2018 sees something of a change of pace for the band who are taking a little time out and generally only performing at one-off gigs and festivals. Of course, STATUS QUO’s music is still much in demand across the world and even these limited live dates will see them take to stages in at least fourteen countries by the end of the year.
2017 saw STATUS QUO performing across the world, bringing the fans what they wanted and keeping the flame burning. The band performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Wacken and Glastonbury, closing the year out with the Aquostic Live – It Rocks! Tour of Europe and the Plugged In: Live & Rockin’ tour of the UK. Connecting with the fans in 2017 was really important: in a year like no other, tinged with sadness, the power of music really shone through.
On Christmas Eve 2016 the news broke that RICK PARFITT, already forced to retire from performing live with the band, had died. The news of his passing was reported the world over. He will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved him.
In late 2016, Francis Rossi, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards, Leon Cave and Richie Malone brought the thunderous electric live show back to the UK once more. Following the incredible reaction and success of the Tour and as a result of requests from fans, the Last Night of the Electrics tour has been extended into 2017, initially visiting territories not included on the current tour. The live album recorded at the London shows, “Last Night Of The Electrics”, was a huge success, giving the band their best charting live album in 40 years.
AQUOSTIC II – THAT’S A FACT was released in October 2016 as a 2CD, Deluxe and Vinyl with 14 reimagined Quo classics such as ‘In The Army Now’, ‘Hold You Back’, ‘Roll Over Lay Down’, ‘Ice In The Sun’ and two brand new tracks. The band performed some of these new tracks at BBC Radio 2’s massive Festival In A Day in Hyde Park.
In 2016 the band teamed up with a pair of great British producers, Hobsons Brewery and Celtic Marches respectively, to create a duo of classic drinks: the ‘Dog Of Two Head’ ale and the ‘Down Down’ cider. These are available, bottled, nationally through the Spar chain.
ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE! THE DEFINITIVE HITS was released in 2015 as a 3CD collection and, with different material, as a 2DVD collection material from throughout their six decade career.
STATUS QUO’S total world-wide record sales exceed 118 million units.
In 2013 QUO released their 100th single. The first hit was ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’ which reached Number 7 in January 1968, in 2014 the ‘Aquostic’ version of the track was A-Listed by BBC Radio 2.
QUO have made 106 appearances on BBC TV’s ‘Top of the Pops’ – More than any other group.
QUO have spent in excess of seven and a half years (415 weeks) in the British Singles Chart – the eleventh highest ever.
QUO have had 43 hit albums (27 studio albums of new material, 11 compilations, 5 live albums) in the British Albums Chart; more than any other band apart from The Rolling Stones.
In 1985 QUO opened Live Aid with the song which was to become the event’s anthem ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’.
In their 48 year history, it is estimated that QUO have played over 6000 live shows to a total audience in excess of 25 million people. In doing so, the band has travelled some four million miles and spent 23 years away from home.