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Well, it's more of a "cutting back" than a full-on quitting. In a new Rolling Stone interview out today, Keith Richards says he's quit drinking. Wait, what? I thought that was the magic mojo that's kept him going all these years. Richards says:
“It’s been about a year now. I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it.” While he did admit that he still enjoys “a glass of wine occasionally, and a beer,” he insisted, “It was time to quit. Just like all the other stuff. But I don’t notice any difference really – except for I don’t drink. I wasn’t feeling [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore.”
His partner in guitar-crime Ronnie Wood, who's been sober, himself for about eight years has been a source of support and went on to say:
“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 realized that.”
So how has it affected their live shows? Keef said “It was interesting to play sober,” a feeling that Wood further expanded upon.
“We’re weaving [guitar parts] a lot more conscientiously now,” he adds. “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?”
Read the full interview HERE.