Interesting and often conflicting reports come out of New Zealand about the condition of Keith Richards, starting with how his concussion occurred; it was either a fall from a coconut tree or a jet-ski mishap. At first, it seemed like a silly story, that he’d be up another tree the next day. But the story won’t go away; it seems to linger ominously. And we continue to spread what we read and wait for the corrected updates. It’s almost like that recent pope watch. Currently, reports are that Richards, after a single successful procedure to relieve the pressure from the hemorrhage in his head, is fine, that he will not have brain damage, but he may never play with the Stones again. We say he will, and the Stones management seems to think so, too, since it’s pushed back its European launch of the Bigger Bang tour from May to June to accommodate him. Mick Jagger is still on vacation somewhere and hasn’t checked in on his ailing colleague, which seems uncaring, but, surprisingly, Mick’s ex, Jerry Hall, is in email contact with Richards’ wife, Patti Hansen, and daughters, 21-year-old Theodora and 19-year-old Alexandra, who are all in Aukland with Keith, serving as ad hoc nurses, though that ‘s not to be taken as a sign of alarm. “I hear that he is doing very well,” Hall told reporters today. “We are very upset about it.” And should we ignore this?
Doctors carried out emergency surgery to remove a piece of skull after the rocker suffered what medical experts described as a “complete midline shift”, meaning one part of his brain was collapsing on the other, causing dangerous swelling. (Female First)