Rick Parfitt’s Final Farewell

Late Status Quo guitarist’s solo album coming posthumously in March

By Gary Graff
December 4, 2017

Status Quo guitarist and co-founder Rick Parfitt is gone, but not forgotten. Parfitt was in the midst of recording a solo album, Over and Out, when he died last Dec. 24 at the age of 68 from sepsis; now the set has been finished off and will be coming out on March 23.

Parfitt had recorded his guitar and vocal parts, and after his death his son Rick Parfitt Jr., Queen’s Brian May, Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme and others stepped up to finish off the 10 tracks.

A statement about the album says that it’s “an album of depth and passion…a true labour of love and showcases the softer side of Rick as a writer, artist and performer away from the Quo maelstrom as well as the purest rock and roll sound of earlier Status Quo records.”

Over And Out‘s title track was played at Parfitt’s funeral. Parfitt had retired from touring earlier in 2016 due to ill health.