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Status Quo: 'We're Not Musicians — We're Players!'

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, 10 January 1976

STRIDING into his road-manager's sitting room, Francis Rossi quips, "no comment " and then spins on his heel as if a fast retreat is on ...

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Status Quo's Francis Rossi (2010)

Interview by Maureen Paton, Rock's Backpages Audio, 17 November 2010

The Quo co-frontman talks about why he stays on the road; his family; playing solo; his relationship with Rick Parfitt; meeting the Queen; being on Coronation Street; playing Live Aid, and his luck to miss National Service.

File format: mp3; file size: 34.7mb, interview length: 36' 07" sound quality: ***

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Status Quo: In Search Of A Concrete Image

Interview by Alan Walsh, Melody Maker, 24 February 1968

STATUS QUO are worried men. Their problem: a follow-up to their first chart hit 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men'. ...

Gene Pitney, Amen Corner, Status Quo: Lewisham Odeon/Kinks, Tremeloes, Herd: Walthamstow Granada

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 13 April 1968


Status Quo: Pictures of Matchstick Men (Pye)

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, 12 October 1968

Status Quo — the hard work shows ...

Leon Russell, the Grease Band, Juicy Lucy, Status Quo: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, 13 February 1971


Medicine Head, Status Quo: Lyceum, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 7 August 1971


Bubblegum Has Stuck To Status Quo, And It's A Stain They Need Ridding Of

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 4 December 1971

IMAGES FOR bands are acquired, changed, but seldom forgotten – and such is the case with Status Quo. Underrated yet very talented, over a period ...

Idyll…At Grangemouth?: Beck, Bogert and Appice, Status Quo, John Peel & Steeleye Span

Live Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, October 1972

AS WE CRUISED TOWARDS GRANGEMOUTH in the Cracker-mobile, hoping for a day of peace'n'love near Falkirk, our suspicions should have been aroused by the RAC's ...

Status Quo: Piledriver

Review by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, February 1973

THE FACT THAT someone bothered to print the lyrics of Piledriver – there's a title safe from prosecution under the Trades Description Act – on ...

Status Quo In The U.S.: 'Matchstick Men' Make Good

Interview by Anne Moore, Los Angeles Free Press, 18 May 1973

STATUS QUO arrived from England early this summer week for the first part of their American tour. They settled in quietly at their hotel, sensibly ...

Status Quo: Enjoying A New Status

Report by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 11 August 1973


Status Quo: The Empire, Edinburgh

Live Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, October 1973

FOR A KICKOFF, let's get one thing straight: Status Quo's popularity depends not at all on critical approval or otherwise. Their audience at The Empire ...

Status Quo: Hello (Vertigo)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

I GUESS I ought to be grateful to Status Quo. If I hadn't heard this album, I wouldn't have thought of writing the "Heavy Metal" ...

Status Quo: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Harold Bronson, Melody Maker, 16 February 1974

LOS ANGELES – Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rory Gallagher, and Manfred Mann's Earthband all graced the Whisky opening night to welcome Status Quo's second Los ...

Status Quo: Hello (A&M)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, 18 July 1974

FOR THOSE of you out there who are still wondering who Status Quo are, they are a rather heavy British band who, in the late ...

Would You Live Next Door To Status Quo?

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc, 26 October 1974

A STATUS QUO recording session is an experience. What with furious neighbours bursting into the studio in the middle of "takes" and morse code messages ...

Status Quo: Rock That Boogie!

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 31 January 1976

IN THE basement of a South London shop, a group rehearses. They're loud, ever so loud. A rat crawls from behind an amplifier, its ears ...

Status Quo: Blow By Blow

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, 28 February 1976

BY THE time you read this, Status Quo's new album and single should be riding high in the charts. You don't have to be an ...

Status Quo: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 6 March 1976

THE STURICO security team didn't know what hit them. Lined up, muscles flexed, and ready for the worst, they were swamped by denim as soon ...

Status Quo: Cardiff Castle

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 31 July 1976

ALTHOUGH I IMAGINE it could be a disaster area if it rained, Cardiff Castle on a fine day is an ideal spot for a one ...

Status Quo: Quo Storm The Castle

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 31 July 1976

Rock festivals in Wales always tempt providence, as many a Marley or 10cc fan can attest. But at Cardiff Castle last Saturday, the sun shone ...

Status Quo: New Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, 15 January 1977

BETWEEN SEVEN and eight thousand fans queued for hours in the rain on Sunday, and then were individually frisked before they streamed into the cavernous ...

Status Quo: Story Of Quo

Retrospective by Pete Makowski, Sounds, 14 May 1977

"Status Quo are one of those peculiar groups who have been around for years and who go through cycles and surges of popularity that make ...

Status Quo: Odeon Theatre, Birmingham

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 3 December 1977

DEEP IN the heart of boogieland, as it were. Opening were the v. proficient, v. boring Nutz. I seem to recall hearing stuff from their ...

Status Quo: If You Can't Stand The Heat

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 4 November 1978

WHAT IS beyond Status Quo, I often wonder? What is beyond tracks with titles such as 'I'm Givin' Up Worryin'', 'Gonna Teach You To Love ...

Status Quo: Whatever You Want (Vertigo)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 13 October 1979

"On again/No I never knew we could go on and on/They never thought we would be rockin' on/No we never thought we — could be ...

Status Quo: Whatever You Want (Vertigo)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 13 October 1979

THE TITLE may be construed in some areas as Status Quo's capitulation to their critics, who've been claiming for donkey's years that the band's appeal ...

John Dowie: Finborough Arms, London; Status Quo, Nazareth, Marillion, Gary Glitter: Milton Keynes Bowl

Live Review by Susan Williams, New Musical Express, 4 August 1984


Alice Cooper, The Stranglers, Status Quo: Reading Festival

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, September 1987

WELCOME TO my nightmare. "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! It's been five years but it's good to be back. . . Awwwwwwright! . . . We f—kin' ...

Lunching with the Elder Statesmen of Charity Rock: The Nordoff-Robbins Concert, Knebworth

Review by Barney Hoskyns, The Times, 2 July 1990

WHEN QUINCY JONES gathered together his USA For Africa superstars to record 'We are the World' five years ago, he pinned a sign outside the ...

Knebworth 90: The Billion Dollar Buskers

Live Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1990

IN DAYS OF yore, the elders tell, the grassy slopes of Knebworth would resound to the pagan strains of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and ...

Status Quo Keep It Real

Profile and Interview by Simon Garfield, Mail On Sunday, July 1997

"THEY TAKE A vein from your leg, and chop it up four times."
Rick Parfitt, the big-haired, blond singer-guitarist with Status Quo for the past 30 ...

Status Quo

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, Summer 2003

WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR was responsible for the construction of Lincoln Castle in 1068. In Victorian times it housed a prison, but now acts as a ...

Whatever You Want (To Eat): Having Lunch With Status Quo

Interview by Rob Fitzpatrick, The Word, December 2006

Note: This is the original "director's cut" version of the piece that ran in The Word. ...


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