No Moss, but Rolling Stones May Gather Fine

Richards, Wood defy smoking ban at UK show, plan to continue
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2007 5:01 PM CDT
No Moss, but Rolling Stones May Gather Fine
Mick Jagger, left, performs with guitarist Keith Richards at the beach Jaz near the Adriatic town of Budva, 65 kms. south of Montenegro's capital Podgorica, during a concert of the Rolling Stones "A Bigger Bang" European Tour, Monday, July 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)   (Associated Press)

Threat of fines appear unlikely to keep the Rolling Stones from smoking onstage, the Times reports. Guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood lit up during a show yesterday in London despite frantic warnings from venue staff. "You might say that Keith and Ronnie lighting up while they swap licks is part of the Stones performance," one source said.

Venue owners face a fine of £2,500—nearly $5,000—for a repeat performance, and city officials warned they could pass the cost on to offending Stones. "Ronnie and Keith have been smoking on stage for the last three decades and they're not going to stop for the next two," a source said. (More Rolling Stones stories.)

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