“They wouldn’t be anywhere without us”


Keith Richards and George Harrison knew a thing or two about being the lead guitarist in a world famous rock band.

As the lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Richards was the mastermind behind famous guitar riffs in songs like “Brown Sugar” and “Honky Tonk Women”. During this time, George always knew how to fill Beatles songs like “Day Tripper” and “If I Needed Someone”.

Knowing what it took to get their bands to dominate the charts tied them in some way. Without them there wouldn’t have been the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.

(left to right) Keith Richards and George Harrison | Mirrorpix / ullstein bild / Getty Images

Keith Richards said he and George Harrison had a ‘bond’

In the Rolling Stone special edition, “Remembering George,” published months after George’s death in 2001, Richards opened up about his relationship with his guitarist counterpart. He said he thought he and George had a “connection”.

“George and I kind of formed – without talking too much about it, although we did laugh here and there – a bond, in that we felt we were sort of fulfilling the same role within our respective groups,” Richards said. “It was a nod and a wink to say, ‘Well, they wouldn’t be anywhere without us.’

“So George and I always had that, ‘Well, how’s your ending? He was a very calm and enigmatic guy in many ways. He had a very sneaky, very calm sense of humor. But there has always been this unspoken connection between us.

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Richards said George’s play speaks for itself

In 1988, Mick Jagger inducted The Beatles into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He explained in his speech that there was some rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones at the start. However, they became friends.

No matter how tense it was, they inspired each other. Keith loved George’s guitar playing and said that spoke for himself. “George was an artist who was, because he didn’t write a lot of songs, but the ones he wrote were very meaningful, very well-crafted and well-thought-out, an incredibly meticulous man with his work and what he wanted to do, ”Richards continued to Rolling Stone.

“The record speaks for itself-“[While My] The guitar is crying softly, “” Something “,” My sweet lord. “When he put out something, he worked on it for a long time and got it as he wanted, which is a very difficult thing to do, especially when you do part of something else.

Richards said he couldn’t talk about George’s spirituality because he “didn’t know”. However, he could speak of George’s exceptional guitar playing.

“What I do know is that he was a lovely lead guitarist,” Richards continued, “beautifully low-key. The thing is, you have your Jimi Hendrix, you have your Eric Clapton, and then you have guys who can play with bands, and George was a band and a team player.

“For me, that’s way beyond being a virtuoso flash artist… George was an artist, but he was also a ****** craftsman.

“When you listen to his songs, you know how invested they have been. He didn’t spill anything. George designed his stuff very, very carefully, and it all had its own feel. He was a guy who could put out a great song or a great album at any time.

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George reminded Richards of Charlie Watts

Looking back, Richards understood why George liked to live in privacy because one of his fellow Stones, Charlie Watts, was similar. There was no one to tell The Beatles or The Rolling Stones how to operate under the constant watch of the world. Initially, they all struggled with fame.

“I think the other thing, this tension that runs between George and the Beatles and ourselves, the Stones, is just that we’re basically the same age and ended up in this unique position with no training whatsoever. can’t go to star school, and George never cared about that.

“George reminds me a lot of Charlie Watts, in that way and in many ways – sobriety, modesty and just being a gentleman, really. There are very few I would give that word to, and I don’t. wouldn’t give it to myself, but he was a gentleman.

Now Richards is probably missing out on hearing George’s new tracks. We all do.


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