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The Most Insane Keith Richards Stories on Record

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With a face like Keith Richards's you just know he's lived a full life. Even if you didn't know he was one of the most influential guitarists in history or a member of a little band called The Rolling Stones, there's just something about the man. Somehow, despite all his debauchery, he's still alive, making headlines. But what are the craziest Keith Richards life stories?

Richards has so much swagger his name is synonymous with the classic bad boy rock star. He's done more substances than all the inhabitants of most small countries combined and lived to tell you about them. His continued existence laughs in the face of science and common sense, and we applaud him for it. At the end of 2018, Richards revealed to Rolling Stone that he substantially cut back on his drinking and is nearly sober - he only has a glass of wine or a beer on occasion, saying he got "fed up with it," which feels like an end to Richards's substance-fueled antics. 

So let's look back at some of the crazier exploits of Keith Richards (or at least the ones that are on record). Can you even imagine the stories he hasn't told? Many of these tales are recorded for posterity in his book, an autobiography called Life, and his antics could likely fill many more books as well.

What are the most insane things Keith Richards has ever done? How many times should Keith Richards have died? Read on to find out and be sure to upvote the most insane Keith Richards stories below.

  • That Time He Fell Out Of A Palm Tree In Fiji

    In 2006 (at age 62) Richards fell out of a palm tree he and Ronnie Wood were climbing (as they do, apparently) while vacationing with their families Fiji. He was then airlifted to the hospital, in order to have surgery on a blood clot in his brain. Yeah, at age 62.

    He spent three weeks at the hospital in New Zealand and six weeks after the fall he was back on tour with the Stones.

    Source: Daily Mail

  • That Time He Was Nearly Electrocuted Onstage

    In one of Richards's earliest brushes with the end, the guitarist was almost wiped out on stage in Sacramento in 1965. Stepping to the mic for his backup vocals on "The Last Time," he noticed it was facing the wrong way and went to knock it with the neck of his guitar. This was a dangerous move. The shock knocked Richards unconscious and burned his guitar strings.

    He later referred to the incident as his “most spectacular” moment and credited his salvation to his brand new rubber soled boots.

    Source: Ultimate Classic Rock


  • That Time His Bed Caught Fire At Nellcote

    In 1971 Richards and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, were renting villa Nellcote in the south of France whilre recording Exile on Main St. They were also really, really into heroin at the time. It was not uncommon for Richards to pass out with a needle in his arm or a lit cigarette in his hand.

    The latter became especially problematic when his bed went up in flames. The couple fortunately had just enough time to escape.

    Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

  • That Time He Was In Town During The London Bombings

    Richards and his mother were evacuated during the London Bombings in 1944. Upon returning to their home, they found some of their neighbors were killed and Richards's cot had been destroyed. Richards took this personally, later saying, "Hitler dumped one of his V-1s on my bed! He was after my a**, you know that!"

    Source: Ultimate Classic Rock