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That article makes for uncomfortable reading.
How can this journalist feel threatened by a 50kg 68yo old guy who would probably die of a heart-attack if he ran 15meters ?
Can anyone dig up the original review (an English translation of it) ?
Right now, I cannot see the funny side of this.
In short the review said that Mick was in fine form, but Keith who used to be the engine of the group just seemed old, tired and uninspired.
I was at the show in Gothenburg in 2007, and I spent the pre show time with Keith, Blondie and two other people in his Camp X-ray. Keith was sober. He was NOT drinking alcohol.
The show was brilliant and I believe the Swedish tabloid bastards had decided they wanted to slaughter the show in advance. They wanted a "scandal" like Helsinki, when they accused Keith of being drunk. He was not, he was sick. Anyway. Keith was appalled by the review and for the first time in history, he wrote to the editor and demanded an appology - because the review was crap and full of lies.
When that same low brow tabloid choses to send the only Swedish reporter Keith hates to interview him about the book, that is really bad judgement. Even worse: That's a provocation! They wanted a "different story".
I cannot even imagine how the Swedish publisher, Norstedts, could allow Aftonbladet to send the reporter in question. The publisher didn't do their job.
Aftonbladet screwed up and Keith did the only right thing by leaving the room.
However: I'm SO happy to say that he had really nice, long chats with the reporters I picked out to interview Keith. I picked nice, intelligent people with a great knowledge of the music history, a passion for the Stones and huge admiration for Keith.
After the interview one of them said: I'll have to speak with my wife about retiring now. I have met God!
Ah, at last the cavalry of our emotional fans is back !
I agree, this journalist should be prosecuted for having written that keith looked drunk, that cant be the case. And rating him below 4/5 should be sentenced with jail.