rolling stones guitarist Keith Richards might be one of the most notorious partygoers in rock ‘n’ roll history. But despite his image, Keef has spent much of the past decade working on himself and building healthier habits.
A few years ago, Richards revealed that he had reduced his drug use drastically, finding today’s hallucinogens too “institutionalized and bland”. Later in 2018, he said he had “pulled off” alcohol. In early 2020, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer revealed that after more than five decades of chain smoking, he had quit.
He explained how he did it on the latest edition of CBS Sunday morning.
“It’s funny, I don’t think about it much anymore,” he said of his old smoking habit. “I have some [nicotine] patches for a few weeks. Sometimes, you know, a bell rings, something inside says, “Hey, buddy, that’s enough!” So I just put the hammer on it.”
Richards added that she doesn’t miss smoking at all. His decision to quit is validated each time it occurs.
“…I started rehearsing for the tour last August, and then I realized I had 10 times more wind!”
Keef recently reunited with his solo band, the X-Pensive Winos, to play Love Rocks NYC’s sixth annual benefit for The love of God we deliver.