In a new cover story for WSJ Magazine‘s Men’s Style issue, Keith Richards dished out lines about Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger (calling him a “randy old bastard” and saying it’s “time for the snip” after his eighth child) and called himself an opinionated bastard while sharing his thoughts on Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and more.
Richards has since apologized for the Jagger comments, saying in a statement, “I deeply regret the comments I made about Mick in the WSJ which were completely out of line. I have of course apologized to him in person.”
The guys are about to hit the road again, announcing their first U.K. tour in 13 years: an 11-city tour starting in May.
Check out excerpts from Richards’ interview below and read the full WSJ Magazine interview here.
Keith Richards on The Rolling Stones’ new album:
“I’m going to sound like Trump — ‘It will happen; don’t worry about it’ — but it’s in the early stages,” he says. “We have some stuff down, which is very interesting,”
Keith Richards on Mick Jagger:
“Mick’s a randy old bastard,” Richards says about his writing partner becoming a father for the eighth time just over a year ago, at age 73. “It’s time for the snip — you can’t be a father at that age. Those poor kids!”
“Mick and I would have spats anyway, no matter what I said in the book, and I left a lot out,” he says. But, he adds, “Mick and I live off of this fire between us. It’s been up and downhill, but if I’m talking about The Rolling Stones, there ain’t a frontman like Jagger. Don’t matter how many bones you want to pick out of him, he’s amazing to work with.”
Keith Richards on pop music’s new stars:
Ed Sheeran gets his passing approval. Taylor Swift? “Good luck, girl — wish her well while it lasts.”
“I’ve just been around too long to be picking the bones out of kids. It wouldn’t be fair of me, and I’ve always been an opinionated bastard anyway.”
“Lady Gaga’s good; she’s got real talent,” he says, comparing her to another recent favorite, Amy Winehouse. “Hey, if Tony Bennett likes her, how are you going to argue with Mr. Bennett?”
Keith Richards on the new tour:
“I think the band is sounding better than it ever has,” he says. “Does it matter now? To us, it does. Some nights we’re better than others, of course, but all I know about this damn band is that they always want to make it better than the night before. And that’s one of the things that keeps us going. I actually wanted four or five more shows — it stopped just as we were peaking.”
“It’s more time with the old lady,” he says. “She’s always with me — ‘I can’t let you out by yourself!’ I need all the support I can get, and the old lady is numero uno support.”
Keith Richards on songwriting:
“You wake up in the middle of the night with a couple of notes in your head, and you’ve got to get out of bed and figure it out. It’s like being incontinent — either you’ve got to take a pee, or you’ve got to lay this little line down. So you get up, go to the piano or the guitar and hope it sticks. I don’t record shit. If I don’t remember it, it’s no good. I’ll wait for the wife or one of the daughters and see if they start to sing it without knowing it.”