1.: After many years you have written some songs with Francis. Can you tell us how it came and if it was your intention to write songs who were "back to the roots" - back to the sound of the early 70'ies more bluesy, rocking songs?
Bob Young: When Franics rang me and suggested we do some writing again it took me about 2 seconds to think about it and agree that it might be fun to do. We've always remained friends but our roads took different directions for many years. So we got together and actually spent the first few weeks just talking. I guess there was so much to catch up on and we didn't force the writing. After endless cups of tea we started with no fixed agenda. What came out was completely relaxed and natural and we then continued to get together as often as we could. We'd often not write anything, just hanging out. We wrote as we always had, sometimes with Francis playing guitar and me suggesting a few ideas or one of us coming up with a lyric idea to expand on. Sometimes we'd talk through ideas over the phone and often when Francis was on tour he'd call me and play a riff or idea down the line which I'd record on a small hand tape machine to work on later. It seemed to work for us. Occasionally we'd go into Francis' studio in the house and lay tracks down with a drum machine, Nick Rossi on Bassguitar and Francis doing a few guitars, vocals and keyboard. Those demos are really quite raw and special and seem to have quite naturally captured a lot of the early Quo style and sound.
2.: You have been away from the QUO team for quite a while, but you certainly watched the career of Status Quo in all those years. What do you think aobut hte "Heavy Traffic " album - a milestone in QUO's career?
Bob Young: I personally love it as do the band, record company and thankfully a lot of the old as well as new fans.
3.: After you did some songs together with Francis, can we expect a further team-work with Francis and the band? And of course, new songs like the ones you did for the "Heavy Traffic" album?
Bob Young: Within several months we realised we had written and demo'd almost 30 new songs. It actually quite surprised us that we'd done as much without really making a conscious effort to do so. Some of those songs we're still changing while we continue to get other ideas together. So yes you can definitely expect to see a few more Rossi/Young songs in the future. I think we'll start to put a few of our songs out to other artists to record which is something we'd like to have got around to doing many years ago. Maybe the time is now right. And who knows,m at some time in the next couple of years Frnacis might even get around to doing a solo album of our material. That'd be fun.