Shaun Michaels (Francis Rossi)
Shaun was introduced to playing the guitar by his Quo-loving Dad at the early age of 7. Within a few months he was already singing and playing in front of 200 people! At the age of 10, Shaun was taken to his first Status Quo concert by his family and was immediately hooked on the band’s music and ‘live’ energy. His whole family were musicians and Quo fans, so they formed their own Quo covers band called ‘Fresh Quota’. This enabled Shaun to start working on his main ambition of becoming the best Francis Rossi in the country, second to the man himself of course! Throughout much of his career, Shaun has played as a solo artist; he wrote and performed his own material which resulted in him being invited to the USA to work on a solo project. Shortly after his return from the States, Shaun realised that his love and enthusiasm for Status Quo was pulling him back to his first ambition of being in a top Quo tribute act. It wasn’t long before he was the main man in Counterfeit Quo and spent seven years fronting the band, during which time his reputation led him to make appearances on stage with the legendary John Coghlan and ‘Rhino’ Edwards. However, differences in opinions on the direction the act was taking forced him to leave and form The Quo Experience with Dave. His new found relationship with Dave, the powerhouse ‘Ricky’ of the band, along with the bonding the pair have achieved within only a few months of meeting, has proven to be the ingredient to enable Shaun and The Quo Experience to achieve what they have always wanted to do. “After all, if you’re going to do something like this properly you need more than just musical talent; it requires a huge amount of passion and enthusiasm along with the dedication and attention to detail that makes it work. For the first time in my life I feel I have found the right people to do it ‘as it should to be done’ and allow the audience to ‘experience’ the power and energy, and fun, of a Quo 'live' show!” Shaun’s charisma and personality onstage makes him the perfect frontman for The Quo Experience, encouraging the audience to feel a part of the ‘Quo institution’, just as Francis has been doing for the past 50 years!
Dave Crawte (Rick Parfitt)
Dave has been a professional musician since he left school. He was a founder member of the renowned New Wave of British Heavy Metal band 'Trespass' which later transformed into 'Blue Blood' for a period during the late 80's and early 90's before reverting to Trespass. Both bands released singles and albums and toured in the UK, Europe and Japan. Dave has been a lifelong, passionate Quo fan since he was converted to the cause after watching them play on Top Of The Pops at boarding school! From that moment on he just wanted to ‘be’ Rick Parfitt and eventually achieved his dream by playing in a quality tribute duo called 'Not Quite Quo' before meeting Shaun (Frame) and forming The Quo Experience: "From the moment I met Shaun I knew we were destined to play together as Rick and Francis, mainly because we both think we are them! It's just one of those things that was meant to be!" Dave is a solid rhythm guitarist who pays attention to the tiny details, making his role in the band as Rick Parfitt, the powerhouse of Quo, as realistic as possible without actually being the man himself!
Brian 'Brino' Smith (Rhino)
Brian has been a Quo fan since he was a child. After playing in covers bands he eventually stumbled into a Quo tribute band after seeing a message on the Status Quo forum advertising for a bass player to cover for someone who was unable to play due to injury. Some years later, he was fortunate enough to meet Rhino at the NEC after a show and forged a friendship that has lasted to this day. Rhino told 'Brino' that, if he wanted to play Rhino properly, he would have to get the Status 'Charger' bass - The next day Brian was a proud owner of a Status Charger and from that day on has stayed up to date with exactly what Rhino uses on stage! Brian now has The Status Charger (retired!), The White Rhino Status and a Status 4000, along with numerous other basses. He also uses a Mark Bass F1 Amp, a Mark Bass BIG BANG amp and two 4x10 104HF cabinets. Brian has performed as 'Rhino' in many Quo tribute bands for over ten years and his experience, along with his talent for playing and performing in a true 'Rhino' style, makes him perfect for The Quo Experience. With Brian pounding out the Rhino bass lines, The Quo Experience will not disappoint the Quo Army fans who want to hear, and expect, that stomach thumping sound!
Graham Partridge (Keyboards)
Graham has been ivory tinkling since he was eight years old, being classically trained on the piano and church organ. The plastic palm trees of the dance halls and clubs soon beckoned and he has played professionally throughout his life. With extensive touring experience in various bands, including many theatre tours, Graham fits in perfectly to the line-up of The Quo Experience. He has also been a life-long Quo fan but only now has he been able to fulfil his dream of playing in the style of Andy Bown. Graham is a superb keyboard player who captures the magic of Andy Bown's playing and vocals perfectly, which certainly takes The Quo Experience to a new level.
Alex Bayou (Drums)
Alex started playing the drums from the incredibly early age of 4 when his father introduced him to Status Quo by playing him the video of their 25th anniversary show at Butlins! After studying drums at a Drum Tech in London, Alex has now been playing professionally for 15 years with bands such as Bad Manners, The Cozy Powell Band and has had the privilege to work with the one and only Brian May! Alex also has recording experience having played on albums such as Nigel Bennett’s solo album (guitarist with The Members). His love for Status Quo has meant that he has always had a burning desire to play in a quality Quo act, so when the chance to join The Quo Experience came along he jumped at it! Alex’s Jeff Rich and Matt Letley style of drumming, along with Brian's ‘Rhino’ bass lines, gives the The Quo Expeience the powerful rhythm section necessary to achieve the heart pounding stomp of a real ‘live’ Quo performance!
Meet Terry Turtle, the official mascot of East Staging! Terry travels everywhere with Phil Bennett, the owner of East Staging. You may well see Terry popping his head up somewhere onstage at our shows!
Phil Bennett is a Bose Pro Partner and will be providing a 40k Bose rig at most of The Quo Experience shows around the country to help us achieve the sounds and visuals every Quo fan expects. Phil will also be providing quality staging and lighting wherever possible and we are proud to be associated with him and his company, not forgetting Terry Turtle of course!
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