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Keith Richards shrugs off drugs and regrets Mick snip quip

By | Published on Thursday 1 March 2018

The Rolling Stones

With the Rolling Stones’ first UK tour in over a decade announced earlier this week, the interviews with individual band members are rolling in. Slowly, we’re building up a picture of all the things they’re not fussed about. For Charlie Watts, for instance, it’s the Rolling Stones. While for Keith Richards, it’s all these drugs they have now.

“Drugs are not interesting these days”, he tells the Telegraph. “They are very institutionalised and bland. And, anyway, I’ve done em all”.

He goes on to describe sobriety as “novel”, which it turns out is a pretty accurate description. When he says he’s not interested in doing drugs anymore, he means he’s not had any since Christmas.

“I’m not saying I’m definitely off all of this stuff”, he continues. “In six months’ time, I might be on it again. But at the moment, for a couple of months, I haven’t touched it”.

One thing that hasn’t changed is that he’s still making digs at Mick Jagger. Although something that is different now that he’s stopped taking drugs is that he’s feeling regret afterwards. In a Wall Street Journal interview earlier this week, Richards suggested that his bandmate should have a vasectomy – Jagger having had his eighth child aged 72 in 2016.

“Mick’s a randy old bastard”, said Richards. “It’s time for the snip – you can’t be a father at that age. Those poor kids!”

He’s since reconsidered, and decided that you can be a father at that age, tweeting yesterday: “I deeply regret the comments I made about Mick in the WSJ which were completely out of line. I have of course apologised to him in person”.