It’s hard to believe but Status Quo have now announced their last ever tour!
Probably the very definition of a stadium rock band with a well-earned reputation for being one of the most hard working band in showbiz, Status Quo have been championing blue denim and Fender Telecasters for the past 50 years!
The Quo was formed in 1962 by school friends Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster, Alan Key and Jess Jaworskie although they were originally called The Scorpions. A year later and Key was replaced by John Coghlan. The change in line up accompanied a change in name, with the band now being known as The Spectres. Whilst performing under this name they succeeded in signing a five album deal with Piccadilly Records.
In 1967 the band were joined by Rick Parfitt and Roy Lynes. The year also saw a quick succession of rapid name changes, firstly changing their name to Traffic although this was to be short lived, quickly changing to Traffic Jam and then to The Status Quo. The name was finally shortened to Status Quo in 1969.
In 1973 they released their album Hello!
which topped the British UK charts. The following year they released their classical single Down Down
which shot straight to number one and they’ve enjoyed ever greater success ever since.
Today the band consists of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt Andrew Brown John “Rhino” Edwards and Leon Cave. They can claim an outstanding career having put out an outstanding 43 albums, comprised of 27 studio albums, 11 compilations and 5 live albums. They can also boast 106 appearances on Top Of The Pops and have amassed a total of 415 weeks in the British singles chart.
Perhaps their defining moment came in 1985 at Live Aid were they opened the historic convert with Rocking All Over The World
, which set the stage perfectly for a whole host of iconic performances that followed them.
This summer Quo will be blasting out the hits making an appearance at some of the very best festivals. First off they’ll be playing Wirral Rocks at Tranmere Rovers Ground, Birkenhead, on Saturday 21st May.
They will also be playing at the legendary Isle Of Wight Festival which starts on Thursday 09th and carrying on till Sunday 12th of June.
Then, in August, the stage will once again be theirs as they play Somerset Rocks on Friday 26th.
This December, Status Quo will rock the country to it’s very knees with their final farewell arena tour; The Last Night Of Electrics
This last tour will see the double denim rock gods play at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), The O2 Arena in London, Brighton Centre, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, First Direct Arena in Leeds, Manchester Arena, S.E.C.C. The Hydro in Glasgow, Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Liverpool Echo Arena.
Needless to say demand for Status Quo tickets is tremendously high given the historic nature of their last ever tour. So make sure you get down down, deeper and down!
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