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Status Quo (band)

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Status Quo are an English rock band that formed in 1962. The group originated as The Scorpions and was founded by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster while they were still schoolboys. After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.

Status Quo
Rick Parfitt (left) and Francis Rossi performing in 2015
Background information
Also known asThe Scorpions (1962–1963)
The Spectres (1963–1967)
Traffic Jam (1967)
The Status Quo (1967–1969)
Status Quo (1969–present)
OriginLondon, England
Genres(early)
Years active1962 (1962)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitestatusquo.co.uk
Members
Past membersSee: Personnel

They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, more than any other rock band, including "Rockin' All Over the World", "Whatever You Want" and "In the Army Now". Twenty-two of these reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In July 1985 the band opened Live Aid at Wembley Stadium with "Rockin' All Over the World". In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Status Quo appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops more than any other band. They have released over 100 singles and 33 albums, many of which were best-sellers. Since reaching number 5 on the UK albums chart in 1972 with Piledriver, Status Quo have achieved a career total of 25 UK top ten albums, extending all the way up to their most recent release, Backbone, in 2019.

Contents

1962–1968: Formative years

"The Status Quo", from a promotional poster for the single "Black Veils of Melancholy" - clockwise from top: Rossi, Coghlan, Parfitt, Lynes, Lancaster

Status Quo was formed in 1962 under the name The Scorpions by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, Catford, London, along with classmates Jess Jaworski (keyboards) and Alan Key (drums). Rossi and Lancaster played their first gig at the Samuel Jones Sports Club in Dulwich, London. In 1963, Key was replaced by John Coghlan and the band changed their name to The Spectres. After changing their name, Lancaster's father arranged for the group to perform weekly at a venue called the Samuel Jones Sports Club, where they were noticed by Pat Barlow, a gasfitter and budding pop music manager. Barlow became the group's manager and secured them spots at venues around London, such as El Partido in Lewisham and Café des Artistes in Chelsea. In 1965, when Rossi, Lancaster and Jaworski left school, Jaworski opted to leave the band and was replaced by Roy Lynes.

They began writing their own material, and later that year met Rick Parfitt who was playing with a cabaret band called The Highlights. By the end of 1965, Rossi and Parfitt – who had become close friends after meeting at Butlins – made a commitment to continue working together. On 18 July 1966, the Spectres signed a five-year deal with Piccadilly Records, releasing two singles that year, "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (written by Alan Lancaster) and "I (Who Have Nothing)", and one the next year called "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" (a song originally recorded by New York psychedelic band the Blues Magoos). All three singles failed to make an impact on the charts.

By 1967, the group had discovered psychedelia and named themselves Traffic, but were soon forced to change it to Traffic Jam to avoid confusion with Steve Winwood's Traffic, following an argument over who had registered the name first. The band secured an appearance on BBC Radio's Saturday Club, but in June their next single, "Almost But Not Quite There", underperformed. The following month saw Parfitt, at the request of manager Pat Barlow, joining the band as rhythm guitarist and vocalist. Shortly after Parfitt's recruitment, in August 1967, the band officially became The Status Quo.

1968–1970: "Pictures of Matchstick Men" and psychedelic years

In January 1968, the group released the psychedelic-flavoured "Pictures of Matchstick Men". The song hit the UK Singles Chart, reaching number seven; "Matchstick Men" became the group's only Top 40 hit in the United States, peaking at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100. Although Status Quo's albums have been released in the United States throughout their career, they never achieved the same level of success there as they have in Britain. Though the follow-up was the unsuccessful single "Black Veils of Melancholy", they had a hit again the same year with a pop song penned by Marty Wilde and Ronnie Scott, "Ice in the Sun", which climbed to number eight. After the breakthrough, the band management hired Bob Young as a roadie and tour manager. Over the years Young became one of the most important songwriting partners for Status Quo, in addition to playing harmonica with them on stage and on record.

1970–1981: Piledriver and Rockin' All Over The World

The "Frantic Four" lineup; left-to-right: Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and Alan Lancaster (obscured: John Coghlan) performing at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, 1978

After their second album, Spare Parts, failed commercially, the band abandoned psychedelia and Carnaby Street fashions in favour of a hard rock/boogie sound, and faded denims and T-shirts, an image which was to become their trademark throughout the 1970s. Lynes left the band in 1970 and was replaced in the studio by guests including keyboard player Jimmy Horowitz and Tom Parker. By 1976, Andy Bown – an ex-member of The Herd, Judas Jump and the Peter Frampton Band – was brought in to cover keyboards, although as he was contracted as a solo artist with EMI he was not credited as an official member of Status Quo until 1982.

After two relatively poor-selling albums, Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon and Dog of Two Head in 1970 and 1971, their major breakthrough came when they signed with the heavy rock and progressive label Vertigo. Their first album for Vertigo, Piledriver, was released in 1972 and heralded an even heavier, self-produced sound. This album was essentially the stylistic template for each album they released up to and including Blue for You in 1976. Quo's more popular songs from this era include "Paper Plane" (No. 8 in the UK chart) (1972), "Caroline" (No. 5 in the UK chart) (1973), "Break The Rules", (No. 8 in the UK Chart) (1974), "Down Down" (No. 1 in the UK chart) (1975), "Roll Over Lay Down" (No. 10 in the UK chart) (1975), "Rain" (No. 7 in the UK chart) (1976), "Mystery Song" (No. 11 in the UK Chart) (1976), "Wild Side of Life" (No. 9 in the UK chart) (1976), "Rockin' All Over the World" (No. 3 in the UK chart) (1977) and "Whatever You Want" (No. 4 in the UK Chart) (1979). "Down Down" topped the UK Singles Chart in January 1975, becoming their only UK No. 1 single to date. In 1976, they signed a pioneering sponsorship deal with Levi's. Quo have now[when?] sold approximately 118 million records worldwide.

From 1977 onwards, the band's sound became more polished as they began to employ outside producers. These included Pip Williams, Roger Glover, and John Eden. Glover was the first outside producer to work with Quo since Pye's John Schroeder in the early 1970s, and produced "Wild Side of Life" and its B-side "All Through The Night" in 1976.

1977's Rockin' All Over the World's title track, a minor hit for its writer John Fogerty (formerly of Creedence Clearwater Revival), became one of Status Quo's most enduring anthems. Sales remained high in the UK throughout the 1980s.

