Mandurah: Return to the heady days of Countdown at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

John Coughlan's Quo
John Coughlan's Quo

JOHN Coghlan’s Quo and Ted Mulry Gang will take you back to the heady days of Countdown at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Coghlan joined Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in their newly-formed band The Spectres in 1962.

The group went through a series of name changes, including Traffic Jam, before becoming Status Quo in the late 60s when Rick Parfitt also joined the line-up.

In the years that followed, a string of chart-topping albums and an almost endless stream of hits included Pictures of Matchstick Men, In My Chair, Paper Plane, Caroline, Down Down, Rain, Wild Side Of Life, Rockin’ All over the World and many more.

For Quo fans and critics alike, this time is often regarded as Quo’s classic period.

During the late nineties, John Coghlan’s Quo was formed, with the prime aim being to recreate an authentic 70s Quo sound in keeping with John’s time with Quo.

The current band (previously performing as The John Coghlan Band) consists of Coghlan on drums with Mick Hughes from Predatr on guitar, Rick Chase on bass and vocals, and Rick Abbs on guitar and vocals.

Ted Mulry Gang began in September 1972 when Mulry, who had many hits as a solo artist in the earlier years, joined with guitarist Les Hall and drummer Herman Kovac and the later addition, in 1974 of Gary Dixon on rhythm guitar.

Their first major hit and the biggest of their career was the 1975 single Jump in My Car which spent 11 weeks at number one on the Australian singles charts in 1976 and was the first Australian act to knock Abba off the number one spot.

The current line-up consists of Hall (guitar) and Kovac (drums) who played on all the records and performed in all clips and TV shows.

The boys dipped into the gene pool and extracted Ted’s younger brother Steve Mulry who as close a voice to Ted’s you are going to get.

And the guys reached out to an old mate to play bass, original Sherbet bass player Tony Mitchell.


WHAT: John Coughlan’s Quo and Ted Mulry Gang.

WHERE: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20.