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1st January 2017

rick parfitt

Original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan exclusively revealed to MetalTalk on Friday night, 30th December 2016, that two new songs featuring the late Rick Parfitt, original Quo bassist Alan Lancaster and himself are almost ready to be released.

John told Nub TV's Steve Blacknell in the video below on 13th December that the Frantic Four, minus Francis Rossi, were to reunite in 2017, saying:

"There's plans, I think, with Ricky Parfitt, me and Alan Lancaster going into recording probably next year if everything goes well and I just think we should do it because Francis doesn't want to do it. Francis wants to do acoustics and we want to do electrics."

And now it seems like those plans were further progressed than John let on as in our interview on Friday, he said:

"What's happened was Alan Lancaster has wrote some songs, I think along with Rick, although Alan is in Australia and Rick was in Spain.

"As far as I know two songs have been written and all I've got to do is put some drums on them. I said to Alan Lancaster a week or so ago that we should release these two songs and dedicate them to Rick.

"It was going to be Status Quo PLC [Parfitt, Lancaster, Coghlan] and that was Francis' idea originally."

The full interview is right here and the revelation about the new tracks is at the ten minute mark.

John Coghlan's Quo played The Half Moon in Putney, London on Friday night and due to the circumstances of last week, the event turned into a magnificent tribute to Rick and you can relive it all right here.

John Coghlan's Quo will be playing extensively throughout 2017 while Status Quo themselves have extended their 'Last Of The Electrics Tour' into 2017 and even have a gig booked for 2018.

One gig that JCQ are scheduled to play is the Status Quo Fan Club Convention in Minehead in October and John also revealed in our interview that Alan Lancaster will be attending. You can find out all about it right here.

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Outside Hammersmith Odeon last week...

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monsters of rock

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When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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