We were talking about some rock and roll troublemakers with School of Rock today. Today in 1965, every member of the Rolling Stones ended up with a fine for urinating in public…but that story doesn’t even compare to this one.
Keith Richards, a guy who’s not shy with this kinda stuff, a guy who almost burned down the Playboy Mansion!
Heres a little story from Michael Cohl, the Rolling Stones tour manager, as told during a keynote speech he did in February about a show at Trump’s Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City broadcast live on pay-per-view in 1989:
I opened my big mouth in the meeting with The Rolling Stones where they go, “This is all great, but we’re not going to be affiliated with Donald Trump. At all. Screw you.” And I go, “I will control Donald Trump! Don’t you worry!”
They ended up signing the contract anyway. And so, the biggest rock band on the planet was pitted against the biggest ego on the planet. So, as the story goes, the Stones wanted to do an interview at a specific time before the show, but when they get to the pressroom, the Orange One is giving a press conference:
I give him the [come here gesture]. “Come on, Donald, what are you doing? A) You promised us you wouldn’t even be here and, B) you promised you would never do this.” He says, “But they begged me to go up, Michael! They begged me to go up!” I say, “Stop it. Stop it. This could be crazy. Do what you said you would. Don’t make a liar of yourself.”
After what sounds like a completely insufferable argument, Cohl goes and finds the band in the dressing room, where they are rightfully pissed that Trump is trying to steal the show from, again, the biggest rock band on the planet:
They 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.”
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