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GUEST,Roger the skiffler Rick ricked by RSI (13) Rick ricked by RSI 15 Nov 01


No, not that Rick, this one: an awful warning if you rely on too few chords?

Repetitive chord injury silences Quo guitarist
By Hugh Davies, Entertainment Correspondent (Filed: 15/11/2001)

RICK PARFITT'S strident belief in rock'n'roll's classic three-chord sequence, two if he can get away with it, as lead guitarist with Status Quo for 35 years finally caught up with him yesterday. He was diagnosed with repetitive strain injury.

The 53-year-old multi-millionaire musician, noted for his full volume approach to Down Down, The Wanderer and Rockin' All Over The World, was forced to cancel sold-out concerts in Grimsby and Leicester, part of the band's "Never Say Never" tour.

Rehearsing for Monday's performance in Carlisle, Parfitt found his elbow had become so inflamed that it too painful for him to play. A doctor found that he was suffering from RSI.

Parfitt is now receiving physiotherapy at Leicester City Football Club to get fit for Saturday's concert in Manchester. A spokesman for the band said: "Rick's injury comes from playing live energy shows all the time".

Parfitt said: "I'd just like to apologise to all our fans who have been disappointed. I feel absolutely terrible in letting them down at such short notice, but I couldn't move either my elbow or lower arm and it would have been impossible for me to play one chord, let alone three. I promise to make it up to our fans when the shows are rescheduled."

(c)Electronic Telegraph

RtS (the no-chord wonder)


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