When the original line-up of Status Quo reunited for a 9-date UK tour in March of this year, the outpouring of approval and raw emotion from the fans was incredible. Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan received a rapturous response; the band clicked straight back into their groove, the chemistry obvious, the music stunning and the volume almost overpowering.
Now the band is delighted to announce the release of Back2SQ.1 – The Frantic Four Reunion, a range of live material recorded on the tour, which will be released in North America on November 5 [MSRP $24.98 2LP, $29.98 Blu-ray/CD, $17.98 2CD].
Each format will document a different moment of the tour. The Blu-Ray release will feature the full show live from Wembley in London, along with a single CD of selected tracks from the show. The full tour (9 full concerts) will be available as an mp3 audio extra on the Blu-Ray edition. The double CD was recorded live from London´s Apollo Hammersmith.
In a nod to their classic 1976 release Live!, the band will also release a double LP vinyl version, recorded live in Glasgow.
The Frantic Four tour was a highlight in a career that has seen the band achieve more than anyone dreamed possible. As Classic Rock Magazine UK said of the London show, “The band hit every song home just like in that other kind of dream, the one where you do everything right.”
The UK Times said, “It sounded fantastic. And they, like us, were clearly getting a tremendous kick out of revisiting these long-neglected songs.”
Status Quo manager Simon Porter states, “This was a real moment in the chequered history of Status Quo, after almost 30 years of acrimony, and 10 years of law suits and court battles. Just two years ago, the thought of the Frantic Four performing again was unthinkable. Now, 50 years on from when Francis and Alan first performed together as schoolboys, it was fitting that everything came full circle for these shows.” These live releases are a fantastic way to relive one of the most talked about moments in this band’s unparalleled career.