1981–1991: Lineup changes, Live Aid and In The Army Now

Tensions within the band saw Coghlan leaving late in 1981. His replacement early the following year was Pete Kircher from the 1960s pop band Honeybus. Andy Bown joined the band in an official capacity at this time. Although contracted to record more albums, this line-up played its last full-length gig on 21 July 1984 at the Milton Keynes Bowl. "Everybody was coked-up and hating each other", Rossi recalled, "and I'd started drinking tequila on that tour. I don't remember that show at all – the encores or anything; just falling flat on my back at one point." "Deciding to retire from the road – all that was about was getting Francis a solo career," declared Lancaster. "Nobody on the outside knew it, but he didn't want to work with me or Rick anymore."

Status Quo's final appearance with the Kircher line-up opened the Live Aid charity event at Wembley Stadium in July 1985. That year, Rossi recorded and released two solo singles with long-time writing partner Bernie Frost. Parfitt recorded a solo album, Recorded Delivery, with bass player John "Rhino" Edwards and drummer Jeff Rich. The album remains unreleased, although some tracks were reworked and released sporadically as Quo B-sides until 1987.

In mid-1985, Rossi, Parfitt and Bown, with Edwards and Rich, started work on a new Quo album. Lancaster – by this time more or less settled in Australia – took out a legal injunction to stop the band using the Status Quo name on records, citing increasing musical differences, notably during sessions for 1983's Back to Back. The specific dispute concerned two tracks that became hits for the group around that time. Lancaster had co-written "Ol' Rag Blues", but was angered when the producers chose to release a version with Rossi singing the lead vocal instead of one sung by himself. The injunction also prevented the release of a single, "Naughty Girl", for which a catalogue number was issued by Vertigo.

An out-of-court settlement was made in January 1986, enabling the new Status Quo line-up to continue recording In The Army Now, for which "Naughty Girl" was reworked as "Dreamin'". Lancaster remained in Australia, and in 1986 joined an Australian supergroup, The Party Boys, featuring Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo, John Brewster of The Angels and Kevin Borich, but achieved little success outside Australia. Lancaster left Status Quo formally in 1987.

In 1986, Quo supported Queen on the latter's Magic Tour. The commercially successful In the Army Now album was released later that year. Its title track became one of the band's biggest UK singles, reaching number 2. The following album, Ain't Complaining, in 1988, was less successful but produced the number 5 hit "Burning Bridges". Rerecorded (with new lyrics) in April 1994 with Manchester United F.C. as "Come On You Reds", the single would have given the band their second UK Number 1, but it was credited as 'by Manchester United'.

1991–2010: Rock 'Til You Drop, "Fun, Fun, Fun" and touring

The early-to-mid-1990s saw falling album sales for the band. To promote the release of the Rock 'Til You Drop album (1991), Quo performed four arena gigs in Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London in the space of 12 hours, earning them a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The 1994 Quo album Thirsty Work included a cover of the Jennifer Warnes song "I'm Restless" revealing an alternative and lighter sound to the band. Don't Stop (1996), and Famous in the Last Century (2000) consisted almost entirely of cover versions, (with the only exception being the title track to the latter). The former brought some chart success for Quo with covers of Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" and The Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun". The band became involved in an acrimonious dispute with Radio 1 after the station refused to include the "Fun Fun Fun" single on the radio station's playlist.

In 1993, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt attracted a crowd of over 25,000 when they performed the annual Blackpool Illuminations lights switch-on.

Parfitt underwent quadruple by-pass surgery in 1997, but was able to make a full recovery and returned with a performance at the Norwich City Football Club ground three months later. Status Quo also returned to Australia in 1997, completing their first tour there since 1978. A greatest hits compilation, Whatever You Want – The Very Best of Status Quo was also released, achieving silver sales in the UK that year. In 1999, Quo toured Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Dubbed the 'Last Night of the Proms', the band were backed by a full orchestra during the concerts.

Rich left in 2000 and was replaced by Matt Letley. Andrew Bown also took a year off at the same time following the death of his wife, and was temporarily replaced on stage by Paul Hirsh, formerly of Voyager.

In November 2000, the band played a gig at Grandchester in the outback in Australia, performing on a carriage of Australia's Orient Express, the Great South Pacific Express.

Performing at Arrow Rock Festival in Lichtenvoorde, the Netherlands in 2006; left-to-right: Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi, Matt Letley (obscured by drums), John "Rhino" Edwards (out-of-shot: Andy Bown)

In 2005 Rossi and Parfitt made cameo appearances in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street in a storyline which involved them being sued by the notorious layabout Les Battersby, and performing live at his wedding as compensation.

In December 2005, it was announced that Parfitt had been taken ill and was undergoing tests for throat cancer. All subsequent dates of the UK tour were cancelled as a result. However, the growths in Parfitt's throat were later found to be benign and were successfully removed. In May 2006, a fully recovered Parfitt and the band returned to the NEC Birmingham to play the show that they had postponed in December. This was their 40th show at the venue, and was recorded for a DVD, entitled "Just Doin' It".

On 1 July 2007, they performed in front of 63,000 people at the newly built Wembley Stadium as part of the Concert for Diana. They also appeared on the TV programme Tiswas Reunited, in which the band got the usual greeting of custard pies and buckets of water whilst playing the song, "Gerdundula".

On 15 September 2007, Rossi and Parfitt appeared on ITV programme Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and won £50,000 for their 2 charities Ebbisham Association and Nordoff Robbins.

Their twenty-eighth studio album, In Search of the Fourth Chord, was released on the band's own Fourth Chord label in September 2007 in the UK, and on Edel Records in the rest of Europe. Produced by veteran producer Pip Williams, who had worked with Quo in the studio since 1977, the album was only moderately successful.

In 2008, they teamed up with German techno group Scooter to record a jumpstyle version of their 1979 single "Whatever You Want" entitled "Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want)". In December 2008, they released their 75th single and first Christmas single, entitled "It's Christmas Time", which peaked at No. 40 in the UK Singles Chart.

2010–2013: Hello Quo, "Frantic Four" reunion tours and Bula Quo!

Rossi and Parfitt were each awarded the OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to music. Their long-standing work for charities includes The Prince's Trust, British Heart Foundation and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

Classic Rock magazine had reported on 17 March 2010 that the band had patched up their relationship with Alan Lancaster, and were discussing the possibility of a future collaboration. The article stated "While the band are back on friendly terms with Alan, it's unlikely we'll see any future reunion, with Quo continuing as normal and Lancaster busy with charity events and overseeing the activities of his son's band The Presence".

On 20 September 2010, Status Quo was honoured with a PRS for Music plaque commemorating their first gig at the Welcome Inn in Well Hall Road, Eltham, where the band first performed in 1967.

On 26 September 2010, a new version of "In the Army Now" was released through Universal / UMC. All profits from this updated and lyrically reworked version will be donated equally to the British Forces Foundation and Help for Heroes charities.

