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Keith Richards, Despite a Life Often Lived on the Edge, Turns 70 Today

Image courtesy of KeithRichards.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of KeithRichards.com (via ABC News Radio)

The ever-present cigarette , the fondness for Jack Daniel's and the use of hard drugs: Mostly because of these well-known and longtime vices, Keith Richards was not expected to reach his golden years.

Yet Richards -- just like his band of five decades, The Rolling Stones -- is alive and kicking in 2013.  Today, the guitarist reaches a personal milestone: his 70th birthday.

Earlier this year, Richards seemed just as mystified as anyone about how he's managed to live this long.

"If I had a secret, I'd bottle it maybe," he said in an interview with Men's Journal .  "I just happen to be here."

Richards and his fellow Stones will be here and there in early 2014: That's when the band launches its 14 on Fire tour, which includes stops in Japan, China and Australia.

Here's a list of all confirmed Stones concert dates:

2/21 -- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, du Arena
2/26 -- Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Dome
3/4 -- Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Dome
3/6 -- Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Dome
3/9 -- Macau, China, CotaiArena
3/19 -- Perth, Australia, Perth Arena
3/22 -- Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide Oval
3/25 -- Sydney, Australia, Allphones Arena
3/28 -- Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena
3/30 -- Macedon Ranges, Australia, Hanging Rock
4/2 -- Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
4/5 -- Auckland, New Zealand, Mt. Smart Stadium

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