The Rolling Stones guitarist in the press before the band performs at the Sunrise Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday. (Pamela Brown | The Washington Post)
Guitarist Keith Richards will play a special performance with the Rolling Stones on Saturday in Tampa, in Tampa Bay, Florida. This is his first solo concert since 2004, and it is likely to be the only one of this type that he will play in the U.S. in the next year or so, though many concerts are on the horizon for the Stones. The show in Tampa, which is being billed as his first non-Ganges shows, marks the band’s 50th anniversary, and will also feature a bit of mayhem thanks to Richards’ relentless verbal fisticuffs with the Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton.
The festival is one of a number of “50 and Counting” celebrations that the Rolling Stones are holding to mark the occasion, which will come to a close with a show in London on Sunday. But the lone-surviving member of the first band that reunited earlier this year, Mick Jagger, has also kept busy with various solo efforts.