By Tim Staskiewicz

The death of a child is by far one of the most traumatic things one can experience in life.

When Keith Richards lost his 10-week-old son, Tara back in 1976, it understandably brought him to a dark place.

Tara was a victim of sudden infant death syndrome, more commonly known as SIDS or “cot death.”

When Richards learned of his son’s passing, he was on the road with The Rolling Stones about to play a show.

It’s that concert in France, that Richards credits with saving his own life.

“It was such a shock at the time, especially getting a phone call in Paris and this happened in Geneva, and I thought, ‘I’m going to go mad unless I do this show tonight,” Richards tells BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs.

“Maybe it was a sense of self-preservation. It was a rough, rough thing. And I had a feeling, ‘I must go on stage now and I’ll worry and grieve and think about all this after the show.’ Because if didn’t go on the stage I’d have probably shot myself.”

Listen to Keith Richards’ full interview with Desert Island Discs on their website.


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