Keith Richards will chat about his love of the blues and play favourite album tracks on an upcoming Planet Rock radio special. The popular classic rock radio station will feature the iconic Rolling Stones guitarist on their program "My Planet Rocks," which airs June 29.
According to a news release posted June 25 at KeithRichards.com, Keef will spin record tracks by Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry, and others. The 70-year-old veteran musician will also share anecdotes about his encounters with some of these blues greats.
One of the stories The Stones founding member shares with host Liz Barnes involves Chuck Berry. Richards reveals that the 87-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee once gave him a black eye for touching his guitar in a case of mistaken identity while waiting to meet the rock n' roll pioneer in his dressing room. The veteran British rocker tells Barnes, “He’d left his guitar out in his dressing room and I’d just been sitting there and I just picked it up. He (Berry) walks in, “nobody touches that”, bam!! But he didn’t know it was me."
The show will air on Planet Rock Sun., June 29 at 7 p.m. and again on July 3 at 8 p.m. GMT. Check out PlanetRock.com to hear a brief audio clip of Richards sharing the Berry story or for more details go to KeithRichards.com.
Richards and The Stones performed to a sold out crowd on June 25 in Madrid, Spain. The legendary rockers treated 60,000 fans at Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to a rare performance of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." Earlier in the week, the "Jumpin' Jack Flash" hitmakers performed to a sold out audience in Rome, Italy at Circus Maximus. The World's Greatest Rock N' Roll band dazzled 71,000 spectators at the historic 2,000-year-old venue, which included a guest appearance from John Mayer on the online fan favourite selection, their 1978 Some Girls rocker "Respectable."
The Stones' next stop will be in Werchter, Belgium for a headline festival appearance at TW Classic, being held at Werchter's Festivalpark on Sat., June 28. For more details, check out RollingStones.com.
Did you know? Keith Richards inducted Chuck Berry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and co-produced the 1987 Berry documentary "Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll" as a tribute to his childhood idol.