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Johnny Main
11th July 2017

status quo

In other Quo News, Universal Music are pressing ahead with their 7" singles box sets with the news that the third box, 'The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 – 1989', which features all the 7" singles from the second half of the eighties including 'In The Army Now', 'Burning Bridges' and 'The Wanderer' has been scheduled for release.

The box set also includes 'Naughty Girl' which appears for the first time as a single as it was unreleased at the time.

Due on Friday 4th August 2017, this is the third in a series of five limited edition sets which takes the listener through the output of the truly seminal band. Each of the singles, mastered from original tapes, are presented in their original sleeves (picture and house bags). This Limited-Edition release offers twelve 7" black heavyweight vinyl records housed in a rigid lift-off lid box. The box set contains a booklet with quotes and chart history of each single along with a selection of rare foreign covers and memorabilia.

Fully supported by the band, 'The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 – 1989' is a phenomenal collection that will be cherished by Quo fans the world over and follows on from the well-received release in March 2017 of the first collection covering 1972 - 1979. 'The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 – 1989' is a triumphant revisiting of the glory days of one of the world's most important rock acts.

Status Quo continue to tour after the loss of guitarist Rick Parfitt, and the bands previously announced acoustic UK Winter Tour was changed late last week to the bands full on electric show. Full details of the change can be found right here.

Francis Rossi has been speaking of the loss of Parfitt recently, telling Sky News:

"People think I hated Rick. We got fractious between us at times, and he could be a pest, but he was my best friend for a long, long time. There were times when we would still sit together and we'd laugh and we'd joke."

He also admitted there were arguments between himself and Parfitt because of the latter's drinking, telling Sky:

"He was desperate, trying to be this rock person, to live up to that image. It wasn't who Rick was at all."

He also touched on the fact that some fans have been very vocal in their criticism of him for failing to pay tribute to Parfitt during Quo concerts since his death, but Rossi defended himself, saying:

"I don't believe in opening up a show saying 'it's really, really sad tonight that Rick's not going to be here'. I'm digging a hole for myself, but some fans want that. I'm sorry if that upsets them, I really am. I'm just not like that."

Quo have a busy tour schedule mixing acoustic and electric shows with Irish guitarist Richie Malone filling the void left by Parfitt, and a full list of shows can be seen below.

'The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 – 1989' tracklist:
Disc One:
The Wanderer
Can't Be Done

Disc Two:
Naughty Girl
No Contract

Disc Three:
Rollin' Home

Disc Four:
Red Sky
Don't Give It Up

Disc Five:
In the Army Now

Disc Six:
Long Legged Girls

Disc Seven:
Ain't Complaining
That's Alright

Disc Eight:
Who Gets the Love?

Disc Nine:
Running All Over the World

Disc Ten:
Burning Bridges (On and Off And On Again)
Whatever You Want

Disc Eleven:
Not At All
Gone Thru the Slips’

Disc Twelve:
Little Dreamer
Rotten To The Bone

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.

Status Quo's current line-up is:
Francis Rossi – Vocals/Guitars
Andrew Bown – Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals
John 'Rhino' Edwards – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Richie Malone – Guitars/Vocals
Leon Cave – Drums/Backing Vocals

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

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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