Status Quo line-up to hit the road in 2013

Sunday, November 4, 2012

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Status Quo’s classic four-man line-up is heading out on tour next March. For the first time in over three decades, vocalist/guitarists Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, bassist/vocalist Alan Lancaster and drummer John Coghlan will take the stage together to play six UK dates.

This celebrated version of the band – referred to by fans as the Frantic Four – play Glasgow Academy March 10, Manchester Apollo 12, Wolverhampton Civic Hall 13 and London Hammersmith Apollo 15-17.

Tickets are £50/£42.50 for London and £48.50/£38.50 for the other dates, and go on general sale at 9am on Friday, November 16.

The Frantic Four’s revival does not affect the previously announced festive 10-date UK tour from Quo’s current line-up.

Fans have been lobbying for the return of Quo’s former rhythm section since Lancaster – who launched a legal battle against the band after being replaced by John ‘Rhino’ Edwards in the mid 1980s – buried the hatchet with Rossi and Parfitt two years ago.

Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster and Coghlan, all now in their 60s, were reunited in Alan G Parker’s rockumentary Hello Quo, sharing a group hug before performing a few numbers together at Shepperton Studios.

“Standing in a circle and putting our arms around one another again was just… lovely,” says Parfitt, “let alone plugging in the gear and playing together. After so long apart, that was quite surreal.”

Since this reunion, all four have remained in regular contact – “We talk  on Skype all the time,” reveals Rick – and quickly decided to take things forward.

“Now that it’s actually happening, my bum’s starting to twitch,” jokes Rossi. “Everyone expects us to be like we were in the 70s, and that simply cannot be the case.”

Asked why they were getting back together now, Rossi replied: “It’s for many, many reasons, including the fact that we’re talking to Alan Lancaster again. And if we don’t do it now, it might never happen. Come on, we’re old men.”

Despite the tour’s billing, it seems likely that there will be a bit-part role for Andrew Bown, the band’s regular keyboard player from 1976 onwards.

“We couldn’t do Rockin’ All Over The World without the keyboard intro, but Andrew won’t do the whole show because we’re very much aware that people are paying to see the Frantic Four – albeit being not quite so frantic,” Parfitt clarifies.

“This reunion will attract back a lot of our fans from the 70s,” reckons Parfitt. “The ones that lost faith when we stopped doing what we should have been doing and made all those covers albums. The idea is to use the double live album [1977’s Live!, recorded at Glasgow Apollo] as the template for the set. That’s the obvious thing to do.”

The Frantic Four say they won’t be recording anything new before the live dates, although nobody rules out the possibility of a new album should the tour live up to everybody’s expectations. This would result in two different line-ups running concurrently.


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