After the success of the recent reunion shows, it seemed that Status Quo could do no wrong in the eyes of their fans, but it turns out that tensions between the band and its fans are now at an all time high.
Quo stalwarts Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt recently completed a limited run of nine UK shows reuniting the 'classic' line up featuring Alan Lancaster on bass guitar and John Coghlan on drums (nicknamed the Frantic Four by fans) before jetting off to Australia for a run of shows, with the current band bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards, drummer Matt Letley and keys man Andrew Bown to continue where the current band left off in December.
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With the band's film debut, 'Bula Quo' set for release in the summer and the release details for the accompanying album confirmed by the band's management, it seemed that all was well within the Quo camp. However, a recent airing of the track 'Bula Bula Quo (Kua Ni Lega)' on BBC Radio 2 has led to a backlash from fans of the band claiming that the after the success of the recent reunion shows that the band have taken a step backwards and are alienating some of their fan base as a result.
"Please end this nonsense and move forward with the Frantic Four", said John Rees on the band's Facebook page, whilst Niall McDonald pointed out that Rick Parifitt had said in a recent interview that the hoped the reunion tour would bring back some fans who gave up on the band in the 1980s, which may have happened but that "[the band hadn't] anticipated the reunion being so popular, or having won back so much credibility."
The band themselves or their management team have still to make an official statement regarding the issues raised by some of the fans, but felt the negativity was so bad on the band's official website forum that they took the decision to close it down with no warning to fans at all – an action which has incensed the fans even further.
Tickets for Quo's 'Bula Quo' World Tour go on general sale today and they play the following UK venues:
Friday 6th December –Echo Arena, Liverpool
Saturday 7th December –LG Arena, Birmingham
Sunday 8th December – Cardiff Arena, Cardiff
Tuesday 10th December – The Pavilions, Plymouth
Wednesday 11th December –BIC, Bournemouth
Friday 13th December – Brighton Centre, Brighton
Saturday 14th December – Nottingham Arena, Nottingham
Sunday 15th December –O2 Arena, London
Tuesday 17th December – Leeds Arena, Leeds
Wednesday 18th December – The Hydro, Glasgow
Thursday 19th December – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Status Quo are:
Francis Rossi – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Rick Parfitt – Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
John 'Rhino' Edward – Bass
Andrew Bown – Keyboards
Matt Letley – Drums
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