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That was the Quo month that was ... April 2005

26th - Announcement of Quo signing to Sanctuary Records

The following press release regarding Quo's signing to Sanctuary Records appeared on the official Quo website on April 26th.

"Sanctuary Records are delighted to announce the Worldwide signing of Status Quo, who have sold over 100 million records in a 40 year-long career.

Status Quo will release a new album in September 2005 to coincide with the launch of their 40th Anniversary celebrations. The band is currently in the studio recording with producer Mike Paxman.

Sanctuary Records Worldwide CEO Joe Cokell commented, "It is great to have a band of Quo's stature on the label, and we look forward to working with them throughout the campaign."

Sanctuary Records Senior VP of A&R John Williams added, "No group has accumulated more UK hits or has a wider Top 20 chart span, and only The Beatles and Rolling Stones can better their tally of Top 20 albums. We are thrilled that they have reunited with the home of their first hits, and we look forward to rocking all over the world with them."

Simon Porter, Status Quo manager said, "After a relationship with Universal spanning more than thirty years, we're delighted to be joining Sanctuary for Quo's 40th anniversary campaign. It is the start of an exciting new era for Quo and we're looking forward to building on the renewed success that the band has enjoyed in recent years."

The band's 40th Anniversary tour commences in Germany on Sept 23rd, with a major 34 date UK tour during November / December, sponsored by Kit Kat, which includes Quo's 40th appearance at Wembley on Dec 17th. The band will also be making a special guest appearance in ITV's Coronation Street during the autumn.

About Sanctuary

The Sanctuary Group Plc is one of the world's leading developers of music intellectual property rights (IPR), with offices in London, New York, Berlin, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Sanctuary Records' music catalogues now contain over 150,000 tracks, making it the world's largest independent owner of music IPR. Priority releases in 2005 include Robert Plant, Lou Reed, Kelly Osbourne and The Charlatans. Recent album successes include Morrissey, The Libertines, Alison Moyet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kiss, Spiritualized, The Strokes, Belle & Sebastian and Blue Nile across over 20 labels including Rough Trade, Trojan, Sanctuary Records and Fantastic Plastic. DVD successes include titles from The Who, Iron Maiden and Rush.

The Sanctuary Artist Services division manages over 130 acts including Elton John, Joss Stone, Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Beyoncé, Manic Street Preachers, Guns N' Roses, Slayer, Robert Plant and The Who, as well as some of the world's top producers including Bob Ezrin, Cenzo Townshend and Ed Cherney. Sanctuary's live agency business is one of the largest in the world representing over 350 of the highest profile acts for all their live touring requirements.

Sanctuary's visual rights licensing and merchandising operations, Bravado and World Online, have clients ranging from Elton John, Robbie Williams and Simon and Garfunkel to Eminem, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent and Hilary Duff.

The Group's move into urban music was spearheaded with the acquisition in 2003 of Mathew Knowles' Music World Entertainment and the subsequent appointment of Mathew as President of Sanctuary Urban. This new business covers artist management, record label, live agency and merchandising for urban artists worldwide and sits across Sanctuary's existing structure in those areas."

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29th - 40th Anniversary UK tour dates announced

After a short period of time for FTMO members to register for the best tickets for the annual Winter UK tour, tickets for the "SQ40" tour went on sale to general public on April 29th. The full list of dates is as follows.

29th October - Ipswich Regent
30th October - Ipswich Regent
1st November - Cambridge Corn Exchange
3rd November - Newcastle City Hall
4th November - Hull City Hall
5th November - Halifax Victoria Theatre
7th November - Southend Pavillions
14th November - Bristol Colston Hall
15th November - Bristol Colston Hall
17th November - Brentwood Leisure Centre
18th November - Oxford New Theatre
19th November - Oxford New Theatre
21st November - Croydon Fairfield Hall
22nd November - Croydon Fairfield Hall
24th November - Blackpool Opera House
25th November - Blackburn King Georges
27th November - Southport Theatre
28th November - Llandudno Theatre
29th November - Llandudno Theatre
1st December - Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
2nd December - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
3rd December - Cheltenham Centaur
5th December - Cardiff Arena
6th December - Liverpool Philharmonic
8th December - Plymouth Pavillions
9th December - Brighton Centre
10th December - Birmingham NEC
12th December - Harrogate International Centre
13th December - Manchester Apollo
14th December - Telford Arena
16th December - Bournemouth BIC
17th December - Wembley Arena
18th December - Glasgow SECC
20th December - Aberdeen Exhibition Centre
21st December - Edinburgh Usher Hall

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undated - Francis quote in Q's "Queen - The Inside Story" magazine

The following quote from Francis was published in a Q magazine special called "Queen - The Inside Story". It was headed up with "The Would-Be Lover! Francis Rossi, Status Quo's straight man, potential amour...".

"I got to know Freddie slowly. We saw Queen around but he was very shy, very quiet, at first. He seemed to come out of himself more as the time went on. When we did 'Live Aid' with them, all the groups got moved to the conference centre behind Wembley Stadium where we had to wait to get shuttled out.I remember messing about with Freddie, when he got me around the neck. All of a sudden, I could not move. He was like, "Hello, Darling!" and I thought, My God, if he wanted to shag me now I would have no choice in the matter. If Freddie wanted to have you, he'd have you! It was all very professional until then. That I felt like we bonded. Wonderful!

I would have loved to have got to know him even better. And, oh, those songs. I Want To Break Free - fantastic. If I could have written a song that good... I might have even played with Freddie's willy."

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