Keith Richards is a legendary musician who best-known for the time he spent in The Rolling Stones, but the rocker is still going strong at 75 y.o. Though he has spent a lot of his life in the limelight, there are still some interesting facts about the legend that have slipped through the cracks. Here, MusicSnake Magazine presents our list of twelve facts you probably didn’t know about Keith Richards.
Number One: Keith Richards Was a Boy Scout. Though you might think of Keith Richards as a cool rocker guy, he actually was a Boy Scout when he was growing up. He said, “It was mainly a chance to swagger around with a knife on your belt.”
Number Two: The Musician Never Makes the First Move With Women. He has written that, in regards to approaching women, “I just don’t know how to do it. I’m tongue-tied.” Apparently, he seduces women by creating an environment of “insufferable tension.”
Number Three: His X-Ray Dressing Room. While on tour, each member of the Stones would get his own dressing room. Keith Richards decided to name his “Camp X-Ray” which appears to be a Guantanamo Bay reference.
Number Four: The Artist Drinks Nuclear Waste. Keith is well-versed in booze, but his drink of choice is quite interesting. The man likes to mix two ounces of vodka with one ounce of orange soda and plenty of ice.
Number Five: Keith Is Crazy About Shepherd’s Pie. According to Mick Jagger, there were 2 rules for when the Rolling Stones went on tour. The first rule is that nobody plays on the snooker table unless he has been asked, and the second: “…you never, ever, take the shepherd’s pie unless Keith Richards has broken the crust first.”
Number Six: The Legend Was Part of a Pirate Nation. The musician has described the plane the Stones used to get around as “a pirate nation,” and his flag was the iconic tongue.
Number Seven: Richards Used to Live in a Nazi Mansion. The place where Richards and Anita Pallenberg moved in France was actually a local Gestapo headquarters during WWII. When the two arrived, swastikas still adorned the radiators.
Number Eight: He Has Been Musically Adept Since Age 3. He claims that he first felt an attraction to music when he was just 3 y.o. Keith began appreciating classic artists like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn.
Number Nine: The Musician Enjoys Hugs. Apparently, he would rather hug and kiss than do anything else. The artist has written that he would go to bed with a woman just for the company.
Number Ten: He Once Mistook Police for Uniformed Dwarves. During the ’67 Redlands drug bust, he was extremely high on LSD and actually thought the police officers who came to his home were uniformed dwarves.
Number Eleven: The Artist Almost Burned Down the Playboy Mansion. Richards and saxophone player Bobby Keys accidentally set a bathroom in the Playboy mansion on fire at a party in the 70’s. The man was so drugged up that he didn’t realize what was going on when the mansion’s staff broke into the bathroom.
Number Twelve: The Man Likes the Sound of a Flushing Toilet. When the Rolling Stones first started playing together, they created a makeshift recording studio out of a bathroom. The band did this not because of the acoustics, but because Richards thought the sound of a toilet flushing mimicked applause.
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