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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 01:27 PM
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Keith Richards Fumes at Poor Reviews


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Aug 29, 8:01 AM (ET)

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(AP) In a file photo Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards performs at the Ullevi Stadium in...
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has demanded an apology from Swedish newspapers for their scathing reviews of the group's performance in the country earlier this month.

Tabloids Expressen and Aftonbladet gave thumbs down to the Aug. 3 concert at Ullevi stadium in Goteborg, with Expressen suggesting Richards was "superdrunk" on stage.

"This is a first!" the 63-year-old rock star wrote in a letter published by Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter. "Never before have I risen to the bait of a bad review.

"But this time ... I have to stand up ... for our fans all over Sweden ... to say that you owe them, and us, an apology."

Dagens Nyheter said it received the letter from concert organizer EMA Telstar. Company head Thomas Johansson told The Associated Press that Richards wrote the letter and gave it to him after reading translations of the Swedish reviews.

"There were 56,000 people in Ullevi stadium who bought a ticket to our concert - and experienced a completely different show than the one you 'reviewed,'" the letter said.

"How dare you cheapen the experience for them - and for the hundreds of thousands of other people across Sweden who weren't at Ullevi and have only your 'review' to go on.

"Write the truth. It was a good show."

In his review, Aftonbladet's music writer Markus Larsson gave the concert a score of two on a five-point scale, and said Richards appeared "a bit confused."

"I am not going to apologize for my subjective opinion," Larsson told the paper's Web edition on Wednesday. "It is Keith who should apologize. After all it costs around 1,000 kronor ($145) to see a rock star who can hardly handle the (guitar) riff to 'Brown Sugar' any more."







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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 03:13 PM
Sounds like a spoiled, cranky kid to me. Not everyone adores the Stones, and the reviewer posted his take. Reviews are a lot like editorials, IMHO. For Richards to demand an apology because someone published his dislike shows a naive perspective, again IMHO.

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 03:14 PM
i love KEEF....but,he did fall out of a tree

 

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 03:19 PM
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i love KEEF....but,he did fall out of a tree
And landed on his head. Might explain his behavior a bit....

 

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 03:21 PM
although,honestly,noone can figure out KEEF---after all this is a guy who snorted his dad's ashes

 

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 07:23 PM
Back in the 80s, if I recall, Rolling Stone published a mixed review of a Stones show early in a tour, and they threw reporters from the magazine off the tour. Next issue, what do you know, a good review! IMHO, one of the most overrated bands in the history of rock, better at creating "mystique" and manipulating the media than writing or playing music. As my little girl said partway through the second song during their Superbowl half-time show: "Is this a different song, Daddy?"

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 07:47 PM
Overrated is right. What's funny to me is that I have a couple of friends who play in a popular Stones tribute band....and they're overrated too


 

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 07:52 PM
oldfan, I think you're being a bit silly there, though I have been irritated by the Stones image machine over the past 20 years. Image or no, that string of albums from Beggar's through Exile are just staggeringly good rock'n'roll, and anyone who knows the history of rock and roll will not downplay the earlier albums either. I can understand how some folks might not dig the Ron Wood years, but even if your daughter does not "get" the Stones, as is the case with many prepubescents who also don't get "Mountain Jam," any adult listener who knows rock music should. The Allmans obviously do, as their cover of "Heart of Stone" reveals.
 

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 08:10 PM
not sure where Keith came up with this.....hardly anything to gain it seems. It's not the only time they were ripped on this latest tour. I remember a thread going on here about a Chicago writer who dissed them after one of the shows in the Windy City. To each his own...

They will always have my respect and admiration. When the day comes when we log on or turn on, and find that one of them has passed, it will be a sad day for sure. Till then, long live the Stones.

and I still contend that the latest LP was pretty darn solid.


 

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 08:18 PM
I think the new Stones music will always suffer in comparison to their historic work. We all love HTN, but as good as it is, it ain't LAFE is it? The Stones truly are the greatest rock and roll band in the world, if you define that as a 3-6 minute song meant for FM airplay. Others are better at other genres, but they're the best at what they do.

As far as ripping a critic, it's his prerogative to rip him, just as its the critics prerogative to rip the show. I've seen the Stones three times, and every show has been A+. I can't say the same for any other band, including guys around whom this site is based.

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 08:24 PM
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They will always have my respect and admiration. When the day comes when we log on or turn on, and find that one of them has passed, it will be a sad day for sure. Till then, long live the Stones ...
well said hoosier. I have always loved the Stones - to me they are pure Rock and Roll and although I haven't seen any live shows from their most recent tours because of what I consider to be exhorbitant ticket prices, I have seen them live a few times (1st being in 1972) and every show I've seen them do has been excellent and one particular show is on my greatest concerts list. Sorry to hear that Keith felt compelled to answer this review, though. These things are always subjective - what one person loves another may hate. Oh well.

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 08:45 PM
I too have seen Keith "superdrunk", w/ the New Barbarians in '79, I believe. He was hitting a quart of Rebel Yell on stage, not trying to hide it at all. I enjoyed it anyway. I remember fretting over paying over $100 for a concert for the first time w/ the Stones a number of years ago. Left the show feeling it was a bargain.

