Keith Richards says: ‘The Rolling Stones will stick around until we die’

Guitarist says the Stones still want to make their best album

The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has vowed the band will continue until their death, saying it’s what the best bands do.

The guitarist also said the band are still hoping to release their best music, 52 years after their self-titled debut album was released in 1964.

Asked how the Stones had lasted so long, Richards told Radio Times: “They’re not really bands if they don’t last; they’re groups. We’re a band and a real band sticks until it dies. These bands, they become big, but they’re generational, just for their one decade. They literally go when their testosterone goes.”

Richards continued: “We work hard and no-one takes it for granted. We’re still looking to make our best record and put on our best show. The Stones have managed to be part of life, without becoming passé. Also, what else are you going to do? You never grow up, you just learn a little more. I ain’t getting old, I’m evolving.”

In the same interview, Richards criticised The Beatles, saying “they were never quite there” as a live band.

Speaking to promote his BBC2 documentary Keith Richards: The Origin Of The Species shown this Saturday (July 23), Richards recalled the last moments of his mother Doris, who died aged 93 in 2007.

Richards said of Doris’ final words: “She said ‘Why me, Keith?’ and I said ‘You’re 93, mum.’ That was the best line I could come up with. And she said ‘This morphine’s not bad, you know?’ And those were her last words to me.”