Kansas Guitarist Rich Williams On Being Star Struck Meeting The Rolling Stones
My latest interviews featured Kansas guitarist, Rich Williams. One of the things I asked him about was the passing of Jeff Beck. He said he saw him, but never actually met the legend.
“I saw him, yeah, but I never did, uh, actually meet him. He would be one of those people where he wouldn’t have been impressed because I would’ve just stood there and stammered, and mumbled, and then he would’ve finally just walked away just thinking I was an idiot. He was my personal fav.”
That lead me to ask him if there was any other artists he’d met that had him star struck…there was. “Yeah. Um, it was, let’s see, the summer of 1978. We played Boulder, Colorado with, in the football stadium, with the Rolling Stones. And so we had played a few weeks earlier with them at the old, uh, football stadium in Cleveland. But at this particular show, there was a tent city built back to stage and uh, there was screens. We were just in our dressing room rehearsing and I saw the entourage pull up in limousines.” He went on “The Stones are here. So sitting there I was just playing my guitar and all of a sudden, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards just walk in the door and says, “Hello, glad to have you on the show. Really love your band. If there’s anything you need, just let us know.” I just stood there like an idiot. I didn’t know what to say and so I said nothing. My jaw was open and I, I’m sure I looked like there was something wrong with me. I was star struck.”
Watch the entire interview below, as we talk about the 50 anniversary of the band, his recent birthday, playing with Steve Morse and lots more.