Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end feud

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 March 2012
Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

(L-R) Charlie Watts, Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have ended their feud, in time for The Rolling Stones to perform a 50th anniversary tour next year

Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have ended their feud.

The legendary front man and guitarist of The Rolling Stones had fallen out over claims Keith made in his autobiography - including that his bandmate had a small manhood - but have settled their differences in time for the band to stage a huge 50th anniversary tour next year.

Mick, 68, told Rolling Stone magazine: "Looking back at any career you are bound to recall both the highs and the lows.

"In the 1980s, for instance, Keith and I were not communicating very well.

"I got very involved with the business side of the Stones, mainly because I felt no one else was interested.

"But it's plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity.

"Time, I reckon, to move on."

Keith, also 68, said he now regrets some of the things in his book, but says it helped make them have long overdue talks.

He added: "Mick's right. He and I have had conversations over the last year of a kind we have not had for an extremely long time and that has been incredibly important to me.

"As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be.

"But I know that some parts of it, and some of the publicity, really offended Mick and I regret that."

Referring to the place they first met, leading to the formation of The Rolling Stones - which also includes Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts - he added: "What some of our detractors forget is that although we look like old codgers living an ocean apart, we are still at bottom the boys on platform 3 at Dartford station."

In addition to a tour in 2013, the band will also release an as-yet-untitled documentary later this year, which charts the band's career from 1963 and features previously unreleased footage and songs. The movie will be directed by Brett Morgen.

The Rolling Stones

The veteran band, featuring original members singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, celebrates 50 years since its formation in London by playing its hits including Jumpin' Jack Flash and Brown Sugar.