March 6, 2001

Keith Richards made a surprise guest appearance at a benefit gig for the Rainforest Alliance in New York on March 6, playing a brief three-song set with Dr. John on piano. The Rolling Stones guitarist performed blues classic ‘Key To The Highway’, his solo song ‘Running Too Deep’ and Stones track ‘Happy’, with harmonica played by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He then returned for an encore which also featured Jackson Browne, Southside Johnny and Keb Mo’ performing Chuck Berry classics. The show, which was hosted by Mary Stuart Masterson, took place at the Beacon Theater, and also featured performances by Levon Helm of The Band along with alt-country group BR5-49. The Rainforest Alliance raises awareness of the environmental catastrophe facing the world’s rain forests, and supports environmentally sound wood producers.

March 6 - Keith Richards wearing a T-shirt with his photo and the words "To tough to Die", and he looks proud of it!

Keith Richards, NYC - 2001
March 6 - Keith Richards wearing a T-shirt with his photo and the words "To tough to Die", and he looks proud of it!
March 6 – Keith Richards wearing a T-shirt with his photo and the words “To tough to Die”, and he looks proud of it!

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones backstage during the Rainforest Benefit at Beacon Theatre, NYC. March 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-283

Keith Richards, NYC - 2001 Keith Richards, NYC - 2001

Dr. John on piano.

Dr. John on piano.

Dr. John on stage during the Rainforest Alliance benefit at the Beacon Theatre, NYC. March 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown on guitar.

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown on guitar.

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown on stage during the Rainforest Alliance benefit at the Beacon Theatre, NYC. March 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Keith gives a hand to the music director of the show, drummer Steve Jordan.

Keith gives a hand to the music director of the show, drummer Steve Jordan.

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and Steve Jordan on stage during the Rainforest Alliance benefit at the Beacon Theatre, NYC. March 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Steve Jordan backstage with his wife, Meegan Voss.

Steve Jordan backstage with his wife, Meegan Voss.

Steve Jordan and his wife Meegan Voss during the Rainforest Alliance benefit at the Beacon Theatre, NYC. March 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com