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Keith Richards said in his autobiography “Life,” that Bobby Keys is “my closest pal. A soul of rock ’n roll, a solid man and also a depraved maniac.”
Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Promoter Russ Gordon, hopes that interests folks because Keys is playing with his New Mexico band, the Attitudes, Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m.
Keys is best known as the “sixth” man of the Rolling Stones. He said, “I’m not a member of the Stones, but a well-paid assistant.” He is the sax player with some well-known solos. He played on “Honky Tonk Women,” “Sticky Fingers,” “Rip This Joint,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” “Bitch,” and many more Rolling Stones hits. Keys played on every Stones album from 1969 through 1973 and then from 1980 to the present. He’s been on all their tours since 1970, except the 1976 tour when Mick Jagger angry with him.
He played on Dion and the Belmonts’ “The Wanderer” when he was 14. At age 15, he was playing with Buddy Holly and the Crickets and touring with Bobby Vee.
He first met the Stones at a Dick Clark concert in San Antonio when he was with Vee. He’s played on albums and toured with George Harrison (“All Things Must Pass”), The Who, Nilsson, Delaney and Bonnie, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker (“Mad Dogs and Englishmen”), Eric Clapton’s “After Midnight” and “Bell Bottom Blues.”
He played with Ringo Starr and on John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through the Night.” He’s on albums by Keith Richards, BB King, Barbra Streisand, Ronnie Wood, Carly Simon, Warren Zevon, Keith Moon, John Hiatt, Leo Sayers, the Faces, Humble Pie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sheryl Crow, Martha Reeves, Etta James, Maroon 5 and is also on Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
“He has an amazing body of work. It probably can’t be matched in the industry,” Gordon said.
He and Keith Richards were both born Dec. 18, 1943. They were the first rock ’n rollers to throw a TV off a hotel balcony. When asked how was it making the album “Exile On Main Street” with the Stones at Richards’ mansion in the south of France, Keys said … “we were in our 20s, we had money, cars, motorcycles and wall-to-wall women. It was a good period. Keith and I shared recreational antics.”
Keys became great friends with Jagger in the early 70s and was an attendant at his wedding. The friendship became strained on the Stones’ ’73 tour of Europe when Jagger fired Keys after he allegedly missed some shows.
“It seems that Keys and a lovely French lady filled up a bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and Bobby drank most of it,” Gordon said. “He was down for the count for a few days again. Bobby was living in London at the time at Mick Jagger’s house. He had to leave and soon moved into John Lennon’s guesthouse. Yoko didn’t like him because he was a Rolling Stone who drank, cussed and hung out. I imagine most of you know that Yoko sang some pretty wild avant-garde songs as the lead squealer. While practicing with John and Yoko’s Plastic Ono Band, Yoko asked Bobby to make his sax sound like a frog on a leaf. He did and they got along fine after that.”
Bobby Keys and the Attitudes will play a lot of the songs that Keys is known for, such as many Rolling Stones’ hits, Cocker’s “The Letter,” Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” Clapton’s “After Midnight,” and Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through the Night.”
“It should be tremendous show. Join us for LANB Night at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,” Gordon said.
On Aug. 3, the series will be at Del Norte Credit Union with Los Alamos’ Eddy and The Nomads. They’ll play the music of the 50s and 60s.
For more information, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com.