Quo kicked off their first major tour of France in around twenty years with a show in Caen on October 5th. Supported by The Trews, Quo played to an enthusiastic crowd of about 3000, with the following new set:
Francis and Rick appeared on Big L Radio on October 7th, giving an interview with "Diddy" David Hamilton. The 50-minute long segment kicked off with "Down Down" before David ran through an interesting array of questions. He also played the Quo songs "Pictures of Matchstick Men", "In The Army Now" and "Caroline (Live at the NEC 1982)" as well as some of the duo's favourite tracks (e.g. The Everly Brothers with "Kathy's Clown").Revisit the October 2007 event list
The following interview with Francis, entitled "Status Quo Singer Slams Amy Winehouse And Pete Doherty" by John Dingwall, appeared in Scotland's Daily Record newspaper on October 9th.
"STATUS Quo legend Francis Rossi has lashed out at junkie rockers Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty for revelling in their drugs shame. The veteran musician, who has notched up a record 66 top 40 singles and sales of 118 million during the band's 40 years, is incensed that Winehouse has been crowned Woman Of The Year by Mojo magazine.
He says Doherty is too old for his "angry young man" antics to convince anyone.
Francis, 58, said: "Amy is supposed to be great but I can't stick her. I like a couple of records but I'm not sure if people will like her in three years.
"I'm not knocking her for the sake of it. But I have been subjected to so much of Amy and her antics that I just think, 'F*** o**'.
"What message does giving her Woman Of The Year send to young people? There has to be some responsibility somewhere, surely?
"Everyone knew what was going on with her. She's not a good role model.
"They should have said to her: 'You're not getting it. You would have done but you're not cutting it anymore.'
"She may be able to sing, but what gets through to the kids in the street is the fact that she is out of her tree, falling over and not being able to keep her hands out of her knickers. She should straighten herself out.
"Doherty, on the other hand, isn't even worth entertaining. At least Amy has serious talent. Pete hasn't got anything. There's no talent there, otherwise he would do something. He doesn't count. He seems quite intelligent but the records are grim."
Francis says today's pop stars revel in tabloid headlines whereas his contemporaries did their best to keep their drug habits hidden.
"We'd try to hide it and try to clean up," he said. "These days they don't seem bothered.
"Pete gets busted, then comes straight out and thinks it's no problem being nicked.
There's no fear of the law or of punishment and young people think, 'If he can do it so can I'. Doherty is still acting like an angry young man and so are Oasis. Get off it. You can't be an angry young man pushing 30 and if you are you're a t***."
Quo head to Scotland on their latest tour, playing Edinburgh Playhouse on December 2, Glasgow SECC on the 16th, Aberdeen AECC on the 17th and Dundee's Caird Hall on the 19th.
And it will bring back memories of tougher gigs north of the border during the band's formative years for which they were paid danger money.
"I remember playing Dundee and a fight broke out," said Francis. "We had to stop and they got us out of the place.
"It was before Matchstick Men and we were still very young. They told us to come back the next day to get our gear. When we did, there were all these women scrubbing the blood off the floor.
"We used to get extra money to go to Scotland because it was dangerous. If they didn't like the band, they'd knock the living daylights out of you.
"But they liked us and we loved playing Green's Playhouse, which became the Apollo. At Green's, they had a jug of water because there was no running water."
And this tour will be a family affair. Francis's daughter Bernadette and her band, The North, are the support act.
"I thought about it earlier this year when she asked me and decided it would be a great idea," said Francis. "Now it's getting closer to the tour and I'm thinking, 'Oh God'. It's a responsibility. If she dies on her a**e, I'll be very concerned.
"Bernadette lived with me until she was three or four. Then she went to Canada and I saw her when she was 12. We started writing songs together when she was 19.
"She's been coming to see me for a few years and writing and recording at home.
"I think she is very good and improving all the time. This British tour will be good for her because you have to go out and work as well as make records.
"I won't behave any more than I do at the moment. I'm not particularly wild any more."
Quo, who are sharing the 40th anniversary of their first hit with Radio 1, are resigned to the fact the station hasn't even been in touch with them about their celebrations.
While Radio 1 have released a compilation of classic hits by contemporary artists, Quo are back with their latest album In Search Of The Fourth Chord.
"It seems odd Kaiser Chiefs and Amy are on the Radio 1 album because they've only been around two minutes," he said.
FRANCIS admits that the band's own album title pokes gentle fun at themselves.
"As soon as we called it In Search Of The Fourth Chord, people said: 'That's Quo'. We take ourselves seriously but I don't believe in this rock star or legend thing," he said.
"We're very lucky. We've been around a long time and have a few million people around the world who like us. I'm not going to get carried away. I'm just some bloke in a band who has been lucky enough to make a living, a damn good living."
But Francis doesn't look forward to going on tour any more. In fact, he dreads it.
He prefers being at home in Surrey, but admits he is driven by insecurity and money and will always make a gig, barring illness.
"We've had 66 hit singles and all those albums, and all that puts me to sleep," said Francis. "Maybe it is sometimes about money but it is worse than that. We're insecure show-offs. We have to stand up in front of people and say: 'Watch me. You're going to like this. I'm good.'
"So there's a contradiction about being shy and not wanting to do it and yet wanting to stand in front of that crowd.
"Drawing attention to myself in any other way makes me freak out. I don't go anywhere. I don't move. I don't go out or do anything like that. I'm a very boring person.
"I might have been a bit more outgoing when I was younger. I started drinking but we worked most of the time. When that was over I would just go home. The last thing I want to do is get on an aeroplane or live in a hotel. I just want to stay at home.
"It gets worse when I'm tired or low but most mornings I think, 'Oh, no. I can't do that again'. Then as the day goes on and I get to the venue and soundcheck, I start thinking that I'm looking forward to this.
"Then after the gig I get on the bus and think, 'Yes I'm finished'. Then I wake up the next morning and think, 'Oh, no'. I am a strange person.
"Survival has kept us together. We didn't want to be one-hit wonders but wanted to last. It seems by keeping our heads down we did. I look round and think, I'm 58, I've had 66 hits, surely that must be enough now.
"I sometimes get very enthused, then I realise I have committed to another year.
"I am very much aware that everybody on this planet is working to pay the bills. It seems we've all become human doings instead of human beings.
"The whole structure of the system is set up so that as soon as you have the house and the wife and kids you're stuck on the wheel and you can't get off. I'm no different.
"I would just love to stop or just work when I feel like it."Revisit the October 2007 event list
Quo marched on through France with a gig at Marseille on October 10th. The same set was played here, to a crowd of about 3500, and some good photos of the band in action can be found here.Revisit the October 2007 event list
Quo had a big day in Lyon on October 13th. At lunchtime, the whole band appeared at the Fnac Bellecour record store to undertake a well-attended signing session and then played to a good-sized crowd at the Salle du Radiant in the evening. An excellent set of photos of the signing session as well as the band in action can be found here.Revisit the October 2007 event list
Alan Lancaster performed with The Party Boys on October 19th, at Metro's in Perth, Western Australia. The event was the Bon Scott Celebration Concert CD launch party and it attracted a crowd of about 2000! They played "Roadhouse Blues" and "Rockin' All Over The World" and Alan was also interviewed by local radio station, 96fm (on October 18th). For more details, visit the Aussie Rock Concerts site.Revisit the October 2007 event list