Francis Rossi announces solo album, autobiography & spoken word tour

From Planet Rock.

Primed for an extremely busy 2019, Status Quo’s Francis Rossi has announced details of a new studio album, an autobiography and an extensive spoken word tour.

Entitled ‘We Talk Too Much’, Francis Rossi’s new album is a collaboration with vocalist Hannah Rickard and is released under the Rossi / Rickard banner on Friday 15th March 2019 via earMUSIC / Edel.

The pair have previously worked together on the ‘Aquostic’ projects, and musically the album features a collection of Country-flavoured duets.

Described as a ‘labour of love’, the album boasts writing credits for Rossi and Rickard as well as Quo stalwart Bob Young.

Just one day before ‘We Talk Too Much’ lands, Rossi will release his new autobiography ‘I Talk Too Much’ via Little, Brown on Thursday 14th March.

Written in conjunction with award-winning writer and broadcaster Mick Wall, the book is billed as an ‘explosive memoir’ in which ‘the famously indiscreet Rossi reveals the true-life stories behind his unbelievable career.’

The blurb promoting the auobiography reads: ‘Painfully honest at times, the book covers the glory years, the dark days, the ups and downs of his relationship with the late Rick Parfitt and the real stories behind the creation of some of the greatest rock music of all time.’

Rossi previously released a collaborative Status Quo autobiography with the late-great Rick Parfitt in 2005 entitled XS All Areas. Again it featured input from Mick Wall.

Completing today’s triple whammy of Francis Rossi announcements, the rocker will embark on a 36-date spoken word I Talk Too Much theatre tour throughout the spring.

Opening on Wednesday 20th March in Whitley Bay and wrapping up in King’s Lynn exactly two months later, the intimate evenings will see Rossi share candid stories from throughout his career.

He comments: “This show is something new for me. It will be live and unscripted, so god knows what could happen! One thing’s for sure though, it’ll be a white-knuckle ride for me, but fans will get a real unvarnished insight into what’s happened over the years.

“I’ll be taking a guitar along to demonstrate how some of those Quo classics came into being, and hopefully we’ll take a few questions from the audience too. It’s been quite a journey, there’s a lot to share.”

Tickets are on sale from Status Quo’s official website right now. The tour calls in at the following dates:

MARCH 2019
Whitley Bay Playhouse – 20th
Stirling Albert Halls – 21st
Kilmarnock Grand Hall – 22nd
Dunfermline Carnegie Hall – 23rd
Greenock Beacon Arts Centre – 24th
Leamington Royal Spa Centre – 27th
Lincoln New Theatre Royal – 28th
Shrewsbury Theatre Severn – 29th
Birmingham Town Hall – 30th
Crewe Lyceum – 31st

APRIL 2019
Richmond Theatre – 3rd
Coventry Albany Theatre – 4th
Porthcawl Grand Pavilion – 5th
Brierley Hill Civic Hall – 6th
Preston Guild Hall – 7th
Bury St Edmunds The Apex – 24th
Cheltenham Town Hall – 25th
Swindon Wyvern Theatre – 26th
Watford Colosseum – 27th
Southend Palace Theatre – 28th

MAY 2019
Lancaster Grand Theatre – 1st
Harrogate Theatre – 2nd
Newark Palace Theatre – 3rd
Leeds City Varieties – 4th
Loughborough Town Hall – 5th
Reading Hexagon – 8th
Worthing Pavilion – 9th
Hayes Beck Theatre – 10th
Bromley Churchill Theatre – 11th
Wycombe Swan Theatre – 12th
Aldershot Princes Hall – 15th
Exeter Corn Exchange – 16th
Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall – 17th
Clacton West Cliff Theatre – 18th
Dartford Orchard Theatre – 19th
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange – 20th

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