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Hells Angels planned to kill Mick Jagger

The FBI has revealed a plot to assassinate Sir Mick Jagger by a group of Hells Angels after the Rolling Stones’ 1969 gig at Altamont Speedway Free Concert in California, at which the motorcycle gang provided security.

world Updated: Mar 03, 2008 02:25 IST

The FBI has revealed a plot to assassinate Sir Mick Jagger by a group of Hells Angels after the Rolling Stones’ 1969 gig at Altamont Speedway Free Concert in California, at which the motorcycle gang provided security.

According to former FBI special agent Mark Young, the Hells Angels had plotted to kill Jagger after he refused to use their services following a “death” at the concert. The attempt was thwarted as the boat of the would-be killers got swamped in a storm

“The Hells Angels were so angered by Jagger’s treatment of them that they decided to kill him. A group of them took a boat and were all tooled up and planned to attack him from the sea. They planned the attack from the sea so they could enter his (New York) property from the garden.

“The boat was hit by a storm and all of the men were thrown overboard. All survived and there was not said to have been any further attempt on Jagger’s life,” British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph quoted Tom Mangold, who interviewed Young in BBC radio’s series The FBI at 100, as saying.

However, Jagger was never informed of the alleged assassination attempt.

The incident at the concert involved the Hells Angels’ role in the murder of Meredith Hunter, a 18-year-old black member of the audience, who was stabbed and kicked to death by a group of Hells Angels. The attack near the stage was captured on film.