Strictly limited 3-track 7” vinyl / 2-track digital EP In memory of Rick Parfitt OBE
In aid of children’s cancer charity The Shona Smile Foundation (1110177)
Release date: 15th December (digital) / 24th December (7” vinyl)
PRE-ORDER LINK: basr.tmstor.es
Collaborating to mark the first anniversary of the passing of Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt on Christmas Eve 2016, the sensational triple A-side “Rock Remembers Rick” EP couples genuine rock legends with some of today’s greatest up-and-coming artists.
Walkway featuring John Coghlan – “Rain”
Having supported Status Quo on numerous occasions, Walkway were due to collaborate with Rick Parfitt on the solo album he was working on before his untimely death. Here they team up with legendary original Quo “Frantic Four” drummer John Coghlan on a cover of Parfitt’s Quo classic “Rain”. His appearance here marks multi-million-selling Coghlan’s first UK single release in over thirty years.
CJ Wildheart, Boss Caine, Ben Marsden and Jason Hodgson
with Sound Of Status and The Quo Choir – “Christmas Eve (Nanana)”
A radical reworking of the 1971 Status Quo album track “Nanana”, adapted with the permission of original songwriters Francis Rossi and Bob Young. This is a reflective and celebratory Christmas Eve ode to Parfitt with new lyrics by Jason Hodgson, writer and researcher for From The Makers Of… (FTMO…), the Official International Status Quo Fan Club. Iconic Wildhearts guitarist CJ is accompanied by Hodgson, York Americana stalwart Boss Caine and The Main Grains’ Ben Marsden, before Swedish sensations Sound Of Status lead a 1000-strong crowd in an outro singalong recorded at the recent Status Quo Fan Club convention.
Massive Wagons – “Back To The Stack” *
Winners of the 2017 Hard Rock Hell “Rising Stars” award who have just signed a worldwide recording deal with Earache Records, massive Quo fans Massive Wagons have contributed their self-penned Parfitt tribute track “Back To The Stack”, which received rave reviews upon its original digital-only release earlier in 2017 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Respect and gratitude to all artists involved and Harrogate’s Homefire Recording Co studio, for giving their time and efforts for free in order to raise funds for The Shona Smile Foundation. Shona Gill was a young Quo fan who lost her battle with a rare form of cancer in 2004 aged ten. The Foundation established in her memory helps other children with cancer, and has long been FTMO…’s adopted charity.