According to a post shared on Facebook by Australian entertainment journalist and close friend of Lancaster, Craig Bennett, the musician had suffered from multiple sclerosis (MS) for some time.
« [I] I am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster, British-born king of music, god of the guitar and founding member of the iconic band Status Quo, ”Bennett wrote.
“Despite his MS and mobility issues, Alan has been on extremely successful reunion tours… He bravely performed in front of thousands of adoring fans… and loved being back with the band and his loyal Quo army.”
Read Bennett’s full post below:
At the request of his loving and deeply cherished family, I am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster,…
Posted by Craig Bennett on Saturday, September 25, 2021
Lancaster and Status Quo singer Francis Rossi met at Sedgehill Comprehensive School in London, where they performed together in his orchestra. Along with two other classmates, they formed a group known as the Scorpions. Undergoing two name changes before settling on Status Quo, Lancaster, Rossi and guitarist Rick Parfitt – who died in 2016 – launched their successful careers with the release of “Pictures of Matchstick Men”.
From there Lancaster performed with the group until 1985, appearing on 15 albums. The band recorded over 60 Top 40 hits in the UK, had 25 Top 10 albums in the UK and released over 100 singles, including hit songs such as’ Down Down ‘and’ Whatever. You Want ”.
His last album with the band was “Back To Back” from 1983.
Reuniting with Rossi, Parfitt and John Coghaln, Lancaster performed with Status Quo for a UK tour in 2013. His last show as a member was in Dublin in 2014.
Lancaster’s last performance with Status Quo as a full-time member was there in 1985 for Live Aid, when Queen, U2, David Bowie, Elton John and others also performed.
Lancaster had lived in Australia for 45 years, having migrated in the 1980s. There he formed The Bombers with Angels guitarist John Brewster. He was also a member of Australian supergroup The Party Boys, in 1987, which enjoyed success with covers of “Hold Your Head Up” by Argent and “He’s Gonna Step On You Again” by John Kongos.
The musician is survived by his wife, Dayle, whom he met on tour with Status Quo in Australia in 1973, their children, Alan Jr., Toni and David, and five grandchildren.