Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt may have played his last show with the band, it has been revealed today. Following Parfitt's near-fatal heart attack while touring Turkey in June, "Rick may well have performed his last show with Quo," according to the band's manager Simon Porter.
"I've let the band and the fans down," said Parfitt, "because Quo's not Quo without me." The veteran rocker, who turns 68 next month and is a self-described former drug addict, has a history of trouble with his heart.
"He had a quadruple bypass in 1997, and another heart attack in 2011, but says that his current condition is far worse, and could leave him unable to tour.
"Going back on the road is a long way off," he said. "I do not want to die in front of the fans." The band cancelled a string of concerts in 2014 due to Parfitt's ongoing health issues.
"‘I did “die” [in Turkey]," Parfitt added, referring to his cardiac arrest. "My heart stopped for about three-and-a-half minutes. They gave me CPR for half an hour to keep my heart going. When I eventually woke a week later I was completely black and blue where they’d been pumping me," he told the Mail.
Meanwhile, Parfitt's doctors "continue to be confident of a full recovery," his manager said, adding that "no final decision" about his future with the band would be made until next year.
Next year would mark Status Quo's 50th anniversary; Parfitt joined singer Francis Rossiter and bassist Alan Lancaster in 1964 to form The Spectres, who began performing as Status Quo in 1967, and went on to record hits such as Down Down and Rockin' All Over the World.
Parfitt has said it was "weird" to watch his bandmates perform without him, after catching their Hyde Park concert this Sunday on TV. "A large chunk of my life is missing", he said.