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27th April 2017

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As we reported back in February, Woking Borough Council have announced the return of their 'Party In The Park' event which is to be held at Woking Park on Saturday 8th July 2017. This year is being re-branded 'Rockin' All Over The Park' as a tribute to one of the town's most famous sons, Status Quo legend Rick Parfitt, who died on 24th December 2016.

The event promises an exciting programme, packed with music, dance, art and entertainment that's guaranteed to take you back in time to the delights of the swinging sixties and psychedelic seventies.

The event will also honour another famous son of the town, Paul Weller of The Jam, and is expected to draw around 20,000 people.

A number of acts are scheduled to play including The Jam'd and King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys but the real coup for the event is the announcement that original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan will headline with his band, John Coghlan's Quo.

In homage to his former fellow bandmate, the group will take partygoers back in time, recreating an authentic 70s Quo Sound and playing classics including 'Backwater', 'Roll Over Lay Down', 'Rain', 'Caroline', 'A Year' and, of course, the ubiquitous 'Rockin' All Over The World'.

The Woking event is just one of the numerous shows being undertaken by the band who are also playing a host of dates across the UK and Europe including Graz, Vriezenveen, Limburg, Verviers, Kidlington, Gorleston, Abingdon, Southampton, Leamington Spa, Stoke on Trent, Mansfield and London.

The band are also on the bill for Rock Against Cancer – Concert At The Kings in All Cannings on Saturday 20th May and the second international Status Quo Convention which is being held at Butlins, Minehead on Sunday 15th October.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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