Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 No-Holds-Barred Topics for Keith Richards

Keith Richards may be an English gentleman in many respects, but he's no bullshit artist. When The Rolling Stones legend sat down with Billboard to discuss his raw, straight-from-the-gut third solo album, Crosseyed Heart, he shared his blunt, often surprising feelings about his life and the world in 2015. Richards touches on politics, drugs (something he's linked to as often as Mick Jagger in pop culture) and a classic rock band he really does not enjoy (hint: they recently kinda-sorta called it a day).

Ahead of Billboard's Keith Richards cover story, out Thursday, Sept. 10, here are five topics Keef doesn’t hold back on.


"Love my weed. Unashamedly a fan. A piece of good hashish now and again," Richards tells Billboard. "But these new ones, the Xanax? I’m not there with that."


"I like a good gun. I have a shotgun and a nice little antique thing that [producer-musician] Don Was gave me," he shares. "But I don’t keep them around the house because I’ve got kids and grandkids running around."

Donald Trump

"I do find him refreshing. He’s cut through a lot of crap, and eventually ... well, can you imagine President Trump? The worst nightmare."

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The Grateful Dead

"The Grateful Dead is where everybody got it wrong,” Richards says. “Just poodling about for hours and hours. Jerry Garcia, boring shit, man. Sorry, Jerry.”

Race in America

"I don’t think you can heal racism with the stroke of a pen. Or even with a generation or two. It has to come organically, really. All I know is that I’ve had more fun with black people than with white people."

Read Keith Richards' full Billboard cover story when it's out Thursday, Sept. 10.


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