Status Quo founding member Alan Lancaster has died aged 72, the band’s manager
Bennett wrote: “[I] am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster,
British born music royalty, guitar God and founding member of the iconic band,
Status Quo, “Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in
hugely successful reunion tours.
“He bravely played to thousands of adoring fans.. and loved being back with the band
and his loyal Quo army.”Lancaster was born in Peckham, London in 1949.
He formed a band in 1962 with his then-schoolmate, Francis Rossi who became the
singer. Along with two other classmates, they formed a group known as Scorpions
which was later renamed Status Quo, Lancaster.
Rossi and guitarist Rick Parfitt — who died in 2016 — launched their hit-making
career with the release of Pictures of Matchstick Men.
From there, Lancaster performed with the group until 1985, appearing on 15 albums.
But his final performance as a full-time member of Status Quo was at Wembley
Stadium in July 1985 for the opening of Live Aid.
He married her in 1978 and had children Alan Jr and David and then five grandkids.