Status Quo (founded 1967) Status Quo is an English rock group
Formation: Status Quo started out as the band The Spectres, who were a rock and roll freakbeat outfit. Frances Rossi and Alan Lancaster were pupils together at Sedgehill Comprehensive School in Catford, where they were both members of the orchestra.
Rossi and Lancaster formed a band, originally named The Scorpions, then changed to The Spectres, with drummer John Coughlan. They met Rick Parfitt, who was in a cabaret band called The Highlights. The Spectres signed a deal with Piccadilly Records, but none of their singles impacted on the charts. They later changed their name to Traffic, but updated it to Traffic Jam, to avoid confusion with Steve Winwood's band.
1967 onwards: In 1967, the band changed their name to The Status Quo. In January 1968 they released 'Pictures of Matchstick Men'. They invited Parfitt to join the band just as the song hit the UK singles chart at number 7. Their third single was a departure from this psychedelic sound, with 'Ice in the Sun, written by Marty Wilde.
They hired Bob Young as a roadie and tour manager and Young soon became an important songwriting partner for Status Quo. Their second album, Spare Parts, failed to bother the charts. In 1976, they were joined by Andy Bown on keyboards.
Status Quo's breakthrough came when they signed with Vertigo. Their first album on their new label was Piledriver, released in 1972, showcasing a heavier sound, which they continued until 1976's Blue For You. It was around this time that Status Quo became one of the UK's biggest rock bands and gained a dedicated following of fans and would tour relentlessly.
Some of their most popular songs of this era include 'Rockin' All Over the World' (written by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival), 'Whatever You Want' and 'Down Down'. The latter song remains their only UK number one. In 1976, Status Quo signed a sponsorship deal with Levis and have long been associated with denim fashions.
In 1981, John Coghlan left the band and was replaced by Pete Kircher, formerly of the 1960s pop band Honeybus. Their final appearance with Kircher was opening the Live Aid event at Wembley in 1985. The event also featured The Style Council, The Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Elton John and Queen.
In July 1986, Status Quo played at Queen's Live At Wembley, supporting the release of In The Army Now. The following album, Ain't Complaining fared less well than its predecessor. In the 1990s. the band's live following continued, though album sales were relatively poor, with albums such as Don't Stop and Famous in the Last Century consisting largely of cover versions of bands such as The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Roy Orbison and Robert Johnson. In 1993, Status Quo played to over 25,000 when they switched on the Blackpool illuminations. In 2000, Andrew Bown took a year off, following the death of his wife. He was temporarily replaced by Paul Hirsh, formerly of Voyager.
2005 saw Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt make a cameo appearance in Coronation Street. Two years later, they released another studio album, entitled In Search of the Fourth Chord. The following year, they joined forces with Scooter the German techno group, to record a modern version of their 1979 single 'Whatever You Want'. The new version was entitled 'Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want)'. They also released their first ever Christmas single, 'It's Christmas Time'. It reached number 40 in the charts.
In June 2009, Status Quo played at the Glastonbury Festival, which was headlined by Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Blur. They also played Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, with Jools Holland and Imelda May.
In 2009, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt were named as OBEs in the Queen's New Year Honours list, for their long-standing work for charities including the Prince's Trust and the Heart Foundation.
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
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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Status Quo will no longer play in Switzerland, and Germany.
Status Quo has cancelled six concerts in Europe after guitarist Rick Parfitt was hospitalised. The veteran rockers had been scheduled to perform on Saturday night in Pula, Croatia, but were forced to pull the show, and five others, when Parfitt was deemed too ill to play.
Rick Parfit has been hospialised [Getty/Ian Gavan]
According to the Guardian, Parfitt is now in hospital receiving treatment though details are yet to be circulated. The band's manager Simon Porter said that Quo did not "cancel shows lightly" but that they had no option to pull the tour, which featured dates in Monte Carlo, Germany and Switzerland.
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The band have been forced to cancel six shows after the 65 year old fell ill in Croatia.
Status Quo have been forced to axe their European tour after guitarist Rick Parfitt was taken ill in Croatia. The band had been due to play in the northern city of Pula tonight (August 2nd), but were forced to pull out just hours before the concert was set to begin.
Rick Parfitt has been taken ill in Croatia
In 1997 65 year old Parfitt had a quadruple heart bypass and nine years ago he was forced to cancel a series of shows to undergo tests for suspected throat cancer.
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10. A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III - Charlie Sheen exploits his bad-boy image in this fractured comedy in which he plays a paranoid idiot who thinks his ex is trying to kill him. But the story is wafer-thin, and the film is almost overpoweringly indulgent.
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9. Pain & Gain - Michael Bay's comedy may feature enjoyably offhanded performances from Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, but it's also the year's most offensive movie. Playing a true-life murder for laughs is only the first mistake.
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Depeche Mode are annoyed by "some of the bands who have won" a BRIT Award because they have not been as successful as them.
Depeche Mode are annoyed by "some of the bands who have won" a BRIT Award.
The most successful electronic band in music history only have a solitary BRIT Award under their belt yet have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, but they feel let down they have never been given a Lifetime Achievement award, which has been given to bands including Spice Girls and Status Quo in the past.
Multi-instrumentalist Andy Fletcher said: "It annoys us when you see some of the bands who have won it."
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'Rockin' All Over The World' hit-makers back together after more than 30 years apart
Though Status Quo haven’t stopped playing, it’s been over 30 years since the original line-up last trod the boards together. However that’s set to change with the news that the pioneers of, um, boogie rock, are set to play a series of shows with each other again.
According to Sky News, the four-piece kick off a reunion tour later in the week, with Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, John Coghlan and Alan Lancaster kicking things off in Manchester on Wednesday (March 6, 2013). Drummer Coghlan left the band in 1981, with bassist Lancaster following suit four years later, sparking a lengthy legal battle over the Quo name. It’s been Rossi and Parfitt who’ve continued to perform under the moniker, but hardened fans will no doubt be delighted they’ve reunited with their former pals.
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Status Quo are back!
It’s the moment British rock fans have been waiting for, their beloved Status Quo is back, as the legendary rock band are set to hit the stage once more with a much-anticipated set of shows.
Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt will be joined by the other two original members for a series of reunion concerts. Parfitt told Sky News: "I think the really positive thing is that if we hadn't split up we couldn't have got back together again. It's very nice to see everybody again, to get to know everybody again because there's a lot of water gone under the bridge." The band has been hard at work in a studio London studio, trying to recover that sound that made them famous in 2977. "In places it's really fantastic to play together again. In places. We've got a lot of work to do yet, but it feels very nostalgic. I'll tell you after the first night. It's going to be good. Or not. One of the two."
Status Quo's acclaimed bassist, Alan Lancaster, lost all feeling in his thumb and struggled to play his instrument after an allergic reaction to hair dye.
Alan Lancaster, the bassist for Status Quo, has revealed that his right thumb has no feeling due to an allergic reaction to hair dye. While colouring his hair one day, the founding member of the legendary band found himself suffering from painful burns after the chemicals in the dye brought out a horrible reaction.
During an interview with 'Q' magazine, Lancaster revealed: "I've got this nervous condition. I dyed my hair a few years ago and I had a very bad reaction. My ears, my shoulders, were covered in burns. Proper burns! It happens a lot, even to ladies who've been dyeing their hair for years. It's something in the dye that triggered a nervous reaction."
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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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