Keith Richards: The Rolling Stones want to stay together – Music News
Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones’ longevity comes down to always wanting to be in a band together.
The ‘Start Me Up’ rockers kicked off their ‘SIXTY’ anniversary tour at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Spain on Wednesday night (01.06.22), and the guitar legend reflected on why he thinks the Stones held on for six decades.
He told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “Life is just too interesting to die. Everything I wanted to do had to be done – I couldn’t let go. And hey, there was just an awful lot of cocaine involved.
“Sixty years is quite a long time. How do you do this?
“I think the most important thing is that the band members want to stick together. That helps!
“We had ups and downs, of course. But in the end, we always noticed that we are more creative together.
“And, of course, through these – my God! — six decades, you got used to each other.
“The thing about being part of a well-rehearsed group is knowing the others so well that you can predict to some degree what’s going to happen next.”
The epic opening night saw Sir Mick Jagger, 78, Ronnie Wood, 75, Keith and 65-year-old drummer Steve Jordan navigate the 19-song list with ease.
A special tribute to the late stickman Charlie Watts, who died aged 80 in 2021, began the show with a video montage played during “Street Fighting Man.”
Singer Mick, 78, recently admitted that he misses his late bandmate every time he goes on stage or rehearses.
He said: “I don’t really expect him to be there anymore if I turn around during a show. But I do think of him. Not just during rehearsals or on stage, but in other ways too. I would have phoned him got up and talked about the Arsenal game last night because he supported Tottenham and I am Arsenal I miss him as a player and as a friend.
About halfway through the ride, the band “Paint it Black” will play two nights at London’s American Express presents BST Hyde Park on June 25 and July 3.
The race ends in Stockholm, Sweden on July 31.