Keith Richards is and always has been a gift from the journalism gods.
His latest brain blurts: Rap music is for “tone-deaf people,” and Metallica and Black Sabbath are great jokes.
He dropped the nuggets in a new interview with The New York Daily News, which has a knack for pulling headline-making quotes out of people.
Thank you, NYDN.
Keep in mind that reporter Jim Farber noted that the Rolling Stones guitarist “follows every put-down with a wink.” So have fun, folks.
▪ On rap music: “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. 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.”
▪ On the Beatles’ famous 1965 concert at Shea Stadium: “As a band, they weren’t in sync with each other ... When it got to (seeing the guru) Maharishi (in 1967), I gave up.”
But we knew already knew how Richards felt about his British rivals. He told Esquire last month that the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album was “a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like like Satanic Majesties.”
▪ On heavy metal: “Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes.”
▪ On rock music: “It sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”
▪ On pot: “Would you like some?” he asked Farber, the reporter.
Richards is talking to the media these days because he has a new solo album, “Crosseyed Heart,” his first album in 20 years, coming out on Sept. 18.
The documentary, “Keith Richards: Under the Influence,” debuts on Netflix the same day.