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PILEDRIVER TOUR 1972/73

Band members: Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, John Coghlan, Bob Young* (Harmonica)
Main Setlist:
  Junior's Wailing, Someones Learning, In My Chair, Umleitung, Railroad*, Is It Really Me/Gotta Go Home,
Big Fat Mama, Paper Plane, Don't waste My time, Roadhouse Blues*, Mean Girl, Bye Bye Johnny.
Additional/unusual songs performed: Caroline, Softer Ride, Nanana, Unspoken Words.
Tour Crew: Bob Young (Tour Manager), Mal Kingsnorth (Sound engineer/Equipment), Paul Robert Lodge (Roadie/Stage Equipment) Management: Gaff Management Manager: Colin Johnson / Billy Gaff 

Tour Note: *support to T-Rex Gigs in Germany, promoted by Mama Concerts and their first ever  **US Tour - support to Savoy Brown and Mandrill and a co-headline tour with UK rockers Slade (Australia). 03.02.1973 Adelaide - Wayville Showground cancelled due to Parfitt's hand injury. New Zealand Tour 1973 were cancelled (7.9. Auckland YMCA, 8.9. Wellington St. James Theatre and 9.9. Christchurch Town Hall).

 

1972

 

 

25/11/  UK, Leeds - University (support band Crowbar)
26/11/  UK, Guildford - Civic Hall (support band Byzantium)
28/11/  UK, London - Marquee Club
| 25' min.  TV  Quality: 4
30/11/  UK, Manchester - Hard Rock Theatre (support Steve Ellis Home)
01/12/  UK, London - New Cross Goldsmiths College

08/12/  UK, Kings Lynn - Corn Exchange
09/12/  UK, Coventry - College of Education (support Stealers Wheel)
10/12/  UK, Blackpool - Opera House (with The Faces)

14/12/  GERMANY, Germersheim - Stadthalle (support Blues Session)
15/12/  GERMANY, Augsburg - Kongresshalle (support Professor Wolfff Ensemble) 

16/12/  GERMANY, Weißenohe - To Act (support Mocadan Rocheé)

17/12/  GERMANY,Bad Hersfeld - Jahnhalle
18/12/  GERMANY, Siegen - Stadtbühne
19/12/  GERMANY, Köln - Theater am Weisshaus
21/12/  UK, London Mile End - Sundown (support Byzantium)
22/12/  UK, Walthamstow - Waltham Forest Tech College

23/12/  UK, Malvern - Winter Gardens (support Snake Eye)
29/12/  UK, Grays Thurrock - Civic Hall (support Fusion Orchestra)
30/12/  UK, Cambridge - Corn Exchange (support SnakeEye)
31/12/  UK, Croydon - Greyhound Hotel (support Byzantium)

 

 

1973

 

06/01/  UK, London - Rainbow Theatre (support JSD Band)
07/01/  UK, Stevenage - Locarno

18/01/  UK, Hanley - Heavy Steam Machine

19/01/  UK, Bath - University
20/01/  UK, Dagenham - Village Roundhouse (support Steel Peach)
27/01/  NEW ZEALAND, Auckland - Hamilton Racecourse (support to Slade)
28/01/  AUSTRALIA, Sydney - Randwick Racecourt | 50'min. AUD Quality: 3+
29/01/  AUSTRALIA, Brisbane - Lang Park (support to Slade)
31/01/  AUSTRALIA, Perth - Subiaco Oval (support to Slade)
01/02/  AUSTRALIA, Melbourne - Festival Hall
04/02/  AUSTRALIA, Melbourne - Showgrounds (Slade support act)

16/02/  GERMANY, Essen - Grugahalle*

17/02/  GERMANY, Hamburg - Planten un Blomen Halle 7*

18/02/  GERMANY, Nürnberg - Messehalle*

19/02/  AUSTRIA, Vienna - Stadthalle*

20/02/  GERMANY, Offenbach - Stadthalle*

22/02/  GERMANY, Saarbrücken - Sporthalle*

23/02/  GERMANY, München - Deutsches Museum*

24/02/  GERMANY, Köln - Sporthalle*

25/02/  GERMANY, Mannheim - VFR Sporthalle*

01/03/  UK, London - Paris Theatre | 56' min. FM Quality: 5 

02/03/  UK, Hastings - Pier Ballroom (support Finbow)

03/03/  UK, Southend-on-Sea - Kursaal Ballroom

09/03/  UK, Chatham - Central Hall (support Byzantium)
12/03/  UK, Manchester - Free Trade Hall (support Byzantium)
14/03/  UK, Sheffield - City Hall (support Byzantium)
15/03/  UK, Preston - Guildhall (support Byzantium)
16/03/  UK, Leeds - Town Hall (support Byzantium)
17/03/  UK, Liverpool - Royal Court (support Byzantium)
19/03/  UK, Norwich - St. Andrews Hall (support Byzantium)
20/03/  UK, Newcastle Upon Tyne - City Hall (support Byzantium)
21/03/  UK, Glasgow - Greens Playhouse | 80' min. AUD Quality: 2
22/03/  UK, Edinburgh - Caley Cinema (support Byzantium)
23/03/  UK, Hanley - Victoria Hall (support Byzantium)

