Keith Richards isn’t afraid to say what he wants, and when he does it’s usually pretty offensive. In a recent interview with The New York Daily News, the Rolling Stones guitarist gave more insight into his candid attitude by voicing his opinion on modern-day rock and roll.
“It sounds like a dull thud to me,” Richard said. “For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”
Richard went on to bash some legendary rock bands:
“Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes,” and, Richards described The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as “a mish-mash of rubbish.”
The Beatles “weren’t in sync with each other” he said, referring to their performance at Shea Stadium in 1965.
Richards even laughed about rap music, stating, “Rap—so many words, so little said.”
“What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” said Richards. “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.”
He also didn’t shy away from his own band members: calling Stones frontman Mick Jagger “a snob” in his autobiography Life.
“I’ll reinforce that,” he told the Daily News. “His daughter, Georgia Mar, was sitting around in my room and she said, ‘Oh, you know what dad’s like. He’s such a snob.’ He can come off that way even to me and the rest of the band.”
Though he had some nicer things to say after all the harsh comments he made before, calling Jagger “a hell of a frontman” and admits to loving him dearly.
“Your friends don’t have to be perfect.”
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