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Stones did not respect me: Bill Wyman

Bassist says he was happy to leave the Rolling Stones in 1993 as singer Mick Jagger and Keith Richards did not respect him.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 18:33 IST

Bassist Bill Wyman was happy when he left the Rolling Stones in 1993 because singer Mick Jagger and Keith Richards did not respect him.

According to Contactmusic, Wyman did not take any drugs other than smoking cannabis in the band's early years and because of this he was made to feel like an outcast. He also felt there was a lack of appreciation.

Jagger and Richards supposedly expected him to drop everything when they needed him but refused to cooperate when he had other plans.                    

   Wyman's woe out in the open

He says: "I'd never felt as if I was really part of the gang. For a start, I wasn't taking drugs. Sometimes I was the only one who wasn't doing stuff, so I felt like an outcast all the time.

There was other stuff that went on, too - the lack of appreciation for what you are doing, the lack of honesty about your contribution. The lack of them being respectful of your other life. You had to drop everything, no matter what it was, when they had the inclination.

"(Drummer) Charlie (Watts) would say: 'I am sorry, I am going to be in Zimbabwe on a wildlife thing. But they'd say, 'You are going to have to cancel."