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Johnny Main
30th January 2017

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After family, close friends and Status Quo bandmates past and present turned out on Thursday 19th January at Woking Crematorium for the funeral of legendary guitarist Rick Parfitt, it's business as usual for the band as they continue their 'Last Of The Electrics' and 'Aquostic' tours throughout the UK and Europe.

The band, who have recently thanked their fans for all of your kind messages over the last few weeks and announced that in Rick's memory they, as previously announced, will continue to honour their already scheduled live commitments for 2017, which is set to include a memorial event, full details of which are still to be announced.

Two new dates in the Quo calendar are their inaugural appearances at the Rewind North Festival to be held at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August, and Rewind South Festival which is at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August where they will be sharing the bill with high profile 80s acts such as Dr & The Medics, Big Country, T'Pau, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Kim Wilde, Peter Hook & The Light and many more, for an unforgettable trip back in time. As Headliners Quo will get to perform an hour long set while the majority of the acts will just be performing for twenty minutes each.

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The band are currently playing their final electric tour, which was due to end in Liverpool on 23rd December 2016 but was extended into Europe due to phenomenal demand. Running in tandem with the electric gigs, the band have also scheduled a number of acoustic gigs in the UK and Europe to support the successful 'Aquostic II – That's A Fact' album, including a date at London's Royal Albert Hall, one on the Australian Rock The Boat cruise and culminating in a short tour of Germany in December.

Status Quo are also extremely proud to announce the forthcoming release of 'The Vinyl Singles Collection 1972-1979', on Friday 10th March 2017 via UMC. This carefully curated release is the first in a series of five limited edition Status Quo 7" singles box sets. Each set will cover a decade (in the case of the eighties – two) of the band's UK 7" singles. The music is also available via a digital download code included in the box.

From the sublime first disc offering 'Paper Plane/Softer Ride' right through to perhaps the most loved track penned by the much loved and recently departed Rick Parfitt, 'Living On An Island' - this box set takes us through the output of a truly seminal band in their pomp. These are the records that laid the foundations for the incredible career that would follow.

The singles, mastered from original tapes, will be presented in their original sleeves (picture and house bags) and this Limited Edition release offers thirteen 7" black heavyweight vinyl records housed in a rigid lift-off lid box. The box set will also feature a booklet with quotes and chart history on each single along with a selection of rare foreign covers and memorabilia.

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'The Vinyl Singles Collection 1972-1979' tracklisting:
Disc One - 'Paper Plane/Softer Ride'
Disc Two - 'Caroline/Joanne'
Disc Three - 'Break The Rules/Lonely Night'
Disc Four - 'Down Down/Nightride'
Disc Five - 'Roll Over Lay Down/Gerdundula/Junior's Wailing'
Disc Six - 'Rain/You Lost The Love'
Disc Seven - 'Mystery Song/Drifting Away'
Disc Eight - 'Wild Side Of Life/All Through The Night'
Disc Nine - 'Rockin' All Over The World/Ring Of A Change'
Disc Ten - 'Again And Again/Too Far Gone'
Disc Eleven - 'Accident Prone/Let Me Fly'
Disc Twelve - 'Whatever You Want/Hard Ride'
Disc Thirteen - 'Living On An Island/Runaway'

You can see Status Quo live here:
Tuesday 18th April: Nordea Concert House,Tallinn*
Wednesday 19th April: Kultuuritalo, Helsinki*
Thursday 20th April: Logomo, Turku*
Saturday 22nd April: Partille Arena, Partille*
Sunday 23rd April: Fryshuset Arena, Stockholm*
Tuesday 25th April: Sentrum Scene, Oslo*
Friday 28th April: Naestved Arena, Naestved*
Saturday 29th April: Lillebaeltshallen, Middelfart*
Tuesday 2nd May: Salle Pleyel, Paris* (Re-scheduled show from December 2016)
Tuesday 20th June: Inverness Leisure Centre, Inverness**
Wednesday 21st June: York Barbican, York**
Thursday 29th June: Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Barcelona**
Saturday 1st July: Royal Albert Hall, London**
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)
Saturday 15th July: Brentwood Festival, Brentwood*
Saturday 29th July: Festival Benatska, Ski Areal Liberec*
Friday 4th August: Schlossgarten, Schwetzingen*
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th August - Rewind North Festival, Capesthorne Hall*
Friday 18th - 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*
Saturday 21st October: Rock The Boat 2017** (Departs Sydney, Australia on Monday 16th October 2017)
Tuesday 21st November: Bielefeld, Stadthalle**
Wednesday 22nd November: Hannover Kuppelsaal**
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**

* - Electric
** - Acoustic

Status Quo are:
Francis Rossi – Vocals/Guitars
Andrew Bown – Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals
John 'Rhino' Edwards – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Richie Malone – Guitars
Leon Cave – Drums/Backing Vocals

Please Note: Tickets for the show on 4th December 2016 at Zénith de Paris will not be valid for 2nd May concert at Salle Pleyel. People who are unable to attend the concert on 2nd May can get a refund for their tickets only at the point of sale where the tickets were originally purchased. If you wish to attend the show, you must return the ticket for the 4th December concert at the point of sale where it was purchased, and buy a new ticket for the 2nd May show.

Rewind Stage photo by Laurence Harvey


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