Keith Richards criticises ‘hollow’ Led Zeppelin and says The Who are ‘all flash’

Rolling Stones guitarist admits he was "never really interested" in British rock bands

Led Zeppelin were “hollow” while Roger Daltrey of The Who was “all flash” according to Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.

Richards, who earlier this year dismissed The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ as “rubbish”, was quizzed on more of the bands in the canon of rock’n’roll greats and admitted that he is not a fan of many of his peers.

“I love [guitarist] Jimmy Page, but as a band, no, with John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler,” Richards told Rolling Stone about Led Zeppelin. “He had cornered the market there. Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?”


Moving onto The Who, vocalist Roger Daltrey is “all flash” according to Richards while drummer Keith Moon was a “disaster” when it came to playing with others.

“[Moon] could play to Pete like nobody else in the world. But if somebody threw him into a session with somebody else, it was a disaster,” Richards said. “There’s nothing wrong with that; sometimes you’ve got that one paintbrush, and you rock it.”

Perhaps summing up his views on many of the bands he is being asked about as he promotes new solo album ‘Crosseyed Heart’, Richards ended by saying: “I just was never really interested in that many English rock‘n’roll bands actually, at all.”

Meanwhile, Richards recently said that The Rolling Stones could start work on a new studio album next year.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the guitarist said that he is eager to get his bandmates in the recording studio as soon as they have finished their scheduled tour dates. “I’m trying to get the Stones into the studio,” he said. “But I don’t quite honestly see it happening this year.”

He went on to add: “After we do South America in February and March [2016], I’d love to get in the studio in April. But I know what those guys are like. When they finish a tour, they don’t want to do nothing!”

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