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Rick Parfitt to miss first ever Status Quo gig

Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo
Rick Parfitt (l) has promised fans he would "be back onstage soon"

Guitarist Rick Parfitt is to miss his first Status Quo gig since joining the British rock band in 1967.

Parfitt, 65, said he was "disappointed" to be missing the show at Clumber Park in Worksop, Nottinghamshire after being told to rest by doctors.

Parfitt recently had an operation to correct a problem with the quadruple heart bypass he had in 1997.

Freddie Edwards, son of bass player John "Rhino" Edwards, will fill in for him at Friday's concert.

Parfitt fell ill during the band's European tour and was flown home from Croatia to be treated at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Six concerts in Croatia, Monaco, Switzerland and Germany were cancelled as a result.

Freddie Edwards (second left) previously performed with Rossi (l) on one of the latter's solo tours

Francis Rossi, who invited Parfitt to join the band in 1967, said it would be "strange" to perform without him but described his temporary replacement as "part of the Quo family".

Band manager Simon Porter said Friday's concert was "Quo history in the making" and would be "a memorable one-off."

Parfitt is expected to recuperate in time for Status Quo's next show at Holkham Hall in Norfolk on 23 August.

His band, whose hits include Down Down and Rockin' All Over The World, first enjoyed chart success in 1968 with Pictures of Matchstick Men.

Rossi and Parfitt received OBEs for services to music and charity in the 2010 New Year Honours List.

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