Keith Richards fought off pressure from Rolling Stones band mate SIR Mick Jagger to perform at London's Live 8 concert last month (02JUL05).

63-year-old Richards wanted to concentrate on preparing for the YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT legends upcoming world tour - and he was suspicious of organiser SIR Bob Geldof's efforts to change his mind.

Richards says, "I didn't understand why everybody who was trying to coax me in happened to be knighted.

"I got hit on by Sir Bob and Sir Mick, but I said to Mick, 'We ain't doing it, pal. You can do it, but I ain't'."