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Rocking all over the world and then back to Eltham

PUBLISHED: 11:20 24 September 2010 | UPDATED: 15:26 24 September 2010

Left to right: Bob Weston, Chairman of Weston Homes, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Ellis Rich, Chairman, PRS for Music

Left to right: Bob Weston, Chairman of Weston Homes, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Ellis Rich, Chairman, PRS for Music

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Members of a group which has sold over 118 million records were on hand to help unveil a plaque at the venue of their first ever gig.

Status Quo’s first gig at the former Welcome Inn pub in Well Hall Road, Eltham, was marked with a plaque unveiling on Monday which the band attended.

This was part of the scheme set up by the organisation which collects and pays royalties to musicians - the Performing Rights Society for Music. Its heritage award scheme was launched last year to recognise the unusual ‘performance birthplaces’ of famous bands and artists.

Status Quo is the seventh band to be given the honour of receiving the permanent plaque at the site they played their first gig in 1967 when they were known as The Status Quo. The site now forms part of Weston Homes’ The Edens residential development.

Singer and guitarist Francis Rossi said: “We’re honoured and delighted that our musical career has been chosen to be marked in this way.

Some forty three years, 118 million records and 64 hit singles later we look back to that night here at what was the Welcome Inn with fondness and thanks”.

Fellow co-founder Rick Parfitt said: “It’s a real privilege to return under such positive circumstances to the place where Status Quo did their first gig”.

The band have sold over 118 million records worldwide and have recorded 64 British hit singles, more than any other band, 22 of which have hit the top ten. They have also had more hit albums - 32 - in the UK charts than any other band apart from The Rolling Stones.

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