Keith Richards credits Rolling Stones drummer with providing the inspiration for his solo band, the X-Pensive Winos. On November 13th, Richards will re-release his and the Winos’ concert collection, Live From The Hollywood Palladium, which was recorded on December 15th, 1988. During a chat with Rolling Stone, Keith Richards explained that with a pending break with the Stones, Watts tossed another drummer’s name into the hat for Richards to jam with: “At that time in the ’80s, Charlie Watts had said to me, ‘It looks like there’s going to be a bit of a break coming up (for the Stones). And if you’re going to work with anybody else, Steve Jordan’s your man.’ So first off, the Winos are already created by Charlie Watts, in a weird way.” Richards looked back at the very public split that found him and Mick Jagger sniping at each other in the press and devoting their time to very different solo projects: “What happened to Mick and I, at just about the same time, is somehow you kind of felt trapped with being just in the Rolling Stones. I mean, just joking, but what an extravagance. But at the same time, (we) were like that, and this period was for me, (it was great) to work with another bunch of guys totally differently. It was like, ‘Hey, this reminds me of 15 years ago.’ And I never expected to be able to pull such a lineup of musicians together.”

When pressed as to what makes a great guitar riff, Richards said, “It should be spontaneous and absolutely the guy that’s actually doing it [shouldn’t] know where it comes from. It just appears at your fingertips and is coming out of the instrument. And that is a great riff, totally unthought about, unstructured, no rules, no nothing. It’s just, one minute it ain’t there, and the next minute, there it is (sings ‘Satisfaction’ riff.)”

SIDE NOTES

  • The limited edition box set and digital release of Keith Richards’ Live From The Hollywood Palladium includes three bonus tracks new to the set — the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You favorite, “Little T&A,” Richards’ then-recent “You Don’t Move Me,” and the Lennon/McCartney-written early Stones single, “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
  • The deluxe box and digital version also includes a 40-page book.
  • The Live At The Hollywood Palladium tracklist is: “Take It So Hard,” “How I Wish,” “I Could Have Stood You Up,” “Too Rude,” “Make No Mistakes,” “Time Is On My Side,” “Big Enough,” “Whip It Up,” “Locked Away,” “Struggle,” “Happy,” “Connection,” and “Rockawhile”
  • Box Set and Digital Only: “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “Little T&A,” and “You Don’t Move Me.”

CHECK IT OUT: Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos on December 15th, 1988 performing “Take It So Hard” and “Big Enough” from Live At The Hollywood Palladium: