You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
By NICHOLAS PARCONEW YORK DAILY NEWS |MAR 18, 2016 AT 1:08 PMhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.493.0_en.html#goog_154545665
Keith Richards has no sympathy for the devil.
When The Rolling Stones made their way to the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in 1989 to support their “Steel Wheels” album, the legendary guitarist reached for something sharp when The Donald didn’t stick to promise of staying away from the band.Advertisement
“Keith (Richards) 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,’ the rocker told his manager Michael Cohl after finding out Trump was at the venue, according to Salon.
The band only decided to allow the show to be sponsored by Trump once he said he wouldn’t attend, in any capacity, but the now GOP-frontrunner couldn’t help himself from trying to upstage the English rockers.
He held a press conference hours before the Stones were set to take the stage.Advertisement
“I get word that I have to come to the press room in the next building,” Cohl told Pollstar last summer. “I run to the press room in the next building and what do you think is happening? There’s Donald Trump giving a press conference, in our room!”
Trump’s response was that “they begged me to go up,” which Cohl called out as a blatant lie.RELATED GALLERY
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The Donald agreed to leave, but returned five minutes after Cohl went back to be with the band in their dressing room.
That’s when Richards nearly took matters into his own hands.
The manager then relayed the Richards’ message that he didn’t want to spend the night with Trump, telling him “One of two things is going to happen. You’re going to leave the building and, at 6:40, The Rolling Stones are going to speak on CBS News, or you’re not going to leave the building and I’m going to go on and do an interview to explain to the world why the pay-per-view was canceled.”
Trump wasn’t having it.
“You don’t know anything! Your guys suck! I promote Mike Tyson! I promote heavyweight fights!” he responded, as three of his bodyguards prepared for a fight by donning gloves and brass knuckles, according to Cohl.
The Rolling Stones, being one of the biggest rock bands in the world, outnumbered the Donald and his goons, though, as Cohl turned around to see 40 Stones roadies with “tire irons and hockey sticks and screwdrivers.”
An all-out fight with weapons that would’ve resembled a WWE event was luckily avoided, as Trump didn’t get what he wanted as he ended up absent from the Stones prime-time press conference.