Rossi: Let’s do the Frantic Four again – and see if we can do it better!
Moving along, the Bula Quo! movie was panned when it came out a few months ago. Did you pay any attention to criticisms?
Not at all. I can understand it. It’s our first movie. I thought it’d go straight to DVD but we were lucky, we got cinemas. Some people thought it was good – terrific. Others didn’t. I really don’t give a fuck.
Any plans for a sequel?
They’re talking about it, yeah. I enjoyed making the first one so why not?
What’s not to like about a couple of weeks on a desert island?
Well, they’re talking about doing the next one in India. I love Indian girls but I’m not sure I want to go to that country and catch malaria. The squirts would be bad enough.
Thanks for that image. On a different subject, you feature in adverts for the Australian supermarket chain Coles, which are all over the internet. You must have been paid a king’s ransom to make them?
Yes, why do you think we did them? I’m 64 years old and I’m worried about reaching 80 and having no dosh. A week ago I spoke to Al [Lancaster, who lives in Australia] who said: “Have you seen that new ad?” I replied: “Of course, I’m in the fucking thing.” He was very cynical until I gave him a rough idea of what we’d been paid and he said: “Wow, it’s really good, isn’t it?”
When Rick looks at you and says: “That mince. Marvellous” and you reply: “He’s right, you know”, were you thinking that you might as well be hung for as sheep as a lamb?
Yeah, completely. I live in the same world as everyone else. Money is fucking peculiar, and I’m going to need more of it.
So you would thumb your nose to those that say the adverts and the movie torpedoed all of the goodwill generated by the FF tour?
Well, we did the very first ad before the Frantics tour, but the people that came to see the reunion tour don’t want to come and see [the current] Quo. I understand that. And if we have shot ourselves in the foot then I have to say: “Well, what’s the best dosh here?”
It’s that simple to you?
People like to take the moral high ground and say: “I wouldn’t do that for all of the money in the world.” Well, I bet they would. With respect, if I offered you a million quid to do a Coles avert and you declined, I’d offer 10… then 20 million. I’d give you 560 million and you’d think: “Hmmm, I could buy my parents a house.” You’re tempted. In the end, and it’s a sad, sad thing
to say but put enough zeros on the end of the cheque and
I’ll be there.
* For the story behind Status Quo’s classic track Forty-Five Hundred Times, pick up the new issue of Classic Rock (featuring Alter Bridge on the cover), out September 11. The Frantic Four Reunion albums and DVD are available on September 30.