Thursday, September 3, 2015
Keith Richards slams heavy metal, rap and more in a new interview with the New York Daily News promoting the September 18 release of his solo album, “Crosseyed Heart.”
“Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath,” says Richards. “I just thought they were great jokes.”
The Rolling Stones guitarist then takes aim at rap and hip-hop.
“Rap — so many words, so little said,” explains the guitarist. “What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”
Last month, Richards took aim at The Beatles, telling Esquire that “Sgt. Pepper’s” was "a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like ‘Satanic Majesties’—‘Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.’"
This time out, he adds to his Beatles comments, saying “When it got to (seeing the guru) Maharishi (in ’67), I gave up.”
Richards goes on further to discuss relationships within the Rolling Stones camp and the dynamic of playing live with the band.
“Crosseyed Heart” marks Richards’ first solo album in more than 20 years and the follow-up to 1992’s “Main Offender.”
The record sees Richards reteamed with drummer Steve Jordan and guitarist Waddy Wachtel alongside Rolling Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, keyboardist Ivan Neville, singer Sarah Dash and a host of guests.
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