Picks and Pans Review: Center Stage: Keith Richards

updated 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

VH-1 (Tues., March 16, 8 p.m. ET)

B+

Back in the '70s, you probably could have gotten pretty long odds if you were willing to bet that Rolling Stone Richards, rock's poster boy for detox decadence, would still be alive, much less making the best music of his career, in 1993. Yet as this chapter of the channel's performance series, taped before an audience at Chicago's WTTW studios proves, that's precisely what has happened.

Richards rips through a smoking four-song set: "Wicked as It Seems," "Gimme Shelter," "Eileen" and "Happy." Why is this British buccaneer sounding so good at 49? Well, we know that it isn't a testament to clean living.

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