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AEG Presents are delighted to announce that Britain’s best-loved rockers Status Quo are following on from their triumphant Hyde Park‘Radio 2 Live show and coming back to reclaim their position on the live circuit – with the Backbone UK Winter Tour in 2020. Quo will be performing hits from across their five decade career, and of course the latest hit album Backbone which has just charted at no.6 in the UK. It is the highest charting album of new material for 37 years since 1+9+8+2 in 1982. Hitting seven venues across the country in November and December 2020, this tour sees the band’s return to UK stages, as part of a major European tour, after largely taking a break in 2019.
If the Backbone tour represents the return of the quintessential live rock act, then the Backbone album itself marks something of a new dawn. These live dates will feature a brand new set including all the classics but also songs from the first album not to feature the late great Rick Parfitt; some being played live for the first time ever, Backbone demonstrates a refocusing and a sharpening of the creative edge. Francis Rossi said, "The pressure was on: this set of new songs had to be strong enough to take their place in that amazing catalogue of Quo classics. With songs like Liberty Lane and Backbone already road tested at massive shows in Hyde Park and on the Lynryd Skynryd tour, there’s no doubt that the new material stands up! We can’t wait to get back on the road in the UK."
The album was described by classic rock as a strong, upbeat Quo record, which adds to their legacy and by Powerplay as an essential addition to any right-thinking Quo fan’s collection. Francis Rossi said, "We’ve been away from the UK live circuit for a little while and we’ve missed it, and we’ve missed the fans. The Backbone album got such a great reception, people really understand what we are trying to do and the fans have really supported it. We can’t wait to get out there in 2020 on a proper Status Quo tour and play all the classics, plus some of these new songs for the first time."