Mick Jagger has said that the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tour never would have gone ahead if he hadn’t received an apology from Keith Richards for making derogatory comments about him in his 2010 autobiography, Life.
The memoir saw the legendary axe man take a stab at Sir Mick over his relationships, his musical talents and even the size of his manhood. Ouch. But the frontman says all is mostly forgiven, telling Rolling Stone magazine:
“I think it was a good thing he got together with me and said that (apologised). I don’t really want to talk about it apart from that, but I think it’s good that he said it, and yes, it was a prerequisite, really.
“You have to put those things to one side; you can’t leave them unspoken. It’s very tempting. English people like to do that quite a lot. They don’t like to face up to these things. Sometimes it’s easy to push them out of the way, but I think it’s good that we had that conversation.”
But it sounds like Keith gave Mick the ol’ sorta-kinda apology, with Richards saying, “We resolved it, in our own way, you know. I said that I regret if I caused you any, you know, inconvenience or pain, or something. I’d say anything to get the band together, you know? I’d lie to my mother.”
Keithy then took another stab at Mick, this time going after the singer’s large ego:
“I told Mick, ‘You should have seen what I left out’. I did also say to Mick, ‘I know exactly what you did. You got the book, you went straight to the index – Jagger, M – and that’s what you read. You didn’t take it in context. You didn’t’.”
Wonder if the tour will be called off when Mick reads those comments? The Rolling Stones kicked off their 50 And Counting world tour in Los Angeles last Friday but still haven’t announced any plans to bring the show to Australia. Sigh.