The Rolling Stones guitarist, 76-year-old Keith Richards, quit smoking after saying it was “harder to quit nicotine than heroin.”
In an interview on Jim Kerr’s Q104.3 New York radio station, Richards confirmed that he had not touched cigarettes since October last year.
Richards confessed, “I did that, I was there,” when asked about his habit of smoking.
The latest news about his health comes after he announced in 2019 that he is considering giving up cigarettes. “I think Mick Jagger and I felt in the last tournament that we were about to leave. We have to keep going.”
“Leaving heroin is like a hell, but it’s a short one. Cigarettes are always there and you always smoke them. I take them and turn them on without thinking about it,” said the guitarist for Mojo. “Lately, in fact, I have been able to reduce them substantially every day.”
British band The Rolling Stones will launch a new “No Filter” tour this year in the United States and Canada, according to an announcement on Thursday. The tournament will begin May 8 in San Diego, ending July 9 in Atlanta. In total, 15 concerts were announced on Thursday. In Canada, The Rolling Stones will perform in Vancouver on May 12.
The Rolling Stones, founded in London in 1962, is one of the most appreciated rock bands in the world. To date, the British group has released 30 studio albums, which have been sold to around 200 million children worldwide. Reference albums include “Their Satanic Majesties Request” (1967), “Beggars Banquet” (1968), “Let It Bleed” (1969), “Sticky Fingers” (1971), “Exile on Main St” (1972), “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” (1974), “Tattoo You” (1981), “Steel Wheels” (1989), “Voodoo Lounge” (1994) and “Bridges to Babylon” (1997).
The group currently consists of Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Charlie Watts (drums) and Ronnie Wood (guitars). The British group was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. The band’s latest album, “Blue & Lonesome”, was released in 2016.