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Keith Richards Says Going Solo Made Him Appreciate Mick Jagger

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Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said working with X-Pensive Winos, a band he formed after Mick Jagger decided to go solo in the 80's, created the opportunity for him to appreciate Jagger more.

Richards released two albums - Talk Is Cheap and Main Offender - with X-Pensive Winos.

"What I was happy about was that I could step out of the Stones and just as easily step back in," Richards said in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

"But I learned a lot about being a frontman. I appreciated it a lot more - Mick's angle on things - onstage especially. It widened my perspective of what everybody has to do in a band. It gave me more respect for the frontman," he added.

"You realize that you're it all the time; you don't stop. With the Stones, I'm in a beautiful position of being able to go forward whenever I feel like it, or just hunker down with the band and the groove. I have choices. The frontman has no choice," Richards continued.

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