KEITH RICHARDS
AND BLUE LENA'S SKULL SCARVES
Updated 09-16-07
Some of my skulls scarves in the Keith Shrine 2003
People always ask me, "Why do you give scarves to Keith?" and "Where do you get the scarves that you give to Keith?". So many people have asked that I decided to create a separate page to explain the idea behind the skull scarves. But, from the start, let's be clear-I don't sell them.

In the summer of 1997 I bought a black scarf with white skulls on it at a local "world" store (now out of business) called Macondo. I bought the scarf because I thought it was cool and it reminded me of Keith. I wore that scarf to my first show on the Bridges To Babylon Tour in September of 1997 in Columbus, Ohio. I had no intention of giving it to Keith until a security guard broke my camera for taking pictures of Keith. I was so angry, but determined not to let the broken camera ruin my first show of the 97-98 Tour. Then it dawned on me that since the "Bridge" was not yet built, the Stones would be walking right by me on the catwalk. I was 20th row last seat next to the catwalk. This was the closest I had ever been be to the Stones in my life. Maybe I could give Keith this scarf? Not bloody likely as they say, but worth a try.


When the Stones started down the catwalk I anxiously waited for Keith. When he was almost in front of me, my friends and I yelled "Keith!!" and I stretched out my hand with the scarf towards him. Like a miracle in slow motion Keith turned around, bent down, took the scarf from my hand and gave me the fist to the "head, heart & balls" gesture. I just about died. Missed the whole next song on the B-stage "Little Queenie" because I was delirious with excitement.


Little did I know, but that was just the beginning of the many scarves Keith would accept from me over the next few tours. Pretty soon everyone was giving Keith scarves. I still maintain it was my original idea, because even though people have given things to Keith before, all of the sudden the scarf givers multiplied by the 1000's. You can always recognize me at a show because I always have at least one skull scarf with me! As of 11-11-06 Keith has over 20 of my skull scarves, plus 2 belts, 2 skull necklaces & a skull wallet chain. And not only Keith, but Blondie Chaplin and Bernard Fowler each have a few scarves & rings too. A book entitled "Love You Live Rolling Stones" written by Marilou Regan & Hans Oosterbaan also recounts my original story about the skulls scarves. I retain one of each of the scarves, belts & necklces that match the ones I gave to Keith. And, no, again sorry, I don't sell any of the items!


Keith can be seen wearing some of my scarves in the Four Flicks DVD-Budokan, Japan, Circus Krone, Germany and Paris. He is also wearing my skull chain at the MSG show. Keith can be seen wearing skull shirt I gave him on the Biggest Bang dvd during Pittsburgh rehearsals.


The multi-colored scarf which I gave to Keith from the front row of Veteran's Stadium he wore for the final bow.
This was the second scarf I had given to Keith.(Photo Dan Rease)
Five months later in March '98 Keith was spotted in Argentina on his hotel balcony
still carrying my scarf from the Philly '97 show(Photo courtesy of Mario Rosero)
Keith wearing HIS OWN skull scarf '97, I have a duplicate of HIS original scarf too,
from the Gimme Shelter store in Japan (Photo James Crowley)
The first scarf given to Keith during the Licks 2002-03 Tour in Washington, DC October 4, 2002
Keith with scarf #8 in hand on the catwalk at the Fed Ex Field Washington, DC show October 4, 2002(Photo Linda Harris)
Bernard Fowler became the owner of this scarf in Nov. '02, before that it was hanging on my lamp at the Fairmont San Francisco. Keith also now has this same scarf courtesy of my friend Elizabeth from the last US show in Las Vegas 2-8-03 (Photo Blue Lena)
Blondie requested a scarf in purple & especially liked the dragon design. He was given this scarf in Pittsburgh 1-10-03 (Photo Blue Lena)
Blondie wore the skull scarf I had given him for his gig at the Double Door in Chicago 1-21-03 (Photo Blue Lena)
My Rolling Stones tongue ring that Blondie Chaplin "stole" from me in LA and has been wearing ever since. Bernard saw the ring and requested one, which I finally found and gave to him at the Toronto SARS show in July. Blondie has since ruined his ring by banging it on his tambourine too much!
Keith poses with the DC scarf, hanging it from his balcony at the Four Seasons in LA 10-31-02. He wore this scarf for the final bow at the LA Halloween show as well! (Photos courtesy OldKR & Stonesdoug)
This is the scarf I gave Keith in Pittsburgh 1-10-03. He personally thanked me for it the next day as he left for Boston.
I got a kiss on the lips from Keith!(Photo Blue Lena)
Keith wore the Pittsburgh scarf for the final bow in Chicago 1-21-03. Looks like he got a bit tangled & Ronnie is helping out.
(Photo Blue Lena)
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I had also given Keith a skull chain in Cleveland, Ohio 10-14-02 which he wore as a necklace at many shows afterwards (it is the shorter of the 2 chains he's wearing in photos from Columbus, San Diego and Las Vegas) Blondie also has the same chain, which he wore as a trouser chain (Photos Blue Lena, Ed Sharp, Brian Marriott)
Silver skull saber necklace that I sent to Keith's dressing room while backstage at the San Jose show.
Keith with scarf #9 tucked into his pants at the B-stage Chicago 1-21-03.
This red & black scarf is a duplicate of the scarf I gave him at MSG '98. (Photo Blue Lena)
Keith also wore the red & black scarf dangling from his waist at the Budokan show in Japan on March 10, 2003. (Photo Japanese press)

