Status Quo carry on without Rick Parfitt as he recovers from heart attack


Rick Parfitt has bowed out of Status Quo's summer touring commitments as he continues to recover from a heart attack last month.

The 67-year-old guitarist was taken to hospital in an "extremely serious life threatening" condition after a gig at Expo 2016 in Antalya, Turkey and returned to the UK to have a defibrillator fitted.

Rick Parfitt (left) and Francis Rossi of Status Quo on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival (David Jensen/PA)

A statement from the band's manager Simon Porter said Rick was making an "excellent and steady" recovery out of hospital but that his return would not be rushed until he was back to full health.

Simon said: "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 utilising guest guitarists."

Freddie Edwards, second left, will replace Parfitt in Status Quo alongside (L-R) Francis Rossi, Leon Cave, Rhino Edwards and Andrew Bown (John Stillwell/PA)

Freddie Edwards, the son of Status Quo bass player John "Rhino" Edwards, will continue for the majority of Quo's shows during July and August after successfully covering Rick since his heart attack.

Irish guitarist Richie Malone will step in for gigs in Leuven, Belgium and Edinburgh, Scotland on July 20 and 23 respectively.

Rick and the band said they wanted 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".

Rick's family added: "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 (Hospital)."

Rick and Francis were made OBEs in 2010 (John Stillwell/PA)

A self-confessed former drug addict, Rick has suffered a catalogue of health problems, including a quadruple heart bypass in 1997, a throat cancer scare in 2005 and a heart attack in 2011.

Status Quo were forced to cancel a series of gigs in 2014 after he was told to rest by medics following surgery to correct a problem with his previous heart bypass.