Richards Throws Stones at Swedish Critics

Reviews of 'superdrunk,' 'confused' performance get guitarist riled up
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2007 11:18 AM CDT
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performs during a concert at Valle Hovin Stadium in Oslo Wednesday night Aug. 8 2007.(AP Photo Stian Lysberg Solum / Scanpix Norway)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Keith Richards, the man who ate a cigarette onstage and snorted his father’s ashes, has reached his limit. The 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist wants Swedish newspaper critics to apologize for scathing reviews of a concert this month in which they called Richards “superdrunk” and “a bit confused,” the AP reports.

“There were 56,000 people in Ullevi stadium who experienced a completely different show than the one you 'reviewed,’” Richards wrote in a letter published in a Swedish daily. "How dare you cheapen the experience for them.” One reviewer says he'd like an apology from “a rock star who can hardly handle the riff to ‘Brown Sugar’ anymore.”