July 10, 1994 |
With most rock bands, there is a single party line when it comes to interviews--as if every member sits down ahead of time and agrees on how to tell the story. With the Rolling Stones, however, there is usually the Mick Jagger line and the Keith Richards line. In the mid- and late '80s, when there were tensions between Jagger and Richards over the future of the band, you could understand how these two old chums saw things differently.
January 25, 1993 |
At an age that few fans once even imagined he'd ever live to see, Keith Richards received a standing ovation Saturday night at the Universal Amphitheatre for just walking on stage. And survival is worth celebrating, especially given all the former excesses in the life of the man who virtually defined the concept of renegade rock guitarist. But Richards, 49, refuses to rest on his laurels.
October 15, 1992 |
Disarmingly candid, charmingly cantankerous and yet not at all impolite, Keith Richards--who, with the rest of the Rolling Stones, last year signed a mammoth deal with Virgin Records--is probably the wealthiest man alive with whom even the lowliest commoner would feel completely at home in a smoke-filled beer bar. Not that commoners or anyone else are likely to spot Richards, 48, hanging out much these days.
February 16, 1992 |
"The Stones at the IMAX" it ain't. And that ain't bad. This hourlong video document of a single concert from Richards' only tour as a solo artist, like the Keefer-man's own timeworn visage, isn't much to look at. Ostensibly shot strictly for his personal archives on low-budget 16 millimeter and finally unvaulted by popular demand, it's competently shot and almost inert by today's concert-vid standards.
January 25, 1992 |
Lots of musicians would consider it a career highlight to play with a musical legend, but pianist Johnnie Johnson has done it at opposite ends of a 40-plus-year career. In 1952, he hired a local singer-guitarist in St. Louis to fill out his trio for a New Year's Eve show: Chuck Berry. In late 1990, he recorded his first major-label album, "Johnnie B. Bad," for Elektra's American Explorer series, and a couple of rock guitarists pitched in: Keith Richards and Eric Clapton.
March 31, 1991
If there's anything as certain as a live album after a Rolling Stones tour, it's another round of interviews by Mick and Keith to promote the album. In contrast to the increasingly reclusive nature of such American superstar-class pop and rock stars as Michael (Billion Dollar) Jackson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Prince, the Stones continue to hit the publicity trail.
July 11, 1990 |
The Rolling Stones canceled a concert in Wales tonight because lead guitarist Keith Richards has an infected finger. "The decision to cancel was apparently only made at midnight when Keith consulted doctors. His septic finger was too bad for him to play," said Stones' spokesman Neil Friedman. A crowd of 30,000 was expected at Cardiff Arms Park, the city's national rugby stadium, as part of the band's Urban Jungle tour of Europe.
February 11, 1990 |
This beggar's banquet of performances, new and old interviews, newsreels, home movies et al certainly spans the ages. When it starts, Keith looks like Alfalfa, and, at the end (last year), Charlie looks like his own grandfather.