At the request of his loving family, he announced the death of Alan Lancaster, a British-born royalty musician, guitar god and founding member of the iconic band Status Quo. My heart hurts. Alan Lancaster passed away this morning at his home in Sydney, accompanied by his family.
RIP Alan Lancaster original Bassist for Status Quo. An out and out legend, the world has lost a legend. Been a fan of Quo for 38 years and saw them twice in concert.
Alan Charles Lancaster (born February 7, 1949) is a British bassist, the most famous of the British rock band Status from 1967 to 1985. He was one of the leading singers for albums and live performances. One, lead singers like “Backwater”, “Is there a better way”, “Bye Bye Johnny”, “High Flyer” and “Roadhouse Blues”.
Alan Lancaster formed the group with his classmates in 1962. Francis Rossi. On July 13, 1985, he last performed as a full-time member of “The Status Quo” at the Life Aid opening ceremony at Wembley Stadium. In March 2013, he collaborated with his former band members to host a “Crazy Four” concert series in the UK.
While attending Sedgehill Comprehensive School in 1962, Lancaster met future singer and guitarist Francis Rossi while playing in the school’s orchestra. The couple and their partners Alan Key (drummer) and Jess Jaworski (keyboardist) formed a band called The Scorpions and performed their first performance at the Samuel Jones Sports Club in Dulwich. In another performance at the sports club, manager Pat Barlow approached the band and Lancaster’s mother agreed to let him lead the band. Key was replaced by Air Cadet drummer and future Quo member John Coghlan, and the band was renamed The Specters. “We are rookies,” Lancaster noted. “None of us can play notes, but together we are very good.”
The Wraiths wrote their own materials and performed live, and in 1965 they performed at the Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead. Here, they met future Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, who participates in a song and dance performance called “The Highlights.” The band became close friends with Parfitt and agreed to continue working together. In 1966, the Ghost Band signed a five-year deal with Piccadilly Records to release three singles that did not make the chart. After embracing psychedelic drugs, the group changed its name again, this time renamed “Traffic Jam”.