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Blackburn-born film director reunites original Status Quo
A BLACKBURN-born film director was Rockin’ All Over The World when he managed to get the original Status Quo line-up back together for the first time in 20 years.
Alan G Parker, who grew up in Queen Victoria Street, Mill Hill, said the idea for the film Hello Quo came to him during a gig at King George’s Hall.
As part of the DVD, which came out at the end of last month, the original members, known as the Frantic Four — Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan — came together at Shepperton Studios.
And he said the film had been very successful, reaching number six in the DVD charts and top spot in the music DVDs.
Alan said: “It has gone totally off the radar. We had one bad review in about 40. Previous documentaries had never featured all four original members. So we did some digging and calling around and managed to get them all on board.
“They hadn’t played together in 20 years but eventually we were in Shepperton Studios and the Frantic Four were back together.
“And now they are planning to go on tour, so we made history really.”
The DVD charts the band’s history, starting right at the beginning and ending with the reunion.
The director has written a number of music-themed books and owns London production company A Geezer & A Blonde Productions.
He said the idea for the DVD came while in Blackburn.
He said: “I had nipped up to see my mum in Blackburn and a pal of mine put two and two together and assumed we were going to see Status Quo, who were performing at King George’s Hall.
“We were watching the gig and my mate said to me, ‘that’s your next film’.
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