We should treasure 
Blackpool, says Rossi

Francis Rossi of Status Quo
Francis Rossi of Status Quo
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Status Quo fans could be in for a surprise when they head to the veteran rockers’ Blackpool gig.

“This time on tour we are so fed up of doing Status Quo that we are going to do the Stones’ catalogue,” Francis Rossi said.

Deadly serious, for a matter of seconds, before laughing.

The reality is that after last year’s Aquostic release, they’re heading and are ready to go ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, well the UK for now, at least - heading to Blackpool Opera House on Saturday with the Accept No Substitute tour kicking off at the iconic theatre.

“One good thing about the old school bands, you know they are going to do their back catalogue,” he promised their faithful following.

“We enjoy doing what we do, it’s what we are known for.

“We have been extremely lucky. If you told me when I was 25 I would be 66 and worried about going on tour – I wouldn’t have believed you.”

While he may have been onstage for more than 40 years, showtime hasn’t got any easier for Francis, who readily admits he still gets scared ahead of a show – in fact increasingly so as he gets older.

“I’m becoming increasingly frightened,” he said. “I’ve realised, looking back, that when I was younger at 13 I wouldn’t go on until Alan Lancaster’s mother would come. Now I realise it was fear, but to stand in front of people who love you, you think ‘Yeah’ and it’s good.

“But a strange tension comes round with the British tours. There’s always something about them – and you want it to be the best ever.

“We always think we are these fabulous people, but if it wasn’t for the people watching us, we wouldn’t be there at all.”

Rossi said the band would be keen to get on the Opera House stage, hailing it as ‘fabulous and one of the better venues around the country’.

“We went there not long after the Royal Variety Performance [in 2009], we were coming back and thinking it would be so much better after the Queen having been there,” he said. “But doing the sound check we were looking out and could see there were two seats had been replaced in the balcony and that was it – where the Queen sat.

“It’s an issue in this country, we have these fabulous theatres which we need to invest in.

“But that’s an issue in Blackpool too. The town needs investing in.

“It’s fantastic with a fantastic history which we should treasure and take care of.”

Limited tickets remain, available from www.wintergardens blackpool.co.uk.