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Richie Malone (born 18 March 1986) is an Irish musician who plays rhythm guitar for English rock band Status Quo. Malone first played with the band in July 2016, when previous guitarist Rick Parfitt was no longer able to tour due to a heart attack. Parfitt died in December 2016, and Malone became his permanent replacement.

Richie Malone
Richie Malone, Raalte, the Netherlands, 2018-05-19.jpg
Performing with Status Quo in Raalte, May 19, 2018
Background information
Born (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 32)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active2000s–present
Associated actsRAID, Status Quo



Malone was the frontman of RAID, a rock band based in Dublin.[1][2] He was a fan of Status Quo through his father, first seeing them live in concert in 1999. He was particularly a fan of rhythm guitarist Rick Parfitt, emulating his playing style from a young age, and travelling to England in order to have a replica of Parfitt's trademark white 1965 Fender Telecaster made.[3]

Rick was just everything I admired – his stage presence, his guitar playing, even his hair. I had long curly blond hair myself for a while but now it’s short which is better, since I don’t want to try to imitate him.

— Richie Malone, AntiHero Magazine, December 03, 2016

Malone met the band a number of times backstage after concerts, and became close friends with them. In June 2016 whilst touring with Status Quo on their "Last of the Electrics" tour, Parfitt suffered a severe heart attack, and was unable to finish the tour. Malone was selected to substitute for Parfitt for gigs in Belgium and Edinburgh in July, before Freddie Edwards, the son of Status Quo bassist John "Rhino" Edwards, took over.[4][5] Malone would fill in for Parfitt again for concerts in later 2016. Parfitt died on 24 December 2016, and Richie Malone became the band's new rhythm guitarist, and will tour with the band for the remainder of their "Last of the Electrics" tour.[6]


Malone uses three Telecasters and two Mayson acoustic guitars on tour with Status Quo. The first Telecaster is a custom built by Mike Smith designed by Malone himself with .13-56 strings called the "AC Cobra". The second is a replica of his predecessor Rick Parfitt's white Telecaster built by Mike Smith also with .13-56 strings, which was a birthday present from his father Karl, and which Malone has reportedly played at every gig since he was 21. The third is a Fender American Special with 11-.49 strings, used for performances of "Hold You Back".[7] The Mayson acoustics are a DM5SCE and an MS7SCE, both with LR Baggs Anthem pickups.

Personal lifeEdit

Malone is married to Jessica, and the pair have three daughters.[8] When not touring, he works as a project engineer for a system integration company, and, according to the band's official website, enjoys running, swimming and sightseeing, and is a supporter of football team Chelsea F.C..[9]


  1. ^ "RAID". Archived from the original on 27 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Dubliner lives out childhood dream after joining rock band Status Quo". 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  3. ^ "Interview: Richie Malone of STATUS QUO". 2016-12-03. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  4. ^ "Status Quo call on Irish guitarist to replace Rick Parfitt". 2016-07-25. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  5. ^ "Status Quo's Rick Parfitt treated after 'heart attack' – BBC News". Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  6. ^ "Status Quo band members". February 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  7. ^ "Status Quo band members". February 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  8. ^ "Dubliner lives out childhood dream after joining rock band Status Quo". 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  9. ^ "Status Quo band members". February 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-26.