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Friday, January 29, 1999 Published at 10:00 GMT


Quatro come-back

Suzi Q is back in business with a tour and radio show

Rocking chick Suzi Quatro is storming back in true 1970s style.

The singer is headlining a Glitz, Blitz and 70s Hitz tour through the UK, Australia and Germany as well presenting a new nostalgia show on BBC Radio 2.

The show features the 48-year-old playing the tunes of her formative years. Including what she describes as American classics - and radio archive extracts from DJs of the 50s and 60s.

Devil Gate Drive

In the quarter century since, clad in leathers, she topped the charts with Can the Can, Ms Quatro has not stopped working although she has had a lower profile.

She enjoyed a five year run of chart success with the songwriting partnership of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman - and another one with Devil Gate Drive in 1974.

[ image: As she was in the 70s]
As she was in the 70s
She went on to star in musicals including Annie Get Your Gun - and earned herself the accolade of Rear of the Year in the 70s.

She recently told journalists that breaking onto the music scene had been tough.

She said: "I didn't knock down the door. I kicked it in. I had to really, I had no other choice as it was such a male dominated industry.

"You felt you were really up against it because of men's attitudes.

Never stop working

"But what I found was that once you started to take yourself seriously others would. It was the only way you could stop yourself being messed around.

"It was great doing Top of The Pops and all the gigs. My main memories were that I never seemed to stop working, a bit like now really."

Born Susan Kay Quatriocchio, she moved from Detroit, USA, to the UK, aged 21.

She married her guitarist Len Tuckey in 1976, and had two children, but they divorced in 1993. She is now married to German concert promoter Rainer Haas.

Her other enterprises are of a more holistic - and American - nature.

Mind, body and spirit

Last year she helped organise the 22nd International Festival of Mind, Body and Spirit.

She said: "It's about getting inside yourself and finding a special spark, which is something a lot of people spend all their life covering up.

"We have a fear of being exposed and that if we actually open up we will be hurt or laughed at or not good enough."

Rockin with Suzi Q is on Radio 2, Saturday at 2130

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