Friday 15 December 2017

Rossi: Old school bands different

Francis Rossi thinks older bands are more used to hearing the word 'no'
Francis Rossi thinks older bands are more used to hearing the word 'no'

Status Quo rocker Francis Rossi thinks X Factor-style music stars have thinner skins than the older generation.

The singer, who co-founded his band in the 60s, said the new generation of acts become famous before having to put in as much hard graft so they aren't as used to getting knocked back.

He said: "That's the difference between them and us old school.

"I think of us, The (Rolling) Stones and that genre of band, from that era, and we were so used to falling flat on our faces that you just had to get up and carry on again. I think these young 'uns these days, because they see the front side of showbiz and think, 'This is what it's going to be like', they don't realise that most times it's, 'No'.

"'Can I get a record deal?' 'No, no, no.' The older bands think, 'If this goes pear-shaped...', as some of our older records have, you get up and carry on."

Francis, 64, has spent decades in the music industry and this year starred in the Status Quo film, Bula Quo!, with bandmate Rick Parfitt.

He also revealed there has "been talk" of a Status Quo musical.

"Bill Kenwright (theatre producer) has been working on a musical for some time," he said.

"With these things you think, 'It's gone, it's gone, it's gone... there it is. It's coming out!'. It's the same with the movie. Suddenly there we are, on the red carpet, doing all that stuff, and you think: 'What is all this?'."

:: Bula Quo! is out now on DVD and Blu-ray through Universal Pictures.

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