The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has hit out at two Swedish newspapers demanding that they apologise for publishing poor reviews of the band's recent gig in Gothenburg.

One review included a comment from a fan who described Richards as "super drunk", while another said that the guitarist looked "a bit confused" during the show.

In a statement released yesterday, Richards said: "Never have I risen to the bait of a bad review. But this time... I have to stand up for our incredible Gothenburg audience and for our fans all over Sweden... to say that you owe them, and us, an apology."

In a previous statement, which was sent to the newspapers which printed the bad reviews, the guitarist said: "You have a duty to wield the power of the press with honesty and integrity."

"There were 56,000 people in Ullevi stadium who bought a ticket to our concert and experienced a completely different show than the one you reviewed."

"How dare you cheapen the experience for them and for the hundreds of thousands of other people across Sweden who weren't at Ullevi and have only your review to go on? Write the truth: It was a good show," he said.