|RICK PARFITT to sit out STATUS QUO tour on health grounds|
|Written by Mark Ashby|
|Thursday, 15 September 2016 13:05|
STATUS QUO have confirmed that founding member RICK PARFITT will not take part in the forthcoming 'Last Night Of The Electrics' tour. The 67-year old guitarist has been ordered to rest for the remainder of the year at the very least, following his heart attack, and associated complications, after a Quo show in Turkey on 14 June.
Simon Porter, the band's manager said:
"Although Rick is recovering well and is now able to lead a relatively normal day to day life, he is far from being fit enough to undertake the rigours of Quo's touring schedule.
“Perhaps now is the time to reveal that Rick 'died' for several minutes directly following his heart attack which resulted in mild cognitive impairments for which he continues to receive neuropsychological support.
“His medical team continue to be confident of a full recovery, but Rick's absolute priorities for the foreseeable future are for his health and wellbeing and to be able to see his eight year old twin children Tommy and Lily grow up.
“To this end, Rick may well have performed his last show with Quo, but no final decision will be made until next year. Regardless, it is his wish that the band continue to tour as planned and he will always be a part of Quo's numerous other off stage activities.”
The official statement issued on behalf of both Parfitt and Quo continued:
“Rick has given his full blessing for the band to continue to honour their touring schedule in order to not let down the fans. Until the end of 2016, Status Quo will continue to utilise guest musicians. Irish guitarist Richie Malone, who is currently playing with the band, will continue in this role at least until the end of Quo's European schedule, which concludes in Paris on 4 December. Freddie Edwards, son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards also stepped in for Rick during some of the summer shows.
“Rick will also use his convalescence period to compose songs for a long overdue solo album which he plans to record early next year. In the meantime, both Rick and the band would like to thank the fans for their continued understanding and support.”
Obviously, everyone at Uber Rock wishes Rick all the best for a full and speedy recovery.
The 'Last Night Of The Electrics' tour hits the UK and Ireland on the following dates:
Friday 28 October – Belfast, SSE Arena (with Uriah Heep)
Saturday 29 October – Dublin, 3 Arena (with Uriah Heep)
Thursday 8 December – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Friday 9 December – Bournemouth, BIC
Sunday 11 December – London, The O2
Tuesday 13 December – Brighton, Brighton Centre
Wednesday 14 December – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Friday 16 December – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Saturday 17 December – Leeds, First Direct Arena
Monday 19 December – Manchester, Arena
Tuesday 20 December – Glasgow, SSE Hydro
Thursday 22 December – Newcastle, Metro radio Arena
Friday 23 December – Liverpool, Echo Arena
Support on the December dates will come from REO Speedwagon.
PHOTO CREDIT: Christie Goodwin
|Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 13:20|