Visitors to this year's UK Hi-fi Show in Bristol might have been surprised to see Francis Rossi and Brian May... as life-size posters at least! Rossi adorned the PMC loudspeaker stand and the following press release - titled "Rossi gets 'Deeper and Down' with PMC" - explains why.
"Francis Rossi, co-founder of the cult English rock band Status Quo, collector of Koi Carp, Clay pigeon shooter extraordinaire and English pasta-eating record holder, is the proud new owner of PMC loudspeakers.
'The GOMORR' (Grand Old Man of Rock 'n' Roll) recently purchased PMC IB2’s for his personal 24 track home studio powered by the ultra low distortion Bryston amplification - a popular choice in both music recording and mixing realms. So impressed by the neutral and high definition characteristics of the PMC brand he added a pair of the award winning TB2S+ for nearfield duties.
The renound outgoing and charismatic Mr. Rossi is rarely seen at parties or big social occasions, preferring to dedicate himself to new projects and work from his own studio. Musically he still loves playing, performing, song writing and recording emerging artists for 'Quo Records'.
On a recent visit, Francis Rossi’s co-writer Andrew Bown was astounded by the resolution of playback and also invested in the PMC brand by purchasing a pair of TB2S-A active nearfield monitors for his own writing studio.
When interviewed, Mr Rossi voiced his views on the speakers, in true rock n roll fashion: "They’re fucking brilliant."Revisit the February 2008 event list
John and Alan played together live on Sunday February 24th, as part of the Party Boys line-up at the Bon Scott celebration concert held at Claremont Showgrounds, near Perth, Western Australia. This all-day concert was attended by a crowd of around 15000, who were treated to some of the great names in Australian rock on a sweltering Summer's day. Other acts included Dave Hole, The Screaming Jets, Rose Tattoo, The Original Angels and Noiseworks.
The Party Boys were the headline act and, with John and Alan, they played four Quo songs, in the shape of "Roadhouse Blues", "Backwater", "Over The Edge" and "Rockin' All Over The World". The finale, featuring most of the acts from the day as well as John Coghlan playing drums, was an emotional rendition of AC/DC's "Long Way To The Top" and included the unveiling of the statue of Bon Scott, to be erected in nearby Fremantle.
Snippets of the Quo songs are now available on Google Video (full length versions are available as trades, please contact me), while the finale is presented in its full 11-minute glory: