Back to bass-ics in Falkirk for Quo’s Rhino

Donald Campbell with the charity relay bass guitar
Donald Campbell with the charity relay bass guitar
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Status Quo’s straight-ahead approach to rock ’n’ roll is matched by their bass player’s down-to-earth response to charity pleas.

When John ‘Rhino’ Edwards, who joined Quo in 1986, received an urgent e-mail from Donald Campbell, bass player of Falkirk band The Signals, asking if he would take part in a ‘bass relay’ for Cancer Research UK, he replied with a thumbs-up in half-an-hour.

Talking to The Falkirk Herald on Tuesday, Londoner John (60) said: “The bass guitar is a fundamental part of any band and anything that makes money for such a good cause is great.

“I’ve told Donald I will be passing the bass onto some of my bass-playing friends in other bands.”

Donald said: “I e-mailed John directly a couple of weeks ago and he got straight back to me saying ‘what do you want me to do?’.”

Donald will be playing the bass on Saturday when The Signals take to the stage of the Callendar Arms at 10 p.m. before handing it over to Rhino ahead of the big gig on Sunday.

Rhino said he was looking forward to playing Falkirk. A Brentford FC supporter, he is aware of a Falkirk link, with former Bairn Richard Cadette having also played for Brentford during his career.

“I can’t wait to play the stadium,” he said. “There’s also a certain pub I want to find, I’ll have to ask where it is.

“I haven’t been to Falkirk before, but as long as there’s a Lidl I’m generally fine. We’re not called Status Quo for nothing - people who come to see us know what they are going to get and we always deliver.”