Mick Jagger: ‘Keith Richards can’t come to The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary’

The rift between the elderly rockers doesn't seem to have healed

Mick Jagger has said that he’d like The Rolling Stones to be given a plaque for their 50th anniversary next year, but that Keith Richards wouldn’t be allowed to come to the unveiling ceremony.

The band played their first show at London’s Marquee Club in 1962 and Jagger has said that the band probably won’t tour to celebrate their half-century, but would like a plaque to be unveiled at the venue instead.

He explained to Live magazine via Contact Music:

Maybe we could go back to the Marquee to accept a plaque for 50 years of service instead of a tour. That could work – except Keith obviously can’t come. Charlie Watts [who wasn’t in the band in 1962] can come but he wouldn’t get the plaque obviously.

Jagger and Richards fell out when Richards mocked the size of Jagger’s manhood in his million-selling autobiography Life. Richards also labelled Jagger “unbearable” in the best-seller.

“I used to love Mick, but I haven’t been to his dressing room in 20 years,” Richards said. “Sometimes I think, ‘I miss my friend’. I wonder, ‘Where did he go?’.”

The book saw the guitarist talk candidly about Jagger, and in it he also said: “It was the beginning of the ’80s when Mick started to become unbearable.”