The Callum Younger Reach Fund is looking to gauge demand for the concert before confirming the date, pencilled in for Wednesday 22nd August at the Clickimin Centre. In order to cover the cost of bringing the sexagenarian band’s 16-strong crew to the islands and raise some funds, tickets are to be priced £75. Support would come from local band No Sweat.
Status Quo, led by Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, first hit the UK charts way back in 1968 with Pictures of Matchstick Men. They enjoyed huge success in the seventies, reaching the number one spot with Down Down in November 1974.
Other smash hits down the years have included Rockin’ All Over the World, Whatever You Want and In the Army Now. All told, Status Quo have sold over 118 million records.
Businessman Malcolm Younger, who established the fund after his son Callum’s sudden death in 2005, said it was essential to establish that enough people were willing to stump up for a ticket before going ahead.
Mr Younger said he had done some research and “the feedback I’m getting is quite positive”. Anyone interested in tickets is being asked to complete and return a form printed in tomorrow’s Shetland Times by next Thursday.
“We can’t risk any funds, so we have to make sure that we can cover our costs and hope to make a profit on it for the benefit of the fund,” he said. “I’m a keen fan of Status Quo myself, and it’d be fine to get a band of that calibre to Shetland, and a different way of raising money for the reach fund in memory of my son Callum.”
Mr Younger said that over the past six years, the fund – which organises the annual carnival in Lerwick, due to take place next weekend – had dished out more than £50,000 to help young Shetland folk realise their dreams.