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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 and supported Gene Pitney* and Scott Walker** 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, ...

 

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)
26/02/  UK, Kilbride - Olympia Ballroom

03/03/  UK, Nottingham - Rowing Club
04/03/  UK, 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
10/03/  UK, Stoke - Golden Torch
11/03/  UK, Purley - Orchid Ballroom
15/03/  UK, Newcastle - A Gogo Club
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*
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*
26/04/  UK,
London Finsbury Park - Astoria* (Rainbow 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*

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
17/05/  UK, Tottenham - Royal Ballroom
18/05/  UK, Margate - Dreamland Ballroom

19/05/  UK, London - Piccadilly Hatchetts Playground

26/05/  UK, Tamworth - Sports & Social Club (support The Crawdads)
04/06/  UK, Bristol - Locarno
05/06/  UK, Wolverhampton - Lafayette Club
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

27/06/  UK, Liverpool - Cavern Club

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) 
31/08/  BELGIUM, Kasterlee - Kastival'68 Festival(with Pink Floyd..)
08/09/  BELGIUM, Chatalet - Festival (support to Pink Floyd)
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 & sand)

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
29/10/  UK, London - Paris Theatre (BBC Session)
02/11/  UK, Margate - Dreamland Ballroom
04/11/  UK, Rugby - Benn Memorial Hall
06/11/  UK, St. Albans - City Hall
07/11/  UK, Bristol - Location Ballroom
08/11/  UK, Corby - Civic Centre
09/11/  UK, Leyton - Town Baths
10/11/  UK, Bentwaters - USAAF Base RAFA Club
17/11/  UK, Birmingham - Cedar 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
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 - Gilderdome Starlight Ballroom
21/12/  UK, Boston - Gilderdome 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 Session)
01/02/  UK, St. Leonards - Cobweb Club
04/02/  UK, Wolverhampton - Civic Hall
05/02/  UK, Birmingham - 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
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)

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”.