Ron Wood definitely sees an improvement in his playing since becoming sober. The Rolling Stones guitarist — who marked his 45th year with the band in 2020 — is also celebrating a decade of sobriety.
During a chat with Rock Cellar magazine, Wood talked honestly about what it's like to go from being one of the booziest guitar slingers to a rock n' roll teetotaler onstage: “(There's) a new clarity of approach, coming with my sobriety, I think. That’s an amazing plus for me, because I can play anything without a drink or dope.”
He added, “It’s a wonderful feeling to still feel excited about a show, but I don’t have to reach for false stimulants to get me through, y'know? That’s a big plus. It’s hard to explain until one does it. But there comes an even further depth of understanding of songs. It changes all the time. Just to keep up with it and keep grips with it and experiment. You still experiment. Amazing new things are coming out, but it’s out of a very focused place.”