Sunday 11 December 2016

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt quits upcoming tour after heart attack

Published 15/09/2016 | 00:06

Guitarist Rick Parfitt was taken ill after a show in Turkey on June 14
Guitarist Rick Parfitt was taken ill after a show in Turkey on June 14

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has pulled out of the band's upcoming tour following a heart attack.

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Parfitt, 67, was taken ill after a show in Turkey on June 14 and the heart attack and associated complications have led to doctor's orders to rest for the remainder of the year.

He will no longer be able to take part in the Last Night of the Electrics tour of Europe and the UK, which is due to begin in Vienna, Austria, on October 12, the band's manager said.

Simon Porter revealed the musician "died" for several minutes after the attack, which has led to "mild cognitive impairments".

Porter also said it was possible Parfitt would not perform with the band again.

In a statement, he 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 actually '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 well-being 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 tour will continue using guest musicians until the end of 2016, with Irish guitarist Richie Malone continuing to play with the group until the end of the European leg finishing in Paris on December 4.

Freddie Edwards, the son of the band's bass player John "Rhino" Edwards has also stepped in for Parfitt during the band's summer concerts.

Parfitt will use his recovery period to compose songs for a solo album, which he plans to record early next year, a statement said.

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