Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi, Andrew Bown and Status Quo - Status Quo perform a live acoustic set in concert at the Hammersmith Apollo at Hammersmith Apollo - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 26th April 2015
Status Quo stars Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi were overwhelmed with emotion when they were presented with a tapestry created by a late fan who sewed the huge piece using his teeth following a crippling motorcycle accident.
Janet Booth presented the huge artwork featuring Status Quo record titles to experts on British Tv show Antiques Roadshow earlier this year (14), and Tv bosses were so moved by the story of her late son Colin, who was paralysed from the chest down, they arranged for her to meet the band and show them the tapestry.
In an episode that aired in the U.K. on Sunday night (21Dec14), Janet was seen meeting Parfitt and Rossi, who were shocked by the dedication of Colin, who spent almost 20 years working on the piece before his death.
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Veteran rocker Francis Rossi has been forced to retire his trademark guitar because it no longer stays in tune.
The Status Quo rocker is devastated that he has had to hang up his beloved 1957 Fender Telecaster, which is estimated to be worth around $1.6 million (£1 million).
He has been rocking around the world with the instrument for the past 50 years but has now invested in a sparkling new custom-built Status graphite guitar, which cost $12,800 (£8,000).
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The Rehab hitmaker died from alcohol poisoning in July, 2011 at the age of 27 after battling drink and drug demons for years.
Critics and fans had feared for her wellbeing after reports of increasingly erratic behaviour, and Status Quo star Rossi is convinced the singer could have been saved with the right advice.
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Rocker Francis Rossi rolled over and went back to sleep when he was told his Status Quo bandmate Rick Parfitt had been hospitalised with chest pains because he was convinced his heart problems were self-inflicted.
Parfitt suffered a second heart attack on the band's tour bus in August (14) during a nighttime drive through Croatia, and he was warned by doctors that he would die if he didn't quit alcohol and cigarettes.
Rossi and Parfitt have been close pals since the mid-1960s, but Rossi admits he was indifferent to news of his bandmate's health crisis because he knew Parfitt was slowly killing himself.
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The Status Quo axeman was hospitalized in Croatia and flown home by private jet. Just how is the esteemed guitarist faring?
Rick Parfitt, guitarist in the legendary UK boogie-woogie rock band Status Quo for fifty years, has been hospitalised whilst on tour in Europe which has resulted in a slew of gigs being cancelled over the next few weeks. Six European dates have been cancelled so far as the guitarist, the joint head of the band alongside lead singer and guitarist Francis Rossi, was deemed too unwell to continue playing live.
Parfitt has previously undergone a quadruple heart bypass, but still tours regularly.
In the wake of the announcement, the exact details of Parfitt’s ailment have not been disclosed, but the band’s manager Simon Porter has stated that the band “did not cancel shows lightly, but in this case we have no choice but to follow medical advice”. With this in mind, fans are right to be worried about the welfare of their rock hero, especially considering the fact that Parfitt has previously suffered from serious heart problems.
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The singer/guitarist is convinced it is unfair to assess wannabe stars purely on their singing talents as it does not give them a realistic image of the music industry.
The Rockin' All Over the World hitmaker is adamant the format - featuring a row of stars judging acts without looking at them - is flawed, and he is calling for an end to singing shows which hold up a recording contract as the top prize, accusing producers of exploiting fame-hungry youngsters.
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The Rockin' All Over The World hitmakers have teamed up with experts at the Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire, England to create the alcoholic beverage, named after their classic 1972 album, and Parfitt reveals he learned a lot about the brewing process during the development of Piledriver.
He tells MorningAdvertiser.co.uk, "The whole process of making beer is quite amazing. I don't think many people realise what goes into making that lovely beer with a nice head on it."
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The singer used to help his grandfather sell ice cream from a truck around London and the family connection to the business has prompted him to back the Sunday People newspaper's Cone and Get One drive to save the dwindling trade.
The campaign urges Britons to support ice cream vans by making a purchase whenever they see one, and Rossi hopes the drive will help protect the business.
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To launch their new album, the iconic 1970s rock band Status Quo indulges in a spirited action-comedy that might have worked when they were in their 20s. On the other hand, these guys are in their 60s, so it's more than a little strained. And it doesn't help that the writing, directing and editing are utterly inept. Although fans will enjoy the music.
It all takes place as the band's world tour touches down in Fiji, of all places. In between performing gigs, frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt entertain themselves by trying to ditch their manager Simon (Fairbrass) and his intern Caroline (Aikman). But they get in serious trouble when they stumble into a back-alley Russian roulette game run by mobster Wilson (Lovitz). As local journalists (Kennard and Heard) try to uncover the story, Simon and Caroline are struggling to regain control of the situation. And Wilson is hunting down Francis and Rick.
Not only does the plot never attempt to make any logical sense, but the filmmakers never bother trying to spark a sense of black comedy amid all the murderous goings on. Instead, director St Paul cuts away from anything remotely morbid, leaving us wondering what happened as he dives into yet another lacklustre slapstick set-piece. The movie has no sense of pace or energy at all, lurching through each scene amateurishly. At least the cast and crew appear to be having a lot of fun frolicking on a South Pacific island. Although St Paul never really captures its beauty or culture either.
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As more and more harrowing stories of Jimmy Savile's alleged case continue to get released, it's not just the poor victims that have something to say. Celebrities and people that knew Savile are also enlightening us with their accounts of his sometimes off behaviour.
And Francis Rossi is the latest high profile figure to publically speak on Savile, telling The Mirror that he'd invited him to a lewd sex party, imploring him to "Come and see me tarts". The band's breakthrough single 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' had recently entered the Top Ten when Jimmy Savile approached the group backstage at a Top of the Pops recording. "Our dressing room was away from his. But he said: "Come here later on because there's going to be something. Come and see me tarts, some f*****g tarts we have got in." explained Rossi. "I was 18 but I just said 'get out of it'. I wasn't long married at the time. It didn't enter my mind at all." This of course is not to suggest that Savile was trying to illicit the abuse of underage girls, but this admission from Rossi, who experienced his behaviour first hand, only adds to the queasy feeling that now surrounds Savile and his legacy.
The story comes as Savile's youngest alleged victim came forward to sue the late broadcaster's £4.3 million estate. Aged at just eight at the time, she is claiming that Savile abused her at Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1986.
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