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Former Status Quo drummer John Coghlan to kick off farewell tour at Leo's Red Lion in Gravesend


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Legendary drummer John Coghlan who drove the relentless boogie of Status Quo during the band’s heyday is hanging up his sticks – but not before one last hurrah in Kent.

The 75-year-old rocked all over the world with the influential outfit during their commercial peak in the 70s and is considered part of the classic line-up.

Original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan is hanging up his sticks. Photo: Lewis Brockway
Original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan is hanging up his sticks. Photo: Lewis Brockway

But now the musician, who later rejoined the group in March 2013 for a series of arena concerts which culminated with a Wembley gig, has announced he has decided to "hang up his drumsticks".

Coghlan, known for delivering Status Quo’s signature powerful backbeat, will perform a series farewell shows with his band Coghlan's Quo across the year, starting at Leo’s Red Lion in Gravesend on February 5.

A statement from his management said: “After an incredible career spanning 60 years, former Status Quo drummer John Coghlan has finally decided to hang up his drumsticks.

“John and his band John Coghlan’s Quo will be playing a series of dates this year, giving fans the opportunity to see John onstage for the last time.”

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the rock British legends.

The band was formed in 1962 and was led by bassist Alan Lancaster, who died in September last year, aged 72 and guitarist Rick Parfitt who died in December 2016, aged 68.

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