Marguerita Time again - Status Quo announce summer 2012 gigs - tickets on sale now
Posted: 19th December 2011
'Status Quo' is a fitting epithet for a band that are a paragon of stability, resolutely resistant to the whims of change and who remain reliably, loyally, wonderfully, simply 'Quo'.
It's been more than 40 years since Catford cats Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster were joined by Rick Parfitt to form the core of Status Quo. After dabbling with psychedelia and charting with their first single, 1967's trippy, dippy 'Pictures of Matchstick Men', the Quo settled on a successful, if now familiar, formula of limited chord progression, faded blue jeans and trainers and some of the best Dad Rock ever recorded.
Status Quo must not be underestimated however. They've registered 60-odd UK hit singles, 22 of them reaching the Top Ten. They have global record sales of more than 100 million [more than 118 million, in fact - Ed]. They opened Live Aid at Wembley stadium in 1985. They still look the same.
Yet, unlike a number of long-serving rock bands, Status Quo are no Trigger's Broom, with key parts replaced time and time again [ay up, haven't you used that one before? - Ed]. Parfitt and Rossi remain the group's axis. Lancaster left after the Live Aid show, having already clocked up around two decades' service. Keys man Andy Brown has been in the band since the mid-seventies and bassist John Edwards has been with the Quo since 1986.
Even the 'latest' addition, drummer Matt Letley, has been on board more than 10 years. In fact, in 44 years, the five-piece has had no more than 11 permanent members, and four of those have been drummers (it's always the drummers).
With a pedigree and back catalogue that needs no introduction (despite the, er, introduction above), Status Quo have announced initial outdoor dates for 2012.
They play Speke Hall in Liverpool on 3rd June (supported by The Christians), we have tickets available now priced from £29.50. On 24th August, the Quo play Northern Meeting Park in Inverness, we have tickets from £36.
- Mon 5th Oct 2020 Status Quo Waterfront Hall (Belfast) Buy Tickets
- Tue 6th Oct 2020 Status Quo Olympia Theatre (Dublin) Buy Tickets
- Thu 8th Oct 2020 Status Quo The Sage (Gateshead) Buy Tickets
- Fri 9th Oct 2020 Status Quo The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) Buy Tickets
- Sun 11th Oct 2020 Status Quo Music Hall (Aberdeen) Buy Tickets
- Mon 12th Oct 2020 Status Quo City Hall/ Memorial Hall/ Oval Hall/ Ballroom (Sheffield) Buy Tickets
- Wed 14th Oct 2020 Status Quo Regent Theatre (Ipswich) Buy Tickets
- Thu 15th Oct 2020 Status Quo New Theatre (Oxford) Buy Tickets
- Sat 17th Oct 2020 Status Quo Bath Forum (Bath) Buy Tickets
- Mon 19th Oct 2020 Status Quo Cliffs Pavilion (Southend) Buy Tickets
- Tue 20th Oct 2020 Status Quo Fairfield Halls/ Arnhem Gallery (Croydon) Buy Tickets
- Fri 27th Nov 2020 Status Quo Royal Concert Hall/ Strathclyde Suite (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Sat 28th Nov 2020 Status Quo De Montfort Hall and Gardens (Leicester) Buy Tickets
- Mon 30th Nov 2020 Status Quo St David's Hall (Cardiff) Buy Tickets
- Tue 1st Dec 2020 Status Quo Symphony Hall (Birmingham) Buy Tickets
- Thu 3rd Dec 2020 Status Quo Brighton Centre (Brighton) Buy Tickets
- Sat 5th Dec 2020 Status Quo Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) Buy Tickets
- Sun 6th Dec 2020 Status Quo Bournemouth International Centre BIC (Bournemouth) Buy Tickets