Sutton Bridge drummer in rock band supporting Status Quo ‘Again and Again’

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Sutton Bridge drummer Joe Evans made a return to the big time last week when his band Walkway again supported rock legends Status Quo.

Following on from their successful Stately Homes Tour dates with the famous band this summer, the four-piece classic rock band were asked to open for the Quo at Blackpool and Manchester.

The band – which also features Chris Ready (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), James Ready (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Alex Rosedale (bass guitar and backing vocals) – has already supported The Darkness, Bernie Marsden (White Snake) Eric Martin (Mr Big) and more.

They were contacted just days before the dates by Status Quo’s tour manager, asking if they would fill the support slot for the first two dates of Status Quo’s Accept No Substitute UK tour.

They played at Blackpool’s Opera House on Saturday and Manchester’s Palace Theatre on Sunday, before Wilco Johnson of Doctor Feelgood fame took over.

Walkway were asked because they had impressed Status Quo on their recent tour dates with their professionalism, attitude and reliability and were very popular with the Quo fans.

The band has recently recorded a single in Wales called Mission Impossible and is currently working with students at King’s Lynn College to film a video for it.

Featured in the video is Claudia Adshead, who is in the new Sacha Baron Cohen film Grimsby, which is released in March.

The video of Mission Impossible should be released sometime around Christmas or early New Year.

The last Walkway video Streetwise received over 50,000 hits in the first two weeks of release and was filmed in London’s Music Bank Studio’s by Hollywood cinematographer Pete Burglund, who worked on the Iron Man and Final Destination films.

More rock legends – heavy metal greats Motorhead – were rehearsing in the studio next door.

Joe, who lives in New Road, previously told the Spalding Guardian: “Rick (Parfitt, Status Quo’s guitarist) came up to us after the show and said he was really impressed and that they’d love to have us with them on tour again.

“He complimented our music and said we got the crowd going. I got some great comments from their drummer.

“Francis Rossi (lead singer) also complimented us. He’s a nice bloke but you don’t know when he’s being sarcastic or not!”

Joe joined Walkway after responding to a voicemail left on the phone at West Norfolk Academy of Music in King’s Lynn, where he teaches drumming, calling for people to join auditions.

He said: “The band are based in Suffolk so it was always going to be a bit of a trek. I went to the audition, got through and the rest is history. It was always a goal to support a band like Status Quo but I never expected it to happen.”

Walkway play the UEA in Norwich tomorrow (Friday).