Keith Richards Shares Selling Catalogs Is A “sign of getting old”
Keith Richards said artists selling their catalogs was a “sign of getting old” on his recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning.
Lately, a lot of veteran musicians have sold their music rights with different music label companies. But the idea is unlikely to happen with Richards as he confirmed the news that the Rolling Stones are writing new songs.
“Mick and I have not spoken about it on a serious level. I don’t know if we’re ready to sell our catalog. We might drag it out a bit – put some more stuff in it! You only think about selling your catalog when … it’s a sign of getting old!”
Richards’ songwriting credits include material with his solo band the X-pensive Winos. They have recently reunited to perform at the benefit concert, Love Rocks NYC 2022 at the Beacon Theatre last Thursday night. The guitarist reflected that the project had come about after Jagger wanted to explore a solo career outside the Stones saying:
“Mick wanted to do separate things, and I didn’t!”
Admitted that he originally stepped out of the band reluctantly “to start with.” He adds:
“That was one of the attractions of doing the Winos: just to find out if there was anything else … just to look over the fence. Playing with the Winos is always sheer joy because it didn’t matter. We were on the lam, kinda… Let’s see how long we can get away with it!”
The 78-year-old was asked about his thoughts on how long he could keep his career going. He responded:
“If I did that, I wouldn’t come up with an answer and I’d always be thinking about it. Tomorrow? July the 5th, 2025? You can’t… I’ll find out the hard way!”
Watch the full interview below.