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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:25 am

From flower-power psychedelia through their blue jean boogie heyday, the three chord wonders have been turning out hits for almost half a century now, and remain a popular live draw to this day, and have tried many experimental styles along the way. Here are a few of their best:

Ice In The Sun

Caroline

Living On An Island

Marguerita Time

The Beginning of the End

Twisted Evil
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:08 pm

Status Quo: Live in Montreux
A 2 hour show from 2009, with the veteran rockers entering their 5th decade and belting out the hits. I was strangely surprised at the amount of singing Rick Parfitt did, but presumably that's the norm. The only letdown came with the encore, which featured no hits of theirs that I knew Mad

Status Quo: Hello Quo
A pretty straightforward rundown of the half-century of British blues rockers, though various band members, and some celebrity admirers like Paul Weller, Brian May, Jeff Lynne and so on. Again, their very early days were surprising, as were some of the stories about how certain songs came about. The core of the band remains Rick Parfitt & Francis Rossi. Whereas Parfitt seems the more amiable, Rossi comes across as more spiky, though his sometimes-self-mocking candour is charming.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:16 pm

TOTP2: Status Quo
Put together and shown with the 'Hello Quo' doc, this only ran 45 minutes, but presumably could have run longer. It included the infamous 'Marguerita Time' promo which appears to end with a drunken Parfitt falling into the drum kit (though Rick claimed it was a set up in HQ), and some of the less familiar recent numbers. A good show all the same.

Pictures of Status Quo: The Story of 40 Years of Hits
Rossi & Parfitt relate their origins and the stories behind many of their biggest hits. Amusingly, Parfitt was filmed relaxing out in sunshine, whilst Rossi was sat in a studio. They seem to have suffered a creative slump during the 1990's, but come out of it stronger once the manager responsible had died. Hopefully, Parfitt's recent health scare won't prove the end for them.

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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:19 pm

Francis Rossi - Live at St Luke's, London
A jolly hour & half, possibly from around the time of his "One Step at a Time" solo album. He slipped a couple of familiar Quo numbers into the proceedings, but it was mostly him and his band for the night. His between-song banter was typically humourous and self-deprecating. A good, fun show.

Heyday TV: Inside Status Quo
Notably both original drummer John Coghlan, and to a lesser extent producer Pip Williams raised the quality threshold of this career summary. Their psychedelic period is forgiven for leading into the blues heavy rock stuff, but as the 1980s begin, the critical wheels fall off, and Quo become more what Rossi & Parfitt believe in than others. That time was given to drubbing their releases from the end of the 80s and start of the 90s is perhaps a good mark for fair play, although the negativity could have been trimmed. The band continue to play on, and probably feel they've had the last laugh.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:28 pm

Status Quo: Live and Acoustic
From the Roundhouse, London, a lengthy sit-down gig with 16 numbers interspersed with chit-chat from Rossi & Parfitt. The music stood up to the treatment well, actually.

Status Quo - Video Biography
I would have sworn this was near-identical to the similar prog I saw a few months back. This had an album-by-album format which stuck until they got to the mid-90s. The change from their 70s blues rock heyday to the 80s softer stuff was scornfully considered, though as their producer Pip Williams was present to stick up for himself, it did at least present both sides of an argument. Amusingly, even he seemed to lose faith in the end. But they have turned the corner since then.

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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:23 am

Rick Parfitt has had another health scare Shocked :

Heart Attack
Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt is being treated by doctors in Turkey following a suspected heart attack.

The 67-year-old was taken to hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a concert in Antalya.

The band's manager, Simon Porter, said: "Whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener."
Though it's no longer the automatic game-ender that it perhaps once was, and it's somewhat weird to know he was quite on the mend, it is good to know that he's still alive. He seems to have had more than his fair share of the health problems in the Quo.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:59 am

Parfitt is recovering, but other guitarists will be filling in for him on tour.

XS All Areas - The Status Quo Autobiography, by Francis Rossi & Rick Parfitt, with Mick Wall (2005)
This was a fun read, as you might expect from two generally light-hearted narrators. The format is that they alternate chapters, which means once the band has formed, you read about one decade, and then you get much the same events from a slightly different view. To be fair, both admit they're quite different personalities (Rick spontaneous and outgoing, Francis a home-bird), and their separate adventures are also a good part of the story. Rick seems to have suffered worse off-stage, whether drugs, drink or personal tragedy. The final chapter covers their views on the Live 8 concert which they were effectively snubbed from. The overall story is well worth reading, though.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:53 am

Rick's not going to be well enough to be part of the Autumn tour after all:

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt pulls out of autumn tour
Parfitt was "recovering well", but was "far from being fit enough to undertake the rigours of Quo's touring schedule".

The band will continue to use guest musicians until the end of 2016, among them Irish guitarist Richie Malone.

Freddie Edwards, son of the band's bass player John "Rhino" Edwards, also stepped in for Parfitt during the band's summer concerts.

Porter said of Parfitt that he is receiving neuropsychological support, adding: "His medical team continue to be confident of a full recovery, but Rick's absolute priorities for the foreseeable future are for his health and well-being."
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:59 am

Rick's found some strength in his recovery process:

Status Quo star Rick Parfitt 'dumps his wife of 10 years by PHONE after rowing about his health'
But pals claim the pair had been at loggerheads over Rick's rocker lifestyle and cash as they put their five-bedroom family home on the market for £1.5million.
"She's furious. One minute she was caring for him and trying to sort out his finances - the next she was dumped," a friend claimed.
"They hardly ever communicate and she is constantly worried about their finances in the future.
Oh dear Rolling Eyes
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Post  misery guts on Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:07 am

After the success of the first Aquostic album, they've inevitably just released Aquostic II, with the concurrent single

That's A Fact

It is debatable how much "different" this line of releases is from the covers albums they did and notoriously grew sick of doing in the 1990s. But hey, it's their band.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:37 am

Rick Parfitt has decided not to return to the band, even when his health merits it. It's a rock band, and he isn't up to rocking any more.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:47 am

He's really not coming back now alas:

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies aged 68
The Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died at the age of 68 after suffering from a severe infection.
Parfitt was taken to hospital in Marbella, Spain, on Thursday evening due to complications arising from a pre-existing shoulder injury. He died there at lunchtime on Saturday, his manager and family said in a statement.
“This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017, following his departure from Status Quo’s touring activities on medical advice. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow band members, management, crew and his dedicated legion of fans from throughout the world, gained through 50 years of monumental success with Status Quo.”
A key member of a truly under-rated rock band, RIP Sad
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:07 am

Stories today that Rick was not only not a well man before he died, but not a happy one with Status Quo. His autobiography has been part-leaked already, and he was unhappy with Francis, but the direction of the band, comparing it to the tame way he had to start out in the early 1960s. He had plans for more rocking work of his own. Too late now.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:53 am

Francis has given a somewhat acerbic interview (although perhaps no more than Francis usually is), in which he's said he didn't cry over Rick Parfitt's death because he felt that he'd already grieved for the man:

However Rossi, who watched paramedics trying to resuscitate him last June, said they should not have fought so hard to save his life.

A story I clearly missed involved Quo forced to cancel a gig in Norwich as Rossi had laryngitis after playing Glastonbury:

The enduring rockers were due to play their Aquostic set at the Nick Rayns LCR at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:47 am

Parfitt's will apparently shows he had "just" £230k left after bills & things were paid off.

Meawhile, the Quo have a new live album out next week, "The Last Night of the Electrics" Cool
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