The Rolling Stones' 14 On Fire Tour is underway with dates in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Tokyo already under the group's belt. Keith Richards admits that gearing up for a new tour is a touchy situation -- even for "The World's Greatest Rock N' Roll Band." He spoke about the band's pre-tour workouts, telling Time Out Hong Kong, "There’s always a point when you arrive at rehearsals on the first day, you’re always wondering is it all gonna click together. But the minute you’re in the room and Charlie Watts starts to hit the drums, it’s like breathing, man, it’s so natural. All we do in rehearsals is really try and improve on what we’ve done before and work out a few possible songs that we can throw in to just change up the set list here and there.
Richards explained that he awaits Mick Jagger's call to tell him to get ready for the road. He was asked whether he fears that sometime in the future, that call may never come again: "It’s always possible I suppose. I mean we are kicking along now. I think we’re all pensioners -- officially -- although I don’t feel like it and I don’t think anybody else does. I think it’s in the blood, y’know -- you love your job and there’s nothing like really standing in front of a load of people and going ‘come on, yeah, yeah, yeah’ and them giving you encouragement. I mean it’s one of the best jobs in the world man. He went on to joke: "And I’m pretty well paid too."
- He was asked whether after all these years, he still practices the guitar: "Every day, man. I’ve got to keep my chops together. Also every day I get an idea. Sometimes it might be just for five minutes, but usually every day I play a little bit and if not, I go to the piano. "
- Keith Richards told us that luckily the Stones are all in great shape for their age and pretty much always more than road ready: "I think everybody basically keeps themselves in pretty good shape. Nobody's get any, any problems at all -- minor or major, I think. It's. . . In a way, I think it's good for me (laughs)."
- Richards was asked the obvious question after celebrating six decades in the business: 'What is there left to achieve?': "I don't know if there's anything specific. Except, hey, we wanted to make it a good 50-year thing, and maybe that's the thing. It's like (laughs) 'Can we make 50 years of this?' And it seems like very much so. Yeah, in fact, I think, we'll probably make a few more (laughs)."
- Out now on DVD and Blu-ray is the critically acclaimed Rolling Stones documentary, Crossfire Hurricane. The film includes substantial amounts of previously unreleased footage both on and off the stage, and was directed by noted filmmaker Brett Morgen, best known for his groundbreaking 2002 doc on movie mogul Robert Evans, The Kid Stays In The Picture.
- Crossfire Hurricane premiered in 2012 on HBO and features never before seen footage of the band spanning their 50-year career. The doc includes newly conducted interviews with past and present band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman, and Mick Taylor. Late co-founder Brian Jones is featured through archival interviews.
CHECK IT OUT:The Stones on February 26th, 2014 performing "Wild Horses" live in Tokyo:
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