The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has admitted that he relies on muscle memory to play many of the legendary rock band’s songs.
Speaking with Absolute Radio, Richards said that it wasn’t uncommon for him to forget what riff follows the other. “When you kick off a song you say, ‘I can’t remember how the middle bit goes’, but the fingers remember even if you don’t.”
Richards conceded that his forgetfulness could have something to do with not playing enough. “I don’t practice as much as I should, probably.”
However he added, “But now that we’re putting the act together again I’m getting the chops back together.”
The Rolling Stones are currently preparing to reunite in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their first ever gig. Speaking at ‘The Rolling Stones: 50′ photography exhibition at London’s Somerset House, The Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger confirmed that the band would be getting back together for a few shows. “You will definitely be seeing us all together soon,” he said. “It’s been great fun being back together and there are a lot of memories in here. I can’t believe it’s been 50 years. We’ve been hanging out together, seeing quite a bit of each other and we want to do some gigs.”