Alan Lancaster

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Alan Lancaster
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Alan Lancaster performing with Status Quo in Manchester, 2013
Background information
Born (1949-02-07) 7 February 1949 (age 65)
Origin London, England
Genres Hard rock, rock and roll, blues rock, boogie rock, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, drums, guitar
Years active 1962-present
Associated acts Status Quo, The Party Boys, The Bombers
Notable instruments
Fender Mustang Bass

Alan Lancaster (born Alan Charles Lancaster, 7 February 1949 in Peckham, London, England[1]) is a bassist and a founding member of the English rock band Status Quo. As well as contributing to songwriting, he was also one of the lead vocalists on albums and live concerts taking the lead on tracks such as "Backwater", "Bye Bye Johnny", "High Flyer" and "Roadhouse Blues", etc.

Alan Lancaster formed the group in 1962 with his then schoolmate Francis Rossi. His final performance as a full-time member of Status Quo was at Wembley Stadium on 13 July 1985 for the opening of Live Aid. In March 2013 he collaborated with his old bandmates for a series of "Frantic Four" concerts in the UK.

Post-Quo[edit]

Lancaster with Tyrone Coates and John Brewster of The Bombers

Following "Live Aid", Lancaster's relationship with Francis Rossi became increasingly strained, when Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt covertly began recording a new album under the name of "Status Quo". Unbeknown to Lancaster — by now living in Australia - and the group's then recording company, Rossi had utilised the assistance of the group's then manager, to drawdown on the group's contracted recording advances, provided by Phonogram Limited. Lancaster was substituted with session musician John 'Rhino' Edwards, who had been recording on a solo project of Rick's - "Recorded Delivery" - which was eventually scrapped. Edwards remains Quo's bassist to this day.

When Lancaster discovered what was going on, he applied for an injunction to protect his interests in the Status Quo name. When this came to the attention of Phonogram Records Limited, it applied to become a joint defendant, in order to protect its own interests in releasing recordings under the name, and for the advances provided.[citation needed] This persuaded the judge to disallow the injunction on a 'balance of convenience', but gave Lancaster permission to take the matter to trial and claim damages.[citation needed] The parties to the action made an out of court settlement in January 1987. Lancaster allowed the new partnership to continue using the Status Quo name and takeover his interests in the recording contract with Phonogram. This was mainly due to practical problems with financing the trial and by Lancaster's relocation to Australia.[citation needed]

Lancaster continues to live in Sydney, Australia. He joined a new line up of Australian band The Party Boys in 1987 and then co-produced a hit album, achieving platinum sales. Also achieving 'gold' and reaching the number one spot with hit single "He's Gonna Step On You Again". In 1988, he formed the Bombers, which signed to A & M Records in the USA. It was paid the largest advance ever paid to an Australian-based band, but unfortunately after the band had completed a five-star reviewed album, A & M was sold to Phonogram; leaving the band high and dry. The Bombers' original drummer was Lancaster's ex-Status Quo band mate John Coghlan. Ironically, Lancaster had been complicit in Coghlan's departure from Status Quo in 1981. The Bombers supported Cheap Trick (1988), Alice Cooper (1990) and Skid Row (1990) on their tours of Australia. When the Bombers disbanded, Lancaster continued with his then partner John Brewster ("The Angels") with "The Lancaster Brewster Band", in which Angry Anderson performed as a guest artist for some time. Lancaster then formed his own band: Alan Lancaster's Bombers which released an E.P. and toured Scandinavia before disbanding in 1995. As well as writing the theme song for the film "Indecent Obsession", he also produced an album for classical pianist Roger Woodward, which achieved platinum sales in Australia.[citation needed]

In March 2010 Lancaster and Rossi met in Sydney leading to speculation of the original line-up reuniting.[2] This was later denied by current bassist, Rhino, who, speaking of him with the greatest respect, explained in an interview that Lancaster was in poor health and unable to participate in any such reunion.[3] However his health improved and it was announced that the classic "Frantic Four" line-up of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan would perform a series of concerts together in March 2013.

In 2014, Lancaster again participated in the original four piece Quo lineup and went on another successful tour. His powerful booming blues vocals were more than well received by the crowds even though he did appear to be somewhat physically fragile on stage. Lancaster's final appearance with Status Quo on[4] the 2014 tour took place on 12 April at The O2 in Dublin.

He is also included in a brief cameo role as a 'Hotel Porter' in the Quo's comedy caper 'Bula Quo!',[5] as well as appearing in the documentary on Status Quo, titled Hello Quo.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bio and profile". Xtrememusician.com. 7 February 1949. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  2. ^ "What's On — Rock & Pop — Music: Reunion of classic Quo line-up a step closer". Birmingham Mail. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Status Quo: 'You've Got To Be Prepared To Be Told To F-ck Off' | Interviews @". Ultimate-guitar.com. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  4. ^ The Herald music review Dublin 14 April 2014
  5. ^ "Classic Quo are back". Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hello Quo". Retrieved 30 July 2012. 

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