Alan Lancaster dead – Status Quo founding member & bass player dies aged 72 at home in Australia after MS battle

STATUS Quo bassist Alan Lancaster has died aged 72 after battling Multiple Sclerosis.

Lancaster’s close pal and entertainment reporter Craig Bennett confirmed the news of his death on Facebook.

Status Quo bassist Alan Lancaster has reportedly died[/caption]

The original line-up:  Rick Parfitt, John Coghlan, Alan Lancaster and Francis Rossi[/caption]

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.

His final performance as a full-time member of Status Quo was at Wembley Stadium in July 1985 for the opening of Live Aid. 

In March 2013 he collaborated with his old bandmates for a series of “Frantic Four” concerts in Britain.

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Left to right: guitarist Rick Parfitt, guitarist Francis Rossi, bassist Alan Lancaster, keyboard player Roy Lynes and drummer John Coghlan[/caption]

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