Keith Richards Says He Was Reluctant To Leave The Rolling Stones Unlike Mick Jagger

The Rolling Stones lead guitarist Keith Richards recently talked about lead singer Mick Jagger’s solo career during a conversation with CBS Sunday Morning. Unlike Jagger, the rocker stated that he was unwilling to have a music career outside of the Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 with the stabilized lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. Mick Jagger attracted a lot of attention from the fans and the musicians of rock and roll with his songwriting skills, stage presence, and unique way of moving to music. He was considered one of the most influential leads in the industry, so it wasn’t long before he decided to try out a solo career.

The Stones never disbanded, and Jagger did not officially quit the band to pursue a solo career. However, his desire to establish a solo career distorted his relationship with his songwriting partner Keith Richards. Nevertheless, he continued to do what he wanted and released his first solo album in 1985 titled ‘She’s the Boss.’ His solo journey did not continue as well as he wanted it to, as his records with the band were more successful than his solo ones.

In a recent interview, Keith Richards was asked about Jagger’s solo career and if he wanted to do other things like establishing a solo career as Jagger. Tough he dipped his toe into having a solo career that didn’t last very long, Richards replied by stating that he didn’t want to do anything separate from the band, unlike Jagger. This reluctance led him not to discover himself as a musician outside of The Stones, but he seems to be at peace with his decisions.

Here is what Richards said about Jagger:

“Mick wanted to do separate things, and I didn’t.

The interviewer followed with the question:

“Did you know who you were outside the band?”

Richards answered:

“No, maybe that’s why one of the attractions of doing the X-Pensive Winos, which was to find out if there was anything else. Anyway, just to look over the fence.”

You can watch the conversation of Keith Richards below.