A box set of sessions, live concerts and TV appearances at the BBC was released on 25 October 2010, titled Live at the BBC. The full 7CD version (+DVD) covers almost all appearances, while the 2CD and 4CD version present some highlights.

Their twenty-ninth studio album, Quid Pro Quo, was released in a deluxe format exclusively at Tesco on 30 May 2011. The regular edition was released elsewhere on 7 June. The album peaked at number 10 in the UK chart.

December 2011 saw Status Quo undertake their first all-arenas UK winter tour. Quo also performed for the first time at The O2 in London. The tour was dubbed Quofest and featured Roy Wood and Kim Wilde as support for all shows. They joined the band during the encore.

In August 2011, Status Quo began filming their first cinematic documentary with film director Alan G. Parker. Entitled Hello Quo!, the production opened in cinemas on 22 October 2012. A Blu-ray/DVD release followed, through Anchor Bay Productions, on 29 October. The movie included contributions from Brian May, Jeff Lynne, Cliff Richard, Joe Elliott, Paul Weller, Joe Brown, Jim Lea, Andy Scott and Steve Diggle.

Parfitt and Rossi at the UK film premiere of Bula Quo! in July 2013.

In April 2012, Status Quo announced they were shooting their first feature film, over several weeks in Fiji. A 90-minute action comedy, entitled Bula Quo!, taking its name from the islanders' traditional Fijian greeting, and also referencing the title of the band's best-selling album, Hello! featuring the band as themselves, and also starring Jon Lovitz, Craig Fairbrass and Laura Aikman. The film was directed by Stuart St. Paul, produced by Tim Major and was released in cinemas on 5 July 2013. The film was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name, the band's 30th studio album, released on 10 June. It featured nine new songs and ten re-records and live tracks, and debuted in the UK chart at number 10.

On 9 July 2012, the band released the single "The Winner" for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In July 2012 Coles, an Australian national supermarket chain, signed Status Quo to record a version of "Down Down" using Coles' tag line 'Down, down, prices are down'. In November 2012, Coles continued their association with Status Quo, producing a series of television adverts with the band appearing and performing "It's Christmas Time". In 2013, new adverts were released by Coles with Quo using "Whatever You Want" as the new jingle.

In December that year, Quo toured under the Quofest banner for a second year, this time supported by Bonnie Tyler and Eddie and the Hot Rods. On 17 December 2012, Matt Letley announced his decision to leave the band after 12 years, and subsequently departed following completion of their 2012 winter tour. However, Letley toured with Quo their Australia and Mexico tour in March and April 2013, due to limited time to find a new drummer after the Frantic Four Tour.

The 1970–76 line-up (Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan) reunited in March 2013 for a series of dates in Manchester, Wolverhampton, Glasgow and London. The last date of the tour, at Wembley Arena on 17 March, was filmed for a DVD, released in September 2013.

In May 2013 Leon Cave became Quo's new drummer. In the latter months of 2013, Status Quo embarked on their Bula Quo tour, supported by Uriah Heep on German dates, and by 10cc in the UK.[citation needed] This was followed by nine concert dates in the UK during 2014. On 25 November 2013, it was announced that Status Quo would headline the second stage at the Download Festival in June 2014.

2014–present: Aquostic, Parfitt's death and Backbone

In January 2014, Wychwood Brewery announced they would be releasing a Status Quo brand of beer, named after their 1972 album Piledriver, exclusively in JD Wetherspoon pubs across the UK in February, before going on general sale in April. March 2014 saw the second 'Frantic Four' reunion tour featuring Rossi and Parfitt with original members Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan with their last gig being at The O2 in Dublin. Rossi indicated that this would be the last reunion tour of the 'Frantic Four' line-up. On 8 March 2014, Rossi and Parfitt appeared on ITV show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway performing "Rockin' All Over the World" with McBusted.

In August 2014, it was reported that founding keyboardist Jess Jaworski had died. In October 2014, Parfitt and Rossi appeared on BBC's The One Show, performing an acoustic version of "Pictures of Matchstick Men". In May 2015, the twosome appeared on BBC's Later... with Jools Holland, to talk about their Aquostic (Stripped Bare) album. On 9 May 2015, they performed "In the Army Now" at the VE Day 70: A Party to Remember.

Performing at Partille Arena, Sweden, on 22 April 2017; left-to-right: Leon Cave (drums), Richie Malone, Francis Rossi, John "Rhino" Edwards and Andy Bown (keyboard)

On 22 October 2014 the band launched the Aquostic album with a 90-minute performance at London's Roundhouse, with the concert recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series. Footage from the concert was later used, interspersed with interviews with Rossi and Parfitt, in BBC Four's Status Quo: Live and Acoustic, in January 2017.

On 5 June 2015 Status Quo were the headline act at Palmerston Park in Dumfries, at the stadium of Queen of the South and were supported by Reef and Big Country, in the first ever live concert at the venue.

On 1 February 2016, it was announced that Status Quo, in addition to the spring and summer dates already scheduled, would tour Europe starting in October. The final dates would take place in the UK towards the end of the year, after which the group would retire from playing 'electric' tours. The 'Last of The Electrics' tour was subsequently extended into 2017, with additional concerts outside the UK.

In September 2016 the band performed, in Aquostic line-up, at BBC Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park from Hyde Park, London.

The band's next album Aquostic II – That's a Fact! was released on 21 October 2016.

On 28 October 2016, Parfitt permanently retired from live performances after suffering a heart attack earlier the same year. On 24 December, he died in hospital in Marbella, Spain as a result of severe infection, after suffering an injury to his shoulder. Parfitt's funeral was held at Woking Crematorium on 19 January 2017. Irish guitarist Richie Malone, who had substituted for Parfitt during some 2016 live shows, took his place in the group on rhythm guitar, playing on both recorded material and at live shows. The band had to postpone a concert in June 2017 after frontman Rossi became ill.

In June 2019, Status Quo were the special guests for Lynyrd Skynyrd, on their UK farewell tour.

On 14 June 2019, the band announced that they were working on Backbone, their 33rd studio album - the first Status Quo studio album not to feature Parfitt. On 25 August 2019, the band appeared on ITV show The Sara Cox Show where Rossi spoke about the new album Backbone and also his autobiography I Talk Too Much, after which they performed an upcoming track called "Liberty Lane" as well as "Rockin All Over The World". The album was released on 6 September 2019 and it reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart. On 15 September 2019, the band performed, at BBC Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park from Hyde Park, London for the second time. They were third from top of the bill, playing in the early evening and followed by Westlife and then The Pet Shop Boys. On Christmas Day 2019, the band appeared on Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off, performing "Rockin All Over The World". On 11 August 2020, Status Quo cancelled their forty-date Backbone UK and European tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to various commitments for the following year, the band are unable to reschedule these shows for 2021. On 20 August 2020, Rossi appeared on ITV daytime show This Morning and spoke about what he was doing during lockdown and the pandemic, and announced a new tour called Out Out Quoing to be scheduled for 2022.

