The story of how Keith Richards met Mick Jagger at the Dartford train station is one of the most frequently told stories in rock history. Today (April 11), a letter from Richards, then 18, to his Aunt Patty describing the Rolling Stones' earliest days was posted on the Letters Of Note website.
They may not be touring to celebrate their 50th anniversary, but the Rolling Stones are still marking the occasion -- fans can sing 'Happy Birthday' to the band while leafing through the pages of a deluxe coffee table book commemorating their career, and there's also a new documentary on the way. In an interview conducted for the film that was recently published by Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards reflected on their long partnership -- and seemed to bury the hatchet in their latest public spat.
It's often been said that the only two things that will survive a nuclear war are cockroaches and Keith Richards. However, it's possible that the Rolling Stones guitarist might not be in good enough health to tour in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary this year, as had been reported last month.
When you've toured as much as the Rolling Stones, it can be really hard to differentiate one show from another. But the band's gig on Dec. 18, 1981, in Hampton, Virginia — now available as 'Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981),' the second official Stones concert bootleg — was certainly memorable for Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.
While we wait for definitive word on whether the Rolling Stones will celebrate their 50th anniversary by going on tour this year, we can content ourselves with the band's ongoing series of 'official bootleg' releases -- and at least one of the band members is hitting the stage in the near future: Keith Richards, who's performing at a benefit in honor of recently deceased guitar legend Hubert Sumlin.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is currently recovering from surgery. But before you get all worried about the legendary axeman and his health, realize that he underwent a relatively minor and routine procedure -- having laser eye surgery to correct his deteriorating vision. At 68 years of age, Richards, now also a best-selling author, had been dealing with his vision breaking down for quite some time now.