The old joke goes that after the nuclear apocalypse, all that will remain are cockroaches and Keith Richards.In our list of 10 Times Keith Richards Almost Died, the Rolling Stone survives drug addiction, fires, poison, stage accidents, the Hells Angels, libraries and palm trees to somehow reach a ripe old age.
Richards almost didn’t make it out of infancy, thanks to the 1944 Nazi bomb raids over London.During the height of the raids, Richards and his mom evacuated to a region that was out of the line of fire.When things died down, they returned to find that some of their neighbors had been killed and that baby Keith’s cot had been blown up by V-1 bomb.Richards would later offer this bit of revisionist history: “Hitler dumped one of his V-1’s on my bed! ” Only a couple of years into the Stones’ five-decade career, the band almost lost one of their prime creative forces.While playing a gig in Sacramento, the group launched into “The Last Time,” and Richards approached the microphone to sing his backing part.
It was facing the wrong way, so he attempted to knock it with the neck of his guitar – which resulted in a near-fatal shock.
In a blue flash, Richards was knocked unconscious, his guitar strings burned from the accident.
Richards later called the incident his “most spectacular” moment and credited his salvation to a new pair of boots with thick rubber soles.
, the gripping Rolling Stones documentary, you’d be amazed that anyone made it out of Altamont alive.
Upon arriving at this hastily organized free concert, Mick Jagger was punched in the head.
Violence erupted throughout the Stones’ set, forcing them to stop and restart songs.