Keith Richards: “The Grateful Dead is where everybody got it wrong”

September 11, 2015

In a new cover story with Billboard, Keith Richards is at it again, this time sharing his thoughts on the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia. “The Grateful Dead is where everybody got it wrong,” Richards reportedly “scoffed.” The guitarist added, “Just poodling about for hours and hours. Jerry Garcia, boring shit, man. Sorry, Jerry.” 

The publication also asked Richards about his thoughts on some more current artists, most notably Florence and the Machine and recent opener for The Stones, Ed Sheeran. When asked about Taylor Swift, Richards simply said, “Oh, I don’t want to sound like an old man.”

Richards also touched on his thoughts on drugs these days, saying, “The state of good drugs has gone down. In the ’60s and ’70s, you had barbiturates, which were great downers. And Quaaludes. These drugs were fairly simple. You took them, you pissed them out. But these new ones, the Xanax? I’m not there with that. [But] I still take Dilantin” — an anti-seizure -medicine — “since the knock on the head.”