Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are picking up the full expenses of electric blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin's funeral. Sumlin, the guitarist for Howlin' Wolf, passed away of heart failure on Dec. 4 and was one of the last great Chicago blues artists. Sumlin was a formative influence on the Rolling Stones -- particularly Richards, who played on Sumlin's 'About Them Shoes,' released in 2006.
They might be the Glimmer Twins, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have never gone too long without being at each others' throats -- and these days, their latest row is threatening to scupper plans for a 50th anniversary celebration for the Rolling Stones. There's still a chance that things could work out, however -- and fans should know more after Jagger and Richards meet up to try and iron out their differences next month.
With the Rolling Stones getting ready to release a remastered and expanded edition of their 1978 album 'Some Girls' next week, Stones guitarist and all-around rock raconteur Keith Richards is in a reflective mood -- as evidenced by his recent interview with Spinner, which found him talking about his experiences during the original sessions, what fans can expect from the band's 50th anniversary next year, and a whole lot more.
Tom Waits reveres Keith Richards -- "there's nobody in the world like him," the eccentric singer-songwriter says of the Rolling Stones guitarist -- so when Waits began to pen songs for his new album, 'Bad as Me,' he recruited Richards to co-write some tunes. None turned up on the final product, though -- perhaps because neither could actually remember the music that they had improvised together.
As if being a revered guitarist in one of the most important and beloved rock bands of all time isn't enough of a career accolade, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is now the recipient of the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography. The guitarist/author picked up the award for his best-selling memoir, 'Life,' which was released last year.
Keith Richards and actor Johnny Depp, who became buddies when they teamed up on the silver screen in the 2007 film 'The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,' apparently had such a blast they did an impromptu live performance at an after party celebrating new film 'The Rum Diary' held last week at a New York hotel, reports Paste magazine.
Keith Richards has taught the rock world an important lesson: make fun of your lead singer's little lead singer and you'll be on the outside looking in at future celebratory gatherings. The Rolling Stones' guitarist did that and called Mick Jagger "unbearable" in his book 'Life,' and now Jagger is seemingly retaliating by not letting Richards come to the band's 50th anniversary celebration.