Keith Richards said Paul McCartney wrote to him after a little war of words broke out over his description of the Rolling Stones as a “blues cover band”.
Last year the New Yorker quoted former Beatle McCartney as saying, “I’m not sure I should say this, but it’s a blues cover band, it’s kind of what the Stones are. … I think our net was cast a little wider than theirs. This led to Mick Jagger reacting during a Stones show by telling the crowd, “Paul McCartney is here. He’s going to help – he’s going to join us in a blues cover later.
In a new interview with rolling stone, Richards noted that he “got a note from Paul about it, saying, ‘I was totally taken out of context.’ heard for the first time here.’ And the next day I got a message from Paul saying, ‘If you read that shit, it’s all out of context, believe me, boys.'” He described McCartney as an ‘awesome guy’, adding, ” I mean…look at the songs he wrote.
In the same interview, Richards confirmed that Charlie Watts died before completing work on the Stones’ current album project and that drummer replacement Steve Jordan would take over studio duties if recording continued.
“We still have a lot of Charlie Watts stuff in the box,” he explained. “We were halfway through making an album when he died. … Of course, if we’re going to keep recording, we’re going to need drums, and that’s going to be Steve Jordan. He remembers being scared to tour without Watts when it was revealed he had been too ill to hit the road with his bandmates for six decades: “I was [like], ‘Oh, I can’t do this without Charlie.’ But Charlie said to me, ‘You can do it with Steve. He can take my place anytime. And he convinced me. … Damn, I loved that man.
Reflecting on the Stones’ upcoming 60th anniversary tour, Richards remarked, “Who can understand 60 fucking years? Everything seems impossible, it’s been so long.
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