Born: 12th October, 1948.
From: Woking, Surrey.
Now Lives: Spain and South West London.
Personal: Four children from three marriages.
Remarried - August 2006.
Plays: Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting.
Rick is one of Englands' greatest rhythm guitarists, his rock solid style has always been the core of the Quo sound.
Also known as 'The Womorr' (The Wild Old Man Of Rock and Roll) , he has written some of Quo's most memorable songs including '"Whatever You Want", "Backwater" "Living on an Island"' and "Rain". If you've seen Quo live you'll know the rush you get when Rick steps up to the front of the stage and hammers out the intro to 'Caroline' or 'Paper Plane'.
The enduring partnership of Rossi and Parfitt is the thing that keeps Quo rocking and even though they are very different characters, after more than 40 years together they are still the best of mates. Once known as the 'Wild Man' of rock, Rick insists that he has now learned to relax and now is a 'Mild Man' of rock.
The white Fender Telecaster that is Rick's main guitar is a 1965 model with all the original Fender pickups and parts except for the bridge which has been changed to a Badass bridge, because he attacks the guitar and plays so hard he would tear his wrist on a normal Telecaster bridge.
The gauge of the strings Rick uses are: .14 .17 .26w .36w 46w 56w. (these are heavy gauge strings!)
He also uses an original Gibson SG which is tuned to an E chord. Both Rick and Francis use a number of open tunings and capos in the Quo set, between them they have 18 Guitars on the road.
Apart from the famous two Telecasters, They also use a 1981 Zemaitus for 'Forty Five Hundred Times' tuned to a B tuning with a .60 gauge bottom E string, a Schecter, a Fender Esquire that Rick uses on the medley tuned to G,G,D,G, B, D with a capo on the second fret, a Giffin and a Chet Atkins Acoustic used for 'Gerdundula'.
For 'Whatever you Want' Rick and Francis use a normal tuning but with the bottom E string tuned down to a D.
As Francis, Rick uses two 4x12" 8 ohm Marshall cabinets, a 100 watt JCM 800 Lead Series amp and sometimes a JCM 900. For effects, Rick also uses a Roland GP8 signal processor, which has three different chorus/flange settings and three overdrive settings.
Like Francis, Rick also uses a Vox AC30 which is fed out to the front system and mixed with the Marshalls.