John Edwards (musician)

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John 'Rhino' Edwards
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Edwards on stage with Status Quo
in Bristol, 2005
Background information
Born (1953-05-09) 9 May 1953 (age 63)
Chiswick, London, England
Genres Hard rock
Instruments Bass guitar, violin, guitar
Years active 1973–present
Associated acts Status Quo
Notable instruments
Status Graphite "Charger" headless bass
Fender Telecaster

John Victor Edwards - usually known by his nickname, Rhino (born 9 May 1953, Chiswick, London), is an English bass guitarist, playing in the rock group Status Quo. He was educated at Chiswick Grammar School.


As a child he learnt classical violin and won a scholarship to the London College of Music at the age of eleven.

Around 1973-4 John was to be found playing simultaneously in two pub bands in The White Bear in Hounslow (a venue renowned at that time as a music venue, where Rick Wakeman had been a regular player). The two bands were The Sunday Band (playing on that day of the week), playing covers of rock standards, and Rococo, with a regular Friday slot, and sharing the same singer as well as bass player. Rococo released a single "Ultrastar / Wildfire" on Decca Deram in 1973.

Edwards' bass playing first appeared on a hit record in the UK in 1977, when "Magic Fly" by the French group, Space reached the Top Ten of the UK singles chart. Later on he joined Judie Tzuke's backing band whereupon he was given the nickname 'Rhino' for being so clumsy.

'Rhino' has played with Peter Green, from Fleetwood Mac fame, Climax Blues Band, and also Dexys Midnight Runners.

Edwards was working with drummer Jeff Rich, when Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt approached them both to work on his solo album Recorded Delivery. When Status Quo reformed with a new lineup in 1986, Edwards and Rich were called in to replace founding member Alan Lancaster and drummer Pete Kircher.

He released the album Rhino's Revenge in 2000, on which some tracks featured other members of Status Quo. Recently he has played a small number of gigs in the UK and Europe with Woodedz, playing alongside his children.

As a fan of Brentford F.C., Edwards wrote a song in early 2006 about striker Lloyd Owusu's return to the club for the start of that football season.[1]


Edwards owns several different basses from different manufacturers, including Rickenbacker and Wal. However while playing live with Status Quo he uses Status basses, mainly two headless four stringed and a five stringed model. For amplification he uses a Markbass F1 amp with 2 4x10 horn loaded cabinets, with a repeater amp on the other side of the stage through a regular Marshall 4 x 12 cabinet. During the song 'Gerdundula' Edwards plays a Tanglewood guitar through a Marshall JCM800 head and a 4x12 cabinet.


Edwards' son Freddie is a guitarist. In October 2014 he accompanied Status Quo on stage at The Roundhouse in London, in a concert broadcast live by BBC Radio 2, to launch the band's album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). He is also a member of the subsequent Aquostic touring version of Status Quo and a member of Flawes. [2][3] Edwards' daughter Mae is the Drummer (and occasional vocalist) of The Charge.


  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Brentford | Owusu agrees return to Brentford". BBC News. 2005-06-27. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Status Quo - Aquostic". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Freddie Edwards Music - Session Guitarist". Freddie Edwards Music - Session Guitarist. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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