24/03/  UK, St. Albans - City Hall (support Byzantium)
26/03/  UK, Southampton - Guildhall (support Byzantium)
27/03/  UK, Reading - Town Hall (support Byzantium)
28/03/  UK, Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Hall (support Byzantium)
29/03/  UK, Guildford - Civic Hall (support Byzantium)
30/03/  UK, Penzance - Winter Gardens (support Byzantium)
31/03/  UK, Plymouth - Guildhall (support Byzantium)
02/04/  UK, Leicester - De Montfort Hall (support Byzantium)
04/04/  UK, Birmingham - Town Hall (support Byzantium)
05/04/  UK, Oxford - Town Hall (support Byzantium)
06/04/  UK, London - Rainbow Theatre

09/04/  UK, Bristol Colstron Hall
10/04/  IRELAND, Dublin - National Stadium | 80' min. AUD Quality: 3

21/04/  UK, Bracknell - Sports Centre

27/04/  UK, Sunderland - Locarno (Support Good Habit)
02/05/  USA, Los Angeles - Whiskey A Go Go (for Press & Record Companies only)
03/05/  USA, Santa Monica - Civic Auditorium (with Slade)
04/05/  USA, Los Angeles - Whiskey A Go Go (support Topaz)
05/05/  USA, Los Angeles - Whiskey A Go Go (support Topaz) 
06/05/  USA, Los Angeles - Whiskey A Go Go (support Topaz)

11/05/  USA, Portland - Paramount Theatre (support to Savoy Brown)

12/05/  USA, Seattle - Paramount (support to Savoy Brown)

13/05/  CANADA, Vancouver - PNE Gardens**

15/05/  CANADA, Edmonton - Alberta Fieldhouse**

16/05/  USA, Boise Idaho - Fair Buildings

18/05/  USA, Phoenix - Civic Plaz**

19/05/  USA, San Diego - Community Concurse (with Savoy Brown, Dr.Hook)
20/05/  USA, Los Angeles - Paladium**
23/05/  USA, San Jose - Fairgrounds**

24/05/  USA, Las Vegas - Coliseum**

25/05/  USA, Corpus Christi Texas - Coliseum**

26/05/  USA, Odessa Texas - Ector County Coliseum**

27/05/  USA, El Paso - Coliseum*

29/05/  USA, Dallas - Bronco Bull**

31/05/  USA, Davenport - Masonic Temple**

01/06/  USA, Hammond - Civic Center (support to Savoy Brown, Blue Öyster Cult) 
03/06/  USA, Lincoln - Pershing Auditorium (with Savoy Brown, Canned Heat)

04/06/  USA, Denver - Draft House Colorado

05/06/  USA, Denver - Draft House Colorado
06/06/  USA, Denver - Draft House Colorado
07/06/  USA, Ohio - Draft House Akron
12/06/  USA, Atlanta - Richard’s (with Tim Buckley)
13/06/  USA, Atlanta - Richard’s (with Tim Buckley)
14/06/  USA, Atlanta - Richard’s (with Tim Buckley)
15/06/  USA, San Francisco - Matrix 
16/06/  USA, San Francisco - Matrix
17/06/  USA, San Francisco - Matrix
18/06/  USA, Cleveland - Smiling Dog Saloon
19/06/  USA, New Jersey - Fat City, Seaside Heights
21/06/  USA, Camden/New Jersey - Arlo Theatre (with Climax Blues Band, Manfred Mann)
23/06/  USA, New York - Academy Of Music (with Savoy Brown, Manfred Mann & ELO) 

25/06/  USA, Boston - Katy's

26/06/  USA, Boston - Katy's

27/06/  USA, Boston - Katy's

28/06/  USA, Boston - Katy's

29/06/  USA, Boston - Katy's

30/06/  USA, Boston - Katy's

01/07/  USA, Boston - Katy's

14/07/  UK, Dunstable - Civic Hall (support Curly)
17/07/  SWEDEN, Stockholm - Skansen Museum Solliden Stage 

20/07/  UK, Redruth - Flamingo Club
21/07/  UK, Torquay - Town Hall (supported by Andy Bown)
28/07/  UK, Hastings - Pier Ballroom (supported by Andy Bown)
02/08/  SWITZERLAND, Zürich - Volkshaus
03/08/  SWITZERLAND, Geneve - Patinoire des Vernets
04/08/  SWITZERLAND, Ascona - Open Air Festival (support Iceberg)
11/08/  FINLAND, Turku - Rouisrock Festival (with Vinegar Joe and Wizzard)
13/08/  SWEDEN, Stockholm - Gröna Lund | 80' min. AUD Quality: 2+
14/08/  SWEDEN, Lund - Olympen
25/08/  UK, Reading - Festival | 75' min. AUD Quality: 3-

*FACTS FROM THE ROAD:
29.12.1972 -
The Gig at Grays Civic Hall ended prematurely halfway through the set. A drunken "fan" got on the stage and a fight developed shortly. Francis and Rick seemed careful to keep back but Alan and John went mental. It all died down but the drum kit was all over the place and the gig clearly had to end.

