Keith Richards has revealed he quietly quit smoking two years ago by going cold turkey and hasn’t missed his 55-year-old habit.
The Rolling Stones guitarist’s lifestyle change came shortly after he cut back on his drinking after finding it was no longer enjoyable.
“It’s funny, I don’t think about it much anymore,” he said. CBS Sunday morning to quit smoking. “I’ve had a few patches for a few weeks. Sometimes, you know, a bell rings, something inside says, ‘Hey mate, that’s enough! So I just put the hammer on it. When we asked him why the bell had rung for him at this time in his life, he laughed: “Probably it can be heard a little! … Fortunately, I don’t miss it, and it makes me feel good. Until I started rehearsing for the tour last August, then I realized that I had 10 times more wind!
You can watch the interview below.
One thing Richards recognized as missing was Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died last year. The guitarist said his death “came as a shock”, but he believed Watts knew he was seriously ill. “I think he had tried to keep it a secret for a while last year. … He had had a ride with cancer a year or two before, and he beat that one. He just received a double whammy, bless his soul.
He added that, although a discussion never took place, he thought Watts would like the Stones to continue with their touring plans. “Yeah, it’s strange, to suddenly transform and after all these years you’ve come to expect that face,” he said.
Rolling Stones album chart
Ready to travel to the (dark) past? Check out the Rolling Stones albums ranked from worst to best.