Seemingly immortal rock legend Keith Richards has admitted he barely drinks anymore.
Other than the odd glass of beer or wine, Richards told Rolling Stone he hasn’t touched booze for about a year.
“I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it.”
In fact, during the Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour of Europe earlier this year, the 74-year-old guitarist noted that it was “interesting to play sober.”
“It was time to quit,” he said.
“Just like all the other stuff. … I don’t notice any difference really – except for I don’t drink. I wasn’t feeling [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore.”
Bandmate Ron Wood, who has been sober since 2010, said Richards has since become “a pleasure to work with.”
“I think the Keith that we used to know and love had this cut-off point where if he had one more, he’d go over the top and he’d be nasty,” Wood said.
“The cut-off point became shorter and shorter, and he realised that.”
Now, Wood says that Richards is much more mellow.
“He’s open to more ideas, whereas before I’d kind of grit my teeth and go, ‘He’s gonna give me some shit for saying this.’ Now he’ll say, ‘That’s cool, man.’”
Wood also added that he’s noticed a dramatic improvement in their onstage dynamic.
“We’re weaving [guitar parts] a lot more conscientiously now,” he said.
“We’re much more aware of the gaps and the spaces between. We’re in our seventies, but we’re still rocking like we’re 40-year-olds, you know?”