Set for release on Friday (November 13th) is the limited edition box set and digital release of Keith Richards’ Live From The Hollywood Palladium. Richards spoke about his solo band, the X-Pensive Winos, who had backed him on his 1988 Talk Is Cheap solo debut, and subsequent live dates. He told The Associated Press that the Winos filled a void left vacant by the Rolling Stones being put on ice, explaining, “The Winos came together because of the Stones around ’86 said, there was a definite hiatus. Let’s put it that way (laughs). It’s understandable, especially in retrospect, after those many years, Mick (Jagger) and I and the whole band (thinking), ‘Is the whole world just the Rolling Stones?’ I suppose it was that kind of feeling. And I think Mick had it more than I did. But at the same time, we did need a break from each other and as it turned out, it was a great help to us both.”

The X-Pensive Winos includes drummer and songwriter Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Charley Drayton, and keyboardist Ivan Neville.

Keith Richards admitted he gained a newfound respect for what Mick Jagger had to take on fronting the Stones for all those years: “I learned so much about what Mick’s job is — about being the frontman. That opened my eyes to it.”

He went on to explain, “With the Stones, I do a couple of songs anyway, so my appetite was kind of whetted that way. I wasn’t totally foreign to the idea of it. Although, doing the whole show like that, yeah, that’s what I appreciated (about) Mick’s job. It’s a relentless thing being the frontman. In the Stones, I can move back and forth, hide behind Charlie (Watts) or stick my nose up. With the Winos, there’s no retreating.”

When pressed about the ongoing pandemic putting the brakes on the Stones’ live work and sessions for their first original album in 15 years, Keith Richards said, “I can’t say I feel like a year has been stolen. I’ll just make up for it later. I’m getting antsy. I guess I can take a year off but it’s in the bones. I guess after all these years, it’s in our calling, the body and everything. It’s like, ‘Come on, where’s our show, brother?’ It’s kind of a little weird, but at the same time, we’ve all got greater things to deal with at the moment.”

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 “You Don’t Move Me” live at L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium: