British hard rock veterans Status Quo have released a statement that will split the fan base down the middle. In this statement the band announced that a possible name change is down the line and that the only reason they announced that they were going ‘Aquostic’ was for the benefit of Rick Parfitts questionable health.
With that out of the way, Status Quo also announced a new UK tour that will feature a full electric set. The band will start their ‘Plugged In’ tour in November 26th in Manchester and finish on December 8th in London. Check out the full statement below.
If the term ‘Status Quo’ can be defined as representing ‘the existing state of affairs’ then maybe the band, despite being known for 50 years for their no-nonsense winning formula, need a name change. For nothing has stayed the same for this iconic band over the last year. Francis Rossi and the band have faced the retirement from live performance of the iconic Rick Parfitt, followed late last year by his tragic death, and have kept the flag flying, to honour his memory and the band’s commitments, and to bring the fans what they want and deserve.
And it’s the fans that have prompted yet another change. In late April the band announced their long-planned ‘Aquostic’ tour of the UK and immediately found themselves with a dilemma. The shift to ‘Aquostic’ tour had been deemed necessary as the inevitable rigours of the Electric set were considered to be too much for Rick to take on. Yet demand from fans for Electric shows was undiminished. Taking into account all changed circumstances, and the band’s movement out of the cycle of the successful ‘Aquostic’ albums, a decision has been made to plug back in. The renamed ‘PLUGGED IN – Live and Rockin!’ tour will now be fully Electric. This change applies to UK dates only, the band have not toured the ‘Aquostic’ show in Europe and promoters have requested that the shows stay in that format.
Francis Rossi said, “This has been a year like no other. In many ways the band has felt out of control. Rick’s passing was a huge blow. Much of what we had planned was envisaged initially to accommodate what would be right for him; those sands have obviously shifted. Now everything has changed. The band is not the same – it can’t be and shouldn’t be – and the plan has changed too. We’re still listening to the fans, we always have, and we’re hearing that this is what they still want. We’re going to give it to them”.
PLUGGED IN – Live and Rockin!
- 26th Manchester, O2 Apollo
- 27th Sheffield, City Hall
- 29th Cardiff, St David’s Hall
- 30th Reading, Hexagon
- 2nd Bournemouth, International Centre
- 3rd Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
- 5th Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
- 6th Newcastle, City Hall
- 8th London, Eventim Apollo
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