On September 26, 2021, co-founder Alan Lancaster died at the age of 72, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Current members

  • Francis Rossi – lead guitar, vocals (1962–present)
  • Andy Bown – keyboards, rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals (1976–present)
  • John "Rhino" Edwards – bass, rhythm guitar, vocals (1985–present)
  • Leon Cave – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2013–present)
  • Richie Malone – rhythm guitar, vocals (2016–present)

Former members

  • Rick Parfitt – rhythm guitar, vocals (1967–2016; died 2016)
  • Alan Lancaster – bass, vocals (1962–1985; reunion – 2013–2014; died 2021)
  • John Coghlan – drums, percussion (1963–1981; reunion – 2013–2014)
  • Pete Kircher – drums, percussion, vocals (1982–1985)
  • Jeff Rich – drums, percussion (1985–2000)
  • Matt Letley – drums, percussion, vocals (2000–2013)
  • Jess Jaworski – keyboards (1962–1965; died 2014)
  • Alan Key – drums, percussion (1962–1963)
  • Roy Lynes – keyboards, vocals (1965–1970)
Further information: Status Quo discography
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  • Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Mick Wall: Status Quo. XS All Areas. Sidgwick & Jackson, September 2004, hardcover, ISBN 0-283-07375-6 (paperback edition: Macmillan Publishers Ltd, August 2005, ISBN 0-330-41962-5)
  • Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Bob Young: Status Quo: The Official 40th Anniversary Edition. Cassell Illustrated, October 2006, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-84403-562-5.
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Status Quo band Language Watch Edit For other uses see Status Quo disambiguation Status Quo are an English rock band that formed in 1962 The group originated as The Scorpions and was founded by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster while they were still schoolboys 1 After a number of lineup changes which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967 the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969 Status QuoRick Parfitt left and Francis Rossi performing in 2015Background informationAlso known asThe Scorpions 1962 1963 The Spectres 1963 1967 Traffic Jam 1967 The Status Quo 1967 1969 Status Quo 1969 present OriginLondon EnglandGenresHard rockrock and rollboogie rockheavy metalpsychedelic rock12 bar blues early Years active1962 1962 presentLabelsPyeVertigoCapitolPolydorEagleSanctuaryMercuryFourth ChordEdelEarAssociated actsClimax Blues BandThe BombersWebsitestatusquo wbr co wbr ukMembersFrancis RossiAndy BownJohn Rhino EdwardsLeon CaveRichie MalonePast membersSee Personnel They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK more than any other rock band 2 including Rockin All Over the World Whatever You Want and In the Army Now Twenty two of these reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart In July 1985 the band opened Live Aid at Wembley Stadium with Rockin All Over the World 3 In 1991 Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music 4 Status Quo appeared on the BBC s Top of the Pops more than any other band 5 They have released over 100 singles and 33 albums many of which were best sellers Since reaching number 5 on the UK albums chart in 1972 with Piledriver Status Quo have achieved a career total of 25 UK top ten albums extending all the way up to their most recent release Backbone in 2019 Contents 1 History 1 1 1962 1968 Formative years 1 2 1968 1970 Pictures of Matchstick Men and psychedelic years 1 3 1970 1981 Piledriver and Rockin All Over The World 1 4 1981 1991 Lineup changes Live Aid and In The Army Now 1 5 1991 2010 Rock Til You Drop Fun Fun Fun and touring 1 6 2010 2013 Hello Quo Frantic Four reunion tours and Bula Quo 1 7 2014 present Aquostic Parfitt s death and Backbone 2 Personnel 3 Discography 4 Remakes and cover versions 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksHistory Edit1962 1968 Formative years Edit The Status Quo from a promotional poster for the single Black Veils of Melancholy clockwise from top Rossi Coghlan Parfitt Lynes Lancaster Status Quo was formed in 1962 under the name The Scorpions by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster at Sedgehill Comprehensive School Catford London along with classmates Jess Jaworski keyboards and Alan Key drums 6 Rossi and Lancaster played their first gig at the Samuel Jones Sports Club in Dulwich London In 1963 Key was replaced by John Coghlan and the band changed their name to The Spectres 1 7 After changing their name Lancaster s father arranged for the group to perform weekly at a venue called the Samuel Jones Sports Club where they were noticed by Pat Barlow a gasfitter and budding pop music manager Barlow became the group s manager and secured them spots at venues around London such as El Partido in Lewisham and Cafe des Artistes in Chelsea 8 In 1965 when Rossi Lancaster and Jaworski left school Jaworski opted to leave the band and was replaced by Roy Lynes 9 They began writing their own material and later that year met Rick Parfitt who was playing with a cabaret band called The Highlights By the end of 1965 Rossi and Parfitt who had become close friends after meeting at Butlins made a commitment to continue working together On 18 July 1966 the Spectres signed a five year deal with Piccadilly Records releasing two singles that year Hurdy Gurdy Man written by Alan Lancaster and I Who Have Nothing and one the next year called We Ain t Got Nothin Yet a song originally recorded by New York psychedelic band the Blues Magoos 7 All three singles failed to make an impact on the charts 1 By 1967 the group had discovered psychedelia and named themselves Traffic but were soon forced to change it to Traffic Jam to avoid confusion with Steve Winwood s Traffic following an argument over who had registered the name first 1 The band secured an appearance on BBC Radio s Saturday Club but in June their next single Almost But Not Quite There underperformed The following month saw Parfitt at the request of manager Pat Barlow joining the band as rhythm guitarist and vocalist Shortly after Parfitt s recruitment in August 1967 the band officially became The Status Quo 10 1968 1970 Pictures of Matchstick Men and psychedelic years Edit In January 1968 the group released the psychedelic flavoured Pictures of Matchstick Men 1 The song hit the UK Singles Chart reaching number seven Matchstick Men became the group s only Top 40 hit in the United States peaking at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 7 Although Status Quo s albums have been released in the United States throughout their career they never achieved the same level of success there as they have in Britain 7 Though the follow up was the unsuccessful single Black Veils of Melancholy they had a hit again the same year with a pop song penned by Marty Wilde and Ronnie Scott Ice in the Sun which climbed to number eight 1 After the breakthrough the band management hired Bob Young as a roadie and tour manager Over the years Young became one of the most important songwriting partners for Status Quo in addition to playing harmonica