Francis Rossi, founder of the mighty Quo, is gearing up for a busy 2019. Rossi, a bona fide musical legend, has confirmed the release of a collaborative album with vocalist Hannah Rickard, a brand new autobiography written with Mick Wall, and a spoken word tour that will see him and Wall tour the country discussing his Quo guitarist’s illustrious career and taking questions from fans.
‘We Talk Too Much’ is the title of the album by Rossi / Rickard – the pair met when Hannah Rickard worked with Status Quo on the hugely successful ‘Aquostic’ projects. Reconnecting with one of Rossi’s true loves, this is a collection of Country-flavoured duets and is due for release 15 March 2019 via earMUSIC / Edel. Featuring all brand-new material, and boasting writing credits for Rossi and Rickard as well as Quo stalwart Bob Young, this album has been a true labour of love.
The new autobiography, ‘I Talk Too Much’, is to be published by Little, Brownon 14 March 2019. This gripping brand-new book has been created in conjunction with award-winning writer and broadcaster Mick Wall, who has sold more than 1 million books. In this explosive new memoir, the famously indiscreet Rossi reveals the true-life stories behind his unbelievable career. Painfully honest at times, the book covers the glory years, the dark days, the ups and downs of his relationship with the late Rick Parfitt and the real stories behind the creation of some of the greatest rock music of all time.
Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening at 36 theatres across the UK [see below]. Kicking off on 20 March 2019 in Whitley Bay and culminating on 20 May in King’s Lynn, the ‘I Talk Too Much’ tour, will feature Francis – joined by Mick Wall – sharing some of the best Rock ’n’ Roll stories ever, accrued during an extraordinary life on the road. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out. Rossi said: “This show is something new for me. It will be live and unscripted, so god knows what could happen! One thing’s for sure though, it’ll be a white-knuckle ride for me, but fans will get a real unvarnished insight into what’s happened over the years. I’ll be taking a guitar along to demonstrate how some of those Quo classics came into being, and hopefully we’ll take a few questions from the audience too. It’s been quite a journey, there’s a lot to share.”
I Talk Too Much tour dates:
20th – Whitley Bay – Playhouse 21st – Stirling – Albert Halls 22nd – Kilmarnock – Grand Hall 23rd – Dunfermline – Carnegie Hall 24th – Greenock – Beacon Arts Centre 27th – Leamington – Royal Spa Centre 28th – Lincoln – New Theatre Royal 29th – Shrewsbury – Theatre Severn 30th – Birmingham – Town Hall 31st – Crewe – Lyceum
3rd – Richmond – Theatre 4th – Coventry – Albany Theatre 5th – Porthcawl – Grand Pavilion 6th – Brierley Hill – Civic Hall 7th – Preston – Guild Hall 24th – Bury St Edmunds – The Apex 25th – Cheltenham – Town Hall 26th – Swindon – Wyvern Theatre 27th – Watford – Colosseum 28th – Southend – Palace Theatre
This December will see The Wildhearts celebrate 25 years of their iconic debut album Earth vs The Wildhearts with three special shows – supported by the Moodswingers – The Wildhearts supporting themselves – and The Amorettes opening each night.
Bang Bang Romeo will be joining P!nk on her 2019 European tour!
Front-woman Stars has spoken of her excitement to hit the road with P!nk: “I remember being stood in the kitchen with my Dad, singing Like A Pill at the top of my lungs when I was a kid. I remember being sat in the school cloakroom with one of my best friends singing Dear Mr President when I was in my teens. I remember singing Lady Marmalade on karaoke, the Moulin Rouge version on a night out with my friends after college at 18. Will I remember supporting one of my all-time heroes on her 2019 European tour with my band? You bet your life.”
Sunday 16 June: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam
Tuesday 18 June: RDS Arena, Dublin
Thursday 20 June: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Saturday 22 June: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Tuesday 25 June: Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
Saturday 29 June: Wembley Stadium, London
Sunday 30 June: Wembley Stadium, London
Wednesday 3 July: La Défense Arena, Paris
Friday 5 July: Rhein Energie stadium, Cologne
Monday 8 July: Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
Wednesday 10 July: Mercedes Benz Arena, Stuttgart
Friday 12 July: HDI Arena, Hannover
Sunday 14 July: Olympiastadion, Berlin
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 23 October at 10 am.
The irrepressible former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces his 2019European Tour. Setting off on 2nd November 2019, Steve and his band will perform 20 shows around the UK.
For the first time ever, Steve will perform the seminal Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. Released in 1973, the album went to No. 3 in the UK charts and has been described as the definitive Genesis album. It includes firm favourites such as Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, Cinema Show and, of course, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). Other favourite classic Genesis tracks will also feature in the show.
2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve’s most popular solo albums Spectral Morningsand Steve will rightly celebrate this milestone by performing masterpieces from the album. Fans will also be treated to highlights from Steve’s new album, to be released in 2019.
After two consecutive sell-out UK tours including three sold out nights at London’s Eventim Apollo, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio has announced that she will be returning to the UK for a huge arena tour including an unprecedented date at the London SSE Wembley Arena on Saturday 21 September 2019– the biggestever solo drag show in the UK.
Tickets go on general sale thisFriday 5 October 2018 at 9am via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk. There will also be an exclusive pre-sale on Wednesday 3 October at 9am which you can only access if you sign up to the following link.
Bianca Del Rio said: ‘I’ve been told I’ll be the first drag queen to headline at Wembley Arena! I’m excited…but also concerned that they aren’t prepared for glitter and wig hair clogs in the dressing room sinks! I’m incredibly grateful to perform at this beloved British venue before the retirement home comes knocking for me!’
Heavy/ slow duo, BISMUTH have confirmed details of their upcoming album, titled The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef. The album will be released on November 2 via a collaboration between four independent labels; Dry Cough (UK), Rope or Guillotine (NL), Medusa Crush (CA), and Tartarus Records (NL) will jointly share release duties.
The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef is a two song opus with quite self explanatory subject matter, lyric-wise. Outside of the band, Tanya Byrne, is a volcanologist with a passion for environmental science. She explains:
“The current political discourse on how to reduce our impact on ecosystems is stuck in semantics, all while these systems degrade. I believe we can reduce our impact, and I am hopeful that solutions will be found. However, many of these solutions are halted, while governments argue over who is to blame. The album title makes reference to the fact that climate change is affecting this habitat extremely, and inaction is one of the biggest causes of it’s decline."
BISMUTH will be touring throughout November in support of The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef, including dates with Canadian duo Vile Creature.