The lyric video has premiered for the Rick Parfitt single ‘Long Distance Love’.
Featuring guitar from Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme, the song is the second offshoot to be lifted from Rick Parfitt’s upcoming posthumous debut solo album ‘Over & Out’, which is released on Friday 23rd March via earMUSIC.
Commenting on replicating Rick’s guitar lines, Chris said: “Take it from me, it was harder than anyone would imagine. Rick’s strength as a player was his immediately recognisable style; very staccato, like his left hand was constantly bouncing off the strings.
“It’s very hard to do, and I’ve never seen anyone else do it quite like him. But then, there never was anyone quite like Rick.”
‘Long Distance Love’ was penned by John David, who also wrote the Status Quo songs ‘Rollin' Home’, ‘Red Sky’, ‘I Didn't Mean It’, ‘The Party Ain't Over Yet’ and ‘All That Counts Is Love.’
The space-themed video features photos of Rick perfoming live alongside various galactic imagery. Cast your eyes on it here:
Unknown to almost everyone, Rick recorded much of his debut solo album whilst undergoing a period of recuperation after his heart attack in Turkey in June 2016.
Rick had finished all the vocals and guitar parts before he passed away on Christmas Eve 2016, however further musicians were drafted in to complete the record following his death including Queen’s Brian May, Rick Parfitt Jnr, John “Rhino” Edwards, Alan Lancaster and the aforementioned Chris Wolstenholme.
Speaking about his appearance on album opener ‘Twinkletoes’, Brian May said: “The track has all the wonderful innocence and charm that were Parfitt's hallmarks.
“We're all sad that he was taken away from us too soon - but this track and this album will be a great testament to his life and work. Parfitt was born to Rock!! Rock on Rick!”
Great friends with the late-great Rick, Brian previously guested on Status Quo’s version of ‘Raining In My Heart’, made famous by Buddy Holly, on the band’s 1996 covers album ‘Don’t Stop’. Status Quo also toured with Queen in 1986.
The ‘Over & Out’ track-listing is as follows:
2. Lonesome Road
3. Over And Out
4. When I Was Fallin In Love
5. Fight For Every Heartbeat
6. Without You
7. Long Distance Love
8. Everybody Knows How To Fly
9. Lock Myself Away
Fans who pre-order the album receive ‘Long Distance Love’ as an instant grat download. Listen to the poignant lead single ‘Without You’ here: