Keith Richards reunites with X-Pensive Winos: photos and video
Keith Richards reunited with his solo backing band the X-Pensive Winos for the first time in 30 years at the Beacon Theater in New York last night. Their performance took place at the annual Love Rocks NYC charity concert.
The Rolling Stones guitarist was joined by three of the band’s four living members: drummer Steve Jordan (who recently replaced Charlie Watts on the Stones’ 2021 No Filter Tour), guitarist Waddy Wachtel and keyboardist Ivan Neville.
Winos singer Sarah Dash died aged 76 in September 2021, while bassist Charley Drayton is currently touring on drums for Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour. House band leader Will Lee played bass last night.
Although some of the Winos members have performed together at various live events, the Love Rocks concert marked the first time most of the full group has appeared together in years. “We hadn’t been together for a while, and I really missed them,” Richards said from the scene.
You can see their set list, along with videos and photos, below.
Watch Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos at Love Rocks NYC
Hosted by Bill Murray, Kiefer Sutherland, Mario Cantone, Gina Gershon, Steve Schirripa and Michelle Buteau, the event also featured performances from Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, Warren Haynes, Allison Russell, Melissa Etheridge, Steely guitarist Dan Connor Kennedy and others. The house band, led by Lee, included Larry Campbell, Steve Gadd, Eric Krasno, Pedrito Martinez, Shawn Pelton, Ricky Peterson and Jeff Young.
Proceeds from the Rocks go to God’s Love We Deliver, an organization founded during the 1980s AIDS epidemic that provides medically appropriate meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses.
The first Love Rocks benefit concert took place in 2017 and has since raised over $13 million. This year’s concert marked the first time the event has taken place with an entirely in-person audience since 2019. The past two years have involved tight capacity for attendees and live-streaming links.
In light of the ongoing conflict in Europe, $50,000 of the evening’s proceeds will also be donated to the people of Ukraine.
Richards formed the X-Pensive Winos during the sessions for his 1988 solo debut album, talking is cheap, which featured the band’s original lineup. They also played on Richards’ next album, 1992 Main offender, which is being reissued this month. A live Winos box, Concert at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988came out last year.
“All of them are incredibly versatile,” Richards said. Gold mine Last year. “I could change or they would change themselves – only Waddy and I would stay with guitars, everyone would say ‘Okay, I’ll play bass, you play drums’…and sort it out. J I was amazed by the versatility of these men.”
Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos, Beacon Theatre, New York, 03/10/22
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