The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards jokes that "America has to get rid of" President Trump
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on May 15, 2018
With The Rolling Stones set to launch their 2018 No Filter Tour this Thursday in Dublin, Ireland, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were interviewed Tuesday morning on the BBC Radio 4 program Today. At one point, the conversation turned to U.S. President Donald Trump, and Richards explained why he had no great love for the business mogul-turned-politician.
Recalling an incident during the band’s 1989 Steel Wheels Tour, Keith said, “[Trump] was the promoter for us in Atlantic City. And when we got to Atlantic City, [the concert was billed as] ‘Donald Trump presents The Rolling Stones’ [with the band’s name written] in miniature. We never have much to do with promoters usually, but this one got me. That was the last time I got angry.”
In reaction to the situation, Richards remembered, “I got out my trusty blade, stuck it in the table and said, ‘You’ve got to get rid of this man!'”
He then joked, “Now America has to get rid of him. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!”
Jagger, meanwhile, was asked how he felt about Trump using the classic Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during his presidential campaign.
The singer noted, “He used it on every rally through the election campaign,” adding, “It’s a funny song for your play-out song…a doomy ballad about drugs in Chelsea! It’s kind of weird, if you think about it. But he couldn’t be persuaded to use something else. That was an odd thing.”
The No Filter Tour kicks off with a concert in Dublin’s Croke Park, and is mapped out through a July 8 show in Warsaw, Poland. The European trek also includes The Rolling Stones’ first run of dates in their U.K. homeland in five years.
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