14 Dec, 2011 @ 09:30
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My haze of the Eighties

ANDALUCIA based rock legend Rick Parfitt has spoken of his recollections – or lack of – from his time touring with one of the world’s biggest bands.

The 63-year-old, who lives in Alhaurin el Grande, shot to fame as part of huge Eighties rockers Status Quo.

But the father-of-two, who now lives a quiet life with his wife and children after surviving a quadruple heart bypass in 1997, is candid about his excesses.

I don’t remember much about the Eighties at all,” he revealed. “I remember going on at Live Aid in 1985. That is how it was at the time, out of our trees and enjoying ourselves.”

Parfitt was awarded an OBE in 2010 along with bandmate Francis Rossi for services to music and charity.

It was a wonderful thing to happen to us and we didn’t expect it,” the guitarist adds.

Going out to meet the Queen on my own I could hardly walk. It was very nerve-wracking.”

Eloise Horsfield

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