Ronnie’s leaving no stone unturned as he rolls in a new chapter
The ultimate survivor, Rolling Stone Wood talks about near-death escapes, sobriety and his love for painting
The darker parts of Ronnie Wood’s life read like a long list of things you shouldn’t do. In Hollywood he freebased cocaine; he was rescued off the coast of Rio de Janeiro from a burning boat ahead of a Stones concert on Copacabana beach; in the Caribbean he was almost implicated in a serious cocaine bust, and on more than one occasion he’s had to jump out of the way of Keith Richards firing his handgun.
Many of his friends, including Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and Amy Winehouse, were killed by drugs and drink, his good mate John Lennon was murdered and longtime pals David Bowie and George Harrison died from cancer. Yet despite a life of extreme rock ’n’ roll excess, Wood has just turned 73 years old, is still going strong and is a father of young twins. The first question that has to be asked, and it’s a question he must have asked himself, is: Ronnie, how are you still alive?
“Ha ha ha, well, I got clean! My life’s better now.” Were you ready to clean up? “Yes I was. I don’t have any bitterness or anger. I’m wiser now; I had a great time and I still do, but in a different way.”..