Drug busts, guns, car crashes, fights, fires… these are Keith Richards’ greatest scrapes

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Despite his narcotic adventures over the years, Rolling Stones icon Keith Richards claimed in the early 80s that he had only ever missed one tones gig, blaming a “dodgy burger”. 

More recently the Stones have twice had to reschedule tours because of Keith’s mishaps, but the reasons have been relatively mundane: In 1998 he fell off a ladder while “trying to retrieve a book” in the library of his Connecticut home, suffering damage to his ribs and chest. And In April 2006 he famously fell out of a coconut tree in Fiji and injured his head. He later apologised for “falling off his perch.” 

What follows is a breakdown of Richards’ more memorable mishaps, where it could have all gone so terribly wrong but somehow didn’t. 




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