Slade aficionado Chris Selby interviewed Don Powell and John Coghlan on 21st September. The interview was notionally centred on the Slade tour of May 1972 on which Quo were the support band, but neither Don or John stuck to the topic so there were also entertaining stories about their experiences of touring Australia together in 1973 amongst other anecdotes.
Slade aficionado Chris Selby interviewed Don Powell and Francis on 24th September. Similar to the interview with John Coghlan, the topic was meant to be the Slade/Quo tour of May 1972 but Francis, of course, rambled on about lots of other things along the way. He seemed to be in a very happy mood, the interview coming from his home studio.
The tragic news of Alan's passing started to hit the news on the afternoon of Sunday 26th September in Australia. The following statement appeared on the official Quo website on 27th September. A separate page dedicated to the various tributes and memorials for Alan can be found here.
"It is with great sadness that we report that Alan Lancaster - one of the original members of Quo, has passed away at the age of 72.
Alan suffered for many years with Multiple Sclerosis, but in spite of his illness was able to play a series of concerts with the original 'Frantic 'Four in 2013/2014'.
Francis Rossi said: 'I am so sorry to hear of Alan's passing. We were friends and colleagues for many years and achieved fantastic success together as the Frantic Four alongside Rick Parfitt and John Coghlan. Alan was an integral part of the sound and the enormous success of Status Quo during the 60s and 70s. Although it is well documented that we were estranged in recent years, I will always have very fond memories of our early days together and my condolences go to Dayle and Alan's family.'
Status Quo Manager Simon Porter said: 'This is such sad news and my sincere condolences go out to Dayle and the family. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to reunite the original line up for two sellout tours in 2013/2014 and to give Status Quo Frantic Four fans a final legacy and such a lasting memory. Although Alan was not in the best of health even then, he got through the tours with determination and grit and was a pleasure to work with.'
During Alan's time with the band, Quo opened Live Aid, sold countless tens of millions of records, appeared on Top Of The Pops dozens of times, and had around 30 hit singles and 30 hit albums, two thirds of which went Top 10, with five reaching Number One. That was just his UK track record - but the pattern was repeated in numerous territories worldwide as Quo became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. (Thanks to Jason Hodgson)"Revisit the September 2021 event list