Published Sep 16, 2009There's been a swarm of drama over in the Rolling Stones camp for the past month or so. Starting off with the untrue rumours of drummer Charlie Watts's departure from the band, the group have also drawn press for a murder mystery and a potential lawsuit.
The murder mystery surrounds the death of former Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who died in 1969. As we told you, new evidence caused police to re-examine the case, and now it's been revealed that the band's driver, Tom Keylock, who has also passed away, may have been involved.
In a post highlighted by Reuters, blogger Sam Cutler said that the Stones' manager, Allen Klein, had commissioned a police report. While many thought that builder Frank Thorogood had murdered Jones, the police report pointed to Keylock as a new suspect in Jones's death.
"He investigated Brian's murder with all the resources he had available to him and Klein thought that Brian had been murdered," Cutler said. "Tom Keylock was the prime [and only] suspect named in that report."
Besides the murder mystery, other ex-guitarist Mick Taylor has said that, despite reports to the contrary, he will not be suing the band for unpaid royalties. According to NME, Taylor's manager said he had no intention of taking the Rolling Stones to court.
"He [Mick Taylor] certainly didn't say that he was going to sue the Stones. Mick's got a very good relationship with the Stones," Allen said. "In fact, the last time we met up with them, him and Keith [Richards, guitarist] were like long-lost lovers - hugging each other and happy to see each other. When Mick was ill either six or eight weeks ago with some kind of chest complaint, Mick Jagger had his office phone up to see what was going on, and then he phoned up the hospital just to check on Mick because they were worried about him. So there's absolutely no animosity between Mick and the Stones."