Rollie Stone Keith Richards gets the OK to smoke cigarettes on stage
ROLLING Stones guitarist Keith Richards proved he’s still got plenty of puff left — after being given permission to smoke on stage.
The 74-year-old rocker was seen having a crafty cigarette during the band’s show in London this week — aptly called their No Filter tour.
He was cheered by the crowd of 70,000 at The London Stadium in Stratford as he lit up, flouting the strict no smoking rule.
But Newham Council said it would not be taking any action because smoking was part of the act. ‘Smoking on stage is permitted “where the artistic integrity of a performance makes it appropriate for a person to smoke”, therefore no action will be taken,’ it added.
Richards is the last member of the band to still smoke. Ronnie Wood gave up in 2016 shortly after his wife Sally gave birth to twins.
Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts stopped smoking in the 1980s.
The band were kicking off the first night of the UK leg of European tour.
It was the first time they had performed in London for five years.
Author: Dominic Yeatman