STATUS QUO legend Francis Rossi is rocking up to the Carnegie Hall to reveal secrets of more than half a century in show business.

He believes his visit, for his intimate ‘I Talk Too Much’ tour, may be his first trip to Dunfermline – but admits he could be wrong!

“We may have done in the the sixties when we were young when you used to get an extra 12 quid for coming up to Scotland,” he said. “I like Scottish people because they like us.”

The evening, on March 23, will see Rossi, the founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo, talk about his life including his battle with drugs – how he snorted £1.7 million worth of cocaine – and opening Live Aid in front of a global audience of 1.9 billion.

While a highlight to perform in such an iconic concert, he admits their performance wasn’t their best, telling the Times he thought they were a “sack of sh***” on that occasion.

His tour, where he will be accompanied by writer Mick Wall, promises laughter, revelations, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out.

“The evening isn’t going to have too much of a format,” he said.

“The second half will be more of a question and answer. I will be talking about the band whether it is how a particular thing was written or how an event took place, hopefully it will be interesting.

“Sometimes I can be quite entertaining, other times not. It depends what happens.”

With a book due out in March and going on the road with Status Quo in the summer, Rossi shows no signs of slowing down before he hits 70 in May.

“Although I have learned a bit, I am still the same seven-year-old inside,” he said. “The thing about me, as with most showbusiness people, is we are just insecure little show-offs.”

Living a life of excess is something Rossi admits to freely. He said there was regret but says his past is part of him.

“I was on drugs from when I was about six,” he said. “At that time it was codeine for migraine headaches. That didn’t lead me to cocaine – it was alcohol that did that.

“I really abhor the whole society attitude about alcohol. Everything has to be about a drink. I don’t understand that – perhaps I do understand it but I don’t wish to accept it. It (alcohol) causes so many problems.”

Now teetotal, he is pleased to live a “very boring and very mundane” lifestyle where his typical day kicks off with two cups of coffee and a swim and will also include his one cigarette a day, practising, jigsaws and a session with his personal trainer.

“I need to do the exercise to get me into condition for the tour and shows physically. It is not just to be alive – I am not particularly frightened of dying I don’t think but I have not been on the brink – it is to get the lung capacity as well.”

The death of friend and Quo bandmate Rick Parfitt was something which rocked Rossi and he said he remains in his thoughts.

“I sometimes talk to him in my head and say you d******* or do you remember that,” he added. “Just after he went, people were telling me on certain websites that we should stop, how can we go on without Rick? It makes you think, ‘I will show you’.

“I am of that generation of being told you have no chance and we have thrived on that. I am not of the X Factor generation where they all love you.”

The show starts at 7.30pm at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline on Saturday March 23 and tickets cost £25. Call the box office on 01383 602302.