NEWS / Keith Richards snorted his dad's ashes because his father always knew he liked cocaine.
The snorting story has become part of rock and roll history, and Keith doesn't shy away from it when asked to recount the tale. As a youngster The Rolling Stones legend had a strained relationship with his father Herbert, and the pair didn't talk for nearly 20 years. However, by the time Herbert passed they'd grown close.
"I had him in a box in England," he told America's GQ magazine. "I bought this little oak sapling, my idea being that he was gonna fertilise the tree, but when I pulled the top off of the box, wafts of Dad landed on the table. And my dad knows I'd always liked my cocaine, a snort here and there. So I just (mimes snorting) and had a line of dad.”
His own paternal relationship may have been tough at times, but 72-year-old Keith has made sure he's always been there for his children. His oldest offspring, son Marlon, 46, had to deal with a lot as a youngster though, growing up on the road with his rocker dad.
“Of course it was hard on him, growing up like Gypsies, outlaws, nomads," Keith sighed. "No education. On the road.
"It's amazing what kids can adapt to. It all comes out in the wash. And anyway, we didn't really do anything that wrong. I mean, he could have grown up the son of health-nut freaks." (Bron: Music News)
Rolling Stones guitarist's record follows 1992's 'Main Offender', coming in September
Norah Jones and the late Bobby Keys feature on Crosseyed Heart.
Keith Richards will release his eagerly anticipated CROSSEYED HEART, his third solo album and his first in over 20 years, September 18th on Virgin EMI.
CROSSEYED HEART, a fifteen track masterclass encompassing everything that makes Keith Richards one of the 20th century’s most celebrated talents, is a 5* musical journey that takes in reggae, rock, country and the blues.
The first taste of CROSSEYED HEART will be unveiled on July 17th with the explosive first single, “Trouble,” a taut guitar based slice of heaven featuring Richards on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, lead and backup vocals. He is richly supported by old friends, drummer Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Bernard Fowler on backup vocals. The song was written by and produced by Keith and Steve Jordan.
“I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again,” Keith Richards said. “There’s nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you’re going to come out with on the other end. If you're looking for ‘Trouble,’ you've come to the right place.”
Keith wrote or co-wrote the majority of the tracks on CROSSEYED HEART, many with co-producer Steve Jordan. Highlights include the country tinged ache of “Robbed Blind”, the reggae flavored “Love Overdue,” and the aptly named “Blues In The Morning.” Richards collaborates with several artists including a captivating duet with Norah Jones on the soulful ballad “Illusion” which she co-wrote.
Keith Richards, who plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass, piano and vocals on the album, is also joined by guitarist Waddy Wachtel, keyboardist Ivan Neville and background singer Sarah Dash, part of the X-Pensive Winos, who accompanied Richards on his previous solo records.
Steve Jordan plays drums and vocals and other artists accompany Richards’ on individual tracks, including Stax songwriter and keyboardist Spooner Oldham on “Lovers Plea,” pedal steel by Larry Campbell on “Robbed Blind,” Aaron Neville on backup vocals on “Nothing On Me,” and dear friend Bobby Keys on saxophone on “Amnesia” and “Blues In The Morning.”
Keith has released two other solo studio albums, Talk Is Cheap in 1988 and Main Offender in 1992 as well as a live album entitled, Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988.