Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards apparently is not a fan of heavy metal. With a new solo album Crosseyed Heart coming out Sept. 18 he’s doing the press rounds, and in a chat with the New York Daily News, he wasn’t afraid to criticize a couple of metal’s most successful and iconic groups.
When it comes to hip-hop, Richards doesn’t care for it, either. “What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” he says. “All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”
It has been a long time since Richards released a solo album. Crosseyed Heart is his first solo effort in 23 years. “I had no intention of making solo albums,” Richards says. “I always thought, ‘I’m a Stones man. None shall leave!’ At the same time, we had years of spare time and I wanted to work.”
Richards and Stones frontman Mick Jagger have had their share of conflict over the years, and he criticized Jagger in his autobiography Life. But Richards says, ”he’s a hell of a frontman,” and “I still love him dearly,” and also says “your friends don’t have to be perfect.”
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