The 72 year old has spent much of last few years touring the world with the Rolling Stones, and they are heading to South America in 2016 for the latest round of shows.

However, Richards admits long-distance travel is much harder now he is older, and he often needs more than a week to recover.

He tells BBC Radio 2, "I went to Australia twice last year - and you better give it 10 days before you say I am ready to rock. Jet lag actually is a b**tard."

During the interview, the rock legend also discusses the way digital technology has changed the music industry, insisting it will eventually "sort itself out", and music-based TV talent shows such as The X Factor, which he dismisses as a "search for fame".

He adds, "I don't see the point of making music into a competition. It is not the way it happens. If you get liked, and people like your music, it is because you put music out and lots of people buy it - and we like that. It is not a matter of getting on a TV show... I don't see that as the best way to run your career."