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'Bula Quo' DVD
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In case you weren't aware, there are two different versions of Status Quo currently active. The first is the "Classic" Quo line up (dubbed "The Frantic Four") which has drummer John Coghlan and bass player Alan Lancaster, who featured in the band during the seventies, and early eighties alongside Quo stalwarts Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt who have announced a final set of tour dates for this line up in Europe during March and April where they only play material from the seventies back catalogue only.

The other band is "current" Quo (also referred to as "Panto" or "Cabaret" Quo) comprising of Rossi and Parfitt alongside bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards, keyboard player Andy Bown and new drummer Leon Cave, who have just completed their annual Winter tour playing all the big hits from the seventies and eighties with other material recorded in the late eighties and beyond.

This band are currently taking a break until the end of April when they will be undertaking several high profile slots on the European festival circuit.

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With two versions of Quo out there doing their thing, you'd think that Quo fans would be joyfully rejoicing but unfortunately quite the opposite seems to be the situation. Y'see a large proportion of Quo fans seem to think that the former line up can do no wrong and the latter line up can do no right! 'Bula Quo' is one such project that has divided opinion too. So what's it all about?

Well, put simply, 'Bula Quo' is the band's first foray into acting as part of an eighty eight minute adventure/comedy film directed by Stuart St Paul. The important word there is "comedy" - something which the Quo fans seem to be ignoring. This is not an attempt to make a serious drama for which will be lauded by critics and awarded handfuls of BAFTAS or Academy Awards. Indeed this is not the first time a rock band have made a film either - who can forget about The Beatles in 'Help!' or 'A Hard Day's Night' or KISS with their 'Phantom Of The Park' film way back in 1978?

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'Bula Quo!' even has some bonafide actors in it with Craig Fairbrass (London's Burning and Eastenders), Laura Aikman (The Bill and Casualty) as well as US actor Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live and Two And A Half Men) to help the film along - and if you appreciate a well made, funny film this is one that you shouldn't miss.

The premise is very simple - Status Quo are in the lush and beautiful island of Fiji when they unwittingly stumble across a gambling den. After witnessing a murder, the band flee clutching the only evidence of the crime and attempt to evade capture and (probably) their own murder.

It's nice to see Quo out with the confines of the stage or studio and the natural comic of Rossi and Parfitt shines through the film. There's a lot to like about this movie - not least a batch of new songs including 'Looking Out For Caroline' and 'Go Go Go' as well as the catchy title song. For me though, one of the best moments in the movie comes from Lovitz who, when face to face with our heroes, comments - "Another one bites the dust - oh no, that's not one of yours!" If that doesn't make you smile - then surely nothing will!

You can watch the official trailer for 'Bula Quo' here:

Current Band Members:
Francis Rossi – Guitar/Vocals
Rick Parfitt – Guitar/Vocals
John “Rhino” Edwards – Bass/Backing Vocals
Andy Bown – Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Leon Cave – Drums


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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