with them on stage and on record 1970 1981 Piledriver and Rockin All Over The World Edit The Frantic Four lineup left to right Francis Rossi Rick Parfitt and Alan Lancaster obscured John Coghlan performing at the Hammersmith Odeon in London 1978 After their second album Spare Parts failed commercially the band abandoned psychedelia and Carnaby Street fashions in favour of a hard rock boogie sound and faded denims and T shirts an image which was to become their trademark throughout the 1970s 1 Lynes left the band in 1970 and was replaced in the studio by guests including keyboard player Jimmy Horowitz and Tom Parker 11 By 1976 Andy Bown an ex member of The Herd Judas Jump and the Peter Frampton Band was brought in to cover keyboards although as he was contracted as a solo artist with EMI he was not credited as an official member of Status Quo until 1982 After two relatively poor selling albums Ma Kelly s Greasy Spoon and Dog of Two Head in 1970 and 1971 their major breakthrough came when they signed with the heavy rock and progressive label Vertigo 7 Their first album for Vertigo Piledriver was released in 1972 and heralded an even heavier self produced sound 1 This album was essentially the stylistic template for each album they released up to and including Blue for You in 1976 7 Quo s more popular songs from this era include Paper Plane No 8 in the UK chart 1972 Caroline No 5 in the UK chart 1973 Break The Rules No 8 in the UK Chart 1974 Down Down No 1 in the UK chart 1975 Roll Over Lay Down No 10 in the UK chart 1975 Rain No 7 in the UK chart 1976 Mystery Song No 11 in the UK Chart 1976 Wild Side of Life No 9 in the UK chart 1976 Rockin All Over the World No 3 in the UK chart 1977 and Whatever You Want No 4 in the UK Chart 1979 12 Down Down topped the UK Singles Chart in January 1975 becoming their only UK No 1 single to date 13 In 1976 they signed a pioneering sponsorship deal with Levi s 1 Quo have now when sold approximately 118 million records worldwide 14 From 1977 onwards the band s sound became more polished as they began to employ outside producers These included Pip Williams Roger Glover and John Eden Glover was the first outside producer to work with Quo since Pye s John Schroeder in the early 1970s and produced Wild Side of Life and its B side All Through The Night in 1976 1977 s Rockin All Over the World s title track a minor hit for its writer John Fogerty formerly of Creedence Clearwater Revival became one of Status Quo s most enduring anthems 1 Sales remained high in the UK throughout the 1980s 1981 1991 Lineup changes Live Aid and In The Army Now Edit Tensions within the band saw Coghlan leaving late in 1981 7 His replacement early the following year was Pete Kircher from the 1960s pop band Honeybus 7 Andy Bown joined the band in an official capacity at this time Although contracted to record more albums this line up played its last full length gig on 21 July 1984 at the Milton Keynes Bowl Everybody was coked up and hating each other Rossi recalled and I d started drinking tequila on that tour I don t remember that show at all the encores or anything just falling flat on my back at one point 15 Deciding to retire from the road all that was about was getting Francis a solo career declared Lancaster Nobody on the outside knew it but he didn t want to work with me or Rick anymore 16 Status Quo s final appearance with the Kircher line up opened the Live Aid charity event at Wembley Stadium in July 1985 That year Rossi recorded and released two solo singles with long time writing partner Bernie Frost Parfitt recorded a solo album Recorded Delivery with bass player John Rhino Edwards and drummer Jeff Rich The album remains unreleased although some tracks were reworked and released sporadically as Quo B sides until 1987 In mid 1985 Rossi Parfitt and Bown with Edwards and Rich started work on a new Quo album Lancaster by this time more or less settled in Australia took out a legal injunction to stop the band using the Status Quo name on records citing increasing musical differences notably during sessions for 1983 s Back to Back The specific dispute concerned two tracks that became hits for the group around that time Lancaster had co written Ol Rag Blues but was angered when the producers chose to release a version with Rossi singing the lead vocal instead of one sung by himself The injunction also prevented the release of a single Naughty Girl for which a catalogue number was issued by Vertigo An out of court settlement was made in January 1986 enabling the new Status Quo line up to continue recording In The Army Now for which Naughty Girl was reworked as Dreamin Lancaster remained in Australia and in 1986 joined an Australian supergroup The Party Boys featuring Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo John Brewster of The Angels and Kevin Borich but achieved little success outside Australia Lancaster left Status Quo formally in 1987 In 1986 Quo supported Queen on the latter s Magic Tour The commercially successful In the Army Now album was released later that year Its title track became one of the band s biggest UK singles reaching number 2 1 The following album Ain t Complaining in 1988 was less successful but produced the number 5 hit Burning Bridges Rerecorded with new lyrics in April 1994 with Manchester United F C as Come On You Reds the single would have given the band their second UK Number 1 but it was credited as by Manchester United 1991 2010 Rock Til You Drop Fun Fun Fun and touring Edit The early to mid 1990s saw falling album sales for the band To promote the release of the Rock Til You Drop album 1991 Quo performed four arena gigs in Sheffield Glasgow Birmingham and London in the space of 12 hours earning them a place in the Guinness Book of Records The 1994 Quo album Thirsty Work included a cover of the Jennifer Warnes song I m Restless revealing an alternative and lighter sound to the band 1 Don t Stop 1996 and Famous in the Last Century 2000 consisted almost entirely of cover versions with the only exception being the title track to the latter The former brought some chart success for Quo with covers of Fleetwood Mac s Don t Stop and The Beach Boys Fun Fun Fun The band became involved in an acrimonious dispute with Radio 1 after the station refused to include the Fun Fun Fun single on the radio station s playlist 1 In 1993 Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt attracted a crowd of over 25 000 when they performed the annual Blackpool Illuminations lights switch on Parfitt underwent quadruple by pass surgery in 1997 but was able to make a full recovery and returned with a performance at the Norwich City Football Club ground three months later Status Quo also returned to Australia in 1997 completing their first tour there since 1978 A greatest hits compilation Whatever You Want The Very Best of Status Quo was also released achieving silver sales in the UK that year In 1999 Quo toured Germany the Netherlands and Switzerland Dubbed the Last Night of the Proms the band were backed by a full orchestra during the concerts Rich left in 2000 and was replaced by Matt Letley Andrew Bown also took a