The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards: “drugs are so bland these days”

The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards won’t be losing his mind on the band’s forthcoming tour after describing drugs as uninteresting.

Richards, infamously well acquainted with with having a good time, opened up about the ‘No Filter’ tour he will be bringing to the UK this summer. The legendary rockers last played dates on British soil five years ago when they headlined Glastonbury and London’s Hyde Park in 2013, will start the tour with a show at Dublin’s Croke Park on May 17, which is followed by their debut gig at the London stadium on May 22.

In a new interview with the Telegraph, Richards was asked about his well-known hedonistic tendencies… to which he answered:“Drugs are not interesting these days,” he said. “They are very institutionalised and bland. And, anyway, I’ve done ’em all.

“I’m not saying I’m definitely off all of this stuff,” he also admits. “In six months’ time, I might be on it again. But at the moment, for a couple of months, I haven’t touched it,” before going on to say he finds sobriety “novel”.

The Stones did plan on combining their UK dates with the European run last autumn, but were unable to due to a “lack of available venues because of sporting fixtures”. Discussing the tour, Richards said: “We’re playing home turf, so there’s a certain extra glow. But it’s always a pleasure to get up there again, especially with this band, man. I think the boys are playing better than ever. Maybe it’s experience, we seem to be able to pace ourselves right. I’m blessed to work with some of the best players ever. That never gets old.”

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