There were 4,000 people at Status Quo’s Venue gig on Saturday night. But there was one very important man missing from the front row.
Henry McMullan, Ireland’s self-confessed biggest Quo fan, died just six weeks ago after a long illness.
When he passed away aged just 45-years-old he had clocked up some 30-years of dedication to the Mighty Quo.
And the band loved him back. In January of this year they sent him a replica of Rick Parfitt’s green Fender Telecaster and their best wishes.
At his funeral musicians played a slow version of Rocking All Over The World as his coffin was led out of the church for burial.
His ticket for Saturday night’s Quo gig is still at his Templegrove home.
“He was the biggest Status Quo fan ever,” said his mother Rosie.
“He travelled all over England and Ireland to their concerts. They were his life. When they sent him the guitar it just made his life complete.
The concert was very poignant because Henry would have wanted to be up in the front row with the other lads. It’s just so very sad that he couldn’t be there.”
Although he didn’t make it to the concert, his friends, his family and Status Quo themselves made sure he was not forgotten.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ backstage before the concert, Status Quo’s lead singer Rick Parfitt said he was very sad to hear of Henry’s passing.
“Bless his heart,” he said. “He was a big fan. It is so sad for the family and his friends. I hope he is alright where he is now. It’s a shame he couldn’t take his Fender with him. But I bet he is making some beautiful music up there, though, and will be looking down on us on stage tonight. I’ll be thinking of him when we play Rocking All Over The World.”
Quo support band Triggerman also paid tribute to the Derry rocker, dedicating their song ‘Valhalla’ to him.
Lead singer Eamon McGeehan, who knew Henry for 40 years, said he was sorely missed on Saturday night.
“We played Valhalla for him, a song about the rock ‘n’ roll version heaven, where Jimi Hendrix plays for free. That’s where Henry will be.”