Guitarist Keith Richards believes he can stop the rain with a magic stick.
The 72-year-old always carries the superstitious item, and The Rolling Stones road crew “rely upon” it to prevent downpours when the band is performing, reports mirror.co.uk.
In the band’s new documentary “Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America”, which showcases their tour around South America earlier this year, Richards said: “The stick is a very superstitious thing.
“If it’s about to rain or if you’re playing outdoors and someone goes ‘Keith, it’s raining’, if I don’t go outside and do a few mysterious movements, it would disappoint the whole crew. They rely upon this stick to stop the rain – and the weird thing is that it works,” Richards added.
However, when the camera then cuts to the “Paint it black” hitmakers performing in a torrential downpour, Richards is forced to admit the magic stick doesn’t always work.
“The rain stick is not infallible,” he said.
The Rolling Stones’ new tour documentary will be released shortly before their upcoming album ‘Blue and Lonesome’ drops on December 2, marking their first release in over a decade.
The LP includes covers of classic blues songs by artists such as Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf, many of whom inspired by the band at the start of their career.