Keith Richards Slams David Bowie

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has confessed that he is not a huge fan of David Bowie.

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Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has confessed that he is not a huge fan of David Bowie.

Speaking in this month's Uncut magazine, Richards said that 'Changes', which appears on Bowie's fourth album 'Hunky Dory', was the only song by the artist that he could remember.

"It's all pose. It's all fucking posing. It's nothing to do with music He knows it too, Richards said.

I can't think of anything else he's done that would make my hair stand up."

The Rolling Stones film 'Shine A Light' is currently on release at cinemas across the world.

The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, follows the band during their two performances at the Beacon Theatre in New York in 2006.

Credits for the info to Gigwise.com.

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    NutZz?
    a druggie can only remember one song out of all of david bowies discography. how the hell is this news...
    mercedesisbenz
    metaljunkie22 wrote: Big words from a mediocre guitarist
    keith richards can write better songs than you.
    Neon D-von
    metaljunkie22 wrote: Big words from a mediocre guitarist
    agreed. He's written some ok songs but the guitar has never really impressed me that much.
    GNR's Fan
    mercedesisbenz wrote: metaljunkie22 wrote: Big words from a mediocre guitarist keith richards can write better songs than you.
    And of course that is totally relevant to his comment.
    Mortalitas
    mercedesisbenz wrote: metaljunkie22 wrote: Big words from a mediocre guitarist keith richards can write better songs than you.
    He can write better songs than most of us, it doesnt make him great.
    NewsoftheWorld
    Honestly,I've never listened to Rolling Stones songs that weren't singles.Even then I've only enjoyed some of their singles. Do the Stones even play music just to play music anymore? O_o
    tommyt
    mercedesisbenz wrote: metaljunkie22 wrote: Big words from a mediocre guitarist keith richards can write better songs than you.
    i'd say brian jones, mick taylor, and most blues guitarists that richards has grave robbed would beg to differ.
    Robert_Terry
    mercedesisbenz wrote: metaljunkie22 wrote: Big words from a mediocre guitarist then why hasn't he written one in 39 years? I'm pretty sure bowie, whom i adore, is sat in his house right now placing his name in theplace of the beatles in this classic quote "whats the difference between the stones and the beatles? the beatles dont care about the stone" keith richards can write better songs than you.
    lepermessiah22
    metaljunkie22 wrote: Big words from a mediocre guitarist
    +1 The Rolling stones = Most overrated band EVER
    xXx Hobbes xXx
    That's too bad, I love both. But for originality I lean towards Bowie. He's a fantastic songwriter.
    Anavrin224
    Well I'm sure with all the drugs Keith has ingested during that era it's possible that his memory is a bit fried.
    Gregoriose
    Well I could easily argue that the stones where in fact just Beatles want-to-bes. Considering Lennon didn't particularly like Jagger because the stones followed the Beatles around to much. Like when the Beatles would perform in a place in like a week you could be the stones would be there.
    Notoriousdoc
    David Bowie > Stones, forever. Bowie's got balls and is an amazing songwriter. Richards can't play guitar and should keep his mouth shut. Also, why is there so much goddamn homophobia on here? The whole Bowie/Jagger thing is pathetic.
    zombies-r-tasty
    see mention the stones and all hell breaks loose and besides Bowie=GRRRRREAT Stones=ok so there i said it
    AussieBassKid
    yoursweatersux wrote: Keith Richards isn't a great guitarist??? What the hell is wrong with you 16 year olds.
    dude, to make generalisations about someone because of their age, and then play the 'you're childish' card is so ridiculously ignorant it makes me laugh.
    jshwak
    I bet Richards would love to "Slam" bowie.. but Bowie thinks he's ugly !!! :-D
    mantyce
    This is friggin' disturbing. I'm not a big Stones fan (don't dislike them, just no big deal for me) nor am I a diehard Bowie fan so I'm pretty unbiased here...but for Richards to blast one of the most revolutionary artists is blasphemy. In the grand scheme of rock music who, between Bowie and Richards, is the greater inspiration, greater artist, greater performer, and greater mucisian?? Bowie by FAR!!!! That's like Jessica Simpson bashing Pink Floyd for not having any musical credentials!! Absolute BS!! Get you drug-filled head out of your ass, Richards!
    Ethicdoom
    yoursweatersux wrote: Keith Richards isn't a great guitarist??? What the hell is wrong with you 16 year olds. That's such a childish thing to say... he's written a million memorable riffs and crafted tons of top hit songs. Just because he doesn't shred like Buckethead, who everbody on ultimate-guitar seems to have a hard on for, does NOT mean he can't play guitar. Jesus christ, nowadays you kids are trying to make music seem like some sort of f*cking competition. Everytime I walk into guitar center there's some immature idiot just doing sweep after sweep trying to show off. It's a f*cking instrument for making MUSIC, not some bullsh*t that was designed so you could look cool in a talent show. Die
    He is not a great guitarist. And I'm not 16. Britney Spears and the Backstreet boys have plenty of hits too. But no one calls them quality musicians. Their rifts were far and beyond outclassed by a lot of the music from the 60s and 70s. Zep, Hendrix, Sabbath-all blow the stones away. AC/DC too. Mediocre is him.
    JustinBrand
    Both are hilght famous and diserving of respect. i like and enjoy both of them. But if Richards doesnt like Bowie!... who cares. let him think what he was. the pres of iran doesnt believe in the hollocaust. and Richards doesnt like Bowie... OMG OMG wow. there are plenty of bands people dont like. it is a matter of personal taste.
    Mithaearon
    THe problem with Richards saying Hunky Dory, was the only song by the artist that he could remember, is that I dare say he can't "remember" much about anything anymore. Also where does he get off saying that when the Stones haven't done any thing of any real signifigance since about 1969.
    Mootallica
    Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has confessed that he is not a huge fan of David Bowie. --- Well neither am I.
    ValoRhoads
    Bad form! You're both legends, and your lead singer has worked with Bowie before. There is no need to disrespect him other than to get your name in print. Bad form!
    stevezy
    Well at least Bowie did as much drugs as Keith but can still stand up straight and remember shit from back then.
    elcapitan1800
    Suffragettte City rocks my socks, I like Bowie. I dont even understand where a "slam" like this would come from. Im sure there are lots of famous people who disslike other famous people, but I could seriously give a rats ass
    ApeOfJustice
    If somebody asks him what he thinks about David Bowie then of course he will tell them what he thinks. He's hardly gone out of his way to say bad things about him, he was asked. Also I agree with what he said about Bowie 100% and I'm not much of a Stones fan.
    mon_the_fraser
    Keith Richards is probably the worst "so called proffesional" guitarist the world has ever seen i have seen him struggle to play the riff for satisfaction in live videos he is simply terrible.
    jv_music
    I never liked Richards much. I always felt like he was a prick. Mick Jagger is cooler IMO.
    AngryGoldfish
    What a Prat! Keith Richards has no class. He is far more entertaining than Bowie, yes, but Bowie has this totally charasmatic approach to his music. A far more satirical and sarcastic method. Keith is obviously a bit slow in his age of reckless antics and doesn't recognize the genius qualities Bowie has. I think Keith relies on his callous and daft behaviour to enlighten his fans too much and uses that as a way of passing judgetment on another artist.
    zekk
    David bowie is far more memorible then the rolling stones mediocre rip off of good old american blues shitted down to market to brits.
    davedoom
    Life On Mars - which BOWIE WROTE - is better than 10 of the Bones' albums....
    connorcampbell
    Jeez what a dick! hunky dorey is quite bad i admit but listen to the classic stuff, Rebel Rebel, life on mars, starman!