year off at the same time following the death of his wife and was temporarily replaced on stage by Paul Hirsh formerly of Voyager In November 2000 the band played a gig at Grandchester in the outback in Australia performing on a carriage of Australia s Orient Express the Great South Pacific Express Performing at Arrow Rock Festival in Lichtenvoorde the Netherlands in 2006 left to right Rick Parfitt Francis Rossi Matt Letley obscured by drums John Rhino Edwards out of shot Andy Bown In 2005 Rossi and Parfitt made cameo appearances in the long running ITV soap opera Coronation Street in a storyline which involved them being sued by the notorious layabout Les Battersby and performing live at his wedding as compensation In December 2005 it was announced that Parfitt had been taken ill and was undergoing tests for throat cancer All subsequent dates of the UK tour were cancelled as a result However the growths in Parfitt s throat were later found to be benign and were successfully removed In May 2006 a fully recovered Parfitt and the band returned to the NEC Birmingham to play the show that they had postponed in December This was their 40th show at the venue and was recorded for a DVD entitled Just Doin It On 1 July 2007 they performed in front of 63 000 people at the newly built Wembley Stadium as part of the Concert for Diana They also appeared on the TV programme Tiswas Reunited in which the band got the usual greeting of custard pies and buckets of water whilst playing the song Gerdundula On 15 September 2007 Rossi and Parfitt appeared on ITV programme Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and won 50 000 for their 2 charities Ebbisham Association and Nordoff Robbins Their twenty eighth studio album In Search of the Fourth Chord was released on the band s own Fourth Chord label in September 2007 in the UK and on Edel Records in the rest of Europe Produced by veteran producer Pip Williams who had worked with Quo in the studio since 1977 the album was only moderately successful In 2008 they teamed up with German techno group Scooter to record a jumpstyle version of their 1979 single Whatever You Want entitled Jump That Rock Whatever You Want 17 In December 2008 they released their 75th single and first Christmas single entitled It s Christmas Time which peaked at No 40 in the UK Singles Chart 18 2010 2013 Hello Quo Frantic Four reunion tours and Bula Quo Edit Rossi and Parfitt were each awarded the OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to music Their long standing work for charities includes The Prince s Trust British Heart Foundation and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Classic Rock magazine had reported on 17 March 2010 that the band had patched up their relationship with Alan Lancaster and were discussing the possibility of a future collaboration 19 The article stated While the band are back on friendly terms with Alan it s unlikely we ll see any future reunion with Quo continuing as normal and Lancaster busy with charity events and overseeing the activities of his son s band The Presence 19 On 20 September 2010 Status Quo was honoured with a PRS for Music plaque commemorating their first gig at the Welcome Inn in Well Hall Road Eltham where the band first performed in 1967 20 On 26 September 2010 a new version of In the Army Now was released through Universal UMC All profits from this updated and lyrically reworked version will be donated equally to the British Forces Foundation and Help for Heroes charities 21 22 A box set of sessions live concerts and TV appearances at the BBC was released on 25 October 2010 titled Live at the BBC The full 7CD version DVD covers almost all appearances while the 2CD and 4CD version present some highlights Their twenty ninth studio album Quid Pro Quo was released in a deluxe format exclusively at Tesco on 30 May 2011 The regular edition was released elsewhere on 7 June The album peaked at number 10 in the UK chart December 2011 saw Status Quo undertake their first all arenas UK winter tour Quo also performed for the first time at The O2 in London The tour was dubbed Quofest and featured Roy Wood and Kim Wilde as support for all shows They joined the band during the encore In August 2011 Status Quo began filming their first cinematic documentary with film director Alan G Parker Entitled Hello Quo the production opened in cinemas on 22 October 2012 A Blu ray DVD release followed through Anchor Bay Productions on 29 October The movie included contributions from Brian May Jeff Lynne Cliff Richard Joe Elliott Paul Weller Joe Brown Jim Lea Andy Scott and Steve Diggle Parfitt and Rossi at the UK film premiere of Bula Quo in July 2013 In April 2012 Status Quo announced they were shooting their first feature film over several weeks in Fiji A 90 minute action comedy entitled Bula Quo taking its name from the islanders traditional Fijian greeting and also referencing the title of the band s best selling album Hello featuring the band as themselves and also starring Jon Lovitz Craig Fairbrass and Laura Aikman 23 The film was directed by Stuart St Paul produced by Tim Major and was released in cinemas on 5 July 2013 The film was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name the band s 30th studio album released on 10 June It featured nine new songs and ten re records and live tracks and debuted in the UK chart at number 10 24 On 9 July 2012 the band released the single The Winner for the 2012 Summer Olympics In July 2012 Coles an Australian national supermarket chain signed Status Quo to record a version of Down Down using Coles tag line Down down prices are down 25 In November 2012 Coles continued their association with Status Quo producing a series of television adverts with the band appearing and performing It s Christmas Time In 2013 new adverts were released by Coles with Quo using Whatever You Want as the new jingle In December that year Quo toured under the Quofest banner for a second year this time supported by Bonnie Tyler and Eddie and the Hot Rods On 17 December 2012 Matt Letley announced his decision to leave the band after 12 years and subsequently departed following completion of their 2012 winter tour However Letley toured with Quo their Australia and Mexico tour in March and April 2013 due to limited time to find a new drummer after the Frantic Four Tour The 1970 76 line up Francis Rossi Rick Parfitt Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan reunited in March 2013 for a series of dates in Manchester Wolverhampton Glasgow and London The last date of the tour at Wembley Arena on 17 March was filmed for a DVD released in September 2013 26 In May 2013 Leon Cave became Quo s new drummer 23 In the latter months of 2013 Status Quo embarked on their Bula Quo tour supported by Uriah Heep on German dates and by 10cc in the UK citation needed This was followed by nine concert dates in the UK during 2014 27 On 25 November 2013 it was announced that Status Quo would headline the second stage at the Download Festival in June 2014 2014 present Aquostic Parfitt s death and Backbone Edit In January 2014 Wychwood Brewery announced they would be releasing a