Remember When: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards Almost Died Onstage

Keith Richards, aged 80, embodies excess and guitar prowess. The Rolling Stones were rock's rebels, contrasting the Beatles' innocence.

"Life" details Richards snorting his father's ashes. The Stones, rooted in American blues, survived while Richards faced death's shadow.

Richards' near-death experiences shape rock history. Would iconic albums exist? Would Brian Jones and Gram Parsons live? Richards, thankfully, survived.

In 1965, a flame nearly ended Richards during "The Last Time" performance. Fans feared he was shot. His shoes may have saved him.

Richards' survival, despite dire odds, adds to his legend. The universe, ironically, saved him on the day of "Rubber Soul's" release.