Chuck Leavell Recalls The Tension Between Keith Richards And Mick Jagger


During a recent interview with Louder Sound, the Rolling Stones touring keyboardist and musical director Chuck Leavell opened up about the past conflicts between Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

The Rolling Stones started their journey when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards realized they agreed on a similar musical direction. Although the pair’s relationship dates back to a young age, they had many problems within the band. According to a 2016 article, the two began to hate each other in the ’80s.

Richards found Jagger unbearable in those days because of his attitude and called him ‘Her Majesty’ or ‘B*tchy Brenda.’ Later, things heated up when the guitarist commented on Jagger’s ‘tiny penis.‘ He also made fun of the singer’s solo album. According to Jagger, although they had bonds due to their work within the band, they were not like a family.

However, after years of fights and public feuds, things started to calm down between the pair, and they have continued to create and tour together. In the previous year, Richards revealed that they are very supportive and rely on each other, especially when they are on stage. According to him, they had developed an ‘indescribable’ friendship.

Recently, the band’s long-time touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell pointed out that the pair’s relationship was not good when he joined them. However, they always managed to find common ground when doing something about music. The duo would find a solution to their problems even if there were other tensions, and Leavell was amazed by it. The keyboardist also did not neglect to state that they still miss Charlie Watts since his passing the last year.

Chuck Leavell said the following about Keith Richards and Mick Jagger’s relationship:

“Things were tense. It wasn’t the best time in their relationship at all. But even with that tension, making music was a process that they knew they had to complete. It wasn’t just an obligation to a label; it was about making music. I really admire how they found a way to work through it.

And that speaks volumes about why we are celebrating sixty years of the Rolling Stones. They’ve always found a way to make it work, and on this day in time, the band is closer than ever. We lost Charlie Watts last year, which was so tragic, and we all still sting very much from it, personally and musically. We think about him every day.”

Apparently, the ice between Jagger and Richards has broken in time, and they have found a way to understand each other. Chuck Leavell noted in a previous interview that the pair’s relationship has changed, and he has seen them behave like brothers, especially during the rehearsals.