Q&A

Ron­nie Wood, mu­si­cian

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Born in Hilling­don, Wood, 70, stud­ied at Eal­ing Col­lege of Art. He joined sev­eral bands – the Birds, the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces – be­fore be­com­ing one of the Rolling Stones in 1975. He has con­tin­ued to paint and draw, and his work is col­lected in the book, Ron­nie Wood: Artist, which is out now. He is mar­ried for the third time, to the­atre pro­ducer Sally Humphreys, and has six chil­dren. This year, he had surgery for lung cancer.

When were you hap­pi­est?

Right now is a pretty good time in my life. I am ex­ist­ing on three-monthly check-ups, but, yeah, I am very grate­ful.

What is your great­est fear?

I am fear­less.

What is the trait you most de­plore in your­self?

For­get­ful­ness.

What is the trait you most de­plore in oth­ers?

Stub­born­ness.

Prop­erty aside, what’s the most ex­pen­sive thing you’ve bought?

Paint­ings and gui­tars. I have Pi­casso prints and one Rem­brandt etch­ing.

What would your su­per power be?

X-ray vi­sion. I was al­ways in­trigued by that when I was a kid.

What makes you un­happy?

Not a lot – I’m quite a happy bloke.

What do you most dis­like about your ap­pear­ance?

I like ev­ery­thing.

If you could bring some­thing ex­tinct back to life, what would you choose?

The Franken­stein di­nosaur they’ve just dis­cov­ered in Chile.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Daniel Craig!

What did you want to be when you were grow­ing up?

An artist trav­el­ling and play­ing with the Stones. What is your most un­ap­peal­ing habit?

My nose comes into it!

What is your guilti­est plea­sure?

I am not guilty about it, but caviar.

What do you owe your par­ents?

My man­ners. Fun­nily enough, my par­ents were both born in Padding­ton Basin and that’s where I live now. Me and my older broth­ers, Art and Ted, were the first of the Woods to be born on dry land.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?

I don’t re­ally owe any­body any apolo­gies.

What or who is the great­est love of your life?

My wife Sally.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“I’ll be right back.”

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

All the hang­ing about.

How of­ten do you have sex?

You’ve got to have that every day.

What is the clos­est you’ve come to death?

I can dodge the bul­lets – I’m lucky.

What keeps you awake at night?

My me­tab­o­lism. Ever since I was a lit­tle kid, I was al­ways up halfway through the night.

What song would you like played at your fu­neral?

The Res­ur­rec­tion Shuf­fle.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In the Ba­hamas with Sally and the twins, Gra­cie and Alice, who are one year and a few months. They are lovely. They sing all the time.

What is the most im­por­tant les­son life has taught you?

Don’t give up.

Tell us a joke

The meek shall in­herit the Earth, if it’s all right with ev­ery­body else.

How of­ten do I have sex? You’ve got to have that every day

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