In 1989 Atlantic City, Keith Richards did what many people want to do right about now.
According to nme.com, Michael Cohl, The Rolling Stones‘ ex-tour promoter, had a heated discussion with the band leading up to the incident. Donald Trump was backstage at the concert, despite the band expressing they wanted no affiliation with him in a contract. (They specifically made the contract with the venue, Boardwalk Hall, since the concert was being sponsored by Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino).
Cohl promised the band he would “control Donald Trump.” We all know this is impossible, since he’s basically a run away freight train carrying dynamite. Even the contract to stay away from the Stones wouldn’t deter Trump from the concert.
The Donald started a press conference in the Stone’s press room, and sparked Keith’s temper. When confronted and told to leave the room, Trump told Cohl the press “begged” him to speak. Cohl worried “This could be crazy.” He was right, since Keith wouldn’t have it. Not in his room.
Cohl claims, “Richards pulls out his knife and slams it on the table.” He said, “One of us is leaving this building – either him or us.” Trump left the building, but his security team apparently put on “brass knuckles.” The Stones’ head of security reported “40 of the crew” had “tire irons and hockey sticks and screwdrivers” at the ready.
This story is yet another reason to love Keith Richards. Plus his crew had hockey sticks? Sounds like a Canadian concert.