Status Quo legend Alan Lancaster dead at 72: Bass-playing founding member dies surrounded by family at his Sydney home after MS battle
- News of his passing was confirmed by his ‘heartbroken’ friend Craig Bennett
- The musician died surrounded by his family at his home in Sydney, Australia
- He leaves behind widow Dayle Lancaster, five children and five grandchildren
Status Quo legend Alan Lancaster has died at the age of 72 after a battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
The bass-playing musician, who was a founding member of the English rock band – which formed as The Scorpions in 1962 – died at his home in Sydney, Australia.
News of his passing was confirmed by his close friend Craig Bennett, who said in a statement on social media that he was ‘heartbroken’ to announce the passing of the ‘guitar God’.
He said that despite Lancaster’s battle with MS and ‘issues with his mobility’, he continued to perform in reunion tours, with his last stage appearance coming in 2014.
Lancaster leaves behind his wife Dayle Lancaster, who he married in 1978.
His widow 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.’
Status Quo legend Alan Lancaster has died at the age of 72 after a battle with Multiple Sclerosis
He and Lancaster had five children and five grandchildren.
Along with front man Francis Rossi and guitarist Rick Parfitt – who died in 2016 – Lancaster was one of Status Quo’s original members.
He appeared on 15 albums until 1985, with his bass-playing featuring on classic tracks including Whatever You Want and Down Down.
Lancaster reunited with bandmates Rossi, Parfitt and John Coghaln in 2013 for a UK tour. The star performed his final show in 2014.
The musician moved to Australia in the 1980s and his mother and father and brother and sister joined him soon after.
The bass-playing musician (right in 1983), who was a founding member of the English rock band – which formed as The Scorpions in 1962 – died at his home in Sydney, Australia
Lancaster (pictured centre in 1980) appeared on 15 albums until 1985, with his bass-playing featuring on classic tracks including Whatever You Want and Down Down
Mr Bennett’s full post on social media read: ‘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. 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.
‘Alan, who was a dear and special friend, is survived by Dayle, his children Alan Jr, Toni and David, plus five grandchildren.
He went on: ‘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.’
Status Quo legend Alan Lancaster (third from left) has died at the age of 72 after a battle with Multiple Sclerosis