Clip: Keith Richards leaves Aukland hospital
- Keith Richards and I agree on Kiwi hospitality.
A Rolling Stone Leaves Hospital After Surgery
By JOHN HOLUSHA
Published: May 11, 2006
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was discharged from a hospital in
Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday after surgery to relieve pressure on
his brain, the band's record company said today.
The aging rocker appeared to be in good spirits as he briskly walked
out the back door of the hospital accompanied by three bodyguards,
according to the Dominion Post newspaper of Wellington.
"He looked good, quite fine," according to Phil Walter, a photographer
the paper interviewed who was on the scene. "He was walking quite
He left the hospital wearing a fitted red leather jacket and a cap on
top of what appeared to be a beanie and might have been a dressing for
a surgical wound.
Mr. Richards was hospitalized last week after suffering what his
publicist characterized as a "mild concussion" from a fall in late
April while vacationing in Fiji. He was treated locally and later
transported to The Ascot Hospital in Auckland for observation.
After he complained about headaches, doctors operated, drilling a
small hole in his skull to drain blo0d.. Although out of the hospital,
Mr. Richards will evidently be staying in New Zealand for an
undetermined period. "He will be an outpatient, returning to the
hospital for check-up," Virgin Records reported on its Web site.
His illness will delay the band's summer tour of Europe, which had
been scheduled to begin near the end of this month, into June, with
the exact dates to be announced later, the Website reported.
Mr. Richards, 62, left a note that thanked the hospital staff for what
he termed the "truly wonderful" care he received in the hospital,
according to an article today in the New Zealand Herald.
"From the doctors to the beautiful ladies who make painful nights less
painful and shorter, I'm pretty much at a loss for words to express my
deep gratitude," he said, according to the newspaper. The note ended
"Many thanks, Kiwis."
Mr. Richards had injured his head while staying in Fiji with his wife
Patti following a Rolling Stones tour of New Zealand and Australia.
The concerts appear to have been well received.
A review in the Dominion Post newspaper in New Zealand said: "These
guys may be in their sixties now, but clearly the Rolling Stones love
what they do. And we love them for that. There's no other reason they
would work this hard to put on such an amazing show."