The original line-up of Status Quo is back on tour and Rick Parfitt has been speaking to Andy Richardson.
Ageless rockers Status Quo will headline Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall on Thursday for a gig that many thought would never happen.
The original line-up of the mighty Status Quo, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan, are reforming for a one-off, never to be repeated series of UK dates in March 2013.
Status Quo manager Simon Porter said: “People have wanted this announcement to be made for years, and here it is. This is a real moment in the chequered history of Status Quo and it comes after almost 30 years of acrimony, and 10 years of law suits and court battles.
“Just two years ago the thought of the Frantic Four performing again was unthinkable. Now, 50 years on from when Francis and Alan first performed together as schoolboys, it is fitting that everything has come full circle for these unique one-off shows.”
Quo remain one of the rock industry’s great survivors and band members have struggled with addictions to drink, drugs and girls.
Rick Parfitt said during the seventies and eighties he was high most of the time. “I used to drive into town on a Monday night, and I would be away until Wednesday evening with coke, booze, fags, non-stop. No sleeping. I didn’t want to sleep.
“I don’t know how my wife at the time stood it – she didn’t for too long. You come home and try to force your eyes shut and your heart’s beating and you think: ‘God, I want some more coke.’
“But you’ve had two days of it and you’ve got to stop now. You’ve got to sleep and have a normal day and then go back and do it all again.”
Parfitt didn’t feel depressed about his drug intake: “No, I just took more. I missed my kids growing up and I lost my little daughter as well, but that was just a pure accident.
“That’s something to live with, but you never get over it. I don’t remember anything about them being young. I lost all of the Eighties, pretty much.”
Francis Rossi is looking forward to playing live: “We love performing – when you get tired of performing, it’s time to hang up your microphone.
“I am still knocked out by audience reaction. If you don’t have that drive to get out there and do what you do best then you should just give up and let someone else have a go. There’s plenty out there who’d love to do my job.”