I suppose it's possible the reviewer saw a bad show and has the absolute right to say so. And I don't understand why Keith would care what one reviewer said. Nevertheless, I love the fact he stilll does care and retains the Stones' swagger after all the years of success. I appreciate the Stones for continuing to tour and record well into later in life; a bad Stones show is still a treat.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 08:46 PM
[quoteI have always loved the Stones - to me they are pure Rock and Roll and although I haven't seen any live shows from their most recent tours because of what I consider to be exhorbitant ticket prices, I have seen them live a few times (1st being in 1972) and every show I've seen them do has been excellent and one particular show is on my greatest concerts list. Sorry to hear that Keith felt compelled to answer this review, though. These things are always subjective - what one person loves another may hate. Oh well.

[Edited on 8/30/2007 by lolasdeb]


I agree, ticket prices are OUTRAGEOUS, but as the ABB have come into kind of a "maturity" in their performances, so have the Stones. If you ever have the chance, and you seem to love them as many of us do, they are worth the price. I hope you find a way to see them on the next tour.

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 08:57 PM
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[quoteI have always loved the Stones - to me they are pure Rock and Roll and although I haven't seen any live shows from their most recent tours because of what I consider to be exhorbitant ticket prices, I have seen them live a few times (1st being in 1972) and every show I've seen them do has been excellent and one particular show is on my greatest concerts list. Sorry to hear that Keith felt compelled to answer this review, though. These things are always subjective - what one person loves another may hate. Oh well.

I agree, ticket prices are OUTRAGEOUS, but as the ABB have come into kind of a "maturity" in their performances, so have the Stones. If you ever have the chance, and you seem to love them as many of us do, they are worth the price. I hope you find a way to see them on the next tour.
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I last saw them in 1997 (? I think - whenever the Bridges to Babylon tour was) ... so I've been lucky to see both a younger and then more mature version of the band. I just have a problem when ticket prices start hitting that $200 mark. Now, if I had never seen the Stones before I would definitely jump at the chance to see them - even if it meant tix were way up there. Same thing with Paul McCartney. He always puts on a great show but I've been lucky to see him a few times and decided to skip this past tour because of the ticket prices. You mentioned the maturity that ABB has brought to their performances - I agree. And I really appreciate that these guys can bring an outstanding show to the masses without going into that over-priced ticket stratosphere.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2007 at 09:00 PM
i saw them at the start of this tour--very good,but sitting where i was it was like seeing it on tv--not the best of shows....PAUL,on the other hand,a superb show!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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[quoteI last saw them in 1997 (? I think - whenever the Bridges to Babylon tour was) ... so I've been lucky to see both a younger and then more mature version of the band. I just have a problem when ticket prices start hitting that $200 mark. Now, if I had never seen the Stones before I would definitely jump at the chance to see them - even if it meant tix were way up there. Same thing with Paul McCartney. He always puts on a great show but I've been lucky to see him a few times and decided to skip this past tour because of the ticket prices. You mentioned the maturity that ABB has brought to their performances - I agree. And I really appreciate that these guys can bring an outstanding show to the masses without going into that over-priced ticket stratosphere.


I think the ABB ticket prices are a function of the fact that they tour so often while with the Stones, any show could be your last chance. Also, a lot of people go to Stones shows because it's an event, not because they're huge fans. God forbid the masses discover our boys........

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Back in the 80s, if I recall, Rolling Stone published a mixed review of a Stones show early in a tour, and they threw reporters from the magazine off the tour. Next issue, what do you know, a good review! IMHO, one of the most overrated bands in the history of rock, better at creating "mystique" and manipulating the media than writing or playing music. As my little girl said partway through the second song during their Superbowl half-time show: "Is this a different song, Daddy?"

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  posted on 8/30/2007 at 06:21 AM
Well Keith, 20 or 30 years ago you had so much smack, booze, pills, etc, etc, etc runnin' in your veins that it was pretty hard to care about what someone had written, now, wasn't it? Or did you even bother picking up a newspaper in those days? Congratulations for caring now, man.

As for oldfan: "one of the most overrated bands in history". Get a clue, man. Easily one of THE MOST INFLUENTIAL bands in history. Don't forget the sixties, man, although you're obviously too young to remember them. Actually my favorite Stones period, the sixties. Just the body of work they put out then would put them in the R 'N' R Hall of Fame.............but they're still rocking to this day. Maybe they're not "ON" EVERY single night, but on a good night, they're simply INCREDIBLE. I should know, I've seen them in 1972, 2002 and 2006.

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A slight digression ... or is it?

This past weekend, I went to one of those music and rib fest's at Birmingham's Sloss Furnace (old blast furnace converted to a music park).

Most barbecue and music festivals usually feature blues, rock n roll, jazz or even C&W music. Half of the bands at this event were of the EMO variety. It is no surprise then, that most of the audience just sat around drinking beer and sucking bones while listening to this sterile form of music.

