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Rolling Stone demands an apology
Keith Richards
One reviewer wrote Richards appeared "a bit confused"
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has demanded apologies from two Swedish newspapers for publishing bad reviews of one the band's recent gigs.

"Never before have I risen to the bait of a bad review. You owe our fans and us an apology," the rocker said in a letter to concert promoters.

Expressen used the headline "Keith was super drunk", and gave the 63-year-old zero stars for his performance.

Aftonbladet's reviewer has refused to apologise for his "subjective opinion".

'Write the truth'

Richards' letter, which was published in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, 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," he added.

Aftonbladet music reviewer Markus Larsson, who gave the entire concert a two star rating, told the newspaper's web edition that it was Richards who should apologise.

The Rolling Stones
The Stones have now completed their world tour

"After all, it costs around 1,000 krona (72) to see a rock star who can hardly handle the [guitar] riff to Brown Sugar any more," he said.

Expressen's entertainment editor Dan Panas told Dagens Nyheter: "Our reviewer had one opinion of the quality of the show and Keith Richards has another."

The Expressen headline referred to a comment to the reviewer by a fan who reportedly met Richards backstage before the 3 August concert.

While the newspaper failed to award him a single star, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was given four stars for his performance.

The gig was part of the veteran band's A Bigger Bang world tour, which recently wrapped up in London.

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