Keith Richards
Rolling Stones
 

The first time we worked for Bill was in 1969, at Winterland. And I think for the first couple of years I knew him, we were always hammer and tongs with each other. He as one of those guys where if you didn't know him, he could really get up your nose. I think nearly everybody may have started kind of like that with Bill. But then slowly, as we got to work more and more together, we started to appreciate the man's work. I mean that job that he did —it's like more than being a general. To make a tour work and to put it all together and be able to deal with people and get the show on and everything that has to be done, you start to appreciate what an extraordinary person he was. Bill and the Stones came up at the same time. I mean, there was no such thing as these sort of huge tours of football stadiums. You had to improvise as you went along. So we kind of did it together. And because nobody had ever done anything on this scale before, it was kind of like experimenting every time, you never know what was going to hit you in the face the next day.

He never yelled at me. I've seen him yell at loads of other people. And it was quite an interesting sight, you know? "Bill's having a go at so-and-so; let's go watch!" But to me, he was always very polite. I think it's because he knew he'd get more out of me that way.