Classic rockers Status Quo have announced their 2016 ‘electric’ tour will be their last.
The band posted a statement on their official website on Monday February 4, the forthcoming ‘The Last Night of The Electrics’ tour will be their last confirmed and scheduled “electric shows”, which will run across the UK and Europe throughout October and December 2016.
In the statement, singer and guitarist Francis Rossi said:
“We’ve talked about it for some time and have decided that it’s time for us to hang up the electrics. It’s getting harder and harder for us to play those shows” he explains. “It’s 30 years since we last said we were stopping but this is a final decision. It doesn’t mean we won’t do other things, perhaps the odd special, but we’re agreed that the moment has come. There’s more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won’t tour the electric set ever again”.
Original member Rick Parfitt also added:
“We always thought we’d see a red light when it was time to stop. The show hurts now, physically. It’s hard to maintain that level of energy and without that it’s not really a Quo show. So we don’t feel we should continue. This is definitely the end of our lives on the road with the electric set, life won’t be the same for us – or many of the fans – but we can’t go on at this pace any more”.
The band had over 60 chart hits in the UK, with 22 of those reaching the UK Top 10 Singles Chart. In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
They released over 30 albums and changed their line up over ten times throughout their 50 year career. The band also spent a consistent 500 weeks in the albums chart, joining the likes of Queen and The Beatles.
Meanwhile Quo are also scheduled to appear at a number of festivals across Europe this summer between May – July including Wirral Rocks on May 21 and Somerset Rocks in Taunton on August 26.
Tickets for ‘The Last Night of The Electrics’ are on sale at the end of February.