Keith Richards! Viva El-Kabong! (VIDEO)

Cover of "Tattoo You"

Cover of Tattoo You

It was this day in 1981 that the Rolling Stones would perform the next-to-the last show of their infamous Tattoo You tour (which would later be known as their Still Life album in 1982 and the movie, Let’s Spend The Night Together).

And it was on this day in 1981 that the Stones would be a minute into their legendary “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, when a fan would rush the stage at Mick. Thinking quick, Keith Richards wouls leap into action by taking off his guitar and swing at the crazed fan (dotting his eye, according to reports).

Why the rush of action? This concert was perform really close to the one-year anniversary of John Lennon’s murder on December 8, 1980. So security was still an issue for the Stones.

However, in great Englishman fashion, Keith would bail the guy out of jail the next day.


On December 14, 1981 in Kansas City, former guitarist Mick Taylor joined the Stones for one show that would upset the brew. Ron Wood reportedly hated this invasion, considering Ron was Mick’s replacement in 1977. Ron would claim: “[He was] bulldozing through parts of songs that should have been subtle, ignoring breaks and taking uninvited solos.”

Other guests during the tour were Tina Turner (who would sing “Honky Tonk Women”), Lee Allen, Chuck Leavell, and Sugar Blue.

Two of the three opening bands, George Thorogood, and The J Geils Band were received well, but the third act, a still somewhat unknown Prince barely got through two songs before being booed off the stage.