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Old 10-13-2002, 12:15 AM
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What in the world happened to Keith Richards' fingers?

I noticed it a couple of months ago when Mick Jagger and Keith were being interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today show. Keith is sitting next to Jagger and is closer to the camera. As you may know, Keith speaks somewhat animated with his hands and to my amazement, his knuckles closest to the fingernails look bloated. He looked like he had artheritis...yet he plays guitar for living. Could this be?

Being a big Stones fan, I bought the new Rolling Stone with a shirtless Keith on the cover (the checkout clerk took one look at that shot and said "That ain't right"!) and took it home to read. There's a huge photo of Keith on page 48 that has a facial shot with him posing with his fingers in a "devil horns" gesture. His fingers still look very strange. I've never noticed this about Keith before...here's proof he was once normal. Flip back to page 52 and you can see a pretty good picture of Keith back in 72' backstage replacing the cap on a Jack Daniels bottle and his fingers look perfectly normal.

Anybody have any idea what the bloated knuckles might be?
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Old 10-13-2002, 01:01 AM
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I haven't seen the pictures but arthritis sounds right.
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Old 10-13-2002, 04:45 PM
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Ummm, most people have at least some form of minor arthritis by their mid 40's. Keith is how old? 600? What's the big surprise?
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Old 10-13-2002, 04:53 PM
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Ummm, most people have at least some form of minor arthritis by their mid 40's.
You wouldn't have a cite for that, would ya? And to me, most people implies at least 70-75% of the population over 40. Which is a roundabout way of saying I have a very hard time believing it.

Though I could be wrong.

But in this case, I doubt it.
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Old 10-13-2002, 04:59 PM
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I've never seen arthritis like this though and Keith is only 59. It definitly looks abnormal.
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Old 10-13-2002, 06:27 PM
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most people implies at least 70-75%
Doesn't that strictly mean at least 51% (or 50.1 or 50.01...)?
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Old 10-13-2002, 08:46 PM
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It's either arthritis, or because that's the only place left where he can find a vein....

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Old 10-13-2002, 10:04 PM
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Keith Richard's style of playing isn't all that challenging. He plays everything using an open G tuning and just slaps his index finger across all five strings (no bottom string) to play a chord.

In his words, it just takes "five strings, three notes, two fingers and one asshole" to play like him. He could probably replace his fingers with wooden sticks and still sound ok.
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Old 10-14-2002, 05:55 AM
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You wouldn't have a cite for that, would ya?


Well, my doctor told me that less than a week ago. That's about all I can help you with, maybe Qadgop will take notice of this thread and have something better. Also, I think every person I've ever known over 45 (and half the people under 45, as young as 15) have some form of arthritis.
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Old 10-14-2002, 07:11 AM
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Well, my doctor told me that less than a week ago. That's about all I can help you with, maybe Qadgop will take notice of this thread and have something better. Also, I think every person I've ever known over 45 (and half the people under 45, as young as 15) have some form of arthritis.

Is this arthritis that you feel and see, or some sort of latent arthritis that has not yet shown itself? I will soon be 48, my husband just turned 50 and AFAIK,neither he nor I nor any of our contemporaries have any arthritis.

Saw a recent photo of Richards and noticed the swollen knuckles.
I immediately thought that it had to be from playing the guitar, but really have no idea.
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According to The CDC, over 28 million Americans over the age of 45 have arthritis. That might not be most (and I say might because I don't know how many Americans there are over 45), but any way you look at it that is an amazingly high number. I say again: Keith is how old? What's the big surprise?
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IANA Drug User, but doesn't cocaine, or at least super-excessive use of it, do something to one's fingers? Obviously it does something to a person's nasal cavity if snorted, but I thought I read somewhere that it causes problems with extremities - makes them swollen, maybe hardens the nails, too?

