Mick Taylor says that until he read Keith Richards' memoir, ‘Life,’ he never knew how badly the guitarist wanted him to stay in the Rolling Stones. Taylor, who is rumored to be participating in the band's 50th anniversary celebrations, spoke to The Times about his departure in 1974, and explained, "(Keith) sent me a message saying, 'Dear Mick, thanks for all the turn-ons. It was great playing with you.' And that was that. Possibly because I had my own problems, I didn't realize how he was affected."
Taylor says that despite Richards labeling him "morose" during his time in the band -- he was simply sitting in the shadows: "I don't think I was morose. He said I was fighting demons but so was he. I wasn't shy, it was just that everyone wanted to talk to Mick (Jagger) and Keith, not me or Bill (Wyman) or Charlie (Watts)."