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Picturesque Matchstickable Live 1967-1969

Band members: Mike Francis Rossi (vocals,guitars), Richard Parfitt (vocals, rhythm guitar), Alan Lancaster (vocals, bass), John Coghlan (drums), Roy Lynes (keyboards).

At this stage of their career (end of 1967) the band was still the backing band for Madeline Bell (signed until February 1968) and supported Gene Pitney* and Scott Walker** later on their UK tours in the spring of 1968 or the Small Faces*** in early 1969 for their German / Austrian tour. 
Setlist:
mostly cover versions and songs from their debut album.
Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Ice In The Sun, Lucille, Paradise flat, Love me two times, Lucille, Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds, Gloria, LSD, Hold On, You keep me hanging on, Gimme some lovin', Bloodhound, Black Veils of Melancholy, When My Mind Is Not live, Hush, ...

Tour notes: According to an article published in December 1968 in NME, the group were set to play several gigs in some VERY far off places during 1969 like Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, USA, Australia and New Zealand. A' Pye British Invasion' tour of the USA in March 1969 got cancelled right at the last minute. 

 

1967

 

13/12/  UK, Eltham - The Welcome Inn (support for Episode Six) 

 

1968

 

14/01/  UK, Coventry - Butt's College

24/01/  UK, Manchester - New Century Hall
12/02/  UK, Manchester - Playhouse Theatre
13/02/  UK, London - BBC Studio 2 Aeolian Hall
14/02/  UK, London - Empire Rooms (Music Echo's Valentine's Festival)
16/02/  UK, Coventry - Butt's College
17/02/  UK, Sheffield - City College
18/02/  UK, London - Golder's Green Hippodrome
19/02/  UK, Chesham - Co-op Hall

20/02/  UK, Ruislip - Townhall
23/02/  UK, Glasgow - University
24/02/  UK, Dundee - University
25/02/  UK, Dunfermline - Kinema Ballroom (support The Falkens and The Shadettes)
26/02/  UK, East Kilbride - Olympia Ballroom

27/02/  UK, Portsmouth - Locarno Ballroom

28/02/  UK, Norwich - Industrial Club

03/03/  UK, Nottingham - Rowing Club
04/03/  UK, London - Greenwich Town Hall
06/03/  UK, Sunderland - The Bay Hotel
07/03/  UK, Eastbourne - Winter Gardens (support Renaissance Fayre)

08/03/  UK, Nottingham - Baths Hall
09/03/  UK, Twickenham - St. Mary's College (support Candybus)
10/03/  UK, Stoke - Golden Torch
11/03/  UK, Purley - Orchid Ballroom
14/03/  UK, Newcastle - Club A GoGo

15/03/  UK, Morecambe - Central Pier (support Atlantics)
16/03/  UK, Abergavenny - Town Hall Ballroom

18/03/  UK, Bath - Pavilion

23/03/  UK, Dunstable - California Ballroom

27/03/  UK, Workington - Banklands Youth Club
28/03/  UK, Worthing - Pier
05/04/  UK, Lewisham - Odeon Theatre*
06/04/  UK, Hanley - Gaumont Theatre*
07/04/  UK, Coventry - Coventry Theatre*
09/04/  UK, Glasgow - Odeon Theatre*
10/04/  UK, Manchester - Odeon Theatre*
11/04/  UK, Wolverhampton - Gaumont Theatre*
12/04/  UK, Leeds - Odeon Theatre*
13/04/  UK, Blackpool - ABC Theatre*
14/04/  UK, Blackpool - ABC Theatre*
15/04/  UK, Derby - Gaumont Theatre*
17/04/  UK, Cardiff - Capitol Theatre*
18/04/  UK, Bristol - Colston Hall*
19/04/  UK, London - Granada Theatre*
20/04/  UK, Bournemouth - Winter Gardens*
21/04/  UK, Leicester - de Montfort Hall*
23/04/  UK, Gloucester - ABC Theatre*
24/04/  UK, Plymouth - Guildhall*
25/04/  UK, Birmingham - Odeon Theatre* (2 shows)
26/04/  UK,
Sutton, Theatre

27/04/  UK, London Finsbury Park - Astoria (with Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames)
28/04/  UK, Liverpool - Empire Theatre*
30/04/  UK, Bedford - Granada Theatre*

01/05/  UK, Peterborough - ABC Theatre*
02/05/  UK, Stockton On Tees - ABC Theatre*
03/05/  UK, Sheffield - City Hall*
04/05/  UK, Newcastle - City Hall*
05/05/  UK, London - Hammersmith Odeon*
07/05/  UK, Walthamstow - Granada Theatre*
09/05/  UK, Farnborough - Town Hall
10/05/  UK, Cambridge - Station Street Barn
11/05/  UK, Nantwich - Civic Hall

11/05/  UK, Chester - Clockwork Orange (late night show)

