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Sunday 20 April 2014

Status Quo mark decades of success

Status Quo have celebrated 40 years of success

Status Quo have celebrated more than 40 years in the music industry at a special tribute event.

The Variety Club lunch at the Dorchester Hotel in London's Park Lane saw host Chris Tarrant hail the band as "top chaps".

He said: "They have been just b****y splendid for year after year after year after year. I think they are much maligned. They have a great sense of fun these guys. They are also now a b****y brilliant band."

The band, famed for their no-nonsense guitar style, played their first gig under the name Status Quo at a pub in Eltham, south-east London, in 1967, supporting Deep Purple.

But frontmen Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi actually met for the first time two years earlier at Butlins in Minehead.

Parfitt said when they started out he could never imagine celebrating their 45th anniversary.

He said: "It's been fantastic, there have been so many highlights. I can still remember the first time I heard us on the radio. I was with my mum and dad and it was a Saturday and Brian Matthew was on. He played the record and I nearly fell over, I was weak at the knees."

The band have sold millions of records and have 33 hit albums and 64 singles under their belt. Career highlights include opening the Live Aid concert in 1985 with Rockin' All Over The World and being made OBEs in 2009's New Year honours.

On Thursday, they were presented with the Variety Club Silver Heart at an event attended by former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, and Roy Wood.

A video for the band's new single, a re-worked version of their 1986 hit In The Army Now, will be shown on ITV1 at 10pm on Saturday.

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