A new story published by Salon recounts an amazing story of an altercation between the mega-famous rock group the Rolling Stones and Trump, which ended with legendary guitarist and living embodiment of awesome Keith Richards pulling a out knife and a narrowly avoided battle with Trump’s casino goons.
The final show of the Rolling Stones’ 1989 “Steel Wheels” tour was to be played at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, sponsored by the adjacent Trump Plaza and Casino. Even then, the Stones wanted nothing to do with the abrasive business tycoon, and refused to do the show unless Trump was absent from promotion and from the show itself. “This is all great, but we’re not going to be affiliated with Donald Trump. At all. Screw you.”
Unsurprisingly, the limelight-hungry narcissist couldn’t stay away. Manager Michael Cohl recounts how “I get word that I have to come to the press room in the next building. 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 then gave his usual excuses (“they begged me to go up!”), which were rejected by Cohl (“Stop it. Don’t make a liar of yourself.”) When Keith Richards heard of Trump’s presence, he fell into a rage, pulled his knife out of his boot and slammed it into the table. “What the hell do I have you [Cohl] for? Do I have to go over there and fire him myself? One of us is leaving the building – either him, or us.”
So Cohl went and fired Trump:
“Donald. You lied. You broke your promise. 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. You and Marla (Maples) have to go. You’re fired.”
It will come as no great surprise that Trump threw a tantrum. “You don’t know anything! Your guys suck! I promote Mike Tyson! I promote heavyweight fights!” whined Trump. Cohl then describes how the situation almost became violent: “I notice the three shtarkers he’s with, in trench coats, two of them are putting on gloves and the other one is putting on brass knuckles. I go on the walkie-talkie and I call for Jim Callahan, who was head of our security, and I go, “Jim, I think I’m in a bit of trouble.” And he says, “Just turn around.” Cohl found Trump surrounded by forty crew members armed with “tire irons, hockey sticks, and screwdrivers.”
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Colin Taylor is the managing editor of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.