Tom Waits Pens Poem About Keith Richards

The colour of urine produced by this month’s MOJO cover star is revealed as one rock’n’roll devil pays tribute to another.

Tom Waits Pens Poem About Keith Richards
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HE WAS ONCE slapped by the queen and his urine is blue… or so says Tom Waits of Keith Richards in a new, poetic tribute. The cover of MOJO 262, on sale in the UK from Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

A long-term friend and musical collaborator of the Stone, the singer-songwriter has just published a poem taking a sideways look at this month’s MOJO cover star.

According to the verse, available to read in full at www.rollingstone.com, Richards composed his “share of the songs from Sticky Fingers in a henhouse in Malta” and “his tunings are furious guarded secrets”.

In terms of his relationship with ‘The Human Riff’, Waits ends his poem likening the guitarist to a modern-day Sir Walter Raleigh – “Keith once took my 10,000 dollar overcoat to put down across a mud puddle to allow an octogenarian laundress named Clementine Moorehouse to cross the street comfortably”, adding “that’s Keith always the gentleman”.

For a probably more rounded and detailed portrait of Richards, get this month’s issue of MOJO (September 15/ #262) for Pat Gilbert’s world exclusive interview with the Rolling Stone.

Plus watch Richards’ video for solo single Trouble.

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