Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It Was One Hit To The Body : Keith Richards Attacks Swedish Journalist During Interview

In our human interest story of the day, is reporting that  66 year old Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards proved he's still a 'Street Fighting Man' on Tuesday, threatening and attacking a Swedish journalist during an interview at a Paris hotel.

According to Swedish publication Aftonbladets, Richards reportedly got into an argument with the tabloid's music reviewer Markus Larsson during a promotional stop at Paris' Le Meurice Hotel for his new autobiography 'Life.' In August 2007, Larsson gave the Stones a 2 out of 5 rating for a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden and described them as "amateurs." Richards didn't forget the slight. In fact, he demanded a public apology.

"The meeting ended with the rock star threatening Markus Larsson and hitting him in the head," the article said, with Larsson adding that Richards hissed, "You're lucky to get out of here alive" prior to leaving.

The incident took place 10 minutes into the scheduled 30-minute interview before Richards realized who he was speaking to and "the mood of the rock star quickly changed."

"His eyes got black and he was absolutely furious," Larsson said. "He stood up and asked if we would put out the lights and settle the disagreement straight away. At first I was just surprised, I thought he was pulling my leg, but then I realized he was serious and then I felt uncomfortable and I just wanted to get out of there pretty fast."


Mark Kardwell said...

Oh come on. A chance to fight Keith Richards and he ran away? That could have been the dinner party anecdote of a lifetime!

Stratoblogster said...

I partly blame Keef's people for not being on the ball and catching that this journalist had slung doo doo earlier. If it was significant enough that Keef had seen it and recalled it, then it wasn't too obscure to slip thru the interview set-up filter. Nobody shows up out of the blue to interview someone like KR out on the sidewalk and impromptu. That's why The Stones have people-- so that the artists don't have to deal directly with their antagonists. This is fair since the staff are paid well, and the artists risk enough when performing in front of thousands and touring the globe. And yes, the pen is mightier than the sword. So I excuse a good right cross from an artist to any sleazeball critic most of the time. The guy is lucky he didn't get the El Kabong a la Telecaster!

More power to Keith!

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