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13 February 2014

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The classic line up of Status Quo (featuring stalwarts Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi alongside ex-bass player Alan Lancaster and ex-drummer John Coghlan) have announced a final series of dates in Europe and the UK during March and April, and it seems likely that ex-World Superbike Champion James Toseland has been booked as the support band on some of the UK dates.

According to a post on, Toseland's self-titled band are listed as the support act on three dates in Wolverhampton, Manchester and Glasgow. The Wilko Johnson band have already been officially announced as the support on the other UK dates, a full list of which can be seen below.

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Toseland began taking piano lessons aged eight and though he gravitated towards a motorcycle career where he eventually won the World Superbike Championship for two different manufacturers in 2004 (Ducati) and 2007 (for Honda). He retired in 2011 after sustaining a wrist injury during a crash at Aragon in Spain.

After retirement, Toseland took to a career in music and the band have toured the UK supporting the likes of The Darkness, Reef and Little Angels as well as appearing at the Download Festival at Castle Donington and performing at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2013.

The band's debut album, 'Renegade', is due for release on Monday 24th March 2014, and the official video for the title track can be seen below:

Tickets are available from

Here's a full list of the final tour dates featuring the original line up of Status Quo:
Tuesday 18th March - O2 Arena, Berlin
Wednesday 19th March - Konig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen
Friday 21st March - Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart
Sunday 23rd March - Zwolle, IJsselhallen
Tuesday 25th March - Lotto Arena, Antwerp
Wednesday 26th March - Palais Des Sports, Paris
Friday 28th March - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London (with Wilko Johnson)
Saturday 29th March - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London (with Wilko Johnson)
Monday 31st March - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London (with Wilko Johnson)
Thursday 3rd April - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (with Toseland)
Saturday 5th April - 02 Apollo, Manchester (with Toseland)
Sunday 6th April - 02 Apollo, Manchester (with Wilko Johnson)
Tuesday 8th April - 02 Academy, Glasgow (with Toseland)
Wednesday 9th April - 02 Academy, Glasgow (with Wilko Johnson)
Thursday 10th April - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (with Wilko Johnson)
Saturday 12th April - 02 Arena, Dublin

Status Quo are: Francis Rossi - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Rick Parfitt - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Alan Lancaster - Bass/Vocals
John Coghlan - Drums

Status Quo Online:
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Toseland Online:
Official Website:



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