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Rick and Francis undertook a satellite TV interview with Australian chat show host John Laws. The interview is transcribed in full below (John Laws is represented by 'JL', while Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are denoted by 'FR' and 'RP' respectively).

JL   Well believe it or believe it not, over the past thirty-five years my next guests have played nearly five thousand shows to twenty-five million people and have sold something like a hundred and ten million records which is a hell of a lot. Their latest is called Famous In The Last Century and just have a listen to this. This is a little thing they did with The Beach Boys on that album
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Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are original members of the very, very successful rock band called Status Quo and they join us from London. Welcome, good to talk to you.
FR    Morning.
FR    Good Morning
JL    Evening here, morning there I know... Famous In The Last Century, tell me about that.
FR    It's an album of rock 'n' roll songs really basically from the last century and we suddenly began to realise that all the talk about the new millennium and stuff and we began to realise that everything would be famous from the last century and thought it would be a great title for an album.
JL    It is.
FR    Maybe we were wrong but there it is.
JL    Is the new album going to appeal to the general Status Quo audience or isn't there a general audience any more? Where's the appeal these days?
RP    I think there is a general Status Quo audience. I mean we were really knocked out really when we first came back to Australia four or five years ago 'cause there'd been a twenty year void since we'd be there and it was incredible. We got back and there they all were, you know, and we thank everybody very much for that and I hope I'm answering the question here, we're very much looking forward to coming out there and seeing everybody again.
JL    Well you're sort of answering the question because the question really was has the audience changed or have you changed over that period? Have you had to adapt?
RP    No not really. I mean, you know, Quo is Quo and you either like it or you don't and fortunately over the years it would appear that most people kind of enjoy what we do and the Australian audience is no exception and as I say, we're very much looking forward to being there. I don't think the fans have changed either really. They've sort of grown up with us you know and I think a lot of them have sort of got married and had families and they bring the kids along now as well which is great mate.
JL    Looking at both of you which I'm doing now, you don't look like you led the sort of traditional rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Did you or didn't you?
FR    A good morning in make-up, a big morning in make-up it was.
RP    Yeah we've been in make-up for three hours.
FR    Yes we did all that, everybody knows we did all that, well documented and you try and claw back some years by being healthy.
JL    But because it's been documented doesn't mean it's correct. So you did have a wild time.
RP    We did have a pretty wild time, yeah, but I mean as you say really, we're kind of lucky to come through it I think really relatively unscathed because it was life in the fast lane for many years and we've kind of slowed down now but only a tad.
JL    Rick, what do you attribute to your secret of longevity? Why have you survived? I mean it's a tough business at the best of times?
RP    Well I think we've always been honest with our audiences and with the fans in general in what we've said and the way we play our shows. I mean we always go out to give one hundred percent and I think the fans appreciate that. There's no pretentiousness, there's no posing in this band. We kind of like to be like the audience, we like the whole thing to be as one and I think the fans have kind of appreciated that over the years, the fact that the band has gotten so big and that we've never really sort of left our roots. We've always kept our feet on the ground and I think the fans appreciate that. Well, we hope so anyway. It's just the way we are. We can't sort of be any different. The music is honest and from the heart and I think they appreciate that.
JL    Francis, is Sweet Caroline one of the favourites?
FR    It's one of the favourites for our audience yeah, Caroline, Down Down, Whatever You Want, all those kind of ones. The big singles from the past, they're still big favourites. Lots of artists or acts get older and then don't want to use their old material as if there's something wrong with it and we have to understand that lots of people grew up with these things and these songs so for us to insult them, but when we play them, it may be difficult to rehearse them sometimes but when you play them in front of an audience that loves them, they come to life and so the whole show comes to life. They mean something now.
JL    We've got footage of Sweet Caroline, let's just have a quick look at that.
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It was terrific and you would never get off the stage if you did them all though would you? You'd be there all night.
FR    No we'd be up for probably three or four hours, yeah, so we have to not do them all really and try and get the favourites in there and jiggle it about a bit each year and put some new ones in each year. That's our biggest problem is to change it a little without changing it too much and still keeping the favourites in there. It's our big problem today, I'm sorry.
