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Quo head for Arena and promise an electric finale; What's On Editor GORDON BARR reveals Status Quo are unplugging their amps after one last tour which includes a gig at the Arena.

Byline: GORDONBARR

STATUS Quo today announce their lastever full-on electric gig in Newcastle. Years of energetic head-banging shows have finally taken their toll on the group's frontmen and they are now promising a final Toon gig to remember.

In February the band declared that this year would see their last electric shows and today they reveal a Last Night Of The Electrics tour, which will play Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on December 22.

After this tour, which will feature special guests REO Speedwagon and The Lounge Kittens, the Telecasters will finally be unplugged and amps turned off. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 24.

"We've talked about it for some time and have decided that it's time for us to hang up the electrics," said Francis Rossi. "It's getting harder and harder for us to play those shows. It's 30 years since we last said we were stopping but this is a final decision.

Gordon Follow @GORDONBARRCHRON "It doesn't mean we won't do other things, perhaps the odd special, but we're agreed that the moment has come. There's more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won't tour the electric set ever again."

Fellow frontman Rick Parfitt added: "We always thought we'd see a red light when it was time to stop. The show hurts now, physically.

"It's hard to maintain that level of energy and without that it's not really a Quo show. So we don't feel we should continue.

Barr "this is definitely the end of our lives on the road with the electric set. Life won't be the same for us - or many of the fans - but we can't go on at this pace any more".

Status Quo have sold over 118 million records throughout their illustrious career and have achieved 43 hit albums in the British Albums Chart; more than any other band apart from The Rolling Stones.

With iconic hits including Whatever You Want and Rockin' All Over The World it is estimated that Status Quo have played over 6,000 live shows in their 49-year career to a total audience in excess of 25 million people.

Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andrew Bown, John 'Rhino' Edwards and Leon Cave will be the line-up to plug in and bring their electric live show back to the Toon for the last time.

Packed with hits, both new and old, taken from that unbelievable back catalogue, if you love Status Quo, you need to be there.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am Thursday, March 24, via aeglive.co.uk priced from PS55 and PS46.

REO Speedwagon, meanwhile, have sold 40 million albums around the globe, with the group's landmark album, Hi Infidelity, now approaching 10 times platinum status in the States.

Nearly five decades after forming, frontman Kevin Cronin and band mates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide.

Their concerts feature their two US number one singles Keep on Loving You and Can't Fight This Feeling, along with hits including, Take It on the Run, Time for Me to Fly, Don't Let Him Go, and more.

Cronin said: "I remember hearing Pictures of Matchstick Men on underground radio and being totally blown away.

"All our early influences were British rock groups, so we are psyched to be going on a tour with Status Quo.

"I have a feeling both our bands and our fans will find we all have a lot in common and that this tour will be big fun for everyone."

This tour will truly be the end of an era as Status Quo turn their back on constantly touring their fabled electric live set. Since first charting in 1967 the band have become a truly iconic and massively influential rock act.

The world of music will not be the same once the dust has settled from The Last Night Of The Electrics Tour. | Our Nostalgia Editor David Morton looks back at Status Quo over the years in Newcastle - pages 16 and 17.

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Date:Mar 21, 2016
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