DEVIL GATE: Suzi Quatro will reignite her love affair with Australia in February for the Leather Forever Encore tour.
DEVIL GATE: Suzi Quatro will reignite her love affair with Australia in February for the Leather Forever Encore tour. BOB KING

Suzi Quatro returns with live supergroup launch

ROCK legend Suzi Quatro will be looking back but moving forward when she returns to Australia for the official live launch of her new band.

Kicking off her Leather Forever Encore tour at Twin Towns, Quatro will be accompanied by new band QSP for 17 dates across the country.

The group, featuring The Sweet guitarist Andy Scott and Slade drummer Don Powell was the brainchild of Quatro's husband Rainer Hass and will hit the stage for the first time in early February.

"The tour was set but he (Hass) said why not launch QSP in Australia, so it's quite crazy,” Quatro told APN.

"Everyone was up for it. We've been rehearsing and Australia will see the birth of the group.”

Despite the group coming together relatively recently, Hass made the suggestion a decade ago.

The decision paid dividends, with the group inking a deal with Sony Music in 2016, and a debut album set to follow later this month.

"A couple of years ago we decided it was time to do the group,” Quatro said.

"We decided to write and it started taking off. Once we had a few (jam sessions) under our belt the project really did take off and once you have originals it has original flavour.

"It's three people of similar age and work ethic. There's a real energy there and I've really enjoyed the whole process.

"It's not Suzi, it's not Slade, it's not The Sweet. It's what you expect and what you don't expect, you just have to hear it.”

The group will open the first part of Quatro's show, with the second half dedicated to her vast catalogue of music spanning back to 1971.

With hits including Devil Gate Drive, Can the Can and 48 Crash, Quatro has sold over 55 million records, cementing herself as one of music's greatest acts.

Quatro has remained relevant out of the leathers, branching out onto the small screen and West End, along with becoming a successful poet and hosting her own BBC radio show since 1999.

"I'm real, that's the key to longevity,” Quatro said.

"I'm not manufactured, what you see is what you get and I've expanded and done the things I want.”

While she thought she was playing the last of her Australian shows two years ago, Quatro said she was looking forward to returning to our shores for her 32nd Australian tour.

"It's always been a special place for me. I first toured there in 1974 and there's an umbilical cord between me and Australia,” she said.

"It's a long-going affair, we should never get married.”

Suzie Quatro

Where: Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

When: February 28

Tickets: www.mackayecc.com.au


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