Keith Richards Gets His Blues On

The rock & roll Batman drops in on a Southport, Connecticut club

July 8, 2004
Rolling Stones Keith Richards
Keith Richards performs live at Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands on 11th August 2003.
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Keith Richards is like a rock & roll Batman: You never know when he'll strike next. He shocked the crowd at the Boxcar club in Southport, Connecticut, near his crib, by jumping onstage with eighty-eight-year-old blues legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards — a dude who used to gig with Robert Johnson. Richards jammed along for two songs, ad-libbing lines such as "I had Honeyboy for breakfast, Honeyboy for tea/Honeyboy for lunch, he's OK by me." Honeyboy was unfazed. "Everything was all right," he says. "I've played with plenty of people over the years."

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