TQE are pleased to announce Jay Griffin as the new drummer in the band following the departure of Leon Smith due to unavoidable personal circumstances. Jay played his first show with the band at Haverhill Arts Centre on 13th April and all involved with TQE are looking forward to many more shows with Jay as a full member of the band.
We would also like to welcome Sam Turnbull as the new manager of TQE. Sam has plenty of experience in promotion and management and we are looking forward to working with her to push TQE forward as the UK's Number One Status Quo Tribute Band!
As from today, David 'Woody' Wood has returned as 'Francis Rossi' in The Quo Experience. Woody has been juggling between the roles of Rossi and Rhino for the last few months while Matt Letley has been performing with the band but is now extremely pleased to return to his preferred role as full-time Francis Rossi.
We are pleased to announce two more local bookings... September 15th 2018 at The Mill Arts & Events Centre in Rayleigh, Essex and February 15th 2019 at The Quay Theare in Sudbury, Suffolk. Ticket links are on our Gig List page, if available yet.
More dates and booking links have been added to our gig list page including Norwich, Maidenhead and Blyth.
Dates for 'The Quo Experience Featuring Matt Letley' shows during 2018 have been annouced so and so far are as follows:
April 6th - Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock
May 3rd - Billingham Forum
May 12th - Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe
June 8th - Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
July 21st - White Rock Theatre, Hastings
July 22nd - The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Sept 1st - Princess Theatre, Hunstanton
New dates for 2018 have been added to the website gig list where you will also find links to how to book tickets for our upcoming shows today!
Five years ago, this week, Matt Letley announced he was leaving Status Quo after over 12yrs with the band. Now, five years to the day of his final UK performance with Status Quo, The Quo Experience is delighted to announce that Matt Letley will be joining the band for a number of shows around the UK during 2018.
As full-time drummer with Status Quo between 2000 and 2013, Matt is beyond doubt a Status Quo legend! He has been dearly missed by many thousands of Quo fans around the world and all involved with TQE feel proud and privileged to have him on board as an on-going part of the team in the New Year.
Matt performed with The Quo Experience at The White Rock in Hastings back in July, and enjoyed working with the band so much that he has offered his services again following the return of Shaun Michaels as 'Francis Rossi'.
Matt says that the special chemistry he felt onstage with Shaun as 'Rossi' and Dave Crawte as 'Rick Parfitt' was a key factor in attracting him to perform with TQE again, describing the experience as 'an excellent show, really capturing the essence of the Quo I played with for 13 years - the attention to detail was awesome.'
Completing the line-up for the Matt Letley shows will be Del Fletcher, on bass, and original TQE member Graham Partridge as ‘Andy Bown’, who sees his and fellow band members' loyalty and commitment to the Quo cause validated by Matt's impending arrival. Roll on 2018!
Watch this space for the very special dates when you can see ‘The Quo Experience with Special Guest Matt Letley’ in 2018.
The Quo Experience is delighted to announce the return of Shaun Michaels, as Francis Rossi, from the start of the New Year.
Shaun founded TQE with Dave Crawte back in June 2016 but stepped down from the band at the end of July 2017 for personal reasons.
Happily, he is thrilled to be coming back, and is looking forward immensely to performing on stage again, re-establishing his partnership with Dave as Francis and Rick.
Shaun says “I was gutted when I had to step down from my role as Francis Rossi in TQE, but I was not in a position to continue working professionally in such a busy band. I have worked hard on my health and fitness over the last few months and feel so pleased and privileged to find myself having a second chance to do what I love and do what I do best!”
The Quo Experience, and Shaun, cannot make this announcement without thanking David Wood, aka ‘Woody’, for stepping in as Francis Rossi and doing such an amazing job for the last five months. Woody understands the importance of founder member Shaun being back as 'Rossi', and is looking forward to continuing with the band as stage manager, a role he was about to take on before his sudden change in circumstances! Woody is an amazing young talent and we are sure he will get his chance to show people what he can do onstage again at some point in the future.