The Rolling Stones, arguably the greatest band of all time, definitely cares about keeping it going.
Guitarist Keith Richards and vocalist Mick Jagger have been a power partnership for over 50 years and they maintain a certain courtesy to one another to fuel that.
According to music critic Neil McCormick, Richards uses a motorized ashtray that sucks in cigarette smoke when around Jagger. Jagger isn’t allergic, he just doesn’t smoke himself. Richards doesn’t want to be disrespectful or discourteous to his friend. A bit like not chowing down on a steak in front of your vegan friend.
McCormick’s tweet can be viewed below.
Today I learned that Keith Richards has a motorised ashtray that absorbs smoke, so his habit won’t upset Mick Jagger backstage. Also a hotel bell to summon his guitar tech. Rock n roll.
— Neil McCormick (@neil_mccormick) August 28, 2019
The tweet also mentions Richards using a hotel bell to summon his guitar tech. We guess that’s faster than texting them.
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The honor comes from NASA, or more specifically, the team responsible for NASA’s InSight lander.
They named the small rock “Rolling Stones Rock”. The small rock, which is about the size of a golf ball, appeared to roll three feet following the touchdown of the InSight craft in November. That is the furthest distance NASA has even seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet, which is why they’ve paid special interest to it.
The band made a statement about the special rock being named after them.
“What a wonderful way to celebrate the ‘Stones No Filter’ tour arriving in Pasadena,” the Rolling Stones said in a statement. “This is definitely a milestone in our long and eventful history. A huge thank you to everyone at NASA for making it happen.”
The rock will appear on working maps of the planet for time to come, so the band’s prominence is not only cemented here but also on Mars.
What do you think about Richard’s special ashtray? Let us know what you’d do for a friend in the comments below.