12/05/  UK, London - Wembley Arena (New Musical Express Poll Winners Show)
16/05/  UK, Hull - Skyline Ballroom
17/05/  UK, London - Tottenham Royal Ballroom
18/05/  UK, Margate - Dreamland Ballroom (support The Atlantic Rollers)

19/05/  UK, London - Piccadilly Hatchetts Playground

26/05/  UK, Tamworth - Sports & Social Club (support The Crawdads)
05/06/  UK, Wolverhampton - Lafayette Club

06/06/  UK, Bristol - Locarno

08/06/  UK, Walsall - Town Hall (support Strange Days)
09/06/  UK, Oxford - Botley Elms Court
11/06/  BELGIUM, Knokke - Casino de Knokke

21/06/  UK, Durham - University (support to The Who)

23/06/  UK, Nelson - Imperial Ballroom (support Soundcasters)

27/06/  UK, Liverpool - Cavern Club (support The Iveys)

29/06/  UK, Coventry - Metrix Hall
03/07/  UK, Minehead - Regal Ballroom (with Howard Stephen Shape)

05/07/  UK, York - Railway Institute (with Fairport Convention, Alexis Korner)
07/07/  SWITZERLAND, Neuchátel - Salle de la Paix

13/07/  UK, Maidstone/Kent - Royal Star Hotel (with Poor Boys Soul/Mood Reaction)
23/08/  HOLLAND, Bilthoven - Wijkgebouw Tuindorp

24/08/  HOLLAND, Weesp - P.O.C.
25/08/  HOLLAND, Hengelo - Het Beetshuis (2pm show)

25/08/  HOLLAND, Hazerswoude - Youthclub Zwaantje (8pm show) 
30/08/  BELGIUM, Brussels - Pop Festival

31/08/  BELGIUM, Kasterlee - Kastival'68 Festival (with Pink Floyd..)
03/09/  UK, Manchester - Playhouse Theatre

08/09/  BELGIUM, Chatalet - Festival (support to Pink Floyd)
20/09/  UK, Braintree - Corn Exchange (support The Mooche)

23/09/  UK, London - Playhouse Theatre

03/10/  UK, Bradford - University Union (with Chicken Shack)
04/10/  UK, London - Finsbury Park Astoria**
05/10/  UK, Manchester - Odeon**
06/10/  UK, Bradford - Gaumont**
08/10/  UK, Glasgow - University SU**
09/10/  UK, Edinburgh - ABC**
10/10/  UK, Newcastle - City Hall**
11/10/  UK, Birmingham - Odeon**
12/10/  UK, Redruth - Flamingo Club (support Blood and Sand)

12/10/  UK, Bournemouth Pavillion (with The Rubber Soul)

17/10/  UK, Dundee - University

18/10/  UK, Scarborough - Scene 2 Club
19/10/  UK, Birmingham - Oldhill Plaza
23/10/  UK, Herne Bay - Chez Laurie Club
24/10/  UK, Herne Bay - Chez Laurie Club (2nd night)
25/10/  UK, Dunstable - Californian Ballroom
26/10/  UK, Manchester - New Century Hall (support Angel's Pavement)
29/10/  UK, London - Paris Theatre (BBC Session)
01/11/  UK, Norwich - Industrial Club

02/11/  UK, Margate - Dreamland Ballroom
04/11/  UK, Rugby - Town Hall (support the Cataracts)
06/11/  UK, St. Albans - City Hall (support Octopus)
07/11/  UK, Bristol - Location Ballroom
08/11/  UK, Corby - Festival Hall
09/11/  UK, Leyton - Town Baths (support World Of Oz)
10/11/  UK, Woodbridge - Bentwaters USAAF Base RAFA Club
17/11/  UK, Birmingham - Cedar Club

22/11/  UK, Pontypool - ICI Club
23/11/  UK, Rotherham - Rawmarsh Baths Hall
30/11/  UK, Devizes - Corn Exchange (support Heaven)

05/12/  UK, Boscombe - Royal Ballroom (support to Pink Floyd)
06/12/  UK, London - International Hall

07/12/  UK, Ryde - Royal York Hotel
11/12/  UK, Devizes - Town Hall

12/12/  UK, Redruth - Flamingo Club
13/12/  UK, Pontypridd - Municipal Hall
14/12/  UK, Weston Super Mare - Winter Gardens
16/12/  UK, Sunderland - Annabella's Club
17/12/  UK, Sunderland - Annabella's Club
20/12/  UK, Boston - Gilderdrome Starlight Ballroom
21/12/  UK, Boston - Gilderdrome Starlight Ballroom
27/12/  UK, Scarborough - Scene 2 Club
28/12/  UK, Scarborough - Scene 2 Club
31/12/  UK, Norwich - Gala Ballroom

 

