After secured visas to the United States for the purpose of entering medical treatment, Keith Richards and his family leave Toronto. Keith Richards arrives in Philadelphia and heads to the town of Paoli, where he starts undergoing a three week heroin cure with Meg Patterson using the “black box”, a supposedly painless withdrawal process using electrodes that release endorphins.
The minute I got onstage, it felt just like another Sunday gig at the Crawdaddy. It immediately felt the same. It was one of those weird things in Toronto. Everybody’s going around talking doom and disaster, and we’re up onstage at the El Mocambo and we never felt better. I mean, we sounded GREAT. People were down, asking Is this the end of the Rolling Stones? In actual fact, it was a real period of activity for us, and everybody in the band was confident. In a way, these things always bring you closer together because you’ve got to deal with them. What happens to me affects the whole band.