Canadian glamour boy turned bad boy Justin Bieber runs into a grizzled old rock veteran well known for a lifetime of mayhem and substance abuse – what happens next? Is it a throw-down or bro-down?
As they say, “Haters gonna hate,” so what about Rolling Stones guitar legend Keith Richards? Did he get his hate on with the Biebs or share some stone-age stories of drug-infused rock and roll bad ass?
According to US Weekly magazine, the pair of idols ran into each other over New Year’s at a luxury holiday resort in the Turks and Caicos. Richards apparently put forward the most gracious of introductions. The magazine’s source reports “there was an old guy throwing back drinks at the bar who” shot out at Bieber with a ”Who the f**k are you?”
And what’s a newly-minted drunk-driving, bar-fighting, weed-smoking superstar like Bieber going to do in the face of that? Aren’t words like those in Canadian parlance licence to pull a guy’s shirt over his head and start punching?
Even given his new penchant for what someone Richards’ age might call fisticuffs, Bieber kept his hands down, but did throw straight back at the 71-year old a solid “I don’t know, who the f**k are you?!”
Seemingly this made Richards a ‘belieber’ as the grandfather of five is alleged to have replied, “You’re a man. I respect that,” and then walked away.
Displaying a cultural awareness not dissimilar to Kanye West fans Bieber was oblivious that the geriatric he’d just had a minor verbal spat with was rock royalty. The veil of ignorance was quickly lifted minutes later however, when “another old guy” came over to Justin to tell him, “Keith Richards wants to have a drink with you.”
Blown away, Bieber blurted out, “Oh, sh*t! That was Keith Richards?” and later joined him for a drink.
After the throw down came the bro-down as Bieber got chummy with Richards. The two had a long talk and swapped numbers, but despite the chit-chat and initial respect Bieber gained little cred with the former heroin and cocaine addict telling him, “Let’s get one thing straight. You’re a wannabe.”
Perhaps that’s best coming from someone who once called cocaine and heroin cocktails “the breakfast of champions” and only quit coke at 62.