Q&A Scene: Francis Rossi (Status Quo)

Photo by Christie Goodwin

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
When I’m on the road I want to be in the studio. When I’m in the studio I want to be on the road.

You once said that you practice guitar every day, including Christmas Day. Do you still do that?
[pullquote]I’m never sure how to answer when people come at me with 60’s hippie speak.[/pullquote] I don’t practice Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day as I was such a cocky young man and never felt I needed to practice I find myself with a lot of catching up to do.

Will you be bringing your original green telecaster? 
My original green telecaster has been retired as there are all sorts of tuning issues with this guitar.

Will Alan Lancaster be joining you for any songs on the tour?

What, or who, inspires you?
Everly Bros.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

What’s next for you after this tour?
We come back to Europe to tour the acoustic in England and Europe

What’s your scene?
I’m never sure how to answer when people come at me with 60’s hippie speak.

About Status Quo

Revered as one of the best classic rocks bands of all time, Status Quo have announced their final full-on electric shows for Australia and New Zealand in 2017. It’s been four years since they’ve toured down under, but in a massive coup for New Zealand audiences, this will be the band’s first run in more than 40 years. The highly anticipated The Last Night of the Electrics Tour was announced in the UK last year and has already seen the band play a swag of sold-out performances.

Status Quo are well-known for their legendary thunderous live shows. Jam packed with hits, both old and new, they have an enviable back catalogue that makes for an unforgettable evening of music. From songs such as Rockin’ All Over the World, Whatever You Want and Down Down to Caroline and Roll Over Lay Down, an evening in the company of Status Quo promises to be a full-throttle no-nonsense electric set of great rock music!

With Francis Rossi (O.B.E), John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Richie Malone on guitars, Andrew Bown on keys and Leon Cave on drums, The Last Night of the Electrics tour promises to rock audiences socks off. The tour will also be an opportunity for Quo to tip their hats to the late Rick Parfitt (O.B.E) who passed away over Christmas. Richie Malone stepped into the big musical shoes Rick left when he retired from the band in mid-2016 and will continue to be an integral part of keeping the Quo live experience tight.

Even though Quo are unplugging the electrics after this tour, this doesn’t mean it is the end of them performing forever. But, if you want to experience Status Quo in full-on classic rock mode, then this will be your last chance. “We’ve talked about it for some time and have decided that it’s time for us to hang up the electrics,” says Francis. “It’s getting harder and harder for us to play those shows. Its 30 years since we last said we were stopping, but this is a final decision. It doesn’t mean we won’t do other things, perhaps the odd special, but we’ve agreed that the moment has come. There’s more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won’t tour the electric set ever again.”

Tour Dates

Wednesday 11th October 2017
Vector Arena, AUCKLAND NZ

Friday 13th October 2017
[currently Jupiters Gold Coast]

Sunday 15th October 2017
Sydney Opera House, SYDNEY NSW

21st & 22nd October 2017

Tuesday 24th October 2017

About Martin Cilia 49 Articles
Martin is an Australian guitarist and vintage guitar collector. Apart from his solo work he is a member of The Atlantics, Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs and is currently guitarist in Mental As Anything.

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