Keith Richards: ‘drugs never did anything for my creativity’

October 25, 2015

The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards recently sat down with BBC Radio 4 and during the interview said there was no connection between drug use and creativity.


Richards told BBC Radio 4’s Kirsty Young, “I have never felt it did anything for my creativity. It kept me up a lot at nights looking for the stuff.”

He added: “It was something that I had to stop because I realised there are experiments that go on too long. Some people can handle things and other people can’t. If the drugs become more important than the music then you’ve lost the battle.”

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Richards also discussed playing a show just two hours after his 10 month old son Tara died in 1976, saying, “It was such a shock at the time especially… I’m getting a phone call in Paris and this happened in Geneva, and I thought, I’m going to go mad… unless I do this show tonight.”

“If I just sit here with this idea, I don’t know what I’ll do. Maybe it was just a sense of self-preservation… it was a rough, rough thing. I had a feeling this is a show and I must go on stage. I’ll worry and grieve and think about this all after the show.”

Guitarist and songwriter Keith Richards calls "Street Fighting Man" one of his favorite Rolling Stones songs.

Richards also sat down with Entertainment Weekly and said The Stones could start work on a new studio album next year, saying, “After we do South America in February and March [2016], I’d love to get in the studio in April. But I know what those guys are like. When they finish a tour, they don’t want to do nothing!”


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