That Time Chuck Berry Punched Keith Richards in the Face

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You don't mess around with another man's guitar. - STEVE TRUESDELL
  • Steve Truesdell
  • You don't mess around with another man's guitar.

Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards made an appearance on The Tonight Show this week to promote his new children's book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. During the course of the interview, host Jimmy Fallon saw fit to ask Richards about his idol and early influence, Chuck Berry.

"I also heard this story -- and I don't know if this is true or not," Fallon says. "Did he punch you in the face once?"

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"Yes he did," Richards replies with a smile.

The incident reportedly took place backstage at a concert at which Berry was performing.

"I was back in a dressing room; he was doing a gig," Richards explains. "He went up to collect the money, I think. He was a tightwad -- bless you Chuck. But his guitar was laid out in its case like, 'Aw c'mon Keith, you know, just a touch.'"

Fallon and Richards both laugh as the latter continues, "Just let me give it an E-chord. He walks in and goes 'Nobody touches my guitar!'"

At this point the Rolling Stones rocker says Berry punched him in the face.

"That's one of Chuck's biggest hits, baby," Richards quips.

Watch the interview for yourself below.

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