Founding STATUS QUO Bassist ALAN LANCASTER Dead At 72

27 September 2021
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Former STATUS QUO bassist Alan Lancaster has died after a battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 72 years old.

The news was broken by Australian broadcaster Craig Bennett, who wrote on Facebook: "At the request of his loving and deeply cherished family, I am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster, British born music royalty, guitar God and founding member of iconic band, STATUS QUO.
"Alan Lancaster passed away this morning at his Sydney home, surrounded by family. Alan had been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 72.
"STATUS QUO began Rockin' All Over The World in 1967. The legendary band amassed decades of hit songs, including 'Down Down' and 'Whatever You Want'. Alan married his beautiful wife Dayle Lancaster in 1978. They met when Alan and STATUS QUO, along with SLADE and LINDISFARNE, toured Australia in 1973."
"Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in hugely successful reunion tours in the UK & Europe in 2013 and 2014. He bravely played to thousands of adoring fans... and loved being back with the band and his loyal QUO army."
Lancaster is the second original member of STATUS QUO to pass away. Guitarist Rick Parfitt died in December 2016 at the age of 68 after suffering from a severe infection.