Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019

Status Quo’s Francis Rossi: Rocker reveals his one remaining vice

Status Quo’s Francis Rossi: Rocker reveals his one remaining vice
Status Quo’s Francis Rossi: Rocker reveals his one remaining vice
Saddest quotes Francis Rossi Rocco Reveals His one remaining Vice Francis Rossi could never be confused with a ray of sunshine. When we meet the status quo, star is busy promoting his best selling autobiography. I talk too much but isn’t overflowing with enthusiasm. I didn’t want to do the book he confides, but then they showed me a piece of paper with some numbers and a few nuts he tucked into a king prawn, salad and steps mineral water, a far cry from the wild nights of cocaine and Tequila excesses. But we address his many drink. Drug-Fueled misjudgments Rossi was at his lowest dad once he watched his first wife, Jean walkout, taking their three young Sons with her. It was my fault he admits when I bought her home in France. I was following my dream. I never asked if that was her dream to be left in a large house in the middle of somewhere. She didn’t know. While I was off touring seeing her pack and leave with the kids was the worst thing you can imagine. I still feel the pain it was hard, but I carried on the world didn’t stop. That was in 1979, 5 years later, Rock the abandoned his second family girlfriend was growing on clothes publicist and baby daughter Bernadette.. Let’S move to Canada and cut him out of their life. I wasn’t proud of that. He says I was being and whole, but I was extremely taken with a beautiful Indian woman called page and that went pear-shaped after 3 years to can you stop drinking in 1988? Just before he persuaded second and current wife, irish-american Eileen, to leave her husband, even though she was expecting his child to drugs stopped a little later Frances. Who is 70 next month, I went to Nassau to write an album. Normally the drugs would have come at straight away, but I didn’t fancy that feeling the morning after I decided to wait until I had a day off the next day and instead I realized it was more fun watching Arsenio Hall on TV. My only Vice now is. I smoke one cigarette today, American Spirit which have no chemicals added and which burn slower. The new Francis twins, everyday Psalms crosswords, does jigsaw, puzzles Potter’s about in his garden and loves watching old films on talking pictures, rock and roll. I asked when he was happiest when I first metric his light: vedmate Rick parfitt and when he joined the band and now I’m really enjoying myself, I enjoy the process, the writing of songs. I really enjoyed recording the new album. That’S we talked too much with violinist Hannah record, who played call 2014 acoustic album a classic, which process had nothing to do with. Francis is Frank about how his friendship with guitarist Rick, who died in 2016, head fracture to the extent that part that didn’t even play on some of their later albums. I’M not blaming anyone, but it suited for management to have me and Rick at loggerheads. He says when we started: it was us against the world, but by the time we were twenty, we become completely different people.. We still had fun, but things were changing dating at age 16 when Rossi spend inspectors were playing Butlins in minehead and Rick was in a cabaret Trio as status quo. They supported the small faces who turned them on to and other bad habits. Stevie Marriott introduced us to the idea of sharing a bottle of brandy before we went on stage until then we were drinking Tizer by the late 1970s. He and Rick were hovering up huge amounts of Buxton drinking to make asleep. They hash didn’t make me. Do cocaine. Alcohol dead alcohol is the villain it held me back. If I’ve been sober, I would have tried to learn my instrument better. I didn’t practice much when I was younger cocaine ruined his life. He says I was making major decisions, while out of my head buying houses, making deals and then forgetting them quote must have squandered a fortune. I say Chris Rossi we were never as rich as people thought, but that didn’t stop people trying to tap into US. Someone in Australia try to convince me and Rick to give him money to raise the Titanic. I always seem to be the one with the most money didn’t indulge like the others. Rick was forever buying cars ability of horse jagz Jeeps rollers Francis claims, his dumbass investment with his seven-bedroom Mansion near Pearl and 3:10 MI Miss childhood home in Forest Hill, South East London. I bought it in October 2008 and the first one on the bank started a day later I lost a fortune. He moans, although the house has, since regained its value in the Ross’s, still live. Francis was a nervous child. He says slow to trust others. I remember going to Primary School when I was five and I smiled at some kid trying to be friendly.. The next day he came over and hit me around the face with a plan. His dad must have told him that was the way to Bea. I was crying and he ran away like a shot from a gun from a gun.
Status Quo’s Francis Rossi: Rocker reveals his one remaining vice

FRANCIS ROSSI could never be confused with a ray of sunshine. When we meet, the Status Quo star is busy promoting his best-selling autobiography I Talk Too Much but isn’t overflowing with enthusiasm.

