Our guess: two. By now, you have likely heard of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his run-in with a coconut tree. But did you know he almost suffered what sounds like it could have been a much more serious head injury in Shanghai? On stage? Danwei has the dirt:
The onstage incident, which has not been reported in the traditional media, occurred during the encore. The Stones had cruised through their hit-heavy set, largely ignoring unknown songs from their new album, A Bigger Bang, in favor of popular numbers from the early 1970s. At one point China’s most famous rock and roll dinosaur, Cui Jian, joined the band to sing Wild Horses even though he doesn’t speak English and Mick had to rescue him when he forgot the lyrics. It was a touching moment, sort of like a brontosaurus hauling a triceratops from a tar pit.
The confetti cannons fired, the band bowed, the stage emptied and then came the encore. The tune was You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Keith stepped forward to strike the opening riff, then surrendered the apron to Mick. And then a sack the size of a trash can plummeted from the ceiling and thudded to the stage an arm’s length to the right of Keith’s head.
Keith, who is 62 and less resistant to flattening than he once was, glanced upward, grinned, shrugged his shoulders to guitarist Ron Wood and walked to the other side of the stage. The bass player seemed less mobile and cast his worried eyes to the ceiling, where they stayed. A muscular man in a tight black t-shirt swept out from behind the drum kit to drag the sack, which appeared to be made of burlap, out of view. Then he whipped a flashlight from a special holster and shined it toward the ceiling with one hand while the other gripped a walkie-talkie, into which he shouted with feeling.
Anyone else notice this?
Image from the AFP.