Keith Richards Slams Pretty Much Everyone

'Rolling Stones' guitarist has words for rock and roll, metal, rap...
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2015 10:56 AM CDT
Keith Richards Slams Pretty Much Everyone
In this May 24 file photo, Keith Richards performs at The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour opening night in San Diego, Calif.   (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Keith Richards, tell us what you really think. The Rolling Stones guitarist didn't hold back during a recent interview with the New York Daily News:

  • On rock and roll (presumably, rock and roll not played by the Rolling Stones): "It sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."
  • On heavy metal: "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes."

  • On rap: "Rap—so many words, so little said. What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another."
  • On Mick Jagger being a snob: "I'll reinforce that. His daughter, Georgia Mae, was sitting around in my room and she said, 'Oh, you know what dad's like. He's such a snob.' He can come off that way even to me and the rest of the band. He comes on the plane and doesn’t say, ‘Hey mate.' He’s preoccupied with something really boring. He's a control freak. He likes to know everything that's going on. He lost himself a bit in the details." (But "I still love him dearly," he adds.)
Click for the full interview, which Richards did in anticipation of his Sept. 18 solo album release. (Or check out what Richards once had to say about Jagger's "todger.")

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