Ayer decíamos que Keith Richards estaba de promoción con su cuento “Gus y yo” , con ilustraciones de su hija Alexandra, que es la que más se parece a él.
Keith Richards ,que hace tiempo que grabó su cuarto álbum en solitario confirmó que está totalmente terminado,pero que no lo publicaría hasta junio para no interferir con la gira de los Rolling Stones, que meses antes también estarán de gira en Chile, Argentina y Brasil, quizá Méjico también.
Todo ello lo decía precisamente en los estudios Germano,donde ha grabado su nuevo disco, en Manhattan, donde daba una conferencia de prensa para varios medios.
Keith Richards aseguró que antes de la gira australiana de los Stones,programada parael mes próximo, pasará una semana con anterioridad, en el mismo resort de la islas Fiji , donde se cayó, con el problema cerebral consecuente y su operación en Nueva Zelanda, y se sentará justo en el mismo árbol. Es “para salvar el jet-Lag”.
Esta es la entrevista de Associated Press, que ha dado para todo el mundo:
AP: Why did you decide to write this book?
Richards: My publishers first came up with this idea. They said, “There’s certain chapters about your grandfather that could make a great children’s book.” Children’s book? This is not my line (laughs). … And just about that same time my eldest daughter … she said, “Guess what?” And I know that look in a woman’s eyes. “Don’t tell me you’re pregnant, which means fifth grandchild.” … I thought, “Hey, there’s something to be said for this” and I’ve always wanted to give my ole grandfather Gus, bless him, a little more memorial than he’s had.
AP: Your 2010 memoir, “Life,” was a commercial and critical success. Was there any pressure to match it with “Gus & Me”?
Richards: The initial idea did come from the publishers, so you know, “Maybe Keith can sell a few more books.” That’s their business after all. Nine times out of 10 I would have said forget about it. I’m not going there. But because of the circumstances and having another grandchild, everything was sort of falling into place. I said, “Damn it. Go for it.”
AP: Do you want to write more books?
Richards: I don’t know. There’s been plenty of talk about doing volume two (to “Life”) because a lot of stuff got left out. I may save that for a little later. … I had no intention of doing “Life,” but they kept bugging me, “C’mon, you’ve got to tell the story. Here’s a lot of money.” OK, twist my arm. And I found out I could articulate things pretty well (and) tell a good story.
AP: The Stones are heading to Australia in October. Are you excited?
Richards: The first thing is the jetlag. I figured it out, I’m going to go via Fiji, where I’m going to chop down the tree that I fell out of the last time I was there (he got a concussion in 2006 after the fall) and spend a few days getting rid of the jetlag, and then I can pop down to Australia. Because the jetlag is the hardest thing around trips like that. Everybody’s waking up and tripping over each other and falling asleep in rehearsals.
AP: Are you going to tour more dates?
Richards: They’ve got South America lined up in February, Buenos Aires, Peru. And after that, I know what the Stones tours are like, they tend to get extended.
AP: So could the band potentially tour most of 2015?
Richards: It sounds like that.
AP: Are you working on music?
Richards: I have a solo record finished, but I don’t want to put it out while the Stones are working, so I’m thinking next June.
AP: What was the process like?
Richards: We had no rush. I think we spent a couple of years. (Producer) Steve (Jordan) and I are always working somewhere else, but every month or two we’d come down here and do a couple a day and knock off a couple of tracks. … Nearly every record I’ve made is … ‘You’ve got another five days,’ but this one we’re taking our time.
AP: How’s recording music today different compared to years ago?
Richards: Technology — it’s changed enormously. …I find that some of the technology is very confusing, especially the digital stuff.
AP: Speaking of technology, are you a fan of social media?
Richards: I stay well away. I have no computer at all. I have a little tablet that I knock around with. No passwords. I mean, I don’t want to be hacked to death.
AP: Have you heard about the recent leaking of photos of nude celebrities?
Richards: The more I hear about it the more I’m sure I’m right.