KEITH RICHARDS SAYS NEW BBC SET CAPTURED EARLY ROLLING STONES’ SPIRIT

KEITH RICHARDS SAYS NEW BBC SET CAPTURED EARLY ROLLING STONES’ SPIRIT

KEITH RICHARDS SAYS NEW BBC SET CAPTURED EARLY ROLLING STONES’ SPIRIT

Keith Richards looked back at the Rolling Stones‘ early years as featured on the new BBC archival release, On Air, which collects a smattering of the band’s UK radio appearances between 1963 and 1965. Richards told The Los Angeles Times, “At the time we were doing this, we were like ‘Oh, my God — the BBC! We were just trying to disguise our actual terror. Once you got out there — that’s the thing about the Rolling Stones. Once we started playing, we didn’t give a (damn). They still don’t — bless their hearts. We just got off the road, and I wish there were a few more shows. We were just hitting a groove! The BBC wanted us and we didn’t know really why or what we were doing. We were playing blues in bars, for Christ’s sake, but then we got a Top 10 record and suddenly we’re the other alternative to the Beatles, bless their hearts. Yeah, I mean, they broke the doors down, especially Johnny (Lennon). We always got along.”

Richards touched upon the tracks, which feature the band long before his and Mick Jagger‘s songwriting partnership fed a multimillion-dollar franchise, explaining, “When I hear it, I hear a lot of energy and enthusiasm — and then I want to go in and remix it. But there was no remixing done then. You think — you believe, the way you’re brought up in London — that the BBC know what they’re doing. Then you get there and find out they have no idea how to record a band like this.”

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