QUATRO’S STAY­ING POWER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORK PLACE - Greig John­ston

SUZI Quatro is a stayer.

You don’t make it through 52 years in the mu­sic busi­ness with­out hav­ing se­ri­ous en­durance.

And on her lat­est Aus­tralian tour, she’s go­ing to need ev­ery bit of it.

At 66, Quatro is on dou­ble duty: open­ing her own show with a new group (QSP, with The Sweet gui­tarist Andy Scott and Slade drum­mer Don Pow­ell) be­fore de­liv­er­ing her great­est hits as head­liner as well. So how does she find the en­ergy? “It’s called pac­ing your­self,” she said. “I’m go­ing to be up there for about twoand-a-half hours.

“It’s a mat­ter of keep­ing your fit­ness lev­els, do­ing my vocal warm-ups be­fore ev­ery show, rest­ing in the day­time.”

Quatro lost her soul to rock and roll as a six-year-old af­ter hear­ing Elvis Pres­ley singing Don’t Be Cruel on The Ed Sul­li­van Show. Hits Can the Can, Devil Gate Drive and Stum­blin’ In earned her hordes of fans.

She was a trail­blazer for fe­male rock mu­si­cians and the sight of her lead­ing an all-male band in the 1970s and ’80s in­spired many girls.

“I am very proud that I will go down in his­tory as the woman who kicked the door down and gave women per­mis­sion to be in the rock ’n’ roll in­dus­try in a sub­stan­tial way,” she said.

As well as high-en­ergy con­certs, Quatro is fa­mous for her wardrobe.

“I’ll bring my jump­suit which I still wear on stage, and I also bring a pri­vate pair of leathers if I’m go­ing to do a TV show,” she said.

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