STATUS QUO Guitarist RICK PARFITT “Making An Excellent And Steady Recovery From An Extremely Serious Life Threatening Situation,” Says Band Manager
July 8, 2016, 5 years ago
Status Quo recently revealed that in the early hours of Wednesday, June 15th, following the band’s gig at Expo 2016 in Antalya, Turkey, guitarist Rick Parfitt suffered a suspected heart attack.
Simon Porter, the band’s manager, has issued the following update: “Rick is now making an excellent and steady recovery from an extremely serious life threatening situation following a Quo show in Turkey last month. He has now had a defibrillator fitted into his chest in order to regulate any future heart issues and has left hospital in order to recuperate with family and friends.
“Although I am now happy to report that his medical team anticipate that Rick will make a full recovery, it will likely be a long and ongoing process. To this end, Rick has given his full blessing for the band to continue with the current summer touring schedule utilizing guest guitarists. Freddie Edwards, son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards has successfully stepped in for Rick over recent gigs and will now continue for the majority of Quo's shows during July and August, the current exceptions being gigs in Leuven, Belgium and Edinburgh, Scotland on July 20th and 23rd where Irish guitarist Richie Malone will step in.”
Rick’s family says, “We would like to thank everyone including the fans for their messages of support during the last weeks and especially the kindness and care of all the staff at the Royal Brompton.”
Both the band and Rick would like to thank the fans for their continued understanding and support and would like to stress that he will return to the fold as soon as possible, but in Rick's best interests any return will not be rushed until he makes a full and absolute recovery. No further comment will be made at this time.
Find the band’s tour schedule at this location.
Status Quo have released a video for “Rockin' All Over The World”, from their Aquostic! Live At The Roundhouse title, released last year on 2CD, 2CD+DVD, vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray formats via earMUSIC.
This landmark release, recorded in October 2014 in a joint effort by earMUSIC and the BBC, captures the band’s first ever live acoustic performance at the glorious Roundhouse in London. This sensational recording features the new pared-back side of Quo, as revealed on the hit 2014 album Aquostic! (Stripped Bare). This album soared to #5 in the charts, giving the band their highest placing for 18 years, and has now been certified Gold. It was in fact the best-selling independent label album of 2014.
BBC Radio 2 broadcast this special Aquostic performance live, and the footage was made available on the night on Red Button and was the BBC's highest-rated music program with 1.3m views in just five days. Now, with the release of Aquostic! Live At The Roundhouse, it is available for Quo fans to own. 2015 sees Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Leon Cave building on the incredible momentum that Aquostic has generated. The DVD and Blu-ray formats feature bonus behind the scenes material.
“And It’s Better Now”
“Break The Rules”
“Again And Again”
“Rock ‘N’ Roll”
“What You’re Proposing”
“Pictures Of Matchstick Men”
“Down The Dustpipe”
“All The Reasons”
“Reasons For Living”
“Don’t Drive My Car”
“Na Na Na”
“Whatever You Want”
“Rockin’ All Over The World / Encore”
“Rock ‘Til You Drop”
“Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)”
“Whatever You Want”: