Parfitt had just finished performing with Status Quo in Turkey on Tuesday evening when he was taken to hospital.
The 67 year old, who has suffered from similar ill health in the past, was taken to hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning (June 15th) after they had completed a gig at Expo 2016 in Turkey.
Status Quo's guitarist Rick Parfitt playing live in June 2016
The Status Quo axeman was hospitalized in Croatia and flown home by private jet. Just how is the esteemed guitarist faring?
Rick Parfitt, guitarist in the legendary UK boogie-woogie rock band Status Quo for fifty years, has been hospitalised whilst on tour in Europe which has resulted in a slew of gigs being cancelled over the next few weeks. Six European dates have been cancelled so far as the guitarist, the joint head of the band alongside lead singer and guitarist Francis Rossi, was deemed too unwell to continue playing live.
Parfitt has previously undergone a quadruple heart bypass, but still tours regularly.
In the wake of the announcement, the exact details of Parfitt’s ailment have not been disclosed, but the band’s manager Simon Porter has stated that the band “did not cancel shows lightly, but in this case we have no choice but to follow medical advice”. With this in mind, fans are right to be worried about the welfare of their rock hero, especially considering the fact that Parfitt has previously suffered from serious heart problems.
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Status Quo will no longer play in Switzerland, and Germany.
Status Quo has cancelled six concerts in Europe after guitarist Rick Parfitt was hospitalised. The veteran rockers had been scheduled to perform on Saturday night in Pula, Croatia, but were forced to pull the show, and five others, when Parfitt was deemed too ill to play.
Rick Parfit has been hospialised [Getty/Ian Gavan]
According to the Guardian, Parfitt is now in hospital receiving treatment though details are yet to be circulated. The band's manager Simon Porter said that Quo did not "cancel shows lightly" but that they had no option to pull the tour, which featured dates in Monte Carlo, Germany and Switzerland.
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The band have been forced to cancel six shows after the 65 year old fell ill in Croatia.
Status Quo have been forced to axe their European tour after guitarist Rick Parfitt was taken ill in Croatia. The band had been due to play in the northern city of Pula tonight (August 2nd), but were forced to pull out just hours before the concert was set to begin.
Rick Parfitt has been taken ill in Croatia
In 1997 65 year old Parfitt had a quadruple heart bypass and nine years ago he was forced to cancel a series of shows to undergo tests for suspected throat cancer.
To launch their new album, the iconic 1970s rock band Status Quo indulges in a spirited action-comedy that might have worked when they were in their 20s. On the other hand, these guys are in their 60s, so it's more than a little strained. And it doesn't help that the writing, directing and editing are utterly inept. Although fans will enjoy the music.
It all takes place as the band's world tour touches down in Fiji, of all places. In between performing gigs, frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt entertain themselves by trying to ditch their manager Simon (Fairbrass) and his intern Caroline (Aikman). But they get in serious trouble when they stumble into a back-alley Russian roulette game run by mobster Wilson (Lovitz). As local journalists (Kennard and Heard) try to uncover the story, Simon and Caroline are struggling to regain control of the situation. And Wilson is hunting down Francis and Rick.
Not only does the plot never attempt to make any logical sense, but the filmmakers never bother trying to spark a sense of black comedy amid all the murderous goings on. Instead, director St Paul cuts away from anything remotely morbid, leaving us wondering what happened as he dives into yet another lacklustre slapstick set-piece. The movie has no sense of pace or energy at all, lurching through each scene amateurishly. At least the cast and crew appear to be having a lot of fun frolicking on a South Pacific island. Although St Paul never really captures its beauty or culture either.
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Rick Parfit and Francis Rossi of seventies rock band Status Quo think they've seen plenty of trouble in their lives, but life is about to get a bit more rock 'n' roll when they become embroiled in a gang murder. Having just finished their 50th Anniversary tour in Fiji, they go to celebrate with a few drinks at a nearby bar. However, their rockstar instinct kicks in when they notice something happening round the back that smells like it could be a party. Unfortunately, they realise, perhaps too late, that it is actually a mob forcing two men to play Russian Roulette. The pair cause a fire to interrupt proceedings before running with the evidence, but it's not enough to hide their identity as the mob boss orders them to be killed. Their escape attempt leads them on a string of hilarious antics while their worried manager Simon and his painfully honest intern Caroline set out to rescue them.
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