Keith in Japan with my scarf on his right hip


Keith in Japan where my red & black skull scarf can again be seen

Keith again wore that same scarf as a bandana while hanging out with Ronnie in Japan!
(Thanks to Vic Vicena for forwarding this photo, the photographer is unknown)
Keith wearing my scarf for the final bow in Melbourne, Australia on February 25, 2003. (Photo Jaime Castaneda)
Keith also wore the same scarf again March 5, 2003 for the final bow in Brisbane, Australia, this is a photo taken by Bjornulf Vik at IORR.ORG


Photo by Bjornulf Vik


Photo by Ullie


Photo by Ullie

He also again wore this scarf for the final bow in Bangalore,India.



Another final bow with the black & white scarf in hand


One of my scarves hanging from Keith's window at the Grand Hotel Stockholm. Photo by Tommy "Keithian".


The same scarf that Keith hung from his balcony in LA in October, is shown hanging from his balcony at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam in August 9-21.
Photo Blue Lena

This is scarf #14 given to Keith at the Phoenix Theatre secret club gig show in Toronto, Canada on 8-10-05.
Special thanks to TR for his kindness!
Photo Blue Lena



Keith, is that my scarf you're wearing on your head on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in 2005?


Keith wearing the red glitter skull scarf (#15) I sent backstage to him in Toronto 9-26-05


The scarf on the left with the red skulls is the one above in the final bow shot


Blondie with the multi-colored skull scarf in Pittsburgh 2005 (Photo Susan Weisner)



Sequined belt given to Keith backstage in Chicago 1-25-06. He wore it during the Chicago show, Atlanta on 2-8-06 and Las Vegas 3-4-06. He also wore it in Rio and it can be seen in the concert movie


Keith wearing another belt I gave him in Vegas 2005

Belt I gave Keith in Vegas 2005

Keith wearing both belts in Vegas
Keith & Ronnie in the Baboon Cage jamming
during the Licks Tour, my scarf is on the back of the couch


Keith with my blue scarf on his right hip in Regina


Wearing the blue scarf at Giants Stadium


Giants Stadium bow


Keith wearing the red & black skull scarf I gave him in Vegas November 11, 2006


Keith on stage in Vegas 11.11.06 with my scarf tucked in his coat pocket (Photo Bill Wilson)


Another shot of Keith in Vegas with my scarf in his pocked (Photo Bill Wilson)


Scarf sent backstage to Keith in Atlantic City 11.27.06


My scarf dangles from beneath Keith's guitar in Atlantic City


Scarf hanging from Keith's right hip during final bow Atlantic City 11.21.06 (Photo Boosa)

Keith wearing the shirt I gave him for rehearsals in Pittsburgh 2005 as seen in the Biggest Bang dvd (thanks to G. Hopman for stills).

Keith entering the hotel in Pittsburgh wearing my shirt

I gave Keith's daughter Angela my own shirt, like the one I gave Keith since she liked it so much!

Keith wearing Tibetan prayer scarf I threw to him on B stage at 02 Arena in London 8.23.07, he has it wrapped directly around his neck (white and red)


These are some photos of my actual Keith Shrine taken back in January 2003

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