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Massive Wagons are a British rock band from Lancaster founded in 2009.
Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire, England. It is on the River Lune and has a population of 52,234; the wider City of Lancaster local government district has a population of 138,375.
The band are currently signed to Nottingham-based independent record label Earache Records(having inked their deal in October 2017) and in 2018 released their fourth studio album Full Nelson, in doing so securing a Top 20 album in the United Kingdom Official Albums Chart, officially landing at number 16.
Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.
The band caused controversy in their home town of Lancaster by erecting a large mural of their new album cover on the side of a pub wall. Initially condemned by the local council due to not having the relevant planning permissions, public outcry led to the council dramatically reversing their decision and allowing the art to stay.
Following the release of Full Nelson in the summer of 2018 the band went on to play at Download Festivaland also open for Status Quo at Kendal Rugby Club.
Download Festival is a British rock festival, held annually at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, since 2003, in Paris, France since 2016 and Parramatta Park, Sydney since 2019 & Flemington Racecourse Melbourne Australia since 2018. It is the most popular British summer rock and heavy metal festival and has hosted some of the genre's biggest names, including Saxon, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Mötley Crüe, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Faith No More and Guns N' Roses. The 2015 festival featured massive technological surveillance by police in conjunction with festival organisers Live Nation UK. RFID wristbands and facial recognition technology were used to compare visual scans of attendees against a European criminal database.
Status Quo are an English rock band who play boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962, while still schoolboys. After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.
They cite their influences as being artists such as Status Quo, UFO, Rainbow and Slade amongst others.
A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.
Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era in the early 1970s, achieving 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart. The British Hit Singles & Albums names them the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles. They were the first act to have three singles enter the charts at number one; all six of the band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. As of 2006, total UK sales stand at 6,520,171, and their best-selling single, "Merry Xmas Everybody", has sold in excess of one million copies. According to the 1999 BBC documentary It's Slade, the band have sold over 50 million records worldwide.
Formed in 2009, the band remained nameless until their first gig was booked and they needed a name to perform under. Jokingly adopting the temporary moniker of 'Massive Wagons', the playful nickname of a local barmaid, the band eventually stuck with it and it remains to this day.
The band's initial commercial release, entitled "Sniff The Riff", was self-released but by the time their debut LP Fire It Up came along in 2012 the band had signed to London-based independent label Casket Music.
in 2013 the band entered a UK Battle of the Bands competition entitled 'Highway To Hell'. Having won the competition the band went on to sign a multi-album contract with Ibiza-based independent label 'Off Yer Rocka'.Their second studio album, Fight The System, was released in 2014 on Off Yer Rocka and a live/rarities album, The Good The Bad And The Ugly, was released in late 2015.
Returning to the studio in April 2016, Massive Wagons recorded their third studio long player, Welcome To The World, which featured singles "Tokyo" and "Ratio". Welcome To The World saw the band's first chart success, entering the iTunes Top 100 charts in several territories. Later that year the band went on to support The Wildhearts on a national UK tour.
In 2017 the band released a charity single for the Teenage Cancer Trust entitled "Back To The Stack", notable as a tribute to Rick Parfitt of Status Quo.Rick Parfitt Jnr, son of the late Rick Parfitt, has since publicly acknowledged his support of the track.
Late 2017 saw the band's first line-up change, with Stephen Holl replacing Carl Cochrane on rhythm guitar.
In June of 2019, the band embarked on their first arena tour in the UK, as opening act for Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Last of the Street Survivors" farewell tour. The tour comprised four dates at major UK arenas: SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Manchester Arena, London's Wembley Arena, and Resorts World Arena Birmingham
Francis Dominic Nicholas Michael Rossi, OBE is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the co-founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of the rock band Status Quo.
Richard John Parfitt, OBE was an English musician, best known as a singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist with rock band Status Quo.
John Victor "Rhino" Edwards is an English bass guitarist, playing in the rock group Status Quo. He was educated at Chiswick Grammar School and Stinsford School, Dorchester.
Whatever You Want is the twelfth studio album by the British rock band Status Quo.
Quo is the seventh studio album by Status Quo. Issued in May 1974, it features Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan, and reached #2 in the UK. Like its predecessor Hello!, it consisted entirely of songs written or cowritten by the group. The only guest musicians were Bob Young and Tom Parker, who played harmonica and piano respectively on "Break the Rules".
Alan Charles Lancaster 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.
John Robert Coghlan is an English musician, best known as the original drummer of the rock band Status Quo.
Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo is the debut studio album by the English rock band Status Quo, released in September 1968. It features a large number of covers, including "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers.
Hello! is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Status Quo. Released in September 1973, it was the first of four Quo albums to top the UK Albums Chart. It was also the first Quo album on which drummer John Coghlan was credited with songwriting.
Blue for You is the ninth studio album by English rock band Status Quo, released in March 1976 and is the last album until 1980's Just Supposin' that they produced themselves, which resulted in subsequent albums having a noticeably lighter, more pop oriented sound.
Just Supposin' is the thirteenth album by Status Quo. Co-produced by the group and John Eden, it was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin. Released on 17 October 1980, it entered the UK albums chart at number 4.
Back to Back is the sixteenth studio album by English rock band Status Quo and released in November 1983. For the first time in the group's history, it featured four singles, "Ol' Rag Blues", "A Mess of Blues", originally a hit for Elvis Presley, "Marguerita Time", and "Going Down Town Tonight" The album entered the UK chart at its highest position of No. 9.
Roy Alan Lynes was the keyboardist and occasional singer with Status Quo. He joined the band in 1964/1965, two years after its foundation.
1+9+8+2, is the fifteenth studio album by the English rock band Status Quo, released on 16 April 1982. It was the first to include new drummer Pete Kircher, who had recently replaced John Coghlan, and also the first to credit keyboard player Andy Bown as a full member of the band; on the previous few releases he had merely been listed as a guest musician although he had long been an integral member in all but name.
In Search of the Fourth Chord is the twenty-eighth studio album by English rock band Status Quo, released on 17 September 2007. The title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the rumour that the group always plays the same three chords, and a reference to the album In Search of the Lost Chord by British rock band The Moody Blues. The album's artwork is a parody of the Indiana Jones films.
"Again and Again" is a single released by the British rock band, Status Quo, in 1978. The song was written by Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, Jackie Lynton and was issued to coincide with the band's headline appearance at the Reading Festival on 26 August 1978.
Quid Pro Quo is the twenty-ninth studio album by English rock band Status Quo, released in May 2011. The album debuted at number 10 in the UK charts and features 14 new songs, as well as the 2010 version of their 1986 hit "In the Army Now" which was re-recorded in support of the Help for Heroes and British Forces Foundation charities. The accompanying Official Live Bootleg album features 12 older songs recorded by the band in concert in Amsterdam and Melbourne in 2010. In the UK the album was only available at branches of Tesco stores for its first week before being released conventionally on the band's Fourth Chord label on 6 June 2011.
Over and Out is a 2018 album by Status Quo guitarist and vocalist Rick Parfitt. Parfitt died on 24 December 2016, and the album, his first and only solo album, was completed and released posthumously. The album includes contributions from a number of guest musicians, including current and former Status Quo bassists John "Rhino" Edwards and Alan Lancaster respectively; former Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich; Queen's Brian May; Chris Wolstenholme of Muse; and Parfitt's son, Rick Parfitt, Jnr.