The Rolling Stones guitarist himself released first solo effort in over 20 years in the form of new album ‘Crosseyed Heart’ this year.
Speaking to GQ, Richards said that he “only did my records because [Jagger] wasn’t working with us”.
When asked about Jagger’s own solo material (the singer has released four solo albums), Richards said: “They had something to do with ego. He really had nothing to say.”
“What did he have, two albums? ‘She’s the Boss’ and ‘Primitive Cool’?” asked Richards. Jagger also released ‘Wandering Spirit’ in 1993 and ‘Goddess in the Doorway’ in 2001.
When the GQ journalist said he had never listened to Jagger’s solo albums, Richards replied: “Nor have I. I’ll leave it at that.”
The guitarist also said that he would never release an album for monetary gain and that creativity was the sole purpose behind his releases: “I never thought of making records as a way of being famous or making a statement. I just want to make good records with good musicians, to play with the best and learn.”
Richards’ new solo LP ‘Crosseyed Heart’ follows his previous individual efforts ‘Main Offender’ (1992) and ‘Talk Is Cheap’ (1988).
Meanwhile, Ronnie Wood recently said that The Rolling Stones may start recording their new album before the year’s end. The Rolling Stones released their most recent album ‘A Bigger Bang’ in 2005.
“We’ll maybe go in the studio in December and cut a few tracks and see what happens,” Wood recently told ABC Radio. “We’ll take it from there, see how it all goes. One thing at a time.”
Wood added that the session would lay “some groundwork” for what will be their 23rd studio LP.
Richards recently said of working on new music: “These guys aren’t getting any younger, but at the same time, they’re getting better. I’d love to shove them in the studio in April, hot off the road.”
Earlier this year, frontman Mick Jagger said: “It would be very nice and I’ve got a lot of new songs and songs I’ve written over the last couple of years. I’ve done really good demos for all of them, which I would love to record. So, let’s hope so.”