By Brian Ives
On February 3, the Rolling Stones kicked off another leg of their ongoing tour in Chile, and for the first time since 1998, “She’s A Rainbow” made the setlist.
Keith Richards, who is generally thought of as a fearless guy, said the experience was “Frightening.”
In a video series called “Ask Keith,” the Glimmer Twin says, “Playing songs that you haven’t played for a long time, is kind of great.”
“When I first wrote it and when we first did it [on 1967’s Their Satanic Majesties Request], Mick and I just thought of it as some sort of music box. When you get down to playing it on stage, it’s another thing. And I realized, there’s more in the song than I’d thought. The band was feeling good on it, and it was really interesting to play that after all these years.”
Elsewhere in the video series, Richards discusses “You Got the Silver,” a song that he sang on the Stones’ 1969 classic, Let It Bleed. “I didn’t think there was any coherence. There’s very little coherence to what I do,” he says. “Because I don’t think that’s the point. Can I touch a feeling? Because most people’s feelings… you can’t really understand why you’re feeling that way”
“Also,” he said, “I love singing about precious metal. I don’t mean heavy metal! I mean precious.”
In another video, he was asked what song he wishes he’d written; his answer was “Are You Lonely for Me,” a 1966 R&B classic written by Bert Berns for Freddie Scott.
In yet another clip, he admits that he wishes that former Stones guitarist played more songs with the band when he was a special guest on their 2012-2013 tour (he usually just joined them for one song, “Midnight Rambler”).
Richards and the Rolling Stones’ next show is the much-talked-about Desert Trip concert event in Indio, California, on October 7.
Check out more insight on the band’s music from Keith Richards over at “Ask Keith.”