Monday, January 25, 2010

Last Call?

This item is from the The Sun, a trashy U.K. tabloid, so don't bet the rent money on its veracity:

Hell-raising Rolling Stone Keith Richards
has gone on the wagon - despite claiming he would never give up booze.

The 66-year-old rocker finally quit after
getting strict orders from his doctor - and watching bandmate Ronnie Wood's life
unravel through alcoholism.

Now "Keef" has not touched a drop for four
A friend said last night: "There's no guarantees that he'll stay off
it - but he's doing really well so far."

Doctors had been telling Keith for years he
needed to cut back on his boozing.

He once famously boasted he would never
stop because he had outlived several medics who chided him about his constant

But four years ago he suffered a brain
haemorrhage after falling out of a palm tree during a booze-fuelled trip to Fiji
with pal Ronnie - who later left wife Jo for teenager Katia Ivanova.

Now doctors say Keith's hedonistic
lifestyle is finally starting to take its toll.

A source close to the guitarist - married
to former model Patti Hanson for 26 years - said: "He has always quite enjoyed
the fact that he seemed to be able to carry on drinking as much as he liked with
no real negative impact on his health.

"But he has watched Ronnie fall well and
truly off the wagon last year and he doesn't like what he sees.

"Plus he has started to feel for the first
time like it might do him some good to give up the booze for a while."

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