I was listening to Danny Baker interview Francis Rossi on a podcast, when Danny asked Francis about Rick Parfitt. Francis made it quite clear that it was very unlikely that Rick would ever perform with the Quo again. The latest news from the BBC confirms this, saying it’s due to Rick’s heart problems; rather candidly, Rossi hinted at memory loss being Rick’s issue.
Which made me think of the time I met Rick Parfitt. I had stopped at the local petrol station to refuel. As I filled my car, I noticed a Rolls Royce ease into the space opposite me, with the giveaway registration of RP1.
Having finished, I headed toward the kiosk, aware of a flash of blonde hair to my right. As I reached the door, the famous guitarist was just behind me. Opening the door, I looked behind me, as Rick approached, limping. Our eyes met.
“My, the rock and roll years have taken their toll, haven’t they?” I commented.
Rick gave me a steady stare for a couple of seconds.
“You cheeky bastard. I fell off me ‘orse,” he explained, before giving me a broad grin and limping through the open doorway.
Which is why everybody should love Status Quo.