Quo's first concert of the year was their own non-festival gig in Berlin on 3rd June, kicking off their "Back On Tour 2019" tour. The German fans were treated to a genuine surprise, in the shape of two brand new songs from the new album "Backbone", viz. "Cut Me Some Slack" and "Liberty Lane". The setlist for this gig follows.
Some excellent photos of Quo in action at the KulturPur Zeltfestival on 10th June can be found on the festival's official media page here.Revisit the June 2019 event list
Quo headlined the Strijen Rocks 2019 festival in the Netherlands on 14th June and some official and fan photos of the band in action can be seen here and here.Revisit the June 2019 event list
Quo returned to Germany on 15th June to play at the Thunderbike Jokerfest Harley-Davidson biker festival. Some official event photos of the band in action at this packed gig can be found here.Revisit the June 2019 event list
The following press release appeared on the official Quo website on 17th June regarding the release of the band's next album, "Backbone".
"On September 6th 2019, Status Quo will release 'Backbone' through earMUSIC / Edel; the band’s 33rd studio album – the LP will be their 33rd 33rpm!
Some doubters said 'Backbone' was a record that could not be made, but the 2019 line-up of Status Quo has been through a lot, they have chalked up 130 shows as a unit and travelled tens of thousands of miles. This is a group of musicians that is strong, that back each other up and are tighter than ever. 'Backbone' features of a trio songs drawn from the classic partnership of Rossi / Young as well as contributions from all of the rest of the band.
The eleven track album was recorded at Francis' studio in the late months of 2018 and into this year. The sessions were initially just to keep the juices flowing, improvise and have fun. As the hours rolled on, songs stacked up, everyone began to believe that something special was happening. And so it proved. Even from within the group, there had been some resistance to creating a new record.
As Francis says, "This new material had to be seriously good. Quo have achieved so much and meant so much to too many people for the quality to slip now. Also, let’s face it, things have changed and we’re an easier target than ever.
Losing Rick was hard to bear but, through Richie Malone, who was inspired to pick up a guitar by him, we can not only keep going but actually pick up the pace. The energy that he and Leon bring to Quo can’t be underestimated. I wasn’t sure I had another album in me but I couldn’t be more proud of ‘Backbone’. I hope the fans love it, but you can’t please everyone and I’m not going to start trying to now".
To have 'Backbone' means to stand firm, to stand up for what you believe in. The title fits. The hundreds of songs recorded by Quo over half a century still resonate today, and the tracks on this album are a worthy addition to that incredible catalogue. A new Quo studio album is a cause for celebration, especially when it kicks like this one. And for the doubters? A 'Backbone' is also a support, a unifying element that keeps things in shape. Underlying this new record are the core desires to keep creating, to be the best and to keep playing: these are the qualities that have kept Quo at the top for so long. 'Backbone' will ensure that Francis Rossi and Quo keep standing proud. And, by naming the album 'Backbone', they’re ready for the 'Spinal Tap' headlines too!"
The album tracklisting is as follows and it was produced by Francis, mixed by Francis & Andy Brook, engineered & mastered by Andy Brook, and recorded at (Francis's) ARSIS studio.
The album was made available for pre-order in a dizzying array of formats via https://statusquo.tmstor.es/.Revisit the June 2019 event list
Quo headed to a rare show in Wales on 21st June and performed a sell-out gig in beautiful outdoor conditions at Pembroke Castle. They were joined on the bill by Welsh legend Bonnie Tyler and Dr Feelgood. A great set of official photos can be found here.Revisit the June 2019 event list
Quo played as special guests on Lynyrd Skynyrd's UK leg of their swansong "Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour" and the penultimate show of the short arena tour took place on 29th June to a packed house at Wembley Arena. Quo were limited to a one-hour set but played a blinder and reasonable fan footage of their set can be viewed below.