Alan Lancaster (1949-)

Alan Lancaster, performing with Status Quo in 2013

Alan Lancaster (born February 7, 1949) is an English bassist, best known as a founding member of the English rock band Status Quo from 1967 to 1985, with brief reunions in 2013 & 2014. As well as contributing to songwriting, he was also one of the lead vocalists on albums and live concerts taking the lead on tracks such as “Backwater”, “Bye Bye Johnny”, “High Flyer” and “Roadhouse Blues”, etc.

Lancaster formed the group in 1962 with his then schoolmate Francis Rossi (then called The Scorpions). The band was renamed The Spectres when future Quo drummer John Coghlan joined. In 1965, while playing at a Butlins holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset, England, they met future Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt. In 1966, the Spectres recorded three singles that failed to chart. Embracing psychedelia, the band changed their name to Traffic Jam. In 1967, they became Status Quo.

Lancaster’s final performance as a full-time member of Status Quo was at Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985 for the opening of Live Aid. In March 2013 he collaborated with his old bandmates for a series of “Frantic Four” concerts in the UK.

Lancaster lives in Australia and, in 1987, he joined The Party Boys with whom he co-produced a platinum hit album. In 1988, he formed The Bombers, with John Coghlan. They would support the likes of Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and Skid Row on Australian tours. When they disbanded, Lancaster formed the Lancaster Brewster Band, which included Angry Anderson as a guest vocalist.

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