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Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have say on 'disgusting' Rolling Stones plaque in Dartford train station after complaint by former bassist Bill Wyman

Rock gods Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have joined the debate over a plaque at a train station branded "disgusting" by a former bandmate.

Bill Wyman, former bassist for the Rolling Stones, criticised Dartford council in June after it installed a plaque at the town's railway station which said Mick and Keith "went on to form the Rolling Stones" after meeting there.

Bill complained that this was inaccurate, but in a recent interview Keith said he "can't understand why" he took offence to it as he was not present when the band was formed.

The plaque in Dartford station to mark where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards formed a musical bond
The plaque in Dartford station to mark where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards formed a musical bond

Speaking to Esquire magazine, guitarist Keith said: "I actually don't know exactly what it said, but Mick just the other day came up to me and says, 'do you believe this s***, man? Bill Wyman is complaining about the plaque at Dartford station."

"I said, 'A plaque? I thought we had a statue.'"

"I know he took umbrage with [what the plaque said], but I can't understand why. Bill wasn't there when the band was formed.

Keith Richards. File pic
Keith Richards. File pic

"Ian Stewart formed the band — we gravitated around him. Bill was a quirky, funny old f*****, but why he should make some kind of public 'do' about it.

"I think Mick sent a note saying - because Bill comes from a town called Penge - 'Bill, if a plaque went up in Penge station that said you were the founding member of the Rolling Stones, do you think we'd complain?'

"But Bill - oh, we love him dearly, and he was a hell of a bass player. We didn't tell him to leave."

Council leader Jeremy Kite said in June he had "never upset a Rolling Stone before but we are going to put it right". However, Bill it seems can't always get what he wants as the plaque is still yet to be replaced.

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