Markus Larsson, the Swedish journalist who claims that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hit him on the head during an interview, has played an audio recording of the interview on TV.
On November 12, 2010, Larsson (who is a music critic at the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet) appeared on the “Schulman Show” on Norway’s VG TV to tell his side of the story about his conflict with Richards. As previously reported, the alleged attack took place on November 9, 2010, at a hotel in Paris, where Richards was promoting his memoir “Life.”
A portion of the audio interview was played on the “Schulman Show,” and you can hear Richards react when he finds out the journalist interviewing him is the same one who gave the Rolling Stones a negative concert review in 2007. The review singled out Richards’ performance at the concert by saying it was particularly bad. Shortly after the review was published that year, Richards demanded a public apology for the review.
(Click here to watch Larsson’s “Schulman Show” appearance.)
Before Richards realized Larsson’s true identity, Richards can be heard during the interview saying that he tried to meet the offending music critic before to confront him in person about the bad review, but heard that the journalist had left town.
Richards says during the interview: “I’d like to say, ‘I hate cowards’ … I’d love to meet him one day in a dark room.”
Larsson then stammers, “All right. All right.”
Then the exchange goes like this:
Richards: “It’s not you, is it?”
Larsson: “Yes. And I’m not a coward.”
Richards: “So you’re the one who hates me.”
Larsson: “No, I’m not hating you.”
Richards says, “You dislike me. So it’s you. Let’s turn the lights out. You’ve written some crap …”
During the interview, Richards does not raise his voice in anger. Larsson can be heard nervously apologizing to Richards for the bad concert review that he gave to the Rolling Stones in 2007. When Richards accuses Larsson of writing negative things about him on more than one occasion, Larsson denies it and says he only wrote that one bad review in 2007.
Richards then says, “Why am I talking to you? Because you’re full of sh*t. When I wanted to find you, you run away.”
Larsson responds, “No, I’m here now.” Larsson then denies that he is trying to stir up trouble by interviewing Richards: “No, I’m not looking for an argument. I want to explain myself.”
Richards then asks Larsson, “What was the basis of your review?
Larsson replies, “I thought the show was not as good as I expected … I just wrote my opinion … It’s not personal.”
Richards then says, “You’re going to have a field day with this. Let’s say goodbye right now. You’re going to be lucky that you got out alive. Now you can make a big thing in the Gothenburg newspaper.”
While listening to the audio playback on the “Schulman Show,” Larsson is seen smirking and laughing nervously.
Right before Richards says, “Let’s say goodbye right now,” a sound can be heard, but it is unclear what that sound really is. Larsson claims that Richards hit him on the head at the end of the interview. If Larsson was assaulted by Richards, then Larsson does not say anything about it on the recording.
As previously reported, a representative for Richards denies Larsson’s claims that Richards physically attacked Larsson in anger.