'Write the truth!' demands The Rolling Stones guitarist
Two tabloids, Expressen and Aftonbladet, gave the August 3 show at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg scathing reviews, with Expressen alleging that Richards was very drunk on stage and Aftonbladet giving it a two on a five-point scale, reports the Associated Press.
“This is a first!” Richards wrote in a letter published by Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter.
“Never before have I risen to the bait of a bad review. But this time…I have to stand up… for our fans all over Sweden…to say that you owe them, and us, an apology.”
He continued: “There were 56,000 people in Ullevi stadium who bought a ticket to our concert — and experienced a completely different show than the one you ‘reviewed’.
“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 your ‘review’ to go on.
“Write the truth. It was a good show,” Richards concluded.
Aftonbladet‘s music critic Markus Larsson answered back: “I am not going to apologize for my subjective opinion.
“It is Keith who should apologise. After all it costs around $145 to see a rock star who can hardly handle the riff to ‘Brown Sugar’ any more.”
–By our Los Angeles staff.