JL    You've had a few line up changes over the years. Was Alan Lancaster the biggest change that took place?
FR    It was one of the most, I suppose from a fan's point of view, an important change or serious change, yeah. It was sad it had to come to that but it came to that. These things happen in relationships, particularly in bands.
RP    The same with John Coghlan really. Things just weren't going right and I mean it's kind of like a marriage really. If the band isn't happy then it can't play properly and our objective is to go out and play properly so if things aren't right within the line up then something has to give and that's what happened.
JL    Did he make the band unhappy?
RP    No I think the band generally, just we got to a point I think where the bubble was going to burst with that line up. I think there was too many people trying to be at the front of the band, in the forefront and things like that and it just couldn't go any further, something just had to give. I don't think it was necessarily Alan's fault. I mean it was all of us. Something had to give and it's just the way it went unfortunately.
JL    Is the story about the cardboard cut-out true?
FR    Oh yeah, yeah.
RP    It was a puppet.
FR    It was a puppet. He couldn't be there for the video and we thought it'd be strange to have nobody there or a stand in there and I think Colin at the time thought it would be a great idea for a cut out and it did look good. It was a great way of doing something and having Alan there but not there. In fact we kept talking to it. They put the dummy down in between takes and I kept thinking he was there asleep with his clothes on.
RP    We're like that though. We just talk to dummies. The story of our lives really.
JL    Yeah well I hope you're not doing that now in your mind.
FR    No.
JL    I mean that's what you said.
FR    No I know, we didn't mean that.
JL    No, no, I know. How do you keep harmony in a group like that? I mean it must really be very difficult if you're together all the time and travelling all the time and you do a lot of travelling. It must be difficult.
RP    Yeah. Well I mean it's like any relationship. I think you have to learn one another's way, you have to learn when to give one another space and you have to learn to give and take as well and I think over the years now I think we've proved that we can do that. I mean we've hung on in there and I mean certainly we have our times but for the most part we have a darn good laugh on the road.
FR    We watch the language.
RP    Yeah. We have a good laugh on the road. We try to really enjoy it when we get up on stage incorporating having fun but really and truly meaning what we do, you know. We try to incorporate that by having a bit of a laugh on there as well. It just kind of works but as I say, we do have our times.
JL    What was the motivation for the four shows in eleven hours and eleven minutes, the one that's in the Guinness Book of Records.
FR    The Rock 'Til You Drop. That was purely we were sitting in the office talking to David, our manager, and discussing ways of promo-ing an album rather than the conventional ways and he said do you think you could play four shows in one day and we said well probably, or maybe. And the next thing it all got put together. It was a great thing to do I think and a great way of promo-ing an album and we raised a bit of money for charity. But you would never want to do it again. Four shows in a day, it killed us.
JL    You're coming back to Australia in November.
RP    Yes.
FR    We can give you the dates. What are they?
RP    We arrive on October the 28th and I think we're doing a promo thing on the great Western Pacific, the great Pacific Express, something like that. Your equivalent of the Orient Express over here. We're doing a promo thing whereby we're going into the middle of nowhere on this train with loads and loads of press and stuff like that and we're doing a gig on a railway station somewhere in the middle of nowhere and then the tour actually starts on October the 29th in Cairns.
JL    Your management comes up with some really novel ideas.
RP    Really novel.
FR    They're not going to last much longer I don't think.
JL    What, the novel ideas or the management?
RP    Both.
JL    I'm happy to blame the management. How many times have you been in Australia before?
RP    In the 70s.
FR    It's about eight times now is it?
RP    We would tour most years I think. And then as I said earlier, we had this gap of about twenty years because I think management, record company, agencies and stuff like that didn't quite see eye to eye so we didn't get out there but it's a great pleasure to be back and I think this is probably about our seventh or eighth tour.
JL   Okay we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia. Good to talk to you Rick, thank you very much, and Francis, thank you very much. And I'll see you when you come to Australia.
FR    Thank you.
RP    I hope so.
FR    Get you in for half price, no problem.
JL    Okay, thanks. And if you're keen to catch Status Quo and you will be, the Australian tour dates are on your screen now so you can check them out, there they are.