Keith Richards on the differences in playing with Taylor, Jones and Wood (1983)
“It was much harder to get a Rolling Stones sound with Mick Taylor. It was much more lead and rhythm, one way or the other. As fabulous as he is as a lead guitarist, he wasn’t a great rhythm player, so we ended up taking roles. When Brian and I started, it was never like that. It’s much easier than with Brian, personally. But also with Ron, the basic way we play is much more similar, and this isn’t in any way to knock Mick. I mean, he’s a fantastic guitar player. But even if he couldn’t play shit, I’d love the guy. But chemically we didn’t have that flexibility in the band. It was, ‘You do this, and I’ll do that, and never the twain shall meet’. With Ron, if he drops his pick, then I can play his lick until he picks it up, and you can’t even tell the difference.”
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