Marital Status: Quo pair say they’re like husband and wife
Status Quo star Rick Parfitt has compared working with bandmate Francis Rossi to being in a "marriage" after admitting the pair's relationship "isn't always as healthy as it should be".
The musicians, whose careers have spanned six decades with hits including Rockin' All Over The World and Whatever You Want, were reportedly no longer speaking outside of the band after falling out last month.
The ageing rockers are about to embark on a tour later this year.
Speaking backstage at a gig last night, Parfitt, 66, said: "Francis and I have known one and another for a long time. As happens with lots of other groups, it's a partnership that isn't always as healthy as it should be.
"Most of the time it is enjoyable but you obviously have your times. It's the same in a marriage - you have your times.
"At this particular time now, we're getting on like a house on fire. Next week we might not be. It's just the way it is.
"I personally would like to make the 50 years, which I think we probably will. That will be in 2017. We'll aim for that and see what happens the day after."
He added: "We're working our arses off.
"We'll be working between now and Christmas and then see what happens."
Status Quo were forced to cancel a series of gigs last year after singer and guitarist Parfitt suffered a health scare following a problem related to his quadruple heart bypass.
But today Parfitt said: "Generally I feel great, I feel fit, I feel healthy, so everything's fine."