The following interview with Francis, titled "Quo rocking all over the....Street" and by Eddie McIlwaine, appeared in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper on May 12th.
"Status Quo rockers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt told today about how they are turning into actors to star in hit TV soap Coronation Street.
"We are going to be the musicians at Les Battersby's wedding to Cilla," said Rossi today. "And I'm having all sorts of problems with the script. Learning lines is harder than getting the verses of a song right.
"I know that a fight breaks out after the nuptials and we are involved. It's great fun getting into a soap after all these years. You never know, we could have a television drama all of our own one day."
Quo will be support to Meatloaf at the June 17 Ravenhill gig as Rossi and Parfitt celebrate the 40th anniversary of the day they met in 1965: "Rick joined Status Quo two years later."
Coming to Belfast gives Rossi an opportunity to link up again with his favourite osteopath Tina Wong.
Tina will be in the VIP seats at Ravenhill hours after she treats Francis for his recurring migraine and backache. "This lady specialises in homeopathic treatments and will make me feel a million dollars again when I'm in town. I swear by Tina's treatment for all kinds of ailments and she looks after my wife Eileen, too, and our children who are aged from eight up to 16. Bad backs, sore throats, cold and 'flu Tina cures them all. She specialises in acupunture, but has other disciplines too. I'm 56 now and Tina is better for me than any doctor.
"My health is good and Rick, who had a quadruple heart bypass a few years ago, is really in rousing form. We are looking forward to our umpteenth trip to Belfast. Ravenhill sounds good.
"Our manager keeps telling me to cut down on the touring, but what the heck. What does he want me to do? Mow the lawn all day? I've just cut the grass and I'm bored already. I can't wait to get on the road again after Quo finish our new album in the studio."
His pride and joy these days is Bernadette Rossi-Guernin, the 20-year-old daughter of an Irish love affair with a lady called Liz.
"Bernadette has great potential as a singer and I am looking forward to her carrying on the Rossi tradition. She and her mum come to stay with us from time to time from their home in Toronto and I have the feeling she could be a great artist."
Tickets for Ravenhill are now on sale at the usual Aiken Promotions agencies and on Ticketmaster."Revisit the May 2005 event list
A large collection of fan photos from this well-attended event in Holland may be found by clicking here.Revisit the May 2005 event list
Quo played at the opening party of the new Munich soccer stadium, the Allianz Arena, on May 30th. Local Bavarian rock 'n' roll band Spider Murphy Gang kicked off the entertainment before the opening match (between 1860 Munich and 1.FC Nurnberg) was played in front of a total sell out crowd of 66000. Quo then appeared and performed a playback of "Whatever You Want" and "Rockin' All Over The World" - in the pouring rain! Every time Matt hit the drums, he was showered with water and Andy played under the relative comfort of an umbrella! The event was broadcast across Europe on the BR3 satellite channel.
Photos of Quo getting drenched can be found amongst the galleries here.Revisit the May 2005 event list