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Johnny Main
11th July 2017

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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




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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