Richards demands apologies from Swedish reviewers

  • 30 August 2007

Keith Richards has demanded that two Swedish newspapers apologise for slamming a performance by the Rolling Stones, which he claims ‘cheapened’ the experience for fans.

The guitarist was criticised for appearing ‘super drunk’ in a headline for Expressen newspaper – which also saw Richards awarded zero stars for his performance in Ullevi stadium.

In response the 63-year-old wrote a letter to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, claiming the 56,000 fans at the gig experienced a different show to that described in the paper.

“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 have you ‘review’ to go on.

“Write the truth. It was a good show.”

Meanwhile, Aftonbladet reviewer Markus Larsson, who gave the overall show a two star rating claiming Richards could barely manage the riff to Brown Sugar, claims it is Richards who should apologise.

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.