Alan Lancaster Biography – Alan Lancaster Wiki
Alan Lancaster was an English bassist, best known as a founding member of the British rock band Status Quo. He played bass and wrote songs on 16 Status Quo studio albums from 1968’s ‘Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo’ through to 1983’s ‘Back to Back.’ After moving to Sydney in the mid-1980s, Lancaster played with leading Australian bands including The Bombers and The Party Boys.
As a young teenager in 1962, Alan Lancaster befriended future Status Quo band mate Francis Rossi at Sedgehill Comprehensive School and they formed a four-piece band called The Scorpions. A couple of years later, they met future Quo drummer John Coghlan and formed The Spectres. When the group discovered psychedelia, they evolved into Traffic before changing their name to The Status Quo when Rick Parfitt was recruited to the band in 1967.
Alan Lancaster was a pivotal member of Status Quo since their inception until Live Aid in July 1985, which proved to be his final concert with the band for almost three decades.
Following Status Quo, Alan joined Australian band The Party Boys and performed on their self-titled album in 1987. A year later he formed The Bombers, with John Coghlan serving as the original drummer. Following tours with Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick, The Bombers disbanded in the early 1990s but Alan went on to launch Alan Lancaster’s Bombers.
Alongside John Coghlan, Alan rejoined Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt in Status Quo in 2013 for the Frantic Four Reunion Tour in the UK and Europe, which continued into 2014. The tour was the first time the Frantic Four line-up had performed together since 1981 when John Coghlan left the band.
In recent years, Lancaster repaired relationships with Rossi and Parfitt, having reportedly fallen out when they recorded material without him after his move to Australia. Parfitt died from sepsis in 2016 at the age of 68, having suffered a heart attack earlier in 2011. The guitarist was married three times. He had five children. His daughter Heidi from his first marriage drowned in the family pool when she was two. In 2006 he married his third wife Lyndsay Whitburn and the couple had twins. Rossi continues to perform with a five-piece Status Quo that includes John Edwards, Lancaster’s replacement on bass guitar, and keyboard player Andy Brown, who has been a full-time member since 1982.
Alan Lancaster Age
Alan Charles Lancaster was born on 7 February 1949, in Peckham, London, England. He died on 26 September 2021, in Sydney, Australia. He was 72.
Alan Lancaster Wife
Alan Lancaster was married to Dayle Lancaster. Alan married his wife Dayle Lancaster in 1978. They met when Alan and Status Quo, along with Slade and Lindisfarne, toured Australia in 1973. He moved to Sydney in the mid-1980s, after meeting Australian wife Dayle. According to entertainment reporter Craig Bennett, “Dayle said this morning [26th September 2021] that Alan loved his life in Australia. His mother and father, plus his brother and sister also moved to Australia.”
Alan Lancaster Children
Alan Lancaster and his wife Dayle Lancaster had three children, Alan Jr, Toni, and David.
Alan Lancaster Family
Alan Lancaster is survived by his wife Dayle Lancaster; his children Alan Jr, Toni, and David; and five grandchildren.
Alan Lancaster Death
Status Quo legend Alan Lancaster died on Sunday 26th September 2021 at the age of 72 following a battle with multiple sclerosis. He passed away at his Sydney, Australia home, surrounded by his family. Australian showbiz journalist Craig Bennett announced his death in a statement. Bennett wrote on Facebook: “At the request of his loving and deeply cherished family, 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.”
Bennett added: “Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in hugely successful reunion tours in the UK & Europe in 2013 & 2014. He bravely played to thousands of adoring fans..and loved being back with the band and his loyal Quo army. Vale to an absolute legend and one of the nicest people in rock and roll.”
Alan Lancaster’s wife, Dayle Lancaster, said in a statement: “We are all heartbroken. Alan had a wonderful wit and a fabulously dry sense of humour. He was a devoted and adoring husband, father and grandfather. Family was always his focus.”
Rossi said in a statement: “I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. We were friends and colleagues for many years and achieved fantastic success together as the Frantic Four alongside Rick Parfitt and John Coghlan. Alan was an integral part of the sound and the enormous success of Status Quo during the 60s and 70s. Although it is well documented that we were estranged in recent years, I will always have very fond memories of our early days together and my condolences go to Dayle and Alan’s family.”
Status Quo manager Simon Porter said via the Evening Standard: “This is such sad news and my sincere condolences go out to Dayle and the family. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to reunite the original line-up for two sell-out tours in 2013/2014 and to give Status Quo Frantic Four fans a final legacy and such a lasting memory. Although Alan was not in the best of health even then, he got through the tours with determination and grit and was a pleasure to work with.”
His former Australian band The Bombers said in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Alan Lancaster. Alan passed away this morning at his Sydney home surrounded by family. He will be remembered for his amazing musical accomplishments, quick wit, boundless sense of humour, his humility and as a caring human being. Alan will be sadly missed by all and we send our heartfelt condolences to his lovely wife Dayle and all the family. Rest In Peace Alan.”
Harrogate-based record label Barrel And Squidger Records, who released the Alan Lancaster’s Bombers ‘Live!’ album, wrote on Twitter: “It is with immense sadness that we share news of the passing of @Status_Quo legend Alan Lancaster. It was a great privilege for us to work with Alan in recent years. Our condolences go to his family and friends. RIP Nuff, sleep well.”
Alan Lancaster Cause of Death
Alan Lancaster passed away following a battle with multiple sclerosis. He had lived with multiple sclerosis for many years, but did participate in Status Quo concerts in 2013 and 2014, after leaving the band in 1985.
Alan Lancaster Net Worth
Status Quo legend Alan Lancaster’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.
Alan Lancaster First Wife
The bass player moved to Australia with his second wife Dayle at the height of Status Quo’s success to escape the drink and drug problems engulfing the band, the Daily Mail reported. The couple, who wed in 1976, have two grown-up children. Lancaster also has a son from his first marriage. It is unclear who Alan Lancaster’s first wife is.