“I didn’t want to do the book,” he confides. “But then they showed me a piece of paper with some numbers and a few noughts…” He tucks into a king prawn salad and sips mineral water, a far cry from the wild nights of cocaine and tequila excesses. But we address his many drink and drug-fuelled misjudgments. Rossi was at his lowest ebb when he watched his first wife, Jean, walk out, taking their three young sons with her. “It was my fault,” he admits. “When I bought our home in France, I was following my dream. I never asked if that was her dream, to be left in a large house in the middle of somewhere she didn’t know while I was off touring. “Seeing her pack and leave with the kids was the worst thing you can imagine. I still feel the pain. It was horrible but I carried on. The world didn’t stop.” That was in 1979. Five years later, Rossi abandoned his second family – girlfriend Liz Gernon (Quo’s publicist) and baby daughter Bernadette. Furious, Liz moved to Canada and cut him out of their lives.

“I wasn’t proud of that,” he says.

“I was being an ****hole. But I was extremely taken with a beautiful Indian woman called Page… and that went pear-shaped after three years too.”

He stopped drinking in 1988 just before he persuaded second (and current) wife, Irish-American Eileen, to leave her husband, even though she was expecting his child.

“The drugs stopped a little later,” says Francis, who is 70 next month. “I went to Nassau to write an album. Normally the drugs would have come out straight away but I didn’t fancy that feeling the morning after. I decided to wait until I had a day off the next day and instead I realised it was more fun watching Arsenio Hall on TV.

“My only vice now is I smoke one cigarette a day – American Spirit, which have no chemicals added and which burn slower.”

The new Francis swims every day, solves crosswords, does jigsaw puzzles, potters about in his garden and loves watching old films on Talking Pictures. Rock ‘n’ roll! I ask when he was happiest.

“When I first met Rick [his late bandmate Rick Parfitt], and when he joined the band. And now. I’m really enjoying myself. I enjoy the process, the writing of songs, I really enjoyed recording the new album.”

That’s We Talk Too Much, with violinist Hannah Rickard who played on Quo’s 2014 acoustic album Aquostic – which Parfitt had nothing to do with. Francis is frank about how his friendship with guitarist Rick, who died in 2016, had fractured to the extent that Parfitt didn’t even play on some of their later albums.

“I’m not blaming anyone but it suited our management to have me and Rick at loggerheads,” he says. “When we started, it was us against the world but, by the time we were 20, we’d become completely different people.We still had fun but things were changing.”

They’d met aged 16 when Rossi’s band The Spectres were playing Butlin’s in Minehead and Rick was in a cabaret trio.

As Status Quo, they supported the Small Faces who turned them on to hashish and other bad habits. “Stevie Marriott introduced us to the idea of sharing a bottle of brandy before we went on stage. Until then we were drinking Tizer.”

By the late 1970s he and Rick were “hoovering up huge amounts of coke then drinking to make us sleep.The hash didn’t make me do cocaine, alcohol did. Alcohol is the villain. It held me back. If I’d been sober, I would’ve tried to learn my instrument better. I didn’t practise much when I was younger.”

Cocaine ruined his life, he says.

“I was making major decisions while out of my head. Buying houses, making deals… and then forgetting them.”

Quo must have squandered a fortune, I say. Counters Rossi: “We were never as rich as people thought but that didn’t stop people trying to tap into us. Someone in Australia tried to convince me and Rick to give them money to raise the Titanic!

“I always seemed to be the one with the most money. I didn’t indulge like the others. Rick was forever buying cars, a Bentley, a Porsche, Jags, Jeeps, Rollers…”

Francis claims his dumbest investment was his seven-bedroom mansion near Purley in Surrey, 10 miles from his childhood home in Forest Hill, south-east London. “I bought it in October 2008 and the first run on the bank started a day later… I lost a fortune,” he moans, although the house has since regained its value and the Rossis still live there.

Francis was a nervous child, he says, slow to trust others. “I remember going to primary school when I was five and I smiled at some kid, trying to be friendly.The next day he came over and hit me round the face with a plimsoll.

“His dad must have told him that was the way to be. I was crying and he ran away like a shot from a gun.”

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