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2.d. What do they do in their spare time? (Status Quo)




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This article is from the Status Quo FAQ, by Mike Dimmick dimmicmj@aston.ac.uk with numerous contributions by others.

2.d. What do they do in their spare time? (Status Quo)

Jeff and Rhino frequently play in a band commonly known on the
mailing list as the '4 Bills'. Here's what Lee Hawkins
<LHAWKINS@dsl.uk.ibm.com> has to say about them:

"'4 Bills And A Ben', to give them their full title, are a
band in which John Edwards and Jeff Rich frequently play. The
band does not have a fixed line-up, it changes with the
availability of its members. For example, the 4 Bills will
continue to perform when Quo are out on tour, thus John and
Jeff get replaced on bass and drums. All the musicians in the
4 Bills "pool" are highly rated musicians. For example, Spike
Edney (ex-Queen keyboard player) sometimes plays on keyboards
and guitar, and Steve Byrd (from Tina Turner's band) is a
regular on lead guitar. The only 'fixed' member of the group
is front man Johnny Warman, a singer songwriter from London,
who is an excellent singer and energetic performer.

"As for their music, it's largely 60s/70s rock 'n' roll and a
bit of soulish stuff thrown in. Covers from people like The
Rolling Stones, The Who, Animals, that kind of era. Don't
expect any Quo covers though, that's not the point. Typically,
they play 90 minutes to two hours and their show is very
energetic. Venues tend to be small, their 'second home' is the
famous Half Moon in Putney, a renowned London music pub but
they also play benefit gigs at schools and clubs, usually in
the London area."

You can find out more about where they're playing by emailing
Lee; he tends to follow their movements.

Alex Gitlin added:

"Now, as a side fact, Steve Byrd was the guitarist in the very
first incarnation of GILLAN - the band formed in 1979, out of
the shambles of Ian Gillan Band (which, in turn, was Deep
Purple vocalist Ian Gillan's 70s jazz-rock outfit). He was
soon replaced by Bernie Torme - in time for the recording of
"Glory Road" (1980) which is, apparently, where the Quo
connection ends."

A bit irrelevant, but I thought I'd put it in anyway.

 

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