Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Status Quo top Derry Culture show bill

Tickets go on sale today for a massive concert to be headlined by rock legends Status Quo next year in Londonderry.

The original line-up of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan have reformed for a series of concerts in the UK during March.

However, the Derry gig on June 22 is an additional bonus for rockers in Northern Ireland.

The Culture Company announced details of the concert which will be held at the Vital Venue in Ebrington Square.

The programme of events was launched last month, but chief executive of the Culture Company, Shona McCarthy, promised additional events would be revealed later with something that would appeal to every age and interest. The temporary Vital Venue cost £4.6m and the covered facility capable of accommodating audiences up to 4,000 people is nearing completion.

Funding for the venue came from the Department of Social Development, and minister Nelson McCausland said it will be a centrepiece for the delivery of the programme of events. The veteran rock band have never played in the city before.

Their manager Simon Porter said: “People have wanted this announcement to be made for years and here it is.

“This is a real moment in the chequered history of Status Quo and it comes after almost 30 years of acrimony, and 10 years of lawsuits and court battles.”

Just two 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, everything has come full circle for these unique shows.

Status Quo had their first top 10 hit in 1968 with Pictures of Matchstick Men which reached number seven in the charts but they’re best known for their 1990 hit Rockin’ All Over the World.

They famously opened the Band Aid Concert watched by billions of viewers across the globe and among their most famous fans is Prince Charles.

Tickets, priced £29.50 including a booking fee, go on sale today at the Millennium Forum and online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk

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