Keith Richards says he 'stopped drinking a year ago'

Mail Online | 12/13/2018 | Miranda Aldersley For Dailymail.com
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Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards confessed he has curbed his famous party lifestyle by cutting back on drinking and 'the other stuff' after getting fed up with how it made him feel.

Richards, who turns 75 on December 18, will embark on the U.S leg of the Stones tour next year with bandmates Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts.

Time - Rolling - Stone - Magazine - Front

But this time, he told Rolling Stone magazine, he will perform in front of one million people in 14 cities completely sober.

Richards told the magazine he pulled the plug on drinking around a year ago, having finally grown tired of it after a decades of partying.

Rolling - Stones - Richards - Member - Hedonism

The Rolling Stones, of which Richards is a founding member, are so famed for their hedonism and debauchery that their actions in the bands heyday have set the bar for what it meant to be a decadent rock star ever since.

'It was time to quit,' he said. 'Just like all the other stuff.'

Stuff - Drugs - Richards - Times

'The other stuff' was drugs, which led Richards to be arrested and charged five times: in 1967, twice in 1973, in 1977, and in 1978.

At his first trial he was sentenced to a year in prison for allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property, though this was later overturned.

Band - Police - North - America - 'Cocaine

However the band were subsequently relentlessly pursued by police throughout their 1972 North America tour - dubbed the 'Cocaine and Tequila Sunrise tour' - which was when they first started book up entire floors of hotels.

On the way a show in Nebraska, the Stones were pulled over by the police, who uncovered an enormous stash of illegal drugs.

Nothing - Fine - Richards - Tour - Biography

Nothing came of it - apart from a $165.50 fine for reckless driving - but Richards says of the tour in his biography: 'The State Department had noted riots...
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