After 50 years with the band, he remains for many the true holder of the Stones' flame, and he and the band go into his next decade on a huge high after a whirlwind year that saw them headline Glastonbury festival for the first time ever.
The iconic band, who in 2013 also earned more than $126m (£77m) playing to 326,998 people on their 50th anniversary tour, continue to surprise fans and earn new ones, and they've Keith - in huge part - to thank for that, with his style, his riffs, and his enduringly uncompromising attitude...
"I've never had problems with drugs, I've had problems with the police."
HuffPostUK blogger and self-professed marathon Stoner Clive Crump tells us, "Keith Richards' 70th birthday is a cause for celebration because, against all the odds, he is still alive.
Moreover, he remains unbowed, unapologetic & unmistakably the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll icon."
Check out Keith and the boys through the years, in 70 pictures below:
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