Keith Richards Memoir Full Of Lies According to Bill Wyman
It is a busy time for Keith Richards and his Rolling Stones band-mates. Richards and his pals are currently in the U.S. and will play a show tomorrow, July 11, at the Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, New York. That show all but marks the 53rd anniversary of Richards first gig with the Stones, which took place at London’s Marquee club on July 12, 1962. Richards admits on the Rolling Stones website that he didn’t expect to live to be 50, much less still be part of the Rolling Stones.
Richards says “I didn’t expect to last until fifty myself, let alone with the Stones. It’s incredible, really. In that sense we’re still living on borrowed time.”
It seems that Richards and his pals are determined not to let age be a barrier. In addition to the current tour, the band announced this week that they are to launch what is believed to be the biggest ever art exhibition by a rock band. In a first for the band they will take over the entire Saatchi gallery on London’s trendy King’s Road for Exhibitionism, described as “the most comprehensive and immersive insight into a group described by critics as ‘The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band.'” The exhibition opens April 5, 2016, and runs until September.
The art exhibition is not the only big news surrounding Keith Richards this week. According to Billboard Richards hinted in a recent interview that he was ready to return to the studio. At the time, it was thought that Richards meant that some new material from the Stones might be in the offing. Not so. According to Vulture Magazine, Richards is to release his first solo album in almost a quarter of a century.
Richards’ solo effort will be called Crosseyed Heart, and it will be available September 18. The album showcases Richards’ take on reggae, blues, and rock and includes collaborations with some unlikely partners, including Norah Jones and Aaron Neville. Richards releases the first single from the album, “Trouble,” next week.
Back in 2010, Richards released a “tell all” memoir detailing his wild ways during the bands heyday in the 1970’s. Richards’ longtime band-mate Bill Wyman has cast doubt on the veracity of Richards stories. According to Contact Music, Wyman has told Mojo Magazine that he believes that the majority of Richards memoirs are exaggerated or simply not true at all.
Wyman says “never let the truth spoil a good story! I believe about half of it – and that’s pushing it!”
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