Ladies and Gentlemen, Septuagenarian Keith Richards

Oh yes he did. The Human Riff turned 70 today. And what a ride it’s been. For his body, for music, and for all of us. Happy Birthday Keith.

His use of silence/space, the 5-string open G Tele, playing milliseconds behind or ahead of the beat, the multitude and breadth of styles he could inhabit, the infectious grooves he could create, the heart and ‘tude he’s brought to the table all these years.

The last time I got to see Keith in concert, he just seemed like your average 69 year old bashing out “Street Fighting Man” and crooning “You Got the Silver” on the Stones’ last U.S. and indoor date of their 50-and-counting tour. Now he’s a bona fide septuagenarian. Thanks for all the years of inspiration, and especially for all of those ‘guitar lessons’ that so many of us received from your records, interviews and live shows.

Keith in concert through the years

1972; on acoustic and backing vocals:

1978; phase shifter electric and backing vocals:

1998; as the smoky soulful crooner: