Keith Richards Threatened To Stab Donald Trump When He Tried To Promote A Rolling Stones Gig
Presidential runner Donald Trump is used to fighting talk – about his opponents, “rapist” Mexicans, the Pope and Muslim fanatics he fears could bomb the Vatican.
But Keith Richards stuck it to him almost 30 years ago when he threatened to stab the Republican loudmouth for attempting to promote one of The Rolling Stones’ biggest shows.
The group’s tour producer Michael Cohl said the clash happened at a 1989 concert in Atlantic City when Richards slammed a knife on a table and warned he was going to hurt Trump if he didn’t leave the band alone.
Richards, pictured in 2013 performing with the Stones, wasn’t having ‘The Donald’.
The Stones were in Atlantic City for the last stop of its Steel Wheels tour and Cohl had figured out a way to score the band more money by staging the concert as a pay-per-view event.
But the only promoter he could find willing to stump up the millions of dollars necessary to support the idea was Trump.
Cohl didn’t tell the band because he knew they would want nothing to do with the billionaire.
And when Trump turned up to announce his involvement in a press conference Keith, now 72, pulled a knife.
Trump at a 2015 US presidential debate.
Cohl said in a Pollstar Live talk in 2015, that has now been resurrected in light of Trump’s presidential bid: “The band call me back, at which point Keith pulls out his knife and slams it on the table and says, ‘What the hell do I have you for? Do I have to go over there and fire him myself? One of us is leaving the building – either him, or us’. I said, ‘No. I’ll go do it. Don’t you worry’.”
Cohl told Trump he had to go or the band wouldn’t be performing. And he said the entrepreneur, who apparently went berserk, only relented after 40 of the band’s security guards showed up with “tyre irons and hockey sticks and screwdrivers” to see off Trump and his goons.
Keef, above in his wild pomp, last year weighed in on the prospect of Trump becoming America’s leader, saying: “Can you imagine President Trump? The worst nightmare. But we can’t say that. Because it could happen. This is one of the wonders of this country.”
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