John 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.
Since leaving Quo John has worked with many noted and diverse musicians, in his own Diesel Band; with Partners In Crime; and the ‘Rockers’ featuring Phil Lynott, Roy Wood and Chas Hodges. Other collaborations have included Noel Redding (ex- Jimi Hendrix) and Eric Bell (ex- Thin Lizzy).
John Coghlan started working with his own band, John Coghlan’s Quo, during the late 1990s. The band has since toured Europe and the UK successfully for several years with various line- ups. The current band since 2010 (previously performing as The John Coghlan Band) consists of John on Drums with Mick Hughes from NWOBHM Boogie Band ‘Predatür’ on guitar, Rick Chase on bass and vocals, and Rick Abbs on guitar and vocals completing the line-up.