RIP Bobby Keys – 1943 – 2014

The saxophone legend Bobby Keys died today, the 2nd of December.

Bobby became famous as the saxophonist with the Rolling Stones for the past 40 years, and by all accounts lived a more raucous and wild life than the band themselves.

Born on the same day as guitarist Keith Richards he soon took up the role of his late night partner and accomplice in offstage antics. However his wild episodes even became too wild for the band, and on their 1973 European tour, he missed a commitment and Richards found him in his bathtub full of Dom Perignon. “He’s got a cigar, bathtub full of champagne and this French chick with him,” Richards recalled in his autobiography Life. “And he said, ‘Fuck off’.”

Of course they got past that and Bobby played with them for four fifths of their career to date; truly a member of the band, who today made the following statement:

“The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys,” the band said in a statement. “Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed.”

“I have lost the largest pal in the world and I can’t express the sense of sadness I feel, although Bobby would tell me to cheer up,” Stones guitarist Keith Richards said in a hand-written note on Twitter. “My condolences to all that knew him and his love of music.”

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