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7th July 2017

status quo

Denim clad rockers Status Quo had announced that their regular UK Winter Tour this year would be an acoustic tour instead of their usual electrifying live show, but now the band have had a change of heart as they've decided to plug in the electric guitars for the shows and they've renamed it the 'Plugged In – Live And Rockin!' Tour.

If the term 'Status Quo' can be defined as representing 'the existing state of affairs' then maybe the band, despite being known for fifty years for their no-nonsense winning formula, need a name change for nothing has stayed the same for this iconic band over the last year. Francis Rossi and his men have faced the retirement from live performance of the iconic Rick Parfitt, followed late last year by his tragic death, and have kept the flag flying, to honour his memory and the band's commitments, and to bring the fans what they want and deserve.

The previously announced shift to the 'Aquostic' tour had been deemed necessary as the inevitable rigours of the electric set were considered to be too much for Rick to take on, yet demand from fans for electric shows was undiminished. Taking into account all changed circumstances, and the band's movement out of the cycle of the successful 'Aquostic' albums, a decision has been made to plug back in.

The renamed 'Plugged In – Live and Rockin!' tour will now be fully electric, although this change applies to UK dates only. The band have not toured the 'Aquostic' show in Europe and promoters have requested that the shows stay in that format.

Talking of the change, Francis Rossi said:

"This has been a year like no other. In many ways the band has felt out of control. Rick's passing was a huge blow. Much of what we had planned was envisaged initially to accommodate what would be right for him; those sands have obviously shifted.

"Now everything has changed. The band is not the same - it can't be and shouldn't be - and the plan has changed too. We're still listening to the fans, we always have, and we're hearing that this is what they still want. We're going to give it to them."

As mentioned, this only applies to the UK dates which run from 26th November in Manchester through to 8th December at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. Previously announced European dates for November and December will remain Aquostic.

Next week the band release the show recorded at the O2 Arena in London, dubbed 'Status Quo – Last Night Of The Electrics (Live At The O2 Arena, London)'. It will be available on the following formats: 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Edition 180g Black Triple Vinyl with side 6 etched (double gatefold), earBOOK (with 2 x Audio CD, 1 x DVD & 1 x Blu-ray, coffee table book including approx. 120 pages) and Digitally.

Our resident Quo expert, Johnny Main, reviewed the 'Status Quo – Last Night Of The Electrics (Live At The O2 Arena, London)’ DVD release here and you can see 'Caroline' taken from the DVD release here:

Status Quo are:
Francis Rossi – Vocals/Guitar
Andrew Bown – Keyboards/Guitar/Backing Vocals
John Rhino Edwards – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Richie Malone – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Leon Cave – Drums/Backing Vocals

You can see Status Quo live here:
Thursday 7th July: Zwickau, Freilichtbühne
Sunday 9th July: Freilichtbühne, Loreley, St Goarshausen (with ZZ Top)
Monday 10th July: Junge Garde, Dresden
Wednesday 12th July: SparkassenPark, Mönchengladbach (with ZZ Top)
Thursday 13th July: Sommersound Marktplatz, Schopfheim
Saturday 15th July: Brentwood Festival, Brentwood
Wednesday 26th July: Schloss Kapfenburg (open air), Lauchheim
Friday 28th July: Colmar Festival, Colmar
Saturday 29th July: Festival Benatska, Ski Areal Liberec
Sunday 30th July: Suikerrock, Tienen
Thursday 3rd August: Wacken 2017 Open Air Festival, Wacken
Friday 4th August: Schlossgarten, Schwetzingen
Sunday 6th August: Rewind North Festival, Capesthorne Hall
Sunday 20th August: Rewind South Festival, Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames
Friday 25th August: Summerdays Festival, Arbon
Saturday 26th August: Seaside Festival, Spiez
Thursday 31st August: Platz vor dem Bischofspalais, Rottenburg
Wednesday 11 October: Vector Arena, Auckland
Friday 13 October: The STAR Gold Coast (Jupiters)
Saturday 14th October: Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Sunday 15 October: Opera House, Sydney
Saturday 21st October: Rock The Boat 2017 (Departs Sydney, Australia on Monday 16th October 2017)
Tuesday 24 October: Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Friday 27th October: Dubai Opera House, Dubai
Friday 17th November: Stadsschouwburg, Antwerpen
Thursday 16th November: The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich (Re-scheduled show)
Friday 17th November: Stadsschouwburg, Antwerpen
Saturday 18th November: Donau-Arena, Regensburg
Tuesday 21st November: Bielefeld, Stadthalle
Wednesday 22nd November: Hannover Kuppelsaal
Thursday 23rd November: Poppodium 013, Veemarktstraat, Tilburg
Sunday 26th November: O2 Apollo, Manchester
Monday 27th November: City Hall, Sheffield
Wednesday 29th November: St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Thursday 30th November: Hexagon, Reading
Saturday 2nd December: International Centre, Bournemouth
Sunday 3rd December: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
Tuesday 5th December: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Wednesday 6th December: City Hall, Newcastle
Thursday 8th December: Eventim Apollo, London
Monday 11th December: Friedrich-Stadt-Palast, Berlin
Tuesday 12th December: Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
Wednesday 13th December: Baden Baden, Festspielhaus
Friday 15th December: Stuttgart, Liederhalle
Saturday 16th December: Halle/Saale, Friedrich Händel Halle
Monday 18th December: Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Tuesday 19th December: Hamburg, Mehr! Theater
Wednesday 21st December: Nürnberg, Meistersingerhalle

Tickets for UK shows are available right here.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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