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Keith Richards is outraged by poor reviews

August 30, 2007|From the Associated Press

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has demanded an apology from Swedish newspapers for their scathing reviews of the group's performance in the country this month.

Tabloids Expressen and Aftonbladet gave thumbs down to the Aug. 3 concert at Ullevi stadium in Goteborg, with Expressen suggesting Richards was "superdrunk" on stage.

"This is a first!" the 63-year-old rock star 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."

In his review, Aftonbladet's music writer Markus Larsson gave the concert a score of two on a five-point scale, and said Richards appeared "a bit confused."

"I am not going to apologize for my subjective opinion," Larsson told the paper's Web edition Wednesday. "It is Keith who should apologize. After all it costs around 1,000 kronor [$145] to see a rock star who can hardly handle the [guitar] riff to 'Brown Sugar' anymore."

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