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24 July 2014

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Status Quo have announced a number of releases from their classic Frantic Four line cp comprising of recordings from the Seventies and from the final 'Frantic Four' tour in April 2014.

On Monday 8th September, the 'Status Quo Live' Box Set is released which is a carefully curated 4CD Deluxe Edition Box set which boasts 35 live tracks, recorded as far afield as Glasgow, Tokyo and Sydney, featuring many of which have never before released before.

Also included are extensive liner notes from rock writer Dave Ling and a host of rare artist photos provided by former tour manager and "fifth member" of the band, Bob Young.

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The first two discs feature material from the band's seminal 'Live!' album issued in 1977 (routinely described as one of the greatest ever live concert releases ever) which was recorded at Glasgow's Apollo Theatre using the Rolling Stones' mobile studio between 27 and 29 October 1976.

The third disc offers the rare 'Tokyo Quo' album, which, as the name suggests, was released only in Japan (barring a very limited vinyl release for the UK Record Store Day 2014)

This album was recorded on 17th November at the Sunplaza Hall. The final disc in the box is the previously unreleased 'Australia '74', which contains thirteen tracks recorded on 20th November that year at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney.

'Status Quo Live' Box Set is a triumphant revisiting of the glory days of one of the world's most important rock act.

Disc One - 'Live' (Part One)

Junior's Wailing / Backwater - Just Take Me / Is There A Better Way / In My Chair / Little Lady - Most Of The Time / Rain / Forty Five Hundred Times

Disc Two - 'Live' (Part Two)
Roll Over Lay Down / Big Fat Mama / Don't Waste My Time / Roadhouse Blues / Caroline / Bye Bye Johnny

Disc Three - 'Tokyo Quo'
Is There A Better Way / Little Lady / Most Of The Time / Rain / Caroline / Roll Over Lay Down / Big Fat Mama / Don't Waste My Time / Bye Bye Johnny

Disc Four - 'Live Sydney'
Junior's Wailing / Backwater / Just Take Me / Claudie / Railroad / Roll Over Lay Down / Big Fat Mama / Don't Waste My Time / Roadhouse Blues Part One / Roadhouse Blues Part Two / Caroline / Drum Solo / Bye Bye Johnny

When the original line-up of Status Quo reunited for a nine date UK tour in March 2013 the outpouring of approval and raw emotion from the fans for something they thought they would never see. Public demand for these shows by the classic line up of the band made a final tour of 2014 mandatory and that tour was just as emotional.

Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan clicked straight back into their groove, the chemistry obvious, the music stunning and the volume almost overpowering.

The final date on the 2014 tour was the O2 Arena in Dublin and when the last notes rang out in the arena, the 9000 fans packing the venue knew that they were witness to the end of something special as the itch was scratched and that particular book was closed.

Monday 1st September 2014, sees the band will commemorate that very special night with the release of 'The Frantic Four's Final Fling' on 2CD, double vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray formats.

As well as the full concert, the visual formats will contain a bonus fourteen track CD made of highlights recorded across the final tour of March/April 2014 and the Blu-ray format also includes the bonus feature, of a documentary made by Sky News' Ian Woods entitled 'The Final Fling?'

'The Final Fling' DVD Tracklisting:
Junior's Wailing
Backwater/Just Take Me
Is There A Better Way
In My Chair
Blue Eyed Lady
Little Lady /Most Of The Time
(April) Spring Summer & Wednesdays
Oh Baby
Forty Five Hundred Times/Gotta Go Home
Big Fat Mama
Down Down
Roadhouse Blues
Bye Bye Johnny

You can see the trailer for the official 2013 tour DVD here:

Status Quo (Frantic Four Line Up) are:
Francis Rossi - Vocals/Lead Guitar
Rick Parfitt - Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Alan Lancaster - Vocals/Bass Guitar
John Coghlan - Drums

Status Quo Online:
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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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