Rick Parfitt to miss first gig with Status Quo, but set to return for Holkham Hall

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Illness has forced Rick Parfitt to miss his first gig with Status Quo since joining in 1967, but the guitarist is set to return for next weekend’s Holkham Hall gig.

Replaced by Freddie Edwards, son of bass player John “Rhino” Edwards, at tonight’s gig at Clumber Park in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Parfitt, 65, said he was “disappointed” to be missing the show after being told to rest by doctors.

The musician was flown home by air ambulance from Croatia where he had been taken ill earlier this month and underwent an operation to correct a problem with the quadruple heart bypass he had in 1997.

Six concerts across Croatia, Monaco, Switzerland and Germany were cancelled while Parfitt recuperated, and previously the full band had been set to play the Clumber Park gig.

Quo manager Simon Porter said: “We are all obviously delighted that Rick has made such rapid progress, especially as the band is shortly to unveil another exciting and innovative new project, details of which will be announced in the next couple of weeks.”

Freddie Edwards, who will play tonight’s concert, previously performed with Rossi on a solo tour.

Band manager Simon Porter said Friday’s concert was “Quo history in the making” and would be “a memorable one-off.”

Quo fans in Norfolk need not worry, Rick Parfitt is expected to recuperate in time for Status Quo’s next show at Holkham Hall on August 23. For those who were in the crowd when the band played the venue back in 2007, it is set to be a special night.

Tickets are still available from www.holkham.co.uk