In a conversation with Rolling Stone, Keith Richars explained why the Rolling Stones are still touring and talked about the progress of the band’s next album, which will be the first unreleased since A Bigger Bang in 2005.
After a period of pause in the production of the new album, the guitarist revealed that the legendary group is ready to return to the studio and finalize the work. “Sometimes, to cut things up, listening to what has already been written is as important as composing,” he said.
Richards also said that he used the period between Christmas and New Year to assess what he had composed. “It’s like working in a woodwork”.
The Stones’ time in the studio, however, will be limited. In April, the band embarks on the No Filter tour, which will travel the United States and will be the first in five years.
When asked about the experience of still playing for thousands of people after all this time, at age 75, the musician replied not to be tired. On the contrary, to be on tour for him means to do what he loves most.
Recently, the English musician also revealed that he stopped drinking. “It’s been a year,” he said. “I stopped. I got tired of it.” But, he admits that sometimes he still drinks “a glass of wine, or a beer.”
It is a great step for someone whose hedonism was a key part of the myth built around them. “It was time to leave,” he confesses. “Just like all other things,” he says.
Was it a correction in the life of Keith Richards? “You can call it that, yes,” he said with a laugh. “But I do not notice any big difference – except for the fact that I do not drink. I was not feeling [right]. I made it. I did not want any more.”