Rolling Stones Face Court Battle With Insurance Company
Even the Rolling Stones can have a hard time getting their insurance company to pay out a claim.
The BBC reports that the band is engaged in what looks like a potentially very nasty dispute over nearly $13 million that they're arguing they're owed under a policy in place to prevent them from suffering financial loss for shows canceled or rescheduled due to the death of a family member. As fans will recall, the Stones postponed a series of dates following the death of Stones singer Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott earlier this year.
According to the BBC, the insurance company is arguing that Scott "might have been suffering from a pre-existing mental illness which could invalidate the policy," and have convinced a judge to let them to "gather testimony and documents from Scott's brother, Randall Bambrough" -- although Bambrough has told the AP that he hasn't heard anything about the case and hasn't yet been contacted by the company's underwriters.
However this fight between the Stones and their insurance company plays out, the band will probably be happy to put this leg of the tour behind them; after finally getting around to playing the rescheduled dates, they found themselves without longtime sideman Bobby Keys, and were recently forced to completely cancel one of the shows due to Jagger developing a throat infection.