If I get a chance, I will see what I can find....
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Well, a quick Google turned up all of the expected symptoms, but nothing on extremities, so maybe I don't know what the heck I am talking about. Carry on....
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:55 PM
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Keith Richards

It looks like Keith has Heberden's Nodes. Heberden's nodes are bony enlargements of the joint closest to the fingertip -- also known as the DIP joint or distal interphalangeal joint. These are caused by repeated trauma at a joint. It is a form of osteoarthritis.
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Old 06-27-2011, 02:00 PM
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And apparently cause zombies.

Which, of course, I didn't see at first and went and fact checked the 'Keef is 59' thing.
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And in other news, Keith Richards is still alive.
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Old 06-27-2011, 02:44 PM
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Saw a recent photo of Richards and noticed the swollen knuckles.
I immediately thought that it had to be from playing the guitar, but really have no idea.
That would be my vote. Does playing cause stress on those knuckles over time?
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:05 PM
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And in other news, Keith Richards is still alive.
That's a good take-away from this thread. Another might be, "Holy crap, I bet his arthritis is REALLY bad by now!"

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:24 PM
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Joints that are under repetitive stress are often more subject to the effects of osteoarthritis. It makes perfect sense that in Keith Richards it would most affect those joints stressed by picking a guitar.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:26 PM
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Flip back to page 52 and you can see a pretty good picture of Keith back in 72' backstage replacing the cap on a Jack Daniels bottle and his fingers look perfectly normal.
Clearly a doctored photo. Keith never put the cap back on a bottle of whiskey in his life.

As far as the fingers go, I would expect that his fingers should look just as gnarly as the rest of him. So if his fingers look a little freaky - hey, it's Keith Richards...
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:28 PM
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I've never seen arthritis like this though and Keith is only 59. It definitly looks abnormal.
You might want to double check your math. He's pushing 69 real fast.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:32 PM
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You might want to double check your math. He's pushing 69 real fast.
Check the date of the OP. This thread was started in October 2002.
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You might want to double check your math. He's pushing 69 real fast.
This thread is from 2002.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:42 PM
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And zombies often have gnarled knuckles.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:45 PM
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This thread is from 2002.


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Old 06-27-2011, 03:46 PM
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Joints that are under repetitive stress are often more subject to the effects of osteoarthritis. It makes perfect sense that in Keith Richards it would most affect those joints stressed by picking a guitar.
OK, now explain his face.
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OK, now explain his face.
The picture in the attic looks worse.
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:47 PM
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Wow, he's got crow's feet that run down to his jowls.
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I'm reading his autobiography right now. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but he mentioned an incident in his youth where his index finger on his right hand got crushed by ... something ... I don't know, it was several chapters ago.

He claimed it made his finger permanently flat and stiff, so he can used like a pick if he wants to.
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ETA: YIKES! Don't click if you're easily startled!
Now there's a Halloween costume if I ever saw one!

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Now there's a Halloween costume if I ever saw one!

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And in other news, Keith Richards is still alive.
Keith Richards can only be killed my magical weapons.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:24 AM
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This thread is from 2002.
That's the only thing that made me look at the date on the post...Keith Richards? 59???
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:15 AM
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The picture in the attic looks worse.
Fantastic. Bravo, sir, bravo.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:10 PM
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And in other news, Keith Richards is still alive.
On the other hand, GeneralÝssimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:20 AM
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The picture in the attic looks worse.
Admission of ignorance time. I don't get it.
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Admission of ignorance time. I don't get it.
Here you go.
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Awesome. Thank you.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:44 PM
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That's a good take-away from this thread. Another might be, "Holy crap, I bet his arthritis is REALLY bad by now!"

ETA: YIKES! Don't click if you're easily startled!
Don't drink, don't smoke, don't do drugs and watch your diet, you will live a long time .... so much for those suggestions

Or Mick practices voodoo ...
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:17 PM
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That's the only thing that made me look at the date on the post...Keith Richards? 59???
I made the same mistake but it's a zombie post. DOB = December 18, 1943
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:04 AM
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ETA: YIKES! Don't click if you're easily startled!
And here I thought that they'd used makeup in Pirates. If they did, it was to make him look less beat up.
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