Keith Richards has a lot of life left in him. The iconic Rolling Stones guitarist has been in constant action for more than half a century, either on stage, in the studio, or just being the inextinguishable “Keef”. And he’s not prepared to give it a break just yet.
“I’m trying to get the Stones into the studio,” Richards tells EW. “But I don’t quite honestly see it happen this year. After we do South America in February and March, I’d love to get in the studio in April. But I know what those guys are like. When they finish a tour, they don’t want to do nothing!”
The 71-year-old guitarist and singer has a lot on his plate. He’s currently in full promo-mode in support of his solo album Crosseyed Heart, which drops Sept. 18 on Republic Records. And he’s the subject of a new Netflix documentary called Keith Richards: Under the Influence, which is released on the same day.
The Stones’ latest gargantuan touring schedule has done impressive business, Billboard recently reported. The Zip Code stadium tour of North America wrapped in mid-July with $109.7 million grossed from 14 concerts. Adding worldwide ticket sales from the 50 & Counting tour (2012-2013) and last year’s 14 On Fire trek, the band’s overall concert grosses during the past 33 months top $401 million with 1.8 million fans in attendance at 62 shows…not including festival appearances. South America shows will push that figure toward the $500 million milestone.
Whether or not the band hits the studio next year to record a follow-up to 2005’s A Bigger Bang, the Stones won’t lose any steam. A career-spanning, museum-style display of Stones artifacts and memorabilia will kick off in April for a three month stretch at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Exhibitionism will then travel the world and will hit at least 11 other cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
Crosseyed Heart is Richards’ first solo album since 1992’s Main Offender. Richards shared the album track “Trouble” back in mid-July.