Keith Richards has been spending lockdown in a decidedly un-rock-star way. “I got into gardening this summer because I’ve never seen the damn things grow before – I’ve always been on the road that time of year,” the Rolling Stones guitarist tells USA TODAY. “Astoundingly, I’ve just been watering my vegetables and finding some sort of routine there. Watching the damn things grow is just the most amazing thing. And then I eat them.”
Work on the Stones’ first album of original music since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang” has “creaked to a halt” due to the pandemic, Richards says. In the meantime, he’s reissuing his 1991 concert album “Live at the Hollywood Palladium” as an expanded box set, out Friday.
The album documents a 1988 concert Richards played with his backing band the X-Pensive Winos, in support of his first solo album “Talk is Cheap.” He released the album amid a well-publicized falling out with Stones frontman Mick Jagger in the late ’80s, which they resolved after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.