Status Quo's founding and leading man, Francis Rossi has revealed to a Swedish rock magazine - of all places! - that the classic Status Quo line up of the 70's, will reunite to record a new album and play live dates ...
Rumours had already done the rounds about the possibility, but since the band have been making the Quo documentary, 'Hello Quo' which is due for release later this year - Hopefully! - old wounds from legal battles and more, have it seems healed somewhat!
The classic 'Quo line up featured Francis Rossi (Guitars / Vocals), Rick Parfitt (Guitars / Vocals), Alan Lancaster (Bass / Vocals) and John Coghlan on drums, who last recorded and toured together back in 1981, before Coghlan left the band first.
Lancaster soon followed around 1985.
In 2002 sadly, Alan Lancaster was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but it seems he is winning to a degree, a bit of a battle ...
Rossi told Swedish magazine, 'Nostalgia Rock 'n' Rock,' “Alan looks like he couldn’t do it. He’s still frail and his legs are a bit shaky, but he’s getting stronger every day. He’s lifting weights and eating himself into shape.”
Quo have continued recording albums and touring, with a strong line up still today and for many years now and Rossi remains adamant that the current line up will continue, but that the classic lineup will play together again.
“We’ll do a tour and write new songs. We’ve booked a tour in Britain in March next year – eight to ten gigs or something. If we had been gone for 20 years maybe we would have been able to book all the big arenas. But we have a modern-day Quo up and running, and quite successfully too. Who knows how the old band will be perceived?”
The full details, in Swedish(!), can be found here:
UK magazine Classic Rock have also taken the story from the Swedish magazine, as posted here:
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THE BREAKFAST IN AMERICA TOUR
Fans the world over have been thrilled with Hodgson’s unforgettable songs such as “Breakfast in America,” “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and “It's Raining Again.” Hodgson and his band perform these timeless songs worldwide, as they take you on a magical musical journey.
Universally recognized as one of the most gifted composers and songwriters to have ever put pen to paper, Hodgson helped define a generation of progressive rock. Founding Supertramp in 1969, Hodgson’s dulcet tones and beautifully crafted lyrics helped the band sell in excess of 60 million albums, transforming them into a worldwide phenomenon.
Reflecting on his tour and DVD, Roger said "I love performing these songs, which continue to resound for me as a performer and for the fans. My songs come from a very personal place inside me and they carry my beliefs and my dreams and my philosophy of life. I understand the deep connection that fans have with my songs that have been a part of so many peoples’ lives around the world."For a chance to experience the magic first-hand before Roger arrives in your city, tune-in to the livestream on the DW homepage. Check listings for Euromaxx airing June 1-2 and 3, here:
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For a taste of the live Hodgson experience, Take the Long Way Home – Live in Montreal, is available on DVD from Eagle Rock Entertainment. Click to view songs from the DVD: “Take the Long Way Home,“ “Breakfast in America” and “Give a Little Bit.”
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August 5 Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT
August 9 Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
August 10 Portland Zoo, Portland, OR
August 11 Cache Creek Casino, Brooks, CA
August 12 Saratoga Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
August 16 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH
August 17 Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI
August 18 Borgata Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
August 21 Artpark, Lewiston, NY
August 23 Ravinia Pavilion, Highland Park, IL
August 24 Blue Ash Town Square, OH
August 25 Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, NY
September 16 Taste of Newport, Newport Beach, CA
September 18 Humphreys, San Diego, CA
For fall US show itinerary and ticket information go to: http://www.rogerhodgson.com/documents/tour.html
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Escape Music presents PRAYER - "Danger In The Dark"
Escape Music – ESM241
Released: 20th July 2012
PRAYER is back! It has been some 7 years since we were presented with the album “Wrong Address” (ESM117), which really set the pace way back in 2005 and gained the band a cult following. Prayer play Melodic Rock/AOR and hail from Oulu in Northern Finland.
"Danger in the Dark” is their brand new debut album which boasts catchy tunes with lots of double guitars and great keyboards. All songs have been written by Tapani Tikkanen, who is the driving force behind Prayer. Tapani´s musical career began in the early eighties with “IC-Rock” and continued later with “Tanna”. Together with those bands he did hundreds of gigs all over Finland but after several albums and more than 20,000 records sold, it was time for a break. However, he kept writing songs, such as three albums for the craziest football club in the world, F.C.Rainbow and a solo single entitled “Everyone’s a Winner”.
Tapani wanted to create a band that brought out his rock and roll heart. After the recording of a few demos Tapani contacted his friend and keyboard-wizard Jari Huvila to talk about forming the band PRAYER. Since “Wrong Address” there has been a line up change, which now features distinguished keyboards player Mika Pohjola.
Prayer play exciting hard melodic rock with a style that joins together the best of Saga, Treat and Royal Hunt. Their music has meaning and these guys are all committed to making this one of the most talked about releases in 2012.
Anyone with a penchant for soaring vocals, driving guitars and plenty of keyboards are in for a real treat. It’s as if all your prayers have been answered.
1. Danger In The Dark 4.37
2. Nobody Loves You 3.51
3. KP 4.36
4. Get What I Came For 3.16
5. Another Fool 4.48
6. Never Let Your Dreams Die 5.12
7. Heart Wants You To Rock 3.53
8. Livin´ Ain´t Livin´ 4.30
9. I ´m Back 4.50
10. It´s Not The End 4.01
Prayer line-up is:
Jukka Ihme - lead and rhythm guitar
Mika Pohjola - bass and keyboards
Matti Torro - drums
Tapani Tikkanen - lead and background vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
Valtteri Tikkanen - rhythm guitar and keyboards
Recorded at Soundmix Studios 2012, Oulu, Finland
Engineered and mixed by Mika Pohjola
Produced by Tapani Tikkanen and Mika Pohjola.
Words and music by Tapani Tikkanen
George Thorogood & The Destroyers To Release New Studio Album
The album also features another new song by Hambridge and Thorogood, along with Nashville songwriter, Richard Fleming, titled "Willie Dixon`s Gone", and the album`s closing title track, the Rolling Stones instrumental, "2120 South Michigan Avenue" (featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica).
1. Going Back [written by Tom Hambridge and George Thorogood]
2. High Heel Sneakers (featuring Buddy Guy)
3. Seventh Son
5. Let It Rock
6. Two Trains Running
7. Bo Diddley
8. Mama Talk To Your Daughter
9. Help Me
10. My Babe (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)
11. Willie Dixon`s Gone [written by Tom Hambridge, George Thorogood, and Richard Fleming]
12. Chicago Bound
13. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)
George Thorogood - Guitars & Vocals
Jeff Simon - Drums
Bill Blough - Bass
Jim Suhler - Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Buddy Leach - Saxophone
Executive Producer: Mike Donahue