22.01.1973Quo's first trek to Australia and New Zealand. This would become a regular trip during the 1970's and, on their first tour, QUO played as support band to UK glam rockers "Slade". The most serious problem that the crew, audience and bands had to overcome was heavy downpours of rain. At one show in Sydney, some nine inches of rain fell, while in Melbourne 25.000 fans had to endure a cloud burst. In Auckland even more rainfall was recorded. Only in Australia's capital Canberra did any performances have to be cancelled, and this was due to a power strike!

03.02.1973 - Quo sadly cancelled their Adelaide show due to Ricks hand injury. Not sure what the background was but there appears to be a picture of said hand on the inside sleeve of “On The Level”. Here is a fantastic website with great infos about the Australian Tour with Slade, Caravan and Lindisfarne: www.jps.com.au/1973/01/28/slade-status-quo-lindisfarne-and-caravan-1973

04.02.1973 - In Melbourne, the outdoor concert was marred by heavy rain, which began at midday and continued until evening, despite the fact that Melbourne was in the grip of a drought at the time. Because of this, the order of performance was changed with Caravan appearing first, then Lindisfarne, then Slade and finally Status Quo. Normally Slade, the headline act, would have appeared last. Noddy Holder claims in his book, Who's Crazee Now?, that Melbourne was the only gig on that tour that was dry. In fact, due to no canopy, Status Quo got sunburnt during their performance prior to Slade going on last. This was certainly not the case in Sydney as the announcer can clearly be heard telling the audience that Status Quo will be on soon. 

Slade drummer Don Powell wrote in his Diary about this tour: "We were on our first Australian tour with Status Quo, LindIsfarne & Caravan.
We found out, but only when we got to Australia, that ‘Slade Alive’ had gone ‘Gold’ 6 times and we had 3 singles in their Top 20. As we were travelling around all you ever heard on the radio was us - much to the disdain of the other bands on the tour - who kept on saying ”Oh no, not you lot again!” We got to Ranwick Race Course to find a 60,000 crowd waiting for us....in the pouring rain. And the crowd were all over the stage with us, as they didn’t have enough security. We were not expecting that reaction. All the bands nearly got deported as we all were a mite rowdy on our internal flights. One such flight the captain threatened to land his plane at the next airport and throw us all off. When Francis Rossi (of Quo) spilt his drink as the, plane hit turbulence, he decided to take his jeans off and walk to the front of the plane, holding his wet jeans to complain to the Captain. Slade and Quo have been the, best of mates ever since....

01.03.1973London Paris Theatre - this gig was recorded by the BBC and pressed onto a transcription vinyl disc in limited quantities. This is one of the rarest QUO recordings and has been heavily bootlegged, both on vinyl and CD ("Roadhouse Blues" and "It Was Just A Good Name - and One That we All Liked")

02.05.1973 - The above US/CANADA dates are direct from a crew-members personal archives and more details are still being sought on dates after this. The band appeared to split from the Savoy Brown schedule at this time. The band paid $ 2020,- for 4 nights (one gig was cancelled) at the famous Whiskey A Go Go Club in Los Angles and $ 750,- for 3 nights at the San Francisco Matrix Club and cancelled two further shows with Tim Buckley (15/16. June 1973) at Atlanta's finest Rock Club "Richards" (Quo played 3 shows in a row with Tim Buckley) 

22.6.1973 - The friday gig at the famous New York Academy of Music with Savoy Brown, ELO and Manfred Mann was cancelled. 

17.7.1973 - this special gig with Manfred Mann's Earth Band at Stockholm Skansen Museum, Sweden were recorded and broadcasted live from the outdoor stage for the swedish program "Opopoppa". Quo played only a short set to support the headline act Manfred Mann and his band. A couple of swedish Quo fans remembered "Mean Girl" and "Roadhouse Blues" being broadcasted live.

25.8.1973Reading Festival - another notable festival appearance for QUO. The headline act was The Faces with performances also by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Striders, Lindisfarne and Chris Barber. Quo's set featured Junior's Wailing, Someone's Learning, In My Chair, Railroad, Don't Waste My Time, Caroline, Gotta Go Home and Roadhouse Blues.