How the Stones Keep Rolling (at the combined age of 308)

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Charlie himself is said to have survived a head-on collision, when his limo driver fell asleep. And then there’s Keith Richards, the Houdini to their David Blaines. In 1965, “Keef” passed out when he was electrocuted on stage (he thanked his rubber-soled boots for his life).

Then he passed out with a lighted cigarette in his hand in a villa rented in France with Anita Pallenberg in 1971, setting their bed in flames. Two years later, they escaped from another burning house. Then, in the 90s, he was standing on a chair in his library, searching for a book on the study of Leonardo’s anatomy, when several shelves crushed him, resulting in three broken ribs. A decade later, he had to undergo brain surgery after falling 7 feet from a palm tree in Fiji.

Oh, and I forgot to mention: In 1944, Keith and his mother escaped the bombings of London, returning to find that a V1 bomb had been dropped on Keith’s cot. “It’s all part of the rich spectacle of life,” as he put it, after the collapse of the library. Quite.

A study has already found that rock stars die 25 years earlier than the average person, which means that, collectively, the Stones have more lives than a commercial cattery. Anyone who has seen them perform in concert in recent years knows that Mick, Keith, both 77, Ronnie, 74, and Charlie, 80, also have more energy than the current Top 40 performers combined.

So now that they’re back on the road, let’s get back to the original question: What health and fitness secrets do the Stones know that the rest of us don’t? Start me up, it’s time to find out.

Mick

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