Keith Richards will make a rare solo live appearance on Thursday night (March 15th) at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre for the 2018 “Love Rocks NYC!” charity concert. The Gods Love We Deliver charity provides food and nourishment to people living with severe and life threatening illnesses. Among the other A-listers appearing on the bill will be Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen, Heart’s Ann Wilson, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Ivan Neville, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Warren Haynes, Norah Jones, Patty Smyth, Ziggy Marley, Gary Clark Jr., Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Lucinda Williams, and Marc Cohn, among others. (Press release)
Amazingly, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the both the depths of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ very public falling out — along with Richards’ beloved 1988 solo debut, Talk Is Cheap.
Richards explained that a solo album was simply never on his radar until things went south between him and Jagger: “I never wanted to make a solo album until I started making it, until I found the right guys to play with. To make a solo album, it meant the Rolling Stones weren’t working for a while. There’s no way that I would’ve dreamed, or dreamt of a solo album while I was working with the Stones, because that would be counter productive. I did this record because there was no possibility when I started to make this record that the Stones were gonna to come back together.”