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.
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.