Rick's death is still weird as hell to me. It wasn't meant to be. I feel more sorry for Rick himself for dying, than for myself and the others he left behind. His departure from Quo was surreal enough, and from what we know, after nearly 50 years he wanted out. A Quo-less Rick is still bizarre. He seemed all set to go again after leaving Quo - he had his solo album demo'd, a book and a tour in the pipeline, yet instead died in a very unexpected way seemingly unrelated to his heart problems. All very sad for a guy who had endured up until the end, and seemed to jump ship when the band reduced themselves to a feeble version of their former selves (subjective, i know). That must have been sad for him too.
Listening to his solo album doesn't move me much, i have to say. I think it's a great effort and i've no criticism of it whatsoever. But we can tell it's highly produced, we don't know how much the songs were rearranged from demo form, and it's got quite a lot of flashy playing over it mostly by people who we aren't emotionally invested in (we don't even know how much guitar Rick played on it). All fine, but circumstances being as they were, Rick had little involvement. And for that reason, it doesn't give me the joy it would had he still been with us. It feels like a ghost Rick. It's not Rick as we knew him, very much alive. That said, the thing i enjoy about it the most it the variety on it. Some great songwriting, whoever contributed.
So yeah, Rick for me can be distilled down to one simple element - the guy up there on stage, battering out the chords the way only he could. That's his legacy. And of course his classic songs are untouchable.
Rick at Christmas is mandatory from now on. Which is good, because Christmas is pish otherwise!
In Oz we’re GMT+11, so it’ll be 8am Christmas Day. For the past 2 years, at 7:55 am, I’ve made my way to the garage and cranked up Big Fat Mama... then cracked open an icy cold can of beer at 8am...only one mind you (ok then maybe a sneaky second one) as then, after that, I fire up the barbie and start cooking turkey and ham leg for the rest of the family coming over for lunch.
Tomorrow I reckon I’ll throw on Lonely Man. ‘Here’s to you Rick’
juansupposin: 21st September 91 at Wembley, the 45 min Guinness concert, probably not the best concert to start, only 45 min, I remeber thinking they will play longer because it was the last concert
May 30, 2020 10:16:34 GMT
coluquo: Ok hard to choose in the 21st but my vote goes to Liberty Lane and yes I acknowledge more poppythan classic rock!…
Jun 20, 2020 17:25:19 GMT
Deleted: granny: What! Become the English version of the democratic party? Maybe cummings is a democrat plant plotting a UK take over....
Jul 9, 2020 8:08:48 GMT
Wim Huijsman: Nice item for sale, for real Quo fans. Rick Parfitt`s telecaster. Very nicely aged Fender Tele 1972
Aug 1, 2020 14:48:06 GMT
lorenzo1971: I wonder if Spare Parts will chart..given it has 2000 copies being released?
Sept 19, 2020 20:38:18 GMT
backwater67: Paul Hirch filled in for Quo when Andy’s wife was unable to tour. Aquostic was a complete different project for Quo. I was referring to a standard regular live gig on stage with session guitarists. Jagger does still take the lead vocal.
Nov 3, 2020 15:32:56 GMT
backwater67: of which line up Quo are always a 4 or 5 piece band.
Nov 3, 2020 15:35:13 GMT
coluquo: Agreed every entry a classic....fantastic memories...
Dec 24, 2020 13:37:38 GMT
coluquo: 50 years ago 1971 What a year ..the release of DOG and the greatest FACup shock in history ...13thFebruary!!
Jan 14, 2021 13:18:29 GMT
Pajoe: Hi this is all new to me and i am not sure how it works but can i have a link to your Live Here & Now, PLEASE. Cheer's Pajoe. Quo fanatic since Hello LP. I have quite a few unofficial bootleg CD's am i allowed to share them on this board
Jan 19, 2021 1:15:50 GMT