QUOTICKER ---> America Special

The year 2003 started with a spoof. South american Quo fans were happy when it was known that QUO came over for 2 gigs in Brazil. On February 14 Status Quo appeared in ITV-Hall of Sao Paulo in front of a 3.000 crownd and the next day they performed in the 12 million city of Rio de Janeiro. This gig was attended by only 300 people - brazuil fans later talked of problem with the local promoter and about no promotion at all. The brazilian Status Quo website published beautiful pics about the 2 concerts -> brazil pics .

One week later Status Quo visited Mexico. February 22 and 23 saw Quo performing at the football stadium of Neza. From the first gig is a press cutting. The translated summary goes like this: "The english band Status Quo attracted 8.000 people in the football stadium. Last Saturday 8.000 rock fans flocked in the football stadium of the town to see the first mexican gig of Status Quo. The age of the audience was between 18 and 35 years. At 4 p.m. the gates were open, but there were problems to control the crowd, because of too less security personal. At 8.15 p.m. Mister Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt came on stage. A fantastic performance with the highlights of the songs von "Rocking all over the world", "Whatever you want", "Caroline", "Roadhouse Blues" (!?) and the songs of the new album "Heavy Traffic". On stage too the bass player John "Rhino" Edwards, Andrew Bown (key) and Matthew Lettley on drums. The band knows how to entertain the mass of people and they earned a lot of applause for their music. They took the 8.000 fans on a journey through 3 decades of rock n roll. And out of the series "Spain for Status Quo fans" you can read the original spain article on the link here. -> Neza press cutting in spanish language From the 2. concert there was no press cutting.

From February 25 onwards then 7 gigs in USA and 1 gig in Canada, where Status Quo appeared in 1997 for 3 gigs. USA is the country where Quo was never doing big. So this time the fans talked about good gigs, but the crowds were rather less and the media presence was very low. Nevertheless it was most surprising when in March a press cutting appeared in the weekly magazine "Entertainment Today" about the Hollywood gig. -> press cutting Hollywood

The 4 pics here are from the gig in Chicago, March 3 and this litte report was sent in by Larry: "The House of Blues is good crowded, around 700 people are there and especially the mexicans are in a good mood. The venue is not a big concert hall more a club atmosphere and during the gig the waitress walks through the audience to serve drinks. The pictures are taken from a litte opera box and they catch the whole stage." **** click on the pics to see them big