Rick Parfitt made another TV appearance following his heart bypass operation, this time on the Channel 5 late-night chat show introduced by Scottish comedian Jack Docherty. He sported the famous black leather trousers and a long black trench coat, but looked quite well.
He talked about the events leading up to his operation and also gave a brief flash of his chest, showing how well his scar had healed already. He went on to describe the new lease of life the operation had given him and about how he was going about preparing for his return to live performances at Norwich in August.Revisit the July 1997 event list
With their second visit to Teddington School in the space of three months, '4 Bills and a Ben' again managed to draw a good crowd for some down-to-earth rock 'n' roll. A sticky Summer evening saw us gather around and outside the school hall with no real desire to enter the confines of the building until the 4 Bills took stage. However, after some prompting, at least some of us were persuaded to take a look at the support band. In their 40 minute set, they worked hard and gained appreciative applause for their efforts, with some local support giving them a much needed boost. A little more fresh air before the 4 Bills took centre stage at 10.10.....
It took all of, oh, five minutes for Warman and co. to warm up and the somewhat less-than-crowded dance floor took a little persuading to break into a sweat. With many repeat faces from their last venture to Teddington, the set was very familiar and delivered with enviable and customary energy and dedication. Rhino and Jeff looked in good shape, Rhino's new health drive was in evidence to those gathered early - a svelt figure burning rubber under pedal power! Indeed, most of us got to see a little more of Rhino than usual - after the usual break at the hour mark in their set, the 4 Bills returned, devoid of Edwards who (according to Warman) had sloped off to answer a call of nature. Rhino returned to huge applause (prompted by Warman as ever!), only to reward us with a moony (or, for the Aussies on the list, a brown eye) !! Another twenty minutes or so flowed easily before the school pulled the plug.
Another strong 4 Bills performance on a very warm and sticky Summer night. A slightly depleted crowd from usual, but those present enjoyed themselves and Mr Parfitt and Laura again popped in for a few songs.Revisit the July 1997 event list
In a special issue of The Mail On Sunday's review "Night & Day" to celebrate 30 years of Britpop, Rick and Francis were interviewed. The four page colour article included some archive photographs (both posed and live) plus a picture of Rick showing off his chest scar.
Introduced by way of "Two men, three chords and 30 years of unchanged melody. You name it, they've survived it: disco, punk, techno, drgs, heart surgery and a ban from Radio 1. Status Quo: Britrockers to the core." The interview concentrates on Quo's chequered history and captures the current mood of the front men.Revisit the July 1997 event list