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Keith Richards, known for its hedonism, as he is for his guitar riffs, is sober.
“It’s about a year now,” Richards, 74, told Rolling Stone. “I pulled the plug. I was fed up with it … It was time to stop, like all other things.”
Richards clarified that he is not a teetotaler and that he has an occasional glass of wine or a beer, but nothing too much.
The “Gimme Shelter” rocker admitted that it is an adaptation, but said: “I don’t notice any difference really — except I don’t drink. I didn’t feel [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want more.”
Fellow Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, who got sober in 2010, is happy for Richards’ progress.
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“It just wasn’t working anymore, you know? I think that the Keith we know and love had this cutoff point where he had more, he would not go over the top and he would be nasty,” Wood, 71, said. “The cutoff point was shorter and shorter, you know, and he realized that.”
Wood added of the new, sober Woman, “He is a pleasure to work with, much more mellow. He is open to ideas, whereas I want to kind of grit my teeth and go,’ He’s gonna give me some s—t to say.’ Now, he will say, ” That’s cool, man.” “
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“We weave [guitar parts] a lot more careful now,” Woo added. “We are much more aware of the gaps and the spaces between. We are in our seventies, but we are still rocking as we the 40-year-olds, you know?”
Wood’s own sobriety, helped him to with a number of recent important events in his life, like the birth of two daughters, Gracie and Alice in 2016 and a cancer scare earlier this year.
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“I had the good fortune to be on the car when I did that and was ready for the stuff that came to me, cancer and all that. Luckily, everything was in one place and I had it removed. I have my life again — I got a second chance, and my little girls, and my life is so much better,” he said. “I think that Keith is seeing that kind of stuff. And then he went on the beers for a while, he cut down slowly, and now, you know, wish him much success. If he’s gonna keep it up, I will be there, full support.”