That's one of the best descriptions of Quo I've ever read.
Isn't it brilliant! I loved the whole article. And the way the guy writes.
This paragraph for instance really made me giggle.
"Status Quo are such an institution in the U.K. that in 2010, band leaders Rick Parfitt, who passed away December 24 at age 68, and Francis Rossi stood in front of Queen Elizabeth II (Americans may know her as someone portrayed by Helen Mirren and, more recently, the saucy and slightly geeky Claire Foy) and were awarded the OBE—that is, they were made an Officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (not a Wayne’s World reference, that’s really what it’s called)."
Post by Mrs Flittersnoop on Jan 7, 2017 13:32:35 GMT
"I know exactly what I would do: I would play him/her/it “Bo Diddley” by Bo Diddley and then I’d show them Quo’s first song at Live Aid, and I’d say, “Get the picture, friend?” "
He gets it! Though I hope he finds someone a bit less what's the word, prolix? to explain the rest to our alien friend. I think you have to write like that to do Rolling Stone, though. I gave up RS after Zep went, they didn't cover Quo, so what was it for?
Post by Whoppa Choppa on May 18, 2017 17:15:28 GMT
Even Billboard did some writing:
After the passing of George Michael and Status Quo's Rick Parfitt over the weekend, Universal Music Group is remembering the influential musicians.
In a statement sent to Billboard, the label's chairman, Lucian Grainge, writes, "Their music touched the lives of millions around the world."
George Michael, whose body was found on Christmas morning, was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame with the group Wham! in the '80s and later found success as a solo artist, selling over 100 million albums and winning two Grammy Awards. He was 53.
Rick Parfitt, guitarist for the band Status Quo, died Saturday (Dec. 24) in Spain at age 68.
In his letter, Grainge calls Michael "one of the most influential talents of his era" and says, "Rick was not just a brilliant musician, he was warm and kindhearted."
I’m sad to say that last week we lost Rick Parfitt, and just yesterday, George Michael. These two great artists both recorded for our labels at various stages in their careers, helped shape the course of music history, and through their music touched the lives of millions around the world.
George Michael first found fame as a member of Wham! I have to confess that in 1981, as a young publisher I tried -- and failed -- to sign him. Thirty years later, David Joseph and I were fortunate enough to bring George into the UMG family to work with him on some singles projects, and later, in 2014, on what would become his final album, Symphonica. Over the course of a truly remarkable career, George became one of the most influential talents of his era, garnering critical and commercial success, blending the joy of pop with serious and important messages of social justice.
Nearly 50 years ago, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi formed Status Quo. After recording 16 albums for our Vertigo label, they joined Polydor in the early 90’s where I had the honor of working with them. Rick’s work as a performer and songwriter earned the band legions of devoted fans around the world, sold more than 100 million albums and singles and spent a combined 500 weeks on the UK album chart. Along the journey, Rick and the band established themselves as members of England’s rock royalty, and -- among many honors -- earned both the opening slot at London’s Live Aid and a Brit Award for their Outstanding Contribution to the British Music Industry. Rick was not just a brilliant musician, he was warm and kindhearted.
Each in their own way, George and Rick brought joy, solace and inspiration to so many people. So even as we mourn their passing, we should be thankful for the amazing and unique music they gave us.