Songfacts' Greg Prato has issued an interview with frontman Francis Rossi of long-running UK rockers STATUS QUO. As well as discussing the band's new album, Bula Quo!, he also talks about opening for QUEEN on their last-ever tour with late frontman FREDDIE MERCURY in 1986.
Q: I've always been a big fan of Queen, and I noticed Status Quo opened up for them on their last ever tour with Freddie Mercury, back in 1986.
A: "Uh huh. That was one time we did a so called "comeback tour", and somebody said, 'Do you want to go out with Freddie and the boys?' Rick's been big friends of theirs for years, and we knew that band really, really well. Still know that band well. And to us it was a great way of getting back on tour.
"We went out and did this stuff, and it was immense. We had a fabulous time. But Queen are just kind of brilliant, aren't they? The more you look at their catalogue as time goes by, the better those songs seem. There are some really brilliant things. I just don't understand it when some people say, 'Queen... a load of shit'. I don't get that."
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