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Status Quo remake Army hit for charity

Status Quo's Francis Rossi
Status Quo's Francis Rossi said he thought the time was right for a remake

Veteran rock band Status Quo are releasing a new version of their hit In The Army Now to raise funds for armed forces charities.

The song, a number two hit in 1986, has been lyrically reworked and has backing vocals from the Corps of Army Music.

"We want people to celebrate what they do, say thank you and also support these vital charities," said the band's Francis Rossi.

The track, re-recorded in recent weeks, is due to be released on 26 September.

All proceeds from the song will be donated to the Help For Heroes and British Forces Foundation charities.

"It seemed like the right time to do this. This release is intended to show our support for the Allied Forces around the world, but in particular, of course, the British Armed Forces," added Rossi.

A new video to accompany the song, which was filmed partly on location at the Kiwi Barracks in Wiltshire, sees the band being put through their paces in the drill square and getting to grips with some military hardware.

The reworked song was recorded at the London College of Music and produced by Pip Williams, who was responsible for the original version.

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