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Rossi hints Quo will only rock the world one more time | Music | Entertainment

Rock icon Francis Rossi, 74, has been enjoying his one-man show called Tunes And Chat.

And he has now confided to friends that he is unsure whether the group, which started out in 1962 and began having hits from 1967, will carry on beyond their tour in 2024.

The Quo had continued to perform worldwide, despite the death of bandmate Rick Parfitt, aged 68, on Christmas Eve in 2016.

But a source said: “Francis has plans to head out on the road in 2024 under the banner of Status Quo.

“But once that run finishes he is unsure whether there is a future for the Quo. He is absolutely loving his one-man show and the audience reaction.

“It is something so different to what the Quo show is and it has really enthralled Francis.

“He can see himself moving forward with those solo shows, but doing another huge tour globally for the Quo appears to be his farewell. This is where things stand at the moment and the significance of 2024 is growing for Francis. The thing about rock-and-rollers is that they never want to say it is the end, but he has said several times that the Quo’s future looks unlikely beyond 2024.”

In May, Francis admitted that he could never stop performing as he loves the limelight too much.

The 74-year-old laughed that while his musical life is “vacuous”, showbusiness is in his genes and he cannot stop being on stage.

The star reflected on his future: “It gives me a raison d’etre. We need that ‘love me’ – whether it is wrong or vacuous. And I do find I am really very happy when I am up there doing it.”

Status Quo opened Live Aid at Wembley in July 1985 with Rockin’ All Over The World.

They have had 22 Top 10 singles in the UK and sold 118 million records worldwide.

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