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Keith Richards two years off drinking – “It was interesting to play sober”

Keith Richards has now spent two years off drinking, saying that it was an interesting challenge to play sober for once in his life.


Keith Richards
Keith Richards has outwardly stated that he is now off drinking. After a year of being sober, he’s now fed up with alcohol and living out the rock and roll life that is expected of him.

Once upon a time, actor Johnny Depp once declared that his slurry-worded character Jack Sparrow on Pirates of the Caribbean was loosely based on The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. Now, however, Richards has admitted to giving up drinking.

Richards sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine about how the 2019 North American Rolling Stones tour will be different than the others.

Keith Richards has been off heavy drinking for almost a year now, and admits it’s now a different experience when he performs live.

“It’s been about a year now. I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it,” Richards says of drinking. “I don’t notice any difference really – except for I don’t drink… I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore.”

But in true Keith Richards fashion, he admits, he’ll still have a glass of wine or a beer now or then.

“It was interesting to play sober,” Richards says, who is known for living the so-called rock-and-roll lifestyle.

Rolling Stones Bandmate Ronnie Wood says, “We’re much more aware of the gaps and the spaces between. We’re in our seventies, but we’re still rocking like we’re 40-year-olds, you know?” 

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“[He’s] much more mellow [now],” Wood says, “He’s open to more ideas whereas before I’d kind of grit my teeth and go, ‘He’s gonna give me some shit for saying this.’ Now, he’ll say, ‘That’s cool, man.’”

Wood also added, “It just wasn’t working anymore, you know. I think the Keith that we used to know and love had this cutoff point where if he had one more, he’d go over the top and he’d be nasty. The cutoff point became shorter and shorter, you know, and he realised that.”

The Rolling Stones is currently working on an LP, their first since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.

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