STATUS Quo’s Francis Rossi has been introduced to a whole new generation courtesy of the reworked version of the band’s 1975 hit Down, Down to advertise a supermarket.
And the 63 year old said this had made him become quite reflective about his music career.
“I thought it would all be over by now, but it’s not,” Rossi said.
“I said to my wife the other day that surely in another 10 years this will all be over, surely this band won’t still be going, but I thought that when we were 25, and I think that every time I see The Rolling Stones go out.
“For some reason when we’re younger, we have this idea that getting old is a problem, but it’s not.”
The British rockers will prove this when they return to Australia in March for a tour promoting their latest studio album Quid Pro Quo and performing at the 10th anniversary West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots.
“It’s weird because people seem to think that since this album has more of a profile because of our recent work with Coles, that we haven’t done anything else for centuries,” Rossi said.
“We’ve also been back in the studio recently doing some music for a movie that we’ve done, which will see another album release for that soon too.”
When asked how and why their partnership with the supermarket happened, the Surrey-based musician is candid with his response.
“They’d been using Down, Down for some time, so when they approached us to re-record it, we thought about our pensions and decided to take the money and run, as long as we weren’t singing about two-for-one offers and sausages,” he said.
“It was a great day of recording at Abbey Road Studios, however, since then, we have been asked why we sold out but if you think about it, we probably sold out when we first signed to a record company, didn’t we?”
Status Quo fans attending the festival are sure to forget any possible concerns as soon as the band hits the stage.
“We will try and do our damndest, which is what we do every night,” Rossi said.
What: West Coast Blues 'n' Roots Festival 2013
Where: Fremantle Park
When: March 23 and 24 (Status Quo play March 23)