This Day In Rock. The Rolling Stones
Forget the sex and drugs. Only rock'n'roll can still get Keith Richards up in the morning! Happy birthday Keith!
"The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father", Richards reportedly told the U.K.'s New Musical Express in 2007. "He was cremated, and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow". In response to anyone who might've been offended, Richards said, "My dad wouldn't have cared, he didn't give a shit".
Richards has almost died many times, but there's one close call he says is his "most spectacular": On December 3rd, 1965, while playing "The Last Time" in front of 5,000 fans at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California, his guitar touched his microphone stand, a flame shot out, and Richards dropped to the ground, unconscious. He was carried out with oxygen tubes and rushed to the hospital. He was back onstage the next night.
There's one LSD trip in particular Richards regards as truly special. After meeting up with John Lennon one day, the pair embarked on what the Stones guitarist described as an "acid-fueled road trip" over the course of two or three days that took them to the English towns of Torquay and Lyme Regis. Years later, when Lennon and Richards met up in New York, Keith recalls the ex-Beatle asking, "What happened on that trip?".
In 1972, on a tour stop in Chicago, Richards and saxophonist Bobby Keys were invited to stay at the Playboy Mansion by Hugh Hefner and nearly set it ablaze while doing drugs in a bathroom. "Bobby says, 'It's smoky in here,'" "And then a little later there's a thumping at the door, waiters and guys in black suits bringing buckets of water. They get the door open, and we're sitting on the floor, our eyeballs very pinned.”. The house was saved, but, as Richards notes, Hefner would relocate the Playboy Mansion to Los Angeles.
In 2014 Richards appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where the host asked him about an infamous instance in which rock & roll legend Chuck Berry allegedly punched Richards in the face. "I was back in a dressing room", Richards said. "He went up to collect the money, I think. His guitar was laid out in its case like, 'Aw, c'mon, Keith,' you know, 'just a touch”. When Richards picked up the instrument and innocently strummed an E chord, Berry came in yelling, "Nobody touches my guitar" and promptly slugged Richards in the face.