Keith Richards has taken to gardening after encountering unexpected downtime during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Rolling Stones icon explained that he took up the hobby to keep busy during the first lockdown, which led to a “more normal way of life” after years as one of rock’s most notorious hell-lifters.
He told Goldmine magazine: “I saw the garden grow, really amazing.
“I spent the whole summer admiring the garden and also doing a little gardening myself – watering the vegetables and things. I got into a more normal way of life, which is not normal.”
The guitarist, who recently gave up cigarettes and alcohol, explained how he protected himself from the virus at his home in America with his wife Patti.
When asked if he was afraid of contracting the virus, he said: “Oh yeah. In this particular area, New York and Connecticut, it was very heavy at first.
“It’s been pretty well controlled since then, but this is the only place in the whole country where it’s …
“I’ve been hiding, basically. Hiding with family and some friends because we have to stay in a bubble, you know.
“I’ve been to a restaurant with outdoor seating a couple of times, but it’s a bit cold now, so let’s eat in it. Thank goodness the wife is a good cook, bless her heart!”
Richards’ comments come after he joked that he “might get a new wheelchair” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Rolling Stones.
The full-length band formed as The Rolling Stones in 1962, and they are set to celebrate 60 years together in 2022.
In a new interview with BBC News, Richards initially claimed that he “hadn’t even thought” about the Stones’ 60th anniversary before joking: “I don’t know. [cómo planeo celebrarlo]. I may get a new wheelchair. “
The Stones have also launched a new global e-commerce store following the opening of their London flagship store, RS No.9 Carnaby.
Complete with a 360-degree virtual shopping experience, the online version of its Soho store allows customers to enter the store from anywhere in the world.