Rick Parfitt quits per­form­ing with Sta­tus Quo for good

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Rick Parfitt has said he won’t re­turn to Sta­tus Quo in any per­form­ing ca­pac­ity.

The 68-year-old had a heart at­tack in June and was forced to pull out of the band’s au­tumn tour.

The band will only per­form acous­tic shows after the cur­rent tour, and Parfitt said he won’t take part.

“No. I don’t think I re­ally want to,” he told Clas­sic Rock’s Dave Ling. “In my heart I’m a rocker... If I’m go­ing to make mu­sic it’s got to rock.” Parfitt added: “There would prob­a­bly have been room for me if I de­cided I wanted to, but I’m not a great fan of the whole acous­tic malarkey. It doesn’t float my boat.

“What I am dis­ap­pointed in is miss­ing the last of the band’s elec­tric shows.”

Band man­ager Si­mon Porter said Parfitt “died” for sev­eral min­utes after an at­tack that left him with “mild cog­ni­tive im­pair­ments”.

Parfitt said he is now “fully re­cov­ered”.

“As the weeks pass I’m bet­ter and bet­ter. I don’t know whether I will be able to im­prove on that be­cause I feel as well as I did when I fell over.”

He has been re­placed by Richie Malone in the band. Parfitt said he was do­ing a great job and wished him “all the best”.

He added that the band have his bless­ing for any fu­ture plans.

The gui­tarist has had a num­ber of health is­sues in re­cent years, in­clud­ing a throat can­cer scare in 2005 and a heart at­tack in 2011.

Sta­tus Quo can­celled a se­ries of gigs in 2014 after Parfitt was told to rest by doc­tors, fol­low­ing surgery to cor­rect a prob­lem with the quadru­ple heart by­pass he un­der­went in 1997.

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