Voici un interview de Francis paru ce jour dans la presse anglaise.
Que doit-on comprendre quand Francis dit que sa relation avec Rick est "ish" ??
IT'S been nearly 50 years since Status Quo burst onto the UK rock
scene, and despite their lifestyle they’ve shown little sign of slowing down.
As they set off on their last ever electric tour, frontman and co-founder
Francis Rossi reflects on the band’s incredible success…
As one of the founding members of one of Britain’s most long-lived and
successful rock bands, you could almost forgive Status Quo’s Francis Rossi for
having a ready-made, cliché-filled answer to why his band are still filling arenas after
nearly half a century together. But even Rossi – who clearly has no issue with
speaking his mind – is a little bit stumped when it comes to the secrets of the band’s
“Sheer luck? I really don't know,” the 67-year-old guitarist and vocalist admits. “I
always thought Status Quo, even in the 60s, was the band least likely to make it and
if they did, least likely to maintain it. Now I’m 67, we’re still selling out, still doing
tours - I don't understand it. I analyse most things, but I try not to analyse that. Or
mess with it.”
Lucky or not, the fact remains that as the band with a record-breaking amount of UK
chart singles – more than Queen or The Rolling Stones – Status Quo’s unique brand
of anthemic, guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll has captured the attention of legions of
devoted fans over the years. As 2016 draws to a close, however, it brings with it The
Last Night of the Electrics tour – and the retirement of the Quo’s energetic electric
live show after all these years.
“The better the show, the worse you feel the following morning,” says Rossi. “So I
wanted to stop and retire. I'm not sure Rick wanted to at that point, but obviously
we were aware that Rick has been in the danger zone for some time, and as he's
said, now is the payback for all the wild times.”
Those “wild times” during the Quo’s most fruitful years garnered both Rossi and his
bandmate Rick Parfitt a reputation for hedonism befitting of the stereotypical ideal of
the ‘rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle’. For Rossi, however, this is nothing more than “the myth of
show-business,” and he’s all too happy to reveal the truth behind the supposed glitz
“It's not as fabulous as it looks from the front, it's supposed to look fabulous from
the front,” he says. “We should never have been indulged but we have been. When
they tell you Zeppelin, or the Who or Quo wrecked a hotel room – what's so clever
about that? You sign a cheque in the morning, what's rock ‘n’ roll about that?”
Another myth Rossi is keen to dispel is the stereotype of Status Quo’s use of only
three chords that has wormed its way into musical folklore. It might be, as Rossi
says, “a great line,” but the frontman thinks it’s just another way in which music is
being overcomplicated and overanalysed.
“That whole thing about three chords, there's not much music that isn't three
chords,” he says. “You get chord tricks that happen in decades, and that strange
thing with everyone wanting something new. What for? I just want something great.
“I want something that does something to me,” he continues. “Whether or not it
sounds like, feels like, it's great. One of the worst things that happens with music is
people want to outline their own image and who they are with the music they
like...it's just music. If you want to intellectualise and become elitist about music, but
it's still music. I don't care what genre it is, it's a whole bunch of notes that are
jiggled around again.”
Though much has been made of Rossi’s supposed fractious relationship with Parfitt –
“our relationship is ‘ish’, I think” he laughs – the success of the band’s latest
Aquostic albums have shown that the public appetite for the Quo remains large.
Yet when it comes down to it, the biggest surprise for Rossi and his generation of
rockers isn’t that they’re still selling out arena tours, but rather that he’s still around
to make music in the first place.
“I saw Phil Collins the other night, I've known him somewhat for some time and like
everybody I was quite shocked that he's in that condition,” he concludes. “But he's
out there saying this is what he does, and I like the way he's named his tour Not
Dead Yet Live, that's very good. Most of our generation can't believe it - we're still
alive, how did that happen?”