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Keith Richards reveals the most difficult Stones song to play

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Keith Richards reveals the most difficult Stones song to play

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Keith Richards said that the band’s classic “Satisfaction” is the most difficult song to play.


He said:

“I’m still finding how to tighten it up. [Bassist] Darryl [Jones] and I are working on the rhythm end lately – slightly different ideas to make it snappier and better.”

“Gimme Shelter” is the “biggest challenge” to play live:

“Once you get into it, [it’s fine], but I’m never sure if I’m the right volume. I’m always a bit anxious about. That beginning is so eerie, sometimes in a stadium, you start to hear echoes.”

Another tricky to properly execute, he said:

“‘Honky Tonk [Women]’ can be a bastard to play, man. When it’s right, it’s really right. There’s something about the starkness of the beginning you really have to have down, and the tempo has to be just right. It’s a challenge, but I love it.”

“Sympathy for the Devil” ” a bizarre thing to play:

“It’s incredible fun, because there’s all these gaps. Ronnie [Wood, guitar] and I don’t even play until the bridge: ‘Pleased to meet you!’ And there’s great dynamics in it. And then at the end, I can just dribble about a bit.”

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