Status Quo brand of beer named after their 1972 album Piledriver exclusively in JD Wetherspoon pubs across the UK in February before going on general sale in April March 2014 saw the second Frantic Four reunion tour featuring Rossi and Parfitt with original members Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan with their last gig being at The O2 in Dublin Rossi indicated that this would be the last reunion tour of the Frantic Four line up 28 On 8 March 2014 Rossi and Parfitt appeared on ITV show Ant amp Dec s Saturday Night Takeaway performing Rockin All Over the World with McBusted 29 In August 2014 it was reported that founding keyboardist Jess Jaworski had died 30 In October 2014 Parfitt and Rossi appeared on BBC s The One Show performing an acoustic version of Pictures of Matchstick Men 31 In May 2015 the twosome appeared on BBC s Later with Jools Holland to talk about their Aquostic Stripped Bare album On 9 May 2015 they performed In the Army Now at the VE Day 70 A Party to Remember 32 Performing at Partille Arena Sweden on 22 April 2017 left to right Leon Cave drums Richie Malone Francis Rossi John Rhino Edwards and Andy Bown keyboard On 22 October 2014 the band launched the Aquostic album with a 90 minute performance at London s Roundhouse with the concert recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series 33 34 Footage from the concert was later used interspersed with interviews with Rossi and Parfitt in BBC Four s Status Quo Live and Acoustic in January 2017 35 On 5 June 2015 Status Quo were the headline act at Palmerston Park in Dumfries at the stadium of Queen of the South and were supported by Reef and Big Country in the first ever live concert at the venue 36 On 1 February 2016 it was announced that Status Quo in addition to the spring and summer dates already scheduled would tour Europe starting in October The final dates would take place in the UK towards the end of the year after which the group would retire from playing electric tours 37 The Last of The Electrics tour was subsequently extended into 2017 with additional concerts outside the UK In September 2016 the band performed in Aquostic line up at BBC Radio 2 s Live in Hyde Park from Hyde Park London 38 The band s next album Aquostic II That s a Fact was released on 21 October 2016 39 On 28 October 2016 Parfitt permanently retired from live performances after suffering a heart attack earlier the same year 40 41 On 24 December he died in hospital in Marbella Spain as a result of severe infection after suffering an injury to his shoulder 42 43 44 Parfitt s funeral was held at Woking Crematorium on 19 January 2017 Irish guitarist Richie Malone who had substituted for Parfitt during some 2016 live shows took his place in the group on rhythm guitar playing on both recorded material and at live shows 45 The band had to postpone a concert in June 2017 after frontman Rossi became ill 46 In June 2019 Status Quo were the special guests for Lynyrd Skynyrd on their UK farewell tour 47 On 14 June 2019 the band announced that they were working on Backbone their 33rd studio album the first Status Quo studio album not to feature Parfitt 48 On 25 August 2019 the band appeared on ITV show The Sara Cox Show where Rossi spoke about the new album Backbone and also his autobiography I Talk Too Much after which they performed an upcoming track called Liberty Lane as well as Rockin All Over The World 49 The album was released on 6 September 2019 and it reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart On 15 September 2019 the band performed at BBC Radio 2 s Live in Hyde Park from Hyde Park London for the second time They were third from top of the bill playing in the early evening and followed by Westlife and then The Pet Shop Boys 50 On Christmas Day 2019 the band appeared on Channel 4 s The Great British Bake Off performing Rockin All Over The World 51 On 11 August 2020 Status Quo cancelled their forty date Backbone UK and European tour due to the COVID 19 pandemic Due to various commitments for the following year the band are unable to reschedule these shows for 2021 52 On 20 August 2020 Rossi appeared on ITV daytime show This Morning and spoke about what he was doing during lockdown and the pandemic and announced a new tour called Out Out Quoing to be scheduled for 2022 52 On September 26 2021 co founder Alan Lancaster died at the age of 72 following a long battle with multiple sclerosis Personnel EditMain article List of Status Quo members Current members Francis Rossi lead guitar vocals 1962 present Andy Bown keyboards rhythm guitar harmonica vocals 1976 present John Rhino Edwards bass rhythm guitar vocals 1985 present Leon Cave drums percussion backing vocals 2013 present Richie Malone rhythm guitar vocals 2016 present Former members Rick Parfitt rhythm guitar vocals 1967 2016 died 2016 Alan Lancaster bass vocals 1962 1985 reunion 2013 2014 died 2021 John Coghlan drums percussion 1963 1981 reunion 2013 2014 Pete Kircher drums percussion vocals 1982 1985 Jeff Rich drums percussion 1985 2000 Matt Letley drums percussion vocals 2000 2013 Jess Jaworski keyboards 1962 1965 died 2014 Alan Key drums percussion 1962 1963 Roy Lynes keyboards vocals 1965 1970 Discography EditFurther information Status Quo discography Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo 1968 Spare Parts 1969 Ma Kelly s Greasy Spoon 1970 Dog of Two Head 1971 Piledriver 1972 Hello 1973 Quo 1974 On the Level 1975 Blue for You 1976 Rockin All Over the World 1977 If You Can t Stand the Heat 1978 Whatever You Want 1979 Just Supposin 1980 Never Too Late 1981 1 9 8 2 1982 Back to Back 1983 In the Army Now 1986 Ain t Complaining 1988 Perfect Remedy 1989 Rock til You Drop 1991 Thirsty Work 1994 Don t Stop 1996 Under The Influence 1999 Famous in the Last Century 2000 Heavy Traffic 2002 Riffs 2003 The Party Ain t Over Yet 2005 In Search of the Fourth Chord 2007 Quid Pro Quo 2011 Bula Quo 2013 Aquostic Stripped Bare 2014 Aquostic II That s a Fact 2016 Backbone 2019 Remakes and cover versions EditThis section needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed October 2011 Learn how and when to remove this template message In 1989 American alternative rock group Camper Van Beethoven scored a number one hit on Billboard magazine s Modern Rock Tracks chart with a cover version of Pictures of Matchstick Men The song is from their album Key Lime Pie British alternative rock band Kasabian released their own cover version of the same song as a B side from their 2006 single Shoot the Runner The 1996 re issue of the album Too Rye Ay by Dexys Midnight Runners contained a cover version of Marguerita Time Ozzy Osbourne backed by Type O Negative covered Pictures of Matchstick Men as part of the soundtrack to the Howard Stern biographical movie Private Parts in 1997 Towards the end of his life DJ John Peel was known for playing Down Down as part of his eclectic DJ sets 53 Arjen Lucassen from the Dutch project Ayreon covered Pictures Of Matchstick Men and Ice in the Sun on his solo album Strange Hobby Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz recorded a cover version of Pictures of Matchstick Men