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Status Quo reach three-figure milestone

Veteran rock band Status Quo have reached a new milestone in their near-46 year career by releasing their 100th single.

The band also released a new album Bula Quo today, which accompanies a forthcoming movie of the same name.

The group's Francis Rossi admitted he could barely believe they had reached three figures with the new track.

Rossi said: "When we started out, we would have been happy to survive a couple of years in this business so to reach this milestone is unbelievable."

Bandmate Rick Parfitt agreed: "We always joke that you'd get less time for murder but, in all honesty, we'd like to thank all the Quo fans all over the world who have sustained us on what has been an amazing ride."

Pictured: Original Status Quo line-up reunite for tour

The original line-up of veteran rock act Status Quo have been pictured rehearsing together for the first time in more than 30 years as they prepare for a nine-date tour.

The original members of Status Quo (front from left) Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan Credit: Press Association

The "frantic four" of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan - all featured on their breakthrough top 10 hit Pictures Of Matchstick Men.

They went on to perform on huge hits such as Rocking All Over The World, Down Down and Caroline.

Status Quo rock out as they get in some practice at Sheperton Studios in Surrey Credit: Press Association

Frontmen Rossi and Parfitt, who first teamed up 50 years ago, carried on under the Quo banner, despite the departure of the others in the early 1980s. It triggered acrimony and years of court battles.

The band say the return to the classic line-up will not be a permanent change.

Their first show takes place at the Manchester Apollo and winds up at Wembley Arena on March 17.