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  STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 2018 TOURING HIATUS
12th October 2017



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Those forever denim clad rockers Status Quo have announced that they are to radically cut back on their touring activities and will only perform a series of summer shows and festivals during 2018. For the first time in around thirty years there will be no traditional Quo winter tour of Europe or Christmas shows in the UK.

As a result, the show already announced for 3rd November 2018 at the massive Hallenstadion in Zurich has been rescheduled for 6th October 2018 and will be the final Quo gig of the year. All tickets for the original date will be valid for the new date and ticket holders do not need to take any further action.

The forthcoming Australian tour and the 'Plugged In: Live And Rockin'!' UK Tour will be the only opportunity for fans to see the band in smaller and more intimate venues for at least two years. Additionally, as a tribute to the late Rick Parfitt, the Quo setlist at these dates will now include two of his best-loved classics, 'Don't Drive My Car' and 'Little Lady'.

"This year has been one of change and reassessment following the sad death of Rick," commented Francis Rossi. "Although Rick had already retired from touring for six months before he died, it was still a major shock and my immediate reaction was to honour existing contracts and then knock it on the head.

"However, since then I have become increasingly confused as I realized just how much I was enjoying touring with two vibrant young guys in the band in Richie Malone [guitar] and Leon Cave [drums]. They've given us old guys a good kick up the backside and whilst it could never be the same as with Rick in the band, it is different now but in an exciting and vibrant way that I can't fully explain.

"The 2017 gigs have been absolutely incredible and spirits are high, but we do now need some thinking time to consider all of the options now on offer for 2019, which could well include recording a new full on Quo rock album!

"We would love as many fans as possible to come and really help us make some noise on this year's dates as we definitely won't be touring in 2018. This is a massive change for us, and I know that the Quo tour has become a traditional part of the festive season for many fans."

Status Quo have performed well over 6,000 live shows in their career, travelled millions of miles, entertained tens of millions of fans and spent nearly a quarter of a century on the road and away from home. It's time to take stock. The Winter Tour of 2017 is not a farewell but it will be the last time to see this legendary act touring the UK in their traditional manner for the immediate future.

Back in July, Quo released a show recorded at the O2 Arena in London, called 'Status Quo – Last Night Of The Electrics (Live At The O2 Arena, London)'. It's available in the following formats from all good retailers: 2CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, an earBOOK (with 2 x Audio CD, 1 x DVD & 1 x Blu-Ray, coffee table book including approx. 120 pages) and Digitally.

Our resident Quo expert, Johnny Main, reviewed the 'Status Quo – Last Night Of The Electrics (Live At The O2 Arena, London)' DVD release here

You can see 'Caroline' from the 'Status Quo – Last Night Of The Electrics (Live At The O2 Arena, London)' DVD release here:



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You can see Status Quo live here:
Friday 13th October: The STAR Gold Coast (Jupiters)*
Saturday 14th October: Civic Theatre, Newcastle*
Sunday 15th October: Opera House, Sydney*
Saturday 21st October: Rock The Boat 2017* (Departs Sydney, Australia on Monday 16th October 2017)
Tuesday 24th October: Hamer Hall, Melbourne*
Friday 27th October: Dubai Opera House, Dubai*
Thursday 16th November: The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA, Norwich**
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**

* - Electric
** - Acoustic

Tickets for UK shows are available right here.

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

Live photo – © Main Stage Photography 2017 (exclusively for MetalTalk.net)





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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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