17 May BUCKET LIST TRIBUTE TO THE STONES – KEEF IS “CHUFFED”
According to the web, the world’s 10 Most Popular Bucket List Activities include: eating sushi in Japan, seeing the Northern Lights, running a Marathon, taking an African safari, walking along the Great Wall of China and going skydiving.
But now GOTB is giving you the chance to tick off your wish list something much better than that, playing Jumpin’ Jack Flash in Britain’s biggest guitar band.
Impressed? Well Keith Richards is. In fact he’s thrilled.
We contacted the Stones to tell them that as a tribute to the greatest rock ‘n roll band in the world, the greatest rock ‘n roll band in the sand is to perform what NME hails as “Richards’ greatest ever riff, mind-blowingly cool, it has soundtracked everything from Scorsese’s Mean Streets to Johnny Depp’s Hunter Thompson driving off into the desert at the end of Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.
You could have knocked us down with a Telecaster when the Stones office wrote back to tell us, “Keith is chuffed to bits!”
So this year we’re doing it as a nod to the Master, the Human Riff, the man of whom NME also wrote “if rock ‘n roll could be turned into flesh and made to walk the earth, it would look and sound a lot like Keith Richards”.
So dig out your skull rings, find the waistcoat and bandana, and strike a chord for a cross-fire hurricane.
Purists may care to note that ever since the Stones’ appearance at Hyde Park on 5 July 1969, Keef has played it in open G tuning with a capo on the fourth fret. We’re doing it in A.