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Havering Show backstage: Suzi Quatro on staying in shape and her new show

PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 August 2012

Suzi Quatro playing the Havering Show on Monday (photo: James Nuttall)

Suzi Quatro playing the Havering Show on Monday (photo: James Nuttall)

(c) James Nuttall 2012

This year's Havering Show was closed by a Detroit-born Essex resident, who is one of the most influential rock chicks and iconic bass players of all time.

Suzi Quatro’s performance at Harrow Lodge Park was her first show in five months, after breaking her arm and leg after a gig in Kiev in March. The rocker had been recuperating since then, but backstage before her performance she looked healthy, strong and eager to prove her status as reigning Queen of Rock and Roll.

Quatro certainly managed to stay in shape during this break. “I was immobile. I was on a walker going from one end of the house to the other, cooking, putting the dishes into the dishwasher. That in itself was exhausting.”

The performance would last just over one hour, and Suzi had to be off stage by 6pm. “We have to stick to the time unfortunately. I hate it when that happens, but I’m so ready.”

One of the biggest problems for Quatro to overcome was her trademark high-kick, which has been made difficult by the screws in her leg from the accident. “Well, I’ve been doing it at home, but I don’t think about it anymore so it must be okay. I shall be high-kicking with the best of ‘em!”

Now she’s back on form, Quatro, 62, shows no sign of slowing down. Last year she released a new album, and plays about one hundred gigs a year. In October she will perform a one-woman show at the London Hippodrome Casino. “It’s me telling the story of my life. Basically, how I became Suzi Quatro, from the very beginning to the modern day. I think people are really going to enjoy it.”

So does she see herself doing this in 10 years? “Yes!”

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