Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end bitter row
London: Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have revealed that they have ended their feud and are set for a Rolling Stones reunion tour together.
The fiery rockers finally settled their differences during a heart-to-heart meeting in New York.
The row began after Richards made a series of attacks on Jagger, 68, in his tell-all 2010 autobiography, ‘Life’.
It included a claim that the superstar singer had a “tiny todger”.
Now the pair, who met at Dartford railway station in Kent as teenagers, have agreed that life’s too short to let the rift continue.
“Looking back at any career you are bound to recall both the highs and the lows,” the Mirror quoted Jagger as saying.
“In the 1980s, for instance, Keith and I were not communicating very well. I got very involved with the business side of the Stones, mainly because I felt no one else was interested.
“But it’s plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity. Time, I reckon, to move on,” he said.
Richards, also 68, added to his bandmate’s comment over the whole feud.
“Mick’s right. He and I have had conversations over the last year of a kind we have not had for an extremely long time and that has been incredibly important to me.
“As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be. But I know that some parts of it, and some of the publicity, really offended Mick and I regret that.
“What some of our detractors forget is that although we look like old codgers living an ocean apart we are still at bottom the boys on platform 3 at Dartford station,” Richards said.
Jagger gently corrected him “Er... actually, Keith, it was platform 1.”
In his best-selling autobiography, Richards, accused Jagger of being “unbearable” and claimed they had not even shared a dressing room for 20 years.
He also triggered the “Todgergate” row - which led to Sir Elton John and Pete Townshend leaping to Jagger’s defence, insisting he had much to be proud of in the trouser department.
The pair’s bury-the-hatchet session now virtually ensures a 50th anniversary tour.
Original bass player Bill Wyman, who quit in 1992, was involved in secret jamming sessions in London last December.
“On the third day, Mick turned up, which was a real joy - I set it up really as a magnet, you know,” Richards said.
“It went very well. We played a lot of blues and out takes of Some Girls and things like that,” Jagger added.
The duo are even talking about studio sessions, starting as early as next month.
Both say they will be living in New York “for a while”.
“We’re planning to get things going... again,” Richards said.
However, they insist that the Stones’ “real” Golden Jubilee won’t be until 2013.
Richards explained that drummer Charlie Watts, 70, didn’t join the band until 1963.
“We look upon 2012 as 50 years since the inception, but 50 years since the birth is actually next year,” he said.