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    1962 - In the Second Year at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, Beckenham, Francis Rossi teams up with fellow orchestra member, Alan Lancaster and another friend, Alan Key. With two guitars and an organ plugged into one Vox AC30 amp that had been bought for Lancaster as a Christmas present, they start to practise, Alan is soon replaced by Jess Jaworski on organ and Barry Smith joins the band on the drums. Originally called The Scorpions, the band change their name to The Spectres and play their first gig at the Samuel Jones Sports Club in Dulwich, South London.While the Spectres rehearse at the nearby Air Cadets base in Dulwich, they meet John Coghlan, then drumming in a band called The Cadets. 1963 - John soon replaces Barry on the drums and the band start to write their own material.
    1964 - After a year of solid rehearsals, the band begin to attract a wider audience. Roy Lynes joins the band playing a Vox Continental organ.
    1967 - Rick Parfitt quits The Highlights following an after gig argument in Liverpool when his twin sister co-stars attack him with their stillettos. The Spectres complete a spectacular hat trick of flops with their third single 'We Ain't Got Nothing Yet'. They change their name to Traffic Jam, release another flop, a song entitled 'Almost But Not Quite There' (the first release written by Francis Rossi) and then settle on the name Status Quo. Rick gets a call from Francis and joins the band in time for the November release of 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men'.
    1968 - Status Quo score their first hit singles with two Top Tens -'Pictures of Matchstick Men'.
    1972 - After two years of constant touring Quo are now accepted as a genuine hard rock band. Following triumphant appearances at the Great Western and Reading Festivals, the band sign a major recording deal with Phonogram's Vertigo label.
    1973 - For the first time, Quo decide to make their new album 'Piledriver' without a producer, the intention being to capture the new live sound on record.
    1974 - The British tour takes Quo to Londons Wembley Arena where they do three sell out nights. 'Break The Rules' reaches Number 8. 'Down Down' hits Number One and the 'Quo' album crashes in to the Album Chart at Number Two.
    1976 - 'Blue For You' becomes another Number One album.
    1979 - 'Whatever You Want' hits Number four in both the Single and Album Charts while 'Living On an Island' reaches Number Sixteen. Quo as always are on the road, doing a European tour of 28 shows in 30 days in hazardous weather conditions and a forty date UK tour starting at Wembley Arena and finishing at the Odeon, Hammersmith with all the dates sold out.
    1982 - Quo's long serving drummer John Coghlan leaves the band and is replaced by former 'Original Mirrors' drummer Pete Kircher. The '1+9+8+2' album enters the Album Chart at Number One. Quo become the first Rock band to play a charity attended by Royalty - A televised show at Birminghams' NEC before HRH Prince Charles to launch his Prince's Trust charity. Quo headline the giant Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donnington.
    1984 - Quo release their thirteenth hit single with 'Goin Down Tonight' (No.20) before announcing that the band will quit live work following the massive 'End Of The Road' world tour.
    1985 - Quo reform to open Live Aid with 'Rockin' All Over The World', the song which was to become the anthem for the biggest live event in music history.
    1987 - It's a year on the road as the band play a huge world tour that includes a string of headline European and Scandinavian festival dates. The bands only British Show is to headline the 25th anniversary Reading Festival.
    1988 - During a sell out European tour, Quo play a record breaking fourteen shows to over 300,000 people at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.
    1990 - Quo play the giant Knebworth Music Therapy festival and together with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits and Genesis, help to raise over £6 million for Music Therapy and the Brits School for performing arts.
    1994 - The band play a special one off charity show at London's Royal Albert hall attended by HRH Prince Charles in aid of the Princes Trust. Quo produce a Number One single for the Manchester United Football Squad when they re-work 'Burning Bridges' as 'Come On You Reds'. 300,000 people se the band perform at the 'Farewell Party' hosted by the Allied forces of Great Britain, France and the USA in Berlin. 'Thirsty Work' is the first new Quo studio album for three years.
    1997 - The 'Can't Stop' tour carries on to Japan, Australia, the USA and the middle east. In April Rick Parfitt was rushed into hospital for a quadruple heart bypass and tour plans throughout the summer months were cancelled.
    Quo returned to the live circuit with a show at Norwich F.C in August, and continued with the annual UK tour in December, which had ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers and his band as special guests. October saw the release of "Whatever You Want - the greatest hits." featuring all of Quo's 41 hits on 2 CD's.
    1999 - A very busy year for Quo, after spending January putting the final touches to the new album, the first gig of the year was in Ramsdau in Austria in early February.
    June saw Quo playing two huge concerts with Michael Jackson and Friends in Munich and Korea, in aid of the children of Kosovo, and from July they toured throughout Sweden, and parts of Denmark.
    2000 - In June and July, Quo played shows in Portugal and Spain, then onto several major European festivals throughout the summer, including appearances at Aalberg and Skandeborg in Denmark in August. The single 'Old Time Rock and Roll' was released in September, before Quo embarked upon a lengthy 29 date UK tour which was split into two legs, the first in October and the second in December, November was taken up with a visit to Australia and a 13 date tour that was launched with a trip for a over 100 guests on The Great South Pacific Express to a remote hamlet called Granchester, where Quo performed a 45 minute set on a flatbed carriage.
    2003 - After the 10 date Australian tour, the band returned to Germany and Denmark for another series of shows. Quo were back in the UK in June for the start of the Forest Tour, a series of mainly National Trust forest venues started with a show at Sherwood Forest.

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