on his 1985 solo album Seeing Eye Gods German Power metal band Helloween covered Rain for their single Power It can also be found on the bonus disc of the special edition of their 1996 album The Time of the Oath References Edit a b c d e f g h i j k l m Roberts David 1998 Guinness Rockopedia 1st ed London Guinness Publishing Ltd p 417 ISBN 0 85112 072 5 Status Quo hold UK singles record BBC News 19 September 2005 Retrieved 14 February 2009 Aaaaaay o Aaaaaay o Why Live Aid was the greatest show of all The Independent Retrieved 13 July 2020 1991 Outstanding Contribution to Music Award Status Quo Archived 8 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine Brits co uk Retrieved 30 October 2012 Entertainment Status Quo Top of Top of the Pops BBC News 21 June 2006 Retrieved 2 March 2020 Young Bob 2000 Status Quo Just Doin It 1st ed London Cassell Illustrated p 27 ISBN 1 84403 562 X a b c d e f g h Strong Martin C 2000 The Great Rock Discography 5th ed Edinburgh Mojo Books pp 927 929 ISBN 1 84195 017 3 Rossi Francis 14 March 2019 I Talk Too Much My Autobiography Constable p Loc 544 553 of 4402 in the Amazon Kindle version ISBN 978 1472130204 QUOTICKER Year review 1965 Quoticker de Retrieved 22 August 2018 QUOTICKER year review 1967 Quoticker de Retrieved 22 August 2018 QUOTICKER year review 1970 Quoticker de Retrieved 22 August 2018 Status Quo Biography amp History AllMusic Retrieved 21 July 2021 Rice Jo 1982 The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits 1st ed Enfield Middlesex Guinness Superlatives Ltd p 164 ISBN 0 85112 250 7 Quo Facts Statusquo co uk Retrieved 15 July 2011 Ling Dave January 2002 Again again again Classic Rock 36 p 69 Ling Dave January 2002 Again again again Classic Rock 36 p 73 Home Scootertechno Com 22 October 2013 Retrieved 26 October 2013 The Official Site Status Quo Retrieved 26 October 2013 a b Quo Kiss And Make Up With Former Bassist News Top Posts Classic Rock Classicrockmagazine com 17 March 2010 Retrieved 26 October 2013 Status Quo black plaque in London Openplaques org 20 September 2010 Retrieved 21 May 2013 News amp Events Army mod uk Archived from the original on 23 July 2010 Entertaim net interview with the GOMORR Entertaim net 25 October 2013 Retrieved 26 October 2013 a b Status Quo Add Drummer Leon Cave To Band Line up Bravewords com Retrieved 24 May 2013 Official Charts Company Official Charts Company Retrieved 4 July 2013 failed verification National News Coles bags Status Quo for latest ad campaign Heraldsun com au Retrieved 26 October 2013 Interview with Francis Rossi Wexford Echo Retrieved 25 October 2012 permanent dead link Status Quo Tickets Tour 2014 Giga music co uk Retrieved 26 October 2013 Status Quo frontman If I dropped dead tomorrow what a fantastic f king life I ve had The Irish Times Retrieved 10 April 2014 McBusted vs McDonnelly itv com 8 March 2014 Retrieved 12 July 2017 Status Quo The Frantic Four Reunion Tour Facebook com Retrieved 22 August 2018 BBC One The One Show 20 10 2014 BBC Retrieved 21 October 2014 VE Day 70 Horse Guards Parade review rousing ovations and spiffing period dress telegraph co uk 10 May 2015 Retrieved 8 September 2016 Status Quo Concert Setlist at Roundhouse London on October 22 2014 setlist fm setlist fm Retrieved 25 February 2015 Status Quo Acoustic Radio 2 In Concert bbc co uk Retrieved 25 February 2015 Status Quo Live and Acoustic BBC Four BBC Retrieved 22 August 2018 Dalziel Magdalene 3 March 2015 Big Country providing Quo support in Dumfries Dailyrecord co uk Retrieved 22 August 2018 Last chance to see Status Quo in Somerset after they announced they will quit at end of the year Western Daily Press 27 January 2016 Archived from the original on 1 February 2016 Retrieved 1 February 2016 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park Status Quo bbc co uk 11 September 2016 Retrieved 11 September 2016 Aquostic Status Quo Retrieved 29 November 2016 Rick Parfitt quits performing with Status Quo for good BBC News Bbc co uk Retrieved 29 November 2016 Status Quo Further to various previous announcements and Facebook 28 October 2016 Retrieved 29 November 2016 Rick Parfitt Status Quo guitarist dies in Spain at 68 Global News Retrieved 8 July 2017 R I P Status Quo s Rick Parfitt the Man Who Changed How I Hear Rock Observer 5 January 2017 Retrieved 8 July 2017 Status Quo s Rick Parfitt dies aged 68 BBC News 1 January 1970 Retrieved 24 December 2016 Status Quo statusquo co uk February 2017 Retrieved 26 February 2017 Simpson George 24 June 2017 Status Quo Francis Rossi illness forces band to postpone concert Express co uk Retrieved 8 July 2017 Lynyrd Skynyrd announce farewell UK shows with special guests Status Quo Planetrock com Retrieved 25 April 2019 Status Quo Facebook page Backbone announcement Facebook Status Quo Retrieved 17 June 2019 The Sara Cox Show episode 38 ITV 14 August 2019 Retrieved 7 October 2019 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park Status Quo BBC Music Events Chilton Louis 25 December 2019 Who are the bakers on The Great Christmas Bake Off Radio Times Retrieved 2 March 2020 a b Status Quo The Official Site Statusquo co uk Retrieved 21 July 2021 Mugan Chris 7 December 2002 John Peel s comments on playing Down Down in The Guardian London Retrieved 24 May 2010 Further reading EditJohn Shearlaw Bob Young Again amp Again Sidgwick amp Jackson October 1984 Paperback ISBN 0 283 99101 1 1st edition 1979 and 2nd edition 1982 as The Authorised Biography by John Shearlaw Tom Hibbert Status Quo Omnibus Press 1982 ISBN 0 86001 957 8 Neil Jeffries Rockin All Over the World Proteus Books March 1985 Paperback ISBN 0 86276 272 3 Bob Young Quotographs Celebrating 30 Years of Status Quo IMP International Music Publications Limited 1985 ISBN 1 85909 291 8 Francis Rossi Rick Parfitt Just For The Record Bantam Press September 1994 hardcover ISBN 0 593 03546 1 Patti Parfitt Laughing All over the World My Life Married to Status Quo Blake Publishing Ltd October 1998 ISBN 1 85782 198 X David J Oxley Rockers Rollin The Story of Status Quo ST Publishing Januar 2000 Paperback ISBN 1 898927 80 4 David J Oxley Tuned To The Music of Status Quo ST Publishing 2001 Paperback ISBN 1 898927 90 1 Francis Rossi Rick Parfitt Mick Wall Status Quo XS All Areas Sidgwick amp Jackson September 2004 hardcover ISBN 0 283 07375 6 paperback edition Macmillan Publishers Ltd August 2005 ISBN 0 330 41962 5 Francis Rossi Rick Parfitt Bob Young Status Quo The Official 40th Anniversary Edition Cassell Illustrated October 2006 hardcover ISBN 978 1 84403 562 5 Status Quo La Route Sans Fin foreword by Bob Young ISBN 2 910196 42 9External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Status Quo musical group Status Quo official website BBC Norfolk Status Quo gig gallery Thetford Forest 2008 Francis Rossi Interview I Have Eight Children and They All Vary 18 May 2011 Status Quo s ultimate gig history compiled by Thomas Franck Status Quo at IMDb Status Quo discography at Discogs Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Status Quo band amp oldid 1049726966, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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