Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards says the band refused to play Live 8 because they were suspicious of Bob Geldofâ€™s political connections.
The rock dinosaurs were begged to play the awareness-raising event at Hyde Park, but Richards felt that Sir Bob had too close links to politicians. He also hinted that the event was too hastily arranged.
He said: â€œI just thought the connection between Geldof and the Labour Party was just too tight, and I don't see debt reduction as being like - it's not going to feed the babies down there.
â€œI mean, who's this gratifying and where are the Africans? Where was their say? And I thought it was being stuck together too fast.â€
Referring to the pressure applied to him by Sir Bob to take part, he added: â€œOh yeah, all the Sirs had a bash, believe me. I wondered who was pulling the strings, that's all."