Rockers defy smoking ban

Ronnie Woods and Kieth Richards, proper rockers from the rolling stones defied the UK’s new anti-smoking laws by lighting up on stage during their concert at the 02 Arena (Millenium Dome) in London’s East End.

Fans cheered as the rock legend Keith Richards smoked through a 5 minute solo.

Greenwich Council say they plan to make an example of the arena’s owners AEG, who now face a possible £ 2,500 fine.

A spokesman for Anti-smoking group ASH lambasted Richards, saying: ‘Unless Keith Richards is going to claim that smoking is an integral part of his performance, he has no defence.’

It’s not the first time Richards has dodged punishment for smoking on stage, after he flicked buts into the crowd in Scotland’s Hampton Park last year. Glasgow Council did fine him either.

An O2 spokesman said: ‘A band member appeared to have a cigarette on stage. We’re sure it was an oversight and are grateful for the co-operation.

The Stones were kicking off the first UK leg to end their A Bigger Bang tour.