Rick Parfitt to miss first ever Status Quo Gig

Published: 15th August 2014

Rick Parfitt to miss first ever Status Quo Gig

Rick Parfitt is to miss his first Status Quo gig since joining the band in 1967 because of heart surgery.

The famously energetic guitarist was told at last minute by medics to step down from one concert following an operation to correct a problem with an earlier heart bypass.

Because of this Freddie Edwards, son of the group's bass player John "Rhino" Edwards, has been drafted in at last minute to pull his socks up for the concert at Clumber Park in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Parfitt said: "Obviously I'm really disappointed to be missing this show but I'm pleased that Freddie will be able to step up and help the band out whilst I'm recuperating.

"I know all the Quo fans will make him welcome and I'll be back onstage soon."

Despite the heavy toll of drink, drug and health problems on the singer, Status Quo has never played a concert without him since the foundation of the band in 1967.

Parfitt fell ill during the band's European tour and was flown home from Croatia to be treated at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

He had a stent inserted after it was found a graft from his 1997 quadruple heart bypass had become furred.

It was believed that he would be healthy and able to return to play the Worksop concert, however medics have told the guitarist to extend his rest period.

Rick Parfitt is to miss his first Status Quo gig since joining the band in 1967 because of heart surgery.
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