Keith Richards about going solo (1987):
“The last thing I ever wanted to do was to break this band up and equally the last thing I had ever wanted to do was to go and think about doing my own solo stuff, but Mick did me a favour without knowing it, because it meant that I got together with a new bunch of musicians, and that was an enlightenment to me. That was simply because I had to do something. I got forced into it because I couldn’t sit around and wait for Mick to finish his album. And although I had no intention of going out to create a new band, various things fell into place, and during that period I got to work with some other great musicians, an incredible ensemble of musicians who just arrived. I began to write with Steve Jordan and the likes of Charlie Drayton, Ivan Neville and Waddy Wachtel, which became the X-Pensive Winos, with Steve and Charlie Drayton sharing bass and drum duties, Ivan on keyboards and Waddy playing guitar, and which was probably one of the best rock & roll bands in the world – a great band, very much like the early Stones.”
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