'I don't think it's gonna as bad as THAT. You've got to say if the worst happens and Keith gets put in an open prison with Mrs. Trudeau for life, that I am still gonna go on the road. Maybe we could play a tour of Canadian prisons (laughs).' -Mick Jagger
'I think we could play without Keith. I've learned through the years that nobody in this band is indispensable except Mick 'cause he is a figurehead of the band. To most people he IS the band. If you're the Rolling Stones, you can't perform onstage without Mick. Any other members of the band can be replaced, including Keith, although I don't know whether Keith would agree with me. I can't see the possibility of Keith getting off. And I can't see the possibility of him not getting off. I don't see him going free, but I don't see him going to jail.' - Bill Wyman
'I think we'd go on playing, and Keith would come out, if that's the right term, pick up his guitar and it would be the same. He wouldn't want the band to fold up, nor would we. If he ever went to prison, it would be for a very short period of time; then we wouldn't bother to work. We'd just wait until he came out. I think he'd cope with it extremely well. He'd read books and draw. I've got no idea of prison apart from James Cagney movies.' - Charlie Watts"
February 6, 1978: Keith Richards fails to show up for his court date in Toronto. The date is set back a month.
March 6, 1978: Keith Richards fails to show up again for court in Toronto. The judge sets a trial date for October 23.
Mick Jagger spends Christmas with Jerry Hall at the Savoy Hotel in London, England.
Keith Richards spends Christmas in his new upstate New York home with Anita and Marlon. He takes them to see Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Keith Richards is back to using heroin again.
Keith would still come and see me, but not often, so I just dived into another huge binge of alcohol and drugs. But I remember on Christmas and birthdays he was always there - that’s how hard it got. If we wanted to be together, the lawyer couldn’t have stopped us, but then there were also Keith’s friends…
And then Keith had some girlfriends as well, and I was basically in the country by myself… Keith was never there and I was here and he was doing a record and then I had Marlon. Marlon was like nine years, ten years old and he hadn’t gone to school. So we had to find a way of like inserting ourselves into society. I didn’t want to have this regular life, with Marlon going to school, but I had to. There was no other way. So I drank myself into oblivion.
-Anita Pallenberg on nearing the end with Keith