they first formed in 1962 - had a series of flop recordings when they were signed to Piccadilly Records.

Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster, and Alan Key were all still at Sedgehill Comprehensive School in Beckenham, Kent.

With two guitars and an organ plugged into an amplifier bought for Lancaster as a Christmas present, they started to practise. Alan was soon replaced by Jess Jaworski on organ, and Barry Smith joined the band on the drums.

They changed their name to The Spectres, and played their first gig at the Samuel Jones Sports Club in Dulwich.

Status Quo have come a long way since then.

Francis Rossi adds: "There will be lots of surprises thrown in along the way on this tour.

"We want all our true fans to join us at these special shows so they can become part of a piece of Quo history."

The rock giants will be playing two dates at The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, on February 10 and 11 at 7pm.

All tickets cost £31.50; you must be over 14 to be allowed in the standing area with some seating available in the balcony.

Phone the box office on 01702 351135.


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