HE was certainly one of our largest rock hellraisers, however Francis Rossi insists he was by no means a serious womaniser – as he has not slept with greater than 1,000 women.
The Status Quo frontman had the last word sex, medicine and rock ’n’ roll career, spanning six many years.
Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi has had the last word sex, medicine and rock ’n’ roll career, spanning six many years
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Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi with bassist Alan Lancaster carry out at Stay Help
And most astonishing of all, he lives to inform the story — which he does in new autobiography I Speak Too Much.
Chatting with The Sun from inside the music studio within the garden of his mansion in Purley, South London, the 69-year-old father of eight says he does not remorse a thing — but insists his variety of conquests shouldn’t be at “Rod Stewart levels”.
Once I ask if he can put a quantity on his romantic encounters, he responds: “Not even in the hundreds. Now you’re disillusioned.
“Do you know how long it would take to sleep with 1,000 women? Even two minutes at a time . . . ”
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After enjoying a farewell tour in July 1984, Francis and Rick reunited to open the legendary Stay Help concert a yr later
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Francis reckons he spent £1.7million on cocaine through the Eighties and took so much that his septum fell out of his nostril within the bathe
Francis does not scream veteran rock star, the silver ring in his left ear perhaps the one giveaway.
There are not any supercars in his driveway and no swimming pool with the Status Quo emblem on the backside.
He has lost his trademark ponytail, opting for a civilised brushed-back trim, and wears a decent, black North Face jacket excessive of his white shirt and thin black tie.
Francis nonetheless finds it arduous to consider that bandmate Rick Parfitt’s dying was unrelated to a lifetime of drink and medicine
He is bubbly, funny and trustworthy, admitting the only incentive behind his new e-book was the chilly, arduous money he was provided to tell his story.
A part of that tale covers the dying of Quo bandmate and close pal Rick Parfitt from sepsis on Christmas Eve in 2016. Together, the pair made probably the most of their fame with the other intercourse through the Sixties — but it was not all the time an fulfilling expertise.
Revealing one specific night time with Rick and a female fan that also haunts him, Francis says: “We went to sleep and unexpectedly she says, “I’m going for a p***’ and then she stated, ‘I feel like knifing some c***’.
“So when she got physically aroused, she’d get violent. So the pair of us didn’t f***ing sleep all night ’til she went.”
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Francis, now a 69-year-old father of eight, says he does not regret a thing — but insists his variety of conquests is just not at ‘Rod Stewart levels’
Each males also dabbled with their justifiable share of arduous medicine.
Francis reckons he spent £1.7million on cocaine in the course of the Eighties and took a lot that his septum fell out of his nostril within the bathe.
He recollects: “I sniffed coke every day for 4 years. However it’s not like the huge amounts you see within the films.
“We did what was called a ‘tuke’, a quick sniff just to keep things going until the dip would come in. It would be quite good if I could knock two before midday.”
Francis, who was awarded an OBE in 2010, ultimately managed to go clear, in contrast to Rick whose levels of extra have been even greater. The truth is, Francis nonetheless finds it exhausting to consider that his bandmate’s demise was unrelated to a lifetime of drink and medicine.
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The band, with Rick Parfitt and Francis on the left, pictured in 1968
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Francis recollects: ‘I sniffed coke every day for four years. Nevertheless it’s not like the huge amounts you see in the films’
He says: “It was amazing he lived until 68. He was an extremely tough man. He had three heart attacks. But sepsis is getting a bit too frequent for everybody these days.”
The pair enjoyed a love/hate relationship. At first, Francis was jealous of Rick’s blond-haired attractiveness. But he was not that impressed with him musically — and the remainder of the band initially did not want him to hitch again in 1967.
Francis also obtained annoyed with Rick’s desperate bid to behave like a rock star.
He explains: “I liked him once we have been youthful.
“The primary night time he played with us he hadn’t discovered anything. He simply pulled the plug out and stood there miming. However he seemed the part.
“He appeared the archetypal rock star, but in actuality he wasn’t.
Pictured, front proper, at the recording of Band Assist’s Do They Know It is Christmas?
Francis refutes Bob Geldof’s view that no medicine have been taken through the recording of Do They Know It’s Christmas?
“That’s the other thing that frustrated me. He had a fantastic voice and he started acting the rock thing. I was like, ‘Ricky, what are you doing?’ So he was soiling the guy I loved.”
Francis believes Rick struggled to cope with the truth that for all the fans who liked the band, there were many who hated them.
He says: “Rick hated the thought of people hating us, which I do too, but I would have to be in a position where I say, ‘It’s just how it is, it’ll be alright’.”
“But we are Marmite. People say, ‘I love them two, have you seen them?’. And for others it was, ‘I can’t stand those c***s’.”
Francis says Rick was also a terrible drunk, which is a serious purpose why he hates alcohol.
He adds: “Rick used to think he looked cool when he was drunk. But he never looked cool when he was drunk. He wasn’t very nice when he was drunk, but in his defence lots of people aren’t very nice when they’re drunk.”
Rick’s ranges of excess grew following the demise of his two-year-old daughter Heidi, who drowned in his pool in 1980.And in accordance with Francis, he was by no means the identical after an encounter with a feminine fan in a San Francisco nightclub.
Rick and Francis had a love-hate relationship
Francis, who speculates she might have “laced his drink with LSD”, says: “Whatever she did to him it really, really f***ed him over. He never told me what happened.”
Rick and Francis enjoyed many years of success with the Quo, because of hits together with Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want, promoting 120million data.
After a row with their US label, they misplaced curiosity in cracking the States. Francis says: “I think if we’d made it in America I’d have probably died. We’d have both got killed because they’ll give you more drugs. Not just indulge you, but it’ll be like ‘Yeah, yeah, give it to them,. F*** it, give it to them’.”
By the mid-Eighties, relationships in the band hit an all-time low and Francis needed out.
They performed a farewell tour in July 1984 but Sir Bob Geldof reunited them to document charity hit Do They Know It’s Christmas?
They opened the ensuing Stay Assist concert at Wembley Stadium the following yr.
Nowadays, Francis lives a extra quiet life with second spouse Eileen, who he has been married to for 29 years
Francis’s autobiography, I Speak Too Much is out on Thursday
Through the recording of the document, Francis and Rick bonded with youthful stars including Boy George, Simon Le Bon and George Michael over their drug use.
Francis says: “That entire era of individuals was doing all types. Primarily coke I might assume.
“We were called The Doctors on that day because we had all the joints and stuff. “Ricky got really rat-arsed again.”
And Francis refutes Bob Geldof’s view that no medicine have been taken through the report.
“Silly arse,” he rants. “Why would you want to lie? It don’t make sense. One minute sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll are synonymous then Bob’s trying to say they all got together one day and didn’t take any.”
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Francis is constant with the Quo, with guitarist Richie Malone filling Rick’s footwear
Francis immediately, and amassing his OBE with spouse Eileen
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These days, Francis lives a extra quiet life with second spouse Eileen, who he has been married to for 29 years. They reside together with his youngsters from each of his marriages.
Daughter Bernadette, 36, from his relationship with rock publicist Liz Gernon, can also be a daily visitor.
He’ll shortly be releasing his first country album, with singer Hannah Rickard, referred to as I Speak Too Much, and is constant with the Quo, with guitarist Richie Malone filling Rick’s footwear.
On the band’s new look, he says: “It’s a joy — it’s just a pity that I’m so f***ing old.”
- Francis’s autobiography, I Speak Too A lot (revealed by Constable, £20) is out on Thursday.