The front man of one of the bands (I won't name names) took offense at the sitting audience. "This is the most people we've ever seen sitting in front of us" he said. At another point, he added that he hoped the sitters would be energized by 9:00 (for the head-liners, Southern Culture on the Skids). Later he added another line, "I guess you probably think we suck". Eventually, this guy and his band sulked off the stage to a nice round of polite applause.

It occurred to me that an an artist should go out and play his/her material to the best of their ability. Present what comes out of your heart and don't be concerned about the outcome. If more than one person "gets it", that should be considered cup "runneth over".

Keith Richards has been around for far too long to get ruffled by a critic. Not only that, but by paying lip service to the critique, he has given additional attention to the original story. It seems obvious that the fans in attendance appreciated what Keith and the band had given them. He should settle for that.

For me, the Rolling Stones peaked during the Mick Taylor years. Here again, that's just my opinion. I saw the stones 3 times in three different eras (70's, 80's and 90's). All were good and decent shows, but none of them made my Top 10 list.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2007 at 08:52 AM
The Stones may have history and mystique, but they are simply not the band they used to be. When they tour, it is a huge production, at a huge cost, which makes tickets expensive. Keith cracks me up because I can not figure out how he is still alive. I feel this is a big part of the mystique. While I like some of their songs, I do not rank them in a category like that of other bands' songs. They are nothing but FM airplay type stuff and lack any improvisation. The best players they ever had in the band were Jones, who was replaced by Taylor, and Wyman on the bass. I can talk about guitar players all day and Keith's name would never come up. Wood might, Taylor for sure, saw him once and he has great chops. Mick Jagger is more of a showman than a singer, but I give him tons of cudos for his efforts to remain one of rock's greatest front men. Not my first choice for a vocalist, but through the years of coaching he has received, he has been able to carry alot of tunes.I think he takes it seriously. If you really want to hear a superb British vocalist, for my money it is Paul Rodgers.
 

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  posted on 8/30/2007 at 02:10 PM
soulman, you are right that the Stones are not a chops band, but think of your computer name here: they are soul men. No Satriani required.

Some of my favorite bands fall in with that kind of categorizing. While The Band and The Who and Neil Young and Bob Dylan and The Beatles are some of my faves, they are light on "chops" per se, in terms of notes-per-second and all of that. Robbie Robertson will never make the cover of Guitar Player magazine, but they all have immense soul and groove. I think it would be an "apples and oranges" thing to EXPECT those bands to pull out something like a "Mountain Jam."

Having said all of that, live Stones 1972-1973 has some of the finest guitarwork I have heard in terms of taste, tone, and touch. Excellent rhythm guitar playing tends to be a lost art. There are far too many kids (and adults) trying to be virtuosos like Vai or Derek without ever learning good rhythm. (Actually, the rhythm guitar is one of my favorite aspects of the Derek live Songlines DVD) Keith lays down some awesome syncopated grooves that are more essential to the throb of the song than a screaming lead could ever be.

Beggar's, Let It Bleed, Ya-Ya's, Sticky Fingers, Exile: a run of five outstanding albums matched by very few runs of albums. I put it right up there with the ABB's first five offerings, actually.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2007 at 03:37 PM
Keith needs to snort more of his dad's ashes.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2007 at 05:20 PM
By over-rated, I don't mean the Stones have no merit. I think it's exaggerated because they've cultivated a cool image well. Thanks for the incorrect assumption, RobSlob, but I am old enough to remember them when they first appeared on the scene. They got cred in the mid Sixties for covering great blues musicians with whom most of us white American kids were unfamiliar. But listening to those records, they really weren't very good. They were sort of dark and a little dangerous. I agree there are some good songs on the Banquet through Exiles years, several of which I like a lot. They're basically the same Chuck Berry licks rearranged, though. The drumming is basic, the bass playing dull, and Jagger can pose with the best of 'em, but is a lousy singer. Hiis phony Southern accent is hilarious. Yep, they've influenced a lot of people. Not for better, imho.

I saw them in '69. Like a bad garage band. Compared to the creativiy and musicianship of the ABB in their prime, the Stones were just dull to me. If you define rock 'n' roll really narrowly, they're good at it. They've written some memorable songs. Brown Sugar has one of the best opening licks ever, but I'm sick of it by the middle of the song. We'll leave the lyrics out of this discussion.

Whatever my opinions, Keith ought to be able to stand a bad review for the slack he's been cut.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2007 at 08:48 PM
How quickly we forget. Early to mid-sixties:

Time is on My Side
Satisfaction
The Last Time
19th Nervous Breakdown
Under My Thumb
Mother's Little Helper
Get Off Of My Cloud
Ruby Tuesday
Let's Spend The Night Together
Paint It Black
Honky Tonk Women
It's All Over Now
Not Fade Away
She's A Rainbow
Connection
Heart of Stone
Play With Fire
(I could go on if I had all the records in front of me).

 

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  posted on 8/30/2007 at 09:56 PM
kind of strange Keith getting upset over a bad review. I'm sure they had plenty in the '70's when he was stoned all the time.
 
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