1969


01/01/  UK, Doncaster - Top Rank Suite
07/01/  UK, Richmond - The Castle
08/01/  UK, Hemel Hempstead - Pavilion
09/01/  UK, Portsmouth - Student's Union St. Paul's College
11/01/  GERMANY, München - Kongreßsaal Deutsches Museum***
12/01/  AUSTRIA, Wien - Konzerthaus*** | 30'min. AUD Quality: 3
14/01/  GERMANY, Hamburg - Musikhalle***
15/01/  GERMANY, Hannover - Niedersachsenhalle***
17/01/  GERMANY, Berlin - Deutschlandhalle***

24/01/  UK, London - Lyceum (Midnight Rave with Joe Cocker, Spencer Davis Group)
30/01/  UK, Manchester - New Century Hall (BBC Live Session)
01/02/  UK, St. Leonards - Cobweb Club
04/02/  UK, Wolverhampton - Civic Hall
05/02/  UK, Birmingham - Erdington Charles Russel Hall
07/02/  UK, Ross-on Wye - Top Spot Ballroom
08/02/  UK, Norwich - Gala Ballroom
20/02/  UK, London - Royal Albert Hall (support to The Move, Spencer Davis Group)
22/02/  UK, Waddington - RAF Raven Club
04/03/  UK, Halesowen - Old Picture Place
08/03/  UK, Plymouth - College of Technology

15/03/  UK, Shrewbury - Music Hall
22/03/  UK, Prestatyn - Royal Lido
05/04/  UK, Banbury - Winter Gardens
12/04/  UK, Yardley - Swan Hotel

13/04/  UK, London - Wembley Empire Pool (Daily Express Record Star show)
19/04/  UK, Bangor - University PJ Hall
26/04/  UK, Ryde - Royal York Hotel
02/05/  UK, Bristol - University
03/05/  UK, Harwich - Town Hall

05/05/  UK, Bishop Stortford - Rhodes Centre

09/05/  UK, Abigdon - Rush Common House (support band Fire)
10/05/  UK, Nottingham - Football Ground (with Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd)
16/05/  UK, Hereford - Park Hall
17/05/  UK, Bury - Territorial Army Drill Hall

29/05/  UK, Redruth - Flamingo Club

09/06/  UK, Ferndale - Workmen's Hall

12/06/  UK, Coldrose - Seahawk Club
13/06/  UK, Exeter - Tiffany's
14/06/  UK, Reading/Woodley - Bulmerish College
15/06/  UK, Broadmead - Top Rank Suite
20/06/  UK, Bishop's Stortford - Technical College
21/06/  UK, Maidstone - College Of Art
24/06/  UK, Oxford - Merton College
28/06/  UK, Swindon - Car Park (with The Equals, Chicken Shack)

01/07/  UK, Ferndale - Workmen's Hall (support Strawberry Dust)

05/07/  UK, Wishaw - Belfry Hotel
12/07/  UK, London - Carnaby Street (RTL Festival with Tremeloes, Love Affair...)
12/07/  UK, Nottingham - Racecourse (12 Hour charity Concert with Yes, Nice..)
13/07/  UK, London - Whitehall Theatre (showtime: 11.00h RTL Non Stop Concert)
13/07/  UK, London - Wembley Stadium (with Love Affair, Yes...)
28/07/  UK, Ringwood - Regal Cinema
01/08/  UK, Farnborough - Assembly Hall
30/08/  UK, Haverfordwest - Civic Ballroom
05/09/  UK, Plymouth - Top Rank Suite
13/09/  UK, Margate - Dreamland Ballroom
22/09/  UK, Cardiff - College of Education

*FACTS FROM THE ROAD:

13.12.1967 - According to both Francis & Rick the bands first gig as The Status Quo was supporting the Episode Six at the welcome inn Eltham, Wednesday 13 December 1967. (confirmed with a copy of an Episode Six newsletter confirming all of their December dates.)

16.02.1968 - The first headlining show as "The Status Quo" was at Coventry's Butt's College, shortly after they cancelled their contract with Madeline Bell as her backing band.

02.03.1968 - None other than Status Quo had been booked to play on the 2nd March at Truro Moresk Hall, UK. Contacted by David Penprase (who was cofounder of RATT with PJ) he says that Status Quo didn't actually turn up for the gig having got stuck in snow in Devon.

03.10.1968  -  During the 1960s Bradford University’s Students’ Union played host to a cornucopia of bands, including plenty of rock, folk, blues and jazz groups. The student's magazine "Javelin" wrote: "Another supergroup in the making did not impress “Bryan” at the 1968 Freshers’ Ball:  Status Quo have “so little talent and even less personality. They were not worth the £175 that Ents paid for them”.

11.01.1969 - According to a Large original first printing concert flyer advertising The Small Faces’ January 1969 German/Austrian tour with their support band Status Quo. Shows in Munich (11th), Vienna (12th), Hamburg (14th), Hannover (15th), and Berlin (17th). With Steve Marriott officially quitting the band in late 1968, the Small Faces split up shortly after their Berlin gig. Marriott went on to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, while Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan joined Rod Stewart and Ron Wood and became Faces.