Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi will release his brand new solo set “Live at St. Luke's, London” on 4 March, 2011. This live set is to be released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray formats by Edel’s international rock label, earMUSIC. As well as the full concert, the DVD and Blu-ray boast excellent bonus features. The DVD has an interview with Rossi, plus the promo video for the ‘Faded Memory’ single. The Blu-ray has a behind the scenes documentary, which also features interviews, plus the promo video.
Finally after selling 118 Million Quo albums world-wide, playing more than 6,000 shows, travelling 4 million miles with an immense 23-year career, Francis has found time to launch off his own solo career and present the new ideas collecting dust in his head the past 14 years. Recorded in front of an enthusiastic crowd at St. Luke’s church in London, this solo show was only the seventh that Rossi has ever performed. “Live at St. Luke's, London” follows on the heels of the 2010 studio album – also released through earMUSIC – which was enthusiastically received by the rock media. UK’s magazine: ‘Classic Rock’ said in their review of the St. Luke’s show, “New album ‘One Step At A Time’ is a surprising treat. The gig is the same, only more so.” UK’s ‘Guitar & Bass’ added that the material, “reveals a more fragile side to the Rossi we all know – and it’s genuinely refreshing.”
Alongside his career with Status Quo, Francis also made a name of himself as a producer and authour with various artists, working with people all over the world such as: Demis Roussos, Graham Bonnet, Johnny DuCann and Mickey Jupp. Long regarded as one of the finest rock performers England has ever produced, Rossi’s songwriting has been duly recognized by the Classic Songwriter Award and the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music [jointly with Rick Parfitt]. Francis Rossi is famous for his dry wit and lyrical dash, and this live release offers a chance to get up close and personal with a musician doing what he does best: delivering great music live.
Rossi commented, “Stepping outside Quo and recording and performing these songs was a big step for me – I love these songs so much it hurts! It was very freeing to do my own thing instead of being with a band, as I have been since I was 12! I wanted, for once, to do exactly what I wanted and, luckily, the reaction has been great. The show at St. Luke’s was very atmospheric, the band and the crowd were great and I’m really proud of what we’ve produced”.