Now that was an invitation I would have accepted had it been offered.
I love all the interviews except for the fact that as I said yesterday (I think) they get asked all the same questions over and over and over again. I don't think I've learned one damn thing that I didn't already know but I will say this- Keith has an incredibly good memory and can repeat, almost word-for-word things he described in his memoir, "Life." So I figure that on the whole, he's telling the truth, at least as he remembers it.
But oh, just hearing that voice of his makes me happy. His low, growly laugh, his use of musical slang. I do believe he's as authentic as a man in his place could be. Although- who else is in Keith Richards' place? Not even Mick because he's in his own place, related but not the same. Scott Simon asked Keith if it's possible for anyone to imagine what it must be like to be Keith Richards and the man replied, "I have no idea what anyone's imagination is like," which I thought was a pretty honest answer.
I did have an emotional reaction watching Jimmy Fallon's interview with Keith on The Tonight Show. It's the second part of the interview, and a guitar is involved. It's an acoustic guitar, obviously made just for Keith. He explains in this clip how he plays with five strings, not six. He talked a great deal about that in his book, about how, when he discovered taking that extra string off, his playing was so changed and so expanded. Let's face it- the man has never done a thing like he was "supposed to do" his entire life.
So here's the clip.
He is Keith Richards. There is no other one.
And...of course I was completely impressed when he stood up from his chair with seeming ease still holding the guitar.
I feel no need to defend my love for the man. As I have said many times, I didn't care a thing about Keith Richards until I read his memoir and after that, it was true love. He is a fascinating, incredibly intelligent, gracious man who has lived the most outrageous life while at the same time, remained married to his wife of forty years, is a devoted and loving father and grandfather whose kids seem to adore him and who got through all of the outrageousness because of that love and...music, specifically, The Rolling Stones. Which is his end-all and be-all.
Scott Simon asked him if the Stones ever think of just kicking back in the sun and retiring and he said, "We do kick back sometimes but I've got a band, man! I've got a band! This is what I do!"
Well. What a world it would be if we all had something we feel that way about.
But here's the house he's rented us for our anniversary.