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4 June 2013

Reunion Tour Releases

PRESS RELEASE

STATUS QUO
Frantic Four Reunion Tour Releases

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. Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster and 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 are delighted to announce the release of a range of live material recorded on the tour. The cornerstone release is a six disc earBOOK that will contain all of the material that is to be released across the various formats [bar the vinyl].

The release dates for all formats is 14 September 2013. Blu-ray / DVD release will feature the full show live from Wembley, both formats will include a single CD of Wembley audio (selected tracks). There will be a double CD recorded live at Hammersmith, with audio taken from across the 2 shows. In a nod to their classic 1976 release "Live!", a vinyl version will be released, taking the form of a double LP recorded live in Glasgow, with audio taken from both the shows.

The Limited Edition, single print run, earBOOK includes the Blu-ray and the DVD, the 2 Hammersmith CDs, the single Wembley CD from the Blu-ray and DVD packages and an exclusive disc of video extras filmed on tour and at rehearsals. The book itself boasts 120 lavish pages packed with outstanding photography from across the tour, both on and offstage, and rehearsals providing a real window onto the Frantic Four dates. The band's fans can actually become a part of this historic project too, anyone pre-ordering the book before the production date will get their name printed in it. Additionally, we are asking fans to share their favourite live Quo memories on the Status Quo Facebook page and elsewhere online using the hashtag #FranticFour - the best of which will be featured in the book itself. The earBOOK was written by Ian Woods, Senior Correspondent for Sky News and features photography by original tour photographer Danny Clifford; both his vintage material and exclusive live and backstage material from the reunion shows.

The Frantic Four tour was a highlight in a career that has seen the band achieve more than anyone dreamed possible. As Classic Rock 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 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 said, "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 2 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.

For more information, pictures, or to request an interview please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or chris@chrishewlett.com

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